BREAKDOWN OF WHAT A NIGERIAN SENATOR EARN. ( 2015 to 2018 figures)

1. RUNNING COST
Newspaper allowance…….N1.24m
Wardrobe allowance……….N0.62m
Recess allowance ………….N0.25m
Accommodation…………….N4.97m
Utilities …………………………N0.83m
Domestic staff……………….N1.86m
Entertainment………………..N0.83m
Personal Assistant…………N0.62m
Vehicle Mtce Allowance…N1.86m
Leave Allowance……………N0.25m

TOTAL RUNNING COST ………..N13.58m/month
This adds up to N162.96m annually

2. CONSOLIDATED SALARY
He goes home with N750,000 monthly.

This sums up to N9m annually.

3. He is entitled to N200m annually to execute projects which is the duty of the Executive.

SUMMARY
Annual Salary…N9,000,000 per annum
Running Allowee….N163,000,000 per annum
Constituency….N200,000,000 per annum

TOTAL N372,000,000.00 per annum.
This amount is over N1,000,000 every blessed day including Sundays when he is in church.

HE ALSO GETS THIS
Severance Gratuity………… N7.43m
Furniture allowance ……….N7.45m
Motor Vehicle Allowance…N9.94m
TOTAL N24.82m. I presume once in a Senate life.
He then gets bribed to pass or kill a Bill

while the minimum wage is N18, 000.

-credit: Joseph Adimabua

Why Power Makes Otherwise Sane People Brain-Damaged By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.

Almost everyone I know wonders aloud— and in silence— why people in power change radically; why they become so utterly disconnected from reality that they suddenly become completely unrecognizable to people who knew them before they got to power; why they get puffed-up, susceptible to flattery, and intolerant of even the mildest, best-intentioned censure; why they appear possessed by inexplicably malignant forces; and why they are notoriously insensitive and self-absorbed.

Everyone who has ever had a friend in a position of power, especially political power, can attest to the accuracy of the age-old truism that a friend in power is a lost friend. Of course, there are exceptions, but it is precisely the fact of the existence of exceptions that makes this reality poignant. As the saying goes, “the exception proves the rule.”

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Look at all the power brokers in Nigeria—from the president to your ward councilor—and you’ll discover that there is a vast disconnect between who they were before they got to power and who they are now.

Also look at previously arrogant, narcissistic, power-drunk prigs who have been kicked out of the orbit of power for any number of reasons. You’ll discover that they are suddenly normal again. They share our pains, make the right noises, condemn abuse of power, and identify with popular causes. The legendary amnesia of Nigerians causes the past misdeeds of these previous monsters of power to be explained away, lessened, forgiven, and ultimately forgotten. But when they get back to power again, they become the insensitive beasts of power that they once were.

So what is it about power that makes people such obtuse, self-centered snobs? It turns out that psychologists have been grappling with this puzzle for years and have a clue. Dacher Keltner, a psychology of professor at the University of California Berkeley, extensively studied the brains of people in power and found that people under the influence of power are neurologically similar to people who suffer traumatic brain injury.

According to the July/August 2017 issue of the Atlantic magazine, people who are victims of traumatic brain injury are “more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.” In other words, like victims of traumatic brain injury, power causes people to lose their capacity for empathy. This is a surprising scientific corroboration of American historian Henry Adams’ popular wisecrack about how power is “a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.”

The findings of Sukhvinder Obhi, a professor of neuroscience at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, are even more revealing. Obhi also studies the workings of the human brain. “And when he put the heads of the powerful and the not-so-powerful under a transcranial-magnetic-stimulation machine, he found that power, in fact, impairs a specific neural process, ‘mirroring,’ that may be a cornerstone of empathy,” the Atlantic reports. “Which gives a neurological basis to what Keltner has termed the ‘power paradox’: Once we have power, we lose some of the capacities we needed to gain it in the first place.”

Take President Buhari, for example. Before he became president, he was—or at least appeared to be—empathetic. He supported subsidies for the poor, railed against waste, thought Nigerians deserved to buy petrol at a low price because Nigerian oil was “developed with Nigerian capital,” and so on. He even said foreign medical treatment for elected government officials was immoral and indefensible, and wondered why a Nigerian president would need a fleet of aircraft when even the British Prime Minister didn’t have any.

“One of the major killers of our economy, apart from corruption, is waste,” Buhari said in London in February 2015. “Let me give an instance: Presently, there are more than 6 aircraft in the presidential fleet. What do you call that? Billions of naira is budgeted every year for the maintenance of these aircraft, not to talk of operational costs and other expenses.

“You may want to ask what a Nigerian President is doing with so many aircraft when the Prime Minister of Britain flies around using the same public aircraft like an ordinary Briton. Go and check and compare with that of any developed country in the world: the office of the Nigerian President is a very expensive one in spite of our high level of poverty, lack, and joblessness….

“Now, for me, when we come into office, all this waste will be blocked and properly channelled into our economy….

