The Repentance, Transformation and Metamorphosis of Super Story’s Chief. Ahun – A Message for Nigerian Leaders

Super Story is a great TV drama. It is not only hilarious but it teaches many lessons about life. It debuted on National TV in d late 90s(I think 1998/99) though I’d followed it since inception as a magazine in d 80s b4 d owner decided,after many yrs of success to make it a TV series and dump all mags. It’s been severally voted d best TV drama of the year,many times and you can follow it on local Nigerian TV or cable TV or African Magic channels or WAP TV if you have startimes decoder. I must confess I’ve followed all the series on mag and on TV since inception &without exaggeration,I may have missed none or few to several episodes in any series, I don’t miss d lesson of the series and I get to understand all d series. There are several particularly that I loved and never missed any episode. One of such is “The Second Chance” (the story of Chief. Patrick Aremu Ahun).

Chief.Ahun is a very rich man that lived to the billing of his name.His name means “stingy or miser” in Yoruba language, though the name is an understatement of him. I’ll have preferred to call him in igbo language “Okpa aku eri eri” meaning vers strict miser to himself and others. That descibed Chief.Ahun’s true nature.

Chief.Ahun in the TV series was very miserly to himself and his family and others.He wasn’t willing to go to a specialist to treat his ailing leg,rather he preferred cheap local but ineffective massagers.He won’t take his sick children to hospital but preferred ineffective local herbs.He’ll count d number of meat in d pot to account for any missing.He won’t employ a private tutor for his less than average son&wont give another son money for his project.He preferred he did low cost odd jobs to make up the money.He’ll rather give a paltry #100 to a man that risked his life&missed a job interview to give police important information that rescued his kidnapped daughter, rather than give part or all of the #1million naira the kidnappers demanded as ransom,which his wife forced him to bring out anyway. He preferred to sleep in darkness than buy fuel to operate his generator. What else have I missed out?

He had 4 cars and would rather trek 2km to his company than use any of his cars. In a bid to reserve the fuel he has in the fleet of cars in his house,he decided to trek to work and on the way, Juliana (the person who supplies diesel to chief Ahun’s office) saw him trekking and offered to help him with his bag. In return for her kindness, Chief Ahun falsely accused her of stealing N 200,000 from his bag. She eventually got fired from her office despite all pleas and explanations. He treated his nuclear&extended family members with disdain,even his workers harshly,deducting a week’s pay over flimsy non-existent excuses. He was very wicked, miserly, ungrateful and did many terrible things to others. Surely he’s one man you’ll want to stone or hack to death or wished a very terrible evil befell him.

Thank God who delights in the soul of a sinner that repents&turns to righteousness. God doesn’t want any to die but repent. (Ezekiel 18 v 23 – 32). Chief.Ahun’s case is like that of the prodigal son (Luke 15 v 11-32),though on a flipside. One night,he slept and God took him through a vision of the night.An angel took him on a memory lane through all his past,his present and his future,including what happened in the future due to his wicked actions and how he died,even his obituary& what was written there.That also includes how his money was lavishly wasted on his burial.This touched him and he begged for mercy. He woke up a repented man. Nobody preached to him in reality&these days where we have have so many religious centers filled to the brim,yet the behaviours of members do not reflect even a tiny fraction of what they learn every time. Don’t let’s even talk of hypocritical religious leaders whose ministries you won’t even want to touch with a long pole,talk less of visiting. So much hypocrisy in the land.

Chief.Ahun repented his ways and started with his family.The family thought it was a dream but he was truly changed. He did all he could to restitute to those he offended and right his wrongs.I saw the “Zaccheus” in him. He restituted to those he had wronged. Increased his workers’ pay and sought forgiveness from those he offended,restituting where necessary.Nobody preached the doctrine of restitution to him but he restituted. The hall mark was when he donated d sums of #10m&#15m to d owner of an orphanage&an orphanage respectively,whom he had rejected in d past.He donated for&was present at the Orphanage’s new year party.That was very great repentance in the man and his repentance wasn’t only inside (as some claim),it was also outside and visible to all.

Many people may say Chief.Ahun’s case was exceptional because he had more spectacular chance but the truth is that we all have chances,though different,but all that’ll matter is how we use our chances.The Bible in Job 33 v 29,30 amp ” Behold,God does all these things twice,yes three times, with a man, to bring back his life from the pit of destruction,than he may be enlightened with the light of the living”. This scripture is self explanatory. And the lessons are clear.

How I wish all our leaders will all have this dream and change their ways. I mean all our leaders and even all we followers since in reality we may not really be much different than them bcos a people always choose leaders that they deserve. When I say leaders,I talk of all our political, even religious, social, economic, work place leaders, community, family, educational, organisational and all leaders. Not only leaders but followers too as a people get the leadership they deserve. I wish all our past national leaders,including our oga patapata,all serving and past state governors including we ourselves will repent, change, undergo a positive transformation&metamorphosis.

It’s evident all people get at least a 2nd chance (even more) but what’s important is what you do with that chance. Will you let your second chance slip u by?

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vols 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    vol 23

“QUESTIONS MR. PRESIDENT SHOULD ANSWER OR FACE MASS PROTEST BY CONCERNED YOUTHS ON SECURITY:

1. 2013 Budget on Security was N1.055 trillion and no new materials (machines) were bought by the military to combat terrorism.

2. If they claim they bought some , where is it and where was it used and what purpose did it serve?

3. A whopping sum of $470m (N76.bn) was spent on installing CCTV in Abuja and none is in existence and working. This is happening under your nose; order the arrest of the culprits and let them be prosecuted.

4. Tell us as the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of this federation how many soldiers are presently on the ground at the troubled areas where you declared state emergency and what effort have they made so far in curbing the menace.

5. As the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of this federation , why have you not queried the service chiefs on false reports on the war against Boko Haram insurgence?

Is it not an embarrassment to you and the nation? Mr. President your government is too corrupt , and you can not claim not to know , we will resist your attempt to contest for 2015 presidential election if you fail to address the above mentioned and many more to come.”

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 24
The Repentance, Transformation and Metamorphosis of Super Story’s Chief. Ahun – A Message for Nigerian Leaders

Super Story is a great TV drama. It is not only hilarious but it teaches many lessons about life. It debuted on National TV in d late 90s(I think 1998/99) though I’d followed it since inception as a magazine in d 80s b4 d owner decided,after many yrs of success to make it a TV series and dump all mags. It’s been severally voted d best TV drama of the year,many times and you can follow it on local Nigerian TV or cable TV or African Magic channels or WAP TV if you have startimes decoder. I must confess I’ve followed all the series on mag and on TV since inception &without exaggeration,I may have missed none or few to several episodes in any series, I don’t miss d lesson of the series and I get to understand all d series. There are several particularly that I loved and never missed any episode. One of such is “The Second Chance” (the story of Chief. Patrick Aremu Ahun).

Chief.Ahun is a very rich man that lived to the billing of his name.His name means “stingy or miser” in Yoruba language, though the name is an understatement of him. I’ll have preferred to call him in igbo language “Okpa aku eri eri” meaning vers strict miser to himself and others. That descibed Chief.Ahun’s true nature.

Chief.Ahun in the TV series was very miserly to himself and his family and others.He wasn’t willing to go to a specialist to treat his ailing leg,rather he preferred cheap local but ineffective massagers.He won’t take his sick children to hospital but preferred ineffective local herbs.He’ll count d number of meat in d pot to account for any missing.He won’t employ a private tutor for his less than average son&wont give another son money for his project.He preferred he did low cost odd jobs to make up the money.He’ll rather give a paltry #100 to a man that risked his life&missed a job interview to give police important information that rescued his kidnapped daughter, rather than give part or all of the #1million naira the kidnappers demanded as ransom,which his wife forced him to bring out anyway. He preferred to sleep in darkness than buy fuel to operate his generator. What else have I missed out?

He had 4 cars and would rather trek 2km to his company than use any of his cars. In a bid to reserve the fuel he has in the fleet of cars in his house,he decided to trek to work and on the way, Juliana (the person who supplies diesel to chief Ahun’s office) saw him trekking and offered to help him with his bag. In return for her kindness, Chief Ahun falsely accused her of stealing N 200,000 from his bag. She eventually got fired from her office despite all pleas and explanations. He treated his nuclear&extended family members with disdain,even his workers harshly,deducting a week’s pay over flimsy non-existent excuses. He was very wicked, miserly, ungrateful and did many terrible things to others. Surely he’s one man you’ll want to stone or hack to death or wished a very terrible evil befell him.

Thank God who delights in the soul of a sinner that repents&turns to righteousness. God doesn’t want any to die but repent. (Ezekiel 18 v 23 – 32). Chief.Ahun’s case is like that of the prodigal son (Luke 15 v 11-32),though on a flipside. One night,he slept and God took him through a vision of the night.An angel took him on a memory lane through all his past,his present and his future,including what happened in the future due to his wicked actions and how he died,even his obituary& what was written there.That also includes how his money was lavishly wasted on his burial.This touched him and he begged for mercy. He woke up a repented man. Nobody preached to him in reality&these days where we have have so many religious centers filled to the brim,yet the behaviours of members do not reflect even a tiny fraction of what they learn every time. Don’t let’s even talk of hypocritical religious leaders whose ministries you won’t even want to touch with a long pole,talk less of visiting. So much hypocrisy in the land.

Chief.Ahun repented his ways and started with his family.The family thought it was a dream but he was truly changed. He did all he could to restitute to those he offended and right his wrongs.I saw the “Zaccheus” in him. He restituted to those he had wronged. Increased his workers’ pay and sought forgiveness from those he offended,restituting where necessary.Nobody preached the doctrine of restitution to him but he restituted. The hall mark was when he donated d sums of #10m&#15m to d owner of an orphanage&an orphanage respectively,whom he had rejected in d past.He donated for&was present at the Orphanage’s new year party.That was very great repentance in the man and his repentance wasn’t only inside (as some claim),it was also outside and visible to all.

Many people may say Chief.Ahun’s case was exceptional because he had more spectacular chance but the truth is that we all have chances,though different,but all that’ll matter is how we use our chances.The Bible in Job 33 v 29,30 amp ” Behold,God does all these things twice,yes three times, with a man, to bring back his life from the pit of destruction,than he may be enlightened with the light of the living”. This scripture is self explanatory. And the lessons are clear.

How I wish all our leaders will all have this dream and change their ways. I mean all our leaders and even all we followers since in reality we may not really be much different than them bcos a people always choose leaders that they deserve. When I say leaders,I talk of all our political, even religious, social, economic, work place leaders, community, family, educational, organisational and all leaders. Not only leaders but followers too as a people get the leadership they deserve. I wish all our past national leaders,including our oga patapata,all serving and past state governors including we ourselves will repent, change, undergo a positive transformation&metamorphosis.

It’s evident all people get at least a 2nd chance (even more) but what’s important is what you do with that chance. Will you let your second chance slip u by?

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING. Vol 25

 

A TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS

 

Yar Adua was ill. GEJ is well

Yar Adua declared his assets, GEJ said he doesn’t give a damn about declaring his assets.

Yar Adua reduced the price of Petrol. GEJ increased it.

Yar Adua reduced militancy. GEJ dances while terrorism increases.

Yar Adua sacked a minister of health for corruption. GEJ pardons his godfather and shields the 10billion private jet flying minister of Petrol.

Yar Adua believed in the rule of law, GEJ flaunts it by refusing to reinstate Salami.

Now can you spot the difference?

 

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LEST WE FORGET

Events in recent times have alluded to the fact that Nigerians have very short memories. We tend to forget things (or at least pretend to, in deeds&actions&words) very easily. What could be d cause? Maybe we have amnesia problem? Is it genetic, educational, deliberate, socio-economic, ethnic, tribal, religious, retrogade, idiopathic, organic , (forgive my medical language), hypocritical, political, parochial, nutritional, defective, bigotted, jingoistic, selective, self-denial or multifactorial? I can’t answer for every one but my careful observation shows it bears a character of at least one of the above mentioned.

We do forget things easily. At least, most people, if not all will agree with me. As I go further, let me try to remind us of certain stuffs,lest we forget.

Have we forgotten about the over 200 secondary school girls kidnapped in Chibok?

Have we forgotten about the missing $20bn (or $10.8bn as d minister of finance put it) FG funds?

Have we forgotten about the comprehensive audit of NNPC promised by the minister of finance herself?

Have we forgotten GEJ promised to create wealth?

Have we forgotten the ever changing promises of stable power supply,even before CNN’s Christiana Amanpour?

Have we forgotten various probes by the senate& house of reps?

Have we forgotten the promise of very constant fuel supply when GEJ raised petrol prices from #65/L to #97/L?

Have we forgotten the promise of more local refineries GEJ promised us in 2011 while campaigning,also reiterated in 2012 after he increased fuel price?

Have we forgotten the FG Niger Delta amnesty programme is meant to last for less than one year ?

Have we forgotten the billion dollars contract given to ex-militants to protect our pipelines?

Have we forgotten the $3.5bn kerosene subsidy fiasco?

Have we forgotten the Centenary celebration occured just few days after over a hundred pupils were slaughtered in Bunu Yadi?

Have we forgotten the president’s jolly trip to Ibadan and Kano just 24 hours after over 100 people died in Nyanyan bombing ?

Have we forgotten a Federal Executive Council meeting was cancelled just because the Vice President’s brother died?

Have we forgotten Ribadu report on oil?

Have we forgotten the probe into the Immigration job fiasco?

Have we forgotten the reports on the Senate and Reps probe on Oil Subsidy?

And so on (add yours) ?

How many reports have we had? How many white papers? KPMG, NEITI, Ribadu Report, etc. What is the outcome?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Every onlooker is either a coward or a willing collaborator. Enough of seminars, workshops and conferences.

Don’t be deceived, we have to take back our stolen dreams.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 27
Blame God, Nigerians?

