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Younger brother to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha says his life has been in constant survellance and danger because of his famous brother.

His house was invaded by operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) on Friday, March 29, 2014 and he described the experience as horrible.

He said the JTF invaded his house due to inaccurate information from one of their informant and demands such a person should be exposed.

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Hadi Al-mustapha, the younger brother to the chief security officer (CSO) to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, had his home in Kano invaded by operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) two Fridays ago, a situation which has given him cause for concern.

He spoke to the Weekly Trust newspaper narrating the experience. He said he was not even in the state when the JTF men “invaded his house.”

“They came in hundreds in Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and Hilux vehicles. They took over my house for over an hour, ransacking all the corners of the house looking for what we don’t know. Nobody knows why they came and what they were looking for. After the operation people overheard them speaking with somebody on phone that ‘it is like the information given to us was inaccurate, they gave us wrong information’. It was after the conversation that they asked the people who were lying down to stand up, they apologised and left.

“It was a very nasty experience, for over 100 soldiers to enter a house and ask all the occupants to lie down flat including a two-year-old boy, you can imagine how the trauma would be. It is really sad, disturbing and unfortunate that my family members were humiliated. The annoying aspect of the raid was that my two-year-old son was not spared from the humiliation. Up till now, if anybody comes to our house, he would be running to hide,” he said.

He said that the JTF men were misled by their informant who should be exposed.

“Whether it is politically motivated or not I don’t know, but what I want people to understand is that I’m not a soldier, I’m not a politician and I’m not a criminal. And I don’t have any criminal record, because I’m a law-abiding citizen, unfortunately this is not the first time I have been subjected to these kinds of trauma. I don’t deserve it.”

Hadi Almustapha said incidents like that were not unusual since 1998. He narrated how in 1998, some months after General Sani Abacha died, he was arrested in the same house, handcuffed and whisked away to the headquarters of the SSS in Abuja. He said the SSS allegedly received information that he was planning to break out Hamza Al-Mustapha from prison but released him after they found that the information was false.

Narrating further, he said:

After that, there was an assassination attempt on my life, still in the same house. Even though I survived it, two of my security guards were not that lucky as they were killed. After sometime, some people came to my house again and humiliated us and left. That was why we decided to travel to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj to seek divine intervention.

Unfortunately, the very day we came back from the lesser Hajj around 1.am, this very house was engulfed in fire in mysterious circumstances. Nobody thought we would survive it, because of the intensity of the inferno. In fact, one of my neighbours died as a result of shock. Look at all the trauma they put me into just because I’m Hamza’s brother.

Part of the reason for the recent search of his home by JTF was the belief that the house belongs to his elder brother. However Hadi denied that. “This is not Hamza’s house, it is mine. Hamza has nothing to do with this house and this is why I’m worried that all these calamities are befalling me just because I’m his brother. I’m a human being and it is natural that you have somebody as your elder or a younger brother. If I’m to write a book on what I have been experiencing, you will be shocked.”

He then went on to share some of his “unfortunate” experiences.

“One of the things that I will never forget is the invasion of our family house in 1999. Policemen came and humiliated our father simply because one of his sons is Hamza Al-Mustapha. He was asked to write a statement on things that he knew nothing about. They wrote the statement themselves and forced him to sign it. It was as a result of the agony of the invasion that he developed high blood pressure and after some time he died,” he said.

He denied that there was any business between him and Hamza and said that “Hamza did not get me any appointment or contract in government at any capacity when he was CSO. He is just a brother to me, and this is not by my making or his, it is by destiny. He is nothing more than a brother to me. Go and ask our family or people who know me right from childhood, I have been enterprising. In fact, since when I was seven years old, I have been doing business. I don’t believe in relying on somebody or becoming liability, even Hamza will testify to this. As I’m talking to you now, he is based in Abuja while I’m here in Kano. He is living his life and I’m living mine too.

“On the second aspect of the question, there was nothing like that and that was why when he came out of prison I was extremely happy and I must tell you that the happiest day of life was the day he was released. Today, Hamza is out, he is alive and I am, too. I want you to go and ask him this question.

