Addressing The Crisis In Nigeria’s Health Sector: Promoting International Best Practices…Part 2 By Sahfeeyah Musa

In the first part of this series I discussed the issue of ‘superiority’ debacle that is currently plaguing the health sector in Nigeria. It was one of the three issues that I had identified and hope to address. The other two issues are welfare (including salaries) and career progression. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss these other issues as dispassionately as is possible while continuing to reiterate that this is a way of saying ‘enough is enough’ in the health sector; and that for the benefit of all Nigerians, a culture of international best practices must be entrenched in the sector.

With regards to welfare packages, this also happens to be a major bone of contention between the NMA and JOHESU. While it is difficult to make categorical statements regarding salary structure in the health care sector (considering that I am not privy to the minute details of the current salary structure for doctors and other health workers), I will however provide a comparative analysis of the payment structure for the different cadre of staff across the world–looking at a few selected countries including the United States and United Kingdom. This should, hopefully, constitute a blueprint for further discussions.

Having examined the salary structure as obtained in other parts of the world, I present in the table below a summary of the earnings for the different professionals in the health sector from six different countries. Even though there can be wide variation in salaries depending on a number of factors including qualifications, skills, experience and type of practice i.e. private or public sector, the dataset presented below represents the highest average salary per annum for each of the professional groups. It will appear that remuneration of health care personnel is directly correlated to years of study and this is reflected in the pay scales.

Table 1: Showing the highest average salary for different health professionals in six countries.

Country Doctors Pharmacists Nurses Lab scientist Physiotherapist

USA $248,075 $110,339 $80,103 $103,453 $91,242

UK £101,736 £88,368 £34,196 £46,452 £40,157

Canada $237,440 $159,321 $85,315 $115,682 $95,965

Australia $183,994 $91,631 $80,579 $98,926 $86,897

South Africa R689,162 – R276,401 R563,311 R289,294

India Rs1,208,271 – Rs 676,108 – –

Source: http://www.healthcare-salaries.com/What I found quite interesting however is that among the health care workers, the nurses, on the average, seemed to earn the least in all the countries mentioned even though the difference in salary is not particularly marked in comparison with laboratory scientist, and physiotherapists. In most countries, the highest earning professionals in the health sector are the Doctors and Clinical Pharmacists. But again, the highest average salary for Nurses, Pharmacist and Doctors is distributed in a ratio of 1:1.4:3.1 in the United States of America and 1:1.8:2.7 in Canada. The ratio between Pharmacists and Doctors relative to Nurses is however less steep in the United Kingdom (1:2.5:2.9). Despite that occasional disparities are observed, on the whole this dataset is a substantially true reflection of the earnings of health care professionals across the globe.

So, what is the relativity in Nigeria? Does it reflect this global pattern? I doubt it. I am informed that relativity is one of the highly contentious welfare issues and a leading contributor to the incessant strikes in the health care sector. Within the health care system alone are two salary structures; CONHESS (Consolidated Health Salary Structure-for Pharmacists, medical laboratory, nurses and other health workers in the health sector of the Federal Public Service), and CONMESS (Consolidated Medical Salary Structure-for Medical and Dental officers in the Federal Public Service). There might be others that I am not aware of. It will appear that while NMA is asking for relativity ranging from 1:1.1 (at CONMESS 3) to 1:1.5 (at CONMESS 7), JOHESU is at variance with this proposition. But judging by the relativity highlighted above as per the other countries, can the demand by the NMA be considered unreasonable?

The question now is what is the way forward regarding remuneration in the health sector? I will suggest that the entire health system comes under a unified salary structure. Entrance into this system should be determined by a number of factors including, but not limited to; the number of years of undergraduate study (this would be fair if number of months or semesters spent in school is considered instead of the usual number of years spent. That way the argument by doctors that the MBBS degree is not run on the semester system can be mitigated); number of years of postgraduate study; rarity and relevance of individual skills; job evaluation and the responsibilities that come with the job. These should form the basis upon which relativity should be established at entry for all cadres of staff and it should be maintained across the entire salary structure and should also reflect in all bonuses and allowances. Additionally, equitable work hours between all staff should be ensured. I found it very strange when I was told that nurses run 8 hourly shifts, have days off and some get as many as 7 days off duty after running 5-7 days night shifts. Doctors on the other hand do not run shifts and do not get a single day off even after being on call all through the night. I was also informed Laboratory Scientists and Pharmacists do calls for essential services. This anomaly should be addressed if all must be treated fairly!

On the issue of career progression, one of the contending issues is whether or not other health care workers have the right to be called ‘consultants’. Doctors do not seem to agree that such a terminology should apply to other workers in the field of patient care. But do the Doctors have the right to insist that other health care workers cannot and should not attain the status of ‘consultants’ in their filed? Well, before now I didn’t know, but now I do. The answer is no, Doctors don’t have the right to prevent other health care workers from attaining the pinnacle of their career. So, who is a consultant and what does it mean for each of the health care workers?

Generally speaking, a consultant is a professional who provides expert advice in a specific area of endeavour. More specifically, a consultant Medical Doctor is a senior physician who specializes in one of the many fields of medicine and can be considered experts in their respective field of endeavour. To become a consultant, after medical school (in Nigeria, after housemanship and National Youth Service) the doctor undergoes another 5-8 years of further training in a particular field. Such a person is then referred to as a consultant. But what is the case with other health professionals? Are there consultant Nurses, Pharmacists or Laboratory Scientist for example? The answer is yes even though it is important to state that this is not the norm even in developed societies but the exception.

I will begin with the medical laboratory, especially as it relates to clinical chemistry. In the USA, laboratory scientists with BSc, MSc, and PhD (and with board certification by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry which is akin to the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria or the West African College of Physicians (Laboratory medicine)) can indeed be appointed as consultants. So, why is the case different in Nigeria? Part of the problem, like I understand it is that regulation of laboratory practice and training of laboratory scientist in Nigeria is run parallel to that of pathologists. And because laboratory scientist do not seek board certification (or fellowship) of the respective colleges of postgraduate medical training in Nigeria (like their counterparts in the USA do with the American Board Certification) then it is impossible to objectively assess and accept their expertise in what they do. Truth is, if there are laboratory scientists in Nigeria who have put in years and have attained the requisite qualifications (like mentioned above) then there is no reason why they shouldn’t be appointed as consultants in what they do. But like I said, this applies mostly to the USA and to clinical biochemistry. This however does not apply to other aspect of laboratory medicine including Surgical or Anatomical Pathology or Haematology where due to the nature of the job, the person must be a Medical Doctor.

I also came across Nurse Consultants in my research. Like it is with the Laboratory Scientist, this applies to Nurses who have attained high levels of education (in the NHS, the education and training requirements to be appointed Nurse Consultant include; Diploma or Degree in Nursing plus Masters level education in advanced clinical practice plus a PhD (or working towards one) plus postgraduate training and assessing in clinical practice and ‘may have additional qualifications related to a specialist area) and experience. “All nurse consultants spend a minimum of 50% of their time working directly with patients. In addition, nurse consultants are responsible for developing personal practice, being involved in research and contributing to the education, training and development of other nurses” (this is from the NHS website).

