By Emmanuel Oluwakorede
Special Breeds of Human race are those that enjoy the favour of God and goodwill from everyone after leaving political office.
I met Mr. Mike Abu when I was coming up as a young Journalist when he was the Chief Press Secretary to the then Kogi State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Architect Yomi Awoniyi at an assignment at the NYSC Orientation Camp, along Kabba-Ogidi road.
I worked up to him and introduced myself. He said “That’s good, you have reduced my stress of writing Press Release to the Radio.”
After he left office, Mr. Mike Abu still maintained the relationship. My definition of this prolific writer is that he is a man of God, humble, caring and a goal getter.
One thing that amazed me about Mr. Mike Abu is that his professionalism and harmonious relationship with all made him to rise to the position of a CPS because of how he blends, with all shades and ethnic divide, having lived harmoniously with the Kogi people.
As a man of God, good father and husband, he does not allow his job to interfere with the discharge of his duties and service to God as a worker in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
As a journalist with foresight and great repute, he began the online Media platform for his Newspaper, “Nigerian Post” widely read by many, within and outside the country.
You will not hesitate to like Mr. Mike Abu whenever he officiates at ceremonies as MC. His Command of the Microphone is simply the best.
As Mr. Mike Abu Celebrates, another year in this planet, all I have to say is to join his family and well wishers to express profound gratitude to God.
May you receive more mercy and grace from God almighty in the years ahead.
Congratulations and happy birthday my Boss.
Kogi LG APC Hopeful Chairmanship Candidate, Barr, Tanko, Others Grace Chieftaincy Conferments In Kogi Community.
By Yahaya Idris, Kogi.
A hopeful Chairmanship candidate of APC in Kogi LG and immediate past Administrator of the council, Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa were among eminent Nigerians that was a guests when some persons who distinguished themselves to the service of their people and humanity were conferred with the chieftaincy titles in the palace of HRH. Haggai Kaka Tanyizinin of Lagbeta Kingdom, Chikara South, Kogi LG.
At the epoch-making event were the retired National Assembly Staff, Chief Enoch Jarumi, the representatives of various chiefs within and outside the kingdom were presents.
The guests list also included sons and daughters from home and abroad, senior government functionaries and members of the organised private sector.
In his goodwill message, former Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area and guest of honour in the event, Hon. Chief Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa, shortly after introducing his humble self to the gathering commended HRH. Haggai Kaka Tanyizinin of Lagbeta Kingdom, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Enoch Jarumi (Bezheyakwo of Chikara and other invited guests for considering him worthy of the honour, assuring that being a friend of the Elder Jarumi for over some decades that they had been talking on phone before this present event came up.
Barr. Tanko commended the paramount ruler for a sustainable peace, development and unity of purpose as enjoyed by the residents of this community urging him to sustain the tempo.
While speaking on the conferment ceremony, Barr. Tanko who is the Danmasani Koton-Karfe Kingdom, explained that been installed with a Chieftaincy title mean a recognition from your people to do more in the community that had marked a turning point for a development he had always been supportive of all projects aimed at bringing succour, hope and relief to the town and the people.
Barr. Tanko who also vie for office of Executive Chairman in the forthcoming LG election promised to deliver their message to His Excellency, Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.
According to him, peace remain panacea or essential ingredients for any nation to develop. Aligning himself with the youths of the area who have engaged themselves in agriculture without waiting for white cola jobs.
“I am extremely happy with their milestone achievements, which had impacted greatly on the quality of life and economy of the people and the community”, said Barr. Tanko.
In his reaction to the glowing tributes, Chief Enoch Jarumi and Bezheyakwo Chikara, gave praises to God, the Chief of Lagbeta, all sons and daughters of Lagbeta for the honour, stressing that if not for their love, cooperation and supports, all he had achieved since he came to the town would have been a mirage.
He commended Barr. Tanko for his usual uprightness, diligence, maturity and dexterity of purpose before, during and his reign when he served in the council as Administrator hoping and praying God to return him back in order to continued from where he has stop.
Elder Jarumi also commended Ohimegye Koton-Karfe kingdom, HRM. Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani Isah-Koto for his fatherly role especially in ensuring relentless peace and development flourishing in his domain.
