FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FREAKING FRIENDS’ FREETHINKING Vols 337, 338, 339, 340, 341 +Area Phone Codes+Tribute to Tinubu+Are 2015 Eaglets overaged +Buhari:The President they hate+Saboteurs or Marketers

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol  337

Local Telephone Code Numbers of Nigeria

Do u still remember the sweet old days of landline and NITEL when u received calls at home at ur house’s land line. Do u rmr the days of circular dials that will 1st return back b4 u dial another? Do u still remember dialling tones, connection tones and international tones? Do u remember those scattered and untidy looking NITEL poles and lines? Do u remember telephone booths and putting coins inside them, even days that came after that when u lined up with nitel phone cards? If u don’t , then u’re probably born in the 90s or thereafter and belong to the indomie generation.
Do u also remember those phone directory? Yellow pages and when u just search for people’s phone numbers all over Nigeria? Do u rmr days u forgot a city’s dialling code and had to look into ur phone directory or 1st call someone (if daddy usually locks up the directory in his room). That was memory of sweet old days. Let me refresh ur memory by posting a list of phone codes of different cities in Nigeria. That was b4 GSM. I hope one day, especially in this era of CHANGE, landlines will return to Nigeria

Aba – 082

Abakaliki – 043

Abeokuta – 039

Abuja (FCT) – 09

Ado-Ekiti – 030

Agbor – 055

Aiyetoro – 036

Akure – 034

Arondizuogu – 083

Agodi – 022

Azare – 071

Badagry – 01

Bauchi – 077

Benin City – 052

Bida – 066

Calabar – 087

Daura – 065

Enugu – 042

Gombe – 072

Gusau – 060

Ibadan – 022

Ihiala – 046

Ijebu-Ode – 037

Ikorodu – 01

Ilaro – 039

Ilorin – 031

Ile-Ife – 036

Jos – 073

Kaduna – 062

Kafanchan – 062

Kano – 064

Katsina – 065

Kwale – 053

Lagos – 01

Lokoja – 058

Maiduguri – 076

Makurdi – 044

Minna -066

Ogbomoso – 038

Ogharra – 054

Ogidi – 046

Okitipupa – 059

Ondo – 034

Onitsha – 046

Orerokpe – 053

Oshogbo – 035

Otta – 01

Owerri – 083

Owo – 051

Oyo – 038

Port Harcourt – 084

Sabo Gidaora – 057

Sapele – 054

Potiskum – 074

Shagamu – 037

Sokoto – 060

Umuahia – 088

Umunede – 055

Uromi – 055

Warri – 053

Yola – 075

Zaria – 069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol  338

Saboteurs or Marketers?

All over the country, fuel queues. The lines loop out of fuel stations through roads and streets like broken necklaces. We have become servile to their mathematical manipulations. The marketers’ due is our doom. Many agree it is all fraud. The tragedy is that we have to pay them. It is like a rapist with a right. The more murky the story is, the more alluring. We are told that between the refiner abroad and our ports, lots of things happen.
They hike up the landing costs. That is why we have to pay N413 billion.

The president wrote to lawmakers for a permission to pay them such a whooping sum. Many thought the President’s gesture would soothe the fuel life of the commuter. But no. The marketers have decided to hoard fuel in their depots and stations. In many parts of the country, the prices have soared. First they give us a big and bogus bill to pay for subsidy. While we are preparing to pay, they don’t believe us. So, they punish everyone by withdrawing the same thing. They own the products and subject us to their faith. We are left at their beck and call. Obviously, they have committed two crimes. One is murky, the other in the open. The murky one is in figures that have been computed as N413 billion. The other one is hoarding. Yet,no eruption of lawyers and prosecutors. They are saboteurs but the law officers are quiet while we squirm. If we arrest any of them, maybe others will free the fuel from their tanks

Why not cut off the marketers and arrange with the refiners abroad directly, so our government and NNPC can control the cost of fuel? That seems easy on paper but I don’t think it’s easy in reality.
The more simple solution is to build our refineries. During the Jonathan era, subsidy was partly removed with the promise to build green -field refineries. We were shown the green fields, if they lied about the colours. We did not speak of even a spoke of promise till that era ended.

Culled from Saboteurs by Sam Omatseye

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 339

BUHARI: THE PRESIDENT THEY HATE: By Jebose Azuka

Most Nigerians, especially ultra Southerners and hybrid Easterners have expressed their hatred for President Buhari. The disdain and disrespect are profoundly disgusting. Buhari is hated just as white America hates President Barack Obama. At least we know why conservative extreme white right wing Americans hate President Obama. But my people, why una hate Sai Baba?. Do you hate him because he was a former military dictator that instilled in us, forcefully, self respect, value for our nation and neighbor, discipline and patriotism, or do you hate him because he is a successful born again Apostle of democracy?. Do you hate him because he is a simple northerner, a passionate believer in his Muslim religion and faith. Do you hate him for being able to defeat Former President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s most peaceful and free elections. Abi you just hate him because….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING   Vol 340
Tribute to Sen. Asiwaju Tinubu. (Author Unknown )
“I do not admire Tinubu because he is a saint. I do not admire Tinubu because he is from the south. I do not admire Tinubu because he is a Yoruba. If I want saints, I will proceed to heaven not on earth. Every human is fallible. I admire Tinubu because; He saved Nigeria from the danger of falling into “one party state”. He has nurtured many renowned National successors. He listened to the voice of the masses to surrender his personal ambition at the most critical moment. He strategically terminated PDP 60 years life spam in 16 years. The robust critic and critique we are enjoying today is because Tinubu aligned himself to the masses to return the power to them. Tinubu has the option of joining the PDP elites to hold us hostage for another decade but he gave his all to the masses to dethrone the elites. Political juveniles believed that APC won because of the votes from the North. No!!!, APC victory was cemented the day PMB and Asiwaju resolved to work together. Asiwaju and PMB almost became a Nomadic by visiting every human that can help midwife Nigeria
salvation. Those Nomadic Almajiri walk later brought salvation to us. God willing, PMB is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Anybody, any cabal, any Viju milk activist, attempting to humiliate Asiwaju must have me to contend with. An average PDP man is sad with Asiwaju because he brought them to their knee. If anyone thinks that bringing down Asiwaju is his project, that mission will not only crash but it will boomerang. Don’t tell me he is overbearing, your
“underbearing” mentors were nowhere to be found when this Country was lying critically at the intensive care of the universe. Recall my first line, Asiwaju is not a saint. Stop demonising what you admire out of envy. Even your mentors admire him.
He owns Lagos! I hear you! Ask your grand father and parents how they acquired your so called “family
land”. Is it God that allocated it to them?
You are terrorizing your neighbours and village with your kpof-kpof kobo yet you criticise a man that is naturally addicted to technocrats irrespective of their tribe or Religion.
Hmmmmm. I don talk am ooo, Asiwaju is not a political office holder oooo. Please let him be. He is evil, I agree, but we need more of him than a your a saintly specie. Dear Asiwaju, the gentle stride of a tiger is not a symbol of a cowardice”….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are World Cup winning 2015 Golden Eaglets also overaged?
Michael DrBiggie Adeyemi's photo.
This may be a little belated article but it is written as a reaction to opinions of many Nigerians on the true ages of the world cup winning Nigerian national U-17 team aka Golden Eaglets and to set the records straight on it. I also use this avenue to congratulate once again for the upteenth time our national team for the record setting team after winning it for a record 5th time. I also want to shower accolades on the unheralded members of the team like the medical and media team. I intended posting this article today that President. Buhari was to honour the Golden Eaglets but since he’s presently out of the country to attend to important matters and the reception has been postponed, I thought it wise not to withhold the article any longer. I’m not denying that in times past, we’ve used players that were outrightly overaged to prosecute underaged tourneys and win them. These are facts. In the past, we valued winning over developing these talents. Even from their faces, you will know that these don’t look like young boys less than 17 years. Nigeria has even been banned before for fielding over aged players in youth tourneys. I can also testify to that. Not only from stories I hear from authentic trusted sources but my own experience while I was in Medical School. Many years ago, my school ( University of Ilorin) was involved in NICON-NUGA University football league. We were grouped with some other schools and the group winner qualifies for the national finals. I was part of the supporters’ club. There was a main player of one of our opponents. He was a 4th year engineering student then and was playing for a team in the nation’s 2nd division. We defeated them home and away and topped the group.(We qualified for the national finals but lost in the quarter final ). I was appalled to see same player play for the nation’s U-17 team the following year at 2001 WYC hosted by Trinidad and Tobago. He didn’t only play but was one of the main stars of the tournament. (I’m sure my friends will remember this player). His dimunitive stature may have fooled others, but not me. It’s not only a Nigerian thing but generally in countries where ages cannot be verified beyond reasonable doubts, where poor record keeping abound, such countries usually use overaged players. Such is common in Africa, Asian and South American countries. I’m sure it’s because of this that FIFA introduced the MRI scan of the wrist to be used in the U-17 World Cup to be used to flush out age cheats. It’s no longer business as usual for countries involved in age cheating. MRI is a safe test and has been identified as a novel method of determining the bone age. In international U-17 soccer competition, FIFA uses wrist MRI for assessment of skeletal age to determine degrees of fusion of the distal growth plate of radial bone. Every bone in the arm and leg has an end plate from which bones grow. In this method, the degree of fusion of the distal radius was graded independently into six classes, in which grade I is completely unfused, grade II is early fusion; minimal hyperintensity within physis, grade III is trabecular fusion of less than 50% of radial cross-sectional area, grade IV is trabecular fusion of more than 50% of radial cross-sectional area, grade V is residual physis less than 5 mm on any section, and grade VI is completely fused of growth plate. ” A player with grade VI is deemed overaged. The growth usually begins by the 17th birthday and is completed before the 21st birthday when this end plate disappears on the MRI scans. MRI screening may not be 100% (in fact no test is fool proof) but as a medical doctor, I can confidently testify that it’s over 99% accurate. Even if a few are overaged, NO PLAYER is up to 21yrs old. MRI would have picked that up. I’m a medical doctor and I can assure u that. Moreover with FIFA cut off age of Jan 1,1998, it’s actually an U-18 tourney. I wonder why FIFA is reluctant to change the name of the tournament from U-17 World Cup to U-18 World Cup that it actually is. With the MRI test the chance of cheating without detection is 0.01 per cent. I think Nigeria used to cheat in the past like most other nations. But since the last set of Eaglets in 2013 that won the World Cup in Dubai Nigeria has got it right. Finally, let’s look at the faces of the present Eaglets and compare them with the Eaglets we used to have in the 90s and the difference will be clear. Compare them with faces of young boys in our various neighbourhood and schools around us. If we’ll be unbiased, we’ll see that these players are truly young and are less than 20. Their faces speak. These boys are young. We are so used to lying and cheating and false declarations that even when we see the real, we still choose to disbelieve. These dudes came from football and sports academies here and there and none comes from an established football club, not even from the Nationwide (amateur) or state (amateur) leagues. I think the impression that the present squad us overage is a carryover from the past. More over age is seen nowadays to be more of a liability than an assets. Remember the exploits of the Flying Eagles in this year Super Six competition where the Nigeria U-20 defeated all the four top teams in the Nigerian premier league! If age is an advantage it definitely did not help each of the said four senior clubs at the summit of the premier league against the U-20 team We remember the Okoros, but conviniently forget the Akpobories. We remember the Christantuses, but sweep the Kelechis and Browns under the rug. We remember the Fortune Stanleys and Stanley Okoros but we choose to forget the Ikpebas, Kanus, Aiyegbenis, Odion Ighalos. Yes we (used to) cheat with age. It doesn’t mean that these competitions haven’t helped in identifying some talent. The reason why it hasn’t translated to success at the senior team levels, is more of an indictment of our local leagues and football administration and youth development systems, than anything. I honesty believe they are within the age range. Problem usually is that after tournaments like this they rush to some obscure clubs which promises them peanuts and end up being tied down with slave contracts. They are not usually well managed after tourneys. That’s why many join wrong clubs and are badly managed and twindle into oblivion. I’ll blame NFF for bad career management of potential great young players
Michael DrBiggie Adeyemi's photo.