Truth is, if people want to be appointed to serious positions then they must have the necessary qualifications to perform at such a level. We must imbibe international best practices in the health care sector.

Consultant Pharmacists do in fact exist in some parts of the world (most especially the United States of America). Their role appears to be largely limited to senior care i.e. they mostly serve as ‘consultants’ in nursing homes where they offer advice on medication use to the elderly. They however also offer advice to health care facilities and insurance providers. To be a Consultant Pharmacist, one needs to have a specialized doctorate known as the Doctor of Pharmacy, or Pharm D. While these professionals are licensed to offer advice on drug use including drug-drug interactions, they are however not licensed to prescribe drugs to patients neither are they licensed to make diagnosis.

In summary, it will appear that health care systems across the world have continued to evolve to address the challenges that come with the complexities associated with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to patient care. We need to evolve at our own pace in Nigeria. While it is good to have thoroughly trained professionals across all cadre of health care, it is imperative that government ensures that whatever it spends our hard earned money on is good value for money. It will make absolutely no sense to create bogus and redundant workforce that add no value whatsoever to morbidity and mortality indices. Moreover, appointment to consultant status shouldn’t be automatic but be based on need i.e. if a hospital believe that it is good value for money to have a consultant cleaner then why not? The same applies to a Consultant Neurosurgeon. It is in this regard that I will suggest we continue to debate on what healthcare system is befitting for Nigeria. Perhaps it’s time we considered the private-public partnership (PPP) in health care. That way, people will be employed, retained, and promoted based on their unique skills, knowledge and what they contribute to the health care team. Government on the other hand must adopt a holistic approach to tackling the crisis in this sector. The current approach of random signing of MOUs is not the way to go. It breeds impunity and nurtures distrust. A better approach will be to once and for all, in conjunction with all stakeholders including NMA, JOHESU, National assembly and health care think tanks, institute a thorough and comprehensive reform of the system. That way Nigerians can breathe a sigh of relief.

For us, it’s time to say ‘enough is enough’ to persistent Strike Action by Health care Workers/Professionals!

 
Sahfeeyah Musa is a member of Thought Leadership Forum, a group established to promote strategic, conceptual and ideology-driven leadership in the Nigerian polity; She writes in from United Arab Emirate (UAE)

Addressing The Crisis In Nigeria’s Health Sector Part 1 by Sahfeeyah Musa

Put modestly, the health care sector in Nigeria is currently on life support. Something has to be done fast and decisively to revive the sector and to provide for Nigerians the kind of health care system that is befitting for any self-respecting population of humans.

 

The problems bedevilling the sector are enormous: ranging from poor funding by the government – with resulting poor equipment and lack of specialist medical personnel– to brain drain and lack of industrial harmony among the workers in the field. I am not sure if there is any other sector in Nigeria that has been traumatised by industrial disharmony more than health care. The sector has been literarily brought to its knees by inter-professional bickering and struggle for supremacy. While the doctors contend that they – by virtue of their training and responsibilities—are the natural heads of the sector, other health workers including nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians/technologist, radiographers, and practically every other non-physician staff argue otherwise. While this rages on, the health care sector continues to suffer with attendant loss of innocent lives; the lives of our women and children, our fellow Nigerians. It is no surprise therefore that the life expectancy of any child born in Nigeria today is amongst the lowest in the world, only higher than that of a child born in Angola and Afghanistan; yes, Afghanistan.

 

Just recently doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) embarked on a 5-day warning strike and were due to embark on a total indefinite strike beginning January 2014 but was suspended following the timely intervention of the government, who we have learnt has committed to further discussions with the union. A few weeks earlier, another body of doctors (those undergoing specialist training in tertiary institutions in Nigeria) under the aegis of National Association of resident Doctors (NARD) embarked on a total indefinite strike that lasted several weeks and, without a doubt, ensured untold hardship on many innocent Nigerians. This was also preceded by another strike in the health sector which was orchestrated by other health workers under a large and amorphous body called the Joint Health Workers Union of Nigeria (JOHESU) comprising, literally, all other health workers with the exception of medical doctors. Now, again, we have a threat of strike by JOHESU hanging over our necks. 

 

Should we as Nigerians keep quiet and allow these professionals being paid by our money to continue this wanton disregard for our sensitivities? I don’t think so. I think it is high time we turned our search light on them and insist that the right thing is done.

 

The causes of the crises in the sector can be put down to a number of issues (from a layman’s understanding);

 

1. The issue of superiority in the sector i.e. who should lead the health care team? 

 

2. The issue of welfare i.e. how should welfare packages for different cadre of staff in the sector be determined. 

 

3. Their career progression; how do we ensure that every health care worker gets to the pinnacle of his/her career without creating bogus and redundant workforce, especially at the top? 

 

Even though this list is by no means exhaustive it very much captures the key areas of contention in the health sector. As ‘ordinary’ Nigerians we have a right to weigh in on these issues and to lend our voices too. More so because whatever goes on the health sector affects each and every one of us but perhaps most importantly, because these health workers are mostly paid from our tax payers’ money. So, I will dissect each of the issues raised above in subsequent paragraphs hoping to be as objective as I can possibly be. I have read extensively on the organization of health care systems in other parts of the world and have asked a few representatives of the contending parties what their main grouse is/are hence, this opinion, even though strictly mine, can be considered as well-informed.

 

On the issue of superiority in the health care sector and the appointment of staff into leadership positions; I will argue that the word ‘superiority’ is a misnomer and should never be used in the context of team work. Provision of health care, like it is with almost everything else, is team work. Within the team are several professionals each with his/her own area of expertise. But as it is with every field of human endeavour there must also be a leader for every team. While leadership is not usually a birth right certain qualities entrust leadership on certain groups of people in the natural order of things. In the health care team, the medical doctor, from my understanding and by virtue of his training, job function and experience is no doubt the leader of the team. Is this arguable? I don’t think so.

 

While all other health care workers (including the pharmacist, laboratory technicians/scientist, nurses, physiotherapist etc.) will appear to have training in specific areas of patient care, the doctor, it will appear, has training in ALL aspects of patient care. Don’t get me wrong, every member of the team is equally important but due to the central role that the doctor plays in the team then it is impossible to strip him/her of the leadership role. For instance, when a person is sick and needs to go to a hospital, the patient goes to see a doctor. The doctor, from his assessment of the patient will determine if the patient needs admission or not; tests or not; drugs or not; physiotherapy or not etc. This central role must not be taken for granted and should be respected by all and sundry. I am aware that in some parts of the world a patient can as a matter of fact go to the hospital to see a non-physician staff. This is especially true with non-disease conditions like pregnancy where a woman can be registered to see a trained nurse midwife and not a medical doctor. However, this arrangement, like I have observed, is meant to ‘free-up’ more specialist personnel i.e. the obstetricians, for more serious conditions like surgeries, eclampsia or pre-eclampsia. Interestingly, even where complications are observed in such a person, the patient is immediately registered to see a doctor. As such, it will be disingenuous to suggest that patients go to hospital to see any other health professional other than the doctor.  

