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564. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 564

Christmas in Captivity

The joy of Christmas is Jesus.

READ: Isaiah 9:1–7

On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
Rev. Martin Niemoller, a prominent German pastor, spent nearly eight years in Nazi concentration camps because he openly opposed Hitler.

On Christmas Eve 1944, Niemoller spoke these words of hope to his fellow prisoners in Dachau: “My dear friends, on this Christmas . . . let us seek, in the Babe of Bethlehem, the One who came to us in order to bear with us everything that weighs heavily upon us. . . . God Himself has built a bridge from Himself to us! A dawn from on high has visited us!”

At Christmas we embrace the good news that God, in Christ, has come to us wherever we are and has bridged the gap between us. He invades our prison of darkness with His light and lifts the load of sorrow, guilt, or loneliness that weighs us down.

On that bleak Christmas Eve in prison, Niemoller shared this good news: “Out of the brilliance that surrounded the shepherds a shining ray will fall into our darkness.” His words remind us of the prophet Isaiah, who prophetically said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isa. 9:2).

No matter where today finds us, Jesus has penetrated our dark world with His joy and light!

— David McCasland

 

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Keeping Christ out of Christmas is as futile as holding back the ocean’s tide.

Surely the Stones will Cry O.I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. —Luke 19:40

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

But every holiday I also hear the gospel coming from surprising places —the very places that so commercialize Christmas—shopping malls. When I hear “Joy to the World! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King” ringing from public address systems, I think of the words Jesus said to the Pharisees who told Him to silence the crowds who were praising Him. “If they keep quiet,” Jesus said, “the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40 niv).

At Christmas we hear stones cry out. Even people spiritually dead sing carols written by Christians long dead, reminding us that no matter how hard people try to squelch the real message of Christmas, they will never succeed.
Despite the commercialism that threatens to muddle the message of Christ’s birth, God will make His good news known as “far as the curse is found.”

Keeping Christ out of Christmas is as futile as holding back the ocean’s tide.

Credits: ODB
Julie Ackerman

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Why is Christmas day on the 25th December??

First Christmas celebrated on Dec, 25 was in 336AD. In the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine because he was the first Christian Roman Emperor, few year later Pope Julius 1 officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

Some archeologist reveal that, the early church celebrated Christmas on January 6th.Some other christian groups celebrate Christmas in October. Can someone tell us exactly date of Christ birth?? Merry Christmas to all my family and friends….

It is a privilege to have u all in my life, u r all loved and appreciated in my own way.

Pls remember that this season is all about the Lord Jesus Christ and the best gift u could give Him is by winning a soul to Him… take the opportunity of being surrounded by ur loved ones and preach the Gospel!! that way u will make the angels in heaven celebrate and the Lord will be well pleased with u!!!

