Saturday, 22 June 2013

Beware!!!!! In Lagos, Wandering Could Send You To Jail

Recently i got into an exchange of hot words with some workers of the KAI  and environmental task force of the Lagos State Government on how a women was arrested and rough handled right in front of me and some other onlookers at the Alausa/Shop rite bus stop, as a sane human you cant help but react to the way this over zealous task force arrests civilians without due process or allowing them explain themselves. We all believe in the mega city project embarked upon by Governor Fashola by putting Lagos on the same platform as other  mega cities in the world but i do seriously think he should call his officers to order before it gets out of hand. Here is an article i got  from Punch about their excessiveness  

Beware: In Lagos, wandering could send you to jail

A widow living at Mowe area of Ogun State, Mrs. Justina Moses, recently sent her 18-year-old brother, Sunday John, on an errand to a relation on Lagos Island. On his way back, officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences grabbed Sunday at about 9am on Monday, June 10, 2013, and within 24 hours, sent him to the Badagry Prison.
However, Moses said none of the officials at the task force office, Alausa, Ikeja, could state Sunday’s offence when she demanded an explanation while the Investigating Police Officer for the case could not be produced.
She said, “I was told that he was arrested at Oshodi bus-stop; but what they told me was to produce N40, 000 as fine for his release. They said that was the order given to them by the state government. When I didn’t have N40, 000 to quickly give to them, my brother was taken to jail.”
Lately, there have been reported cases of illegal arrests, extortion and highhandedness by officials of Lagos State law enforcement agencies, particularly the task force, Kick Against Indiscipline and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
Moses, who lost her husband in November 2012, is currently unemployed. Her neighbour, Mr. Jonathan Agbeni, who has been assisting the family to secure Sunday’s release, described his recent visits to the task force office as an ‘eye-opener’ to the rot in the system.
Agbeni said many of the alleged offenders brought into the task force office each time he was there had no concrete case to answer for.
“They couldn’t produce the IPO in charge of Sunday’s case, and one of their officials who attended to us that the boy didn’t commit any offence. He said Sunday was picked up like so many others who get picked up on a daily basis for no offence at all.
“Even while I was there, a man just released from prison was picked up by the task force officials on the same day, while on his way home. He was again sentenced to one month imprisonment after claiming he had shown the magistrate his discharge papers.”
Also, Agbeni was allegedly asked by the task force officials to pay for Sunday’s release and satisfy other requirements. However, this time, the demand was N50, 000.
Highlighting the other prerequisites, Agbeni said he was asked to produce two sureties resident in Lagos with evidence of their tax payment for three years; house rent receipts; ID cards; two passport photographs each; copies of utility bills; and voter card or National ID card.
The distraught family has had to engage the services of the Directorate of Citizens’ Right, a department of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice responsible for protecting the rights of residents.
According to Agbeni, the legal counsellor assigned by the department to Sunday’s case has already dismissed the N50, 000 demanded by the task force as unnecessary.
He said, “She, however, said that we would need to get the sureties and satisfy other requirements, even though, we don’t live in Lagos.”
Agbeni added that getting the two sureties mandated by the task force to secure Sunday’s release has been a challenge for them since neither he nor Moses is resident in Lagos. Gladly, Sunday’s hope of getting released from prison has been boosted as they have got a surety, but Agbeni alleged that task force officials had earlier advised him to pay N15,000 for a professional surety outside their premises.
He said, “We have been able to get one surety; but while we were still trying to get one, we were told that we could get one on the premises for N15,000. Also, we’ve been told that we will need N5, 000 to settle the clerk and the police officer that will visit the house of the surety.”
In May, Mr. Chibike Ikegwuonu was driving along Maza-Maza road in Lagos, when he was allegedly stopped by LASTMA officials for an alleged traffic offence.
The officials allegedly took Ikegwuonu to the back of a fuel station where he met several other motorists, bribing their way out of being arrested.
He said, “I was told that my fine was N20, 000 and taken to the back of a fuel station close to their Mile 2 office. They collected my car key as I was pleading my innocence and told me that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. But I replied that I never committed an offence.
“There, I saw corruption in practice. I saw intimidation and stealing in uniform. I saw over 50 vehicles and their owners buying their way out with various amounts of money, between N5, 000 and N10, 000.
“I was taken to one Mr. Jegede who they said was their boss and he said my fine was N20,000, but that I should pay N10,000 instead, that if I didn’t, I would have to pay more in the bank and also taken for an eye test at Badagry.”
Ikegwuonu sadi he got the officials annoyed when he insisted that he was a pastor and would never give a bribe. He said his car was taken to their garage and its four tyres deflated.
He said, “It was there I realised that LASTMA has three types of payment: caution fee of N10,000 for first offenders; spot settlement, paid at the back of the fuel station as bribe to avoid stress; and N20,000, which is paid into the government purse.
“While I was there, an average of 50 vehicles were brought in every hour, so an estimated 400 vehicles a day. Out of the figure, only about 70 of the vehicle owners go to the bank while the rest opt to give a bribe. Also, there are thrift collectors at the fuel station used by LASTMA officials for daily contributions of between N5, 000 and N20, 000.”
Ikegwuonu said his car was later released to him the following day unconditionally.
Also in May, Mr. Kelechi John, a marketing officer for a soap industry, was apprehended by KAI officials and thrown inside their bus, along with some others.
John said the officials claimed he was hawking without a permit.
He was quoted as saying, “They all looked terrible and horrible. The guys I saw in that bus looked like touts and nothing like people working for the government to fight indiscipline; they were smoking and drinking and had tattoos on their bodies. So I actually thought that they were kidnappers.
“They made other arrests but they appeared to be targeted at some people because they left some other persons whom they should have apprehended. Once they sight someone they are interested in arresting, they would tell one another in Yoruba, ‘guy, that’s a deal for you, go after him quickly’. Some of them would run out of the bus and chase after their targets.”
John also accused the KAI officials of openly soliciting for bribe from alleged offenders and receiving between N4,000 and N10,000 from each person that offered it to them.
Efforts to reach the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, were unsuccessful as he did not pick his calls or respond to a text message to his phone.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Quote Of The Day

