Interview of Head of African Church over the Lagos state government dismissal of the State House Chaplain

The Rt . Rev . Michael Adeyemi is the head of the African Church , Ifako Diocese , and the boss of the Presiding Chaplain of the Chapel of Christ the Light , Ikeja , Venerable Femi Taiwo , who was sacked by the Lagos State Government for allegedly disrespecting the wife of the governor , Bolanle . In this explosive interview with SAMSON FOLARIN , Adeyemi states the position of the church .

What relationship exists between The African Church and the Chapel of Christ the Light?

The chapel belongs to the Lagos State Government , but it is being managed by the entire Christian body and , specifically , the various blocs that form the Christian Association of Nigeria . In CAN , there are five blocs . The African Church belongs to the Christian Council of Nigeria , which is one of the blocs . The position of the Presiding Chaplain of the Chapel is rotated among the blocs to avoid any disharmony in the body of Christ. So , it is our turn to produce the Presiding Chaplain.

Venerable Taiwo , who is from this ( Ikeja) diocese, was the chaplain for three years and after the three years he applied to become the presiding chaplain . He was interviewed and discovered to be qualified. He was subsequently employed as the Presiding Chaplain.

He started in January 2016, and was supposed to spend three years, but this incident happened . His predecessor came from the ECWA bloc of CAN and it was when his predecessor finished his tenure that he was appointed .

What is the process of appointing chaplains?

When the position becomes vacant , it will be published in the newspapers . Normally , applications will be invited from everybody , but in the end it will follow the usual order of rotation. So , when everybody applies, there will be a panel that will interview the applicants and the qualified person will be employed.

What do you know about the events that culminated in the sack of Taiwo?

It was on Monday , May 15, that Venerable Taiwo called me that there was a development in the chapel and that he was coming to see me . He came and showed me the sack letter, saying that his appointment had been terminated .

However, before now , there have been some issues in the chapel. He said the governor ’ s wife called him and the chaplain , who was his assistant, to see her. The two of them went there and they had a good interaction . There was no problem. That ( incident) happened in the first week of May .

He said some members of the governing council then called him to know why he went to the First Lady ’ s office and he explained to them that he and his assistant were invited. The council then told him he shouldn ’ t have gone to see her and that he should have allowed them to resolve any issue. The council then asked him and his assistant to write an apology letter, which they did. The governing council said the letter was to assuage the First Lady because she felt she was being challenged and accused of fraternising with a former presiding chaplain . According to Venerable Taiwo , that was the only encounter they had before the Monday 15th sack letter came .

But are you aware that he got some queries as the government alleged? Has he ever told you he was queried at anytime for any offence ?

I asked him specifically if he had been receiving queries from the officials of the chapel or the government, but he said it has never happened.

I know Taiwo . He is a very responsible minister of God ; very knowledgeable , humble and disciplined . I have worshiped at that chapel a few times myself . And I made personal investigations about him . Even the members of the chapel are saddened by this development. If you know about what they have been doing since this incident happened , you will know venerable Taiwo is a man everybody respects.

Like what ?

They accommodated him and furnished the place just to make him comfortable . They have also written to the government to rescind the decision . He is not a wayward person.

A lot of Nigerians are outraged about what happened . Do you think that this anger is justified ?

It is highly justified . Even as a church , we are furious with the government . But we are trying to approach the issue from different angles. One is to appeal to the government , if reasoning will prevail . The governor himself and his wife can rescind the order . The head of the church , His Eminence, Primate Emmanuel Josiah , has written to the governor ’ s office . He has been asked to book an appointment with the First Lady . We are aware that the letter written to the First Lady is not being attended to ; she is not even ready to make herself available.

Has the church received any formal complaint against the Venerable?

That is where as a church we are angry with the government . If he is a serial offender as alleged, nothing stops them from reporting him to the church , that the person you seconded to the office here has a bad attitude and we would have called him to order . We have many others that we could have sent to the chapel . But we are very sure of him that was why we sent him . The government failed to inform us and for government now to have taken such a drastic step and tell him to leave ( his official apartment ) within 24 hours leaves much to be desired.

You mean the 24 – hour ultimatum was truly stated in the sack letter ?

I was here ( in my office ) when he ( Venerable Taiwo ) called me that they asked him to pack out within 24 hours and that he was even told that the governor ’ s wife would not like to hear that he was still being seen around . Then we started wondering what could have happened ? Somebody that has a wife and kids , and you asked him to go within 24 hours? Where do you expect him to go ?

This is very ungodly ! It is a sacrilege for someone who happens to be a Christian. Even when Fashola ( former Lagos State Governor ) was there , despite being a Muslim , he never took such a decision . Now that the governor ( Ambode ) is a Christian, which we all fought for , he is the one taking ungodly decisions . We have written letters to CAN and CCN , including the Methodist Church where the Venerable Taiwo ’ s assistant came from , that if Mrs . Ambode , is trying to cause divide and rule among the Christians, she should go ahead . We are not afraid of anything.

We understand that Mrs . Ambode is also a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God , let her go and ask the RCCG Pastor , Enoch Adeboye , whether what she did was the right thing to do to a minister of God . It is ungodly and very sad.

When the church heard that the sack was about anointing oil , what was the general reaction of the church ?

Anointing oil is a personal thing. Nobody has the right or power to force anybody to take anointing oil . It is even ungodly to say a worshipper should take it by force . Even Holy Communion is voluntary; there is no protocol when it comes to that. When you are in the House of God , rich or poor, old or young, you are all equal before God . If Ambode will recall, anytime she comes for service , she will be the one to sit in the front and she has the right and privilege of going to the stage first if she is interested .

What did the Venerable tell you happened at the service that day?

I have tried to confirm from Taiwo what really happened on that Sunday and he said the service held as usual . There were three of them who stood to minister the anointing oil and few of them who wished to receive the oil came forward . Ambode ’ s wife later joined the queue. And she even participated in the thanksgiving service .

But why was she angry that day? The church members said she left in annoyance .

From my findings , her point of annoyance was that she was not recognised . She was not duly recognised and I asked that at what point was she expecting that recognition ? I was told that Venerable Taiwo mounted the pulpit to deliver the sermon , she expected him to recognise and welcome her to the service . To some extent , I agree with her because the Bible says we should give honour to whom it is due .

Was that enough for a sacking ?

That did not call for a sacking . The procedure they adopted was ungodly . If she felt offended because of recognition, there is a procedure . She could have called the chapel members and the management body and let them query him and ask why he didn ’ t recognise the governor ’ s wife . And then the management body would make their recommendation to the governing council . And the council will then forward their decision to the government . That is the way it should be done . But they didn ’ t do it.

Whatsoever it is , our own point is that the right procedure was not followed . Government has the right to employ and the right to sack. But if you are now sacking and asking the person to leave within 24 hours, that is too much .

As a church , we are demanding apology from the governor and the government of Lagos State . We demanded that we wanted a Christian governor . We came out en masse and supported the political ambition of Ambode . We told our members to go out and vote for him . Unfortunately , people have started mocking us .

What has happened is a sacrilege and Mr . Ambode should know that . We have been appreciating his efforts in Lagos . Why will he allow himself to get involved in such a trivial issue that can spoil his public image? You are the governor and the image of Lagos State and the father of all . When any report comes to you , you should dissect that report and know what steps and action to take .

Has CAN tried to mediate in this matter ?

Yes, CAN and CCN have been trying to do some underground work to ensure that the matter did not get to this level. But now that it has got to this point, we have served them letters and I am sure they know what to do.

Will the church query the Venerable over the incident?

Yes, however , it might not be in the form of query . The church will do its findings over his activities over there and we will forward out findings to the centre . But so far from our findings , we have not found any fault in him . Some of the elders and chapel leaders are also angry over the sacking . They were not informed. He has not done anything to warrant what happened .

What has been the experience of the pastors of the church with Mrs. Ambode and former first ladies in Lagos State ?

While I will not want to be too personal , as a church , we are very much at home with Dame Abimbola Fashola than with Mrs. Bolanle Ambode . Mrs . Fashola is a mother , very humble , knowledgeable and mature . She has a way of dealing with men, women , young, old , men of God of different cadres and she knows how to appreciate people . Many of these attributes are somehow lacking in Mrs Ambode . Maybe this is because of her tender age ; she needs to acquire more experience .

What is the state of the Venerable and his family now?

I want to thank the members of the Chapel of Christ the Light . They have been very fantastic . They accommodated him and furnished the place he is staying now . His car got burnt where he parked it. If a car is parked in a government house and that car got burnt in the middle of the night like 2am , there is foul play . Even that alone , if government is very fair, they were supposed to set up a panel to investigate it . But that did not happen .

When this incident happened , it was these members that bought him another car so that he would not feel the impact of what happened . Even as a church , we are making plans to ensure he is not stranded .

He will not be without a ministry . We are going to give him a station very soon , if he is not called back . We just don’ t want to rush it.

What will the church do if the government recalls him ?

If government calls him back before he resumes at his new station, then we will need to sit down with them because this is a complete embarrassment to the church . Ambode , his wife , the state government , embarrassed and insulted the African Church . We must sort things out and give them our stand .

They may decide to recall him because of the tension that has arisen over the incident only to do something worse . These politicians cannot be predicted . Any politician that does not have the fear of God cannot be trusted. The embarrassment they caused us has never happened to any other denomination. Even during the military era this can never happen .

