What it Cost to Build and Design a Website in Nigeria

What it Cost to Build and Design a Website in Nigeria

Before building a website for your business, it is important to know the costs involved. This will ensure you budget adequately for the project. Some business owners think building a website is a one-off thing. You just build it and you go to sleep. However, there are fixed costs and recurrent costs involved in building a business website.
So, here are a few items to add to your budget. However, it is important to note that the cost of building a website depends on the complexity of its implementation. For example, a simple 5-page business website will usually cost much less to build compared to web applications like eCommerce websites, a social network sites, or betting websites.
This means that there is no fixed cost for building a website. The cost of building websites vary widely. One may cost 100,000 Naira ($280) to build while another could cost up to $1 billion.

The purpose of this article is to show you the different cost components so that you will be more informed when talking with a web designer or when researching further in case you decide to do the web design yourself.
Now, here are some of the cost components you need to be aware of:

1. Cost of Web Hosting & Domain Name

A website needs to be hosted on a server connected to the internet. You need to pay a web hosting service to house your website on the web.
You can also buy your own server and run things in-house, however this is very expensive and only recommended when absolutely necessary.

For most people securing the services of a web hosting company is the only way to go as it is more cost effective. Payment is billed monthly but you can also pay every six months or annually.
Cost of good quality web hosting can cost from as little as $10 (3,600 Naira) per month for shared hosting to over $1,000 (360,000 Naira) per month for dedicated server hosting. You will pay a lot more upfront if you choose to host the website yourself.
There are many hosting companies with varying degrees of customer satisfaction. Here are some of the companies that offer Best Web Hosting.
Web hosting is a recurrent cost. Your web designer may incorporate the hosting cost for the first year in the initial cost of designing the website. So, you have to budget for hosting every year.
What you pay for a website depends on the resource requirement of the website like number of expected visitors, CPU usage, RAM requirement, etc. For example, hosting this blog costs around $503 per year (about ₦180,000) including cost of CDN. In case you are interested, here is my host.

Types of Web Hosting

Now I will be breaking down the different hosting types, recommended usage, and price range.

Shared Web Hosting

Cost: $10 to $20 (monthly)
This is the most cost effective hosting plan available. Like the name implies your website shares a server with numerous other websites. If you are planning a small business website or a blog, this is usually where to start.
If you are planning a web application like eCommerce websites, this type of hosting is not advisable. All the best hosting companies offer shared hosting. You can checkout GoDaddy hosting, click here.
Pros: Cost Effective, Easy to Setup,
Cons: Limited Server Resources, Limited access to Server Configuration, Restricted to Pre-implemented technologies, lacks Flexibility

Cloud Hosting

Best Cloud Hosting

Cost: $10 to $1000 or even more (monthly)
Cloud hosting is a modern type of hosting that combines the cost effectiveness of shared hosting with the flexibility and reliability of VPS hosting. This is the recommended route if you are building a website in 2019.
Though like shared hosting multiple websites can run on one server in cloud hosting, though in practice the websites run on multiple servers (server cluster). Each website runs on a virtual server with its own resources allocated to it.
For example, with shared hosting a boost in the traffic of one customer will negatively impact other customers who have their websites installed on the same server.
However, with cloud hosting each customer gets a virtual software server where their websites run with resources like CPU and RAM allocated.
This means that even if a customer uses more than their fair share of server resources, other customers are guaranteed their allocated server resources.
In addition, because cloud hosting runs on multiple servers, there is redundancy leading to more reliability. Here are some providers of the Best Cloud Hosting.
You can Checkout Liquid Web, they are one of the best providers of Cloud hosting.
Pros: Cost Effective, Easy to Setup, Reliable, Fast, Scalable
Cons: Limited Server Resources, Limited access to Server Configuration, Restricted to Pre-implemented technologies

Managed WordPress Hosting

Best WordPress Hosting

Cost: $10 to $400 (monthly)
WordPress is the most popular platform for building websites. So, it makes sense that hosting companies now offer hosting services optimised for WordPress. If your website is to be built with WordPress, a managed WordPress hosting will be great.
WordPress Hosting is not really a unique type of hosting it is simply shared hosting or cloud hosting (and sometimes VPS hosting) optimised to run WordPress very efficiently.