Are World Cup winning 2015 Golden Eaglets also overaged?

This may be a little belated article but it is written as a reaction to opinions of many Nigerians on the true ages of the world cup winning Nigerian national U-17 team aka Golden Eaglets and to set the records straight on it. I also use this avenue to congratulate once again for the upteenth time our national team for the record setting team after winning it for a record 5th time. I also want to shower accolades on the unheralded members of the team like the medical and media team. I intended posting this article today that President. Buhari was to honour the Golden Eaglets but since he’s presently out of the country to attend to important matters and the reception has been postponed, I thought it wise not to withhold the article any longer.

I’m not denying that in times past, we’ve used players that were outrightly overaged to prosecute underaged tourneys and win them. These are facts. In the past, we valued winning over developing these talents. Even from their faces, you will know that these don’t look like young boys less than 17 years. Nigeria has even been banned before for fielding over aged players in youth tourneys.

I can also testify to that. Not only from stories I hear from authentic trusted sources but my own experience while I was in Medical School. Many years ago, my school ( University of Ilorin) was involved in NICON-NUGA University football league. We were grouped with some other schools and the group winner qualifies for the national finals. I was part of the supporters’ club. There was a main player of one of our opponents. He was a 4th year engineering student then and was playing for a team in the nation’s 2nd division. We defeated them home and away and topped the group.(We qualified for the national finals but lost in the quarter final ). I was appalled to see same player play for the nation’s U-17 team the following year at 2001 WYC hosted by Trinidad and Tobago. He didn’t only play but was one of the main stars of the tournament. (I’m sure my friends will remember this player). His dimunitive stature may have fooled others, but not me.

It’s not only a Nigerian thing but generally in countries where ages cannot be verified beyond reasonable doubts, where poor record keeping abound, such countries usually use overaged players. Such is common in Africa, Asian and South American countries.

I’m sure it’s because of this that FIFA introduced the MRI scan of the wrist to be used in the U-17 World Cup to be used to flush out age cheats. It’s no longer business as usual for countries involved in age cheating. MRI is a safe test and has been identified as a novel method of determining the bone age. In international U-17 soccer competition, FIFA uses wrist MRI for assessment of skeletal age to determine degrees of fusion of the distal growth plate of radial bone. Every bone in the arm and leg has an end plate from which bones grow. In this method, the degree of fusion of the distal radius was graded independently into six classes, in which grade I is completely unfused, grade II is early fusion; minimal hyperintensity within physis, grade III is trabecular fusion of less than 50% of radial cross-sectional area, grade IV is trabecular fusion of more than 50% of radial cross-sectional area, grade V is residual physis less than 5 mm on any section, and grade VI is completely fused of growth plate. ” A player with grade VI is deemed overaged. The growth usually begins by the 17th birthday and is completed before the 21st birthday when this end plate disappears on the MRI scans.

MRI screening may not be 100% (in fact no test is fool proof) but as a medical doctor, I can confidently testify that it’s over 99% accurate. Even if a few are overaged, NO PLAYER is up to 21yrs old. MRI would have picked that up. I’m a medical doctor and I can assure u that. Moreover with FIFA cut off age of Jan 1,1998, it’s actually an U-18 tourney. I wonder why FIFA is reluctant to change the name of the tournament from U-17 World Cup to U-18 World Cup that it actually is. With the MRI test the chance of cheating without detection is 0.01 per cent. I think Nigeria used to cheat in the past like most other nations. But since the last set of Eaglets in 2013 that won the World Cup in Dubai Nigeria has got it right.

Michael DrBiggie Adeyemi's photo.

Finally, let’s look at the faces of the present Eaglets and compare them with the Eaglets we used to have in the 90s and the difference will be clear. Compare them with faces of young boys in our various neighbourhood and schools around us. If we’ll be unbiased, we’ll see that these players are truly young and are less than 20. Their faces speak. These boys are young. We are so used to lying and cheating and false declarations that even when we see the real, we still choose to disbelieve. These dudes came from football and sports academies here and there and none comes from an established football club, not even from the Nationwide (amateur) or state (amateur) leagues.

I think the impression that the present squad us overage is a carryover from the past. More over age is seen nowadays to be more of a liability than an assets. Remember the exploits of the Flying Eagles in this year Super Six competition where the Nigeria U-20 defeated all the four top teams in the Nigerian premier league! If age is an advantage it definitely did not help each of the said four senior clubs at the summit of the premier league against the U-20 team

We remember the Okoros, but conviniently forget the Akpobories. We remember the Christantuses, but sweep the Kelechis and Browns under the rug. We remember the Fortune Stanleys and Stanley Okoros but we choose to forget the Ikpebas, Kanus, Aiyegbenis, Odion Ighalos. Yes we (used to) cheat with age. It doesn’t mean that these competitions haven’t helped in identifying some talent. The reason why it hasn’t translated to success at the senior team levels, is more of an indictment of our local leagues and football administration and youth development systems, than anything.

I honesty believe they are within the age range. Problem usually is that after tournaments like this they rush to some obscure clubs which promises them peanuts and end up being tied down with slave contracts. They are not usually well managed after tourneys. That’s why many join wrong clubs and are badly managed and twindle into oblivion. I’ll blame NFF for bad career management of potential great young players.

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

Audu’s ghost by Sam Omatseye

Abubakar Audu is dead. Scratch that. Abubakar Audu is not dead. The fellow with an aristocratic bearing sits astride in Kogi. He is not buried. He is not quiet. His spirit, like that of Shakespeare’s Banquo or Hamlet, is walking the night of Kogi politics.
Like novelist Mark Twain noted, stories of his death have been greatly exaggerated. It has roared out of the decision of INEC to call the election inconclusive. It snorts in the APC’s order to foist Yahaya Bello on the ticket. In the fulmination of Audu’s ethnic loyalists. In Abiodun Faleke’s rage at being wronged. In the fiery pros and cons of lawyers.
“Oh dead who have always refused to die,” lamented Leopold Senghor in one of his poems on his ancestors. Audu will not sleep. He will howl and rage until justice is done in Kogi State.
It all began when the umpire missed its step. It declared the election inconclusive based on the voter’s register of 49,000 persons. This must be an INEC without memory. In their last round of elections, did we base the process on registered voters or PVC voters? The resident electoral officer knew the PVCs were far fewer than registered voters. The difference between Audu/Faleke ticket and Governor Wada was about 40,000 votes.
On the average across the country, the PVCs were far less than 70 per cent of the registered voters. INEC has not denied reports that the 91 remaining units account for about 25,000 PVCs. That makes the election conclusive and a victory to Audu/Faleke ticket. And on account of Audu’s death, we should have shed tears for Audu and shed the state of crisis. Faleke would be governor-elect, and we will be looking forward to Bayelsa State where the imperial, baton-wielding policeman Governor Seriake Dickson is sweating over the bulala of defeat that awaits him December 5.
So, why did he declare the election inconclusive without disclosing the PVC facts? The returning officer was no illiterate but a professor and vice chancellor? What kind of vice chancellor would show such a lag in logic and imbecility on the public space? The whole hoopla in town now would have been averted if he just did a scintilla of research.
The word quagmire has haunted the process. INEC did not ease tension by asking the APC to substitute Audu and fixing December 5 for a supplementary election. It has bad legal advisers, so did the APC brass. INEC wanted to quickly get out of the morass. No law tells us how to substitute when more than 80 per cent of the election has happened. If the party is to substitute, the party must conform to the law. And the law says that a 21-day notice must go to INEC before primary. But the election will hold only December 5. Even at that, it applies only to elections that have not taken place. Here, only 91 units are left. The election has been concluded. INEC has no power to cancel it because the constitution gives only two conditions to cancel an election. That is, when there is violence and over-voting. None of these conditions apply.
If the APC makes Bello its candidate, it will fall into the hands of the PDP because Bello did not abide by the rules of 21-day notice. They will invalidate his victory. He might have been second in the primary, but he was not part of the election. The APC is overthrowing the principle of justice by bypassing Faleke. Audu chose him as deputy. The principle of the constitution allows the deputy to take over in case the governor candidate cannot continue either by reason of death or any other kind of incapacity before the election, as governor-elect and governor. The unlegislated period was about 24 to 48 hours before the declaration of result. That lapse in concentration by the law drafters precipitated the crisis.
Otherwise, the deputy is successor. The law always asks the deputy to take over to affirm the unity of the ticket. If Audu won the primary, the law empowered him to pick a successor. And if the law asks him to pick his deputy before and after the election, it means the constitution has moved the ticket beyond the primary. Once one leaves, the next fills in. It is a simple principle of justice. That explains why the deputy campaigns with the governor candidate as a joint proprietor. But the law omitted the election time. Hence Edmund Burke quipped that “bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” And Henry Thoreau said, “the law never made anyone a whit more just.”
When the law fails, we call for justice. But lawyers often forget that the law was made for justice and not for egos. Hence they play strict constructionist, when convenient, by seeking the letter of the law and not the spirit. They forget the intention of justice rather than the vanity of the written text.
If the party ought to pick the candidate, the party must abide by law and justice. If Faleke was a part of the elections so far, some have argued that it does not matter because the law recognises not candidate but parties. The law here contradicts itself. It cannot give rights and roles for candidates and subsume them conveniently under the party banner. The law that asks deputies to succeed the leader cannot wipe out the candidate. The contradiction can only be resolved when the candidates negotiate with the party towards a resolution. While it still poses a conundrum, the constitution clearly shows that the candidate matters. The Amaechi example is sometimes interpreted out of context.
But the matter will eventually be resolved in court. It will decide that the election was conclusive and Faleke should have been declared governor.
Part of the problem lies in the Jonathan syndrome. Faleke comes from what they call the Okun in Kogi as against the Igala. Jonathan’s succession to Yar-adua was resisted because he was no Hausa-Fulani. The Otueke shoeless man gained nationwide sympathy and hence he became president. We have a miniature play of that politics in Kogi. Justice is the victim. But just as Bob Enyart noted, “It is not a justice system. It is just a system.”

LESSON FROM THE GEESE- Author Unknown

There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays.His wife, however, did believe and she raised their children to have faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ despite his disparaging comments.

On one snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their 2 children to a special Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. They were to talk about the birth of Jesus that night. She asked him to come along just like she had done so many times before, but he refused  her once again…

“That story is nonsense!” he barked.

“Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That’s ridiculous!”

So she and the children left, and he stayed home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a
blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He then sat down to relax before the fire for the evening when he heard a very loud thump… Something had hit the window…so He looked out but couldn’t see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his  window.In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese.

Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. And a couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the  barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited hoping they  would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered
around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention by waving a lantern, but that just seemed to scare them, and they moved further away. He went into the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn, but they still didn’t catch on.Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the the opened barn doors.

Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.“Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed. “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?”He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human. “If only I were a goose, then I could save them,” he said out loud. Then he had an idea! He went into barn, got one of his own geese and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released it.His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn — and one-by-one, the other geese followed it to safety. He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few
minutes earlier replayed loudly in his mind: “If only I were a goose,
then I could save them!” Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier that evening.

“Why would God want to be like us? That’s  ridiculous!”Suddenly it all made perfect sense to him. That is what God had done! We were like the geese–blind, lost, and perishing. God had His Son become like us so He could show us the way, and save us! As
the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood why Jesus Christ had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished with the passing storm.

He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer:“Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!”