 

On their part, doctors need to take this leadership role seriously and to carry all members of the health team along. They shouldn’t undermine the role of the others because, as has been shown by the many strikes by other health workers, the perceived central role of the doctor cannot only be frustrated but can be sabotaged by other members of the team. If progress must be made in finding lasting solutions to the superiority debacle in the health care sector then all health workers –and the public—must be aware of their roles and stick to their brief.

 

One of the areas where the superiority squabble is most evident is the medical laboratory. Here, the laboratory scientists argue that the regulation and headship of the hospital laboratory should be an exclusive preserve of the scientist while the pathologists argue otherwise. To be able to address this issue we need to know what exactly these two professionals do and how their training differs. According to a Wikipedia article “A medical laboratory scientist (MLS) (also referred to as a medical technologist, a clinical scientist, or clinical laboratory technologist) is a healthcare professional who performs chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. Medical laboratory scientists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor’s offices, reference labs, biotechnology labs and non-clinical industrial labs” while “Pathologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and characterization of disease based on the examination of tissues removed from diseased body parts or biopsy samples. They can also diagnose certain diseases and conditions through the laboratory analysis of various bodily fluids such as the blood, semen, saliva, cervical fluid, pleural fluid (around the lungs), pericardial fluid (around the heart) and ascetic fluid (collected in the abdomen in liver disease).

 

It will therefore appear that while the laboratory scientist specializes in conducting the analyses on samples, the professional who is trained and licensed in making the actual diagnosis of the disease is the pathologist. And to be a pathologist one has to be a ‘medical doctor’. So, while it will make sense to have a laboratory scientist head the technical/analyses aspects of the medical laboratory, the headship of the pathology department as a whole (which encompasses more than just the laboratory) should be by the pathologist. I have read extensively on this and can confidently say that my findings reveal that the pathologists are the heads of pathology departments across the world. Why must the case be different in Nigeria?

 

Recently the media was inundated with news about the agreement by the president to appoint a Surgeon General (SG) of the Federation. Having read the arguments by the minister of health regarding why such an office is necessary, I was –and still am—convinced that such an office is indeed required. I however do not understand why the health workers can’t get their acts together and ensure that the best health care practices are bequeathed to generations yet unborn. It is heart-wrenching to note that establishment of this office is one of the reasons why JOHESU is going on strike. It will appear that their grouse with this decision is that the SG will necessarily have to be a medical doctor. But again, going by the job description of this office shouldn’t it be the medical doctors? I have simply googled this and what I discovered is that the Surgeon General is the chief public health officer of the United States of America and from inception since 1871 till date ALL the appointed officers have been medical doctors. So, why must the case be different in Nigeria?

 

In the United Kingdom (UK), the equivalent of the United States’ Surgeon General is the Chief Medical Officer and this is “the most senior advisor on health matters in a government”. The Chief Medical Officer in the UK is a qualified medical doctor whose speciality is usually in public health, and whose work focuses on the health of communities rather than health of individuals. From my understanding, these positions are necessary in order to separate the office of the Chief Public Health Officer from unnecessary administrative bureaucracy and politics that is inherent in the office of the minister of health (which shouldn’t be an exclusive preserve of medical doctors as long as a separate office for the CMO or SG has been established). So, the question still remains that, if in other parts of the world, the medical doctors who have been trained by the state, are entrusted with the responsibility to safe-guard the health of the public, why must the case be different in Nigeria?

 

 

Sahfeeyah Musa is a member of Thought Leadership Forum, a group established to promote strategic, conceptual and ideology-driven leadership in the Nigerian polity; She writes in from United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Ghadafi’s Sex Chamber Uncovered In Libya

Ghadafi’s Sex Chamber Uncovered In Libya

It has now been revealed that the most heart-breaking of Gaddafi’s victims include hundreds, possibly thousands of teenage girls who, throughout his 42-year reign, were beaten, raped and forced to become his sex slaves.
Many were virgins kidnapped from schools and universities and kept prisoner for years in a specially designed secret sex lair hidden within Tripoli University or his many palaces. In the 26 months since he was deposed, Gaddafi’s den – where he regularly raped girls as young as 14 – has remained locked. But today its gaudy interior, where the colonel brutalised his victims, can be seen for the first time in photographs from a hard-hitting BBC4 documentary.
Inside the small, nondescript single-storey complex, the girls were forced to watch pornography to ‘educate’ them for their degrading treatment at the hands of Gaddafi. And even those who did manage to escape were often shunned by their deeply religious Muslim families who believed their family honour had been tainted.
When the dictator’s body was dragged through the streets by a baying mob, just hours after he was beaten and shot in the head, the hastily convened transitional government moved swiftly to seal off the sex dungeon. They feared the full extent of Gaddafi’s debased and lewd lifestyle would horrify the Western world and cause deep embarrassment to Libya.
One of the rooms holds little more than a double bed, lit by an orange lamp. Its 1970s decor and grimy Jacuzzi – all left exactly as they were when Gaddafi last used it – give it a seedy and gloomy air. But even more chilling is the clinical gynaecological suite in an adjoining room. It was here, on two beds fitted with stirrups behind a table laden with surgical instruments, that Gaddafi’s young victims were examined to ensure they had no sexually transmittable diseases. And here they were forced to undergo abortions if they became pregnant.
They, however, were the lucky ones. Other young victims were so badly abused that they were dumped in car parks and on waste ground, and left to die.
Gaddafi’s modus operandi was to tour schools and universities where female students were invited to his lectures.
As he spoke before his hushed audience, he would silently scan the room seeking out attractive girls. Before leaving he would pat those he had ‘selected’ on the head.
Within hours his private bodyguards would round up those chosen and kidnap them. If their families tried to keep them from Gaddafi’s clutches, they were gunned down.
One teacher at a Tripoli school recalled how the girls were all very young. ‘Some were only 14,’ she said. ‘They would simply take the girl they wanted. They had no conscience, no morals, not an iota of mercy even though she was a mere child.’
One mother, whose daughter was a student, said the community around Tripoli University lived in fear when a visit from the colonel was announced. ‘The girls he wanted would be rounded up and sent to him,’ she said.
‘One just disappeared and they never found her again, despite her father and brothers searching for her. Another was found three months later, cut, raped and lying in the middle of a park. She had been left for dead.’
Even today, the Libyan people are afraid to speak openly about Gaddafi’s depravity, fearing reprisals from his former henchmen.
But one woman – who was repeatedly raped by the despot over seven years from the age of 15 – has anonymously spoken of how he terrorised and abused her.
She had been chosen to present the colonel with a bouquet when he toured her school in his home town of Sirte on the Mediterranean coast, 350 miles east of Tripoli.
When he patted her head afterwards, in an apparently paternal gesture, she thought she had pleased the man she and her fellow Libyans were forced to call ‘the Guide’.
The next day three woman dressed in military uniform arrived telling her parents she was needed to present more flowers. Instead, she was driven at high speed to Gaddafi’s lair. Once there, he barked at his women soldiers: ‘Get her ready.’
The girl was stripped, given a blood test and shaved of all but her pubic hair. She was dressed in a G-string, forced into a low-cut gown and had thick make-up plastered on her face. When she was shoved into Gaddafi’s room, to her horror he was lying naked on the bed. When she tried to run out, the women soldiers grabbed her and flung her back on the bed.
She was raped repeatedly during the seven years she was held captive, eventually escaping when a door was accidentally left unlocked.
Fuelled by cocaine and alcohol – and often Viagra – Gaddafi abused her horribly. ‘I will never forget that first time, that moment,’ she says. ‘He violated my body and pierced my soul with a dagger. That blade will never come out.’
It took the documentary-makers months of negotiations to be allowed access to information on Gaddafi as Libya remains secretive and hide-bound by bureaucracy

