Former Israeli PM, Yitzhak Shamir Dies

The Late Israeli PM, Yitzhak Shamir

Jerusalem (CNN) – Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir died Saturday, the country’s prime minister’s office said. He was 96.

Shamir twice served as Israeli premier: from 1983 to 1984, and from 1986 to 1992. He also was Israel’s foreign minister from 1980 to 1986.

Born in Poland, Shamir moved to Palestine and fought for Israeli independence. He joined the Likud movement, serving as a member of Israel’s parliament.

He succeeded Menachem Begin as prime minister in 1983.

“Yitzhak Shamir belonged to the generation of giants who established the State of Israel and fought for the freedom of the Jewish people on their land,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fellow Likud member.

Shamir was involved in key foreign policy initiatives.

He presided over negotiations with Egypt on the post-treaty normalization process, and started diplomatic relations with several African countries that had severed relations with Israel after the Yom Kippur War, according to a biography of Shamir on the prime minister’s website.

Shamir ordered Operation Solomon, the airlift rescue of thousands of Ethiopian Jews following a regime change in 1991. During the operation, which took less than 48 hours, 14,000 Jews boarded Israeli planes to emigrate to Israel, according to the Israeli government.

In September 1991, Shamir represented Israel at the International Peace Conference in Madrid.

Pastor Becomes Mad While Praying For A Mad Man

Pastor and the Man Mad

PEOPLE living at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State, as well as shop owners and automobile dealersalong Molete road in the town, on Thursday, watched a drama involving a pastor and a mad man.

The pastor, whose name is Timothy, according to an eyewitness, got to Ososami junctions of Oke-Ado around 5.20 p.m and went to meet the mentally-deranged man, popularly known as Tunde, who was sitting in front of a building in the area.

According to Semiu, a shop owner around the spot of the incident, the pastor began to read the Bible on sighting the mad man, while he moved closer to him and laid the hand on his head.

“At a point, there was a hot argument between the duo, which made the pastor to raise his voice as he was offering a deliverance prayer for Tunde, the mad man. The hot prayer lasted for over 15 minutes before another strange drama began,” Semiu told reporters.

Speaking further, another witness, an okada rider, said at a point, the mad man removed the pastor’s hand from his head, adding that “suddenly, a strange spirit got hold of the pastor and he began to remove his cloth. He was naked and laid flat on the ground, speaking a strange language, with foam oozing out of his mouth.”

The mad man, it was gathered, initially left him in this position and sat at some distance away from the pastor, before the duo later sat closer to each other, while onlookers watched the strange drama.

The pastor remained in state of insanity until the reporters left the scene of the incident.

President Jonathan Commissions Akpabio’s Scam E-Library

Akpabio’s Scam E-Library

Akwa Ibom state builds an e-library without a website. Yet the governor claims books can be downloaded from remote locations.
On Monday, the governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, led President Goodluck Jonathan to an elaborate ceremony to inaugurate the state’s multimillion naira “e-library”.

Sham E-Library Reception in Akwa Ibom State

The commissioning ceremony was organised to mark the end of construction work on the project and signal the beginning of use of the facility.
The president did the usual tape cutting, briefly inspected the facility and gave the governor a pat on the back before hopping on his plane back to Abuja.
But perhaps unknown to the president, the edifice he commissioned with much pomp and ceremony does not have a website as expected of any electronic library of this age.
A web platform, experts say, is a core, indispensable part of electronic libraries across the world.
“I was overjoyed after learning about the commissioning of an e-library in Nigeria,” Jackson Ikane, a university student, said. “But my joy was short lived. The library is not what I thought, It doesn’t have a website!”
Electronic libraries all over the world are designated as such for having a physical site, and most importantly, for having collections, stored in digital formats, that could be accessed remotely via the Internet.
The Akwa-Ibom “e-library” was inaugurated despite having only the physical site.
Aniekan Umanah, the state’s information commissioner told PREMIUM TIMES the newly inaugurated library had one, but he could not provide us with link to the site.

