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I” II BUY ARSENAL AFTER LAGOS REFINERY IS COMPLETED – DANGOTE

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African richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed he would be in a position to offer the present management of Arsenal an offer they cannot refuse once the $11bn oil refinery in Lagos is completed.

Speaking in a Bloomberg report, Dangote said he had coveted the club since 1980 when he became a fan. He said that he hasn’t given up on the dream, but his plans to acquire the club were presently on hold until the completion of the $11bn oil refinery in Lagos.

Dangote, a known fan of the Gunners, also revealed that if his bid succeeded he would fire the manager, Arsene Wenger.

He said, “The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangote said in the report. “He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck. Continue reading

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Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson’s Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments

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As President Trump faces growing outrage over his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we bring you an exclusive: an interview with the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. At least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy can be found in public spaces across the country. But now a number of the monuments are coming down. Calls for the removal of the statues are even coming from the descendants of the leaders of the Confederacy. We speak with two of the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Jack and Warren Christian have just written an open letter to the mayor of Richmond calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond. They write, “Our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought.”

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FULL REPORT OF THE NIGERIAN PRIEST WHO QUITS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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A Catholic priest in Nigeria stunned radio listeners when he announced on a live programme that he was quitting the Catholic Church.

Patrick Edet, who served under the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme called Grace and Inspiration.

On Wednesday, on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, instead of airing his usual inspirational message which has over the years endeared him to thousands within and outside the state, Mr. Edet dropped the shocking news.

“On 31 of July, I resigned from my services, my duties and obligations as a Catholic priest,” he said.

“I ceased to be a Catholic priest in my thinking, in my spirit, in my soul, (and) in my body.

“Yesterday, the 1st of August, was my first day outside the laws, the regulations, (and) the authority of the Catholic church.

“In my mind, every law that bound me because I submitted myself to the Catholic Church as an institution.

“Having submitted my resignation letter to my authorities in the Catholic Church, in my spirit, soul and body, I am free from every law that guided me. I submit myself to one authority – God,” he said.

Mr. Edet was a Catholic priest for more than 11 years.

Akwa Ibom, a predominantly Christian state, has a high Catholic population.

It is very rare in Nigeria to have a priest quit the Catholic Church.

He said he prayed and fasted for seven months before he took the decision to leave the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church in the state could not be reached immediately for their comment on the matter. Some Catholic lay faithfuls are shocked by his resignation having seriously ( Fr. Patrick) professed the Catholic spirituality in the different church programmes he organised.

Apart from being a radio preacher, Mr. Edet runs a crowd-pulling fellowship in Uyo, outside the control of the Catholic Church, using his Grace Family Global Outreach.

Those who have attended the fellowship meetings before said things are done the Pentecostal style – like prophesying and “speaking in tongue” – which often brought the priest into conflict with the Catholic doctrine and leadership.

Mr. Edet, throughout the about 40 minutes broadcast on Wednesday, explained his experience with God, his personal philosophy of life, and his conflict with the Catholic Church.

He said he had gone through a lot of opposition, antagonism and blackmail for the years he has been running the fellowship.

“All I hear every time is that I am not truly a Catholic priest.

“It has been in conflict in my heart because why I actually accepted not to marry and have children was not just to be a Catholic priest, but to do the things that I do – be nutty on radio and shout and laugh and inspire somebody. And cry when I need to cry and console somebody who cries and to live my life out in my faith openly and in the process make mistake.

“Peace has been taken away from me for years. I live in fear and in doubt. Sometimes I doubt myself – am I really right, am I in the right place,” he said.

Mr. Edet praised the Catholic Church as being “so organised” and “the best institution that has ever been built” by man, but however said that the space given to him in the Catholic Church as a minister was so small.

“A box is already made for you and you cannot go outside that box,” he explained.

“You cannot know God beyond that box. You cannot express God beyond that box. And any attempt for you to go beyond that box brings you label.

“The God that I have discovered in life is a God that cannot be fully known. That God is a God that cannot be fully predicted and cannot be fully captured in human expression otherwise he will cease to be a mystery. That is a God I have come to accept as my God.

“I have come to realise that serving that God you need freedom. When that freedom is limited you cannot fully serve that God.

“Each time I tried to cross the line, the thing I meet crushes me on the inside and makes me feel guilty. But I cannot stop doing it. There’s a pull inside of me telling me there is more, and life was meant to be more and that more is found in freedom in God.                                                           Some Catholics are of the opinion that while Fr. Patrick might have his genuine reasons to quit the Catholic Church, the believe is that most priest that leave the Church is because of their inability to submit to Ecclesiastical Authority, having found a cult of follower-ship. “The quest to own properties and have a limit of control is a factor responsible for some leaving the Church, as that restriction tend to make some priest feel that they are in a box.                                       The Catholic Church after 530 AD resolved to instill discipline in the rank and file of he ecclesiastical community after the Church became profitable and greedy leading to simony. These were the reasons for the Church to take full responsibility for the welfare of priests to restrict them from unnecessary materialism and flamboyant lifestyles. Reverend Fathers were meant to swear oath of allegiance and take perpetual vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience before becoming priests. This is why the Catholic priests don’t marry, own property and are not allowed to breakaway because of the of oath of allegiance. This has kept the Catholic Church together for thousands of years from breakaways according to the CATHOLIC MIND. The catholic respondents have also asked why some priest would  claim of being boxed by betrayals, schisms and politics in the Catholic Church after freely taking their priestly vows. Can an army officer say such of the military institution.” Continue reading

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FORMER COUNCILLORS ENDORSE GOVERNOR WIKE FOR A SECOND TERM

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Over 500 Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillors on Wednesday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.

The councillors who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity visit declared that Governor Wike has performed creditably well and deserves to be re-elected.

Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State Chapter, Mr LoveGod Nweze declared that members of the forum are satisfied with Governor Wike’s roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state.

He said: “We commend the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the execution of people oriented projects across the state.

“We applaud Governor Wike for redeeming Rivers State from the clutches of evil forces who held the state down. He has invested in the development of all the local government areas of Rivers State “.

They thanked God for giving Governor Wike the enablement to work for the people of the state. They urged him to accommodate former councillors in the execution of development projects.

Responding, Governor Wike said that the Former Councillors form a solid power bloc that will be used to reach out to the grassroots. Continue reading

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WE DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH PRESIDENT BUHARI – JERRY IGBOKWE

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One hundred days after President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for London on a medical vacation and amid controversy over his health status, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr Joe Igbokwe, has said Nigerians do not need to know what is wrong with the President.

Mr Igbokwe’s said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily.

Since Monday last week, protesters under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians led by Charly Boy and Deji Adeyanju had held protests in the nation’s capital Abuja demanding that the President should inform Nigerians of his health status and resume or resign.

The protest has led to debates about how long the President can be away for and also led to rival protests.

Asked what he felt about the calls by the Concerned Nigerian group, Mr Igbokwe labelled the actions of the group unconstitutional, adding that Nigerians do not need to know the President’s health status as it is a private matter.

“It is against the law for them to protest that the president must resume or resign when the needful has been done. The president has not done anything wrong, he has transmitted power to the acting president,” he said. Continue reading

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