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A body has been recovered by the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Nigerian security forces suspected to be the suicide bomber of Monday’s attack in Nyanya, Abuja.

The charred body was recovered with charms and amulets, he must have used for protection, still strapped to his body. Also with him was a photo of a young boy suspected to be his son.

The charms and amulets are typical of the type used by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Security sources also recovered useful leads with him, including a mobile phone.

Eyewitnesses say they saw a red Volkswagen with four men drive into the park on Monday, whom after detonated the bomb also tried to escape before the explosion.

Either way, security forces said that the suspected bomber, having conveyed the bomb to its destination, walked away to a location at the bus park where he ostensibly waited for the bomb to explode.

Security forces are investigating into how the bomb operation was carried out.

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Earlier on we brought you news of the Explosion in Nyanyan, Abuja.

here is a more Detailed report on the situation from Premium Times

More than 200 people are feared dead in an explosion which rocked an outskirts of Abuja, the Nigerian capital, this morning.

The explosion sounded in a highly populated motor park in Nyanya, less than five minutes drive from the Abuja city Centre.

It is not clear yet how the bomb was ferried into the park, but witnesses suspect it was planted by a suicide bomber.

Several dead bodies now litter the blood spattered park and the expressway leading to the city.

Some of the dead victims and the injured are being taken to hospital by ambulances and vans belonging to the police, the Vehicle Inspection Office, Federal Road Safety Commission, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Emergency Management Agency.

Men of the Fire Service trying to Contain the Flames

Men of the Fire Service trying to Contain the Flames

Ambulance taking both Dead and Injured Persons to the Hospital

Ambulance taking both Dead and Injured Persons to the Hospital

The Bus Park littered with Dead Bodies

The Bus Park littered with Dead Bodies

an Aerial View of the Park after the Explosion

an Aerial View of the Park after the Explosion

Our reporter counted more than 50 bodies that were yet to be evacuated.

Several vehicles, including about 12 government-owned high capacity buses operated by the Abuja Mass Transit Company Limited, were destroyed in the attack.

Some of the buses were said to be loaded with passengers when the explosion occurred.

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Bodies being moved from the scene

Bodies being moved from the scene

Over time I have come across people who want to know if their relationship is worth taking to the next level. I usually shy away from answering them or even try to evade the question for 3 major reasons. Firstly because I don’t want to be dubbed a Relationship Breaker, Secondly, because, I fear that the answers won’t be welcomed and thirdly, because, my Relationships has not yielded some sensible fruits in the last eighteen months. But if there is anything I realized with the number of huddles I have encountered in life, is that, my experiences are a lesson to many. So basically, I will be using this piece to answer all the doubts you have about your Boyfriend, Fiancé or Spouse (whichever one suits you).
I know the Men won’t be pleased with this but, of what good will it be if the truth about our specie isn’t put out there?
Now here we go,
1. Any guy who cannot delay gratification but wants everything from you even before marriage needs to be watched. He wants early sex, undivided attention and adoration, he is all over you all the time and is extremely jealous, he disrespects your values in life and you opinion does not really count; he wants you to disconnect from your friends and family members and focus only on him. Such guy is a wrong guy!
2. Any guy who finds it difficult to be open up or be transparent to you and avoid talking about his past relationships, failures, financial challenges, emotional problems and is very good at concealing negative things about himself to make a good impression, must be re-assessed before you commit. Relationships cannot grow without transparency.
3. Any man who cannot take responsibility for his life but blames everyone for his challenges except himself is not worth your hand in marriage! He may
also not take responsibility for his marriage!
4. A man, who is a fault-finder and a perfectionist, is difficult to please. In his world, there is no room for mistakes of any magnitude and if you make a mistake, be ready for harsh criticism. On the other hand, if he is good at messing up everything around him, unfortunately he could mess up your life too!
5. Never consider getting married to a lazy man who does not have a realistic vision for his life! A man who is going nowhere will lead his wife nowhere! A man’s responsibility is to provide leadership and direction to his family! On the other hand, when a woman with vision marries a man without vision, she naturally becomes the leader of the home which will eventually lead to conflict or disorder! Believe me; it does not work out well in
marriage!
6. Never marry a man who does not have a relationship with God unless you too do not have one. A man who loves and respect the Lord will love and respect you in obedience to the Lord!
7. Be mindful of a man who is hot tempered, if he flares up because of things that are not significant or at a slightest provocation, it might be dangerous getting married to him unless he changes. Any man with this trait could be aggressive, physically abusive and unpredictable in marriage. A man who cannot control his temper is a time- bomb waiting to happen!
8. A guy, who lives beyond his means; borrows money and does not pay back, is a potential wrong guy. It is different when the debt he owes is a one-off thing and he is making serious effort to pay back but when it is a habit, watch it. There are some men out there who take loan from people or banks for business or investment but end up using it to buy flashy cars, and live in exotic apartments, wear expensive clothes and jewelries, etc. Before you commit to him, research his credit rating or else your wedding party will be glamorous but you would inherit so much debt when you are finally married to him.
9. Never get married to a man who does not respect constituted authority but delights in breaking the law. His actions might land you and your kids in prison one day. A guy who does not have respect for your parents or your relatives may hardly respect you
10. Be weary of a guy who sees you as an alternative to his dream wife! Marry a man who sees you as his number one and not a consolation
for missing another lady out there. – You are fearfully and wonderfully made! – You are loaded with great potential and decked with splendor! – You are the radiance of God’s glory, the apple of His eye! Therefore, let no man take you for granted! Any man that will ask your hand in marriage must meet God’s standards of a REAL MAN
Ok Guys now you can go ahead and kill me.