“What is the difference between me and those who elected us to represent them? Absolutely nothing! Why should Nigerian president not fly with other Nigerian public? Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a president with a huge crowd with public fund? Why do I need to go for foreign medical trip if we cannot make our hospital functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we cannot develop our universities to compete with the foreign ones?”

Nothing but power-induced brain damage, which triggers narcissism and loss of empathy, can explain Buhari’s dramatic volte-face now that he’s in power. This fact, psychological researchers say, is worsened by the fact that subordinates tend to flatter people in power, mimic their ways in order to ingratiate themselves with them, and shield them from realities that might cause them psychic discomfort.

“But more important, Keltner says, is the fact that the powerful stop mimicking others,” the Atlantic reports. “Laughing when others laugh or tensing when others tense does more than ingratiate. It helps trigger the same feelings those others are experiencing and provides a window into where they are coming from. Powerful people ‘stop simulating the experience of others,’ Keltner says, which leads to what he calls an ‘empathy deficit.’”

Researchers also found out that excessive praise from subordinates, sycophantic drooling from people seeking favors, control over vast resources they once didn’t have, and all the performances of power conspire to cause “functional” changes to the brains of people in power. On a social level, it also creates what Lord David Owen, a British neurologist-turned-politician, called the “hubris syndrome” in his 2008 book titled In Sickness and in Power.

Some features of hubris syndrome are, “manifest contempt for others, loss of contact with reality, restless or reckless actions, and displays of incompetence.” Sounds familiar?

But it’s not all gloom and doom. Powerful people can extricate themselves from the psychological snares of power if they so desire. Professor Keltner said one of the most effective psychological strategies for people in power to reconnect with reality and reverse the brain damage of power is to periodically remember moments of powerlessness in their lives—such as natural disasters, poverty, etc.—or have what American journalist Louis McHenry Howe once called a “toe holder,” that is, someone who doesn’t fear you and who can tell you uncomfortable truths without fear of consequences.

Winston Churchill’s toe holder was his wife, who once wrote a letter to him that read, in part, “I must confess that I have noticed a deterioration in your manner; & you are not as kind as you used to be.” Was Aisha Buhari performing the role of a toe holder when she publicly upbraided her husband in a BBC interview?

I don’t know. I do know, however, that it didn’t have much effect, precisely because Buhari has no self-awareness of the literal damage that power has done to his brain. I hope someone gives him—and other people in power in Nigeria— this piece to read.

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VANITIES OF LIFE (CHIEF DEINDE ANTONIO FERNANDEZ,

VANITIES OF LIFE (CHIEF DEINDE ANTONIO FERNANDEZ, died 1st Sept, ’15. Aged. 79. (R.I.P)

He was born in Isale Eko,Lagos Island,into the Fernandez family that originated from Brazil and the first European migrant to Lagos. His mother from Olumegbon family, also of Lagos Island. He attended Holy Cross primary school,near Lagos City hall, C.M.S. grammar school and St. Gregory college, Obalende, Lagos Island. Like most brilliant omo Eko of his generation, he traveled to the USA, for further studies. B.Sc.Columbia Univ. M.Sc. (Bus.Admin) New York State Univ. ’72. With the help of our late sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he became the first black member of the New York City Cocoa Board.This signalled the beginning of an accomplished business carrier. The omo Eko. Billionaire owns the world’s biggest diamond and gold mines in Zaire, Central Africa and Turkey. He has been in diplomacy since 1996. In 1982, he served as advisor to the Angolan Government on Economic matter. He held this position for two years until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations in 1984. He also represented Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola & other countries at various times. He was acclaimed to be one of the richest Africans in the recent history. He runs an oil company called Petro Inett which obtained a 50% share with South African-based Energy Africa Limited in a deal with the state oil company for exploration rights in a 4,700 km2 area of Angola’s coast in 1996.[2] In 1992, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Matters, a position he held for three years.He was formerly married to Aduke Fernandez, whom he divorced in July 2003 following a £ 300m divorce suit in Scotland filled on July 1, 2003 by her counsel.Lord Brodie presided over the case. He was asked by Aduke through her counsel, Charles Macnair QC, to compel Chief Fernandez to pay her a lump sum of £ 5m and an allowance of £75,000 monthly for 3 years. She died in 2013.

He married Halima in 2003.Chief Fernandez is the father of Princess Antoinette Oyinkansola Fernandez, from his relationship with the current Erelu Kuti of Lagos. Chief Fernandez is the father of Abimbola Fernandez, a Nigerian model for Vivienne Westwood during Edinburgh Fashion Week. In 2009 her face was the album cover for platinum selling artist Cobra Starship’s CD “Hot Mess”.She also modeled for the cover of the single “Good Girls Go Bad”.

He died in Belgium. Chief Fernadez lived life like a king . He has one of the best yacht and private jet in the world . One of the biggest mansion in England, France and many part of the world .He never had a bicycle in Lagos while schooling, but decades later, as a billionaire, he bought his son, Koyejo, an airplane for his 16th birthday. He himself owned 6 private jets including Gulf stream G550, best in aeronautic engineering, luxury & comfort. I first got attracted to this man when Ovation did a cover of him and he took 40 pages of the magazine at that time . He was the richest man in African world , his shoes the best of snake and leopard skin like Mobutu Sese Seko his friend .He was so powerful because of his money . Everything in his mansion is made of gold .