 If yesterday hurts, fix it, if today hurts, face it......don't think tomorow would hurt too because you might have done just enough to cover up for tomorow so always Stay Positive------Diji Nduka Patrick

Monday, 17 June 2013

Quote Of The Day

Life has so many phases but a man who wants the good phase of life must maintain only one phase; The "Never-Give-Up" phase-----Diji Nduka Patrick

How To Manage Stress

Here is a very enlightening article from Popoola, she doesn't hesitate to open our eyes to the little factors which we sometimes ignore and which plays vital roles in our entire well being . Stress  can be defined as  simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life so readers lets dig in and enjoy what Popoola has for us.

The simple realisation that you control your life is the foundation of stress management. Taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule and the way you deal with problems.

To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses:
 *What caused your stess (guess if unsure)
 *How you felt, both physically & emotionally.
 *How you acted in response.
 *What you did to make yourself feel better.

Now, do take a deep breathe while i reveal several unhealthy ways of coping with stress.
-drinking too much.
-overeating or undereating.
-zoning out for hours in front of the TV/computer.
-withdrawing from friends, family, and activities.
-sleeping too much.
-filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems.
-taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence etc)

Relax, which of these methods is peculiar to you? If your methods of coping with stress aren't contributing to your greater emotional & physical health, then find healthier ones. Lets do this. "You can either change the situation or change your reaction"
 To change the situation, it can be either avoided or altered.
 To change your reaction, you can chose to adapt or accept.

Hmmmmmm, not all stress can be avoided and its not healthy to avoid a situation that's meant to be addressed. Learn to say "NO" know your limits and stick to them. Taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire stress recipe. Avoid people who stress you out, limit the time you spend with them. Take control of your environment (its your world). Pave down your to-do list, analyse your schedule, responsibilities, daily task.
 To alter the situation, EXPRESS your feelings instead of BOTTLING them up. Deal with problems, face your fears. Do manage your time better instead of procrastinating.

