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Opinion: Engage Rugged Faith

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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

No idea is perfect; they are always with their own flaws, but you must trust in your abilities/potentials to work it out and sideline its flaws- Tolulope A. Adegoke

Many people have tried to harness their potentials, but still yielded to nothing much…Some have applied faith in solving problems, and it still resulted in nothing. You might have exercised all the faith that you can, and the challenges still waxed strong. Yes! It is written that if we have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing shall be impossible for you (Matthew17:20)”, you must develop inner toughness so as to overcome your tough time until light breaks forth around you.

Faith is like a seed. It must be planted in fertile ground. If it is not planted, it cannot bear fruit. It must be watered so that growth will begin. It must be nourished so as to reach full maturity. It will only blossom under a proper climatic condition and then bear fruits. Its fruits must be ripe and be harvested at the right /correct time or else it might fall to the ground and not as a result of wind, rain etc. Your faith begins to work when you begin to believe in the ideas that God sends to you. Greatness does not depend on your position in life, but upon your respect of positive ideas that flows into your imagination! The Executive Director of a conglomerate decided to solve some challenges confronting his production section. He was inspired to sort or consult average people and made a selection of Ten educated persons from the bottom of the corporate ladder of one of his factories. The Director led them into the executive suits, had them seat comfortably, and stood before them to explain why they had been selected: “Our company is facing a problem, and I believe that you people can come up with a solution because I have been informed that you people have a remarkable gift of creativity. This is the reason we have called you up here together today.” He explained the nature of the problem and left the room for a few hours. When the Executive Director returned, he realized that they had had an effective brainstorming session and had in fact, come up with a solution (breakthrough ideas). They had found an answer to the problem that had been overlooked by the top authorities in charge of corporate development. No doubt that the executives had been suffering from locked-in-thinking. The blatant truth is that the average ‘bottom-of-the – ladder.” (Zero) is, potentially as creative as the top executive who sits in the big office. The challenge is that the person on the bottom of the ladder does not believe/trust his own brilliance and does not, therefore, believe in his own ideas.

The executive of the company appealed to the members of staff which stimulated their self-respect.

Every human being is creative, but a lot of people do not believe in their creativity. Like the story given above; when the executive director told those ten persons that they were smart, they absorbed it and believed in those words, and they came up with solutions because they lacked the audible knowledge that their suggestion counts in the company.

 Every person has virtually equal creative abilities. The reason why the average person is creative is basically, because nobody has ever told them they are creative and they themselves have never tried to be. We all can be anything, we can be anything, it all depends on our tendency to do something tangible about the incredible ideas that comes into our minds.

Faith will die unless you believe the positive ideas that drops into your mind then act swiftly on them by harnessing (putting them to work). Jesus Christ said it: “the kingdom of God is within you (Luke17:21).” Ideas flows into your brain by the help of the Holy Spirit every day like the stream. The first stage of faith is, believing,the second stage is engaging those ideas or potential by taking the required actions into actualizing its full essence. While, its next stage is reaping the full benefits of the essences of the potentials…Although, no idea is perfect; they are always with their own flaw, but you must trust in your abilities/potentials to work it out and sideline its flaws.

Learn, Apply & Share.

Thank You.

Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (From Zero to HERO) by Tolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.

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Accept COVID-19 Vaccines, TB Joshua Tells Nigerians

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The founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Temitope Joshua, has appealed to Nigerians to accept the approved COVID-19 vaccines as a way of ending the pandemic.

Mr Joshua, in a video made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, said he has received thousands of emails concerning the safety of the vaccines expected in the country by the end of January.

“Concerning the ongoing situation in the world, I have received thousands of emails on the COVID-19 vaccine,” Mr Joshua said in the message broadcast on his Christian channel on Emmanuel TV.

The video and its content was sent to PREMIUM TIMES by a freelance journalist, Ihechukwu Njoku.

Mr Joshua noted that many conspiracy theories are surrounding the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.

He, however, said federal authorities are only making efforts to put an end to the pandemic which has claimed millions of lives worldwide.

“No doubt, there are many conspiracy theories surrounding this vaccine. However, my belief is that our governments are only trying to look for a way out of this very challenging situation, although there may be bad faith in certain quarters,” he said.

“Many people have complained of some negative reactions but this is always the case with vaccines of this nature. I remember I used to have such reactions whenever I took chloroquine,” he continued, citing his personal experiences.

“That does not mean chloroquine is bad. It works positively for many. At this time, our governments need our support and our cooperation – because the world is in a dilemma,” he said.

The Nigerian government said it is expecting at least 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of January through the COVAX co-financing public-private facility.

Evidence on ground at the country’s vaccine facility showed that there are three Ultra-cold freezers needed to store the vaccines when they finally arrive the country.

But health authorities have expressed fears over growing vaccines hesitancy caused by misinformation which leads to doubt of the efficacy of the vaccine.

One of such was recently demonstrated by a Nigerian governor discouraging people from taking the vaccines.

“…They want to use the (COVID-19) vaccines to introduce the disease that will kill you and us. God forbid!” Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State said in a video circulating on social media.

