Saraki’s strange entente with Ilorin gangsters and cultists

Beyond the politics between the Senate and the Nigerian Police, there are clear indications that Bukola Saraki, Senate President, owes his political fortune to the blood and gore willingly shed by misguided youths from campus confraternities, writes ABDULGANIYU BOLAJI.

On 19, February 2003, 10 young men met at the Glover Road, Victoria Island, Lagos home of a young governorship aspirant. For the men, Tunde Ojulari, Tunde Shitta Bay, Abdul Jabbar Issa, Surajudeen Omotayo, Mufutau Salawu, Tolu Ayeni, Lekan Ajao, Niran Kudabo and Yemi Salako, it was pay day. Barely 12 days earlier, the young men had created a storm in Ilorin after putting together a ‘Project 2003 Team’.

It was created as a counter force to hired muscles of then governor of the state, Mohammed Lawal, led by Bayo Ajia. Project 2003 Team was headed by Ojulari. Its members were student cultists from proscribed confraternities in the school campuses in Ilorin. After it came on stream on 7, February, its members sought permit from the state police command on 14, for a political rally in support of Governor Lawal’s opponent and aspiring governor at the time, Bukola Saraki, who was a former top director of the defunct Society General Bank and erstwhile aide to Olusegun Obasanjo, then president in power.

The rally held on the 16th of that month after getting its blessing from state police commissioner. By 19th when the team gathered at the Victoria Island rendezvous, it was apparent that the Ilorin hullabaloo had caught the desired attention. The Glover Road rendezvous was the home of no other than Saraki, the governorship aspirant and top challenger to Lawal. Saraki was happy. And he was in a hiring mood.

In an arrangement carefully moderated by two individuals, a certain Mr Koye and Kola Alagbada, both men, associates of Saraki, a detailed sponsorship and funding package was made available to the team. This includes N20,000 each as monthly salaries for them; provision of a Toyota bus, red in colour with registration number GGE 886, Lagos, and another 505 Peugeot car were given to them to ease transport.

They also got an office at No. 19 Reservation Rd, Ilorin, according to the arrangement, provided by Mr Saraki, as alleged. Their job, in the main, was thuggery. They were used as body guards, too, and to foment trouble in Ilorin, against Ajia, lead gangster, loyal to governor, Lawal at the time. The first inkling as to the identity of Project 2003 Team was first reported in a tabloid, City People, in its 3, April 2003 edition.

This was after an unprecedented level of gang/cultist war was unleashed on the state, particularly its capital with lives and properties lost. But a more detailed confession came from one of the team members, Aminu Lukman, a year later, from inside Ita Kura Prison in Ilorin, in a hand written confession on a four page exercise book. Smuggled out by Abdulrahaman Abusida (real name is substituted to protect him), a social worker, Lukman said in his confession, “It was at the 7, February 2003 meeting that we made it known to Saraki that we all members of leading confraternity in all tertiary institution in Kwara.”

Adeniyi Kayode, aka Black Jesus, Gospel Seleipre Ogona, Oluwole Oladipo Eniola, are in no way linked to Project 2003 Team. But they also make a bizarre claim against associates and aides of Saraki, linking them as their sponsors as student cultists in University of Ilorin in 2004.

Kayode, Ogona and Eniola were apprehended by a combination of the University’s campus security and the Department of State Security, DSS, Kwara State Command, and handed over for prosecution. They were convicted of cultism related activities by an Ilorin High Court. Their conviction was expedited by a new law sponsored by then Governor, Bukola Saraki, on cultism. Kayode, Ogona and Eniola had appealed the ruling in a suit suit No KWS/20C/04. In seeking to upturn the lower court’s ruling, the trio, in a confessional statement attached to their briefs at the Appeal Court, alleged that their activities as members of Black Axe were funded by prominent aides and associates of Saraki who was governor at the time. According to Kayode, for instance, the following names were mentioned as sponsors of the Black Axe during Saraki’s election in 2003. Ojulari, who was Project 2003 Team leader. He had become a special adviser to the Saraki; Hon Saliu Bamidele-Aluko, then member, State House of Assembly, chairman, Justice, Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters; Barrister Jimba Muyideen, Special Adviser, Youth Development and Employment to Saraki while as governor; Tolu Ayeni, who is also said to work at the former governor’s office and a certain Pastor Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth Mount Zion Church, Ilorin.

Even as a governor, Saraki left no one in doubt as to his links to men of violence. Bayo Ajia’s case comes to mind in this regard. Formally a hired muscle for Saraki’s opponent in 2003, Late governor Lawal, Ajia was arrested in 2004 for the killing of three men believed to be followers of Saraki. Ajia was sentenced to death and confirmed all the way to the Supreme Court. But curiously, Ajia was pardoned by Saraki. The decision till date still baffles many. Why grant Ajia when there were the likes of Kayode, Ogona and Eniola Who claimed to have been sponsored by his aides in the course of the 2003 election? What of the other members of ‘Project 2003’ who also claimed to have been commissioned by Saraki?

But that fateful rendezvous at Glover Road, Lagos and the plight of the trio of Kayode, Ogona and Eniola, perfectly explains the unease in Kwara State government house and around Saraki, the Senate President, after another case relating to cultism/robbery was transferred from Ilorin to Abuja by the Police Headquarters. While Saraki and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara Governor, may not have been evidently linked to cult related violence in the last 15 years, both men may have a hard time explaining why their aides and associates are consistently mentioned as sponsors of cultist and gangsters like it again happened, recently.

On 10, May, this month, residents of Ilorin woke up to the arrest of a certain individual that goes by alias, Askari. He is alleged to be a kingpin of Aiye, confraternity whose activities are banned under penalties of imprisonment in Kwara. Askari, along with five other suspects were arrested after sustained manhunt by police on allegation murder, thug related activities and robbery.

Curiously, Askari was identified as son of a former police public relations officer, Lanre Mohammed Soliu and a traditional title holder in Ilorin. The public thought nothing more of this detail until Saraki, during a plenary in the Senate, raised alarm that moves are afoot by the police to implicate him as sponsor of Askari’s cult related activities. According to Saraki, there is a grand plan by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him, using Askari and his gang of cultists who have been arrested in Kwara State to implicate him.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Saraki told his colleagueshmmj that the Governor of Kwara State, Ahmed, informed him about how the IGP has concluded plans to link him to a group of cult suspects who were about to be prosecuted in Kwara State but had been ordered by the IGP to be transferred to Abuja.

According to him, the IGP plans to put the suspects under duress to change the statements they already made in Ilorin, with a view to implicating him and Kwara State Government. Saraki said the move was part of a strategy by the IGP to settle scores with the Senate for declaring him an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country. He warned against what he described as rascality, intimidation and harassment. The Senate President, miffed expressed concern about the manner four of the suspected 17 cult members were transferred from the state police command to Abuja.

While Saraki may have spoken eloquently especially in the need political intimidation, it does not anyway vitiate the need for public to know who the godfathers and chief enablers of these cultists are, many of whom are dead, in prison or have simply disappeared from the face of the earth.

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Awolowo’s Legacy

Jakande was sentenced to jail just like his boss, Awolowo. But Jakande was crying in the court not because of himself but for Awolowo. When Awolowo saw him, approached him and asked him “why crying for only me…” Jakande replied “I don’t mind going to jail and even adding your terms to mine, why South.West, why is it that the only Premier in Nigeria that will be jailed is the Premier of my Region?”

Awolowo replied “Dry your tears, God sometimes keep his own away when danger is approaching….”

And that was what happened!

The reason why Nigeria didn’t break in 1967 was Obafemi Awolowo. Gowon said “I needed him badly more than I needed the Nigerian Army”…..Why? Two reasons;

1. The original rallying point of the Yoruba was Awolowo. If Yoruba supported the break up, no Jupiter can stop it. Therefore, to keep Nigeria one, Awolowo must endorse it!!!!

2. The wisdom of Awolowo was unequalled, unparalleled and unrivalled. His wisdom must not be on the side of the rebel, Nigeria would not survive without it.

