Nigeria Info News round up for the week

179737_533047980090315_359346598_aHousehold of God Pastor Chris Okotie “Rules Out Future Marriage” | Says “(My Decision) is Final and Irrevocable”:

After the breakup of his marriage to Stephanie Henshaw in 2012, Household of God pastor, Rev. Chris Okotie has announced through his church’s Director of Media & Communication Strategy, Ladi Ayodeji, that he has no intention of getting married in the future.

Read the official statement below;

The pastor of our great church, the Household of God, Oregun, Lagos, Rev. Chris Okotie has finally laid to rest speculations about his future marriage which have been the subject of media controversy since his separation from his former wife, Stephanie Henshaw last year.
He announced to the church during the evening service on Wednesday, January 09, 2013, his decision not to remarry which he said is final and irrevocable, having already settled the matter with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Taking cognisance of the wide media interest that this issue is likely to generate, we decided to make this statement to pre-empt mischief makers from distorting the facts.
The pastor assures his well wishers, friends and numerous supporters around the world that he is completely at peace with himself and his God in arriving at this historic decision.

Ladi Ayodeji.
Director, Media & Communication Strategy

Pastor Chris Okotie has been married twice in the past. His first marriage to Tina Okotie ended in divorce after 15 years. Tina moved out of Nigeria and made it clear that she had no intention of returning to Nigeria.

His second marriage to Stephanie Henshaw in 2008 created a media sensation . The mother of 3 had been previously married twice (sadly her first husband passed away while her second marriage ended in divorce). Unfortunately things came to a grinding halt in June 2012 when the Pastor announced to his congregation that the marriage was over with no chance of reconciliation.

Irawo Adamolekun, Young Nigerian Doctor Shot Dead in Broad Daylight in Lagos! :

The rate of unprovoked killing of young people by men of the underworld is getting really alarming. Almost every week, we hear of sad, brutal killings of bright, young Nigerians and the frequency is very disturbing.

A young Nigerian doctor, Irawo Adamolekun, was shot dead on Friday (11th January) in the Anthony area of Lagos by an unknown gunman. He was killed in his car, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of people.

Since his death, his name has been trending on Twitter and Facebook with many expressing their sadness about his death. What makes his death even more shocking is the way he was killed and how the killer just rode away.

According to rapper, Ruggedman, who witnessed the killing and tweeted about the incident, the killer shot him and then walked calmly to a waiting motorbike and sped off.

UNIBEN Professor Isaiah Ibeh Recants his HIV/AIDS Cure Discovery | NAFDAC Warns Against Buying the Drug:

The Nigerian Professor who was widely reported to have found the cure for HIV/AIDS a few days ago has recanted his claim. In a five-paragraph statement, Professor Isaiah Ibeh, Dean, School of Basic Medical Science of University of Benin(UNIBEN) expressed regrets over the publication of his acclaimed discovery of a drug that could cure HIV/AIDS, saying that the publication was a misrepresentation of what actually transpired.

“The true position is that some observations of our Research are preliminary and the research is still ongoing. I am very sorry for the embarrassment this has caused the University of Benin and Professional Colleagues, realizing that there are procedures of reporting such Scientific result,” he said.

Authorities of the University had earlier debunked the claim made by the Professor in an official pronouncement saying the University was not carried along in the research and the Professor did not follow due process.

In another development, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control(NAFDAC) has begun a probe into Professor Ibeh’s claim that he had discovered a herbal drug capable of curing AIDS. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, told Punch on Thursday that the agency had invited Ibeh to prove his claim. He warned members of the public against buying the drug because it had not been subjected to standard scientific protocols.

He said the don was wrong going public, saying it was the duty of the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, to make the announcement after tests by NAFDAC.

“The agency wishes to state that this herbal drug, which he claimed to have undergone a series of successful tests, has never been presented to NAFDAC for evaluation of efficacy and safety.”

“This bogus claim of efficacy without following the appropriate procedure for drug evaluation is capable of misleading the public, especially those that have HIV/AIDs infection as there is no known official or scientifically proven cure for HIV/AIDS infection till date,” he was quoted as saying.

Former CBN Governor Charles Soludo Arrested by EFCC over role in Bank Notes Scam

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, ProfessorCharles Soludo, was on Thursday arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. According to Punch, he was arrested over his role in the Australian polymer banknotes N750 million ($5 million US Dollars) bribery scam which occurred between 2006 and 2008 when he was in office.

He arrived the EFCC Headquarters about 2pm from his Abuja residence and immediately faced a team of operatives who quizzed him for several hours to ascertain his level of complicity in the scandal.