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Advance

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CELEBRANT WEEPING
Two years ago, JESUS’ asked one question from me which I would like to share with you as you are preparing for Christmas.
It was during Christmas celebration. The
vision was very clear.
JESUS’ asked me, my son, assuming you were invited to a birthday party and  you met the celebrant weeping, what would you do?
I was shocked and could not answer, Celebrant weeping?
JESUS’ began to speak. I am the celebrant that you christians are celebrating my birthday every year. Each year, you increase my agony and tears during this Christmas celebrations because of your hypocrisy.
Many of you don’t even know me. The few that I can boast of are living lives of disobedient.
Holiness among my children is now a taboo. Righteousness, Sanctification, restitution and other sound Biblical doctrines had disappeared among you and you still gather to eat food and sing sinful songs to me. Is that how to celebrate my birthday?
Pastors are now spiritual 419.These so called pastors got power from Satan to do my work, yet you will see them gathering crowds to sing Carol. Why would I not weep.?
Burying human beings on the alter, going about with charms. Is that what I instructed them to do ?
Sleeping with church members is not a new thing among the so called ministers. All kinds of programs are organized by different churches with one purpose and agenda-to raise money.
My son, there are mega churches, mega instruments and mega population without any disciple among the congregation. Are these not wasted efforts?
Churches are building cathedrals everyday without candidates of heaven among the worshippers.
Why are you celebrating my birthday when there is no unity and love among my children?Why are you celebrating my birthday when your worship centres are being guided by herbalists because of the mundane things inside the building? Are you saying I am powerless that I can’t protect what belongs to me?
Nakedness is more visible in my churches than club houses.
My Son, Evangelism is dead and buried. What u are doing now is member snatching. Nobody is ready to go to fertile ground anymore.
JESUS’ said many things in that vision that I could not remember again.I’ve shared this revelation in my sermon and among my people.
Are you among those people that are making JESUS’ to weep every Christmas?Think about it.
JESUS’ is on his way already. You don’t need to be told d happenings in Israel,Palestine and other places.
I pray for everybody now,u and I will not miss rapture in the Name of JESUS’.
COPIED
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George Weah
George Weah of Liberia first sought for Liberian presidency (2005, aged 39) He failed. Obtained his SSCE (2006, aged 40), his degree (2011, aged 45) and masters (2013, aged 47). He won election to the Liberian Senate (2014, aged 48). He has just been declared the country’s president (2017, aged 51) All under 12 years interval. When you make up your mind to succeed you must also be willing to act on your convictions?
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THE INTERVIEWEE WHO HATED ME
6 years ago a guy looked at me face to face, and boldly told me; “I don’t like you!”
I immediately fired a response, I asked him that day; “Thank you for the honest feedback, but those that you like, how has it made their life better? How does your liking people pay their bills or take a bank loan? My brother keep your like, I need God’s like And that’s what guarantees my future.
Today I joined a CEO friend of mine in an interview Panel to recruit some new staff, it was a long session, as we returned from a coffee break to continue the hectic interview session, here was this same guy walked in with his grey jacket and CV coming for the interview.
Our eyes kissed by fluke, we immediately recognised eachother; “the world is indeed spherical”, I soliloquized.
He felt very uncomfortable through out the interview, one could clearly see the volcanic eruption ongoing in his whole nervous system, he even mistook his date of birth for his last date of employment. It wasn’t yet my turn to ask him questions so I allowed everyone to take their turns with him and deliberately opted to interview him last.
When it got to my turn, the first thing I said was, “I LIKE YOU so much, you look to me like a brilliant and intelligent person, but it seems you are not doing well now because something bothers you, true?”
“That’s very correct Sir!” He responded.
“Ok look at me straight in the eye, I was never offended that day, it is very normal that sometimes as humans you just don’t like certain people, but I wasn’t bothered either, because whether you liked me or not, it was inconsequential to my life and my success path – as you can see, fate has brought you to my lair”
I stood up and beckoned him to come and embrace me, everyone on the panel at this point were at sea – wondering if we had expeditiously recast an interview session to a Hollywood movie scene.
He hugged me so long and deeply that I felt it. Then I told him, “now get your confidence back bro and answer the questions like a Pro Shark that you are, we all burst into laughter, everyone suddenly liked him and the room became livelier – the interview became more like a discussion, well to cut the long story short, he got the job!
Lessons:
1. Be careful how you treat people when they appear to be in their vulnerable state, your next level may be hanging in their balance;  somewhere in the future.
2. If you dislike someone, it is not their fault, it is YOUR FAULT, work on yourself to find good in people and reinvent your Mind to see everyone as likeable.
3. Don’t spew hatred vocally just because it came into your heart, you may say it to someone who will keep it forever and use it against you when you find yourself in your own low moments and need them.
4. Learn to forgive, overlook people’s dislike and hatred for you, dont punish people just because you have the position and privilege to do so, bless them rather – that’s how you court God’s blessings, favour and protection.
5.  Forgive others just as your heavenly Father has forgiven you.
6. Share this post. Someone needs it to heal from their past burdens of unforgiveness they have been carrying which has been hindering their promotions and inhibiting God’s blessings flowing their way.

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Buhari Vs Killer Fulani Herdsmen

“Something that is disturbing that I have heard about it is linking those developments to the fact that a Fulani man is president and so, he is brooking such kind of evil acts.
“I think that is very unkind. And I will try to back my position with statistics.
“In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of herdsmen invading communities in Benue state alone and more than 190 people were killed.
“In 2014, there were about 16 of such tragic developments with more than 231 people killed. And then there was a change of government in May 2015. But between January and May 2015, there were six attacks which left about 335 people dead.
“Now, the question is, during that period, did we have a Fulani president?
“This is showing us that the issue of herdsmen attacking settlements, attacking farmers, attacking communities is pure criminality and it is something that government must deal with.
“It is the duty of government to preserve the lives of the citizenry. It is the responsibility of government to maintain law and order and that this government is determined to do.
“Therefore, let nobody say that all this is happening because we have a Fulani president.
“We have had many Fulani presidents in the past and this issue of herders and local communities at loggerheads has predated this government.
“But I will just like to appeal to Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari government is determined to crack this issue, is determined to get to the bottom of it and it will get done.”
~ Femi Adesina.”
“This statement by Femi Adesina strikes the right note. The Buhari Govt fully accepts and does not try to shirk its responsibility to keep the nation safe and maintain law and order, WHILE correcting the false tribalistic narrative that the attacks are happening because a Fulani man in president. It is very important people know this issue has been going on for decades.
What citizens now rightly demand is that the President, the Security services, and the Governors of the affected states work together to end these killings speedily, restore peace, and find long lasting answers to the decades old problem. ~ Bucky Hassan
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1983 coup

The 1983 coup came at the right time…it was a saving grace because we were already feeling the heat, the average Nigerian of middle class economy could not afford these essential commodities. I remember that the lovable 10kobo bread I used to eat every morning as breakfast became 25kobo, my elder bro and I would have to share one, also, Dad and Mum would share another one, thereby giving rise to the family expenditure compared to the meagre pay back then. At 10kobo per medium size loaf of bread, we spent 60Kobo every morning, but @ 25kobo, daily expenditure on breakfast rose to N1.50k, 150% increase.

Where was the Hollander milk, the Peak milk? We found it hard to adjust to the Nido powder milk. The economy remained almost comatose until Buhari/Idiagbon came in.