With all these money , I have never heard he has a foundation taking care of the less privilege or granting of educational scholarship to poor bright kids . Despite his high level int’l experience and exposure, he never knew nor worshiped God! He never served! He never for a moment believed in God! He never believed that his blessings came from God but through his had work. He once told an associate that, “when others are asleep, I work & when they are awake, I continue to work.” He was carried away by African traditional believes. He was the Oluwo of Lagos & Olori Ogboni of the Universe. He wives were Erelu Kuti of Lagos. With his love for 9ja women & Eko, he did not have a single investment in Nigeria. No account in any bank in Nigeria. Yet, he & wives only use Nigerian passports to travel to any where throughout his lifetime. He’s that patriotic. He had no Nigerian employee anywhere in the world, not to talk of omo Eko. He never donated blackboard chalk to any of the schools he attended in Nigeria. NOW, PLEASE TELL ME, WAS HE ONE OF US? WAS HE ONE OF OUR OWN? (topic of this lesson 7). Rather , the only things I know about him is his life of opulence and splendor . I can confidently say he was one of the men who redefine exotic high street fashion in modern Africa .He has SIX Private Jets. He Owns A Chateau In France, Once Occupied By Napoleon Bonaparte, The Emperor Of France. Friend Of Mobutu. Ally Of Kofi Annan. Associate Of Mandela. I Call Him The Emperor of Blinding Swagger. Terrific Swagger. He Is So Classy That Whenever He Enters A Restaurant To Eat, Everyone Else Must Leave Because He Cannot Eat With The ‘Commoners’. He Takes Over Entire Restaurants For The Night To Avoid Encountering ‘RiffRaff’. (Chai! Poor Man Don Suffer). Of All The Richest Nigerians I Know, None Comes Close To This Man When It Comes To The Level Of Style, ‘Tooshness’ & Money-Backed Aloofness.

After all of these he still ran away from his gold house to lived in an hotel for months after he fell out with his wife and they later divorce. Money cannot buy true love after all.There is absolutely nothing on earth . Every little time and money you have make sure you use some for those around you who need your help .

The best investment in life is to invest in human beings because when you die you will be remembered in the good book of history and those people you help will make you live forever .

VANITIES OF LIFE (CHIEF DEINDE ANTONIO FERNANDEZ, died 1st Sept, ’15. Aged. 79. (R.I.P)

VANITIES OF LIFE (CHIEF DEINDE ANTONIO FERNANDEZ, died 1st Sept, ’15. Aged. 79. (R.I.P)

He was born in Isale Eko,Lagos Island,into the Fernandez family that originated from Brazil and the first European migrant to Lagos. His mother from Olumegbon family, also of Lagos Island. He attended Holy Cross primary school,near Lagos City hall, C.M.S. grammar school and St. Gregory college, Obalende, Lagos Island. Like most brilliant omo Eko of his generation, he traveled to the USA, for further studies. B.Sc.Columbia Univ. M.Sc. (Bus.Admin) New York State Univ. ’72. With the help of our late sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he became the first black member of the New York City Cocoa Board.This signalled the beginning of an accomplished business carrier. The omo Eko. Billionaire owns the world’s biggest diamond and gold mines in Zaire, Central Africa and Turkey. He has been in diplomacy since 1996. In 1982, he served as advisor to the Angolan Government on Economic matter. He held this position for two years until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations in 1984. He also represented Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola & other countries at various times. He was acclaimed to be one of the richest Africans in the recent history. He runs an oil company called Petro Inett which obtained a 50% share with South African-based Energy Africa Limited in a deal with the state oil company for exploration rights in a 4,700 km2 area of Angola’s coast in 1996.[2] In 1992, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Matters, a position he held for three years.He was formerly married to Aduke Fernandez, whom he divorced in July 2003 following a £ 300m divorce suit in Scotland filled on July 1, 2003 by her counsel.Lord Brodie presided over the case. He was asked by Aduke through her counsel, Charles Macnair QC, to compel Chief Fernandez to pay her a lump sum of £ 5m and an allowance of £75,000 monthly for 3 years. She died in 2013.

He married Halima in 2003.Chief Fernandez is the father of Princess Antoinette Oyinkansola Fernandez, from his relationship with the current Erelu Kuti of Lagos. Chief Fernandez is the father of Abimbola Fernandez, a Nigerian model for Vivienne Westwood during Edinburgh Fashion Week. In 2009 her face was the album cover for platinum selling artist Cobra Starship’s CD “Hot Mess”.She also modeled for the cover of the single “Good Girls Go Bad”.