Meditation:
My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. – Jeremiah 50:6.Copied

(Daily Dew)

Happy Sunday folks

Buhari Shocks Ministers With Austere Benefits

Barely three weeks in office, President Muhammadu Buhari has shocked Ministers with poor salaries and austere allowances.
You Have 7 Days To Bring Out Buhari’s Certificate – Group Tells Defence Minister

He has also imposed dos and don’ts on the ministers including travel restrictions.

Most Ministers were said to be embarrassed by the perks of office accruable to them in office.

The only leverage the Ministers will enjoy is the privilege of flying in a Business Class on trips.

These conditions of service for Ministers were contained in a letter given to them during the week by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal.

The letter said: “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has appointed you as a Minister in the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“The appointment takes effect from 11th November, 2015 under the following Terms and Conditions of Service as contained in “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders(Salaries and Allowances, etc) (Amendment ) Act 2008.”

“I am to add that your tenure terminates at the end of this Administration unless otherwise decided by Mr. President. Please accept my heartiest congratulations and best wishes on your appointment.”

The SGF’s letter gave the details of the perks which the ministers will enjoy in office as long as they last in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

While the substantive minister will earn N2, 026, 400 Annual Basic Salary($8,514.285), Minister of State is to get N1.8million($7,563.025) per annum.

Other highlights of the conditions include: Estacode Allowance($900 per diem); Duty Tour Allowance(N35,000); Utilities Allowance(Telephone/ Electricity/ Water)–30% of Annual Basic Salary (N607,920); Domestic Staff Allowance(75% -((N1,519,800) of Annual Basic Salary; Medical Facilities (in accordance with NHIS Policy); Special Assistant (To be provided in kind); Security (To be provided in kind); Air Travel (By Business Class); Newspaper Allowance (15% of Annual Basic Salary-N303,960).

The letter said: “As a Political Office Holder, you must obtain permission from Mr. President before you travel out of Abuja. If the trip is official, Ministers are entitled to a Duty Tour Allowance of N35,000 per diem. However, all private journeys will attract no Allowance.

“Severance Allowance of 300 %of Annual Basic Salary payable after full tenure of office with government. The allowance will be pro-rated after a minimum of two years tenure.

It added: “200 % of Annual Basic Salary (N4,052,800) will be paid to you to enable you to acquire accommodation of your choice in line with monetization policy.

“Furniture Allowance. 300 %(N6,079,200) of Annual Basic Salary will be paid once in every four years. The allowance will be paid annually at the rate of 75% (N1,519,800) of Annual Basic salary.

“Motor Vehicle Fuelling Maintenance Allowance. 75% of Annual Basic Salary (N1,519,800) for the maintenance of your vehicle(s) as Government no longer provides chauffeur driven vehicles to Political Office Holders/Public Officers for house to office running.

“Annual Leave (30 calendar days for each leave year or calculated on pro-rata basis, with 10% of Annual Basic Salary(N202,640) as leave grant); Personal Assistant Allowance (25% of Annual Basic salary to enable you to employ a Personal Assistant of your choice).”

Investigation however revealed that some of the ministers were uncomfortable with the salary and allowance package because it might not be able to pick their bills.

The package has caused rumbles in the cabinet because while Nigerian ministers earn $8, 514.28 Per Annum (N2,026,400), their counterparts in Ghana are on $50,000 (N11,900,000) and those in South Africa (the highest paying in the continent) were said to be taking home about $302,521 per annum.

A reliable source said: “Most ministers have been sad since they received their letters of appointment because the salary and allowance package was a far cry from where they were coming from. We hope that ministers will eventually not steal if they have to serve this nation on hungry stomach.

“We have ministers in this government who left high-net worth job of $10,000 to $20,000 per month, how will they settle their bills? Some ministers have headed corporate. You can imagine a minister managing about $3billion portfolio now getting $8,521 per Annum.

“Some ministers have children in Ivy League universities where they are paying as much as $40,000 to $60,000 per annum. How will they be able to cope to meet up with their responsibilities?”

As at press time, it was unclear if the ministers had made representation to the president or not.

“Curiously, we have some Executive Secretaries, Directors-General and Group Managing Directors of parastatals like NNPC, PPMC, NCC, NDIC, PEF, PPPRA, DPR, NERC, NIGCOMSAT, and others who will be earning more than their ministers. I think the system is distorted somehow.”

Another source added: “To earn commensurate salaries and allowances, the president can explore foreign donors’ basket for payment of ministers. Or else, it will be difficult to get the best from this team.

“Alternatively, there might be scientific corruption in Buhari’s cabinet. This is the type of corruption we call ‘chop and clean mouth.’ -PUNCH

No More Room For Refugees In Europe Says French Prime Minister

Battling terrorism in Europe and curbing the refugees flow from the wider Middle East have become intertwined in EU politics, with the French prime minister causing quite a stir on Tuesday after calling for the cessation of Europe’s migrant influx. 

“We cannot take any more refugees in Europe. That’s impossible,” Manuel Valls told a crowd of journalists.

The statement made headlines ahead of Wednesday’s visit from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who arrved in Paris to offer her country’s support in crushing the terrorist threat across the EU.

The prime minister’s office however insisted that the original sentiment was lost in translation and Valls meant that Europe in general should demonstrate its ability to effectively control its borders.

“Europe has to say that it cannot take this many migrants anymore. That’s impossible,” the Prime Minister’s office said, offering what it says is the correct quote statement.

Vall’s original words raised concerns that France wants to stop the migrant intake or at least limit the number of refugees significantly.

The logic seemed clear as Valls, during the interview also called for the strengthening of EU border controls. Stopping people at the border, Valls said, would determine the fate of the European Union.

“If we don’t do that, the people will say: Enough of Europe,” Valls warned.

Valls referred to the findings of an investigation which concluded that at least two of the terrorists from the Friday 13 attacks in Paris infiltrated the EU under the guise of refugees.

Instead of letting thousands of migrants into the EU in an uncontrolled manner, Valls advocated Europe finding a solution to deal with the problem.

“Otherwise, Europe’s ability to effectively control its borders is called into question,” he added.

While avoiding criticism of Berlin over Germany’s move in September to open borders and let in thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary, Valls still emphasized “it was not France that said: Come!”

At the same time, the Prime Minister said that, “Germany has made an honorable choice there,” but warned that Germany too faces a serious threat from Islamic State terrorists.

“For me it is clear: It is a war!” the PM said, a “new war” that will take a long time to complete – “maybe a few months, maybe a few years,” Valls stipulated.

But despite Valls’ strong stance on refugees, Merkel vowed on Wednesday to continue pursuing the open-door asylum policy, despite the unprecedented security risk evident after the attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

Speaking to Parliament before departing to Paris, she said: “We Europeans will show our free life is stronger than any terror.”

“The strongest response to terrorists is to carry on living our lives and our values as we have until now – self-confident and free, considerate and engaged,” Merkel told the politicians.

At the same time, the Chancellor promised to help France to combat terror.

“Germany stands at France’s side in the fight against terror,” Merkel said in an address to the lower house of parliament. “When additional engagements are needed, we are not going to exclude that possibility from the outset.”

Once in Paris, Merkel met with French President Francois Hollande, who expressed hope that Germany “can do even more in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq.”

In response Merkel said she would see how Germany could take up“additional responsibilities” to assist in the fight against terrorism, adding that united Europe “will be stronger than the terror.”

“We want to fight together against terrorism. It’s our mission, our duty,”the German Chancellor added.

Earlier in the day, the German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that up to 650 German soldiers would join a French-led peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Europe is experiencing the largest influx of refugees since World War II, taking in more than 770,000 people during the ten months of 2015 alone, according to official estimates. The majority of them come from the Middle East and North Africa – two regions that suffer from violence and political instability in the wake of a series of west-supported public uprisings in countries like Libya and Syria that led to the rise of extremist groups to power.

Police figures released in Germany on Monday revealed that the federal state already took in 180,000 refugees in November. The statistics also point that more than 1 million migrants might reach Germany by the end of the year. The rich northern-European country, which unlike some other EU members chose to publicly welcome the refugees, is one of the most-popular destinations. In September, France promised to accept 24,000 asylum-seekers over two years as part of a European plan to cope with an influx of migrants. -RT

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Buhari Bounce Becomes Bust as Nigeria Policies Angers Investors – Bloomberg

When Muhammadu Buhari clinched victory in Nigeria’s presidential elections in March, stocks soared as investors looked to the former military ruler to reverse decades of economic mismanagement and policy inertia. Now hopes have fizzled in his ability to turn around Africa’s largest economy and oil producer.

Money that flowed into stocks and bonds in the West African nation, which McKinsey & Co. says could become one of the world’s 20 biggest economies by 2030, is now fleeing as growth prospects diminish along with oil prices. While Buhari, 72, has prioritized stamping out the graft that has plagued Nigeria since independence from Britain in 1960, policy-making appears as uncertain and haphazard as ever.

“After the initial euphoria, people have become disillusioned,” Ayodele Salami, who oversees about $500 million of African equities as chief investment officer of London-based Duet Asset Management Ltd., said by phone. “He would probably say that he’s being deliberative and cautious. But we expected more.” Duet’s Africa fund has cut its investments in the country to about 24 percent of the total from 38 percent in the last year.

Buhari waited five months before naming his cabinet, hasn’t proposed a clear plan to revive growth and backed foreign-exchange controls aimed at defending the naira. His retention of gasoline subsidies, plans to raise spending in the face of declining revenue and silence about a $5.2 billion fine levied on mobile-phone operator MTN Group Ltd. have added to investor unease.

Nigeria’s benchmark stock index has plunged 22 percent since reaching a year-high on April 2, the day after Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential race against incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. That’s the third-worst performance globally in the period, after the bourses in Ukraine and Egypt. The index advanced 12.5 percent in the two days after Jonathan conceded.

To be sure, Buhari inherited depleted government coffers and a bureaucracy that multiple probes have blamed for looting billions of dollars of oil revenue. The president has said he delayed appointing ministers because he needed time to vet suitable candidates.

Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Buhari, didn’t immediately respond to written questions after requesting they be sent that way.

The hiatus has compounded the pain caused by the slide in the price of crude, which accounts for two-thirds of government revenue and 90 percent of export earnings. Growth, which averaged 6.3 percent annually over the past decade, is set to slow to a 16-year low of 3.3 percent this year, according to the median estimate of 15 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Many filling stations ran dry this month as the government withheld fuel subsidies to suppliers, preventing them from restocking. Lengthening lines forced Buhari to ask lawmakers for permission to pay 413 billion naira ($2 billion) in overdue payments, an amount that hadn’t been budgeted for.

While next year’s budget has yet to be finalized, Buhari wants to raise spending by 56 percent, according to a person who attended a briefing on the government’s plans and asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the government plans to spend its way out of a slowing economy and that an infrastructure fund will be created with public and private financing.

The penalty imposed on MTN’s Nigeria unit last month for failing to register about 5 million subscribers may be an attempt to plug the hole in government finances, according to Cobus de Hart, an economist at NKC Independent Economists.

“You cannot deny there might be a fiscal element to the massive fine,” he said by phone from Paarl, near Cape Town. “It will make investors a little bit more wary of investing in Nigeria.”

An even bigger concern for many investors is the authorities’ naira policy. The Central Bank of Nigeria, with Buhari’s backing, has burned through $4.3 billion of reserves this year and choked off supply of foreign exchange to banks and their customers to defend the naira, even as major oil exporters such as Russia and Colombia have let their currencies slide. The restrictions prompted JPMorgan Chase & Co. to remove Nigeria from its local-currency emerging-market bond indexes, tracked by more than $200 billion of funds, in September, triggering a selloff in the nations’ assets.

While the naira has been all but fixed at about 198 to 199 per dollar since March, forward prices suggest it will drop by almost one-fifth, to 243.5, in a year.

