P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Marriage and Romance http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 In pictures: Obasanjo surfaces at Jonathan niece’s wedding http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/10/in-pictures-obasanjo-surfaces-at-jonathan-nieces-wedding/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/10/in-pictures-obasanjo-surfaces-at-jonathan-nieces-wedding/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:39:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225795 Obasanjo, even bowing, greets Jonathan who stands ramrod at the wedding ceremony

Obasanjo, even bowing, greets Jonathan who stands ramrod at the wedding ceremony

Former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo made a surprise appearance at the wedding of a niece of President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja today, despite his serial denunciations of his government.

The latest was Obasanjo’s claim that Jonathan’s government had wasted $45 billion foreign exchange reserve left by his administration. He said he bore no personal grudge against Jonathan and that he was only concerned with good governance.

And President Goodluck Jonathan had responded in like measure, with aides disputing Obasanjo’s figure and Jonathan describing some elder statesmen as ‘motor park touts’.

The marriage in Abuja today was between Inebharapu Paul, Jonathan’s niece and Simeon Onyemaechi. The wedding held at the Abuja National Christian Centre.

From left, Obasanjo, Patience Jonathan, the Onyemachis, President Jonathan, Governor Akpabio

From left, Obasanjo, Patience Jonathan, the Onyemachis, President Jonathan, Governor Akpabio

Ine, her husband, Simeon, Obasanjo, David Mark. Standing behind Mark is Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Church of Christ

Ine, her husband, Simeon, Obasanjo, David Mark. Standing behind Mark is Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Church of Christ

According to PUNCh online, Obasanjo’s appearance caused quite a stir at the ceremony.

He arrived the venue in company of Dr. Andy Uba and some other aides before the commencement of the service.

His arrival attracted a loud ovation from those who were already seated, especially women.

He was ushered into the hall amidst standing ovation by his admirers and took his seat at the VIP section.

He was later joined at the section by the President of the Senate, David Mark and his wife.

About 20 minutes after, Jonathan entered the hall with his wife, Patience, and the bride.

The President and his wife took turn to exchange pleasantries with Obasanjo, Mark and other dignitaries before taking their seats.

Obasanjo’s introduction during the service also attracted a loud applause from the congregation.

In his vote of thanks at the service Jonathan specially recognised Obasanjo’s presence, saying, “Let me appreciate our father, President Olusegun Obasanjo, for being here with us. Thank you for coming.”

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Bride Dumps Groom On Wedding Day http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/07/bride-dumps-groom-on-wedding-day/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/07/bride-dumps-groom-on-wedding-day/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:20:54 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225397 Cyriacus Izuekwe

A final student of Federal Polytechnic, Oko in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, did the unthinkable when she snubbed her groom on her wedding day and called off the wedding already arranged by the two families.

The wedding was to take place on Saturday, 3 January, 2015 and guests invited to witness the ceremony at St Patrick Catholic Church, Umuchu in Aguata Local government, Anambra State, were shocked when Ifunanya Igwebuike refused to show up to tie the knot with Ekene Uzoigwe.

After several hours of waiting, she later sent a message to the Parish Priest, Rev. Father Lawrence Maduagwu, that she was no longer interested and asked him to cancel the wedding.

•Ekene Uzoigwe: Dumped at the church by wife during wedding

•Ekene Uzoigwe: Dumped at the church by wife during wedding

Ifunanya alleged that she could not go ahead with the marriage because she was a graduate unlike Uzoigwe whom she claimed was a school drop-out.

Rev. Maduagwu had no option than to inform the groom and the guests that were already seated at the church hall that the wedding had been cancelled.

This caused an uproar in the church as guests who expressed shock over what happened started trooping out of the church.

Narrating what happened,  Uzoigwe said he proposed to Ifunanya for marriage and she agreed on condition that he would send her to school, which he agreed.

He said after she gained admission, he was financing her education and they agreed to wed during her final year.

He said he had paid her bride price and she was part of the whole wedding plan and he even gave her parents N160,000 to prepare for the wedding, besides other arrangements and expenses incurred on the wedding and reception.

Uzoigwe said she did not inform him about her decision to back out of the wedding until he got to the church only for the priest to inform him and the guests about  the cancellation of the wedding.

“If she had informed me, I would not have made arrangements. We had already cooked food and bought drinks for the wedding,” he said.

He said when he contacted her parents, they said they would not force her and asked him to come and take back the money he gave them to prepare for the wedding.

Uzoigwe said he was still shocked about what happened because he did not quarrel with Ifunanya before the fateful day.

He said he also made sure she was comfortable by making money available to her while in school.

Uzoigwe is a business man based in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital. He met Ifunanya at their home town, Umuchu, where he proposed and sent her to school.

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In Pictures: President Jonathan gives out niece in marriage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/in-pictures-president-jonathan-gives-out-niece-in-marriage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/in-pictures-president-jonathan-gives-out-niece-in-marriage/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:40:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224983 President Goodluck Jonathan has given out his niece, Inebharapu Paul, in a traditional wedding ceremony to her heartthrob, Simeon Onyemaechi. The ceremony in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, on Saturday attracted VP Namadi Sambo, Yemisi Suswam, wife of Benue state governor and many other dignitaries.

