The 10 MOST Extreme WWE Matches of ALL Time

WWE Network allows fans to relive the Attitude Era and the more wild times, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most extreme matches you can watch right now on the streaming service. These are in no particular order, but each brings something different to the table.

Triple H vs. Cactus Jack, Royal Rumble 2000

Triple H was the WWE Champion for much of early 2000, and he was set to defend the title at the Royal Rumble in Madison Square Garden against Mick Foley, aka Mankind, who grew up just outside New York City on the shores of Long Island. But Mankind admitted he was not ready for the fight, so he brought in a replacement: his alter (and in some ways, more violent) ego, Cactus Jack.

The two would engage in a brutal and bloody Street Fight that the ring could not hope to contain. This was Cactus’ playground, but Triple H proved that he could more than hold his own against the hardcore legend. Cactus pulled out a two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire to use in the fight, and the two men would each get in some shots with the weapon.

Triple H handcuffed Cactus’ hands behind his back and beat on him until The Rock interfered and freed the challenger. Cactus came back with a piledriver onto the announce table and emptied a bag of thumbtacks into the ring. Triple H would use this to his advantage and delivered a back body drop to his opponent on the tacks. He followed this up with two Pedigrees, one of which dropped Cactus right onto the tacks, to retain his title.

This was a brutal and bloody contest that led to a rematch one month later in a Hell in a Cell match that was just as violent as this rumble at the Garden

 

 

Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Heaven 1999

The entire ECW library could easily be on this list, but this one is violent even for the promotion that made wrestling violence famous. Lynn and RVD, who had a tremendous series of bouts around this time, engaged in a nearly 27-minute war for the ECW World Television Championship.

The match begins with some technical prowess from both men, but things turn extreme when RVD hits the Van Daminator and Lynn spills outside the ring and hits his head, which busts him open. RVD then tosses him over the guardrail and dives over it onto him. The action eventually returns to the ring, where the two exchange a series of reversals and showcase their athletic talents.

Of course, chairs and tables soon enter the equation, and RVD even hits his famous guillotine leg drop onto Lynn as he hangs over the guardrail. After a brutal display, the champ retains his title after two Five Star Frog Splashes and another Van Daminator. RVD then shows his respect for his opponent with a high five after the bell.

 

 

 

Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13

This is one of the most famous matches in wrestling history for numerous reasons. Bret Hart and Steve Austin pulled off a double turn that transformed the fan-favorite Hitman into a villain and Stone Cold into the bona fide antihero that would launch the WWE to the top of the wrestling world in the late 1990s.

The iconic image of this match is a bloodied Stone Cold locked in Bret’s famous submission maneuver, the Sharpshooter. Austin screamed in agony with red blood streaming down his face. As announcer Jim Ross might say, “His face was the proverbial crimson mask.” This image later turned into a T-shirt with the words “Blood Stone” written on it.

The two combatants used as many objects as they could find in this No Disqualification Submission match, including the steel steps, steel chairs and the ring bell. Austin even choked Bret with a television cable.

But in the end, Austin passed out from the blood loss and special guest referee Ken Shamrock awarded the match to Bret, who would continue to attack Austin after the match ended to cement the double turn

 

 

Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz, WrestleMania X-Seven

These three teams engaged in a series of Tables, Ladders and Chairs (or TLC) matches in 2000 and 2001, but “TLC II” at WrestleMania X-Seven takes the cake. The amount of chair shots, table crashes and ladder falls in this match are too numerous to list, but several moments stand out.

Throughout the match, each team had the benefit of outside interference. Lita interfered on behalf of the Hardys, Spike Dudley for the Dudleys and Rhyno for Edge and Christian. At one point, Spike and Rhyno were on tables outside the ring, and Jeff Hardy performed a Swanton Bomb off an extremely tall ladder to crash through both men and the tables.

Jeff later went to grab the Tag Team Championship belts that were hanging over the center of the ring, but Bubba Ray Dudley pulled the ladder out from under him and Jeff held onto the cables in mid-air. Edge then set up an even larger ladder and speared Jeff straight to the mat in one of the most memorable moments of the show.

Eventually, Bubba Ray and Matt Hardy would climb the same ladder to go for the belts, but Rhyno would push them over the side of the ring to send them crashing through four tables. He then lifted Edge and Christian to victory

 

 

Undertaker vs. Mankind, King of the Ring 1998

You knew this match had to appear on this list, right? The second Hell in a Cell match in history produced perhaps the most iconic moment in the Attitude Era when the Undertaker threw Mankind from the top of the cell and sent him plummeting 20 feet and crashing through the announce table.

“Good God almighty! Good God almighty! They’ve killed him!” announcer Jim Ross famously exclaimed. “As God as my witness, he is broken in half!”

Officials would try to stretcher Mankind out of the arena, but Foley wasn’t done. He climbed back to the top of the cell to face the Undertaker once more.

And Taker promptly chokeslammed him through the roof and into the ring.

“Good God! Good God! Will somebody stop the damn match?” Ross exclaimed. Color commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler added a succinct, “That’s it. He’s dead.”

The TV cameras fortuitously captured another iconic image of Foley in the corner of the ring as he smiled with his mouth and lips covered in blood. A loose tooth hung beneath his nose, as a steel chair had fallen from the top of the cell and onto Foley, which dislocated his jaw.

The match continued after that and Mankind, of course, would litter the ring with thumbtacks. Undertaker chokeslammed him onto the tacks and planted his bloodied and beaten opponent with the Tombstone Piledriver to score the pin.

This match helped launch Foley’s career into the main event and to this day remains one of the most brutal spectacles in wrestling history.

 

 

Elimination Chamber Match, SummerSlam 2003

The Elimination Chamber match debuted in 2002 and pit six men against each other inside a massive chain link structure that surrounds the ring. Two men start the fight and the other four randomly enter at timed intervals. The last man standing is the winner.

The second Elimination Chamber match occurred at SummerSlam 2003 and pit World Heavyweight Champion Triple H against Shawn Michaels, Goldberg, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Kevin Nash. Each man got in their shots throughout the contest, but the truly extreme moment occurred when Goldberg speared Jericho through one of the glass pods, which shattered on impact and left Jericho in a heap.

Goldberg and Triple H would be the last two men in the contest, but some timely assistance from Triple H’s buddy Ric Flair and The Game’s trusty sledgehammer would allow Hunter to escape with the belt

 

 

Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon, King of the Ring 2001

Shane McMahon, son of WWE owner Vince McMahon, was never a wrestler in the traditional sense. Kurt Angle, on the other hand, was a traditional wrestler in every sense of the word, as he won the gold medal in the Olympics in 1996. So when the two met at King of the Ring in 2001 in a Street Fight, the styles were different, to say the least.

Angle, who had wrestled two other matches earlier in the night as part of the King of the Ring Tournament, clearly had the technical advantage, but Shane O’ Mac used a variety of weapons to even the odds in this 26-minute bout.

So what makes this match stand out from the other numerous Street Fights and hardcore matches? Well, Shane was not a wrestler, but he is known for the multiple high spots he delivered throughout his career, from falling off the TitanTron at SummerSlam in 2000 to jumping off the TitanTron at Backlash in 2001. This match with Angle contained another of his famous spots.

The two fought to the stage area, where Angle tried to execute an overhead belly-to-belly suplex through a plate glass pane that was part of the stage set. But the glass didn’t break, and Shane’s head spiked off the floor. So Shane let Angle do it again, and this time McMahon’s body shattered the glass.

That would have been enough, but Angle did it again. And again. And again. He would try to suplex Shane three more times through the glass, but only one of those attempts was successful.

Shane would try a shooting star press later in the match, but he missed. Angle ended the fight with an Angle Slam off the top rope to score the pin over his bloodied opponent

 

 

The Rock vs. Mankind, Royal Rumble 1999

This could easily have been an all-Mick Foley list, but this contest with The Rock is particularly noteworthy for one outburst of brutality.

Mankind had captured his first WWE Championship on the Jan. 4, 1999 edition of Raw Is War when he defeated The Rock. The Great One tried repeatedly to get a rematch but Mankind refused until they landed on the stipulation of an “I Quit” match. No pinfalls, no submissions. The two men would just beat the life out of each other until one of them said “I quit.”

The match was brutal from start to finish, but things got uncomfortable when The Rock handcuffed Mankind in the ring and clotheslined him to the mat. He placed a steel chair on his head and delivered the People’s Elbow (known at this time as the Corporate Elbow) to his opponent. Mankind refused to quit, so The Rock smashed him in the head with a chair 10 times as they moved from the ring to the entrance ramp. Mankind collapsed to the floor unconscious, but screamed “I quit” three times in a row. Fans would later learn this was a recording of an earlier promo Mankind had delivered during the build up to the match.

The knowledge that Foley’s wife and two young children were in the crowd very close to the action makes this even harder to watch. The unprotected chair shots were so brutal that Foley would say on the Beyond the Mat documentary in 1999 that he never thought he was a bad father until that match

 

 

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H, No Way Out 2001

After a long absence to heal from surgery, Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to the then-WWF in late 2000. The storyline excuse for his absence was that he had been run over by a car at Survivor Series in 1999. After multiple twists and turns, Triple H revealed himself as the mastermind behind the plot. The first Three Stages of Hell match in history at No Way Out in 2001 would be Austin’s chance for revenge.

The buildup to this match prevented the two men from touching each other until the bell rang. If either one broke the contract, Austin would lose his WWF Championship shot at WrestleMania X-Seven and Triple H would be suspended for six months. The two played mind games with each other as the match approached, and Austin even delivered his patented Stone Cold Stunner on Triple’s on-screen (and later off-screen) wife, Stephanie McMahon, while Triple H planted Austin’s friend and WWF commentator Jim Ross with the Pedigree.

So when the bell rang, these two tore into each other like wild animals. This was no typical two-out-of-three falls match, though, as each fall had a different stipulation. The first fall was a standard contest, which Stone Cold won after he hit the Stunner. The second fall was a Street Fight, and each man took advantage of various weapons in this no-disqualification bout. Triple H picked up the win here with a sledgehammer shot to Austin’s head, followed by a Pedigree.

The third fall was a Steel Cage match that also featured the use of weapons. Triple H narrowly earned the win when he hit Austin in the head with a sledgehammer at the same moment Austin hit him in the head with a two-by-four wrapped in barbed wire. The two men fell to the ground limply, but The Game landed on top of his opponent.

This match also stands out for its rarity. Only four Three Stages of Hell matches have taken place in WWE history.

 

 

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock, WrestleMania X-Seven

This match has gone down as arguably one of the greatest contests in wrestling history. It featured the undeniably top two stars of the Attitude Era (and two of the greatest of all time) fighting for the richest prize in the business in the main event of the biggest show of the year (and some would argue WrestleMania X-Seven was the greatest one ever). It simply did not get any bigger than this and arguably has not gotten bigger since then.

This match is not a bloodbath by any means, but the lengths to which each man went to win the WWF Championship blew away the thousands of fans in attendance and the millions watching at home. The two men busted each other open with the ring bell. Both men used the Sharpshooter. Stone Cold even got so desperate that he used the Million Dollar Dream, a maneuver he had not used since he was the Ringmaster in his early days in WWF.

The Rock hit Austin with his own finisher, the Stunner. He planted him with the People’s Elbow, but Vince McMahon, who had come down to the ring to watch the match, pulled Rock off of Austin after he tried to pin him. The Rock chased Vince around the ring and ran right into Austin, who nailed him with his own finisher, the Rock Bottom. Austin would eventually hit the Stunner, but Rock kicked out.

Then the unthinkable happened. Austin asked Vince McMahon, who had been his blood rival for so many years, for a steel chair, which the Rattlesnake used to hit The Rock. But this was still not enough to keep the champion down for a three count. Stone Cold hit another Stunner, but the Rock again kicked out at two. An irate Austin then pulverized The Rock with 16 chair shots and covered him to become the new WWF Champion.

Austin had taken extreme measures and joined forces with his archenemy to secure victory. The two celebrated with a handshake and some beer to close the show.

 

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9 Men You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

Every now and again, you come across someone that completely blows your mind – so how about seven of those? We have carefully chosen these 9 men that we still can’t quite believe really exist: but there they are, in all their glory.

Super Pierced – Rolf Buchholz

One man’s obsessions with the needle has taken him very far from the way that he originally looked, and has now made him the most pierced man in the world. Rolf Buchholz absolutely loves the feeling of getting a new piercing, and that buzz has led him from one, to five, to four hundred and fifty three piercings. Yes, you read that correctly: 453 piercings.

Rolf is from Germany, and has accumulated all of those piercings in just the last eleven years. When he was forty one he received his first piercing, and just like many tattoo fans, discovered that once you started getting them, it is ridiculously difficult to stop. He has almost full body tattoos as well, by the way, including total torso tattoos, two full sleeves, and tattoos that cover his legs and back. But we’re going to concentrate on the piercings.

When you look at a photograph of Rolf, it is all too easy to become transfixed with the sheer number of piercings around his mouth, nose and eyes. They look almost too many to count, but of course, Rolf has kept a record. That is why we can tell you that he has ninety four piercings just in and around his lips, and eight in his nose. There are over thirty in his ears, two in his tongue, and three in his nipples. The area of his body where he has the most piercings, however, is probably the last place that most people would want them: in his genitalia. He has two hundred and seventy eight down there…which we didn’t even realise was possible.

