Sunday, 14 February 2016

PHOTOS: Popular Actress Bites Actress Princess Chineke On Her Thighs On Movie Set

This apparently happened on Friday night, on set of a movie. Princess Chineke claims another actress on set bit her and removed the skin on her thighs during an argument. Her story below...
Princess' story. I came in late to camp, the hotel rooms were full so I was asked to share room with her. Few nights she stayed in,she was always making mid night calls.So I asked her to go out of the room or make the calls in the toilet with the doors locked.The other night she made calls at 1am putting the caller on speaker.
Hearing a male voice from sleep I woke up thinking a guy was in the room only to discover it was was her putting her caller on speaker.I complained to the management they said they will get another room for me but there was no room after yesterdays shoot. Told her she is disturbing .

she insulted me so we exchanged words I ended up sleeping on set the next day. When I got back to the hotel I had my bathe laid down on the bed she said she wanted my space.She called the pm(product manager) saying they should throw me out.I'm not supposed to be in the project and the hotel. I said the way she was brought in , I came in as well. She insulted my family ,I told her she has no right to decide who is in a job or not its not her fathers job!She bounced on my lap with her teeth.She hit me in their front b4 I could hit back the men cane in separated us.She said check your leg see what I did to you?I didn't feel the pain untill I went to pee I saw she ripped my washed pants in the bathroom.I pulled the pyjamas and saw a chunk of my flesh out.Showed it to every one who ran to the room.The management took me to another hotel ,then hospital to make sure I was properly treated. Presently shooting in iyana paja. Name of program :Behind the smile. Happened 11:30pm yesterday. That's Friday. Her name is Chrystabel goddy. Still in the hospital with stitches and my wound still bleeding. 
 Below is the photo of Chrystabel...
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Mr Nigerian Emmanuel Ikubese Releases Valentine Photos

The actor and Mr Nigeria was styled by celebrity stylist and fashion influencer, Jeremiah Ogbodo of Swanky's signatures styling. More pictures after the cut..

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Kano state to enroll 1.2m pupils in primary schools in 9 months

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says the state government plans to enroll no fewer than 1.2 million pupils in primary schools across the 23 local governments of the state in the next nine months.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tambuwal made the disclosure in Sokoto on Saturday at the maiden edition of Youths Education and Empowerment summit organised by an NGO, "Arewa Transformation Initiatives".

The summit was organised in conjunction with the Office of Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs.
''Our target for the year is about 1.4 million pupils, but we have now targeted 1.2 million to see how far we can go from now to October, this year.

'' It is by then that we can be able to assess whether we have been able to achieve this laudable target.
'' We have taken this bold step because of our displeasure with the enrollment of a paltry 480,000 pupils in primary schools in 2015,'' the governor said through the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgori.

According to Tambuwal his administration has allocated the lion share of the state's 2016 budget amounting to over N 34 billion to education.
This, the governor explained was with the view to reversing the obnoxious trend in the state where the education sector was lagging behind.
The governor further said that his administration was fully committed to sustaining its huge investments in youths.

''The youths would be provided with quality and quantitative education at all levels and poverty will not hinder the youths from acquiring all forms of education and to any desired levels.
''Education, including Science and Technology will continue to be prioritised, while the empowerment of the youths, women and children will not be toyed with.

'' We will do everything humanly possible to enable the youths realise their full potentials to enable them contribute to the development of the state and the country in general, '' Tambuwal said.

The Special Adviser to Tambuwal on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, said that the state government truly believed in the ability of the youths to make their impact on national development.
Imam said that the youths of the nation must also be availed with the opportunity to make the right educational choices and raise their living standard.

''So, the knowledge the participants will acquire will certainly help them to become the real agents of change and the desirable as well as responsible future leaders of the state and Nigeria at large,'' he said.
The Founder of the NGO, Mr Jibril Shehu, an indigene of the state based in the U.S., said the event was aimed at reawakening the youths on ways to take their lofty ideas and potentials to the next level.

'' A lot of opportunities are now available for the youths and we must commend the dexterity of the state government in bolstering the abilities and the capabilities of the youths,'' he said.
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NOUN and Civil rights group protests as Buhari sacks 12 VCs

The sack of 13 Vice Chancellors of 12 Federal Universities and National Open University Nigeria in Nigeria has been met with a strong protest by the Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG).

