Here is what Scripture and Church tradition reveal about what the Spirit does that might help us to appreciate Him in a new light.
Each of us knows that certain things are wrong—not because we believe they are wrong, but because they really are wrong. And that applies to the moral relativist as well. If you want to see a relativist sink into a sophistic seizure, ask him about the “virtues” of cruelty, rape, bigotry, exploitation, or the Holocaust. …
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says slightly over 98 million Nigerians are living in multidimensional poverty.
Multidimensional poverty is the measure of lack which encompasses the various deprivations experienced by poor people in their daily lives – such as poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standards, disempowerment, poor quality of work, the threat of violence, and living in areas that are environmentally hazardous, among others.
According to the new report, only 46 percent of Nigerians are poor, when poverty is measured based on income. However, when other dimensions are considered, more than 50 percent of the country are poor.
The new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) shows that labelling countries — or even households — as rich and poor is an oversimplification.
“For instance, in Nigeria, even though the national average shows that around 50% of Nigeria are multidimensionally poor, state and local government levels will reveal a completely different scenario – higher or even lower levels,” UNDP said via a press statement.
The report identifies how people are being left behind across three key dimensions: health, education and standard of living, comprising 10 indicators.
People who experience deprivation in at least one-third of these weighted indicators fall into the category of multidimensionally poor.
Of the 1.3 billion people who are multidimensionally poor, more than two-thirds of them—886 million—live in middle-income countries.
Half of the 1.3 billion multidimensionally poor people are children under age 18. A third are children under age 10.
Out of the 10 selected countries — including Nigeria — for which changes over time were analysed, India and Cambodia reduced their MPI values the fastest—and they did not leave the poorest groups behind.
July 13, 2019 Josiah Oluwole
The Chief Security Officer of the National Youth Service Corps, Ikare Akoko campsite, Ondo State, Wale Owolabi, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Akure after some soldiers manhandled him at the close of the camping exercise.
The offence of Mr Owolabi, of the Batch B Stream 1 camping site, was that he dared to stop and search the vehicle of an army captain, C. U. Kanu, who visited the camp on the June 18.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered from a source at the camp that the captain, who was the Camp Commandant at the camp during the last batch camping, had visited the camp, supposedly to visit the new camp commandant, identified as Captain Garba.
While leaving through the gate, he was to submit himself to a routine search of his car by the security officials at the gate.
The man who had the misfortune of doing the job was Mr Owolabi, whose duty it was to ensure security at the camp on behalf of the NYSC.
On opening the boot of the black Mercedes Benz car the officer was in, an NYSC kit was reportedly found in it. Mr Kanu was also allegedly leaving the camp with two female corps members.
Mr Owolabi sought to know why the NYSC kit was in the booth and wanted to identify the female corps members, for proper documentation.
But the officer would take none of the questionings. He was said to have started shouting at the security officials, a situation which saw the matter bought before the NYSC State Coordinator.
“The matter was supposedly resolved between the Captain and Mr Owolabi, but the officer was still angry over the way he was treated,” a source close to the NYSC in Ondo State, said.
“Mr Owolabi was only carrying out a directive of the coordinator that all vehicles coming in and going out of the camp must be checked, plus her own cars.
“There were two corps members’ uniforms in his booth, so the CSO asked if the corps members in his car had (a) pass, or (were) expected to leave at that time of the night.”
On July 8, the closing day of the camp, Mr Owolabi reportedly worked till very late in the evening. He was on his way home in his car when he discovered that he was being trailed by the captain and some soldiers in an Army Hilux van.
“They tried to block him, but he managed to turn his car around and headed back to the camp,” an NYSC source said. “They followed him into the camp and in the full glare of traders in the camp market, started hitting him with logs and cables.”
His cousin, who fell on her knees begging for her brother to be spared, was, however, not spared by the soldiers, as she was also given knocks and slaps for daring to intervene, the witness said.
By the time the soldiers were done, Mr Olowolabi was reportedly bleeding all over his body.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the commotion drew the attention of the camp commandant and other officials still at the camp.
The victim was admitted at the Police Hospital in Alagbaka, where he is still receiving treatment.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the hospital on Wednesday, he was still undergoing treatment and could not speak with our reporter.
His relatives and NYSC staff who visited him also declined to speak on record.
