Saraki, Ekweremadu Celebrate With Christians At Christmas

Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, ChristiansNigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to use the yuletide to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity, in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasise selflessness, piety, brotherly kindness and love towards one another.

Senator Saraki, in his Christmas message, also reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate towards ensuring that Nigeria regains her pride among the comity of nations through relevant and timely legislation.

He said that the season should not be seen only as a merrymaking period, but as a time to pray fervently for a peaceful and prosperous nation.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to show love to their neighbours at Christmas.

Senator Ekweremadu said Christmas would be empty without acts of love as shown by Christ.

He stressed that the spirit of sharing is an African tradition which generates happiness and ensures social stability in the absence of a formal social security mechanism that caters for the less privileged in the society.

The lawmaker, who regretted that Nigeria had lost much of her traditional social security values, urged the citizens to revive the values at Christmas.

Ayade Seeks Legislation To Protect Street Hawkers

Cross River, Ben AyadeSome residents in Calabar, the Cross River State capital have commended the move by the state government to legalise street hawking in the state.

The state government is proposing a bill seeking to protect the rights of street hawkers in the state, for them to carry out their hawking activities without any form of intimidation.

The Hawkers Protection Bill, when passed into law will allow only adults from 18 years and above in reflective vest to hawk at designated time and locations.

The act of hawking has been a long standing African tradition that dates back centuries and allows for both children and adults moving about with their wares for sales.

Many have opined that hawking most times constitutes a menace in traffic and many hoodlums hide under its cover to perpetuate crime thereby, discouraging the act of hawking.

Different circumstances have led people into this most popular form of trading.

To some, they can’t afford to rent shops, to others, their only means of survival is this form of business and are happy with government’s proposed bill.

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade is seeking to propose a bill to protect the rights of street hawkers in the state.

BIZARRE: Channels TV Investigates Killing Of Twins In Abuja

There has been the discovery of bizarre cultural practices of killing twins in some communities in Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In forty communities in the FCT, children who are born as twins or whose mothers die at birth or even have any kind of deformity are killed.

Although members of these communities deny the existence of this primitive practice, a Pastor, Olusola Stevens, who has lived among the indigenes for over a decade has rescued over 30 children, who are presently living with him.

In this video, Channels Television’s correspondent Doris Okenwa investigates these bizarre cultural practices.

Community Where Women Can’t Speak Same Language As Men

All over the world, differences exist between man and woman only by their sexes, but in the Ubang community in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State the dissimilarities have transcended genital organs, as the men have different words for communication from their women counterparts.

Call it the land of impossibilities both in tourism and in all facets of life and you would not be far from the truth. To some, it might be a mystery, to others a fairy tale, because you would not believe or have imagined that a community in Nigeria, which prides itself as the only one in the world have its people speaking two separate languages, the men speak separately from the women.

The beauty of it is that the man and the woman understand each other without inviting an interpreter, but the law is, the man must not be caught speaking the same language of a woman, vice-versa.

With no concrete documentation to how it evolved, some of the residents in the Ubang community, who spoke with Channels Television, appears to be proud of their ancestral heritage which according to them is as old as the community itself and it is second to none in the world.

According to them, this tradition, which they cannot challenge or change, forbids women from speaking the same language used by the male counterparts, is like a law which the people must obey at all costs.

In other words, in a home, the husband must speak a different language from the wife, while a man must find a way to communicate with his daughter and vice versa.

The Village head of the community, Joseph Aleinyang said in spite of the language dissimilarities amongst his kindred’s Ubang since its inception has remained one of the most peaceful in the state, promoting communal living and are also the food basket of the state in terms of cocoa and other agricultural produce, but has remained in abject poverty due to its bad road network to transport its produce for better sales to the outer communities.

There is also a major challenge of employment among its youths, lack of access to portable drinking water as the only source of water supply to the entire community is a stream which requires long distance to access most especially, during the dry season.

There is still more mysteries that lies in the domain of the Ubang community which needs to be harnessed, one of the Ubang Mountains called Okwe Asirikwe, a gigantic rock bearing a supernatural foot print, which no one has been able to unravel the source, no human being living or dead had the size of the foot print, which makes residents believe that it was the foot print of God.