“I’m a business man. God has given me the energy to work and there are a lot of opportunities in the country. If an Indian or a Chinese can come to Nigeria with T-shirt and jeans and go back to their countries with millions, I don’t see reason why I cannot make it in my own country. God Almighty has blessed this country with abundant resources. For you to succeed in this country you need three things, one you must not be lazy, you have to be very truthful and honest in whatever you are doing and lastly you have to be dedicated and committed to whatever you are doing. With these, Almighty God will help you grow in any business. And to God be the glory, I possess all these.

He said when his brother was CSO, he was “not close to the Villa, because anytime I go he will tell me to leave and that was what gave me the courage to be on my own. This is why I have been able to achieve what I have made in life. It was because of this that I was able to keep our family together even when he was incarcerated. The lesson he taught me helped me a lot and I’m going to inculcate same in my children so that they can fend for themselves. If he had given me the opportunity to be close to the Villa I wouldn’t have achieved anything. I thank God for that.”

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Usually, it takes time for a new restaurant to end up in the toilet, but the Magic Restroom Cafe was already there before it opened.

The Magic Restroom Cafe in L.A.’s City of Industry is America’s first toilet-themed eatery. All the dishes, seats and food items are all focused on toilets, bathrooms and human bodily functions.

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Customers hoping for a crappy dining experience sit on stools topped with toilet seats and order appetizing menu items like “golden poop rice,” “black poop” (actually a chocolate sundae), “smells-like-poop” (braised pork over rice),” and “bloody number two” (vanilla-strawberry sundae).

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Those defecation-themed dishes are then served in miniature toilet bowls,according to Eater L.A., which recommends the Stinky Tofu as the most appropriate food choice.

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Owner YoYo Li is a first-time restaurateur from China who decided to open her commode-themed restaurant after noticing the popularity of the Modern Toilet restaurant chain in China and Taiwan, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Magic Restroom Cafe officially opened Oct. 11 and, so far, the decor is getting better reviews than the food.

It is averaging 3 stars on Yelp and most of the complaints are based on slow service (possibly from a backed-up kitchen) and cold food. The official grand opening is set for later in the month.

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Let’s face it: When it comes to eyebrows, they can either make or break your entire look. But with so many options—thick, thin, arched, straight—how do you know which brow is right for you

eyebrow shaping is incredibly important. Plucking eyebrows too much or too little can throw the balance of your features off.
These celebrity eyebrow examples will help prove that a good eyebrow can change your entire face

1. Lauren Conrad

2. Michelle Obama

3. Leighton Meester

4. Adele

5. Jennifer Lopez

6. Demi Lovato

7. Gwen Stefani

8. Megan Fox

9. Mary-Kate Olsen

10. Jessica Alba

11. Gwyneth Paltrow

12. Cara Delevingne

13. Angelina Jolie

14. Miley Cyrus

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A 65-year-old retired Chief Magistrate, Funmilayo Timeyin, was brutally murdered in her home by her housekeeper in the evening of Friday, March 28, 2014.

The house keeper, David Idah, 21, beheaded his boss with a cutlass at Laderin Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

ALSO ON THE TRENT: Retired Judge Beheaded By House Boy In Ogun [GRAPHIC IMAGE]

Idah spoke with Punch giving details of his life living with the late Chief Magistrate and the circumstances leading to his killing her.

Punch reports:

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Idah | credits: Kunle Falayi

Our correspondent paid a visit to the Department of Criminal Investigation, where Idah was being held on Tuesday, and the young man gave surreal details of how he came to work as Timeyin’s house help and ended up killing her.

Idah, who said he dropped out of school in Primary Six when he was living with a relation in Osogbo, Osun State, had bloodshot eyes when he was brought out of the cell by the investigating police officer attached to the case.

But when he began to speak, he neither minced words nor stuttered as he narrated what led him to kill the magistrate.

Idah said, “I came to Abeokuta from Lagos this January. I was working in a Calabar Kitchen in Ojodu-Berger (Lagos) before I lost the job. I was both a cook and a waiter there.

“I was living with my sister in Lagos but we quarrelled. She was the one who got the for me job and I was being paid N12,000. Initially, I was spending N2,000 monthly  out of the money and saving N10,000 with her.

