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Acts 23:4-5 ERV “The men standing near Paul said to him, “Are you sure you want to insult God’s high priest like that?”   Paul said, “Brothers, I did not know this man was the high priest. The Scriptures say, ‘You must not say bad things about a leader of your people.’”

Paul was being tried and after his first statement, the high priest asked men standing close to him to slap him. In anger Paul insulted the high priest. But he did not know the man was the high priest. He apologized immediately he knew, even though the high priest had done something unscriptural.

When David had the opportunity to kill King Saul, he didn’t, instead he cut a corner of Saul’s robe. And he still felt bad about doing that! 1 Samuel 24:5-6 NLT says “But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the lord’s anointed one, for the lord himself has chosen him.”

But we have Christians attacking leaders verbally without any remorse! That’s so wrong and ungodly! Your spiritual stature, political party, your ideologies, and your justifications don’t matter, what pleases God is us praying for our leaders and all in authority (1 Timothy 2:2-3). We’ve got to stop attacking our leaders even when they are wrong; the king’s heart is in God’s hand and God can direct it in the right direction if we continue to pray.

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Things married people do!

Entertainment power couple 2face and Annie Idibia hosted newlyweds Tiwa Savage and Teebillz Balogun to dinner in their home on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The Idibia’s, who have been married for over a year and have two daughters, opened their homes to the Balogun’s who just tied the knot in a lavish wedding in Dubai in April 2014.

The night was so much fun for the entertainers that they shared photos to make the memory last a lifetime.

The newlywed wife shared photos from the dinner with the caption: Amazing night #thingsmarriedpeopledo#dinnerwiththeIDIBIAS #qualityoverquantity#dorohotmen #dorosexywives”

Savage takes a ‘sleeping selfie’ with baby Olivia Idibia. She captions it: #mysleepselfie with Olivia …. Most precious lil baby OMG goosebumps”

Mrs Idibia also shared a snap of Savage with Isabel Idibia.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

Contrary to the claim by the minister of youth development, Boni Haruna that President Goodluck Jonathan had granted conditional amnesty to members of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, the Presidency said yesterday that the President did not make such promise.

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 Boni Haruna

Haruna had in a speech at an event tagged ”a day with young leaders of Nigeria” in commemoration of Democracy Day Thursday, disclosed that Jonathan offered amnesty to the sect with a view to ending the insurgency in the north-eastern states.

The minister had said, “President Goodluck Jonathan has also declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect, who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.”

But fielding questions from State House correspondents, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, disclosed that Jonathan did not mention amnesty in his Democracy Day broadcast.

He said, “I think I will refer you to the speech by the President, if you read it line by line, you will see that it contains the very message that the President wants to put across.
“And in that speech, if you look at it, I don’t think the President used the word ‘amnesty’.
“The President spoke about those who are willing to denounce terrorism, those who are ready to embarce peace, opportunities have been created for them through the presidential fact-finding committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts in the nort-eastern part of Nigeria. So I will refer you basically to the speech by the President.
“The President in the democracy address explained that despite Federal Government’s disposition for possible reconciliation with any terrorist group, it would be on the condition that they are prepared to lay down arms.

“For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation, if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.”

On the killing of the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State, Abati said Jonathan felt a deep  sadness at the news.
Abati added that it implied that the terrorists threatening peace and stability in Nigeria were desperate.
According to Abati, “Mr. President made it clear in his Democracy Day broadcast – that was his main message to Nigerians – that at the end of the day it is the people of Nigeria that will prevail.

“No matter how desperate terrorists may be, this country is determined to rid the country of terrorism and the support, the solidarity, the cooperation, the expression of partnership that we are receiving from our neighbouring countries – the whole of the West African sub-region, Africa and the entire world- shows that this is a battle that the whole world is prepared to fight.

“So, the days of peace, as the president said in his speech is assured because this battle will not end until it is won and sustainable peace and development are truly guaranteed.”

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A heavily pregnant young mum dropped dead while brushing her teeth – just two days after doctors sent her home from hospital with a clean bill of health.