Open Letter to Chief. Tony Anenih from Isaiah Sam Nda

My Dear Chief Anenih

Sam Nda-Isaiah—

The world is expecting me to respond today to the letter you wrote me, so I will go straight to the point. Your letter to me, sir, was a little strange because I can’t see what you intend to achieve. But, as my Esan friend recently told me, there is a saying in your place that “when a bird suddenly begins dancing on top of the tree, then there is music under the ground”. As the Iyasele of Esanland, you must be well familiar with that adage. But even with the music playing from Aso Rock, you should not have allowed yourself to write that kind of letter. The letter greatly diminished you, sir, and you must have already realised that from the kind of comments about you all over the social media since your letter was released. If the responses in the social media do not mean anything to you, surely, they will to your children and grandchildren.That is the stuff Nigerians have come to expect from Ahmed Gulak, Doyin Okupe and Reuben Abati, and, honestly, I would not have responded if any of these three had appended his signature to that letter. But since it is you that wrote it, I will reply you, and that is why I am doing this today.

I also want you to know that, in writing this today, I am doing it on behalf of millions of Nigerians who have no voice. I have taken it as a responsibility because, in so doing, I would be serving the larger interests of the Nigerian state. And that’s all that matters to me. For starters, this type of letter is not within the remit of your job as chairman of the PDP board of trustees. You are neither Jonathan’s spokesperson nor, technically speaking, a member of his government. You are not the spokesman of the NNPC; you are not the spokesman of the Ministry of Petroleum; you are not the spokesman of the ministry of finance. At best you are just an onlooker like any of us. Besides, the chairman of the board of trustees should be calm and measured but, in that letter, you are anything but calm and measured.

Several times in the past, you had invited me to your home to discuss national issues. Even though I have never agreed with your views and even a few of the positions you wanted me to take, I have always respected you nonetheless. You have always addressed me as “my son”. And the joke in LEADERSHIP among the directors when discussing any story affecting you is that “nobody should upset the chairman’s father please”. Just before you were crowned the chairman of the PDP board of trustees, you invited me to your home. We discussed Nigeria intensively and extensively. Even though we didn’t agree on any issue at all, I cherished the fact that you invited me to your home for discussion.

In your letter, you said NNPC had satisfactorily explained how the said $10.8 billion (N1.7 trillion) was expended. Satisfactorily to whom? Satisfactorily to you and your other “son”, President Jonathan? Sir, do you and President Jonathan think Nigerians are fools? I respect you a lot sir – both for your age and our relationship – but I love Nigeria more than I respect you. Sir, to say that the NNPC officials have satisfactorily explained how they expended a whopping N1.7 trillion on behalf of Nigerians is the greatest insult to Nigerians. By the way, is the NNPC supposed to spend money that has not been appropriated for it? Is it their father’s money (pardon my French)? Does the NNPC have a first charge over the disbursement of government funds? You have been around government for too long to know this, but probably because you have been too used to the wrong way of running government, the wrong things have become normal to you.

Sir, NNPC spending directly from the revenue it earns for the country without appropriation is theft, pure and simple, and should be punished if the Jonathan government had been a serious one. And if the president is aware of it and does nothing, then, he should be impeached at once to save the country from economic ruination. All monies made by the NNPC via the sales of the nation’s resources must be remitted to the nation’s coffers. And, sir, we are talking about N1.7 trillion here, which if well deployed into any sector could change that sector forever.

Again, sir, why, at over 80 years, do you want to endorse a lie? You are the one that should be teaching us not to lie. I feel sad that someone who addresses me as “my son” would want me to lie. No, sir, I won’t. I was not brought up that way. NNPC has not satisfactorily explained anything as you want people to believe. And it is not NNPC that Nigerians are waiting to hear from. They want to hear from the minister of petroleum or, better still, the president himself, since, as we all know, an expenditure of N1.7 trillion is absolutely beyond the authority of all NNPC staffers put together.But, sir, why do you want to lie to yourself about the Jonathan government? This is a government that “expended” N2.6 trillion on fuel subsidy in a year that only N245 billion was appropriated for same. Has that one also been satisfactorily explained? What about the N32 billion police pension fund scam that Jonathan is pretending about? The N5 billion Teidi pension scam? The industrial-scale theft of crude oil worth about $2 billion monthly? What about the N53 billion NCC spectrum sale racket or the 24 million barrels of oil worth $1.6 billion stolen through signature forgery, according to Minister Aganga?

Nobody even talks about bullet-proof Stella Oduah anymore. Sir, you seriously want us to keep quiet in the face of all these? Is this the type of country you want to leave behind for your grandchildren? As chairman, PDP board of trustees, you have a disproportionate responsibility among others to call President Jonathan to order and not to endorse thefts at the level we see today. But, like most people are now saying in the social media in response to your letter to me, if you too have not “satisfactorily” explained how you expended N300 billion on roads when you were minister of works with nothing commensurate to show for it, it will be asking too much to expect you to assess the situation rationally. Even if we agree with you that only N175 billion was released to you as minister, was there anything on ground to show that you received that kind of money?

But let’s go back to the N1.7 trillion heist, sir. Should we accept the NNPC’s lame explanation as “fact” when the so-called statement did not mention the name of a single company that benefited from the so-called “subsidy” on which it claimed to have squandered $8.49 billion? Or, why should anyone take NNPC seriously over the alleged expenses of $1.2 billion on pipeline management when the whole job has been outsourced to Global West Vessel Services Ltd, Tompolo’s company, for N15 billion? What’s the job of the PPMC anyway? How can you, sir, as BOT chairman and my adopted father, receive as gospel the writing off of $750 million as acceptable explanation for “products/crude losses”? Is that what your party has turned Nigeria to?