As at 8pm yesterday, he was still at the EFCC headquarters and it was not clear whether he would be remanded at the EFCC detention.

It was learnt that the decision to look into the polymer deal was followed a petition by Human and Environmental Development Agenda. The Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said the group’s petition had demanded the investigation and possible prosecution of those involved in the alleged contract scam.

The petition had demanded that both the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission pursue the investigation and prosecution as provided by laws establishing both anti-graft agencies.

Nigeria Ranked the 20th Saddest Nation in Forbes Ranking of the World’s Happiest & Saddest Countries:

Nigerian people are known for many things; but calling them sad has not gone down well with most citizens. Despite the widely spread belief that Nigerians are one of the happiest in the world based on their resilience and ability to smile even in the face of hardship, Forbes has ranked Nigeria as the 20th saddest country.

According to a recent Forbes ranking of the world’s happiest and saddest countries, Nigeria takes the 20th position among the saddest countries. Taking the first position on the list is the Central African Republic followed closely by the Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. Sudan takes the 18th position, Mozambique the 19th and Nigeria the 20th.

Among the world’s happiest countries, Norway ranked first, Denmark ranked second and Sweden ranked third. Canada took the 6th position, United States of America the 12th and United Kingdom the 13th among the world’s happiest countries.

Here’s what Forbes had to say about Nigeria:

20. (Saddest) Nigeria
The best of the worst, Nigeria ranks 123rd overall on the Legatum Prosperity Index. Decades of corruption have squandered great oil and gas wealth, while new concerns involve sectarian violence.

Full list of the world’s saddest countries:

1. Central African Republic
2. Republic of Congo
3. Afghanistan
4. Chad
5. Haiti
6. Burundi
7. Togo
8. Zimbabwe
9. Yemen
10. Ethopia
11. Pakistan
12. Iraq
13. Liberia,
14. Angola
15. Sierra Leone
16. Guinea
17. Ivory Coast
18. Sudan
19. Mozambique
20. Nigeria

So, what do you think? Do you agree that Nigeria is the 20th saddest country in the world?

“Only 34 Lions Left in Nigeria” – Lions in Nigeria & other parts of West Africa head towards Extinction! :

30 years ago, there were 200,000 lions roaming wild across the African continent but now there are only between 15,000 and 32,000 left. Of the lions left, it is a estimated that there are just 645 genetically distinct wild lions left in western and central Africa with “only 34 left in Nigeria“. That is most recent report from leading charity to protect and conserve endangered lions worldwide, LionAid as reported in the UK Daily Mail.

Dr Pieter Kat, trustee of LionAid told the UK Guardian, “There has been a catastrophic decline in the populations of lions in Africa, and particularly west Africa. These lions have been neglected for a very long time and do not have adequate protection programs.

Even though the national parks in west Africa contain very distinct and very important fauna compared to eastern Africa, people tend to ignore that west Africa is a very special place. As a result, the populations in west Africa are declining so quickly.“

CNN’s Isha Sesay is now a Bride-to-be! :

Congrats to Isha Sesay, the CNN International anchor got engaged this weekend on Saturday 5th January 2013 in the presence of her family and friends.

Her colleague Anderson Cooper put her on the spot a few hours ago when he asked her about her engagement. The bride-to-be was beaming with smiles and showed off her dazzling engagement ring.

The Sierra Leonean/British television presenter grew up in Sierra Leone and the UK where she attended to Trinity College, Cambridge University. She is presently based in the United States of America.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo faults Goodluck Jonathan’s Approach to Tackling Boko Haram in CNN Interview:

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in a recent interview with CNN has said the PresidentGoodluck Jonathan administration had not been reaching out enough to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram. He said that Jonathan should adopt a a dual-track approach, using more of dialogue rather than just cracking down on the group.

“To deal with a group like that, you need a carrot and stick. The carrot is finding out how to reach out to them. When you try to reach out to them and they are not amenable to being reached out to, you have to use the stick,” he said during the interview.

Obasanjo said President Jonathan was “just using the stick” in his efforts. “He’s doing one aspect of it well, but the other aspect must not be forgotten.”

Obasanjo told the CNN that he had tried to reach out to Boko Haram about one- year-and- a-half ago through a lawyer who was acting as the group’s proxy, and had asked if they had external backing. He said the lawyer told him that the group was receiving support from other Nigerians who have resources overseas or “other organizations from abroad”.

In response to Obasanjo’s statement, Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, told Punch that it was surprising that the same Obasanjo who said recently that his presidency applied force when he was confronted with similar situation in Odi, Rives State, has now turned round to accuse Jonathan of applying only the stick against Boko Haram.