President Jonathan performs the traditional rite of wine presentation to Inebharapu Paul. Watching is VP Namadi Sambo

President Jonathan performs the traditional rite of wine presentation to Inebharapu Paul. Watching is VP Namadi Sambo

The  groom and bride, Simeon Onyeaechi, Inebharapu, President Jonathan and Patience Jonathan

The groom and bride, Simeon Onyemaechi, Inebharapu, President Jonathan and Patience Jonathan

Extended family album: The parents of the groom, Onyemachis, mother of the bride, Nancy Paul, the groom and bride, President Jonathan, Patience and VP sambo

Extended family album: The parents of the groom, Onyemaechis, mother of the bride, Nancy Paul, the groom and bride, President Jonathan, Patience and VP sambo

Another  photo-op  at the event

Another photo-op at the event

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View from abroad: Nigeria’s super rich and their $2m fairy wedding http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/28/view-from-abroad-nigerias-super-rich-and-their-2m-fairy-wedding/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/28/view-from-abroad-nigerias-super-rich-and-their-2m-fairy-wedding/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:13:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224246 One of the fairy tale weddings in Nigeria

One of the fairy tale weddings in Nigeria

Illusionists flown in from Spain, flowers imported from France, or an R&B superstar flown in from the United States. No request seems to be out of line to Nigeria’s rich when it comes to the most beautiful day of their life. And don’t even mention the b-word – budget, that is – ’cause whatever the bride wants, the bride gets.
Due to its oil reserves, gas, telecom and rising entertainment industry, Nigeria may consider itself Africa’s largest economy as of early 2014. But natural resources and Nollywood aside, there’s another million dollar business out there giving the national GPD a major boost: the wedding events business.

The West African nation may be home to the majority of Africa’s billionaires, but there’s no shortage of millionaires either. “Our core clientèle is mainly made up by millionaires. They will not hesitate to spend the money in order to get what they want. If they need to fly in an artist from America, or a decorator from Dubai or London, they will do so,” says Funke Bucknor, founder of Nigeria’s leading wedding and events company, Zapphaire events.

Bucknor is a brand. Apart from her wedding planning duties, she’s published a book titled The Essential Bridal Hand book, and in the first quarter of 2015 her very own TV show will start airing on a national TV network.
She founded her wedding planning business twelve years ago and was amongst the first to do so. Today, her profession which seemed unnecessary to many locals over a decade ago, has become an essential to the moneyed Nigerian bride that wants her wedding to be the talk of town. Or perhaps it is better to say her weddings.
‘Cause one wedding alone just doesn’t cut it. First there is the traditional wedding – the only wedding recognized by the family – followed by the white wedding, which is similar to that which we know in the West. As for the latter, the destination wedding is all the rage. “Dubai and London are the most popular destinations, followed by Cape Town, Seychelles and the Maldives. Florence in currently growing in popularity,” Bucknor adds.

In 2013 research company Euromint showed how Nigeria had world’s fastest growing rate of champagne consumption, second only to France, while ahead of other lucrative markets including the US and China. Lagos-based beauty-queen-turned-event-planner, Elohor Aisien, concurs. “Nigerians love champagne, so the most money will be spent on drinks as well as food. On Nigerian weddings there’s food from 2pm till midnight.” Given that the average Nigerian wedding will easily have around 1000 guests, whereas the bigger wedding will have between 2000 and 3000 guests, the choice of champagne is a crucial one. “Old money Nigerians may keep things more subtle, new money Nigerians are more concerned with letting people know that they’ve arrived. Magnums of Dom Pérignon will often be their drink of choice. In a way it’s become this competition amongst brides. They’ll ask me: ‘How many bottles did she have? I need more,’” 33-year-old Aisien says.

Her wedding and events planning company Privé Luxury – founded in 2012 – might be a newbie to the scene, but Elohor may already consider offspring of Nigerian royalty, and the country’s leading female recording artist amongst her clients. “I did the wedding of Reukayat Indimi, who comes from a royal Nigerian family, which hails from the north of the country. According to northern tradition, the bride can’t leave the house during the month leading up to the wedding. Since the bride didn’t have her wedding dress yet, I flew into London with a model who fitted several dresses for her. Elie Saab is a popular choice of wedding dress amongst Nigerians, whereas most grooms I work with want a Tom Ford total look. Vera Wang is also very much in demand, since it fits well on the Nigerian body type,” Elohor says, who may also tick the box that says “celebrity wedding”. In 2013 Privé Luxury planned one of Nigeria’s most talked-about weddings, twhich ended up being broadcast on a local TV network. It was when Nigeria’s leading female recording artist Tiwa Savage, exchanged vows with husband Tee Billz. Their destination wedding was held at Dubai’s Armani Hotel, part of world’s tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa.”I have a good relationship with the Armani Hotel in Dubai, they love Nigerian weddings,”Aisien concludes.

Some might argue that it is morally wrong for a country in which some have to live on a dollar a day, to add value to how many liters of DP are flowing at a wedding. Others however, claim that if it wasn’t for lavish Nigerian weddings, there would be no Nigerian economy. “I appreciate them spending this money, cause without these weddings I don’t know where the Nigerian economy would be,” says Weruche Majekodunmi, founder of Newton & David, a local company specialized in event design and décor. “The weddings keep our economy going. Normally the rich Nigerians will spend their money abroad, whenever they go shopping. Thanks to the wedding industry the money is being invested back into our economy. Jobs of caterers, tailors, carpenters and upholsterers are being sustained. Prior to these major weddings, the profession of make-up artist wasn’t even considered a full-time job,” she explains.

Weruche started working with flowers at church as a hobby, around 25 years ago. It was at a time in which Nigerians paid little to no attention, to the decoration of their wedding venue. “Up to fifteen years ago, some weddings wouldn’t even have a table cloth on the tables and they wouldn’t have any flowers except for the bridal bouquet. Nowadays Nigerian weddings will feature expensive flowers from France, silk table cloth and lots of crystal. A lot of the elite Nigerian kids have been educated abroad, so they’re used to the international standard when it comes to detail. They’ve become accustomed to a certain standard, so to import something isn’t unusual to them” the décor specialist slash wedding planner explains. Currently trending amongst the international kids is the flower wall, which surged in popularity after Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kanye West.