“But she later complained that I was keeping late nights, sleeping out and spending all my money without saving any with her again. I worked in the restaurant for seven months but when I became fed up with my sister’s complaints, I called a friend who works in Abeokuta here and I told him I did not like the job I was doing in Lagos and he advised me to come to Abeokuta.”

When Idah got to Abeokuta in January, he said it did not take long before he was connected with someone who arranges domestic helps for those who need them and he was told he would work in Timeyin’s house.

He said the retired chief magistrate took him in and put him on a N10,000 salary per month.

“I initially liked the job but later, the woman, who was nice to me before, changed.  I started getting tired of the job,” Idah said.

Asked what he did that made his boss to change her attitude towards him, he said, “She accused me of behaving badly. And I did nothing wrong. She would call the person who connected me to her and complain all the time.”

But when our correspondent asked Idah if he was merely ‘accused’ of behaving badly or actually doing something wrong like stealing from Timeyin, Idah paused for a while.

Then after a long pause, he said “Well, I stole some things because she was maltreating me. I stole two mobile phones, DVD player and speakers, perfume, wrist watches, three trousers and four shirts belonging to her son.

“I planned to sell them. She did not pay me my salary. I wanted to sell those things and use the money to leave. But she discovered that I stole them and handed me over to the police.”

Saturday PUNCH learnt that soon after, the police informed Timeyin that the young man would be charged to court. She pleaded with the police to release Idah but disengaged him from her employ.

However, a few days after Idah was released from custody, he decided to pay a last visit to his former boss’ house.

He told Saturday PUNCH, “After I was released by the police, I realised I still had some of my things at mama’s(deceased’s) house. I went to the house in the evening and placed a ladder on the fence.

“I jumped into the compound and took the cutlass I used in the house to cut grass. I laid an ambush in and waited till she came out of the house. When she came out, I hit her on the neck with the cutlass, I hit her again and again because I was angry.

“I only hit her three times. She was screaming and that attracted the neighbours. She was shouting ‘help, help!’, so I dropped the cutlass and jumped over the fence. I hid in the bush behind the house.

“Some neighbours who rushed inside and saw her quickly told other neighbours and the vigilante in the area to surround the bush. They were about 25 people. They sighted me in the bush where I hid and got hold of me while I was trying to escape.”

After Idah was overpowered by the vigilante in the area, he was promptly secured with a rope while they notified the police.

“I did not even think of the consequences while I was hitting her, I was just angry with the woman,” Idah said.

Efforts to save Timeyin were futile. She died before she could get to the hospital.

But the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, told Saturday PUNCH that the young man was being economical with the truth when he said he was being maltreated by the retired magistrate and that she did not pay him what was due to him.

He said, “When the woman went to plead with the police to release him, she was even preaching to him, telling him that he should change his ways so that he could be successful in life.

“The woman herself wrote a letter of withdrawal to the police. She said she did not want him tried. She was just a peaceful woman who did not want to compound the suspect’s woes. But she disengaged him there and then.”

Adejobi said Idah, whose parents currently live in Benue State, would be charged to court soon.

“Even though it is a clear case, the police would perfect the investigation so that his prosecution would run without hitches. We have enough evidence to charge him with murder,” he said.

However, our correspondent also paid a visit to the Laderin Estate home of the deceased; a quiet neighbourhood lined by bungalows.

A man who opened the gate identified himself as Olumide, the deceased’s son but he promptly declined speaking on anything relating to the case or the life of his mother.

Olumide was said to have been one of the first people to get to the scene of the crime. He was said to have gone out but came back shortly after his mother was given the killer blows.

However, Idah was charged to court on Friday on one count of murder, three days after Saturday PUNCHspoke with him. He was remanded in prison by an Abeokuta Magistrate’s Court while his case was referred to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for advice.

Philippine Navy crew members onboard the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Apolinario Mabini (Patrol Ship 36) scour the West Philippine Sea, as they search for the missing Malaysia Airline MH370 plane (Photo Credit: Reuters/Daily Mirror)

A Chinese patrol ship looking for signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean discovered Saturday a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz, state news agency Xinhua reported.

“That is the standard beacon frequency” for both so-called black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, said Anish Patel, president of pinger manufacturer Dukane Seacom.

