Saturday, April 30, 2011

Prince William kisses Kate Middleton

The Royal Kiss between newly married Britain's Prince William (L) and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

The kiss everyone wanted to see, is here by popular demand.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Goodluck Jonathan (A Citizen’s Perspective)

By Eta Uso Jr

President Goodluck Jonathan is a man in whom I see humility, passion for a New Nigeria, a man who can stake his life for this nation. I see an independent man, a man whose actions are calculative and a man devoid of ethnic and religious bias.

Some people may want to argue and dispute the aspect of his being an independent man, I would not join issues with them but I would advise they go seek privilege information and they would see in black and white that the man of President Goodluck Jonathan takes no flimsy instructions from no one but he is one who would always take a stance geared only towards national unity.

I do not want to list his numerous achievements in this note; as such, I did not do any research before doing this write-up as I am strictly just on how I perceive the man of President Goodluck Jonathan.

With a fresh four years in office, I perceive a stronger President Jonathan. I see a man who would be totally loyal to the people and not distracted by those who claim to be stakeholders in his successful emergence from Vice President to President. I envision a President in the man of Goodluck Jonathan who would refuse to be dragged into settling unqualified political loyalist with sensitive positions in the Government of Nigeria. I see a man who would improve on his success at ensuring a generally free and fair 2011 elections and would even do more to perfect the process in time for the 2015 elections and even after. I see a man who clearly believes that every Nigerian deserves a good life and not just a selected few.

My eye sees so deeply into this man, so much that if I were to put all on paper, I would never stop writing.

With all sincerity, I assuredly say that for those who seek a New Nigeria, the man of President Goodluck Jonathan is an embodiment of the New Nigeria that we seek.

For those who may refuse to see clearly as I have seen, I have just an advice; “Seek Inner Truth”, for to understand a man’s intentions and capabilities, you would have to know him first; from the inside.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

INEC postpones Senate and House of Representative elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postpones the Senate and House of Representative elections in Nigeria to the 4th of April, 2011.

In a televised address on the National Television Authority (NTA), the INEC chairman, Mr Jega , blamed the postponement on ‘ unprecedented late arrival of results sheets’. He however apologised to Nigerians for the problems.

Before the postponement was announced, the elections  had started Saturday morning with hitches caused by poor logistics, as materials arrived in many polling stations late and could not even get to other areas in the country.

The rescheduled election is for 109 seats in the Senate and 360 seats for the House of Representatives.

*UPDATE > After rising from an emergency meeting with political parties on Sunday 3rd April, 2011, the INEC chairmain Mr. Attahiru Jega confirmed via LIVE national broadcast that the 2011 election has once again been shifted from the earlier postponed date of Monday, 4th April, 2011. The new dates are; National Assembly/Senatorial: 9th, Presidential:16th and Gubernatorial/State Assemblies: 26th. All are in this month of April.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Christ Embassy Calabar Miracle Crusade

I was at the Christ Embassy Calabar Miracle Crusade; March 25th, 2011.

Mammoth Crowd

The first Miracle crusade I have ever attended. A great event it was. Although, during the days leading up to the biggest Christian gathering of the year 2011, I never really envisioned being at the event. However, on the 24th of March, 2011, the eve of the event, my senior brother came around and while discussing, he hinted that he would be attending the event, at that point, although not with 100% certainty, I passed a comment “well, I will join you if you are attending”, and that was it.

The d-day came, the 25th of March, 2011 and right from the early hours, it was clear that everyone in the city (Calabar) was very enthusiastic about attending the crusade. Later that evening, I received a few calls from friends who were attending and wanted to confirm if I will also be attending. All same, as I had already conditioned my mind on the eve of the d-day to join my brother to the event if he was attending, it did not take much for me to make up my mind to finally attend.

The event started by 7pm but my brother earlier called and said he would be going to the stadium by 10pm. At 10pm, we drove down to the stadium and as usual with such big events, we took few minutes to get a parking space as the car parks and the roads around the stadium were occupied with cars.

Cross-Section of the crowd.

Finally, we got into the stadium, took a seat in the open-stand section of the stadium and joined in the praise and worship. Lest I forget, the choir was great but the praise took another higher level when the talented likes of Buchi, Samsong (the Bianule crooner) and some other top Christ Embassy music impresarios’ took to the stage.

After the praise and worship came the preaching / ministering by Pastor Marcel Obode. It was a place to be. The atmosphere was electrifying.

I left the stadium at 2:30am on the 26th of March, 2011 although the event had not yet been concluded.

At the end, it was worth it!