VPS Hosting

Best VPS Hosting

Cost: $30 to $300 (monthly)
VPS Hosting is the forerunner of cloud hosting. The acronym means Virtual Private Server, which is self-explanatory given my description of cloud hosting above.
Where VPS hosting departs from Cloud hosting is that while Cloud hosting is built for simplicity, VPS is built to be highly configurable.
If you are building a website that requires technology that are not pre-implemented on a cloud hosting platform or requires a lot of resources, VPS Hosting is a good choice.
Pros: Reliable, Scalable, Highly Customisable
Cons: Not for newbies, Comes with some restrictions

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated Server Hosting

 

Cost: $79 to $1000 (monthly)
Here you get an actual server to yourself. The cost of hosting depends on the configuration of the server. Dedicated Server Hosting is best if your application requires a lot of resources and configuration, but you do not want to burden yourself with the complexity and cost of owning and managing your own server.
Pros: Reliable, Highly Customisable
Cons: Not for newbies

Self Hosting

Cost: from $1,800 / year (can go as high as millions of dollars)
Here you buy, run, secure, and manage your own server. There is no need to do this except you have some proprietary software or sensitive data you do not want people without the right clearance fiddling with or stealing.
This is why a lot of  government departments and agencies as well as  the world largest corporations run their own servers.

SSL Certificate

An SSL certificate enables encrypt your website making it more secure.
SSL is now becoming a norm for most modern websites since Google has started heavily pushing it with its introduction as a ranking factor in Google’s very popular search engine and by labeling non-SSL sites as Not secure in its Chrome browser.
A number of good web hosting companies now offer free SSL certificate for their hosting plans. Some will offer free SSL certificate for the first year, meaning you will start paying from year 2.
Cost of SSL certificate varies from as low as $10 to up to $300.

Domain Name Registration


Domain Name Registration

While thinking about hosting, you also need to be thinking about buying a domain name. You need to register your domain name with a domain name registration service.
A domain name is a unique address (a.k.a web address) of your website on the internet like www.yourbusinessname.com. It is on this web address that your potential customers can reach your business.
You buy a domain name through a domain name registrar. Domain names are billed yearly. Like in hosting, you can buy your domain name from a local or international domain name registrar. Cost starts at around $10 for new domain names.
If you are a Nigerian based business or could some day open shop in Nigeria, it is a good idea to register a .ng domain name. This starts at 2,500 Naira ($7) for .com.ng and 15,000 Naira ($42) for .ng domain names.
In your budget, you need to add cost of at least one year hosting and one year domain name registration. Then every year you need to budget for renewal of your web hosting plan and domain name registration.
Note that you can pay for web hosting and domain registration for more than a year. You can decide to pay for 2, 5, or even 10 years.
If you are designing your website via a web design service, you may be offered free hosting and domain name registration for the first year as part of the web design package.
You will then have to pay the web designer for subsequent years to maintain your hosting.

2. Cost of Content Creation

Website Template


Before the actual design of the website, you need to think long and hard about why you want to build the website. This will enable you determine what you want to share with the world.
Do not expect the web designer to tell your story for you. You know your business better than anyone else. So, you should be some how involved in the process.
Though, you know your business well, you may need a professional copywriter to help craft a compelling message. Depending on what you need, you could get a copywriter for as little as $5 per hour to over $1000 per hour.
In Nigeria, you could get a copy written for 500 Naira to 50,000 Naira per page, depending on what you want and the level of skills required.
However, sometimes, when building a website (especially business/company websites), the web designer will incorporate the cost of copywriting in the quote.
Content creation also include the media that will be on the website like the logo, images, animations, and videos. You may need to hire professionals to help you out with some these services or you could rely on your web designer to handle them at a cost.
When you get a quote from your web designer, it is a good idea to find out if content creation is included in the cost and if yes which ones.
However, you need to be involved in the process. You need to supply materials needed for the content creation. There may also be a need to interview you to understand your business. This will enable the copywriter to write a more compelling message.
Here are a summary estimate of cost of content creation

