DSS confirms arrest of AbuMusab al-Barnawi, ISIS-recognised Boko Haram leader

The faction leader of Boko Haram, AbuMusab Al-Barnawi, has been arrested by the Department of State Security Services according to a report by Television continental.

Al-Barnawi who was recognised as the leader of the Boko Haram sect by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) was arrested by DSS operatives three months before Sambisa forest was finally captured by troops on Operation Lafiya Dole.

DSS confirms arrest of AbuMusab al-Barnawi, ISIS-recognised Boko Haram leader

DSS confirms arrest of AbuMusab al-Barnawi, ISIS-recognised Boko Haram leader

“In fact, President Barack Obama placed a call to President Muhammadu Buhari to acknowledge what we did.

“We did not make it a media issue because before you know it, there will be editorials asking us whether we had addressed security challenges in Nigeria before helping the US.”

The arrest of the factional Boko Haram leader prompted a call from US president, Barrack Obama to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Al-Barnawi is recognised as the third most wanted terrorist in the world

According to Vanguard, a top security source confirmed the arrest of the Boko Haram leader .

“The suspect, who was responsible for major killings, kidnap of locals and foreigners between 2012 and 2015, is in our custody.

“In fact, when the rest of the world got to know that the key terrorist had been captured by us, they had been sending their officials to come and interrogate him in our custody.

“We had prepared adequately for the arrest of the suspect, who is the third most wanted terrorist in the world, before the takeover of the Sambisa forest by the Nigerian troops.’’

Al-Barnawi was a former spokesperson for the terrorist group before he was appointed factional leader of the sect by ISIS.

Shekau was accused of going against the directives of the group which necessitated the appointment of a new head although SHekau still considers himself the true leader of the group.

Source: Naij.com

Buhari ignores Shekau as he receives Boko Haram flag from Nigerian Army

– Nigerian Army says it will continue to protect lives and properties in the northeast of Nigeria

– President Buhari recieved the flag from Lucky Irabor, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole

– Nothing was however, said of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s video and the attacks in Borno early on Friday, December 30

Army presents Buhari with Boko Haram flag

The Boko Haram flag was recovered by troops of the Nigerian Army during the capture of the insurgents’ Camp Zero in Sambisa.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been presented with the flag of Boko Haram that was recovered at the insurgents’ Camp Zero which was captured in Sambisa Forest days ago.

The handover ceremony by the Nigerian Army was held late on Friday, December 30 and was carried out by Major-General Lucky Irabor, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.

The Cable reports that Buhari received the flag at exactly 10.30pm at 2016 regimental dinner organised by the presidential brigade of guards.

At the handover, Irabor affirmed that ‎about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram members were arrested during a mop-up operation inside Sambisa.

Buhari receives Boko Haram flag

President Buhari receiving the Boko Haram flag from the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai.

On his part, President Buhari recalled how he escaped death in the Army even before he was due for his first salary. He however revealed that he enjoyed his 25-year service before retirement.

The president said: “I believe you are here because you want to be here and you cannot complain. We will do our best to build the national institutions in the country.

“There are 250 ethnic groups, so keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done. So even for personal reason you must make sure this country stays one and remain strong.”

The president and the Army commanders however kept silent on Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau’s denial of his defeat in a new video. Nothing was also said about the attacks in Borno earlier on Friday.

Chief of Army staff Tukur Buratai however assured that the Army would continue its duty of protecting lives and properties in the north-east

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THE ELECTRIC FISH

Yesterday as I watched the National Geographic Channel, I came to learn of the Fish called The Electric Eel. For the first time,I learnt the actual name is Electrophorus electricus. The fish is commonly found in the Amazon and generally in Fresh Waters. In the narration of the documentary, Electric Eels are mostly blind although they are not born blind. To me they are such beautiful creatures and i was wondering how come they are blind? i then read about them and came to understand that these animals have three pairs of abdominal organs that produce electricity as a form of defensive mechanism against predators. Whenever the animal is under attack, it activates an electric field of up to 860 Volts (that is nearly 4 times the 220V electricity supplied to our homes) to electrocute its attacker. The Eel also requires rising to the surface of the water every 10 minutes in order to take in Oxygen before going back under the water. Due to this routine, the fish has developed a mindset that it is vulnerable to attack due to constant coming up to breathe and hence it is always on a ‘suspicion mission’ – It is always and constantly electrocuting its environment even when it is not under attack. The sad effect is that in the course of continuous electrocuting of its environment its eyes are also electrocuted and hence its blindness! But then as i watched this animal swimming around blind and only using its sense of feel and ears, and been unable to see, it goes into more suspicion and every movement it feels in the waters, it releases further electric shock worsening his plight – The animal thus goes into a cyclic paranoia and self infliction of pain causing it to be more blind irreversibly.
You see such is the situation in some people’s life. They suspect everybody and everything! They are always on a mindset of ‘someone is doing me’, ‘something evil is coming to happen to me’, ‘someone is planning to harm me’, etc. By having this kind of mental picture such people release shock waves that electrocutes whoever comes near them. Friends who mean well, are branded enemies, parents are considered evil, siblings are suspected of hatching evil plots, work colleagues are branded enemies, Etc. When people go into such self-destruct mode, all they think about is themselves and not the feelings of others. The desire to protect ones self end up in hurting others. Let us all strive to cultivate a positive attitude of love. let brotherly love continue. In other words, treat each other in a brotherly manner. Think and reflect about these things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GIVE IT TIME

When someone comes and tells you, I can’t sleep without you, I love you the way you are and I can put up with your good and bad attitude. Before you commit your heart please,

GIVE IT TIME.

When You just met someone today and feel like marrying him/her tomorrow, before you do remember you need to

GIVE IT TIME.

When you visit your uncle and you will stay there for 2 months holiday, don’t be carried away that they serve you your preferred food and give you hot water to bath during your first two days and you start making arrangement to relocate to their house,

GIVE IT TIME.

When a brother visits you and wakes you up by his shouting of prayer from 12 am to 6 am, please don’t shut him down, first GIVE IT TIME.

When someone joins your fellowship in the first year and he is in every group/wing, please don’t rush and make him a leader rather

GIVE IT TIME.

When you enter a new environment and everybody worships you and eat your mess don’t be carried away just

GIVE IT TIME.

When someone comes with a new business with unbelievable promises, please before you involve your money, first

GIVE IT TIME.

When you see a new church in town and you hear their waves, before you conclude about how hot they are, first

GIVE IT TIME.