“The number-one issue is the exchange rate,” Andrew Howell, a Citigroup Inc. frontier markets strategist, said from Lagos. ”Access to foreign exchange is becoming a widespread problem.”

Nigerian Breweries Plc, the nation’s biggest brewer that’s controlled by Heineken NV, said it takes two weeks to obtain dollars to pay for its imports, twice as long as it required a few months ago. Nestle SA’s Nigerian unit has had to wait six weeks for dollars, according to Renaissance Capital Ltd. analysts.

“We have had an underweight position in Nigeria since before the election,” Johan Steyn, a fund manager at Prescient Investment Management in Cape Town, said by phone. “Until we see the depreciation of the naira toward a more sustainable level, we are hesitant to add to that position.”

Buhari has won plaudits from leaders including President Barack Obama for his effortsto tackle graft. He replaced the management of the state oil company, which was accused of withholding billions of dollars from the government, and has stepped up the fight against an insurgency being waged by Islamist group Boko Haram.

“The degree of transparency we’re starting to get with the new administration is hugely positive,” Douglas Rowlings, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, said in an interview in Lagos. “It gives investors the perception that operating in Nigeria will now be done following proper procedures.”

Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore Group Plc, which oversees almost $60 billion of emerging market assets, remains unconvinced that Buhari is up to the job. The fund manager sold all its Nigerian government debt in the past year.

“So far the Buhari administration has done all the wrong things,” Dehn said by phone from London. “Not only has he been incredibly slow in taking any action, when he finally has taken action on the economic front it’s been diametrically opposed to sensible policy. That is a major disappointment given expectations prior to his election

Prof. Wole Soyinka’s tribute to Sen. Asiwaju Tinubu.

“I do not admire Tinubu because he is a saint. I do not admire Tinubu because he is from the south. I do not admire Tinubu because he is a Yoruba. If I want saints, I will proceed to heaven not on earth. Every human is fallible. I admire Tinubu because; He saved Nigeria from the danger of falling into “one party state”. He has nurtured many renowned National successors. He listened to the voice of the masses to surrender his personal ambition at the most critical moment. He strategically terminated PDP 60 years life spam in 16 years. The robust critic and critique we are enjoying today is because Tinubu aligned himself to the masses to return the power to them. Tinubu has the option of joining the PDP elites to hold us hostage for another decade but he gave his all to the masses to dethrone the elites. Political juveniles believed that APC won because of the votes from the North. No!!!, APC victory was cemented the day PMB and Asiwaju resolved to work together. Asiwaju and PMB almost became a Nomadic by visiting every human that can help midwife Nigeria
salvation. Those Nomadic Almajiri walk later brought salvation to us. God willing, PMB is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Anybody, any cabal, any Viju milk activist, attempting to humiliate Asiwaju must have me to contend with. An average PDP man is sad with Asiwaju because he brought them to their knee. If anyone thinks that bringing down Asiwaju is his project, that mission will not only crash but it will boomerang. Don’t tell me he is overbearing, your
“underbearing” mentors were nowhere to be found when this Country was lying critically at the intensive care of the universe. Recall my first line, Asiwaju is not a saint. Stop demonising what you admire out of envy. Even your mentors admire him.
He owns Lagos! I hear you! Ask your grand father and parents how they acquired your so called “family
land”. Is it God that allocated it to them?
You are terrorizing your neighbours and village with your kpof-kpof kobo yet you criticise a man that is naturally addicted to technocrats irrespective of their tribe or Religion.
Hmmmmm. I don talk am ooo, Asiwaju is not a political office holder oooo. Please let him be. He is evil, I agree, but we need more of him than a your a saintly specie. Dear Asiwaju, the gentle stride of a tiger is not a symbol of a cowardice”….

Prof Wole Soyinka.

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Hypocrisy and Deception employed by Fashola BRF during his ministerial screening at the Senate
I saw many posts hailing Fashola’s performance at yesterday’s senate ministerial screening.I too watched a relay of the over 75 minutes that Fashola used to hold the senators spell bound. I want to congratulate Fashola on his approval. I’m no hard-core fan of Fashola but I love and respect his achievements in Lagos esp in his 1st term.
But what’s my take on this: Fashola only used his superior knowledge and oratory powers to deceive d gullible unintelligent senators. What Yorubas say ” o fi buredi ko won ni omi obe je”. He only deceived them with oratory powers. Me go always tell d truth even to Buhari.

I don’t deify any man Did the much-villified Diezani sign any cheques? Did Alameiseigha personally sign cheques? Did Ibori or Bode George sign any cheques? Did Jonathan sign any? Come to think of it: did Lawrence Anini and Shina Rambo sign any cheques? Please, lets call a spade a spade.

Any public officer that cannot give a responsible account of expenditures made under his watch is CORRUPT and and should be facing trial instead of entertaining Nigerians at a ministerial screening. We don’t seem to realize the danger of accepting ‘I don’t sign cheques’ as a defence against allegations of graft by govt official.
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See 20 remarkable things Fashola said during his ministerial screening by the Senate
Former Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola appeared before the senate this morning for screening. As expected, the former governor was eloquent and distinguished senators hung on his every word like school children.
See 20 remarkable things Fashola said during his screening:
”I cannot claim credit for my success in Lagos State”
”Before we increase taxes, we must optimize the capacity to get that which is in the place”
”Security is the toughest job a leader has”
“I felt responsible for every citizen who was robbed”
”We can redress political abuses, but cannot recover a life already lost”
”Nigeria has about 500,000 standing policemen. We are under-policed” “State Police will create employment and curb domestic violence”
”We must commend our founding fathers for conceptualizing the creation of Abuja”
“The concept of loyalty is a very strange one. My prayer is that ‘may our loyalties never be tested.”
”As Governor of Lagos I didn’t sign cheques. I’ve never signed cheques, I didnt fix contract prices. Only training I have is as a lawyer”
“Nobody has alleged that I wrongly enriched myself”
‘I have remained loyal to causes I signed to. I stand by my word’
“Nobody can fairly accuse me of giving my word and going back on my word”
“The unfortunate thing about money is that it raises suspicion, even among brothers”
“Government should not get involved in needless disputes”
”The choices we make define the result we get”
‘This Nation has a lot of money outside its borders. Nigerians are investing more abroad’
“Those who want to benefit from the commonwealth must contribute to the common purse”
”The consequence to making the promises is the right to accountability”.
”The right to freedom is not absolute.It carries responsibility of not to be a nuisance
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Ranjan Das, CEO and MD of SAP-Indian subcontinent died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai recently. One of the youngest CEOs, he was only 42. What killed Ranjan Das?
He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. After his workout, he collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids. It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners. The question arises as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumbed to a heart attack at 42 years of age.
What is the real reason? Everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to manage with 4-5 hours of sleep. In an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program ‘Boss’ day out’, Ranjan Das himself admitted that he sleeps less and would love to get more sleep.
Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increases risk for high BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Individuals who sleep less than 5 hours a night have a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks.
Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (CRP). They also cause cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Sleeping for

What is ideal sleep? In brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. No wonder when one wakes up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, he/she is mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep). And if somebody has slept for less than 5 hours, the body is in a complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), the person is tired throughout the day and immunity is way down.
In conclusion: Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising, maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. That killed him. We are playing with fire if we are sleeping less than 7 hours even if we have low stress. Do not set your alarm clock under 7 hours. Ranjan Das is not alone. Do Share it with all the Good People In ur Life.
From: DR.N Siva (Senior Cardiologist)

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THE DOG AND THE ELEPHANT

Once upon a time, a dog approached an elephant to get into a child bearing competition. In 3 months the dog gave birth to 6puppies. In the next 3 months the dog gave birth to yet another set of puppies. The elephant finally gave birth after 20months by which time the dog had given birth to over 30 puppies and was mocking the elephant into believing that it had won the competition.

The elephant had a few words for the dog when  the baby elephant came out after 20 months. “I can see you had fooled yourself into believing that you had won the competition. I think you can appreciate now that:

1. I don’t give birth to puppies

2. When I do give birth, the calf will be ready to face the world on its own
3. The combined weight of your 36puppies is less than a fifth of my calf’s
weight
4. The moment my calf steps into this earth it makes an immediate great impact as if no dog was ever born

“Woow. I thought that was amazing. I have observed something under the sun.

The fastest runner doesnt always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesnt always win the battle.

The wise sometimes go hungry and the skillful are not  neccessarily wealthy.

And those that are educated dont always lead successful lives.

It is all decided by being in the right place at the  right time.’

Dont let any early leaders in this life chide you into  believing that you are a failure, beaten flat out and you have already lost the battle of success. I want you to think like an elephant. Don’t  envy cheap quick success. For as long as you are in the right place,  your chance is coming and by the signs of time it wont be long. You are  not that small to give birth to puppies. Only your one achievement will  surpass several combined achievements. You are guaranteed to make it in thislife. Maintain your faith in God even when it looks like its all over for you. Looks are deceiving but the word remains forever.

In 1999 Brazil 4. Germany 0
2000 Brazil 2. Ger 0
2004 Brazil 1. Ger 1
Total : Brazil. 7 Ger 1

2014 Brazil. 1 Ger 7

When its your time, God will correct 10yrs of  mistakes with 1 event.Patience is a virtue,so don’t give up

Prof. Abletor Sedofia from University of Ghana. “Academic excellence is overrated!

Did I just say that? Oh, yes, I said it.Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn’t mean you will make more money than everybody else. The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer.

The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorise it and reproduce it in an exam. School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards  people for their imagination. School rewards caution, life rewards  daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who  break the rules and set new ones. So do I mean people shouldn’t study  hard in school? Oh, no, you should. But don’t sacrifice every other
thing on the altar of First Class.

Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail. That’s a better Entrepreneurship 101. Join or start a club. Contest an election and lose. It will teach something Political  Science 101 will not teach you. Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course. Go on missions and win a soul for eternal rewards… Do something you believe in!

Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person. Make the world your classroom.

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BAILOUT FUNDS AND MATTERS ARISING!

The CBN released the “first batch” list of states that have been given “bail out” funds to “cushion” the effect of the backlog of salaries in their various states occasioned by the fall in moneys accruing to to them and as a corollary avoid “crises” in the various states!

The states and funds “allocated” are as follows:
Delta N10 billion (despite huge oil derivation funds)
Ekiti N10 billion
Sokoto N10 billion
Zamfara N10 billion
Bayelsa N13 billion (despite huge oil derivation funds)
Ondo N14 billion (despite huge oil derivation funds)
Abia N14 billion
Ogun N20 billion
Osun N35 billion
Oyo N27 billion
Kogi N50 billion
Benue N28 billion
Imo N27 billion

Considering the fact that these funds have been “restructured” in such a way that payments are supposed to be “spread” beyond the tenures of those that “acquired” these liabilities (20yrs in short terms), it means that the governors have incurred “recurrent liabilities” for future generations to pay!

It is baffling that most of these state governments have not even paid the full salaries of the workers that the loan was even acquired for originally! Just recently, Kogi state workers, whose funds have been collected from the CBN, are smarting for a show down with the government for non payment of their salaries!

Is the fact that the governors enjoy immunity that makes it possible for them to do what they like with state funds and get away with same only to “cry” of witch hunting when they are made to account for their stewardship after the end of their tenures!

How has the ICPC, EFCC and the CBN ensured that these funds will not be diverted to “other” pressing projects in disregards for what it had been intentioned for originally!
This impunity of governance must be stopped now as the crises that were supposed to be avoided by the bail out funds are still here with us!

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THINKING ALOUD: NIGERIAN SENATE: TAKING NIGERIANS FOR A RIDE!

Nigerians are a funny set of people considering the shenanigans they have allowed the Nigerian senate to put us through with her act of commission or omission without any purposeful “reaction”!

