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Plunging Naira – Before You Blame Emefiele, Look At Yourself by Kenneth Ezaga 2001-2016.
It is either I do not understand economics and how exchange rates work or a vast majority of us Nigerians still don’t get how we have wrecked our country with our own curious choices. Just this morning I was listening to the radio and the lady on air went on and on about how she thought CBN governor Godwin Emefiele was incompetent and should be sacked because the naira was now exchanging at 309 or so to the USD. That view pretty much echoes the sentiments expressed by many people I know and it amazes me that there are Nigerians who actually think there is some magic POLICY that can make the naira strong in the near term. If my economics and my understanding of the way the world works are right, then that is as far from the truth as Jesus Christ is black. The simple fact of the matter is that apart from oil that accounts for over 90% of our revenues, we really don’t have much of an economy. We hardly produce anything, we import even toothpicks, so exactly what policy is going to be implemented that will turn Nigeria into a top exporting economy in the near term? Where are our Apples, IBMs, Disneys, GMs, General Electrics, Coca Colas, Empire State buildings, Statues of Liberties, Lockheeds, Citibanks, JP Morgans, ExxonMobils, NBAs, Super Bowls etc? Let me bring that closer home. There was a time long ago when Nigeria had a truly strong economy and the naira was one to the dollar – even exchanged for higher than the USD, but that Nigeria is not this Nigeria. Sadly that Nigeria was laid by the British, and this Nigeria (if you don’t believe in the nonsensical imperialist conspiracies like me) – fueled by the DAMAGING Indigenisation Decree, has been the creation of us Nigerians.Back then we had a booming economy. We were either the top, or among the top exporters, of timbre, cocoa, groundnuts, rubber, palm oil, etc, in the world. Nigerians not only holidayed at home in their villages, at Yankari Games Reserve, at Obudu Cattle Ranch, at Oguta Lake, at Ikogosi springs, at Gurara Falls, at Mambilla Platueau, etc, we attracted international tourists who brought in loads of foreign exchange. Even Nigerian schools were foreign exchange earners because they attracted foreign students. We had different car assembly plants – Peugeot, Volkswagen, Anamco etc. Nigerian government officials only bought vehicles assembled in Nigeria for official cars. We had a thriving sports industry. We were not Man United or Chelsea fans, we were Rangers or IICC fans. We had the Nduka Odizors, people made money from sports. We also had companies like Lennards and Bata producing school shoes in their thousands, we had the thriving Nigerian Airways and the Aviation School in the north that produced some of the best pilots in the world. In those days if you were brilliant you were respected much more than the crass money-miss-road contractors of today. Most of the Aje Butters I knew had fathers who were university dons. Back then it meant something to ‘know book’. Our textile industry was alive and well. Just recently I watched a news report on the textile industry in Nigeria on CCTV News. Though the main focus was on the comatose status of the industry, I was stunned by the gigantic Kaduna Textile Mill built in 1957. I could go on and on. Today however, no thanks to our parents (and we must call them out the way Wole Soyinka did his generation) and many of us (and we should be remembered for failing our children if we continue like this), we have destroyed everything. Today for instance Nigerian football (which comes easy to me obviously) doesn’t appeal to us, we have to fly across thousands of miles to watch ‘our’ clubs play. Every year we collectively burn billions of naira being fans of clubs that give us nothing back, but some ‘entertainment value’ – simple pleasures for which we are ready to destroy the future of our children. Well people, payback time is here. Even with our ta-she-re money we all want to wear designer clothes and carry designer bags, Armani, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton etc. We all want to drive jeeps with American specs, our children must now school overseas and acquire the necessary accents to come back home and bamboozle their ‘bush and crass’ contemporaries that they left behind. Who holidays in Nigeria anymore, is there Disneyland here? No one buys made-in-Nigeria school bags for their children, after all no Superman or Incredible Hulk or Cinderella on them. We are no longer top exporters of anything and the demise of oil means we have zilch… zero. A country of 170m fashion-conscious people has no textile industry. We take delight in showing how our made-in-Switzerland Aso Ebi is different class to everyone else’s. When we help our musicians grow and pay them millions, they repay us by immediately shipping the monies overseas to produce their “i-don-dey-different-level”music videos. It makes no difference that distinctly Zulu dancers are dancing to a Nigerian highlife song. As stars concerned they also wed and holiday overseas to impress us all. All the musicians who acknowledge their Ajegunle roots now speak in a cocktail of strange accents to symbolise how much they have blown their monies overseas. Were we a more serious people, the highly popular Kingsway Stores of the past would probably have a thousand outlets pan Nigeria today supporting a massive agriculture industry among others, but today we have the likes of SPAR, Shoprite, dominating the retail industry while Kingsway is dead. And we Nigerians make it a special point to shop from the Oyibos who have ‘cleaner shops’, ‘better this and better that’. For our personal pleasure we don’t mind them dominating us in our own backyard and shipping proceeds overseas. I could go on and on, but I don tire. Even as you are reading this, stop for a moment and look around you. What you see will probably explain why we are lucky it is not N1000 to the USD yet. And don’t think for a moment that it cannot get there. Just continue to wear your Armani gear and Swiss-made