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Poem: Lord, Please Bless Ebi, Preserve Him

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Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
Bless him, protect him,
Let him enjoy the fruit of his labour.
Evil hands that rise against him, paralyzed let them be, Lord.
Blindfold evil eyes after him.
He is watering the younger ones,
Watered let him be, providence.

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him
Keep him away from the wicked once.
A kind hearted man, he is such.
A benevolent heart – exemplified.
Raising the younger ones, craved he for,
Their success, derives he joy.

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Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
July, 2018 called him me,
What does it takes you to stand,
Enquired him.
You have all what it takes to excel in this regard, admonished him me
Words me muttered,
Scared of the unknown.
The connections, links, have I not.
Ebi assured me of all these, though
I was waiting, waiting patiently to that which is not forthcoming.
Aloof I became.

High Chief (Engr.) Pascal Ebi Akpofagha

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
After much aloofness, here came I,
Sequel to the enquires of 2018.
One after the other, we shall take the steps, said he.
According to his words, did he.
A man of integrity, impeccable character!

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
He that find a good wife, find a good thing, obtained favour from the Lord, says the holy book
This is Ebi’s portion.
He has find a good thing, obtained favour from the Lord
Tombra is a virtuous woman!
Say her no to his benevolent act,
Helpless he may become.
Show me a successful man,
I will show you a praying, successful woman behind him.
Tombra is a God sent.
Her making trouble, heard I not. Always smiling.

Tombra Akpofagha (Mrs.) The Beautiful, Praying Woman Behind The Scene

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
He is working to raise the younger ones,
Raise him, Lord.
He is a High Chief, higher let him go
Ebi is his name, let ‘ebi’ u la.
He is Ibe-Ebidouwei, let ebi u dou ẹrí
He desires, deserves more higher places in his endeavours,
Take him to the peak he desires.

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
Seeds you’ve given him, keep them for him.
Let them be a source of joy as it has been,
Not cause for sorry.
They are little ones, that virtually know nothing,
Keep them under Your canopy.
In Your wisdom and knowledge, let them grow.

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High Chief Akpofagha, The Ibe-Ebidouwei of Furupagha kingdom and his family

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him
The Zerubbabel of Ebi’s hands has started this in my life,
Complete let it be, Lord.
Every mountain against completion of this,
Plain let it be.
So a grateful heart will be more grateful.

Lord, please bless Ebi, preserve him.
In the same vein, a grateful heart says,
Lord bless Ebi, bless him, bless him the more and protect him, his household.

Engr. Pascal Ebi Akpofagha, is a High Chief in the Ijaw nation, poised in assisting and raising the younger ones, particularly those with one dream or the other but have no means of actualising such dreams due to financial constraints.

His benevolent act philanthropic act to some younger ones including the write fuel this poem ditto its birth.

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Translation of some native words.
Ebi – Goodness/Good, beauty.
‘Ebi u la’ – Let goodness find him/locate him
Ibe-Ebidouwei – One who walks tireless for the progress of his Kingdom(s)

The writer, Joseph Ebitibi Kanjo, is a journalist, a creative writer and an analyst
kanjoforsuccess@gmail.com

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IPOB Flays Ezeife, Ohanaeze Spokesman Over Ekpa

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has cautioned the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnia and elder statesman Chukwuemeka Ezeife,

For their utterances concerning the leadership of the IPOB.

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Lately, there have been speculations over IPOB’s leadership following orders issued by Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple.

Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, said the group has only one leader in the person of Nnamdi Kanu.

Ekpa recently ordered a five-day sit-at-home order across the Southeast, but IPOB denied issuing such a directive.

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Powerful, in a statement, said: “We, the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by the great and indefatigable liberator, Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to caution the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Ogbonnia and chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife to stop claiming ignorance of who the Leader of IPOB is.

“If indeed he is the real Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Ezeife being who he is and unaware of who the IPOB leader is, they deserve not to occupy that position in Igboland. We warn Dr Alex Ogbonnia and Ezeife never to address the criminal residing in Finland as a former IPOB leader, or we will open a book of remembrance just for them. Mazi Nnamdi KANU remains IPOB leader worldwide and will remain so till Biafra is restored.”