According to multiple reports, the group has demanded the reversal of the decision, which was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on the orders of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
‎The group maintained that the action contravenes the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No.11 of 1993 (as amended) by decree No.25, 1996 and further amended in 2003 and 2012 respectively and other agreements as contained in the 2009 FGN staff union agreement.

In a protest letter by the coalition of civil society group to President Buhari, signed by its President, Etuk Bassey Williams and Secretary-General, Ibrahim Abubakar, the group demanded the reversal of the decision in which the NOUN VC was replaced with Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano.

"The constitution is quite clear on the procedures to be followed in the appointment and disengagement of Vice Chancellors and none of these procedures were followed in the above case.
"The appointment of Vice Chancellors is a tenured appointment, which presupposes that every appointee is expected to serve the prescribed number of years as stipulated by the Acts governing the institutions," the statement read in part.

The affected Vice Chancellors include Prof. Vincent Tenebe of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), who was replaced by Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu.
According to the public statement conveying the sack of the VCs, the substantive Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Prof. Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who was said to be on Sabbatical in NOUN is the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

While the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State has Prof. Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano as its new VC, Prof. Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano is the VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.
A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

While another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, will now be VC in Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State has been elevated to the position of VC in same University.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Prof. Muhammad Sanusi Liman will henceforth be VC of same institution.
For Prof. Angela Freeman Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, she is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State now has Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri as its VC, while Prof. Seth Accra Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
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Photos From Flavour Sold Out Concert In Ivory Coast

Award winning contemporary Highlife singer Flavour thrilled fans to a point of hysteria on stage during his performance in Palais de la Culture in Treichville, Ivory Coast .

The ‘Gollibe’ singer, Flavour lit up the stage  as the performed shirtless, showing off  his fit body plus an impressive physique.
Flavour who is currently on his #FlavourOfAfrica tour shared photos of a female fan who almost pass out from excitement the moment he let her on the stage during his performance.
 “I was incredibly touched by so many of my fans reactions, including this girl. Bless!” Flavour caption the photo.
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NDLEA, AGF Agree To Rule Of Law Over Kashamu's Extradition

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday agreed with the Senate to halt the alleged abduction of the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States.

Kashamu had alleged penultimate week that the anti drug agency was conniving with the authorities of the US government to abduct him from Nigeria, through unlawful means.

Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, had in a petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, claimed that NDLEA operatives had perfected strategies to forcefully take him to the US in order to answer drug related charges.


He had urged both the NDLEA and the office of the Attorney-General to drop the alleged plan and follow the rule of law in prosecuting Kashamu.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu said, “The Senate, AGF, NDLEA have unanimously agreed to stop further harassment, intimidation, abduction and extradition of Kashamu until the conclusion of the matter at the law court.

“We had also agreed that the rules of law and due process must be followed in the case.”
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PHOTOS: Naomi Campbell Seen Kissing Rihanna

 Supermodel Naomi Campbell showed Rihanna lots of love at Rihanna's  Fenty Puma Fall 2016 collection show at the New York Fashion Week..She looked thrilled by the collection that she gave Riri a celebratory kiss..

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Mad dog bites policeman in Yola

A dog on Saturday in Yola, went haywire, biting a policeman on duty. According to NAN, the incident occurred at the popular Police Round-About area of Jimeta. An eye witness, Tizhe Joseph, told newsmen that the dog, suspected to be ‘mad’, was being pursued by a crowd when it came face-to -face with the policeman in uniform, and bit him. He said

“The mad dog was being chased and at a point, was hit with a stick. It attacked a policeman in uniform attached to state anti-robbery squad, who was approaching it (dog) from the front. “The dog bit the policeman on his right leg. The animal was however killed by the people pursuing it and the policeman, advised to hurriedly go for anti-rabies vaccine,” Joseph said.
 NAN however gathered that as people trooped to have a glimpse of the dead animal, a man believed to be a dog meat eater, appeared with a sack, took the remains of the dog and walked away, as the crowd watched with shock.
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PHOTOS: Maheeda Goes Naked To Celebrate Valentine's Day (18+)

 Maheeda who says she has no Valentine is celebrating it with hot photos ..For those who aren't tired,see below..

