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Say no to rape and support women "its still happening"

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #Nigerians, #covidnigeria, #worldnews, #nigeriacelebrities

Every excuse made to justify rape would for ever remain what they are – lame excuses. A pretext does not excuse a misdemeanor anymore than ignorance absolves guilt in law.

The debate over sexual assault or what constitutes it has gladly moved from the closet to the rooftops of social discourse. Sex is one aspect of humanity that involves every living being but that for so long has been spoken of in whispers. By bringing it up in the public sphere, we are breaking the glass ceiling. The ultimate aim should be to move beyond awareness and debate to finding remedies and proffering solutions.

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who has been sexually assaulted or has been a sexual predator or an abuser. We don’t need saints to break the ice and condemn what is bad in society.

That we are publicly debating and campaigning against rape is a big change from the Nigeria of decades ago. It is exciting to know that things are gradually changing in our society. This change is brought by the outrage over the incessant stories of rape involving traditionally vulnerable members of our society – women, children and the elderly. Although hardly spoken of, men and boys are as much aggressors as they are victims.

People are coming out of the closet to discuss issues that a few decades ago could not have been mentioned at homes because they were considered taboo subjects. Social and mainstream media have become the priests that people are turning to for confession. Government and law enforcement is taking these things seriously. Yes, the National Assembly has rejected calls for castration of rapists, but even that is advancement at some level. Years ago, lawmakers would have been too squeamish to even debate the issue. With the right pressure especially from our female lawmakers and a little help from societies that have traversed these routes, we could find the punishment that fits the crime.

A free society is one in which nothing is taboo. No subject on God’s planet should be shielded from public debate. For this reason was man created with brains. We should not be afraid to use it.

Sexual crimes have been swept under the carpet for so long that people of little minds now find excuses for the crime. Many victims have been shamed into keeping quiet leading to severe mental health issues. Victim blaming is a sad aspect of our culture that is in dire need of reform.

From homes to schools, faith houses to the workplace, victim blaming has helped the perpetrator and destroyed the life and psyche of the victim. It has emboldened the criminal. An emboldened criminal transforms into a serial offender. Early exposure could have helped tame many a monster. As a society, we have shielded the criminal for mundane reasons, one of which is that we do not want the shame brought to a family, a religious group or an organization. Unfortunately, our country is fast inching towards becoming the rape capital of Africa.

Leaders at all levels of the social strata have often helped in covering up this level of criminality. It is becoming obvious for those who have any modicum of respect that things need to change.

In the modern world, sexual offences are not statute barred. That means that whenever a victim feels confident enough to face their perpetrator, they could initiate criminal proceedings. This is well documented in many high profile cases both in Nigeria and abroad.

Relevant Nigerian agencies are talking of establishing sexual offenders’ register. This helps not just a victim but also potential victims. In most parts of the modern world, sexual offenders are required by law to register their presence when they move from one area to another. There may be difficulty policing this in Nigeria where homes have no addresses and states are still debating who qualifies as a citizen. Failure or hitches must never prevent us from experimenting and amending as we go along.

Every effort aimed at protecting the girl child from harm is a required step. Women are the preservers of life. Unfortunately, they are often the least protected in our society. We must keep this debate on the Bunsen burner until such a time when all victims irrespective of their gender (but most especially the girl child) are confident enough to walk and talk conscious that society listens, empathizes and protects them.

We should take this debate and the campaign to such a level that anyone having sexual liaison with anyone else consciously asks themselves whether they would feel comfortable if their actions become public knowledge.

The lame excuses of nudity or indecency, alcoholism or walking late are fatuous. Primitive man lived with decency without clothing and without assuming rights over the body of their partners. Only the weakest use alcohol or drugs as excuse, because inebriation in itself does not push anyone to commit a crime. In most cases timid and warped people use substances use or abuse as an excuse.

We must get to that level where people understand what consent means; who could give it and under what circumstances. Once these becomes part of the culture, then those who realize they need help would seek the help they need early enough rather than assume that they’ll be protected for their action or addiction.

The debate is late in coming, but as our elders say; whenever a person wakes up is their morning. Let’s keep talking, and saying it loud and clear – say no to rape!

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Prophet TB Joshua's Youtube channel closed after he delivered woman from "GAY/LESBIAN" spirit

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bishopdavidabioye, #covidnigeria, #livingfaithchurchworldwide, #livingfaithgoshen, #nigeriacelebrities, #peterpsquare, #ritaedochie, #yuledochie, #worldnews, #sportsnews

"Deliverance in Jesus' name," he shouts as Mary falls to the ground after several touches and slaps from the leader.