Jade Glen, 22, was eight months pregnant when she was found dead at her parents’ home on Monday by friends who went to find out why she wasn’t answering her phone.

They looked through the letterbox and spotted her 18-month-old son Mickey wandering around inside, but couldn’t see his mum.

Jade’s father Floyd Glen, 52, returned to the house and found his daughter dead on the bathroom floor.

Her family think she had been brushing her teeth – the cold tap was still running and her toothbrush was next to her.

 Jade Glen pictured with her son Mickey

‘Bubbly’: Jade Glen

The young mum had been discharged from Medway Hospital in May after eight days of treatment for a suspected blood clot.

She returned to hospital on Saturday because she was feeling unwell, but after being checked, was sent home again.

Jade, from Gillingham, Kent, was due to give birth in July but her unborn daughter, who she was going to name Dolly May, died with her.

Her shocked and devastated family say her sudden death has left them with many unanswered questions.

Boyfriend Michael Arnold, 28, a tradesman, said: “She was my golden girl, my rock.

“I can’t understand why the doctors let her out – she was obviously ill but they told her she was OK. That hospital has got a lot of questions to answer.

“Jade was beautiful, so bubbly, and she loved her music. I just can’t believe she’s gone.”

 Jade Glen pictured with partner Michael Arnold

‘Golden girl’: Jade Glen pictured with partner Michael Arnold

Jade’s mum, Trish Chart, 49, said: “It is nice to know that she spent her last few hours with Mickey.

“She got to take him to his first day at playschool on Friday and she was so pleased to be able to do that. Mickey was everything to her.

“She had bought lots of things for Dolly and everything was ready.

“She was the funniest, most intelligent person you could meet. She was crazy – she would ring you up at 4am for a chat. But she was so generous and so kind. She had a heart of gold.”

 Jade Glen pictured with partner Michael Arnold

Heart of gold: Jade and boyfriend Michael

Jade’s Facebook page has also been flooded with tributes, and her family have been inundated with messages of support.

Julie Poole wrote on Facebook: “RIP beautiful angels. My whole family and me are so shocked and sad. Will always miss you Jade and still think of all the crazy times. You was feisty and fun and a real gem, family loving girl.”

Keziah Bangar wrote: “Still can’t believe what’s happened. Jade was the cheekiest one and was always up for a laugh. So many good memories. You’ve touched everyone’s lives and are extremely loved and missed by us all. You were never afraid to just be yourself and are beautiful.”

Jade’s family are awaiting the results of a post-mortem to find out exactly how she died. Her death has been referred to the coroner.

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Spirituality can grant you hope, stability, and acceptance. The relationship you have with a higher being is sacred. While many people deem themselves devoted to their God, there are some of us who are longing for a deeper connection. Whether we need specific guidance or wish for the power of faith, we want someone or something to believe in. Here are several ways anyone can achieve spiritual growth.

1. PRAYING OR MEDITATING IN SOLITUDE
It’s important that you take 15-20 minutes a day to pray or meditate. By relieving your body of insignificant thoughts you allow your God to connect with you. You can begin any meditation session with a prayer and then you should sit still and relax your mind.

2. FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE
Whatever your beliefs, you must follow the way of the word. Practicing your faith means that you adhere to good morals and values. Respecting others, performing good deeds, leading an honest life, and remaining humble are just a few ways you can follow your higher being’s example.

3. JOINING A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY
If you’re looking for support or encouragement from those of the same faith, you should consider joining a community of believers. Most Christian churches embrace visitors. For example, Pastor Ed Young celebrates every new member to the house of worship. Because spreading the word is so important, churches see it as their duty to guide you in your journey.

4. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER BELIEVERS
Participating in study sessions or prayer groups will help build on your spiritual knowledge and present new perspectives. Spending time with friends and loved ones with the same beliefs will also keep you on the right spiritual track. If you ever spend time with people of a different faith, it’s wise to remember your own spirituality.

5. ASKING FOR HELP
Praying generally means that you’re asking for help. When you or a loved one is facing emotional or physical hardships, you can rely on prayer for answers, cures, and hope for a better tomorrow. Trusting that your prayers will be answered is a crucial aspect in spirituality.

