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CRARN Lauds Governor Udom Emmanuel Over Support for Street Children

10 May

A charity organization in Eket, Nigeria, the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) has commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for donating food and other items to the street and abandoned Children taking refuge at CRARN Children Centre in Eket.

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Gov. Udom of Akwa Ibom State.
The commendation is contained in a release, jointly signed by the CRARN’s president and founder, Mr. Sam Ikpe – Itauma and its attorney, Pastor/Barrister Pius Madaki. The charity group said the governor’s donation was a big relief to the organization as it will go a long way in enhancing the nutrition value, well-being, and education of the children.

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Sam Itauma, President & Founder of CRARN
The release further said the children and the organization’s management were greatly delighted to see the delegation of the governor who came last week, offered prayers to the children, and delivered a message of hope from the governor.
“The governor’s gesture is no doubt a tremendous relief for the organization as we believe it will boost the children’s health, their feeding system, and education…” the charity group said.

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Barrister Pius Madaki, CRARN’s Attorney
The group pledged its commitment to continue to partner with the Akwa Ibom State government in carrying out the educational campaign in the state to reduce the rate of children stigmatization and abandonments. It said enlightenment campaign, as well as advocacy, was a panacea to curtailing the menace.
The release acknowledged Governor Udom’s effort aimed at reducing poverty through industrialization, opening and tarring of new roads, and called on the governor not to relent his effort in this direction

 

Two #Children, a Good #Samaritan, Banish From Homes, Seek Protection at #CRARN Centre

2 Apr
#CNNiReport: Three children yesterday arrived the CRARN Children Centre in Eket – Nigeria, a Centre that takes in children banished from their family homes by parents and relatives over the allegation of witchcraft practice. The children who came from different villages and communities narrated their ordeals in the hands of their relatives said they feared for their lives while on the streets,  that is why they sought refuge at CRARN Children Centre.

Speaking to newsmen at the Centre, Ms Esther Edem (surname changed to conceal identity), a 13-year-old girl from Edo, Esit-Eket and the senior among them, said she found the other two girls roaming the streets and discovered upon inquiry that they were abandoned by their parents. She said she took them to their family home where she lives with her uncle and gave them food. When her uncle came back from work, she reported the incident to him and requested him to take the children and meet their parents if they could accept them back. Blessing said instead of yielding to her request, her uncle launched an attack on her and ordered her to leave his house with the two girls immediately. She said her uncle revealed to her that he had been suspecting her of being a witch all this while.
“I was thinking he was going to be happy and try to help the girls out of their dilemma. I was surprised when he pounced on me with anger and a spank. He asked me to leave his house immediately, so I left the house and did not know where to go. While roaming the street in the middle of the night, and as we sat in an uncompleted building, Ima came with an idea that we should go to CRARN Centre, a place she had been about six years ago. That’s why we came here.” Esther told reporters.
Ima who brought them to the CRARN Children Centre said her grandmother packed out and left their rented apartment in Ekpene Obo, Esit Eket where they were staying and asked her to find her way because she can no longer take care of a witch. She said she was in CRARN Centre in 2010 at the age of five and was reconciled with her grandmother who had been very good with her until a prophet told her  that she was still possessed by the evil spirit and has been responsible for her misfortunes and business downtown.
The youngest of the trio, Blessing Bassey, said she attended a prayer session on a Friday night (which locals called Tarry Night) after her two siblings were kidnapped by unknown gunmen, one of the Pastors in a  small church close to the Mary Slessor Health Centre, Effoi – Eket denounced her as using her magic power to cause the kidnapping of her two siblings and causing the family to go broke. She maintained that things changed for the worst since that fateful day and her parents began a string of torture on her every night before she was finally sent out the house.
The Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Centre was founded by Mr Sam Ikpe Itauma in 2003 while still a college student when he rescued four “witch” branded children from the hands of angry youths who wanted to kill them for coming to a nearby market and begging for alms. Itauma was not, however, available for comments when reporters visited the Centre. But the Centre manager, Ms Carol Akpan said there were cases of new children flocking into the Centre with no adequate support to cater for them. She regretted that some children could not be accepted, except in extreme or emergency cases, but referred to the government centres or  taken to their communities for immediate reconciliation and reunification with family which has always  been a very difficult task.