No wonder the two Warriors Gowon and Ojukwu said and I quote;

“I am the luckiest ruler of Nigeria because the best Nigeria asset in person of Chief Awolowo was my Vice Chairman and Finance Commissioner…”- Gowon.

“Chief Awolowo is the best President of Nigeria that never was…”- Ojukwu.

Need I say more?

Murtala Mohammed had ensured in his Transition Programme that Shehu Shagari would not contest but after his death, OBJ relaxed the rules…..Shagari was allowed to contest and won but in 1984, Buhari stopped Shagari again, describing his election as “shamelessly rigged”…….

THE SECRET OF AWOLOWO….

Awolowo deliberately spent a lot of money in establishing g investments for the Western Region where he thought the SW Progressive Politics would be financed. He said “SW need stable source of fund to fight politically because a poor people cannot fight the Central Government…”

No one knew this secret until his Deputy had issues with Awolowo and leaked the secret to the opponent. He told them “fight Awolowo from now till forever, if you didn’t destroy the Western Nigerian Investments, SW will always be buoyant financially and they will fight you and win you….” Wow!!!!! That was the end!!!

From that time, to cut the story short, SW was targeted! AWO was accused of fraud. Investments converted to Full state investment and later Odu’a Investment. And later, during the military regime, there was a time when all SW governors were non Yorubas, Odu’a investment was crushed. Cold dead!

But LAGOS is now reinvested the progressive interest in a more sophisticated way. MAY THE SECRET OF LAGOS NOT BE LEAKED THE WAY ENEMIES LEAKED THE SECRET OF SW!!!

The Story of Progressive Politics in Nigeria since 1954 had its Genesis from Awolowo’s Palm Tree!!!

No more No less!

We must never forget the families of Obafemi Awolowo, Lateef Jakande, Bisi Onabanjo, Bola Ige, Adekunle Ajasin, Ambrose Ali, Adebayo, JS Olawoyin, Anthony Enahoro, Abraham Adesanya, S.O Gbadamosi, Bode Thomas…..

These are first generation of progressive politicians who played progressive politics for life!!!

UP AWO!!!!

Simple but Notable. When Awolowo arrived Lagos from Calabar Prison, after meeting with Gowon, it was Murtala Mohammed who voluntarily drove Awolowo home, in his personal car. Murtala described the gesture(driving Awolowo) as a privilege!!!

Simple but Notable!!!

THE BUHARI-OSINBAJO COMBO, A TIMELY MERCY TO THE MASSES

Now, controvert this if you can!

I don’t want to talk about the late President Yar’adua, not only because he is dead, but because he spent almost half of his time as president battling with his health, but one thing is certain, Obasanjo and GEJ could not have tolerated Ayo Fayose the way Buhari did, yet people say he is undemocratic and a tyrant.

Fayose didn’t do to Obasanjo half of what he did to Buhari, yet he had him impeached because he could not tolerate him. Some Governors who had problems with Obasanjo were dealt with mercilessly using federal might.

Amaechi only had problems with the first lady but faced persecution and humiliation by the powers that be. Fayose insulted Aisha Buhari but nothing was done to him.

Murtala Nyako wrote a letter accusing GEJ of culpability in the boko haram crisis, he had his tenure shortened due to impeachment. Fayose and many other members of the opposition accused the president of culpability in the herdsmen/farmers clashes, none was persecuted.

When Sule Lamido indicated interest in contesting for president in 2015, EFCC was sent after his children until he was forced to drop his ambition, yet the same Sule and his supporters will say they have never been persecuted until now.

How many party chairmen and Senate Presidents did Obasanjo remove because they dared to disagree with him?

Even the mighty Danjuma Goje had to drop his support for Atiku when he was about to be dealt with by Baba Iyabo. I don’t want to talk about the impeachment of a certain Governor by a few members of the state Assembly who were flown to Abuja under the full protection of Ribadu’s EFCC.

The traditional institution too was not spared from the persecution of the PDP. Emir Sanusi had to be hidden for some days to escape the wrath of the federal government under GEJ. The police was used to block the entrance of the Emir’s Palace to prevent Sanusi from gaining access. Mustapha Jokolo, the deposed Emir of Gwandu was removed because he criticised Obasanjo’s policies.

While not trying to exonerate the current APC administration, anybody that says we have seen worst form of persecution under this regime is a liar or a pretender. The worst days have gone for good God’s willing.

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUHARI

My dear president,

I greet you in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. 
Some months ago, l made a similar post which l am about to make now.

Between 2014 and 2015, l campaigned vigorously for you. As a matter of fact, l coined the word FEBUHARI, when the presidential election was initially fixed for February. Again, because the election was initially fixed for February 14, Valentine’s day, l made T-shirts with the inscription- “Buhari is my Valentine”.

Mr president, your election was divine. Why did l say so? You had no control over the police, the DSS, the Army and you didn’t have the kind of financial war chest Jonathan had. But despite all these, God gave you victory and the incumbent accepted defeat before the final announcement of results. That can only be God, not you Mr president. And in addition to this sir, for the first time, there was no litigation that would distract you.

Mr president, God has been kind to you. Or how else could you have explained your miraculous recovery when you were on death bed in London?

However, Mr president, it is unfortunate that your desperation for re-election has made you to forget what God has done for you and how you got to where you are. Now, you have decided to do it by the flesh, as we Christians say. God would simply step aside and allow you do it your own way. Of course, you know that would not end well.

As l earlier stated, if you got to this office without any strong-arm tactics, it would amount to stabbing God at the back if you now begin to deploy the security forces to deal with your opponents, just because of 2019 election.

Mr president, you would be shooting yourself in the foot by doing that and at the end of the day, it would be disastrous. You may temporarily succeed and get re-elected, but l tell you sir, the consequences would be dire for you because God would not be part of it.

I am a Christian, so l can only give Biblical example. When God left Saul, he was still on the throne for quite some time -See 1 Samuel 15. And in subsequent passages, the Bible records that when God left Saul, an evil spirit took control of him and he started making mistakes till his end. Sir, you can still make amends and return to the path of rectitude.

Don’t listen to the anarchists among your followers and the cabal, egging you on. They did so to Abacha but they didn’t enter the grave with him when he died.
In fact, some of the people prodding you on this path of perdition, had been scheming on who would be vice president to Osinbajo when you were on the death bed in London. But God saved you for a purpose. I beg you Mr president, don’t abuse the grace of God.

Some of your die-hard supporters would of course dismiss this letter, but in few years time, we shall revisit it. God is using me to pass a message.

May God guide you right.

Your compatriot,
Richard Akinnola

By Richard Akinnola II

Ekiti Gubernatorial Election 2018 : A Post Mortem Part 2

Another post Morten from an objective PDP Member

“Fayose stupidly believed that Ekiti people are fools because we gave him a second chance in 2014. The 2014 victory got into his head and he felt he’s one kind of political genius that knows it all.

He quickly dismantled the united coalition that worked for him and made himself the alpha and omega of everything in the state. He failed to fulfil all his promises to political leaders in his own party and when they complain, he tags them an enemy and start victimizing them.

People who couldn’t stomach such nonsense started leaving the party for him. Instead of retracing his steps, he became more hardened and told everybody that cannot accept his dictatorship to leave the party. More people left.

With his attitude coupled with the fact that he doesn’t listen to the opinions of others, his downfall was just a matter of time. To show how stupid and arrogant Fayose can be, he publicly announced his preferred successor almost a year before the election! That alone gave his opponents both within and outside the party enough time to strategies against him.

APC quickly reached out to those they knew would be aggrieved after PDP primary and reached a working agreement with them to defect once Fayose succeeds in imposing Eleka.

More foolishly, Fayose choose a candidate from Ikere Ekiti and still went ahead to
create problem for him in his hometown by wagging an unnecessary war against
Olukere, the traditional and spiritual head of the town. Olukere was arrested and
locked up for some days in Ado-Ekiti few months to the election.
Fayose’s supporters openly celebrated the public humiliation of the traditional ruler without thinking of the political consequences. On election day, Olukere’s supporters and the people of Afao-Ikere quarters turned up for APC thereby resulting in an almost equal division of Ikere votes. If Ikere had voted solely for their son, PDP would have won the election.