Weruche goes on saying, “It has happened three times in the last five years that I’ve organized a wedding that cost over $2 million. They spent the most on food, Cristal champagne, entertainment and gifts to their guests. At one wedding all the invitees got their wedding outfit with their invitation. At another wedding they handed out microwave ovens, smart phones and rice cookers, to all of their guests. At some other weddings they’ll fly in their guests and arrange their accommodation in case they decide to get married overseas. You must understand, that our reasoning is different from that in the West.”

Culled from www.forbes.com

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British couple, parents of 2 disabled kids, commit suicide http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/british-couple-parents-of-2-disabled-kids-commit-suicide/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/british-couple-parents-of-2-disabled-kids-commit-suicide/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:11:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224162 Jan and Julia Tshabalala: The suicide couple and their West Sussex home

Jan and Julia Tshabalala: The suicide couple and their West Sussex home

A British couple have been found dead at their home, in Billingshurst, West Sussex, in an apparent suicide pact.

The couple were said to have had a Christmas dinner with their two disabled children before killing themselves, friends said.

Julia and Jan Tshabalala had their family meal a day early on Christmas Eve, then sent their two young children to stay with relatives.

The next morning they were found dead, the Daily Mail reported today.

Neighbours said they had seemed to be a ‘nice happy family’. The couple’s daughter, Serena, had cerebral palsy, although she did not need a wheelchair, while their son, Junior, had learning difficulties.

Police visited the rented £150,000 home on Christmas Day after a relative went to the house just after 9am.

He apparently looked through a window and saw Jan, 33, who worked as a carer, hanging in a room. His wife Julia, in her 30s, was also dead inside.

Yesterday, the couple’s white Kia 4×4 was outside their home, and a police officer was seen feeding the family’s pet rabbits.

Their children, thought to be aged between four and seven, go to a local school specialising in learning difficulties.

The couple were both declared dead at the scene. Sussex Police said post-mortem examinations will be carried out and it was not clear whether Mrs Tshabalala suffered injuries or was suffocated.

Police sealed off the house but declined to reveal if suicide notes had been found, saying: ‘Officers are working to establish the circumstances of the death but are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.’

*Read more @http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887735/Husband-wife-two-young-children-died-Christmas-morning-suicide-pact-deep-financial-trouble.html

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Michele Obama tweets school photo with Barack on Xmas day http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/michele-obama-tweets-school-photo-with-barack-on-xmas-day/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/michele-obama-tweets-school-photo-with-barack-on-xmas-day/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:43:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224045 US First Lady, Michele Obama marked her Christmas with a tweet of an old School photograph of her and then handsome and now President Barack Obama, posing in front of a Christmas tree. And she simply says: Merry Christmas

Michele and Barack Obama   years ago

Michele and Barack Obama years ago

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Its ‘I Do Day’ In Rio: Nearly 4,000 tie the knot http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/its-i-do-day-in-rio-nearly-4000-tie-the-knot/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/01/its-i-do-day-in-rio-nearly-4000-tie-the-knot/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:21:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221311 Rio Wedding

It was Rio’s biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows Sunday in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

The big event brought out a whopping 12,000 people, between brides and grooms, friends and family and authorities — including a pack of judges, a Catholic priest and an evangelical Christian pastor.

Dubbed “I Do Day,” the event was sponsored by authorities to encourage many people who might not be able to afford to marry if they had to pay for licenses and banquet halls.

The megacrowd gathered in the venue which is often used for major concerts, couples tied the knot and friends took in a concert by samba star Dudu Nobre.

Guests also got a free ride on local trains — nicknamed the “I Do Day Train” just for the occasion.

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I had no secret wedding, says Omawumi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/i-had-no-secret-wedding-says-omawumi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/31/i-had-no-secret-wedding-says-omawumi/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:18:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218055 Omawumi: squashes rumour of a secret wedding

Omawumi: squashes rumour of a secret wedding

“Bottom Belle crooner” Omawumi Megbele has dispelled rumours of her secret marriage in Warri with only family members and few friends in attendance.

News of her secret wedding in Warri had made the rounds some weeks back.

It was reported that the singer, with few friends and family members, attended the ceremony which reportedly coincided with the singer’s late Dad’s 10th anniversary.

Omawunmi went on the social media to explain that although she was engaged, a date had not been picked for the marriage.

She advised people to stop listening to gossips trailing people every time as stories about her were not always from her.

The singer said that if people were waiting to know her marriage date from her, that would be impossible because she was not ready to disclose it.

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Catholic Will Never Bless Gay Marriage —Cardinal http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/catholic-will-never-bless-gay-marriage-cardinal/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/10/catholic-will-never-bless-gay-marriage-cardinal/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:20:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=215366 A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries, reports Reuters.

On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside the country, prompting protests from rights groups and local officials.

“We have to be honest,” Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the Vatican’s highest ranking expert on Church law, said on Thursday when asked if he could foresee the Church ever granting “some sort of blessing” for gay couples.

“For us, and not just for us but for human culture in general, marriage is between a man and a woman,” he told a briefing on a synod, or assembly, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops discussing family matters.

The cardinal said the Church did not judge homosexual couples, regarding them as people of good faith.

“But to bless this type of union … to say that they are like (heterosexual) marriages, never. This is simply for reasons of logic and identity. To bless them is not part of the way we see Christian doctrine,” he said.