Jonaathan Commissions Akpabio’s Fake E-Library

“Google it,” he said on the telephone on Tuesday.
Pressed further on the matter, he asked for time to source it from the library. Twenty-four hours later, Mr Umana failed to provide us with a url to the state’s “e-library” website.
Media commissioning
State governors in Nigeria often times overemphasise commissioning ceremony that state projects attract – for the media mileage – ahead of building high quality projects for their electorates.
In most cases, journalists are flown or bussed from afar to complement expensive live coverages of the commissioning ceremonies. Some inauguration ceremonies are usually conducted even when projects are still far from completion.
In some cases, governors spend more money organizing flamboyant commissioning ceremonies than they are willing to spend on the commissioned projects.
During the commissioning ceremony on Monday, Mr. Akpabio, described the three-storey library complex as the first of its kind in West Africa.

Akpabio’s E-Library Scam Commuter Room

He said the library has digital collections of 16.5 million e-documents “which can be accessed by users simultaneously.”
He added that the library also has two million electronic books “that can be downloaded” in addition to 14.5 million electronic research e-journals.
The governor added that the library has a conference centre with language translators, and urged the president to bring international conferences to the state, to be hosted in the “e-library.”
Mr. Aniekan Umanah could not explain how books could be downloaded from afar (as claimed by the governor) without a functional web platform.

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Fraud: Asian church founder arrested for $17+ million swindle

Singapore Mega Church Under Fire of Fraud

A two-year investigation has culminated in a series of arrests and a court appearance today.
The founder of one of Singapore’s richest churches has been arrested on allegations he misused at least £11.5 million (US$ 17,979,987) in donations from his congregation of more than 30,000.

Pastor Kong Hee and four senior executives of the City Harvest Church – a Christian group registered as a charity– were arrested by Singapore’s Commercial Affairs Department, a police unit set up to fight financial crime.

Pastor Kong Hee

Officials said they were suspected of diverting at least Sg$23 million earmarked for charitable projects and spent money on a bid by the pastor’s wife, Ho Yeow Sun, to launch an evangelical music career in the United States.

The church, which has affiliates in neighbouring Malaysia and other countries, is famous for services that resemble pop concerts.

All five, who are out on bail, have also been suspended from their church positions.

Pastor Kong and his wife, whose whereabouts were unknown, became minor celebrities in Singapore for launching the church, which authorities estimate had a congregation of about 33,000 and net assets of Sg$103 million in 2009.

In a post on popular Twitter on Tuesday morning, Kong tweeted a Bible Psalm in Mandarin saying God will protect him from evil.

