Incensed by recent outburst of some Christian leaders over political developments in the country, the Paramount Ruler and Nne-Nwe Eli Emohua XIII, Eze Sergeant Awuse, last Tuesday, in Port Harcourt, advised pastors to stop meddling into politics and confine themselves to evangelism to win more souls for Christ.
Awuse, who spoke when he received the management of Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of The Tide newspaper led by the General Manager, Chief Ernest Chinwo, wondered why pastors would dabble into politics and the nation’s electoral system in particular, peddling false prophesies about political leaders, ostensibly for pecuniary reasons.
Quoting copiously from the Bible, the Olo IV recalled that Jesus Christ, in his days, never preached prosperity but salvation of mankind before He died at 33.
“Christianity and politics are two different things, don’t combine them. Light and darkness are not friends, light has come to show you the way. Christ is the light of the world.
“There are many of them who prophesy that this person will win or this person will fail.At last, all is fallacy. If God did not give you that gift, stop talking, shut up, and face your members, if you have a way to exploit them.
“Stop deceiving your followers with fake prophecies. These fake pastors, especially the Pentecostal ones, have caused more tension in the country than politicians. They instigate their members against certain politicians they don’t like, predicting things they don’t have any inkling about.
“Our Christian religion has not done us any good by wading into the murky political terrain in this country.That is why darkness is now closing the light. How can a blind man lead a blind flock?”Awuse asked.
He blasted some self-acclaimed prophets, who have repeatedly made false prophecies about Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike’s political life, warning them to steer clear of anything concerning the governor, as they could not predict his future.
The monarch, who was a governorship aspirant in the 1990s and a governorship candidate in 2003 in the state, said that only God, who created Wike and gave him life, could determine his future, and what he would become tomorrow.
He reminded the numerous fake prophets that Jesus Christ, and indeed, God’s prophecies never failed, as all prophecies in the Bible have either come to pass or would definitely manifest in human history.
The traditional ruler also took a swipe at critics of the culture and tradition of the people, saying that most of them who despised the traditional entity, misconstrued libation to ancestral fathers as fetish.
Awuse stated that in Israel, they still pay homage to their ancestral fathers like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
He said that Jesus Christ, in His time, did not dabble into politics or the tradition of the Roman Empire, as he repeatedly told his followers to give to Caesar what was Caesar’s, and to God whatwas God’s.
The monarch described the traditional institution as an important arm of the society that works in synergy with the government for the harmony, peace and sustainable development of the communities.
Awuse noted that with his recognition as the Nne-Nwe Eli XIII of Emohua Kingdomand Olo IV, the governor has restored justice, equity, peace and development to Emohua Kingdom as a man who believes in justice, equity and fair play.
The paramount ruler stated that since his installation and presentation of staff of office, peace and even development have known no bounds in Emohua Kingdom, and assured of the total support and cooperation of the people at the grassroots in all the communities in the kingdom to the policies and programmes of the state government.
He said that in Emohua Kingdom, which affairs he oversees as the paramount ruler, there were four distinct traditional organs operating together to ensure effective representation of the people and uphold equity and justice.
The structures include Ohna Emohua-in-Council (the supreme traditional body of Emuoha clan), the Eleru-Urie (Compound Chiefs), Emuoha Council of Chiefs, and the youth councils, explaining that these bodies have jointly contributed to the peaceful co-existence and development in Emohua.
“This has not happened before. In the past, whoever was the head of the community ruled as he wanted. But I rule as the people want, whatever they want, I do. That is why there is peace and even development in Emohua. Every strata and layer in Emohua Kingdom is being carried along, and every one can bear testimony to that. My style of leadership is inclusive and participatory.
“Emuoha is a religious community handed over to God, and we abide by His rules,”Awuse explained.
By: Victor Tew & Jacob Obinna
RSNC GM Tasks Medical Practitioners On Emerging Pandemics
The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Publishers of The Tide Newspaper, Chief Ernest Chinwo, has called on medical practitioners in the country to assist the government find workable solution to the array of emerging pandemics, including COVID-19, Lassa fever and monkeypox currently ravaging the country.