I find it annoying when Nigerians expect God to do even laundry for them. I think the country has been sedated under the influence of unproductive religion and if Nigeria has under-performed, we must blame God! God has not yet responded appropriately, and so Nigerians must pray more, and maybe louder.

Nigerians are not yet prepared for the kind of change that some of us have written about. On many occasions the people you think you are talking for, writing for, and fighting for, would tell you that you should be “patient”. They see no reason why you are boiling over for them. They expect you to give them money. That is the language Nigerians understand; they don’t care from where you have got the money. They only want their share. This attitude threatens to weaken our hands. Other Nigerians would respond to us with a question such as, “Are you perfect yourself?”
People that are averse to education and learning are without any hope of development. What our people worship is money. Our politicians know this so well; and that is why they have political longevity in spite of lack of character and what saner people would call “bad reputation”. The Nigerian people are not ready for a better life.

Surely, it is not well with Nigeria. When blood-thirsty Boko Haram militants conduct hours of operation and slaughter our children in their sleep without the intervention of the Nigerian security personnel, how could it be well with Nigeria? When billions of dollars of public money get missing and government officials only meet to “reconcile accounts” and nothing more is done in the public interest, how can it be well with Nigeria? When services like telecommunications and electricity supply remain deplorable and yet citizens are being ripped off without stern reaction by the government on behalf of citizens, how can it be well with Nigeria? When since 1999, the “largest party in Africa” has formed central government in Nigeria and yet not a single kilometer of modern railway has been built, and rather all we hear is the boast about “refurbishing” colonial-era coaches in spite of the hundreds of billions of dollars Nigeria has earned in revenue during the period, how can it be well with Nigeria? When the same old gang that has presided over Nigeria’s decay since independence is charged with organizing a national conference to heal Nigeria, how can it be well with Nigeria? On December 31, 2011, a famous prophet in Nigeria announced to the world that the problem of Boko Haram would be “a thing of the past” from 2012! Alas, Boko Haram is waxing stronger. But Nigerians love to be deceived by their prophets and overseers. We are made to hide under “prayers”, “faith”, and would not accept our individual responsibility.

Nigerians, we have groveled to “God” enough. We must change our ways. The president cannot defend corruption, excuse corruption and encourage impunity and then think that visitations to churches can shield him from the consequences. I want to warn that a deadly consequence awaits mockers of God. But we cannot continue this way and pretend continually. The conspiracy of Nigerian religious leaders, business leaders, traditional leaders and political leaders to hold Nigerians down will not survive scrutiny forever. The Nigerian people can decide when they want the charade in government, religious circles, business sector and traditional institutions to end. We must not be cheerleaders of what is injurious to our commonwealth. We must get rid of the cursed things in the camp. This requires action and not prayer. God will not get rid of these things for us; we must. It is our responsibility. The problem of Nigeria is Nigerians. Our moral temperature is very low—we call wrong right and right wrong. Stop “praying” and start purifying yourselves, for that is the greatest PRAYER. For “if you do my (God’s) will, then you are my friends indeed, and whatever you ask it shall be done for you.” The great prayer warrior is the obedient person. In our obedience we have the power to punish all disobedience.

Credits; Leonard Karshima Shilgba

 

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Don’t blame OBJ for your “mistake”,rather blame yourselves

Some folks (wrongly in my opinion) blame Obj for foistering d Clueless One on us.Maybe true but I still disagree with them on many points.He didn’t force us to vote for his candidate.Didn’t we see other northern cand? We said one was a thief&political prostitute&d other a jihadist.We all know better now.Worse than a thief is with us.I told any that cared to listen than Yar’Adua was sick&wont last his tenure.He was just like Hiddenberg in 1932.He showed signs.He didn’t campaign but sat down&waved.He even fainted once(Umoru,are u alive or dead? No baba)!What else do we need! Didn’t we vet his VP? What was his achievement? Negotiating with militants in their bases.Hahahahaha.Despite d fact d election was flawed,d candidate dat had majority of our votes won(I didn’t vote him though).Yet we keep complaining over our mistakes blaming another.

Soon,Love Day is here again.Another opportunity to make ammends but I’m afraid we’ll blow it again.This person said this,that said that,one sponsors Boko Haram( all without any proofs),pastor this said we should vote this; he once had his chance,they’d ruled too long,let’s keep our person there etc and we’ll vote wrongly again yet blame another for our self-inflicted woes.

Alexis de Toucquis said “in every democracy,the people get the government they deserve”
Nigerians think

 

 

 

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Do we really hate President. Jonathan?

I have been asked and wrongly accused of this question many times. Unlearned individuals have wrongly accused me and some others of hating President.Jonathan. How can we hate him when we fought against the injustice that was being done to him as VP when some cabals wanted to remove him extraconstitutionally and dont want him to take over from an incapacitated dying president. They wanted to rule yet the president was sick and the constitution prescribed the VP took over. They wanted to prevent that. We fought against that and he was made acting president and eventually president.

But now,dont let me bother you with details which you know already and much water has passed under the bridge. But now,people accuse us of still hating him. How can we hate him? Anyway,without boring you without boring you with long essays, my friend Teddy Victor has aptly summarised my view. Rather, president Jonathan has made people hate him. He brought on the hate on himself by his very bad ill advised, stupid actions.

In Teddy’s words ” … you said Jonathan won an election but you didnt say how? Would Jonathan had won without these people you perceived hate him now?… Ours brains are dumb the day we stopped to realised a coin has two sides… Jonathan is evil, a terrorist and accomplice, nobody hates him, his actions and comments are full of suspects, what love will you have for a president who said he doesnt give a damn after asking for your votes? What love will you give a president who increased fuel to bring you more adversity on the first day of the year. What love will you give a president that went dancing a day after his citizens were massacred? What love will you give to a leader who said few days ago that he can not sack looting ministers no matter the evidence? What love will you give a president that lies to you every day and you can not trust to defend you? What love will you give a leader who said looting is common stealing? If anyone hates Jonathan, his actions invited the hates. Nigerians are trustrated and tired ”

I think that statement needs no further explanations as it is a summary itself and self explanatory

 

Avoiding the road to Kigali

In pensive, sepulchral mood, Rwanda has been marking 20 years after the genocide.  Yes, that was when the country became one big sepulchre, as hell enlarged itself, and people just streamed into it.  Rwanda will never forget the weeks and months when the fields of Kigali, its capital, became killing fields. The waters turned crimson, and the rivers became rivers of blood.  Blood of human beings, not animals.  Heaps upon heaps of corpses littered Rwanda, not in hundreds, not in thousands, but in hundreds of thousands.  It was a spectacle that shook the rest of the world, dazed us to stupefaction, sent us reeling in shock and terror.  Morbid is a small word to describe it.  Ghoulish and hideous are better words, yet they still don’t convey the full weight of the macabre development.  

 

What opened the door of hell, and let the fiends loose on Rwanda?  Hatred.  Suspicion.  Insularity. Lack of national cohesion! (unfortunately,all these ingrediends are here with us presently in increased proportions). The president, Juvenal Habyarimana, died in an air crash.  The Hutus said it was not ordinary death, that the Tutsis caused it by shooting down the plane.  The carnage began.  In the cities, towns, villages, everywhere, murder and mayhem were unleashed.  This was how my boss, Mike Awoyinfa, put it in his column last Saturday: “Overnight, friends, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives turned into enemies, with brother killing brothers, husbands killing their wives, friends killing their friends, all because they were Tutsis.  Armed with clubs and machetes, the Hutus went out, searching for Tutsis to kill.  They were killed in their hundreds of thousands.

 

“Those who fled en masse into churches and cathedrals, thinking that they would be spared, learnt too late that not even the sanctity of the holy place could spare their lives.  The devils invaded the place of worship and slaughtered everybody.  Young, old, toddlers, mothers breastfeeding their babies, pregnant women, everyone was killed, including unborn babies.  Even, the heavens wept for Rwanda.”

 

The heavens are weeping again.  But this time, for Nigeria.  For Nyanya, Madala, Suleja, Damaturu, Dikwa, Bunin Yadi, Maiduguri, Bama, Chibok, Gujba, indeed for the entire country.  Nigeria is in the grip of insurgency.  She’s in the throes of transition, with her lifeblood being drained, her jugular in a death grip, her tongues protruding and her eyes turning and turning, almost popping out of their sockets.  Nigeria is on the road to Kigali.

 

On Sunday, scores of our compatriots were alive, and had plans for the new week, just like us.  On Monday morning, they left their homes, bade their loved ones goodbye, promising to see them later. Just like us. But for them, it turned to be a final goodbye.  They ended up in bodybags, some with heads missing, others with only their legs found, yet some others with just their torso intact.  One hundred?  Two or three hundred?  Nobody knows the actual figure of casualty.  In Nigeria, you never know, as officialdom tries to keep the figure as low as possible.  The waters of Nyanya turned crimson.  Even the ones in bottles and cups turned red.  You would think Moses and Pharaoh were slugging it out again, when every water in Egypt turned into blood.

 

All the variables that sparked genocide 20 years ago in Rwanda are present in Nigeria.  Talk of hate; we have it in prodigious quantity among the ethic nationalities.  What of malice?  We are not mean in that area at all.  Suspicion?  That is the middle name of Nigeria.  Religious intolerance and insularity?   That is the water some Nigerians drink daily.  They even bathe in it.  Nigeria has all the potentials to become a Rwanda.  And our politicians are not helping us.

In Rwanda, the minority dominated the majority for long.  But when a majority got to power, he died in a plane crash.  And the heavens (or rather, hell) fell on the country.  In Nigeria, it is the flipside.  A minority is in power for the first time.  And what an uncomfortable ride he’s having.  But I always pray for President Goodluck Jonathan.  May he finish his tenure in peace.  For the sake of the country.  Anything else should not even be considered.  May God allow him to finish in peace, in one piece, and go in peace.  For the sake of the country.  Do you also pray?  Please do.  We need it.

 

But our politicians are not helping us.  They are hindering our prayers.  Through their conduct and utterances, they are becoming like the Prince of Persia, who withstood the answer to Daniel’s prayers.  You know the story?  Daniel, according to the Holy Bible, had prayed.  And God heard immediately, and sent an answer.  But the angel bringing the good tidings was confronted on the way by the Prince of Persia (the Devil).  And for many days, the angel could not pass.  Till God sent the warrior angel, Michael, who bulldozed the Prince of Persia out of the way, and Daniel got the answer to his prayers.

 

After Nyanya on Monday, I could not believe my ears when Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) should be blamed for the bombing.  Did Metuh actually utter those words?  But hear him:  “We stand by our earlier statements that these attacks on our people are politically motivated by unpatriotic persons, especially those in the APC, who have been making utterances and comments, promoting violence and bloodletting as a means of achieving political control.”

 

Did Metuh utter those words?  He did, as the statement was credited to him, and widely circulated in the media.  He has not denied being the author.  But to say the least, the statement was careless, reckless, foalhardy, ill-advised, indiscreet.  Metuh simply crossed the line of decency and sensibility. He crossed into coarseness and gross ridicule. To use the words of my colleague, Steve Nwosu, it was a “drunken position.”  Must everything be turned to politicking?  Yes, the APC issues statements on almost everything under the sun, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but never has the party crossed the line recklessly like Metuh did.  How could the PDP National Publicity Secretary have spoken so imprudently, without the slightest scintilla of evidence, and while the blood of our compatriots was still flowing like water in Nyanya?  Such utterances can only further divide the country, sow deeper hatred and malice, and speed our feet faster on the road to Kigali.  When the APC launched its roadmap for the country’s future recently, was it not the same Metuh that described it as a Janjaweed document?  Has he not also said APC is a party that has its interim executive dominated by Muslims?  I hope all these utterances by Metuh do not have the imprimatur of the PDP.  If they do, then we are firmly on the road to Kigali.

 

I have watched with unease and disquiet how religion is becoming a tool in the hands of politicians in the build up to general elections next year.  Doesn’t Nigeria have enough problems without opening another battlefront, this time on something as highly emotive as religion?

 

If we must avoid the road to Kigali, our politicians need to repent.  If they continue to emphasize our fault lines, play on our centrifugal forces like ethnicity, language, clan, religion, all because they want to rule, soon, they’ll find that there’s no country to really rule over again.  The cohesion of the country may have been destroyed badly now, but we still trudge on.  However, if politicians continue to talk and behave recklessly, then the rickety contraption we have will not continue to hold out.  Things may fall apart, and the rest of the world will just say of us: truly there was a country called Nigeria.

 

 

FULL CREDITS : Femi Adesina, the author of the post

Speech By The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, On The Occasion Of The Declaration Of His Candidacy For The PDP Presidential Primaries, On The 18th September, 2010.

For The Records…

Speech By The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, On The Occasion Of The Declaration Of His Candidacy For The PDP Presidential Primaries, On The 18th September, 2010.

PROTOCOL

Forty months ago my predecessor in office and I embarked on a joint ticket in the governance of our great country, Nigeria. Sadly, he passed away on the 5th of May 2010.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE, AMEN.

With the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the mantle of leadership of our great nation fell on me. However, the days leading to my presidency were very trying times for our nation. We confronted those moments and their challenges to national security with patriotism and care. I appreciate the role played by the National Assembly, Governors, Civil Society groups, the mass media, and other patriotic Nigerians.

The late President Yar’Adua and I shared great dreams for our country. We toiled together to realize those dreams in order to justify the confidence Nigerians reposed in us. Together we swore to execute a joint mandate and today I come before you to make a pronouncement based on that undertaking.

The past four months that I have served as President of Nigeria have opened my eyes to the vast potentials of this office as a potent instrument for the transformation of our country. I discovered that by sheer willpower, I could end the long queues and price fluctuations in our petrol stations. Today, all our refineries are working, saving us huge amounts of funds spent on importation of petroleum products.