Apart from his crass arrogance, Fayose is also very stingy. He believed he can always get what he wants from people by manipulating them. In days towards the election, billions of naira was raised from PDP governors but Fayose sat over the money alone. Even Eleka didn’t have access to campaign funds. Party members were complaining discretely since nobody could confront him openly.

His stinginess also led him not to fulfil his N10,000 promise to motorists that agreed to
park their vehicles in government house when Buhari visited the state. Most of the drivers failed to turn up for him on election day.

Finally, he allowed Adeyeye to leave the party. That was the last straw that broke the camels back. Adeyeye was the leader of the party before Jonathan hijacked it for Fayose in 2014. Adeyeye was placated with a ministerial appointment so as not to leave the party then. In 2018, Fayose saw no reason to placate him. He instead ordered Lere Olayinka and his lackeys to attack him in the media.

The outcome is what we saw last Saturday.”

Ekiti Gubernatorial Election 2018: A post mortem Part 1

Re: DEDICATED TO THE ARMY OF DOUBTING THOMASES ON APC HARD EARNED EKITI VICTORY

For the purpose of clarity, those doubting the victory of Fayemi should read this piece!

Akin Oyebode wrote!

No blog post from me on Ekiti this time, thankfully. But while we focus on money, I’ll share some thoughts on how Ekiti went the way it did, this time I watched from a distance.

I believe in most Nigerian elections, about 60% of the voting bloc have set choices. It’s the 40% that’s usually up for grabs, by any means.

By putting this man (Bisi Egbeyemi) on the ticket, APC brought Ado back in play. Ado is easily 10/15% of the vote count; if you can’t win, close the margin of defeat. APC achieved the latter.

Ikere was another place everyone expected a PDP blowout. But Fayose in his bullish ways had taken sides with one traditional ruler over another; the splintering helped APC reduce the margin of defeat.

Ekiti has a decent igbira population. Like in Ondo, the Governor who will not be named (Yahaya Bello), did door to door campaigns. All these are important in close elections.

And finally, because there’s a huge distrust of politicians, there will always be the 30% who don’t give a toss about anything you say, and will simply vote themselves a pot of stew (‘dibo ko sebe’ ‘see and buy’).

But that doesn’t tell the full story. Fayose lost his LGA how? He’s from Afao, a small town. Iyin, the major town was split 3 ways last time. MOB and Niyi Adebayo batted for the same side this time and delivered iyin and the LGA.

I’m on a WhatsApp group and recognized names from Ikole I never thought could support APC. That’s one of the big 3 LGAs, APC carried it for the first time in ages.

Money talks, but don’t let anyone deceive you that its all it takes. As a wise man said on WhatsApp, winning an election is like a salad; it usually takes a few ingredients to successfully make one.”

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Why 1959 Alliance Between Awo/AG and Zik/NCNC failed

With the 1959 elections ending with no clear winner, an alliance had to be formed to determine who would rule. It was no brainer that AG and NCNC should form a coalition. Awolowo had already humbled himself to be a Deputy Prime Minister or Finance Minister in Zik’s government. Zik invited AG’s team to Asaba, West’s door to the East, to have coalition talks. The talks were a clever ruse to keep AG’s hopes high so that AG would be kept distracted from going upwards to the North for talks. Then the AG read in the news that Zik and Michael Okpara had gone up North and clinched the deal with the Sardauna on forming the government. Tafawa Balewa would be the Prime Minister for the new nation and Zik, the President. Even Nkrumah was shocked. He asked Zik why having spent so much energy fighting for colonial emancipation and then settling for a toothless bulldog role when Nigeria needed him the most? But it was a trap.

As he said in his autobiography, My Life, the first time Sardauna came to Lagos to participate in national politics was in 1947. Then, with over £13,500 raised from all over Nigeria – a doctor’s annual salary, then was a little over £200 – Zik had led other six prominent NCNC delegates to London to protest the “obnoxious laws” of Governor Arthur Richards. The trip ended in failure with backbiting, abuses and accusation of theft. Zik’s opponents at the NYM, accused him of squandering the money and trust of Nigerians. Zik replied insinuating that the Yoruba on the team, that is: Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin, Dr. A. B. Olorunnimbe, were the problem.

There erupted a heated and prolonged press war between Zik’s Political Reminiscence in his West African Pilot and H.O. Davies’ Political Panorama in Daily Service. This led to Lagos Igbos rushing to buy machetes en masse thinking a tribal war was imminent. The Governor and his General Secretary, Hugh Foot, quickly called Zik and H.O. Davies to order at the Government House.

In the middle of all this was the time Sardauna came to Lagos for the first time. As he wrote in his autobiography, he went away with the resolve that “the North must take politics seriously”. And later when the Daily Service published the speech of Zik about Igbos been destined by God to conquer and rule over others, Sardauna’s resolve went deeper. He had been reading Zik and the Igbos through that lens ever since. His way of neutralising Zik when the opportunity came in 1959 was to offer him a powerless post, which surprisingly Zik and Okpara dutifully accepted in place of being Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. It was this historic mistake that Nzeogwu, Ifeajuna and other coup plotters tried to undo in 1966.

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The myth about ranches and grazing lands. by DR. NURA ALKALI

How ironic that, today, it is the Fulani who lack leaders to guide them and pursue their interests through legal ways. Please, do’n’t mention “Miyetti Allah”, which is a cattle-breeders’ association. I have never owned a cow in my life, and I don’t intend to, meaning I have no business with Miyetti Allah. (“Mi Yetti Allah” means “I thank God” in Fulfulde. I’m referring to the group here, not the literal meaning).

Miyetti Allah claims to represent the Cattle Fulani who live as nomads. That is their opinion. In my opinion, it is the blind leading the blind. Only the blind will insist on living a 17th century life in 2018. 50 years ago, humans conquered space to land on the moon. Others decoded DNA, which advanced the science of animal breeding to levels never before imagined in history. But we still have people pursuing an impossible nomadic lifestyle to raise cattle.

Please, when you travel from Bauchi to Yola, look on both sides of the road during your journey. All you will see are farmlands up to the horizon. The few vacant spots are the rocky hills around the Gombe-Adamawa border, and between Dindima and Kangere, near Bauchi. Farmers avoid them because plants won’t grow there, meaning cattle too cannot graze. And no doubt, beyond the horizon are villages and more farmlands.

Keep in mind that Adamawa and Bauchi are among Nigeria’s largest states. Toro LGA in Bauchi State (6,932 Sq. Km) is larger than each SE state except Enugu (7,161 Sq. Km). The whole of Ebonyi State (5,533 Sq. Km) – which welcomes the proposed cattle ranches – boasts of only 80% of the land area of Toro LGA. And Ebonyi is now in the news for a deadly fight over farmlands with a community in neighbouring Cross-River State. So, is a cattle ranch more viable in Toro or in Ebonyi?

It is northern states that have land for cattle ranches, which by their nature, have enough grass and water all year round – thus removing the need for a herdsman from Jigawa or Sokoto journeying to Ebonyi and Delta states in the dry season in search of pasture. So, why a cattle ranch in Ebonyi, unless Igbos also want to raise cattle? This is what I’m talking about. Beside being blind, Miyetti Allah also thrives on conflicts.

In any case, Town Fulanis like me are in limbo. “Tabital Pulaaku” is solely about Fulani culture, unlike “Afenifere” and “Eze Ndi Igbo” that champion Yoruba and Igbo causes. For the Fulanis, neither the Sultan of Sokoto (who heads JNI) nor the Lamido of Adamawa (who heads Tabital Pulaaku) is an overall Fulani leader; nor indeed, any group. Sadly, a group of riff-raffs called Miyetti Allah are now mistaken as Fulani leaders.