He died in Belgium. Chief Fernadez lived life like a king . He has one of the best yacht and private jet in the world . One of the biggest mansion in England, France and many part of the world .He never had a bicycle in Lagos while schooling, but decades later, as a billionaire, he bought his son, Koyejo, an airplane for his 16th birthday. He himself owned 6 private jets including Gulf stream G550, best in aeronautic engineering, luxury & comfort. I first got attracted to this man when Ovation did a cover of him and he took 40 pages of the magazine at that time . He was the richest man in African world , his shoes the best of snake and leopard skin like Mobutu Sese Seko his friend .He was so powerful because of his money . Everything in his mansion is made of gold .

With all these money , I have never heard he has a foundation taking care of the less privilege or granting of educational scholarship to poor bright kids . Despite his high level int’l experience and exposure, he never knew nor worshiped God! He never served! He never for a moment believed in God! He never believed that his blessings came from God but through his had work. He once told an associate that, “when others are asleep, I work & when they are awake, I continue to work.” He was carried away by African traditional believes. He was the Oluwo of Lagos & Olori Ogboni of the Universe. He wives were Erelu Kuti of Lagos. With his love for 9ja women & Eko, he did not have a single investment in Nigeria. No account in any bank in Nigeria. Yet, he & wives only use Nigerian passports to travel to any where throughout his lifetime. He’s that patriotic. He had no Nigerian employee anywhere in the world, not to talk of omo Eko. He never donated blackboard chalk to any of the schools he attended in Nigeria. NOW, PLEASE TELL ME, WAS HE ONE OF US? WAS HE ONE OF OUR OWN? (topic of this lesson 7). Rather , the only things I know about him is his life of opulence and splendor . I can confidently say he was one of the men who redefine exotic high street fashion in modern Africa .He has SIX Private Jets. He Owns A Chateau In France, Once Occupied By Napoleon Bonaparte, The Emperor Of France. Friend Of Mobutu. Ally Of Kofi Annan. Associate Of Mandela. I Call Him The Emperor of Blinding Swagger. Terrific Swagger. He Is So Classy That Whenever He Enters A Restaurant To Eat, Everyone Else Must Leave Because He Cannot Eat With The ‘Commoners’. He Takes Over Entire Restaurants For The Night To Avoid Encountering ‘RiffRaff’. (Chai! Poor Man Don Suffer). Of All The Richest Nigerians I Know, None Comes Close To This Man When It Comes To The Level Of Style, ‘Tooshness’ & Money-Backed Aloofness.

After all of these he still ran away from his gold house to lived in an hotel for months after he fell out with his wife and they later divorce. Money cannot buy true love after all.There is absolutely nothing on earth . Every little time and money you have make sure you use some for those around you who need your help .

The best investment in life is to invest in human beings because when you die you will be remembered in the good book of history and those people you help will make you live forever .

Your Greatest Enemy

Who killed Samson? Delilah or the Philistines? None of these options are correct. Permit me to tell you how

Even if there were 10,000 Philistine soldiers, they couldn’t have defeated Samson. Do you know why? Samson’s strength was not of this world; it was divine. As long as no one can defeat God, no army could have defeated Samson no matter how strong or many

Samson was raised a terror for the Philistines. He killed a lion with his bare hands, lifted the gate of a city on his shoulder and walked over 46 miles; he killed 300 Philistines soldiers with a jaw bone. What if he got a spear or sword?

So, who killed Samson? The answer is Samson. Yes! Samson killed himself! A man is his greatest enemy. What an enemy cannot do to a man, he would do to himself. Samson killed himself. He delivered himself to the lap of Delilah and used his own mouth to tell the secret of his power. His life promised so much but delivered so little

The Bible says, “People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does GOD always get blamed?” (Proverbs 19:3. MSG)

Nobody can ruin your life except you do with your own hands. Although you can blame it on God or parents or government, you’re the architect of your life; you are your greatest enemy. Even if your grandparents had done any evil, until you press the trigger it won’t explode on your face

No Satan or witch has the power to destroy you no matter how much they hate you, you’re the only one who can kill yourself by your actions

When the enemies try in vain to kill you, they lie in wait and allow you to kill yourself by your actions.

Goliath, the champion couldn’t hurt David but adultery destroyed his family. The gentile nations couldn’t hurt Moses, but anger killed him. When king Jeroboam stretched his hand against the prophet, his hand dried up; he couldn’t hurt him, but his own disobedience turned him to a prey for a lion. Your greatest enemy isn’t outside there, it’s in you

Millions are killing themselves with their own mouth by what they eat and drink. Millions die of sexually transmitted diseases every year. Would you blame a witch for that?

Hundreds of thousands of divorce and breakup happen every year because people destroy their own marriages and homes with their own hands. Like Proverbs 14:1 says “Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

If you fail, don’t look far away, look inwards because what’s killing you is inside of you. What you yield yourself to will either kill or save you. If you continue yielding yourself to fornication, that’s what will kill you both spiritually or physically

Everyone has a seed of sin deposited in him through his Adamic nature. True repentance kills that seed but if you don’t kill that anger, pride, jealousy, greed, lust, it won’t just kill you in the future, it might have been killing you already. That’s why no matter how much people die of cancer and diabetics people won’t stop smoking and drinking because a man signs his own death warrant

Kill that seed before it kills you. Quit that habit, now! Because your greatest enemy isn’t a man or a spirit or Satan but you. Yes, You!
Bless someone with this message today.
God bless you..