lace, continue to spend your money on Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barca and encourage your children to do same. (My article in This Day tomorrow is on the Nigerian champions Enyimba FC – Nigeria’s most successful club – not having a sponsor, yet Nigerian brands pay over N600m to Man United and Arsenal for sponsorship to impress us.) Ehhh, no problem, continue to tell me the NPFL is rubbish or the clubs should clean up their act if they want sponsorship, mo gbo. Don’t curtail your interest in choice wines ( we were the number one champagne consumers in the world in 2015), continue to love your American specs, cheer the education ministry for letting schools sink to pitiable levels, don’t fight them to improve our schools, don’t chide them for letting schools drop Nigerian history and embrace British, America and whatever else curricula. Carry on with your love of French wines and Chinese silk, don’t bother about Jamiu Alli when there is Roger Federer. Stock up on your Italian, American, British products which you cannot live without, including the ‘baby soft’ toilet rolls produced only in that small unique village in England – the days are long gone since you were a broke student who used wet newspapers to wipe your butt. Don’t even consider holidaying in Nigeria, it’s too dangerous – you have to fulfill your dream of being Nigeria’s Henry Ford. Don’t listen to people like me who have a wardrobe full of only cheap adire that is actually cheaper than just one of your Tom Ford blazers. Please keep dressing in fine silk made in some exotic place so you can be addressed accordingly. Finally keep letting corrupt leaders who have looted your commonwealth and shipped all the monies overseas get away because to attack them does not fit your political narrative. Let us continue with the fine life, let us all continue to work for Oyibo. But don’t forget that there is payback time and Emefiele is not your problem. Time for us all to look in the mirror and take responsibility
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“I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you. You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance. .You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo,Airtel & Mtn.Over the next two years, the number of Nigerian millionaires will jump by 47% but most likely you will not be among because you are too busy whining and complaining. And yet about 60% of Nigeria’s 170m population are below 35 years. Oh, what a waste! By the way, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he started Facebook.Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish Thakkar, is 31. He escaped from the Rwandan genocide and relocated to Uganda where he started an IT business. Collin Thornton, who made his millions by fixing bad computers and setting up Dial-a-Nerd, is 35.Adam Horowitz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur, started 30 websites in 3 years before he became successful. The only thing you have ever started is an online petition.Have you heard of Jason Njoku?He’s 33 and the founder of Iroko TV. He received $8m investment into his company just a few years ago. What he does? Sharing the same Nollywood films that you spend hours to watch online. He didn’t just hang around waiting for Buhari to make something happen or blaming Jonathan for not making anythinghappen.Kamal Budhabhatti was deported from Kenya but while on the flight, he thought of the opportunities in Kenya. He found his way back after 6 months and today his company is valued at $30m. He’s 36.Have you heard of Chinedu Echeruo? Apple just paid $1b for his app. He’s a Nigerian like you and all he did was attempt to fix a problem. But for you, the only thing you attempt to fix are your nails- and your hairdo! Chinedu moved to New York in 1995 and found it difficult to navigate the city with ease so he developed HopStop to fix the problem. Stop listing all the problems – we know them already but what are you doing about them?-Awolowo was 37, Akintola was 36, Ahmadu Bello was 36, Tafawa Balewa was 34, Okotie-Eboh was 27 and Enahoro was 27 at the time of independence of Nigeria.In 1966, the first coup was led by Kaduna Nzeogwu (29) and stopped by Murtala Mohammed (28), TY Danjuma (28), IBB (25), Sanni Abacha (23) and Shehu Yar’adua (23).It brought in Yakubu Gowon as Head of State at 32 and Olusegun Obasanjo at 29.You are in your 40s and you still sag your trousers. Of course, you know Linda Ikeji. You’ve spent hundreds of hours on her blog laughing and commenting while she smiles her way to the bank. She’s just built a house for her father in the village- just by you clicking on her gossip and sharing.Your day is not complete without a stop by at her blog. She was as broke as you are but she turned a hobby into a business. Are youthat void of understanding?You think those politicians have any regard for you?That is why I referred to the arrogance of your ignorance at the beginning of this diatribe.-You have a false estimation of yourself. You have an over bloated ego. -You are only as good as an election ticket – pure and simple.-You are only good to be used and discarded like a used ballot paper. Who keeps a used ballot paper anyway?That is why they only remember you every four years. You are like a menstrual pad that is only useful during the menstrual period.A food for thought…Start doing something today for better tomorrow.”
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Whatever Happened to the Twelve Apostles by Ken Curtis, Ph.D.
They were not the kind of group you might have expected Jesus to send forth on his mission to reach the world. There was nothing special or spectacular about them. The twelve apostles were just ordinary working men. But Jesus formed them into the backbone of the church and gave them the most extraordinary task imaginable: calling the entire world, including the mightiest empire ever known, to repentance and faith in the risen Christ. You can be sure that any educated, first-century Roman citizen would have laughed at any prediction that within three centuries the Christian faithwould be the official faith of the empire.