To change reactions by 'adapting' often makes one better. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Be optimistic! Look at the big picture, the future, ask yourself how important it will be in the long run. Is it really worth getting upset over? Set reasonable standards, not always perfection, learn to be okay with "good enough". Celebrate yourself often.
When stress is getting you down, take a moment to reflect on all the things you appreciate in life, including your own positive qualities & gifts. Learn to forgive [this world is uncertain with imperfect people]. Let go of anger and resentments, you will definitely feel lighter within.

You can aswell 'accept'.
Atimes what works best is accepting the things you cannot change. Acceptance may be difficult, but in the long run,its easier than railing against a situation you cannot change. Don't try to control the uncontrolable -particularly the behaviour of others, instead focus on the way you choose to react to problems. When facing a major challenge, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. Learn from your mistakes. Share your feelings, don't carry the weight of the burden alone. Please do talk to a trusted friend/therapist. Trust, you will feel alot relieved.

"Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury"

Take a BREAK!!!!
Get a massage.
Listen to music.
Watch a comedy.
Curl up with a good book.
Call a good friend.
Play with a pet.
Work in your garden.
Write in your journal.
Sweat out tension with a good workout.
Light scented candles.
Take a long bath.
Go for a walk.
Spend time in nature.
Spend time with positive people who will enhance your life.
Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy; play the piano, take a ride across town.
Keep your sense of humor.
Exercise regularly.
Participate in your favourite sport.
Eat healthy diets.
Reduce caffeine and sugar.
Avoid alcohol, cigarette and drugs -its relief is only temporary.
Connect with a spiritual source in prayer, the holyghost releases joy that knows no bounds.
Get enough sleep, adequate sleep fuels your mind as well as your body.
Stop worrying and start trusting your only source of help.

                                    Stay positive.

Courtesy: Popoola Omobolade

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Why we oppose use of condom – Catholic church

Why we oppose use of condom – Catholic church

The Catholic church says it opposes artificial family planning techniques, because it encourages bastardisation of sexual activities by young people and “impedes normal procreation.”
The Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, made this clarification in a response to an enquiry by The PUNCH on Sunday.
He said, “The Catholic Church believes that modern means, including the use of condoms is morally bad because it impedes normal procreation. You can meet with your wife when you do not want children and those periods when the woman is not fertile instead of having to destroy the sperm and all other forms of artificial prevention.
“They are very artificial means and they do not really give the moral lesson that borders around the use of the sexual organs.
“The one that gives you the opportunity to exercise your sexual urge without the consequences is the natural method and the church says you should go for the natural means.”
According to him, the excuse that it reduces the spread of HIV/AIDS remains invalid and untenable, adding HIV/AIDS is a disease that is prevalent among young people.
Madu added, “When you are talking about condom among young people, you are also talking about promiscuity. People have adduced arguments in case of people with HIV/AIDS and especially couples who do not want children. The use of condom and other modern means are being bastardised among young young people because they will resort to the use of condom so that they can have sex freely without impregnating the woman or getting pregnant.
“Those are various artificial means and the church is strongly against them. Instead, the church endorsed the natural method of copulation.”
Culled from Punch Newspaper

Security operatives impound plane carrying weapons at Kano Airport

Security operatives impound plane carrying weapons at Kano Airport

Security operatives, on Saturday, uncovered and impounded a Russian plane carrying sophisticated military weapons at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

It will be recalled that in July last year, at the same airport, an Ukranian plane conveying military equipment was impounded and detained for hours.

The Russian plane was impounded around 8.00p.m. along with its nine crew member for more than 10 hours by security operatives for what was said to be security reason.

Our source who preferred anonymity informed that when an investigation was conducted, the manifest of the plane indicated that it carried military weapons and this prompted security agents to impound the plane.

It was also revealed that the moment the plane touched ground, following its movement, security operatives became suspicious and had to effect action to unravel what it was carrying.

All efforts made by the Nigerian Tribune to get comments about the impounded plane from the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) met a stone wall.