  • Copywriting – $5 to $1000 (per page)
  • Logo Design – $5 to $150
  • Marketing Video – $5 to $500
  • Animation Videos – $10 to $5000

3. Cost of the Web Design Work

A Web Designer

If you are using a web designer, you should have to budget for the cost of the web design service. If you do not have a logo already, you also need to budget for a logo design.
This can be done for a fee by the web designer or you can pay a graphic designer to design a logo for your website.
Then you need some initial content on your website. The web designer can do this for you or you can do it yourself, or you can employ a copywriter or/and an SEO consultant to write compelling web copies for your website that will be search engine friendly and draw sales to your business.
An SEO will also ensure that the structure and layout of your website is search engine friendly as well as help you develop strategies that will increase website traffic.
Some plug-ins may also be required to add some unique features you are demanding. So, the more features you want on your business website the steeper the cost of design and development.
Note that a web designer will have in his team or experts network, professionals who can help in all the components of web design enumerated here. So, you can rely on your web designer for these services.
Cost of web design for a standard 5-page website can range from $500 to $5,000. In Nigeria designing a 5-page business website should cost you from 75,000 Naira.
If you decide to design the website on your own, there are various routes you may decide to take.
First, you can build on WordPress and find some WordPress themes to use for your design. Secondly, you can choose to build your website using templates.
Another option is to go with a free website builder, which can enable you build a fully functioning website in minutes with no technical knowledge, though with some limitations.
However, the best website builders are premium ones that you pay monthly or annual fee for.

4. Cost of Website Promotion

Billboard: Promoting your Website

 

This one is ignored by most businesses. Some businesses think that once they design a website, the millions of people on the internet will just start trooping in.
Well, as at September 2018 there were at least 4.46 billion pages in the indexed web according to worldwidewebsize.com. All these pages are seeking the attention of the 4.2 billion people who currently have internet access according to internetworldstats.com.
You need to allocate some budget for website promotion. You can use search marketing to promote your new website on search engines (like Google Adwords).
You can also use social media marketing to promote your website on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. You can pay an SEO and/or SMM consultants to help with these. Offline promotions are not out of place.
You should also allocate money to update your business cards and other printed materials to include your new website. This simply depends on your budget.
You can decide to ignore it completely, but it could be a big mistake. We recommend allocating at least $100 (36,000 Naira) per month to this cost component.
The beauty of online promotions is that you can easily track performance. This will enable you experiment to see what works and what doesn’t.

5. Cost of Website Management & Maintenance

Maintenance

This is another cost component ignored by some businesses. Building a website is not a one-off thing; you need to allocate money for its management and maintenance.
You need to connect your offline business to your website. So, any change in your business like new products, price updates, job vacancies, business expansion, etc should be reflected on your website.
This also means that after the initial web design you still need to update your website when necessary. You can do this yourself, employ someone else to do it for you, or outsource the service to the web designer or a copywriter.
To make it easy to update your website, invest in a web design package that includes a content management system (CMS). This will make updating some aspects of your website like the content easy. In fact with a Content Management System, you can do it yourself.
Going for the cheap web design options is okay if you have a tight budget, but paying the cost for a system that is easily updatable may save you some management cost.
If your website includes a blog, you may even need updates more often. Similarly, you can employ the web designer, a blogger or a copywriter to help out, or you can do it in-house.
A website at some point will need to be redesigned or upgraded. For example, you can start with a static website, but with plans to upgrade to a more versatile website with CMS in some months or years. You may just want to change the layout or structure to reflect your new brand status.

Other ongoing cost you may capture yearly in your website management budget includes SEO (for link building, keyword research, web analytics, and optimisation for search traffic), SMM (for social engagement with customers and potential customers, and advertising your products), Online Advertising (Google Adwords, Classified Ads, Adbrite, Bidvertiser, Facebook), annual web hosting costs, annual domain cost, annual cost for SSL certificates etc.
If the plug-ins or template/theme you are using on your website requires an annual paid license, you should also factor it into your budget.