“They’re identical.”

But experts cautioned that no confirmation had been made that the signal was linked to the missing plane. “This could be a variety of things,” said oceanographer Simon Boxall, who said the frequency is used by a variety of instruments.

“We’ve had a lot of red herrings, hyperbole on this whole search,” the lecturer in ocean and earth science at the University of Southampton told CNN. “I’d really like to see this data confirmed.”

He added, “It could be a false signal.”

But, if this proves to be what investigators have been searching for, “then the possibility of recovering the plane — or at least the black boxes — goes from being one in a million to almost certain.”

The announcement came nearly a month after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, and on the same day that the nation’s acting transportation minister said three committees were being formed to tackle the disappearance of the flight.

One will tend to the families of passengers aboard the missing flight, the second will oversee the investigation team and a third committee will handle the deployment of assets, said Hishammuddin Hussein.

Malaysia will also appoint an independent investigator to lead an investigation team, the acting minister said.

The team will include an airworthiness group, looking at issues such as maintenance records, and an operations group to examine aspects such as flight recorders and operations. A medical and human factors team will investigate issues such as psychology, he said.

As well as Malaysia and Australia, the team will include representatives from China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, he said.

Hishammuddin also addressed “unfounded allegations made against Malaysia,” which, he said, “include the extraordinary assertion that Malaysian authorities were somehow complicit in what happened to MH370.”

He added, “I should like to state, for the record, that these allegations are completely untrue.”

Hishammuddin pointed to a statement from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which says Malaysia has “done its level best” in its response to an operation “which is the biggest and most complex we have ever seen.”

The minister, who had earlier briefed ASEAN ministers and the United States on the search at a joint defense forum, thanked the United States for its “unwavering support” and said the ASEAN ministers had pledged their continued cooperation.

The hunt for physical evidence continues Saturday — both on the surface of the southern Indian Ocean and deep below it.

The British submarine HMS Tireless is now in the search area, Hishammuddin said.

Meanwhile, a parallel search for digital clues on the hard drives of a flight simulator in the home of one of the pilots turned up nothing conclusive.

There was no “we got it” information, a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN late Friday.

There were some “curious” things, given the situation, the official said. The captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had programmed several alternate routes into the simulator, but it appeared he had done so to come up with safe plans of action in case of emergencies aboard the plane, the official said.

The searches appear to be what an experienced and professional pilot would do, the official said.

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We all have to eat, so cooking is difficult to avoid altogether. But there´s no need to be a slave to the saucepan if you just don´t have the cooking gene!Lazy cooks like me have a bit of a dilemma. What do we do if we want to eat well? I like good food, but I just can´t get enthusiastic about cooking. Fortunately, there are ways around this problem that enable you to eat tasty food without spending much (or any) time in the kitchen. So here are some handy tips on how to eat well without cooking…

1. SIMPLE DISHES
Even a lazy cook can´t avoid doing some cooking (unless you want to live on junk food, which isn´t at all healthy!). So if you are forced to enter the dreaded kitchen, the answer is to make some simple meals. Cooking doesn’t need to be complicated, and with a few simple but healthy ingredients you can quickly whip up a nutritious meal. Think dishes like pasta and hearty salads.

2. QUALITY INGREDIENTS
Do you want to make a meal with a minimum amount of effort? Using good quality ingredients can make all the difference to a no-cook or low-cook meal! Better quality food naturally has a superior taste, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time trying to make something tasty. If budget is an issue, concentrate on buying a few key ingredients like a good olive oil.

3. BATCH COOKING
This is my favourite solution as a lazy cook. Some initial time investment is required, but it doesn’t really take much longer to prepare ingredients for four portions than it does for one. The beauty then is that you can freeze the remaining portions, and all you have to do when you want an easy meal is reheat one. Spend an hour or two cooking and you could have enough meals to last you all week! Serve with a different accompaniment for variety.

4. SHARE
Do you have a roommate who likes cooking? Sharing meals is a great solution if either or both of you hate cooking. Take it in turns to prepare meals, and you’ll only have to cook every other day. Of course, the non-cook has to wash the dishes! Or you could propose an arrangement whereby your roommate does all the cooking and you buy the ingredients – they get free meals and you have a resident chef!

