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Book Review: Pastor Kunle Oni’s Who Are You?



By Abiola Olubiyi
The book ‘Who are You’ written by Pastor Kunle Oni, is an extremely powerful book, which contains 10 chapters.
It’s a no-holds-barred book, with the author writing with heartfelt frankness and openness about who a believer truly is. With an unapologetically realistic delivery packed with emotion, this emotion can be felt pulsating throughout the 249 pages of the book.
Pastor Kunle, the author, like a boxer in a ring, literally delivers punch after punch of hard truths which hit below the belt.
Just when the reader is reeling from and tries to recover from one punch of hard truth, he is hit by another – there is no doubt that the author clearly has an urgent message to deliver and is in a hurry to do so!
The book opens with a powerful beginning in chapter 1 and talks about the different personality types – sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. Can these personality types define a believer? The author doesn’t think so. He debunks such well-established theories and he argues that who you truly are can only be defined from the spiritual angle – you are not what you look like physically; who you are in God is your true personality.
In the following chapters, the author warms to his subject, writing passionately, almost in anguish about things that have gone wrong in Christendom and the society at large.
He sounds the trumpet, saying that God tells believers to awake and exercise their God given rights. The discoveries you make out of God’s word will influence the kind of authority that you will have. The believer’s personality is predicted on sonship – matured sons who understand what He’s saying, and not babies still struggling with the elementary doctrines of the faith.
Expatiating this further in chapter 3, the author says that God’s dominion mandate is for all believers to be fruitful in every area of life and become a voice in their generation. Citing examples of people like Bill Gates and other rich people who are voices in their generation simply because of their huge wealth, he is of the opinion that this is a time to shy away from being poor – as a believer you can’t have a voice with the people or in the nations if you are poor. And God’s economics revolves around multiplication, which is His reward for believers who key into His mandate.
He describes believers as ambassadors who represent God’s kingdom here on earth. They live and work by this kingdom’s core values, and they have their basic needs met as they do so.
In chapter 4, he goes on to say that believers are peculiar people who have special assignments chosen by God for them to fulfil.  But he argues that the bedrock for this is character. He quotes Bishop David Oyedepo’s charge to new graduands of Winners Chapel Word of Faith Bible School (WOFBI), where he says ‘we have showed you all that pertains to this faith, you now need to get character.’ Character is needed to make foolproof of one’s ministry and the author bemoans the fact that this is sadly missing in many of today’s believers. Character flaws such as greed, anger, pride must be firmly dealt with, he insists.
Chapter 5 talks about relevant scriptures that capture the believer’s personality.
He continues his powerful thrust in chapter 6 by asking where the Elijahs are. He paints an awesome picture of Elijah. Elijah had no jet, yet he overtook Ahab with his chariots and horses as they raced to Jezreel. He fearlessly challenged idol worship and eliminated 450 prophets of Baal and turned the nation back to God. He displayed signs and wonders – axe head floating, miraculous cancellation of the prophet’s wife’s debt through the miraculous miracle of the ever-flowing cruse of oil. When it was time for him to die, he simply took a bow and was caught up to heaven. What a man! Now than ever before, we need such Elijahs who will demonstrate such signs and wonders
The author turns a microscopic eye on today’s church and is clearly displeased with what he sees. While there are generals of faith today who paid the price of diligence in their various secular careers before God called them, other pastors have what he describes ‘the ministry of the belly.’ They lack spiritual backing and because of this, they turn to counterfeit sources for spiritual power. They build a wall around them, are inaccessible to their sheep and see themselves above law.
He strings together terse adjectives in describing many of today’s believers. He describes them as ‘lying Christians, fornicating brethren, cheating pastors and people with eyes full of adultery, covenant breakers whose Christianity is of the face and not of the heart.’
In Chapter 7 he acknowledges the fact that a believer is the Lord’s vineyard, but even at that, He allows inclement weather to devastate us and observes our reaction. He says there are many false shepherds who are merely users of sheep. They are not interested in providing green nutritional pasture for their sheep – all they are interested in is unhindered tithe and offerings.
In Chapter 8, the author talks about Dr Fred Price’s prophecy which says that there would be a powerful forthcoming revival and encouraging the ‘faithful few’ to be prepared for this move of God that would will break even the most calloused hearts.
With a heartfelt cry, Pastor Kunle asks where are the mighty men of David? In these perilous times, David-like believers who would enrol into God’s army and bring deliverance to this generation are urgently required.
In Chapter 9, Pastor Kunle talks about how God raised Gideon to bring deliverance to Israel, who was being judged because it had fallen into sin. Sin is a bane of today’s society and only true repentance will turn away God’s wrath.
He concludes in chapter 10 that life is transitionary and it is but a pilgrimage for all men.
Throughout the book, the author punctuates his narrative with real life experience. From his being shot at close range, yet the bullets were impenetrable to his body, to in chapter 2, to chapter 4 where his dishonest staff, a believer and worker in the church defrauded him of a huge sum of money when he paid money meant for the business into his own personal account.
Still in the same chapter, his neighbour, a herbalist unfortunately had this to say: ‘many pastors have turned to me for help in the past…they have prophesied falsely in God’s Name using the powers I gave them.’  Further on in the book, there’s the story of a believer who collected money to purchase land for the church – not only did he fail to purchase the land, he also failed to return the money! What about the author’s miraculous delivery from a raid by armed robbers on his home, during which the robbers fled for their lives, scampering away to safety, and leaving behind a piece of loot – a bag containing gold jewellery!
There is a recurring theme throughout the book – we need believers in the true sense of the word, who would leave their comfort zone, rise up like the heroes of old, pull out their battle axe and contend in intercession against the decadence in the society – corruption, terrorism, fornication and all such vices.
The strength of the book ‘WHO ARE YOU?’ lies mainly in the heartfelt delivery of the author’s thoughts. He has a particular terse style and writes in an unpretentious manner, not caring whose ox is gored.
This book is a wakeup call and a must-have for all heaven-bound believers!

