How to Identify good music?

 

What is good music and how can we identify one? I think I should start off by explaining what good music is. Many people have their own definition of what good music Is meant to be, but not everyone really understand the true meaning of It and how to identify It.

First of all music is an international language which transcends beyond borders irrespective of language barriers. Having said that let me explain what Good Music is. Good Music is any music that stimulates your brain and helps you think clearer. It’s also a music you can listen to for years on end, without getting bored of it. Music that is made with a lot of love, care and time can also be attributed to good music. But the most important factor is the fact that music affects us in different ways. There is no real classification of a good music as long as the music touches us emotionally and makes us feel in a way that we weren’t before.

In my opinion, music is “good” when it touches its audience. If you hear something that catches and holds your interest, then it’s good music irrespective of its genre. But many music critics will argue that music can only be termed good if it’s emotional and carries a message that touches our soul no matter how old the song is. Good music generally is based on perception. In short, I think it’s impossible to define “good music” since it varies for every individual.

So what do we look for in a good composition? Rhythmic grooviness (does it move your ass and head with its rhythm?), melodic diversity (are the notes fluctuating in colorful waves), does it get stuck in your mind but still not annoying (is it catchy yet not cheesy), does it include originality (is it actually a new song or is it some version of an already existing song)? Does it have good chords (does the song have original yet good sounding chord combinations that initiate rich and sophisticated feelings inside)? And much more.

Have you sometimes listened to music that you don’t really understand the language but you still somehow find yourself falling in love with it? That’s what a good music is meant to do because sometimes music is spiritual, it can speak to your without really understanding a word of what is been said in the song. Our understanding of good music in this part of the world is old classics blues records or classical jazz but genre like Apala, Highlife, Fuji, Juju and other local music genre also have a lot of good music which are evergreen and touches it’s listeners one way or the other anytime the songs are played.

I hope with this short written piece of mine I have been able to educate you on what good music is all about and how you can identify it. I also hope it will change our perception to what good music is and appreciate every music as a piece of art. If you know any Nigerian music that can be classified as good music, you can list them in the comment section so we can know the few Nigerian songs that are good music.

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Budget Padding: 7 Ways How Nigerian Students Do it Too

Since the term ‘padding’ entered the Nigerian lexicon, more and more people or groups have been revealed to also fall guilty of the discrepancies, especially Nigerian students.

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How students do budget padding on their finance from parents.

Having witnessed the budget padding saga that has trailed the National Assembly in the past few weeks, it can not be said that the legislators hold the exclusivity in the commission of the act.

Guess what, many other people in various professions and spheres of occupation have also perpetrated this act in their own capacity and ways.

It has also been found out that this padding of a thing has been common among students especially those in Tertiary institutions, long before the word became popular in Nigerian politics.

Here is a list of how students do their own budget padding.

  1. Inflating the cost of school fee.
  2. Increasing the cash meant for handout.
  3. Making use of names of halls in the school as names of books to get money.
  4. Coming up with non-existing projects
  5. Coming up with assignments that must ne done immediately
  6. Increasing price on house rent
  7. collecting fund for sham registrations etc.

Therefore it is not only Legislators that can pad budget.

How Dogara padded 2016 Budget – House Transparency Group

Members of the Transparency Group are appalled and deeply shocked to hear the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, exonerating himself from the budget-padding scandal raging in the House.

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For a person of Speaker’s standing to have the temerity to come out publicly in defence of an action that is clear negation of federal character principles and breach of trust is both disappointing and dishonorable.

The Speaker’s comments also endanger the spirit of the oneness of Nigeria.

We gave the forgoing background to stress the criminal aspect of the Speaker’s action, which is against the letters and spirit of the constitution he swore to protect.

The general public should note that Speaker Yakubu Dogara made criminal insertions (otherwise known as “budget padding”) to the tune of over N3billion to his constituency alone.