However, I will not be part of the naivity being exhibited on this issue because I was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that only people that are deficient in morals as well as not disciplined, complained about the power seizure of December 31st 1983. People with the opinion that the country would have become paradise on the earth should the 2nd republique not aborted, have wandered off reality of the needs to save Nigeria from the hands of these same corrupt politicians. Instead, I would prefer they opined that Nigeria Independence should have not happened until two (2) decades later than the 1960. The fear is still in them. Thank you.

Some people always tell me that the 1983 coup derailed our democracy, which they said would have taken us to greater heights. They said if there was no “interruptions”­ we would have been developed by now. I don’t think so.It was during his regime that people queued endlessly for essential commodities like rice,milk, sugar etc that was being distributed to people. These items were often unavailable and often if available,there was a lot of bigotry in itsdistribution to the masses. All these happen under President Shehu Shagari’s watch. It was the same time that a member of the Shagari administration said Nigerians should stop complaining about poverty, corruption and bad governance because “they are not picking food from the dustbin”. When the military came at that time, many people celebrated. However, because I have no knowledge of what tomorrow might have been, I will assume that those who claim the coup took us back may be right. May be if Buhari and Idiagbon never came in, in 1983, Nigeria will be like Singapore, Luxembourg or Qatar. Even at that I surely missed something about Buhari and Idiagbon’s military regime. YES! I missed the “jumbo” jail time dished out to convicted corrupt politicians. from 20 to 25 to 60 years. One of them was even jailed for 102 years. Some said it is draconian. But in that case, and considering what we are witnessing today, I sure do love me some draconian rulings for thieves. I’m also imagining what life will be today, if some of the politicians of those days were not released by Gen IBB, mostly in 1986. Same crop of people later formed G77, which also transformed into PDP….Tam David West, that great patriot,who once said that corruption, rather than Boko Haram terrorists, would bring worse bloodshed in Nigeria. Everywhere,corruption,at the polls worse corruption, public money is theirs & people are dying from want!!!
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Donald J Trumps definition of “shithole”country status.
1) Your leaders steal your money and hide it in other countries
2) Your children can’t find jobs so they cross the desert, get sold as slaves or make it to the Ocean and cross in dinghies get to Europe to do menial jobs.
3) Your citizens are embroiled in vicious community , tribal and religious killing and the government is helpless.
4) Your institutions don’t work, corruption is celebrated.
5) Religion is the drug your citizens use to calm themselves and attack each other.
6) Life is short and bitter.
7) Your citizens enjoy luxury goods and produce nothing.
8) Politics is do or die and the party in power absorbs every thief because each man wanna chop.
9) Nothing works in your country except faith.
10) Your sisters dominate the prostitution trade in far away lands and excel in “juju” bondage.
11) Workers salaries are not paid, and state governors are arrogant.
If your country fits this bill then you are from a SHITHOLE country, face the truth and make it better . Stop blaming other country leaders

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HOMOSEXUALITY, A RIGHT AGAINST HUMANITY.

This is a question for all advocates of gay rights.

1. If your mother and father are homosexuals (gay and lesbian), where will you be today?

2. If you were not born into this world because the parent who were suppose to give birth to you choose to deny you life by being homosexuals, where will you be today to support homo? The simple truth is that, gays and lesbians had violated the fundamental rights of many children by denying them a right to life as contained in the universal declaration of human rights. Human right means rights and duty. You have right to live,but you must not deny others of their life. You have freedom of expression,but you must not deny others of that freedom. By being homo, gays and lesbians had and would trample on the rights of the many unborn children, a right which they enjoy to be ‘HUMAN’. If the parents of gays and lesbians deny them life by being gay or lesbians like they wish,homosexuals won’t be born to life,not to talk of being homo. Let me put it on the record again, there is nothing like human rights without human, and any concept which seek to end human creation and recreation is a great violation of humanity. It is like a right against humanity. On this note, i wish to state that, the rights of being homo is not a human right,but rather,an inhuman right. A right can’t be human and seek to end human existence. If human existence is ended,there would be nothing like human right. MR. RIGHTS.

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<a>Credits :Abdulrazaq O Hamzat</a>

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE CULTURE OF FINANCIAL WISDOM

While growing up, my Late father and hero AKOGUN OLUSEGUN OKEOWO used a unique method to teach us his children financial wisdom.

While building his first house, we were required to do labour work for a fee.

Myself and my sisters ferried hundreds of cement blocks with our heads to service bricklayers as they worked.

My father actually paid us for this service.

It was my first work experience and it helped me to appreciate the value of money.

Today, my wife runs a small Poultry both for passion and to augment family income.

Yesterday, I requested my children to go out and join in the sales of Christmas Chickens.

They were required to drive the chickens in a spare vehicle to a popular junction and stay there whole day to make sales.

After two days of hard work, I asked my older daughter jokingly what she has learnt from the two days.

Here is what she told me…

“I have learnt that it is not easy to make money. Am surprised that what we made in the two days of selling Christmas chickens is equivalent to what I paid for my Valedictory Service in School”

My eyes shot up.

So my daughter didn’t know how big the money I paid for Valedictory Service only is until she worked for the equivalent.

See the damage we do to our children when we struggle and do everything to meet their needs without allowing them to have a feel of where and how the money is coming from.