Why do you think some government officials don ’ t respect pastors and priests?

They lack the fear of God . They are conscious of position and money and with this , the society cannot move forward . Also , our religious leaders have messed themselves up because of money . They are patronising the politicians and they are making them to believe that their anointing is not real .

But I believe that any politician , who has the fear of God in him , even if any minister misbehaves, you are not the one to judge him . You should ensure you do your part. If Ambode or his wife knows the tenets of Christianity, they will not deal with Venerable Taiwo like that . They will know that this is a man of God .

They should have said have written to us , saying they don’ t want to embarrass the church and we as a church would have handled it. We have a lot of other ministers across the state and the country . But they didn ’ t do that because there is no fear of God in them . They are not ready to submit to the Will and Word of God . Ego is killing us .

If not ego , why should Mrs . Ambode feel embarrassed that she was not called first to receive the anointing? But when ego takes the better part of any individual , that person will misbehave and if you tell him or her the truth , he won’t accept it.

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Economic growth under Jonathan was fake – World Bank
The president of Nigeria Economic Society and a World Bank consultant, Olu Ajakaiye has stated that the economic growth recorded from 2010 to 2014, under the leadership of Goodluck Jonathan, was fictitious in nature.
He further stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government and subsequent Nigerian governments must develop the country, even if it means stealing from other countries.
Ajakaiye, who was the keynote speaker at the 2017 edition of The Bullion Lecture organised by the Centre for Financial Journalism, said many first world nations have stolen their way to development.
Ajakaiye said the government must not leave development for the markets to handle, but combine all instruments, positions, variables and policies to drive growth and development.
“Let us therefore not be under any illusion and say the market will do it. They have to make sure they provide the market, whatever it takes, including stealing from other countries,” he said.
“The developed systems that we have now were as a result of resources taken from here, and they are ahead. Their government didn’t say we would be nice guys, we would not go and steal.
“They carried our people, young people, valuable people, and they now established the first world.”
Ajakaiye dissected Buhari’s economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP), and applauded it as a good plan, if properly implemented and funded according to targets.
The development economics specialist said the ERGP has set out 21 clear programmes, with 60 strategies and 365 key activities, which has been assigned to lead agencies across the public and private sectors.
He said N75.03 trillion will be needed to implement the plan, which runs from 2017 to 2020.
“When the economy was growing in a fictitious way — I regarded the growth of 2010 to 2014 as fictitious. Why is it fictitious, it is growth that is driven by government just deploying oil revenue into the economy.
“The structure remained dis-articulated and we are actually deceiving ourselves in a very interesting way by saying the economy leaped-frog, we have now got to a stage where we are arrived, because in advanced countries, service sector is now dominant.
“They call it tertiarisation of the economy. Our economy was prematurely tertiarised, and this was the harbinger of poverty.
“I always tell people, when you go to Europe where their economy is already tertiarised, do you see anybody running after you in traffic to sell you recharge card? Do you see anybody hanging pure water in front of you? Do you see people running 140? That is our tertiarised service sector.”
He said government must pave the way for private sector players to fund the economic recovery and growth plan.
Other panelists who spoke on the ERGP include Ibim Semenitari, former information and communications commissioner in Rivers state, Biodun Adedipe, a financial consultant, Bukar Kyari, chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.
The all called on the federal government to stay focused on the implementation of ERGP and not be distracted by the coming elections.

 

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Nigerian clubsides slide in continental soccer and its implications in the near future
It is no news that once upon a time in European soccer, Italian teams (alongside their counterparts from Spain and England) used to send 4 teams each to the Champions league and Europa League (then called UEFA cup ) while the Germans used to send three. Now, the Italians no longer send 4 but three while the Germans now send 4. It is as a result of their performances in European continental soccer.
Lets see Africa.When CAF introduced the 5 year ranking in 2002, the ranking of club performances of african teams from 1998 showed Nigeria was among the three top performers until recent times when the slide started and has continued unabated. Nigeria has been consistently been among the 12 countries that sent 2 teams each to the CAF Champions League and the lower tier CAF Confederations cup. In the last 3 years, Nigerian teams have performed very poorly and have been 12th place in CAF 5-year ranking. I warned of this too last year.
As it is now, Nigerian clubs Rivers United or Rangers both need to reach at least quarters of Confed cup or one of them reaching Semis of the competition to maintain Nigeria’s stand. If not, from 2019, Nigeria will send ONE not TWO clubs each to the two continental club competition.
ZESCO plays fine football and i watched them play kano Pillars one very hot sunday afternoon in Kano. Pillars won with a hard fought victory 3-2. They were unlucky not to qualify for Champ league final last year. I watched many of their matches last year. I dont think Rangers can beat Zesco.
I hope Rivers United take up the challenge

 

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The Osborne Towers and it’s abandoned dollars
This is a 13 storey luxury development that sits smack in a multi-billion naira plot neighbourhood and has 20 luxury flats and 24 bqs.
It is not a “house”.
It was delivered in 2013 by a consortium of architects, engineers and luxury outfitters. There are speculations as to who the real owner is, but the managers of the asset, Fyne and Country, can tell you who, if you follow the right procedure.
Note that the owner might not even have an apartment for themselves in the building.
The apartment complex is an award winning epitome of fully serviced luxury lifestyle. Each apartment rents for N20M per annum and you still pay a separate N3M as service charge. So you see, a visit to the estate manager’s office will show all the entities and individuals who rent apartments there.
Someone must be making the rental payment every year from a bank account, right? Someone must have filled forms and taken keys, etc., for the occupied apartments, right?
So that talk of not knowing who has the money found in an apartment in that building just won’t fly. Calm down. They know the owner by now.
You see, ghosts don’t pay N23M for rent in Lagos.
In addition, the building, including that apartment, is covered by CCTV, the recordings of which the EFCC must have by now?
By: Adekunle Shotubo & Oyenuga Lanre Paul

 

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NIGERIA ROTTEN JUDICIARY
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In America, if you are earning $3,000 monthly and the sum of $100,000 is found in your bank account, you’ll be picked up and will have to explain how you got the huge sum of money which makes you to be living above your means.
But in Nigeria, if you are earning N185,000 and the sum of N466 million is found in your bank account and you are picked up for questioning and then charged to court, the judge will ask the financial crime agency prosecutor to prove that the cash is a proceed of crime.
In America, if the owner of the money couldn’t satisfactorily explain where or how he or she gets the money, or gives very unconvincing replies to the questions being thrown at him/her, and there’s no traces of the person dealing in a legitimate business that could fetch him/her such gargantuan amount, then the person forfeits the cash to the state.
In Nigeria, if the prosecutor cannot fully prove it, then the judge will ask you to go with the money even with him or her knowing you actually stole it.
In essence, in America, they ask the owner of the money to explain where and how he or she got the money.
While in Nigeria, they’ll ask the prosecutor to explain if “Una money loss?”
They will also ask: Where and how the money take loss wey you think say na this person wey get this money na the thief wey thief am.
In the real sense of it, the Nigerian judges knows quite well that the cash was stolen from public funds or it is really a crime proceed, but would still go ahead and be bombarding the prosecutor with questions he won’t be able to answer, just for him/her to look for ways to dismiss the case and use the common law language of the “case lacking merit”.
Why won’t the case of someone who, without asking, people already knows stole the N466 million quickly lack merit?
When the court registrar had on behalf of oga did “a great job” of negotiating a percentage very well.
Someone who is a Director in the Ministry whose salary is not more than N300,000 (for example) and doing no business at all would be bursted for having N1.8 billion, and the judge will dismiss the case so easily.
This is one of the reasons why a Andrew Yakubu, the NNPC crook could have the effrontery to be asking that the EFCC give him back “his money” of 9.8 million-dollar found in a safe kept in an air-conditioned house he provided for the cash to be cooling off!
That was why Patience Jonathan could confidently claim that the over 200 million-dollar in the dollar accounts which she opened with her maid and cook names and forged signatures that was frozen belongs to her because according to her, it was given to her as “gifts”. Finish! Just like that!
Such a shame!
The Nigerian Justice System is one of the poorest in the whole world.
So slow, dragging and frustrating!
The laws in Nigeria are made to favour the wealthy, powerful and influential, who has very strong bank accounts, a deep pocket and the money to throw around.
While the poor, helpless and vulnerable ones would quickly be slammed into jail without wasting time.
That’s exactly what happened when the Nigerian court hurriedly and bizarrely discharged and acquainted James Ibori, only for the London Police to pick him up, thoroughly questioned him and got him charged to court and sent to jail.
Nigerian court shamefully sets him free, while the UK judge sent him to prison.
Shame once again, of a gargantuan proportion sef!
In Nigeria, justice is being sold like goods meant to be auctioned. Justice simply goes to the highest bidder.
When you are being cheated by the wealthy and influential, and you take the case to court, forget it. It is already dead on arrival.
Only the rich and influential believes in the Justice System of Nigeria and they would always excitedly say it in public, just because they know they can easily buy their ways into being favoured by the judge.
They’ll be screaming “Judiciary is the last hope of the common man” as if they are the common man being referred to.
While judiciary, which is suppose to be the last hope of the common-man has left many common-man in tears, agony, shock and completely hopeless.
There are some few good men in the system who really hope and wish things get better. Aside this, the Nigerian Justice System is so rotten and it stinks so badly!
Naija Na Wah!