 However, our source disclosed that the outcome of investigation revealed that the plane had a technical landing at the airport.

It was also revealed that the landing of the plane was basically to refuel and that after it had been properly investigated that the plane meant no harm but to refuel, it was released by the security operatives.

 Further investigation revealed that its destination was Kinshasha, Tanzania.

The source added that all the nine crew members were released along with the plane between 1-2 pm on Sunday


Femi Kuti at 51........Like Fine Wine,He Is Getting Better With Time

Happy birthday Omo Kuti 

I had an impromptu call at The New African Shrine on my way from the mainland to see a friend and i got a perfect night, it happened to be Femi Kuti's 51st Birthday and he was performing live to a wonderful audience of well wishers so i joined in the celebration and got some pictures to share, happy birthday to one of the few Legends who truly love Nigeria and Africa from the bottom of his heart, ara ra ra ra ro..or ro ro ro ro!!!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

10 Types Of Friends To Avoid

10 types of friends to avoid

If all your friend does is take from you, without giving anything back in the friendship, there is no point in being friends any more.
A good lover can complete you and make you feel alive.
And just like that, a good group of friends too, can motivate you and cheer you up.
But on the other hand, a few bad friends can drag you into the pits or ruin your life too.
Choose your friends carefully, and always make sure that the friends closest to you are the ones that can make life better for you, and not worse.

Types of friends to avoid
Here is a list of ten types of friends that you really need to avoid.
These toxic friends may seem like fun at times or even feel like thrilling risk takers, but when the crap hits the fan, it’ll be you under it.

The cheater
Many friendships have been crumpled and crushed, because a best friend hit on a friend’s romantic partner.
To avoid making best friends with this type, avoid the sneaky flirts, the sweet talkers and generally, people who try flattering you and talking like you mean the world to them.
You’d be better off with someone who’s more true and down-to-earth with their claims.

 The competitor
Any kind of competition is healthy in every relationship but when claws start to come out and things get extremely competitive between friends, things can get very ugly.

The leech
A friend who constantly borrows your stuff or money or depends too much on you is one that definitely needs to be avoided. No one wants a one-sided relationship. If all your friend does is take from you, without giving anything back in the friendship, there’s no point in being friends anymore. If they’re looking for one, tell them to take a one way trip out of your life.

The copycat
Imitation is considered to be the sincerest form of flattery, but a friend who looks or behaves like your photocopy machine can be very scary.

The shrink
All of us confide in our friends and ask for advice, but when your BFF starts acting like a paid shrink who always picks flaws in your life or relationships, it can get very annoying and depressing.

The selfish friend
This type of friend can go to any lengths for their benefit, but behaves passively when you ask for help.

 The wild child
Dangerous and unstable is how you define this type. You usually get in trouble or always end up having to save your friend from trouble.

 The whiner
This type of friend is never satisfied with anything they have, and they spend all their time whining and grumbling about how the world is so unfair to them. Stay away!

 The mood killer
This friend intentionally or unintentionally kills the mood as soon as they enter into a conversation with you. They always seem to find a flaw in anything you do or have, be it your clothes or your love life.
They are like the lone dark cloud hovering over you on a sunny day. Nothing positive ever comes out of their mouth.
They are never short of sarcastic comments or depressing thoughts.

The swinger
This friend is partially bonkers because their mood swings change from being nice to totally snappy in seconds without any provocation. And this friend may just use you like a punching bag to express their feelings, be it frustrations or happiness. Who needs to be around someone whose moods swing like a pendulum?
Life can be a bed of roses when you have the perfect friends to share it with, but if you have to put up with these ten types of friends, all you’d find is frustrations.
Spot the toxic friends in your life and stay away from them, for your own good.