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PHOTO: I was promised N300,000 to blackmail 12 CAC pastors-ex-convict

A 44-year-old ex-convict, Festus Balogun, ended up in police detention where he is cooling his feet. For months, the suspect had been on the wanted list of Ondo State Police Command as detectives tried  to smoke him out of his hideout, following complaints by some pastors of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) that someone was blackmailing them .

 Balogun confessed to the police that he was lured into the act by a  marketer who ended up duping him. The suspect, aka “Smart”, released from Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons in December, last year,  had released a compact disk (video) in which he allegedly blackmailed the 12 pastors of the church. Balogun said he was lured into the blackmail by the marketer, who promised him an initial reward of N300,000 with more to come subsequently. 
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the marketer, in conjunction with the suspect, rolled   out the CD, titled, Asiri Tu (secret exposed), in which he claimed that 12 prominent pastors engaged him to kill for them to gain spiritual power. The suspect alleged that the pastors were involved in ritual killing and other fetish acts.
 “Some prominent men of God, numbering 12 and namely: Pastor Samson Olueamodede of Prayer Centre Church of God, Idanre Road, Akure and Pastor Samuel Kayode Abiara, the General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide and ten others, engaged him to kill for them to gain spiritual power”, a police source said. 

Speaking with Sunday Vanguard when he was paraded by the police in Akure, the suspect  confessed to the alleged crime and admitted that he was convicted for cultism and imprisoned in the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons in the past. Balogun said  he had never been in contact with any of the men of God  he made the allegations against in his video and had never killed in his life. He said that all what he alleged in the video were lies in a bid to make money from the victims. 
The suspect denied that he was sponsored by other pastors to tarnish the image of the CAC pastors. The suspect said he saw it as a means to make quick money for his survival after his jail  experience. Balogun claimed that he was induced by a marketer in Ibafo, Ogun State, who promised to reward him with N300, 000 for the CD. A source said the suspect had given useful information on how the fleeing marketer and producer would be apprehended by the police. He regretted that the marketer, after the release of the video, went underground. Balogun explained that “ the marketer has not given me anything after the video was released”. He however pleaded that the pastors that were blackmailed should “ find a place in their hearts to forgive him” One of the 12 pastors that were blackmailed, Oluwamodede, who came to witness the confession” of the suspect,   declared that he had  forgiven his blackmailer.  
The pastor  said God had vindicated him and his colleagues.   He, however, urged security agencies to ensure that people who engage in such blackmailing acts are dealt with as specified by the law, so that it will   serve as deterrent to others. Speaking with Sunday Vanguard after the suspect was paraded, the state Police Commissioner, Mike Ogbodu, said  the “ video  CD was released and sold within and outside the country.”
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Toyin Aimakhu Sends Valentine''s Day Message To Her New Man,Seun

Toyin Aimakhu has openly declared her love for new man,Seun Egbegbe.She wrote early this morning
 Thanks to GOD for using you to bring happiness back to my life,u will never know sorrow and happiness will not be far from u may GOD continue to bless and uplift u and may GOD give me the strength to be able to pay u back and to all my fans thanks so much for your support and undying love cos without u there's no me,thanks thanks thanks...happy valentine to you all and always remember that I love and appreciate u all..#teamtoyinaimakhu #happinessisallthatmatters
She also shared a cryptic message which may be for her estranged husband ,Adeniyi Johnson,who cheated on her.
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PHOTOS: Ciara And Her Lover,Russell Wilson At Pre-Grammy Party

Singer Ciara and her NFL boyfriend Russell Wilson looked great as they attended the pre-Grammy Party that took place Saturday night hosted by LL Cool J.

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Photos from Jumai Shaba's wedding in Dubai

TV gal and model Jumai Shaba who is expecting her first child got married to her beau, Rosiji in an outdoor wedding in Dubai in 2015. This is the first pic (I think) from the wedding she's shared online.

This is a photo from her bridal shower...
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CCT Trial: Saraki Reaches Out To Buhari, Tinubu Again

Senate President Bukola Saraki has made fresh moves to reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, following the Supreme Court judgment on his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Supreme Court had on February 5 ruled that Saraki’s trial should continue at the CCT. The apex court had affirmed the propriety of Saraki’s trial at the CCT on 13 counts of false asset declaration.

In the 13 counts initiated by the Federal Government, Saraki was said to have made false asset declaration in his forms at the Code of Conduct Bureau as a two-term governor of Kwara State.

The CCT had on Friday said Saraki’s trial would resume on March 10.