So, What is the Cost of Building Websites

I am sure you came here looking for a specific price, but the cost of building websites differ widely as each website is unique in its own way. While one may cost $1000 dollars, another may cost $3000.
My recommendation if you are planning to build a website is that you allocate at least $300 for the initial design and $250 per year for annual maintenance. Or if you are in Nigeria, ₦75,000 for initial design work and ₦50,000 annual maintenance cost.
Note that these are the rock bottom prices for the most basic of websites. The actual cost will depend on the type of hosting your website requires and the skill level of the professionals you wish to engage in the project.

These cost components are not meant to scare you. You do not have to spend in all of them. If your business is still small, you can handle some of the tasks yourself. Just don’t ignore them entirely.

David the sweet psalmist of israel

“The sweet psalmist of Israel.” 2 Samuel 23:1

Among all the saints whose lives are recorded in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied, and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not to be discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more suggestive a type of our Lord. David knew the trials of all ranks and conditions of men. Kings have their troubles, and David wore a crown: the peasant has his cares, and David handled a shepherd’s crook: the wanderer has many hardships, and David abode in the caves of Engedi: the captain has his difficulties, and David found the sons of Zeruiah too hard for him. The psalmist was also tried in his friends, his counsellor Ahithophel forsook him, “He that eateth bread with me, hath lifted up his heel against me.” His worst foes were they of his own household: his children were his greatest affliction. The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honour and reproach, of health and weakness, all tried their power upon him. He had temptations from without to disturb his peace, and from within to mar his joy.

David no sooner escaped from one trial than he fell into another; no sooner emerged from one season of despondency and alarm, than he was again brought into the lowest depths, and all God’s waves and billows rolled over him. It is probably from this cause that David’s psalms are so universally the delight of experienced Christians. Whatever our frame of mind, whether ecstasy or depression, David has exactly described our emotions. He was an able master of the human heart, because he had been tutored in the best of all schools—the school of heart-felt, personal experience. As we are instructed in the same school, as we grow matured in grace and in years, we increasingly appreciate David’s psalms, and find them to be “green pastures.” My soul, let David’s experience cheer and counsel thee this day.

What you need to know about Gramfree project

Hello, and welcome to GramFree review and to my website

If you are here, change are you heard about GramFree on social media platforms or on forums. Or maybe you heard about it on Youtube. But you don’t know what is GramFree.

But for security reasons, you decided to do your own research to find out if it’s a legit program to make money online or another BIG scam.

All right.

As for me, I come across GramFree on Facebook. But since the Gram free company doesn’t provide too much information on their site, so I took the risk to join in order to get more information to help you, newcomers, to be well informed about this program.

As you can see, here is my GramFree dashboard

GramFree review: My dashboard

GramFree review summary:

Company name: GramFree

Website: https://gramfree.net

Owner: Unknown

Products/service: any product or service

Cost: free

Legit or scam? – Too early to judge

SOW YOUR SEED TODAY rating: 2/10

Do I recommend this? – NO, I don’t recommend this as an earning program

What is GramFree about?

GramFree is a brand new Crypto Airdrop and a GPT (Get Paid To) website that rewards users based on their activities on the site.

Gram is a cryptocurrency based on a TON (Telegram Open Network) blockchain platform developed by Telegram. This platform is like Ecoin Official (an airdrop). They reward people with coins (Gram) based on some tasks such as referring new users, watching videos and playing games or lottery.

How does GramFree work?

GramFree is a GPT website and a Crypto Airdrop at the same time. That means you get paid for completing some required tasks.

It is free to sign up. Signing up is easy like 1,2,3 and you will get 10 Gram coins as a sign-up bonus. Once you sign up, your task is to refer as many people as you can and complete some tasks such as watching Youtube videos, playing games,… in order to get more coins (Gram).