I discovered that by insisting that the right things be done, we could begin a turnaround in our power sector by involving the private sector in power generation and distribution. As you can see from the lower quantities of diesel that you are buying today, power generation has significantly improved.

I have put in place new gas policies and very soon, we will be saying goodbye to gas flaring in our oil fields. Working with the National Assembly, we rolled out a law that requires companies operating in the oil and gas sectors of our economy to utilize an appreciable percentage of their goods and services from local sources. We saw to it that normalcy began to return to the Niger Delta by ensuring government’s fidelity to its promises, and this has helped to stabilize our national revenue.

In the last few months, I embarked on monumental projects in our road infrastructure to end the carnage on our federal highways. I began several projects to make our water resources available for drinking and farming. I targeted our educational system to return quality and competitiveness to them. I re-addressed our drive for self sufficiency in food production. I have taken bold steps to confront our security situation. In this regard, we are pursuing the revision of our laws to be more responsive to international conventions and more punitive to criminals.

I set the stage for free and fair elections by constituting an electoral commission comprising of Nigerians with impeccable credentials for firmness and incorruptibility. I charged our anti corruption agencies to speed up the war against corruption, and respect no sacred cows in the process. In the management of the economy, I advocated a more transparent banking industry, price stability, low inflation, and aggregate increase in productivity as a way to drive us to a more prosperous economy. In International Relations, I advanced the respectability accorded our country by effective engagement in global fora.

From the moment I was sworn in as President, I came under intense pressure to make a declaration concerning my political future, but declined to do so because it would have immediately distracted us from all the development initiatives we have accomplished so far.

As President and leader of this government, I decided not to place partisan politics above the immediate needs and priorities of our people. I therefore told Nigerians to give me time to concentrate on my work, and that at the appropriate time, I would make a public statement on my political future after widespread consultations.

Those consultations have now been concluded. The Independent National Electoral Commission has recently announced a time table for the 2011 general elections in the country. My party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has also published a timetable for its primaries.

In the circumstances and after a thorough self examination and prayers with my family, I, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan have decided to humbly offer myself as a candidate in the Presidential Primaries of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in order to stand for the 2011 Presidential elections. I pledge once again to all the people of this nation that they will have a free and fair election, even as I stand to be a candidate. In this race, I have the honour to have as my running mate, Architect Namadi Sambo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our country is at the threshold of a new era; an era that beckons for a new kind of leadership; a leadership that is uncontaminated by the prejudices of the past; a leadership committed to change; a leadership that reinvents government, to solve the everyday problems that confront the average Nigerian.

I was not born rich, and in my youth, I never imagined that I would be where I am today, but not once did I ever give up. Not once did I imagine that a child from Otuoke, a small village in the Niger Delta, will one day rise to the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I was raised by my mother and father with just enough money to meet our daily needs.

In my early days in school, I had no shoes, no school bags. I carried my books in my hands but never despaired; no car to take me to school but I never despaired. There were days I had only one meal but I never despaired. I walked miles and crossed rivers to school every day but I never despaired. Didn’t have power, didn’t have generators, studied with lanterns but I never despaired.

In spite of these, I finished secondary school, attended the University of Port Harcourt, and now hold a doctorate degree.

Fellow Nigerians, if I could make it, you too can make it!

My story is the story of a young Nigerian whose access to education opened up vast opportunities that enabled me to attain my present position. As I travel up and down our country, I see a nation blessed by God with rich agricultural and mineral resources and an enterprising people. I see millions of Nigerians whose potentials for greatness are constrained by the lack of basic infrastructure.

I see Nigerians who can make a difference in the service of their country but are disadvantaged by the lack of opportunities.

My story symbolizes my dream for Nigeria. The dream that any Nigerian child from Kaura- Namoda to Duke town; from Potiskum to Nsukka, from Isale-Eko to Gboko will be able to realize his God-given potentials, unhindered by tribe or religion and unrestricted by improvised political inhibitions. My story holds out the promise of a new Nigeria. A Nigeria built on the virtues of love and respect for one another, on unity, on industry, on hardwork and on good governance.

My fellow Nigerians, this is what has brought me to Eagle Square today. I have come to say to all of you, that Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is the man you need to put Nigeria right. I have come to launch a campaign of ideas, not one of calumny. I have come to preach love, not hate. I have come to break you away from divisive tendencies of the past which have slowed our drive to true nationhood. I have no enemies to fight. You are all my friends and we share a common destiny.

Let the word go out from this Eagle Square that Jonathan as President in 2011 will herald a new era of transformation of our country; an era that will end the agony of power shortage in our country. Let the word go out from here that I will be for the students, teachers and parents of Nigeria, a President who will advance quality and competitive education. Let everyone in this country hear that I shall strive to the best of my ability to attain self sufficiency in food production.

Let the word go out that my plans for a Sovereign Wealth Fund with an initial capital of $1billion will begin the journey for an economic restoration. This restoration will provide new job opportunities and alleviate poverty. Let the word go out that our health sector will receive maximum priority in a new Jonathan administration, a priority that will ensure maximum health care and stop our brain drain.

Let all the kidnappers, criminal elements, and miscreants that give us a bad name be ready for the fight that I shall give them. Let the ordinary Nigerian be assured that President Jonathan will have zero tolerance for corruption. Let the international community hear that today I have offered myself to lead a country that will engage them in mutual respect and cooperation for the achievement of international peace and understanding.

To help me in these tasks effectively, I will re-train, revamp, and motivate the civil service.

My dear good people of Nigeria, I got here today by the power of God and the support of all Nigerians; all ethnic groups, North, South, East and West. I am here today because of your support and prayers. I want all of you to know that I am one of you and I will never let you down! I want you to know that I will keep hope alive; I want you to know that your time has come.

I stand before you today, humbly seeking your support for me, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, to run for the office of the President of Nigeria with Architect Namadi Sambo as my running mate.

We will fight for JUSTICE!

We will fight for all Nigerians to have access to POWER!

We will fight for qualitative and competitive EDUCATION!

We will fight for HEALTH CARE REFORMS!

We will fight to create jobs, for all Nigerians!

We will fight corruption!

We will fight to protect all Citizens!

We will fight for your rights!

My dear country men and women, give me your support, give me your votes and together we will fight to build a great nation of our dreams!

I cannot end this speech without thanking you all for attending this occasion. Your huge attendance is a loud testimony of your support for us. For this I am very grateful. I pray that the Almighty God abides with you and sees you safely back to your respective destinations.

When you return, tell all those at home that as we celebrate our fifty years anniversary as a nation, Goodluck has come to transform Nigeria and I will never let you down.

Thank You.

May God Bless you all!

And may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan, GCFR.

Friday Free Food For Friends’ Freaking Freethinking Vols 1 – 18

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FRIDAY FOOD FOR FREAKING FREETHINKING 1 – The saints in Nigerian Politics

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING      2      :   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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

5.

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING. Vol 5

 

Season of Defections and “Porting” in Nigerian political parties: Ridding the Progressives’ of deadweights

 

 

 

There 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 6

 

THE “FRIENDLY” CANCER by Lawal Qudus Olajide

 

 

 

I get depressed, each time I see women stink, bleed and die of a disease which is highly preventable and curable. Rarely will a disease give man both the opportunity of preventing and curing it. HIV has preventive measures but once infected there is no cure, Polio just like measles, is vaccine preventable but once infected it leaves an indelible mark. A little more eulogy for this cancer, it is a preventable cancer, the sexually transmittable cancer, a “curable” cancer and if not attended to a deadly cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

It is the most forgiving cancer. It gives man the grace of time to detect it before it start rendering its havoc. This opportunity many developed and few developing countries that value their women have grabbed. It is disheartening that despite having the knowledge around us for more than 4 decades, this cancer remains the commonest cancer in our women.

 

 

 

 

 

Many nations have brought this rabid cancer down the list of causes of women mortality, just by use of simple methods of early detection and vaccination. Incidence reduction by 80%(in fact 99% in a study ) have been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

So how friendly is this deadly cancer? With a little comparism to the most discussed disease worldwide- HIV, I will be highlighting why we need to act now.

 

 

 

 

 

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the female reproductive tract. It is of 2 main types: the sqaumous (70) and adenocarcinoma (25). The squamous type is usually secondary to a viral infection (HPV). This discuss is focussing on the squamous subtype.

 

 

 

 

 

Just like HIV, HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, however unlike HIV, HPV is vaccine preventable. Effective HPV vaccination can result in eradication of this deadly cancer!

 

 

 

There is a long transition period between HPV infection and development of cancer. An infected woman may carry the infection for more than a decade without developing the invasive cancer, giving a period of grace for detection and cure. Is this not friendliness! Early detection of HIV gives opportunity to manage not cure.

 

 

 

 

 

Detection of HPV infection like HIV, is done by screening. HPV screening is done by taking Pap smear, a procedure in which exfoliated cells are taken for examination; it is a painless but sometimes discomforting procedure. It is non-invasive and takes average of 5minutes to carry out.

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that screening be started 3years after attaining coitarche (1st sexual intercourse) /21years. The screening can be done annually or minimal of every 3-5years; however the frequency is increased to every 6-12months if abnormality is found.

 

 

 

 

 

If a premalignant lesion is found, the treatment is as simple as using “ice cube” to burn off the lesion-cryotherapy, or excision of the lesion,also available is laser.

 

 

 

 

 

However if the lesion is allowed to run its course, it becomes “lethally deadly”, requiring radiotherapy for palliation. A treatment so scarce and complication laden, people stay on the waiting list for average of 6months to get radiotherapy in Nigeria. Depending on the stage of the cancer, it can kill within 6months to 2years.

 

 

 

 

 

So why not spend 5minutes out of every 1576800 minutes (3years) to get screened for a disease that can be cured with ice cube rather than wait in pains and misery for palliative care that you may never live to get!

 

 

 

It is unfortunate that as a nation we have no guideline on screening for cervical cancer, the most common genital cancer in our women.

 

 

 

Pap smear is a procedure that should be available in all hospital just like it is for HIV screening.

 

 

 

Ca cervix used is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, but the situation is different in countries that have embarked on vaccination and cancer screening. Death from cervical cancer have been brought close to impossible.

 

 

 

In a country where we spent billions to celebrate 50th birthday,it is unpardonable not to have free Pap smear available for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Should our women keep dying of a preventable cancer just because their origin of birth?

 

 

 

Future generation will no doubt ask us why we continued to allow our women die every year from a disease that can be easily prevented and cured. They will rightly question our commitment, our priorities, our sense of justice, and our understanding of human right.

 

 

 

Be an advocate for cervical cancer screening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 7

 

Analyzing some individual performances of Eagles’ Players during CHAN 2014

 

 

 

This article is quite different from the one I recently posted,analysing all the players and scoring them individually.This post actually analyses some key performers.

 

 

 

I’ve been a keen follower of Nigeria’s local football since my youth days for over 28yrs now,year in,year out.I know some of these players’ performances with their individual clubs.Coach.Stephen Keshi did a great job in helping groom these boys.They deserved d trophy,but got a golden bronze.Echoing Keshi’s words that he expects about 4 players of these squad to make Nigeria’s World Cup team.I too expect 4 players approx to make d team,based on my assessment.

 

 

 

I expect the tourney’s best player,Rangers Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi to make d WC,apart from getting a good foreign club.His performance was stellar.I imagined that this was same player that had a 6mth stint after AFCON with Rennes FC where he was bounced thereafter to Rangers,after a poor performance. Sunshine’s Kunle Odunlami also had a great performance.He was rock in d heart of d defence.I expect him to get a good foreign team &make d WC team.Kano Pillars Rabiu Ali aka Ali Pele,was d best player in d nigerian league last season.I never expected him to do worse.He did very excellently.I expect him to make d WC team&get a good club.

 

 

 

Azubuike Egwuekwe of Warri Wolves had a forgettable performance last tourney.He was slow and made some errors.He was lucky he had an Odunlami to cover him up.As an experienced Eagle and one of “keshi boys”,I expect him to improve&make d WC team.He’s a good player that had a bad tourney.Apart from these 4,I must make mention of Shehu Abdullahi.He too was great and may make d WC team,though I don’t know who he’s capable of displacing in d foreign based midfielders.

 

 

 

Apart from these 5,players like Shooting Stars Gbolahan Salami,Ifeanyi Ede,Dumte Pyagbara, Barnabas Imenger also did greatly.I don’t expect them to make d WC party,but I expect them to get better clubs abroad.

 

The performances of Ifeanyi Ede&Solomon Kwambe were just average.Kwambe’s recovery rate was poor&in our 1st match with Mali,I wondered if we had a right full back.If they don’t improve,I wonder what they’re doing in the team.I hope selfish&greedy sentiments aren’t used to select players.

 

 

 

The most laughable is the captain and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim. He looked more of a clown&less of a goalkeeper in goal.He isn’t the type that should think of making the WC.He’s even been dropped by Rangers,his contract terminated&is presently clubless.He may be lucky to get some clubs in Vietnam or Thailand that may need his services,or some 3rd division turkish club or a League Two or League Three side

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 8

 

 

 

A Tribute to One of Nigeria’s best &greatest leaders – late General. Murtala Ramat Mohammed who was tragically murdered exactly 38 years ago on Friday the 13th 1976 by a group of disgruntled soldiers led by Lt.Col Buka Suka Dimka

 

 

 

Security and routine do not go together. Having dispensed with sizeable personal security and a motorcade, on Friday 13th February 1976, Murtala departed for work along his usual route. As his car crawled in the infamous Lagos traffic outside the Federal Secretariat in Ikoyi, a group of soldiers rushed over to the car and fired a volley of gunshots which killed Murtala, his ADC Lt Akintunde Akinsehinwa, his driver Sergeant Adamu Minchika, and his orderly Staff Sergeant Michael Otuwe.