He said that contrary to what Obasanjo wanted the world to believe, the Federal Government’s handling of the Boko Haram menace had been purposeful and that a lot of progress had been made.

Designer Yvonne Nwosu & Music Star Ice Prince “confirm” their Relationship via Instagram:

Ever since she shared a photo of her and Ice Prince on holiday in Accra this Christmas, fans have been asking “what’s going on?”.
Now it seems as though the relationship between music star Ice Prince and designer Yvonne Nwosu of Vonne is confirmed.
Today, the designer shared a photo of the duo in bed together with the caption “Ain’t Nobody’s Bizz!!!”

Yvonne and Ice Prince have quite a lot in common. They are both passionate about fashion. We hear Ice Prince might be launching a fashion line soon plus they are both parents. Ice has a son while Yvonne has a daughter.

Yvonne and Ice Prince have quite a lot in common. They are both passionate about fashion. We hear Ice Prince might be launching a fashion line soon plus they are both parents. Ice has a son while Yvonne has a daughter.

Woman Dies After Jehovah Witness’ Family Refused her Accepting Blood Transfusion | Widower to Press Charges Against Wife’s Family:

A Nigerian widower, Emmanuel Timothy, has decided to press charges against members of his wife’s family who refused to allow her get blood transfusion after loosing so much blood during surgery, eventually leading to her death.

Timothy told the News Agency of Nigeria that his deceased wife, Grace, who was a member of theJehovah Witness, died on Monday at the National Hospital, Abuja because her family refused to consent to her having a blood transfusion. She was a police corporal, assigned to the Wuse Zone 3 Police Division, Abuja.

“She lost her pregnancy at seven months, which resulted in a surgery to get the baby out. After the surgery she had complications. When she complained of serious stomach ache, we rushed her to the National Hospital where the doctor said her stomach had to be flushed. But, before the flushing, they said she needed blood transfusion because she had already lost such much blood. However, she did not get the blood transfusion because her religion and family forbid blood transfusion,” Timothy said.

Speaking on pressing charges, he said “I have to press charges because they prevented my wife from receiving blood transfusion.”

“Over our dead body. It is better she dies than for her to take another person’s blood,’’ they said to me.

Timothy was at the police station to report the wife’s death.

Her death is very sad and what makes it even more painful is that it could have been avoided. The decision to accept blood transfusion in most hospitals lies on the patient or his or her family. If there is a refusal, it is usually premised on religious or cultural reasons.

However, in some cases where the doctor knows a patient will most likely die if he or she does not accept blood transfusion, is it right to override the decision of the patient or family and give the patient blood?

The “Law has come to stay” – Senate President David Mark Insists Same-Sex Marriage Bill is Irrevocable:

Despite growing pressure from the international community and human rights activists demanding that Nigeria stop the criminalization of same sex marriage, the Senate President, David Mark has insisted the bill prohibiting same sex marriage is “irrevocable” and the “law has come to stay”.

He said in Abuja that the bill would promote “decency” in the Nigerian society. Same sex marriage will become a criminal offence in Nigeria and punishable by imprisonment of not less than 14 years if the bill is eventually signed into law.

He is quoted as saying: “We will not compromise on this. I want to invite you all to join the crusade of decency in our society. There are many good values we can copy from other societies, but certainly not this one (same sex marriage).”
“We have to prove to the rest of the world, who are advocates of this unnatural way that we Nigerians promote and respect sanity, morality and humanity. Every individual is a product of the union of a man and woman.”

The Nigerian Senate approved the bill that would make same-sex marriage punishable by 14 years imprisonment for gay couples and 10 years imprisonment for anyone abetting such unions in November 2011. According to the provisions of the bill, “Any person who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships, is also liable and punishable with a 10-year sentence.”

The bill which also outlaws gay organisations has passed the second reading in the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote and will be forwarded to the President for approval after a clause-by-clause review and approval of the law by the Reps this year.

It’s a Goal! Nigerian Footballer Obafemi Martins & girlfriend Abigail Barwuah are expecting a Baby:

Nigerian footballer Obafemi Martins and his girlfriend Ghanaian/Italian model Abigail Barwuah are expecting their first child together. Abigail is famous in Italy for being the biological sister of famous Italian Footballer/Manchester City FC player, Mario Balotelli.

The footballer and his model girlfriend have been dating for a few months and are said to be ecstatic about their bundle of joy.

So what are our thoughts on these stories? Did you hear about anything else?

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