Pope Francis has said the Church must be more compassionate with homosexuals, saying last year: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge.”

But he also reaffirmed Church teaching that while gays should be treated with respect and homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are.

Participants at this week’s synod, a preparatory session for a larger meeting next year, have said the Church should tone down its condemnatory language when referring to gay couples.

But Coccopalmerio drew a line. “There can be exquisite people in these conditions (of homosexuality) but that’s not the same as saying that this is a good union and should be blessed. That is something else.”

Italian mayors have allowed gay couples legally wed abroad to register their unions in city halls when they return, just as heterosexual couples who marry outside Italy can do.

The local recognition, which effectively skirted Italian national law that does not allow gay marriage, is significant because it can help a partner inherit the other’s estate and affects health benefits, insurance and pensions.

A poll taken last year showed that gay marriage was supported by just a quarter of the population in Italy, where the Roman Catholic Church holds considerable sway over politics.

But the poll’s findings indicated that this number would probably grow and that an overwhelming number of Italians now favored “civil unions” giving gay couples more rights.

Father Tom Rosica, one of the Vatican officials briefing reporters on the closed-door meetings, said a number of bishops said Church officials should stop using phrases such as “intrinsically disordered” when speaking of homosexuals.

That was the phrase used by former Pope Benedict in a document written before his election, when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s doctrinal department.

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Okada Rider Catches Wife Pants Down With Colleague http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/okada-rider-catches-wife-pants-down-with-colleague/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/okada-rider-catches-wife-pants-down-with-colleague/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:47:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214030 Jamiu Yisa

A  divorce-seeking commercial motorcycle operator, Hakeem Yusuf, has narrated to an Alagbado Customary Court, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, how he caught his wife, Munirat red handed with his colleague in  a hotel.

But his 40-year-old liquor vendor wife, who admitted to the crime, however said that the issue had been resolved amicably.

Yusuf who is seeking an end to the 23-year-old union, told the court that problem started 15 years after they got married.

His words: “I hear some married women engage in extramarital sex, but I had never imagined my wife getting involved in such an undisciplined act. I was embarrassed when my friends said they saw my wife and a man walk into a hotel.

“On that faithful day, I had gone to join my friends at an open bar in the neighbourhood and while we were having fun, they started talking about my wife,” he added

“I smiled and told them that I left my wife at home with our children. But they insisted that my wife had just entered the hotel opposite the bar. I therefore waited for over 20 minutes, after which my wife came out of the hotel, accompanied by one of my colleagues.

“She was shocked to see me. I went back home and threw out her belongings because I was very embarrassed and upset. Four years after, I took her back after several pleas by her relations. I was assured she had turned a new leaf.

“Before God and man, she always assists me whenever there is a lull in my business, but I can’t stand her adulterous lifestyle. She has never sought my help in most of the things she does, but she prefers to seek help from some other men.

“When one of her male customers died, it was only my wife who was informed. She stood as the deceased’s wife during the funeral. It is even more painful when my wife says the man was just her customer, yet she wakes up every night mentioning his name, with tears cascading down her cheeks.

“Recently, she told me she received an urgent call from her sister and I believed her. However, when I called to know her whereabouts, a man picked up the call, saying that the owner was busy. I thought I probably dialed a wrong number until the man picked up the call again, asking if I wanted my death certificate.

“I think I have tolerated her enough. I am fed up with her attitude and I don’t love her any more. Our second child should be in her custody, while I look after the other three children.”

While admitting that her husband caught her in a hotel with another man, Mrs Yusuf said they had resolved the issue.

“Yes, it is true that my husband caught me in a hotel with another man, but we have settled it. I am still pained by my customer’s death. So, once in a while, I lament his death because he came to my shop a few hours before he passed on that day.

“Since we got married, he never introduced me to his relations. He doesn’t give me any allowance, but complains that I sell alcoholic drinks. He is temperamental. He once broke a bottle on my head when he saw some men in my shop, though he knows my customers are mostly men.

“It is true that a man, who is my spiritual father, picked my call and rained curses on him. It was later he informed me about what transpired between them. I perform my responsibility as a wife and I still love him. So, I don’t want this marriage dissolved,” she added

The court’s President, Mr. Olubode Sekoni, advised the couple not to invade each other’s privacy and obey the law.

The case was adjourned till October 9, for hearing.

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Oga Bello’s Son, Tope Set To Wed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/19/oga-bellos-son-tope-set-to-wed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/19/oga-bellos-son-tope-set-to-wed/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:32:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=212502 Bolatito Adebola

Tope, one of the sons of Nigeria’s movie veterans, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, is set to walk down the aisle with Taofeeqat Bukola on 29 November.

The ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Sablak Event Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State. Fuji music star, Saheed Osupa will be on the bandstand during the wedding. It will also parade some of the brightest movie players.

•Tope and wife

•Tope and wife

This is coming nine months after a glamorous introduction ceremony at the bride’s family house in Eleyele, Ibadan.

The wife, Bukola is the first child of popular Ibadan contractor, Alhaji Taofeek. She is a Sociology graduate of the University of Ilorin.

She now works with H-PRO (High Profile Movie Network).

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Mother, Daughter Are Lesbian Couple http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/16/mother-daughter-are-lesbian-couple/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/16/mother-daughter-are-lesbian-couple/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=211976 Eromosele Ebhomele

In a shocking confession that is reverberating across the world, a mother and her daughter have both announced that they are a lesbian couple.

Mary Josephine Carter, an African-American, and her daughter Vertasha, who both profess to be Christians, went further on social media with proofs of the incestuous affair.