 

 

 

Unbeknown to Murtala, as he made his way to work that day, a group of assassins including Lt-Colonel Dimka, Major Rabo, Captain Malaki and Lt William Seri were lying in wait for him. Each man had a different task. Captain Malaki was the “spotter” and his job was to signal Rabo and Seri when Murtala’s car approached. After only six months in office, Murtala Muhammed was assassinated in an abortive military coup led by Lt-Col Busa Sukar Dimka – the head of the army’s physical training corps. Dimka was the officer who a decade earlier had been accused of murdering his commanding officer, Lt-Colonel Okoro in Kaduna and of participating in death squads that summarily executed Igbo soldiers during the northern soldiers’ mutiny of July 1966. Yet somehow he had been allow remain in, and rise up the army.

 

 

 

Dimka had graduated from the Australian army officer cadet school in Portsea on December 13th 1963 along with Boniface Ikejiofor, an officer who took part in the Majors’ coup of January 1966. The two men were the first Nigerian army officers to train in Australia and successfully complete the course. Cadets from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands also trained with them. Both young men ruined promising lives and careers by choosing to join different coup plots. Ironically Arthur Unegbe (then a Major) who was murdered during the January 1966 coup in which Ikejiofor took part, had attended Dimka and Ikejiofor’s passing out parade in 1963. Shortly after Murtala was murdered, Dimka rushed up the road to the nearby Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation from where he made the following nationwide broadcast that was interspersed with martial music:

 

 

 

DIMKA OVERTHROWN SPEECH AFTER KILLING MURTALA

 

 

 

“Good morning fellow Nigerians, this is Lt. Colonel B.S. Dimka of the Nigerian army calling. I bring you good tidings. Murtala Muhammed’s hypocrisy has been detected. His government is now overthrown by the young revolutionaries. All the Military Governors have no powers over the states they now govern. The state affairs will be run by the military brigade commanders until further notice. All commissioners are sacked, except for the armed forces and police commissioners who will be redeployed. All senior military officers should remain calm in their respective spots. No divisional commanders will issue orders to his formations until further notice. Any attempt to foil this plan from any quarter will be met with death. You are warned, it is all over the 19 states. All acts of resistance will be met with death. Everyone should be calm. Please stay by your radio for further announcements. All borders, airports and sea ports are closed until further notice. Curfew is imposed from 6am to 6pm. Thank you. We are all together.”

 

 

 

The clumsy syntax and inadvertent imposition of a “6am to 6pm” curfew in the above speech tells readers all they need to know about the intellect of the soldiers behind this coup (Dimka obviously meant 6pm to 6am, but got the hours the wrong way round). Then came several gestures which although small in isolation – demonstrated Murtala’s popularity across Nigeria. The commander of the elite 1st mechanised infantry division in Kaduna: Major-General Alani Akinrinade, immediately made a radio announcement proclaiming his loyalty to Murtala and condemning the attempted coup. Then when news of the coup spread, students at the University of Benin marched into the streets and staged an angry demonstration against the soldiers that had killed their hero. Given the manner in which Nigerian soldiers had slaughtered civilians between 1966 and 1970, this was a brave gesture by the students.

 

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Danjuma dispatched Colonel Ibrahim Babangida to dislodge Dimka from the radio station. Babangida knew Dimka personally and came face to face with him inside the radio station. Babangida spoke to Dimka in Hausa and tried to talk Dimka down, playing on Dimka’s knowledge of Babangida’s family and that he was a married man. In circumstances that have never been fully explained, Dimka somehow managed to walk out of the radio station unscathed and fled. The coup was eventually put down and many of the culprits arrested. Seven days of national mourning were declared in Murtala’s honour. At the end of these seven days, grief stricken Nigerians were given a public holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol.9

 

TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD’S OLDEST LEADER AND AFRICA’S WORST DICTATOR : ROBERT MUGABE AS HE TURNS 90 YEARS TODAY

 

 

 

It is a surprise to many that i will write to pay tribute to Zimbabwe’s 90 year old president -Robert Gabriel Mugabe as he celebrates his 90th birthday today. Robert Mugabe is undoubtedly a controversial figure. Both his childhood and adult life are filled with surprises, many of which influenced decisions during his numerous terms as Zimbabwe’s president . I write this article as a tribute and memorial to him as he celebrates his 90th birthday today. Let’s get this right. I am no fan of Mugabe. Dont get me wrong and dont get it twisted here. I am just bringing out a few facts about him and what people to know him more. He is a hero to many Zimbabweans. Do you know he was also a Nobel Peace Prize nominee? Fasten your seat belts, as we embark on a brief tour history of Mugabe.

 

 

 

Mugabe,born 21 February 1924 is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who is the President of Zimbabwe. He will be 90 years old in a few days,as I am writing this article. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country’s first executive head of state. Having been repeatedly re-elected, he retains this post to this day. He has led the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) since 1975. Robert Mugabe rose to prominence in the 1960s as the Secretary General of ZANU during the conflict against the conservative white minority government of Ian Smith. Mugabe was a political prisoner in Rhodesia for more than 10 years between 1964 and 1974.

 

 

 

Upon release Mugabe, along with Edgar Tekere, left Rhodesia in 1975 to re-join the fight during the Rhodesian Bush War from bases in Mozambique. At the end of the war in 1979, Mugabe emerged as a hero in the minds of many Africans. He won the general elections of 1980 after calling for reconciliation between the former belligerents, including white Zimbabweans and rival political parties, and thereby became Prime Minister on Zimbabwe’s independence in April 1980.The following years saw a split between ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and ZAPU (Zimbabwe Africa People’s Union), the two key parties which had fought against the Rhodesian government during the 1970s, nominally alongside each other from 1976. ZAPU leader Joshua Nkomo signed an agreement whereby ZAPU was merged into ZANU–PF.

 

 

 

Since 2000, the Mugabe-led government embarked on a fast-track land reform program to forcefully correct the inequitable land distribution created by colonial rule.The period has been marked by economic sanctions, which after their introduction in 2002 led to the deterioration of the Zimbabwean dollar. Mugabe’s policies have been condemned domestically and internationally, as well as praised by other African countries where land was hoarded by the European minority, such as South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. As a result, criticism from the British and U.S. governments has been especially harsh. Eventually a wide range of sanctions, including a credit freeze through Section 4 C of the Zimbabwe Democracy And Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZDERA) was imposed by the United States and the European Union against the person of Mugabe, individuals, private companies, parastatals and the government of Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

In August 2008, Robert Mugabe suffered a narrow defeat in the first round of a presidential election but he subsequently won the run-off election in a landslide after opposition rival Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the race, and extended a hand to the opposition with the signing of a power-sharing deal with opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara of the MDC-T and MDC-M opposition party. On 3 August 2013, the Zimbabwe Election Commission said Mugabe won his seventh term as President, defeating Tsvangirai with 61 percent of the vote.

 

 

 

Now,10 things you probably never knew about Robert Mugabe

 

 

 

1. He has seven university degrees

 

2. He was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee

 

3. Mugabe has a strong background in education

 

4. Mugabe is the product of a religious upbringing

 

5. Two of his brothers died when he was young

 

6. After his release from prison, he escaped Zimbabwe with the help of a white nun

 

7. He had an extramarital affair while his wife was dying from cancer

 

8. Mugabe traveled to Italy despite a E.U. travel ban

 

9. Many honors he received from various institutions have been revoked

 

10. He plans to run for president again in 2018

 

 

 

Mugabe won the most recent election in Zimbabwe in 2013 with 61 percent of the vote, but it is widely believed that massive voter fraud and election rigging occurred. Despite this, and despite his advanced age, and his rumoured prostrate cancer problems, Mugabe has announced his intention to run again for election in 2018 for the office that he has held since 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol.10

 

 

 

MISSING $20bn funds, Sanusi Lamido’s sudden suspension and Kerosene Subsidy scam

 

 

 

A friend of mine once said “Why is it that no one is asking why subsidy payments have increased despite the fact that we now pay more for fuel and the process had supposedly been sanitized? Why is it that no one is asking questions on why monies stolen from subsidy payments have not been recovered and no one from NNPC, PPRA or the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has been forced to resign, been prosecuted or jailed for this? Why is no one asking for the case against Honourable Farouk Lawan to be brought to a swift conclusion and the guilty party (or Parties) jailed? And we are posturing for elections in 2015?”

 

 

 

Now let us add the recent Kerosene subsidy revelation, then we begin to realise how much these folks are stealing from the nation daily….we know there is no kerosene subsidy anywhere. We have been buying kerosene for btw #130 to #170 consistently for over 3 yrs now. Where is d effect of d so-called billions of dollars spent to provide kerosene subsidy so that we can be buying kerosene@#50/litre?

 

 

 

Are u saying this is another ruse? It’s akin to hearing commentaries on radio of a live match in a stadium which u’re present in,and nothing is happening. It’s either a case of auditory or optical illusions,or multiple delusions of thot or perception or both,or maybe some people are just too fraudulent &pathological liars here. The subsidy is for Beninoise&Togolese citizens,surely not Nigerians. Nigeria’s treasury has been taken to the cleaners by NNPC/Petroleum Ministry/Presidency. Are we serious at all in this country?

 

 

 

Two weeks ago CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi claimed that 20 billion US dollars had gone missing from the coffers of the NNPC. Today he has been suspended and relieved of his duties for exposing the rot and speaking the truth. Another has been quickly nominated to take his place with no room for recall for him to complete the few weeks left in his tenure. This is the height of desperaration. I have little doubt that the next thing that will happen is that he will be subjected to a formal probe and the EFCC will be called in to investigate his tenure of office. They will throw everything that they have got at him simply because he refused to play ball with them and cover up their penchant for monuemental corruption and graft.

 

 

 

If you speak truth to power and you take on the system be rest assured that the system will fight back and they will attempt to destroy you and all that is yours. Yet none of that matters because the only thing that is relevant is the fact that history and posterity will be kind to Sanusi on this matter based on the choices that he has made.

 

He spoke out when others chose to remain silent and to compromise. Unlike others, he refused to sell his soul to the devil and to sell his heritage and birthright for a mess of pottage. Despite the significant differences that I have with this man in terms of our different outlooks to how and what Nigeria ought to be as a nation I salute him and commend him for his efforts.

 

 

 

Like my good friend also sums it up and I quote him verbatim ” If financial recklessness is a reason for removal from office why is Yakubu (NNPC GMD) still in office? Why is Dieziani (Petroleum minister) still in office? Why is Goodluck Jonathan still in office? Whether with good intentions or bad intentions one thing is clear, this government is the most reckless and most profligate this nation has ever seen. And I understand that the road to hell is paved with good intentions so that is never an excuse. Seeking a moral high ground for sacking SLS after his inaction on Oduahgate is not only crass, it is absurd

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING     Vol 11

 

The Nigerian Military’s victories against Boko Haram : Who’s fooling who?

 

In recent times, the Nigerian military has claimed to have achieved lots of monumental victories against the Boko Haram terrorist insurgents, before and during the state of emergency in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Reports of bombings and deaths of several scores, even many hundreds of insurgents have been reported severally in the media and by military spokesmen. With the rate these victories are being reported, one should have assumed the terrorists would have been eradicated long,long ago. I was jolted by reports of the terrorists abdulting 20 girls to be used as sex slaves and the recent slaughter of over 50 students in a secondary school in Yobe. I took a long deep breath, thought deeply, meditated and soliquoquised over these issues.

 

Since my early secondary school days,I’d set up my heart to follow closely happenings in real warfare.I don’t know why I made up my mind to do that! Maybe because at a young,early age,I read a lot of newspapers&I’m current,or that I love war films a lot or maybe the two ” George Bushes” ,fmr US presidents are my heroes.

 

I’d followed closely the Liberian war,1st Gulf War,2nd Gulf War,Yugoslavian Conflict, Somalian war,Rwandan Civil,DR Congo’s multiple rebellions, Sudan,Dafur,Afghanistan,Angola,Congo,Sierra Leone,Kosovo,Guinean etc wars. Name them and I’ll comprehensively tell u d history of each.Though not by my power but God’s Exceeding Overflowing Grace inside me.I surprised some soldiers few years ago by my comprehensive rendition and analysis of d history of warfare conflicts in d countries they just came back from peacekeeping. They marvelled at my deep knowledge. However in all these,one thing is always clear! Even the americans and western media shamefully admit it: EXAGGERATIONS OF BATTLE ACCOUNTS.

 

Over-Exagerrated claims are usually being made in warfare.If u listen to US accounts of d 2nd gulf war,u’ll think Iraq would be overrun in 3days.We know that never happened&even for many years after they claimed “victory”,they still battled insurgents.Same in Afghanistan and if u see how a B-52 bomber’s capabilities are overhyped,u’ll think just 1 bomb from a B-52 bomber will kill 10,000 talibans (even if they’re hiding in caves),and victory will be wrought very quickly&all Al-Qaeda/Taliban will be eradicated. We all know that never happened.

 

Now to Nigeria.If u see govt spokesmen like Reuben Abati, Labaran Maku,Ahmed Gulak or defence HQ giving accounts of how Boko Haram is being decimated,u think it’s well and d insurgency will end in 3mths. We’ve heard of so many un-ending deadlines about Boko haram insurgency,with d goal post always changing positions,even from d commander-in-chief himself and accounts of many dead boko haram militants only for d so called decimated Boko Haram to strike back,even deadlier with more daring attacks, campuring military tanks,setting prisons on fire after setting prisoners free, attacking army barracks, even NDA,Police HQ, burning police stations,destroying aircrafts in military bases etc. U then imagine,is it that d dead boko haramists “resurrected” and became zombies or they recruited several tens of thousands immediately within a week or what? So many bewildering thoughts. I’ve come to the conclusion that all these rendition of war accounts by defence HQ is a hog-wash, gooble-de-gook and absolute mush! A set of lies to give false assurance to the people that victory has been wrought,when things are not yet uhuru. So sad.