  • Written by  Ruth Olurounbi

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

How to Stay Positive in Challenging Times

Are you having trouble staying in a positive state of mind when challenging circumstances present themselves? The universal laws state: So without, so within. Everything is a mirror. We cannot change the reflection, but we can change the original (ourselves), and then, automatically, the reflection changes.
Here are my top five keys that can help you cultivate not only a positive mindset, but also the feeling state necessary for the positive law of attraction. The more you focus on bringing awareness to accepting and loving yourself, the more your inner beauty and harmony are reflected in your outer circumstances.
1. Relax and Accept
Relax and accept the challenging situation. Don't fight it, because that will make it worse. The more relaxed you are, the more productive you are. Creativity arises out of a relaxed state. And it's creativity that you need to come up with solutions to the situation you are in. Notice that I use the word "situation" and not the word "problem." There is no such thing as a problem, only a situation. When you shift your perspective and see the situation as it is, without negative commentary, then you come up with creative solutions, and/or you find the right person to help you.
2. Watch the Mind
Make a practice of watching the thoughts of the mind with non-judgment and compassion for yourself. It is not the thoughts that are the problem, it is our identification with them that creates stress and anxiety.
For five minutes a day, sit with eyes closed, body relaxed, and observe the thoughts of the mind. You don't have to censor them, or force them to be other than they are, simply observe with non-judgment, and let them pass by.

Over time, you become less identified with the thoughts, and more connected to your creativity, wisdom and clarity.
3. Create Positive Thoughts
A powerful way to undermine the influence of negative thoughts on your wellbeing is to create a practice of saying positive thoughts to yourself. At the beginning, these might seem tedious or silly, but, believe me, it works! The easiest way to break a bad habit of self-judgment and criticism is to create positive phrases that you repeat to yourself as often as possible. Even if you don't really believe them in the beginning, say them anyway! Over time, they become a habit and the negative thoughts simply dissolve.
4. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Be alert to people who like to complain, bad-mouth others, and/or have a depressed outlook on life. Avoid them. Keep yourself in the company of positive thinking people. This is a powerful way to keep yourself in a positive energy field that will lift you rather than bring you down. Your life is not determined by outside circumstances, but rather by how you respond to those outside circumstances.
Remember that all things are possible, there is a lot going on that is unseen to you.
The more you keep yourself on a positive vibrational level, the greater your chances of having positive outcomes to challenging situations.
5. Be Grateful, Laugh, Celebrate
Be grateful for what you have. If things are really bad, be grateful for being able to breathe, get out of bed in the morning, use your legs. Be grateful for the sunrise and sunset, for the beauty of the sky, the trees, the birds and flowers. There is always something to be grateful for. Put your focus there and celebrate what you have. Laughter is a powerful attractor factor. Seek out ways to bring more laughter into your life. You will be amazed at the miracles that occur.
Meditation: Befriending the Mind

When you befriend the mind you are surprised how radically life can change. It becomes much easier to disidentify from the mind's constant chattering and see yourself, and life's situations, with more clarity and objectivity. You see life's dramas with perspective and compassion, and insights and understandings arise naturally.
Find ways to befriend your mind. The mind is our bridge from the subconscious to the conscious, our gateway of expression to the outer world. Be grateful for it. Find ways to appreciate the insights, understandings, and creativity it brings. See it not as an enemy but as a friend.
As this friendship with the mind deepens, your mind no longer disturbs you. You are not fighting it; you are simply letting it's thoughts pass by.The mind and the ego want to make it complicated, but it is not. Life sings a different tune when you are not controlled by the mind. Your natural joy, spontaneity, self-acceptance, love and compassion arise quickly and easily.
By Pragito Dove

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Quote Of The Day

 ""You may not be the first to always recognise an opportunity but if you do recognise it, be the NEXT person to reap from it.""----Diji N Patrick