HISTORY! February 13th 1976 Coup

When Lt. Col. Bukar Dimka of the Nigeria Army Physical Training Corps stepped out of his official residence on Macpherson Road, Ikoyi, in the early hours of February 13, 1976, he had one agenda in mind; the killing of the then Head of State, Gen. Murtala Muhammed.

He achieved that criminal act by gunning down the Kano-born head of state a few minutes after the latter left the Dodan Barracks, Obalende, the official seat of the Federal Military Government at the time.

Muhammed’s official black Mercedes Benz was riddled with bullets near a petrol station on Bank Road, (now Murtala Muhammed Drive) opposite the Federal Secretariat, Ikoyi. Killed along with him were, his ADC, Lt. Akintunde Akinsehinwa and driver.

After the assassination, Dimka had made a broadcast at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) studio in the following words;

‘’Good morning fellow Nigerians, This is Lt. Col. B. Dimka of the Nigerian Army calling.

I bring you good tidings. Murtala Muhammed’s deficiency has been detected. His government is now overthrown by the young revolutionaries. Any attempt to foil these plans from any quarters will be met with death.

Everyone should be calm. Please stay by your radio for further announcements. All borders, air and sea ports are closed until further notice. Curfew is imposed from 6am to 6pm. Thank you. We are all together.”

Two days after Muhammed was assassinated, Dimka was declared wanted for treason and murder by military authorities. He was eventually caught at a checkpoint at Abakaliki on March 5, 1976 and brought to Lagos the following day.

On March 6, 1976, the Federal Government promptly issued a statement on his arrest as follows: ‘’His arrest followed a massive manhunt operation mounted by a combined team of the Army and Police in the area.

‘’The previous day, Lt. Col Dimka had checked in at a local hotel in Afikpo under the name of Mr. C. Godwin of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Enugu. Later, on his request, the hotel manager secured for him a girl, Miss. Beatrice Agboli, with whom to spend the night.

‘’A few hours later, the local Police security was alerted and they closed up on him. At about 10.30 pm, he bolted away through the window of the toilet of his hotel room into a nearby thick bush, abandoning his car with a dangling registration number ECC 6253.”

‘’The continuous joint manhunt operation by the Army and Police resulted in his subsequent arrest near Abakaliki.’’

Barely few hours after he was brought to Lagos, he was interrogated by the military Board of Inquiry led by Major Gen. E. O. Abisoye.

However while Dimka was being quizzed, 32 people including Major Gen. Illiya Bisalla, who had already been tried for their roles in the attempted coup were executed in Lagos on March 11, 1976.

The only civilian executed among them was Abdulkarim Zakari, a graduate of University of Ibadan, who was said to have led Dimka and others into the studios of the NBC on February 13, 1976. The broadcaster was also cited as the man who signed for martial music records from the NBC library the previous night.

Just as the first batch of coup plotters were executed, Dimka’s trial begun after he was presented to the press on March 11, 1976.

Handcuffed, Dimka who wore a katftan dress watched journalists listen to a tape recording of his appearance before the board of inquiry for about five minutes. He confirmed that the voice on the tape was his own and that it was a recording made at his interrogation. He emphasised that the statement was not made under duress.

According to a Daily Times publication, ‘’13 Years of Military Rule 1966-79’’ the highlights of Dimka’s confessional statements included, ‘’Frankly speaking, I should say the beginning of the coup idea was around January this year (1976).’’

He said he had discussions with some persons including former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon in London and when he returned to the country, he decided to assign responsibilities to members of the young revolutionaries conscripted into the plan.

But Gowon, who was in exile at the time denied any prior knowledge of the coup attempt.

Dimka also claimed the coup plot was hatched by young officers who resolved not to involve any Lieutenant Colonel and above except himself in a bid to effect a change of government.

In his confessional statement, he said, Gen. Bisalla had complained to him and expressed his frustration that despite being a member of the Supreme Military Council (SMC), each time there was a decision to be taken, he was either sent to one place or the other.

Dimka said ‘’ Bisalla told me that whatever will happen he want us to go ahead, and work out the details.’’

Explaining how responsibilities were distributed, the leader of the coup plot said ‘’ When I met Major Rabo, he said that he had finally distributed responsibilities. Major Rabo was for target one- Head of State, Lt. Dauda was for target two- Lt. Gen. Obasanjo, Lawrence Garba was for target three- Lt. Gen. Danjuma.

‘’Major Gagara was for Ilorin and Sokoto, Jos had nobody. The main centres of operations were Kaduna, Ibadan, Benin where there are Radio stations’’.