5. DECENT RESTAURANT
An excellent solution to how to eat well without cooking is to locate a decent deli in your neighbourhood. This might not be the cheapest option – cooking from scratch is always more economical – but a quality deli will offer plenty of delicious dishes that you can put together to make a meal.

6. RESTAURANT OFFERS
If you really hate cooking, then eating out is one way of avoiding the kitchen! It’s expensive to eat out every day, and most people can’t afford to do so regularly. However, if you have a reasonable budget, there is one way of getting more for your money. Restaurants try to encourage your business with discounted offers – check out coupon sites to see what’s available (obviously if you’re eating alone, 2 for 1 offers are no use!).

7. FIND THE RIGHT PARTNER!
The ultimate solution for the lazy cook is to find the right partner – someone who loves cooking! They don’t have to be a professional chef, just someone who loves cooking a whole lot more than you do. To be fair, make sure that you take responsibility for other household chores, so that you’re compensating for their efforts in the kitchen.

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Rat 'the size of a cat' captured alive in Dublin
This giant rat, measuring 24 inches, was discovered in a house in Dublin (Picture: Irish Mirror)

A family has told of their horror at discovering a huge rat ‘the size of a cat’ living in their attic.

The Brobdingnagian rodent was found by pest control who had been called in by Grace Walters and her family after they heard loud scratching sounds coming from the ceiling.

After being captured alive, pest control measured the rat at a massive 24 inches (61cm) from nose to tail – almost three times larger than a regular brown rat.

‘They had to cut a hole in the ceiling to reach it and when they grabbed it, none of us could believe it. It was the size of a domestic cat,’ Ms Walters said.

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Banana for scale (Picture: Terrifying)

‘It’s quite scary a rat can grow this big and strong, especially when you have kids in the house.’

Exterminator Marcus Giusti confirmed it as one of the biggest rats he had ever seen in his line of work, adding that it becoming far harder to exterminate them because of restrictions on poisons.

‘We’ve been shocked by the number and size of rats recently,’ he warned.

‘There’s an endless amount of food in the sewers where they live and if they’re living longer and eating lots, they’ll be getting bigger.’

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If you didn’t know this already, I must tell you that all those people who are doing great in their careers have a couple of things in common and of course, I’m talking about those things successful people do on weekends, things you should start doing too if you want to learn how to win the week ahead. Everybody works so hard now days and we barely wait for the weekend to come so we could do all those things we didn’t have enough time for during the week. Even though you might be tempted to think that the best thing you can on weekends is absolutely nothing, I must contradict you and show you how relaxing your weekends might be by simply doing the things you enjoy. Just read on and find out what are those things successful people do on weekends which help them achieve and maintain their success.

1. SPEND TIME WITH THEIR LOVED ONES
In my opinion, spending time with your friends and family is definitely one of the most important things successful people do on weekends that you should start doing too. Because we are always so busy, we tend to neglect our loved ones and this may damage our relationships in the long term. By doing this, you’ll get a chance to unplug from all your duties and to simply enjoy the company of the most important people in your life.

2. EXERCISE
I’m sure you all know the numerous benefits of exercising. Even though you shouldn’t do this only during your weekends and it should become one of your daily habits, exercising is the best way to release all that stress, tension and bad energy you’ve accumulated during the week. It’s also the perfect way to clear your mind. It will help you put things into perspective, you feel more energized and it will even help you see things in a more positive way.

3. VOLUNTEER
Volunteering is the best way to get rid of all that tension you’ve accumulated. You’ll not only be helping yourself, but others as well and what could be more rewarding than putting a smile on someone’s face when they most need it? If you never volunteered before, go ahead and give it a try because it’s so rewarding in so many ways! You’ll also be able to involve your entire family and all your friends, so what could be more pleasant than that?

4. MAKE PLANS
Even though this may seem like another task you’ll have to complete, I must tell you that you are not correct. If you want to take advantage of every second of your spare time, then you should plan all the pleasant activities you want to do with your friends and family. It wouldn’t take you so long either. On a Saturday morning or even on a Friday evening you could gather your entire family, have a meeting and do some brainstorming. That’s why plans are so important – so you won’t waste any precious time during your weekends.

