Park Geun-hye leaves South Korea's presidential palace


Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House after Constitutional Court removes her from office after massive corruption scandal.
Park left the Blue House in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after bidding farewell to staff [Reuters]Park left the Blue House in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after bidding farewell to staff [Reuters]
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace on Sunday evening, two days after the country's Constitutional Court removed her from office over a massive corruption scandal.

South Korean television showed Park leaving the Blue House in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after bidding farewell to staff, an official said. She was heading for her home in the Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul, where hundreds of flag-waving supporters waited.

"President Park Geun-hye has just now departed the Blue House and headed for her private home," a Blue House official said by text message.

The Constitutional Court formally removed Park from office on Friday, upholding an impeachment motion filed by lawmakers in December amid suspicions that she colluded with a confidante to extort money and favours from companies and allowed the friend to secretly manipulate state affairs.


Hundreds of flag-waving supporters waited for the former South Korean leader outside her private home [Reuters]
The ruling ended a power struggle that had consumed the nation for months and marked a stunning downfall for Park, who convincingly defeated her liberal opponent in 2012 with overwhelming support from older South Koreans, who remembered her father, a former South Korean leader, as a hero.

Hundreds of Park's supporters stood near her private home for hours on Sunday before she vacated the Blue House. They waved the South Korean flag and photos of Park and her late father, Park Chung-hee, singing the national anthem and shouting "Nullify impeachment!"

Members of Park's conservative party also gathered at her home.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Seoul, said there were many people in the country who did not agree with the outcome of the court ruling.

"There is a very large body of supporters here in South Korea who feel very protective towards her, who feel she's been hounded out of office and who think she's been treated unfairly," McBride said.

Workers were earlier seen unloading a television, washing machine, bed and other household items from trucks and carrying them into Park's house.

Park no longer has immunity from prosecution and may face criminal charges including extortion, bribery and abuse of power.

She has not made a public statement since Friday's court ruling. She earlier apologised for putting trust in her jailed friend, Choi Soon-sil, but strongly denied any legal wrongdoing.

Park, 65, is South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office.

South Korea now has to elect a new president by early May. Opinion polls show liberal Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012, as the favourite to become the country's next leader.

Intensify Clearance Operations At Bulabulin and Alangarno Forests in The Northeast

SK Usman, Abuja: The military has in recent times stepped up its campaign against the Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East forests.

The range of operations are aimed at routing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who are seeking refuge in some remote locations in the forests.

One of these operations carried out by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Saturday, involved troops of 159 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade.

Troops of the unit acting on a piece of intelligence, successfully executed a swift operation against suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Manlumudori, Aridi, Filari, Kingimari, Dinamari, Itari and Mirimari villages.

The unit further artillery bombardment operations west of Subdu village neutralized the concentration of the Boko Haram terrorists at Bulabulin and Alagarno forests.

The offensive operations later dovetailed into cordon and search operation at Degeltura, Gisum and Popamari villages.


Adeboye @ 75: Silent celebration of a loud day

It was Pastor E.A. Adeboye’s birthday and the 31st anniversary of the monthly Holy Ghost Service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on March 2. The service is always heavily attended, a part reason for a 3-kilometre-by-3-kilometre auditorium called The Arena. But people who  thought that a 75-hour non-stop praise of the Lord at the Redemption Camp was a build up to fanfare and cake-cutting arrived The Arena on that day to the usual service, the birthday having been celebrated privately.


Pastor Adeboye is not known to put himself in God’s way or share in God’s glory or time. In fact, as big as the day was to millions of people around the world, preachers at the service, with the theme “Come and Drink,” on March 2 were youths from four zones of the church.

On the second day, when Pastor Adeboye ministered, the only direct reference to a birthday celebration was a message from the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, delivered by Bishop Wale Oke, who had known him from the first day the celebrant taught him mathematics at the University of Lagos, some 40 years ago. The message said it all!

The third day was an anointing service, but the day after there was a thanksgiving service – no wild celebration – at the end of which Pastor Adeboye gave thanks.

According to a new book, Stories of Pastor E. A. Adeboye by Bisi Daniels, Bishop Oke, it was who on December 24, 1979, around 2p.m. at Abusi Edumare Grammar School, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State prophesied Pastor Adeboye’s great future.

“God spoke to Bishop Wale Oke and gave him a word of prophecy for me. He wrote it down as God told him and he brought it to me,” said Pastor Adeboye. “That was in 1979, so you can imagine how young he must have been then – in his 20s. As soon as I got it and read through it, I knew it was from God. So, I sat down and broke it down into pieces. I noticed 28 promises of God for my future.”

That fateful Sunday in 1942

About 75 years ago on Ayesanmi Street in the sleepy town of Ifewara when the little Enoch, Elisha, Sunday, Adejare, Adetona, Olagundoye, Adeboye was born, the Heavens rejoiced over the birth of a great man.

But no mortal could have predicted that even from the strange occurrence of heavy rain in sunshine that fateful Sunday in 1942. Babies born in such moments are nicknamed the Tiger, but that gave no hint of a man God would love and use so mightily across the world.

Not even the wise old men in Ifewara who called the slate-carrying, and chalk-white faced little primary school boy “Senior Academician,” and “Baba Eko” in those days saw a Daddy GO.