Unprecedented Confession: I Slept With Our Driver To Give My Husband A Child

For The Love of My Husband and our Marriage

I am not a loose woman. I am just a woman who loves her husband very much and didn’t want to lose him. I just did what I had to do to save my marriage even though I feel guilty sometimes.
It was not easy but I slept with my driver so that I could give my husband a child, but instead, God gave me twins, a boy and a girl…
I was married to Philip for eight years. We had no child. “The worst was that I never got pregnant even for a day.” His mother became so impatient that she started breathing down my neck as she gave me no breathing space at all. She moved in to live with us and practically made my life unbearable – in my matrimonial home. I cannot drink water and drop the cup because she must insult me. It got to a point that she stopped eating my food because, according to her, I should be feeding my children so that they would grow healthy and stronger and not her. “Monica, if you had children, you are supposed to be feeding them with all these food so that they would grow healthy and strong. I am getting old so I don’t need all these nonsense you call food. Take them away and give me grandchildren,” she would scream. She also stopped talking to me, however, the only time she talks to me is when she wants to insult me and remind me of how less a woman I was.
Even after she had left, I could still hear those insults in my head so I decided to take a bold step – I seduced and slept with our driver, Okon. Okon is a young man in his late 20’s. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering but because he could not get a good paying job, he opted to become a driver. I promised to get him a good job if he sleeps with me just once but I never disclosed the reason for this.
However, Okon thought I just wanted to cheat on my husband with him. I planned it during my ovulation so that I could get pregnant, although it was not easy sleeping with another man. I knew I was betraying my husband but I saw it as a necessary action. After a month, I discovered that I was pregnant. So, as promised I got a job for Okon in a friend’s company where he started earning almost N150,000 per month. When I told Philip that I was pregnant, he was so excited. “Sweetheart, God has finally answered our prayers. I am pregnant,” I revealed.
When I was five months pregnant, he informed his mother and she immediately returned to the house. She pampered me like a baby and also took good care of me. I never wanted to do any scan but my mother-in-law insisted. When I finally did the scan, it showed I was pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. My mother- in-law and husband were extremely happy while I felt much fulfilled. “God thank you for compensating me with a set of twins after eight years of barrenness,” I muttered.
When the twins were born, the girl took ill for some time. It took a while before she fully recovered after several treatments and this got me worried. Philip and I insisted that blood test be carried out on them to determine their blood group and genotype and then came the shocking revelation. The doctor informed us that although their blood groups are both A, however, their genotypes are AS for the girl and AA for the boy meanwhile Philip and I are both AA. I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up because I felt Philip would ask questions but to my surprise, he did not. He just said, “Sweetheart, lets go home. We have had quite a long day, you and my babies need to rest.”
Three months later, he held me closely and said, “Monica, don’t be scared. I don’t want to know who the father of the twins is. I know whatever you did, you did to save our marriage and I am very proud of you. I promise to always love you and my babies. I promise this will be a secret between us. I love you sweetheart. I know we will have our own children someday.” I wept as he wiped my tears with his hands.
But at least my mother-in-law is extremely happy with me, that is all that matters. Although, everyone is happy but I feel guilty that I selfishly used an innocent man to achieve my aim. But before anybody judge me; just put yourself in my shoes and think for a moment what you will do?

Hubby’s Disappearance After Wedding Night

Hubby disappears after wedding night

With Florence Amagiya

Wedding couple

It is a fact that women are like flowers that withers at night time. A man on the other hand can be liken to wine, he gets better by the season and best when it is old. No wonder, the wine is best served when it is old.

My case can be liken to the flowers because l am a woman and l have an expiry date. I have been married for twenty years and in those twenty years; I slept with my husband only once. Unfortunately, l didn’t take-in and I wish l had because I would have been consoled. Yes I would have been a happy person because the story won’t be told this way.

My name is Ufuoma and like the name explains, l am from that part of Nigeria where married women must stay faithful to their vows or face the consequence. The culture doesn’t care if she is not getting any show at all.

So it has been terrible and excruciating for me all these years. It is not because I would naturally have gone out of my matrimonial bed, but because my husband hasn’t been home in a long, long while and while he was here, l only slept with him on my wedding night.

I had thought about it and each time I decide to end the union, he would beg that I wait for awhile. It is twenty years today, l am close to breaking point and his family members are not helping matters…

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Read on…

Age not on my side!

Olivia Gilbert, Actress

Marriage is for better or for worst, but certainly not in this case. I don’t see the reason someone should marry me and abandon me for twenty years; we are not talking twenty days here! Who knows if he is remarried with kids? Women are like flowers; we have time to shine and time to fade.

His journey abroad for greener pasture is certainly not for my good. If it is for my good he would have had me with him. How do we begin to raise a family when he has been gone twenty years? I will simply walk away.

No way!

Uche Joan Iwuanyanwu, Actress

It is a tough one, but I’m going to give it a try if I was the woman in this case, waiting for a man this long is far from possible. But as a newly married woman, I would not want my husband to leave me for a second let alone immediately after our wedding?

Secondly, any man I can love enough to get married to would not have made such a serious decision without letting me know first. And if he had told me before the marriage I won’t marry him. That’s because I cannot be married that long to myself. Twenty years of no physical contact? That’s saying we have been married for twenty years and spent only one night together?

He is selfish

Joan Agabi, Actress

There is always two sides to every coin and every story and for that reason there should be consideration. Why did my husband relocate and what was supposed to happen? After putting that into consideration, I will walk away as a woman knowing that l don’t have all the time in the world. I would advise my fellow woman to do the same also.

Twenty years is not a joke, her best child bearing years had been wasted! She should pick up the pieces of her life and make the most of what’s left.

Walk away!