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Speaking further, he said: “It’s hypocritical that a man who claims to be Publicity SecreIPOBtary of Ohanaeze and an elder can also claim that they are not aware who has been the IPOB leader all this while.”

Powerful described Ekpa as an imposter contracted to destroy IPOB.

He urged the National President of Ohanaeze to call Ogbonnia and Ezeife to order.

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“The criminal in Finland you are referring to has never been an IPOB member; he was contracted to come and destroy IPOB and Ndigbo and will never be IPOB member till Biafra comes.

“Professor George Obiozor, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide should call these men to order if indeed they are Ndigbo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Publicity Secretary or scribe and chieftain,” he added.

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Fuel Scarcity: DSS Ultimatum An Empty Threat – Femi Falana

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Human right lawyer, Femi Falana, has described the ultimatum by the Department of State Service (DSS) to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) as empty threats.

DSS, through its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, had given a 48-hour ultimatum to NNPC and oil marketers on Thursday to end the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Nigeria.

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But Falana, on Friday during a live interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, described the ultimatum as an empty threat, saying, ”the ultimatum will not work because there is no sanction for impunity in Nigeria.”

READ ALSO: [JUST IN] Fuel Scarcity: DSS Gives NNPC, Oil Marketers 48 Hours To Make Product Available

“The State Security Service (SSS) does not operate under the law in Nigeria. It does its own thing. There is no one to call the agency to order. They know it’s just an empty threat because nobody will be arrested and prosecuted to teach a lesson.

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“When toxic fuel was brought to Nigeria some time ago, the government promised to deal with those involved, saying it will never happen again. Was anyone arrested? Was anyone prosecuted? It’s the same thing because they know the people behind it. It’s like oil theft,” he said.

While commending the security concerns of the secret service, he noted that the continued presence of long queues at filling stations could lead to “serious security problems.”

Citing the constitution, Falana who stated that the president is empowered to call in the military in the event that police cannot maintain adequate internal security, also explained that “DSS is a secret agency required to submit reports for the president to take appropriate action.”

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Falana, however, urged the federal government to run Nigeria in line with the provisions of the law.

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JUST IN: CBN Withdrawal Limits Retaliatory Against Political Class —Fintiri

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The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has accused the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, of targeting the political class with the cash withdrawal limit policy unveiled by the apex bank on Tuesday.

Controversies have continued to trail the planned policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria to limit daily cash withdrawal for individuals to N20,000 daily and N100,000 and N500,000 per week for individuals and corporate bodies respectively.

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But Governor Fintiri, who was reacting to the new CBN policy during a campaign engagement in Kala’a, Hong Local Government Area, said it was evident that the policy by Emefiele was targeted at the political class.

He said the policy coming shortly after Emefiele’s uneventful foray into politics which had been prematurely truncated, could only have been retaliatory giving that the policy was likely to worsen poverty among the citizens.

He said, “What is breeding poverty? Economic policies. Look at the one that is about to be implemented by the Central Bank which would further throw the country into poverty. Nobody is saying the economy shouldn’t be cashless. Take time and do it systematically. We shouldn’t do it as if some people wanted to be politicians and they were denied the opportunity, then they use their office to punish the politicians.”

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Fintiri who cautioned against such policies tasked holders of key national institutions to act in the overall national interest.

The governor also reiterated his call for true federalism. Fintiri had on Thursday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to amend the constitution to allow for a truena federation where states are allowed to take full control of revenues and by so doing assure autonomy for the third tier of government.

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He said, “If we are talking about governors diverting funds, we expect the government to correct the anomaly by sponsoring amendment to the Nigerian constitution to separate the office of the accountant general of the federation from the accountant general of the federal government so that funds belonging to local government and the state would not also be converted by the federal government, because what the governors’ are being accused of, the Federal Government can equally be accused of doing same ten times over.”

He maintained that there needs to be restructuring of the current system that would allow autonomy to the states and local government, adding that “the way the system is couched there’s no autonomy even for the states nor for the local governments and nobody sees the states as sub-national of the federation because everything is being controlled at the centre.”

 

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