He also listed the targets of attack, that is, those to be eliminated as the Head of State, the four GOCs, Col. Babangida, Col. Bajowa, Col. Mohammed of Sokoto, Col. Ibrahim Taiwo of Kwara, Col. Abdullahi of Jos and Col. Jemibewon of Ibadan.’’

Dimka also confessed before the military board of inquiry how Zakari showed him the NBC broadcasting section on February 12, a day before the coup attempt.

On how the ex-Head of State was killed, he said ‘’ I stood at George Street with Major Rabo to wait until such a time when the Head of State’s car was coming out. There, one Capt. Malaki who was to give the warning order. Capt. Malaki was to be on the watch to signal Major Rabo and Lt. William Seri on the approach of the vehicle. So I came up and I was at the petrol station waiting.

‘’I was behind while we were talking when the Commander –in-Chief’s car passed. In fact, I did not even see it until when Malaki said the car has passed. So, we rushed in and then followed and the car was held somewhere just opposite the petrol station.

‘’Lt. Seri was approaching the car when we stopped and Major Rabo rushed to him, then the firing started. ‘’

Dimka confessed that after the Head of State was assassinated, he went to the NBC and made his broadcast that the young revolutionaries had taken over the government.

At the end of his trial, coup leader and a number of others were found guilty of treason and murder. Their death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Military Council.

Dimka and seven others were eventually executed by firing squad at Kirikiri Prisons on May 15, 1976, for their part in the abortive coup. Also executed among the squad was the former Governor of the then Benue Plateau State, Joseph Gomwalk.

However, two NCOs, Sgt. Clement Yildar and Corporal Dauda Usman escaped and were never found. They were declared wanted by the authorities.

The situation led to the promulgation by Olusegun Obasanjo regime of certain retrospective decrees and new military laws justifying mass executions for coup participation.

FRANCIS FAMOROTI.

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Fellow Nigerians,
This is Lt. Col. BS Dimka. I now explain why we the Young Revolutionaries of the Armed Forces have found it necessary to overthrow the six month old government of Murtala. On the 29th July 1975 the Government of General Gowon was overthrown. Some of the reasons given for the change were:

a. Corruption
b. Indecision
c. Arrest and detention without trial
d. Weakness on the part of the Head of State
e. Maladministration in general and a host of other malpractice.

Every honest Nigerian will agree with me that since the change over of government there has not been any physical development in the whole country generally.

All we have is arbitrary dismissal of innocent Nigerians who have contributed in no less amount to the building of this great nation.

A Professor was arrested, detained, dismissed and later taken to court on an article which every honest Nigerian will agree that all the points contained in that article were 100% truth.

The sad point about it all is that those who initiated the retirement or dismissal exercise are the worst offenders.

You will be informed about the ill-gotten wealth in my next announcement.

The acting General Manager of the Nigerian Airways was invited to the Dodan Barracks and detained without trial.

The people of this country have been living in a state of fear.

The Armed Forces promotion exercise is still fresh in your minds.

Whatever reasons they have for the promotion one can only say that they are ambitious.

They in fact took over power to enrich themselves.

We are convinced that some of the programmes announced for a return to civilian rule are made to favor a particular group.

To mention only one. Maitama Sule is a politician. But has been appointed Chief of Commissioners for Complaints.

This is to prepare him for the next political head at all cost.

How many of you know that Maitama Sule is on a salary of N17,000 p.a.?

In view of what I have just said and a lot more which time will not permit me to mention, we the Young Revolutionaries have once again taken over the Government to save Murtala from total disgrace and prevent him from committing further blunders and totally collapsing the country before he runs away in the name of retirement to enjoy the huge fortune he got through bribe which he has now stored outside this country.

I believe that charity should begin at home.

Please stay by your radio for further announcements.

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BILLY GRAHAM, CHUCK TEMPLETON AND BRON CLIFFORD

BILLY GRAHAM, CHUCK TEMPLETON AND BRON CLIFFORD

“Just about everybody has heard of the demise of the great evangelist Billy Graham, but what about Chuck Templeton? What about Bron Clifford? Have you ever heard of them? Did you know that they were also packing our auditoriums in 1945 when Billy Graham first preached to large crowds? I want to share with you some thoughts prompted by Pastor Tommy Barnett of Phoenix. All three of these young men rose to prominence in their middle twenties. One seminary president, after hearing Chuck Templeton – a brilliant, dynamic preacher – called him the most gifted, talented young preacher in America. Templeton and Graham became very close friends. They started preaching together with the Youth For Christ organization. Most observers thought that Templeton would be the one who would go to the top. One magazine wrote a feature article calling Templeton the “Babe Ruth of evangelism”.

Bron Clifford was another gifted, young fireball evangelist. Many believed that Clifford was the most gifted powerful preacher to come up in the church for many centuries. People lined up for hours to hear him preach. When he went to Baylor University to give a discourse, they actually cut the ropes off the bells of the tower. They wanted nothing to interfere with his preaching. For two and one half-hours the students of Baylor sat on the edges of their seats as he gave a dissertation on “Christ and the Philosopher’s Stone.” At age 25, Clifford touched more lives, influenced more leaders and set more attendance records that any other clergyman in American history. National leaders vied for his attention. He was tall, handsome, dashing, sophisticated and intelligent. Hollywood actually tried to cast him in the lead role for the famous movie, “The Robe”. He seemed to have everything.