The problem with you and President Jonathan, sir, is that either you do not understand the rules of good governance or you think Nigerians are unintelligent fools. No, you are wrong, sir! You would be surprised at the details the average Nigerian in the street now knows.As chairman of the PDP board of trustees, sir, why don’t you spend your time constructively, asking President Jonathan, for instance, why he had to spend a whopping N400 billion on the amnesty programme, sending Nigerians abroad to learn crafts and other skills without establishing one single school or vocational centre in the Niger Delta? Sir, we are talking about the whole of N400 billion here. Do you know how many vocational centres and schools that would have established, that would have continued to train and re-train people from the Niger Delta? That is what you want Nigerians to keep quiet about? No, sir, I do not respect you to that extent. Or, let’s even go further: what has happened to the N300 billion that President Umaru Yar’Adua kept for the Niger Delta before he went into a coma from which he never came around? Only Jonathan can answer that.You also veered off the point on a few occasions. You said, “it is also a fact that, last year, the well-regarded international magazine, Forbes, named minister of agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, African person of the year…”. What has that got to do with stealing N1.7 trillion belonging to the people? You might also need to know, sir, that LEADERSHIP doesn’t need Forbes to recognise talents in public service. The Board of Editors of the newspaper (of which I am not a member) had selected Adesina as the LEADERSHIP Public Officer of the Year 2013 in November, before Forbes’ announcement in December. But that’s clearly beside the point.You obliquely insinuated that I serve sectional interests. Sir, if you who recently said anyone from the south-south that is against Jonathan should have his head examined would call me sectional, then, that should count as the greatest insult anyone has ever hauled on me. But I forgive you, sir. You call me sectional? Where were you and most of the people claiming to be close to Jonathan today when a few of us stood up against the Yar’Adua cabal that did not want then vice president Jonathan to become president according to the dictates of the constitution? Sir, I cannot remember you saying anything in those uncertain times, as you were clearly with the Yar’Adua group. Yes, sir, you could always be counted upon to support any government in power; if armed robbers took over Aso Rock tomorrow, they would count on your support. And you would not disappoint them.President Jonathan himself knows that I was one of the very few who stood by the constitution. In fact, I was against the so-called doctrine of necessity that made Jonathan acting president because it was unconstitutional. I insisted that Jonathan at that time should be declared president straightaway because that is what the constitution provides when a president becomes incapacitated. You were clearly missing at that time. So, sir, you are not allowed to call me, or anyone else for that matter, sectional. You cannot call me sectional. I was against President Obasanjo’s misrule as much as I was against Umaru Yar’Adua’s misrule, even though one was a southerner and the other a northerner. If today I am against Jonathan, whose misrule is worse than Obasanjo’s and Yar’Adua’s put together (unfortunately), nobody should call me sectional. No, sir, I am a proud Nigerian who would never say the kind of sectional things you often say.In another paragraph, you said, “And yet I must let you know that it is the height of brinkmanship to seek to inflame passions over a ‘missing’ amount of money, which has been proven by the relevant agency not to be missing at all.” Who decides whether money is missing at the NNPC? The NNPC? The minister of finance? The minister of petroleum? The PDP BOT chairman? Or an independent audit? There is no greater act of brinkmanship than dabbling into a matter clearly outside your brief. I admit that the current state of your party, the PDP, could leave traumatic side-effects on its stalwarts, especially on the office of the BOT. But I frankly don’t understand how I should become the target of your misfortune because I expressed an opinion on a matter of very serious public interest.You also went berserk on the CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. That is very unbecoming of the office of the PDP BOT chairman. By the way, the $10.8 billion I spoke about was not Sanusi’s figure. It is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s figure; she has consistently said that corruption is killing the country and “we are not helpless about it”. The same Okonjo-Iweala raised the alarm less than a week ago in Davos, Switzerland, that the Nigerian economy was under threat because, on Jonathan’s watch, the excess crude account had been depleted from $8.65 billion to $2.5 billion within a year. Our foreign reserves have also been depleted.You described the CBN governor as mistake-prone. But he still insists that $12 billion is missing. It was Okonjo-Iweala’s figure that was $10.8 billion. But we may just have to be patient for a few more months before we hear the real story of the stolen $49.8 billion. Sanusi will complete his term in June and would be free to tell the real story of the $49.8 billion. For now, I will counsel the Iyasele to stop gloating and explain in whose hands the $10.8 billion is, since he has now turned himself into Jonathan’s spokesperson.Sir, as the BOT chairman, you are not allowed to be an attack dog. You are not allowed to go berserk as you did on Sanusi. It reduced your stature. You are not even allowed to write that kind of letter to me as Chief Tony Anenih, the Iyasele of Esanland, and a father figure to many of us. You call me your son, and, for that reason, we will not allow you to dance naked in the market square. We will insist we tie you with a wrapper to hide your nakedness. Sir, don’t write that kind of letter again!

MTN’s RIPPING OF CUSTOMERS MUST STOP ! ACTION TIME IS NOW

MTN’s RIPPING OF CUSTOMERS MUST STOP !

For about 3days now,I’ve been discussing MTN’s bad policies of ripping off customers despite bad services on d social website. It was generally agreed that we should replicate d action of June 2003 which forced MTN to expand and improve their network then, amongst other reforms. It’s been agreed that MTN’s latest increases in recharge cards is unholy,wicked and unjust. It’s been agreed that we boycott MTN services for at least one full day on Sat Feb 1, 2014 by switching off all MTN lines and refusing to patronise their services for one day. Injustice to one is injustice to all. We cry for government reforms everyday when we ourselves can force out some. Share this info wt friends and switch off all mtn lines on Sat Feb 1,2014. Thanks
– The Revolutionary

Prophecies for Year 2014 by Apostle Johnson Suleiman

See Apostle Johnson Suleman’s 54points 2014 Prophecies. If u don’t know him,rmr I posted his prophecies 4 2013 last year and practically almost all came to pass. Some are 4 2014 and 2015. Now he’s released d one 4 2014. Some have even come to pass though I’m posting it a bit late this year .