The senate only have 3 days in a week to conduct her plenary (Tuesday to Thursday) and it has been observed that meetings are conducted on a “normal” four hour duration (10 am to 2pm)! These people earn humongous salaries and allowances that has not even been “generally” made public considering the “secrecy” surrounding the “actual”!

The Nigerian worker works for 8hrs (8am to 4pm) and their salary and allowances cannot even take them home!
Yesterday (21st October 2015) , the senate president appeared before the CCT in a case of false declaration of asset and the Senate suspended sitting because of this!

Does it mean the fact that the senate president had a date with the CCT on Thursday and Friday sitting at the senate would be “adjourned” till next week? Does it mean his deputy cannot preside over plenary in the absence of the senate president?

Does it mean if the Senate president travels out on official engagements plenary has to be suspended till he returns?
Come to think of it, these legislators are not even bordered that her “several vacations” have put a dent to the perception of the citizenry of her as “serious minded” individuals.

Obviously, we seem to be allowing these individuals to make the world assess us as jokers! We seem not to know the magnitude of what we have at hand.
Just thinking aloud!

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‘CHASTITY OF TRUTH’ ON FASHOLA and AMEACHI! By Solomon Ekpo

What a country do we live in and a people we are!

So many things have unfolded in our political atmosphere and our social ‘blogging’ realm.

First it was the former governor of our ‘Centre of Excellence’ state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

Fashola got screened by the upper chamber of the National Assembly and made remarkable eye opening happenings during his stay as governor.
One major thing he said was, as a governor, he never signed cheques for the work of governance in the state, I expected to hear from quarters of haters that he lied, but no one has come out to debunk his story, yet we don’t believe him!

And we refuse to ponder how then did he structure his government, that as the Chief Executive of the state he didn’t alter cheque leaves.

I expected our good-for-nothing-journalists to interview him the more for him to deep into how he structured the finance aspect of Lagos State without coming close to money as it is seen in our political settings and other states of the federation, no journalist did; and as a people, we just dumped that there.

Rather we make fun of the impossibilities that, that can’t happen in a country where the James Iboris and Alameasighas have proven to us in times past that as governors; they walk with bags of dollars and pounds at their beck and call.

Linda Ikeji, Nigeria popular and topmost blogger over the weekend revealed she bought a mansion for half a billion naira in an Island even her father dared not go to look for his wealthy friend in high school. Yet she worked so hard to put her name on the list of mansion owners on the wealthy Island.

This she said without her sleeping with anyone for money in her 35 years on earth talkless of doing that with acquiring the said property she showcased the world.

Linda Ikeji said she hasn’t slept with a man for money before, no one has come out to label her a liar who have slept and paid her, yet we screamed how impossible that can be in this country.

Her story is suppose to be investigated by our supposed-good-for-nothing journalists and dared anyman who has slept with her to come and ridicule her boldness; yet it hasn’t been investigated and no man has come out to rubbish her claims.

And we the men who sleep with ladies and give them money need not be ashamed? And ladies who pride in sleeping around for money not hide their heads in shame, that a lady with two breasts and a single vaginal has ridiculed the art/act of promiscuity for them to learn and change ways?

They aren’t learning rather they are speaking against her wealth acquisition as too much (now they agreed it’s true) and advising her what she should have done with her money to less privilege humanity.

Another school of ‘women’ said she must have slept with some rich politicians or wealthy businessmen to achieve this feat (as if they haven’t been sleeping with these set of people for years and don’t have proves to show).

Another man is the ‘Lion of Ebima’ as he is fondly called, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi, the former governor of the oil rich Rivers state, who just got screened at the upper house few days back. There he said he hasn’t taken bribe before in his life.

Bribe taking or giving involves two people, the giver and taker. I expect to hear someone says he has given him bribe as a two term speaker and governor of Rivers State. One also expect our journalists to reseach on his claims by deep into findings for some proves to counter him. No one and nothing from even his political enemies.
He went also to say if a man sleeps with a girl he’s suppose to help or send an errand, that is corruption. Now because many of our men know we are guilty; instead we chose to castigate him rather than learn of how possible did he do it as a politician all this years.

Is it because the country is in camotose, we believe everyone must throw their dignity like it is expected?

These people mentioned here may have problems with other part of their lives but they SPEAK strongly where their strengths lie and they do this publicly – meaning, if anyone sees or hears what they say as telling a lie, they should counter them. Anyone? No one!

Someone or a people can choose and stand by their vows not to be messed up with ravaging ‘sin’ or crime seen as a possible lifestyle of the society; should such a person be crucified and hung on a public pole that, such “is not possible?”

Please and please, let’s wake up! It is not everyone that can cast his/her chastity to dogs like majority of the populace do.

And I have come to realise that when people speak in the open about a positive part of their lives; it is because they have strength there and haven’t commited blunder in such area. So I as a person believe them. Especially in a country where haters want to drag you down with everything they can lay their hands on.

We should also look out for where our strengths are and speak to encourage people and stop to damn those who are successful in their positive areas of life. Most people have chastity (of truth) and they are proud they have it and doing well with that in a particular area of their lives.

We should rather cultivate ways to learn from that aspect of their lives and be proud doing that! The bible urges us to “follow those who have good reports…” And imbibe their lifestyles.

Remember; success and prosperity do not come from being perfect in ALL things but just ONE thing; and holding your head up high having and doing that one thing just like Linda, Fashola and Ameachi have done.

#Take_People_For_Their_Words_Unless_You_Have_A_Prove_To_Caution_Them

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Enough Of This Biafra Nonsense! –  By Alabo

As a Rivers man who saw the events of 1967-1970 and who was old enough to understand them, this protest in Port Harcourt is a slap on true Rivers indigenes. and the memory of ALL the Rivers men and women who were slaughtered in the pogroms and ethnic cleansing committed during the civil war by the Biafran Army.

Let us remind ourselves of the TRUE facts and REAL reasons behind the secession and subsequent civil war. Ojukwu and his cohorts decided to secede from Nigeria because Gowon broke up the regions and created Rivers State among the 12 states he created. Remember the Aburi accord? Article 4 of that accord had to do with the breaking up of the regions.

On the 27th of May, 1967, Gowon broke up the Regions, from the then Eastern Region and carved out Rivers, South-Eastern and East-Central states. 3 days later on 30th May, 1967 Ojukwu seceded citing the Aburi accord. ON ABURI WE STAND!! The rallying war cry of the day.

How anyone who calls himself/herself a Rivers indigene support tacitly or otherwise the so-called Biafra cause when Biafra seceeded just because Rivers State was created and the Rivers people for once had a right to self rule?

In the quest for a sovereign country did the Igbo majority seek, discuss with or solicit the support of the minorities in the Oil Rivers and South-East??

Where is Biafra? How do you seek for a country which was susequently named Biafra WITHOUT involving the indigenous people of Biafra? Isn’t that supreme arrogance or maybe they were not included because they were meant to be wiped out later. Events proved the latter to be true.

Late Chief (Dr.) Nabo Graham-Douglas who was the Attorney General of the Eastern Region was sent on compulsory leave and exiled to his home town Abonnema with orders for him to be executed. Fortunately the plans leaked and he miraculously escaped. He didn’t draw the Articles of secession and only heard about Biafra from the BBC journalists who came to interview him in Abonnema.
He was one of the lucky ones.

The ethnic cleansing began in earnest. Our intelligentsia; top civil servants, technocrats and other able bodied men and women were rounded up and summarily executed in Enugu, Owerri, Aba, Umuahia, Degema, Buguma, Bakana, to mention but a few towns/cities. In Port Harcourt, Rainbow town and Igritta, became killing fields. the bones of those victims still lie there

These atrocities were committed by the Biafran Army, against people who were supposed to be fighting the same cause with them.
In a bid to wipe out the minority tribes, our towns and villages were evacuated, our men put to slave labour and later on shot (reminiscent of Nazi Germany), our women taken as sex slaves, young boys shared the same fate as the men. Bakana, Bille, Abonnema were all forcefully evacuated.

Finally, when the Nigerian Army counter attacked and liberated Port Harcourt, the retreating Biafran Army, burnt Kingsway (now Supabod building), Nabo Graham-Douglas’s law library (which was the best Law library in the whole of West Africa) and other land marks in the Garden city. Of what military significance were these acts??

I don’t blame the misguided ill-informed people for trampling on the graves of those who were murdered by the Biafran Army, by protesting in Port Harcourt. I blame Gowon for forbidding accounts of the war being published after the war, but more importantly for not trying war criminals (like Col Ojeh of Degema) within the Biafran Army and holding them accountable for their inhuman and murderous actions during the war.

70 years after World War 2, we are still reminded on a daily basis the atrocities that the Nazi’s committed. If Gowon had done what he was morally and duty bound to do, this matter of Biafra would have been put to rest once and for all.

By the way, in May 1968, my uncle (my mother’s younger brother) was shot in his Warri street residence in Port Harcourt, his corpse butchered, his flesh sold as Biafra meat in Mile 1 market. That same day the Nigerian Army opened up and started shelling Port Harcourt, which was ultimately liberated

Are those protesting and the other supporters of “Biafra” aware of these facts??

The war has been over these past 45 years, we are forging on as a country, setting aside our ethnocentric issues. That Ex-Biafrans have been assimilated into all spheres of our society (as they should), without any punishment meted out to the war criminals among them, doesn’t give anyone the right to re-write history or bring these painful memories back.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

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Biafra agitation & the Niger Delta struggle

“Igbos are using the support
they gave gej in 2015 election as blackmail to convert niger delta struggle to Biafra. Niger delta struggle is 50% resource control, as you can see, is not in anyway connected to the reasons why Igbos are agitating for biafra. This deception won’t work!

They only supported GEJ (Jonathan) because they got a lot of appointments under him, which amount to nothing of-course. Or did u see any reflection of such appointments in the east?

No! why because they are selfish and greedy people. Niger delta struggle is completly different from Biafra agitation. So why drag us into it?

The igbos who agitate all in the name of equity, for the control of the govt at the centre, are the same ones who supported Obasanjo against their own brother, son and hero Ojukwu in 2003. So, they should go and claim Yoruba instead.

As far as am concerned, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa are all benefitting from the current system. After all, an Igbo man Gen Aguyi Ironsi created this same Unitary system they are complaining about today for Nigeria in 1966.

When Isacc Adaka Boro wanted to form Ijaw nation republic in 1966, it was Igbo head of state, Gen, Aguyi Ironsi dat fought him with a 12day war. The Igbo claim to be one of us because some SS states were part of the old eastern region.

Lets clear some misconception here. Firstly, Eastern Region was created by Nigeria for Nigeria’s convenience. It was not a decision of the nationalities that made it so.

Secondly, before most people forget, Edo and Delta state were never at anytime part of eastern region. Edo and Delta were firstly Western Region, later became MidWestern then change to Bendel state before becoming Edo and Delta state. Yet, Yoruba is not claiming Edo and Delta states the way Igbo is claiming Rivers and Delta state because some people speak Ibo in those states?

If you don’t know there are Yoruba in Benin Republic and Togo, Hausa in Niger Rep, and that does not in anyway make them Nigerians! So please they should let South South ( Niger Delta) be !

Igbo may have succeeded in brainwashing some South South people that they are one of them, it is a big lie because we are not!

They may have also succeeded in brainwashing some of us that only Hausa and Yoruba are the problem of Nigeria and the South South. It is also a big lie! They are one and same.

As far as I am concerned, all the 3 major tribes are struggling for control of South South oil. None of them is better than the other. Therefore biafran zealots must know if South South would ever want to divide from Nigeria, our reasons will be based on lack of true fiscal federalism. We will never join Igbo to glamour for succession that is based on Igbo born to rule, control and expliotation mentality.

Igbo make noise and claim the north have born to rule mentality because of Sokoto’s state moto which they have changed already. But the people with true born to rule mentality are the Igbos. Is it not bcos they aint having their way that they are complaining and making all this noise in nigeria?