Ways to make money with GramFree

There are many ways to make money with GramFree:

Referral program

You can make money by referring new users to the GramFree platform. You will get 10 Gram for each referral.

Watch videos

You can make money by watching videos. Each video you watch gives you 0.5 Gram.

Playing games

You can earn by rolling.

Post a promotional video on YouTube

You can create a promotional video on youtube and submit it to their appreciation. If your video matches their requirement and gets approved, you will get 5 Gram.

Here is a free recording tool that will help you create your Youtube video easily.

Click here to get it.

Is GramFree a scam?

I don’t think it is the best time to judge. This is a new brand website that was launched a few days ago as I was writing this review.

However, there are some scam signs you need to take into account when joining this website.
For example, we don’t know who is really behind this site.

Scammers always hide their identity so that they can release other programs and get people in again. So this is a red flag you must know.

Another red flag:

One of the users received a message from them telling him that they noticed suspicious activity on his affiliate link. According to the user, he has not done anything wrong with his affiliate link. He just used it in his blog content like the one you are reading right now.

You can find it on this Beer Money Forum thread.

A user reporting Gramfree as a scam on Beer Money Forum.

And not to stay there, GramFree operates on 2 different domain names such as gramfree.net and gramfree.world.

GramFree payment methods

What I like about GramFree is the fact that they’ve put several payment methods in place for users.
These are the payment methods that are available on the GF platform:

  • Paypal
  • Bank transfer
  • Payoneer
  • American Pay
  • Bitcoin
  • American Express

Is there any proof of payment from GramFree?

If you’ve already registered, you’ve noticed it. There are proofs of payment inside the platform from the users themselves.

Some people claim to have earned more than $1000 with GramFree for free.

But the meaningful question you should ask yourself is the following: Since the platform is free. Where does the money come from? In other words, how do they pay members?

This brings us to another question that is not meaningless: Are all these payment proofs legit or fake? when you know that this site is new.

Before ending this GramFree review, I would like to show you what I like and dislikes about this new brand website.

GramFree pros and cons

👍GramFree review: Pros

✔ Free to use (but keep in mind your time is precious)

✔ Many payments method

✔ Minimum payment threshold is reasonable

👎 GramFree review: Cons

❌ Hidden owner

❌ Earning potentials are limited

❌ There is no information about the company on their website. The FAQ is only accessible once you have registered.

My GramFree FAQ

What is GramFree?

GramFree is a new brand GPT website that rewards users based on their activities on the site.

Is GramFree legit?

It is too early to judge the legitimacy of this website. This is a brand new website but as time goes on, we’re going to update this post.

Is GramFree a BBB acredited company?

No. GramFree is not a BBB acredited company.

My final thoughts…

GramFree is a brand new GPT website and members get paid by completing some easy tasks. This is a case with this website that rewards people by reading emails.

 

From now, you know what is GramFree, how does it work and the best part you are in a good position to make an informed decision to shape your financial future.

Do you have a question about the GramFree platform or about this review, just drop it down on the comment section and I will reply you ASAP.

What experience do you have using this website? Let us know your thought on the comment section.

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Edo 2020: I won’t appeal my disqualification, says Obaseki

 Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says he will not appeal his disqualification by the Governorship Primary Screening Committee of APC.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says he will not appeal his disqualification by the Governorship Primary Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obaseki, who said this in a statement issued by Mr Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, however, described the action as ‘a mockery of the democratic process’.

According to the statement: “We have watched the mockery of democratic process, which Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is administering and superintending over in our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It has been an unfortunate, disheartening and dreadful spectacle.

“We had initially asserted that going by the open display and enthronement of illegality by one man in the party that comprises several organs and eminent personalities, there is no way that Gov. Godwin Obaseki would get a fair assessment in the run up to the nomination of candidates to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election.”

It said  that it was unfortunate that “this open show of shame, illegality and travesty of justice’’ was the brand of democracy which Oshiomhole had reduced the APC into.

“The situation is quite saddening because this is a party supposedly reputed for change, equity and social justice.