1. Rivers lawmaker to be arrested and charged for murder(it’s an attempt to discredit him and the Nigeria police lied… The presidency and it’s men will use the police against many people.
2. Bamanga Tukur will be removed and disgraced.
3.PDP is bad but APC is worse.
4.Presidential ticket will split APC.
5. Jonathan will manipulate second term.
6. APC will win more slots in 2015. Over 70% of government will be in their hands.
7. If Jonathan goes ahead to contest , he will be president but will not finish his term.
8. Lagos will have a Christian governor.
9. I see CBN printing high denomination naira notes this year.
10. Tinibu of APC should not smile yet as there will be serious problems in APC.
11. The national dialogue will be the worst Nigeria has ever had, it will end up with fights and accusation of embezzlement.
12. South West will be seriously divided as a top APC chieftain will die.
13. I see bombing in Kenya.
14. Jonathan will survive impeachment.
15. If president Jonathan and Ameachi can resolve their difference, PDP will regain their lost glory.
16. Tinubu and Fashola will fight dirty.
17. Musicians should pray against road accidents.
18.I see cabinet ministers out of the villa.
19. Accord party in Oyo will gain relevance.
21.President Jonathan is the last PDP president.
22. A major and great man of God will be called home. His ministry has blessed the world.
20. APC will claim victory in 2015 but the court will give it to Jonathan .
23. A Super Eagles player will be involved in a ghastly motor accident.
24. Niger Bridge needs urgent attention, collapse is imminent.
25. Oba of Benin, oh we need to pray.
26. A northern leader, SGF, Chief of Staff will be among those in the team negotiating on the president’s behalf because he will be told to step down but will not.
27. I like jonathan’s gentle nature but he is surrounded by wrong people.
28. Obasanjo should shut up, he will have problem.
29. Olumba Olumba olu will have serious problems.
30. Republic of Benin will mourn a past leader.
31. Many christians looking for babies will have babies this year.
32. Ikonjo Iweala will have serious problems
33. Stella Oduah will have problems.
34. Another plane crash . Eminent personalities involved.
35. Kidnap to be more common in the west.
36. Third mainland bridge needs fresh touch.
37. All service Chiefs will be fired.
38. Oyo and Ogun state governors, I don’t see them coming back. If they can pray hard, mercy may smile at them but, I see them go home.
39. Nollywood needs to pray and cancel death. I see four people. A list among them.
40. Ghana president will be betrayed by friends.
41. Governors and senators will leave PDP.
42. The Northern candidates against president Jonathan will be two majorly.
43. We should pray against Nigeria break up.
44. Tuface, Davido and Wizkid need prayers against international disgrace.
45. South Africa needs prayers not to return to the past.
46. I saw a colenel in the military trying to stage a coup but he will fail.
47. The economy of Nigeria will go worse but true Christians will prosper.
48. NTA needs prayers. I saw them crying over the loss of one of their bosses and fire out break in one of the stations.
49. Obiano, the governor elect of Anambra will face serious problems because God is unhappy with the way he was declared governor.
50. The presidency will dump governor Dickson of Bayelsa.
51. I see fuel scarcity.
52. PENGASSAN and NUPENG need prayers.
53. A popular king in Niger Delta will die.
54. Serious crisis in the north and will attract foreign help.

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vols 1 , 2 , 3, 4 AND 5

I had always thought of putting a regular weekly column/article (not necessarily as long as a facebook note) on social media weekly. That should highlight an important topic or issue. This will be apart from my regular posts,articles, numerous notes etc. I did a research and found out most people are more active on social media during weekdays – Mondays to Fridays, and less on weekends. I decided to choose a weekday. Monday appears to be ideal but one of my friends and colleague – Lawal Qudus Olajide has his #MondayMorningMusings that day.I dont want things to be seen as a rivalry and since it is my utmost belief and philosophy that the sky is wide enough for all birds to fly freely, i chose a friday for my weekly article i have named Friday Food For Freaking Freethinking. I’ll have wanted to visit the Jan 15 1966 Coup but maybe I should leave that for next week. Enjoy this week’s edition – The saints in Nigerian Politics

We all claim to want change,yet we keep voting these criminals in PDP. Other saintly parties,we don’t vote,accusing them of segregational ,non-inclusive politics. Awo did that and failed. Likewise Olu Falae (in 1999) and Buhari (2003,2007,2011) and Ojukwu (2003 and 2007) and Fawehinmi (2003). Now Buhari has been coached real politics by Asiwaju Tinubu. APC is inviting these “PDP” rougues we all voted for in PDP, now we’re accusing APC of inviting rougues as if we didn’t vote them in PDP. Abeg,no saints in nigerian politics,or anywhere in the world. Anybody waiting for saints in leadership should wait till The Millenial (1,000 years) reign of Jesus Christ on earth after many scumbags would have been cleared after Armaggeddon. We people sef,we difficult to satisfy

2.  FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING         : THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE ON STRAIGHT PEOPLE BY HOMOSEXUALS

So much has been said on Nigeria’s anti-gay law.My thots on this : Though I dont hate gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals, LGBT, i do love them but hate their detestible acts. They are just abnormal to me and rather than think we normal people hate them by launching attacks on them, it is actually the other way round. They are launching attacks on us normal people to accept an abnormal thing as normal. That’s my opinion though i may be right or wrong, but that’s what i feel. Lets summarise this

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE ON STRAIGHT PEOPLE BY HOMOSEXUALS

These are some of the psychological war of deceit and vilification of gay opponents we see every day at play by this gang of deviants they all would want us to:

1.Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible. Because they know that any behavior one is constantly exposed to gradually become normal.

2.Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers. First we are made to belief that they are naturally born gays, secondly they are portrayed as victims of discrimination and undue brutalization by the society.

3.Give protectors of gay a just cause. Make gays look like people who are denied their freedom of speech, association and Belief.

4.Make gays look good. Giving too much media attention to Scientists, Doctors, Celebrities, Business Men/Women and Politicians that are gays and thereby give the impression that gays are super-human beings compared to heterosexuals.

5.Make the victimizers look bad. Align all gay opponents with the worst set of humans in the society like Boko Haram, Alquaida, Kidnappers, Rapists or link the character of gay opponents to that of Aluu killers.

They try to achieve acceptance through:

a. Desensitization­: This involves inundating us with a plethora of gay-related adverts and discussions to the point that we get used to it. The type of situation where if u can’t stop the rain, then you should get used to being wet.

b. Brainwashed us into believing that speaking against gay is a hate-speech and one is termed a bigot when he/she speak against gays, you get bombarded with all sort of negative names till you are subdued.

c. Conversion. The pro-gay is not satisfied with silencing opposition only, he is also interested in confusing us and making us act and become indifferent towards gay which is an indication that we liked them. This is crucial in making them feel accepted and at ease.

But a pro-gay activist will never want the society to know that Homosexuals engage in a variety of perverted deviant sexual acts. Here are just a few of them:

•Anal intercourse

•Oral sex

•Rimming, the practice of licking the anus this frequently results in the ingestion o fecal matter, which leads to intestinal diseases.

•Golden Showers, urinating on one’s sexual partner.

•Sex Orgies involving dozens of men.

•Anonymous Sex using “glory holes,” holes cut in a sex club cubicle wall through which one homosexual engages in oral sex with a stranger.

•Fisting, the act of shoving one’s fist and arm up the anus of the sex partner.

•Sadomasochism:­ involving whipping, cutting, beatings, etc.

•Drug use: including the taking of amphetamines to enhance sexual pleasure.

•Bareback Parties, these are sex orgies involving several men. These men may be HIV-infected, but do not use condoms. In many homosexual circles, getting AIDS has now become a badge of honor to the sexual revolution.

It doesn’t matter if a Bishop, Sheik, Oba, Eze, Emir, Senator, Governor, or President engages in the act, it doesn’t make it worth legalizing. They have failed to capture the Nigerian Legislature, now they are utilizing the Media and Entertainment industry to sustain their fight.

DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THEIR MIND GAMES, SAY NO TO ANY FORM OF HOMOSEXUAL TOLERANCE AND PACIFICATION

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    3

Kaduna Nzeogwu Coup : A post mortem. Let’s tell ourselves the truth.