Finally, when you are in a cross road of decisions, you don’t know what to do, ask the people or person involved to please

GIVE YOU TIME.

You can be good in giving people tests and trying out who they are. Some people know how to pass them all but the test of time they fail.

_Time tests Love and proves it._

_Time tests businesses and authenticates it._

_Time tests spirituality and reveals it._

Time, a good tester.

Don’t say that friend in your area is now the best until you have

GIVEN IT TIME.

Your Uncle or Father told You that you are useless and worthless and can’t amount to anything, just laugh it away and ask them to

GIVE YOU TIME.

Quote me…

Consistency with time is the true test of Efficiency.

Time is a TESTER.

Time is an AUTHENTICATOR.

Time is a REVEALER.

TIME IS STILL A MATTER.

Thanks for giving this long post TIME… A painful moment brings quietness & quietness gives inspiration for good thinking, when all is well you don’t think of what next…
Just “Give It TIME”..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SECURITY MSG.

The festive season is usually characterized by increased criminal activities. Please be guided by the following tips:

1.     Personal Security

* Keep a low profile, blend in and be alert to developments in your environment.

* Avoid known crime-prone areas and black spots.

* Avoid routine pattern of movements and late night outings. The more predictable your movements and schedules are, to and from places of leisure, entertainment, worship, shopping, schooling, the easier it is for a kidnapper to plan and execute your abduction.

* Avoid undue exposure, inclusive of your family members.

* Save emergency numbers on your phone with speed dial for easy call in an emergency.

* Regularly review your personal security, the security around your home, and your spouse’s business premises.

2. Financial Transactions

* Keep all information concerning financial transactions strictly confidential – do not discuss in the open.

* Avoid carrying large sums of cash, do not carry bags or packages that may attract criminals.

* Avoid physical transactions that require large sums of cash – use cheques and electronic money transfers.

* Use ATMs only in safe and well lit places and not late at night.

3. Travel Security

* Always pre-plan your journey and ensure the vehicle is in good working condition.

* Discuss travel plans only with immediate family members.

* Avoid night driving, make less use of high value cars that can easily mark you out as a potential target of criminals.

* Stick to major routes and avoid lonely routes with bad roads and poor visibility.

* If you suspect a vehicle trailing you on the road, drive to the nearest Police station or public place where help is near.

* Do not give ride to strangers, including persons dressed in uniforms, as they may be criminals in disguise.

* Do not hitch-hike vehicles driven by strangers.

* Be aware of techniques used by criminals to force unsuspecting victims to stop.

* Watch out for strange persons inside a car or hanging around your gate at your residence.

* Do not sit inside a parked car on a less busy road.

* Do not park your car in unlit areas.

Note: It is established that motorists are most vulnerable when:

* Waiting for the gate to be opened for them at residences.

* Driving through a terribly bad spot that requires slowing down completely with little chance of escape or when parked on a spot along a less busy road without alighting from the car.

4. Social Outings

* Always let close family members know of your movements.

* Avoid late outings unless it is absolutely necessary, even then, ensure you are accompanied.

* Always take your mobile phone with you, in the vent you need it to make emergency calls

* Be aware of the risk posed by large gatherings, as they might constitute attractive targets for violent criminals and terrorists.

* Counsel your children never to leave home without telling you, and to maintain communication with a parent or guardian.

Note: In the likely event that you are attacked, please remember the following:

* The general rule is “NEVER” attempt to run.

* Do not resist or panic, just stay calm and cooperate

* Avoid eye-to-eye contact with the assailants, but respond to instructions and questions calmly.

* Do not make sudden movements without first seeking permission – e.g. unfastening your seat belt as they may misconstrue your intention.

* Implore them not to use their weapon as you would cooperate fully

If kidnapped:

* Focus your energy on survival, maintaining self respect and dignity.

* Inform them if you have any medical condition

* Request to speak with your relatives, close associates, and give them the facts unemotionally

* Do not attempt to call the Police when it is not safe to do so

Finally, please review the security tips and share with members of your household and practice security stand downs with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Value of Life

This article really blessed me today so, I am sharing it to bless someone as well. Enjoy….
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A little boy went to his old grandpa and asked, “What’s the value of life?”

The grandpa gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this stone, but don’t sell it.”

The boy took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what its cost would be.

The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone.”

The boy apologized and said that the grandpa has asked him not to sell it.

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller.

“What could be the value of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller.

The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone.”

The boy again apologized and said he can’t sell it.

Further ahead, he went into a jewellery shop and asked the value of the stone.

The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 1 million for this stone.”

When the boy shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright, alright, take 2 24karat gold necklaces, but give me the stone.”

The boy explained that he can’t sell the stone.

Further ahead, the boy saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the seller the value of this stone.

When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it.

Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked.

“Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I won’t be able to purchase this priceless stone.”

Stunned and confused, the boy returned to the grandpa and told him what had happened.

“Now tell me what is the value of life, grandpa?”

Grandpa said,

“The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the value of our life…

You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but, people will value you based on their financial status, their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, and their risk taking ability.

But don’t fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value.”

Respect yourself.

Believe in yourself.

Stay focused.

Don’t sell yourself cheap.

You are Unique.

No one can Replace you!

God bless you!

 

 

 

 

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I THINK EVERY NIGERIAN THAT LOVES NIGERIA OUGHT TO READ THIS WITH PATIENCE.

The biggest country in Africa that the United Kingdom colonized is Nigeria. The biggest country that the United Kingdom colonized in Asia is India (which then comprised the present Pakistan and Bangladesh). When the UK came into Nigeria and India, like all other countries they colonized, they brought along their technology, religion (Christianity), and culture: names, dressing, food, language, etc.

Try as hard as the British did, India rejected the British religion, names, dressing, food, and even language, but they did not reject the British technology. Today, 80.5% of Indians are Hindus; 13.4% Muslims; 2.3% Christians; 1.9% Sikhs; 0.8% Buddhists, etc. Hindi is the official language of the government of India, but English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language.” It is rare to find an Indian with an English name or dressed in suit.

On the other hand, Nigeria embraced, to a large extent, the British religion, British culture – names, dressing, foods, and language – but rejected the British technology. The difference between the Nigerian and the Indian experiences is that while India is proud of its heritage, Nigeria takes little pride in its heritage, a situation that has affected the nationalism of Nigerians and our development as a nation. Before the advent of Christianity, the Arabs had brought Islam into Nigeria through the North. Islam also wiped away much of the culture of Northern Nigeria. Today, the North
has only Sharia Courts but no Customary Courts. So from the North to the South of Nigeria, the Western World and the Eastern
World have shaped our lives to be like theirs and we have lost much or all of our identity.