They took to their joint Twitter handle, @VertashaAndMary, to confess to an amorous relationship between both of them, castigating all those who tried to rebuke them.

“I am Mary Josephine Carter and I refuse to let some little kids tell me about my damn self. I was in church yesterday, were you?” she asked her critics, while explaining that their kind of affair is not lesbianism, but a love affair between a mother and her daughter, and strengthened with sex.

“Vertasha and I knew we were attracted to each other when she was 16. But we decided to wait to have sex until she was 18, legally of age. We are now going public with our relationship to help others who might be in gay mother/daughter relationship feel confident and okay about coming out. We want the world to know we love each other as mother and daughter and romantically,” she said.

On their Twitter handle, which currently has 334 followers, they pride themselves as the first openly African-American mother and daughter lesbian couple.

Giving further details of the relationship, Mary Carter, who has two other children, one, a boy of 14 and the other eight, said she began the incestuous affair with his daughter when she divorced her husband.

•Lesbian mother and daughter

•Lesbian mother and daughter

According to her, Vertasha was always there during that trying period.

“Vertasha was there for me during my divorce…Yes I am in a sexual relationship with my adult daughter. No, we are not demons. We are humanic (sic) with feelings.

“I am very well educated. High school diploma and my associates number 1. Then I received a bachelor’s degree. God may put one same sex love in your life. It does not make you a homo. I never looked at woman like I did Vertasha. I am not a lesbian. Vertasha and I fell in love unexpectedly.

“This is not a lesbian crusade. My relationship is a minority. They tell us we cannot be together because I birthed her. Unfair. Every morning, I drink a cup of coffee with a honey bun, and it tastes like Vertasha my honeybun,” she said, explaining further that the relationship was working because she knows how best to deal with her partner and daughter, whom she called “my little wife.”

“Vertasha and I know each other very well and we avoid conflict. I believe I have the guide to a firm and strong relationship. I know what works and does not work,” she said.

For those she called confused heathens for criticising her, Mary said against their opinion, her relationship was just as normal as any other relationship.

“Do not tell me I am a bad parent. My daughter Vertasha is over 18 years old and her choosing me as her sexual partner is her choice. I have a perfect relationship because she never disobeys and is obedient. I listen to her and every night we talk our issues,” she argued.

However, Mary Carter, who had earlier granted an interview on the love affair with her daughter, is currently facing the consequence of revealing the affair.

She has been fired in her place of work and is being despised by friends and family members. She and her family are also facing death threats from people.

She is currently out of her house with her children.

According to her, the family have moved into a motel while she met with her lawyer for several hours on Monday.

“We shouldn’t have come out to the world. We did the interview and it was just posted. I had to send my lawyer to pick up the little ones. We are going to a hotel because people are targeting us.

“Indeed the support from African-American women is horrible. Unsurprised at this. They hate themselves; fake hair and contacts. If Vertasha and I was a white mother-daughter same-sex couple,  it would be encouraged. Once again, white privilege. We are being discriminated against like criminals,” she lamented.

Mary Carter added: “Our story is new to everyone, our family, friends and the community. I have been told to not show up to work today().”

For those persecuting her because of her sexual orientation, she said: “I serve a mighty, mighty God who gives me the strength to complete my goals and guide me to holiness. No weapon formed against us, shall prosper,” Mary said

She quoted ‘Romans 12:10 which says: “be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves,’ to justify her love affair with her daughter.

On her part, Vertasha, whose name was coined from Tasha, her real name and Vergel, her surname, confirmed that she and her mother started having sex when she turned 18 after they started dating when she was 16.

Vertasha, who seems to be happy with the affair, said: “My mom is still my mom. She does normal mom stuff: buys me clothes, pays for food, and tells me to make our bed. We just happen to enjoy sex with each other too.

“The love is the root of our relationship. My mother and I love like everybody else and the sex is just the perks of being so close. A mother knows how to please her child the best and, yes, I’ve had a man before but after age 16, I knew home is where the heart is.”

Since Mary has been sacked, the duo is now trying to set up an account for assistance from fans as well as establish the Mothers and Daughters For Love, MADAL, to propagate their beliefs.

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Physically Challenged Couple Weds In Lagos http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/08/physically-challenged-couple-weds-in-lagos/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/08/physically-challenged-couple-weds-in-lagos/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:16:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=210690 Kazeem Ugbodaga

Two physically challenged groom and bride have wedded at the Lagos State Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Owutu, Ikorodu area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

A Baptist pastor joined the couple in holy matrimony at a well attended wedding also witnessed by officials of the Lagos Office of Youth and Social Development recently.

The physically challenged couple, Simiat Abiola and Dare Akinyemi, tied the conjugal knot to the admiration of all the guests. While Abiola is 20 years old, Akinyemi is 42 years.

Akinyemi has speech impairment and has extremely low intelligence quotient, IQ, while his wife also has low IQ and cannot write her name despite several years of coaching.

This was why their marriage was declared special, being one of the few to have taken place at the centre.

•Abiola and Akinyemi during their wedding

•Abiola and Akinyemi during their wedding

Principal of the centre, Mrs Folusho Adeolu, said the centre had been taking care of children with special needs since it was established in 1997.

“The bride and groom are not like other children. Simiat, I was told, was fostered at Idi-Araba by a woman who later died before she was brought here. She went through school up to JSS but cannot write her name because of her condition.

“One of our ex-trainees took interest in her. He also has speech impairment. We did all the proper wedding for them, from traditional wedding to church wedding. A Baptist pastor came here to wed them,” she explained.