A bomb is said to have exploded in a densely populated area in Nyanyan, Abuja. According to an eye witness, an improvised explosive device IED in a luxury Bus belonging to Federal Capital Territory exploded making a huge sound.

The eyewitness further said that  most of the other vehicles around the premises was set ablaze as a result of the explosion.

No details of the  casualties  yet but the men of the federal fire service are battling to contain the situation.

More details later!

By: Ralph Hephzibah Ehiabhi

A long time ago, I think precisely in the earliest part of my work with God, I used to think about how holy God is and how he wouldn’t want anything unclean next to Him. So each time I find any trace of uncleanliness around my life, I tend to effortlessly distant myself from His presence. As factual as that was, it took me a long time to be able to understand the errors in that thought. With growth in working with Word of God, I realize that it’s the Truth that makes us free and not the Fact.

Now the Fact that God is Holy, doesn’t mean He can’t accommodate us with our imperfections. He Himself once said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 {ESV}). That is the Truth. Looking at this scripture vividly, I found out that all the Lord is after is to give us rest and not our Laden. Notice how He didn’t say, “Drop all your heavy laden, if you intend to come to me”?

You may have had the roughest of life and consider yourself unholy, but I tell you, God is not after your past, but The Rest He wants to give to you. Our Justification is not by the works we do or our effort towards keeping a clean sheet in God’s Hypothetical Black book. Rather, we are justified by God’s Effort towards redeeming us despite our flaws.

His desire is to see us all Changed notwithstanding what made us dirty. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18). So stop dwelling in the past and see the places the Lord is willing to take you to, only if you will Just Come. Come with all your imperfections and allow Him clean you up Himself. His hands are wide enough to cater for you and your baggage. The only price you will have to pay is Just Come. Your coming is all that matters. You don’t have to be perfect. …”Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:17).

So, quit waiting for the day you no longer feel the urge to delve into that addiction or sin before you come to the Lord. Come today, Come as you are and He will give you Rest.

Some residents of Tsaunin Kura GRA, Unguwan Bulus, Kantin Aga and Unguwan Matari in Kaduna State have expressed worry over poisonous substances being emitted from the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company.

The residents complained that the pollution was making life unbearable for them.

A resident of Tsaunin Kura GRA, Mr Jonah Isua, said the odour from the substances being released by the KRPC was making breathing difficult for them.

“If we are eating, it is like we are swallowing the substance along with the food. If you keep water in an open basin it will be covered by soot-like substance.

“Every morning and evening, the gas always covers the area like dangerous mist, making it difficult for us to breath,” he said.

A poultry farmer at Kamazoo, Grace Tachio, said the emission was affecting her birds, making them not to eat well.

“We are calling on the government and management of Kaduna refinery to take immediate measures to stop the gas flaring, because what we are inhaling is poisonous and capable of killing us all,” she said.

Also, another resident, Ronti George said, “Industrial pollution now deserves due attention from environmentalists in the state.

 

“I am surprised that this has been happening for weeks now and nobody has said or done anything about it.”

In his reaction, the Coordinator, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency in the state, Malam Sherif Ibrahim, said the agency was already looking into the problem.

“The issue of gas flaring is affecting the environment and we are on top of the situation.

“We are assuring the residents of the area that we will meet and advise the management of the refinery on the problem,” he said.

Responding to the complaints, the Public Affairs Manager of KRPC, Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, acknowledged the problem but said measures had been taken by the company to address it.

According to him, the the substance being released into the environment is not toxic and therefore not be harmful.

He said, “It was released inadvertently. We have identified the source of the leak and we are in the process of clean up.”