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MATTERS ARISING: THE CODEINE BAN
Indeed nothing spurs the regime of President Buhari more than bad foreign press. For years the codeine epidemic has been with us here in Nigeria yet the regime refused to lift a finger to help the country’s teaming population of youthful addicts. Hence its nauseating to realise that it took the dastardly BBC documentary called Sweet Codeine for the regime to act.
In a swift knee jerk reaction the regime rose to ban all codeine containing cough syrups nationwide. On its face value such a move appears decisive and altruristic.
But in truth, the regime failed to watch the documentary and just acted based on the social media hype and bad press the story has generated.
Anyone who watched the video would see the unseen message. A nation blessed with a broken down health system. Huge piles of human feaces littering a dilapidated rehabilitation centre. Inmates chained like wild animals and subjected to the most inhumane of treatments known to man as they are forced to go cold turkey overnight.
The Nigerian health system has neither the trained personnel nor infrastructure to contain the codeine epidemic. Hence if the codeine ban is truly enforced, one wonders what the impact will be when 3 million addicts are made to go cold turkey overnight.
 Millions of Nigerians convulsing and running wild on the streets and in homes is not a situation the regime has envisaged before announcing the ban. Even families will be pushed to buy the drug for their loved ones to escape the torment of seeing an addict in full meltdown mode.
The regime’s desire  desire to appear authoritarian and effective has just opened a back door to an even greater problem and this pandora’s box can not be closed once unleashed.
There are other dangerous drugs of control used by medicine to treat ill patients that can easily be abused.
 Pentazocine used for post operative pain relief. DF-118 used by sickle cell patients for pain relief during bone pain crisis.
Pethidine for pain relief for women in labour. Tramadol used as pain relief especially for those who have peptic ulcer and cannot tolerate NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac.
Any of these drugs can be abused just like codeine. Tramadol better known as Trams is a popular recreational drug already used in parties and razes. The codeine addicts can easily shift to this drug further compounding the problem and one wonders if the regime is going to ban Tramadol as well. This is indeed akin to throwing the baby out along with the bath water.
Only a blind man fails to see the main problem. Every Tom, Dick and Harry is allowed to sell medication over the counter in Nigeria. A Doctor’s prescription before the sale of such medication is hardly requested in a nation that allows the open sale of medication in buses and trains.
The truth is that since Dora Akinyuli of blessed memory died, no one has seen it fit to run NAFDAC in a manner similar to her trailblazing stance. NAFDAC is now comatose, surving on the ventilator of past unsung glory. Many say the nation needs strong institutions but in truth only a strong person can build and sustain such institutions. Dora was such a person. The nation has found it impossible to replace this Amazon. Hence the codeine epidemic is a direct fall out of the collapse of the nation’s drug enforcement infrastructure.
The way forward is a long and uncertain one. But the buck stops with the Government. The nation needs more treatment centres and trained personnel to man them. Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists must be trained to pull these addicts from the brink of imminent implosion.
The enforcement and  control of prescription only medication must be done urgently. Attempts must be made to ensure such prescriptions are not forged by providing personalised prescription sheets for Nigerian Doctors as is done in the Western World.
The President of the Nation has already said it that a lot of Nigerian Young people are lazy. This is true and the majority of them are in the Northern part of the country. A feudal system of social inequality has left millions of codeine hooked Northern Youths who exist as either poor haggard Almarjiri’s  or rich overlords from wealthy homes who subsist on ancestral wealth hence rely on abusing drugs like codeine  to spice up the boredom of their pampered lives.
The Nation is in the grip of facing a new crisis. Raising a generation of wasted Youths. A Generation that will be a burden on the nation for decades. Unemployment, underemployment and boko haram have made the lure of seeking a good education as a path to success, less attractive. Hence the escapist view of these addicts finds solace in Tramadol and Codeine Cough syrups.
Even the US is faced with a huge drug problem as Molly, Ecstasy, Crack Cocaine, Prescription sleeping pills etc ravage the land. But at least they have good treatment and rehabilitation centres to cope with the problem. Millions of dollars is poured into drug rehabilitation programmes which are conducted in an environment that is not dehumanising.
One wonders how much the anti-corruption frugal regime of Buhari is ready to commit to this drug problem. Banning codeine is easy and any simpleton can do that, however drawing up a plan to tackle this problem and implementing it is a different kettle  of fish. This requires intelligence and guile two qualities the Presidency has never exuded during its 3 years in power.
Funding for drug rehabilitation programmes must come from somewhere and in a nation where the National Budget gets padded, stolen and delayed; one wonders from whence such monies to provide young people with the help they so desperately need will come from.
As the nation dances to Olamide’s hit single on drug abuse “Science Student” lets all take a moment to reflect on the ticking time bomb Nigeria is playing with. The future of a generation is at stake. And unfortunately the current regime appears ill equipped to tackle this problem. The rise of the science students is just the beginning for they will be the future thugs and criminals who shall bring the nation into further disrepute. Running away with the Senate Mace will pale in comparison when these addicts go on the rampage looking for a paymaster to fund their next fix.
 Only proactive leadership can save the day as the nation awaits to see the aftermath of the codeine ban which will only make the drug more expensive and addicts more desperate further compounding an already huge problem.
Only diligence and a clear concise plan of action will save the day as we dance away our sorrows to the melodic beat of Awon Science Student….
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<img>�Welcome to Africa where typing Amen to a Pastor’s prayers on Facebook will save you from your village witches and make you a billionaire overnight.

<img>�Welcome to Africa where ” jesus christ ” sends you a Whatsapp message and threatens to kill you or cause you ill luck if you do not send it to 20 people.

<img>�The most Annoying thing in all is that Graduates and supposedly learned and educated people send these ”miracle messages” to their friends every day.

<img>�These messages carry lots of threats and negative ideas into some people’s mind. Some of these messages will say, you will suffer or go broke for a week if you don’t send them out to reach other people.

<img>�As Christians, we Need to keep an open mind and be discerning and also open our hearts and minds to healthy discussions.

WE NEED TO THINK…

<img>�Do you believe God will punish you if you refuse to send those messages? The answer is NO.

<img>�Do you think your destiny is tied to a message on social media? The answer NO.

<img>�Do you genuinely believe, you will receive instant miracles after you type ”Amen” on that post or send it to others? The answer is NO.

<img>�We claim to be Children of God but we are scared of the future, scared of little things. Why?

<img>�You relay a message to 20 people on social media and believe in your heart that you will wake up tomorrow a billionaire. Not at all.

<img>�What is wrong with us? SERIOUSLY, what is really wrong with us? Faithlessness.

<img>�Without Prayers, Hard work, Abiding in the word of God in our everyday life, Determination and Purpose, ”miracle messages” on social media are not invisible hands that can instantly make us rich…

<img>�Stop spreading your fears on social media because we are not that gullible… Our God is too big to send threats to make people obey Him. Our God will never do that.

<img>�We need messages that will transform souls and not messages that will threaten people to create unnecessary Fears and Panic…”for God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind”.

Know your God and let Him know you!!!

Have a lovely day and keep the loving spirit on to reach one and other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*THINGS THAT CAUSE REGRET AT OLD AGE*

When younger we make various choices without the future in mind. Sometimes those choices bite us in our mid-life. These are some of the things one might regret when they’re older.

1. *Marrying the wrong person*

When you’re young, check your motives for marrying. Don’t marry to copy your peers, or for social standing or out of pressure. Marry for love and companionship, marry the right person, marry your best friend. For if you marry the wrong person or for the wrong reasons, you will have to put up with that person the rest of your life. Things might get worse between you two; then depression, physical abuse, affairs, pain, shame, court cases, bitterness will define your mid-life years all because you chose the wrong one. Things will get worse when children are involved. Make the right choice of a spouse when you are young.

2. *The opportunities you did not seize*

When you are younger many doors will open, you will get many chances. Many young people let these opportunities go because of fear, laziness, or pride; yet well younger and with more energy is the best time to start a venture and a name for yourself. Some think the opportunities are too big for them. Take advantage of them or one day when you’re older you will want to go back and grab those missed chances.

3. *The bridges you burned*

When we are younger, we care little for relationships, what most think about is getting money and moving up the ladder of success at all cost. Many use and trample on people to progress, they take relationships for granted, messing up bonds, sleeping with people for personal gain. But these bad actions will catch up with you ahead. When you will realize how empty life is without love and friends. When you will have success but no one around you or no one to trust you.