Many wonder how the 12 apostles died, but The New Testament tells of the fate of only two of the apostles: Judas, who betrayed Jesus and then went out and hanged himself, and James the son of Zebedee, who was executed by Herod about 44 AD (Acts 12:2). Read how each of the apostles spread out to minister and evangilize and how many of the apostles died for their faith. Into All the World
Reports and legends abound and they are not always reliable, but it is safe to say that the apostles went far and wide as heralds of the message of the risen Christ. An early legend says they cast lots and divided up the world to determine who would go where, so all could hear about Jesus. They suffered greatly for their faith and in most cases met violent deaths on account of their bold witness.
PETER and PAUL were both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
ANDREW went to the “land of the man-eaters,” in what is now the Soviet Union. Christians there claim him as the first to bring the gospel to their land. He also preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and in Greece, where he is said to have been crucified.
“Doubting” THOMAS was probably most active in the area east of Syria. Tradition has him preaching as far east as India, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder. They claim that he died there when pierced through with the spears of four soldiers.
PHILIP possibly had a powerful ministry in Carthage in North Africa and then in Asia Minor, where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested and cruelly put to death.
MATTHEW the tax collector and writer of a Gospel, ministered in Persia and Ethiopia. Some of the oldest reports say he was not martyred, while others say he was stabbed to death in Ethiopia.
BARTHOLOMEW had widespread missionary travels attributed to him by tradition: to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, and also to Ethiopia and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of how he met his death as a martyr for the gospel.
JAMES the son of Alpheus, is one of at least three James referred to in the New Testament. There is some confusion as to which is which, but this James is reckoned to have ministered in Syria. The Jewish historian Josephus reported that he was stoned and then clubbed to death.
SIMON THE ZEALOT, so the story goes, ministered in Persia and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.
MATTHIAS was the apostle chosen to replace Judas. Tradition sends him to Syria with Andrew and to death by burning.
JOHN is the only one of the company generally thought to have died a natural death from old age. He was the leader of the church in the Ephesus area and is said to have taken care of Mary the mother of Jesus in his home. During Domitian’s persecution in the middle 90’s, he was exiled to the island of Patmos. There he is credited with writing the last book of the New Testament–the Revelation. An early Latin tradition has him escaping unhurt after being cast into boiling oil at Rome.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A TYRE BLOWOUT
In the event of the unfortunate death of Nigeria’s minister of state for labour due to an accident occasioned by a tyre blowout and the fact that in Nigeria now-a-days, we have many untrained drivers, it has become pertinent for me to write this.
There are 6 simple steps to take within a maximum of 2 minutes and you will be safe, these by the grace of God I have been familiar with for decades.
They are as follow:
(1) DON’T PANIC in the event of a blowout, calm yourself down fast because your car will start misbehaving and you need to take charge.
(2) Hold FIRMLY to your steering wheel with both hand, NO VIGOROUS TURNING, as you concentrate on the road and your mirrors, in seconds study the movement pattern of the car. Your car will naturally swerve to the direction of the burst tyre.
(3) Gradually take off your foot from the accelerator, DON’T EVER ATTEMPT TO PRESS THE BRAKES, IF YOU DO, YOU HAVE A 95% CHANCE OF A SOMERSAULT. The car will decelerate gradually while you concentrate on the road to avoid collision with any other road user.
(4) Disengage the gears of the car by shifting to neutral (n) as you still maintain a firm grip on the sheering wheel and put your eyes on the road.
(5) After a while depending on your initial speed, your car comes to a speed less than 60km/h when it is now safe to GRADUALLY apply the brakes and navigate to the side walk
(6) Ultimately, it is now safe to put the car to a complete stop and turn off the engine. You have just saved yourself and passengers from untimely death.
NOTE:Of course, everyone in the car will be in a panic mode BUT this is NOT THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THEM, it is TIME TO CONCENTRATE.
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Open Letter and a Take Charge Call to President. Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) by Dr.Biggie Nostra II
I use this medium to first of all thank you and appreciate all the good work that you have been doing so far. Nigeria is a very complex and difficult country to rule, no thanks to years of mismanagement, impunity, corruption and indiscipline, amongst other vices. The problems you inherited are legions. I know that and appreciate how far you have gone in a short while; knowing you can do far much better. Certainly, one has to be wise, strong and decisive in order to rule Nigeria.
Mr. President, I am writing this open letter to advise and encourage you to do the needful as I further need to intimate you of the fact that you are fast losing the great support Nigerians once gave you before, during and immediately after last year’s presidential polls which you won, trouncing the incumbent on people’s popular support. Nigerians really want the promised change and very fast too! I can’t too much blame them because they have greatly suffered in the past and their capacities to further bear more suffering has greatly waned. I may need to tell you that in some places where you once had tremendous support, one cannot openly say “change” or “Sai Buhari”, lest one risks being attacked. It’s that serious!
Advisedly, I write this open letter to you through the social media hoping it gets to you and it’s implemented. I chose this medium because it’s through the same social media I tirelessly campaigned for you against forces of impunity that were dragging Nigeria down to an intractable dungeon and bottomless pit. I’m happy my strategy with many other change agents worked. Whether recognized or not, I know you specially know and appreciate the impact of social media for your campaign against countless state sponsored agents. Within the ranks of your supporters, we have been put under so much pressure by the opposition to start finding faults all over the place.