Long after the British and Arabs left Nigeria, Nigeria has waxed strong in religion to the extent that Nigerians now set up religious branches of their home-grown churches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and other African countries. Just like the Whites brought the
gospel to us, Nigerians now take the gospel back to the Whites. In Islam, we are also very vibrant to the extent that if there is a blasphemous comment against Islam in Denmark or the US, even if there is no violent reaction in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic headquarters of the world, there will be loss of lives and destruction of property in Nigeria.

If the United Arab Emirates, a country with 75% Muslims, is erecting the tallest building in the world and encouraging the world to come and invest in its country by providing a friendly environment, Boko Haram ensures that the economy of the North (and by extension that of Nigeria) is crippled with bombs and bullets unless every Nigerian converts to Boko Haram’s brand of Islam. We are indeed a very religious people. Meanwhile, while we are building the biggest churches and mosques, the Indians, South Africans, Chinese, Europeans and Americans have taken over our key markets: telecoms, satellite TV, multinationals, banking, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, shopping malls, hospitality, etc.

Ironically, despite our exploits in religion, we are a people with little godliness, a people without scruples. It is rare to do business with a Nigerian pastor, deacon, knight, elder, brother, sister, imam, mullah, mallam, alhaji or alhaja without the person laying landmines of bribes and deception on your path. We call it PR, facilitation fee, processing fee, transport
money, financial engineering, deal, or whatever. But if it does not change hands, nothing gets done. And when it is amassed, we say it is “God’s blessings.” Some people assume that sleaze is a problem of public functionaries, but the private sector seems to be worse than the public sector these days.

One would have assumed that the more churches and mosques that spring up in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the higher the
morals in our society. But it is not so. The situation is that the more religious we get, the baser we become. Our land never knew the type of bloodshed experienced from religious extremists, political desperadoes, ritual killers, armed robbers, kidnappers, internet scammers, university cultists, and lynch mobs. Life has become so cheap and brutish that everyday seems to be a bonanza.

We import the petroleum that we have in abundance, rice and beans that our land can produce in abundance, and even toothpicks that primary school children can produce with little or no effort. Yet we drive the best of cars and live in the best of edifices, visit the best places in the world for holidays and use the most expensive electronic and telecoms gadgets. It is now a sign of poverty for a Nigerian to ride a saloon car. Four-wheel drive is it! Even government officials, who were known to use only Peugeot cars as official cars as a sign of modesty, have upgraded to Toyota Prado, without any iota of shame, in a country
where about 70 per cent live below poverty. Private jets have become as common as cars. A nation that imports toothpicks and pins, flaunts wealth and wallows in ostentation at a time its children are trooping to Ghana, South Africa and the UK for university education
and its sick people are running to India for treatment.

India produces automobile and exports it to the world. India’s medical care is second to none, with even Americans and Europeans
travelling to the country for medical treatment. India has joined the nuclear powers. India has launched a successful mission to the moon. Yet bicycles and tricycles are common sights in India. But in Nigeria, only the wretched of the earth ride bicycles. I have intentionally chosen to compare Nigeria with India rather than China, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, or Singapore, because of the similarities between India and Nigeria. But these countries were not as promising as Nigeria at the time of our independence.

Some would say that our undoing is our size: the 2012 United Nations estimate puts Nigeria’s population at 166 million, while India has a population of about a billion. Some would blame it on the multiplicity of ethnic groups: we have 250 ethnic groups; India has more than 2000 ethnic groups. Some would hang it on the diversity in religion: we have two major religions – Christianity and Islam; but India has many. Some would say it is because we are young as an independent nation: we have 56 years of independence; India has 65 years, while apartheid ended in South Africa only in 1994.

I am a Christian, and nothing can change me from Christianity. But I think that our country is daily sinking into religiosity to the detriment of godliness. Our land is sick and needs healing. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” is still a saying that is germane to our current situation. We need more godliness than religion; more work and less hope; and more action and less words. Let everyone tidy up his or her corner first and demand fervently that our leaders tidy their areas of governance. Our nation is degenerating at a fast pace and we need to save it now.
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If you have read this to the end, you are truly a patriotic Nigerian. Kudos!

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How Nokia lost out of phones manufacturing market
Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”.

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During the press conference to announce NOKIA being acquired by Microsoft, Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. Upon saying that, all his management team, himself included, teared sadly.
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Nokia has been a respectable company. They didn’t do anything wrong in their business, however, the world changed too fast. Their opponents were too powerful.
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They missed out on learning, they missed out on changing, and thus they lost the opportunity at hand to make it big. Not only did they miss the opportunity to earn big money, they lost their chance of survival.
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The message of this story is, if you don’t change, you shall be removed from the competition.
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It’s not wrong if you don’t want to learn new things. However, if your thoughts and mindset cannot catch up with time, you will be eliminated.
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Conclusion:
1. The advantage you have yesterday, will be replaced by the trends of tomorrow. You don’t have to do anything wrong, as long as your competitors catch the wave and do it RIGHT, you can lose out and fail.
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To change and improve yourself is giving yourself a second chance. To be forced by others to change, is like being discarded.
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Those who refuse to learn & improve, will definitely one day become redundant & not relevant to the industry. They will learn the lesson in a hard & expensive way. The year has just kick-started, don’t leave anything to chance in 2 017. Procrastination kill faster than you think, excuses are the comfort of mediocre people, make this year count. There are no limits in life except those of the MIND!!! SEE YOU AT THE TOP
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A warm welcome to 2017.

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 THE ORIGIN AND HIDDEN MEANINGS OF THE CHRISTMAS SONG – 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me – The Twelve Days of Christmas.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
• The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
• Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
• Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
• The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
• The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
• The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
• Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
• The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
• Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
• The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
• The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
• The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
This is your history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening.
Now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.
Have a Meaningful Yuletide Season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all ……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LETTER TO NIGERIAN PARENTS

Dear All- Let’s be real.

I wish to start by adding the benefit of my time as a student and then resident in the UK. Living in Abuja now. The first thing that I discovered about UK-born, white, English undergraduates was that all of them did holiday or weekend job to support themselves – including the children of millionaires amongst them. It is the norm over there – regardless of how wealthy their parents are. And I soon discovered that virtually all other foreign students did the same – except status – conscious Nigerians.

