PAINKILLERS: Risk heart attack

As a sufferer of classical migraines, I was almost hooked on painkillers. Then I used to get some warning signs (like hot flashes) about half an hour before the showdown (migraines attack). I called it premonition. An attack would literarily paralyze me in the sense that 1 would be completely useless. With the sharp pains in the head, no drug administered at this point would work as the whole episode would have to run its course. The experience is not what one would recommend for anyone. The pains were excruciating…

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The EPL may only be three weeks old, but…

It may still be very early days as the world’s most watched football league enters week three this weekend, but already many football fans are daring to believe that perhaps this is their year. This is especially true for those supporting the Red Devils, who must be silently praying that it is not going to end as another false dawn for the world’s most supported club. For true consigners of the ‘beautiful game’ nothing beats the passion and drama of the English Premier League and no club epitomises this more…

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Your children are not your own (Part 3)

It is a very good thing to produce biological children but don’t embrace sin because you have not been able to do so. Wait on God. He loves you irrespective of this status. God formed you (Jeremiah 1:5), sent you into this world to become a blessing, pulling people’s hearts from the path of destruction to his path of righteousness and eternal glory. If you are a classroom teacher or children’s teacher, stop doing that job only for the sake of monetary reward. Destinies are under your care and this…

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Buhari’s speech, Jonathan’s post and our complexity

There is no gainsaying that Nigeria is a complex society. And for an heterogeneous society like ours, the complexity is expected. But since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country last week after over 100 days medical vacation in the UK and his subsequent address to the nation on Monday, I now appreciate our complexity more. But it is worrisome that some of us still assume that cynicism and criticism are synonyms. Perhaps, some would have wished the president never returned alive and must have been disappointed when his aircraft…

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Hate speech, fake news as road to genocide

Since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which hate speeches spawned violence leading to racial extermination of at least 900,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus and the killings of no fewer than 1,200 people in post -election violence in Kenya in 2007, there have been debates whether free speech could be treated in isolation without taking into cognisance whether such speech is capable of inciting violence or not. As part of the debate, a political scientist, human rights teacher and director of the Dangerous Speech Project, Susan Benesch, came up with…

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Here goes our former president again!

When the then president Goodluck Jonathan called candidate Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), to congratulate him as the president-elect before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), made the official pronouncement, the unprecedented gesture boosted Jonathan’s image as a true democrat and lover of peace. It was not difficult to juxtapose Jonathan’s unique and matured concession of defeat with Buhari’s irascible remarks and the attendant consequences when he lost the presidential election in 2011. Jonathan’s concession was a needed relief to douse the tension created by…

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Your children are not your own (Part 2)

Don’t seek fruit of the womb outside God. You cannot force, deceive, manipulate or corner God into doing what he did not plan to do. Isaac is a product of the spirit while Ishmael is a product of the flesh (Galatians 4:23-31). Never expect God to dump the spirit for the flesh. “God is a spirit and those who worship must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). If you go against God’s word and choose a Christless person as your marriage partner out of desperation for child…

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ASUU: Bridging the gulf between words and action

The phrase “talk is cheap,” by all standards and in all climes is an aphorism which means things are easier said than done; an indication that there is usually a great gulf between words and action. Sadly this is where we have found ourselves in Nigeria with the bulk of us no longer believing an iota of the words being muttered by those in positions of authority. And to a large extent it is because our leaders just like saying words, more often than not, for saying sake that has…

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Of the 6th plague of Egypt

The setting was that of old Egypt (Exodus 9, verse 8-12) where 10 plagues were unleashed on the Egyptians for their unwillingness to let the children of Israel go. This piece is about the 6 plague ; it is called Boils! 1. Out of hair follicle I evolve , Inhabit there via Chauffeur Staph aureus, An abrasion my entry, A cut my doorway 2. The skin I discoloured, A painful lump I form, I whitened the redness, An apex I mould 3. Tempting it is, but, Squeeze, scratch nor needle…

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Anambra 2017: Why Are The Women Taking The Back Seat?

Barely three months to the Anambra State Governorship Election, billed for November 18, 2017, the political terrain has once again been electrified. At the moment in the state, the major political parties- the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, All Progressives Congress, APC and United Peoples Party, UPP have all released the names of governorship aspirants who purchased their nomination forms, ahead of their primaries. The ruling party in the state has the following as aspirants- Chief Willie Obiano, who is the incumbent governor; Barr. Chinedu Idigo,…

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