We are not going to behave like some who hated criticism of their beloved “tin-gods” and were neither able to criticize nor correct him when he was wrong. They created a path for his destruction and ouster. We who truly love you won’t open our eyes and let you fail. We will constructively criticize you where necessary and even protest to press forward our position. No #Wailing Wailers should rejoice over our criticism because it is patriotic unlike theirs which is destructive and hate filled. I know in spite of all your great achievements since you were sworn into office just over 9 months ago including Single Treasury Account, your anti corruption crusade and touching the untouchables and collecting looted funds from them; letting them know the days of impunity are over because a new Sheriff is in town; even bribe giving SANs are not left out, Boko Haram has been practically defeated with so many other laudable achievements, nonetheless, the people are suffering greatly for few reasons and those reasons are blanketing your great achievements.
Though not entirely your fault, the economy is in a very bad shape. You need to wake up and smell the roses. There are at least two areas where Nigerians are currently suffering the most, which your prompt intervention will not only bring back smiles to their faces, but will make you regain and surpass your once popular support. The economy is in a very bad shape as well as the power sector too. It’s no exaggeration to say Nigerians are in darkness. It would be hypocritical of me not to tell you the truth. It appears your economic team isn’t working as they should. You know a child that doesn’t pass despite great efforts at reading is deemed a failure, likewise a team that plays good football but doesn’t win matches or trophies.
Your economic team has failed Nigerians. The economy is in shambles. I put the blame mainly on the Finance Minister – Kemi Adeosun and CBN Governor Godwin Emiefile. I’m Yoruba like Miss. Adeosun but the economy has proven she’s incapable of the job. She has underperformed and should quit. The CBN governor too has badly advised you and has not helped put your intentions to work. This is not the time to work by the rules strictly. He should be fired or forced to quit so that you put a more capable person you not only trust, but is capable of doing the job well. The CBN governor is among the vestiges of last inglorious GEJ led PDP government and so should go with his principal.
I know you know how the service chiefs were ineffective in the first few months of your government and how they undermined your efforts in fighting Boko Haram till you fired them and put better people. The controversies concerning the 2016 budget is still fresh in our minds how the vestiges of the last government padded the budget in ways to embarrass your government. Recently despite it being after 9 months, you rightly fired the VCs of GEJ formed universities and DGs of some corporations (including DG budget office) because they were vestiges of last government and incompatible with change. Please extend your action to the CBN governor, Nigerian foreign missions abroad, paramilitary agencies too as unconfirmed rumours say some of them like NSCDC and Immigration are secretly recruiting people like they did in the last inglorious GEJ led govt. They need to know a new Sheriff is in town and days of impunity are over. You need to stamp your authority sir.
Finally, most Nigerians are still experiencing power shortage contrary to your campaign promise. I want you to realize you need to urgently address the issue of electricity because majority of Nigerians are in darkness. There are some people who won’t let you realize your objectives and the earlier you get rid of them, the better. Those who never wanted you to be president are in charge of the oil and gas sector. Mr. President, I am sure you know your predecessor – GEJ didn’t sell PHCN to genuine, competent investors. Rather he sold them to his cronies and card carrying PDP members, who lacked the capacity to effectively manage power. They have shown they don’t have what it takes to develop the power sector. They have failed in finance, technical expertise and investment. They are always short of funds because they never had funds in the first place. They are always asking for bail-outs and threatening to put the nation, your beloved nation in darkness if their selfish increase in electricity tariff is not granted. Didn’t they call themselves investors? Why can’t they improve the electricity situation first before asking for any increase? Was that what MTN, Airtel, Etisalat or Glo did to improve telecoms sector?
They claim to be broke yet were donating billions to your political opponent during last elections. Is that a sign of being broke? The truth is that most of them are broke GEJ cronies. They want you to fail and are assiduously working towards their goals. Don’t allow your enemies to have field day in your government. Mr. President, you must be strong and decisive in shunning the weak lily livered attitude of the past regime. The law privatising PHCN giving our commonwealth to GENCOs and very inefficient DISCOs must be reviewed fast. The DISCOs should be taken away from the ineffective ones (at least 80% of them fall into this category) and taken over by government and resold to genuine foreign investors in a very transparent manner sir. That will make power to be stable within 24 months.
Body language isn’t going to work here but real fast action. We all know that MTN, Airtel (Econet), Glo and Etisalat are very effective because they were bought by competent foreign investors while others like Starcomms, Visafone, Multilinks, Zoom, Intercellular, Reltel are no more and have gone to the doldrums of oblivion. If in doubt of my position, you can send any of your aides to get the proceedings of the recent meetings the Senate committee on power held recently with stakeholders in the power sector and study the submissions of the DISCOs, labour and civil society groups, follow them yourself and make your judgment based on the submissions of these three groups. I know you are a very wise and intelligent man and will make a very just judgment in the best interest of the masses.
There is also a need to regularly brief Nigerians of your efforts as a way of carrying them along and dispelling any seeds of bitterness your enemies may want to plant in their hearts. We cannot afford another failed government. You must do the needful even if some toes will get bruised. To be sycophantic at this period is dangerous. I tell the truth to those I love because I don’t want them to fail.
Thanks for your understanding. I’m still standing with Buhari!
Dr. Michael “Dr.Biggie Nostra II” Adeyemi
– A concerned Citizen and ardent supporter of good governance and PMB!