Sugary Drinks Put You At Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Do you love to drink carbonated (‘soft’) drinks? For most people, the answer is a resounding yes. This is because soft drinks look and taste good. They come in all sorts of packaging, colours and flavours that appeal to both senses and taste.
On the average, it’s difficult to convince a growing child that regular consumption of soft drinks does have untoward effects on health. Indeed, ask the average school kid what he spends his lunch allowance on, and the first item on the list is likely to be a bottle of … you fill in the gap!
Sugar eating is not peculiar to kids, though; as some adults seem unable to control their appetite for sugary beverages, especially those reportedly designed for weight watchers, which researchers say contain as much sugar as do those that could be taken by those who don’t claim to be on any diet.
Indeed, a recent study by scientists at Imperial College of London suggests that daily consumption of just a 50cl bottle of sugar-sweetened beverage can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 per cent.
The research, published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), was carried out by a team of scientists comprising Drs. Dora Romaguera, Petra Wark and Teresa Norat. Other independent researches in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France and the Netherlands also support their findings.
Experts describe diabetes mellitus as a metabolism disorder. “This refers to the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth. Most of what we eat is broken down into glucose — a form of sugar in the blood. High blood sugar after meals is a key risk factor in the progression from impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes) to type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” says diabetologist/Medical Director of Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki Phase 1, Dr. Afokoghene Isiavwe.
Asked what constitutes the normal range for blood sugar levels, and what blood sugar level constitutes a true emergency, experts say when a healthy individual eats, the blood sugar will not exceed 135mg to 140mg per deciliter, giving a fairly narrow range of blood sugar throughout the entire day.
In diabetics, however, the story is remarkably different. Scientists say a diabetic patient’s blood sugar can exceed 180mg to 200mg per deciliter, exceeding the capacity of the kidneys to reabsorb the glucose, making the patient to spill glucose into the urine. It’s then people pass what is generally called ‘sugar-spiked urine.’
Diabetes comes in two types — types one and two. Isiavwe says, “Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, which is needed for sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.”
She explains that various factors may contribute to someone having type 1 diabetes, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses. “The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most people with type 1 diabetes, the body’s own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Again, genetics and family history may play a role in this process, while exposure to certain viruses may trigger the disease,” she says.
Experts reveal that glucose is a main source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and other tissues and it comes from two major sources — food and your liver.
“Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it enters cells with the help of insulin. Your liver stores glucose as glycogen. When your insulin levels are low, such as when you haven’t eaten in a while, the liver converts stored glycogen into glucose to keep your glucose level within a normal range.
“In type 1 diabetes, there’s no insulin to let glucose into the cells, so sugar builds up in your bloodstream, where it can cause life-threatening complications,” experts say.
They also say that the far more common type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.
Lamenting the problem, Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris, once said that “diabetes affects an estimated six per cent of Lagos populace.” This, he says, was responsible for the initiatives of the state government in organising free screening for diabetes and hypertension — two potential killer conditions.
Experts say apart from genetics, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, probably because people tend to exercise less as they get older, gaining weight in the process.
“Maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly are ways of preventing and managing diabetes,” Isiavwe counsels.
She notes that in particular, abdominal fat puts you at increased risk. “This is because the fat releases chemicals that can upset the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems. This then increases your risk of developing various conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer,” she says.
In conclusion, experts say though you may be helpless against developing type 1 diabetes, you can save yourself from a debilitating disease like type 2 diabetes by living responsibly.
“The consumption of sugar sweetened soft drinks increases your risk of diabetes. So, for every can of soft drinks that you drink per day, the risk is higher,” lead researcher, Dora Romaguera, warns.
Beat type 2 diabetes
•Eat healthy foods. Choose foods low in fat and calories. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
•Get physical. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride a bike. Swim laps. If you can’t fit in a long workout, spread 10-minute or longer sessions throughout the day.
•Lose excess pounds. If you’re overweight, losing five to 10 per cent of your body weight can reduce the risk of diabetes. To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. Motivate yourself by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem.
•A 15-minute walk after each meal could prevent older people from developing type-2 diabetes, a study has found.
•The post-meal walks control blood sugar as well as one long walk, research by George Washington University suggests.
•Elevated blood sugar after meals could increase the risk of type-2 diabetes. So, resting after eating “is the worst thing you can do,” the study says.


