Today is January 19, 2020 the 21st Anniversary of my limbloss.
Yes, this is my 21 years as a person with disability.
I thank God for His mercies, that am alive today is God’s uncommon miracle. Everyday, I see more reasons to say thank you Jesus Christ. That day, January 19, 1999, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, while I was praying and begging God to help me, the rebels were angry with me. The called for fuel, which they poured on me and set me on fire. The blood was gushing from my two hands, while the cloth I was putting on was on fire.
Praise God that He heard my cry for help, He helped me. Suddenly, the commander of the rebels came to the scene and commanded them to put off the fire, which they did. He requested me to go and show my condition to the Nigeria government with their message that they should stop attacking them in the name of ECOMOG and that Freetown is for Sierra Leonians not for Nigerians.
With divine strength, I was able to leave the rebel held area to the government side where our soldiers were in charge. That’s around Ferry roundabout in Freetown. It was at this point that I met the UN officials and ECOMOG soldiers that rescued me to Coughnut Hospital, Freetown. I was given first aid before I was moved to ECOMOG Hospital, and thereafter I was evacuated to the Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, Lagos by the Nigeria Airforce.
I would like to use this opportunity, once again to say thank God for all the people used, and are still being used to lead me this far, because I am a work in progress. Memuna, Fatmata, Uncle Emma and Uloma, Gen. Jonathan Aremu, Gen. Sam Njoku and all those that allow God to use them to lead me this far. You know yourself, from sis. Titi Adebayo to friend and family members. God bless you all really good. Amen.
Disability is not good at all.
Today, I would like to share some of the lessons I have learnt as a person with disability in Nigeria.
It is bad to be an Igboman and have a disability, especially if you are from Abia State. The habitants or the government and people of Abia State discriminates, isolates, marginalize and treat people with disabilities with disdain. The demonic inflected among them would be looking at you as an object for rituals. The governments of this area are insensitive to the conditions of persons with disabilities. Things like rehabilitation and legal protection for persons with disabilities as provided by States likes Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos, Kwara, Anambra and Nasarawa States, even Kogi State are strange to them. However, you see some of their policy makers on Sundays or Saturdays as the case be, sitting in front rows of the Church to read Bible and offer thanksgiving to their gods in appreciation for using them to oppressed the poor. It is sad.
That was why in the year 2000, when their oppressive conducts became unbearable to me while in Aba, Abia State I had to run to Lagos, even though I was clueless of where I was going to lay my head. Lagos is a better place to reside as a person with disability in Southern Nigeria.
Another lesson I learnt in the cause of my so journey as person with disability is that it is easy for poor people to support you than the rich. However, when you get a breakthrough with one single rich person, your situation if properly managed, would change for life. So, I was begging for help to procure artificial hands, those that could give me the prosthesis without stress were not interested. Those in government that could ordinarily use State vote to support me were not interested, instead, they were busy looting the money to help themselves and their friends. Guess what they were using the money for? Charter aircraft to funny places, offering car gift to those that were not interested, and sometime, pay for suits in big hotels for their friends, even when no one was in it. One of them once told me that I have no economic value, therefore, it would be very difficult to get support for me. But today, how market?
It is not true that all those that are sympathetic with your condition truly care for you. So, by reason of your condition, they see you in public places, you see them showing before the public that they love or care for you. Just wait, the moment they see you making progress, you will notice this subtle attitude like, oh you think you have arrived, suddenly they activate and put on their garment of stigma, discrimination and isolation. When I noticed this attitude from some people, I was shocked. The question I asked myself was, does it mean that these people want me to remained a perpetual dependent on others to live. It is not my portion, I prayed God to help me.
Oh, I didn’t tell you about those that craved for worship from you. Imagine, seeking for worship from an activist so as to to get support for rehabilitation? I will wait patiently for your tenure to come to an end. Inu kwa?
On my part, I resolved to continue to praise God at all time for His mercies continued in my life, for my God is a great God, a great King, above all gods.
The RUF rebels of Sierra Leone chopped off my hands in Freetown, Sierra Leone because of my identity as a Nigerian. The Nigeria government was sponsoring ECOMOG Peace Keeping Operations in that country which hindered RUF rebels from toppling the then government of President Tijan Kabbah. That was the reason for the xenophobic attack on Nigerians in that country.
Thank you Lord for I am alive today to witness this 21st anniversary
Abuja School Refutes Oath Of Secrecy Claim Over Death Of Student
The management of the Premiere Academy in Lugbe area of Abuja, on Sunday, faulted the claims by the Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders that its students had sworn to an oath of secrecy on many issues, including the death of a 14-year-old SS1 student, Keren-Happuch Akpagher.
The institution also picked holes in the allegation that it was one of the schools engaged in sexual harassment, which culminated in Keren-Happuch’s Death
The acting Principal of the school, Chris Akinsowon, was responding to allegations by the leader of the coalition, Lemmy Ughegbe, during a press conference held in Abuja on Thursday and attended by Keren-Happuch’s mother, Vivien Akpagher.
Ughegbe had alleged that a preliminary report of the autopsy conducted on the deceased by the doctor appointed by the police, Dr Desmond Okonkwo of the Maitama General Hospital, revealed that she was raped.
The activist had challenged the school management to a media dialogue to discuss the alleged rape and death of Keren-Happuch and other cases of sexual molestation, which he claimed the organisation had the records of and which the school was allegedly covering up instead of handing paedophiles over to the police.
But Akinsowon said in the event that any form of sexual assault happened to the deceased in the school and leading to her death, the management would join hands with all relevant security agencies to prosecute such a person in line with the laws of the land.
He maintained that the autopsy result had yet to come out, stressing that it was part of the investigation the school insisted must be done, adding that Premiere Academy was earnestly awaiting the result.
“The autopsy result is not out yet. It is a part of the investigation process the school insists must be allowed to take its course. We earnestly await the result and plead that nothing should be said to pre-empt whatever the outcome may be,” he stated.
Speaking about the staff member of the school, who was allegedly sent on an indefinite suspension and later dismissed, Akinsowon said it was “based on careless talk with a student as part of our commitment to making the school safe for our students and earning the confidence of our parents.”
He described reports that the students had sworn to an oath of secrecy as very disturbing, stating, “How can secondary students take an oath of secrecy? This is nothing but blackmail and an attempt to divert the minds of the public from the truth
Come After Me If You Can, Bakare Dares Top FG Official
Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly called The Latter Rain Assembly Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has dared an unidentified official of the Federal Government to come after him based on his recent public pronouncements.
Speaking on Sunday during a sermon in his church, Bakare said: “I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.”
He added: “If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.
“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.”
Rather than work towards justice, he accused the Federal Government of using intimidation and brutality.
Bakare, who was running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, recalled how he backed the unnamed top official to his current position.
Addressing the official, Bakare added: “Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.
“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.”
He told Nigerians to be prepared for baton of change, recalling how he pronounced the late Gen Sani Abacha’s days numbered during his fist rule.
“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,” Bakare stated to a rousing round of prayers and declarations.
BREAKING: Buhari Departs To London For Medical Check, Summit
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will leave Abuja today for London to see his doctors and participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education 2021-2025.
This was contained in a statement by the president’s media adviser, Femi Adesina.
He is expected to be back by the second week of August 2021.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will today Monday July 26, 2021, travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.
“The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.
“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.
“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.
“President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by second week of August, 2021.
“The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.”
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