Akpabio Needs To Make Peace With His Enemies.

7 Jul

By Asuquo Nyong Ette

“He should try to reach out personally to those whom he has hurt ( or even hurt him), make a time to wine and dine with them”

Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State Governor.

Gov Akpabio has barely nine months to vacate the Hilltop Mansion. He might be painting a very horrendous picture of himself in his last lap of his administration. This should be a period of recompense, reparation and restitution; not vendetta!Akpabio‘s advisers are not doing him any justice by trying to make him look very bad at this time of his “good bye to all that”. If after seven years of Thomas purported vituperation and ‘mutiny’ , nothing happened to him, is this the time for payback?

He should try to reach out personally to those whom he has hurt ( or even hurt him), make a time to wine and dine with them. It is no longer time for his man’s Friday to take the front burner. Sycophancy should be trashed by now. Soon he will be an ordinary person, apart from his bullet proof cars, his security will be trimmed, SSS and the dark glasses boys will no longer walk beside his car. It is time for his critics too to shield swords!

But one problem is, his imposition agenda would not let this happen! Even if it is Akpbio’s mother that will take over from him, she will not take instruction from Akpabio after six months! During the first three years of his emergence, I was his big fan! I lauded his generosity and pragmatism. I turned one of his critics when paranoid sycophants turned his administration into money making venture, snitching, blackmailing, spying and even killing sometimes, oblivious of his thoughts. Today what I’m I doing? Watching with my Ishiewu! Of course, there is God oohhhh!! #FreeThomasThomasNow!

Free Thomas Thomas.

Open letter to Basket Mouth by Citizen Evelyn.

13 Jan

Dear Bright Okpocha (aka Basket Mouth),I am a very good fan of your comedy show including my husband and kids, I would rather have spoken to you over the phone or make time to see you face to face, but as it is the season of open letter in Nigeria, I would like to use this medium to express how disappointed I am over your comment or joke as you may call it on “Rape”.

Basket Mouth

Basket Mouth

First let me try to educate you about the meaning of Rape, maybe you did not check your dictionary for the meaning or you don’t have one at home.

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another without any consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.

Rape and sexual slavery are recognized as crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime of genocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group.

People who have been raped can be severely traumatized and may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder; in addition to psychological harm resulting from the act, rape may cause physical injury, or have additional effects on the victim, such as acquiring of a sexually transmitted infection or becoming pregnant. Furthermore, following a rape, a victim may face violence or threats thereof from the rapist, and, in some cultures, from the victim’s own family and relatives. More about rape and its effect of victims can be obtained for free from the Encyclopaedia.

Bright, let me ask you, have any of your relation been raped before? Have your blood sister or daughter been raped before? If the answer is yes, then how can you possibly make a joke about it. but if the answer is no, then you must be ashamed of yourself ….

Your lack of respect for women has manifested. When you first began to make jokes about Nigerian women we thought that it was to make people laugh, now you can be easily accused of making these jokes because you want to disrespect, humiliate and insult Nigerian women. Why should Nigerian women be painted black by a fellow Nigerian who they pay money to watch his show? These women who come to your shows are the people putting food on your table, the clothes you wear, pay your bills, fuel your car and you have the innuendo to rubbish them?

As a brand ambassador of some companies in Nigeria, you are supposed to be a role model for our children, but what are you teaching them, are you teaching them that rape is fun? you are telling them that any girl they want to have sex with and who says no should be raped? To the girls you are simply calling them sex toys that can be bought with money. By your joke you have reduced Nigerian women to zero. How will men from other countries see our women?Finally, I will advise you to always think about the consequence of what you open your mouth to joke about because that mouth that brought you fame and good things of life may still play a part in bringing you down.

Evelyn Ejiogu

Jonathan signs bill banning same sex marriage.

13 Jan

ABUJA (AFP) – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked international condemnation, his spokesman said on Monday.

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Gay protest in Nigeria,

“I can confirm that the president has signed the bill into law,” Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman Reuben Abati told AFP, without specifying a date but adding that it happened earlier this month.Abati said Jonathan signed off on the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 because it was consistent with the attitudes of most people towards homosexuality in the west African nation.