 

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APC current divisions
The APC is currently divided into four warring camps as follows:
a) The Aso Rock Cabal Camp (ARC)
b) The Buhari Political Friends Camp (BPF)
c) The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Camp (BAT)
d) The Bukola Saraki Camp (BS)
a) The Aso Rock Cabal Camp (ARC) currently is about the most powerful of all the four camps. The reason this camp is the most powerful is that they are the family members of the President. The President is loyal to them 120%. The President would rather die than question their decisions. They determine who sees the President and who gets the favours of and from the President. This group is led by Mamman Daura, the invisible visible hand who is actually doing the governing of this country in practical terms.
Other members include the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who was raised by Mamman Daura. He would defend Daura with his blood. In this inner circle is the boss of Directorate of State Security (DSS) Lawal Daura. They are so powerful that they sent out the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari out of United Kingdom, away from her sickly husband and she could not bat an eyelid. They did it and nothing happened and President Buhari was very happy about it. It is being suspected that General Yusuf Buratai and Minister of Internal Affairs, retired General Dambazzau are members of this camp.
For the ARC, the fear of Bola Tinubu is the beginning of wisdom. This camp lives in perpetual fear of Bola Tinubu and is ready to go to any length to emasculate him. The members believe that Tinubu has to be rendered ineffectual by all means, especially with eyes on 2019. For this reason, they are keeping more than an eye on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. They are praying that President Buhari does not give up the ghost for obvious reasons.
The ARC has made an alliance with Senator Bukola Saraki. And they bent on convincing the President to come out for him and support him publicly regardless of the cost to the faked integrity of the President. President trusts the ARC more than any group. The DSS already told Nigerians that Senator Saraki is “not corrupt.” The ARC hates Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFFC, with passion. That passion could only be matched by Senator Saraki who has been humiliated repeatedly by Magu. They have common interest to see that Magu never emerges as the de facto and de jure chair of the EFCC.
The need to keep Bola Tinubu ineffectual is another common interest between the ARC and the BS camp. More on this issue later.
b) The Buhari Political Friends Camp (BPF). These are political friends of Buhari who are considered no threat to the control of the presidency by the ARC. They are largely tolerated and allowed their space to do what they wanted to do as long as they understood their boundaries. This group have no influence whatsoever on the President. The president does not show any dislike for them but he is in no way committed to any of them. He has not expressed any form of lack of confidence in them but has not expressly showed any form of confidence in them. Members of these group include Ministers such as Kayode Fayemi, Rotimi Amaechi, Babatunde Fashola and their ilk.
Some of them are not antagonistic to the Bukola Saraki camp. Though, they have not shown openly their loyalty to Bukola Saraki. This group is secretly interested in clipping the wings of BAT camp but is not openly expressing that desire. This has put them in the good book of the ARC. For those of them that are of Yoruba extraction, they are in a quandary. They have no choice but to tread carefully because the Yoruba consensus now is that Bola Tinubu should not be allowed to be humiliated by the ARC and others gunning for him.
It is not clear if this current protective support of Bola Tinubu by the Yoruba leadership would translate to votes in 2019 across Yoruba land, but it would be better to allow time to tell, as things continue to unravel.
c) The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Camp is arguably the smartest but currently the weakest of all the groups. This camp has been suffering from lack of vision and proper planning and is paying dearly for it. In the days leading to the election, the leadership of the group failed to pay attention to a lot of pointers showing them that the group could be at risk in a Buhari administration.
Right now, the leadership of the group is playing “good boy” to the administration as much as it could. It recognizes the threat of ARC and it is not willing to dare the cabal. This group is compelled to show its loyalty to the President at all times even in absurd situations such as the killing of the Yoruba people in Ile-Ife in Osun State. Even when one of the leading members of this group, Senator Ali Ndume was suspended from the Senate by the Saraki camp, there was not a whimper from any other member of the group or its leadership. The leadership of this group is busy trying to save itself and its political relevance rather than worry excessively about a member suffering “only suspension” for six months.
This group has been on a losing spree since Buhari took over power despite its enormous contribution to installing this administration. It lost the Senate Presidency to its rival Saraki camp that described the Vice President Osinbajo as an “ordinary commissioner.” It lost many of the principal positions in the Senate and has been reduced to spectators in the body.
The group also suffered the same fate in the Lower House as all its candidates were left in the rain soaked without recourse. It won some negligible principal positions in the lower chamber and that was it. The lower house is more loyal to the Saraki camp without any question and the leadership of that arm of the government is working with the ARC too as an extended arm of the Saraki camp.
Even in the appointment of Ministers, many nominees of the group often hit the swimming pool with their clothes on. They could not be considered seriously because of the stance of ARC against the leader of this group.
This group also seems to have become an albatross on the neck of Ibrahim Magu because of its support for the EFCC acting chairman. The Saraki camp and the ARC seemed to believe that Magu is a pawn in the playbook of Bola Tinubu and are determined to frustrate him.
It is however believed that this group could bounce back in 2019. How this would turn out is not clear yet as Bola Tinubu has been going around begging for forgiveness for disrespecting the Afenifere leadership and some Yoruba Obas. Indications are that he has been listened to in order to save him from humiliation by the ARC. “Olomo buruku”, the Yoruba often say, “ko lee fi fun ekun paje.” Whether this forgiveness would lead to votes from the suffering Yoruba people who are now asking themselves whether Tinubu’s judgment could be trusted, remained to be seen.
d) The Bukola Saraki camp in comparison to the ARC may not appear to be the strongest of all the groups, but without any question, it seems to be the most formidable of all. It is the only camp that has a leg in every group except the BAT camp. It is amazing that despite the media war against him, he has been able to survive, resurge, recalibrate and realign his forces to become more formidable than he was at the beginning of Buhari administration.
A major factor for his survival is his ability to plan ahead, unlike the BAT camp that keeps exuding embarrassing naivety about politics. This is because, the BAT camp believed their own lies that Buhari has “integrity” and is “incorruptible.” Hmmmmmm! But Saraki camp did not give and still does not give a damn about any stupid “war on corruption.” He probably knows that Buhari is a pretender as this writer has been pointing out for years. He must have recognized that Buhari is a dedicated and committed member of the family of the corrupt political leadership and went for the jugular. He was right. And Buhari, the “Mr. Integrity” has his DSS come out to endorse Saraki publicly, insisting that the Senator “is not corrupt.”
While the BAT camp engaged in media war against Bukola Saraki, the latter knowing the truth about Buhari as a committed comrade in corruption and thievery, allied with him with the help of the ARC. From that point, he had an excuse made for him as the DSS provided the template for him and his ilk to refuse to confirm Magu as the EFCC chair. Other members of the Senate who see themselves in their leader, Saraki, became blindly loyal to him. They worship him. They adore him. They daily seek his footsteps and walked in them. They banded with him and fought back Magu and the media which they concluded were biased against them.
With Saraki firmly in control of the Senate, he has the power to do a few things to Buhari. But he did not. Rather he went for the soft spot of Buhari and hemmed in. He came out with an alliance with ARC. Meanwhile, he was carrying the Speaker of the House along with him and they became a formidable force together. The members of the BPF, mostly Ministers, would not do anything to antagonize the Senate leader otherwise the budget of their Ministries could be in jeopardy. They know where their bread is buttered so they could also help themselves while the parody lasts.
INTANGIBLES:
Other variables in the staying power of Saraki, is the silent but very effective and strong support of the Northern Emirs across the board. They do not consider him corrupt. He takes care of them. They had supported him from the beginning and were instrumental to his becoming the Senate president. There are also other party big wigs silent but in active support of Saraki. They are operating from behind the scenes. The way Saraki has been able to hold everything together, so far, explains why he has been so strong in Kwara state for so long.
It is difficult to place former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku. Available information shows that the ARC does not see him as an enemy. In fact he has kept communication with the President and they speak not infrequently. He is also reported not to be unfriendly with the Saraki camp. The BAT camp is playing hide and seek with him. And some members of the BPF are friendly with him as with some powerful members of the Northern establishment.
Nasir El Rufai is a loser all round in this. He shot himself in the foot with that secret memo to President Buhari. The ARC is gunning for him. He has also stupidly engaged in open fight with Vice President Atiku. The Saraki camp has no love lost for him. The Emirs are also not very impressed with him the way he has handled the Southern Kaduna imbroglio in which he has shown flagrant and dangerous zealotry. Senator Shehu Sani has also done his own damage to Rufai’s fragile reputation.
While the BAT group still has the loyalty of some Northern political big wigs, it is difficult to gauge their political value as of now. Things would become clearer as events unfold. Many believe that it would be unwise to write off the BAT group as a factor in 2019. .
Time, as usual, always tell!
“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.”
– John F. Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address January 20, 1961
Credits: NASTRO EBIRI GBONKA

 

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Sexualization of School children