The principal said the sister of the groom offered to look after them because of their vulnerability.

“They will be living together, but close to the house of his sister. The groom learnt shoe making from our centre, so he is going to fend for his wife,” she said.

Adeolu stated that some of the people brought to the centre had very low IQ at the initial period, but that after lots of mentoring, they improved.

She added that the next stage is to re-integrate the couple into the society, so that the husband and wife could adapt to a new life of marriage and family.

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I Can’t Marry In Nollywood Again, Says Actress Chika http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/05/i-cant-marry-in-nollywood-again-says-actress-chika/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/05/i-cant-marry-in-nollywood-again-says-actress-chika/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:48:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=210294 Kayode Aponmade

Nollywood actress, Chika Ike has revealed that she does not wish to marry from Nollywood again in her bid to ensure a better understanding.

“Personally, I would not want my lover to be in the same industry with me, so that we can have a balanced family,” the actress said.

•Chika Ike

•Chika Ike

Chika added that she cannot imagine marrying somebody having her type of schedules.

“It will be very difficult to manage such and that’s the reason I admire Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs. It’s amazing how they handled it over the years,” she stated.

Chika, who recently held an audition for her upcoming TV reality show, The African Diva, is one of the most controversial actresses in the industry.

The actress, who broke up with her husband in 2011 due to reported irreconcilable differences, have been linked with some men, some in highly places.

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Man Hires Assassins To Kill Ex-Wife http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/01/man-hires-assassins-to-kill-ex-wife/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/01/man-hires-assassins-to-kill-ex-wife/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:52:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209569 Cyriacus Izuekwe

Abiodun Atinuke: arrives court after allegations that he paid for his wife to be assassinated

Abiodun Atinuke: arrives court after allegations that he paid for his wife to be assassinated

A jilted man, Abiodun Atinuke, has been arrested and charged before Ijeshatedo Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos State, western Nigeria, for allegedly hiring assassins to kill his ex-wife.

The 34-year old suspect allegedly hired three men now at large and paid them an undisclosed amount of money to assassinate his ex-wife Eniola for dumping him for another man six months after their marriage.

Antinuke, who hails from Ogun State, married Eniola from Ilorin in Kwara State, but they broke up six months later.

Angered by her action, Atinuke allegedly took suspected assassins to 15, Ogunmokun Street, Mushin, Lagos, where Eniola lives after she left his house and asked them to kill her.

•Abiodun and Eniola at their wedding six months ago

•Abiodun and Eniola at their wedding six months ago

Eniola managed to escape and reported the matter to the police at Olosan Division.

Subsequently, Atinuke was arrested but his accomplices fled.

When interrogated by the police, it was reported that Atinuke did not deny the allegation.

He said trouble started after they got married and Eniola started behaving strangely and was coming home late.

He said he confirmed his suspicion when he caught his wife with her lover.

The suspect said that when he confronted Eniola, instead of showing remorse, she packed out of their matrimonial home and moved into her lover’s house.

Subsequently, Atinuke was charged before the court for conspiracy and conduct likely to breach public peace.

When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. Abegunde Davis, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

However, Atinuke was remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri, Lagos pending when he will perfect his bail conditions. The matter was adjourned till 24 September, 2014.

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Why Nigerian Women Don’t Use Condom http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/why-nigerian-women-dont-use-condom/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/29/why-nigerian-women-dont-use-condom/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:17:09 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=209260 Eromosele Ebhomele & Samson Uwala

Apart from pure hatred for the female condom, many Nigerian women are either ignorant of its existence or do not see it as pleasurable during sex, P.M.NEWS finding has revealed.

Invented by a Danish Medical Doctor, Lassa Hessel, first manufactured in the U.S. by the Female Health Company and approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1993, the female condom is not only a device against sexually transmitted diseases, but was supposed to be a major contraceptive without side effects.

However, as huge as the population of women is in Nigeria, some medical experts and counsellors told our correspondents that very few women in the country had tried it.

“If you assess 100 women, don’t be surprised that only two would tell you they had used it either once or twice. Again, those who have used it may just have experimented. So it is not like they are consistent in using it,” Mrs. Titilayo Adebayo, said a marriage counsellor with one of the new generation churches in Lagos, western Nigeria.

Mrs. Adebayo explained that many of the women were not quite aware of the existence of female condoms and where some are aware, they may not have seen it.

P.M.NEWS learnt that this ignorance is not only common among the less literate, but cuts across.

The low awareness could also have resulted from the fact that unlike the male condom which can be bought anywhere, the female condom is not accessible and can mostly be found in hospitals and other health centres.

Tejumola Omolaja, a 32-year-old mother of two, told P.M.NEWS that she had only seen the female condom once and that was during the ante-natal for her second child.

“That day, the female health worker taught us how to use it to prevent pregnancies and how it could be used against contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

“But many of us were put off because the procedure is cumbersome. Unlike the male condom which you just fix when the man is ready, the woman passes through many ‘festivities’ trying to insert the female condom into her vagina,” she said.

Female condom

Female condom

Dupe Okeowo, a computer operator, has only seen a photograph of the female condom on the internet. She has not seen it physically but disclosed that she could try it if she eventually finds one.

A female lawyer, who refused to disclose her name, said she would never use the female condom because it hinders the pleasure that comes with love-making.

The woman, who said she got a free condom during an enlightenment campaign by a non-governmental organisation last year, explained that it was not a palatable experience using it.

“I decided to experiment with it, but believe me, it was not enjoyable at all. That night was terrible. My husband waited endlessly for me to insert it and when I finally did, there was no pleasure derived.