6. LISTENING FOR GUIDANCE
Once you’ve successfully added daily prayer to your life, you must begin listening for answers. This can be very difficult for those just beginning their spiritual journeys. Because you won’t actually hear your God’s voice responding back, you need to look for signs. It takes a lot of patience and practice but in time you’ll see signs from God everywhere.

7. GIVING UP MATERIAL ITEMS
When you attribute too much value to materialistic things such as jewelry or expensive electronics, you probably aren’t appreciating the world that surrounds you. Treasuring tangible items can lessen your spirituality since they’re meaningless and give money power. Donate clothes you never wear and gadgets you never use. Give to the less fortunate and see how quickly someone else will pay it forward.

Enhancing your spirituality can be a very tough task. It takes courage, perseverance, and a willingness to believe in a higher power. Begin boosting your spirituality today by reflecting on your own beliefs and practices.

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Picture taken from a March 5, 2013 video shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, flanked by two armed and hooded fighters in an undisclosed place. (Photo Credit: AFP/Boko Haram)

The killing spree by gunmen, believed to be members of Boko Haram continued, yesterday, after an attack in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State which reportedly claimed about 42 lives.

Gamboru LGA was the scene of attack, three weeks ago, which left at least 300 people, including 16 policemen, dead.

The latest attack occurred in the villages of Kanari, Wazarde and Gula along Nigeria’s border with Cameroun.

It came on the heels of the ambush by gunmen, on Friday, on the convoy of some emirs in Borno State killing one and leaving two others seriously injured.
In the meantime, the Federal Government said it had not foreclosed dialogue in resolving the war with the Boko Haram Islamist group.

It also doused the controversy sparked by the statement by the Minister of Youth Development, Mr Boni Haruna, that amnesty plan for repentant Boko Haram members was in the pipeline, saying there was no such plan.
Yesterday’s attack in Gamboru Ngala LGA, according to reports, occurred after gunmen arrived the three border villages at about 3a.m in trucks with assault rifles, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs.

The gunmen, sources said, shot sporadically at fleeing residents, killing the victims.
“The shooting went on for about seven hours. The gunmen had a field day and operated unchallenged as they did not leave until about 9.30 am on Saturday”, one of the sources told Sunday Vanguard.

The villages have been reportedly deserted as survivors took refuge in Ngala town and neighbouring Cameroun villages.
Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Tanko, said he was not aware of the attack.
However, a top security source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media, confirmed the attack.
He told Sunday Vanguard that two of the attacked villages were razed by the invaders.

The Federal Government, yesterday, declared that it had not ruled out dialogue with Boko Haram to stop its killings in the Northeast and the release of the over 200 schoolgirls it abducted in Chibok, Borno State on April 14.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who disclosed this, said that whereas government was pursing a military campaign against the Islamist group, dialogue option remained on the table.

“The Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in the North-east is a standing one. There is also a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee both of which have been engaging stakeholders and have been offering advice. The position of government has been that the military option is there to deal specifically with impunity because no responsible government will fold its arms and allow any group supported by Al Qaeda to over run the country or threaten to divide the country”, Abati told Sunday Vanguard.

“The Nigerian government has made that very clear and President Jonathan has always said that he will not allow anybody to disintegrate Nigeria under his watch. At the same time, government has a soft approach under which it offers those who are willing to renounce terrorism to lay down their arms and return to the fold as citizens. The door is open to them for dialogue. The door is open to them for repentance and rehabilitation. They are like the lost sheep and the President is saying even these lost sheep we are willing to bring them back to the fold. The door of the Nigerian state is open to anyone who has gone astray, who has been misled to think that violence is a solution to whatever problem he or she may have, to rejoin the Nigerian family and conduct themselves as true citizens”.

‘President never mentioned amnesty for Boko Haram’

Also, yesterday, Abati said President Goodluck Jonathan never mentioned the issue of amnesty for Boko Haram members during his Democracy Day speech.
The presidential adviser was reacting to the statement by the Minister of Youths Development, Haruna, on Thursday, during one of the events marking the Democracy Day celebrations, that government would grant amnesty to Boko Haram members who renounce violence and lay down their arms.
Abati, who spoke with State House correspondents, said the President never mentioned amnesty in his Democracy Day broadcast.

