Nigeria’s popular Nation newspaper has published a touching tribute by an interfaith organisation, the ‘Oodua Muslim-Christian Youth Dialogue Group’ (OMC-YDG).The tribute lauded the world-acclaimed Nigerian televangelist, T.B. Joshua for his selfless service to mankind.
The group, which promotes interfaith harmony, stated that Joshua’s rise to international recognition from a poverty-stricken background is an inspiration. The group implored the youth to continue to learn from Joshua’s life.
The Muslim-Christian Youth interfaith group particularly praised the action of a young Nigerian member of TB Joshua’s church named Smith Jadesimi, who donated his kidney to a young Israeli lady he had never met before.
“This single act has improved tenfold the image of Nigeria in Israel,” the group stated while applauding how the Man of God’s selfless life has impacted on most Nigerian youth.
The citation to the Man of God read thus: “Prophet T.B Joshua, Gold and diamonds we have not; this is the best we can do to show that we are part of your unending success story and that thousands of our members across Nigeria appreciate the humble manner in which you have touched the lives of many,” the statement began.
“Looking at your background, we hope many young people of today will learn to desist from evil, abscond from violence and brigandage and realise that poverty is not a justification for the wanton violence that many young people of today perpetrate, making our society a thorny place to live”.
“Pastor T.B. Joshua was very poor, meaning that poverty cannot impede a person’s glorious future,” the statement proceeded.
“Let us the younger ones learn. In his younger days, he dropped out of secondary school, due to poverty, the way many people drop out today without hope. His parents could not finance his education, yet he is today giving out scholarships to millions of people spread across the world, without discrimination as to race, religion or creed”.
Referring again to Joshua’s remarkable life-journey, the group continued, “He went to the extent of washing dirty, muddy feet of haggling market people, in the quest for survival. He even worked in a poultry farm, carrying chicken on his head. He woke up without food to eat, without a shelter over his head, yet his dignity was and is as white as snow”.
The group, based in Osun State and especially active in the South-West, went on, “We thank you for the amazing ways you have transformed the communities dominated by Muslims and the towns and villages where Christians eke out a difficult living. We commend you for giving religion a kind heart and for the reality you offer a famished generation”.
Specifically hailing Joshua’s nomination among the world’s most famous people last month, the statement continued:
“Over the years, we have been watching you lift up the poor and the needy, bring back life into the hopeless, telling people of the backwaters, some of whom have taken to crime and drugs, that there is hope in them, that there is a potential inbuilt that could be developed in them, making you to set up schools where those that our society has condemned are re-energized and made whole”.
Further lauding the positive impact of the large numbers of foreigners trooping to Nigeria to attend Joshua’s services, the statement continued: “For young Christians and Muslims, here is a story that touches the heart that is worthy emulating. Today, millions of people visit Nigeria for a spiritual encounter the way they visit Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem or Egypt, courtesy of Pastor T.B. Joshua.
This represents a source of strength for a weak and maligned country”. Despite the controversies surrounding his ministry, T.B. Joshua recently received the accolade of ‘Yoruba man of the decade’, alongside commendation from another prominent Yoruba group, the Oodua Nationalist Coalition (ONAC).
The Police Administration has given a 10-day ultimatum to two Police officers to find the seven suspected criminals who escaped from the Denu Police Station last Friday.
The two officers, whose names are being withheld, were on duty when the suspected criminals escaped from the cell and made away with two AK47 rifles.
The situation has created fear and panic among residents in the Denu township.
Speaking to Citi News, the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peter King Gyinae disclosed that his outfit has gotten hold of the photographs of the suspects and are currently being published for onward circulation.
He also stated that copies of the photographs have been sent across to “our colleagues across the border and they have also promised that they will circulate them and assist us.”
DCOP Gyinae indicated that despite efforts being made by the Police administration, the two officers must ensure the seven criminals are apprehended within the 10-day period given.
Failure to do so, the two will be made to face the full wrath of the Police Administration.
“We have processes when these things come and one of the processes is that we allow them some days to look for them and if they don’t get them and then the other processes will follow, so we are following the processes,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister, Mark Woyongo has issued a warning that any Police personnel found to have aided the suspects to escape will be severely punished.