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The Eagle and Change: Why the Eagles undegoes a difficult and painful process of CHANGE to survive longer !
The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a very difficult decision!
In its 40th year, the eagle’s long and flexible Talons can no longer grab a prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent.
Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE!
This process lasts for 150 days (5 months)
The process requires the eagle to fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.
Then the eagle will wait for the new beak to grow back after which it will pluck out its talons. When its talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old aged feathers.
And after this the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and LIVES for 30 more years!!
Why is Change needed???
In order to survive and live. We too have to start the change process. We sometimes need to get rid of the unpleasant old memories, negative habits and our fixed mind set. Only Freed from the past burdens can we take advantage of the present.
If an eagle can make a life saving and life changing decision at the age of 40….why can’t we? In order to take on a New Journey ahead, let go of your negative old limiting beliefs.
Open up your mind and let yourself fly high like an eagle!
When it rains, all birds occupy shelter. But the EAGLE avoids the rain by flying above the clouds….The problem is common to all but the attitude to solve it makes the difference!
Don’t be afraid of change…accept it gracefully..!!!
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NUC’s new 11 year policy for studying medicine in Nigeria is dead on arrival
Medical students to spend 11 years now in varsity before obtaining MBBS degree says NUC. The problem is that most Nigerian policy makers neither think deeply about implications of a policy nor weigh it properly nor study the dynamics and applications to our own local situations here before they conclude and force their policies on us. There have been many changed and failed policies in govt.
For instance, someone wakes up and says Unitary Govt is good for Nigeria, another recommends Federalism, another says Regionalism, another wants more states to be created no matter how unviable they may be, yet another views seccession as the panacea and cure for all the problems is if he’s not seeing the Carnage in South Sudan now.
In another instance, different people have views of presidential / parliamentary systems of govt without weighing the pros and cons of such moves. In the education system, someone wakes up today and forces 6-3-3-4 system on u. Another says 7-5-2-3 is better while another wants 6-5-2-3. Yet one man may wake up and say 9-3-4. How positively has this impacted us?
NUC is just talking like people with no brains (apologies for such harsh statement). Have they viewed the implications on Nigeria? Have they viewed how badly Nigeria still needs more doctors and the doctor:population ratio is still very low? Did they consider the brain drain of doctors and how lesser number of people are considering studying medicine? Have they noticed how many doctors no longer practice medicine yet are youthful? I forgot Senate Presido is also a medical doctor.
Have they considered residency trainning and the female folks? Studying Medicine for 11 years is not worthy in a country like Nigeria. Later one aunty nurse, radiographer or lab scientist will start dragging C.M.D post with me. The reasons for making it 11yrs are even fake and not thoroughly convincing. In our times ( when I was young ( the 70s and 80s ), small children were not allowed to write JAMB. You can’t see 11, 12, 13, 14 year old writing JAMB. Average age was 18-21 and extremely few (less than 5% wrote their Jamb before 17yrs).
Which yeye maturity? It would discourage people from studying Medicine. Later in future, the country will complain of shortage of medical doctors when they won’t know it’s retrogressive policies like this that cause them. Already over 50% of my coursemates we finished together in same class are abroad. Shows how willing people are ready to practice in Nigeria This policy is bound to fail says Nostra II.
Disregard Nostra II to your peril !
God rules in the affairs of men !!
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THE CROSS CHALLENGE
The cross is an emblem of eternal love not for my body only but for my spirit and soul. #ILoveTheCross for what it stands for. It is the whole essence of my faith. I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I but it’s Christ who lives in me. I boast of nothing but the cross.
#ILoveTheCross.The cross reminds me of the moment when God took away sin, shame, guilt and pain that should be mine upon Himself.
#ILoveTheCross because it’s my hiding place, my refuge, my icon of salvation, the stronghold on which I lean.
I nominate my friends (mention 5 to 12 names ) to say one thing the cross means to them end it
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WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME
A DAY BEFORE MY WEDDING!
Mummy’s boy, you are now a man.
Tomorrow you will have a new mother,
a new cook and a new person to share all your secrets with.
It will no longer be me but her.
Love your new mum even more than you love me.
Before you walk into her arms forever, let me give you some words to guide you.
There was a day I was arguing with your father. We were screaming, Tempers were high. I was angry and He was angry. Then I called him an idiot! He was shocked, He looked at me asking how dare I call him that, Immediately started calling him idiot, fool, stupid, crazy, I called him all sort of name.
Guess what he did? He didn’t raise his hands to hit me. He just walked away, banging the door as he went out.
My Son, If your father had hit me and destroyed my eyes, how will you feel sitting here with me today? How will you regard him as your father? Would you have been proud of him or would you be blaming me for calling him names? Never hit your wife! No matter the provocation just walk away and things will be normal. Whenever she offends you, think of this story I just told you, it could have been your mum!
Before I forget, after he left, I was filled with guilt. We slept on same bed that night and I went to him the next day. I pleaded with him, I did all I could to show am sorry and he forgave me.
That day I cooked his favourite food, yes you know he loves Pounded yam & Vegetable soup right?
After that day, I never called him names, my respect for him was ten times stronger.
There is something very important you must always do, my son listen very carefully, defend your wife. When she is under pressure, stand by her. If your friends hates her, it is your duty to make them see her as a Queen.