Chibok girls: Ozekhome backs negotiation

Meanwhile, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has called on the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram with a view to bringing back the Chibok abducted school girls.
In a statement, yesterday, Ozekhome, who is also a delegate to the National Conference in Abuja, said that Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution mandates the Federal Government to ensure the security and welfare of the citizenry.

He said: “The controversy over whether or not the Federal Government should negotiate with Boko Haram with a view to releasing the abducted Chibok school girls is nauseating and demeaning to our humanity, to say the least. Let it be made clear that the security and welfare of Nigerians are the primary purpose of Government (Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution).

“It is unthinkable that some people would want the lives of these innocent future of Nigeria to be wasted on the altar of Government grand standing and engagement niceties. There are times when a Government stoops to conquer. The international odium, obloquy and embarrassment the abduction is causing Nigeria, whose image is being serially battered, should be halted immediately through negotiation with these insurgents.”

Recalling that former US President, J.F. Kennedy once promulgated the concept of negotiation, Ozekhome said Nigeria cannot continue to experience the orgy of bloodletting which has claimed over 12 000 lives amid wanton destruction of schools, churches and mosques.

“It was J.F. Kennedy, former American President, who once declared that we should never fail to negotiate, just as we should never negotiate out of fear. Negotiating with Boko Haram will not amount to negotiating out of fear. It is simply an irritating sacrifice to be made to justify the sanctity of the lives of these young, innocent souls. I dare say that the Federal Government should negotiate even with satan, if that would bring back our girls. Even satan would be humbled and diminished by such an unprecedented strategy”, Ozekhome stressed..

“Recall that part of the main brief of the Turaki Committee was to negotiate with the Boko Haram group, an offer it had imperiously rejected. Now that the same Boko Haram has thrown up the

“Olive branch”, for that is what it clearly is, the Federal Government should seize it, and make gains out of it.

“It affords a golden opportunity, not only to negotiate the release of the Chibok girls, but to holistically  negotiate amnesty and halting of the horrific insurgency and bloodletting that have claimed over 12,000 lives and wanton destruction of houses, schools, churches, mosques, public buildings, bus stops, etc.

“The Federal Government should, for once, think of the trepidation, unease, cries, tension, suspense, psychological trauma and mental torture, that the abduction of these children is causing their parents, teachers, siblings, friends and loved ones.

“I call upon the Federal Government to immediately set up the machinery (even if discretely, clandestinely, surreptitiously), to enter into dialogue with the Boko Haram group, with a view to bringing “back our girls”.

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If you call another woman a slut, I’ll use your bones to make furniture.

1. “Men are more rational, and women are more emotional.”And cats like the color red, and dogs will only listen to Jason Derulo, and that ficus bush is your cousin. Oh, I thought we were making nonsense statements.

2. “Women can’t drive.” We don’t have, like, giant tampons for heads. Don’t be a moron.

3. “You’re funny/smart for a girl.” OMG thank you! I hope to rise above the ranks and someday be considered smart for a human, but this is a great honor.

4. “Girls all want to marry rich.” Some girls want to marry rich. Other girls want to marry the person they love, whether s/he is rich or poor or an alien who uses peacock feathers as currency. And other girls don’t want to get married! So like, that’s how that works.

5. “I don’t get why women love assholes.” Yeah, actually, that whole thing where you pretend to be a dick to make women like you will only work on women who don’t like themselves. And that’s doomed to fail, really.

6. “Women don’t like nice guys.” See above, and no, we’re not nuts about self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” who sit around acting butthurt that no girls like them. You’re not entitled to sex just because you held the door for a woman.

7. “You’re secretly just waiting to quit work and be a housewife, aren’t you?” Nope, but even if I was, there’d be nothing wrong with it. Being a housewife with kids is work.

8. “[X] is a slut.”

9. “[X] seems like a bitch.” Why? Because she’s independent, outspoken and runs shit? Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem like a bitch, or “sexless,” which I commonly hear men say about her. Just because she busts balls doesn’t mean she doesn’t like them.