Have you bothered for once to peruse through your children’s school textbooks? I know you are a very busy parent working round the clock to put food on the table for your children. I equally know that you have employed some housekeepers to look after your children on your behalf. But I strongly suggest that you should make out a little time this week, even if it is only for ten minutes, to go through the pages of the textbooks used by your children in their respect schools. If you do so, you will likely be scandalized by what you would find inside the textbooks. When you were in secondary school English literature books such as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Weep Not Child, Things Fall Apart, Zambia Shall be Free, The Man Died, African Child, Akin the Drummer Boy, Mine Boy, The gods are not to blame, Gulliver’s Travels, Around the World in Eighty Days, Allan Quatermain,  King Solomon’s Mine, Eze Goes to School and others, were probably the recommended English literature books.
But let me tell you something that you may find interesting. The world has changed. We now live in a perverse world that lays claim to the soul of your children. Almost all the aforesaid English literature books that were read in your school days have been removed from the curricula and replaced with sex-related textbooks and English literature books. These textbooks and English literature books containing lewd subject-matters have been introduced into the curricula to give the unsuspecting young school pupils the wrong impression that self-control is unnecessary, repressive and an impossibility; that casual sex makes them feel good; that they should engage in casual sex before marriage; that ‘safe sex’ is what to aim for in life provided that they don’t get pregnant. And if they do get pregnant they should procure abortion as soon as possible.
One of the speakers at the Regional World Congress of Families held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, from March 27 to 29 2017 was Ahmed Akanbi. Ahmed is a parent and a Lagos-based legal practitioner. Midway in his presentation, Ahmed did something which shocked most of the Conference participants. He carefully dipped his hands into his handbag and brought out two English literature books containing some lewd subject-matters and showed them to the participants. He told the participants that the two books were recommended books for primary six pupils in the primary school attended by his daughter. The title of the first book authored by Oyekunle Oyedeji is: Tears of a bride, while the second book written by Queen O. Okweshine bears the title: Precious Child.  According to Ahmed, his 9-year old daughter in Primary 6 came back home from school one day and engaged him in a conversation that bothered on some sex experiences. At first, Ahmed was utterly stunned. But after he had regained his composure he asked his daughter where she learned about those sex experiences. It was then that his daughter opened her mouth and narrated to him how their school teacher has been using the aforesaid two books to teach them how to practice “safe sex” and how to gain sexual pleasure. Ahmed read to the hearing of the participants some sexy portions of the two books. The participants rose to their feet in utter shock.
I have told Ahmed that beyond lamentation a law suit should be brought against the Federal Ministry of Education and others. The rot in Nigerian primary and secondary schools cries to high heavens for cleansing. The Federal Ministry of Education and other education regulatory and supervisory bodies in Nigeria are just too irresponsible. When Obigaeli Ezekwesili was the Education Minister she attempted to cleanse the rot. With the exception of Ezekwesili, no other Education Minister in recent times has done anything to resuscitate our comatose public schools. That explains why the Primary and Secondary school curricula in Nigeria have consistently been corrupted to include textbooks that contain lewd matters and other matters that appeal to the prurient interest in sex. For example, about fifteen years ago, some concerned Lagos parents brought a law suit against the Lagos State Ministry of Education and others at the Federal High Court over the corruption of Integrated Science to include lewd matters such as masturbation, wearing of condoms, teen contraceptives and others. Three years ago, a Lagos-based NGO sued the Federal Ministry of Education and others because  the New School Chemistry for Senior Secondary Schools    By:  Osei Yaw Ababio; Revised by: L. E.S Akpanisi Herbert Igwe ; Modern Biology for Senior Secondary School By:  Sarojini T. Ramalingam, revised by  Lucy I    Akunwa and J.BC Obidiwe and the New School Physics for Senior Secondary By: M. W Anyakoha PhD used in many secondary schools in Nigeria were smeared with the following watermark inscriptions: “I know that My Mother is a harlot and that my Father is a Kidnapper”,“I am a son/daughter of a  Harlot and kidnapper”, “I confess that my Family is bad, Evil, and a Disgrace to the Nation”, “My Parents Taught me how to love and smoke Indian Hemp, to kill and practice illegal things”.  There is also another book titled: Zumji and Uchennaallegedly used in Lagos schools which contained lurid sex stories and pictures aimed at making secondary school pupils sexually active. Even Mathematics and Social Science textbooks used in many Nigerian secondary schools have been corrupted to include lewd matters in order to sexualize the young students.
The rain that is beating us in Nigeria seems unstoppable simply because we don’t even know where the rain started beating us. We may be searching for a scapegoat at the National Assembly or in government circles forgetting that the most insidious irreparable damage is done in the life of our children who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow. Yesterday the ample evidence of sexualization included the TV, music videos, movies, mobile phones and the Internet. Today it is the school and the school teacher. Even some parents regretfully contribute to the sexualization of their children in a number of ways. For example, some parents may convey the message that maintaining an attractive physical appearance is the most important goal for their daughters. But the most tragic is the introduction of sex-related textbooks or the so-called Comprehensive Sexuality Education or Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Right or Family Life Education or teen-sex education in schools without the consent of parents. Parents are the primary educators of their children. They are also the guardians of the morals of their children. Therefore a school or a teacher has no right to sexualize impressionable school pupils without the consent of their parents.
Despite work pressure, parents must be vigilant to ensure that the school is not sexualizing their children all in the name of sex education. The best sexuality education is the one taught by Daddies and Mummies at home. The sex education taught in schools is the biological sex education that only focuses on the examination of body parts and genitals that ultimately ends up sexualizing the school pupils. To promote the character of young people and by extension save the future, many countries, for instance, had spent all they have. Nigeria should do likewise. To destroy the character of school children is an unpardonable crime. School children constitute the real treasure of Nigeria. And the greatest crime anybody can commit is to destroy the treasure of the country.

 

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SUPREMACY OF ALAAFIN OVER OONI AND ALL OTHER YORUBA KINGS
Received From an Ibadan Chief :
The stool of Oni of Ife was not so popular until around 1960. When Alaafin was deposed and the then Oni of Ife appointed as the Governor General of Old Western Region. The History of the the Fall of the Old Oyo Empire and rise of the New Oyo Empire is paramount in our history. I am an Ibadan man,but there is no way the Olubadan will misplace priority to compare himself to Alaafin despite our roles in the reclamation of the New Oyo Empire.
For sake of clarity, please find below piece from my archive via An interview granted by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (CFR, JP LLD), The Alaafin of Oyo.
QUESTION: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER PROMINENT OBAS IN YORUBALAND?
ALAAFIN: Very very cordial. But there have been some controversies concerning supremacy. You see, the issue of who is Supreme among the obas is a 20th Century phenomenon.
No Oba can say, he is greater than the Alaafin. Up till now, there is no oba who has come out to make such claims; they only use surrogates. If any oba wants to attack the Alaafin, he uses a baale or another inconsequential element to do that, whereas the Alaafin has come out openly to say he is the head of the Yoruba obas and nobody has controverted that.
If you go to Sir Lugard’s political memoranda in 1917, he detailed the hierarchy of all the traditional rulers in the north and the south.
My father or my grandfather was not there to influence Lord Lugard to write it. If you say Johnson had bias for Oyo, go and see C. R. Neeving, who stated unequivocally and authoritatively that the Alaafin is the Supreme oba in Yorubaland.
Go to Johnson, see the treaty signed by the Alaafin in 1881, stating, I, Adeyemi I, Alaafin of Oyo, King of Yorubaland.’
In his letter to the British in 1881, during the internecine wars, he wrote, “I, king of the Yoruba?” There is no dispute over that.
I have challenged them to a debate, at least for 10 minutes, but they have run away because the facts are there. Somebody wrote recently that the first settlement was ruled by the first Alake. Do you believe that the first settlement of Yoruba was established by Alake who was established in 1830?
QUESTION: DO YOU BELIEVE THE HISTORY OF YORUBA STARTED IN 1830?
ALAAFIN: The first Alake in Abeokuta, Okukenu, was a Sagbua, a chief of the Alaafin. Go to the book, Egba and her neighbours, written by an eminent professor of history, Professor Saburi Biobaku, page 15, he wrote that the “Egba forest laid within the remotest part of the Alaafin Empire, and how the Alaafin superimposed his authority over the Alake and all other Egba traditional chiefs is acknowledged.”
Go to the salary scale of all the obas in 1938, the record of the pay-slips is in the Palace here.
Oyo province was constituted on January 14, 1914 and Ife and Ijesa were all under Oyo Province.
For purposes of effective administration, Oyo Province was broken down into three, namely Oyo Division of Oyo Province; Ibadan Division of Oyo Province and Ife/Ijesa Division of Oyo Province. And principal obas in these areas were designated district heads.
In Ibadan, the Olubadan was the district head of Ibadan, Ooni was the district head of Ife, Orangun was the district head of Ila and Owa was the district head of Igbomina. The Alaafin was the paramount head of the whole province, and in ranking, the Aremo, who was the crown prince of the Alaafin, was the district head of Oyo Province. Twenty district courts were opened for the 20 districts in the province, and the Alaafin never sat in any of the district courts, but at the court of appeal over the 20 district courts.
When there was a problem between Ife and Ijesa, Sir John Macpherson asked the Alaafin to intervene. The Alaafin sent Are Ilugbohun and Alapini and a number of Oyomesi to go and adjudicate. The boundary fixed by the Alaafin at Enuowa still subsists till today.
Ditto the dispute between Ife and Ede, Alaafin’s ruling still subsists till today. When Ibadan and Egba quarrelled over Bakasari, the Alaafin settled it and said Bakasari belonged to Ibadan, and he made all the parties to sign an undertaking.
TO BE SPECIFIC, THERE WERE INSINUATIONS THAT THE OLD OYO STATE HAD TO BE SPLIT INTO TWO; OYO AND OSUN, BECAUSE OF THE SUPREMACY FIGHT BETWEEN YOU AND THE OONI OF IFE.
ALAAFIN: I would not know the inner workings of government. But I want to tell you this: politics brought out the Ooni.
There are so many things we cannot cover in the course of this interview. Like I told you, the question of whether the Alaafin is supreme is a 20th Century phenomenon when Awolowo emerged the Premier of the Old Western Region. That was when the government propped up the Ooni.
And the only way they could do it successfully then was to get rid of the Alaafin, which they did by deposing the Alaafin, and Ooni Adesoji Aderemi on August 8, 1960 was appointed the governor of the Western Region. The governorship thing was to give leverage to a man who never founded any empire.
When they organised the Traditional Rulers’ Forum in Abuja, Yoruba obas were ridiculed. They put all the Emirs on the first row and put Yoruba Obas, including the Ooni on the second row. When I came in, I asked for my seat and they wanted me to go and sit at the back. I just removed one of the tags and sat beside the Sultan of Sokoto.
Under the Clifford Constitution in 1922, two Obas represented the whole of Nigeria at the Legislative Council, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Alaafin of Oyo. The Alaafin represented the entire south in Lagos.
I left the place and went home, wrote a strongly worded letter to General Jeremiah Useni and copied the late General Abacha. Abacha invited me and I told him that government is a continuum. He reasoned with me and corrected that. The Alake and the Awujale never fought their own cause but I fought mine.
When they asked us for a meeting in Abuja, they asked us to bring our aides for hotel accommodation. The emirs would bring about eight and they put them in suites while they reserved two rooms for me. I just packed to one of the presidential suites. They said but it was not reserved for me, and I said they didn’t have to do that, I did it myself. You see, as the Alaafin, you…………..