While the entire Zonal Intervention for the three (3) Senatorial Districts of Bauchi State and 12 Federal Constituencies in the state amounts to N1,666,666,666, the Speaker criminally inserted about 200 percent of the amount, totalling N3,079,000,000 to his constituency alone!

The same Speaker Yakubu Dogara diverted 50 percent of the total Capital Projects allocated to Bauchi State to the tune of N4,781,003,431 out of N9,231,289,842 allocated to the state to his constituency.

If the above breach of trust and infringement of the Nigerian law are not criminal acts, the “insertions” of bogus projects aimed at siphoning public funds like vague “Youth Empowerment” to the tune of N450million and “Strategic Youth Empowerment” to the tune of N500million should be.

The Speaker should explain to the general public the difference between “Youth Empowerment” and “Strategic Youth Empowerment” if it is not a fraud. Every discerning mind knows that this a riddle to hoodwink the general public against scrutinizing what is clearly a fraud.

In the light of the above issues, members of the Transparency Group believe that any attempt to shy away from these criminalities without squarely addressing them is tantamount to legalizing corruption.

We therefore call on our Honourable colleagues to toe the path of honour, integrity and yearnings of our constituents to avoid signing “Vote of Confidence” on the leadership of the House.

The onus lies on the Speaker to come clean out of these allegations before we start exposing the sleaze and corruption surrounding the internal budget of the House.

We hereby reiterate our call on Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara to resign in order to pave way for proper investigation.

. This was signed on behalf of the 206 members of the Transparency Group by Bashir Baballe, member Representing Ungogo/Minjibir Federal Constituency of Kano State; Agunsoye Oluwarotimi Ojo, member Representing Kosofe Federal Constituency of Lagos State; and Abubakar Chika Adamu, member Representing Shiroro/Munya/Rafi Federal Constituency of Niger State.

See Why 5 Women Cheated On Their Husbands and How to Avoid the Same Mistake

Some women have shared their experiences on what forced them to cheat on their husbands which many people should learn from.

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The Ashley Madison hack last summer gave men a false sense of security. Once the curtain was pulled back, it very much appeared that millions of men were chasing, like, one willing woman.

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How so?
The hack exposed millions of email addresses, most of which reportedly belonged to men.
And the hot women they were anxiously chatting with? Many may have been fictional personas created by the company.

(According to the British tabloid Daily Mail, 40,000 women on the site shared the same six email addresses. Ashley Madison denied the claim.)

But don’t let your guard down.

Of course women cheat—19 percent of them, says Kristen Mark, Ph.D., a sexuality researcher. They just may not cheat for the same reasons you do. And they’re not dumb enough to put personal info on the world’s largest cheating website.
If your relationship is already faltering, here are five reasons she could end up in another man’s bed.

Why She Cheats: Her Age

Marsha, a paralegal in Boston, was everything a man could want in a wife: She was beautiful, intelligent, and funny, not to mention limber because of her devotion to yoga.
But then, as her 40th birthday drew near, she slept with her instructor.

“She felt her looks were fading,” says marriage therapist Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D. “The affair made her feel more desirable.”

Yes, fine, but every year millions of people get older without getting busy with the teacher after yoga class. So why is Marsha any different?

One theory: A 2014 study suggests we subconsciously attach significance to “nine-ender” years.

When we’re a year away from the odometer rolling over, we become more aware of the passage of time and youth, and we may do stupid things because we think the clock is running out.

What to Do About It

Fill up your calendar. Reflecting on what we have or haven’t achieved over the past decade can lead to bleak thoughts, says quality-of-life researcher Michael Steger, Ph.D.

So, be the man who makes things happen.

“If travel is important, you might plan a birthday trip that satisfies shared goals—like Hawaii if you’ve both wanted to try hiking a volcano.”
Bonus: When her mind’s on molten lava, the last thing she’ll be thinking about is her yoga instructor.

Why She Cheats: The Money

Emily, 35, had every reason to be furious with her husband. After she’d made a few too many purchases on her debit card, he cut up the plastic in front of her in a humiliating power play.

