Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Periscope: Leah Sharibu, a profession of faith



Leah Sharibu, a profession of faith

When Boko Haram terrorists struck her school on February 19, 2018, and took her alongside 109 of her school mates captive, Leah Sharibu had no inkling that her life was about to change, one which will test the very foundation of her Christian faith.

Even more than her abduction was the decision of the terrorist group to release all others but her after a month in captivity because she would not yield to any other god but the One Jesus Christ professes.

Today, Leah like her Biblical forebear, the wife of Jacob by the deceit of her father, is faced with the struggles of life.

Leah unwanted by Jacob expressed her trials in the names of her sons; Reuben, named so in her idle hope that Jacob will subsequently fall in love with her. “Her second son she named Simeon, after her conviction that the Lord has heard (that means understood or taken to heart) her affliction of being unloved. Her third son she named Levi, after the conviction that Jacob will now at least become attached to her. When her fourth son is born she seems to undergo an awakening, and she names him Judah, after her resolution to no longer aim her zeal at Jacob but at God.”

As Leah counts her days with these sons of perdition, would she aim her zeal only on God her Maker or would capitulate under the savagery of the heathens?

Wherever she is, thousands, perhaps millions are offering prayers for her as she stands as a living profession of faith.

In all, Leah’s example brings to mind the words of Louie Giglio in his book, The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far, which says; “He wants you to understand that there are no wasted moments. For His glory He uses everything that's happened, everything that's happening, and everything that will happen - past, present, and future.”



Have the chickens come home to roost for Magu?

The uninspiring chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, is a man accustomed to trouble.

His proclivity to court bad press and get away with it has more to do with the unyielding nature of the man who appointed him, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari, it now known, believes his appointees are saints from heaven, and can do no wrong forgetting that even some angels fell from their celestial heights.

Last week, it emerged that Magu has been economical with the truth on recoveries he claims the anti-graft body has made.

In a telling memo, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, practically called Magu a purveyor of falsehood.

Magu at different times had maintained that the EFCC has recovered about N740 billion from May 2015 till date. But Adeosun has faulted Magu in this regard and has asked him to prove his claim.

The minister in a letter dated 9 February, 2018 and addressed to the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, directed the anti-graft agency to appear before the ministry and “clarify where the cash recoveries have been deposited and provide accompanying evidence”.

Like they say in local parlance, there is no smoke without fire, Magu from available records is yet to respond to the memo more than one month after it got to his table.

Now, people who have always accused him of engaging in press gimmicks are smacking their lips, while his league of clapperboards are confident that he would as usual come out unscathed even if his moral standing takes a further plunge.

As the issues build, as the call for his removal becomes more strident, is it a case of the chicken coming home to roost for the anti-graft Czar? Time, as they say, will tell!


 This Bill Gates no dey fear!

Some people simply lack manners if not how would a visitor be chastising his host in his own home?

One wonders if the American and one-time richest man on earth, Bill Gates, has not come across the saying that says, ‘when in Rome, behave like the Romans.’

But like they say in Warri, oyinbo dem head no dey ever correct! Nothing could be farther from the truth than the verbal slaps that Gates dashed President Muhammadu Buhari at a recent meeting in Abuja

As if he is now a member of the Wailers Club of Nigeria, the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was just wailing at Bubu’s empire that the federal government’s economic plans does not meet the needs of Nigerians.

The web owner, he is not master, deflated the ego of the APC crowd as he shredded the much fancied and glorified Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, in such a manner that one had to remember “You call Uganda money shit paper?”

“Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. One in three Nigerian children is chronically malnourished.

“The Nigerian government’s economic recovery and growth plan identify investing in our people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritizing physical capital over human capital.

“To anchor the economy over the long term, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people.

“People without roads, ports, and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”

Seriously, ehn, that Bill Gates no dey fear face, if not him for know say in Nigeria, nobody contradicts Emperor Bubu!


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