Aso Rock officials said both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will take the COVID-19 vaccines live on TV to allay the growing vaccine hesitancy among Nigerians.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who addressed journalists in Abuja after meeting with President Buhari recently said he and his colleagues will also take the vaccines on live television. “We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines would work,” he said.

“Don’t forget, we have a lot of experience on this. Governors Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience,” said Mr Fayemi, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum

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Police Arrest Killers of Immigration Officer, Six-Year Old, Others

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team IRT have arrested one Friday Domozu, 23 years native of Jarkama Village, Bassa LGA of Kogi State, the leader of the kidnap gang responsible for the abduction and killing of a six year old, Farida Yahaya ‘m’ at the Gabije Area of Kogi State on 2nd November, 2020.

The victim was abducted alongside one Abdulraheem, ‘m’ 14years old who narrowly escaped from the kidnappers den.

Investigations by the Police team revealed that the kidnappers demanded a huge sum as ransom from the family of the little girl before she could be released, but eventually killed her owing to the inability of the family to meet up with their demands. Efforts by the Police team to rescue the little girl led to the arrest of the principal suspect, Friday Domozu who led the Police Team to a deep forest at Gabije area of Kogi State where the remains of the little girl were recovered. The Police Team also exhumed the decomposing body of another victim later found to be that of one 40years Ibrahim Madaki earlier declared missing. The remains of the victims have been deposited for autopsy. Friday Domozu also revealed to the Police team that he is an ex-military trainee who was declared unfit and subsequently withdrawn 5-months into training based on medical grounds. Efforts are being intensified to arrest his gang members still at large.

Similarly, the Police Team arrested one Halidu Usman ‘m’ of Akwanga, Nasarawa State, the gang leader of the group responsible for the killing of an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, Late ACI Salisu Usman at Gudi area in Akwanga LGA, Nasarawa State on 15th June, 2020. The suspects stormed the house of the victim, killed him and his younger sister, Sa’adatu Usman, a final year medical student of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State. The killers also abducted the wife of the victim, Asmau Salisu and collected ransom from the family before her release. The suspect is assisting the police team in the investigations and arrest of other members of the group still at large.

Police operatives also arrested four (4) kidnap/armed robbery gang members responsible for the recent series of kidnapping of some staff of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and their families. The gang members; Abubakar Aliyu a.k.a Maigiwa, ‘m’ 27years, Aliyu Bello ‘m’ 18years, Ishaku Kabiru ‘m’ 30years and Abubakar Yakubu a.k.a Dogo ‘m’ 23years, were arrested following police investigations and rescue operations for the kidnap victims. The arrest of Abubakar Aliyu a.k.a Maigiwa led to the arrest of the other three (3) gang members. Abubakar Aliyu is a security staff of ABU Zaria who provides information to the gang on the movement and lifestyle of the victims. Some of the victims were rescued during the operation and reunited with their families.

Also, in a follow-up on investigations and information provided by a kidnap victim who identified and raised alarm on citing one Ibrahim Idris a.k.a Naira as a member of the gang responsible for his kidnap and collection of ransom before his release, the Police Team on 7th January, 2020 arrested the suspect which led to the arrest of two other gang members; Abubakar Yusuf a.k.a Ndalati ‘m’ 42years and Abubakar Ahmodu ‘m’ 20years. Investigations reveal that Abubakar Ahmodu is responsible for spying on and identifying potential victims of kidnap for the gang. As a matter of fact, he provided intimate details about his father which led to the kidnap and eventual extortion of a ransom of Two Million naira from his biological father.

All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has reiterated the commitment of the Force to cracking down on perpetrators of violent crimes in the country. The IGP expresses his sincere appreciation to the citizens for the useful information they avail the Police with which no doubt have continued to yield positive outcomes as seen in the arrest of the twenty-five suspects. He seeks further cooperation and assures that the Force will remain resolute to ensuring a safe and more secure country for all.

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Kidnappers of Lagos Deputy VC Demand N20m

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos State, Prof. Johnson Fatokun, has been kidnapped.

Anchor University is a faith-based institution in Ayobo, Lagos, owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim left Lagos on Sunday to drop off his two children, who were schooling in the North.

He was said to be returning on Monday when his vehicle was attacked by the gunmen in Nasarawa en route to the airport to return to Lagos.

A source said the assailants were in police uniform.

The source said, “The professor had dropped his son at the Deeper Life High School in the morning. He also went to drop the daughter at a federal university in Jos.

“He was returning from Jos to Keffi, Nasarawa State, late in the evening when they encountered the gunmen on the road. The driver, however, manoeuvred his way and sped through them. The gunmen started chasing the vehicle and shooting.

“There was another set of kidnappers right in front of them. They succeeded in stopping the vehicle. They beat up the driver, who managed to escape. The professor begged them for mercy, because those people were angry. That was how they whisked him away.”

Our correspondent learnt that the kidnappers had been speaking with some leaders of the victim’s church in Nasarawa.

It was gathered that the gunmen demanded N20m as ransom.

“They are talking to his colleagues and some leaders in the church. The negotiation is ongoing. We hope he will be released soon and unhurt,” the source added.

An official of the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the development.

He, however, said prayers were being offered for the safe release of the professor.

Fatokun is a professor of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, and was the pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, before joining the services of Anchor University in 2017.

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