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Salome was seen rushing out of their gate to the nearest bus stop to get some stuff from the Store. But to her amazement, she met the bus stop jampacked with different people waiting for either motorcycle or Danfo (the popular transit bus in Lagos city in Nigeria).

It was not too long she got there that a Danfo bus came and the conductor started calling the destination they were heading to “Iyana Ipaja! Iyana Ipaja!! Don’t enter if you are not with change o” he rants continuously at the top of his voice while passengers including Salome were struggling to enter.

Fortunately, she happened to be one of the lucky passengers who were able to squeeze themselves into the Danfo bus and the driver kick start the bus. ” hooo, why dis bus dey make noise like dis nah? You dey collect money, you no fit take am repair your bus, mchew” (hissed) a man sitting beside Salome complained as they go.

” Dem put glue for your eyes wen you dey enter? Abi you no see sey the bus don old?” One fat woman sitting at the back asked angrily as she rolled her eyes at him

” If he no see am, e no hear the sound of the engine? another man from the back said “E be like sey the bus old pass the driver sef” the driver gave the man a quick angry glance at the hearing of his comment and the passengers burst into laughter

“haah!” one lady, muttered at the front

“Can’t you hear how it is roaring like a lion looking for food in the jungle?” A man who sat beside her said and the passengers started laughing again while the bus conductor rolled his eyes at them angrily.

A few minutes later, they got to their destination and the passengers alighted.

Salome went straight to the store where she could get the stuff she wanted to buy as soon as she got down from the bus. She was excited to see the exact dress and shoe she was looking for in the store and she asked the woman to bag it while she checks her handbag for money.

She came to a halt and she felt the blood drain from her face. Her money was gone.
“Ha, ha! I kept the money here nah” She exclaimed while rummaging through her handbag. She emptied the contents inside the bag but couldn’t find the money. Her stomach clenched as a wisp of fear curled around her heart
“heee! I am doomed” she said sadly as she flopped on a bench dejectedly with tears welled up in her eyes

“Customer, what is the matter?” The woman asked

“I can’t find the money I kept inside my handbag, probably it has been stolen,” She said sadly as she blinked against the tears flooding her eyes

Her eyes widened ” Haah!, Hope the money is not much?”

“It is #30,000,” she said as she wiped tears off her face. A few minutes later, she stood up and started going at a slow pace without uttering a word

“Where are you going now?” The woman asked with a concern

” I am going home. I am sorry I wouldn’t be able to buy the stuff again” she said calmly and continue going while the woman watches her with pity.

She took her transport fare she had kept in a separate wallet, sat down quietly in the bus and started thinking of how and when the money was stolen but couldn’t figure it out. “Why was I so careless?” she muttered sadly. She was definitely engrossed in her thought that she almost missed her bus stop.

She walked sadly and quietly to her house, entered her apartment and broke down in tears “Why God? Why did you allow this to happen to me? Why don’t you talk to me about it as you always do?’ She bombarded heaven with different questions as she cries and became calm after she had wet the floor with her tears.

While staying calm, she heard in her spirit “I wanted to talk but you were in haste. You rushed out after your prayer without listening to what I have to say. When I was cautioning you at the bus stop, you did not listen because you were overwhelmed with what you were going to get from the store. It wouldn’t have happened if you were patient.”

“Oh my God! I am sorry” Fresh tears trickled down her eyes as she clutches unto one of her pillows

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Prov 3:5)

We have also walked out on God severally without waiting for His instructions, but His mercy kept us. There are mistakes we wouldn’t have made if we waited for God’s instructions. Let’s always wait to listen to what God has to say after we have made our petition before Him. One song says;
God has something to say /2*
Listen listen and pay more attention
God has something to say.

I urged us to always remember the word “ACTS L” anytime we pray
A- Adoration
C- Confession
T- Thanksgiving
S- Supplication and
L- Listen

God will help each and every one of us in Jesus name.

Written by Funmilola Opayinka as inspired by the Holy Spirit

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Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

By Chika Helen Nwabueze’

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By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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