5. SOCIALIZE
What better time to socialize than during your weekends? Just go out with your friends and family, meet new people and just relax and enjoy being in a good company. Work on your people skills, have fun and laugh as much as you can. You’ll forget about all your problems at work and you’ll be able to get a new perspective on things by meeting new people who have different opinions and who have other principles that they live by.

6. THEY PURSUE A PASSION
It’s nice to have hobbies because they’ll give you a chance to disconnect from work and it will offer you the perfect way to forget about all those job-related problems. Think about what‘s important in your life and don’t let anything prevent you from trying to accomplish your dreams! Pursue your passions and dedicate yourself to the things you love and what better time to do this than during your weekends?

7. REFLECT, RECHARGE AND MEDITATE
If you want to learn how to be more successful, you should take advantage of your weekends and do those things you never have enough time for during the week. The weekends will offer you the perfect occasion to mediate and to reflect on everything that’s nice in your life. You’ll realize how lucky you are and you’ll understand what are the things that really matter to you. Recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for the week ahead and you’ll even be able to get more work done by feeling more relaxed and completely energized.

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Imagine Stephen Keshi calling Mikel Obi after he just graduates from his youth soccer academy in London …

CALL STARTS

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“Mikel, I think you should play for Nigeria. I mean the way you move with and without the ball is something that other players foreign and local could learn from. I know you already have a multi-million job offer with Chelsea, and we don’t want to disrupt that agreement, we just require that during the African cup of Nations you leave your club for about 2 months to represent your country and that you are available to train when called upon. Plus the government will pay you if you win…it might not be on time but they will pay up.”

“Ah Keshi…I would love to play for Nigeria. No need to ask me even. I love my country die! When and where do I sign” Mikel replies.

Then Keshi lowers his tone and says “There is one problem Mikel o…have you done your NYSC?” and Mikel is like “NYSC? No now I have been in the London youth academy training for the past 4 years. You recommended I come here to Europe to hone my skills.”

Keshi then replies “Ah…you know you cannot really play for Nigeria unless you have done your NYSC.” long silence…

Then Keshi is like “But it is not a problem…all you have to do is attend a 3 week orientation camp in Nigeria. I mean the camp is not the greatest, soldiers will scream at you almost everyday. And the toilets might not work all the time. In fact you might have to sling shit over the fence on some days. But you will survive”

Still silence…but Keshi continues “And then after you leave camp you have to play soccer for a rural football club in the village for 9 months…they really don’t have electricity or running water except for the occasional rain that brings falling water and electric thunder…but the government will pay you 30K a month.”

“30K dollars a month? I might be able to manage that.” Mikel finally replies, breaking the preceding silence.

“Actually Mikel its 30K Naira” Keshi replies. Silence…

“Hello…hello…Mikel are you there? Mikel. Mikel….” dial tone…CALL ENDS.

All jokes aside, imagine if Super Eagle foreign based players were required to complete 1 year mandatory youth service before they could play for Nigeria. Like they had to go for a 3 week orientation camp, then play for a local football club for another 10 months, while earning 30,000 naira every month!

I’ll tell you what will happen, they will end up playing for other countries, other countries like Danny Welbeck of Ghana did for England, like Zinedine Zidane of Algeria did for France, like Obinze Ogbonna did for Italy and even USA…yes USA as Oguchi Onyewu of Nigeria opted to play for them…although we are not really complaining about that last one.

Ironically that is exactly what is happening today. Our foreign graduates, most chased away from Nigeria by perpetual strikes, disruption, poor educational quality and high unemployment rates…end up in Foreign Universities. They excel despite some struggling to make ends meet while fighting language/cultural barriers.

They eventually graduate top of their class…best in their craft and are offered lucrative jobs, which they accept. They live in that system…the foreign system where everything works, until they get that phone call from Stephen Keshi their parents telling them to come home…your country needs you.

Like the Mikel example above, very few will come back, not just because of the NYSC barrier, but because those other countries need and want them to stay. So they poach our best foreign talents, entice them with greencards, scholarships and a better standard of life just so they remain and make that other country better…But our government’s only offer is NYSC…take it or leave it.