Chinwo said this in his office during a courtesy call by organisers of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit 2022.
Represented by the Acting Chairman of Editorial Board and Supervising Editor, Mr Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager also stressed the need for the health professionals to come up with private sector-driven health insurance scheme for the country.
He said that it also behoves on them to pool resources together with a view to building mega hospitals in the country to stem the tide of medical tourism abroad while at the same time curbing brain drain.
The general manager also tasked them to check the incidence of quackery in the medical profession.
Chinwo commended them for the proposed summit, assuring of the cooperation and support of the corporation, especially in providing adequate coverage to their activities.
He said the corporation, since inception has been on the forefront in publicising health issues, stressing that it was against this background that a page was dedicated in The Tide newspaper for health, and called for medical experts to contribute to the robustness of content on the page.
He further noted that beside newspaper publishing, the corporation also does all kinds of commercial printing jobs, and solicited patronage from the health professionals.
Earlier, Secretary General of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit, Dr. Joseph Olawuyi, said the summit with the theme “Repositioning HealthCare services in Rivers state” earlier proposed for the 22 to 26 of August 2022 was moved to October 2022 to ensure mass participation by both government and non-governmental organisations.
Olawuyi said the summit which is being put together by private medical practitioners in partnership with government aims at refocusing the health sector for quality service in the state.
He said a lot of people both within and outside the country have started registering for the summit.
According to him the event will also be used to train health practitioner’s on biomedical engineering as well as encourage the utilization of abundant medical equipment by practitioners.
He urged for a health bank in the country to create access to soft loans by health practitioners.
Olawuyi said the event which will be declared open by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be attended by people from all walks of life including members of the armed forces amongst others.
By: John Bibor & Oreoluwa Adigun
FG Spends N18.69bn Daily On Subsidy, Minister Confirms
The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria spends N18.69billion daily on petroleum subsidies.
She stated this, yesterday, when she appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil subsidies.
The minister claimed Nigeria consumes 64million litres per day, and that the figure could have been influenced by smuggling.
Ahmed said the executive is also concerned about the increment in daily consumption.
She noted that some of the products are being smuggled outside the country, adding that during COVID-19 locked down, daily consumption dropped significantly.
She stated that the president alone cannot take the decision on removing subsidy, insisting that there must be a multi-stakeholder approach, including all political parties, who must sit to make the decision.
The minister disclosed that the landing cost of petroleum is N448 per litre and that the NNPC takes care of the rest through under recovery.
She further said the Federal Executive Council has also expressed worry about the figure presented by the NNPC, adding that as the Minister of Finance, she has no access to the bank statement of the NNPC.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, questioned the figure provided by the minister.
Aliyu said even during the COVID19 locked down, Nigeria was still consuming high volume, which according to him was not logical.
He claimed the daily petroleum consumption was about 32million litres.
But the minister responded that she is not sure whether daily consumption has doubled and not also sure if the total number of vehicles in the country has doubled in the past 10 years.
Over 20 Countries Arrive Abuja For 2022 INAC
The 2022 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), themed “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, was, yesterday, declared open in Abuja, by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The 15th edition of the Expo holding at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels & Towers has in attendance no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in Nigeria.
Some of the countries already on ground include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Syria, India, Philippines, China, Iran, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Malaysia, Benin Republic, Sudan, Lebanon, South Korea and Tanzania.
States in Nigeria that have arrived Abuja for the annual international event are Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, FTC, Kaduna and Katsina.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Runsewe said the aim of the expo is to better project Nigerian crafts to various countries of the world given that our stories are better told by us. It is also to promote cultural exchange programmes and improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama, etc.
The expo, as usual, is expected to amongst other items, feature skill acquisition trainings for young people, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documentaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and culture.
Runsewe said: “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be. We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youths in our crafts for revenue generation.”
The 2022 expo holds from August 18 to 20, 2022.
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