“I had to tell him where I was going and he would give me a spending limit,” she says.

The nice way to describe this: He was trying his best to keep the budget in check—and stepped about five miles over the line.

Problem is, exerting too much financial control, especially when you do it like a condescending jerk, breeds major-league resentment and can push your partner to seek payback, Hokemeyer says.

And that’s exactly what Emily did.

“A few months after that incident,” she says, “I slept with my high school boyfriend.”

What to Do About It

Don’t seize control or point fingers. Instead, share the financial responsibility by using a budgeting app like Mint, which notifies both of you as spending limits draw near.

This way you’re both accountable for the money going into and coming out of your account.

Why She Cheats: She’s Expecting a Prince

You would hope your wife understands that perfect men don’t exist.

But then there’s “Kyle.”

He writes poems and sends flowers, and he seems so sensitive.

Guys like Kyle make women like Sarah, a 30-year-old dentist in North Carolina, second-guess their marriages.

When people expect perfection in a partner, it usually sets them up for long-term disappointment. That nugget of obvious wisdom came from a 2014 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

“He made my husband pale in comparison,” Sarah says. “I slept with him because I was convinced he could fill the voids in my life.”

Well, Kyle filled at least one of those voids, and shortly thereafter, Sarah and her husband landed in divorce court.

What to Do About It
You can’t be everything she wants, and you have to be okay with that—and so does she.

But you can become a little better than you are.
The next time you two are squabbling, try this trick: “Fights tend to take place in the past or in the present,” says Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing.

So switch to future tense instead.

“If you’re fighting about who makes dinner, say, ‘I’ll set up a cooking schedule if you’ll agree to eat eggs for dinner,’” he says.

You’ll never be Prince Charming, but at least you’re offering to cook the occasional omelet.

Why She Cheats: She Wants to Be Bad

When her marriage began to fray, Ali, a 25-year-old marketing assistant, found herself in bed with the kind of roughneck guy she’d always avoided.

“When I met him, it seemed inevitable that we’d have sex,” she says.

Whaaaat? Why do smart women consider jumping into bed with knuckle-dragging thugs? Researchers call this phenomenon the “ovulatory shift hypothesis.”

During peak fertility—when ovaries are primed to do the dirty mambo—a rational woman may find herself attracted to men she’d be terrified to see in a dark alley, says Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., the author of an upcoming book on dating and relationships.

It’s not necessarily her fault; it’s our old-school survival instincts.

Masculine genes increase the chances that kids will have a sturdy constitution to survive.

Worse, Mehta says, research shows that her impulse to stray becomes even stronger if you’re less physically attractive by conventional standards.

What to Do About It

Appeal to a more evolved instinct: her brain.
Strength isn’t just about brawn. Demonstrate that you’re educated, successful, self-reliant, and commitment-oriented.

Mehta suggests finding more modern ways to display your plumage. Try sharing experiences that show your strengths—the theater, a museum, a trail hike.

She might think twice about putting her relationship at further risk with a one-night stand.

Why She Cheats: She Just Wants More

Who doesn’t want to be the guy who can’t go out in public without his wife leaning over and whispering, “I’m not wearing panties. Let’s go see if we can find an empty closet.”

But sometimes, in the real world, crazy sex isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

That’s how the trouble began for Lisa, a 31-year-old saleswoman. She wanted sex every night and her boyfriend didn’t.

“He only gave it to me once a week. What’d he expect?” she says of her stepping out.

Well, for starters, that you wouldn’t cheat on him. But when sexual expectations don’t match, it can quickly lead to trouble.

What to Do About It
The two biggest reasons women cheat, says sex researcher Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., are that they feel undesired or unattractive, especially as they become older.

Sex is one way to fix it, but another is to appreciate her for who she is, not who you want her to be.

Don’t insult her with meaningless compliments. Listen to her and validate who she really is.