It was reliably gathered that since February 5, Saraki had been making moves to indirectly reach out to Buhari and Tinubu.

A top government source, who confided in SUNDAY PUNCH , said Saraki could not reach out directly to Buhari on the matter because he knew the President’s disposition to such issues.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the Senate President resorted to sending emissaries to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when Buhari was on a six-day vacation and Osinbajo was the acting President.

The delegation was reportedly led by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume.
The source said the Vice-President made his position and that of the President clear to Saraki’s emissaries.

He said, “Saraki knows the kind of person the President is and I think he won’t approach him directly on this matter.
“But yes, I can tell you that he is reaching out indirectly.

“He sent emissaries to meet with the Vice-President when the President was on vacation and the Vice-President was on the chair in acting capacity.

“The emissaries had met with the Vice-President under the cover of the developments about the 2016 budget.
“In the process, they put the issue of Saraki forward.

“Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, however, made it equivocally clear to them that the two issues could not be mixed. He told them that the issue of the budget was different from the trial of Saraki.”
Ndume had on Tuesday led some of his colleagues, including Dino Melaye, Abdullahi Adamu and Monsurat Sumonu to meet Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the end of the closed-door session, Ndume told State House correspondents that the meeting reviewed some developments in the polity, including the issue of the 2016 budget currently before the National Assembly.

While saying that it would not be a new thing if people read meanings into their visit, Ndume had claimed that his delegation did not discuss Saraki’s travails with the Vice-President.

He was however quick to rise in support of the Senate President when his opinion was sought on the calls by his colleagues in the Unity Forum that Saraki should resign.

“Are you saying that the Senate President should be convicted before the trial? In our constitution, you are considered innocent until proven guilty,” he had said.

For Tinubu, it was gathered that Saraki had reached out to not less than 10 opinion leaders and clerics to visit the APC leader at his home in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Saraki and Tinubu fell out in June last year when he defied the directive of the APC and became the Senate President under controversial circumstances.

The Senate President further ensured that Tinubu’s preferred candidates were denied principal offices at the Senate.

The former governor of Lagos State subsequently broke all communication with Saraki, describing him in an open letter as an ‘indisciplined and disloyal man who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in soul.’

Another reliable source told one of our correspondents that Tinubu was not interested in Saraki’s latest peace moves.

He said, “Access from Saraki’s camp has been blocked. Tinubu has been disappointed in every way. It was the party that picked Ahmed Lawan. He was not Tinubu’s initial candidate but he did it all the same.

“So, he has decided to (wash his) hands and will not say a word again regarding Saraki.
“Efforts have intensified since Saraki’s recent CCT trouble but Tinubu has been out of the country. He has been in Guinea for the last five days.

“We have been informed that Saraki is working with a team of people in Ilorin that will storm Lagos. Top leaders there including Muslim clerics are being put together to visit Lagos and mediate on his behalf but Tinubu is not interested.”

He added, “There is no deal to be made anymore. Saraki never conceded anything. He did not give any of our people any principal position. He then went ahead to increase the number of Senate committees by fiat just to placate those that have been following him to court.

“Every concession was denied. The approval of ministers had nothing to do with Tinubu. It was purely between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Tinubu has moved on. He has been visiting African countries, supporting other democracies in West Africa.”

“Saraki should go and get good lawyers. As you can see, attempts to remove the CCT chairman did not work. Attempts to stop the trial at the Supreme Court have also failed.”

All attempts to reach the spokesperson for Tinubu, Mr. Sunday Dare, proved abortive as he did not respond to repeated telephone calls.

Saraki meets Buhari regularly — Aide

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu, said on Saturday that his principal had been having regular meetings with the President in recent times on national issues.

Olaniyonu, who spoke with one of our correspondents on telephone cited the most recent when both leaders jointly hosted the German President at the Aso Rock villa on Thursday night.

Saraki’s spokesperson however, said the regular parleys between Saraki and Buhari were purely on issues of national interest.
He said, “These two gentlemen hold two critical arms of government and they need to meet regularly to discuss issues of national importance.

“The issue of budget is there, insurgency and the economy generally. How can anybody think the Senate President will be seeking audience with the President on the issue of the CCT when there are serious national issues calling for attention?”

When asked if Saraki would reach out to the President, Olaniyonu said, “No comment.”