Homosexuals Protest in Anambra

AWKA-  LITIGANTS and witnesses at the Atani Chief Magistrate Court in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State Wednesday witnessed a mild drama in the court premises as some people who claimed to be homosexuals nearly disrupted court proceedings in solidarity with two suspected homosexuals standing trial for allegedly committing same sex offence.
As early as 9 .00am, a large number of men with feminist outlook started gathering at the court premises to the surprise of the people around and it was only then that information filtered into the area that they came to identify with two of their members who were arrested by the police and charged to court for same sex violation related offence.

culled from

Monday, 10 June 2013

Quote Of The Day

""Age is just a number, so they say but don't get too old to be relevant to yourself, your family and society because that's a large number you don't want to disappoint"------Diji N Patrick

Health Benefits Of Banana

Banana is a 'natural antacid' providing relief from heart burn  stomach ulcers (by activating the cells in the stomach to produce thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids). You can imagine, bananas help combat depression, cure hangovers & sustain your body sugar because it contains natural sugars instead of going for an alcohol because due to its high level of tryptophan which is converted into Serotonin....the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter (Hurray)
It relieves high blood pressure a great deal, prevent kidney cancer, osteoporosis (holes in the bone due to loss of calcium) banana simply counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing. Can you beat that???
Another amazing thing is that its high in potassium. enthusiasts appreciate the potassium power it delivers. It helps you remain alert & smart. Trust me you can eat banana before an exam, it does work magic.
Do give this high energy 'super fruit' a trial today & see for yourself. Its quite true. But excess of any fruit or food isn't advisable. Don't over-burden your have a beautiful day. 

Written by  Popoola Omobolade.

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Visiting The White House

Most people do not regard the simple act of visiting the "white house" or "private ward" as people like to call the toilet. It is even seen as an abnormality when it is done regularly cos it could be due to constipation, or eating junks on a regular. This however, isn't a very good notion. Regular bowel movement is always a necessity to stay healthy as it allows the body to eliminate toxic substances and keep the body ready for fresh intake of food materials. When food has been digested and absorbed, the body separates metabolically poisonous materials from the body organs and they therefore, must be excreted to prevent accumulation and internal damage to the body, also bearing in mind, the blockage of vital body organs. Most people feel comfortable when they haven't visited a "white house" in days and this is wrong. Simple vegetables and fruits like watermelon help flush when we experience difficulty in excreting. We should however regard daily bowel movement as necessary and not an abnormality. Stay Healthy!