“Let me assure you that, these things are bound to happen from time to time. It is an indication that we need to alert, vigilant, we need to caution our people to be vigilant and duty conscious. In fact, the Police High Command will investigate this, and people who are found culpable will definitely not be spared,” he said.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has insisted that the GH¢1.4 million businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome claims to have paid to her was debt owed her client, Ray Smith.
“If he intends to dent my credibility with regards to handling the appeal or the Supreme Court case, of course that won’t work. I never even handled any of these cases, the money was paid to Ray Smith and it was in respect of a debt that Alfred Woyome owed Ray Smith which he had refused to pay, it’s as simple as that,” she explained.
Mr Woyome who was charged for causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretense in the controversial GH¢ 51 million judgment debt was acquitted and discharged after three years of litigation.
Meanwhile, a letter written to the AG by Alfred Woyome accused the AG (Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong) of receiving GH¢1.4 million from the GH¢51 million and asked her to resign and allow another person pursue the case.
But Speaking to Citi News, Mrs Marietta Brew insisted that receiving such amount on behalf of her client is “not in conflict of interest. I went to court several times on this particular matter, so why didn’t he raise it when the prosecution was going on?”
“The only thing I can say is that, now there are three law lords in the court of appeal who are going to look at this case and the judgment and decide whether the judge was right or wrong. If he had anything to say, he should save his breath and say those things in the court of appeal. He has an opportunity to respond when we file our written submissions,” she said.
The AG has said her outfit will pursue the case at the Appeals Court. On suggestions that the state should not appeal the case, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong advised Ghanaians to desist from making such statements.
“They were not in court, they have not read the records, they were not there when the judgment was being read, [so] I’m not sure how they came by those conclusions…That’s unfortunate and I think that some people will know better than to draw such conclusions,” she added.
Former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie says President Mahama’s comment of becoming impervious to threats of strikes in the country is an insult to Ghanaians.
He said he expected the president to encourage Ghanaians on how he [Mahama] intends to solve the hardship his incompetence have plunged the country into rather than “telling the people of this country that he has a dead-goat syndrome”.
The former General Secretary of the NPP was reacting to the president’s recent comment of adopting what he calls a “dead-goat syndrome”. President John Mahama during a three-day official state visit to Botswana told a Ghanaian population there that he has become impervious to threats of strikes and demonstrations in Ghana and will not yield to any of such threats in the upcoming election year.
He said he would not be hoodwinked by such strategies by workers.
“I have seen more demonstrations and strikes in my first two years. I don’t think it can get worse. It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn’t fear the knife because it is dead already. “I have a dead goat syndrome,” he said.
But Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Thursday said President Mahama is taking Ghanaians for granted in the wake of the intense energy crisis that has hit the country.
“People are suffering, industries are collapsing and all the president can say is that he has a “dead goat syndrome”. What an insult to Ghanaians. Mahama should know that Ghanaians didn’t vote for him to come and sleep, wake up and tell us what he wants. He should come again and tell us something better” he noted.
On his part, Deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress, Fred Agbenyo on the same show warned the NPP to stop giving false interpretation on the President’ comment, adding that NPP’s interest in the president’s comment shows how desperate they are for power.
“Why must you misinterpret what the president said when clearly you know that was not the case. It is clear state of desperation. This kind of tricky politics will not help at all. Ghanaians have voted for NDC and NPP and they know who they will vote for in 2016 elections.
“President is aware of the plight of Ghanaians and is very determined to put his words into actions. I can assure you that the people of Ghana will definitely vote for him in the 2016 general elections,” he said.
Kwaw Kese is still recovering from his manager’s demise. The rapper marking the one year anniversary after Fennec Okyere’s murder held a small vigil with his close buddies including Hammer of The Last Two to remember the passing.
YFMGhana.com has been told the silent march was attended by 60 people and happened around Afrikiko in Accra.
The crowd of six wanted to know who killed Fennec and needing answers.
The national beach soccer team, the Black Sharks have finally departed Accra to Uganda for the final qualifier of the 2015 AFCON beach soccer tournament.
A contingent of eleven, made up of 8 players, the coach, his assistant and the protocol officer will arrive in the city of Entebbe for the biggest match in both countries’ relatively short beach soccer history.