Hulk lookout behind you!

Remember that day when you were eight years old and all you wanted is to be bigger? Well this kid wants to be anything but bigger! An eight-year-old Indian boy has left doctors puzzled, apparently his hands swelled to super freaky proportions and now weigh more than his head. The young boy named Kaleem lives in India and sadly he is unable to carry out simple tasks, including tying his own shoe laces. When he was born he already then and there had hands twice the size of an average baby. His mother Haleema, 27, said she knew her son was different from the day he was born, but she was powerless and her son’s hands have now grown so big they measure more than 12 inches from the base of his palm to the end of his index finger.

His parents, only earn around £15 a month, they have been desperately trying to find help for their son – but so for they did not succeed in finding any. The helpless parents have only been capable to take their son to a local doctor for a standard assessment; sadly their hopes of some kind of instant cure have been ruined. The good news is that one doctor believes Kaleem might be suffering from either lymphangioma or hamartoma, both of them are treatable. After hearing this assessment by the optimistic doctor, Kaleem’s parents now have a renewed hope that something can be done for their son. Now they are doubling their efforts in order to raise money for him, and we here can only hope that help is just around the corner.

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Steroid Induced Men

Anabolic steroids, are technically known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (also known as “AAS”). Anabolic steroids are enhancement drugs that are structurally related to the cyclic steroid ring system and they have similar effects to testosterone in the body. They also increase protein within cells, especially in the skeletal muscles. This drug is particularly common around professional men athletes who want to improve their performance, many steroid stories from the NFL, MLB and NBA ended up with the suspension of the players using ASS. Another group who is sort of “in love” with steroids are men bodybuilders, they can’t resist the thought of building their body into new sizes and shapes.

The use of steroids can cause many horrible side-effects. Depending on the length of drug usage, there is a chance that the immune system of the user can be damaged. Problematic side-effects can be alterations in the structure of the heart, harmful changes in the levels of cholesterol and kidney damage. An interesting fact is that Male ASS abusers tend to often have a troubled social background, even more shocking, more than 20% of weightlifters reported horrible memories of childhood physical or sexual abuse in an interview. The legal status of anabolic steroids differs from country to country: some have firmer controls on their use or prescription than others, though in many countries they are not considered illegal.

World’s Smoothest Criminal – Jeremy Meeks

Some women must truly like their boys bad.
That could clarify why a mug shot of the dangerous Jeremy Meeks has fascinated more than 23,000 likes and 5,000 comments on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page.
Meeks who is 30 years old, was detained due to weapon charges on Wednesday in Stockton, California. The arrest was a part of the police department’s ceasefire sweep operation, which was conducted due to a recent increase in gunfire shootings and armed robberies in the Weston Ranch area.
While the charges against Meeks are no joke, the people who posted comments on the police department’s Facebook page are all but serious.
Pointing out his “beautiful eyes,” one woman desired to be locked up with him, another women hashtagged his picture #hottiethug, and another person wondered how many of the commenters would apply for The Bachelor in Jail if he was the grand prize.
But a totally different commenter summed up the spirits of many of the commenters with the remark, “Could have been an actor or a model.”
But there’s at least one woman who isn’t impressed with the worldwide lust: Meeks’ wife.
“She’s furious,” Meeks’ friend Simone Johnson told CBS 13 at his arraignment on Friday. “Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things.”

Meeks mother, Katherine Angier, has insisted that her son is not guilty and has even set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise $25,000 to get him a fair hearing. Angier apparently has been in trouble with the law for several offenses. ‘He has a job and he was on his way to work, with no gang affiliations as per two of the charges,’ she wrote on the fundraising page she launched. ‘He has old tattoos… which causes him to be stereotyped. He’s my son and he is so sweet. Please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded.’ So far her fundraising project has raised less than $500.

Monkey Man – Yu Zhenhuan

Yu Zhenhuan is a Chinese man with a lot of body hair – in fact, it covers around 96% of his body. The only parts that of him that are not affected at the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet, which means that he looks a little bit like a bear. But when Yu was first born, no one could ever have known that he would eventually grow up like this.

Born in the Liaoning province of China, his family were your typical average farming family. There was nothing to suggest that Yu was different while he was developing in the womb, and when he was born, he looked just like a normal baby. But by the time he was two years old, Yu had hair growing on his face and in the auditory canals of his ears. This was beginning to have an affect on his ability to hear, and his parents started to get worried. No one else in his family has this condition, and they had no idea what to do.

Because Yu was suffering. Not just because he was struggling to hear, but because he was starting to get bullied by other children for the way that he looked. Yu says: “People laughed at me and called me ‘caveman’. I used to throw stones back and fight them.” It must have been incredibly difficult, being so different at such a young age, and with no idea why. After visiting some doctors, however, the truth was discovered: Yu had hypertrichosis, which causes the follicles in his body to work overtime. First documented hundreds of years ago, people with the condition often joined circuses or ‘freak shows’ in an attempt to use their condition to earn some money. The condition is also called the werewolf disease, and it is believed that people in the past, unable to understand why a person was so hairy and different from anyone else, created the werewolf myth.

Yu has certainly not been able to avoid the public eye. He has featured in several television documentaries, and there are many videos of him on YouTube. Although the hair itself does not harm him, he has had to have an operation to remove hair from his ears so that he can hear properly, and he has taken steps towards laser hair removal for certain areas of his body.

However, Yu has not let his unusual condition alter the way that he would have lived his life. He has a girlfriend, and has created his own website to host photographs of him and his hair. He is determined to become a rock star, and wants to become famous for something other than his looks.

Mr. Smurf – Stan Jones

Many of the people in this article were born the way that they are, and have absolutely no choice in the matter. Others have strived to make themselves stronger, or lost the will to keep themselves fit. But Stan Jones exists in a category all on his own, because he has completely altered his appearance almost without meaning to – and then has continued to ensure that he does not return to his natural looks. Stan Jones is silver.

No, he’s not made of silver: but his skin has turned a silvery colour. Born during the Second World War, Stan is a wannabe politician in the United States of America. His record is actually quite heart-breaking to read. Stan belongs to the Libertarian Party, and ran for governor of Montana in 2000. He was unsuccessful. Then in 2002, Stan ran for a place in the United States Senate. He didn’t get that either. Two years later, he returned to Montana and ran for the role of Governor, again. Again, he didn’t win. His last try was for a place in the United States Senate, again in 2006…no prizes for the result.

But beyond his terrible political career, Stan has become famous for quite another reason. He and many other people believed that there were going to be catastrophic problems with the calender changed from December 31st 1999 to January 1st 2000. This was known as the Year 2000 problem, and was centred primarily around computer programming – but Stan took his fears that extra step further. He began to panic that computers would not be able to retain medical records (because that makes sense), and would therefore be unable to prescribe medication such as antibiotics. So what do you do?

You create your own. Stan began consuming huge amounts of colloidal silver, although no one is really sure what he was attempting to cure. Silver has no proven medical benefits, except for in small amounts on wound dressings. Ingesting it is not generally recommended, and now Stan’s face is a permanent advert on why you shouldn’t. Stan has developed argyria, which has permanently turned his skin a silvery blue colour. The effect cannot be reversed: that is how Stan will stay. Despite this slightly unexpected side effect, Stan continues to take colloidal silver as a home remedy…although once again, no one is really sure why.

Papa Smurf Before And After

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MiniMe – Chandra Bahadur Dangi

Chandra Bahadur Dangi is currently the smallest person alive. He is only one foot, nine inches, and is a primordial dwarf. This genetic condition starts early: in fact, it is possible to diagnose primordial dwarfs in the womb, because the fetus is much smaller than normal. Of course, when Chandra was born it was impossible for anyone to tell that he was going to be different, and many primordial dwarves start off appearing perfectly healthy, and then simply do not grow.

Primordial dwarves are actually quite rare around the world, and even more so because of all the health problems that comes with being so small. There are usually vascular problems, which eventually get worse and worse until the person dies. These medical complications often mean that the majority of primordial dwarves do not live much beyond thirty years old. Chandra, on the other hand, has completely mystified all specialists in this area: he is currently seventy four years old, and believes himself to be in perfect health. He has even stated that he has never seen a doctor, and never taken any medication!

Chandra is from the country of Nepal, and is the seventh child of a family of eight. Although two of his brothers and two of his sisters are normal heights, his other three brothers were less than four feet tall, suggesting that very strong genetics were playing their part. Chandra is completely accepted in his village: he makes placements, and head straps so that fellow villagers can carry heavy loads, and cares for the village’s livestock. Unlike many other societies, that may have feared Chandra for being different from them, there is a greater understanding within his home village that although Chandra may be different, he is also the same as everyone else in the things that matter. Never ostracised, never beaten, Chandra has created his own little niche in his community.

Chandra never sought the limelight for his different height, and he lived for many years quietly in the village where he was born – but when a woodsman came to his village to do some work, he was astounded when he saw Chandra. Soon, the media was alerted, and Chandra had to face the world just because he was a little shorter than most people. However, as Chandra lived in a remote village around four hundred kilometres from the capital city of Nepal, he has decided to use his fame in order to see more of his country, and to see more of the world. He sees this as his chance to represent Nepal, and to popularize the country. Chandra now lives quite happily with his nephews in a village with solar power and no television.

Mega Man – Leonid Stadynk

Almost every woman, when asked to describe her perfect man, says a variation on the theme: tall, dark, and handsome. Well, handsome is rather a matter of opinion, but Leonid Stadnyk certainly fulfils the first two criteria. He has very dark hair, and is 8 foot, 5 inches tall.

Born in 1971 in what was part of the USSR but is now Ukraine, Leonid was a perfectly normal child for many years. However, when he started entering his teens, Leonid starting growing, and not in the typical, gangly teenage boy way that we see all the time. Nope: Leonid was tall. He was very tall. A brain operation when he was fourteen years old revealed that he had a tumour in his pituitary gland, completely beyond the reach of any doctor. It could not be removed, and while it remained in Leonid’s body, it was encouraging the gland to produce a huge amount of the growth hormone that was the source of his incredible increase in size.

Leonid has only got bigger and bigger. In 2006, it was reported that he wears European size 62 shoes, which works out at a whopping US size of 28. He weighs almost four hundred and fifty pounds, and often struggles to keep himself upright, needing to use nearby trees and the sides of buildings to help him keep standing up. Many people who grow to an enormous height find that they develop very serious health problems, and that is why Leonid has been carefully monitored for many years. When he turned thirty four, however, they made an amazing discovery: the tumour that was to blame for his size had completely disappeared. Leonid has not grown any more since then, and although it is impossible for him to shrink, he can at least be assured that he will not get any taller.

You may not realise it, but the spot of the world’s tallest man is hotly contested. Leonid’s main challenger is Bao Xishun, a Chinese man that stands at 7 foot, 9 inches. You could be forgiven for wondering exactly why the Guinness World Records group decided in 2008 to give the award for Bao over Leonid – but it was all due to technicalities. In order to be officially measured, the individual has to measured several times over a period of twenty four hours. These heights are then averaged out to give the official height of that person. In 2008, however, Leonid refused to allow the measuring procedure to occur, causing him the loss of his title. In fact, there has never been an official measurement of Leonid – the doctor that is credited with doing it has since denied that it ever happened. Either way, Leonid is a fine specimen of a man.

Biggest Man – Patrick Deuel

Patrick Deuel has rather a tragic history with his weight problems, and even after you think that they have been solved, they just get even more complicated. He is one of the heaviest people in the world, and has struggled with his weight from the time when he was just a child.

The American man was once the manager of a restaurant, which was just a continuation of his love affair with food. At his very heaviest, Patrick weight in at over one thousand pounds: 1126 lbs to be precise. He was so heavy that when his doctors needed to weigh him, the only scales that were strong enough to hold his weight were a local livestock scale. This made him one of the heaviest people to ever walk (or not) on the planet, and gave him the nickname of the ‘Half Ton Man’.

A love affair with food and a natural dislike of exercise meant that Patrick gained weight rapidly, and at one point he had not left his bed for over seven years. When he finally realised that he needed to get help, his entire bedroom wall had to be removed so that people could get to him, and he could fit out. Patrick was taken to a hospital in an ambulance with a specially strong winch system, and the doctors pronounced their verdict: unless Patrick lost weight, and fast, he was going to die.

This forced Patrick to face his problems with his weight, and take action. He received gastric bypass surgery, which physically makes his stomach smaller so that he cannot ingest much food. He then had another operation, which removed a huge amount of the fat and skin from his stomach, in an attempt to make it easier for Patrick to start exercising again. After a year, he had lost around nine hundred pounds.

This monumental achievement was great for Patrick – he even appeared on the television show Body Shock. But it was not to last. When Patrick finally left the hospital after that year, he began to eat again. He found it almost impossible, when not under the watchful eye of hospital staff, not to start snacking on more and more food, and he has totally refused to quit smoking. By 2007, two years after his surgery, he was back up to 560 pounds, with diabetes and congestive heart failure. The main problem that Patrick has is that he continues to believe that genetics are the only thing making him fat – whilst he has an entire KFC bucket for his lunch.
Patrick may have received a second chance, but it looks like he may need a third one.