What the Nigerian government fails to realize is that we are in a human resources war. The war has being going on since the early 1900′s. America and most of the other developed countries are aware of this war so they set up strategies to get the best talent from all over the world including Nigeria while simultaneously fighting to retain their own best talent.

But the Nigerian government does none of that…instead we chase our best students out of the country in the millions and then set up barriers upon barriers to make their return difficult.

A country that does not know its fighting a war, will always lose that war!

A country that does not know its fighting a war, will always lose that war! We lost the war on our natural resources in the colonial era largely because we did not even realize there was a war going on and till today we are still recovering from that unknown war! But we are yet to learn anything from that experience as we are currently losing another war…the war on human resources! Trained and valuable human resources.

Over one billion dollars (not Naira) is spent by Nigerian students in Ghana. I don’t even want to put the amount that is spend in the UK or USA in this article … because you might break your laptop or phone in shock. People are paying to escape Nigeria.

All I am begging is that our government officials realize that a war on Human Resources is going on and if nothing is done to reform obstacles like NYSC and others, we would see even more of our citizens playing for and improving other countries.

I leave with this last thought….Imagine an African Cup of Nations match…. Victor Moses cuts to the byline and floats a long cross over to Mikel Obi, who finishes with a stunning header scoring against Nigeria while wearing a Ghanaian jersey…its already happening!

Okechukwu Ofili is an author, speaker, and blogger and a The Trent Elite Voice. Follow him on twitterFacebook or subscribe to his blog for more honest talk and as @ofilispeaks on instagram for more sketches! To bring Ofili to your school or organization as a speaker simply go here. His third book How Intelligence Kills will be coming out in December of 2013 pre-order here http://bit.ly/intelligencekills

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An eight-year-old schoolboy has married a 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestor told him to.

Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five.

The boy, from Tshwane, South Africa, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for a wedding.

They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months.

Eight-Year Old Sanele Masilela walks down the aisle with his 61-year-old bride Helen Shabangu at their wedding ceremony in Tshwane, South Africa

Eight-Year Old Sanele Masilela walks down the aisle with his 61-year-old bride Helen Shabangu at their wedding ceremony in Tshwane, South Africa.

Ceremony: The schoolboy kisses his 61-year-old bride, who is already married and a mother of five. He said he had been told to tie the knot by his ancestors

Ceremony: The schoolboy kisses his 61-year-old bride, who is already married and a mother of five. He said he had been told to tie the knot by his ancestors.

Dressed in a bow tie and tiny silver suit, little Sanele, the youngest of five children, exchanged rings in front of 100 guests and even puckered up for a kiss.

It’s already shocked the community but the family has defended the ceremony, saying it was just a ritual and not legally binding.

Sanele’s 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: ‘This is the first time this has happened in the family.

‘Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her.

‘By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family.

‘I didn’t have a problem with it because I know it’s what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.’

With this ring: The boy's family say the wedding was simply a ritual and not recognised in law

With this ring: The boy’s family say the wedding was simply a ritual and not recognised in law.

The widow, who works at a recycling centre, added: ‘I would say that this is not wrong.

‘Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.’

Sanele and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not have to live together. Both have gone back to their normal lives.

Sanele today said he hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman his own age when he was older.

He added: ‘I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to.

The big day: Mrs Shabangu is already married and has five children with Alfred, a builder

The big day: Mrs Shabangu is already married and has five children with Alfred, a builder.

‘I’m happy that I married Helen – but I will go to school and study hard.

‘When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.’

Despite being old enough to be his grandmother, bride Helen, whose children are aged between 37 and 27, was happy with the arrangement.

Helen, who also works at a recycling centre, said: ‘I’m married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted – and now they are happy.

‘It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.’

Her husband of 30 years, Alfred, 65, said: ‘My kids and I are happy.

‘We don’t have problems with it but some of the community members were shocked.’

The couple pose in traditional costume. The £1,500 cost of the wedding included £500 for the bride

The couple pose in traditional costume. The £1,500 cost of the wedding included £500 for the bride. 

Given away: Sanele walks to his wedding with his mother as people look on. The ceremony shocked some people in the community

Given away: Sanele walks to his wedding with his mother as people look on. The ceremony shocked some people in the community.

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