Hilarious! Little boy asked Kim Kardashian how she is famous, but she couldn’t answer (photos+video)

Kim Kardashian was having dinner with her friends and their kids when one of her friend’s toddler son Sid, started asking her questions on Monday. Kim recorded the convo which she shared on her Snapchat page.

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The child started by asking Kim why she is on magazine covers, and Kim played it off like she didn’t know why.

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She answered:

‘I don’t know,’ she confessed. ‘Because I like magazines!’

The Sid wanted to know if Kim was ‘famous’. She paused like she was thinking about it before replying:

‘Am I famous? Um, I don’t like to use that term.’

The little boy then asked, ‘How are you famous?’

‘How am I famous?’ she stalled. ‘That’s up for question too!’

The person who was filming the interview helped her out by joking that Kim is famous because ‘she’s got a big booty’.

How my wife was slaughtered while preaching – RCCG Pastor

Husband of Late Mrs Eunice Olawale, who was murdered early Saturday morning while preaching close to her residence, has narrated how the deceased was found with her throat slit and her head rested on her bible.

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Olawale Elisha, who is also a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), told News men that, “My wife always goes out early in the morning for ‘Morning Cry.’ There was a particular day she went out and she told me that there is a mosque at the back, where they made comments about her preaching. So I just cautioned her.

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“That morning (Saturday), she went around 5am and I was still in bed because we did vigil which she participated in for a while because of the ‘Morning Cry’ she planned to undertake.

RCCG Pastor1 “Two of my boys are footballers; they went to the field to play. When they came back, they told me that they heard some footballers saying that some hoodlums had butchered a woman who was preaching early this morning.”

“We hurried down in the shorts I was putting on but did not see anybody. However, we saw blood on the ground. I asked a policeman around and he said it was true but that they had taken her to Phase 4 Police Station.

“I went to the station with my children and when we got there, I saw the lifeless body of my wife at the back of the police van and from there, she was taken to the mortuary. The incident happened between 5 and 5:30am because she usually goes out at 5am and comes back 6am”

“She had no problem with anybody and there was no property to sell at hand. She didn’t have anything with anybody.”

Also speaking, the first daughter of the late deaconess and Jessica Olawale, lamented that “Everybody is just saying it is well, nobody can understand how I feel.”

“She is innocent; she didn’t do anybody any harm. She uses just her megaphone and bible; just preaching. They just killed her like a chicken and left her there,” the 15-year-old Senior Secondary School 2 student bemoaned.

Among early callers at the residence were wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo; wife of the General Overseer of RCCG, Mrs Adeboye, and the Bwari Area Council Chairman, Musa Dikko.

The deceased was born on July 23, 1974 and got married in July, 2000.

How RCCG evangelist was killed while preaching in Kubwa

A Deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Eunice Elisha, was murdered by unnamed suspects while she was preaching around the pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town of the FCT on Saturday.

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Reports indicated that Eunice, a mother of seven, was cut in the neck and stabbed in the stomach.

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Her husband, Olawale Elisha, who is also a pastor at RCCG, told journalists that his wife had gone out to preach in the neighbourhood at about 5am and never returned home.

“My wife always goes out early in the morning for ‘Morning Cry.’ There was a particular day she went out and she told me that there is a mosque at the back where they commented about what she said. So I just cautioned her.

“This morning (Saturday), she went around 5am and I was still in bed because we did vigil which she participated in for a while because of the ‘Morning Cry’ she planned to undertake. Two of my boys are footballers, so they went to the field to play. And when they came back, they told me that they heard some footballers saying that some hoodlums had butchered a woman who was preaching early this morning.

“So, when I heard this, we trekked down in the shorts I was putting on and we didn’t see anybody but we saw blood on the ground. I asked a policeman around and he said it is true but that they had taken her to Phase 4 Police Station.

“I went to the station with my children and when we got there, I saw the lifeless body of my wife at the back of the police van and from there, she was taken to the mortuary. The incident happened between 5am and 5:30am because she usually goes out 5am and comes back 6am.” He said.