The information available to PREMIUM TIMES, revealed that Mr Owolabi had been hypertensive prior to the incident, and the assault had worsened his situation resulting in his prolonged stay at the hospital.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the NYSC in the state, Bankole Semeon, said the matter is being addressed by the authorities of both the army and the NYSC.
“For now the NYSC has taken administrative action on the matter,” Mr Semeon said. “Until we have the outcome, it will not be proper for me to pre-empt its outcome.
When asked what the nature of the “administrative action” taken by the NYSC was, Mr Semeon said he would not provide further information.
Sources at the NYSC, however, said that the NYSC State Coordinator, Grace Akpabio, informed the members of staff that a formal complaint had been lodged with the Brigade Commander, who had promised to act appropriately on the matter.
Mrs Akpabio, it was gathered, assured members of staff, who are still very angry at the treatment meted out to one of their senior personnel, that justice would be done at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, the Brigade Commander, Z. L. Abubakar, a brigadier-general, told PREMIUM TIMES that the matter was better left for both agencies to handle.
He said it should not be a matter for the pages of newspapers, given the relationship between the NYSC and the army in the development of the NYSC.
“Whether it happened or it did not happen, the two organisations have addressed whatever the problem is, given blames to whoever is to be blamed, so that next time we don’t have a misunderstanding, because we will continue to work together,” he said.
“This is not what is supposed to be put on the pages of newspapers because of national interest.”
He also refused to give details of the manner in which the issues were resolved, insisting it was an issue that did not require the intervention of the media.
“This is something that probably would have been addressed by myself and the state coordinator because we will continue to work together,” he said.
“What this will do now is to cause disunity between the Nigerian Army and the NYSC because we must continue to work together.
“When two brothers work together, of course, you will expect some little brushes, but what is important is how the problem was addressed. That is why I am asking you if you have gone to the state coordinator.
“Please, let us not cause disunity in this country in the name of selfish reports.”
The ICPC questioned Modibbo Kawu the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), for his alleged roles in the scandal.
In Romans 5:1-2 Paul begins to share the benefits of being justified through faith. He has spent the first four chapters of Romans making the point that the only way to salvation is to be justified by grace through faith unto righteousness. Now he shifts gears to focus on the benefits that go with that faith. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Being justified speaks of a legal decree. We are all guilty before God without faith, but because of what Jesus did and the righteousness that we can have freely through grace based on faith, our guilty sentence is transformed to one of being justified and free.
The first benefit of our faith is peace with God. Because the price is paid in full by the work of Jesus on the cross, God’s justice towards…
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July 13, 2019 Oge Udegbunam
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a “total overhaul” of the security structures on highways across southern Nigeria, in response to the killing of the daughter of a prominent Afenifere leader, a spokesperson has said.
Funke Olakunrin was shot dead Friday while travelling to Ore in Ondo State.
Police said kidnappers were responsible for the killing, while the Presidency called the attackers an “armed gang”.
Afenifere, a foremost Yoruba sociopolitical group, blamed Fulani herders.
Herdsmen have been blamed for similar attacks in parts of the country, but there is yet no evidence linking the pastoralists to Mrs Olakunri’s killing.
Suggestions of an ethnic dimension to the attack has raised concerns among Nigerians, with political leaders urging restraint and calling on security agencies to act urgently.
President Buhari said Mr Fasoranti had suffered a “great loss” and pledged “no effort would be spared” in bringing the attackers to justice.
The police said the killers “will certainly be found and made to face the full weight of the law.”
According to a statement by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, on Saturday, the police chief ordered a total overhaul of security on South-West, South-South and South-East highways.
The statement said the Ondo police backed by special forces and investigators from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, the Intelligence Response Team and the Technical Intelligence Unit had commenced a massive manhunt for the killers.
“While condemning the heinous and barbaric crime, the IGP, as part of measures to prevent a future occurrence of such incidence, has ordered the total overhaul of security architecture on the highways straddling the Southern part of the country,” it said.
“In this vein, the Commissioners of Police in the affected States were ordered by the IGP to emplace adequate security arrangement in their areas of jurisdiction.”
The police spokesperson said the Force Headquarters has perfected plans to replicate in the southern part of the country a special security arrangement called “Operation Puff Adder” currently ongoing along the Kaduna- Abuja expressway.