When Jonathan was in power, when they were gaining more individually, why didn’t they agitate for Biafra? Even when Jonathan was a failure not just to the east but to Nigeria, they still agitate not? Why because they have candy. Now that candy has been taken away, they are now complaining and shouting Biafra.
Ain’t they just too greedy?

THE PROBLEM WITH IGBO ARE GREED, SELF-ENTITLEMENT, AND BORN TO RULE, CONTROL AND EXPLIOT MENTALITY. Ask me how again and I will answer your question with another question; Who is going to benefit more if we merge? Who have something and who has nothing?

Do you think if we had nothing they will still include us in their struggle? I doubt! But what exactly do we have that Igbo dont? Simple, look at the map. When you remove South South from their foolish Biafra struggle, you will notice on the map that the whole of South East ( Iboland) is landlocked with no direct access to the sea or atlantic ocean.

But almost all the South South states have direct access to the sea/atlantic ocean. Some will say they have Niger river. But I tell you river Niger is not a sea or ocean for big ship.

In addition, the South South have more than 90% resources of oil, gas, limestone etc. Do you think if we have none of these, these Biafrauds would add us and still call us their own?
Please answer sincerely.

Tell me why South South would want to form a country with South East if they had they chance, choice to form theirs?

Why would we want to form a country with this region that will bring nothing but population, domination and greed to the table? If u think I lie, go visit all the five eastern states and show me which one can be compared to Cross River, Akwa Ibom or even Rivers states? How many states in the east are develop or even business friendly?

How many investors can come to the east and do business in peace? Do any of the South East states give anything to nigeria or the South South? I think they take more instead.

If u think I’m lying, you can do us the favour and tell us wat exactly they give because all I can see is non-stop kidnapping and baby factories. Some will say oil, but I tell you the total oil production from the South East is not up to 5% of the South South oil. So what exactly are they bringing to the table?…”-

CREDITS : Olly Koko Ringit Laa
Tunde Salam

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HOW THE APOSTLES DIED.

1. Matthew

Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a wound.

2. Mark

Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke

Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

4. John

Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death.

John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos .

The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully and a natural death

5. Peter

He was crucified upside down on an X-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James

The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.

* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee,

James was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew

Also known as Nathaniel. Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew

Was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words:

‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

10. Thomas

Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.

11. Jude

Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias

The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul

Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of the faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for My Name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Pass on to encourage other Christians
Why Do we feel sleepy in Prayer,
But stay awake through a 3 hour movie?

Why are we so bored when we look at the HOLY BOOK,
But find it easy to read other books?

Why is it so easy to ignore a message about God,
Yet we forward the nasty ones?

Why are prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding

Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God?

Think about these.

Credits: Ramsey Joshua Ilesanmi

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Biafra Republic will only be a fresh country of the looters. It can never be the solution for the oppressed Easterners.
Virtually all the Governors, Local Government Chairmen, Legislators, Judges, Government Officials and Politicians in the East are terrifically corrupt. They are as corrupts as their counterparts in other regions. So what difference will Biafra bring?
You live in the East where your Governors daily embezzle your monthly allocations and yet you are clamouring for Biafra. What for? You sell Gala and Bottle Water on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, you do your business at Alaba Int’l Market Lagos, at Computer Village Ikeja Lagos, Eko-Idumota Lagos and Ladipo Market Lagos, and yet you are demanding for Biafra. Is that not thoughtless?
If Biafra Republic is born today, the Looters and Cabals from the East, along with their children are the set of people that will be Governors, Commissioners, Legislators, etc and the looting will continue. So what does it matter?
Or can anyone name the saints among the Eastern politicians? Masses in the West, South and North are the not the problem of the Eastern Masses. Politicians are the problem. Disintegration is not the solution.

CREDITS : Olusola Opeyemi

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Agitation for Biafra: A piece of advice by Nostra II

Did anybody or any other ethnic nationality ever stop Biafrans from living the union? But what sensible Nigerians are saying is. .

Nigeria is not a nation. It’s a country of many ethnic nations joined / grouped together by a foreign institution (colonialists) and bounded together by an international law. Therefore , if any ethnic nation / nationality wanted to leave they are free to go but let them do so in a civilized manner /way and not by bullying other people as if they are their “God”.

NOBODY, NO ETHNIC NATION OR NATIONALITY INSIDE THE NIGERIA UNION IS HOLDING THE BIAFRAN IGBO FROM LEAVING THE UNION .If Biafrans want to leave, it’s very simple logical process. Let them refuse to participate in anything Nigeria. Let them tell all their citizens, their fellow Biafrans in Nigeria National Assembly to withdraw and come back home. Let them tell all the Biafrans in Nigerian armed forces to resign. Let them tell all their fellow Igbos all over Nigeria and abroad, to come back home (in protest) to sign a petition that they’re no more Nigerians and take it to the United Nation (under which Nigeria as a country is a members) to sanction and the international community should recognise them. Afterall we all knew how Eritreans left Ethiopia let Biafrans do the same.

However, they should realise some things. Inasmuchas nobody is holding them, the actions of some Biafra activists amount to outright TREASON. Do u know what treason is? Why do you think Spain is very reluctant to let go Catalonia (capital Barcelona) or Basque region, or it took wars for Eritrea to secceed from Ethiopia and South Sudan from Sudan and East Timor from Indonesia, even seccession of fmr Yugoslavia? What’s happening in Ukraine now? Why can’t ukraine let the ethnic minority Russians who are in East Ukraine go? It’s not as easy as A,B,C.

It will take a process, a very long one. UN will have to be involved but they must first put their heads together and get their acts right.If they want to use bullying tactics to leave the union other Nigerians and international community will tell them they are not in anyway better than other Nigerians they are condemning. They should please stop bullying other Nigerian tribes.

There’s been so much talk and agitation about Biafra mostly by younger Igbos who never tasted the Civil war. Has there been any indication by any of the South-South States of Nigeria of the inclusion in a breakaway Biafra or is it the lust of the agitators to control the Niger Delta and Rivers with their Oil fields? Do the people of the South-South geographical area have any choice in this matter or do we have to be carved into their dream Biafra? The people of the South-South do not have any desire whatsoever to be part of a breakaway Biafra. They should stop the delusion of annexing any South South region

However will creation of Biafra solve their problems? Has there been peace in South Sudan? If we failed to get it right as a big country (Nigeria), it’s a small unlikely chance ( some say delusionary) that we will get it right as a micro entity of Nigeria. Just like Donald Trump said recently that Africa needs to be re-colonised, has independence solved Africa’s problems? Ask your fathers, grandparents and great grandparents if they were not better off during the colonial period. Read books too.

But the Biafrans must be prepared for the consequences. and should be prepared for the like of Rochas , Pius Anyim, Nnamani, Sam Egwu and Orji Uzor Kalu et al to rule them. I don’t thing I should talk more on this.

NB: This piece is strictly addressed to the Biafran agitators and their sympathisers which may be a micro percentage of the Igbos. Any reference to the larger unsympathetic group is unintended and highly regretted. Thanks for ur understanding

Additional credits : Tunde Salam, Rose P Graham

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Two Years of Govt’s Privatisation of electricity : Fraudulent DISCOS and GENCOS

How justified is the proposed increase in Electricity Tariff by the Disco as supported by Dr. Sam Amadi led NERC. Snippets on how PHCN was fraudulently unbundled.

The discos are proposing increment in the tariff of electricity and the NERC led by Sam Amadi is considering approval for it despite no visible improvement in service delivery?

Well, am sure many consumers are not aware that at the taking over of PHCN in 3rd, November,2013 by the Discos, the federal government absorbed all the outstanding debts of consumers up to 31st October, 2013, and that the receivables of the new owners commenced from November,2013?

Yet, some of this discos still harrased their customers and consumers over those outstanding outside the current charges which supposed to be their legit receivables.

Have you also heard that in their privatisation memorandum of understanding they both side which is in black and white they were given gestation period of eighteen (18) months during which they are expected to meter all consumers with prepaid meters and fix all other things to allow justifiable receivable monthly bills?

By on the 3rd of this month ( Nov 2015), it will be exactly two years they took over and till now,’many consumers remain unmetered and still being charged on estimated billings. The NERC led by Sam Amadi, has not done anything on that, but contemplating increase in tariff for them.

Where then lie the justification for the increase?
Do you also know that, many of our past rulers and oppressors are the owners of the Discos and Gencos, therefore making it difficult to offer respite for the masses because they have been our oppressors from time go and wanted to remain so.

While IBB pitched his tent with Abuja Disco, Abdulsalam Abubarkar sat on the board of Egbin thermal and Ikeja Disco. Tunde AYENI and Dieziani, hold sway in Ibadan Disco, Namadi Sambo in charge of Kaduna Disco, Tinubu in Eko Disco,to mention just a few.

With all these people, do we still need to look far while they want to continued their hegemony on us?

Full Credits:
Adeola Samuel Opeyemi

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5,000 naira per month stipend to unemployed people in Nigeria

It’s no news that a motion to pay unemployed graduates #5,000 per month as promised by President.Buhari’s campaign team during the Presidential elections, was defeated. Almost all,if not all APC senators voted against it. I’ve heard different comments on their action. Let me give you my own candid opinion.

On the #5,000/mth, to be candid, that promise (whoever made it) is just a political gimmick. It’s neither unfeasible and unrealistic. The present economy can’t sustain it. Moreover, we should put the cart before the horse. The unemployed people need to be properly registered and verified. Nigeria has no social security number. If not, the purpose will be misplaced and d intended beneficiaries won’t benefit.

Some people that have work will still be collecting money and someone can “clone” himself in 20 or more places and be collecting 20 people’s money. There will be many ghost collectors etc and the thing won’t fulfil its original intended purpose like the fuel subsidy issue during Jonathan’s regime.

Let’s be patient. Infact, how much is d stipend sef? I’ll rather the economy revitalized to produce employment and create jobs than having plenty unemployed graduates line up for stipends every month . Nigeria isn’t a socialist republic

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How to end Corruption in Nigeria and Africa by Strive Masiyiwa

We will not end corruption on this continent unless we are prepared to pay a price to end it! This means that you and I must be prepared to lose what may appear to be the deal of our lives. And let me tell you, when it is happening it is never easy; of course, it is hard.

I want to address a concern expressed by some of you about speaking up or acting against corruption. I want you to know I am listening. Your concerns can be put into one word – FEAR. What is fear? It is, of course, a response to imminent physical or emotional danger.

There are different types of fear – of death, of pain, of revenge, of the unknown, of collateral damage to loved ones.

Fear is very real, and it can freeze us like when an animal is caught in headlights on train tracks. Many animals act on instinct. At night, they are blinded by the light. They freeze.

As humanity, we have a choice. We can stand there frozen in fear, or we can move.

Corruption is a train coming right at us. It comes in different ways. In broad daylight. In the dark of night. One thing history has shown us is that the corrupt do not intend to stop if we are in their way. They intend to tempt us, or threaten us, or come up with clever ways to make our best intentions quaver away into complacency.

Fear is a strategy of our enemies. There’s a German proverb that “fear makes a wolf bigger than he is,” but, in fact, the wolf of corruption is a very fearful wolf.

In Africa, corruption has devoured untold billions of dollars over the decades. It has devoured prosperity. Worst of all, it has eaten away at the hope and self-confidence of Africa’s younger generations, in particular.

Most of us lament what we see. Impunity. Many do not see an honest way out. Maybe some of you even ask yourselves, “Do we play the game or does the game play us?”

Overcoming fear is a very real factor in the fight against corruption. As citizens you have every right to stand up for what is right, but I don’t want any of you to decide to recklessly confront those who would maybe even kill you just to keep themselves out of prison, or out of revenge, or simply to make money. A strategy to fight corruption is required. Overcoming fear is a first important step.