Buchi Jeffery, Actress

If I am in such a mess of a marriage then l will do the best thing since l cannot help myself according to the tradition of my people. I will walk out of that marriage because time waits for no one.

He can have children at fifty but l cannot. If you add twenty years to my present age, how old would l be then?

The Obstacles in The Crusade To TAKE BACK NIGERIA.‏

By Princi Inyang
Architect, nice video, great passion. Permit me also to opine and weigh in regarding some of the comments you made in your video.  The truth is Nigeria is not only rotten society on many levels, but it is a ticking time bomb. This is not a pessimistic view of our country, it is in fact a honest assessment of our reality. Day in and day out, Nigerian people are burdened with more hardship than they’ve already endured. There is no relief in sight. For older unemployed Nigerians, a lifetime of hardship and struggle is guaranteed. For the younger generation, the future holds no promise. To make it worse, very little or no value is placed on the life of a Nigerian. In one snap shot, scores of people can have their lives snuffed away in a most barbaric manner, and there’s hardly any reaction except, mourning and prayers for a non re-occurance of such tragedy. This is how worthless the society views her people. These are facts that hold true for Nigeria in general, but also holds true for our state in particular.
In your video, you admit not knowing or not having the solution to the real challenges facing our country. You honestly started that you have no solution to the issue of power or healthcare. These are two critical areas of our national life where our defficiency is again on on global display. These two basic responsibilities of government, yes bare mininum, and the inability of the Nigerian nation to have a handle of them is a disgrace.
Having said that, our problems are not supernatural. Healthcare and reliable power is no rocket science. There are some things that individuals can in fact do and not wait on government to provide. However, there are responsibilities that leadership in any society must meet. Healthcare is one, and power supply is another. I commend you for your housing (I assume afforable housing) initiative that you are spear heading. People do need housing, however, you also noted the fact that corruption does exist, and again, you recognized the challenge it posses to any kind of development effort.
When you charge individuals to contribute their own quota, that is a noble call, but with all due respect, I don’t think that solves any of the core problems impeding our progres. Individials on account of their daily activities, volunteer services, community services, private economic activities, etc, contribute their quota each day. I believe a young lady by the name Favor Onobo who used to volunteer as a social worker in Uyo, used to solicit financial assistance from forum members to help pay medical costs for children in dire need of expensive medical produres in order to save their lives. That was her way of giving back. There was Sam Itauma who oversaw CRARN in Eket. Sam was a social worker and child Right’s activist, who rescued so called “witch children” from physical and emotional abuse and torture. He was hounded and eventually ran out of town by the government in Akwa-Ibom. So the problem in my view, is not with private individuals not doing their part, they are.
Private individuals do their part when they pay their taxes.  The small business owners, the Okada drivers, the market women, the shop owners, the welders, the mechanic office, the repair shop, etc, who pay taxes, registration tax, operating licence fees, renewal fees, etc, all all doing their part because they pay into the system. What do they get in return? Folks that live abroad, but remit money to relatives/friends in Nigeria from time to time or often, are doing their part. They are supporting a failed society with billions of dollars each year. What do they get back in return? As I write, some of these people who help keep Nigeria solvent economically are under threat by regimes in Nigeria. How can such misguided vindictiveness bring about prosperity?
Talking about taking Nigeria back, you sbould identity to your audience who or what  “we” are taking Nigeria back from. If it is your view that Nigeria has been hijacked by some unsavory characters, aliens, or persons acting agains her best interest, you should identify such agents so in ‘taking’ back Nigeria, Nigerians would be clear as to who they must reclaim their country from. Let me say this in conclusion, nobody, NOBODY anywhere in the World in any history, has taken back a society on the brink of destruction by the simple kind gesture of ‘giving back’. That has never happened. We can all learn from the example of the Egyptians. They held their grounds and bled till Mubarak was ousted. Just this weekend, they elected a new President in a very free and fair election.
Unfortunately, Nigerians love to window dress. They love to placate a bad situation by not confronting the real problems. I think to a large extent, you too have toed this path. This strategy does not lead to change. In any case, I admire your passion for a better Nigeria, but I didn’t read any of your solutions.
  Inyang writes from Florida, USA

Obama Retains Edge Over Romney

President Obama

President Obama

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds President Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in his race for re-election despite a spate of bad economicnews and surging GOP optimism, 47% to 44%.