4. *The child you aborted*

You are a young lady, you get pregnant and you are scared. You take the aborting option quickly thinking of that moment then. But when you are much older, you will look back and wish you kept that baby. When you will be rich and successful you will wish that child you gave up on would be around to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Being a single mother doesn’t mean you can’t make it in life or you can’t find a man in future.

5. *The child you rejected*

Young man, you impregnated a woman, she told you she’s pregnant with your child. You rejected her and the baby and ran. But years later when you’re 50 something, you will wish you were responsible, you will wish you manned up and became a father to that child. You will see that child excel and become an adult but will have no claim to that grown child who you rejected from the beginning. You will regret being a Dead Beat Dad by choice

6. *The marriage you destroyed*

So you get married to your good fiance; the first months in marriage were good but shortly after, with your money and charm, you started having affairs. You became unfaithful. Your spouse begged you to stop, your children started hurting, your marriage was collapsing. One day when you are older, it will hit you how foolish you were to destroy the good marriage you had began to build for mere temporary thrills in affairs that did you no good. You will realize the damage you caused to your children and spouse.

7. *The God you disowned*

When you are much older you become wiser, God becomes more real as you see life in a more meaningful way. But don’t wait to get older to start enjoying a relationship with God. Know God when you are young, build your future with God. Don’t be a young rebel who runs back to God when age catches up.

8. *The body you messed up*

You have only one body to live with all your life. The cigarettes, the alcohol you are abusing, the drugs you are taking, the unhealthy food you’re consuming; all that will destroy you slowly. When you are 50 and lifestyle diseases catch up with you, you will wish you took care of your body when younger, that you exercised more; but now the damage is done.

9. *The time you wasted*

The time you are wasting when younger in worry, wrong relationships, laziness, being a couch potato, giving excuses and pursuing meaningless things; you will never get it back.

10. *The dreams and talents you shelved*

Are you talented when young; are there things you love to do and you are good at them? Nurture those talents, exploit them, don’t give up even if you encounter set backs, don’t give up on your dreams. If you give up, when you’re older you will look at your peers who stuck to what they love and made it and think to self, “That could have been me”. Pursue a career, study a course you love. Don’t waste years of your life in a field that doesn’t fulfill you.

11 *The name you defamed*

When you are older, a legacy is very important, the value of your name is crucial. You will ask yourself what is your reputation, what are you leaving behind? Your legacy is a sum total of your actions since youthful days. We write our biography by how we live life everyday. When you look back your path and you see the mud you threw at your own name, the shame you attracted and the little value you have added to the world; you will regret.

12. *The wealth you threw away*

Are you riding on good money during your productive years? Earning good money? Don’t throw away that money in clubs, reckless living and wasteful shopping. Invest with that money, widen your revenue stream, make that money work for you and keep it safe to take care of you in your older years. Leave an inheritance for your loved ones so that you will never say “I wish I knew better”

13. *The good love that got away*

Is there that great person in your life loving you good? Don’t push that person away, or else that person will walk out your life and you will never ever find someone that incredible and who connects with you all your life. It will torment you to grow older with thoughts of “What if I was still with that person?”

14 *The parents you despised*

When younger, it is easy to show contempt to your parents; what do your parent’s know? They are old-fashioned, shady and small -minded. But your parents are still your parents whether you agree with them or not, whatever their style. Don’t let your parent die or age separated from you, reconcile and make up. When you get older, you will realize why your parents wanted to be close to you. The older you get, the more you see the value.
Thanks for reading

Read quietly then send it back on its journey

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But will be good if you don’t let the chain cut by sending it to others.

Remember….

Hold on tight to the ones you love!

God Bless You

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 613
Pride goes before fall: Kalinic, the arrogant Croatian footballer

“Croatia came to this World Cup with only two natural strikers. Mario Mandzukic, the guy who scored the winner in d match against England.

The other was Nikola Kalinic He was on the bench for Croatia’s first game against Nigeria. With five munites to end that game, coach instructed him to dress up and replace another player.

Kalinic angrily refused to play, in protest of being left on the bench.

He saw himself a top player, and wouldn’t come on for just five munites. The coach turned to other player Pjaca for the substitution.

After the match, Kalinic refused to apologize, despite appeals from other coaching staff.

The coach then sacked him from the team, and sent him home from Russia. Kalinic flew for holidays, and even posted pictures of himself enjoying elsewhere.

After all, he seem to imagine, Croatia won’t go anywhere in the tournament. But without him, the team managed to win their matches.

Croatia has achieved their greatest football achievement in history, reaching the World Cup final.

The remaining 22 players are national heroes. Their names forever inscribed in the hearts of generations.

Kalinic should have been part but minus him. All because of minutes of anger. Minutes of pride and bloated ego.

He may have regretted now. He may have realized his tomfoolery. But it is too late. These stories about life are quite familiar to us, but do we really learn lessons from them? As they profoundly apply to all spheres of life?

Learn to CUT PRIDE. Learn to control anger and DEFLATE EGO and ultimately, learn to say SORRY.

Years of SWEAT & DEDICATION can all be shattered by moments of ANGER and PRIDE.
DON’T BE A KALINIC”

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Why Alliance talks Between Awo/AG and Zik/NCNC failed in 1959

With the 1959 elections ending with no clear winner, an alliance had to be formed to determine who would rule. It was no brainer that AG and NCNC should form a coalition. Awolowo had already humbled himself to be a Deputy Prime Minister or Finance Minister in Zik’s government. Zik invited AG’s team to Asaba, West’s door to the East, to have coalition talks. The talks were a clever ruse to keep AG’s hopes high so that AG would be kept distracted from going upwards to the North for talks. Then the AG read in the news that Zik and Michael Okpara had gone up North and clinched the deal with the Sardauna on forming the government. Tafawa Balewa would be the Prime Minister for the new nation and Zik, the President. Even Nkrumah was shocked. He asked Zik why having spent so much energy fighting for colonial emancipation and then settling for a toothless bulldog role when Nigeria needed him the most? But it was a trap.

As he said in his autobiography, My Life, the first time Sardauna came to Lagos to participate in national politics was in 1947. Then, with over £13,500 raised from all over Nigeria – a doctor’s annual salary, then was a little over £200 – Zik had led other six prominent NCNC delegates to London to protest the “obnoxious laws” of Governor Arthur Richards. The trip ended in failure with backbiting, abuses and accusation of theft. Zik’s opponents at the NYM, accused him of squandering the money and trust of Nigerians. Zik replied insinuating that the Yoruba on the team, that is: Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin, Dr. A. B. Olorunnimbe, were the problem.

There erupted a heated and prolonged press war between Zik’s Political Reminiscence in his West African Pilot and H.O. Davies’ Political Panorama in Daily Service. This led to Lagos Igbos rushing to buy machetes en masse thinking a tribal war was imminent. The Governor and his General Secretary, Hugh Foot, quickly called Zik and H.O. Davies to order at the Government House.

In the middle of all this was the time Sardauna came to Lagos for the first time. As he wrote in his autobiography, he went away with the resolve that “the North must take politics seriously”. And later when the Daily Service published the speech of Zik about Igbos been destined by God to conquer and rule over others, Sardauna’s resolve went deeper. He had been reading Zik and the Igbos through that lens ever since. His way of neutralising Zik when the opportunity came in 1959 was to offer him a powerless post, which surprisingly Zik and Okpara dutifully accepted in place of being Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. It was this historic mistake that Nzeogwu, Ifeajuna and other coup plotters tried to undo in 1966.

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607 and 608 +Hypocrisy and the Nigerian People+Who packs your parachute+Nigerian musicians lack originality+Contentment+Retirement+Bengal famine 1943+Nigeria of my Dreams+Lagos Traffic Solution

 FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 601
Who is Packing Your Parachute: The example of Air Commodore Vishal

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many.

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said “You’re Captain Vishal ! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Vishal.

“I packed your parachute,” the man smiled and replied.
Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Vishal couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker”

So friends, who is packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane is shot down – we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, the spiritual parachute & the Financial Parachute.We call on all these supports before reaching safety.Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this last week of the year, recognize the people who pack your parachute.