“More than 90 percent of Nigerians are opposed to same sex marriage. So, the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people,” he added.“And I think that this law is made for a people and what (the) government has done is consistent with the preference of its environment.”Amnesty International urged Jonathan to reject the bill, calling it “discriminatory” and warning of “catastrophic” consequences for Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Under the terms of the law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or civil union can be sentenced to 14 years in prison while any such partnerships entered into abroad are deemed “void”.It also warns that anyone who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or who directly or indirectly makes a public show of a same-sex relationship will break the law.Punishment is up to 10 years in prison, it adds.“Only a marriage contract between a man and a woman shall be recognised as valid in Nigeria,” the law states.

Nigeria is a highly religious society, with its 170 million people roughly divided in half between Christians and Muslims, though a significant number are also believed to follow traditional religions.The anti-gay law follows similar legislation in Uganda that was condemned by US President Barack Obama as “odious

Do Not Be Used: An Open Letter To The Youth Of Akwa Ibom State

10 Jan

By Clayton Udoh

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

― Thomas Jefferson 
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Yes the quote above was pondered by the great Thomas Jefferson. As a founding Father of the USA, author of the Declaration Of Independence ,Third President of the USA and a generational leader of The Enlightenment. This extraordinary man saw the enslavement and the anti-progressive results of the norm being made as the Modus Operandi of the society .

Hence he proscribed that rebellion was needed to breakaway from the asinine, primitive Neanderthal elements of the system and their ideologies. We are not talking about childish riots on the streets. We are talking about a general rejection mentally of the shoddy treatment of your person

The Neanderthal element, coated in buffoonery, is led by one and one instinct alone. The instinct at survival. Nevertheless the superiority of man is based on man being able to rise above the animalistic selfish will to survive alone. Based on this fact the only truly thinking organism is man . 

However we see the first signs of a battle in which enormous pressure is being brought to bear, to ensure that the norm, is a manifestation of buffoonery, devoid of thinking.  

So therefore let the Youth of Akwa Abasi Ibom State, refrain from the mechanizations of evil that will be perpetuated by the political class. As the election cycle approaches let every youth be a beacon of light in the land. Do not be “used”.
Money will be offered to you to kill your fellow man. Tell the politician to go and do it himself. 
Honestly, why does he tell you to go and do it? For the sake of the party? Those who killed for parties that existed in the past where are those parties now ?

You will be asked to go and burn bridges on a massive scale. Go into the forums and shoot wildly with the stupid belief that ” I am now taking center stage”. You will be asked to insult people on the internet and perpetuate false stories. You will be commended for making fake email identities.
Why don’t you let Godswill Akpabio, Larry Esin,Umana Okon Umana and all the other men that will come forward on the premise that they are Akwa Ibom’s solution to do their own dirty work ? 
The fact of the matter is simple ;The Peasants will always be controlled by the Masters.

Observe carefully; none of the present day political aspirants will be involved personally in insulting people in the forums or fake vendettas against Diaspora or assassinations or fake email identities, blackmail and all the other things that will begin as we get closer and closer to the election cycle. However a lot of you will be asked to rather go and do this. The million dollar question is ; Why do they never ever do the dirty work but relegate it to you?  The simple answer is that there is spiritual implications to all that you do and the rich and mighty know this secret.

Another secret that the high and mighty know, that the poor and desperate are unaware of is the “Power of Intent”. 

For example ,an individual could be very good in running around with the Ballot box in the bush with a gun in his hand killing everybody that gets in his way. If a situation arises that names are submitted for future Commissioners or Senior Executive officers ,such a character’s name will never be included in such a list. On the other hand ,will his name be referred to as a hired help for chaos ? Absolutely. 

 The woman who stands every night somewhere waiting for men to pick her and go and ram her in a hotel room will not be recommended for Ambassadorship of a country. Her intent determines the path her life will go.
The secret is simple; our intent determines our destiny.