Olubiyi, a HR Consultant/Script Writer writes from Lagos

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Just In: Tribunal Nullifies Kano Gov’s Election, Declares APC Candidate Winner




The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election.

Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While Nasir Gawuna, his APC rival congratulated him, the party proceeded to court.

On Wednesday, the three-man panel ordered withdrawal of certificate of return which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.

The court deducted 165,663 votes from Gov Yusuf total as invalid votes, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.

Daily Trust

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Tinubu Addresses 78th UNGA (Full Text of Speech)




Nigeria’s president, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday addressed the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ongoing in New York.

Read full speech below:


Mr. President,

Heads of State and Government, Secretary-General,

Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. President,

On behalf of the people of Nigeria, I congratulate you on your well-deserved election as President of this Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

We commend your predecessor, His Excellency, Mr. Csaba Korosi for his able stewardship of the Assembly.

We also commend His Excellency, Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, for his work seeking to forge solutions to humanity’s common challenges.

This is my first address before the General Assembly. Permit me to say a few words on behalf of Nigeria, on behalf of Africa, regarding this year’s theme.

Many proclamations have been made, yet our troubles remain close at hand. Failures in good governance have hindered Africa. But broken promises, unfair treatment and outright exploitation from abroad have also exacted a heavy toll on our ability to progress.

Given this long history, if this year’s theme is to mean anything at all, it must mean something special and particular to Africa.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, nations gathered in an attempt to rebuild their war- torn societies. A new global system was born and this great body, the United Nations, was established as a symbol and protector of the aspirations and finest ideals of humankind.

Nations saw that it was in their own interests to help others exit the rubble and wasteland of war. Reliable and significant assistance allowed countries emaciated by war to grow into strong and productive societies.