It will be recalled that the Black Sharks of Ghana by virtue of breaking through the top ten of the African beach soccer rankings, were seeded to play against Cameroon and Uganda.
The Cameroonians withdrew, leaving Ghana and Uganda to contest for the AFCON slot.
The original contingent of 19 players and officials had to be pruned down to 11 due to lack of funds.
Meanwhile, those who had to be sacrificed for the Uganda trip were Beach Soccer Ghana President, the team coordinator, one media officer and five players including the second choice goalkeeper.
This is the second time in as many weeks that the Black Sharks have faced such difficulties.
The team was first assembled in 2013 for a tournament in Morocco but has since rapidly risen from 83rd on the FIFA rankings to 69th (February 2015). The Sharks are also rated as the 7th best beach soccer team on the continent.
Ironically Ghana does not enjoy the same support from their football association (GFA) as other countries like Senegal, Ivory Coast and Nigeria who are all largely funded by their respective associations.
The president of the GFA Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi has explained that this is because Beach Soccer Ghana would first have to write to them for affiliation.
The Black Sharks will have only 2hrs preparation time when they land before their match with the Sand Cranes of Uganda in Entebbe.
The Sand Cranes have been in camp for over two months and are confident of causing an upset over their more experienced counterparts to qualify.
Ghana will host Uganda on Sunday the 22nd of March with the winner over the two legs qualifying for the maiden beach soccer AFCON, Seychelles 2015.
A form two student of Ejuraman Senior High School in the Ashanti Region has been stabbed with a broken bottle by a classmate.
The incident happened in a forest close to the school where the students, according to the headmaster of the school, had gone to ‘gamble or pluck a mango.’
A student in the school, Yaa Akyaa, confirmed to Adom News that the incident occurred around 2:00 PM on Friday, and the student who reportedly stabbed the colleague had absconded thus creating fear among the students.
However, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Govee Wuledey, denied claims that the student had absconded, indicating that the two students at the centre of the conflict had all been found.
One who was stabbed in the stomach, according to him, had been sent to the theatre, treated and he is currently on admission.
Another who was stabbed in the back had also been treated and discharged.
The Ejura police, he said, is investigating the matter.
He, however, called on the Ghana Education Service to come to the aid of the school and help fence it.
A 32-year-old man in Opare Kurom in Nsawam in the Eastern Region was burnt to death by armed robbers who attacked his residence in the early hours of Saturday.
Clifford Gawu, and eyewitnesses, told Adom News, the victim was attacked by the unidentified robbers this dawn while he slept.
The robbers after bolting with his vehicle, then locked him up in a room and set fire to the house.
The Ghana Police Service has dismissed rumours of an imminent terror attack in Ghana following an alleged invasion of the country by some 70 Nigerians who were carrying bombs on them.
The police were reacting to a hoax text which had been widely published on social media.
The text message read “the information reaching our ministry, just now is that 73 Nigerians arrived in Ghana with fake travelling passports claiming to be Ghanaians, two were caught, but 71 escaped and after screening the two that were caught, they found out they were having bomb on them (Sic).”
The message further appealed to the whole country to be aware of strangers and also avoid overcrowding.
Additionally, the text claimed that “we are seriously into an investigation to find out where exactly those people might be hiding because we heard they have already attacked a mall village near Danyi, near Greater Accra Region. We are therefore informing the public to inform us immediately you get any information about these people. Inform us through our police number 999. House owners, hotel managers and other institutions should, therefore, inform the police as soon as possible when there is any doubt.”
The message, which was signed by Inspector Dan K.J. Amsah, also urged recipients to forward it to their loved ones.
The Public Relation Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent of Police, Cephas Arthur, confirmed that the message was a “definite hoax”, saying “it’s an attempt to cause fear and panic in the country. We are safe.”
He identified some loopholes in the text message such as the police emergency number which was written as 999.
But Mr Arthur said “the Police emergency number was not 999 but 911.”
He also indicated that since the message failed to state which ministry had issued it, the message had “no credible source.”
Such rumours are not uncommon. The only thing that gives the recent message any credence is the rate at which people were re-tweeting and circulating them on other social media platforms.
Sources close to the Police Administration and National Security have indicated that investigations were ongoing.