Dear Parents, don’t prevent your children from getting involved in your profession, vocation or business. Let them be involved.

You run a salon but your children are playing around because it’s holiday, am sorry for you.

The poultry you have is too dirty for your children to work in…because you want them to become Lawyers and Doctors. Too bad.

You’re a WELDER but because it’s a dirty job you don’t want your future Mechanical Engineer son to come around…. You are a joker.

You’re are busy jumping around to make ends meet but your children are at home always watching AFRICA Magic…. Sorry they simply think you went out to have a nice time just as they are doing at home.

Come on, get them involved!!!

If you can’t involve them directly, find a way of teaching them value for money.

When next your child asks for those flimsy money, make him/her work for it.

Most working class parents are “killing” their children by giving an impression that “Daddy” or “Mummy is always there”

It is not punishment, it is training. My father did it to me. Am doing it to my children.

They should do same to their children.

KSO Speaks

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True Character of Obj exposed
Obj’s public life has not been about building. He has been about taking. He never worked for any triumph of his life. Benjamin Adekunle worked the Third Marine Commando into a heroic machine. The swashbuckling commander was fired on the battle field and redeployed. The war was almost over. Obj, who took a bullet in the buttocks, took over and claims the credit for winning it. He became second man in command to Murtala Muhammed. The fierce general was overthrown. Obj enjoyed the benefit, his army fatigue immune to even the smell of gunpowder.
He was in jail during the Abacha junta. He was released and everyone, including IBB, begged him to run for President. He won even though he mocked NADECO and other forces that fought and died to flush out the military.
Obj has been an opportunist and a beneficiary of other people’s sweat. He is the Paulo Rossi of Nigerian political history. He is sweatless in struggle but he wears the crown. He has never lost because he has never gambled. He has been like the opportunist tiger who takes over the carcass of other less-sinewed cats.
So when Obj came out to lash out at Buhari, it was all in character. He installed Yar’adua, knowing of his imperfect health. Yet, he came down on him before the man succumbed to illness. He descended like a predator bird on Jonathan because, as a source told me, Jonathan was not listening to him. He tore his party card in an extravagance of public disavowal. Yet, he knew the Vice President he gave to Yar’adua.
Now, Obj has never built anything in his life, except relatively sweatless projects, such as Otta farm. The throne has always been ready for him. He asked Buhari to dismount. But he has always mounted free horses others trained and decorated. Even in pushing for a third force, he says he wants to “join.” A founder does not join. The use of that word is a Freudian admission that it is a strange territory for him. He is the vulture, not an eagle. He does not kill, but waits and whets his appetite until the meaty prize arrives. He did same in the third term bid. He baited and waited. But when it failed, he played Peter and denied any hand in it.
He said both PDP and APC are now cesspools. He wants a third force. But where is he going to get the so-called new breed? The bigwigs of APC will not leave their party. As Achebe wrote in A Man of The People, who will spit out a sweet morsel that good fortune has tossed in his mouth. Many top APC men are happy and “chopping.” The PDP guys are not happy. But he already condemned them. If he succeeds, then Obj will have turned opportunism into a genuine trophy. Just as he took the term “third force” from Soyinka as a form of revenge. Or is he going to build a party of malcontents. Can malcontents rescue a nation of discontents?
Credits: Sam Omatseye

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IRONY OF LIFE

Life is very unpredictable, sometimes you go to the LEFT where nothing is RIGHT and sometimes you go the RIGHT where nothing is LEFT.

Today’s decision can determine your tomorrow’s destination.

Be honest with yourself when making a choice.

Decision making is one of the hardest things in life although can be easy when U are honest with yourself.

A confused man is a blind man, be very
careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might end up no where in life.

KNOWLEDGE is knowing what you WANT while WISDOM is choosing what you NEED.

Never lose your priorities in your journey of life.

Don’t be too shy or too proud to seek advice, but be very careful from who and where you seek advice.

The only advice you can get from a fool is a foolish one.

Don’t make decisions when you are sad and don’t make promises when you are happy.

Never make a permanent decision in a temporary situation.

Blindness is never in lost sight but in lost focus.

The best way to see life is to sometimes close your eyes.

Until you stop looking at everything, you may never see anything.

Pay more attention to what’s important and the unimportant things will gradually finds its way out of your life.

To follow the crowd is to miss the crown.

Be bold to follow your own path in your journey of life.

Never trust a new friend with all your mouth.

If you have a secret keep it to yourself because once it’s out of your mouth, it’s already in the news.

Everybody has a dirty linen in their closets never wash your own in public.

If you think you have seen it all try and look again.

Some things are not GOLD they only glitter.

What’s behind 6 is far more than 7 and 8.

If it looks too good to be true, it may have a fault.

Free things always come with high price in life.

Never say YES to any favor that will later demand for your happiness and freedom in life.

Never allow a temporary enjoyment to take your everlasting joy away.

Never put your hope in human being if you want peace of mind. Those who put their hope in human may die serving them.

If you are confused about life, put your hope in GOD.

GOD will never give you stone when you ask HIM for bread.

Those who put everything in GOD’s hand will eventually see the hand of GOD in their everything.