Idris said the company was working in collaboration with officials of NESREA, and the state Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the area.

By Todd Wagner

“If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

As a Dad to three girls and three boys I have been given the great privilege of helping my kids sail toward the right harbor of Christlikeness and the responsibility of helping them know the right winds that might take them there. The Scriptures exhort us to “act like men” (1 Cor 16:13 NASB) yet when you ask many men today what it is to be a Godly man, they cannot give you a biblically based answer (much less model a biblically informed life). Same with too many women. The New Testament exhorts them to “adorn themselves with ‘proper’ clothing…. as is proper for women making a claim to Godliness” (1 Tim 2:9a; 10b).

As a “warrior” that is given 6 arrows (Psalm 127) it is my job to “aim” them while given the time. In light of this, years ago I sat down and wrote down 5 broad categories of Biblical manhood and womanhood with a general explanation of each and relevant verses. These are the “winds” that Wagner men and women are trying to “catch” as we head toward the life our Lord has called us to. Use them as much as they are useful to you or better yet come up with your own biblically supported definition of a Godly man/woman. I’d love to hear your thoughts and learn from your prayerful efforts. 

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By Somefun Oluwaseun Ayodeji

Looking at the recent turn of events in this country God has blessed so so(intentional repetition) much, I think a caption in English Language wouldn’t have expressed my rage enough despite that my pen is seriously boiling as I write.

I was going to write about this funny Centenary lottery going on but now that this NIS Recruitment sham has happened, I cannot but help fuse it with another job hunting experience/interview that happened to a friend. Really what madness is going on here? Is lottery the solution to the poverty Nigerians are going through? I see this Centenary lottery as rubbish and lack of vision from our so called leaders and I am not apologetic about that. I laugh when I remember the folly in this country, cars; phones and so on are doled out timely for a period. Will this increase GDP or improve our standard of living, I ask? This country is just increasingly annoying. Imagine this NIS Recruitment where 520,000 people wrote an exam for 4,556 slots! Isn’t it crazy? Where in the world does this craze happen? Where a total of about 16-21 people died in different venues of the exam and people sandwiched like rams in a truck in these venues. It shows the extent to which the government values the masses here.

You finish your compulsory Youth Service as a graduate and instead of you being happy you are caught in “webs of thoughts” on how the next stage of your life will be like because those up there care less about you – whether you live or die. But before then, entrepreneurship though good, would have been introduced as a substitute for the no-job situation forgetting that there was a time when graduates had access to instant employment and a car immediately after graduation-cum-youth service.

A good friend of mine had her own fair share of this job hunting experience where she spent almost all of the meagre sum left of her savings from NYSC on transportation for a “networking job” she didn’t like in her own words. They tossed her among themselves as she moved from venue to venue thinking she was going for “interviews” all because she applied to a no-name company online. Thank God, her eyes opened early enough but she had already paid #500 aforetime for “confirmation” as they told her to do and some people even paid #1,000. When she told me, I made her know that no firm in its “right senses” will ever ask a mere job seeker (except in few cases like NIS, NSCDC and co.) to pay for a job application and she noted that.

Though Abba Moro was to an extent right when he said the applicants’ impatience led to those casualties. But come to think of it, isn’t that where Nigeria has pushed them to- frustration? Where you have already gotten a mind-set that if you are not “sharp” by shunting and shoving others you may lose your slot.

Where Robert Mugabe could now use Nigeria to make negative comparisons like “Are we now like Nigeria that we have to reach down to our pockets to get anything done?” Imagine that corrupt old man and sit-tight leader of a country like Zimbabwe using Nigeria as a negative comparison! As usual and as I wrote in my last article, APC have started throwing tantrums and calling for heads, but if they are wise they should know that all this happenings should be room for them to showcase genuinely what they say they have for Nigerians.

I pity all these guys in power because with the way this country is going it might degenerate into a situation where non-privileged Nigerians will start to attack privileged ones and I hear a God forbid from someone. You know well we have been forbidding everything and see where it has gotten us to today.

Before I sign out, my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones and friends in the NIS Recruitment exam and I pray it will never happen again. Lastly, my final word is from a saying attributed to Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that only Nigerians can stand up to fight the corruption in their country, and if we do not who will?