I just want to THANK Everyone who Packed my parachute one way or the other – through your words, deeds, prayers. Thank you all and God bless you.

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You were born in a first class hospital, I was delivered at home, we both survived.

You went to a private primary school and I went to a public school, we both ended in the same high school.

You woke up from the bed and I woke from the floor, we both had a peaceful night rest.

Your outfits are all expensive, mine are all simple and cheap, we both still cover our nakedness.

You ate fried rice and roasted chicken, I ate local made food but we both still ate to our satisfaction.

You ride on Lexus jeep, Range Rover, G Wagon, Hummer Jeep and I use public transport but we still got to our various destination.

You may be reading this post from your Sony xperia, BB Z10, Q10, Samsung Galaxy 6edge, IPhone6+ and I typed it with my Touch one broken screen, we still see the message.

Lifestyle is not a competition and there are different ways to get a lot of things done, different lanes all leading to the same destination. Just because your neighbour is doing things faster does not mean you are failing.

Happiness doesn’t come from having everything, but making the best out of what you have, it’s all about how you see yourself.

Happiness is not having what you like. Happiness is liking what you have and being content.

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 603

There is no doubt Nigerian musicians and artistes have been making waves both locally and internationally, even winning international awards of repute.

However, the way many Nigerian artistes and musicians copy and outrightly pirate foreign videos to make theirs is very appalling. It shows they lack originality and imagination.
As good and informative on the ills in Nigeria, as recent video by Falz ” This is Nigeria ” is, it is a complete copy of the American video ” This is America “. He copied all the concept from warehouse to everything, even standing on a car! Chai! No originality.

He’s not the only one guilty of this. A whole lot of them are. After two bungled videos of ” Skelewu”, Davido’s (third , final and official ) Skelewu video is a direct copy of Michael Jackson’s American Anthem video. No change. Apart from content of songs, all others are same. You only need to watch those videos and juxtapose for you to know this further.

Abeg Naija artistes, show more originality in your music videos, stop copying foreigners.

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 604

Hypocrisy and the Nigerian People

In recent times, President. Buhari has been vilified for his support of late Gen. Sani Abacha , yet most of his accusers are also guilty of the same offence. We are all guilty.

We all have individuals whom we take as heroes, no matter how evil or bad certain aspects of their lives and characters are.

Tuface has many die hard fans irrespective of the number of baby mamas he has. Likewise Davido. Increasing his number of baby mamas won’t reduce his love by his fans. No matter how many number of married or unmarried women the likes of Obesere, Pasuma, Osupa, KWAM1 lay with, their fans keep growing.

No matter the number of tattoos Tonko Dike has, or the number of divorces some artistes have, irrespective of the amount of “weed” Justine Bierber and Terry G smoke, all have their fans who take them as heroes.

Even as terrible as Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin and Napoleon were, they have their fans till date.

No matter how much Jonathan Goodluck looted Nigeria, he has his die hard fans whom most are WailingWailers. No matter how much IBB looted this country with his cronies, no matter how he spoiled Nigeria with his “I chop, you chop” mentality, no much how he institutionalized corruption in Nigeria, accused of killing many including Dele Giwa, plane crash victims in Ejigbo etc, he has his die hard fans.

Vilify Obj from morning to evening, he has his die hard fans. No matter how you claim Abdulsalami stole in 11 months what others stole in years, his fans remain.

No matter how much you claim Buhari has spoiled Nigeria and claim he is a religious fanatic, a regional and ethnic jingo, it won’t change my mind nor the minds of several die hard Buharists like me and other Buharideens. No matter how you vilify Abacha and call him wicked despot, he has his fans. Buhari happens to be one.

Apart from working as PTF Chairman under Abacha, both have and maintain a close family relationship till date.

Abeg leave Buhari alone joor because we are all guilty of the same offence. He who goes to equity must do so with clean hands. He who is without sin should cast the first stone. You no holy pass my brother and sister. Leave Buhari to worship and praise his hero joor, he doesn’t stop you from doing same to yours.

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Bengal famine 1943

THIS FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST COMMITTED BY BRITISH IMPERIALISM WAS CAUSED BY THE DIVERSION OF SHIPPING NORMALLY USED TO BRING FOOD TO BENGAL. THE SHIPPING WAS USED INSTEAD TO BRING MILITARY SUPPLIES TO THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA IN 1942.

According to Dr. Gideon Polya, a professor in Victoria, Australia, the 1943-44 famine that killed an estimated 3.5 to 5 million people in Bengal was “man-made”. Dr. Polya says that “the British brought an unsympathetic and ruthless economic agenda to India” and that “the creation of famine” was brought about by British “sequestration and export of food for enhanced commercial gain.”

Carlos Martinez on the travesty of the blood soaked British Queen’s Diamond Jubilee~
”We don’t need jubilee celebration, we need discussion about British people’s complicity in imperial crimes. In 1943, while the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ was happening, 7-10 million died in the Bengal Famine, an entirely preventable tragedy caused principally by British imperial policy. Millions died in India, China, Brazil, Ireland, Southern Africa and elsewhere as a result of the policies of the British Empire. Britain has engaged in brutal neo-colonial wars from Yugoslavia to Libya, killing hundreds of thousands in the name of oil profits and geostrategic interests. To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee is to spit on the graves of the victims. We don’t need a celebration; we need a national discussion about how ordinary British people could have stood idly by while these despicable crimes were carried out in their name”

Credits: George Onmonya Daniel

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Nigeria of my dreams

Before going to bed, i had to eat something. I opened d fridge yes, all d food had turned to block; d light had been on for 8 years without going off. I finished eating went to bed. Oh I have to reduce d speed of this fan, d voltage is so high. I woke up very early in d morning to d sound of classical music. I casually strolled into the bathroom. Oh! The cold is too much this morning, i turned on d hot-water tap. While towelling myself dry, i turned on the radio and heard thepresenter speaking of how Nigeria is now one of the most developed countries in the world and how d Nigerian president yesterday declared his asset and all he had to boast of was N20 million naira and a duplex in his village. I finished dressing up and took my time to eat. I had no reason to rush, afterall the road is always free and there are no potholes. On d way,i saw a few policemen patrolling and I greeted them. I stopped to chat wit dem 4 a few minutes after which i drove off laughing. In my workplace, i saw some people loitering in d waiting room nd discovered dey were here to be interviewed. I saw d son of the permanent secretary also saw a young man with tattered shoes patched-up trouser; he graduated recently from one of d government universities, but everyone could testify to the fact that he’s brilliant.
While going home that day, i saw the man in tattered shoes smiling i asked him why. “Sir, i’ve been given d job.”
“What! What of the Permanent secretary’s son, didn’t his father call beforehand? No “D man said, “He didn’t” That evening, i went out 2 play in d neighborhood, i saw Adamu Obinna discussing d recent trend in d country, of how Mallam Danjuma is now governor of Rivers state, Senator Abifarin Oluwafemi is now the governor in Enugu state, Mr Chijioke Godffrey is now the governor of Kano state. Then I had a Mosquito bite on my nose, as I slapped my face.I woke up realized that I took large dose of cough syrup…chai Nigeria of my dream
Chai!!!

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Retirement

*1. one day you will retire.* You won’t be going to work. You won’t have office power any more. No influence or at best, a reduced influence. Your cash flow will also reduce.! Check retirement date on your payslip.

*2. Always go for your 30days annual leave.* Whatever you do during your leave, is what you will be doing when you retire. If all you do is to sleep or watch TV, then that’s what you are likely do do in your retirement. Remember the book of Proverbs. A little sleep and a little slumber, so shall your poverty multiply.

Watching Big Brother Naija will not save you heartache in retirement. Learn a trade or a skill during your leave. It will come handy. Spend your after-office hours learning something. Don’t spend it sleeping, Gossiping, watching TV!! Same goes for your weekend. Make them productive. You will thank yourself for spending your time productively.

*3. Invest for your retirement.*.. your children are not retirement investment. Don’t bank on your children’s support or the support of friends or relations. That’s a BIG risk. It may not happen. Be ready to take care of yourself!! Everyone has his own responsibilities. They won’t be able to help you that much. You will also lose your dignity and respect if you adopt a life of begging.