GOD may not come on time but HIS timing is always the best.

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2+5=7. 6+1=7. 3+4=7. 7-0=7
7+0=7. 9-2=7. 8-1=7. 11-4=7
15-8=7 14/2=7. 21/3=7. 70/10=7
7×1=7

*<img>�What is my point??*

*<img>�My point is that there are so many ways of getting to your final destination.*

*<img>�GOD may not take you through the same way He took your mom, dad, friend or colleague.*

*<img>�What matters is that He will take you to your destination if you don’t give up.*

*<img>�At times, you get there by adding things and people in your life.*

*<img>�Other times you will get there by subtracting certain things and people from your life.*

*<img>�Other times, you may need the multiplying effect of seed, information and relationships…*

*<img>�Other times, division and separation might be inevitable…*

*”Some of these may not be fun”.*

*<img>�When 2 was alone it may not have been comfortable until 5 was added.*

*<img>�What matters is not the (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division)..*

*<img>�Yes, the process may differ. But the destination is still the same..*

*<img>�All things will work together for your good and expected end….Don’t give up on the process!*

*<img>�You are a tool. Do not reject The Lord when He adds and subtracts things.*

*<img>�Do not resist. And in the process learn to let go when He subtracts.*

*<img>�Stop crying, lamenting, and drowning in tears of pity and fear of moving on.*

*<img>�Every circumstance is building you for the castle The Lord has prepared for you.*

*<img>�All things will work together for your good…..Head or tail you will win.*

*<img>�Don’t give up on the process. Don’t walk away from the game..*

*<img>�The match has already been decided in your favour*..

*<img>�Here is my conclusion and answer;*

*<img>�YOU WILL BE WHAT GOD HAS DESTINED YOU TO BE BY HIS GRACE.

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NIGERIA IS AN IMPOSSIBLE COUNTRY TO GOVERN IF YOU ARE NOT A THIEF

HOW DO YOU GOVERN A PEOPLE WHO CELEBRATE CORRUPTION AND THEN CRY WHEN THE DAMAGE IS DONE, AS IF THEY HAD NO IDEA WHERE IT CAME FROM.

A COUNTRY WHERE TREASURY LOOTERS ARE WORSHIPED AND THEIR ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH IS A SOURCE OF FASCINATION.

A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE BRIBES TO GET HIS WAY AND EXPECTS TO BE BRIBED TO DO THEIR JOB OR ANY JOB.

HOW DOES A GOOD MAN GOVERN A COUNTRY THAT STILL CELEBRATES A PRESIDENT WHO PRESIDED OVER THE WANTON PILFERING OF IT’S RESOURCES AND SOME OPENLY WISH HE COULD COME BACK TO POWER .

A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME ON THEIR KNEES THAN THEY DO ON THE JOB. A COUNTRY WHERE WORK SCHEDULE RUNS FROM 7:30AM TO 4:30PM, BUT WORKDAY ENDS AT 12 NOON ON A VERY GOOD DAY .

HOW DO YOU FIX AN ECONOMY THAT IMPORTS EVERYTHING FROM TOOTHPICK TO TOILET PAPER, AND MAKES NOTHING? AN ECONOMY THAT HAS FOR YEARS AND EVEN DECADES HAD ONLY ONE CURRENCY, _CORRUPTION_.

HOW DOES A GOOD MAN GOVERN A COUNTRY THAT HAS MORE PLACES OF WORSHIP THAN FARM LANDS OR FACTORIES, AND EVERYONE SEES CORRUPTION AS MEANS TO GOD’S BLESSING.

A COUNTRY WHERE GETTING RICH FROM PRAYER AND NOT WORK IS A DAILY SPIRITUAL DIET, AND MEN OF GOD OPENLY FRATERNIZE WITH CERTIFIED AND INDICTED THIEVES AND DROLL OVER THEIR LOOT.

A COUNTRY WHERE HARD WORK IS DERIDED AND EVERYONE SEEKS WEALTH AT ALL COST.

A COUNTRY WHERE POLITICIANS HAVE NO IDEOLOGY, AND POLITICS A COMPETITION BETWEEN TWO THIEVING PARTIES THAT ARE ONLY UNIFIED BY THEIR COMPETITION FOR THE COUNTRY’S RESOURCES .

A COUNTRY WHERE THE PRESIDENT MUST BRIBE THE LEGISLATORS TO GET HIS BUDGET PASSED .

HOW DOES A GOOD MAN GOVERN NIGERIA WHEN EVERYONE HE SEES AROUND CANNOT WAIT TO GET RID OF HIM SO THEY CAN START STEALING, AND THEY ALL SEE HIM AS THE STUMBLING BLOCK TO THEIR DESIRE TO LOOT THE TREASURY.

NIGERIA IS NO COUNTRY FOR GOOD MEN, AND GOOD MEN IN POWER ARE OXYMORONS.

It took Mahathir Muhammad 22 years (1981-2003) to fix Malaysia.

It took Lee Kuan Yew 8 consecutive terms in office for 30 years (1959-1990) to fix Singapore.

It took Jerry Rawlings 26 years (1981-2002) to fix Ghana.