Super Man – Žydrūnas Savickas

Don’t ask us to pronounce the name, because he can’t. Žydrūnas Savickas has made it onto our list because of the incredible amount of power that he has – and it’s not political power. Žydrūnas is generally considered to be the strongest man in the world, and it’s difficult to argue with him.

Žydrūnas was born in 1975, and is Lithuanian. He only became interested in strength sports and strongman competitions when he was fourteen years old, when he was watching television and saw a Lithuanian strongman competition. He was greatly inspired by the feats of strength that the men on the show were performing, and immediately knew that he wanted to join their ranks. In a marvellously short amount of time, Žydrūnas was competing – and in the same competition that had originally inspired him.

Although he did not win, Žydrūnas defeated some well known names in that competition, and people started to realise that there was a new man on the strongman stage. It was at this age – the very young age of seventeen years – that Žydrūnas started training for power lifting competitions. In the second power lifting competition that he ever entered, Žydrūnas broke all Lithuanian records. It was then that he realised that he could take on the world with the strength that he possessed. He netered and won the Lithuania’s Strongest Man contest in 1998, and went on to win it another seven times. That should give you an indication of what sort of man Žydrūnas is.

Because he truly is the world’s strongest man. Admittedly, it took a while for everything to fall into place: when he first entered the World’s Strongest Man contests in 1998 and 2000, he failed to qualify for the finals. But Žydrūnas is a man that does not give up, and years of training followed. Of course, that did not mean that he was not competing in other areas – instead, he was winning power lifting competitions. He also started to compete in the Arnold Classic, which he won in 2003…and every year until 2008. That’s a pretty incredible achievement, but it did not make him the world’s strongest man. By 2009, Žydrūnas was ready. He was ready to face the world, and he did it. Žydrūnas won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2009, again in 2010, once again in 2012, and for a fourth time in 2014.

It is hard to argue that anyone else is the world’s strongest man, really. Žydrūnas comes out on top in almost every competition that he enters, and has gained the nickname ‘Big Z’. Of course, that’s what his fans call him. His wife Jurgita probably calls him something soppier.

A LOW SCORE FOR NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY AFTER 15 YEARS OF THIS PRESENT DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE

The failure of leadership in Nigeria presently,and the fact that democracy has not yielded dividends so far in the 15 yrs of this nascent democratic experience. Even the democracy activists during the military era seemed to have slept off,or compromised exceedingly,and their voices seemed not to be heard again and the greatest benefitiaries now were those who collaborated ( or should I say were saboteurs of the masses ) with previous military regimes.

If Nigeria disintegrates today (like some people are agitating for) , the endemic predicaments and burdens of our history will follow us to our enclaves as the case of Southern Sudan shows. Secession or dismemberment will always breed new marginal/micro identities in fresh contests and conflicts. Moreover,it is this present crop of bad leaders that will lead the new micro enclaves. Any part of the country that pulls out will only create a smaller enclave with a carry over of the typical Nigerian problems besetting it. In the philosophy of dialectics, the original thesis is never finally settled and the contest continues in a repeated circle.

Some people always tell me that the 1983 coup derailed our democracy, which they said would have taken us to greater heights. They said if there was no “interruptions”­ we would have been developed by now. I don’t think so.It was during his (former president.Shagari) regime that people queued endlessly for essential commodities like rice,milk, sugar etc that was being distributed to people. These items were often unavailable and often if available,there was a lot of bigotry in its distribution to the masses. All these happened under President Shehu Shagari’s watch. It was the same time that a member of the Shagari administration said Nigerians should stop complaining about poverty, corruption and bad governance because “they are not picking food from the dustbin”. When the military came at that time, many people celebrated. However, because I have no knowledge of what tomorrow might have been, I will assume that those who claim the coup took us back may be right. May be if Buhari and Idiagbon never came in, in 1983, Nigeria will be like Singapore, Luxembourg or Qatar.

Even at that I surely missed something about Buhari and Idiagbon’s military regime. YES! I missed the “jumbo” jail time dished out to convicted corrupt politicians. from 20 to 25 to 60 years. One of them was even jailed for 102 years. Some said it is draconian. But in that case, and considering what we are witnessing today, I sure do love me some draconian rulings for thieves. I’m also imagining what life will be today, if some of the politicians of those days were not released by Gen IBB, mostly in 1986. Same crop of people later formed G77, which also transformed into PDP. Tam David West, that great patriot,who once said that corruption, rather than Boko Haram terrorists, would bring worse bloodshed in Nigeria.
Everywhere,corruption,at the polls worse corruption, public money is theirs & people are dying from want!!!

I am here to tell you this day that our major problem in Nigeria is CORRUPTION and INDISCIPLINE. Any administration that cannot fight corruption and indicipline cannot change Nigeria. This is very simple. Believe me everyone suffers under that administration and it doesn’t matter what tribe, religion or whatever one is as long as one is a Nigerian. When I say corruption and indiscipline however, I am not referring to just looting and embezzlement. I am also talking about cronyism, nepotism, tribalism, and all other vices. As long as we ignore corruption and indiscipline we must not complain about changing Nigeria and the only people that can change every are government and the institution of religion, the press and individuals. We must frown at corruption and its evil twin brother – indiscipline.Believe me corruption and indiscipline are more deadly than Boko Haram or any terrorist organisation. If Nigeria disintegrates today it will not be Boko Haram, MEND or the Biafran agitation but absolute failure of politicians and those in power.

A reader on Facebook asked the a popular writer and opinion writer nicknamed ” The Oracle” to define in a simple word for corruption in Nigeria. The Oracle’s answer was “frustration” a frustrated society can only breed corruption, when all hopes are lost, when all opportunities to make it in a simple and organized way is blocked by fate or man made, corruption of minds and purposes becomes the other of the day”.

Wait a minute, what does all the hullabaloo about the Ekiti and Osun polls being free, peaceful and fair connote? Does the massive deployment of troops and Security men to monitor elections suggest that we are a violent and an incorrigible electorate? Are we by chance setting a new precedent in democratic practice where the military abandons their traditional role to become election monitors? To applaud the ‘militarization’ of the democratic space during elections is to sing democracy to an early slumber, yes we are singing democracy a devious lullaby.

Some have said that when the Edo election won by the APC was ‘militarized’ we were quiet, so we should overlook the Ekiti and the Osun spectacle. Sadly they ignore the fact that our critique of this new practice is neither pro APC nor Anti PDP, it is simply a plus for democracy and a nod for sane democratic ethos.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. To excuse the massive deployment of Soldiers to monitor elections is to tell our Children and posterity that we are unripe for true democracy. It is an admission of guilt to wit that our politicians are not service oriented but lucre motivated for which violence and brigandage is veritable.
Curiously, is this new practice peace propelled or channeled at giving one Party the edge over the other? I choose the second option though you may think otherwise”.

Conscience is an open wound only truth can heal it” – Uthman Dan Fodio 1805. I must say for the umpteenth time that I am not a loyalist of the APC, I have never been, nor am I a hater of the PDP. I hate ill-rule, I hate corruption, I hate religious hate, I hate ethnic jingoism, I hate and repudiate the persistent denial of a peoples right to democracy dividends, and I hate do-or-die politics. To condone and excuse the many ills of this chequered system is to sing democracy an intense lullaby.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. I passionately pray that as 2015 draws near we will elevate our politics and debate beyond the banal confines of ethnicity and crash partisanship.

I crave a cross ventilation of thought that shall coalesce into a new moral benchmark for leadership and set a new paradigm for the Actors on our socio-political amphitheatre.
What must count if we sincerely want this nation to grow is the passion to lead, the desire to serve, the determination to govern indiscriminate of creed and clan, and the commitment to genuine transformation.

To those whose motivation and choice of leadership devolves and revolves on the ethnic, sectional, partisan and religious pendulum I bring this reminder, yes, it is an incontrovertible truism that at all level and across the parties governance within the past 15years have been below the 40% mark, therefore we MUST learn to think out of the box and collectively demand responsible and responsive leadership.

Yes we MUST torpedo partisan bickering and up the bar beyond the contours of banal politics to the noble pedestal of profound issues, deep debate and patriotism, such is the way to go.

God Bless Nigeria.

Dr. Michael Adeyemi, a medical doctor, author, writer, social activist, social critic, public,social and political affairs commentator-cum-analyst, writes from Lagos, Nigeria

A LOW SCORE FOR NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY AFTER 15 YEARS OF THIS PRESENT DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE

The failure of leadership in Nigeria presently,and the fact that democracy has not yielded dividends so far in the 15 yrs of this nascent democratic experience. Even the democracy activists during the military era seemed to have slept off,or compromised exceedingly,and their voices seemed not to be heard again and the greatest benefitiaries now were those who collaborated ( or should I say were saboteurs of the masses ) with previous military regimes.

If Nigeria disintegrates today (like some people are agitating for) , the endemic predicaments and burdens of our history will follow us to our enclaves as the case of Southern Sudan shows. Secession or dismemberment will always breed new marginal/micro identities in fresh contests and conflicts. Moreover,it is this present crop of bad leaders that will lead the new micro enclaves. Any part of the country that pulls out will only create a smaller enclave with a carry over of the typical Nigerian problems besetting it. In the philosophy of dialectics, the original thesis is never finally settled and the contest continues in a repeated circle.

Some people always tell me that the 1983 coup derailed our democracy, which they said would have taken us to greater heights. They said if there was no “interruptions”­ we would have been developed by now. I don’t think so.It was during his (former president.Shagari)  regime that people queued endlessly for essential commodities like rice,milk, sugar etc that was being distributed to people. These items were often unavailable and often if available,there was a lot of bigotry in its distribution to the masses. All these happened under President Shehu Shagari’s watch. It was the same time that a member of the Shagari administration said Nigerians should stop complaining about poverty, corruption and bad governance because “they are not picking food from the dustbin”. When the military came at that time, many people celebrated. However, because I have no knowledge of what tomorrow might have been, I will assume that those who claim the coup took us back may be right. May be if Buhari and Idiagbon never came in, in 1983, Nigeria will be like Singapore, Luxembourg or Qatar.

Even at that I surely missed something about Buhari and Idiagbon’s military regime. YES! I missed the “jumbo” jail time dished out to convicted corrupt politicians. from 20 to 25 to 60 years. One of them was even jailed for 102 years. Some said it is draconian. But in that case, and considering what we are witnessing today, I sure do love me some draconian rulings for thieves. I’m also imagining what life will be today, if some of the politicians of those days were not released by Gen IBB, mostly in 1986. Same crop of people later formed G77, which also transformed into PDP. Tam David West, that great patriot,who once said that corruption, rather than Boko Haram terrorists, would bring worse bloodshed in Nigeria.
Everywhere,corruption,at the polls worse corruption, public money is theirs & people are dying from want!!!

I am here to tell you this day that our major problem in Nigeria is CORRUPTION and INDISCIPLINE. Any administration that cannot fight corruption and indicipline cannot change Nigeria. This is very simple. Believe me everyone suffers under that administration and it doesn’t matter what tribe, religion or whatever one is as long as one is a Nigerian. When I say corruption and indiscipline however, I am not referring to just looting and embezzlement. I am also talking about cronyism, nepotism, tribalism, and all  other vices. As long as we ignore corruption and indiscipline we must not complain about changing Nigeria and the only people that can change every are government and the institution of religion, the press and individuals. We must frown at corruption and its evil twin brother – indiscipline.Believe me corruption and indiscipline are more deadly than Boko Haram or any terrorist organisation. If Nigeria disintegrates today it will not be Boko Haram, MEND or the Biafran agitation but absolute failure of politicians and those in power.

A reader on Facebook asked the a popular writer and opinion writer nicknamed ” The Oracle” to define in a simple word for corruption in Nigeria. The Oracle’s answer was “frustration” a frustrated society can only breed corruption, when all hopes are lost, when all opportunities to make it in a simple and organized way is blocked by fate or man made, corruption of minds and purposes becomes the other of the day”.

Wait a minute, what does all the hullabaloo about the Ekiti and Osun polls being free, peaceful and fair connote? Does the massive deployment of troops and Security men to monitor elections suggest that we are a violent and an incorrigible electorate? Are we by chance setting a new precedent in democratic practice where the military abandons their traditional role to become election monitors? To applaud the ‘militarization’ of the democratic space during elections is to sing democracy to an early slumber, yes we are singing democracy a devious lullaby.

Some have said that when the Edo election won by the APC was ‘militarized’ we were quiet, so we should overlook the Ekiti and the Osun spectacle. Sadly they ignore the fact that our critique of this new practice is neither pro APC nor Anti PDP, it is simply a plus for democracy and a nod for sane democratic ethos.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. To excuse the massive deployment of Soldiers to monitor elections is to tell our Children and posterity that we are unripe for true democracy. It is an admission of guilt to wit that our politicians are not service oriented but lucre motivated for which violence and brigandage is veritable.
Curiously, is this new practice peace propelled or channeled at giving one Party the edge over the other? I choose the second option though you may think otherwise”.