The period was a highwater mark for trust in global institutions and the belief that humanity had learned the necessary lessons to move forward in global solidarity and harmony.

Today and for several decades, Africa has been asking for the same level of political commitment and devotion of resource that described the Marshall Plan.

We realize that underlying conditions and causes of the economic challenges facing today’s Africa are significantly different from those of post war Europe.

We are not asking for identical programs and actions. What we seek is an equally firm commitment to partnership. We seek enhanced international cooperation with African nations to achieve the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

There are five important points I want to highlight.

First, if this year’s theme is to have any impact at all, global institutions, other nations and their private sector actors must see African development as a priority, not just for Africa but in their interests as well.

Due to both longstanding internal and external factors, Nigeria’s and Africa’s economic structures have been skewed to impede development, industrial expansion, job creation, and the equitable distribution of wealth.

If Nigeria is to fulfil its duty to its people and the rest of Africa, we must create jobs and the belief in a better future for our people.

We must also lead by example.

To foster economic growth and investor confidence in Nigeria, I removed the costly and corrupt fuel subsidy while also discarding a noxious exchange rate system in my first days in office. Other growth and job oriented reforms are in the wings.

I am mindful of the transient hardship that reform can cause. However, it is necessary to go through this phase in order to establish a foundation for durable growth and investment to build the economy our people deserve.

We welcome partnerships with those who do not mind seeing Nigeria and Africa assume larger roles in the global community.

The question is not whether Nigeria is open for business. The question is how much of the world is truly open to doing business with Nigeria and Africa in an equal, mutually beneficial manner.

Direct investment in critical industries, opening their ports to a wider range and larger quantity of African exports and meaningful debt relief are important aspects of the cooperation we seek.

Second, we must affirm democratic governance as the best guarantor of the sovereign will and well-being of the people. Military coups are wrong, as is any tilted civilian political arrangement that perpetuates injustice.

The wave crossing parts of Africa does not demonstrate favour towards coups. It is a demand for solutions to perennial problems.

Regarding Niger, we are negotiating with the military leaders. As Chairman of ECOWAS, I seek to help re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation, including the violent extremists who seek to foment instability in our region. I extend a hand of friendship to all who genuinely support this mission.

This brings me to my third crucial point. Our entire region is locked in protracted battle against violent extremists. In the turmoil, a dark channel of inhumane commerce has formed. Along the route, everything is for sale. Men, women and children are seen as chattel.

Yet, thousands risk the Sahara’s hot sand and the Mediterranean’s cold depths in search of a better life. At the same time, mercenaries and extremists with their lethal weapons and vile ideologies invade our region from the north.

This harmful traffic undermines the peace and stability of an entire region. African nations will improve our economies so that our people do not risk their lives to sweep the floors and streets of other nations. We also shall devote ourselves to disbanding extremist groups on our turf.

Yet, to fully corral this threat, the international community must strengthen its commitment to arrest the flow of arms and violent people into West Africa.

The fourth important aspect of global trust and solidarity is to secure the continent’s mineral rich areas from pilfering and conflict. Many such areas have become catacombs of misery and exploitation. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered this for decades, despite the strong UN presence there. The world economy owes the DRC much but gives her very little.

The mayhem visited on resource rich areas does not respect national boundaries. Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, CAR, the list grows.

The problems also knocks Nigeria’s door.

Foreign entities abetted by local criminals who aspire to be petty warlords have drafted thousands of people into servitude to illegally mine gold and other resources. Billions of dollars meant to improve the nation now fuel violent enterprises. If left unchecked, they will threaten peace and place national security at grave risk.

Given the extent of this injustice and the high stakes involved, many Africans are asking whether this phenomenon is by accident or by design.

Member nations must reply by working with us to deter their firms and nationals from this 21st century pillage of the continent’s riches.

Fifth, climate change severely impacts Nigeria and Africa. Northern Nigeria is hounded by desert encroachment on once arable land. Our south is pounded by the rising tide of coastal flooding and erosion. In the middle, the rainy season brings floods that kill and displace multitudes.