In another separate video, on a different day, Mary and her family went back to the church to give a testimony. "From a tender age I have always been masculine. The spirit grew in me. I tried fighting the spirit with my physical strength. That is why I came to the synagogue to seek deliverance. The spirit destroyed my life," she says in front of thousands of church attendees. Mary testified that she was now in touch with my feminine side.

"You are saying that right now your affection is towards the right direction?" he asks Mary, who nods.

OpenDemocracy claimed it is behind the closure of TB Joshua's YouTube account.

"Between 2016 and January 2020, the channel posted at least seven similar clips showing the charismatic Christian televangelist engaging in violent exorcism," they said in a statement."

TB Joshua has been carrying on with his church services in Nigeria despite the suspension of his channel, Emmanuel TV on YouTube. The channel had almost 2 million subscribers.

"What happened is a blessing. I want you to help me pray for Youtube," he said in response to the shutdown during a church gathering where congregants were receiving "new anointing water and a sticker

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20 Effective Tips to Lose Belly Fat (Backed by Science)

April 21 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #EPL, #Englishpremierleague, #Lagos, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #worldnews

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Belly fat is more than a nuisance that makes your clothes feel tight.

It’s seriously harmful.

One type of belly fat — referred to as visceral fat — is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions (1).

Many health organizations use body mass index (BMI) to classify weight and predict the risk of metabolic disease.

However, this is misleading, as people with excess belly fat are at an increased risk even if they look thin (2Trusted Source).

Though losing fat from this area can be difficult, there are several things you can do to reduce excess abdominal fat.

Here are 20 effective tips to lose belly fat, backed by scientific studies.

Photography by Aya Brackett

1. Eat plenty of soluble fiber

Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel that helps slow down food as it passes through your digestive system.

Studies show that this type of fiber promotes weight loss by helping you feel full, so you naturally eat less. It may also decrease the number of calories your body absorbs from food (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).

What’s more, soluble fiber may help fight belly fat.

An observational study in over 1,100 adults found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber intake, belly fat gain decreased by 3.7% over a 5-year period (6Trusted Source).

Make an effort to consume high fiber foods every day. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include:


Soluble fiber may help you to lose weight by increasing fullness and reducing calorie absorption. Try to include plenty of high fiber foods in your weight loss diet.

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European Super League: 14 Premier League clubs 'unanimously and vigorously' reject plans for competition

April 20 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #EPL, #Abuja, #AfricaNow, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #NTA, #Englishpremierleague, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #worldnews, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria, #sportsnews

Premier League CEO Richard Masters chaired a virtual meeting over European Super League proposals on Tuesday with the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the breakaway competition.

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to discuss the newly-announced competition at a virtual meeting on Tuesday.

The two-and-a-half-hour meeting, chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, explored ways to collectively respond to the proposals. A Premier League statement read: "The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

"The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

"The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.

"The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people."

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Max Verstappen said that Emilia Romagna GP win not 'dominant' - but 'great' to fight Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

April 19 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #sportsnews, #Abuja, #AppleMusic, #Channelstv, #Lagos, #ENDSARS, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #AfricaNow, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria

Max Verstappen now one point behind Lewis Hamilton in F1 2021 standings after claiming assured Imola victory; Dutchman speaks to Sky F1 about race victory, Red Bull's pace and p But the Dutchman also admitted that "it's great to be fighting against Lewis Hamilton" as F1 2021's predicted title protagonists went head to head again at Imola, now splitting the race wins to kick off the campaign possible title battle.

Verstappen recovered from an uncharacteristic below-par qualifying to launch from third to first in Sunday's chaotic and unpredictable Grand Prix, dueling with Hamilton into the first chicane before putting on a commanding display, all while his rival made a race-altering error in the wet.

Max eventually took the chequered flag ahead of Hamilton by 22 seconds - a margin which, on paper, would hint that Red Bull pressed home what appears to be a car advantage over Mercedes.

But while Verstappen was delighted with the win, he insisted to Sky F1: "I don't think it was dominant.

"Lewis was following me quite well and for him to come back from P9 or P8 to P2, it shows that they have a lot of pace in the car as well so we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves."

He added to Natalie Pinkham: "I think we just did everything well in these conditions. We made the right calls: Great start, made the right calls with the tyres, stayed out of trouble - so that's how we, I think, at the end of the day won the race.

"But there are no guarantees and we still have to work hard to improve because they are very close. But still, for now I am obviously very happy with the result."