 

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MOST EDUCATED AND UNEDUCATED PRESIDENTS OF THE WORLD
Who would have believed that the World most educated president is an African? President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is recorded to be the most educated president the world had ever produced. With a Bachelor’s degree in History, English, Administration, Education and Law and also a Masters degree in Law and in Economics alongside several other PhDs aside the 14 honorary degrees, this record will indeed be a very hard one for any other president in the world to break.
But, who is the most uneducated president in the world?
Surprisingly, its not President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria who they claim at least has a secondary school certificate and is ranked the 6th most uneducated.
If your grand mother was able to acquire a Primary School certificate, then she is more educated than World’s least Educated president.
Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa is the World’s most uneducated president!!! Jacob Zuma has no formal education. Infact he is self- schooled. He taught himself to read and write. Acquiring formal education was difficult for Zuma because he was poor, and lost his father at a very young age. With little or no access to funds, he borrowed books from friends in the neighbourhood, and would insist his friends put him through on how to pronounce words. Many a time, Zuma would personally educate himself in the bush and was involved in the fight against the apartheid government along side Nelson Mandela and this led him to prison, yet he continued in self education. He regarded self education as more important than certification. Hear Jacob Zuma; “I don’t regard myself as uneducated, I only lack formal qualifications and certifications”.
But who today will believe he doesn’t possess a primary school certificate when he stands to address his nation on political and economic issues and when he sits in the African Union and the United Nations. He speaks even better than so many professors!
There is Destiny Orchestrator! The qualifier of the Unqualified. The one that picks the needy from the dust and the beggar from the dunghill and cause them to sit among the princes.
Now, compare the two presidents! One is the Most Educated and the other is the most uneducated. People of entirely opposite extremes, yet, they both arrived at the same destination. This tells you that its not about effort, its about Grace! Yes, effort is good, but nobody can receive anything unless it is first given to him from above. Are you bragging about what you seem to have achieved in life? Your education, your wealth, your intelligence, your success or beauty is not a product of your effort but the mercy of God! There is nothing you have that you didn’t receive. For without God, you can do nothing. Nebuchadnezzar failed to recognize this until he was turned into an animal.
“It is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasures” (Philippians 2:13)
“It does not therefore depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s Mercy” (Romans 9:16, NIV)

 

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DOES IT MAKE SENSE?

“THE PASSWORD ON YOUR PHONE”
URGENT PLEASE READ

Today, technology and modernization has made it in such a way that every one want his/her privacy. The word “trust” is even questionable and no more trusted by people. There is password on almost everything from phone to everything we can, just to protect our information and keep our privacy. But what sense does it make when keeping a password on our phone send us or another to the grave instead of saving life? What then are we “securing”?.

Three friends had an accident in a car and became unconscious. A stranger got to the scene and wanted to call for help. He had no phone. There were six mobile phones in the accident car but all had password on them. They all died as a result.

A pregnant lady collapsed at home with her little daughter(a minor). The little girl had no idea of what was happening but saw her mother gasping for air. She picked her mother’s phone to call her daddy but there was a password on the phone. By grace, her big brother left his phone on his bed while going to school and she called the father and her mother was saved because her brother had no password on his phone else the pregnant woman would have lost her life. Whose fault would that have been?

An armed men came to rob a family. The second child happen to be in a little room which the armed men thought it was a store room and never entered. He had no phone but his sister’s phone was on charge in his room. He tried to call for help but there was password on his sister’s phone. They raped and killed them leaving only the little one. He saw everything through the key hole. Police station and military barracks were closer. He knew numbers he could call for help but “password” was on the sister’s phone.

A young man died with so much wealth in an unknown bank. The information was on his phone. No one could access the information because there is password on the phone.

My advice is this. You are too precious than the information you are securing on your phone. Only put password on your whatsapp, text messages, facebook, files, etc and leave the call side free. You may one day save your life or the life of your loved ones. The password on your phone can be your death warrant. Think twice.

Peace be unto you.

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Which Way Nigeria ?
Two years ago : Hopes were high. Buhari the magician and miracle worker has been sworn in. Within an instant, he’ll turn water into wine , transform Nigeria into another Dubai / London, jail all corrupt people, impregnate all barren women, heal the sick, raise the dead, bring snow into Nigeria, give Nigeria 24hrs uninterrupted electricity, make food prices and commodities cheap, transform and CHANGE Nigeria’s economy, 4 refineries will be built in the twinkle of an eye, petrol will be #45/L and it’ll be #1 to $1, interest rates will be cheap and money will flow on the streets. He’ll turn rainfall into naira fall. He’ll feed and pay all unemployed people, even the lazy ones. CHANGE is here !

Two years later (now present reality ):
Dashed hopes, failed promises (at it seems), hopeless realities, hyperinflation, scare food commodities, $1 = #385; fuel #145 / L.
I know many Nigerians now understand what the Bible said in Prov 13 v 12 ” Hope deferred make the heart sick ” ( ireti pipe maa n mu okan saare ). It shall be well with Nigeria.

NB: I hope the <a>#WailingWailers</a> (<a>#AwonElekunGbere</a> ) are now happy their prayers for Nigeria and Buhari to fail (as it seems ) have been answered. I have 2 things for them. Let them remember they too are heavily affected be it Nigeria is good or bad. Why not pray for good of Nigeria&PMB ? ” Oorun n yabo kii s’eru enikan ” { Don’t say let the heavens fall bcos if it does, you too will be affected }. I have also a middle finger for the wailers.

One thing however that I’m sure of is that it could have been much worse than this if the so called transformation agenda and putrified fresh air had continued.
God bless Nigeria !

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Software Technology the Game Changer

An interesting talk by the MD of Daimler Benz a bit mind blowing really!
*An interesting concept of what lays ahead…*
In a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are…… There have always been the 3 constants … Death, Taxes and CHANGE!
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% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 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 licence and will never own a car.
It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably 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.
Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; 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 will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.
Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). 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: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who 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 breath 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 medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.
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 have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount 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 and built 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 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 day on their fields.
Aeroponics 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 who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled 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’re in. By 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’re telling the truth and when they’re not.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency … Of the world!
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. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half
a year.

 

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TYPES OF SALARY

*What is your Salary?* Please be Sincere.…
Sorry, I am not interested in the amount but the type of salary.
My friend, there are different types of salaries…
You will not understand unless you read to the end.
There is no average income.
The rich are becoming richer, while the poor are getting poorer.
There is no middle class ‘cos it has completely disappeared.
Salary, is a specific amount of money that an employee is paid for work done.
The big question is Which type do you earn?
1. *Onion Salary:* – You grab it, you open it, and you cry.
2. *Storm Salary:* – You don’t know when it’s coming or going.
3. *Menstrual Salary:* – It comes once a month and lasts only four days.
4. *Magic Salary:* – You touch it and it disappears.
5. *Amnesia Salary:* – You can’t remember what you spent it on.
6. *Time Travelling Salary:* – You spend it paying various debts even before you collect it.
7. *Active Salary* – Once you stop working, it stops.
*RESIDUAL INCOME – You work once, and it keeps paying you over and over and over again even AFTER you have stopped working.*
Whether it’s magic salary, amnesia salary or onion salary, the moment it STOPS coming, your life becomes unbearable.
*Financial LITERACY is the tool needed to TRANSFORM your salary to a RESIDUAL INCOME, so you can create financial freedom and time freedom.*
*ONLY YOUR INVESTMENT can keep you going even after all the onions, amnesty, traveling, active salaries have left you drenched.*
Research had it that the poorest group of people in the world are Salary earners, next to beggars.
They live in a vicious cycle of poverty managed on 30 days. Salary is continuously being awaited every month and any slight delay brings about heartbreaking anxiety, pressure and disappointment.
*Salary Is a short term solution to a life time problem.*
Salary alone cannot solve your money problems. You need multiple Sources of income to balance.
The tax returns form contains about 11 income streams, salary is just one.
Don’t live Your Life fishing with just one hook, there are many fishes in the ocean.
Salary is the MEDICINE for managing POVERTY, not the CURE. Only your BUSINESS or INVESTMENT Cures Poverty.
*Most investors are not salary earners.*
*The difference between those beggars on the street and salary earners is one month’s salary.*
*Truncate the flow of their salary for one month and you would realized majority belong to the lower class.*
If you divide your salary by the rate of exchange, you Will discover that you are poorer, relative to when you started work.
Or divide your salary per annum by 2,000 hours to know what your one hour is worth.
*If you do not have 3 months salary in savings, you are already poor.*
Being a salary earner is a mentality, break it!
Your worth Is far more than your salary.
Salary Is the value someone has put on your effort, How much do you value yourself?
You can’t increase in value, unless you VALUE yourself differently.
Life Is a trade off between time, effort and reward. To be rewarded more, you have to become more valuable.
Most salary earners end up poor in the long and short term.
Sorry to say Salary is the bribe they gave you to forget your dreams.
I therefore urge every one of us to be FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT, FINANCIALLY LITERATE and TRAIN OUR EYES TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES IN PROBLEMS. Delve into entrepreneurship because Salary is a lifetime disappointment.
Being a salary earner or investor is a decision. Life Will not change until you decide.