The deceased, according to her husband was born on July 23, 1974 while he got married to her on July, 2000.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Police Command said it has arrested some suspects in connection with the murder of the 42 year-old female preacher.

The spokesperson of FCT Police Command, ASP Anjuguri Manzah said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman has directed the homicide section to take over the investigation.

“We have made some arrests and they are helping in our investigation.

“The commissioner of police has ordered the homicide section of the command to take over the investigation of the case,” he said.

The spokesman, however, did not mention the number of suspects arrested.

He said that personnel of the command had visited the scene of the incident and investigation had commenced in earnest.

Some residents of the area where Eunice was killed, speaking under anonymity, said they heard the woman preaching in the morning, before her voice faded off, followed by screams.

“I heard her voice as usual in the morning around 5am preaching and at a point, her voice faded.

“By the time I woke up to start my morning chores, I started hearing people say that a dead body has been found in my area.

“On getting there, I discovered that it was the body of the woman preacher. She is such a nice and jovial person, she doesn’t deserve to die at all and if at all, not in that manner,” a source said.

“She was practically slaughtered. Her legs were injured and she was lying in the pool of her own blood before policemen came to evacuate her body,” he said of how the woman was murdered.

Another resident simply identified as Idris said: “I heard her preaching today like every normal day.

“Later on, I heard someone screaming but because of the security situation in the country, I decided not to come out.

“By the time I came out, I saw people gathered discussing the death of the woman. I believe if most people had come out when she screamed, she would have been saved.”

Also, the head of security outfit in charge of the area, Sam & Co, Mr. Sam confirming the gruesome manner Eunice was killed said: “I saw a deep cut on one side of her stomach and her leg.

“She was not stabbed. I feel if she was stabbed, we would have met her gasping for breath. But when we got to her place because we heard someone shouting blood of Jesus repeatedly, she was already gone.

“This is a woman who preaches every morning. She always admonishes people to repent and that the kingdom of God is at hand.

“We heard someone shouting the blood of Jesus and we noticed that the rate at which the person was in the pool of her blood.”

How borrowed western culture muddled African values – Ooni explains

Ooni of Ile-Ife and Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has observed that the adoption of western culture by Africans as a standard way of living is responsible for the waning state of African culture and tradition.

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The monarch spoke on Thursday at the 2015/2016 yearly lecture of the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos (UNILAG), with the theme, “Redefining the Role of Traditional Institutions for National Development.” The well-attended ceremony also featured the launch of postgraduate trust fund.

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Ogunwusi, who was accompanied by his wife, Olori Wuraola Otiti Ogunwusi and his royal entourage, said though there is nothing wrong in borrowing and sharing ideas, but it should be properly aligned for the benefit of the black race.

He said total absorption of western life at the expense of true African culture and values, has brought a lot of confusion in human existence regarding culture and tradition.

Citing that civilisation truly started from the black race, he urged African leaders to go back to the roots, and trace how things went wrong in the continent with a view to fixing it, adding that a society where cultural values thrives witnesses a lot of progress than where it diminishes.

He said, “A lot of things that we have borrowed from the western world has actually confused a lot of our very deep and in-depth culture and traditions. There is nothing wrong in borrowing ideas and initiatives, but the two can be properly blended to make this world a better place.

“Before our colonial masters came, they met structures, tradition and kingship system in our midst. They saw all our traditional leaders and our elders. The way affairs were being directed and for almost 400 years they were in our midst. Transatlantic Slave Trade affected a lot of things. At some point, there were no boundaries in Africa, there were no demarcation in Africa, but kingdoms and territories were secured and we all have mutual respect for one another across the entire continent of Africa.

He continued, “In 1884, after Berlin conference, our colonial masters decided that the entire Africa should be demarcated, and the scramble for Africa started. It took one of the greatest leaders in this world, Abraham Lincoln for slave trade to be abolished. How has that affected us? We need to go back to our root. How did we loose our values, our heritage? It is very important for us to know all the good things in the pre colonial days.”