10. ”Girls are crazy!” Nope, pretty sure that’s just them being smarter than you.

11. “You’re not like other women, you’re cool.” I know you’re trying to compliment me, but saying that I’m the super-chill “loophole” in an otherwise-lame gender is offensive to me as a woman who loves women.

12. “Calm down.” I … I can’t.

13. “You look great for your age.” Am I supposed to look like Grandmother Willow? I am so glad that my bark is more supple than you expected. I maintain my youth by bathing in the blood of offensive, clueless men.

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Arrested: Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, from Stockport

A British woman has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in a hellhole Iranian prison for posting comments on Facebook allegedly criticising the country’s leadership.

Roya Nobakht, 47, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was arrested last October when she was visiting the south-western city of Shiraz.

She was accused of gathering crowds, putting national security at risk and insulting Islam after criticising former Iranian supreme leader the Ayatollah Khomeini on the social media site.

She is thought to have described the government as being ‘too Islamic’.

Ms Nobakht had been held at the notorious Evin prison in the Iranian capital Tehran before being sentenced earlier this week.

It had been feared that Ms Nobakht could have faced the death penalty.

The part-time student at Stockport College has dual British-Iranian nationality and has been living with her husband for more than six years.

A source close to the family said: “Roya is devastated. She is not doing well.

“She is just a housewife and is not an activist. She has said she would rather die than be there for 20 years.

“She has been tortured and the conditions at the prison are terrible. She is under a lot of pressure.

“They have taken confession under duress that she has said something against the Iranian republic.”

Mrs Nobakht, who is among eight people jailed in Iran this week on charges of insulting the country’s leadership on Facebook, had been on a three-week holiday to Iran last year to visit friends and family.

A family friend said her husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, 47, had gone to meet her from Manchester Airport but she did not appear.

He spent two months in Iran searching mortuaries, hospitals and police stations.Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

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He was eventually told his wife was in prison because she had not been respectful of Iran and he was allowed to visit her for 10 minutes.

Mr Taghipoor has not returned to Iran for fear of being arrested himself.

Negotiations between the UK and Iranian governments have been complicated since the British embassy in Tehran closed following the 2011 attacks by Iranian protesters.

Andrew Stunnell, MP for Hazel Grove, who has been fighting the family’s cause, said: “Unfortunately the Iranian justice system is pretty incomprehensible to us in the Western world.

“What we regard as fundamental human rights are regarded as crimes and Roya is in the midst of it.

“It’s absolutely preposterous. The Iranians have pounced on her and charged her with offences which would be laughed out of court here but they have gone on to impose an outrageously large sentence.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware that a British national has received a custodial sentence in Iran.

“We are seeking to establish the full facts and are following up the case with the Iranian authorities.”

The case is the latest in a growing row over internet freedom in Iran. Last week six young Iranians were arrested after they posted a video online of their version of Pharrell William’s song Happy.

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It was indeed a bright day on April 12, 2013 when President Goodluck Jonathan’s foster daughter, Faith Sakwe, walked down the aisle with her husband, Godswill Osim, son of Chief and Mrs Osim from Cross-River State.

The event  brought together top government officials, clergies, governors and senators and other well-meaning Nigerians from far and near.

After having a beautiful wedding ceremony, the couple spent their honeymoon at Rio de Janiero, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Venice, London and Dubai.

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Wasila Umar, 14, the child-bride suspected to have killed her husband at Yansoro village, Kademi general area of Gaya local government council of Kano State broke down in tears while pleading with the trial judge handling her case at the juvenile court to set her free because she was home sick.

Wasila rhetorically asked why she had been held by the authorities in a place where she had no access to her loved ones over the past weeks.

Wasila’s father, Tasiu Muhammed

The child-bride’s dilemma underscored the state of confusion she found  herself in following her detention by the police culminating in her appearance before the juvenile court.

Between April 1 and May 21 that she appeared before the court,  in Kano, she had variously been a guest of three detention centres located in Kano and Gaya .
Interestingly, her situation attracted the attention of human right activists, including the Federation of Women Lawyers in Nigeria which practically took over her  upkeep and defence.