 

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It was alleged that only 240 slots were remaining from the 4,556 vacancies advertised and 522,675 applicants applied for the Nigerian Immigration Service Recruitment exercise. As at this moment, over 20 people have died nationwide. As usual no proper arrangements were made. President Jonathan met behind closed doors with the Internal Affairs Minister Abba Moro and NIS boss David Parradang. They should both be fired and prosecuted. What do you all think?

by Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, are you still in doubt that the race towards the 2015 Presidential election has started in earnest? Please, perish the notion. The campaign has crept in on us like a thief in the night but it is now in full bloom. Never mind the feeble groans and grunts of INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, who is only allowed to bark but cannot bite in reality. He enjoys my sympathy as a decent man who has landed a job bigger than him. All the bungled elections have only been righted by apologies and promises of better operations in the nebulous future. There is not much he can do in a nation where leaders wield the power of God and Satan at once.

We have less than one year to go and by now we ought to engage in sensible discussions and dissection of what to expect. This is more so because, Nigeria has become a besieged nation with the level of unprecedented wars of attrition going on in different parts of the country.  In the North, we have Boko Haram running wild without restrictions. In the South, we have audacious kidnappers and militants kept at bay with billions of Naira in gratification. The ruling party, PDP, has been at the centre for 15 years. By next year, it would have spent a total of 16 years and billions of dollars to boot. Not much has shifted or changed or improved since that fateful day on May 29, 1999, when the military handed over power to one of their most trusted bosses, General Olusegun Obasanjo.

The more we spent on power, the bleaker our lights became. The more we spent on roads, the more they were riddled with giant potholes or face total collapse, or as the mighty Ministry of Works sometimes puts it, “Road Failure”! The more we pumped into supposedly educating our kids, the faster their education deteriorated and they became semi-illiterates. The fatter our defence budget has grown, the bigger the assault from criminals and terrorists has exploded. Not many communities can boast of drinkable water. The army of our unemployed youths is the biggest on the continent, not on account of our huge population but because we have refused to downgrade the exorbitant lifestyles of our professional politicians, whose permanent employment we only seem to be concerned about. We can go on ad infinitum reeling out our litany of woes but it has become a cliché and a bloody waste of time, energy and resources.

In any normal democracy, the people would have long voted out PDP, as a grand protest against a malfunctioning political party and an under-performing government that has kept that long in the saddle of power with little or nothing to show for it. More useful and purposeful governments have been sacked and discarded in other climes for less. But ours is a peculiarly abnormal situation. We are all guilty of operating in the jungle and it has become almost impossible to see that hope in the horizon. Not that the opposition parties have done much better but they have offered some glimmer of hope in truth and reality. It would be uncharitable not to salute the modest efforts of some of the wiz kids who form the nucleus of APC today even if they are not perfect. Collectively they are likely to push Nigeria forward because of their cosmopolitan outlook. PDP has refused to jet out of its ultra-conservative cocoon. If it had made that extra effort to give something little back to a country that gave it so much there would have been perhaps no major opposition today. But the party was comfortable in its fool’s paradise and never dreamt a day like this would ever come. The recklessness of our leaders is what has again drawn Nigeria closer to the abyss.

In the middle of this terrible mess, Nigerians are just hoping that something or anything at all can still be salvaged and repositioned before it is too late. It has become too obvious that Nigeria is precariously sitting on tinderbox and a lot rests on how we conduct or misconduct ourselves in 2015. Our survival would depend on how sober or desperate the contenders choose to be. On the part of most Nigerians, all we can do is pray and watch as events unfold. Saints are not going to descend from heaven to rule over us. It behoves us to find some of the manageable demons who can perform better than the incompetent ones we’ve been stranded with.  Such is the reality of our sordid predicament.

Where do we then go from here? As things stand today, President Goodluck Jonathan has virtually been drafted and adopted as the PDP flag-bearer. I don’t see and can’t picture any other candidate emerging from the shadows to upturn this particular applecart. The President himself has assumed the role of an unchallenged candidate by going all out to dare his would be opponents to an early duel. Notably he is not challenging anybody within he is own party. He knows they have all accepted the inevitable!  It is the opposition he brazenly confronts.  Unfortunately, while APC is still trying to sort itself out and put its house in order, President Jonathan has embarked on a marathon campaign in a most aggressive manner. From what I can decipher so far, his campaign is going to be fought on several fronts.  It is for you to determine for yourselves whether these fronts are productive or not.

The first is to throw loads of cash into the race. Admittedly, all over the world, including America, the avowed bastion of Democracy, money is heavily needed to galvanise people and materials into action.  The crowds that gather everywhere our President goes are products of heavy mobilisation. Some of them are pros who move from one rally to the other, no matter the party involved. They are loyal to whoever can pay the cash at that moment. For them, it is a lucrative job that comes at periods like this and they have to maximise time and profit.