Conscience is an open wound only truth can heal it” – Uthman Dan Fodio 1805. I must say for the umpteenth time that I am not a loyalist of the APC, I have never been, nor am I a hater of the PDP. I hate ill-rule, I hate corruption, I hate religious hate, I hate ethnic jingoism, I hate and repudiate the persistent denial of a peoples right to democracy dividends, and I hate do-or-die politics. To condone and excuse the many ills of this chequered system is to sing democracy an intense lullaby.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. I passionately pray that as 2015 draws near we will elevate our politics and debate beyond the banal confines of ethnicity and crash partisanship.

I crave a cross ventilation of thought that shall coalesce into a new moral benchmark for leadership and set a new paradigm for the Actors on our socio-political amphitheatre.
What must count if we sincerely want this nation to grow is the passion to lead, the desire to serve, the determination to govern indiscriminate of creed and clan, and the commitment to genuine transformation.

To those whose motivation and choice of leadership devolves and revolves on the ethnic, sectional, partisan and religious pendulum I bring this reminder, yes, it is an incontrovertible truism that at all level and across the parties governance within the past 15years have been below the 40% mark, therefore we MUST learn to think out of the box and collectively demand responsible and responsive leadership.

Yes we MUST torpedo partisan bickering and up the bar beyond the contours of banal politics to the noble pedestal of profound issues, deep debate and patriotism, such is the way to go.

God Bless Nigeria.

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 64, 65, 66, 67, 68 + John G Lakes + Lies of TAN and Jonathan Campaigners + Voting Scams on TV Talent Hunt,Reality TV et al + ALS Ice bucket + Low score for democracy

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 64

ALS ICE – WATER CHALLENGE : AFRICANS’ COLONIAL MENTALITIES

There are very few musicians I really greatly admire.And that’s seldomly because of the finesse of their lyrics. What I admire is their messages to the people which they used the instrument of music to pass. Among the few I admire is the afrobeat-cum-social activist – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. He passes the truth in his music no matter whose ox is gored. He’s like a prophet. Most of the things he talked about have occured and are still occuring. How prophetic ! I’m sure if he hadn’t been rascally nor lived recklessly,he could have been a preacher cum prophet for God’s work. I think so.

He sang very many songs,most of which I sing very well off hand. There’s one he sang : Kolomentality ( Colonial Mentality) . Part of the song goes thus :

…If you say you be colonial man,
You don be slave before before,
Dem don release you now
but you never release yourself.
No be so?
No be so dem dey do their things,no be so.
No be so dem dey do dem brothers e,no be so
The things wey black do no good,na foreign things dem dey like,no be so…
…Mr.Ransome may you hear o.
…Kolomentality hear o
Na Africa we dey o
Kolomentality …

It talked about foolish gullible africans who have gullibly copied bad foreign cultures, neglecting theirs,rather than promoting great and rich local african culture. I think this statement is a brief summary of the message Fela was passing accross in his song.

There is a current trend going on in America now. It’s called the ALS Ice-Water ChaIlenge to raise awareness for and money for victims of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS also called Montor Neurone Disease or Charot’s disease (similar to but very different from Marie-Charot-Tooth’s disease) is one of the numerous diseases that affect the nervous system. Its victims are mainly in the advanced world. It almost never (if ever) affects africans. It’s not a disease known to the african. {I remembered in medical school,one of the ways to curry the wrath of one of my lecturers was to mention foreign exotic diseases like ALS or Multiple sclerosis as first or second examples }.I don’t know why an african should be unnecessarily involved in its publicity while neglecting diseases affecting his fellow african. In the ice water challenge, one is nominated to go through it by a bucket of cold water being poured on one (that’s no big deal to an african like myself who bathes in cold water.It’s like throwing a toad into a river or pushing an Ijaw man into a swimming pool). If a nominated person declines the test,he/she is required to donate $100 to the cause of ALS patients. Many celebrities took the test and also donated sums of money. The disease has familial cause in about 10% of cases while in the rest 90% isn’t related by families&has got no definitive cause (ie it’s idiopathic). It has a poor prognosis. Most victims die an average 3 yrs after being disgnosed and only a paltry 4% will be alive 10yrs from diagnosis. So bad its life expectancy.

I got baffled when I saw Genivieve Nnaji & Don Jazzy take d now trending ALS Ice Water Challenge . I was informed Adebayor nominated Genevieve but who nominated Don Jazzy? I’ll have loved to ask that. They are just doing follow-follow. I guessed they saw celebrities like Bill Gates, Christiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Charlie Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zukerberg, George Bush etc doing it and they sheepishly decided to follow. Colonial mentality! That’s what I call it! Kolomentality! They want to be among the wannabes to project self inflated deceit they call publicity for themselves. Do they even know what ALS is,nor do they know the signs and symptoms of d disease nor d prognosis?
Abeg,there are many africans dying of sickle cell disease and thyphoid, malaria, even Ebola, what have they done to raise awareness for those diseases nor help the victims. Many Africans have colonial mentalities. They were once colonised,now they have been given independence,yet they have refused to de-colonise themselves. That’s my take on this topic. I end this my giving them an advice. The advice can be taken from Reggae Legend – Bob Marley’s song ,Redemption Song :

“…Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,none but ourselves can free our minds…”

What do you also think?

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 65

A LOW SCORE FOR NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY AFTER 15 YEARS OF THIS PRESENT DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE

The failure of leadership in Nigeria presently,and the fact that democracy has not yielded dividends so far in the 15 yrs of this nascent democratic experience. Even the democracy activists during the military era seemed to have slept off,or compromised exceedingly,and their voices seemed not to be heard again and the greatest benefitiaries now were those who collaborated ( or should I say were saboteurs of the masses ) with previous military regimes.

If Nigeria disintegrates today (like some people are agitating for) , the endemic predicaments and burdens of our history will follow us to our enclaves as the case of Southern Sudan shows. Secession or dismemberment will always breed new marginal/micro identities in fresh contests and conflicts. Moreover,it is this present crop of bad leaders that will lead the new micro enclaves. Any part of the country that pulls out will only create a smaller enclave with a carry over of the typical Nigerian problems besetting it. In the philosophy of dialectics, the original thesis is never finally settled and the contest continues in a repeated circle.

Some people always tell me that the 1983 coup derailed our democracy, which they said would have taken us to greater heights. They said if there was no “interruptions”­ we would have been developed by now. I don’t think so.It was during his (former president.Shagari)  regime that people queued endlessly for essential commodities like rice,milk, sugar etc that was being distributed to people. These items were often unavailable and often if available,there was a lot of bigotry in its distribution to the masses. All these happened under President Shehu Shagari’s watch. It was the same time that a member of the Shagari administration said Nigerians should stop complaining about poverty, corruption and bad governance because “they are not picking food from the dustbin”. When the military came at that time, many people celebrated. However, because I have no knowledge of what tomorrow might have been, I will assume that those who claim the coup took us back may be right. May be if Buhari and Idiagbon never came in, in 1983, Nigeria will be like Singapore, Luxembourg or Qatar.

Even at that I surely missed something about Buhari and Idiagbon’s military regime. YES! I missed the “jumbo” jail time dished out to convicted corrupt politicians. from 20 to 25 to 60 years. One of them was even jailed for 102 years. Some said it is draconian. But in that case, and considering what we are witnessing today, I sure do love me some draconian rulings for thieves. I’m also imagining what life will be today, if some of the politicians of those days were not released by Gen IBB, mostly in 1986. Same crop of people later formed G77, which also transformed into PDP. Tam David West, that great patriot,who once said that corruption, rather than Boko Haram terrorists, would bring worse bloodshed in Nigeria.
Everywhere,corruption,at the polls worse corruption, public money is theirs & people are dying from want!!!

I am here to tell you this day that our major problem in Nigeria is CORRUPTION and INDISCIPLINE. Any administration that cannot fight corruption and indicipline cannot change Nigeria. This is very simple. Believe me everyone suffers under that administration and it doesn’t matter what tribe, religion or whatever one is as long as one is a Nigerian. When I say corruption and indiscipline however, I am not referring to just looting and embezzlement. I am also talking about cronyism, nepotism, tribalism, and all  other vices. As long as we ignore corruption and indiscipline we must not complain about changing Nigeria and the only people that can change every are government and the institution of religion, the press and individuals. We must frown at corruption and its evil twin brother – indiscipline.Believe me corruption and indiscipline are more deadly than Boko Haram or any terrorist organisation. If Nigeria disintegrates today it will not be Boko Haram, MEND or the Biafran agitation but absolute failure of politicians and those in power.

A reader on Facebook asked the a popular writer and opinion writer nicknamed ” The Oracle” to define in a simple word for corruption in Nigeria. The Oracle’s answer was “frustration” a frustrated society can only breed corruption, when all hopes are lost, when all opportunities to make it in a simple and organized way is blocked by fate or man made, corruption of minds and purposes becomes the other of the day”.

Wait a minute, what does all the hullabaloo about the Ekiti and Osun polls being free, peaceful and fair connote? Does the massive deployment of troops and Security men to monitor elections suggest that we are a violent and an incorrigible electorate? Are we by chance setting a new precedent in democratic practice where the military abandons their traditional role to become election monitors? To applaud the ‘militarization’ of the democratic space during elections is to sing democracy to an early slumber, yes we are singing democracy a devious lullaby.

Some have said that when the Edo election won by the APC was ‘militarized’ we were quiet, so we should overlook the Ekiti and the Osun spectacle. Sadly they ignore the fact that our critique of this new practice is neither pro APC nor Anti PDP, it is simply a plus for democracy and a nod for sane democratic ethos.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. To excuse the massive deployment of Soldiers to monitor elections is to tell our Children and posterity that we are unripe for true democracy. It is an admission of guilt to wit that our politicians are not service oriented but lucre motivated for which violence and brigandage is veritable.
Curiously, is this new practice peace propelled or channeled at giving one Party the edge over the other? I choose the second option though you may think otherwise”.

Conscience is an open wound only truth can heal it” – Uthman Dan Fodio 1805. I must say for the umpteenth time that I am not a loyalist of the APC, I have never been, nor am I a hater of the PDP. I hate ill-rule, I hate corruption, I hate religious hate, I hate ethnic jingoism, I hate and repudiate the persistent denial of a peoples right to democracy dividends, and I hate do-or-die politics. To condone and excuse the many ills of this chequered system is to sing democracy an intense lullaby.

What is right is right, and wrong, wrong. I passionately pray that as 2015 draws near we will elevate our politics and debate beyond the banal confines of ethnicity and crash partisanship.

I crave a cross ventilation of thought that shall coalesce into a new moral benchmark for leadership and set a new paradigm for the Actors on our socio-political amphitheatre.
What must count if we sincerely want this nation to grow is the passion to lead, the desire to serve, the determination to govern indiscriminate of creed and clan, and the commitment to genuine transformation.

To those whose motivation and choice of leadership devolves and revolves on the ethnic, sectional, partisan and religious pendulum I bring this reminder, yes, it is an incontrovertible truism that at all level and across the parties governance within the past 15years have been below the 40% mark, therefore we MUST learn to think out of the box and collectively demand responsible and responsive leadership.

Yes we MUST torpedo partisan bickering and up the bar beyond the contours of banal politics to the noble pedestal of profound issues, deep debate and patriotism, such is the way to go.

God Bless Nigeria.

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 66

Deceptions, Deceits,Lies upon Lies &the Campaign of Calumny by TAN Thieves Around Nigeria,Predators of Nigerian Posterity et al

Nigerian TV has been flooded recently by many adverts, campaigns by some groups campaigning for President.Goodluck Jonathan highlighting his multiple achievements ( even though they are very few,even where it exists) ,even comparing him with some greats like Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama et al (I see that sacrilegious though). I see the adverts have flooded TV stations like AIT, NTA, STV and many others. Apart from the many lies upon lies that are being told of his achievements where few,even if any exist, I think it’s sacrilegious to compare a snail to a rhinocerous just because both appear “horned”. It’s sacrilegious to compare his works to that of Martin Luther King jnr, Mandela et al,even in the face of blatant lies. At least 2 groups have spearheaded this : Thieves Association of Nigeria who claim to be Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and Predators of Nigerian Posterity who falsely claimed they are Protectors of Nigerian Posterity PNP.

The factual point is that we don’t need TAN to come and remind us GEJ achievement if indeed he has performed very well. We have eyes and we can see! One of the things that baffles me in all of these road show is why the eastern part of Nigeria must always be the region to produce the chief executive of such hand twisting organization, in a country of over 150 million people! If at the end of Youth Earnestly Ask of Abacha and Association of Better Nigeria the proprietors disappeared into limbo, is it not enough for the realities of time to be democratic in their choice of leadership for an association that would project the achievements of the current leadership maybe if not for anything just to give a dog a good name. Daniel Kanu, Author Nzeribe and now Chris Mba, they mean danger for this country as far as my opinion is concerned.