Before his recent moves to reach out to the President and Tinubu, Saraki had been facing renewed opposition from the Senate Unity Forum led by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

Lawan was supported for the senate presidency by the APC leaders and some party senators, while Saraki got the backing of all Peoples Democratic Party senators and some APC senators to emerge as senate president last year. Last week, the Lawan faction regrouped in a bid to force Saraki to resign.
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PHOTOS: Oyo Gov's daughter, Abiola Kola-Daisi rocks distressed jeans

She looks good in them...another photo after the cut...

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PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian Rocks Kanye's Yeezy 3 Perspex Boots

Kim Kardashian stepped out in New York City on Saturday in a pair of Yeezy Season 3 perspex boots. The see-through shoes were a dead-ringer for the same pair she shared on her Instagram account on Thursday, which she captioned, 'YEEZY SEASON 3.'. She stepped out with her blonde braided hair. More photos after the cut...

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Eniola Badmus Stuns In Valentine photos

Actress Eniola Badmus released beautiful Valentine's day photos to celebrate this special day. More photos after the cut...

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When Love Isn’t Enough- By Reuben Abati

It is that time of the year again in the month of February, when there is so much talk and excitement about romance and love, all in preparation for that special day dedicated to love, romance and dalliance, this very day, Valentine’s Day.  The romantic propaganda can be really oppressive. In the past few days for example, GSM service providers have insisted that the only ring tone that fits this season is the one that forces you to think of romance, just in case you may have forgotten. I didn’t solicit for the ringtone, but I got it all the same and I have had to listen to it, on other people’s lines, and I guess it doesn’t come free.

The GSM companies are making money selling Valentine messages. And that is the point: the frenzy over Valentine’s Day is commercial, capitalistic, and it is of course, global.  In the United States, even the White House is not left out, with the First Lady composing a poem for President Barack Obama on this special occasion. It is all mushy, lovey-dovey stuff. The eventual beneficiaries are the business outfits that produce printing cards, shirts, chocolates, cakes, the restaurants that will probably remain open till Feb. 15, not to talk of the companies that will benefit from the many phone calls, e-mails and text messages.
Sometimes, I find Valentine’s Day a bit suffocating, feminist, and discriminatory. This year’s celebration falls on a Sunday, otherwise it would also have been observed in schools including nursery and kindergarten schools. On a school day, all the pupils would have been instructed to dress up in red colour and to bring gifts for their friends.  The children are innocent but their teachers, especially in the private schools, initiate them into this annual ritual. Last year, there was so much red colour blinding the eyes on the streets. I also saw old men and women, even widows, joining the celebration, refusing to be left out of their share of the love in the air.  And later in the day of course, the restaurants usually take over and the ultimate show of chivalry is for a man to be seen taking his Valentine for candle-lit dinner, or to go on his knees and pop the question, or to exchange wedding vows on this special day.
It is as if this is the only day meant for love, and the flow of affection is generally understood around here to be from man to woman. The emphasis is not even on pure, unadulterated love; but physical romance. In everything there is a suggestion among the younger generation that a Valentine’s Day expression of love is the truest form of affection, which it is not.  The overwhelming focus on purchasing power as a measure of love and affection makes it worse.  This has resulted in some commentators lamenting that given the economic austerity in the land, Valentine’s Day this year may not be as exciting, because as the common saying goes, “there can be no romance without finance!”. In the past, a poem or a letter or a bouquet of flowers would do, but I hear, not anymore. Our new age Nigerian ladies no longer read love letters, nor are they interested in poetry- those forced rhymes and sweet nothings meant to make the heart flutter don’t seem to work anymore.   
These days, I have heard such comments as: “we have not received salary, how man go take do Valentine?” and I have seen a cartoon in which a husband tells his wife that they will be better off spending the whole day in church! It is perhaps more advisable to celebrate Agape, church love than to dig a hole in the pocket and tell stories that touch the heart later.
I am not against anyone celebrating love, but the desperation, the heartache and the sheer anxiety that now attends Valentine’s Day is a bit over the top. People should not have to borrow or rob a bank to prove that they love a woman. And this whole thing about romantic love is curious. In any relationship at all, physical love is not enough. It takes a lot more to build relationships.
It should be possible to spend Valentine’s Day with family members, friends, and other members of the community. And you shouldn’t have to wear red as if you are going to a Sango shrine, or appear like a masquerade, before anyone knows that you want to celebrate love. 

