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Libation not fetish, but prayer – HRM Appolus Chu

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As civilization erodes today’s society and as the advent of western culture threatens the African tradition, a paramount ruler in South South region, HRH (Dr) Appolus Chu, Egbere Emere Okori of Eleme kingdom, has called on traditional rulers and care givers across the country, to do well within their power to preserve and promote the African culture.
HRH Chu made this call when he paid a courtesy visit to Chief (Dr) D.U. Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin kingdom, at his palace in Benin, Edo State. He discredited the notion that libation is a fetish practice, and stressed that it is an African traditional means of offering prayers and thanksgiving. According to him, “Libation is prayer, and what do you do when you offer prayer? You pray for progress, success, good health and every good things of life. The drinks that are used are bought from the market and not from the shrine, so also is the palm wine that is used.
And as you are praying, you are libating and directing your faith towards your demands and you appease the gods, because we believe the gods are here. It is just like when you go to church and the pastor uses olive oil and water to pray. When the congregation choruses amen, it is agreeing that God has answered the prayer. So, libation is part of our culture, and we shouldn’t neglect our culture. The traditional institution of Africa is under a form of blackmail. We are being blackmailed to despise and snub our cultural system.
And we are abandoning our tradition out of ignorance. Today, our children who are now pastors and bishops are propagating the Western religions and snubbing our traditional beliefs and values. As a strong believer in African tradions and culture, I will advocate that we should not see libation as a fetish practice. It is just a form of prayer ad an integral part of our culture,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief Edebiri consented to the views of HRH Chu, and presented him with a gift, after which libation was offered. “We believe that when you die, you go to heaven and you meet your ancestors, those who have left before you. They also congregate there, as we do here on earth. And whenever we are doing anything here, we remember them, so that they may be part of what we are doing and bless whatever project we are embarking on. We always pour libation so that our ancestors will partake in whatever we are doing. It has nothing to do with fetish activity.
“There is no juju when you pour libation. It is your conscience, it is your mind, because you believe that you are coming from a tradition. The tradition is the belief that your parents did it and they lived well. If you do it too, you will live well and die well. So, pouring libation has nothing to do with being fetish. As a matter of fact, in a football match, if a team wins, you will see people opening bottles of champaign to celebrate. That is pouring libation. If your son buys a new car and he brings it home, you pour libation to bless that gift.
“So, those who say that pouring of libation is fetish are being misled and misinformed. In the African tradition, we pour libation after kolanut, so that our ancestors will bless whatever we want to do,” he concluded
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DESOPADEC Board Chairman, Michael Diden in trouble as group institutes suit to nullify his appointment

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The Registered Trustees of Centre
for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) have instituted a lawsuit to nullify the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden (aka Ejele) as Chairman of the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,  DESOPADEC.

This newspaper understands that the group, CHURAC and its registered trustees who are the claimants sought the nullification of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s appointment of Ejele as Chairman of the oil commission.

The suit which was filed against Governor of Delta State and 3 other persons has Suit No. W/154/2019.

Among other reliefs, the human rights body is seeking a declaration nullifying the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden as Chairman of the Board of DESOPADEC.

The matter is slated for hearing at the High Court of Delta State sitting in Warri on the 19th of August, 2019.

Details later…

Source: BIGPEN

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Gbenga Daniel honoured, coaches youth on leadership, self independence

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The celebrated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has continued to be an inspiration to the younger generation through his intentional dedication of his time and resources with a true belief that they are indeed tomorrow’s future.

A typical example of this came to the fore when OGD, as popularly called, took a break and graced an event organised by the vibrant youths of University of Lagos to sensitise and empower their peers about leadership and entrepreneurship.

The event, third annual Young Leaders Entrepreneurship conference (YOLEC) for young leaders by producers of Sparklight Entrepreneurship Show, took place on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos as expected, with this year’s edition themed ‘An entrepreneurial mindset: A Solution to the high Unemployment Rate in Nigeria’.

The keynote address was delivered by Engr. Obed Ikem, a project manager with Exxon-mobil, while the CEO of Cars 45 also shared the experiment and risks his company took before becoming a foremost leader in the business community.

Dr.Sunday Adebisi, Associate Professor in the department of Business Administration and Acting Director Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Center University of Lagos who told the audience that the Senate of the University is serious about producing good products but with solid entrepreneur mindset.

The Chairman of the event, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, while appreciating the organisers’ efforts in putting the event together, mentored the youth on the importance of leadership training and how youth could be financially independent becoming entrepreneurs.

“Above all, if you look at the lives of successful entrepreneurs in the world, there is one thing that’s common to them all,” Daniel said.

“It’s perseverance. None of them gave up at any point in time.”

He, therefore, advised them to be tenacious in pursuing their dreams.

In appreciation, the students jointly presented the former governor with an award for his support and being a source of inspiration them.

The convener, Tosin Adesile, also thanked Otunba Gbenga Daniel for always being available to impact the next generation.

Participants which include students, corps members and unemployed graduates enjoyed several opportunities such as CV review, mentoring session and learnt digital skills and technologies like data science and analytics, cyber-security, cloud computing, block chain and more.

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Imo govt takes over Okorocha’s varsity, scraps new institutions

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The Imo State Government has taken over the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko and converted it to a campus of the Imo State University, Owerri.

The 8th Imo Assembly had passed a law allotting 90 per cent equity shares to trustees of Rochas Foundation and 10 per cent to Imo state government.

Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the newly-established Tertiary Institutions in Imo State, Prof. Jude Njoku, said at a press briefing in Owerri on Wednesday that the committee established a prima facie that the institution was established with state funds.

The committee also recommended that both the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Aboh/Okpala and the University of Science and Technology, Umuna should remain campuses of Imo State University while Aboh/Okpala will be the campus for agriculture and veterinary medicine, and Umuna will be for engineering as earlier conceived.

He added that a judicial commission of inquiry would be set up to determine the sources of funding and ownership structure of the university.

He said that from the findings of the committee at the National Universities Commission (NUC), it was established that approval was given to EPU as the second University in Imo, 47th State University and 143 Nigerian university.

In addition, Njoku said that it was discovered that the land was purchased and paid for by the state government.

The committee also scrapped all polytechnics established by established towards the end of the Rochas Okorocha administration.

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