“We have, therefore, decided that it would be effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be.

“(This is) especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party.

“We wish Oshiomhole luck in his maladministration of the party and trust that the Almighty will help our country to find the path to true liberty, freedom and justice.

“We call on all party members and the teeming supporters of Gov. Obaseki to remain calm and await further directives,” the statement added.(NAN)

Democracy day: Nigerians in U.S. advocate ideology based politics

Some Nigerians based in the U.S. have urged the nation to jettison tribalism, ethnicity and embrace ideology based politics to move the nation forward.

 

 

Some Nigerians based in the United States have urged the nation to jettison tribalism, ethnicity and embrace ideology based politics to move the nation forward.

The Nigerians voiced mixed feelings as the nation marked her 21st Democracy Day anniversary.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York, they said the country had made progress since the return of democracy in 1999.

According to them, Nigeria is not where it was 20 years ago in the areas of civil liberty, rule of law and socio-economic development.

However, they pointed out some shortcomings, especially “lack of ideology” in the nation’s politics with a call for reforms and change of mindset.

Dr Seun Sowemimo, a New Jersey-based bariatric surgeon, noted the stability in the system since 1999 as something worth celebrating.

“One of the positive things is that at least there has been stability in government.

“There has been one democratically elected government handing over to the other, and that is something we can point at,” he said.

Sowemimo, however, noted that the country had a lot of “maturing to do” in terms of building a strong ideological base for its politics.

“The politics in Nigeria has been very complex in terms of our mix of ethnicity.

“Our politics has been largely tribal, and we have not been able to base it on philosophies and ideas.

“It is more about affiliating ourselves with where we feel the next block of power will come from, and a lot of that has to do with ethnic origins.

“We have to continue to dialogue with ourselves, educate and orientate ourselves that for us to achieve great things we have to improve the level of our politics,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr Ugo Nwaokoro, former Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark in New Jersey, differed with the notion that Nigeria is complex.

“People often say Nigeria is complex. No! Nigeria is not complex. It is just the mind of our people to be sincere in governance.

“Another problem with us is our ethnic and religious differences, which should not be. Those things can actually be our strength.

“Diversity is a big source of national strength. But how you use it is what matters.

“If we keep seeing ourselves based on the ethnic groups we are from, then there is a problem,” he noted.

Nwaokoro, a writer and policy strategist, also called for attitudinal change among the political elite and the masses to advance the nation’s democracy.

On his part, Mr George Onuorah, a New York-based social justice activist and community leader, pointed out that the challenges in Nigeria’s democracy were not peculiar.

He noted that democracy is “an imperfect system of governance as evidenced from what we can see in so-called advanced democratic countries.”

However, Onuorah called for restructuring of the political and governance systems in the country to “reflect how we live, relate and interact”.

He also advocated investment in civic and voter education, and discouragement of politics based on ethnic, religious and selfish considerations.

Mr Obed Monago, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Americas, said Nigeria had made great improvement in the area of freedom of expression.

“Nowadays, people are freer to express themselves with little or no fear of retribution as opposed to the days of Dele Giwa, the late Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine.

“But we can do better if we are able to overcome the obstacles of ethnic, religious and tribal sentiments in our politics,” he said.

Monago also emphasised the need for national rebirth, with a call on Nigerians to sink selfish interests for the good of the country.

Also speaking, Mr Basil Njoku, a community leader, wished Nigerians would exhibit the same level of unity and patriotism in politics as they do in sports.

“The bane of Nigeria’s democracy is the problem of tribalism. We are balkanised into regions.

“We have not been able to come together to understand ourselves as an entity.

“I have not seen Nigerians profess their country except when the nation is in an international soccer competition.

“When there is a goal, a Yoruba does not care whether it is an Hausa man that is with him; they hug and you see the passion.

“I wish we can replicate that in the politics and governance of the day whereby we see ourselves as one and our destiny as one,” he said.

Njoku, who is the President of Mbano National Assembly, an association of U.S.-based Imo indigenes, called for inclusive governance at all levels to foster unity in the country.