The women lawyers group protested the arraignment of the suspected  killer child-bride before a magistrate court, forcing the Kano State Judicial Council to transfer Wasila’s trial to the juvenile court.

The letter of transfer of the trial dated April 30, 2914, and signed by one Sani Shehu for the Registrar, Kano State High Court of Justice, obtained by Sunday Vanguard, was entitled, “Commissioner of police versus Wasila Umar, a juvenile accused of poisoning her husband and three others.”

“The Chief Registrar has directed that the above headlined matter which was pending before  Magistrate Court 34, Rijiyar Zaki , Kano is now transferred for continuation at the Juvenile Court to its conclusion”, the letter said.

That marked the beginning of the trial of the teenager who had been away from her Kaura village for 51 days.

‘Strange land’
However, in an exclusive chat with Sunday Vanguard before her arraignment at the juvenile court, Wasila revealed: “I miss my mum who has not been allowed to visit me in a strange land.

“What, however, keeps me going is the fact that my family are with me at this critical point in my life, and I am highly comforted by their prayers”.
According to her,  “my dad and aunt visited me a few days ago and conveyed my mother’s message but the vacuum created by  her absence can not be filled by anyone.

Wasila

“I have been receiving help from the people I did not know from Adam, I mean women who have shown concern, and cater for my needs at the remand home where I have been detained by the authorities.

“I know for sure this trial will come to an end one day and I would reconcile with my family”.

Meanwhile, Wasila’s dream of reuniting with her family one day might be a pipe dream.  In the event she wins the case against her by the state, she might not have a home to return due to the tension generated in her in-law’s Yansoro village by her alleged killing of her husband and three friends.

Bitterness
Sunday Vanguard’s visit to  the village unveiled a picture of bitterness by her in-laws who viewed her action as wicked and could not be forgiven.
The journey to Yansoro was rough; no access road, no school, no health centre, no pipe borne water.

The village is a classical example of  neglect and leadership failure. Yansoro is a village cut off from civilization. An interview conducted with Wasila’s father-in-law at the city centre attracted a crowd comprising of the young and the old who constantly interjected to voice out their anger.

Sani Garba, the late Umar’s father, told Sunday Vanguard: “I am talking to you with a heavy heart, because I am still nursing a fatal injury handed over to me by my daughter-in-law.”

“Do you know that I lost three children to her action and you are asking whether I have forgiven her? The act was too painful to be forgiven  and I don’t think I can forgive her”.

Shedding  light on the relationship between the child- bride and her late husband, he said, “They  courted for 12 months and my son spent a fortune on her.  The fact remains that the duo were no strangers to each other and it pains me the more when people try to cook up the  forced marriage theory”

Garba, believed to be in his early 60s, went on: “We understand the authorities have taken over the case, but whether they choose to stand by the truth remains their headache for I have since gone to my God who is sufficient for me.”

Wasila’s father in-law, Sani Garba

The crowd that converged at the city centre during the short interview appeared satisfied with the old man’s responses to questions and gave him a round of applause.

But one was clear from the interview, the deep seated anger they demonstrated during the encounter was a reminder that they could go to war to settle scores.

Absolute grief
However, the atmosphere at Wasila village, Kaura, adjacent to her in-law’s was that of grief. Like their counterparts at Yansoro, the residents live a life worse than slavery.

Wasila’s father, Tasiu Muhammad, told Sunday Vanguard: “What happened left a sour taste in our mouths but we don’t have to abandon the little girl.  That is why I identify with her at this moment of trial”. Tasiu linked the alleged action of her daughter to destiny which could not be prevented.

“In such situation, we only look onto Allah for divine intervention“, the father said. “What has happened came with a fatal consequence on my family, and I have visited my in-laws in the company of my kinsmen to seek for their forgiveness on behalf of my daughter”.

Commenting on their involvement,  the chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kano, Hussaina Aliyu, revealed that no formal charges had been preferred against Wasila, stressing that the trial judge had fixed June 16 for mentioning.

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