Graham, Templeton, and Clifford launched out of the starting blocks like Olympic gold medallists in 1945. Why haven’t you heard of Chuck Templeton or Bron Clifford? The answer might surprise you.

By 1950 Templeton had left the ministry. He pursued a radio career. He became an announcer and a newscaster, telling the world that he no longer believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He became an atheist. By 1950, this future Babe Ruth of preaching was not even in the ball game!

By 1954 Clifford had lost his family, ministry and health. Eventually he lost his life because of addiction to alcohol. Financial irresponsibility left his wife and their two Downs syndrome children penniless. This once famous preacher died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 35 in a rundown hotel on the edge of Amarillo, Texas. He died a pitiful, dishonorable and unsung death. Some pastors from Amarillo, Texas got together and collected enough money to buy a cheap casket. They shipped his body back to the East Coast, where he was buried in a pauper’s cemetery.

In 1945 all three of these men with extraordinary gifts were preaching for the purpose of multiplying the church by thousands of people. But within 10 years only one of them was still on track for Christ.

In Christian life it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish! A recent survey shocked me; it reported that only one out of ten who start in ministry at the age of 21 serve the Lord to age 65. They fall away from ministry due to immorality, pride, discouragement, liberal theology and a love for wealth and the things of this world. Here is my question to you today

WILL YOU FINISH STRONG FOR CHRIST? “

BILLY GRAHAM, CHUCK TEMPLETON AND BRON CLIFFORD

BILLY GRAHAM, CHUCK TEMPLETON AND BRON CLIFFORD

“Just about everybody has heard of the demise of the great evangelist Billy Graham, but what about Chuck Templeton? What about Bron Clifford? Have you ever heard of them? Did you know that they were also packing our auditoriums in 1945 when Billy Graham first preached to large crowds? I want to share with you some thoughts prompted by Pastor Tommy Barnett of Phoenix. All three of these young men rose to prominence in their middle twenties. One seminary president, after hearing Chuck Templeton – a brilliant, dynamic preacher – called him the most gifted, talented young preacher in America. Templeton and Graham became very close friends. They started preaching together with the Youth For Christ organization. Most observers thought that Templeton would be the one who would go to the top. One magazine wrote a feature article calling Templeton the “Babe Ruth of evangelism”.

Bron Clifford was another gifted, young fireball evangelist. Many believed that Clifford was the most gifted powerful preacher to come up in the church for many centuries. People lined up for hours to hear him preach. When he went to Baylor University to give a discourse, they actually cut the ropes off the bells of the tower. They wanted nothing to interfere with his preaching. For two and one half-hours the students of Baylor sat on the edges of their seats as he gave a dissertation on “Christ and the Philosopher’s Stone.” At age 25, Clifford touched more lives, influenced more leaders and set more attendance records that any other clergyman in American history. National leaders vied for his attention. He was tall, handsome, dashing, sophisticated and intelligent. Hollywood actually tried to cast him in the lead role for the famous movie, “The Robe”. He seemed to have everything.

Graham, Templeton, and Clifford launched out of the starting blocks like Olympic gold medallists in 1945. Why haven’t you heard of Chuck Templeton or Bron Clifford? The answer might surprise you.

By 1950 Templeton had left the ministry. He pursued a radio career. He became an announcer and a newscaster, telling the world that he no longer believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He became an atheist. By 1950, this future Babe Ruth of preaching was not even in the ball game!

By 1954 Clifford had lost his family, ministry and health. Eventually he lost his life because of addiction to alcohol. Financial irresponsibility left his wife and their two Downs syndrome children penniless. This once famous preacher died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 35 in a rundown hotel on the edge of Amarillo, Texas. He died a pitiful, dishonorable and unsung death. Some pastors from Amarillo, Texas got together and collected enough money to buy a cheap casket. They shipped his body back to the East Coast, where he was buried in a pauper’s cemetery.

In 1945 all three of these men with extraordinary gifts were preaching for the purpose of multiplying the church by thousands of people. But within 10 years only one of them was still on track for Christ.

In Christian life it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish! A recent survey shocked me; it reported that only one out of ten who start in ministry at the age of 21 serve the Lord to age 65. They fall away from ministry due to immorality, pride, discouragement, liberal theology and a love for wealth and the things of this world. Here is my question to you today

WILL YOU FINISH STRONG FOR CHRIST? “

NollyWood Vs Medical Doctors

One of my reasons for the peculiar aversion to Nollywood movies were the hospital scenes which were consistently nauseating, unresearched, unintelligent and embarrassing.

A colleague put words to my irritation. Let me also say the word is ‘diagnose’, not ‘diagonise’

Silverline Asani writes:
Dear Nollywood Producer,
On behalf of your teeming fans and the general viewing public, l’d like to bring a couple of things to your immediate attention.