“At a time, I had to take it out so as not to frustrate my husband,” she said

She explained that the female condom has two rings at both ends. While one of the rings is inserted into the vagina, the other ring stays outside the vagina during intercourse.

She said it is preferable for men to use condoms since the use of male condom does not stop the man or woman from reaching their points of excitement.

Nkechi Obi, a commercial sex worker in Lagos, confessed that she had never seen a female condom since she began her trade four years ago.

While speaking with our correspondent at the Agege area of the state, she maintained that commercial sex workers prefer the male condom.

“Many of those we work together have not seen or used the female condom before. Though I have heard of it, I have not seen or touched one.

“What we make use of is the male condom, it is cheap and affordable. Gold Circle is between N30 and N50. We all have packs. So when a customer doesn’t come with a condom, we give him one,” she said.

Findings show that while the male condom goes for between N30 and N200 and come in different brands and between four and 12 per pack, a pack of female condoms could go for between N1,000 and N1,500 depending on where it is being sold.

“This could also be one of the reasons women get discouraged about the female condom,” a nurse who simply gave her name as Mrs. Toyin, told P.M.NEWS.

Explaining reasons why she would not use the female condom, a teacher, Josephine Jaiyeola, said the time it takes to get it fixed is a major discouraging factor.

“Moreover, for a woman to be able to successfully insert it, she must be fully lubricated. What then would happen if you find a man that  is not patient enough for you?

“Some men would even take their reasoning beyond the ordinary when they see you wearing one during love-making. For me, it is a no no. I can’t use it,” she said.

Surprisingly, however, some of the women who responded to P.M.NEWS’ inquiry, said they do not like the use of condom even by men during intercourse.

“If my husband talks about using condoms, it simply means there is an issue with trust,” Mrs. Justina Ini, a fashion designer, said.

“There are other ways we can prevent pregnancy and this includes family planning,” she said.

Veronica Areola, Assistant Director for the Centre for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Illinois, Chicago, noted that apart from price, the female condom is not being used in the U.S. due to social stigma about the product and lack of education on how to use it.

“I don’t know how many people know that these female condoms are available,” she said in one of her published opinions.

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Man Sacks Wife, Marries Woman With 7 Kids http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/22/man-sacks-wife-marries-woman-with-7-kids/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/22/man-sacks-wife-marries-woman-with-7-kids/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:50:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=208127 Cyriacus Izuekwe

An embattled housewife, Adeteju Olaniyi, has narrated before a Lagos court how her husband, Folayan, threw her and their three children out of their matrimonial home and brought in a strange woman who already had seven children as wife.

Adeteju narrated that her efforts to return to her matrimonial home at Coker Estate, Shasha, Lagos State, western Nigeria, proved abortive as the woman, Anita Okumagba, attacked and broke her head before chasing her away from the home.

Adeteju gave this narration while presenting her case before the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court.

She alleged that their 14-year old marriage crashed after Anita came into her husband’s life.

She said that her husband abandoned their three children and took over the training of Anita’s children.

Adeteju said that while their children could not continue their education due to lack of money, her husband takes care of the education of Anita’s children.

She told the court presided over by Mr P.E. Nwaka that her matrimonial problem began in January when her husband asked her and the children to pack out of their house, which they did.

She alleged that while she moved into an uncompleted building with the children at Orisunbare area, Anita moved into their matrimonial home with her children.

Adeteju said she discovered that Anita was living with her husband when she went back to the house to find out what was happening to her husband.

The complainant said she introduced herself to Anita as Folayan’s wife and requested to pack her remaining property from the house, but Anita refused which led to an argument between them.

Adeteju alleged that Anita became enraged and beat her up and in the process broke her head.

She said the matter was reported to the police at Idimu division who arrested Anita and charged her to court for assault.

She disclosed that the police made every effort for her husband to take care of their children but he refused to do so.

When Anita was arraigned in court, she pleaded not guilty to the charge.

She was granted bail in the sum of N20,000 with one surety in like sum.

The matter was adjourned till 1 September for continuation of trial.

When our correspondent contacted the husband in court, he denied remarrying Anita as claimed by his wife

He, however, confirmed that Anita with her children rented an apartment in his house.

 Similarly, Anita told our correspondent that she was only a tenant in the house.

She affirmed that she rented the apartment through an agent.

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‘My Husband Slept With My Best Friend’ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/my-husband-slept-with-my-best-friend/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/my-husband-slept-with-my-best-friend/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:21:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207997 A laboratory technician, Modupe Ajayi, on Wednesday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, that she once caught her husband in bed with her best friend.

Modupe, 40, was responding to Ajayi’s petition, urging the court to dissolve his 12-year old marriage for alleged threat to life and lack of respect from the respondent.

“My husband is a shameless man. He slept with my best friend. My husband is a womaniser, I caught him making love to my best friend in her house.

“I refused to employ any house help again as he has turned them into sex machines,” Modupe said.

She said that she stopped having sex with Ajayi, 50, since September because “I always had sexual infection some days after he made love to me.

“I stopped making love to him and I stopped washing his clothes when I discovered that I always see and smell sperm on his boxers,” she said.

The mother of three said that days after their wedding, her husband abandoned her to stay with another woman after telling her that he wanted to travel to the village to see his father.

“I called his father when he did not show up for days, but his father told me that he did not see my husband.”

Modupe said that she later found the telephone number of the lady in question in her husband’s handset and she called her to leave her husband alone.

“After the warning, my husband rushed home, dragged me naked out of the bathroom, beat me up for calling his girlfriend. It was my brother-in-law that ran out to cover my nakedness.”