Edo Governor, Obaseki, Two Others Disqualified By APC Screening Committee Ahead Of Governorship Primary

The All Progressives Congress screening committee for the party’s governorship primary in Edo has disqualified Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, from contesting the primary poll.

Jonathan Ayuba, Chairman of the screening committee, said this while presenting his report to Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Thursday.

On his part, Oshiomhole thanked the panel for the job they had done and urged disqualified aspirants, who believe that they had a case to appeal the decision.

Obaseki on his twitter handle call on his supporters to remain calm

The Lord is Gracious

“The earnest of our inheritance.” Ephesians 1:14

Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ’s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, “‘Tis but a taste!” We have tasted “that the Lord is gracious,” but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of His sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, “He that has been in heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth.” We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of Him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon His throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.

God never Change

In summer and in winter shall it be  Zechariah 14:8

The streams of living water which flow from Jerusalem are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer any more than they were frozen by the cold winds of blustering winter. Rejoice, O my soul, that thou art spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord.

The seasons change and thou changest, but thy Lord abides evermore the same, and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad and as full as ever. The heats of business cares and scorching trials make me need the cooling influences of the river of His grace; I may go at once and drink to the full from the inexhaustible fountain, for in summer and in winter it pours forth its flood.

The upper springs are never scanty, and blessed be the name of the Lord, the nether springs cannot fail either. Elijah found Cherith dry up, but Jehovah was still the same God of providence. Job said his brethren were like deceitful brooks, but he found his God an overflowing river of consolation.

The Nile is the great confidence of Egypt, but its floods are variable; our Lord is evermore the same. By turning the course of the Euphrates, Cyrus took the city of Babylon, but no power, human or infernal, can divert the current of divine grace. The tracks of ancient rivers have been found all dry and desolate, but the streams which take their rise on the mountains of divine sovereignty and infinite love shall ever be full to the brim. Generations melt away, but the course of grace is unaltered. The river of God may sing with greater truth than the brook in the poem—-

“Men may come, and men may go,
But I go on for ever.”

How happy art thou, my soul, to be led beside such still waters! never wander to other streams, lest thou hear the Lord’s rebuke, “What hast thou to do in the way of Egypt to drink of the muddy river?”

Rend your heart, and not your garments.

Joel 2:13

Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations—for such things are pleasing to the flesh—but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self- righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimately delusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart, every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven.

HEART-RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It is a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in mere form, but as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone.

The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they are naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the death-cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.

All things are possible to him that believeth.

Mark 9:23

Many professed Christians are always doubting and fearing, and they forlornly think that this is the necessary state of believers. This is a mistake, for “all things are possible to him that believeth”; and it is possible for us to mount into a state in which a doubt or a fear shall be but as a bird of passage flitting across the soul, but never lingering there. When you read of the high and sweet communions enjoyed by favoured saints, you sigh and murmur in the chamber of your heart, “Alas! these are not for me.” O climber, if thou hast but faith, thou shalt yet stand upon the sunny pinnacle of the temple, for “all things are possible to him that believeth.” You hear of exploits which holy men have done for Jesus; what they have enjoyed of Him; how much they have been like Him; how they have been able to endure great persecutions for His sake; and you say, “Ah! as for me, I am but a worm; I can never attain to this.” But there is nothing which one saint was, that you may not be.

There is no elevation of grace, no attainment of spirituality, no clearness of assurance, no post of duty, which is not open to you if you have but the power to believe. Lay aside your sackcloth and ashes, and rise to the dignity of your true position; you are little in Israel because you will be so, not because there is any necessity for it. It is not meet that thou shouldst grovel in the dust, O child of a King. Ascend! The golden throne of assurance is waiting for you! The crown of communion with Jesus is ready to bedeck your brow. Wrap yourself in scarlet and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day; for if thou believest, thou mayst eat the fat of kidneys of wheat; thy land shall flow with milk and honey, and thy soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness.

Gather golden sheaves of grace, for they await thee in the fields of faith. “All things are possible to him that believeth.”