Your Uncle, I mean Uncle Emeka, never liked me. But Ur father was always supportive until his perception changed.
There was a day your Father was going to host the owner of his company and friends. They were three of them. That day I was in the kitchen cooking for them and your father went to buy drinks. When the table was set and food was served. Everyone started eating. Then I remembered I did not add salt in the food. I was embarrassed.
Your father tasted the food and looked at me. He immediately turned to the guests. He told them that he instructed his wife last month not to add salt whenever she is cooking because of some problem with his body.
He said it in a funny way and everyone laughed! The guests understood and he asked me to bring salt and everyone added according to their taste. He managed to eat the food without salt. After the guest left, he went on his knees and asked God to forgive him for lying.
Your wife is like a baby,
sometimes she don’t know what to say or do. Stand up and speak for her!
Now let me talk to you about Sex.
You see Sex is a wonderful thing.
Do not be surprised if your wife enjoy and need Sex more than you do.
There were days, I needed Sex more than your father and there were days he needed it more than me but the important thing is to always try to satisfy the other when they need you.
Don’t always think of your self.
There was a time things were hard and I needed to do two jobs to support your father. One night I was so tired. When I got to bed he was in the mood. He try to make love to me and I didn’t refuse him. I was tired but I felt I needed to be there when he need me. When he tried undressing me, he saw my look and he stopped. He asked what was wrong and I said nothing. But he understand me better. He stopped and then started telling me stories until I fell asleep.
My son, Sex is best enjoyed when the two parties are physically and mentally ready for it. Sometimes, read your wife and understand her.
Make it a habit to go anywhere with your wife. Beside your job, move around with her. If anyone invite you to his house and told you not to come with your wife then be very careful. Use wisdom.
I know you love mummy…
I know you tell me all your problems.
But now things will be different.
Let your wife be the first to know before me. Let her be the first to see before me.
When you have problems with her don’t run to me immediately.
Wait for a day to pass and then talk to her about it.
Pray about it.
Report her to nobody but talk issues out within yourself.
Finally, don’t forget to come and visit me with your wife every month!
I know you will have a happy home.
You will always be mummy’s boy.
God will bless Ur home.
Pls don’t forget
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A bit of Nigerian history:
Do you know that?
1-2. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and 1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher during the civil war
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial name.
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included embezzlement, rape and homosexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive infancy.
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken breast, serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of Rome)
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish Minister
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to the Island.
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in 1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the North.
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11 African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in 1864.
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October 31, 1959.
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra (1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head of State).
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in 1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among themselves.
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located in present day Nigeria.
55. Nigeria has more English speakers than England, and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia.
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If I am Samson Siasia
If was Siasia, coach of the U-23 Olympic team and acting coach of the Super Eagles, I would have raised two teams for the AFCON’17 qualifier home and away, against Egypt. I would have used a different squad for the home match and another different squad for the away match. I would have used the foreign based Eagles for the away match against Egypt in Cairo next week, having known the Egyptian weather is mild this period and very suitable to what they play in Europe.
I would have camped them in Portugal or Spain or UAE or a north african country for more than a week. My assistant would have overseen trainings till I come.
I would have used the home based U-23 Olympic team to play the home match. I would have camped them for at least 4 weeks and made them train during the intensity of the sun during 12noon to 3pm to acclamatize. I would have played the match today Thursday 24th March, 2016 in a northern city like Kano or Kaduna or Gombe or Katsina or Bauchi. The match would have started 12.30pm. I would use the advantage of the weather to my advantage and wear out the Egyptians in the 1st half and pumped in at least 4 or 5 goals in the second half.
What do u think about my suggestion?
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He paid all for me ( Good Friday Poem )
See Him carrying the cross
Created by me, a sin boss.
It was the emblem Of suffering and shame
And for the agony I had to pay,
The burden on him they lay.
They took all my charges,
Leveled them against Him, an innocent man,
Then sentenced him for death.
He Had to pay for what he did not buy
they sent his Father a receipt.
But He turned away His face. He too could not bear the shame.
So he cried out ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI
It should have been me at the cross and not Jesus.
That’s the truth so swallow your pride and face it.
Someone said count your blessings and name them one by one.
Well I say count your sins and name them one by one
And you will feel the weight of the cross meant for you.
Then we do our sums and just imagine burden an innocent man bore.
Today is GOOD FRIDAY indeed.
Cos no name is worthy enough.
I dare say Kings and Rulers. Priests and Leaders
This was the day of their final redemption.
When evrything was really free for undeserving souls.
– Full Credits : Korkoradjoa Love
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CHANGE! CHANGE!! CHANGE!!!
What is Change?
*CHANGE is when a Friday goes by and no one is dying in the Mosque due to Bomb Blast.. .
* CHANGE is when Sunday goes by and no one hears of another Bomb Blast in a Church killing worshipers….. .
* CHANGE is when mansion built with stolen money are sealed up and confiscated….. .
*CHANGE is when Boko Haram suicide bombers are intercepted before they kill innocent people…. .
* CHANGE is when prominent looters fall sick after years of eating our yams and bleat like demented goat for forgiveness… .
*CHANGE is when untouchable comes to court with Handcuffs… .
