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Who is your Bello? The Story of a Sugarcane Seller whose life was changed by a Governor

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To many, Governor Yahaya Bello was born into affluence. He had everything from birth into when he made it big as a businessman. He got everything he wanted.
But all that is a ruse. He was born into a not-comfortable home. His dad died and his late mum was left with the uneasy task of raising him and his siblings in Agassa. He saw life at that level. He knew what it is to be beaten by rain when returning from the farm or when hawking.
So when he saw that Sugarcane hawker in the torrent of rain waters, he could relate well with that discomforting reality. Beaten by rain on the outside and the rain of hunger from the inside. And then cladding a little child to a back which only strength is the determination of the spine to keep on the journey of life.
But the poor woman met a man who had seen both sides of life. Do I think every wealthy man or woman who had suffered before succeeding has the milk of mercy? Only a man disconnected from the street would think so.
There were many who were drenched in the rough waters of poverty but became an unconscious Lords when their kernel were cracked for them by fate. They forget the past and create their own comfort zone without thinking of their former poverty ring members.
So Yahaya Bello is a special breed who has love for mankind.
When he saw the sugercane girl, his heart was touched by the memories of Agassa. He stopped his driver and took the girl to his wife and that was the beginning of her redemption. Her story has changed.
She received the Bello touch and her live has now witnessed a turnaround and transformation.
The story is blazing and gracing the social media like a Trojan, but it is beyond the benevolent Yahaya Bello. It is about activating the Bello in us all.
We need to tap our conscience and awake the benevolence in everyone of us. We don’t have to be as comfortable as GYB before we act that way.
To the Governor, we are not surprised. We will only be surprised if you stop changing lives.
To the rest of us: Where is the Bello in you?

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Kingsley Femi Fanwo


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Edo Police Command Arrest 11 Year Old For Attacking Police Station 

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By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

An eleven year old boy has been arrested by the police in Edo state for allegedly joining the gang of hoodlums that attacked oba market police station in Benin city where guns and police uniforms were carted away.

The young boy was said to have worn the uniform of a police sergeant moment after the police station ‘s attack at Evbuotubu area of Benin city.

According to the Commissioner ofPolice, Babatunde Kokumo,  “he declared himself as the Inspector General of Police and was bragging all about in Benin metropolis with the police uniforms where most of his peers were hailing and clapping for him.

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“He was subsequently arrested and will be arraigned in a juvenile court soon.”


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Give Peace A Chance – PFN Nat. President Tells Nigerian Youths

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By Ikhili Evalu, Benin City

National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, has charged the #EndSARS protesters nationwide to withdraw from the streets, saying that their agitations have since reached the authorities in the country.

Dr. Omobude who is also the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (GLIM) – New Covenant Gospel Church, said the genuine protesters have made their points loud and clear enough for those in authority to hear them and do the needful.

“You should stop your street protest for now to prevent the hoodlums who have hijacked the hitherto peaceful exercise to continue with their condemnable acts of criminalities which include vandalism, arson, looting, killing, rape, amongst others.

The PFN national president, who stated this while unveiling the forthcoming Christian programme, named Bible Alive Believers International Convention (BABIC) with the theme “Triumph of Hope”, however urged the government to be circumspect by urgently attending to the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.

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Dr. Omobude who condemned the shooting and alleged killing of some peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State by security agents, called on the military high command to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring perpetrators to book.

He commiserated with the families of all those who have lost their lives during the nationwide protest, calling on the government to ensure that their death are not in vain.

Speaking on BABIC 2020, holding at His Glory of New Covenant Gospel Church in Benin City, Dr. Omobude disclosed that several top Christian clerics and delegates from across the world are expected to attend the international event.

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Some of the eminent church leaders billed to deliver messages at the convention include former chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Pastor Poju Oyemade, Apst. Lawrence Achudume, amongst others.

He said during the 5-day church event which commences this Wednesday, prayers and supplications will be offered to God in favour of Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people for God’s intervention in the ugly incidents that have befallen the country and its citizens.

“Through prayers and supplications, we have triumphed against covid-19 and we have the hope that with God on our side, we shall also triumph over all the challenges presently bedevilling our dear nation.

“Special prayers will be offered to God to help Nigeria overcome her pressing needs and problems, particularly the challenges of economic recession, terrorism, violence, crimes, kidnapping, corruption and other vices.

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“It is our expectation that Nigerians in particular and Nigeria as a whole will witness the mighty visitation of God during and after the convention as issues bothering on the welfare and safety of this nation as well as her progress and development will be handled in prayers.

“There shall be a harvest of miracles, signs and wonders. We have God’s assurance that the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, the deaf shall hear and the whole captives set free. There shall be healing galore for all manners of people and the church shall be strengthened,” Dr. Omobude added.


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INGRA Describes Attack On Anyigba Worshippers As Inhuman

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The unprovoked and inhuman attack on religious gathering in Anyigba by persons suspected to be politicians is highly condemnable and callous.

The right to peaceful Assembly is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution and these rights are fundamental and inalienable.

It is sacroscent that the Kogi state Government comes out to condemn this act and investigate the circumstance surrounding this unGodly action with the aim to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Our people must be free to express their views on whatsoever manner they chose as long as it is lawful and peaceful.
We condole the victims of this harrowing attack and pray for their speedy recovery.
Holigans and miscreants must never be allowed to use this peaceful protests to deprive us of our fundamental human rights.
The State Government must rise up to its constitutional duty of protecting the lives of the citizens of Kogi State.
His Excellency ALHAJI YAHAYA Adoza Bello should as a matter of urgency call for a stakeholders meeting in Dekina LGA with a view to arresting the deplorable security situation and holding this found wanting accountable to the State.

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Hamza Aliyu
Executive Director
Initiative for Grassroot Advancement in Nigeria INGRA


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