Every 15th January since I became grown up and read papers, I come across different versions of the story of the 1966 coup. The favourite one is the ‘blaming Igbos’ game by the North and some Yorubas. Recently I got hold of some documentary about Nigeria before the coup and I heard Sar’duana saying that the Igbos want to dominate everyone and everybody, at least something like that, not long before the 1966 putsh. Nigeria’s foundation was built on distrust and that the Nzeogwu was later defined as an Igbo coup and is still being refer to as an Igbo coup today by many isn’t in anyway surprising. We still largely hate each other and we still blame each other for Nigeria’s problems. A poor Igbo man or a poor man from the Niger Delta is always blaming the poor Hausa man for causing Nigeria’s problems. Even among the intelligensia this blame game is prevalent. This is the mindset that led to the destruction of Nigeria and not the 1966 coup. In my opinion that coup was inevitable. It was just a matter of time. If Nzeogwu and his team had not struck in 1966, some other group would have, maybe not in 1966. The excitement that welcome the coup will tell any student of history that Nigerians were disenchanted with the government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and co. The government was percieved as incompetent, corrupt and lacked ideas.

Major Patrick Nzeogwu Kaduna, executed his own part of the revolution perfectly, I believe without sentiments in a very complex country that even the coupists did not understand. The coup failed largely because others did not execute their own mission. The coup failed because the coup was hijacked and Aguiyi Ironsi maybe responsible for most of the problems that later followed, even his own death in another mutiny, the counter coup led by Northern Nigerian army because he failed to read the signs. He was blinded by his own personal ambition to be the Head of State.

From all my research and study of the 1966 coup, I believe the first coup was planned by a group of Majors who wanted change. That most of them were Igbos and later Igbo leaders were not among the casualties was the issue collaborated the suspicious that followed the definition of the coup by both foreign and local media.

The Igbos paid the price for that coup. They paid dearly. We cannot continue to blame the Igbos for that bitter part of our history by writing whatever we like and painting it as history. History is very deep. I will leave you with this excerpt from one of Max Siollun’s article.

“Even in death, Nzeogwu was still respected by federal and northern troops. Domkat Bali referred to him as:
“a nice, charismatic and disciplined officer, highly admired and respected by his colleagues. At least he was not in the habit of being found in the company of women all the time messing about with them in the officers mess, a pastime of many young officers then….we believed that he was a genuinely patriotic officer who organised the 1966 coup with the best of intentions who was let down by his collaborators….If we had captured him alive, he would not have been killed. I believe he probably would have been tried for his role in the January 15 coup, jailed and probably freed after some time. His death was regrettable.””

– by George Onmonya Daniel

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING. Vol 4
MTN’s RIPPING OF CUSTOMERS MUST STOP ! Enough is now enough
(Reminder)For some days now,I’ve been discussing MTN’s bad policies of ripping off customers despite bad services on d social website. It was generally agreed that we should replicate d action of June 2003 which forced MTN to expand and improve their network then, amongst other reforms. It’s been agreed that MTN’s latest increases in recharge cards prices is unholy,wicked and unjust. It’s been agreed that we boycott MTN services for at least one full day on Sat Feb 1, 2014 by switching off all MTN lines and refusing to patronise their services for one day. Injustice to one is injustice to all. We cry for government reforms everyday when we ourselves can force out some. Share this info with friends and switch off all MTN lines on Sat Feb 1,2014. Thanks

– Dr. Che Guevara d Revolutionaire

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING. Vol 5
Season of Defections and “Porting” in Nigerian political parties: Ridding the Progressives’ of deadweightsThere have been multiple defections in the history of Nigerian politics. Since the “cross carpeting” of 1954 which made Chief.Obafemi Awolowo the Premier of the West, till the current political dispensation, it’s been constant. The only constant thing in life is change,and one of d very few constant things in Nigerian politics is defection. In this present 4th republic,there have been defections. Governors, Senators, Reps, Legislators and all cadres of political office holders have decamped and they never lost their seats. However,it appears the ruling party – PDP has been the greatest beneficiary of political defections. Why? Using the words of another serial decampee (a 3 time senator) – Senator Patrick Osakwe, PDP is d party filled with milk and honey. Who doesn’t like milk and honey? And since a court has put that issue to rest then that political office holders can decamp without losing their seats (it’s also expressly stated in d 1999 constitution), I think that’s put it to rest. However there was a time PDP appeared to split (not that all is fine with PDP even now). So bitter was d crisis that a faction of the party called themselves new PDP.I won’t go into intristic details as I’ve done that in some of my articles and notes,and writing about that will make me go outside d scope of writing this article.

It’s no longer news that 5 PDP governors and many senators,reps, political jigganauts and godfathers decamped from PDP to APC.APC has 16govs now and a majority in house of reps&nearing half in Senate.APC got useful materials from PDP including Gov forum NGF chairman. Some people rejoiced that the hunter is now being hunted.However,that decamping also led to a small clash between some useful progressives and other dead weight,horcus porcus politicians in APC who are still living on past glory. Now they decided to also decamp from APC to PDP.Some gullible folks are happy that some scallyway deadweight politicians have also moved from APC to PDP. The truth is that these decampees have no benefits to APC. They are dead weights and are good riddance to bad rubbish.

Serial decampee : Attahiru Baffarawa that doesn’t even control a state again and has lost most of his followings after serial senseless decampings

Or is it Ibrahim shekarau we should talk about. A political beneficiary of Buhari whose supporters have denied him and have refused to decamp with him into political irrelevance. This is a sitting gov who contested for president in his state and still lost. He couldn’t even install a successor who came 3rd in d election. His erstwhile deputy gov refused and went to another party. This is a man unknown to many. Who because the elite and political class felt they had to teach Kwankwaso “Sense” decided to support for governor in 2003.
He was not d Guber Candidate of ANPP it was Alhaji Ibrahim Little.

On election day people that had not voted even as far back as 1983 came out to vote for him. They did not belong or know ANPP but asked “ku nuna min Jam’iyar Buhari Masara”. All the time asking “Waye Shekarau din nan?”. They didn’t know him but voted.
See the ingrate
I wish also Boko Haram Senator Ali Modu Sheriff can join them too. He too also lost senatorial contest while as an incubent governor and almost didn’t install his successor. He had to positively use Buhari’s name for his candidate to win. A salient coup that PDP candidate Alhaji.Goni didn’t realise initially
Who else did I leave out? MDB Modibbo Dele Belgore, a political neophyte who benefitted immensely from Tinubu and made Ashiru, ACN’s small political Kwara south godfather to be denied gubernatorial slot. MDB was ACN’s Kwara gubernatorial candidate but he’s forgotten that d river that forgets its source will run dry.

2013 prophecies that hit the crossbar by Femi Adesina

About this time seven years ago, I did a piece with the headline, ‘2007 and the futurologists.’  And what was I saying in that piece?  Permit me to quote:
“Yes, prophecies are true. The ability to foretell the future is one of the nine major gifts of the Holy Spirit as listed in the Holy Bible.

