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WHEN JOSHUA WELCOMES NIGERIAN PRISONERS FROM LIBYA

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2011 will remain a crucial year in contemporary history of the Middle East
region of the world. For the very first time, a broom of revolution swept
through the streets of many of the countries, which though was originally
unplanned, uprooted some political leaderships which the people regarded as
the soul of their deprivation, hopelessness, despair, hunger and starvation.

The revolutionary actions started in Tunisia, where a young man who was
facing some economic troubles, decided to set himself ablaze. He saw the
leadership of President Ben Ali as a desecration of his humanity. His death
moved the people to mass revolt; and in a matter of days, Ali fled to Saudi
Arabia as a refugee, and the tyrannical administration fell into pieces like a
pack of not-well-arranged cards.

The incident in Tunisia, in which some lives and property were destroyed,
spurred others into action in Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Bahrain,
and Saudi Arabia, to mention a few. In Egypt, for instance, President
Mubarak’s regime fell, as the man who had ruled for more than 30 years lost
the seat of power. It was obvious that the people were disenchanted; the
revolutionary action pulled people together in major cities of Egypt, who
fought the regime to a standstill. In Libya, very similar situation occurred.
After months of protestations and tragic confrontations against the 42 years
old regime of colonial Mummar Ghadaffi, the leader fell, and he was in fact,
killed. But many places suffered bullets-invation; people died enmasse,
property was set ablaze. One feature of this revolt was that other nationals
were attacked, dispossessed of their belongings and imprisoned. Some of the
imprisoned were Nigerians.

In the prison, people were subjected to ignoble treatments – they were made
to go hungry and helpless; their health situations were difficult. Some
countries had to evacuate their nationals from Libya but one of the countries
which failed to do so promptly was Nigeria.

During a recent Sunday service at The SCOAN,(29TH July, 2012),some of such
previously imprisoned Nigerians had come to express gratitude to Prophet TB
Joshua and the Emmanuel TV PARTNERS. Over 300 illegal immigrants into
Libya had initially written to the Nigerian government to help secure their
release, and evacuate them home, as done by some other countries. But no
help came their way. The Nigerian Embassy in Libya was allegedly non-
functional; nothing was done to assist the prisoners. Indeed, some of the
Embassy staff were those who advised that the prisoners should write to the
Federal Government of Nigeria through Prophet TB Joshua, a man generally
known for his vast heart for charity and philanthropy. He had to read their
collective letter on the Emmanuel TV, and within a twinkle of the eye, the
prisoners found themselves on their way home.

As they narrated their stinging experiences through their spokespersons, they
gave glory to God for setting them free. The spokespersons said that after the
prayers of Prophet Joshua, they were miraculously released a mere two weeks
later. Hunger and despair hit them so hard, but eventually, they were
deported to Nigeria.

After welcoming them home, the prophet prayed for them, and handed over
N100,000 to each of them (totaling N4 million) in order to encourage them to
live with reality, and go back home and plan their lives afresh. The man of
God said he gave out the money because he felt compelled to do that, under
the circumstances. But that he gave out the cash on behalf of the Libyan and
Nigerian governments. Each was also given three bags of rice, saying “God can
make us do more for you. This is first aid. Go and see your families. Don’t be
provoked”.

He said that even Libyans were helpless in the situation, and that there was
no way else the situation could have been approached in that country. His
tone was apologetic, and it showed the level of his love for the people and
hatred for war. He also told the freed Nigerians that “I want to know what
you are doing. Explain to your people what happened. Everything big starts
little”.

The points of relevance are obvious. Joshua remains a great patriot and
spiritual leader who has used his love of humanity and spirit of generosity to
assist others, as characteristic of him. The gesture continued the second week
when the second batch of the freed Nigerians also came to The SCOAN; they
were also given, collectively, N12million and three bags of rice, each.

What should be the concern of government for its citizens is what he has
done; but this is to demonstrate that he loves his country dearly; he is
prepared to sacrifice on behalf of the young and needy; and he is quite
passionate about his drive for philanthropic acts. No society can exist without
its youth, but such youths should not be allowed to go into crimes,
prostitution, drugs and other acts of immorality to survive. His action showed
that the Nigerian Government has a role to play in the upliftment of our
youths, in helping them when necessary, and in providing for them all as when
due in order to make them proud citizens of Nigeria. His constant sermons on
love and good neighbourliness will continue to be sources of inspiration to
individuals, corporate organizations and Africans as a whole.

				
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Description: 2011 will remain a crucial year in contemporary history of the Middle East region of the world. For the very first time, a broom of revolution swept through the streets of many of the countries, which though was originally unplanned, uprooted some political leaderships which the people regarded as the soul of their deprivation, hopelessness, despair, hunger and starvation. The revolutionary actions started in Tunisia, where a young man who was facing some economic troubles, decided to set himself ablaze. He saw the leadership of President Ben Ali as a desecration of his humanity. His death moved the people to mass revolt; and in a matter of days, Ali fled to Saudi Arabia as a refugee, and the tyrannical administration fell into pieces like a pack of not-well-arranged cards. The incident in Tunisia, in which some lives and property were destroyed, spurred others into action in Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, to mention a few. In Egypt, for instance, President Mubarak’s regime fell, as the man who had ruled for more than 30 years lost the seat of power. It was obvious that the people were disenchanted; the revolutionary action pulled people together in major cities of Egypt, who fought the regime to a standstill. In Libya, very similar situation occurred. After months of protestations and tragic confrontations against the 42 years old regime of colonial Mummar Ghadaffi, the leader fell, and he was in fact, killed. But many places suffered bullets-invation; people died enmasse, property was set ablaze. One feature of this revolt was that other nationals were attacked, dispossessed of their belongings and imprisoned. Some of the imprisoned were Nigerians. In the prison, people were subjected to ignoble treatments – they were made to go hungry and helpless; their health situations were difficult. Some countries had to evacuate their nationals from Libya but one of the countries which failed to do so promptly was Nigeria. During a recen