So for those who go around killing people and kidnapping people and  imposing on their own future generations the blood of innocent people ,some of them have been deceived to the point that, what they were paid for,could not buy them a plot of land in Shelter Afrique or Asong Ama. Nor could they come out into the public domain as a PA or SSA.
You would think that people are smart but common sense is not that common. You went into politics to improve your life only to be asked to swear on Mbiam. Meanwhile the political aspirant who made you swear on it will not swear on anything (He used Akamba owo level to push you into fire). In your little mind you conclude that as long as I keep my promise to return Abak to the Governorship aspirant I will not be affected by the Mbiam.
Mbiam is simply a demon brought in to oversee a contract between you and a governorship aspirant that will forget you once he wins the elections.However based on your intent you have brought something into your family that will never go away.

You have guys in the forums, Praise singing and licking people’s shoes; greatest I have seen for them is PA. Maybe if you licked the person’s shoes and armpits till it was real clean and shiny you could get SSA. Intent is everything .

For all the big positions like Commissioners and above, prospective candidates are not in the forums .In fact they have not even come into the forums to wish somebody Happy Birthday which is a legitimate act of friendship !!!!! Like they say ,” Everything get level” !

Youth of Akwa Ibom State do not get used. There are people I know personally that have built both residential and commercial property in all the prime real estate locations in Uyo and abroad. For the eight years of Godswill Akpabio’s administration they have made a real fortune without killing, kidnapping or  insulting nobody or making a fake email address or burning bridges with Diaspora or praise singing or spouting tribalism or doing the reckless things that we see right now.

Wisdom is needed now more than ever. You will go and join Udo Tommy’s International Facebook friends for Umana Okon Umana. I will still be here to hear that on the day of your association’s payoff you could not find your key officers to get a penny! Afterall the money was not enough for everybody!

Stop repeating the practices/mistakes that happens to the youth in every election cycle. You guys will flock to the so called “Party elders” and “Political Aspirants”, You will get the same answer that has been given in every election cycle,”There is no money”. Some of you will congregate in people’s compounds and residences and stand at the gates staring in.  In the end you will get nothing out of it. They will divide the millions among themselves ,then the winners will also receive their stabilization fees for winning .Then they will also begin getting the contracts in line for kickbacks to loot their way to glory. Nobody will remember you.So be wise and do not get used this time.

Better still you will be told that before you get a penny ,go and attack so and so or go and betray him/her. Swear on something ,kill somebody, say things that when you finish speaking people start wondering if you are a human being or a goat. Just to get an amount of money that would finish if you did just six trips in a Keke Na Pep.

Let me not belabor the point .Youth of Akwa Abasi Ibom State.Do not get used this time.

Clayton “Bane” Udoh
Phoenix,AZ

A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet

24 Nov

 

A screen grab of a Facebook campaign supporting Huda and Arafat

Girl meets boy, her father disapproves. It is a story as old as time but, unlike Romeo and Juliet, a couple arrested in Yemen have sparked a major Facebook campaign.

Once upon a time, three years ago, Huda, now 22, walked into a mobile phone shop in her home village in Saudi Arabia. She met Arafat, now 25, a Yemeni migrant worker from a much poorer family. Love blossomed.Image

Arafat approached Huda’s parents to ask for her hand, but was refused, according to the couple’s lawyer. “My family wanted to marry me off to another guy,” Huda seems to have told Saudi journalists, in aclip posted on YouTube. “But I refused. I said no-one will touch me except for Arafat. That was when the thought occurred to me that I should escape.”

Huda then left home and crossed the border into Yemen disguised as a Yemeni worker. She was arrested on charges of illegal immigration. Huda’s family claimed Arafat had used “magic” on their daughter, according to reports. Arafat returned to Yemen and he too was arrested, for helping Huda.

So far, so familiar. So what is the difference between Huda and Arafat’s story, and that of Romeo and Juliet or the Arabic Laila and Majnun?

This time, there has been a huge reaction on Yemeni Facebook, with several pages and images of the couple being widely shared (one has 9,000 likes). Some of the comments have been nationalistic – with Yemenis venting anger at their wealthier neighbour’s attitudes. But others have invoked the 2011 uprising in which Yemenis demanded rights.

“The sympathy with Huda is because she rebelled against her culture,” says Fahad, a 33-year-old civil servant who is on Facebook every evening. “She stood up against a patriarchal society which told her who to marry. It highlights the need our societies have for modern states where there are freedoms and rights and where people can, for example, choose who they want to marry.” He is organising a group to protest outside Huda and Arafat’s court hearing on Sunday.

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