I also watched Richard Branson (owner of Virgin Airline) speaking on the Biography Channel. To my amazement, he said that his young children travel in the economy class – even when the parents (he and his wife) are in upper class. Richard Branson is a billionaire in Pound sterling. A quick survey would show you that only children from Nigeria fly business or upper class to commence their studies in the UK. No other foreign students do this. There is no aircraft attached to the office of the Prime Minister in the UK. He travels on BA. And the same goes for the Royals. The Queen does not have an aircraft for her exclusive use.

These practices simply become the culture which the next generation carries forward. Have you seen the car that Kate Middleton (the wife of Prince William) drives? VW Golf or something close to it. But there’s one core difference between them and us (generally speaking), they (even the billionaires among them) work for their money, most of us steal ours

If we want our children to bring about the desired change we have been praying for on behalf of our dear country, then please, please let’s begin now and teach them to work hard so they can stand alone and most importantly be content and not having to “steal” which seems to be the norm these days.

We have Nigerian Children who have never worked for 5 minutes in their lives insisting on flying “only” first or business class and using the latest cars fully paid for by their “loving“ parents.

I often get calls from anxious parents” my son graduated 2 years ago and is still looking for a job, can you please assist!”

“Oh really! So where exactly is “THIS CHILD?” is my usual . “Why are you the one making this call dad/mum?”

I am yet to get a satisfactory answer, but between you and i, chances are that the big boy is cruising around Abuja with a babe dressed to the nines, in his dad’s sparkling new SUV with enough “pocket money” to put your salary to shame. It is not at all strange to hear a 28 year old who has NEVER worked for a day in his or her life in Nigeria but “earns” a six figure “salary” from parents for doing absolutely nothing.

I see them in my office once in a while, 26 years old with absolutely no skill to sell apart from a shiny CV, written by his dad’s secretary in the office. Of course, he has a driver at his beck and call and he is driven to the job interview. We have a fairly decent conversation and we get to the inevitable question- so, what salary are you looking to earn? Answer comes straight out – N250,000.00. I ask if that is per month or per annum.

“Of course, it is per month”

“Oh, why do you think you should be earning that much on your first job?”

“Well, because my current pocket money is N200,000.00 and I feel any employer should be able to pay me more than my parents.”

No wonder corruption continues to thrive. We have a society of young people who have been brought up to expect something for nothing, as if it were a birthright. Even though the examples I have given above are from parents of considerable affluence, similar patterns can be observed from Abeokuta to Adamawa.

Wake up mum! Wake up dad! This syndrome – “my children will not suffer what I suffered” is destroying your tomorrow. You are practically loving your child to death.

I learnt the children of a former Nigeria Head of State with all the stolen (billions) monies in their custody, still go about with security escort as wrecks. They are on drugs, several time because of the drug, they collapse in places. The escort will quickly pack them and off they go. What a life! No one wants to marry them.

We Red ex Henry Ford said “hard work does not kill.” We are getting everything wrong in Nigeria now, including family setting. It is time to prepare your children for tomorrow, the way the world is going, only those that are rugged, hard working and smart working that will survive. How will your ward fare?

forward this to all the parents you know and love. We must begin to save our young children from unintended consequences of “too love” and weak parenting. It is the only way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Think about these! Arent these predictions possible?
In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. By 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous Cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies may become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.
Insurance Companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
Electric cars won’t become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
Health: There will be companies that will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large number of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.
Business Opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Agroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow-produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.
Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 439

After independence, in order to build a great nation, each country went to work. But in Nigeria, after independence, our people went to pray and fast.
So, while we were praying, Malaysia came here and took our palm seedlings and build a great factory of it.
While we were praying, Singapore went into investment in technology.
While we were praying, India went into ICT.
While we were praying, China went to massive industrialization.
While we were shouting Allahu Akbar!!! UAE went into massive infrastructural development.
While we were binding and casting Lucifer, Japan went into technological development.
While we were speaking in tongues, Denmark went into education of her citizens.
While we were mounting big speakers in our places of worship, USA was mounting man on the moon.
After our prayers, God, being a wise God decided to reward us according to our labour.
Since those that went into industrialization, technology, infrastructural development, ICT, education etc has been rewarded accordingly. It’s only wise God rewards us with our efforts in prayers.
That’s why today, Nigerian pastors are competing in building the biggest churches.
That’s why there are more prayer houses and worship places than hospitals and schools. That’s why people rush to prayer houses for medical and business solutions instead of hospitals.
That’s why we don’t do business proposals before jumping into business since we are going to back it up with prayers. And when it collapse, we blame devil.
That’s why it’s a sin to say anything negative about pastors and imams.
That’s why our pastors don’t consider the opinion of engineers while building and blame devil when building collapse.
That’s why faith in God replaces building pillars and when it collapse we blame it on Lucifer.
That’s why our pastors are making sure they plant church branches instead of schools in every streets in Nigeria.
That’s why we always wait for God to do that which ability to accomplish he has already handed over to us.
That’s why we want our teachers to labour on earth and come to heaven for their rewards.
Nigeria is a prayer loving, God fearing nation. Religion has taken the place of technology, infrastructure, education and all.
When we are traveling, we ignore all the necessary road requirements, servicing of our vehicles and pray. And, once we pray, we can put a half fit vehicle on the road and blame our step mother or mother in law if anything goes wrong.
That’s why there are more people dying on our roads than animals in the wild.
Because, we pray and fast and leave everything to God when God has given us all we need to survive and build a nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol  440