 

All my thoughts were also corroborated few days ago by a soldier who gave me an almost eye-witness account of the happenings in the North-East Nigeria. He came to me for a mission (details withheld but I’d shared it once or twice before on social media). It’s sad how Nigerian soldiers are fighting insurgents with less sophisticated arms and over- exaggerations are being made in the warfare. If 2 insurgents are killed, 100 will be reported killed.That’s multiplied by 50. If 100 soldiers are killed, 5 are reported,that’s division by 20. It’s now a factor of 50-20. Multiply ur victories by 50 and divide ur losses by 20. Even the gov of one of the affected states – Borno, Gov. Shettima was bold enough to say this. Rather than he be appreciated by the Commander-in-Chief,he was even subtly threathened with some wisdomless, unrealistic, clueless horcus-porcus statements. Who suffers if soldiers are withdrawn in the state? Of course the masses because the governor can always travel out of nigeria to europe or middle east for several months in the guise of looking for non-existing investors.

 

 

 

Finally,who is deceiving who? I think recent happenings in Nigeria has shown we’ve been lied to,over and over again. We are yet victims of not only insecurity and terrorist insurgencies,but also of over-exaggerated accounts in warfare. God help us all. Amen.

 

Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 12

 

Wouldest ye Nigerians perceive the new sign of the times : Fuel Scarcity ?

 

 

 

O ye Nigerians, when wouldest thou learn? Weren’t u promised during 2011 elections thou wouldest get refineries? Where are d refineries now? Weren’t thou promised stable fuel supply in Jan 2012 after thou protesteth against fuel increase and ur fuel was increaseth to #97/L with a promise that would make fuel supply stable? Where is d stable fuel supply now? Aren’t thou not sleepeth in Petrol stations, queue long for hours or buy at exorbitant prices in black markets to get fuel? Isn’t this another promise yet failed !

 

Hear ye now the word of Nostra II, the servant of the signs of the times and seasons. ” This is yet another sign of things to come except ye taketh thy destiny into thine hands. It is yet another sign that since thou now knowest that Shoeless One, the Charles Logan of Africa, the beloved son of Otu-Isale in Niger Delta, who always lies like his former Baba at Otta, who always double speaketh with 2 sides of his mouth and maketh plenty promises which he keepeth not, giving plenty worthless excuses. If thou maketh d mistake of not booting out that shoeless one of Otu-Isale on the Day of Love next year , thou shouldest be preparest for another round of fresh fuel scarcity after April 2015. He wouldest give another excuse that the only way fuel would be available is if he increaseth the price to at least #200. Then thou shall payest through thine nose that money which thou havest not. Ye shall remember the words of Nostra II, the servant of the signs of the times and seasons and weep that only if thou heedest the words of Nostra. A sign has been provided and a warning given. He who has ears,let him hear. He who hath understanding, let him perceive ! ”

 

 

 

Disregard Nostra II to ur peril

 

God rules in the affairs of men

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FOOD FOR FREAKING FREETHINKING  Vol 13

 

IS EUROPEAN FOOTBALL GETTING FREE FROM RACISM?

 

 

 

Once upon a time in Europe,d only 2 countries where u see blacks form d nucleus or a significant % of their soccer national teams were Holland& France.U could also see 2 or 3 blacks in English or Portugese teams.Apart from those,u won’t see them anywhere in any european team. Then there was also d issue of racism against blacks and more pronounced in d former soviet block,east europe, Spain,Italy,and Germany.

 

 

 

Infact,at a point,d spanish,italian &germans esp,used to make fun of countries like France&Holland as countries that have lost their heritage bcos of football.it was so serious then. Now,thanks to UEFA,FIFA,advocacy&rights groups,goverments and general change in d mentality&attitudes of people,all that has greatly changed now! U see Toto Tamuz playing for Israel,Dennis Aogo&one other black playing for Germany,enfant terrible Mario Barlotelli playing for Italy and even Clarence Seedorf coaching AC Milan! The world has changed for,and is still changing for d better! Isn’t it? What’s ur opinion?

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 14

 

JONATHAN’S CONFERENCE WILL FAIL

 

 

 

I had always told all who cared to listen that Jonathan’s conference will fail.it’s an a still-birth&dead on arrival.Don’t let him deceive u wt unapproved referendum.it won’t happen! Most of d 492 delegates are govt nominees&are mainly pro-Jonathan.APC&NBA refused to send any delegates.

 

What my people have refused to look at is d provisions of d conference

 

 

 

1.It is non-sovereign

 

2.The recommendations will be sent 2d legislooters and senathieves for approval. U know they can’t pass what will work against them,they are divided sharply amongst party lines&some knotty recommendations won’t go thru. Don’t let’s live in self-deception

 

3. It says d recommendations must be passed unanimously. In case there’s a dissention,a vote will be called for and it’ll only be passed if at least 75% (not 50% or 67%) agree. We all know that’s gonna be impossible for most good recommendations esp some knotty ones

 

4.Most of the delegates were handpicked by govt,They are govt nominees

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not raise our hopes unnecessarily bcos some good activists like Pastor.Tunde Bakare, Joe Okey-Odumakin, Olu Falae, Ayo Adebanjo,Tunji Braitwaith, Emman Shehu, Jaye Gaskiya and few others are there and all will be well. It’s their votes against others. We know majority wins the vote but here,only 75% can win. Don’t let’s keep gaving false hopes. Afterall, nothing good will come out afterall out of this conference eventually,d same way NIGERIA WILL NEVER HOST A WINTER OLYMPICS games

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 15

 

 

 

I know a lot have been said about coups,counter-coups and phantom coups in Nigeria. The most talked about coups in Nigeria are d Kaduna Nzeogwu coup, Orkar Coup, Murtala assassination in d Dimka coup, the counter coup that eliminated Ironsi ,not mentioning other rumoured coups and phantom coups. Perhaps (one of d) least talked about coup is the Dec 1983 coup that overthrew Shagari and Buhari became the Head of State. A lot of things are not known about the coup and understandably,many nigerians say errorneous things about the coup. It is understandable bcos an expose hasnt been done on the coup. Who were the planners of the coup? What unexpected things happened during the coup? Why was the coup carried out? Why was d regime the only one usually referred to with d name of d oga and his deputy? Why would people say Buhari-Idiagbon Regime ( I know my friend Teddy Victor would vehemently oppose this but he doesnt deny d fact people do refer to it like that )? Why wasnt there a Babangida-Abacha regime or Murtala-Obasanjo regime or Abacha-Diya regime or Babangida-Aikhomu regime? Was it a foundational problem that gave rise to this? I will reveal many details of this before the next week ends. U will get many mind-blowing details that will open ur minds,including facts u have never come accross before. Stay tuned

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 16

 

 

 

We can only make progress if we begin to look at progress from the perspective of development and the capability of people we want to lead us, and not from the prism of religion as many would want to do.  The desire to hold power must stem from a commitment to how to rid Nigeria of frustration, lack of medical care, insecurity and poverty…  Every road we constructed, every school we built was for all the people and not a particular religion. Our religion and ethnic diversity must not be used as a divisive instrument but must be used for progress and development.  No nation can survive religious bigotry.”

 

 

 

When it comes to leadership, what we should look at is capacity, capability, not religion.  Yes, religion is good, but the most pious person is not necessarily the most effective leader.  There are bad Christian leaders, just as there are bad Muslim leaders.  Religion is an addition to leadership quality, not the sine qua non.

 

 

 

When I drive on a well-built road, or a well-constructed bridge, I care less whether a Christian or Muslim leader built it.  When the populace can have access to good health care, education, security of life and property, power, jobs, food, transportation, and are at liberty to practice their faith, does it then matter the religion of who leads them?

 

 

 

Religion should really not be the major determinant of who rules us.  Competence and humanity should be key. A Christian can loot the treasury blind, so can a Muslim. They both can misgovern, and send the polity into a tailspin. Therefore, religion does not matter.Let the best emerge, irrespective of religion.

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 17

 

NIGERIA IN RETROSPECT: HITHERTO HIDDEN DETAILS OF DEC 31,1983 Coup

 

What is a coup d’etat? A coup d’état also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden and illegal seizure of a government, usually instigated by a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government and replace it with a new ruling body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence. A coup d’état typically uses the extant government’s power to assume political control of the country. Military historian Edward Luttwak states that “a coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”

 

 

 

There has been many coups, counter coups , attempted coups, imaginary coups and phantom coups in the history of Nigeria. The purpose of this article is not to talk about all the various types and histories of all coups in Nigeria. It is just choosing one, perhaps (one of the) least talked about coups and has been greatly misconceived as people say various things about the coup, mostly errorneous possibly due to lack of information or general misinformation. This article is not a campaign article for anybody. It is just setting the records straight. The most talked about coups in Nigeria are the Jan 15,1966 Kaduna Nzeogwu led coup and the April 22, 1990 Gideon Orkar coup (some say he wasnt the leader) . I have written very extensive articles on these two coups, giving many deep explicit details. Anybody can consult any of my previous write-ups on these. Now let me discuss the Dec 31, 1983 coup that overthrew Shagari government.

 

 

 

 

 

THE COUP

 

 

 

On the last day of the year 1983, a coup was in operation to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Shehu Shagari. The most interesting thing about the coup was that even though it was neatly orchestrated by middle-cadre and top brass in the military, Buhari was not initially the person to become the Head of State. The person that was expected to become the new HOS after the coup was Brigadier Ibrahim Bako. Bako and his boys stormed the President’s residence to overthrow him. Shagari was woken up by his security team and alerted that Bako and his men were on their way to the State House to arrest him.

 

 

 

Quickly, President Shagari was evacuated to a safer location and the stage was set for one of the most dramatic gunfights in Nigeria’s political history. To guard, protect and defend the Nigerian President then was the Brigade of Guards, headed by Captain Augustine A. Anyogo, an elite presidential bodyguard made up of some of the best-trained hands in the Armed Forces. They fought to the last and in the ensuing battle and under circumstances that are still not very clear, Bako, who was supposed to be the new Head of State was hit (IBB denies that Bako was to be the new Head Of State but agreed he was a chief plotter). He died. On Bako’s death, IBB would later say that maybe it was due to an accidental discharge. Hear him:

 

 

 

Question:“…What really happened to General Bako?”

 

Babangida: “..….when they went to Abuja for that operation, ….this thing happened in the night… you see, from the experiences we had from the civil war, we found out that soldiers sometimes panic and when they panic, there are dire consequences. So, it was in the night and there was what you could call accidental discharge and the first reaction of the soldiers was that they were being attacked and in situations like that, you could shoot anyway. It happened to us I remember, during the civil war. You get shot at in the front and the sound reverberates behind so the soldiers at the back believes that the person shooting is right there then they forgot that some 500 meters away are what we refer to as own troops, your own forces. Because of no adequate training, a soldier would just cock his rifle and start shooting only to discover that he is shooting his own people. During the civil war, we sustained lots of casualties as a result of this situation. So, my suspicion is that a similar situation must have played out during that operation in Abuja and a bullet hit the late Ibrahim (Bako).”

 

Question: “So, claims that General Tunde Ogbeha may have pulled the trigger on Bako are not correct after all?”

 

Babangida: “I would not like to say he did it, no. It was the situation they found themselves; it was dark and everybody was shooting anyhow.”

 

 

 

In short, no one really knows exactly how Bako died.

 

 

 

As at the time of the coup and following Bako’s death, General Buhari was commanding the Third Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State and he was far from the center of action in Lagos State. It is a norm that the top military commanders and the top brass of the military who are not involved in the coup are usually informed to know their opinion and get their invaluable support. Buhari was informed in Jos. He informed the plotters that he was not opposed to them and they had his support. He further suggested that the most senior military officer ( who happened to be Domkat Bali) should be made the new Head of State. How quickly things can turn. A yoruba adage says ” ori to ba ma j’oba,ko si ni, aa d’ade” ( a person predestined to be a king will surely be crowned no matter the cruel situation he faced). A meeting was held to choose the new HOS since the original person ordained to be HOS – Brigaider Ibrahim Bako had been killed in action.

 

 

 

The plotters held closed-door meetings to choose the new leader. But during one of the meetings to choose him, a mild drama played itself out.Some of the military officers wanted to select IBB as the new head of state but in a fit of fury, Mustapha Jokolo drew out his gun and said no one would leave that place alive if Buhari was not crowned the head of state, that IBB would become the Head of State over his dead body. Jokolo would later become the aide-de-camp (ADC) of Buhari and later the Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi State before he was deposed and banished from his own kingdom (Jokolo and Colonel Sabo Aliyu, who was heading the Brigade of Guard were captured the day Buhari was overthrown and were beaten to a state of stupor, the beating was so intense that rumours initially flew out that Jokolo was dead).An agreement was reached and Buhari was selected to become the head. A jet was on to Jos to later bring Buhari who was not in the meeting.

 

 

 

To cut long story short…lol, Buhari was ‘elected’ as the Head of State and the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and his appointment was formalized on the 1st of January, 1984. It would last until the 27th of August, 1985 when Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and his cohorts like Abacha dem took over. The Supreme Military Council (SMC) was formed. Tunde Idiagbon, also one of the original coup plotters was “elected” to be Buhari’s deputy. Infact,it was almost as if they ran the government together because Buhari gave idiagbon a freehand to take many actions and sought his advice on many issues. Also,Idiagbon always took actions with his boss full permission and understanding. He never usurped his boss authorithy. No wonder it was labelled Buhari-Idiagbon regime.

 

 

 

 

 

Like I said earlier,this isnt a campaign for Buhari but an attempt to set records straight. Buhari never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democratically elected governmen. He was just a man of perculiar circumstances, ordained by fate to rule Nigeria at that time.