What, on the other hand, is courage? Courage is the ability to do what frightens you, but, in this case, do it wisely.

The author Mark Twain wrote, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Let’s keep talking about what it takes to stop corruption. Several ideas have been suggested.

In the meantime, reflect on these words:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

THE END

Full Credits : Strive Masiyiwa

Culled from ” It’s time to play by a new (ethical) set of rules (Part 15)” by Strive Masiyiwa

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Ending corruption: It only takes one brave person: The story of Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Sometimes just one person trying to do the right thing can change the course of history.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas of Ghana is an undercover investigative journalist with a focus on exposing corruption, exploitation and human rights abuses. Last month his work changed the course of Ghanaian history when he released an anti-corruption film called Ghana in the Eyes of God, Epic of Injustice.

“The most powerful weapon against corruption is transparency and exposure,” says Anas, who was born in the late 1970s and first trained as a lawyer. He says the aim of his life’s work is to “name, shame and jail” people who hurt others and break the law.

Released in late September, Anas’ new three-hour documentary has led to the shocking suspension of seven of the 12 High Court judges and 22 lower court judges secretly filmed in an alleged judicial bribery and corruption scandal which Anas investigated for about two years.

Money, sex, yams and even a goat were among the alleged pay-offs. In exchange, many robbers, murderers, drug dealers, rapists and others allegedly received shortened sentences or went free.

Anas notably works undercover, usually wearing disguises and pretending to engage with “bad people” who he then tries to film committing crimes.

__People rarely see his face. Even when he gives public talks about his work or receives awards, he hides it.

Could corruption charges against these judicial officials be true?

Ghanaians are now waiting for rule of law to take its course — for all parties concerned. What seems to have come to light through Anas’ brave undercover work is 500 hours of raw footage of judicial corruption in action, allegedly involving some 180 judicial officials – judges, magistrates, court clerks, policemen, state attorneys and bail contractors!

In trying to block the screening of Anas’ whistle-blowing film, one High Court judge ironically argued that showing the film “brings the authority and administration of the law into disrespect and disrepute…”

Each of the seven implicated high court judges has been give a week between now and 11 December to appear before a special Chief Justice Committee. Anas will also appear for cross-examination, and some defendants have demanded that he remove his disguise when in court.

___The five-member Committee has contended this week that Anas is protected by the Whistle Blower’s Act. As such, he must not be unmasked and is also covered by immunity.

While not his first choice, Anas says he believes working in disguise is necessary, given the powerful and sometimes dangerous subjects of his investigations.

Acknowledging his own fear and the hazards of doing the work he does, Anas advises, “You’ve got to take intelligent decisions… If you don’t, you will end up losing your life.” (He usually works with a backup team of private investigators).

Notwithstanding the risks, Anas says he and all professional journalists have the responsibility to keep the public informed about activities affecting the health of their democracies, and their own personal lives. Colleagues say his work is driven by the belief that it is corruption that is holding Africa back.

In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy made a historic speech to students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He said, “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…“ Let us all work together to set forth more than a ripple… Remember, scores of Ghanaian judicial officials also REFUSED to take bribes! We must not despair, but we must each do our part to end this scourge!

Over the years, Anas’ has exposed psychiatric patient abuse, human trafficking, cocoa smugglers, abuse of orphans, attacks on albinos (to sell their limbs), illegal gold mining, power and transport sector corruption, human sacrifice of children, fake doctors, and illegal resale of donor food, among other revelations. He even investigated How to Rob Africa, revealing ways African businesses and governments steal money and stash it in offshore bank accounts. His bold work should be recognized at the highest levels, including even a Nobel Prize.

We need to ensure that the whole world gets to know about what Anas has been doing, and about how much we value him and his courageous work. We are thus doing a number of important things:
1. We are taking a firm stand against corruption.
2. We are putting pressure on those responsible in Ghana, particularly the peoples’ representatives in parliament, to take action, both to protect whistle-blowers and sanction those officials who betray the public trust.
3. We are helping to protect him.
4. We want to encourage other people out there who would like to emulate him.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, I salute you.

Full Credits : Strive Masiyiwa
Culled from : Let’s play by a different (ethical) set of rules (Part 14)
Ending corruption: It only takes one brave person by Strive Masiyiwa

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PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS SHAMED CRITICS AND FAVOURED SOUTHWEST AND YORUBAS WITH GOOD MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS

Where are the Buhari haters and the critics who criticised him for being too pro North and running a Northern agenda with his appointments? They have been shamed ruthlessly.

Where are the ethnic jingoists ? Where are the Buhari haters? Where are the Elekun Gbere aka Wailing Wailers who weep, wail and whine? Where are the war mongers? Where is Fani Kayode with his filthy mouth? Where are Raymond Dokpesi and AIT’s hate campaigns of impunity ? Where are the Odumakins ? I mean those derailed comrades – wife and husband – Joe and Yinka ? Where are the Afenifebis masquerading falsely as Afenifere? Where are those so called Yoruba elders? Where are Gani Adams, Fasheun, Omisebi (also called Omisore) and OPC? Where are those that hate PMB because of his faith and all the propaganda that he will Islamize Nigeria.? Where are those Afole Oyinbo ( european toilet cleaners ) called Adeyinka Grandson and Olawale Igi- Iwe Oluwagbeminiyi ( also called Ayotunde Igiiwe SobogunRofa) ? They have been shamed and are eating humble pie! Shame on them ! They are eating dust and ashes of shame !

Prior to the inauguration of the cabinet, northerners accounted for almost 80 per cent of the president’s appointments, relative to 20 per cent allotted to southerners. Then many people said different things. Some said Yorubas have been used and dumped. Some called Asiwaju of Africa and Jagaban of Nigeria – APC National Leader , unprintable names. I have lost count of the times I’ve defended Buhari on this and called for patience that it’s too early to judge that any final assessment will be made ONLY after cabinet positions have been allocated. Now I’m vindicated. Where is Jafaar Jafaar who’s now a govt critic? Where’s that PDP journalist George Daniel?

This week, any concerns that may have arisen over Buhari’s choice of government functionaries to drive home his plan for socio-economic prosperity was laid to rest with the appointment of south westerners and southerners generally to “key and juicy ministries (borrowing the words of House of Reps Legislooters).

Babatude Fashola (Lagos) as Minister of Power, Works and Housing;( 3 ministries) ; Adebayo Shittu (Oyo) as Minister of Communications; Prof. Isaac Adewole Folorunsho (Osun) as Minister of Health; Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) as Minister of Solid Minerals; and Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) as Minister of Finance, and Alhaji Lai Mohammed ( Kwara ) as Minister of Information and Culture. All ethnic yorubas representing the South-west geopolitical zone.

He didn’t marginalise the south. Other southerners holding key positions include Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) as Minister of Budget and National Planning; Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers) as Minister of Transportation; Ibe Kachikwu (Delta) as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Pastor. Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River) as Minister of Niger Delta, Okey Enelamah (Abia) Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Geoffrey Oyeama (Enugu) as Minister of Foreign Affairs.”; Engr. Ogbonnaya Onu ( Ebonyi) Minister of Science and Technology

Buhari has shamed political miscreants who are blinded by ethnic and regional considerations that he is out to serve and not to favour his people and that the core value of his administration is the common good of the masses.

Shame to PMB haters

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A history of bad luck and tragedy on Friday 13th

Whether you take Friday 13th superstitions at face value or think they are nothing more than urban legends, here are some unlucky – and sometimes tragic – events that have occurred on Friday the 13th.

1. The ‘Friday the 13th virus’ infected hundreds of IBM computers across the UK on 13 January, 1989. It wiped out program files and caused considerable anxiety at a time when large-scale computer viruses were a relatively new threat.

2. Well known rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur was pronounced dead on Friday, 13 September, 1996.

3. On Friday, 13 November, 1829, American stuntman Sam Patch scheduled his largest ever jump – a 125-foot jump into the Genesee River, USA. Known as ‘The Yankee Leaper’ Patch became the first famous American daredevil after he successfully jumped from a raised platform into the Niagara River. The Genesee River jump killed him.

4. On 13 September, 1940, five German bombs hit Buckingham Palace and destroyed the Palace Chapel, as part of Hitler’s strategic ‘Blitz’ bombing campaign.

5. A chartered plane carrying 45 rugby team members and their friends and families crashed in the Andes Mountains on Friday 13 October, 1972. Sixteen of the group survived for 72 days while the world thought they were dead, in what would become headline-making acts of cannibalism. Their ordeal was made famous by a 1974 book called ‘Alive!’ by Piers Paul Read and was later made into a film named ‘I am Alive’.

6. On Friday, 13 November, 1970, a massive storm killed approximately 300,000 people in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and created floods that killed as many as one million in the Ganges Delta.

7. A Swedish military DC-3 plane carrying a crew of eight disappeared over the Baltic Sea On 13 June, 1952. After one of two Catalina rescue planes sent to search for the plane was attacked by Soviet forces the incident became known as the ‘Catalina affair’. In 1991, the Soviet air force conceded it had also shot down the DC-3.

8. On 13 June, 1997, 59 people were killed and 103 seriously injured in a stampede during the premiere screening of ‘Border’, a patriotic Hindi movie. Known as the Uphaar Cinema fire, it is one of the worst fire tragedies in recent Indian history.

9. On 13 October, 1989, the Dow Jones experienced the second largest drop in history at that time. This event was later nicknamed the ‘Friday the 13th mini crash’.

10. The asteroid ‘99942 Apophis’ will reportedly make a very close encounter with Earth – closer than the orbits of communication satellites – on Friday, 13 April, 2029.

11. On Friday, 13 August, 2010, a runaway London Underground engineering train travelled four miles through five stations without a driver. The train in front was forced to skip several stations and was diverted to another branch of the network.

12. Hurricane Charley caused destruction in south Florida on Friday, 13 August, 2004. The strong Category 4 hurricane lasted six days altogether and hit Florida at maximum strength, making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Damage in the state totaled approximately £8billion.

13. On Friday, 13 October, 2006, the ‘Friday the 13th Storm’ struck Buffalo, New York. The unusual early-season snow storm … It is also known as the ‘Arborgeddon Storm’, ‘Columbus Day Massacre’ and the ‘Octoblizzard’. An estimated 400,000 people were without power on Friday the 13th
14. On Friday, 13 February 1976, Nigeria’s Head of State – Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed, perhaps Nigeria’s most loved and most mourned leader, was assasinated in an abortive coup led by Lt. Col Bukar Suka Dimka.

15. On Friday, 13 November 2015, the exact day this article was posted, terrorists launched multiple attacks in at least 6 places  including a stadium, a concert , a cenema , in Paris ,France , killing at least 129 people

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I AM NOT MOVED BY DIEZIANI’S CURRENT HEALTH CHALLENGES

I am not carried away by Deziani picture flying around the cyberspace.
Did I hear you say where is my humanity?
I will rather sympathize with the Nigerian masses who are bearing the pain of her action than cry over a Photoshop.
I won’t sympathize with economic terrorists.
I had for long stopped praying for my oppressors. I considered it a curse to myself. How on earth will I empower my enemy? For what?
May she reap what she sows. Amen.
May I reap what I sow. Amen.
May everybody reap what they sow. Amen.
Yes, the real me. No hypocrisy and no pretence.