STATE OF THE NATION* (Dec 2016)
I have been following closely the activities of this government and whenever I have the opportunity, I try to find out the opinions of people as regards the performance of this government.
I just realized that the hardship faced by many Nigerians is simply as a result of the fact that almost everyone of us benefited from the cycle of corruption.
The bricklayer, plumber, laborers, tiler are all complaining because building construction has slowed down massively cause the thieves no longer have money to spend on real estate.
The car dealers are grumbling because their cars are begging for buyers. Thieves can no longer spend wastefully.
The private school owners are shouting because parents can no longer pay outrageous sums and are withdrawing their wards.
I was shocked when I learn that in a popular private University in Abuja, parents are writing undertaking at the account section for their children to be allowed to write exams… and it goes on and on.
The fact is, a lot of people are returning to what someone referred to as ”default mode”.
We mostly have been living above our REAL MEANS.
We have been staying in houses that ordinarily our incomes can’t afford.
Our children going to schools we can’t afford. Driving cars we ordinarily can’t maintain.
We have been living a FAKE LIFE all along. Now the reality is before us and we don’t want to accept it.
This shows how morally bankrupt we are.
You can’t eat your Cake and have it. Take Note…”GOD HELP AND BLESS NIGERIA”
You got billions from bank without collateral using your political influence. You put half into your business and spent the other half on exotic cars, jeweleries, etc.
Your business employs 100 people normally. You get illegal waivers and concessions to import raw materials at rock bottom prices, you get over-inflated contract to supply government some goods your company produce….in short your company is kept afloat by corruption.
Now the new SHERIFF in town says:
no more ridiculous waivers,
no more inflated contracts, no more bank loans without collateral, in fact its time you or your company pay off the billions of debt owed…..
AMCON takes over your company, staff are laid off……And you go on air and say the new sheriff is killing business and causing unemployment..
The truth is….you and your company were never in business, you were only feeding off the system.
Too many companies and banks are funded by corruption. Remove corruption from the system and they collapse…….and we end up blaming the person that removes corruption for the collapse of the corruptly run fake company.
Its like our system and corruption are so interwoven and inseparable that removing one will kill the other.
Maybe we should tolerate and learn to live with corruption so that Nigeria can survive?
Recession: What recession? If you think Nigeria is broke, then you are living in another planet. Now, please read the information below and tell me why Nigerians crying of hardship are comfortable with the bold looting of their collective wealth by the politicians.

APOSTLE JOHNSON SULEIMAN’S PROPHECIES FOR 2017

Aisha may be poisoned by Aso Rock forces, Apostle Suleman prophesies.

The Apostle also said that “God will humble Buhari in 2017;” and that Mr. President will be bereaved in 2017. He did not elaborate, however.

A summary of the prophecies, with focus on Nigeria and the world at large, is as follows:

1. I see terrorism on the increase
2. Federal Government of Nigeria should not relax yet on Boko Haram. It’s a deception.
3. Buhari to face impeachment threats.
4. America and China to have major face-off
5. Crude Oil to flow in Northern Nigeria.
6. Abuja to experience major fire explosion.
7. Donald Trump to face impeachment attempt as members of congress are divided on his style of leadership.
8. I see an airplane that has Nigeria’s logo (national carrier)
9. Things will pick up a bit in Nigeria but hunger will persist.
10. I saw people crying over Bamanga Tukur
11. Buhari will be bereaved in 2017.
12. Ecobank, Diamond, Fidelity, GTB to retrench staff.
13. President Buhari’s health needs attention.
14. 2017 budget will have crises.
15. More judges to be humiliated.
16. MMM to dupe more Nigerians and I see court cases.
17. Dollar to exchange for N615.
18. Recession in Nigeria to become depression in 2017
19. MTN and Glo to face hardship.
20. A former First Lady of Nigeria needs prayers over her health.
21. Forces in Aso Rock planning to poison current First Lady (Aisha Buhari)
22. I saw huge number of Chibok girls released; some of them with kids
23. Nnamdi Kanu’s detention to cause international crises. God is angry with Buhari for the continued detention.
24. Donald Trump to favour Israel. American Embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem.
25. Liberian election: CONTINUITY.
26. Ghana’s new president to send many to jail.
27. Buhari and Senate to have crucial disagreement.
28. Nigeria’s Budget will be delayed.
29. I see killings in Ekiti.
30. EFCC to come after National Assembly members in Nigeria in a politically motivated arrests because of their refusal to confirm Magu.
31. I see kidnappers entering schools.
32. Nigeria will lose a great man of God and the New Year is when the Nigerian government will fight the Church like never before.
33. Some terrorists will be arrested in Lagos.
34. Traditional rulers indicted and arrested for corruption.
35. Lufthansa, Dana Air, Ghana Air, Aero Contractors… I see staff protests.
36. America to have financial crises.
37. A serving cabinet minister in Nigeria will die.
38. Nigeria to secure foreign funds.
39. Doctors will embark on strike in Nigeria.
40. A new mega party in Nigeria will swallow up APC.
41. I see a new leadership for the APC in Nigeria.
42. I see the DSS being taken to court.
43. France, Spain, Russia to pray against train going off the rail.
44. I saw a huge school building collapse.
45. Nollywood to pray. They will get help but will lose two major people. The Yoruba movie industry too; but prayer can avert it.
46. Fulani herdsmen again! Taraba, Benue, Imo and Jigawa states.
47. Kogi State to organise state prayers to avoid major deaths and natural disasters.
48. Edo State; major celebration but pray against road crashes.
49. I see presidents being removed in Africa, I see presidents being installed.
50. Two times, Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, will face removal from office. They will alienate him and they will make attempts to remove him. But God will humble Buhari in 2017.

STATE OF THE NATION* ( Dec 2016 )