Expressing his desire to play a very strong role in redefining traditional institutions in Nigeria for the benefit of the nation, the Ooni said with proper harmonisation of traditional institutions into governance, insurgency, chaos and disorderliness in the country would be defeated.

He urged the Federal Government to work very closely with the key traditional rulers across the country, so that the nation would witness peace and development.

“Traditional leadership is pivotal to nation building, they are the group that relates with the people, they are closer to the people, they see them regularly and they liaise with the people more often.”

How female gospel singer died in my hotel room – Apostle Psalm Okpe explains

After a long silence, founder of the Fresh Oil Ministry, Apostle Psalm Okpe has opened up on the circumstances that led to the death of a female gospel singer, Yvonne Omoarebokhae in his hotel room.

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Omoarebokhae died in a hotel room occupied by the preacher in Benin, Edo State on April 8, 2016.

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Okpe, who was detained for weeks, was accused by the husband of poisoning her wife.

However, freedom came for the outspoken preacher when the autopsy revealed that the lady died of heart failure.

He shared his traumatic experience with Newsmen.

“It so happened that rumours were flying about and people have not taken time to ask for my own side of the story. So, I want to use this opportunity to address the issue.

“On March 18, 2016 at about 7am, I got a message inbox in my Facebook because of the previous posts I made regarding the crusades I wanted to take to all the universities. So, a lot of musicians across the country were sending inboxes; they wanted to join me to minister at the conferences. Of course, those who follow me on Facebook know that I give a lot of young people platform to excel; I have exposed a lot of musicians around the world. And in this country, I have taken a lot of pastors around the world.

“So, on March 18, this year, this lady, Yvonne, sent me a message, saying she wanted to join the conference. I asked her if we had met before and she no, but that she was one of my fans on Facebook. I asked her where she was based and she said Benin. I told her I was in Benin few weeks earlier and she said that anytime I come to Benin I should let her know so she can join the conference. I told her I was coming to Sapele for a conference and when I eventually came, she offered to pick me from the airport. So, she came with a taxi driver and she was even the person who took me to the hotel where I paid. We moved straight away to Sapele. Sapele conference was in the morning. Having come back from the Sapele conference, everybody parted ways.”

“The following morning, on April 8, she came at about 7am to pick me to buy some things and pick up my luggage. We came back to the hotel with the heavy bags and some people helped to carry the bags into my room. Then a friend called me and said that he wanted to see me because he had just finished his church cathedral. He wanted me to witness what God had done and in excitement, I told her that I wanted to introduce her to my friend so that she could minister in his church the following Sunday. But she said that she wanted to go home and, perhaps, bring food for me in the evening. I rejected her offer, telling her that I would eat in the hotel in the afternoon. She said that she wanted to charge her phone for a few minutes because her battery was going down. Finally, I left and I told her to drop the key at the reception when leaving.”

“I came back after five hours and asked the receptionist for my key. The receptionist looked for the key but couldn’t find it. They asked if I left anybody in the room and I told them that the person I left there should have gone. I went up and knocked on the door but there was no response. I came back to the reception and a waiter went up with me. We opened the door and saw a lady neatly dressed and lying down on the bed. I never slept on that bed that day. If it were to be in America where they do finger prints and all that, I think I wouldn’t have passed through this storm the way it happened.

“Coming in, I was on the phone on a very long international call that lasted for about 55 minutes because they were planning for a conference in Louisiana, USA. So, the pastor was talking to me regarding how to send my tickets among other things. Eventually, I started looking into her eyes because I was expecting that with the way I was talking on top of my voice, she would have some movement or something like that but there was no such. So, I was the one that went to her, shook her leg and hit her hand but she did not respond. So, I raised the alarm; I called the hotel management and they called the police. We called the ambulance and the police and I took her to the hospital. When we got there, the doctor pronounced her dead.

