Binta Masi Garba, lawmaker representing Adamawa north senatorial district, says her biological father burnt her property as a result of her decision to give her life to Jesus Christ.
According to PUNCH, she narrated her ordeal at the Chapel of Praise International Church, Yola, Adamawa capital, during a thanksgiving service organised to mark her 50th birthday on Sunday.
Smouldered in tears, Binta, said God made it possible for her to become a cornerstone after the deprivation and rejection she suffered after being a Christian.
“I gave my life to Christ when I was in primary school. My father was infuriated and he burnt everything I had because of my decision to follow Christ,” she said.
“I suffered so much because of the name of Jesus. I would have been nothing if not for His grace. The rejected child, because of my faith, has become a cornerstone. I give glory to His name.”
The lawmaker’s father was the driver of Ibrahim Babangida, former military president.
At an empowerment programme she attended in Zamfara in 2009, Garba told an important story.
When she rose to speak, she addressed Aisha, Babangida’s first daughter, who was at the time the wife of the state governor.
“Your Excellency”, she said, “I have a confession to make. You may not know it, because at that time you were a little girl, my father was your father’s driver. But now I am sitting with you on the same high table.”
In attendance at the Garba’s thanksgiving service were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation; Nelson Effiong, lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom south who represented Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president, and Fred Addo founder of Chapel of Praise Church International.
In his homily, Osinbajo called for prayers for leaders, particularly Christians holding various positions in the highest level of government in the country.
He asked for prayers for Mustapha, Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the civil service of the federation, and other Christian appointees in the administration of President Muhammed Buhari.
Osinbanjo said he believed that Buhari had appointed some of the finest Christians in his government in order to bring change.
He said that though himself, Mustapha and Winifred among a few others are very good Christians, he urged Christians to support them with prayers.
He said, “The truth of the matter is that in the government of today, we have some of the most erudite Christians, some of the best Christians occupying positions in government. Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, who is a pastor; the head of the civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and of course I, the Vice-President are all Christians.
“But it is not enough to have Christians in government like myself. It is never enough. If you look through the scriptures whether it was Joseph, Daniel or Esther, every person who made an impact in governance in the scripture that we see was supported by the prayers of the people of God.”
How I Lost My Eye After My Drunk Brother Shot Me – Lady Shares Heartbreaking Story (Photo)
A lady has revealed how she forgave her brother who shot her five times when he was under the influence of alcohol as she reportedly lost an eye thereafter.
The lady who claimed that she lost an eye after her brother shot her five times, revealed that she was admitted in the hospital for a while and was in comatose state for two weeks.
She revealed further that she woke up in the hospital feeling depressed, adding that losing her eye took a toll on her self image but she still decided to forgive her brother even after what he did.
She explained that her brother is her family and she still loves him regardless. She further expressed that she found the strength to forgive him and believe he is now a changed person.
The lady noted that her brother was charged to court and he was facing 45-years in prison but she stood up for him and he ended up being sentenced to ten years.
Read her story in full below;
“In 2016, my brother shot me 5 times and I lost an eye as a result. He was under the influence of alcohol when it happened and it was a bad period in his life. I was in the hospital for a while (in a comatose state for 2 weeks).
I woke up feeling very depressed but I knew I had to move on from the incident. Losing my eye took a toll on my self image but not anymore, I’m now a more social and more confident.
I believe we were born with 3 eyes…our 2 eyes and a soul…so yeah, I still have 2 eyes left. Also, I used to have a lot of seizures but I rarely have them anymore.
He’s my brother, he’s family and I still love him regardless and that will never change. When he was charged to court, I stood up for him. He was facing 45 years in prison but ended up getting only 10 years. I still check up on him and look after him.
I have found the strength to forgive him and I believe he’s now a changed person. – @purveyorporshe #MiraclesandMesses.”
Meet Grace Oyelude, The First Ever ‘Miss Nigeria’ Who Is Still The Most Beautiful Woman At 86 Years (Photos)
Born in November 16, 1931, Grandmother Grace Atinuke is widely known to be the first ever Miss Nigeria, having won the pageant — also the maiden edition — in 1957.
Though she hails from Kogi State, Grandma Oyelude was born in Kano to James Adeleye Olude and Marthan Dantu, who both hail from Isanlu, present day Kogi State.
The story of how she became the first Miss Nigeria is as riveting as her enigmatic personality, even in her advanced old age.
Miss Nigeria started in 1957 as a photo contest, whereby contestants posted photographs of themselves to The Daily Times headquarters in Lagos. Finalists were shortlisted, and successful finalists were invited to compete in the live final at the Lagos Island Club.
Then, the Miss Nigeria contest did not include a swimsuit competition.
Mrs Grace when she won the beauty pageant in 1957
Then, Oyelude was working at UAC when she represented the then Northern region. After winning the contest, she travelled to England where she studied Nursing. Within months of gaining admission to the School of Nursing in Ashford, she was crowned Miss Nigeria.
She tells her story: “I was living in Kano then. My brother saw the advertisement in the newspapers and advised me to go to Lagos for an interview to be selected as a Miss Nigeria contestant.
“He applied, and the result was that I was supposed to be in Lagos for the Miss Nigeria contest.
“I was working in the UAC then, and they also were also involved in the pageant.
“The following day, they got me on a plane to Lagos and that was it.”
Oyelude currently holds the chieftaincy titles Iyaolu of Isaluland and Iyalode of Okunland. She has many grandchildren.
More recently, precisely on July 16, 2018, her ebullient nephew and a Professor of English Language at Carleton University in the United States, Pius Adesanmi, posted a photograph of the gracefully ageing Grandma Oyelude.
Mandela at 100: ‘I never lose, I either win or learn’…10 notable quotes by Madiba
Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity- Mandela
On this day, in 1918, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the man who would change the story of the black race, was born.
Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and South African legend, would have been a centenarian, but he bade farewell to life five years ago, leaving the world to celebrate his 100th birthday posthumously.
Mandela came, saw, and conquered until his death on December 5, 2013, aged 95.
South Africa, the black race, and indeed, the world at large, have this man to thank for, for his enduring battle against black stigmatisation.
Madiba, as he was fondly called by his clan name, was not just an activist, he was a leader, a fighter an orator who birthed many expressions that would remain indelible in the memory of many for as long as time.
Below are 10 memorable quotes by Mandela
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
I never lose. I either win or learn.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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