I have been following closely the activities of this government and whenever I have the opportunity, I try to find out the opinions of people as regards the performance of this government.
I just realized that the hardship faced by many Nigerians is simply as a result of the fact that almost everyone of us benefited from the cycle of corruption.
The bricklayer, plumber, laborers, tiler are all complaining because building construction has slowed down massively cause the thieves no longer have money to spend on real estate.
The car dealers are grumbling because their cars are begging for buyers. Thieves can no longer spend wastefully.
The private school owners are shouting because parents can no longer pay outrageous sums and are withdrawing their wards.
I was shocked when I learn that in a popular private University in Abuja, parents are writing undertaking at the account section for their children to be allowed to write exams… and it goes on and on.
The fact is, a lot of people are returning to what someone referred to as ”default mode”.
We mostly have been living above our REAL MEANS.
We have been staying in houses that ordinarily our incomes can’t afford.
Our children going to schools we can’t afford. Driving cars we ordinarily can’t maintain.
We have been living a FAKE LIFE all along. Now the reality is before us and we don’t want to accept it.
This shows how morally bankrupt we are.
You can’t eat your Cake and have it. Take Note…”GOD HELP AND BLESS NIGERIA”
You got billions from bank without collateral using your political influence. You put half into your business and spent the other half on exotic cars, jeweleries, etc.
Your business employs 100 people normally. You get illegal waivers and concessions to import raw materials at rock bottom prices, you get over-inflated contract to supply government some goods your company produce….in short your company is kept afloat by corruption.
Now the new SHERIFF in town says:
no more ridiculous waivers,
no more inflated contracts, no more bank loans without collateral, in fact its time you or your company pay off the billions of debt owed…..
AMCON takes over your company, staff are laid off……And you go on air and say the new sheriff is killing business and causing unemployment..
The truth is….you and your company were never in business, you were only feeding off the system.
Too many companies and banks are funded by corruption. Remove corruption from the system and they collapse…….and we end up blaming the person that removes corruption for the collapse of the corruptly run fake company.
Its like our system and corruption are so interwoven and inseparable that removing one will kill the other.
Maybe we should tolerate and learn to live with corruption so that Nigeria can survive?
Recession: What recession? If you think Nigeria is broke, then you are living in another planet. Now, please read the information below and tell me why Nigerians crying of hardship are comfortable with the bold looting of their collective wealth by the politicians.
A SELF DECEIVING COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA
Twenty-one senators currently receiving pensions from government as ex-governors and deputy governors.
The current senators who once served as governors are Bukola Saraki of Kwara, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Joshua Dariye of Plateau Jonah Jang of Plateau, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi, George Akume of Benue and Isiaka Adeleke of Osun.
The  former deputy governors in the Senate are Ms Biodun Olujimi of Ekiti and Enyinaya Harcourt Abaribe of Abia. Danladi Abubakar Sani served as the acting governor of Taraba state.
Many former governors are also in Buhari’s Cabinet as Ministers. This includes: Ngige, Fayemi, Amaechi and Fashola (SAN).).
In Akwa Ibom State, the law provides that ex governors and deputy governors receive pension equivalent to the salaries of the incumbent. The package also includes a new official car and a utility vehicle every four years; one personal aide; a cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5 million for his deputy governor.
In Rivers, the law provides 100 percent of annual basic salaries for the ex-governor and deputy, one residential house for the former governor “anywhere of his choice in Nigeria”; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three cars for the ex-governor every four years and two cars for the deputy every four years.
It is alledged that in Lagos, a former governor will get two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja, estimated at N500 million in Lagos and N700 million in Abuja. He also receives six new cars to be replaced every three years; a furniture allowance of 300 percent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a N30 million pension annually for life.
This is the reality for all the 21 ex govenors and deputy governors who are currently serving as senators. This same is also true of ex governors who are now serving as Ministers.
NOW I ASK:
How many years did these guys serve their states as governors and deputy governors? Is it more than 8years? Is that a reason to be entitled to pensions for life? Even if they are entitled to pension for life, must it be so outrageous?
As if that is not enough: HOW on earth can any public servant with conscience collect salaries and allowances as a senator or minister, and still have the audacity to claim pensions equivalent to the salaries of a serving governor in Nigeria?
IT ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE……
Once you are elected a senator or appointed a minister, you must forfeit any pension accruing to you from government at any level until you vacate office. This should also apply to senators collecting military pensions like former Senate President David Mark.
Yet these senators are in the Senate that is inviting the current finance minister to discuss the recession of Nigeria’s economy. A senator pockets approximately 30 million naira monthly as salary and allowances. Our “honourables” are not interested to make laws that could restructure our country into economically autonomous federating States/Regions to save the country from sectional agitations that is threatening  to destroy Nigeria. The sad and hopeless situation is that the rest of Nigerians are busy arguing based on party, ethnic and affiliations while these enemies of state continue to rape us.
Do you know that it costs tax payers 290m Naira yearly to maintain each member of our National Assembly in a country where nothing works & 80% of population earn below 300 Naira a day ? A working day earning of a senator is more than a yearly income of a doctor; it’s more than the salary of 42 Army generals or 48 professors or 70 commissioners of police or more than twice the pay of the US President or 9 times the salary of US congressmen.
It’s high time the country had a referendum on those outrageous salaries of Senators, House of Representative members and other political office holders.

Buhari’s Grass-cutter and the Case of the Properly ‘Spended’ Funds!

This article is published in Dec 26, 2016  ThisDay Newspaper!