Three weeks after going wheel-to-wheel at the season-opener in Bahrain, Verstappen and Hamilton did so again at Imola - although only into Turn 2 and 3 as the Red Bull surged up the inside of the Mercedes.

"It was a very bold move," said Sky F1's Damon Hill, while Verstappen claimed it was "hard racing".

With his victory, Verstappen is a point behind Hamilton, who took the fastest lap, in the standings. "It's great to be fighting against Lewis, Mercedes who, I think, as a team, they have been so dominant and they're very difficult to beat," said Verstappen.

"So to be able to sit here now, now two races in a row, we were very, very competitive, that's very promising but no guarantees."

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Jose Mourinho sacked by Tottenham Hotspur

April 19 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #AppleMusic, #AfricaNow, #ENDSARS, #Lagos, #Channelstv, #NTA, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #Nigerians, #bet9ja, #covidnigeria

Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November 2019; Portuguese head coach led Spurs to sixth-place finish in the Premier League during first season in charge

Mourinho was called to a meeting with chairman Daniel Levy on Monday morning.

The club then confirmed Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra had all been "relieved of their duties", with Ryan Mason - just 29 - taking charge of training on Monday afternoon.

It is understood the decision was results-based and nothing to do with Spurs' agreement to join a European Super League.

Levy said: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.

"Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."

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Bishop David Oyedebo: Declares He won't take COVID-19 vaccine as he clearly stands on His faith.

April 18 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #Channelstv, #ENDSARS, #covidnigeria, #livingfaithchurchworldwide, #livingfaithgoshen, #bishopdavidabioye, #nigeriacelebrities, #Nigeria News

The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel, David Oyedepo, says he won’t take COVID-19 vaccine jab, adding that he is not a guinea pig.

The cleric stated this on Saturday during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme.

He said, “I have never seen a generation where you force people to take vaccines. It is inhuman; it is immoral sir. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think it is legal. You can’t come to my house and want to give me injection.

“On what? Did I invite you? They are confused. But the church has the answer. Did you see any outbreak of virus here? How will it enter the gate? Will it come through the air? How? One woman just got down after that injection in Kaduna. What kind of life? Are human beings now turned to guinea pigs?

“The world is confused but the church is lighted. So the triumph of the church will humble the pride of the world. They don’t know what to do sir. In the last days, the church will be reigning in power and glory. That is God’s agenda.

No apologies. There is a big, big bird in our land, saying ‘don’t take it, they are deceivers’. Let me see someone who will come and inject me. By who? Are you going to tie my hands? How? Did I invite you? I know you are quiet, you will hear more of it. My job is to expose the devil and tell his agents, ‘get off, we are not guinea pigs’.”


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CBN; State Government must pay their Apex bank loans since 2015

April 16 2021 , Written by ODIGWE ANSELEM Published on #Abuja, #Lagos, #Nigeria News, #NigeriainDiaspora, #NTA, #Nigerians, #covidnigeria, #centralbanknigeria, #ENDSARS

The apex bank granted the loans to states as budget support facilities within the period, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said during a visit to Nasarawa State.

He stated this during a session with reporters on Thursday in reaction to claims by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, that the Federal Government had printed an additional N50 billion to N60 billion to make up for state allocations.

“It is important for me to put it this way that in 2015/2016 … we did provide budget support facility for all the states of the country.

“That loan remains unpaid till now and we are going to insist on the states paying back those monies going forward, since they are accusing us of giving them loans – effectively that’s what they are saying,” the CBN governor said.

He added, “If you understand the concept of printing of money, it is about lending money. There is no need for all the controversy around the printing of money as if we are going into the factory, printing naira, and then distributing (it) on the streets.

“It is very inappropriate for people to just give some coloration to the word ‘printing of money’ as if it is a foreign word coming from the sky.”

According to Emefiele, most countries of the world today are facing an economic crisis, apart from the health challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, he believes it will be irresponsible of the CBN or any central bank to stand idle and refuse to support its government.

The CBN governor decried that Nigeria was in a bad situation, especially with the problem of productivity output – the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as well as inflation and increased price of commodities.

He, however, stated that the nation’s financial regulator would continue to put in place adequate measures to mitigate the effect of the present situation on the people.

“For us to begin to see some people playing some games, trying to come up with overheating its (the nation’s) polity talking about the printing of money, I think it is unfortunate and totally inappropriate.

“I would like to advise that this should stop. We should all work for the growth of our country and not play politics. I am not a politician and I keep saying so; I am a banker, and I should be left to do my work,” said Emefiele.

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