Upshot Reports NEWSLETTER – Thursday December 31, 2015
Presidential Media Chat: Buhari Tackles Corruption, Economy, Security
FG Insists MTN Must Pay N780b Fine Tomorrow
Okorocha Presents 102bn Naira 2016 Budget
Gov. Ambode at one Lagos fiesta at Epe Recreation Centre, Epe, Lagos
FOREX scarcity costs private sector N1.4trillion loss in 6 months – LCC
NNPC selling crude oil without export certificate – NACCIMA
Nigeria cashew exports worth N49.7b
DSS re-arrests Dasuki at prison gate
Biafra: Kanu apologises to Buhari, Jonathan, Igbo elders
Naira strengthens against dollar at parallel market
Minister insists war against Boko Haram largely won, urges critics to visit war zone
Funmi Iyanda hosts Lai Mohammed, Ibukun Awosika on New Year show
ODD NEWS: Newborn baby survives fall through train toilet
ODD NEWS: Man Kills His 89-Year-Old Mother After Finding Bedbugs In The Apartment
ODD NEWS: Three Criminals Break Into Home, Stores Stolen Items, Gets High And Fell Asleep
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…Since its never ever going to be accomplished by might or power, it thus makes a better sense to yield it to God.
Congratulations you made it through 2015…and to its very last day…
Good Morning, and My Special Thanks for being part of my 2015.
Trust me, its been a seriously tough year when I finally discovered and confirmed its not every bling bling that is really it…
Endeavour to appreciate and honor and give thanks to God for your lot. No matter how you are, where you are, endeavour to give glory to God Almighty. He forever remains the Author & Finisher of all that concerns us all. He has out lives in His hand.
As we are about to enter the New Year of 2016, be strong enough to be good and gracious to / with fellow human beings. Do not treat fellow human beings the way you will not like & love to be treated.
Be strong enough not to treat fellow human beings like dirt. Provisioning a helping hand in most cases does not deplete what God Almighty has placed in your domain. Be a platform of help to others. You will be glad and blessed you did.
Lastly everyone needs somebody. No one can exit alone. Don’t just love to be celebrated…Endeavour to celebrate others too. Don’t just be famous for being a Taker, endeavour to be a Giver too. Refuse to be famous for being a User. Be a platform of Help to others too.
Finally, endeavour NOT to remove the ladder when you get up there. Someone gave the ladder to you. Kindly release same to others.
HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016. I’ LL BE WAITING…
Mr. Dasuki is held at Kuje prison more than a week after a court granted him bail.
The State Security Service has again ignored a court order directing it and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to release a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on bail, his lawyer has said.
Three separate courts have so far granted Mr. Dasuki bail, who, alongside five others, is standing trial on a 22-count charge for alleged diversion of funds, misappropriation and breach of trust to the tune of N19.4 billion.
The charges were brought against them by the EFCC.
The former NSA and former Minister for State of Finance, Bashir Yuguda; former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; and three others were granted bail on December 21 by the Federal Capital Territory High Court in the sum of N250 million each and two sureties in like sum.
But even after fulfilling the conditions for his bail by Justice Peter Affen, according to Ahmed Raji (SAN) his lawyer, the SSS has refused to allow him go home.
He said rather than allowing him to go, the service took custody of Mr. Dasuki. He is currently detained in Kuje Prisons.
Mr. Raji, who perfected the bail conditions, said the former NSA satisfied all the conditions, wondering why the SSS operatives would not obey the court order.
He said the action of the security organisation was an affront to the rule of law under democracy.
The lawyer appealed to the SSS and the Federal Government to obey the court order and allow Mr. Dasuki to enjoy the bail granted him by a court.
Before the bail, the former NSA had previously been granted bail on two occasions.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court had on November 3 granted bail to Mr. Dasuki, who was charged for unlawful possession of firearms.
The SSS however scuttled the bail the following day as its operatives continued to lay siege on Mr. Dasuki’s residence in the Asokoro District of Abuja where he was kept under house arrest.
The service had claimed at the time that the former NSA was under investigation for another offence.
Mr. Dasuki was subsequently arraigned before an Abuja High Court for alleged breach of trust. Although the court granted him bail, the security outfit ignored it.
The SSS could not be reached to comment on this story.
The president publicly defends his government’s refusal to obey court orders.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons why his government has refused to release a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, despite several court directives.
Mr. Dasuki, who is facing trial for allegedly diverting and sharing over $2.2 billion dollars meant for arms procurement for the anti-Boko Haram war, to politicians and cronies, was on Wednesday re-arrested by the State Security Service after he had been granted bail by three different courts.
Mr. Kanu, who is spearheading the quest for an independent nation of Biafra, was earlier granted bail by a Federal high Court sitting in Abuja, but he was also re-arrested by the SSS, which slammed a fresh charge of treasonable felony against him.
Speaking during his first presidential media chat at the presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr. Buhari said the two accused persons cannot be allowed to enjoy any form of freedom due to the enormity of their offenses.
“”If you see the atrocities these people committed against this country, we can’t allow them to jump bail,” he said.
Mr. Buhari said Mr. Dasuki was simply sharing government’s money the way he liked.
“They would just say to Central Bank give so and so, 40 billion naira just like that; 40 billion,” he said.
He also said it would be bad to allow Mr. Dasuki “travel to London to see his doctor” arguing, “What of the over two million people displaced, most of them orphans whose fathers have been killed, what type of government do you want to run? We cannot allow that”.
Mr. Buhari also said despite having two international passports, one for Britain and the other for Nigeria, Mr. Kanu “did not use any of them to come into the country”.
He also said the IPOB leader smuggled in equipment with which he came in to preach hate messages.
The night of every 31st of December is a special time for Nigerian Christians. It is that time of the year when they congregate in their millions to listen to prophecies and pray for blessings that will guide them throughout the following year.
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When God is silent, keep on praying!
Source: Persevering Through Silence
God always has a purpose for being silent. I learned this lesson—and its corollary—in college.
One day during my senior year, I prepared to pray over a situation that would impact my future. But as I got on my knees, I felt as if God was suddenly gone. For three days and nights, His presence seemed miles away. The fourth evening, some friends gathered to intercede on my behalf, but to no avail. Nearly defeated, I was headed back to my room when I saw my buddy Don’s light. I climbed through his open window (the dorms were locked), and we prayed until dawn. Still nothing.
I beseeched the Father all week. Then, at last, He dramatically intervened in my life to clearly dictate my next steps. The corollary is this: When God is silent, keep on praying!
Far too many times, I’ve heard people say they quit praying about a need because there was no answer. Matthew 17:20 says faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains—imagine how tiny our trust must be when we give up on the Lord! Believers cannot treat prayers like quarters fed into a vending machine giving an instant response. Talking to God is a long-term investment in the intimate friendship we have with Him.
Though God may be silent for a time, He never ceases working on our behalf. When the time is right, He provides an outcome aligning with His perfect plan. Giving up before the Lord responds to your call is a grave mistake. So pray on, friends. Pray on!