And in another place, that Good Book enjoins us not to treat prophecies with contempt (1 Thess 5:20). But sadly, that is the camouflage under which some prophets hide to manipulate the lives of some people who take whatever they say hook, line and sinker. These are people who lack the capacity to check prophecy against the superior word of God. Those who do not realize that though prophecies may come, they by no means outstrip or outweigh the sovereignty, the supremacy of God.”

In that 2007 piece, I tried to differentiate between foretelling and divining, between speaking the mind of God and forecasting.  I said the former was good and edifying, while the latter was odious, obnoxious and contemptible.

Another quote from the piece: “Do you remember one Prophet Ibe? After Nigeria failed to qualify for the last World Cup competition in Germany, he came out to tell us that the Super Eagles would still be there, that God told him so. The World Cup came and ended. Not even the shadows of our players were seen near the arena. And Prophet Ibe is still there, parading himself as a foreteller. This new year, he will prophesy again, and some people will believe him, when even the Good Book has told us that the mark of a false prophet is when he speaks, and what he foretells does not come to pass.

“True prophets know the enormity of failed prophecies. God told Prophet Jonah to cry against Nineveh, telling the people that God would destroy the city after 40 days. Jonah first fled, not wanting to carry out the assignment, and he ended up in the belly of a whale, which vomited him on dry land after he repented.

Eventually, Jonah proclaimed the doomsday message to Nineveh. But the people of the city quickly repented, from the king to the lowest person, and God thereafter spared the city. And Jonah, filled with shame, said: “I am angry enough to die.” (Jonah, 4:9) Yes, that is a true prophet for you. What he foretold did not come to pass, and he preferred to die. But our prophets will hit the crossbar, or shoot wide over the bar, and they will continue to strut all over the place, inundating us with more prophecies.”

Lest I be misunderstood, I laboured hard in the earlier piece to submit that prophecies in themselves were not bad, but that some people were simply not imbued with the gift, yet they try to foretell the future.

“What am I actually saying? Prophecy is bad, fake, spurious? Not by any means. It is true, real, and there are still prophets divinely appointed and commissioned. They say the truth. But then, there are so-called prophets, who are as blind as bats, but who try to pass off as somebody. So they use sorcery and divination to foretell the future. A lying sprit has taken over their mouths, and they are like the prophets who told King Jehoshaphat to go to war against Ramoth Gilead, saying God will deliver the city to him, when in fact, God had not spoken (1 Kings 22) Jehoshaphat nearly lost his life in that battle, where his ally, Ahab, King of Israel was slain.”

The best of man, as they say, is still man, so also the best of prophets.  They are still men.  They can, therefore, hit the crossbar, as evident in some prophecies that came last year, but which did not come to pass.  Some samplers:
Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, is the founder of INRI Evangelical Church, Lagos.  He is probably the greatest thing that has happened since Prophet T. O. Olabayo actively vacated the scene.  But hear Ayodele in a February 9, 2013 interview with The Guardian Newspaper.  Talking of the 2015 presidential election, he declared:
“Jonathan will contest.  And he will have partial victory.  That is to say that he will have a slim victory.”

But compare that with what the prophet told Sunday Sun just this week:
“I want Nigerians to know that God said I should inform them that Jonathan is the last PDP president that will rule this country.”

Now, see the ambiguity.  Jonathan will have slim victory.  He will be the last PDP president to rule this country.  But when will that be?  In 2015, or 2019, after a second term?  The prophet did not say.  “For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for battle?” (I Corinthians 14:8). The prophecy is surely indistinct.

Prophet Joshua Iginla is the General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, based at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.  He is known for some prophecies that hit the bull’s eye.  But two hit the crossbar last year.  He had said two governors would die in 2013, “because there is war in the spirit coven against the governors.”  Well, the last time I checked, not a single governor died in 2013, not to talk of two.  And then this:  “Leaders of Cameroun and Zimbabwe would die in 2013.”  Again, when I checked, Paul Biya still ruled Cameroun, and Robert Mugabe still holds sway in Zimbabwe.
What of Bishop Emma Isong?  He is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International.  Last year, he had predicted that there would be massive shake-up in the Nigeria Police, and that 27 senior officers would be court-martialled.  Do you blame me for checking up?  Because when I checked, M.D Abubakar was the Inspector-General of Police at the beginning of 2013, he is still there today.  And to the best of my knowledge, no 27 senior officers were given even orderly room trial, not to talk of a court-martial.

Bishop Isong also talked about a sitting governor being removed by the Supreme Court in 2007.  Well, it did not happen.

Do you know Rev Daniel Moses Samuel?  He is the General Overseer of Upper Light Chapel, Okokomaiko, Lagos.  Hear him about what would happen to Nigeria in 2013:
“There will be no election in 2015.  Another government is coming before May 29, 2013, to lay a solid foundation for a new Nigeria.  After then, we shall have one single term of six years from October 1, 2014.”

I am not saying Rev Moses Samuel (he even combines two great biblical names) is a false prophet.  But the Holy Bible says you know a true prophet if what he says comes to pass.
Bishop Justice Great Itomo is of the Shining Light Chapel, Gwari, Abuja.  In January last year, he had declared: I see a great famine in many states as a result of a great flood.”  But did we have any great flooding in 2013?  No.  In 2012, yes, but God was merciful in 2013. No flooding.
Bishop Itomo added that some state governors were to die in 2013.  It also did not happen.
Apostle Johnson Suleman is the founder and Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide.  Yes, he sees things.

He told us Nelson Mandela would die in 2013, it happened.  He said there would be great infighting in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  It came to pass.  Also, he said the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero would have an attempt made against his life, and he would lose some men.  It happened.  He said the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) would lose some notable members.  Sadly it happened through an auto crash.

But did all the shots fired by Apostle Suleman enter the net?  No.  He hit the crossbar at some times.  Examples:  I see a Governor dying.  I see National Flag flying at half-mast.  President Barak Obama’s life will be attempted.  CBN governor will be made an emir.  I see a new president… But all these did not happen, at least not in 2013.

Many were the prophets who hit the crossbar last year, and now it is a brand new year.  Will they come with new predictions, or would they have learnt their lessons?  I remember that one prophet specifically said Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu, would be impeached.  The last time I also checked, Uwajumogu was still sitting pretty in his position.
The lesson: No man has the final say over anything.  Only God does. Times and seasons are in His hands.  Prophecies are for our edification, for our encouragement and blessing.

But God never reveals everything to finite man. If He reveals everything, then He would not be God again.  No wonder the Good Book says the things that are revealed are for men, while the ones that are hidden are for God.  If God has hidden something in His superior knowledge, why should I go and poke my nose into it, trying to sniff it out?  “He that pries into every cloud shall be struck by thunderbolt,” so goes the saying.  So, I take the ones God has revealed, and respect His decision on the ones He keeps to Himself – lest I hit the crossbar.