 

485. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 485

TWO YEARS OF DEMOCRACY UNDER PMB

Democracy Under PMB has been in its best(relatively) since 1999. Buhari, was never involved in a Coup but when NPN stupidly rigged 1983 election shamelessly, some soldiers and civilians saw that as a slap on all and thought that if this satanic party called NPN wasn’t stopped, they will stop the country. So they struck and sent that evil NPN back to hell. After the coup, the organisers, went and begged Buhari to take over and save the nation ( after the original leader of the coup – Col.Ibrahim Bako was killed in a rather controversial freak shooting incidence ).
After a long persuasion, he agreed. He fought corruption and return the country to the path of discipline and growth. He changed the color of naira and this turned the NPN thieves to instant beggars! Buhari’s record of good governance endeared him to Abacha who was in dire need of popularity.

Abacha, a Babangida man preferred to work with Buhari and jettisoned IBB throughout his reign. There’s nothing strange in PMB serving as PTF Chairman under Abacha, Jakande also did. Soyinka also served under IBB. The Most important thing is that PTF was visible in every part of Nigeria just like FRSC of Soyinka endures till date and Gwarinpa Estate built by Jakande remains the best and the biggest in AFRICA!!!
In 2003, Buhari started his bid to rescue democracy from the hand of another hell driven political party PDP but he couldn’t until PDP finished the country financially, securitywise, PDP left the nation in a total mess and stole everything on sight so much that a one time NCE Lecturer with round hat and his Bayelsa civil servant wife became overnight billionaires and hero to some fools who had earlier accompanied the PDP to Nigeria from hell.

After the ship of Nigeria hit the iceberg of economic problems, boko haram challenge, kidnapping, unimaginable corruption, poverty, joblessness, restiveness, borderlessness, Shamelessness and heading towards hopelessness, Buhari took over and all he could do is to reverse the sorrowful years of PDP. He has reversed Boko Haram and cities are being liberated such that no single LG in Nigeria is under Boko Haram today, he has reversed the kidnapping of Chibok Girls and many are back raising hope of for the coming back of others. America now sells arms to us, we need not go to black markets again and be buying weapons where criminals do business. Although Herdsmen are on rampage but this has been on long before boko haram and they’re well organised but the government is stopping their atrocities just that they need to do more. All these are inherited problems.

On corruption, PMB is fighting it and thieves can testify to the glory of God. His SGF is on suspension. Chieftains of his party like Nyako and his son, Goje Saraki, etc are in court on Corruption issues, even the new decampees to his party like Uzor Kalu, Ifeanyi Uba, etc are not left out but PDP will always rant that the war is one sided…..they want corruption to be fought using quota system or federal character but they ruled for 16years and planning to rule for 60 years, whereas APC is only two!!! Recovery of looted funds has been.made, whistleblower policy is working and, at least, a president who is not ready to steal is in power!!!

On the economy, there was confusion initially which was left to hang on for long but, we must know that the government did not do this to deliberately punish us, they only want to be sure that the best approach is adopted. The havoc wrecked by the PDP is worse than the ones of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, results are coming in with speed of snail but with dedication of an Eagle!!!

We have seen due process being followed, the president is on medical trip and the vice is acting thoroughly. He addressed the nation today. This is unprecedented in our democratic journey, it is unique and a great leap from the era of impunity we are used to.
Niger Delta militants have ceased fire and economic activities are picking up, We are growing rice, we have a timeline for stoppage of petrol importation. We are substituting imports and seriousness in governance is apparent.

Although, we missed it at NASS, NASS is a big MINUS in that two years that it has been under a career thief and ruthless destroyer, a tool in the hand of corruption, however, we are not perturbed by their hell traits!!!

No doubt the next two years will be better because lessons have been learnt and experience is now updated. Just as we see unemployed youths and aged getting some monthly token, I want to see increased minimum wage for workers, I want to see more growth in the economy especially diversification, total crushing of terror both Herdsmen and boko haram. I want to see convictions of thieves including that of Mesu and others.

So help us God.

Happy Democracy Day!!

Additional Credits: Aiyekooto Akindele

TWO YEARS OF DEMOCRACY UNDER PMB

Democracy Under PMB has been in its best(relatively) since 1999. Buhari, was never involved in a Coup but when NPN stupidly rigged 1983 election shamelessly, some soldiers and civilians saw that as a slap on all and thought that if this satanic party called NPN wasn’t stopped, they will stop the country. So they struck and sent that evil NPN back to hell. After the coup, the organisers, went and begged Buhari to take over and save the nation ( after the original leader of the coup – Col.Ibrahim Bako was killed in a rather controversial freak shooting incidence ).

After a long persuasion, he agreed. He fought corruption and return the country to the path of discipline and growth. He changed the color of naira and this turned the NPN thieves to instant beggars! Buhari’s record of good governance endeared him to Abacha who was in dire need of popularity.

Abacha, a Babangida man preferred to work with Buhari and jettisoned IBB throughout his reign. There’s nothing strange in PMB serving as PTF Chairman under Abacha, Jakande also did. Soyinka also served under IBB. The Most important thing is that PTF was visible in every part of Nigeria just like FRSC of Soyinka endures till date and Gwarinpa Estate built by Jakande remains the best and the biggest in AFRICA!!!
In 2003, Buhari started his bid to rescue democracy from the hand of another hell driven political party PDP but he couldn’t until PDP finished the country financially, securitywise, PDP left the nation in a total mess and stole everything on sight so much that a one time NCE Lecturer with round hat and his Bayelsa civil servant wife became overnight billionaires and hero to some fools who had earlier accompanied the PDP to Nigeria from hell.

After the ship of Nigeria hit the iceberg of economic problems, boko haram challenge, kidnapping, unimaginable corruption, poverty, joblessness, restiveness, borderlessness, Shamelessness and heading towards hopelessness, Buhari took over and all he could do is to reverse the sorrowful years of PDP. He has reversed Boko Haram and cities are being liberated such that no single LG in Nigeria is under Boko Haram today, he has reversed the kidnapping of Chibok Girls and many are back raising hope of for the coming back of others. America now sells arms to us, we need not go to black markets again and be buying weapons where criminals do business. Although Herdsmen are on rampage but this has been on long before boko haram and they’re well organised but the government is stopping their atrocities just that they need to do more. All these are inherited problems.

On corruption, PMB is fighting it and thieves can testify to the glory of God. His SGF is on suspension. Chieftains of his party like Nyako and his son, Goje Saraki, etc are in court on Corruption issues, even the new decampees to his party like Uzor Kalu, Ifeanyi Uba, etc are not left out but PDP will always rant that the war is one sided…..they want corruption to be fought using quota system or federal character but they ruled for 16years and planning to rule for 60 years, whereas APC is only two!!! Recovery of looted funds has been.made, whistleblower policy is working and, at least, a president who is not ready to steal is in power!!!

On the economy, there was confusion initially which was left to hang on for long but, we must know that the government did not do this to deliberately punish us, they only want to be sure that the best approach is adopted. The havoc wrecked by the PDP is worse than the ones of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, results are coming in with speed of snail but with dedication of an Eagle!!!

We have seen due process being followed, the president is on medical trip and the vice is acting thoroughly. He addressed the nation today. This is unprecedented in our democratic journey, it is unique and a great leap from the era of impunity we are used to.
Niger Delta militants have ceased fire and economic activities are picking up, We are growing rice, we have a timeline for stoppage of petrol importation. We are substituting imports and seriousness in governance is apparent.

Although, we missed it at NASS, NASS is a big MINUS in that two years that it has been under a career thief and ruthless destroyer, a tool in the hand of corruption, however, we are not perturbed by their hell traits!!!

No doubt the next two years will be better because lessons have been learnt and experience is now updated. Just as we see unemployed youths and aged getting some monthly token, I want to see increased minimum wage for workers, I want to see more growth in the economy especially diversification, total crushing of terror both Herdsmen and boko haram. I want to see convictions of thieves including that of Mesu and others.

So help us God.