We’ve been here before. There was a time we had such ignoble and ubiquitous groups like ABN Association for Better Nigeria, led by Francis Arthur Nzeribe and YEAA Youths Earnestly Ask for Abacha led by Daniel Kanu who had ignoble roles in annulment of June 12 presidential election and the abortive late Emperor.General Sani Abacha (of cursed memory). We know what happened eventually and the bad memories they bring. They surely made bad names for themselves that last till this day. The Good Book says a good name is better than riches. Surely these folks prefer a bad name lasting for generations for filthy lucre,rather than a good name. So bad ! What a pity ! O ma se o,like my big brother – The Oracle usually says. To cap it all,they not only imported all the ignoble Daniel Kanu’s YEAA methods,they went on gathering millions of non existent phantom signatures claiming outrageous numbers in an attempt to “persuade” President.Goodluck Jonathan to contest another term. A person’s good or bad works lives after him and may even trail him till The Judgement Day. What these groups have failed to tell us is the greed behind all these. They have collected huge sums discreetly and hope to collect more.

SOUTHWEST zonal rally in Ibadan produced 1.4million voters signatures asked GEJ to carry go. SOUTH SOUTH zonal rally in Port-Hacourt produced 4million voters signatures asked GEJ to carry go. North central, Northwest, Northeast and Southeast are still mobilising signatures that will asked GEJ to carry go. Are all these signatures real or imaginary? If they actually are, how much exchange hands?

The TAN campaign Team is on campaign train against INEC electoral instructions.TAN campaign conducted rallies in SE,SW and SS that for the first time any known record any where in the world that citizens are made/induced to sign a register to show support for any political candidate or Party as if the collected signatures translate in a yet to be conducted voting in the year 2015,barring that such signatories will still be there if God so will to cast their votes. Correct me if i am wrong that those that signed register can translate into actual part of a possible total votes that will decide the out come of 2015 general election. Many Nigerians see through hunger and deprivation that our votes if not sold for poverty is our power to install good governance .

I remember Late Emperor. General Sani Abacha days when all political parties endorsed him and some even organized 1million match for him in Abuja to deceive him. OBJ was also deceived , they asked him to continue third term in office because he was in charge then and he coughed money. IBB also coughed his looted fund when they deceived him to contest in 2003 & 2011 presidential election. Iyiola Omisore in Osun was also deceived and he was forced to cough some of his ill-gotten wealth when he was asked to contest against an anointed candidate which he loss woefully. Many people that cannot win their houses have been deceived in other to pump money out in which they later lost. It is not different in many states where virtually all beneficiaries are telling their governors, Senators,& honourable members to carry go despite poor performance . After they collected their monies and empty their pockets, they still deny them and pay them back with an abuse of any kind.

How do u persuade ( or dissuade) a man whose mind is fully made up to contest 2015 elections? Now it’s obvious the body language (apologies to Tambuwal) says the same. This man is obviously gonna run again. He isn’t doing any illegality. Though he said that his presidency isn’t worth any man’s blood,even though correctly,is rather a smokescreen. Any wise person would have seen it coming. I actually saw it coming right from the tail end of 2010 and told all who cared to listen.

If a man assesses himself, and feels that his country has been worse off under him than at any other time, and that there is even almost no country again, why then does he jostle to hold aloft a flag that is at half-mast? It pays everybody that he drops such flag, and give room for change. If the air around you is stultifying, almost to point of asphyxiating the populace, then quit, and give room for a breath of fresh air. That should be a food for thought for him and his hossanna grand opera of worshippers, praise-singers and bootlickers.

Is his contesting gonna move Nigeria forward or backwards? Time will decide and many are remembered in history for good or bad purposes. Surely,his would be in the sandmarks of history in Nigeria.

I know incumbents can be defeated despite all intimidation and rigging if the people are united and tenacious in their will. Countless examples abound, even in Africa – Kenya, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and even Ghana. I hope our votes will count this time like it did 4yrs ago,despite glaring irregularities in some states.

It is high time President Goodluck realised that the electorates are wiser now and cannot be fooled again. Federal might or the so called incumbency factor cannot be a substitute for dismal failure. The election that was held in Osun state is a pointer to the character of the forthcoming nationwide elections in February .

Nigerian politicians , especially the president and other PDP members seeking elective posts should better realised that goodwill is the most important factor that will determine their fortune or misfortune. The goodwill is earned. It is not a commodity you buy overnight with market place politrickcian.

Those who believes that gun and braggadocio will fetch them votes are better advised to change tactics.

Any person with a record of poor performance must recognise that he can never enjoy any iota of goodwill. The dose for winning an election in Nigeria is grade A level of performance, meeting the yearnings and expectations of the governed is the surest way for winning and election. Any other medicine can only lead to anarchy.

GEJ don’t be deceived by business politicians who will later turn their back against you if things don’t go your way.

Disregard Nostra II to your peril!

God rules in the affairs of men !

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 67SOMETHING GREATER THAN THE EBOLA VIRUSSeveral years ago, a certain fatal disease ( probably very similar to Ebola virus ) erupted in Africa, killing thousands without restrain or cure. The medical world was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G Lake came to the rescue. Laying hands on infected people who were not to be touched. The slightest contact with any secretion from an infected person is all it takes for transmission. But with bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim, John G Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an abrupt end the spread of the deadly virus. When asked by the medical world how he did it. He had this to say: I have the life of God in me, every virus that comes in contact with me dies. He asked them to get an innoculum from an infected person, observe same under a microscope to ascertain viral activities in it. They did and confirmed living and multiplying virus. He then asked them to put the innoculum on his palm and observe under the microscope. This time there were no more activities. ALL WERE DEAD upon contact with him. What a life!Every child of God has this life! He that has the Son has this life! That higher life that put out that pestilence/ plague in the days of John G Lake will do the same through you in your day! At the Name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out! Stop the fear! Let this message of hope and faith go viral and the Ebola viral spread will stop!

Don’t disdain the ever living words of Jesus: And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my Name, they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hand on the sick (those already infected) and they shall recover – Mark 16:15-18.

John G Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are here! We can save our world!We have the life of God in us!Spread the faith!Stop the fear!Spread the life!Stop the death!

FRIDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING vol 68How millions of Nigerian telephone subcribers are being scammed in the name of voting in Talent Hunt, Awards and Reality TV Shows on Nigerian TelevisionI’ll love to appeal to Nigerian entertainers to stop the habit of going about cap in hand begging for votes each time they are nominated for awards. If your materials are good enough and the award process is transparent, I see no reason why you should go about embarrassingly soliciting for votes like a politician. I will also want to warn the unsuspecting public to stop wasting their hard earned money and “telephone credits” on voting to select the winners in these shows because it’s a complete scam.There should be a “competent” panel of judges selected to review the nominated materials and advise the organisers who the winners should be. It calls to question the motives of award organisers. Same goes for the numerous music talent shows in Nigeria today.

Have you ever wondered why all telecoms companies in Nigeria have a talent hunt show attached to their names? It is very simple. Television is the biggest means of communication in the country today. It reaches millions of people residing in cities, towns and villages (those who are lucky enough to have electricity). You can find a wide variety of talent shows for the gullible enthusiast who has been tricked to thinking he or she decides the participant’s future via the organiser’s voting system.

A lot of Nigerians may never realise how much money they spend voting on these talents shows because they don’t get a monthly giant-sized telephone bill. The telecom companies have washed the public clean with detergent because it doesn’t look like the voting is going to stop anytime soon.

Every day on TV, we see a bunch of unknown individuals locked up in a house together, begging for our votes. I do agree that voting makes the masses feel like a part of any competition and it also gives them a sense of importance. But the question is; why do they bother asking us to vote when they have already employed judges to decide the winners? Isn’t it criminal requesting people to spend their hard earned money voting when it’s obvious those votes don’t determine eventual winners?

And what do they have judges on the show for? They are invited and asked to judge the contestant and you still ask the public to vote for the most deserving? So these experienced, eminent personalities are defined by the public’s opinions? Why invite judges to the show when you are going to put your money making tactics to use anyway?

Is it fair to manipulate audiences to increase SMS income at the cost of shattered dreams? What do we vote for? . Since I have been watching most of these talent shows in Nigeria, there has been no indication whatsoever that public votes count or will ever count.

The entire voting thing is a sham. It is only a money-making machine that makes a fool out of the unsuspecting public. SMS voting is a very lucrative method of making millions out of an ignorant public.

Do the telecoms companies care who wins? Finally it is the general public that is the biggest loser. While the TV stations have already made millions out of the advertising sponsors of the show, the judges are paid huge amounts by the producers

ALS Ice-Water Challenge : Africans’ colonial mentalities

There are very few musicians I really greatly admire.And that’s seldomly because of the finesse of their lyrics. What I admire is their messages to the people which they used the instrument of music to pass. Among the few I admire is the afrobeat-cum-social activist – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. He passes the truth in his music no matter whose ox is gored. He’s like a prophet. Most of the things he talked about have occured and are still occuring. How prophetic ! I’m sure if he hadn’t been rascally nor lived recklessly,he could have been a preacher cum prophet for God’s work. I think so.

He sang very many songs,most of which I sing very well off hand. There’s one he sang : Kolomentality ( Colonial Mentality) . Part of the song goes thus :

…If you say you be colonial man,
You don be slave before before,
Dem don release you now
but you never release yourself.
No be so?
No be so dem dey do their things,no be so.
No be so dem dey do dem brothers e,no be so
The things wey black do no good,na foreign things dem dey like,no be so…
…Mr.Ransome may you hear o.
…Kolomentality hear o
Na Africa we dey o
Kolomentality …

It talked about foolish gullible africans who have gullibly copied bad foreign cultures, neglecting theirs,rather than promoting great and rich local african culture. I think this statement is a brief summary of the message Fela was passing accross in his song.

There is a current trend going on in America now. It’s called the ALS Ice-Water ChaIlenge to raise awareness for and money for victims of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS also called Montor Neurone Disease or Charot’s disease (similar to but very different from Marie-Charot-Tooth’s disease) is one of the numerous diseases that affect the nervous system. Its victims are mainly in the advanced world. It almost never (if ever) affects africans. It’s not a disease known to the african. {I remembered in medical school,one of the ways to curry the wrath of one of my lecturers was to mention foreign exotic diseases like ALS or Multiple sclerosis as first or second examples }.I don’t know why an african should be unnecessarily involved in its publicity while neglecting diseases affecting his fellow african. In the ice water challenge, one is nominated to go through it by a bucket of cold water being poured on one (that’s no big deal to an african like myself who bathes in cold water.It’s like throwing a toad into a river or pushing an Ijaw man into a swimming pool). If a nominated person declines the test,he/she is required to donate $100 to the cause of ALS patients. Many celebrities took the test and also donated sums of money. The disease has familial cause in about 10% of cases while in the rest 90% isn’t related by families&has got no definitive cause (ie it’s idiopathic). It has a poor prognosis. Most victims die an average 3 yrs after being disgnosed and only a paltry 4% will be alive 10yrs from diagnosis. So bad its life expectancy.

I got baffled when I saw Genivieve Nnaji & Don Jazzy take d now trending ALS Ice Water Challenge . I was informed Adebayor nominated Genevieve but who nominated Don Jazzy? I’ll have loved to ask that. They are just doing follow-follow. I guessed they saw celebrities like Bill Gates, Christiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Charlie Sheen, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zukerberg, George Bush etc doing it and they sheepishly decided to follow. Colonial mentality! That’s what I call it! Kolomentality! They want to be among the wannabes to project self inflated deceit they call publicity for themselves. Do they even know what ALS is,nor do they know the signs and symptoms of d disease nor d prognosis?
Abeg,there are many africans dying of sickle cell disease and thyphoid, malaria, even Ebola, what have they done to raise awareness for those diseases nor help the victims. Many Africans have colonial mentalities. They were once colonised,now they have been given independence,yet they have refused to de-colonise themselves. That’s my take on this topic. I end this my giving them an advice. The advice can be taken from Raggae Legend – Bob Marley’s song ,Redemption Song :

“…Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,none but ourselves can free our minds…”.

What do you also think?

NIGERIA and the quest for an Islamic State by George Onmonya Daniel

“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” -Cobb, in the movie INCEPTION.

Ideology, once solidly planted, is the most dangerous virus. More dangerous than Ebola. Over the years I have continued to study Islam and the more I study I realize Nigeria has over the years been attracted to extreme Al-Qaeda ideology. I am not talking about Boko Haram here. I am talking about some state governments in the North.

Some three decades ago, Northern Nigeria was not as it is today. Around 1988 we still had mix schools in the North. Sometime in 1988, Borno State government decided to separate boys from girls in all secondary schools in the state. The Nigerian army refused in their schools, so apart from Federal Government College, Maiduguri and Army Day Secondary Schools, boys were separated from girls all over the state. It was a state government policy. Soon it was followed by girls must wear ‘hijab’ and the uniform changed from normal T-shirt to Hausa attire and fula, local Hausa cap.

Then secondary schools began to frown at Christian Religion Knowledge (CRK). When in Borno, we had CRK classes, but my sisters that went to Secondary Schools in Azare, Bauchi State in late 2000, could only do Islamic Religious Knowledge because there were no CRK teachers.

Before late 80s to the early 90s, comic magazine like Lolly featuring “Dauda, the sexy guy,” and Super Story, were best sellers in the North. They were brothels everywhere and people lived in harmony, at least. The north was the safest place to live in Nigeria. The people were nice and tolerant and less complicated. They were simple and honest, accommodating and reserved. My friend Agatha Benson, who always defend the North having lived in this era in the North and moved to the United State long time before the changes I am describing today, always see me as a liar when I describe some of the phenomenon that led to these changes and changes in the North today. The popular no-nonsense columnist, Femi Aribisala, describes this time in most of his articles.