“The poll highlights challenges facing both candidates. While Mr. Obama retains a durable base of support, his standing among white, working-class voters, which was low to start with, continues to erode. Interest in the campaign isn’t nearly as intense as it was four years ago among young people and Latinos, who were important to Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008.”

“At the same time, more people viewed Mr. Romney unfavorably than favorably by a 6-point margin, with nearly one-quarter of those polled viewing him ‘very negatively,’ twice the level found in December. Mr. Romney’s business background, which he has made a central element of his candidacy, is a draw for many, the poll found. But it is viewed negatively by even more people.”

Nunc Dimitis of An Akwa Ibom Widow: Don’t allow my husband to die in vain

By Michael Matthew

Victims of Political Violence in Akwa Ibom State

Mrs. Mary Dickson, whose boat operator husband, Mr. Dickson Dickson, and his friend, Mr. Godwin Onofi, were killed by youths from Effiat in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has called on constituted authorities to ensure that justice is done.
The killing of the duo resulted in a reprisal in which the Transitional Chairman of the LGA, Mr. Okpo Ekere, was shot by youths from Ebughu during a protest. Ekere died in an Indian hospital last Tuesday.
Mary is alleging that there is a plot to play down the murder of her husband and his friend because of Ekere’s death.
She said the manner in which her husband and his friend were killed was too heinous for the crime to be swept under the carpet.
Both men were said to have been beheaded and buried.
Mary said, “If the government knows that it is actually working and is ready and willing to protect life and property, let it ask the police to produce those criminals.
“Saying they have been arrested is not good enough. The police might have arrested the wrong people. I want justice for my husband and Onofi. We are poor, we don’t have money to go to court, that is why we have resorted to calling on God for help.”
She said while the death of her husband and his friend was painful, it was more painful that their corpses could not be recovered for proper burial.
Mary said before her husband was killed, he had obtained an N8m loan to buy a boat and boat engine, adding that he could only repay N3m before his death.
She explained that the boat, which was left ashore had been stolen with the engine, saying she could not raise the N5m debt her husband left.
Mary added that life had been tough for her and her children except for the support she had been getting from her husband’s brother.
Dickson’s brother, Mr. Simon Dickson, said he was privy to the incident that led to his death.
Simon said, “There were two 75hp outboard engines in the boat. When Effiat youths waylaid us, they removed one of the engines, we traced them to Inua Abasi, with the remaining outboard engine. The boys are Effiat boys; we know them, especially their leader, who is usually called Ikuma.
“The two engines were new; that was the first day they were put on water. When they removed one of the engines, they asked for N500, 000 before they could release it. We pleaded with them and offered N200, 000. We told them that the boat was new and we did not have enough money with us.
“But they took the engine away in their boat. We had to follow them with the remaining 75hp outboard engine. Later, we were able to raise N100, 000 which my brother (Dickson) took to them in addition with the N200, 000 we had earlier offered. They took the money but refused to give us the engine, insisting that we should pay the balance of N200, 000 before we could get the engine.”
He added that when the matter was reported to the head of the youth, he instructed them to release the engine but they were adamant.
He said, “While we were waiting at Effiat’s shore, we did not know that Onofi and my brother who took the money to them had been killed until after three days.
“Precisely, we got to know they had been killed on May 17, 2012 and up till now we have not seen their corpses. The two engines and the boat were acquired from loan. The two engines cost N3m while the boat costs N5m.
Where are we going to get the money to repay the loan? He was only able to repay N3m out of the N8m. Since the day of the incident, nobody from Ebughu has gone to Ute or Effiat for fishing or to carry passengers.
A fisherman, Okon Okpo, urged the police to ensure that those who perpetrated the act were arrested and brought to book.
He said, “They are criminals. Criminals can come from anywhere; it does not mean it is only in Effiat they exist. It is duty of the police to rid of the society of bad elements.”
Earlier, a senior police officer, who craved anonymity, said three persons had been arrested in connection with the murder of Dickson and Onofi