It took Meles Zenawi 12 years (1995-2012) to fix Ethiopia.

BUT THEY WANT NIGERIA TO BE MIRACULOUSLY FIXED IN 2 YEARS.

Hmm! NIGERIANS ARE EXCEPTIONAL WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

Credits : Michael Sam-Wobo

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THE ENEMIES OF BUHARI

Sometime in February 1995, l told Chief Gani Fawehinmi l wanted to have a private meeting with him. I had noticed certain things around him which l didn’t like and because of our close relationship, l felt l needed to discuss with him one-on-one.
He fixed the date and at the beginning of the meeting, l instructed his office assistant that she shouldn’t allow any visitor or staff members to come in.

I spoke with Chief candidly, shooting from the hips. “I need to save you from yourself”, l told him. He was nodding intermittently. In the course of our meeting, the intercom buzzed and he attempted to pick it up but l “ordered” him not to pick. “Sorry Chief, you can’t pick that call”. And he complied. At the end of the meeting, he thanked me profusely and promised to make amendments.
He was not bound by my suggestions but because he respected me and he knew l did that out of genuine love, he appreciated my intervention.

Few days after, we were in his office and a close staff, instead of disagreeing with Chief over an issue, rather prodded him on by saying ” beeni sir”. I got angry and told the person “stop deceiving this man by telling him ‘beeni sir”.

Why am l saying this? The greatest problem of leaders are their diehard, blind supporters. To them, it is ” see no evil, talk no evil”. That is the stage Buhari is in right now. The “beeni Sir” crowd, both on the social media and around him, have blinded him not to see the reality, making him to live in the fools paradise, so to speak. Everything the government does, no matter how stupid, is rationalised. Criticism is an anathema. But you see, praise singing would send a leader into perdition. Let the president feel the heat so that things can improve. It is in his own interest. “Beeni sir” syndrome would not help him, if you really claim to love PMB.

580. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 580

What the Rich teach their children: Asset vs Liability*

One day, the son of a rich man, who was an undergraduate,
approached his father and the following discussion took place.
*Son:* _Dad, may I speak with you?_
*Dad:* _Go ahead._
*Son:* _Among all my classmates, I am the only one without a car. It is embarrassing._
*Dad:* _What do you want me to do?_
*Son:* _I need a car. I don’t want to feel odd._
*Dad:* _Do you have a particular car in mind?_
*Son:* _Yes dad (smiling)_
*Dad:* _How much?_
*Son:* _$1600_
*Dad:* _I will give you the money on one condition._
*Son:* _What is the condition?_
*Dad:* _You will not use the money to buy a car but invest it. If you make enough profit from the investment, you can go ahead and buy the car._
*Son:* _Deal._
Then, the father gave him a cheque of $1600. The son cashed the cheque and invested it in obedience to the verbal agreement that he had with his father.
Some months later, the father asked the son how he was faring. The son responded that his business was improving. The father left him.
After some months again, the father asked him about his business
again and the son told him that he is making a lot of profit from the business.
When it was exactly a year after he gave him the money, the father asked him to show him how far the business has gone. The son readily agreed and the following discussion took place:
*Dad:* _From this I can see that you have made a lot of money._
*Son:* _Yes dad. _
*Dad:* _Do you still remember our agreement?_
*Son:* _Yes_
*Dad:* _What is it?_
*Son:* _We agreed that I should invest the money and buy the car from the profit._
*Dad:* _Why have you not bought the car?_
*Son:* _I don’t need the car again. I want to invest more._
*Dad:* _Good. You have learnt the lessons that I wanted to teach you._
*- You didn’t really need the car, you just wanted to feel among. That would have placed extra financial obligations on you. It wasn’t an asset then; but a liability.*
*- Two, it is very important for you to invest in your future before living like a king.*
*Son:* _Thanks dad._
Then the father gave him the keys of the latest model of that car.
*MORALS:*
*1. Always invest first before you start living the way you want.*
*2. What you see as a need now may become a want if you can take a little time to get over your feelings.*
*3. Try to be able to distinguish between an asset and a liability so that what you see as an asset today will not become a liability to you tomorrow.*
—————————————-
*The difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich look for assets while the poor look for liabilities…*
Identify yourself
Build yourself
Be yourself
Invest now.

581. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 581

The dead horse theory

The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that: “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

However in GOVERNMENT today, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And, of course…

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

14. Castigating anyone not loyal to the dead horse as being biased cos he/she is not same tribe or religion as the dead horse……..