“It was a very traumatic moment for me. One, she was a total stranger I never met anywhere. We were just trying to build father-daughter relationship spiritually. Unfortunately, that was what happened. We took her to the mortuary; it was very traumatic. I really felt so bad; it was like my whole world was collapsing. We couldn’t open her phone because it was pass-worded; nobody could call with it. I suggested to the police officers to remove the sim card and one of them put it inside his phone and later called one honourable that linked us to the husband. As at that time, I was already in detention.

“One of the best pathology in Nigeria did the autopsy. I was not at the scene; my younger brother represented the family. At the end of the day, they found out that the woman died of heart failure. It was also shown that she had no poison in her body. After their investigation, the commissioner of police called both of us. For the first time, I got convinced that the police are really working because they stood on the ground of justice and it was vividly clear. I want to use this opportunity to thank the Nigeria Police; I am really proud of them. I did not meet the commissioner of police until the day both families were called together and given the news about the cause of death. The documents are with the family of the deceased.

“I am deeply sorry for the death of this young lady; it was never meant to be. I am so shocked that she died. She could have died anywhere. What if she had died in her house? What if I was the one that slumped and died in the hotel when she came to visit me?

“I am so sure in my conscience as a preacher who will stand before God that I am fully innocent of her death. I have no hand in it; I have never killed a chicken before, not to talk about a human being. They have the right to bring their own doctor and conduct any test they like. She was a daughter, a friend; somebody that I wished well. If she had died somewhere else and they called me for assistance, I would have sponsored the burial if I were not even connected to her in anywhere. It is unfortunate that people went around stating that I poisoned her or killed her to do ritual. I have never been to any shrine in my life. My father was a pastor; I grew up in a very strict ministry background. I have been preaching since when I was 15; this is my 26 years of preaching. I am too exposed to go into diabolical things.”.

How easy oil money denied Nigeria of development – Osinbajo explains

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo‎, Thursday declared that having an easy source of revenues denied Nigeria the opportunity to engage in the critical thinking and prioritization that usually drives development.

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Osinbajo spoke at the launching of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Port Services Support Portal (PSSP) for Nigerian Ports hosted by the Ministry of Transportation in Abuja on Thursday with other top government and private sector functionaries including Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi in attendance.

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He said the country must reduce the current dependence of the federal and the state governments on the ritual sharing of revenues from oil.

According to the Vice President, doing so would require alternative revenue sources and diversification of our economic structures in terms of the drivers of our economic activity and sources of foreign exchange, whilehailing the Ministry of Transportation for initiating the SOPs and PSSPs, which are electronic-based monitoring which would now govern the entire port operations in the country.

By adopting the new technology-based monitoring, the ministry had set the nation on the path of enhancing its ports capacity of ensuring free flow of import and export, reducing corruption in port procedures and adopting the global best practice, Prof. Osinbajo said.

He advised all port operators to support the new system for effectiveness of ports operations, increased revenue, enhancement of diversification programme of government and curbing corruption.

The Vice President observed that using technology-driven products was the way forward in enhancing service delivery in both private and public sectors.

“Everyone in the private and public sector must invest their commitment in the successful implementation of the SOPs and PSSPs by following the procedure, not engaging in corrupt practices and putting an extra effort to ensure that the objectives are accomplished.

“We must understand and accept that nation-building is a collective responsibility and that the private sector has an important role to play in supporting every effort of government to achieve the building of a strong nation,’’ Osinbajo added.

He pledged the administration’s resolve to continue encouraging a competitive business environment characterized by sufficient and efficient policies to sustain economic growth to further retain and attract local and foreign investments in Nigeria.

Prof Osinbajo said that a key component of this administration’s change agenda lay in the development of a diversified non-oil economy adding that to achieve the target, the ports must play their role in making it easier to trade across borders as well as drive Nigeria’s trade policy.

The Vice President remarked that manycountries in the world had proved that without natural resources, the efficient management of import and export activities could greatly improve national economies.

“Many countries have proven that without depending on any natural resources, but simply relying on efficient procedures for undertaking Port activities, any nation can position itself as a major hub and can earn significant resources by just being more efficient,“ he noted.