 

It is cluelessness and gross ignorance to say Buhari plotted any coup or truncated democracy. He never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democracy.I am not holding briefs for him but just setting records straight

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about Buhari here : http://www.abiyamo.com/muhammadu-buhari-nigerias-strictest-leader/2/

 

FULL CREDITS : Abiyamo

 

Naijarchives

 

Adebayo Ahmed Adebola

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING      vol 18

 

Barca’s loss,a big blessing in disguise

 

 

 

The purpose of this post isn’t to make silly excuses or to villify losses&failure. Rather,it’s to magnify the Marchiavellian principle that the end justifies the means. Yes,d end results justify d means u used to get da results. Any Barca fan that’s very honest will know that it’s almost nearly impossible to beat ur chest and say Barca will win UCL this season (unlike past seasons). With hot teams like Bayern Munich and Chelsea,yea Chelsea,it’s practically impossible to win that one. It’s always better to be realistic and face true realities. My people say “eni ti o ba le eku meji a p’ofo” (he who chases 2 rodents simultaneously will end up losing both rodents).

 

Like I correctly prostulated few weeks ago that Chelsea purposely lost d FA cup 5th round match to Man City,so that it’ll be able to concentrate on winning 2 bigger trophies – UCL and EPL. It had lesser matches than her rivals. Many didn’t believe that but currently, Chelsea is in pole position to win UCL.it’s also in pole position to win EPL (despite recent loses to unworthy teams). It could rest more players. Now imagine if it didn’t lose d FA match,won’t playing more matches have negative effects on d players. U may not appreciate this more this end of season. Also take Liverpool’s success this season,against all odds into consideration.Despite having great players&an excellent coach,it’s benefitted greatly from the fact that it never played any european matches this season. No resting or rotation of players to play important european mid-week matches. That’s had a positive effect! We’ll see if they can maintain that standard when they’ll also play in europe next season.

 

 

 

Now Barca is among d 3 top contenders for the la liga title this season.Likewise she’s in d final of Copa del Rey (King’s Cup)! That’s more matches compared to her rivals(or same). Compare that will d fact that this is an understrenght barca side,and she’s in d same stage of UCL with her la liga rivals. That’s more stress and need to rest players during la liga for euro matches,risk of injuries,exhaustion etc even for UCL u know u can never win. It’s more graceful as they’ve lost now,since they’ll have lesser matches&lesser headache than their rivals who can NEVER also win UCL. In the end,Barca will win Copa del Rey, and La Liga, that’s la decima and her rivals will end up with nothing this season. Then Gerrado “Tata” will bow out gracefully as Barca coach ,return back with his heads high to Argentina and allow a better hand handle Barcelona. That’s my view and a strictly personal opinion. I may end up being wrong at d end of d day,but I strongly doubt I will. Tanx

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 19

 

World health Day-7 April 2014 celebrated the world over with the theme ‘Vectors and vector borne diseases’,and by popular demand I will be enlightening us about ‘Ebola’.

 

 

 

The much talked about “Ebola” is a virus belonging to a group of viruses that cause Viral Haemorrhagic Fever{VHF}.Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease that may be caused by any of four of the five known ebola viruses. These four viruses are: Bundibugyo virus (BDBV), Ebola virus (EBOV), Sudan virus (SUDV), and Taï Forest virus (TAFV, formerly and more commonly Côte d’Ivoire Ebola virus (Ivory Coast Ebolavirus, CIEBOV)). EVD is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), and is difficult to tell apart from Marburg virus disease (MVD).

 

 

 

VHF is a group of illnesses that affects humans and non-primates. It mostly leads to severe multi-organ damage ,bleeding and in many cases, death within 7- 10days in the case of Ebola. Ebola happens to be the deadliest of the hemorrhagic fever viruses.

 

 

 

 

 

* VHF are significant public health disease notifiable to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

 

 

* VHF viruses because they are so deadly,are considered potential biological warfare and can be used in bioterrorism.

20 Facts About Bishop David And Faith Oyedepo’s Marriage That You Should Know:

1. Mummy met him at a Motor Park

2. She was a university student – O.A.U “GREAT IFE” while he was only a Polytechnic student in Kwarapoly (Remember the discrimination) – she could have snubbed him – but she responded.

3. His friends complained that he was carrying Christianity too zealously as if he was the only Christian – she became zealous too.

4. He took her to church in 1976 and made her sign an agreement (SAILING UNDER SEALED ORDERS) to marry and follow him whether he becomes blind, lame or handicapped… she signed.

5. Just before he married her, he told her God had sent him to LIBERATE THE WORLD (while he was still hopping between jobs) and went on to resign his job; his elder brother lambasted him, she stuck to him.

6. He told her God had shown him the key to prosperity – she believed.

7. He told her they would build a 50,000 capacity tent and preach the gospel from private jets-she believed
her dreamer lover. 8. He was too ‘buoyant’ to afford a hotel room on his wedding eve, he slept in his rickety Volkswagen Beetle – she married him.

9. During a moment of insane faith, he ordered a mad man to be put in his car alone with her while she was
pregnant; she remained.

10. She saw she was dripping blood while pregnant and explained to him that she had a miscarriage, he shouted “It CANNOT Happen, Can I have my food please” – she served him food.

11. She just had their first baby and there was no food or money at home. He refused to borrow or ask or take church money and they were drinking/eating “CERELAC Baby food’ for 3 days – she ate with him.

12. She came to church one day and saw him so excited with few members while waiting for service to start; he explained to her that service was actually over – she laughed.

13. People kept praying for her and her husband as they seemed to be crazy and needed deliverance-she kept faith. 14. He announced a new Bible school and she knew there was no facility; she asked him and he replied “Is it your school”? She kept quiet. IT DOESN’T END THERE!

15. She didn’t know they were going to be flying in customized jets round the world.

16. She didn’t know he will pastor and she, co-pastor the largest church auditorium in the world.

17. She didn’t know he will be a father to millions all over the world.

18. She didn’t know he will be hosted by Presidents and Heads of States of nations.

19. She didn’t know he will be a Chancellor and Pioneer of one of the best Private-owned Universities in the
world…..and six others.

20. She woke up one day on her sick bed in the USA and unexpectedly saw her hubby who had flown in quietly from Nigeria and had refused to wake her up….. he was kneeling on the floor by her legs and crying ‘Lord, heal her and prove that you sent me”- She got healed miraculously… …TWICE!. She didn’t know. #All she saw was a Man with A BIG GOD inside him. Her name is “FAITH”.

But these days ladiess can’t stand by a man with purpose and vision like this “so sad“. Most ladies want a man that has ‘made it‘ but unknown to them most men that walk with God need to grow in Him
even as they (The ladies) grow with him (The husband).

Some of our mothers married our fathers when they had nothing to their names and together they grew to where they got to. Sadly, some of those parents will not accept a spouse that doesn’t have much to his or her name when their child wants to be joined with one. Who upturned our values? Who said you need to ‘arrive’ before taking a helping hand and obtaining blessings from God?

Friend, marriage is not an achievement like one of ur degrees or acquisition like a car or landed property. Some marriages bring the completeness a man or woman needs. Let’s get our priorities right. Thanks Mummy Oyedepo for not forming and now Daddy you have become that king – Bishop David Oyedepo.

Photo: 20 Facts About Bishop David And Faith Oyedepo’s Marriage That You Should Know:

1. Mummy met him at a Motor Park

2. She was a university student – O.A.U “GREAT IFE” while he was only a Polytechnic student in Kwarapoly (Remember the discrimination) – she could have snubbed him – but she responded.

3. His friends complained that he was carrying Christianity too zealously as if he was the only Christian – she became zealous too.

4. He took her to church in 1976 and made her sign an agreement (SAILING UNDER SEALED ORDERS) to marry and follow him whether he becomes blind, lame or handicapped… she signed.

5. Just before he married her, he told her God had sent him to LIBERATE THE WORLD (while he was still hopping between jobs) and went on to resign his job; his elder brother lambasted him, she stuck to him.

6. He told her God had shown him the key to prosperity – she believed.

7. He told her they would build a 50,000 capacity tent and preach the gospel from private jets-she believed
her dreamer lover. 8. He was too ‘buoyant’ to afford a hotel room on his wedding eve, he slept in his rickety Volkswagen Beetle – she married him.

9. During a moment of insane faith, he ordered a mad man to be put in his car alone with her while she was
pregnant; she remained.

10. She saw she was dripping blood while pregnant and explained to him that she had a miscarriage, he shouted “It CANNOT Happen, Can I have my food please” – she served him food.

11. She just had their first baby and there was no food or money at home. He refused to borrow or ask or take church money and they were drinking/eating “CERELAC Baby food’ for 3 days – she ate with him.

12. She came to church one day and saw him so excited with few members while waiting for service to start; he explained to her that service was actually over – she laughed.

13. People kept praying for her and her husband as they seemed to be crazy and needed deliverance-she kept faith. 14. He announced a new Bible school and she knew there was no facility; she asked him and he replied “Is it your school”? She kept quiet. IT DOESN’T END THERE!

15. She didn’t know they were going to be flying in customized jets round the world.

16. She didn’t know he will pastor and she, co-pastor the largest church auditorium in the world.

17. She didn’t know he will be a father to millions all over the world.

18. She didn’t know he will be hosted by Presidents and Heads of States of nations.

19. She didn’t know he will be a Chancellor and Pioneer of one of the best Private-owned Universities in the
world…..and six others.

20. She woke up one day on her sick bed in the USA and unexpectedly saw her hubby who had flown in quietly from Nigeria and had refused to wake her up….. he was kneeling on the floor by her legs and crying ‘Lord, heal her and prove that you sent me”- She got healed miraculously… …TWICE!. She didn’t know. #All she saw was a Man with A BIG GOD inside him. Her name is “FAITH”.

But these days ladiess can’t stand by a man with purpose and vision like this “so sad“. Most ladies want a man that has ‘made it‘ but unknown to them most men that walk with God need to grow in Him
even as they (The ladies) grow with him (The husband).

Some of our mothers married our fathers when they had nothing to their names and together they grew to where they got to. Sadly, some of those parents will not accept a spouse that doesn’t have much to his or her name when their child wants to be joined with one. Who upturned our values? Who said you need to ‘arrive’ before taking a helping hand and obtaining blessings from God?

Friend, marriage is not an achievement like one of ur degrees or acquisition like a car or landed property. Some marriages bring the completeness a man or woman needs. Let’s get our priorities right. Thanks Mummy Oyedepo for not forming and now Daddy you have become that king – Bishop David Oyedepo.
 

Yesteryears in Retrospect: Many things you never knew about the Dec 31,1983 coup that overthrew President. Shehu Shagari

What is a coup d’etat?  A coup d’état also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden and illegal seizure of a government, usually instigated by a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government and replace it with a new ruling body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence. A coup d’état typically uses the extant government’s power to assume political control of the country. Military historian Edward Luttwak states that “a coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”

 

There has been many coups, counter coups , attempted coups, imaginary coups and phantom coups in the history of Nigeria. The purpose of this article is not to talk about all the various types and histories of all coups in Nigeria. It is just choosing one, perhaps (one of the) least talked about coups and has been greatly misconceived as people say various things about the coup, mostly errorneous possibly due to lack of information or general misinformation. This article is not a campaign article for anybody. It is just setting the records straight. The most talked about coups in Nigeria are the Jan 15,1966 Kaduna Nzeogwu led coup and the April 22, 1990 Gideon Orkar coup (some say he wasnt the leader) . I have written very extensive articles on these two coups, giving many deep explicit details. Anybody can consult any of my previous write-ups on these. Now let me discuss the Dec 31, 1983 coup that overthrew Shagari government.

 

 

THE COUP

 

  On the last day of the year 1983, a coup was in operation to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Shehu Shagari. The most interesting thing about the coup was that even though it was neatly orchestrated by middle-cadre and top brass in the military, Buhari was not initially the person to become the Head of State. The person that was expected to become the new HOS after the coup was Brigadier Ibrahim Bako. Bako and his boys stormed the President’s residence to overthrow him. Shagari was woken up by his security team and alerted that Bako and his men were on their way to the State House to arrest him.

 

Quickly, President Shagari was evacuated to a safer location and the stage was set for one of the most dramatic gunfights in Nigeria’s political history. To guard, protect and defend the Nigerian President then was the Brigade of Guards, headed by Captain Augustine A. Anyogo, an elite presidential bodyguard made up of some of the best-trained hands in the Armed Forces. They fought to the last and in the ensuing battle and under circumstances that are still not very clear, Bako, who was supposed to be the new Head of State was hit (IBB denies that Bako was to be the new Head Of State but agreed he was a chief plotter). He died. On Bako’s death, IBB would later say that maybe it was due to an accidental discharge. Hear him:

 

Question:“…What really happened to General Bako?”

Babangida: “..….when they went to Abuja for that operation, ….this thing happened in the night… you see, from the experiences we had from the civil war, we found out that soldiers sometimes panic and when they panic, there are dire consequences. So, it was in the night and there was what you could call accidental discharge and the first reaction of the soldiers was that they were being attacked and in situations like that, you could shoot anyway. It happened to us I remember, during the civil war. You get shot at in the front and the sound reverberates behind so the soldiers at the back believes that the person shooting is right there then they forgot that some 500 meters away are what we refer to as own troops, your own forces. Because of no adequate training, a soldier would just cock his rifle and start shooting only to discover that he is shooting his own people. During the civil war, we sustained lots of casualties as a result of this situation. So, my suspicion is that a similar situation must have played out during that operation in Abuja and a bullet hit the late Ibrahim (Bako).

Question: “So, claims that General Tunde Ogbeha may have pulled the trigger on Bako are not correct after all?”

Babangida: “I would not like to say he did it, no. It was the situation they found themselves; it was dark and everybody was shooting anyhow.”

 

In short, no one really knows exactly how Bako died.