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Ekweme and Otunba Subomi : A Lesson that generousity and goodness rewards

*_During the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, many Igbo people fled other parts of the country for the East because they were being killed and massacred wantonly and the government was doing nothing about it._*

*_Many abandoned their homes, properties and businesses for safety. Of them, was a young Igbo architect who had a young Yoruba banker as a neighbour in Apapa, Lagos. He also abandoned his home and with his family fled for the East._*

*_However, the young Yoruba banker, while the war lasted, rented out his neighbour’s house and kept every kobo for him while he was in the East. After the war, the Igbo architect returned to Lagos and the Yoruba banker handed over the entire proceeds of the rent and also the house to the Igbo architect._*

*_Some few years later, the Igbo architect became the Vice President of Nigeria and the Yoruba banker established a commercial bank, the first by a private citizen in the country’s history._*

*_However, he could not get a license to begin banking operations. Many people were against him because it was unheard of at the time._*

*_At this time, the banker remembered his neighbour who was now the Vice President and tracked him to the Christ Church Cathedral, Marina, Lagos on a particular Sunday. He had tried to get appointment to see him in his office but without success._*

*_He and his wife then decided to go lay ambush for him in Church but the security men did not allow them. They then decided to sit by the pew close to the aisle to beat the security in the hope that the Vice President would see them while he walked to the front row. Yet, he still didn’t see them._*

*_After the church program they positioned that he will see them on his way out. However, the people following him out and security blocked his view. That was when the banker’s wife decided to take a risk and like the woman with the issue of blood, she pulled the Vice President’s cloth to get his attention who then turned and saw his old friend._*

*_The young banker then narrated his plight and told the Vice President how he had tried to see him and what he needed to see him for. He told the him about his application for a bank licence._*

*_“Don’t worry yourself. Just come tomorrow at the Federal Executive Council meeting which I would preside because President Shehu Shagari would not be there,” the Vice President assured him._*

*_By 3.00pm the next day, the Finance Minister called the banker on phone that his licence was ready. The rest they say is history._*

*_That young banker was Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun while the architect in this narrative was one of Africa’s elder statesmen and former Vice President of the Republic of Nigeria, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme._* *The bank is what is now First City Monument Bank.*

*_One good turn truly deserves another and it is good to love our neighbours as ourselves._*

583. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 583

Did you know that the USA House Speaker, Paul Ryan, second in line to the presidency of the United States, sleeps in his office? Before he was elected speaker, Paul was a Congressman (Parliamentarian) representing a congressional District in Wisconsin.
In all those years that he served in Washington, he has been sleeping on an an Air Mattress in his office floor since his wife and kids are back in Wisconsin. Paul says that he can only sleep on a bed if his wife is sleeping on it or rent an apartment if his wife and kids are living in it.
When he was elected House Speaker (Speaker of Parliament), a position that comes with a Mansion, he chose not to live in it since his wife and kids did not want to move to the Capital D.C. But it is not just Paul Ryan who sleeps in his office in D.C. Out of the 435 American legislators (Congressmen and Senators) serving their constituents in Washington, 50 of them shower, eat, and sleep in their offices.
In an Interview with the AFP News Agency, Congressman Tim Walberg from Michigan said that he has been sleeping on his office floor since he was elected in 2007. Why? He says it is a good way to save money since house rents in Washington D. C. are ridiculously high.
He also had this to say: “I am not a king, a prince, or a Lord. The people who sent me here (Congress) are the people I serve. And I don’t ever want to get to a point where I believe that because I’m here, I’m better than them.”
Now, 200 legislators also share apartments. You got it right. Three to Five Senators comes together, rent one apartment, share the costs, and live together. They can also buy one car and use it to drive together to work. Yes, these are Senators and Congressmen from the largest economy in the world sleeping in their offices, sharing apartments, and cars.
In America, only the Speakers of both Houses and Senior Congressional Leadership have personal security.
In Ghana and Nigeria for example, every MP’s first priority is a big car, a house, a personal bodyguard. Even local assembly men/women are referred to as Honourable. Refuse to address him/her as such and hell will break lose.
They live in mansions and own not less than 2 cars.

584.FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 584
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 Omo Ajuwara

585.FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 586

Why Trump fired Rex Tillerson.

Rex Tillerson appointment as US Secretary of State was greeted with mixed feelings, over a year ago, he will go down as one of worst Secretaries of State in the last 50 years with no influence and with damages that may take generation to mend.

Under Rex, 50% of State Department high ranking resigned, and application for new hire fell by 60%, he will be seen as lazy and very indecisive in his actions and very unsecured.

To cover up his failures, he gossiped behind his staff and talked very bad about everyone including his boss President Trump he called moron, though he denied it, unfortunately for him it was on tape.

Rex Tillerson failed to understand his job as a deal maker, in Middle East and Africa, and like a novice his slack had to be done by the President on the phone to help him out.

Furthermore, Rex was fond of holding secret meetings with his host nations like he did in Abuja, in most cases he joined the host nation to talk very bad about Trump and most of them sent the tapes back to President Trump to be on his good book.

With no policy achievements in the last one year, including the Jerusalem issue which President Trump did on his own, it will be difficult if Rex would return to Exxon Mobil or his Ranch in Texas.

Political pundits said he had no personality for job and his influence was also limited, what ever it may be, Rex got paid back for calling Trump a moron and not man enough to accept it when he was confronted.

Lessons from this imbroglio, never take a job you are not detailed about, and if you don’t like your boss quit.

Credits: Zents Kunle Sowunmi

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THE LION, THE WOLF AND THE FOX

A very old lion lay ill in his cave. All of the animals came to pay their respects to their king except the fox. The wolf, sensing an opportunity, accused the fox in front of the lion:

‘The fox has no respect for your rule. That’s why he hasn’t even come to visit you.’