* CHANGE is when Corrupt people swallow or chew their confessional statements in panic to escape the long arm of the law….. .
*CHANGE is when judges stop giving stupid interlocutory injunction to stop corruption from being investigated and prosecuted….. .
I am neither surprised nor worried by ” their” hatred for Buhari… Rats and a cat can never live in the same place.
Too many things divide and draw heavy distinctions between BUHARI and his haters:
He loves Nigeria , they hate it.
He thinks of Nigerians, they think of themselves and family.
He is honest, they are dishonest.
He has character, they lack it. He pursues the Hereafter they struggle to have the world in their armpits.
He is patriotic, they are greedy and selfish.
He serves, they derail and enslave.
He is devoid of moral stains, they are immorality personified.
His past is clean and shinny, their past hunts them.
They are thieves, he catches thieves.
They have stolen, he wants to get back the loots.
They are insects and pests, he is a powerful and effective insecticide.
Fear fear fear, they are afraid of BUHARI.
They are running, Buhari is in hot pursuit.
They call for division, he works on unity.
They say Boko Haram, he calls Nigeria.
They want Biafra, he chooses Nigeria.
They shout Niger Delta, he advocates Nigeria.
They shared money for arms, he is retrieving the money and buying the arms.
They sponsored insurgency, he is defeating insurgency.
Keep on keeping on Mr. President we love you and we appreciate all that you are doing to revive and integrate this country into a strong economic institution.
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“Her Blood Is Not On My Hands”- The Travails Of A Nigerian Medical Doctor (Must Read)
Serious food for thought. Happens in almost every health care facility in this country.
A colleague sent this to my colleague who shared this with me. I am just sharing as received.
I own a hospital in Southwest- (not Osun state Nigeria …lol). I currently have about 17 patients on my ward each of whom I have admitted at several occasions through emergency. None of these patients has paid upto 30% of his/her bill. Some of them have stayed upto 7 weeks on the ward. I admitted and attended to them based on the fact that their conditions were life-threatening as at the time they came. I made their bill known to them – and they signed before they were treated. But there is a common trend, as soon as they felt relief and became stable they pleaded for their bills to be reduced – this I vehemently refused.
About 4 weeks ago a woman was rushed in with Eclampsia having just convulsed while pregnant and she was unconscious. I promptly took her straight to the theatre without collecting a dime though i had informed the relatives of the charges – #120,000 for her operation and medications. They signed and I carried out the surgery succesfully. Mother and baby survived. Within the following 6-days they paid a total sum of #12,000 and they began pleading to go home for the child’s christening ceremony. I looked at them with disdain. Till now, they have only managed to pay a total sum of #14,000.
Another man who was managed for strangulated hernia has only paid 20,000 out of 75,000 bill. And the list goes on. Their failure to pay has made it difficult for the hospital to replace consumables and medications needed to manage other people’s condition.
In the early hours of today 1:30am, a woman was rushed into the hospital following delivery at the referrral center. Blood had refused to stop gushing out. I did a quick assesment and realised she would need more materials than the hospital pharmacy currently had in store. I could have my staff get from a nearby pharmacy too. However, the husband said he had no money on him and so did the numerous relatives that accompanied. It was indeed a familiar pattern. I decided to let them go. I referred her to a government hospital. Ofcourse they pleaded for me to help but there was nothing I could do. Few minutes after they left – just few metres from my hospital gate, she collapsed. She had lost a lot of blood. I rushed there and rigorously tried resuscitating her right there outside the hospital 2am early morning, but all efforts proved abortive. A young woman of 28years had just died after having her first baby. Screams, wails, cries ensued. I felt bad – this is not why i became a doctor. But her blood is not on my hands.
Her blood is on the hands and heads of all the patients on the ward who can afford to pay but to – on the grounds that – “What will they do?. Her blood is on the hands and heads of the government officials past and present who have made it difficult and impossible for workers to get paid for their work. But the government officials are not the target of this my narrat. It is aimed at those who take hospital healthcare and medical doctors for granted. Those (including myself) who emphasise that doctors should not put money first before treating emergency conditions. In emergency cases, relatives would go to any length through any struggle to get money. As soon as the situation becomes calm, they relax and then they refuse to pay.
Last year a distant relative of mine was delivered of her baby via Caesearian section (in a hospital in Lagos- not mine). They were billed #180,000 which they accepted before the operation. After the surgery, her husband called me and asked how much I charge and i told him. He then began pleading with the management of the said hospital to review his bill. They declined. The husband being who he is, paid #120,000 and absconded with his wife and his newly born son. How he did this, I do not know, but i know that at the christening ceremony a week later, he had two cows slaughtered to celebrate the birth of his first son.
Many times we complain of doctors who ask for charges before treating patients but no one has ever bothered to ask the doctors why they do? Doctors are humans too, we need to pay bills. This is our trade, our profession, our means of livelihood. We have needs too. We can not go to the market place with the ID showing that we’re doctors and hope to get food items on credit. We need to pay our children’s school fees, we need clothes , shelter etc just as you. Everywhere in the world healthcare is expensive, both services and materials are exepensive. Well we understand that you may not have money. The government should find a way. The government should find a way/policy that ensures that we get our money back after we have rendered our service. In the UK there is the National Health Scheme, in the United states they have health insurance schemes too in addition to Medicare, Medicaid. In Nigeria we have the barely effective, poorly regulated and massively corrupt National Health Insurance Scheme.