In my early years in secondary school, Muslims enter churches to participate in church activities and no one would raise an eyebrow. People just mind their businesses. I remembered sometime in 1988 or 1989, Gideon International came to share free Bibles to everyone in my secondary school. Most Muslim students accepted it. Only very few rejected it. The school authority didn’t even care. This is Government Science Secondary, Bama, Borno State. Today, Bama is the epicenter of Boko Haram. Bama used to be a lively town where we grew up organizing parties and dancing competitions. When I was about 15, my friend has a nightclub in Bama. Abu Hammer. Me and my friends were the guys who helped Abu Hammmer with the night club idea. I used to sneak out of the house and go clubbing. I had my own room away from my folks place, so mostly they don’t know when I am out at night. Bama was a town of Cinema, where we watched Indian movies and Chinese films when growing up. It was part of us. Indian and Chinese films would so much influence Kannywood of today.

I moved in Kano in 1994, barely 18, to enter Bayero University. Extremism was getting hold of everywhere. I entered a university where Uztas were very powerful and disrupt parties and other social activites. The Uztas were so powerful and they were supported and tolerated by the University. The Uztas phenomenon spread all over the North. It was like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Soon they became so powerful they stopped social activities in most Northern universities.

The ideology of this Islamic brothers look like that of Al Qaeda. They dress like the Taliban, with short trousers, look mean and don’t listen to music, watch movies and have something against Western lifestyle and the West.

Even though most Muslim youths were not Wuztas or part of them, one could visibly see the Wustaz groups were very powerful.

Soon governments in the North began clamping down on brothels, hotels and nightclubs as the Muslim brotherhood of Nigeria began to influence government. In 1995 in Kano, we had beer joints in my area in Shagari Quarters. Within few years no one sells beer in that area and all the churches were forced out. This phenomenon was happening all over. Religiosity without religion promoted by the new intellectuals and governments. It all climaxed with the agitation for Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria in 1999. With Sharia Law implementation in some Northern State, women were stopped from entering commercial vehcles with men briefly. I was in BUK and I remembered the University had female buses. Even the government attempted the Female buses thing but failed. Commercial bike were banned from carrying women because it was men riding them but that too didn’t work as the states couldn’t provide transport and job for the multitude of bike men.

Borno of Mala Kachala and Yobe of Abba Ibrahim quickly claimed Sharia State after Zamfara. Kano started the Hisbah or were more serious with the Hisbah police. A man’s hand was chopped off in Zamfara for stealing cow, women were sentenced to death by stoning in several Sharia States. Al Qaeda ideals had always thrive here in Nigeria, a country of copy cats and wannabes.

During these periods, the churches grew up too. Church became some of the biggest enterprise in the country. As the Western world embraces technology, Nigeria’s romance with religion and superstition got stronger.

The Sharia States before the Islamic State of Gwoza outlawed the sale of beer, Shekarau’s Sharia regime banned film and persecuted film makers, banned literature and books were burnt and writers seen as irreligous. Poor people were arrested and prosecuted for adultery, stealing and wahtever, and the sentences from these Sharia court ranges from flogging to cutting of hands and stonning to death. The masses welcomed such even though some Northern commentators saw it all as politics of the elites to deceive the masses. The Sharia doesn’t address corruption in government and nobody even talk of that. The Sharia only created another avenue to loot. Some clerics had the opportunity to be part of the looting of the national cake. Even Boko Haram members were part of the Ali Modu Sheriff’s government before they went hardcore.

Today we have an Islamic State in Gwoza controlled by an Al Qaeda element. It has its origin embroiled in ideologies that has its root in government policies over the years. Religion should be separated from State in Nigeria or religion will be the thing that will break this country. The new threat to Nigeria’s unity is not tribe or regional politics, it is the politics of Boko Haram. I hope Boko Haram remain in the North. If they take this Islamic state business further and throw any bomb in the South or East, it will be a catastrophy for the nation.

TIMELINE OF AN AMAZON: Prof Dora Akunyily

1954: Born in July 14, to the family of late Chief Edemobi, in Makurdi, Benue state.

1966: Passed the First School Leaving Certificate with distinction at St Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra state.

1973: Graduated from Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka with Grade 1 Distinction in her West African School Certificate.

1978: Graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(U.N.N) with a first degree in pharmacy, being under the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship for her academic excellence in her secondary education.

1978-1981: Worked as a hospital pharmacist in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu.

1982-1985: Delved into academics as a Graduate Assistant (Research Fellow) in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UNN.

1985: Acquired her PhD from U.N.N. In addition to this, she was a Post Doctorate Fellow of University of London, and a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists.

1986: Progressed to Lecturer 1.

1990: Became Senior Lecturer. (Meanwhile she had been an active member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria -PSN, serving as the national assistant secretary between 1990-1994; secretary of PSN Education Committee from 1994-2000; national vice president of the Association of Lady Pharmacists from 1992-1995, etc)

1992: Transferred to College of Medicine, UNN. (She was also a part-time lecturer at the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Lagos, Nigeria between 1992 and 1995. In addition, she served as member of State’s Hospital Management Board and State Advisory Council for Women Commission in Anambra state from 1992 to 1994).

1994: Enrolled for a computer education programme, sponsored by WHO/UNDP/World Bank. (Furthermore, she was a Supervisor for Agriculture and Member of the Caretaker Committee for her Local Government Area of Anambra state from 1994 to 1996).

1996: Became Consultant Pharmacologist in UNN(She held the position till April, 2001).

1997-2000: Appointed zonal secretary of Petroleum Trust Fund(PTF) to head and coordinate all projects in the five south eastern states of Nigeria.

1998: Underwent a professional managerial course in RIPA, London where she was trained on senior management skills. (This same year, she was diagnosed to have had a growth by some Nigerian doctors which needed urgent surgery. But going to the US for the surgery, the American doctors told her that she did not need surgery, but a little medication to solve the problem.)

2000: Attained the level of Professor of Pharmacology from UNN.

2001-2008: Appointed as Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Heading the parastatal, she radically transformed NAFDAC from an unheard of government agency to a household name, as she successfully waged war against producers, importers and distributors of adulterated, fake and substandard food and drugs. Thus, her exceptional leadership skills and revolutionary style of public service delivery and accountability made her dear and a heroine to Nigerians.

2008-2010: Became a Honorable Minister of Information and Communications. It was here she spearheaded and popularized the Rebranding Nigeria Project which had the slogan: Nigeria, Good People, Great Nation.

2011: Contested for the position of Senator for Anambra Central Senatorial Zone under the APGA political party, but lost to Dr Chris Ngige of the then ACN political party.

2013: Fell ill on July 13, while preparing to travel to the US to receive an award. She began to deteriorate physically, and having arrived on US soil, underwent some checks. It was discovered that she had cancer; the previous diagnosis of her, having a cancerous growth was right after all.

2014: After some treatment in a US hospital, she returned to Nigeria when the us doctors told her she was improving. Her last public appearance was at the National Confab in Abuja where her gaunt image was a cause of concern to many Nigerians. Afterwards, her health took a turn for the worse and she was flown to India for medical attention. Aged 59, she passed on in an Indian hospital, around 10am, 7th of July. She will be committed to mother earth, on the 28th of August (this Thursday), at her husband’s compound at Agulu in Anaocha Local government, of Anambra state.
Adieu, Prof Dora Akunyili, a woman of timbre and calibre…
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Prof Akunyili received numerous awards, both locally and internationally, for her stellar service to humanity. She was a committed Catholic Christian. She was married to Dr J. C. Akunyili, of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu. They had six children, and grandchildren as well.

Sierra Leone ‘hero’ doctor’s death exposes slow Ebola response

FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) – When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimental drug, the grieving family of Sierra Leone’s most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment before he died from the deadly virus.

Sheik Umar Khan was a hero in his small West African country for leading the fight against the worst ever outbreak of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 1,427 people mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

When Khan fell sick in late July, he was rushed to a treatment unit run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) where doctors debated whether to give him ZMapp, a drug tested on laboratory animals but never before used on humans.

Staff agonized over the ethics of favoring one individual over hundreds of others and the risk of a popular backlash if the untried treatment was perceived as killing a national hero.

In the end, they decided against using ZMapp. Khan died on July 29, plunging his country into mourning.

A few days later, the California-manufactured pharmaceutical was administered to U.S. aid workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who contracted Ebola in Liberia and were flown home for treatment. It is not clear what role ZMapp played in their recovery but the two left hospital in Atlanta last week.

Khan is among nearly 100 African healthcare workers to have paid the ultimate price for fighting Ebola, as the region’s medical systems have been overwhelmed by an epidemic which many say could have been contained if the world had acted quicker.

In their village of Mahera, in northern Sierra Leone, Khan’s elderly parents and siblings asked why he did not get the treatment. Khan saved hundreds of lives during a decade battling Lassa fever – a disease similar to Ebola – at his clinic in Kenema and was Sierra Leone’s only expert on hemorrhagic fever.

“If it was good enough for Americans, it should have been good enough for my brother,” said C-Ray, his elder brother, as he sat on the porch of the family home. “It’s not logical that it wasn’t used. He had nothing to lose if it hadn’t worked.”

Doctors who knew Khan and who were involved in the difficult decision, however, said it was based on sound ethical reasoning.

Ebola, which is passed on by direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected persons, strikes hardest at healthcare providers and carers who work closely with patients.

Victims suffer vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding in the final stages of the disease, leaving their bodies coated in the virus. To treat the sick, doctors require training and protective clothing, both of them scarce in Africa.

The outbreak – the first in West Africa – was detected five months ago deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea. But it was not until Aug. 8 that the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency and promised more resources.

By decimating healthcare staff in countries that had only a few hundred trained doctors before the outbreak, Ebola has now left millions vulnerable to the next crisis, experts say.

“Dr. Khan knew the risks better than anybody … but if you work for months in overcrowded facilities, 18 hours a day, anyone will make a mistake,” said Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University in New Orleans, who worked with Khan for a decade.

“The whole international community needs to look back and say we dropped the ball. We should’ve reacted faster to this.”

TENSE ATMOSPHERE

To many in his impoverished country, Khan was a saviour for his pioneering work with Lassa fever, a disease endemic to the jungles of eastern Sierra Leone that kills 5,000 people a year. When Ebola struck, he became a figurehead for that fight, too, hailed by President Ernest Bai Koroma as a “national hero”.

Doctors involved in treating Khan were aware that – given sporadic violence against healthcare workers by a frightened local population – a misstep could prove costly.

“Now you can look back at that and say it was a mistake,” said American doctor Daniel Bausch of Tulane University, who worked with Khan and advocated giving him ZMapp at the time.

“But there was a very tense atmosphere on the ground,” he said. “If he had died from the drug, or even if it was perceived that he had, it could have had dangerous ramifications.”

Doctors also had ethical concerns about giving Khan priority treatment that hundreds of other infected people could not receive, since only a few doses of ZMapp had been manufactured.

The president of Medecins San Frontieres – which has spearheaded the response to Ebola at clinics in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – said its doctors could not sanction use of a drug on Khan whose effects were unknown.

“We didn’t know what the consequences would be. We didn’t know how sick he was and we didn’t know how efficient it would be,” Joanne Liu told Reuters.

Khan, who had initially appeared to be recovering, was never told that the drug was available. Two weeks after his death, the World Health Organization approved the use of experimental drugs to tackle Ebola, on Aug. 12.

However, the manufacturer of ZMapp, California-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, said supplies of the drug are exhausted after the last doses were used in treating three African healthcare workers in Liberia last week. Like the two Americans, they are also recovering.

Supplies of trial vaccines to prevent people contracting the disease are also very limited. With only 1,590 deaths from Ebola in the four decades that have passed since the virus was first isolated, all of them in poor African countries, drug firms have had little incentive to pursue research into the disease.

Drug companies including GlaxoSmithKline are now fast-tracking vaccine trials in humans, amid fears that Ebola could be spread beyond Africa by air travel, after a U.S. citizen died in Nigeria after flying from Liberia.

“We need to get healthcare workers vaccines. They are in harm’s way,” said Robert Garry, the main investigator at Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, a partnership of research institutes. He said the outbreak would last at least six months.

“We need a lot more people to bring this under control. We haven’t seen the worst of this yet.”

“WHO WILL FILL MY SHOES”

Khan knew from the first his work at the Kenema clinic would be dangerous. When he took over as head doctor there in 2004, his predecessor had bled to death from Lassa fever in the same ward.

But after 11 years of civil war, there were few others who could do the job. The last but one of 10 children from a humble background, Khan always wanted to be a physician like his childhood hero Dr. Kamara, who ran a clinic in Mahera.

Determined to enter Freetown’s medical school COMAHS, Khan persisted despite being initially rejected. When he graduated, his father was too ashamed to visit this preserve of his country’s elite and listened to the ceremony on the radio.

“When the name Dr. Sheik Umar Khan was called out by the dean of the faculty, my father broke down in tears of joy,” Khan’s sister Mariama recalled.

An extrovert and joker, Khan threw himself into his work in Kenema, a diamond-trading hub home to 130,000 people. His wife divorced him, complaining he only had time for his patients.