*4. Start a hobby* early in your working days to take you along when you retire. Rearing chicken, farming or own a shop. Acquire marketable skills ( not useless paper certificates) Etc

*5. Where shall you retire.* Build yourself a home. Don’t retire and start to rent a house or refuse to vacate government house. You will be at the mercy of your landlord at a time when your cash flow is not only reduced but unpredictable!!

*6. Who shall be your dependants.* By the time you retire, your children should be above 18, and self reliant.

*7. Don’t retire and stay in a big city* unless you can TRULY afford it. You can’t continue living in a big city after 60 with limited financial resources. The language and the hustle will be hard for you. Where possible, Relocate to a less expensive town where your reduced take home (pension) can go further.

*8. Have property which can be rented or converted into cash*. Have shares that pay good dividends. Plant cash trees. Rear goats, cultivate vegetables etc. these activities will not only give you income but will also keep you healthy.

*9. Live a simple life*. If you never built a house at your rural home, dont use your retirement package to build. It is unwise unless you plan to live there on a permanent basis or you are super rich and therefore can afford the luxury. The choice is yours.

*Note that many of retirees die early because of the following*:

1. They are Not mentally prepared to retire.

2. Lack of finances

3. They Lapse into Depression

4 They develop Hypertension/ Diabetes because of worries, anxiety and uncertainty “and financial pressures.

*YOUR DESK AT YOUR WORK PLACE IS NOT PERMANENT. PLAN FOR YOUR RETIREMENT. Pls forward to people who u feel can learn from this now.

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THIS IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE TRAFFIC SOLUTION FOR LAGOS.

The solution to Lagos’ traffic problems is fewer roads, not more.

There is only one solution to traffic problems. Get people out of their cars. Studies all over the world have shown that building more roads only increases traffic problems because it encourages more people to drive.

Google “induced demand.” Smart growth is the solution. Having dense, mixed use communities with office, housing, and shops close to each other is the solution. Look at other big cities like New York, Chicago, Tokyo, etc. Very few people have cars because you don’t need one. You can walk everywhere or take public transportation.

Lagos is the only mega city where 80% of the buildings are 1 or 2 stories. This is not sustainable growth. One skyscraper with 1000 offices, shops, gym, apartments, would remove thousands of cars from the roads.

Developments like Eko Atlantic are a good start because you have dense development where people can walk everywhere. Many global cities are also turning their urban highways into parks. Mexico City just turned a 10-lane highway into a park. The result is that vibrant, healthy communities spring up around the park, pollution is eliminated, and everyone’s quality of life goes up.

One last though: You are not stuck in traffic, you ARE the traffic.

~ Rick Tanksley (West Africa Startup Specialist)

 FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 595, 596, 597, 598, 599 and 600 +Royal Rules for Princess+Wisdom Vs Intelligence+Full June 12,1993 Results+Team work+Wrong Philosophies+Changing Times for Dieziani Madueke

 FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 595
17 Royal Rules New Princess Meghan Markle Has to Follow Now That She’s A Duchess
1. No Selfies: During her first official event with Prince Harry, Meghan revealed that she would no longer be able to take selfies with fans after a couple asked her to pose.”We’re not allowed to do selfies,” she told the duo, reports the Daily Mirror.
2. No Autographs: She may have some Suits superfans in her past, but these days the new royal isn’t allowed to sign autographs under any circumstances.
3. No Social Media: Meghan’s not allowed to have her own social media page, which is why her own lifestyle blog and Instagram, The Tig, went dark last year.
4. No Dark Nails: According to sources at OK! magazine, Royal Family members are prohibited from wearing dark and colored nail polish. Meghan wore the Queen’s favorite color, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, to the Royal Wedding.
5. No Traveling Without Mourning Clothes: Ever since the King George died while the then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in Africa and had to travel back to England in regular clothes, it is imperative that all royals always travel with a set of funeral clothes in order to be respectful.
6. Curtsy Time: The queen expects female family members, including Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles, to curtsy when they enter a room in her presence, even when it’s an informal occasion, which means Meghan better get used to the curtsy. If she is at an official event, Meghan must also curtsy to anyone who outranks her title.
7. No Miniskirts: The queen disapproves of hemlines higher than an inch or two above the knee. Regular female visitors such as Kate, Camilla, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are already aware of the fashion stipulation. If Meghan hasn’t already ditched her little black dresses or her minis, time to throw them out!
8. None of that Crossed-Legged Business: It’s frowned upon for Royal Family members to cross their legs, according to an expert for Hello! You’ll never see Kate Middleton crossing her legs anywhere other than at her angles. Kate often does a side-by-side move known as “the Duchess Slant,” which Princess Diana utilized. Meghan better be working on her Duchess of Sussex slant!
9. No Wedges: The Queen apparently DESPISES wedge shoes, says Vanity Fair. So get rid of ’em, girl!
10. Mealtime Is at 8:30: If dining the queen, Meghan should be prepared to always eat at 8:30 and dinner will be over by 10. The Queen is known for strictly adhering to her royal schedule.
11. No Open Seating: At a Royal Family gathering, Meghan will always be sat next to Prince Harry.
12. No Room Raiding: There is a strict code of conduct for how to enter a room when your are with the royals. Here’s the royal order: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camila, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and then most likely, Prince Harry and Markle, according to Reader’s Digest.
13. Don’t Eat Before the Queen or After the Queen: Markle should not begin eating her meal until the Queen has started hers, StyleCaster reports. The former Suitsstar also needs to keep her eyes peeled—for when the Queen stops eating, everyone must stop eating, even if there is still food.
14. No Sleeping ‘Til the Queen Sleeps: If Markle stays at the Queen’s house, she’s gotta stay up until QE2 falls asleep, so says the Daily Beast. Apparently it’s considered bad form to call it a night before the monarch.
15. Do Not Pass Go: Monopoly is not allowed. According to Reader’s Digest, in 2008, the Leeds Building Society gave the Duke of York Prince Andrew the game of Monopoly to which he responded, “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”
16. No Pinkies Out: Tea time is an important time for royals. Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People that the correct way to drink tea is to use your thumb and index finger to hold the top of the handle, while the middle finger supports the bottom. You should also sip from the same spot the entire time so that the rim doesn’t get lipstick stains. If you are a coffee drinker, you should loop your index finger through the handle. But beware—no pinkies out. Even the royals draw the line somewhere.
17. No Shellfish For You: It’s an ancient royal tradition to say no to shellfish in order to avoid food poisoning. While the royal family doesn’t always adhere to that rule, Queen Elizabeth still does.
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 596
Changing times for Dieziani Madueke : No condition is permanent in life
Yesterday, she was the most powerful woman in Nigeria and one of the most powerful Africa; her pictures donned best of the best magazines in Nigeria, Africa and beyond, Ovation seeks audience with her, Forbes on her trail just to say ‘Hello’ while other smaller ‘packaging magazines’ can do anything to put her picture on their cover pages.
She was so powerful that she spent over N10B on transportation alone! The combined Senate and House of Reps could not summon her, even when an ex Military General was the President of Senate. Her house interiors are all imported up to toothpicks and toiletries. With a snap of her finger, ‘baby’ Ministers are removed, and if she angrily stamp her right foot on the floor, CBN Governor must go for daring to complain that Billions of Dollars are missing under her. She bought anything and everything and lost count of her properties, her greed was directly proportional to her eyeballs. She was so powerful that she’s the only one that can limit herself! An amazon with class! A big spender par excellence! She used power to its fullest!
Today, she’s back to reality. She’s on the street like the rest of us without orderlies and Police escorts buying Tatashe, Atarodo, Shombo, Openye, Perewinkle, Ugwu, dawa, palm oil etc. No special treatment, no siren blaring, nothing!!!
Whatever you think you are today, treat others as if they will be there tomorrow, because nature has a way of humbling us, and karma has a way of embarrassing us. Deziane was at a street shop in London some weeks ago
 FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 597

A group of 50 people attended a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and started giving each person a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room. Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their respective names written on within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their names, pushing and colliding with each other, and there was utter chaos. At the end of 5 minutes, no one could find their own balloons. Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloons. The speaker began: “This is exactly what is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all over the place, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Help them find their happiness and you will get your own happiness too. And this is the purpose of human life. Learn to put a smile on someone’s face, and you will also smile in due course.​”

Lesson:
When you’re making others to succeed in life you’re also successful. This is power of team work. Stay blessed.