– Adeyemi Love Michael

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Local Telephone Code Numbers of Nigeria

Do u still remember the sweet old days of landline and NITEL when u received calls at home at ur house’s land line. Do u rmr the days of circular dials that will 1st return back b4 u dial another? Do u still remember dialling tones, connection tones and international tones? Do u remember those scattered and untidy looking NITEL poles and lines? Do u remember telephone booths and putting coins inside them, even days that came after that when u lined up with nitel phone cards? If u don’t , then u’re probably born in the 90s or thereafter and belong to the indomie generation.
Do u also remember those phone directory? Yellow pages and when u just search for people’s phone numbers all over Nigeria? Do u rmr days u forgot a city’s dialling code and had to look into ur phone directory or 1st call someone (if daddy usually locks up the directory in his room). That was memory of sweet old days. Let me refresh ur memory by posting a list of phone codes of different cities in Nigeria. That was b4 GSM. I hope one day, especially in this era of CHANGE, landlines will return to Nigeria

Aba – 082

Abakaliki – 043

Abeokuta – 039

Abuja (FCT) – 09

Ado-Ekiti – 030

Agbor – 055

Aiyetoro – 036

Akure – 034

Arondizuogu – 083

Agodi – 022

Azare – 071

Badagry – 01

Bauchi – 077

Benin City – 052

Bida – 066

Calabar – 087

Daura – 065

Enugu – 042

Gombe – 072

Gusau – 060

Ibadan – 022

Ihiala – 046

Ijebu-Ode – 037

Ikorodu – 01

Ilaro – 039

Ilorin – 031

Ile-Ife – 036

Jos – 073

Kaduna – 062

Kafanchan – 062

Kano – 064

Katsina – 065

Kwale – 053

Lagos – 01

Lokoja – 058

Maiduguri – 076

Makurdi – 044

Minna -066

Ogbomoso – 038

Ogharra – 054

Ogidi – 046

Okitipupa – 059

Ondo – 034

Onitsha – 046

Orerokpe – 053

Oshogbo – 035

Otta – 01

Owerri – 083

Owo – 051

Oyo – 038

Port Harcourt – 084

Sabo Gidaora – 057

Sapele – 054

Potiskum – 074

Shagamu – 037

Sokoto – 060

Umuahia – 088

Umunede – 055

Uromi – 055

Warri – 053

Yola – 075

Zaria – 069

 

 

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Saboteurs or Marketers?

All over the country, fuel queues. The lines loop out of fuel stations through roads and streets like broken necklaces. We have become servile to their mathematical manipulations. The marketers’ due is our doom. Many agree it is all fraud. The tragedy is that we have to pay them. It is like a rapist with a right. The more murky the story is, the more alluring. We are told that between the refiner abroad and our ports, lots of things happen.
They hike up the landing costs. That is why we have to pay N413 billion.

The president wrote to lawmakers for a permission to pay them such a whooping sum. Many thought the President’s gesture would soothe the fuel life of the commuter. But no. The marketers have decided to hoard fuel in their depots and stations. In many parts of the country, the prices have soared. First they give us a big and bogus bill to pay for subsidy. While we are preparing to pay, they don’t believe us. So, they punish everyone by withdrawing the same thing. They own the products and subject us to their faith. We are left at their beck and call. Obviously, they have committed two crimes. One is murky, the other in the open. The murky one is in figures that have been computed as N413 billion. The other one is hoarding. Yet,no eruption of lawyers and prosecutors. They are saboteurs but the law officers are quiet while we squirm. If we arrest any of them, maybe others will free the fuel from their tanks

Why not cut off the marketers and arrange with the refiners abroad directly, so our government and NNPC can control the cost of fuel? That seems easy on paper but I don’t think it’s easy in reality.
The more simple solution is to build our refineries. During the Jonathan era, subsidy was partly removed with the promise to build green -field refineries. We were shown the green fields, if they lied about the colours. We did not speak of even a spoke of promise till that era ended.

Culled from Saboteurs by Sam Omatseye

BUHARI: THE CHANGE AGENDA AND NIGERIANS by Ahmed Magem

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren Bennis
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs
The elections have come and gone and the whole brouhaha is now gradually dying with many starting to settle down to take stock of their losses or victories. We have now seen how nearly 30 years after he was ousted from power, and after three failed attempts to return, Muhammadu Buhari, one of Nigeria’s oldest former army generals who embraced democracy and politics at the break of the 21st century, was sworn into office as the nation’s 15th leader.
President Buhari was inaugurated as the second Nigerian after Olusegun Obasanjo, to lead the nation as a military officer, and later a civilian president.
He also joined the ranks of opposition leaders in Africa – Frederick Chiluba (Zambia, 1991); John Kufour (Ghana 2000); Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal, 2000); Mwai Kibaki (Kenya, 2002); Yayi Boni (Benin Republic, 2006); Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone, 2007); Alhassan Quattara (Cote d’Ivoire, 2010); and Peter Mutharika (Malawi, 2014) — who defeated incumbents in the last two decades.
Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of law, a senior advocate of Nigeria and pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, was sworn in as Vice President on Friday.
Worthy of note is the fact that Nigeria made history, transferring power peacefully and democratically from a ruling party to an opposition – the first time it would happen in all of Nigeria’s 55 years of post-independence history.
In a letter to some eminent Nigerians sometime in 2014, Buhari spoke about the need to fix Nigeria. He explained that he was concerned about the nation’s deteriorating economy and security situation hence his plan to contest again.
The former head of state went on to win the APC primaries by defeating five others, namely former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso, Governor Rochas Okorocha, and publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
On October 15, 2014, when he formally declared his intention to run for president for the fourth time, Buhari said the last 16 years of PDP government had witnessed decline in all critical sectors of the nation’s life.
He said apart from the general insecurity in the land, power outages had taken a frightening dimension while the economy continued to deteriorate.
“Quite apart from Boko Haram, there is prevalence of armed robbery, kidnappings and killings, cattle rustling, market and farmland arson,”. Buhari said at the time. “These outrages have taken a new and a frightening dimension, disrupting economic and social life across whole communities.”
“The economy continues to deteriorate. While the government continues to announce fantastic growth figures but manufacturing is down, agriculture is down, commerce is down.”
Mr. Buhari said if elected president, his administration would protect lives and property, pursue economic policies for shared prosperity and immediate attention on youth employment, quality education for development, modernity and social mobility, agricultural productivity for taking millions out of poverty and ensuring food security.
He also said he would revive industry to generate employment; develop solid minerals exploitation which will substantially attract employment and revenue for government; restore honour and integrity to public service by keeping the best and attracting the best; and tackle corruption which has become blatant and widespread.
“The rest of the world looks at Nigeria as the home of corruption,” he said. “Nigeria is a country where stealing is not corruption.”
“Nigerians will not regret choosing us,” Mr. Buhari said. He assured that he “belongs to everyone and belongs to no one”.
It is in line with this that I am compelled that by commission and election there is a standing and binding social contract between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian people most especially the masses who believe so much in him and his Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo.
Election time is over it is now time to get down to work. Myself, a very ardent supporter of the President must at this juncture separate fiction from reality. There is only one that is above all and that is my patriotism to Nigeria which far outweighs my love and admiration for the President.
We have done our part by campaigning and going all out to vote in our leaders in all tiers of Government. The work is not all done yet. We must now hold our leaders accountable and by the jugular. Lest they become complacent and think it is business as usual and go on a jamboree. There is a social contract between us and them.
An agreement, between the ruled and their rulers, defining the rights and duties of each. In primeval times, according to the theory, individuals were born into an anarchic state of nature, which was happy or unhappy according to the particular version. They then, by exercising natural reason, formed a society (and a government) by means of a contract among themselves.
Although similar ideas can be traced back to the Greek Sophists, social-contract theories had their greatest currency in the 17th and 18th centuries and are associated with such names as the Englishmen Thomas Hobbes and John Locke and the Frenchman Jean-Jacques Rousseau. What distinguished these theories of political obligation from other doctrines of the period was their attempt to justify political authority on grounds of individual self-interest and rational consent. They attempted to demonstrate the value and purposes of organized government by comparing the advantages of civil society with the disadvantages of the state of nature, a hypothetical condition characterized by a complete absence of governmental authority. The purpose of this comparison was to show why and under what conditions government is useful and ought therefore to be accepted by all reasonable people as a voluntary obligation. These conclusions were then reduced to the form of a social contract, from which it was supposed that all the essential rights and duties of citizens could be logically deduced.
Theories of the social contract differed according to their purpose: some were designed to justify the power of the sovereign; on the other hand, some were intended to safeguard the individual from oppression by an all-too-powerful sovereign. Let’s see some angles to social contract
According to Hobbes (Leviathan, 1651), the state of nature was one in which there were no enforceable criteria of right and wrong. Each person took for himself all that he could; human life was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” The state of nature was therefore a state of war, which could be ended only if individuals agreed (in a social contract) to give their liberty into the hands of a sovereign, who was thenceforward absolute, on the sole condition that their lives were safeguarded by sovereign power.
Locke (in the second of Two Treatises of Government, 1690) differed from Hobbes insofar as he described the state of nature as one in which the rights of life and property were generally recognized under natural law, the inconveniences of the situation arising from insecurity in the enforcement of those rights. He therefore argued that the obligation to obey civil government under the social contract was conditional upon the protection not only of the person but also of private property. If a sovereign violated these terms, he could be justifiably overthrown.
Rousseau (in Du contrat social, 1762) held that in the state of nature man was unwarlike and somewhat undeveloped in his reasoning powers and sense of morality and responsibility. When, however, people agreed for mutual protection to surrender individual freedom of action and establish laws and government, they then acquired a sense of moral and civic obligation. In order to retain its essentially moral character, government must thus rest on the consent of the governed, the volonté générale (“general will”).
The more perceptive social-contract theorists, including Hobbes, invariably recognized that their concepts of the social contract and the state of nature were unhistorical and that they could be justified only as hypotheses useful for the clarification of timeless political problems.
So what now is the escape route for our political problems and how do we think government can get the consent of all Nigerians irrespective of whether they are supporters of the President, his party or not? How then can his detractors and political enemies be put to silence?
In all honesty, I must say that there is despair in the land. Many are losing their jobs, businesses are crumbling, poverty seems to be on the rise even more than before. There is no clear cut economic policy and it is difficult for any ardent supporter to support what he does not know about.
It took almost forever to select ministers and in my opinion we have had a wasted five months moving at a snail’s speed. Nigeria and indeed the poor masses of this country do not have the luxury of time. This is where innovation in leadership must come to play. On the choice of ministers I must say that they are not top-notch as I’d expected but then I must give them the utmost support, love and benefit of doubt to put in their best for the good of all of us.
Yes, the honey moon between me and the Buhari led APC government is over and I am sure many patriotic Buhari supporters share the same opinion with me. We must not allow the same mistake that was done by and to Goodluck Jonathan repeat itself.
We are now seeing that there is a lingering fuel crisis in the country. There are also cases here and there that demands that Nigerians be made abreast of the true situation and not resort to speculations and unfounded rumours that gives enemies of the state the opportunity to promote conspiracy theories of all kinds.
There are many issues and problems in Nigeria that can be dealt with successfully if we work together in a nonpartisan way.
We can have bipartisan conversations so as to identify areas of agreement and specific items that can be moved forward, despite partisan differences in other areas.
I am more interested in opportunities that will set the stage for a public discussion of these issues. We are hoping the public will get engaged and make suggestions for nonpartisan actions.
I am calling on all Nigerians to come in helping promote the conversations because there is still a lot of work to do to improve governance and government at all levels. It should no longer be about politics but about Nigeria.
We need to start seeing results! A few examples: state budgets are no longer chronically late; a rainy day fund to help manage revenue volatility is law; Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) created by the legislature to help finance local infrastructure; a water and oil bond passed to begin to address long-delayed improvements to how we manage that precious resource.
By demonstrating broad public support for action, things that would normally be bogged down by partisan bickering perhaps can move forward in a nonpartisan effort.
“Politics is the art of the possible,” Otto Von Bismarck once famously said. For democracy to work, it takes compromise, a give and take that has the best intentions of the people in mind.
Effective governance requires collaboration, open communication, vibrant debate and even disagreeing without being disrespectful.
We will continue to participate and ask for your views on these conversations on my wall, twitter and blog. Please keep your fingers crossed.
In the world of IT, one thing is certain: change.