When Ebola struck, Khan converted the bungalows of the clinic into an Ebola treatment center, erecting a makeshift tarpaulin ward outside with 50 beds in three rows. With no proven cure, doctors simply tried to keep patients hydrated and free from other diseases as Ebola attacked their immune system.

Though he feared for his life, he refused to abandon the understaffed clinic, even as nurses there began to fall sick.

“If I leave, then who will come and fill my shoes,” he told a friend from medical school, James Russel.

Outbreaks in Central Africa lasted six to eight weeks, so when infections ebbed early in the epidemic, many assumed the worst had passed. It turned out to be a lull as relatives hid victims rather than going to hospitals regarded as death traps and a massive second wave of infection caught governments and international aid donors off guard.

One of Khan’s biggest challenges was resistance from local people, terrified of the medics in their white bodysuits and masks. A crowd attacked the Kenema facility, enraged by a rumor of cannibalism there. Several patients fled, spreading infection even wider.

“My biggest problem … is getting people to accept the disease,” a frustrated Khan told Reuters in June.

The first person infected in Sierra Leone was a “sowei” – a tribal healer. She claimed to have the power to treat Ebola and had attracted sick people to visit her from Guinea. Traditions of washing the dead helped spread the disease. Several women from neighboring towns were infected at the sowei’s burial.

Already thinly staffed, the clinic was sapped by resignations and a strike after three senior nurses died. Khan was compulsive in checking his protective gear before entering the ward, using a mirror he called his “policeman”.

“I’m afraid for my life because, I must say, I cherish my life,” he said.

Bausch, sent by the WHO to Kenema in July to help train staff, said Khan had appeared worn down. Bausch had hired Khan to work at the Kenema clinic in 2004 but was so alarmed by the understaffing there, he had wondered if it should be shut down.

“It’s one thing for a foreign doctor who comes in for three weeks. But if you’re Dr. Khan, head of the ward, it never stops,” Bausch said. “Anyone would get infected.”

Khan’s death sent shockwaves through Sierra Leone’s small medical community of less than 150 doctors for its 6 million people – one of the lowest ratios in the world. Sierra Leone has one doctor per 45,000 inhabitants, according to the WHO, compared to a doctor for every 410 people in the United States.

Other senior medical staff in the country have since died and the staff at Kenema has been decimated.

“Once this nightmare is over, who in these countries will want to work treating patients with hemorrhagic fever?” said Bausch. “If it was hard before to get healthcare workers to do it, it will be even harder now.”

A Must-Read! National Security And Public Safety: An Open Letter To President Goodluck Jonathan by Yemi Saka

August 3, 2014
His Excellency,
The President, Commander-in-Chief,
Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Abuja.

RE: NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

Once again, I am writing you another letter out of sense of PATRIOTISM and contribution towards a better Nigeria.
This is not another shot at shoving up my popularity or needless criticism of your administration and person, but in strict adherence to the provision of section 24, article “d’ and “e” which states and I quote;
“(d) make positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides; and
(e) render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order”

Mr. President, I have warned that any nation which plays politics with its homeland security should be ready to kiss it sovereignty goodbye; it is just a function of time.
This is one thing that has characterized your administration with your aides, party chieftains and political allies culpable.
The bid to rationalize and blame the insurgency on the North or opposition is a ludicrous position which is not only diversionary, but unpatriotic, and amounts to an attempted equivocation of the mess we are in.

Sir, the dystopia-like state of our homeland security is dyphoric, and Mr. President, this is no Boko Haram, this is no Northern region making the country ungovernable for you. This is no religious war. This is an affront on our sovereignty and we are at war!  A war executed covertly by the enemy from within.

Just like I did in my earlier correspondences to you, I will like to bring to the fore three (3) issues which has dominated our polity in the last four (4) months and will also determine the sanctity of our nation’s sovereignty.

UPSURGE IN INSURGENCY:

Mr. President, never in the history of this great country of ours have Nigerians felt so insecure and unsure of their well being.

The uncontained activities of insurgents and insurgency have further drifted us towards the precipice beyond our imagination which only decisive actions from you can save us as a nation from falling apart.

Your Excellency, while some of us appreciate the enormous danger confronting us as a nation, you seem not to. Your position and executive orders and pronouncements after any terror attack makes most Nigerians yearn for a more inspiring leadership and direction.

Sir, under your watch, you have allowed the decline in professionalism in the military and the Intelligence Community. The actions of various security agencies in recent times are now seen as politically motivated in a bid to satisfy you.

One of such is the alleged “Intel” (Intelligence Report) submitted to you earlier in the year by the Director General of the DSS, in which it was stated that Col. Umar (Rtd), the deposed Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Jokolo, a Senator from the North and a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police also from the North were holding meeting regularly in a bid to destabilize your government.

Sir, this is the height of unprofessionalism, as the ex-DIG mentioned in the report died two (2) years ago. This I believe was done in a bid to satisfy your disposition, political ideology and desperation.

Mr. President, do not blame me for such allegations as many of your aides in a bid to retain their jobs, and political allies in a bid to sustain their political patronage with you have allegedly recruited people to campaign for you on social media with a mandate; blame the North and Islam for everything wrong in this country.

This I consider political stupidity as the votes of Christians and those from the South-South, South-East, and South-West alone will not get you re-elected. They also seem to be blind to the fact that we have Muslims in South-West and South-South.

Sir, when the upsurge in the insurgency seem uncontrollable and scary with  various  security agencies seemingly inadequate and dispassionate, I formed a group on social media named The Independent Intelligence Analysis and Terror Assessment Group (TIIATAG) with few of the best independent analytical minds around whose actions as members are informed by nothing but PATRIOTISM.
It is a seven-man group which includes a Swiss who in my estimation is more passionate about Nigeria than most Nigerians, a friend who has a military background due to his short stint as a cadet at the Nigerian Defense Academy. The rest are Nigerians who those in the Intelligence Community classify as analysts and “naturals”.

Your Excellency, this letter will present more of the analysis from the group with a few of my additions.
One of such of my analysis which formed the primary analysis of the group on the insurgency is that which blamed the upsurge on the government. This I will avail you Sir, but I must also add that events, patterns, and schematics of the insurgents brought about a secondary analysis.
Below is my analysis of the activities of BOKO HARAM, that is, the primary analysis:

It is no news that the sect was a creation of political subversion in Borno state, but how its activities went beyond Borno State is what I think I will be bringing to fore.

Based on my analysis of events, I am of a strong conviction that we have two (2) Boko Haram; the Late Muhammed Yussuf-led group, which I believe had links to/with Al-Qaeda and the “State owned” Boko Haram.

After the death, safe to say assassination of Muhammed Yussuf, just like any terror group or organization, it went comatose, inactive without direction and leadership.
Since it was not a properly structured or a compartmented terrorist organization, we witnessed the end of its activities for a while.

The first event that triggered off an era of politically induced state of insecurity was the October 1, 2010 bombing which I believe was executed to achieve two (2) things;
Discredit and create apathy against the North, and 2. Whip up sentiments for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
2. The 2 targets were met because most Nigerians felt the North was desperate and intolerant by losing out of power, and zoning, while President Goodluck Jonathan was seen as a humble man with whom God was so pleased.

The utterance, body language and position of the government of the day was what I believe brought about the resurrection or revival of the activities of the Late Muhammed Yussuf’s Boko Haram.

I think that was when Al-Qaeda link came into being.

Al-Qaeda, an organization that has perpetually sworn and committed to attacking America’s and Western interest saw a fertile ground.

A question with an obvious answer is “if you’re Al-Qaeda and want to attack US or Western interest in Africa, and you want to score high, where will you hit at?” Your obvious choice is as good as mine: NIGERIA, and when a country compromises its national security; you have a perfect target and scenario for successful campaign.

To test the capabilities, the readiness of the Late Muhammed Yussuf led Boko Haram, and to also test the effectiveness of the counter measures of the government and the country against terrorist attack(s) and terrorism, attacks were carried out in Jos on the 24th of December 2010 and the Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja on the 31st of December 2010.

The successful execution of those attacks on both targets got them the funding and collaboration for two (2) more targets; the Loius Edet House (The Force Headquarters) and the UN building of 2011. When Al-Qaeda saw it had achieved its goal, it closed shop in Nigeria…because the heat was turning on them.

Why I believe the aforementioned scenarios had Al-Qaeda written all over it is because it fits the profiled pattern of Al-Qaeda ops bearing in mind that Al-Qaeda activities does not aim at compromising the sovereignty of any host (attacked) nation.

Now “their” Boko Haram and by this, I mean the state-owned Boko Haram.

After the successful execution of the October 1 bombing, and getting the desired effect, the “cabal” initiated Phase II of their plan. With the coast clear for “their” son/choice to become the president, they felt being in charge can make them achieve their goal:  Resource control.

The only way they can achieve that is through and with the balkanization of Nigeria. They have to polarize and cause such divisions across ethnic and religious line.

Contrary to what a lot believed, I am of a strong conviction that the post-election violence was stage 1 of the Phase II.

Being aware of the desperate utterances credited to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the emotional outburst of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(Rtd), “they” knew they had obvious culprits.

Those that will take the fall.

To initiate this plan, violence was instigated in two (2) states considered liberal and not volatile states – Bauchi and Kaduna states. Two states that the Governors had to reassert themselves at that time made them an obvious ally.

I will blame the President and the Presidency for the way a lot of Nigerians were quick to blame Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(Rtd) for the post-electoral violence.

It is common knowledge all over the world, the most critical part of any election is the point at which results are announced. Why did the President while acting on security reports from both the National Defense Council, and the National Security Council, both on which he sits as the Chairman in compliance and accordance with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), mobilized soldiers all across the federation, only for him to “demob” them before the announcement of results?

I believe the President/ Presidency bought the idea sold to him/it by the “Cabal”.

This will polarize us more along ethnic and religious divide. With a distinct demarcation along geopolitical zones, further balkanization is envisaged along the six geopolitical zones.

Because of the oil deposit in “their” zone (South-South), getting recognition from international community is projected to be an easy ride.

Banking on the apathy against the North and its leaders in the South because of the majority of the casualties were of Southern Nigeria extraction.

I believe at a point, the patriotic elements of the North, especially ex high ranking political office holders and Military personnel, who still have undying love for a united Nigeria, thwarted this move.

Hence, the “cabal” aborted the move and suddenly realized it will be a fierce political competition come 2015, there was need to abandon the project and either initiate a new agenda or upgrade the existing one, or a semblance of both.

This set into motion the adoption of a “hybrid” stage 2 of the Phase II.

Now the agenda and target is 2015. The North has to be schemed out once again.

To achieve this, the battered image of the North had to be exploited. To achieve this, “they” had to create a state of National insecurity with what is left of the reputation of the North being shredded off.

Thus, a group of bandits/outlaws assumed the identity of the Boko Haram. Since the target is 2015, and to discredit the North from taking a strong shot at the Presidency, it has to assume a religious and ethnic colouration.

In view of this, a NSA (National Security Adviser) who can be trusted and can align with “their” cause was brought on board. That explains why Gen. Owoeye Azazi got the NSA job. He’s from South-South, and was also alleged to be instrumental in the good political fortunes of Mr. President.

Rehabilitated militants were given lucrative security contracts and some were paid to keep threatening to renew violent hostilities and insurgency. This gave it an ethnic colouration.

Also Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who at that period allegedly lost out at the Christian Association of Nigeria’s presidency was foisted on the body by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan just to whip religious sentiments.

Since it is widely wrongly assumed it is a Muslim Northern Nigeria and Christian Southern Nigeria, and with the people of the Northern Nigeria being the collateral damage, the North will be angry at its leaders and elders, believing they are not doing enough to save them, the high level of endemic poverty, illiteracy, and economic retrogression will be brought to fore. And that their leaders and elders are culpable in the act of destabilizing the country. Southern Nigeria will have a deep mistrust for any presidential hopeful coming from the Northern region.

In all this, there is a move to make South-South a power bloc ahead of 2015.

This account for what I termed as N573b profit “they” made.

Some may be wondering why General Owoeye Azazi was sacked. Someone had to take the blame. Who has such training to take blame and accept responsibilities if not a General in the military?

All these were not, and cannot be achieved without the collaboration of some strong and influential Northern element.

Mr. President, the recent unsuccessful attack on General Muhammadu Buhari hugely indicts your kitchen cabinet, the PDP, Lai Muhammed, Olisa Metuh, Doyin Okupe, the APC and your numerous sympathizers and the APC on social media who kept trading blames, and not forgetting the immature ranting of Femi Fani Kayode and Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro.
They never for once knew they were laying a solid foundation for another phase of the insurgency.

Now with the insurgents that are hell-bent on destroying the sovereignty of our dear country, the scenario is perfect.

Sir, you are a President that is widely perceived desperate and will resort to any trick in and out of the book to shove up its popularity and an opposition which is equally desperate and bereft of ideas and values. They talk out of political recklessness, gross insensitivity, pythonic insincerity and lack of patriotism, trivialized our national security and play politics with it.

We make bold to say at TIIATAG that this gave the insurgents an idea, a decoy, more like a cover for their activities.

Now the attacks will be on key political figures from both the ruling party and opposition, and all those either affiliated or sympathetic to their cause.

