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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.
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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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
* 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….
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?”
“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.”
Believe in yourself.
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.
If you have read this to the end, you are truly a patriotic Nigerian. Kudos!
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