In a week the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics released unprecedented unemployment (13.9%), inflation (18.49%) and poverty rates, Nigeria was treated to both a wedding and birthday of unprecedented proportions.
A man who had to borrow money to buy his Presidential nomination form is now so well off that he can throw a lavish wedding for his daughter and a regal birthday party for himself while his citizens who could afford to throw lavish weddings for their children and grand birthday parties for themselves can no longer afford it.
It seems Buhari traded places with Nigeria. Buhari could not afford many things until he became our President. Nigerians could afford many things until Buhari became our President! What a reversal of fortunes!
And all these is coming amidst the backdrop of the unprecedented corruption  allegations coming from the very heart of the Buhari administration.
Even in Abacha’s kleptocracy, nobody in government has been so brazen as to allegedly award a contract to clear grass (or invasive plant species if you want to mystify the contract) to the tune of ₦272,524,356.02!
This life! Audu Ogbeh wants to import grass from Brazil with billions meanwhile the Secretary to the Government of the Federation allegedly clears grass from Nigeria with millions! One man’s grass is another man’s grace!
Now you have a President who stole (or is it plagiarized?) another President’s speech to launch a #ChangeBeginsWithMe initiative that was allegedly stolen by his minister of information from one Akin Fadeyi, asking his Attorney General of the Federation who was accused by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of professional misconduct, to probe his Secretary to the Government of the Federation using an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission whose Chairman has been accused of corruption by the Department of State Security whose head was appointed by the same President who nominated the accused Chairman. If by now your head is spinning, I will not blame you! The web of lies, deceit, corruption and cover ups will bamboozle even the great Houdini!
But the shocking thing is that those who shouted crucify Sambo Dasuki, Femi Fani Kayode and Reuben Abati are suddenly chanting ‘innocent until proven guilty’ for Magu and Babachir!
How convenient! Suddenly a government that does not respect court orders and judges now wants to follow due process before it does the needful yet the same President sub judicially convicts accused person from the Jonathan administration in his public comments at home and abroad!
And it is not that someone allegedly stole. It is that they allegedly stole from Internally Displaced Persons. A person that can do that can do anything and I mean anything!
President Jonathan was the one who set up the Presidential Initiative for the Northeast otherwise known as PINE. He was the one who set up the Victims Support Fund which raised ₦58.79 billion for IDPs, yet this very same Buhari appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and others in this administration publicly go about accusing ex President Jonathan of not  loving the Northeast. Now President Buhari’s government that has not given any kind of financial assistance to the Borno state government (as stated by the Borno state governor in his testimony to the Senate ad hoc Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in the North-east when they visited Maidugurj) is alleging stealing from the PINE that Jonathan created. Yet they say it is Buhari that loves the Northeast! May double standards not destroy Nigeria!
And when we thought we had seen enough drama from Magu and Babachir, Buhari’s educationally challenged minister of sports unleashed his own personal telenovela on an already politically shell shocked nation.
Not content with murdering the Nigerian sports industry, Solomon Dalung proceeds to murder the English language stating inter alia in his testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Sports  that the funds ‘spended were properly spended’!
I am telling you that you cannot make up the things that happen in the Buhari administration. As Fela once sang of this very same Buhari’s military administration, ‘na craze world be that’!
Solomon Dalung is a summary of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Professing to have a degree yet unable to act in a manner consistent with someone who earned the degree he claims to have received.
I mean this man allegedly read law and even went beyond that to lecture at the Law Department of the University of Jos! If their lecturer is a man who appropriately ‘spended’ Nigeria’s money what are we to expect from his students?
President Buhari’s cabinet and Fuji House of Commotion certainly have more than a few things in common! It is no surprise that Nigeria is so broke and suffering from recession under this educationally challenged government. How can a nation earn money when we have a government that refuses to learn? It is not a coincidence that KNOWLEDGE  and IGNORANCE both have 9 letters and RICH and POOR both have 4 letters. We are poor not because the price of oil has fallen. No. We are poor because the intelligence of our leaders has fallen!
The rule for earning money is simple. First LEARN, and after learning, simply remove the letter L and you will start to EARN. The Buhari administration is against learning. It prefers to BLAME and after you BLAME, simply remove the letter B and you become LAME!
Last week the National Economic Council held at Aso Rock Presidential Villa and the communique from the meeting centered not around solutions to the multifarious challenges Nigeria is confronting but on a one liner-‘Buhari Is Not to be Blamed for economic woes!’
In the history of statecraft the world over, it is doubtful if there has ever existed an administration so fixated on the word blame as the Buhari government!
And Nigerians have lost all hope in this regime and invested all their hope in the Mavrodi Mondial Movement. Even when MMM suspended subscribers accounts for a month, Nigerians still continued to believe in the pyramid scheme. They refuse to believe that Mavrodi has made off with their money!
Even in churches and mosques, it is hard to see the same level of faith that Nigerians have for the resurrection of MMM come January 2017!
The funniest thing is that Nigerians had this same level of faith in Buhari when he was sworn in on May 29th, 2015, but after seeing the value of the Naira crash from ₦220 when President Buhari took over to ₦485 Naira to a dollar as I write this, after seeing the price of rice increase from ₦8,000 under Goodluck to ₦24,000 under this administration, after seeing an increase in killings by herdsmen all over Nigeria to the extent that in November 2015, the Global Terrorism Index listed them as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world (according to the Global Terrorism Index, herdsmen which killed 80 Nigerians in 2013 had killed thousands annually since Buhari became President), they have enough sense to know that President Buhari’s credibility died on March 24, 1999 and his name was Tunde Idiagbon!
And back to the Naira. What is the true value of Naira? Is it
Budget ₦305/$
Interbank ₦315/$
BDC ₦389/$
Parallel Market ₦450/$ or
Black Market ₦485/$
How can one question have five answers? Only in Buhari’s Nigeria. I am sure if you ask the Buhari administration to explain this anomaly, the response you will get back is that the value of the Naira to the dollar has been adequately ‘explaineded’!
God save Nigeria!
Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California

Future Predictions Article by Dr Robert M. Goldman.

FUTURE PREDICTIONS:
In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. By 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous Cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies may become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance Companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars won’t become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: There will be companies that will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large number of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Business Opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Agroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow-produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.

Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
http://www.DrBobGoldman.com
World Chairman-International Medical Commission
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board-A4M
Founder & Chairman-International Sports Hall of Fame
Co-Founder & Chairman-World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
President Emeritus-National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Chairman-U.S. Sports Academy’s Board of Visitors

MY PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2016

The year 2016 has been very eventful and had great happenings. Yea, every year is unique bue out of the uniqueness of every year, 2016 has been more distinct both nationally and internationally. From Economic Recession in Nigeria and oil producing countries to the economic pandemonium in Venezuela to impeachments and corruption trials in Argentina and Brazil to BREXIT to BREXIT++ which is Trump’s victory in USA. Never has a non career politician taken control of US politics by storm. It has a big share of its good, bad and ugly sides.
I have always recognised outstanding personaities of the year for over six years now, This year wont be any different. It will be grand and not boring like the headies like one ignorant fellow thought it will be. I am recognising 3 persons, two nationally and one internationally.

1, The Nigerian military: This group has been very excellent in defending the territorial integrity of Nigerians from local and external forces. Nigerians have been made safer. The present level of security and safety now cant be compare to two, three, four, five, six years ago when Nigerians particularly in the north east were being terrorised by a band of rag tag rascals called Boko Haram. The military has defeated Boko Haram in all ramifications and captured their headquarters in the previously dreaded Sambisa Forest. Thumbs up. The combined forces of the army, navy and airforce have been fantastic bombing the terrorists who are now defeated. I havent said there may not be more bomb blasts but all we shall see of Boko Haram are just the last gyrations of an inevitably dying snake.It could do on or two things but it is not only dying but it will die bcos it has been hit on the head. It is finished. It is already spoiled.
The military was also fantastic containing other internal insurgencies like misguided pro-biafran terrrorists in the East through Operation Python Dance and misguided Niger Delta terrorists through Operation Crocodile Dance. It is sad some paid the ultimate price during this actions. May their souls rest in peace

2. Barr. Adeola Samuel Opeyemi-Ilori. He has been a great human rights activist and has been in the forefront of defending electricity consumers from the capitalistic and dictatorial government policies and that of electricity consumers. He and other members of Nigerian Electricity Consumers Protection Forum have made presentations at personal costs and fought to make sure electricity consumers are not made to pay through their noses for unavailable electicity, I know his efforts because i did monitor many of their activities. Without exaggeration , if not for his efforts, Nigerians may have been paying times five of what we presently pay now. Thumbs up to him.

3. Mr.Donald Trump, the present US president-elect and TIME Magazine person of the year. Everybody stood against him. All past living American preesidents, even the ones from his political party stood against him. Corporations and establishments stood against him. Media houses campained against him. Aljazeera and CNN openly campaigned against him. Even the Key battle States he won them. it was a shock to them. Hillary Clinton, his opponent spent $2b for her campaigns, the money coming from Nigeria, Middle East and All over the world just to stop him. He won against all odds. He really stood alone. The Chinese ‘Octopus’ Monkey predicted Donald Trump’s victory but virtually ALL Prophecies from Nigeria pointed to HR Clinton’s victory.
Regardless of any one’s political orientation people were forced to conclude that Hillary was smarter and is the more polished than Trump. She appears well schooled in the ways of the political world; she said all the right things. Donald appeared like an uneducated bum from the boondocks, a Hilly Billy from the Appalachian backwoods of Kentucky; Trump seemed so dumb that you wonder what he is doing wanting to be the president of the world’s greatest economic and political power. But in the End TRUMP TRIUMPHED.

