Today is New Year Day, 1st January, 2023. The year is here with goodies for everyone.
The outgone year, 2022, as they say, is now history. It left its indelible mark. Despite all the crisis and upheavals I thank God my creator that I scaled through without a scratch just as the Bible, the Holy Book and the Supreme authority, said in Psalm 91 verses 7 – 16: 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall [a]bear you up,
Lest you [b]dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will [c]set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With [d]long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
This has been my secret weapon all this while.
I want to use this opportunity to thank all those who believe in me and support me either by way of encouragement or patronage. Their support ensured that my publication, Popular News stayed afloat as one of the best online publications available. The list is almost endless but I will endeavour to capture a few of them here.
HE Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation; Pastor Osagie Ize – Iyamu, former Secretary to the Edo State Government (SSG); Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon (Riceman); Aare Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation magazine; Mr. Chris Nehikhare, Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation; His Royal Highness, Henry Binidodougha, Ovuru 1 of Ofunama in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State; Thomas Peretu, Media Aide to the Interim Administrator (IA) of Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP); Dr. Folus Ejele, CEO Mega Clinic and Maternity Centre, Benin; Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, Coordinator IDPs Camp, Uhogua, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State; Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, President One Love Foundation; Amb. Austin Edafe Edegbe, CEO Get Rich Properties Ltd; Barrister President Aigbokhan; Dr. Chris Ekiyor, Capoon Benbow Deck; Comrade Eddy Ogude, former Zonal Vice President of the NUJ; Comrade Festus Alenkhe, Chairman of the Edo State Council of the NUJ; Comrade Adesuwa Ehimuan, Chairperson Edo State Chapter of National Association of Women Journalists(NAWOJ); Massydon Osaigbovo Osunde, Senior Special Assistant(SSA) to the Edo State Governor on Social Media; JC Amb. Blessing Eson, immediate past President of Junior Chamber International(JCI), Benin; Mrs. Ivy Ebojele, Media Aide to the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly; Amb. Michael Ayemere Jnr, Media Aide to the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly; Mrs. Henrietta Olotu of the Edo State Ministry of Mining and Energy; Patrick Ochoga, Edo State Correspondent of Leadership Newspaper; Jumoke Ariyo of Vibes FM, Benin; Michael Egbejule, Edo State Correspondent of the Guardian Newspaper; Comrade Titus Akhigbe, Edo State Correspondent of Daily Times Newspaper; Aliu Ozioruva, Edo State Correspondent of Vanguard Newspaper; Mr. Adeyinka Adedipe, Edo State Correspondent of the Punch Newspaper; Madam Tosan Atie, Edo State Correspondent of the Pointer Newspaper; Mr. Francis Dufugha, Publisher of Niger Delta Herald Newspaper; Mr. Aghatise Osagie; Friday Freeman Aghedo, Publisher of Infopower; Malam Hassan Nurudeen, Leadership Newspaper Sales Representative and Mr. Festus Ikhumetse, Punch Newspaper Sales Representative.
My prayer for you all is that the Lord will approve all your wishes this year and even beyond. Amen.