Not when he was born and raised in abject poverty. Perhaps only Mama Esther Adeboye of blessed memory got close to knowing who he was destined to be in her frequent prayer that, Enoch would someday call a person and twenty persons would answer.

Today, decades later, he calls a person, and hundreds answer: not only Nigerians, but people in over 196 countries, including those from far-flung Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.

God Almighty, who knew him before he was formed some 12 months before a delayed birth, had seen the great Daddy GO and protected him. Even when he stopped going to church, God told the founder of RCCG, Rev Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi to look out for him to lead the church he had earlier ridiculed as “Big Name Kill Small God.”

A man, who rather than being the lion he was predicted to be in 1942, is so great, yet so humble, and lives in complete holiness and in total obedience to God.

Daddy GO is noted for signs, wonders and miracles of the dimensions of the Biblical days. Miracles that, as they were some 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ lived physically among us on earth, have saved lives of millions of people, and attracted many more to the Lord to receive salvation for eternal life and therefore be saved from condemnation to hell fire.

Bishop Wale Oke’s message

“This is a joyful occasion. Tonight, I am wearing two caps. First I am here to represent the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Rev Felix Omobude, who is out of the country. He sent me and the General Secretary, Apostle Nuhu Kure to felicitate with my Father-in-the-Lord, his immediate family, leaders, pastorate and members of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) worldwide, on occasion of Daddy GO’s 75th birthday on earth.

The whole of Christendom of Nigeria and the world is celebrating a true icon that God has raised to bless the generation.

Actually, people like Daddy GO come raised by God one in a generation and we are so glad in our generation, he was packaged in Heaven, born in Nigeria and anointed to be GO of RCCG. But he is also the captain of God’s end-time army all over the world.

Daddy, many happy returns! The Lord will continue to renew your youth and take you from glory to glory.

I have been a son to Daddy GO for 40 years since the year I had the fortune and blessing of being taught mathematics by him at the University of Lagos.

During the first lecture he took us, I sat at the back of the class listening to him and I knew within me that “this is a man of God.” I knew it. I was the leader of the University of Lagos Christian Union and immediately after the lecture, I went to him to introduce myself to him and he said, “Follow me.” I did. I followed him to his office and since then I have been following him.

Daddy, many, many happy returns! By the mercy of God you will finish strong, you will finish well.”

And Pastor Adeboye gives thanks

“I want to thank God once gain for the salvation of my soul. If He had not saved my soul we wouldn’t be here today. I thank Him for bringing me into the world and I thank him for bringing me into contact with you all.

I thank God for you. God will bless you mightily. I thank you for your love, for your prayers and your gifts.

Anytime the work of the ministry becomes a bit burdensome; anytime we think of some people God has used us in one way or another to bless, but who turn out to be enemies and we want to feel discouraged, we remember the tens of thousands of all of you who appreciate the grace of God upon our life, then we march on.

Thank God for you, thank God for your encouragement. There are moments when we feel tired of praying, but we remember the thousands of people who are praying for you. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your gifts.Thank you very much!”

Erdogan warns Netherlands will 'pay price' after minister's expulsion


A man gestures in front of a flag bearing a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkish residents of the Netherlands gather for a protest outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam on March 11, 2017. Protests erupted in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam late on March 11 outside the Turkish consulate amid a row with Ankara after Dutch authorities banned the visits of Turkish ministers. About 1,000 people waving Turkish flags gathered on the street leading to the consulate, as tensions rocketed over rallies abroad to help Ankara gain backing for an April referendum vote. PHOTO: Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened that the Netherlands would "pay a price" after expelling a Turkish minister and preventing Ankara's top diplomat from landing ahead of planned rallies.

The crisis with the Netherlands is the most serious yet as tensions spiral between Turkey and its EU allies over the desire of top Turkish officials to hold rallies abroad ahead of the April 16 referendum on a new constitution that would give Erdogan greater powers.

"Hey Holland! If you are sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations for the sake of the elections on Wednesday, you will pay a price," an angry Erdogan told a ceremony in Istanbul, referring to the upcoming legislative polls in Turkey's NATO ally.

"They will learn what diplomacy is," he growled, adding that what happened "cannot remain unanswered."
Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was expelled after being prevented from addressing a rally in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

Turkish officials said she said she and her entourage were subjected to "rude and tough treatment".

Erdogan added: "They went as far as to lock the door of the consulate there (in Rotterdam)."

Also this weekend, The Hague refused to allow Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane to land ahead of a planned rally.

Erdogan reaffirmed his accusations from Saturday that the Dutch behaviour over the Turkish visits was "Nazism, fascism".

"They will pay the price of treating my citizens, my foreign minister... in an impudent way."

Indicating that he himself plans to travel to Europe for rallies, Erdogan aded: "I can go to any country I want if I have a diplomatic passport."

The latest row came after NATO allies Turkey and Germany sparred over the cancellation of a series of referendum campaign events there.

"The West has clearly shown its true face in the last couple of days," Erdogan said.

"What we have seen in the last days is a clear manifestations of Islamophobia," he added.

Cavusoglu, meanwhile, has flown to France where he was set to address a rally in the eastern city of Metz on Sunday.

The French foreign ministry has cleared his visit, a French official said.

"I thank France. France was not deceived by such games," Erdogan said

Happy Family

  Aisha Buhari the wife of Nigerian president with her younger brother and her son are looking bright and beautiful.