He, however, expressed optimism that Lagbeta Kingdom would witness greater development going by the prevailing peace, monumental changes and life transforming projects that have existed since the installation of the new King, HRH. Haggai Kaka as the Tanyizinim of Lagbeta over a year ago.
A Chieftaincy title holder who spoke on behalf of other recipients thanked the King for considering them worthy of the titles assuring the king that they will always avail themselves for community services.
The Ma’nene Death Ritual: An Indonesian Tradition Where People Dig Up And Hang Out With Their Dead Love Ones
Who wouldn’t want to see and “hang out” with their loved ones years after their death? Learn about the Ma’nene death ritual from Indonesia.
For many people, the worst part about losing a loved one is the fact that we never see them again. Once they are buried, that’s it. The person is gone forever, and the only way we can see them is in pictures and our memories. However, not all cultures “do” death the same way. Case in point: the Ma’nene death ritual in Indonesia, practiced by the Torajan people of Sulawesi island. In English, this ritual means “The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses,” and that is exactly what they do.
Every three years, for more than 900 years, the people of Lembang Paton Village dig out the mummified bodies of their loved ones to clean them up, dress them in new clothes, and bury them again. The ceremony, celebrated by all the families in the village, is a key element in their belief system, which combines Christian and indigenous concepts. The idea behind it all is that death is not the end of a person’s life, but rather another step (a very important one) in a long, spiritual life. For this reason, every detail of a person’s death, burial, and afterlife must be carefully seen to, and family members spare no expenses in fulfilling their duties. The resulting ceremonies are so lavish and complex that tourists go from all over the world to witness them.
As you may have guessed, a Torajan funeral, called “Rambu Solo,” doesn’t come cheap. In fact, they are so expensive (an average funeral costing the family tens of thousands of dollars), that most of the time, the family prefers to keep the dead family member’s body in the house until they can afford a proper ceremony. This waiting period can last weeks and even months, so the family keeps the body wrapped up like a mummy in a special room, feeding and tending to it, as if the person were merely “sick.” Then, when there’s enough money saved, the family goes ahead with funeral, they bury the body in the same plot of land as the house, and they don’t see their loved one again until the next Ma’nene ceremony.
The Ma’nene ritual:
Every three years, as was mentioned above, Lembang Paton Village celebrates their corpse-cleaning ceremony. The village leaders sing for days leading up to the exhumation, and then, every mummy is dug up by the respective family members, so they can be brushed, cleaned, and dressed in new clothes. The coffins too are given a touch-up, getting repairs and sometimes being replaced altogether in order to slow down the decomposition process. This part of the ceremony is perhaps the most emotional one because we get to see the living family members interacting with their loved ones, taking photos with them, and enjoying the opportunity to “see” them once again. Whether the loved one has only been dead for a year or has already been gone for decades, it is definitely a great gift for everyone who misses them. After the bodies are dressed in their new clothes, they are re-buried for another three years until the next ceremony.
From an outsider’s perspective, especially a Western one, the Ma’nene ceremony is definitely a lot to take in because it goes against everything we believe regarding death. However, even if we never like to practice it or even witness it, we can still look beyond the shocking images and think about the emotional and spiritual elements. Who wouldn’t want to see and “hang out” with their loved ones years after their death? In a way, not only would it be a way to have them with us in the world of the living for a little while, but it would also be a way to come to terms with the fact that one day we’ll join them on the other side.
Eid-el-Kabir: Okehi Security Chief, Ohiare Appreciates Residents For Support And Prayer
The SSA security to Kogi State Governor incharge of Okehi Local Government, Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare and his wife Hajia Zainab Ohiare join hundred of people at Eidil praying ground on Friday.
A statement by his Media Aide, King Habib said Ohiare appreciated the people of Eika Ohizenyi for their total support and love they have always shown him and further assured them of his continue support.
Ohiare and his wife in their usual magnanimity dolls out cash to elderly women and widows in Eika Ohizenyi.
Highpoint of event, Interlude and prayers were offered from the elders of Eika Ohizenyi for His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello, Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare and his beautiful wife Hajia Zainab Ohiare.
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