As I lament deaths at home, I also lament the grave loss of life in Morocco and Libya. The Nigerian people are with you.

African nations will fight climate change but must do so on our own terms. To achieve the needed popular consensus, this campaign must accord with overall economic efforts.

In Nigeria, we shall build political consensus by highlighting remedial actions which also promote economic good. Projects such as a Green Wall to stop desert encroachment, halting the destruction of our forests by mass production and distribution of gas burning stoves, and providing employment in local water management and irrigation projects are examples of efforts that equally advance both economic and climate change objectives.

Continental efforts regarding climate change will register important victories if established economies were more forthcoming with public and private sector investment for Africa’s preferred initiatives.

Again, this would go far in demonstrating that global solidarity is real and working.


As I close, let me emphasize that Nigeria’s objectives accord with the guiding principles of this world body: peace, security, human rights and development.

In fundamental ways, nature has been kind to Africa, giving abundant land, resources and creative and industrious people. Yet, man has too often been unkind to his fellow man and this sad tendency has brought sustained hardship to Africa’s doorstep.

To keep faith with the tenets of this world body and the theme of this year’s Assembly, the poverty of nations must end. The pillage of one nation’s resources by the overreach of firms and people of stronger nations must end. The will of the people must be respected. This beauty, generous and forgiving planet must be protected.

As for Africa, we seek to be neither appendage nor patron. We do not wish to replace old shackles with new ones.

Instead, we hope to walk the rich African soil and live under the magnificent African sky free of the wrongs of the past and clear of their associated encumbrances. We desire a prosperous, vibrant democratic living space for our people.

To the rest of the world, I say walk with us as true friends and partners. Africa is not a problem to be avoided nor is it to be pitied. Africa is nothing less than the key to the world’s future.

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Chicago Court Orders Chicago State University to Release Tinubu’s Academic Records to Atiku




A federal court in Chicago on Tuesday night ruled that Chicago State University (CSU) must turn over all records relating to President Bola Tinubu to Atiku Abubakar within two days, saying the former vice-president has been able to sufficiently satisfy the purpose for seeking the records, according to the ruling seen by Peoples Gazette.

The move is part of Atiku’s ongoing push to prove Tinubu’s ineligibility to be Nigeria’s president.

Judge Jeffrey Gilbert also ordered a deposition of designated CSU officials within two days after the records have been released, noting further that the process can be conducted during the weekend if necessary.

“For all of the reasons discussed above, Atiku Abubakar’s application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for an order directing discovery from Chicago State University for use in a foreign proceeding [ECF No. 1] is granted,” Mr Gilbert ruled. “Respondent CSU shall produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to requests for production Nos. 1 through 4 (as narrowed by the court) in applicant subpoena within two days of the entry of this memorandum opinion and order.”

“The deposition of respondent’s corporate designee shall proceed within two days of the production of documents. The parties can modify the dates set by the court by mutual agreement. Given the tight time frame under which the parties are operating, the deposition can, if necessary, occur on a non-weekday,” the court added.

The order comes hours after Mr Abubakar filed his appeal to the Supreme Court, following the September 6 judgement of the presidential election petitions tribunal that upheld Mr Tinubu’s victory.

Mr Abubakar had on August 2 filed an application for the court to order CSU to produce documents relating to Mr Tinubu, as well as leave to get the school’s administrators to authenticate any documents submitted under oath.

Mr Abubakar said the documents would be used as part of his ongoing challenge against Mr Tinubu’s election earlier this year.  The candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party said Mr Tinubu should not have been allowed to run for president because he had submitted a forged document under oath in violation of the Nigerian Constitution.

Section 137 (1)(j) of the Nigerian Constitution (amended in 2010) specifically stated that no one would be legitimately elected president of Nigeria if the person “has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

Peoples Gazette

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