The National Conference is also a very smart move. It is a wonderful way to mop up a lot of the politicians and herd them out of their domains into one central location. I pray that it is no more sinister than that.  The National Conference serves three major purposes. First, some of those who have gone into virtual oblivion have been resurrected and would be grateful for the opportunity to keep busy in Abuja. Two, while engaging in hot arguments, they will leave the President to concentrate on campaigning unhindered. Three, the President would have easier access to most of these putative leaders and call them to over whenever their services are needed. The other elites in their midst will continue to delude themselves that there is no alternative to the National Conference. When tomorrow comes, they would realise their futility in the non-enforceability and probable impracticability of whatever decisions are reached. By that time, the elections would be knocking and then to thy tents O Israel. I’m sorry if I sound cynical. Someone whose child was killed by a witch sees every woman as a suspect.

The third arm of the campaign is religion. President Jonathan’s strategy is to amass and appropriate and monopolise Christendom as his catchment area. His mission appears to be to create a skilfully and methodically packaged battle of wits between Christians and Muslims in particular. Of course he completely neglects or ignores devotees of other religions. They are simply insignificant in the scheme of things, or so it seems. However, we all know where most politicians are reputed to go in the dead of night! Anyway back to the festering use of religion as a veritable campaign tool by the President.  He has been going from church to church, courting his brethren and letting them know he is the one who can protect them against the rampaging defenders of the Islamic Faith as they claim. Interestingly, the Faithful that he seems to be fraternising with for the most part are the Pentecostal churches and their leaders.  The mind boggles.  For now, it seems to be working but no one knows for how long. I will explain what I mean shortly. The PDP seems to be hoping that APC will make the mistake of risking a Muslim-Muslim ticket like Chief Moshood Abiola did in 1993. That is all President Jonathan needs to turn on the heat of religious rivalry and bigotry.

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Next is ethnicity. The people of the South South will insist on serving out their two terms under Jonathan. It does not matter to them that this may be technically impossible, as some cerebral lawyers advocate, on the basis that it is claimed the Constitution does not allow a President to be sworn in three times and that a President cannot serve more than two terms. According to the senior Counsellors, if Jonathan runs and wins next year, he would have been sworn in three times and also serve a total of three terms and nine years. This case promises to be very interesting whenever it eventually gets to the Supreme Court. The Ijaw Nation in particular is not ready to listen to any legal jargon that would eliminate Jonathan by subterfuge. Their indignation is anchored on the belief that their region is the goose that lays the golden eggs. If power is taken away from them, they don’t know when it will be their turn again. The principle sounds tenable.

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But the APC is bound to counter with the argument that ethnicity and religion are the reasons Nigeria remains chronically underdeveloped and that performance should henceforth form the bedrock of our political activity and vision. Of course, this won’t be absolutely practical and in the short run may not hold water. It seems to me that APC itself would have to play the ethnic card to counter Jonathan. Its candidate would naturally and most definitely come from the North West or the North East or North Central where it is hoped more votes would come to over-run the regions where Jonathan is strong namely South South, South East and North Central or the Middle Belt. This looks good on paper but it would depend on the choice of candidate to run against Jonathan. If the candidate remains Buhari, the same results are likely to be repeated as that of 2011. But if the elders of the party play and behave like true statesmen and decide to field their younger members, this is likely to ignite a passion and frenzy in first time voters without which it would be impossible to defeat Jonathan.

As presently constituted, APC is blessed with a lot of superstars from every zone. In the North West, it has Muhammadu Buhari, Nasir El Rufai, Uba Saidu Malami, Sokoto Governor Aliyu Wamakko and Kano Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. I won’t be surprised if former Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and House of Representatives’ Speaker Aminu Tambuwal join APC anytime soon. From the North East are Atiku Abubakar and Murtala Nyako, Nuhu Ribadu, Mohammed Marwa, Borno Governor Kashim Shettima and others. In the North Central, it has arrow-heads in Bukola Saraki, Nassarawa Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and others. From the South West is Bola Tinubu leading all the Governors minus Olusegun Mimiko of Edo, Segun Osoba and a host of other unsung heroes of the Pro-democracy movement. From the South East are Governor Rochas Okorocha, Chris Ngige and others. From South South, APC has formidable members in Rotimi Amaechi, Adams Oshiomhole amongst others. APC parades some of the brightest materials in Nigerian politics today.

How APC makes progress would depend on how the party unites against a common enemy and blends the strong human materials they have.  It can be the unifying party that Nigerians have been praying for, if it properly harnesses the talent and spiritedness of the seeming strange bedfellows that have joined forces to liberate our country from a debilitating past and a potentially destructive future.

I will continue the search for potential candidates against Jonathan next week and the issues that are likely to affect the results at the end of the day. Please stay tuned.

- This Best Outside Opinion was written by Dele Momodu