Just as the wolf was saying this, the fox arrived and he overheard these words. Then the lion roared in rage at him, but the fox managed to say in his own defence:

‘And who, of all who gathered here, has rendered Your Majesty as much service as I have done? For I have travelled far and wide asking physicians for a remedy to your illness, and I have found one.’

The lion demanded to know at once what cure he had found, and the fox said:

‘It is necessary for you to flay a wolf alive, and then take his skin and wrap it around you while it is still warm.’

The wolf was ordered to be taken away immediately and flayed alive. As he was carried off, the fox turned to him with a smile and said: ”You should have spoken well of me to His Majesty rather than ill.”

– FABLES, AESOP, 6TH CENTURY BC.

587.FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 587

BREAKDOWN OF WHAT A NIGERIAN SENATOR EARNS ( 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

 

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Elepo Vs Oniyangi : He won the fight but not the war.

He won the fight but not the war.

Epo ni mo ru, ko ni yangi ma ba t’emi je.

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This was a story of two men.

One, called “Elepo” because of the nature of his merchandise, which was palm oil. The other called “Oniyangi” also because of the nature of his own merchandise, which was sharp sand.

One day a long, long time ago which no one living can actually define, Elepo and Oniyangi set out from opposite directions to dispose off their merchandise.

After travelling many days by foot, which was the only means of transportation in those days, they met at a narrow path, which iya agba called “ese-k’o-gb’eji”.

It was such a narrow path that only one person could go through at a time. Elepo insisted on the right of way. Oniyangi would have none of it.

Both argued until other travellers met them there and a long queue soon formed behind both men.

Still, neither Elepo nor Oniyangi would bulge.

According to my grandmother, both had a stubborn streak in them simply because when they were born, the first water used to bathe them was taken from the same river.

According to the customs then, newborn babies were also given the same water to drink. The name of the water is called “kain-kain”.

Having failed to pacify both men, some wise travellers suggested a way out – that both men should slug it out; whoever won the contest should have the right of way.

The suggestion sat pretty with both men.

Quickly, each man set down his merchandise by the roadside and they squared up one to the other.

The battle was ferocious and long; in the end, Elepo had the better of Oniyangi, lifted him off his feet and landed him on the floor.

The crowd roared!

But as Oniyangi hit the floor, one of his outstretched legs caught Elepo’s merchandise and tilted it. Immediately, the content, which was palm oil, gushed out on the bush path.

Furious, Elepo reached out for the merchandise of Oniyangi and flung it upside down on the road and its contents, which were sharp sand, poured out on the roadside.

Oniyangi got up from the floor, dusted himself up, ignored the jeers of the crowd who had started hailing Elepo for winning the bragging rights, as football fans call it these days, and began to pack his merchandise (sharp sand) into its container.

Having done that, he respected the agreement by stepping out of the narrow path for Elepo to have his right of way.

But Elepo stood transfixed on a spot.

His own merchandise had been irretrievably wasted and could not be salvaged as Oniyangi had salvaged his.

Were Elepo to keep throwing out Oniyangi’s merchandise, all Oniyangi would lose was the trouble he would take packing his sharp sand back into the container.

Elepo won the contest, but his victory was pyrrhic. Whereas he won the right of way, he had no more trips to make since his wares had been wasted.

This was the origin of the Yoruba song, “Oniyangi ma ba t’emi je, epo ni mo ru” which warns anyone carrying palm oil to beware of the man carrying sharp sand.

In other words, if you are in a very delicate position, beware of someone who has little or nothing to lose.

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President Xi Jing Peng of China said:When I was a small child , I was very selfish, always grab the best for myself. Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault but criticize others.

My father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life.

One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles put the 2 bowls on the table. One bowl has one egg on top and the other bowl does not have any egg on top. He said ”My child. You choose. Which bowl do u want”. Eggs were hard to come by those days! Only get to eat eggs during festivals or New Year. Of Cos I chose the bowl with egg! As we started eating. I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and wallop up the egg. Then to my surprise as my father ate his noodles, there were TWO eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodes! I regretted so much! And scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision. My father smiled and sad to me, ”My child. You must remember what your eyes see may not be true. If u intent on taking advantage of people, u will end up losing!”

The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. Again, he put the two bowls on the table and said to me, ”My child. You choose. Which bowl do u want?” This time I am smarter. I chose the bowl without any egg on top. To my surprise, as I separated the noodles on top, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl! Again my father smiled and said to me, ”My child, you must not always rely on experiences cos sometimes, life can cheat u or play tricks on u. But u must not be too annoyed or sad, just treat this as learning a lesson .You cannot Learn this from textbooks.

The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles, again one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top. He put the 2 bowls on the table and again said to me, ”My child. You choose. Which bowl do u want?”. This time, I told my father, ”Dad, u choose first. You are the head of the family and contributed the most to the family. ”My father did not decline and chose the bowl with one egg on top. As I eat my bowl of noodles, Sure in my heart that there is no egg inside the bowl. To my surprise! There were TWO eggs at the bottom of the bowl.

My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, ”My child, u must remember!When u think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to u!”

I always remember these 3 sentences of my father and lived and do my business accordingly. True enough, my business was a roaring, success.

Xi Jing Peng

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