The respondent, therefore, urged the court to grant her husband’s petition, saying that she was no longer interested in the marriage.

The petitioner had told the court that his wife always threatened his life with dangerous weapons.

“Whenever we are fighting she always picks up knife or other sharp objects to stab me,” he said.

He described Modupe as a pompous, disrespectful and arrogant woman.

“She is so full of herself and does not have respect for me despite all I have done for her. I bought her four cars within our 12 years of marriage yet she does not have regard for me.

“She does things without telling me. She even travelled out of Nigeria without my consent.

According to him, his wife has made his house miserable for him as she fights him and always ‘rain’ curses on me.

The petitioner accused his wife of living an extravagant life with lots of money spent on luxury items such as jewellery.

He said that he would have divorce her two-years ago, but he thought she would change for the better only to discover that it was worsening.

“Her behaviour became unbearable for me. We live as enemy in the house. We stopped talking to each other since June last year.”

He, therefore, begged the court to dissolve the union on the ground that he was no longer in love with his wife.

The President of the court, Mr. R.I Adeyeri, adjourned the case till August 27, for further hearing.

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Police Officer Seeks Divorce http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/20/police-officer-seeks-divorce/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/20/police-officer-seeks-divorce/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:09:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207815 Nigeria Police Logo

Osunrayi Oluwapelumi & Helen Nneka Nwanua

A police officer, Mrs. Funmilola Alade has prayed the Iyana-Ipaja Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Lagos southwest Nigeria to dissolve her five-year old marriage to Mr. Johnson Alade, another police officer.

The marriage was contracted in 2005.

The petitioner claimed in her petition that her husband was fond of beating her.

“It got to a point that I attempted to commit suicide by drinking kerosene,” she stated. She also accused her estranged husband of dragging her around the street whenever he beats her.

“The first three days of this year, he beat me continuously,” she added.

 She also accused her husband of not showing concern over her  inability to bear children.

“He doesn’t give me money for medications or tests or follow me to the hospital. He believes he is okay since he has a child with another woman before marrying me. “There was a time I got pregnant but the foetus showed no sign of growth and the doctor flushed it out. My husband did not support me in any way. I paid all my hospital bills and after two weeks of the operation, I packed out of his house,” she narrated.

She accused the respondent of being fetish, adding that he is a serial womaniser.

 “He engages in infidelity and doesn’t hide his girlfriends from me. I can’t complain to his family because I know they won’t listen to me since I’m unable to give their son a child,” she stated. The respondent denied having girlfriends but admitted being fetish because of his profession. He explained that he doesn’t give her money for medical tests because a doctor once told them that she can’t bear children.

 “So why should I waste money on the issue,” he asked.

 He also admitted beating her only once and that was when his friend told him that she was seeing another man.

He did not object to the divorce. The matter has been adjourned for further hearing.

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Methodist Church Declares War Against Polygamy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/13/methodist-church-declares-war-against-polygamy/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/13/methodist-church-declares-war-against-polygamy/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:54:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=206887 Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Methodist Church Nigeria has declared war on leaders and members who are still having more than one wife. Rising from its Biennial Conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, southern Nigeria, the church said it was time to purge the Church of Christ from church workers and members still comfortable with having more than one wife.

A communiqué issued at the end of the 9th Biennial Conference resolved that workers and members practicing polygamy would be stopped from holding any position in the church.

“Conference resolve that any member of the church who goes into a polygamous relationship will henceforth be sanctioned in accordance with the Rules of the Church,” the communiqué said.

The communiqué was signed by Rt. Rev. C. Raphael Opoko, TFG Secretary of Conference and His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Emeka Kanu Uche, Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria.

On the abduction of over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, the Conference condemned the callous activities of the Boko Haram insurgents and expressed concern over their continued absence from their families and loved ones.

“While praying for their release from their evil abductors, Conference calls on the Federal Government and the International Community to do everything humanly possible to free these girls and return them to their families.

“Conference prays for divine comfort and succour for the families of these young girls who are experiencing intense traumatic experiences over these incidents,” it said.

Dr. Samuel Chukwu-Emeka Kanu Uche

Dr. Samuel Chukwu-Emeka Kanu Uche

In the same vein, the Conference urged all communities at loggerheads across the nation to sheath their swords and embrace peace, saying peace is a vital tool for the development of any nation or society.

“Conference calls on Nigerians to be tolerant of one another and to show respect for other people’s views even when they are diametrically opposed to ours as these are part of the mechanics of having sustainable growth,” it added.

The Conference appealed passionately to those engaged in armed robbery, kidnapping, human trafficking, baby factories, oil bunkering and other terrible vices troubling the society to change their lifestyle for a more positive and productive one and contribute their quota meaningfully to national re-birth.

“Conference also calls on the Federal Government to do more in the area of creating jobs so as to engage unemployed Nigerians (especially the youths) whose population is growing astronomically and is posing itself as a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

“Conference calls on the people of Rivers State to come together and consolidate on the gains of democracy achieved so far under an atmosphere of peace and love. Conference enjoins the political leadership of the state and the citizenry to work together for the future of the state and for the generation unborn,” it said.

While commending members of the national conference for arriving at a consensus on nineteen out of twenty Committee reports, the conference urged them to resolve all issues around the devolution of power, with maturity and love for the nation, urging the National Assembly to adopt all the credible proposals that would move the country forward.

The communiqué also urged all tiers of government to be more pro-active in preventive health care and on the Ebola plague, it advocated concerted efforts on dissemination of information, particularly preventive measures, to the citizens, imploring people to pay attention to personal hygiene and avoid panicking.

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