Buhari’s Presidency: Facts and fiction By Abraham Ogbodo

Buhari’s Presidency: Facts and fiction
By Abraham Ogbodo

The Editor of the Guardian, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo

I am worried about the ongoing narrative that Nigerians desired a change from the PDP misrule and agreed in 2015 to kick out Goodluck Jonathan and vote in Muhammadu Buhari as President.
Nothing sounds more fraudulent. Was there a consensus at anytime on that? The answer is no. Rather, the Buhari presidency was a risk specifically undertaken by a tiny but powerful clique solely for its benefit and not the benefit of Nigerians.

Now that the risk has failed and woefully too, the same clique is trying to change the narrative and make the mistake look like everybody’s mistake. It will not happen. I know the truth is always a casualty when history is being hurriedly written from many perspectives. But not this time please because I am going to tell the truth to shame the devil and stop it from escaping with vain glory .

Penultimate Saturday, my Oga, Dele Mommodu, did a lamentation on the back page of Thisday Newspaper in which he admitted being part of the cabal (that actually was the original cabal before this gratuitous cabal in Aso Rock Villa that everybody is talking about) that promoted Buhari to high heavens and made him the one to defeat in the 2015 electoral calculations. Another of my Oga, Sam Omatseye of The Nation Newspaper, has been lamenting too. He also was part of the original cabal.

Yet another of my Oga, Femi Adesina, who was part of the original cabal is not lamenting. At the end of it all, fortune smiled on him and became a marginal stakeholder in the new cabal in Aso Rock. He is a marginal stakeholder because the main stakeholders are well known and he is not one. But as he was in the beginning singing Buhari praises, so he is now, and maybe, ever shall he be till Buhari’s tenancy in Aso Rock expires one way or the other.

Other members of the pro-Buhari orchestra who also benefited when the deed was done are maintaining good table manners. They are eating and have decided to remain quiet to avoid being choked. One is the monumental Mohammed Haruna who is a national commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Another is Modibo Kawu who is the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Yet another is Bayo Onanuga who enjoys a double portion as Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with his wife as deputy governor of Ogun State. The list of mercenary writers is longer.

I cannot say for sure, but it follows that the lamentations of those lamenting now could have turned to exhortations if fortune had also smiled on them as others. In Nigeria, the transition from a prophet of hope to a prophet of doom is so flexible and is often determined by the warmth of the stomach. The only good thing is that the subject matter has not changed and the voices that hailed Buhari less than three years ago as a blessing unto the nation are today saying he is an affliction.

The media was recruited as partner in the drive to enthrone Buhari. And it did a good job of the script handed to it. Reason did not stand a chance as emotions became too compelling to resist in the media narration of falsehood to completely obliterate Buhari’s past. In the aftermath, the choice between Buhari and Jonathan became like the choice between Angel Michael and Lucifer.

Even the indefatigable defender of the national conscience, Professor Wole Soyinka, also got overwhelmed. He believed, albeit without clear proof, that by some cosmic interventions, Buhari had been reconditioned into a manageable democrat in the years between 1985 when he (Buhari) was overthrown as a military head of state and 2015 when he sought election as a democratic president. Lately, the Prof has also been seeing affliction in place of blessing. But Professors Itse Sagay and Tam David West are faithful disciples that will not deny the saviour of Nigeria and even seem ready to propagate the gospel to the world long after the master must have gone.

Mind you, the purpose today is to say that it is not all Nigerians, as it is being peddled, that agreed to return Buhari to the presidency in 2015. Some people did and what I am trying to do here is to name some of them. The political wing of the original cabal was far more determined to witness the second crowning of Buhari as president. But today, there is also huge frustration and disappointment in that camp.

Apart from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who has managed to break loose at great personal cost, others are largely suffering in silence, and like Boxer in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, they do not know what better thing to say than to agree that Comrade Napoleon is right always. Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State is also in this camp and in fact the camp’s leader. He, it was, who mobilised the Southwest to strike a successful formal political deal with the Hausa/Fulani power elite for the first time since the birth of Nigeria. And he did so in spite of warnings from elders of the region.

For this purpose, Tinubu had willingly renounced his essence. Suddenly, the man who was in the trenches under the NADECO umbrella to fight dictatorship and Fulani domination of the Nigerian political space was all too ready to go to dinner with the devil even without a long spoon.

For instance, in the public debates for the desirability or otherwise of the 2014 political reform conference, Tinubu had said openly that a conference to restructure Nigeria was diversionary and that what Nigerians needed at that material time was a Buhari presidency after which other things including restructuring would be added unto them.
To make it look real, he got the APC to include restructuring of the polity in its manifesto. But that was where it ended. Nobody in the APC including its chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is talking about restructuring.