Well i have decided to change the modus operandi of my institution. The previous one has not benefitted anybody. Henceforth if any one comes to my emergency room without a dime. I will not attend to. If such a person dies, the blood is not on my hands, its on the hands of those who have received treatment in the past and failed to pay afterwards.
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Academic Excellence vs Real World Excellence
Prof. Abletor Sedofia from University of Ghana has this to say :
“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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Why I Voted for Buhari ( no regrets doing so )
“When I voted for Buhari, I did so with a number of things in mind:
1. I knew that after 16 horrible years of misrule, we needed a patriot and Buhari is a patriot.
2. By 2014, our nation was already on its knees. Our bridges of unity, peace and understanding were already breaking down. We needed a bridge builder and i saw a bridge builder in Buhari.
3. I realized that a few individuals had already kidnapped our nation and were holding it hostage. We needed a man with the heart of a lion to fight these wicked people and free our nation has an awesomely large quantity of courage in stock. I had strong feelings that he could face and over power them .
4. For 16 years, corruption was institutionalized and groomed into a monster. It has consumed the fabric of our society. There were no laws, no rules and no limits. To fight corruption, we needed a leader who is not corrupt. Again, Buhari became my choice because he was and is still unbeatably incorruptible.
5. Our dear nation was on fire. No one was safe…insurgency became our daily routine. Kidnapping became business. It was death, arson and destruction everywhere. Bombs, bombs and bombs everywhere. Insurgents ruled the nation freely while the government looked the other way. We needed a leader who was not culpable and not a coward to subdue the militants and expose the perpetrators.
Billions were stolen in the name of oil subsidy and purchase of military equipments to fight insurgency. They milked the nation dry. A man with clean hands must come and end the conspiracy against our nation. Buhari became my choice.
And so……I voted Buhari. I did so wholeheartedly and patriotically.
Today , i look back. Do I have any regrets? My answer is an emphatic NO! Looting has ended and looters are returning the loots. No sacred cows as the cabals have been scattered and neutralized. Trillions have entered our treasury and many thieves have abandoned their loots in illegal accounts. Buhari stopped the payment of subsidies . what is the story of Boko Haram today? Where are bombs in markets and motor parks? Where are the noise making militants? Who.is above the law today? Where are the grenades and brand new Hilux vans used by insurgents?
Buhari is fighting corruption. He is defeating insurgency. No one is stealing oil. We are recovering our loots in trillions. Nigeria is regaining it’s lost glory. Our image is beautiful in the eyes of the international community. Buhari has continued to enjoy international respect, honour and recognition. He is the toast of every nation.
I was not expecting Nigeria to change in just one year. I’m only confident and hopeful that we are on the path of national rebirth. Nigeria will rise again. Yes, it will!
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HOW PMB MISSED IT!
When the National Assembly was constituted, and both Chambers were about to elect their Leadership, the ruling APC Caucus swiftly moved in to advance its preferred candidates for the positions of Principal Officers of the Upper and Lower Chambers. The Party could not achieve this without the tacit support of the President. The President however, displayed a neutral disposition to the whole matter, just as highly ambitious guys swayed the unfolding, witty and delicate politicking to their personal advantage. And they won. The ruling Party caucus lost. But the President simply declared that a rather fair and democratic development took place.
I have no doubt as to the good intention of the President, nor his attempt at enthroning a free and fair democratic value where justice is done to all through non meddlesome and arm twisting game as obtained in the past. But this is Nigeria where everyone to himself and none to his fatherland. The emergence of very questionable and over ambitious persons (including staunch PDP stalwarts and unrepentant beneficiaries of the past administration) sent tongues wagging and the wisdom of the President in this regard, was put to test. It all came and passed, however, but almost broke the fragile alliance in the new ruling Party.
It could have been worse. But the repercussion is now trailing the goof made by the Presidency in this case. If the President has supported his Party’s preferred candidates, he might have enjoyed full loyalty in the National Assembly. But as it is playing out now, the two Chambers are deliberately scheming the downfall of his administration as a pay back to some of his policies on funds that accrue to all National Assembly Members’ coffers as well as those funds provision they bury in the budget to plunder through the MDAs later.
They started by delaying the budget for three months before it was passed, and now passed without its details. This to my little understanding is nothing short of criminality. The President is said to be livid with anger when he discovered the budget passed on to him was only a highlight. The Lawmakers failed to provide him with the details of what amendments they have made, and expect him to blindly, sign the document into law. The President refused to sign it and is said to have accused the Lawmakers of sabotage. Mr President, this is the work of Chambers led by the “Democrats” you allowed to come on board as against your Party’s choice!
Three months into the year, with low capital budget in the previous year, Nigerians have waited patiently, to see your administration implementing the 2016 budget. But as it is, another page of rancour is now open to further thwart the effort of your administration in proving its worth to the teeming masses who voted you for a change. As a solution to the present imbroglio the National Assembly must provide the details of what they passed (as amended) for the President to sign into law. This must be done pronto, otherwise the National Assembly members will see the ugly side of desperate Nigerians!