Happy Democracy Day!!

Additional Credits: Aiyekooto Akindele

Revolution looms: As frustrated citizens rise against political elite

For long, Nigerians have been regarded as a docile people in the face of poverty, adversity and poor governance with their passive reaction to everything thrown at them by the leadership. The people may have worn the toga of docility for a long time; however, recent events show that the people are gradually losing the tag.

It appears that in the last one or two decades, the gap between the ruling elite and the masses has grown wider, with a middle class that has almost collapsed to join the poor at the lower rung of the economic ladder. And with the increasing level of hardship in the country comes a rising public anger at the government and those perceived to have had power over the country’s economic and political system for a long time.

Therefore, there appears to be a growing resentment against political actors believed to have failed and enriched their pockets at the expense of the people.

So slowly but gradually, the toga of docility that has been graciously worn by Nigerians for so long is being shed for a new one like a snake sheds its skin. More people appear to be taking their frustrations beyond the social media, to physical expression of anger.

Last month, it took the intervention of a combined team of security personnel to rescue politicians, including the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and some federal lawmakers from an angry mob in the state.

Some angry protesters had stormed a rally organised by the All Progressives Congress in the state to say they did not want Abu Ibrahim as the senator representing Katsina South. They had reportedly hurled stones and shoes at Masari; Ibrahim; a lawmaker representing Bakori/Danja Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Amiru Tukur; and other invited guests, putting an abrupt end to the event.

It was learnt that Tukur sustained some injuries during the assault.

Also in April, there was drama at the burial of the late former Osun State Governor, Isiaka Adeleke, as his supporters brought down a canopy under which were seated dignitaries to the event, including governors. Those sheltered by the canopy included Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu; former Governor of Osun State, Prince Oyinlola Olagunsoye; and a commissioner-designate, Idiat Babalola. The irate youth, who had alleged that Adeleke was poisoned by some leaders of his political party because of his ambition to become governor a second time, had insisted that Babalola must leave the event.

Babalola, a former aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, was being touted to be the running mate of the person favoured by the APC to be the next governor of the state, ahead of Adeleke.

Ignoring appeals to let her be, the youth shook the canopy to force Babalola out, until it collapsed. Eventually, Babalola left, but had to be shielded by Amosun from the missiles targeted at her by the mob on their way out.

Meanwhile, Amosun had himself faced the wrath of students of Tai Solarin University of Education, who had protested against an increment in the school’s tuition by his administration.

On February 6, 2017, the same day a nationwide protest against bad governance, tagged #istandwithNigeria# held in major cities, the students marched through the streets of Abeokuta to make their frustrations known to the state government.

In a meeting with Amosun at the MKO Abiola Stadium, one of the students, who addressed the governor, accused him of reneging on the promises he had made to them during his campaign, saying, “If you want citizens to make sacrifices, you must make sacrifices with your outrageous allowances and salaries.”

Another student, who refused to hand over the microphone to the governor after being asked repeatedly to do so, described Amosun’s government as “dubious” and that he was no longer a man of the people.

Another governor, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, was interrupted and insulted by an agitator for the Biafran State during a speech at the Chatham House in London, United Kingdom, in March 2016.

Speaking Igbo, the visibly angry man, who was holding a Biafran flag, was said to have described Okorocha as a murderer and a disgrace to his tribe.

He accused the governor of killing Biafrans in his state, saying, “I gbue Nnem, gbue Nnam, m’bia ebea Na Akwuru gi Aka?” This was translated to mean: “You killed my father and you think I will come and sit here and be clapping for you.”

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, reportedly had his share of confrontation with the people when in August 2016; he was pelted with stones and other missiles at the Lokoja Central Mosque, where he was attending a special session to mark the state’s 25th anniversary.

Eventually, the prayer was hurriedly suspended on the advice of his security personnel as he was greeted by boos, jeers, and missiles from some angry youths.

The reason for such reactions from the youth was not clear but the state was one of those that owed workers’ salaries.

Similarly, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and others with him, were pelted with stones and sachets of water by youths chanting, ‘Ole’ (Thief), during Eid prayers at a mosque in Ilorin, Kwara State capital in 2015.

Other persons with Saraki in the VIP section during the attack included the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari; former sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi; and a former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje.

The situation was said to have prevented the mosque’s Chief Imam from delivering his annual sermon and the monarch from giving his usual Sallah message as the programme was disrupted by the aggrieved youths. Saraki was said to have been whisked away from the prayer ground by his security handlers, who fired gunshots and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

According to eyewitness accounts, the protesters had destroyed some vehicles and accused Saraki of holding on to the Kwara State’s share of the bailout arranged by the Federal Government to assist insolvent states pay salaries they owed their workers.

Interestingly, even Presidents can no longer claim to be immune to mob attacks as evidenced on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, when former President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy was attacked by suspected political thugs in Katsina State.

The former President had visited the state as part of his campaign for re-election but it was not without incident as some youths launched an assault on his convoy, hurling stones at the vehicles before being dispersed by security operatives.

Recently, a video showing a confrontation between Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and some protesting students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, co-owned with Osun State Government, surfaced online.

The school had been closed for about eight months and some aggrieved students of the school had taken their protest to the Government House, Oyo State. During their meeting with Ajimobi, the students repeatedly interrupted him, leading to an altercation between them (the youth and the governor).

The governor described the youth as unruly to him – the state’s “constituted authority”.

“If all of you are truly students, you would listen to me. If you are not interested in talking to me, then you shouldn’t have come here.

“If you say you are a student, one of your responsibilities is to have respect. If this is the way you want to talk to me, then I will not address you and if you want to turn the situation into a chaotic affair, we are ready for you,” the governor had said as the angry students interrupted him and chanted insulting songs.

Meanwhile, last July, secondary school pupils in Oyo State had embarked on anti-government protests following reports that Ajimobi’s administration was planning to sell some public schools to private hands- a move that would have increased the school fees of affected pupils.

The pupils had marched through the Ibadan city, chanting anti-government songs and destroying public property.

However, Director, Centre for American Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Jonah Onuoha, who described Nigerians as getting more and more frustrated by harsh economic situation, said the situation would get worse.

Onuoha, a former Head, Department of Political Science, UNN, added that if the high rates of inflation and unemployment were not quickly brought down, it would soon trigger an uprising.

“We used to say that Nigerians have very strong shock absorbers but the current situation has gone beyond that. The economic crisis has rendered the Nigerian currency almost useless and workers can no longer survive on their salaries and take care of their families.

“Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder and any moment from now, when people can no longer bear it, there is likely going to be an uprising similar to the Arab Spring. Everyone on the street is annoyed because of the harsh economic situation.

“It is a sign that something terrible will soon happen if the situation is not addressed quickly. Inflation has reached a hyper level and the citizens are suffering so much that they are angry. I see it as a gathering storm which will get worse unless the economic situation is addressed.

“And when it starts, it will be difficult to contain like what happened in the Arab nations. We are likely going to have Nigerian spring and it will start from nothing, not through political parties, military or police, but from the civil society,” the don said.

A lawyer, Mr. Tunde Esan, also described the trend as the fallout of a bad economic situation and greed on the part of the public office holders.

Esan also said the trend would get worse because while the masses are told by their leaders to tighten their belts, the public office holders keep getting fatter.

He said, “The people do not have any means of getting information from the government. What they see in the midst of their poverty is the luxury lifestyles of elected representatives. People have not been paid salaries for months, yet they see governors, lawmakers changing cars every time. It is as if public office holders are making fun of the masses’ state of poverty.

“And when people have been pushed to the wall, what is left for them is to react. Someone who has not been paid for months and has children to feed and pay their school fees will fight back. That is where we are right now and it will get worse.

“These days, we see people committing suicide, jumping inside lagoons, like we have never seen before in this country. A man who can commit suicide can decide to take the governor or someone he thinks is responsible for his condition with him. That may just be the next level. I hope it doesn’t get to that point but these people have nothing to lose anymore.

“Even if things are difficult, is our government talking to the people? What are you telling the man who has not been paid salary for months? Is it like beating someone and asking him not to cry? And he wants to see if you have made adjustments in your own lifestyle as a leader, but there is none. You are living in affluence and asking the poor man to tighten his belt.”

Onuoha, therefore, urged the government to pay more attention to reducing the rates of inflation and unemployment, saying, “Unless inflation and unemployment rates are reduced, Nigeria will soon explode.”

 

 

 

Credits: Gbenro Adeoye

Software Technology: The future of the world???

An interesting talk by the MD of Daimler Benz a bit mind blowing really!

*An interesting concept of what lays ahead…*

In a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are…… There have always been the 3 constants … Death, Taxes and CHANGE!

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% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 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 licence and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably 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.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; 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 will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). 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: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who 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 breath 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 medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

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 have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount 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 and built 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 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 day on their fields.

Aeroponics 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 who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled 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’re in. By 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’re telling the truth and when they’re not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency … Of the world!

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. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half

a year.

​*Senator Melaye And Audacity Of Corruption In Nigeria*BY AHMED BAKO

Last week, members of the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Dr.  Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara gathered at Abuja to launch the book of Senator Dino Melaye on the “Antidotes of Corruption.”