 

As at the time of the coup and following Bako’s death, General Buhari was commanding the Third Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State and he was far from the center of action in Lagos State. It is a norm that the top military commanders and the top brass of the military who are not involved in the coup are usually informed to know their opinion and get their invaluable support. Buhari was informed in Jos. He informed the plotters that he was not opposed to them and they had his support. He further suggested that the most senior military officer  ( who happened to be Domkat Bali) should be made the new Head of State. How quickly things can turn. A yoruba adage says ” ori to ba ma j’oba,ko si ni, aa d’ade” ( a person predestined to be a king will surely be crowned no matter the cruel situation he faced). A meeting was held to choose the new HOS since the original person ordained to be HOS – Brigaider Ibrahim Bako had been killed in action.

 

The plotters held closed-door meetings to choose the new leader.  But during one of the meetings to choose him, a mild drama played itself out.Some of the military officers wanted to select IBB as the new head of state but in a fit of fury, Mustapha Jokolo drew out his gun and said no one would leave that place alive if Buhari was not crowned the head of state, that IBB would become the Head of State over his dead body. Jokolo would later become the aide-de-camp (ADC) of Buhari and later the Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi State before he was deposed and banished from his own kingdom (Jokolo and Colonel Sabo Aliyu, who was heading the Brigade of Guard were captured the day Buhari was overthrown and were beaten to a state of stupor, the beating was so intense that rumours initially flew out that Jokolo was dead).An agreement was reached and Buhari was selected to become the head. A jet was on to Jos to later bring Buhari who was not in the meeting.

 

To cut long story short…lol, Buhari was ‘elected’ as the Head of State and the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and his appointment was formalized on the 1st of January, 1984. It would last until the 27th of August, 1985 when Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and his cohorts like Abacha dem took over. The Supreme Military Council (SMC) was formed. Tunde Idiagbon, also one of the original coup plotters was “elected” to be Buhari’s deputy. Infact,it was almost as if they ran the government together because Buhari gave idiagbon a freehand to take many actions and sought his advice on many issues. Also,Idiagbon always took actions with his boss full permission and understanding. He never usurped his boss authorithy. No wonder it was labelled Buhari-Idiagbon regime.

 

Like I said earlier,this isnt a campaign for Buhari but an attempt to set records straight. Buhari never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democratically elected governmen. He was just a man of perculiar circumstances, ordained by fate to rule Nigeria at that time.

 

It is cluelessness and gross ignorance to say Buhari plotted any coup or truncated democracy. He never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democracy.I am not holding briefs for him but just setting records straight

 

 

Thanks.

 

 

Read more about Buhari here :  http://www.abiyamo.com/muhammadu-buhari-nigerias-strictest-leader/2/

 

 

 

FULL CREDITS : Abiyamo

                         Naijarchives

                         Ahmed Adebayo Adebola

 

Friday Free Food For Friends’ Freaking Freethinking vols 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 (pls Easter Specials)

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NIGERIA IN RETROSPECT: HITHERTO HIDDEN DETAILS OF DEC 31,1983 Coup

What is a coup d’etat? A coup d’état also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden and illegal seizure of a government, usually instigated by a small group of the existing state establishment to depose the established government and replace it with a new ruling body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence. A coup d’état typically uses the extant government’s power to assume political control of the country. Military historian Edward Luttwak states that “a coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.”

 

There has been many coups, counter coups , attempted coups, imaginary coups and phantom coups in the history of Nigeria. The purpose of this article is not to talk about all the various types and histories of all coups in Nigeria. It is just choosing one, perhaps (one of the) least talked about coups and has been greatly misconceived as people say various things about the coup, mostly errorneous possibly due to lack of information or general misinformation. This article is not a campaign article for anybody. It is just setting the records straight. The most talked about coups in Nigeria are the Jan 15,1966 Kaduna Nzeogwu led coup and the April 22, 1990 Gideon Orkar coup (some say he wasnt the leader) . I have written very extensive articles on these two coups, giving many deep explicit details. Anybody can consult any of my previous write-ups on these. Now let me discuss the Dec 31, 1983 coup that overthrew Shagari government.

 

 

THE COUP

 

On the last day of the year 1983, a coup was in operation to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Shehu Shagari. The most interesting thing about the coup was that even though it was neatly orchestrated by middle-cadre and top brass in the military, Buhari was not initially the person to become the Head of State. The person that was expected to become the new HOS after the coup was Brigadier Ibrahim Bako. Bako and his boys stormed the President’s residence to overthrow him. Shagari was woken up by his security team and alerted that Bako and his men were on their way to the State House to arrest him.

 

Quickly, President Shagari was evacuated to a safer location and the stage was set for one of the most dramatic gunfights in Nigeria’s political history. To guard, protect and defend the Nigerian President then was the Brigade of Guards, headed by Captain Augustine A. Anyogo, an elite presidential bodyguard made up of some of the best-trained hands in the Armed Forces. They fought to the last and in the ensuing battle and under circumstances that are still not very clear, Bako, who was supposed to be the new Head of State was hit (IBB denies that Bako was to be the new Head Of State but agreed he was a chief plotter). He died. On Bako’s death, IBB would later say that maybe it was due to an accidental discharge. Hear him:

 

Question:“…What really happened to General Bako?”

Babangida: “..….when they went to Abuja for that operation, ….this thing happened in the night… you see, from the experiences we had from the civil war, we found out that soldiers sometimes panic and when they panic, there are dire consequences. So, it was in the night and there was what you could call accidental discharge and the first reaction of the soldiers was that they were being attacked and in situations like that, you could shoot anyway. It happened to us I remember, during the civil war. You get shot at in the front and the sound reverberates behind so the soldiers at the back believes that the person shooting is right there then they forgot that some 500 meters away are what we refer to as own troops, your own forces. Because of no adequate training, a soldier would just cock his rifle and start shooting only to discover that he is shooting his own people. During the civil war, we sustained lots of casualties as a result of this situation. So, my suspicion is that a similar situation must have played out during that operation in Abuja and a bullet hit the late Ibrahim (Bako).”

Question: “So, claims that General Tunde Ogbeha may have pulled the trigger on Bako are not correct after all?”

Babangida: “I would not like to say he did it, no. It was the situation they found themselves; it was dark and everybody was shooting anyhow.”

 

In short, no one really knows exactly how Bako died.

 

As at the time of the coup and following Bako’s death, General Buhari was commanding the Third Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State and he was far from the center of action in Lagos State. It is a norm that the top military commanders and the top brass of the military who are not involved in the coup are usually informed to know their opinion and get their invaluable support. Buhari was informed in Jos. He informed the plotters that he was not opposed to them and they had his support. He further suggested that the most senior military officer ( who happened to be Domkat Bali) should be made the new Head of State. How quickly things can turn. A yoruba adage says ” ori to ba ma j’oba,ko si ni, aa d’ade” ( a person predestined to be a king will surely be crowned no matter the cruel situation he faced). A meeting was held to choose the new HOS since the original person ordained to be HOS – Brigaider Ibrahim Bako had been killed in action.

 

The plotters held closed-door meetings to choose the new leader. But during one of the meetings to choose him, a mild drama played itself out.Some of the military officers wanted to select IBB as the new head of state but in a fit of fury, Mustapha Jokolo drew out his gun and said no one would leave that place alive if Buhari was not crowned the head of state, that IBB would become the Head of State over his dead body. Jokolo would later become the aide-de-camp (ADC) of Buhari and later the Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi State before he was deposed and banished from his own kingdom (Jokolo and Colonel Sabo Aliyu, who was heading the Brigade of Guard were captured the day Buhari was overthrown and were beaten to a state of stupor, the beating was so intense that rumours initially flew out that Jokolo was dead).An agreement was reached and Buhari was selected to become the head. A jet was on to Jos to later bring Buhari who was not in the meeting.

 

To cut long story short…lol, Buhari was ‘elected’ as the Head of State and the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and his appointment was formalized on the 1st of January, 1984. It would last until the 27th of August, 1985 when Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and his cohorts like Abacha dem took over. The Supreme Military Council (SMC) was formed. Tunde Idiagbon, also one of the original coup plotters was “elected” to be Buhari’s deputy. Infact,it was almost as if they ran the government together because Buhari gave idiagbon a freehand to take many actions and sought his advice on many issues. Also,Idiagbon always took actions with his boss full permission and understanding. He never usurped his boss authorithy. No wonder it was labelled Buhari-Idiagbon regime.

 

Like I said earlier,this isnt a campaign for Buhari but an attempt to set records straight. Buhari never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democratically elected governmen. He was just a man of perculiar circumstances, ordained by fate to rule Nigeria at that time.
It is cluelessness and gross ignorance to say Buhari plotted any coup or truncated democracy. He never plotted any coup nor did he truncate any democracy.I am not holding briefs for him but just setting records straight
Thanks.

 

 

Read more about Buhari here : http://www.abiyamo.com/muhammadu-buhari-nigerias-strictest-leader/2/

FULL CREDITS : Abiyamo

Naijarchives

Adebayo Ahmed Adebola

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING      vol 18

Barca’s loss,a big blessing in disguise

 

The purpose of this post isn’t to make silly excuses or to villify losses&failure. Rather,it’s to magnify the Marchiavellian principle that the end justifies the means. Yes,d end results justify d means u used to get da results. Any Barca fan that’s very honest will know that it’s almost nearly impossible to beat ur chest and say Barca will win UCL this season (unlike past seasons). With hot teams like Bayern Munich and Chelsea,yea Chelsea,it’s practically impossible to win that one. It’s always better to be realistic and face true realities. My people say “eni ti o ba le eku meji a p’ofo” (he who chases 2 rodents simultaneously will end up losing both rodents).

Like I correctly prostulated few weeks ago that Chelsea purposely lost d FA cup 5th round match to Man City,so that it’ll be able to concentrate on winning 2 bigger trophies – UCL and EPL. It had lesser matches than her rivals. Many didn’t believe that but currently, Chelsea is in pole position to win UCL.it’s also in pole position to win EPL (despite recent loses to unworthy teams). It could rest more players. Now imagine if it didn’t lose d FA match,won’t playing more matches have negative effects on d players. U may not appreciate this more this end of season. Also take Liverpool’s success this season,against all odds into consideration.Despite having great players&an excellent coach,it’s benefitted greatly from the fact that it never played any european matches this season. No resting or rotation of players to play important european mid-week matches. That’s had a positive effect! We’ll see if they can maintain that standard when they’ll also play in europe next season.

 

Now Barca is among d 3 top contenders for the la liga title this season.Likewise she’s in d final of Copa del Rey (King’s Cup)! That’s more matches compared to her rivals(or same). Compare that will d fact that this is an understrenght barca side,and she’s in d same stage of UCL with her la liga rivals. That’s more stress and need to rest players during la liga for euro matches,risk of injuries,exhaustion etc even for UCL u know u can never win. It’s more graceful as they’ve lost now,since they’ll have lesser matches&lesser headache than their rivals who can NEVER also win UCL. In the end,Barca will win Copa del Rey, and La Liga, that’s la decima and her rivals will end up with nothing this season. Then Gerrado “Tata” will bow out gracefully as Barca coach ,return back with his heads high to Argentina and allow a better hand handle Barcelona. That’s my view and a strictly personal opinion. I may end up being wrong at d end of d day,but I strongly doubt I will. Tanx

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 19

World health Day-7 April 2014 celebrated the world over with the theme ‘Vectors and vector borne diseases’,and by popular demand I will be enlightening us about ‘Ebola’.

 

The much talked about “Ebola” is a virus belonging to a group of viruses that cause Viral Haemorrhagic Fever{VHF}.Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease that may be caused by any of four of the five known ebola viruses. These four viruses are: Bundibugyo virus (BDBV), Ebola virus (EBOV), Sudan virus (SUDV), and Taï Forest virus (TAFV, formerly and more commonly Côte d’Ivoire Ebola virus (Ivory Coast Ebolavirus, CIEBOV)). EVD is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), and is difficult to tell apart from Marburg virus disease (MVD).

 

VHF is a group of illnesses that affects humans and non-primates. It mostly leads to severe multi-organ damage ,bleeding and in many cases, death within 7- 10days in the case of Ebola. Ebola happens to be the deadliest of the hemorrhagic fever viruses.

 

 

* VHF are significant public health disease notifiable to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

* VHF viruses because they are so deadly,are considered potential biological warfare and can be used in bioterrorism.

 

They can airborne

 

* Ebola Virus; causes Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) formerly known as Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in humans. There is no specific treatment and the disease has a high rate of death. It typically occurs in outbreaks and occurs in Africa. Historically less than 1000 people a year have been infected.

 

* EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. Thus, every 9 out of 10 patients die

 

* EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.All epidemics of Ebola have occurred in sub-optimal hospital conditions, where practices of basic hygiene and sanitation are often either luxuries or unknown to caretakers and where disposable needles and autoclaves are unavailable or too expensive. In modern hospitals with disposable needles and knowledge of basic hygiene and barrier nursing techniques, Ebola has never spread on a large scale. In isolated settings such as a quarantined hospital or a remote village, most victims are infected shortly after the first case of infection is present. The quick onset of symptoms from the time the disease becomes contagious in an individual makes it easy to identify sick individuals and limits an individual’s ability to spread the disease by traveling. Because bodies of the deceased are still infectious, some doctors had to take measures to properly dispose of dead bodies in a safe manner despite local traditional burial rituals.

 

* The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

 

* Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

 

* In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

 

* Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

 

* Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

 

* Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

 

* Men can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

 

* Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.

 

* The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemor-rhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea.

 

* As of April 8, 2014, a total of 100 deaths had been reported. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore and Kissidougou districts.

 

* Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated.

 

NB: for those of you bushmeat lovers,I advice you take a break. This is because Bushmeat is dried/roasted bats,antelopes,grasscutters,etc. Also,there are lots of refugees from the war torn central Africa ,so don’t fail to turn in refugees to appropriate authority!!

Remain health informed, guys.