Targets will be from North and South which is seen as ploy to plunge us into a civil war.

The good thing about this bad thing is they are not safe as there is no hiding place for them as politics is in the air and the race for 2015 is on.

We would have loved to give a list of potential targets but that will make this more than a “thinking outside the box” exercise.

We see a trend where personalities will be attacked and most will not be as lucky as Gen. Buhari and the blame game will begin.

Sir, this will get the polity heated up the more and will further affirm it had been a political motivated insurgency all alonthat oil has been proven to be in Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Bauchi states and because the North is on the continental plain, for such exploration you need to dig 2000ft against the 800ft you dig in southern Nigeria. oil has been proven to be in Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Bauchi states and because the North is on the continental plain, for such exploration you need to dig 2000ft against the 800ft you dig in southern Nigeria.

That brought us to a submission that “Boko Haram” was also to discredit the North as a friendly business zone because it will be more capital intensive to dikg in the North.

It was also stated in the analysis that once exploration starts up North, it is just a function of time for the oil in the south to dry up because the flow of crude down south will be cut with such exploration as the Northern region positioned on a continental plain.

Mr. President, these facts also made us at TIIATAG believe some multinationals involved in oil exploration in the country are liable of complicity in the insurgency plaguing the country and also countries like France and United States of America.

France was suspected due to the role it played in the acquisition of Bakasi peninsula for Cameroon and once oil exploration starts up north, the oil flow down south which by extension flow to Bakasi will dry up.

Also the uncooperative stance of the Cameroonian forces and government with the Nigerian forces and government on the war of insurgency further embolden our assertion.
Sir, the United States of America was suspected because of its “Chinaphobia”( fear of China’s increasing influence) in the world especially in Africa.

These are possibilities we looked at and also investigations into the material based on the reserves US-1Z000C/T**7/COM/41111-UN/US. There are indication if our conscience is allowed to quote that broadband disqo of the West against the East is already happening, with the United States pushing for juicy vested interest. The North approbation is actually grassed up in some decoy.

Sir, while the United States of America has been accused of meddling with the affairs of any country it supports with aids and often times dictates the form of government, government actions and foreign policies, China does not, it gives such country the free will of how to utilize such grants, come in to help develop infrastructure, not involved or suspected of any espionage activities, and respects the sovereignty of such countries.

France is a country which has lost the stronghold on most of its colonies and it national oil exploration company (ELF) is no more a player in the ever expanding oil resources in Africa.
Mr. President, to validate this position of ours, I will be asking you a question;  “why is it that it is countries with improved and fledging ties with China have their national security under serious threat? Why is it Nigeria, Kenya and South Sudan?”

CHIBOK ABDUCTION:
Your Excellency, In any case of abduction/kidnap, the chances of rescuing the victim(s) and getting them to safety is almost zero after seventy-two (72) hours, so for this government to be this calm about rescuing the abducted Chibok girls leaves us at TIIATAG believing there is more to it. This is beyond cluelessness.
Sir, during our deliberation in our virtual “situation room”, we saw the need for an independently run Intel to be initiated, as it was glaring certain things were not right. We also affirmed that Intel was scarce but analysis pointed out that things did not add up.
Mr. President, at a point during the analysis, we believed the kids are held up in a safe location thinking they were being abducted by Boko Haram who are more of agents of the state or mercenaries.

Sir, before this is rubbished as a wild conjecture, such view was emboldened in us bearing in mind that there was a simulation exercise conducted in the Nigerian Defense Academy in 1997, which was exactly such as the Chibok episode, and what was confounding about the exercise was that not all cadets were allowed into the simulation premises.

Mr. President, it is safe to say that those cadets are now commissioned officers as we speak and we believe the simulation exercise was extended to State Security Service and Nigerian Police and they are the primarily classified the “enemy within”
Your Excellency, though outreach of this analysis falls under marginal purviews, and we are sure it is not the cardinal interest at work, Nigeria is now a guess-field for Nigerians, while the game makers are at peace with themselves.

Mr. president, In times like this, whether or not the government is fingered is out of the question, what is paramount is who and what is the motive. Shekau being a minimal factor exists in variables in the game, and the coefficient is a lapse that expendability can be used as a nominal assets
Case in point, the Bornu Elders’ fore-knowledge of the operations, movement and direct correspondence of realities in the Abductor’s settlements camps, show the complicities’ of this drama. But all the same, with the little resources at our disposal, the Boko Haram issue is a smokescreen, an avalanche of plausible deniability!
Sir, I know there is a Shekau, but who is this Shekau?

Mr. President, I carried out an independent analysis of the video released by “Shekau” after my attention was drawn to one vital point and I can boldly say this Shekau is not of Hausa extraction.

Please I crave the indulgence of all who have seen the video to go watch again and confirm or discredit this assertion of mine.

These were what gave him away and Mr. president, I will implore you, your Services Chiefs and Intelligence Chiefs to look out for this few highlighted period on the timeline of the video and his pronunciations

At 4 mins 17” when he mentioned Ibadah
4 mins 36” when he mentioned al-janaat
4 mins 56” when he mentioned Al-Quran
5 mins 13” when he mentioned Obama and George Bush
5 mins 30”-32” when he mentioned Jonathan and Allah Akbar
5 mins 42” when he mentioned Al-Shatan
5 mins 57”-6 mins 10” his Quranic recitation
6 mins 49” when he mentioned Allah and Ibraheem
6 mins 59”-7 mins when he mentioned Ibraheem
19 mins 30” when he mentioned trillion
19 mins 42”- 20 mins ………..
20 49” when he mentioned Allah
40 mins 30”-37” when he said “everyone of you”
41 mins 01”- 41 mins 30” when he mentioned constitution, defined democracy and said he was going to enthrone a “government by Allah”
Beyond the fact that his intonation or speech was not heavily accentuated there should have been a shout of “Allah Akbar”

Sir, also at TIIATAG from a more academic approach and looking at past episodes of kidnaps all over the world, for Shekau not to have shown any of the girls on his video in which he claimed responsibility for the abduction calls for caution. It’s common knowledge that terrorist or kidnappers always show their victims to corroborate their claims that they have the victims in their possession which Shekau did not do. It’s either he doesn’t really have them but wants to latch up on the issue to gain more notoriety or someone else does.

An unknown party using Boko Haram and the insurgency as smokescreen to carry out it agenda.

$1 BILLION LOAN REQUEST:
Mr. President, in a bid to justify the call for the loan, the Minister of State for Defense, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro was alleged to have stated that the Nigerian military have not purchased any weapon in the last twenty-five (25) years.

Your Excellency, this is nothing but a lie and such deliberate misinformation smirks desperation and a great disservice to Nigerians and also bringing the values and integrity of the military and past leaders to disrepute.
Sir, one thing I detest is the rate our public office holders come to public domain and exhibit huge knowledge gap on issues of grave national importance and distort facts.

I can confidently tell you that the Nigerian Army took delivery of Donnover helicopters during the ECOMOG ops in 1991 in Liberia and Alpha Jets were also purchased and deployed as well.

Also the regime of Late Gen. Sani Abacha massively equipped the military which brought about the creation of an amphibious unit. Many amphibious tanks were bought and were deployed to Sierra Leone 1997.

Mr. President, MiGs were also bought.

During the regime of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2001, many AK-47 were bought and distributed to the men of the Nigerian Military and Nigerian Police.

At the Russian Air Show of 2008, AVM Paul Dike in the company of AVM Oluseyi Petirin made commitment on behalf of the Federal Government for more fighter planes.

The recently downed Nigerian Airforce  helicopter in Borno was a Mi-35 and the production of the Mi-35M commenced in 2005.
Sir, the question is “did we buy the helicopter years before it was manufactured or it was acquired on a leasehold from Libya after the fall of Ghadaffi’s regime?”

Mr. President, is there a SNIE (pronounced as snee), I mean Special National Intelligence Estimates or NIE (National Intelligence Estimates) which formed the need for $1bn to fight or put an end to the insurgency?

Sir, in the absence of such, it is safe to assume this government is largely filled with people who are spendthrift and light fingered.”

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Mr. President, I will never want to be classified as an arm-chair critic who only criticize and never proffer solutions. This makes it imperative for me to come up with recommendations which I believe will help restore sanity and order in our country.

Your Excellency, here are the recommendations as highlighted below:
The immediate removal of the Director General of the SSS, Mr. ita Ekpeyong and the Director of Publicity Mrs. Marylyn Ogar. These two in the last five (5) years have been found wanting and unprofessional to be an Intelligence Officer.

The closure of all borders with Cameroon and suspension of all diplomatic ties until it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that the country has no role in the insurgency plaguing us as a nation.

Restriction on ties and bilateral relations with France and United States of America until it is proven both countries played no roles in the insurgency as well.

A direct order should be issued from your office to the Chief of Defense Staff and the Chief of Army Staff to investigate the cadets who participated in the simulation exercise in Nigerian Defense Academy in 1997 to ascertain who they are? How many are still in service? How many have gone rogue?

A polygraph test to be carried out on top echelon of the Military and Intelligence community to sieve out the “enemy within” as it is believed that no operative in Nigeria had such training on beating the polygraph machine.

The immediate sack of Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro as the Minister of State for Defense. He is not fit to hold any public office. Such misconduct is intolerable in public service and nation building.

There should be an air patrol/surveillance especially at night with night vision aid gadgets since it is now established the insurgents move around in the dead of the night.

The JTF sector commander, the GOC and all relevant office to have deployed spotters. Spotter is a military term for someone who sits and waits (usually fairly concealed) for something notable to come along and then informs the rest of his group.

A spotter also spots targets for a gunner (for instance on artillery) they will give distance and position information to the gunner so targets can be neutralized quicker.
The SSS and the CTU are to provide the government agencies and emergency officials with threat assessment, as well as utilizing news outlets and social media networking resources to notify the public. They should also outline steps to take in response to a particular terrorist threat.

Unscheduled visits to troops in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states by Your Excellency will boost the morale of the rank and file which is essential in our quest to win the war on terror.

An audit and investigation into the welfare of the personnel in the JTF in those states.

The CTU should be decentralized with each state having its unit. It should be under the supervision of the Governor. There should be a secured comm.-channel between each units and the Central command at the NSA’s office.
The decentralization will enhance intelligence gathering and prompt response from the outfit.

The enlargement of the Nigerian Military. This can and will be achieved by relaxing the entry requirements into the Military through the DSSC (Direct Short Service Commissioning). The first move will be by extending the entry age limit into the Military to 32 from 30 as obtainable in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Mr. President, emphasis on the professionals, who have spent so much time in the civil setting and environment.

This will enlarge the Military and will bring about a civilized Military.

From these set, assets should be identified and sent to the Nigerian Army Intelligence School in a bid to increase the size of the Intelligence Corp of the Military.

Your Excellency, same directive and exercise should be extended to the SSS. The last recruitment drive by the SSS where emphasis was laid on educational background is unserious. Not even the CIA and MOSSAD get their best hand through such academic exercise.

A clamp down on the activities of those who are playing politics with the insurgency.

Asari Dokubo, Pa Edwin Clark, Femi Fani Kayode, Olisah Metuh, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Shiek Gumi, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Nasir el-Rufai,  and Lai Muhammed to mention a few should be issued a stern warning and restricted by the SSS until they recant all their past unguarded utterances and refrain from further making such.

Special ops team on a dedicated intelligence wavelength reporting straight to the president should independently observe all counterinsurgency actions n plans and report directly to the president.
Mr. President, I am not claiming to be the all knowing guy, but I am of utmost conviction that if some, if not all the recommendations aforementioned are implemented, it is a function of time for Nigerians to be free again.

Your Excellency, if the recommendations here are given consideration, you will not only repair the country, but will be laying a solid foundation for the establishment of social security, modern age national security and premium on public safety.
You will be fulfilling one of your obligations as spelt out in Section 14, sub section 2, article “b” which state and I quote; “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary role of government: and”

I know after going through this, I might be accused of treason by some, I might be accused of breaching public peace, but some might see it as PATRIOTISM and zeal to serve my fatherland, which to the best of my conscience, is.
God help me
God Bless Nigeria.

Cc:
Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd)
Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (Rtd).
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd)
Gen. T.Y Danjuma (Rtd).
Gen. AbdusalamiAbubakar (Rtd).
Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusua (Rtd).
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (former Vice-President)
Sen. David Mark. (President of the Senate).
Aminu Tambuwal ( Speaker House of Representatives).
Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd). NSA.
Col. Abubakar Umar (Rtd).
Egnr. Abdulkadir . A. Kure
Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah
Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Nasir el-Rufai
Egnr. Nuhu Gidado
Sam Nda-Isa
Benjamin Ameachi
Seyi Odetola
Ibrahim Garba Wala
Timawus Mathias
Femi Adeoya
Tope Fasua
Bello Isiaka
Funke Tega Phillips
Abba Gidado
Eghosa Imade
Shoremekun Saheed
John Aderogba
Oluwadare Samuel Yerokun
The Punch Newspaper
Leadership Newspaper
Daily Trust Newspaper.
Times Magazine
The Economist
Al-Jazeera
BBC
CCTV

– Adeyemi Saka (Twitter – @patriot_yemisak) writes from Lagos, Nigeria

 

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