There are two other folks that even though I wont give awards this year but will recognise their efforts this year. If they continue, they could get proper awards in subsequent years. Gov.Akinwunmi Ambode has been fantastic this year. Arguably the best current governor in Nigeria. Then Barr. Portia Emilia Anthony has been great with her philantrophic programme to help and restore sight to the poor blind people in a rural community in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria.

MY BLOG/ SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2016

I use this opportunity and medium to express my thanks to all of you that have been following me on social media be it facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, BBM, Instagram even my blog and pages You have been with me throughout the years. I had hit 5,000 friends on facebook April 2013.
It has been a difficult task of choosing my BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR 2016. THE AWARD GOES TO YOU. ALL OF YOU irrespective of whether I mention your names or not, You all deserve it.
You have shared my posts and commented on many of my posts. Some of you just read without contributing but you read everything. You have become a part of me as I am a part of you. I want to thank you all for making me a better person, all of you. Some have even gotten mad and unfriended me, or even blocked me. I understand. If you cannot take the heat nobody stops you from getting out of the kitchen. I love all of you.
. From Quad A The Quadret Adebayo Ahmed Adebola Abiyamọ whose quintent of facebook page, facebook group and viable blogs of Abiyamọ Naijarchives and Iyaniwura still hold sway. Abiyamọ will sooner than later eclipse Linda Ikeji’s Blog as numero uno in Nigeria cum Africa, Na Nostra II, yours truly talk am.
Zents Kunle Sowunmi has been my big Egbon and The ORACLE. I am sure u were dazed how Nostra II and The Oracle Zents Kunle Sowunmi accurately prediced triumphant Trump victory long before elections. Bunmi Awoyemi Divinewealth Olugbenga Olayiwole Adenike Adewunmi-Adebisi Usman Chindo Raphymoj Olaitan Omo-AjuwaraUsman BabaOlasunkanmi Angela Chioma Adeyemi Love Micheal Amina Miango Chohwe and Bucky Hassan have been fantastic and balanced presentations and posts. Attah Essien too have been fantastic. Yemi Odunaike has been great even though we always disagreed about Buhari. George Onmonya Daniel and Bernard Ezenagu Anyiam too have been great. George Onmonya Daniel’s controversial articles and posts added much flavour.
It would be a great oversight to forget to mention Rebecca A Elma Ayekooto Akindele Akindele Onaolapo Richard Bamidele Ajakaye Agatha Benson Godwin Obue Shehu Zailani Cham Faliya Sharonand Rose P. Graham. These were really great folks. Not forgetting the gifted touch of Fiyin Osunbiyi Eazy, Jack Obinyan-Buhari has been great even if i judge it to be one sided at times.
Richard Akinnola II and Prof Pius Adesanmi have been over fantastic. Always A or A+ in their presentations and posts. Always insightful,
Tunde Esemikose II Tunde Akogun Gabriel Moses-Oduntan Charles Kehinde Alasholuyi Tunde Salam have been great. The fatherly advice of Jonathan Ọláoyè has been great,
Social media would have been boring without the likes of Femi Animashaun Olayinka Oladosu Femi Oluyinka Bounty Olayinka Oladosu Olusa Bamidele Emmanuel Ikumapayi Adeola Oluseun Lion Olusegun Iselaiye Olusola Opeyemi Temitope Mubashir Adeleye Dolapo Adeniran Adeola Samuel Opeyemi Rommy Adigun Aminat Omolola Fulani Bimbo Bello Benzino Barresi Timothy Bolofinde Chinedum Cham Agiriga Ewedemi Omowunmi Debra Oluranti aka Iya Arsenal Segun Odukunle Durosinmi Bolaji Ganiyu Solomon Ekpo Walter Ekomaye Ijaoba Lawal Qudus Olajide even though Lawal Qudus Olajide‘s MMM ( Monday Morning Musings ) has gone defunct for over a year now. I hope he one day writes about Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox, the popular ponzi scheme also originally called Mavrodi Melnikova Mavrodi after the surnames of the 3 original founders. I have rechristened it Money Making Machine.
Other people that made my social media worthwhile include presidential aide Femi Adesina who has added a presidential touch to it, Musty LaLa Ayodeji Drlab Lawal Marshal Sampson Michael Ibm Idowu Sammie Nduagu Nomawethu Sbukwana who is a big fan of Patrick Obaihagbon, Sammie Nduagu Phil Nelson the fashionista , Paul Uche Nweke a big wrestling fan and wailing wailer, Prince Ahmed Zubair Popoola Wasiu Bamidele Prince Izi Matthew Idowu my fellow barca fans Amilo Viktor Iteogu Godwin Henry Njeakor and Boj Mike,Barca is just the best team in the world. ; Otunba Quam Abass Rabiu Uba Reginald Anene Rotimi Atotileto aka Sir.Rote, an inscrulpable master of soccer analysis and a strong Liverpool fan, Richard Irem Kalu Samuel Kenny Akinbode Rev, Samson Ozoemenam Comrade Tosin Sankara Olowosule Usman Adaeze Udoka-moneke Ikenna Valentine Oje Oje la pap. Jack Vince Wakeup Katsina-Youth Obafemi Oke Hendrix Hendrix-Okogie Snr Okey Okoye Patrick Adoba PaddyRocks Patrick Adoba PaddyRocks El Padrino Smile Truly Caxton Fatanmi
The gifted poems of Olotu Babatunde Bradford and Damilola Azeez Bello are a wonder to read.
This post wont be complete without remembering those I constantly disagree with on issues. Mujahid Dokubo-Asari Rene Osayande Portia Emilia Anthony Efemena Ozore Portia Emilia Anthony Walter Ekomaye Idris Fadile Okey Obidiegwu Adedokun Kazeem Taiwo et al. We are not enemies though we diasgree on issues.
Lets not forget to remember the departed ones . Mays their souls RIP.
NB: It is not possible for me to mention all names in my post. U are recognised without being specifically mentioned or tagged. YOU all won the award