The author and his guests chose the occasion to condemn the Buhari administration for fighting corruption in Nigeria.  In his speech at the ceremony,  Senator Saraki condemned government anti-graft bodies for exposing corruption by naming and shaming corrupt people. To confirm that corruption is seriously fighting back with audacious alacrity both Saraki and Dogara bought copies of the book for the sum of N23.4 million for distribution to the 469 members of the national assembly.
Nigerians should not be surprised that corruption is fighting back through the national assembly. The Senate President and 12 other senators are on trial for corruption while about 20 others are being investigated for corruption by various anti-graft agencies. The author of the book, Senator Melaye is being investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau for illegally maintaining a bank account in the United States and for corrupt enrichment. Speaker Dogara and all principal officers of the house of representatives are being probed for corruption for budget padding. To crown it all Nigeria’s Queen of Corruption, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the Special Guest of Honour attended the event. In her brief speech at the ceremony, she cursed those who have asked her to explain the source of the $15 million found in her bank account.
To confer credibility on the public presentation of the book the former President of Ghana, Mr. Jerry Rawlings was invited as the Guest Speaker. Thinking that the book was written by a genuine anti-corruption crusader the popular Ghanaian leader had accepted the invitation. But when he confirmed that the occasion was programmed to ridicule the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration which he has repeatedly identified with, he informed Senator Melaye that he should count him out of the show of shame. We thank President Rawlings for distancing himself from the gathering of corrupt legislators and their comrades-in-corruption. 
I am not opposed to the purchase of Senator Melaye’s book. But what should be questioned is the illegal decision to use public funds not appropriated, to pay for the books. Since there was no provision in the  2016 budget for the purchase of the book the EFCC should investigate the source of the money paid for the books. Before the investigation, Senator Saraki and Speaker Dogara should disclose to the Nigerian people under which item of the budget these books were paid for. 

But in view of the audacity of corruption, our anti-graft agencies should speed up the investigation and prosecution of all the suspects of the national assembly. Enough of the deliberate delay of the trial of the senate president by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Otherwise, corruption would have succeeded in fighting back to our collective shame.

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The Great Example of Ahmadu Bello University By Pius Adesanmi

Life Lessons: Nothing is Permanent

Our guest this week is Mr. Olu Abosede, Founder and former Managing Director of a wholly indigenous, quoted company, Aboseldehyde Plc. The company was once used as a reference point for other local entrepreneurs who would want their companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Within a period of 14 years, the company had become a very strong brand in the country in its niche area.
Things were also pretty good for our guest who built his first personal multi-million Naira house at age 28 and the second at 32. His children were in choice schools locally and abroad. His house at Gbagada, in Lagos State, was a beehive of activities by friends and associates who regularly showed up on weekends to treat themselves to some choice wines in his well-stocked personal bar.
Then, in a sudden twist, from 2000, there was a gradual but irreversible slide of fortune, starting with the forced take-over of his company by creditors. And the rest came in quick succession. His two houses in Lagos were razed by fire, leaving him with no option than to move into a rented apartment.
Four times our guest attempted to commit suicide. In our first meeting, six years ago, Abosede shared some life lessons with me, some of which are documented below. But a few weeks ago, when I located him to update the interview, he could not communicate much as he is at the moment battling with stroke. But with the help of his second wife, he was able to put a few more lessons across. Enjoy the insight.
Lesson 1
Better believe this: there is God!
Few years back, I would have argued that there was nothing like God or any external forces that get involved in the affairs of men. I had it very good early in life. I graduated at the age of 25 as a Chemist with multiple jobs waiting for me. I eventually picked up a job in one of the conglomerates then, as a Laboratory Chemist. And, within a short span of time, I moved steadily to the top. I had a car with a driver attached to me 24 hours. I never used one car for more than two years. I was exposed to a lot of training locally and abroad. In my own calculation, I had thought that my rapid rise was as a result of my own ability, personal intelligence and intellectual capacity.
It was after I had run out of options and I decided to just reflect more that I started to discover a startling fact: that the universe is governed by natural or spiritual laws which would work for you when you align yourself with those laws and would work against you if you contravene them. God is ever present in every little thing you do.
One lesson I have learnt is that there is a superior force that shapes things in the physical realm; and it is to one’s advantage to believe this.
Lesson 2
Never lose confidence in yourself.
Whatever happens and whatever the circumstances you are facing, don’t lose faith and confidence in yourself. Once this is intact and you believe there is God who is always ready to work with you, you’d find that things become a lot easier. When you lose faith in yourself, ultimately, depression sets in and when depression sets in, you just discover that even what you knew you could do, you start to find it difficult.
We tend to underrate our abilities during crisis times; and once you do that, you would lose much ground which may take a considerable effort to recover. You would be astonished as to what you can do in crisis times once you don’t lose faith in yourself. Believing in yourself is a key step in coming out of failure.
Lesson 3
Use crisis times to reinvent yourself.
Every single day I wake up, I gain more understanding about life that I could not have got without a crisis. In crisis times, usually every hope appears lost. This is usually the situation when you focus on the challenge instead of the opportunities that abound around you. But when you reinvent yourself and refocus, you would discover that there is always a little opening which if you recognise is usually planted by the Higher Power to take you out of that situation. I must say that my challenges were so overwhelming that I could not see any ray of hope anywhere.
My advice is this: It is important that in tribulation, you should put yourself in a position to look for that little opening. This may be tough but keep looking and searching. With introspection, there will always be one. Once you find that little opening, don’t let it go; cling to it with all your might.
Lesson 4
Take Responsibility for every challenge you face.
Learn to take responsibility for any situation in which you find yourself.
When my ordeal started, I threw the responsibility on everyone else except myself. I blamed the banks that did not give me enough time to restructure the company and meet my outstanding obligations to them. I blamed friends who refused to sympathise with me and lend me helping hands when I needed them most. I blamed relatives who trooped in when the going was good, but disappeared at the slightest challenge. I blamed the press whom I thought did not give me fair-hearing. I blamed everyone else except myself.
But the more people I blamed the more depressed and miserable I became. For more than four years, I was angry with everybody and myself. I was even developing health problems in the process. Everyday as I blamed other people; I got the problem on the ground magnified.
Lesson 5
There is no odd job in a crisis.
You don’t have wisdom and experience if you don’t have crises. I am talking of a situation where you are left with absolutely nothing -no influence, no privilege, no position and your name counts for little.
And things can turn bad very rapidly. I remember a time when things were still very good, a leasing company invited me to be on its board. I offered to nominate someone to represent me, but the company insisted that they wanted me because of my name and the goodwill I had built over time. That was gone during the crisis and my name really meant very little.
I learnt this truth in a hard way. To get out of a crisis especially when your back is on the wall, survival is the name of the game. No job can be considered odd in crisis times and you will multiply your sorrow if you sit down brooding over your former position and privileges.
To get out of the hole, the wisdom is in looking at your current position and seeing what you can do gradually to build up from that ground floor. Come to terms with the fact that you are on the floor. You must flush out anger, bitterness, envy and jealousy.
Lesson 6
Nothing is permanent.
When I was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), it never occurred to me that a time would come when I would not be able to do anything I felt like doing. I was hit by stroke some two years ago and with it all the dreams I had carried in my head, becoming a mirage. I have many things I want to do, but I do not have the energy and health to make them happen. The lesson is this: take every opportunity to make things happen when you have the energy; you cannot guarantee you will be able to keep it forever.
Lesson 7:
Don’t be bitter with people.
This may be hard to understand but one lesson I am learning rather late is that when I am bitter with any human being, I am actually working against myself. When things were okay with me, my house was a beehive of activities. I had helped many people. I sponsored some to schools. But when things went bad, they were the first to desert me. I was bitter, and I still have a bit of bitterness towards them. However, as I am learning bitterness erodes health.
One Lesson – great advice
While in that situation, I just reflected on a statement made by Dr. Christopher Kolade when I invited him to be on the board of my company. I felt that with his goodwill bringing him on board would make a lot of difference to the company.
But in our first meeting, he said: “I know what you want to do; you want me to take responsibility for the success of the company. But you are responsible for the success of your company.” I continued to echo that statement.
I later realised that placing responsibility on others for whatever happens to you would invariably mean you have lost your personal power which the Higher Power has given to everyone. You are in this world for a purpose, and that purpose can only be realised by you and the Higher Power. It means that any action you take is yours.

Moji Olaiya: Seven things you didn’t know about the late actress (photos)

Moji Olaiya 
Popular Yoruba actress, Moji Olaiya, has passed away at the age of 42.
Born February 27, 1975, the actress who recently welcomed a baby, passed away in Canada on May 17, 2017. Here are seven things you should know about the late actress.
Moji Olaiya
1. Moji Olaiya was born on February 27, 1975, to  highlife maestro Victor Olaiya.
2. 18 years after her first child, Adunoluwa, the late actress welcomed another child on March 17, 2017, in Canada.
Moji and Adun
3. Olaiya made her acting debut in the Wale Adenuga Super Story production, “No Pain No Gain,”  in which she played Ireti.
She made her indigenous movie debut in the Yoruba movie, “Agunbaniro”.
4. In 2015, the late actress was honoured by the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja for being a role model to Nigerian youths.
Moji Olaiya receiving her award
5.  In December 2007, the actress got married to Bayo Okesola. The couple separated few years later following irreconcilable differences.
6. In 2014, the actress who was born a Christian, converted to Islam.
Moji Olaiya
7. Olaiya was also known for her roles in films such as Sade Blade “, “Nkan adun and Omo iya meta leyi “.
May her soul rest in peace.
Credits: Kemi Filani blog