How about a visit to the motherless babies’ home, or the prisons, hospitals, or a visit to the cemetery to remember your departed loved ones. Or quality time spent at home with the children or phone calls to old time friends to wish them well. Love should not be measured in loud decibels of a one-day excitement; it should be a value, extended in all kinds of relationships.
This is one lesson the excitable young crowd, that is going to troop out to the clubs and restaurants today, must learn, and which they will learn. They should ask the older generation. I doubt if there are many married men and women out there who are still having butterflies in their stomachs as they did many years ago, over a certain unknown St. Valentine. Real life teaches hard lessons.  The older generation would have learnt that love grows, and it fades, and it is better as a life-long experience, while romantic love is just one of many other kinds of love, including self-love, and this thing called love is not necessarily in real life, exactly as the Holy Book says it should be. 
       It is only in the Bible that love exists in such fantasy form as described in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”   In real life, love is proud, boastful, easily angered, expensive, self-seeking, vengeful…imagine the kind of atrocities that have been committed in the name of love!

As we mark this year’s Valentine’s Day, I think of the quality of love in our community, and it is sad that there is a damning scarcity of it.  Those who will observe the Valentine ritual, and may forget the subject of love by tomorrow morning, are in the majority: they claim to be good men and women, but they are not their brother’s keepers. They include young girls who will never be allowed to marry young men from other ethnic groups because of the deep-seated suspicions that have divided Nigerian communities into primordial camps of hate. We have parents, teachers, leaders and priests, who promote division rather than unity. We are a community of broken dreams and shattered hopes.  Hypocrisy has become a virtue.  Some of the young people change their partners every Valentine season, collecting Valentine gifts like they are striving to build a museum of romantic encounters. Many of those who will profess love today do not even know what it means.
And yet we are a religious society and all the religions teach love as an important virtue and value. But I doubt if anyone listens. Even the religious leaders are guilty.  One so-called 50-year old Pastor Amakiri has just been accused of raping a 12-year old child. He saw a vision that he needed a “holy massage” to be administered by a young girl between the ages of 12-15, on his “badly aching waist.”  He has children at home between the ages of 6 and 14, and he could have sought medical help. Only God knows how many other lives this particular Pastor has damaged with false visions and cruel opportunism. Our schools should teach love, but was it not in a Nigerian school that a student once slaughtered a teacher in broad daylight?
And was it not from a school that innocent young girls were carted away and abducted? Parents should help teach love too, but many parents are too busy monitoring that bank alert that will make them breathe easier. Marriage should nurture love, but was it not in Ibadan the other day that a young, married lady, drove a knife into her husband’s neck wounding him mortally because he had a child outside wedlock. And elsewhere in this same country, another married woman reportedly butchered her husband’s manhood, into two, because he was caught with another woman.
Yes, it is Valentine’s Day but it is the Devil that rules the heart of many. Pastor Amakiri has been quoted saying “Don’t blame the Devil, I did it.”  Of course, you did it, and are we supposed to clap for you?  The Devil has never been convicted in any court of law for committing a crime.  Think also of the usual stories about the shenanigans of governance and the oddities of public life. The list is endless, providing a sobering backdrop to all the ebb and flow of Valentine spirit.  People are taught the idea of love by the ritual of Valentine’s Day, but that is never enough for building relationships and a strong community of citizens. We need a society built on much deeper friendships and values.
This is perhaps partly why there have been anti-Valentine’s Day protests in India and Pakistan, where its celebration is said to be “against religious and cultural norms.” I don’t think a day will ever come when the Nigerian authorities will ban anyone from having a day of fun, even licentious fun, for those who are so predisposed. But if you must indulge in ribaldry, remember it is nonetheless a day for loving not dying, and that promoting love, friendship, good citizenship, and unity as shared communal values is important.  And if you are pro-Valentine and nobody remembers to send you a cake, a message, or a card, since there is this general expectation that everyone should celebrate Valentine, don’t despair, it is better to be loved everyday, than once.  As for me, I’ll spend the day with family and friends. 
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Photos Of Corpers Preparing Food For IDPs In Adamawa State

 National Youth Service Corp members took over the kitchen at Malkori Nema camp in Yola, Adamawa State to prepare food for IDPs. More photos after the cut...

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