Written by Diji Patrick

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

If Buhari Becomes President

For a long time now, the voice of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has been a constant buzz on the Nigerian political scene. Actually, for a while — after the election of 2007 — the erstwhile autocratic military head of state rescued himself from the political scene, complaining bitterly and implausibly that he had been cheated out of presidential election victory.
Then, propelled by his unfulfilled appetite for power, he re-emerged soon after. It is entirely understandable that he couldn’t stay away for long.
Any observer of the Nigerian political scene in 1984 has to know that Buhari is a man with an imperial bent and an oversized ego. During his short-lived tenure as Nigeria’s military head of state, he imposed his will as no other had done before or after.
His War Against Indiscipline (or WAI) permeated every aspect of Nigerian life, for better and for worse. He brooked no dissent. His Decree No. 4 was as draconian a law as Nigeria has ever witnessed. Under the decree, many a journalist was imprisoned for questioning Buhari’s policies or even inveighing against military rule.
Some pundits have claimed that many of the dictatorial excesses of Buhari’s tenure were actually attributable to his second in command, the late General Tunde Idiagbon. I am more inclined to believe that Buhari was the ideologue behind the policies and Idiagbon was his strategist.
Not that it matters that much. Buhari was the head of state, and whatever happened under his watch should duly be credited to (or blamed on) him.
The important point now is that Buhari’s tenure was too short to quench his appetite for power. And that’s why, even after publicly shedding tears in 2007 and vowing to leave politics, he came back with more doggedness than ever before.
While Buhari was the flag bearer of the All Nigeria People’s Party, he had little chance of being elected president. His political fortunes improved somewhat when he bolted from the ANPP to form the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2010, but it was not enough to hoist the presidential banner.
That’s why Buhari’s claim of being cheated out of the presidency in 2007 and 2011raised serious questions about his political astuteness.
Then Buhari started to push harder for the merger of parties that could challenge the PDP. He must have realised at last that his losses in previous contests had little to do with being rigged out and much to do with his narrow electoral base.
Now with the merger of the CPC and the Action Congress of Nigeria and two other parties to form the All Progressives Congress, Buhari has overcome the problem of a narrow base. And for the first time since his overthrow in 1985, he has a better-than-realistic chance of becoming Nigeria’s president.
Problem is that while Buhari has solved the problem of his narrow electoral base in terms of party formation, he has not shed his narrow political ideology. Rather than truly reaching out and positioning himself as a healing force in Nigerian politics, he is demonstrating ever so convincingly that he is too provincial to be president.
If the APC nominates Buhari for the presidency in 2015, it would be opting for someone who is anything but progressive. And the party is likely to lose the very advantage of its prospective size by the fact that Buhari continues to be divisive and alienating.
There is no better evidence of this than his interview last Sunday in Kaduna with Liberty FM’s Hausa Service Programme, ‘Guest of the Week.’
In the interview reported in the Punch, Buhari blasted the ongoing military campaign against Boko Haram, claiming that they are getting harsher treatment than the Niger Delta militants. Moreover, he attributed the rise of Islamic militancy to the Niger Delta insurgency.
Perhaps, Buhari is not aware that the Joint Task Force that was deployed in the Niger Delta to combat the militancy there used jets, naval gunboats, and armoured vehicles. Perhaps, he has not heard of the razing in 1999 of Odi village in Bayelsa State by the Nigerian military and many more such communities since then.
Buhari rightly points out in the interview that the arming of Niger Delta youth by politicians who were running for office played a major role in the militarisation of the region. What he doesn’t explain is how that gave rise to the ethno-religious campaign being waged by Boko Haram.
The Niger Delta militancy arose in support of a negotiable demand for a more equitable sharing of revenue from the region. And so the militants focused their military campaign against the oil industry and infrastructure. They did not target Muslims or Northerners.
In contrast, Boko Haram is demanding the un-negotiable: the Islamisation of all of Nigeria. And they are bombing churches and killing Christians to advance that cause. How do such demands and atrocities compare with the activities of the Niger Delta militancy?
From his current and previous utterances, it seems certain that Buhari will be a disaster for Nigeria if he becomes president. His apparent disregard for the need for equitable redress of the Niger Delta’s grievances will certainly precipitate a titanic clash in the region.
Significantly, it was during the presidency of fellow Northerner, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, that an amnesty agreement was reached with the Niger Delta militants, resulting in the beginning of a draw down in their insurgency. If Buhari becomes president, the opposite will happen: he would stoke the militancy by words and action.
Buhari’s evident sympathy for Boko Haram also suggests that he would use his power to push Nigeria ever closer to a theocratic state (in the Muslim mould) than a secular one.
Yet, as is evident in the uprisings in Egypt and Turkey against theocracy-leaning regimes in those countries, Nigerians, including Northerners, will revolt en masse against theocratic encroachments on civil liberties. And so a Buhari presidency is certain to unleash a level of civil unrest that Nigeria has not witnessed in a long time.
In external relations, a Buhari presidency is also certain to damage Nigeria’s relations with the Western world, especially the United States. In fact, it is not an overreach to speculate that Nigeria could become listed as a terrorist state.
The US recently announced a $7 million bounty on Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. If Nigeria elects a president who cuddles the group, the bounty would in effect be on the country.
In the interview with Liberty FM radio, Buhari said that he didn’t join the APC because he wants to be president.
“If APC fails to give me the ticket, I will remain in partisan politics and in the party,” he said. “Anyone the party picks as its candidate, I will support him because I will remain in the APC.”
Buhari is, of course, being coy about his presidential ambitions, and it is hard to take him seriously. What with his early and intense campaigning — with posters all over Abuja, I understand. Buhari does indeed belong in partisan politics, but not in the presidency.

JUNE 9, 2013 BY MINABERE IBELEMA (punch newspaper columnist)