 

Lastly, watch out for flu-like symptoms of fever, body aches and pains, running nose, tiredness -with or without bleeding from anywhere.

Manifestation of Ebola begins with a sudden onset of an influenza-like stage characterized by general malaise, fever with chills, joint pain, muscle pain, and chest pain. Nausea is accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Respiratory tract involvement is characterized by pharyngitis with sore throat, cough, dyspnea, and hiccups. The central nervous system is affected as judged by the development of severe headaches, agitation, confusion, fatigue, depression, seizures, and sometimes coma.

 

Cutaneous presentation may include: maculopapular rash, petechiae, purpura, ecchymoses, and hematomas (especially around needle injection sites). In general, development of hemorrhagic symptoms is indicative of a negative prognosis. However, contrary to popular belief, hemorrhage does not lead to hypovolemia and is not the cause of death (total blood loss is low except during labor). Instead, death occurs due to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) due to fluid redistribution, hypotension, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and focal tissue necroses.

 

The average time between contracting the infection and the onset of symptoms is 13 days, but can be as long as 25 days

 

Not much is being heard from the FGN…in fact, lets just say we are on our own! But emails have been flying everywhere and questions are being asked with little answers so far. There are no human vaccines yet,contrary to information credited to Nigeria’s minister of misinformation and national disorientation.

Vaccines have protected nonhuman primates. The six months needed for immunization impede counter-epidemic uses

 

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Thank you.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING    Vol 20
It is always a Good Friday and NEVER a bad Friday

When I was younger,I always imagined why the day Lord Jesus was crucified was called a Good Friday. The crucifixion was horrible and gruelsome. Not only was it described in The Bible,I watched it in many films including the Jesus of Nazereth series on NTA national TV. In my own little mind,I could not imagine why such a day would be called good. Jesus was betrayed, tried unjustly by the high priests and roman authorithies on trumped up charges, flogged, mocked and crucified. There was nothing good about the day.

My parents didnt make things any better when i asked them then. They didnt even explain. Their attitudes was like take it or leave it,or something like never discuss that,it is a sin to call it contrary. They werent helpful in their attitudes nor answers. But I continued to search the Scriptures. Later on, God by His understanding made me understand that Good Friday is only Good because of the events of Easter Sunday. Yes,Jesus did die but gloriously ressurrected on Easter Sunday after 3 days and is alive forever more. Yes,His Ressurrection on Easter Sunday made an otherwise woeful friday to become a glorious one.

Because of Easter Sunday,a once woeful friday became very glorious and Good Friday because the end is better than the beginning. He is alive for evermore because He resurrected and lives for evermore. It is always and will continue to be Good Friday when God’s only begotten Son – Jesus Christ died for the sins of you, I and the sins of the whole world. He ended it and offered Himself as an atonement for the sins of the whole world and ended it by His last words ‘tetelestai” translated ” it is finished”. It is indeed finished. All needed for the Salvation of the whole world is finished and is ONLY found in Jesus Christ.

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 21
Gardene of Gestsamene (a poem)

From the garden of Gethsemane

Where Jesus knelt to pray

To the betrayal done by Judas
On that grim and fatal day.

From the mighty hands of Pilate

Who wished to let Him be

To the noble priests and leaders
Who refused to set Him free.

From the crown of thorns upon His head

And lash marks from a strap

To the weight of such a heavy cross
Placed there upon His back.

From the thief who hung beside Him

Crying, “Lord, remember me”

To the gentle words of Jesus
“Today, you’ll be with me.”

From the darkness of the noon time

As He died upon the cross

To the earth that shook and trembled
In response to such a loss.

From the cheering cries of soldiers

As they took His body down

To the caring hands of Joseph
A follower new in town.

From the tomb where He was laid to rest

In linen cloth of white

To the guards who had to stand close by
Throughout both day and night.

From the stone that blocked the entrance

As it gently rolled away

To the miracle that happened
On that third and final day.

From the baffled look of soldiers

As they peered into the room

To the startled face of Mary
When she found an empty tomb.

From the strange events that happened

As the guards all turned and fled

To the words that came from angels
“He has risen from the dead.”

From the frightened eyes of Mary

As she swiftly left that place

To the light that flowed from Jesus
When she saw Him face to face.

From the doubt of His disciples

When she spoke of resurrection

To the fear upon their faces
As He walked in their direction.

From the written word of scripture

He fulfilled in prophecy

To the eleven who had gathered
On a hill in Galilee.

From the words that had been spoken

Before He went away

To His ascension into heaven
Where He lives this very day.

From the bible on the mantel

Tis the words you need to heed

To find wisdom in its pages
And a light to sow a seed.

From the death and resurrection

Of the One we hold so dear

To the coming of His spirit
Now that Easter time is here.

From the colored eggs and candy

And an orchid trimmed in blue

To the truth found there in scripture

Christ Jesus died for you.
Happy Easter once again

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 22
Easter story

AD 30,

Pilate’s palace

 

Last watch of the night

The night was eerily silent. The air was still and the normal chirping of the cicadas was absent. The night was cold but she was covered in sweat. The dreams were always the same; since the night before the crucifixion. She dreaded going to bed nowadays- the dreams were horrifying. She looked at her husband lying beside her; he was fast asleep, snoring lightly. She resisted the urge to wake him up; he would dismiss her as usual. If only he had listened to her and not bowed to pressure from the Jewish leaders. She was sure the man was innocent, and was only brought before her husband because the Jewish leaders were afraid to lose their hold on the people. He was killed out of sheer jealousy, and her husband had aided them.

High priest palace

Last watch of the night

Caiaphas stared at the fire, his mind far away. A thought has been disturbing him since the crucifixion of the blasphemer. What if he truly was the son of God like he claimed to be? Strange happenings have been occurring since the evening of the crucifixion. Could these things be signs? The implication of orchestrating the death of God’s son was enormous and he could not bear to think of them. But then if he had been the Messiah like he claimed to be, he shouldn’t have died at the hands of the gentiles; the Messiah was supposed to deliver them from the oppression of the gentiles. The more he thought about it, the more he became sure that even if he had not been the Messiah, the man was definitely a righteous man, only that could explain the strange occurrences. He was experiencing what he hadn’t experienced in a long time – remorse, and a twinge of guilty conscience.

Golgotha

First hour of the day

The sky was turning gray, dawn was coming. The cold was biting. Claudius rubbed his hands together and placed them over the dying fire. He looked at the stone in front of the sepulcher and wondered about the man that was lying inside. He was no ordinary man. He had never believed in the claims of the Israelites about their God; only one God who was creator of all. He had always seen the Jews as proud and arrogant and he hated them because of their claim to belong to the one and true God who created heaven and earth and would refrain from worshipping other gods; they even acted superior because they claimed to be the chosen race. But events of the last few days have begun to change his mind. The man they had crucified was definitely a righteous man and even his claim of being the son of God might not be far from the truth. He kept this to himself however and dared not share it with his friends who were huddled around the fire, cracking anti-Semitic jokes.

The events that happened next were a blur- one minute he was sitting around the fire with friends, the next he was flat on the floor. There were flashes of lightning in the sky, rolling thunder and the ground was quaking. He could hear the fearful voices of his comrades. The sky became brilliantly lit, and a being descended from the sky, his features were indescribable. He went to the mouth of the tomb and rolled the stone away like they weighed nothing. Somewhere at the back of his mind, his military training was telling him to resist but he was paralyzed and couldn’t move- he just stared.

Then something even more amazing happened. The man they had buried three days ago was walking out of the tomb, and was shining like the sun! And the terrible being that came from the sky was paying obeisance to him.

Just then Claudius heard movements to his right and saw that his men were fleeing. Suddenly, he could move again and before he knew what he was doing, he was on his feet and running too.

Jerusalem

First hour of the day

Mary Magdalene was restless. She was pacing up and down the room. What was delaying the others? She mused. Just then the door opened and Joanna and three others came in carrying the ointments they had prepared yesterday. Without further delay, they set out towards the city gates. The city was just about waking up and very soon, the sounds of women going to the well would fill the streets. They hurried towards the gates which were just being opened.

Golgotha

Dawn

Mary Magdalene was at the head of the procession and even as she was walking briskly, her mind was in overdrive. Her paramount thought was how they were going to move the stone that was set at the mouth of the tomb. From her vintage point, she had seen that it took twenty soldiers to roll the stone to the mouth of the cave, and they were just a bunch of women. She was lost in thought that she did not notice until one of the women gasped. When she looked at what the others saw, she was transfixed: the tomb was open.

Without thinking, she ran the remaining distance to the tomb and stopped just shy of the entrance. She stood there till the others arrived, and gathering her courage, went inside.

The tomb was empty.

Jerusalem

Dawn

Peter was lying on the mat at the corner of the room, staring at the roof. While others slept, he hadn’t slept a wink. To his right was john, he had had a restless sleep, talking in his sleep and tossing severally. Apparently, he was having nightmares about the crucifixion because he kept repeating ‘’yeshua yeshua”. Peter envied his devotion to the master. If only he had been that strong, he wouldn’t have denied him. At the remembrance of that night, fresh tears came to his eyes- he had failed the master, just like the master predicted. If only he had been more watchful and heedful of the master’s warning. But now it was too late. What troubled him most was why the master had allowed himself to be taken, beaten and crucified. Was he not the savior they had been expecting? Surely, he was the son of God, there was no doubt about that, he had seen too much to doubt that. What happens now? He wondered. What was their fate? It had been three days now…

His thought was interrupted by the urgent knocking at the door. He frowned as he stood up to answer the door. Who could that be? At the door, he was greeted by a group of wide eyed and breathless women, all speaking at once. He tried to follow them but he couldn’t. The loud knocking had awakened the others and they now gathered behind him.

They listened with open mouths as they listened to the accounts of the women. Peter didn’t know what to believe.

Who would have moved the body of the Master? That tomb was heavily guarded by the roman soldiers.

He was going to have to see for himself before he believed what he was hearing.

Golgotha

Dawn

Breathless Peter bent over in front of the tomb. It was open alright. His lungs burned from the run. He was the last to arrive; the others were younger than him and so were faster. But none of them had entered- they were waiting for him. After a few moments, he entered the tomb. It was empty.

He scanned the room again not believing. The only thing in the tomb was the linen that had been wrapped around the master’s body at burial. Puzzled he left the tomb along with others. Maybe the governor had given an order to remove his body from the sepulcher, definitely at the instigation of the high priest.

None noticed that Mary Magdalene wasn’t with them; they were too caught in their sorrow to notice.

Mary Magdalene sat at the entrance of the tomb, weeping. They had taken away the body of her Lord. First they accused him wrongly, and then they sentenced him to a horrible death. Even in death, they wouldn’t let him be buried properly. They have dishonored him even in death.

Something caught her attention from the corner of her eye, and she looked into the tomb. There appeared to be someone in there. She went into the tomb to find out and saw two men sitting down where the body of the Master had lain. The men wore shining apparel and their countenances were shining.

“Why are you weeping woman?” they said to her

“They have taken away the body of my Lord” she replied “and I don’t know where they have taken it”

Just then another walked in. Who were these people? She thought. What were they doing here? Were they the ones that moved the body?

The man asked her the same question the two men asked her. She was losing her patience. She needed answers now.

“Tell me where you have taken him to and I will go and carry him” she said to the new man.

“Mary” the man said gently.

She looked at him sharply. How had he known her name? And then recognition hit. She hadn’t bothered to look at him before, that was why she didn’t recognize him.

There he was! And he was alive! Her Lord was alive!

It took a while before her body reacted. She lunged at him.

“Touch me not; I have not yet ascended to my Father” he told her, stopping her.

“Go to my brethren, and tell them I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God”

And then He was gone.

For several moments Mary just stood there taking in the incident. The Lord has risen, and had first appeared to her even before ascending to heaven to appear before His Father- their Father. And He said to go tell His brethren- not friends anymore, not disciples, but brethren!

Jerusalem, upper room

Dusk

The disciples were huddled together after supper, although only few had eaten. Many were talking in hushed tones. The news of the Lord’s resurrection had spread to the disciples and they had all gathered together that evening. Mary was the centre of attention, as many were gathered around her asking for more details about her encounter with the risen Lord.

Peter and the rest of the twelve, except Thomas were gathered together, and discussing. They were afraid of what the Jewish leaders would do should the news of the resurrection get to them. The doors had been locked from the inside and everybody had been ordered to stay indoors.

Then He was there.

“Peace be unto you” his voice rich and comforting. He looked into their eyes and could see despair and sadness, His heart ached for them. He could see disbelieve and fear in some; they thought he was a ghost. He marveled at their unbelief. He showed them His hands and feet.

He could see the joy and hope in their eyes as it slowly returned. His heart swelled. These were his brethren, beloved, chosen from among men to be sanctified unto His God.

Mount Olive

40days later

Jerusalem was filled with news of the Messiah’s resurrection; he who had been condemned to die had overcome death. But the high priest and Jewish leaders wanting to save face had bribed the soldiers to spread a lie that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus in the middle of the night, and were now claiming he was resurrected. The disciples were not bothered about this; in the past 40days, the Lord had been appearing to them severally and preparing them for the days ahead. They didn’t have Him with them always like before his crucifixion but he has promised them another- the Comforter, His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, who will dwell with them and in them. Now they were gathered together to witness his ascension into heaven, his mission fulfilled. In death, he has birthed life- eternal life; in his life, he has given salvation and dominion- to reign as kings on earth.

So parting, he gave them his final charge and left a promise

“Go make disciples of all nations” he charged them. “I am with you always even unto the end of the world” he promised

Then he began His ascension while they steadfastly looked up into heaven until they saw Him no more.

There was an eerie silence. Uncertain what to do they stared.

And two angels appeared. “Men of Galilee” they said, “why are you all staring intently at the skies? This same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven shall also come back in like manner as you have seen him ascend”

CREDITS: Ogundare Tope