<a>#Be</a> the inspiration

(COPIED)

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WRONG PHILOSOPHIES
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1. *”WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE”*
“`Whatever will be will not be; you have to make it be. You have a part to play in what will be in your life, so don’t leave it to chance.“`
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2. *”HALF BREAD IS BETTER THAN NONE!”*
“`Why settle for half bread when you can get a full bread or even own a bakery. This is a limiting belief that positions you to settle for less and it is a mediocre philosophy.“`
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3. *”A FOOL AT FORTY IS A FOOL FOREVER”*
“`A fool at any age can be a fool forever if he refuses to let go of his foolishness. It is never too late to become wise because the day you wake up and wise up is the day you CHANGE!“`
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4. *”ALL FINGERS ARE NOT EQUAL”*
“`Yes! Physical fingers in your hands are not equal but that does not make any of them valueless financially, and you realise that they are all valuable. You are not even a finger, so why look down on yourself.“`
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5. *”LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY”*
“`If you are below forty and believe this, I feel so sorry for you because it means you are not yet alive.“`
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6. *”WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN”*
“`Is your age coming down? Is your wisdom and knowledge coming down? Is the price of goods coming down? Think my friend!“`
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7. *”HE WHO LAUGH LAST, LAUGHS BEST!”*
“`Why laugh last when you can laugh always and why laugh best when laughter is not a competition. When we program ourselves with these strange philosophies,they limit and restrict us.“`
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8. *THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, IS BETTER THAN THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW.*

Why do you want to associate with the devil, the devil depicts evil, no matter how you want to make it look. The Angel you don’t even know is doing its primary assignment of guarding you always. Nothing good comes from the devil. Desist from such philosophy.
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“`Change the way you think and talk.. You will change the world around you.
You have the opportunity to:

*RECREATE YOUR WORLD*

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The difference between Intelligence and Wisdom! I found this worthy reading to share with you.

1. Intelligence leads to arguments.
Wisdom leads to settlements.
2. Intelligence is power of will.
Wisdom is power OVER will.
3. Intelligence is heat, it burns.
Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.
4. Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker.
Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.
5. Intelligence is holding on.
Wisdom is letting go.
6. Intelligence leads you.
Wisdom guides you.
7. An intelligent man thinks he knows everything.
A wise man knows that there is still something to learn.
8. An intelligent man always tries to prove his point.
A wise man knows there really is no point.
9. An intelligent man freely gives unsolicited advice.
A wise man keeps his counsel until all options are considered.
10. An intelligent man understands what is being said.
A wise man understands what is left unsaid.
11. An intelligent man speaks when he has to say something.
A wise man speaks when he has something to say.
12. An intelligent man sees everything as relative.
A wise man sees everything as related.
13. An intelligent man tries to control the mass flow.
A wise man navigates the mass flow.
14. An intelligent man preaches.
A wise man reaches.

*Intelligence is good, but wisdom achieves better results.*

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 600 ( Special June 12 Edition )

THE ARCHIVE: Full Result Of June 12 Election.

(NOT RELEASED OFFICIALLY )

The Cable

The number one topic in the polity at the moment is June 12, 1993 election, adjudged as freest and fairest in the history of the country.

The election was between Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC) and Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) chaired by Humphrey Nwosu (pictured) declared the results in only 14 states before the regime of former military president Ibrahim Babaginda annulled the exercise.

RESULTS IN ABUJA AND THE 30 STATES IN EXISTENCE THEN.

(1)-Abuja (FCT)☆
NRC-18,313 47.84
SDP-19,968 52.16
256,500
WINNER:-ABIOLA

(2)-Abia☆
NRC-151,227 58.96
SDP 105,273 41.04
334,490
WINNER:-TOFA

(3)-Adamawa☆
NRC-167,239 54.28
SDP-140,875 45.72 414,129
WINNER:-TOFA

(4)-Akwa Ibom☆
NRC-199,342 48.14 SDP-214,787 51.86 371,288
WINNER:-ABIOLA

(5)-Anambra☆
NRC-159,258 42.89 SDP-212,024 57.11 847,274
WINNER-ABIOLA

(6)-Bauchi☆
NRC- 524,836 60.73 SDP-339,339 39.27 406,132
WINNER:-TOFA

(7)-Benue☆
NRC-186,302 43.06 SDP-246,830 56.94
282,180
WINNER – ABIOLA

(8)-Borno☆
NRC-128,684 45.60 SDP-153,496 54.40 342,755
WINNER-ABIOLA

(9)-Cross River☆
NRC-153,452 44.77 SDP-189,303 55.23 472,278
WINNER-ABIOLA

(10)-Delta☆
NRC-145,001 30.70 SDP-327,277 69.30 308,979
WINNER-ABIOLA

(11)-Edo☆
NRC-103,572 33.52 SDP-205,407 66.48 427,190
WINNER-ABIOLA

(12)-Enugu☆
NRC-284,050 51.91 SDP-263,101 48.09 349,902
WINNER-TOFA

(13)-lmo☆
NRC-195,836 55.14 SDP-159,350 44.86 228,388
WINNER-TOFA

(14)-Jigawa☆
NRC-89,836 39.33
SDP-138,552 60.67 726,573
WINNER-ABIOLA

(15)-Kaduna☆
NRC-356,860 47.80 SDP-389,713 52.20 324,428
WINNER-ABIOLA

(16)-Kano☆
NRC-154,809 47.72 SDP-169,619 52.28 442,176
WINNER-ABIOLA

(17)-Katsina☆
NRC-271,077 61.30 SDP-171,162 38.70 286,974
WINNER-TOFA

(18)-Kebbi☆
NRC-144,808 67.34
SDP-70,219 32.66
488,492
WINNER-TOFA

(19)-Kogi☆
NRC-265,732 54.40 SDP-222,760 45.60 352,479
WINNER-TOFA

(20)-Kwara☆
NRC- 80,209 22.78 SDP-272,270 77.24 1,033,397
WINNER-ABIOLA

(21)-Lagos☆
NRC-.149,432 14.46 883,865 85.5
357,787
WINNER-ABIOLA

(22)-Niger☆
NRC-221,437 61.90 SDP-136,350 38.10 484,971
WINNER-TOFA

(23)-Ogun☆
NRC-59,246 12.22
SDP-425,725 87.78 964,018
WINNER-ABIOLA

(24)-Ondo☆
NRC-162,994 15.58
SDP-883,024 84.42 437,334
WINNER-ABIOLA

(25)-Osun☆
NRC-72,068 16.48
SDP-365,266 83.52 641,799
WINNER-ABIOLA

(26)-Oyo☆
NRC-105,788 16.48 SDP-536,011 83.52 676,959
WINNER-ABIOLA

(27)-Plateau☆
NRC-259,394 38.32 SDP-417,565 61.68 1,026,824
WINNER-ABIOLA

(28)-Rivers☆
NRC-6408,973 63.37
SDP-370,578 36.63
469,986
WINNER-TOFA

(29)-Sokoto☆
NRC-372,250 79.21
SDP- 97,726 20.79 469,986
WINNER-TOFA

(30)-Taraba☆
NRC-64,001 38.58
SDP-101,887 61.42 176,054
WINNER-ABIOLA

(31)-Yobe☆
NRC- 64,061 38.41
SDP-11,887 63.59
38,281
WINNER-ABIOLA

According to unofficial results, Tofa got a total of 5,952,087 (41.64%) of votes nationwide while Abiola, running on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), scored 8,341,309 (58.36%).

The total vote cast was 14,293,396. Abiola won 19 of the 30 states and in the FCT, leaving Tofa with 11 states.

Source: The Cable /
The Nigerian History Channel,Unofficial Results.