In as much as we don’t particularly care about your typically unimaginative story lines and equally shoddy performances, my colleagues and I would especially appreciate it if you could be kind enough to desist from misleading the general public on the details of the medical practice as portrayed in the hospital scenes of your movies.

These errors are too numerous to mention, so please allow me to reference just a few.

I know it might come as a surprise to you, but we really don’t always have our stethoscope around our necks. Sometimes we put it in our pockets or just hold it in our hands.
That stethoscope around the neck thing is ,permit me to say, too cliché.
You should switch it around a little.

Also, the general function of the stethoscope is rather defeated if the ear tubings are not inside your ear while you’re using it.
You really can’t see a heart sound.
You’d have to hear it.

The Intravenous line (believe it or not, we call it an “IV line” and not “drip”) is to be placed in the direction of the heart and not away from it.
That mistake is inexcusable.

No, Blood doesn’t look red in a bag.
And no, it’s not black either.

There really is a process to administering CPR on patient.
We don’t just compress their chest randomly and continuously.
It’s real easy to learn.

WE DON’T HAVE A REFERRAL SYSTEM WITH CHURCHES, ALFA’S OR HERBALISTS.
WE WILL NEVER TELL YOU TO TAKE YOUR SICK RELATIVE TO A HERBALIST, ALFA OR CHURCH BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEEM TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM.
It’s the commonest and singularly most ridiculous situation you portray.
STOP IT.

“There’s more to being an organ donor than just being a spouse or a child to the recipient. That’s not exactly how it works.
Blood Grouping is key.
Use google.

Doctor/Patient confidentiality is indeed a sacred part of our profession.
We really are not permitted to tell a mother that her adult child has HIV.
And vice versa.

Abortion doesn’t kill.
It doesn’t automatically render you infertile either.

A Caesarean Section is the most commonly performed Obstetric surgery.
It’s not that big of a deal.
Stop presenting it as such.
Its also not a bad thing by any degree.

Consent for Medical Procedures can be given by the patient themselves so long as they are above 18years, conscious and has the mental capability to understand the procedure to be done.
Parents aren’t required to give consent for their adult kids.
Same applies to husbands and wives.

Please endeavor to learn the correct pronunciations of Medical terms.
It’s really, really not that hard.
Really, it’s not.

For free, most Doctors will help you with the correct information you need to not make the hospital scenes in your movies the colossal embarrassment it currently is.
It’s okay to ask for help.

Your audience isn’t really as dumb as you’d like to think they are and it’s quite offensive when you suggest as much.
That’s what your lackadaisical attitude to research implies.

Ask questions and make an effort.
Thank you.”

 

 

Credits : Raphymoj Olaitan Omo-Ajuwara

Meeting of 9 Wealthiest men in 1923

In 1923, nine of the wealthiest people in the world met at Chicago’s Edge Water Beach Hotel. Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the Government of the United States at that time. These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. Attending the meeting were the following men:

1. The president of the largest steel company;

2. The president of the largest utility company;

3. The president of the largest gas company;

4. The president of the New York Stock Exchange;

5. The president of the Bank of International Settlements;

6. The greatest Wheat Speculator;

7. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street;

8. The head of the World’s greatest monopoly and

9. A member of President Harding’s cabinet.

That’s a pretty impressive line-up of people by anyone’s yardstick. Yet, 25 years later, where were those nine industrial giants?

Let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later:

1. The president of the then largest steel company (Bethlehem Steel Corp), Charles M Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt;

2. The president of the then largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane;

3. One of the greatest commodity traders (Wheat Speculator), Arthur Cutten, died insolvent;

4. Then president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail;

5. The member of US President Harding’s cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail just to be able to go home and die in peace;

6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jesse Livermore committed suicide;

7. The president of the then world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, also killed himself;

8. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, equally took his own life;

9. The president of the largest utility company, Samuel Insull, died penniless.

What those people forgot was how to “make life” while they got busy making money! Money in itself is not evil; it provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy. However, money is only a medium of exchange. We need two kinds of education: One that teaches us how to make a living and another that teaches us how to live. There are many of us who are so engrossed in our professional life that we neglect our family, health and social responsibilities. If asked why we do this, we would reply that “we are doing it for our family”. Yet, our kids are sleeping when we leave home. And they are sleeping when we come back home! Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone, to pursue their own dreams and their own lives.

Without water, a ship cannot move. But if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face disaster. What was once productive for the ship now becomes destructive. Similarly, we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let it not enter our hearts, so that what was once a means of living may not become a means of destruction for us as well.

So take a moment and ask yourself: “Has the water entered my ship?”

MY COMMENTS: Truly, many of us spend our entire adult life trying to make a living and never live long enough to live the living after making it. I have since learnt what is called Work Life Balance. Since we do not know when death will come, it is instructive to make and live the living altogether. Let’s ponder on the content of this story. Many examples abound all around us. Best wishes