In his New Year speech to Nigerians, President Buhari said the myriad of national problems had more to do with processes than they had to do with the structure of the federation. He more or less put paid to agitations for the restructuring of the country to reflect true federalism.

And so, in the end, after the huge and unprecedented political investment that he made, what have been the returns, in concrete terms, for Tinubu and the Southwest outside a lame duck Vice President who is more seen than heard and who became Acting President by default for a couple of months? Let me also add that only charitable commentators like me would put the entire blame on the head of the Ashiwaju alone. Others who are less charitable will hold the entire Southwest responsible for the Buhari misfortune. Here are a people known for their sophistication in engaging the Nigerian system and they have hardly faltered right from the days of the late sage, Pa Obafemi Awolowo.

Permit me to digress a little. Usually, when planners of a revolution fail to agree or decide to project too much of personal interest over the collective goal, they lose the initiative to control things to complete strangers. That was what happened in the French Revolution when the planners degenerated into self-cancellation and allow the rise of that military upstart called Napoleon Bonaparte to derail the goal of the revolution in pursuit of his personal glory.

The Yoruba elders and the entire progressive clan in Nigeria also went into self-cancellation in pursuit of personal glory and left the vision unprotected.

In the process, the man with the most power, not the best ideas, became the king. Tinubu overwhelmed the Southwest with his power and led the region into the current quagmire. Two considerations mainly defined the politics of 2015. First was the pure desire to cultivate democracy beyond incessant attacks by undemocratic forces personified by the likes of Olusegun Obasanjo.

The other was personal lust for power which was vigorously promoted through a complacent media as quest for good governance.
Let’s us even agree for once that Buhari represented good governance in the context of the issues that defined the last presidential election.

In that case, what Nigeria chose in electing Buhari was good governance, which in any case was a mere aspiration and not a description of a perfect state of things, over democracy which Goodluck Jonathan in all honesty, approximated based on facts.

I will add here that in a country that has suffered decades of military and despotic abuse, what should come first is democracy. An entrenched democratic culture comes with many benefits including good and accountable governance. It is as the Christians would say: choose ye first the Kingdom of God and other things will be added unto you. Choosing democracy is like choosing the kingdom of God that attracts other good things.

But Tinubu and others chose other things first and sacrificed the kingdom of God—democracy. They, a kind of, put the cart before the horse. In fact, as it has turned out, it wasn’t a horse that they paired anyhow with the cart. It was a lion which only devours and can hardly plough and prepare the soil for the cultivation of democracy.

And so, there is trepidation as the country moves closer to 2019. If for a cocktail of reasons, the lion king refuses to be tamed by the same processes that enthroned him in 2015, we shall all be awarded a BA (Begin Again). The great battles of June 12 to gain democracy would have been fought in vain as democracy takes flight for the umpteenth time in Nigeria. The prayer is for things to happen differently.

But then, prayer is not a strategy. The call will still return to Tinubu, one of the greatest political strategists of our time to re-enter his political laboratory to cook up a containment strategy for the conflagration ahead. He created the virus in the first place and I do not see this as another HIV that has no cure. That clear vision which hit Tinubu and made him to accept a man who truncated democracy and could not be associated with personal and public development in 30 years as the saviour of Nigeria shall, by the special grace of God, return to lead him to work out the antidote.

If he fails, I can pretty well do an epitaph here and now on his political demise. It will read: ‘Here lies the Jagaban who fought so hard to lose everything.’ Lesson: Statesmen should avoid short-term tactical gains that could lead to irrecoverable strategic collapse.

I return to my starting point. Some people and not all Nigerians are responsible for the change that has become chain. The fraudulent narrative by the likes of Dele Momodu must end forthwith. Those who caused the rain should be asked to invite the rain doctor. I rest my case.

The INDISPUTABLE AND VERIFIABLE FACTS ON PRESIDENT BUHARI’S CERTIFICATES. -Chukwuemeka Ojiolo.

No 1. The President registered and sat for West African School Certificate (WASC) Examination in 1961 conducted by Cambridge University.
No 2. He submitted a copy of the result to the Military as part of the requirements to join Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer.
No. 3. When the Military Government led by him was overthrown, he was detained and his house ransacked and in the process he lost several vital belongings including the original copy of his WASC and other certificates.
No. 4. He swore an oath on how the result stating Nos. 1 to 3
No. 5. In the build up of 2015 election, PDP in an attempt to stop him or campaign against him at all cost, blackmailed him of not having a WASC certificate. The then highly politicised Military denied not being in possession of a mandatory photocopy required by every institute before anyone joins either as a student or an employee. The Military blamed the absence of a copy of the President’s certificate on poor record keeping in the sixties (shameless Military, thank God this is no more today).
No 6. As the conspiracy continued, the President (then Presidential Aspirant) address the press stating the story of how he lost his certificate. A story he would not always be in a hurry to remember how IBB and others overthrew him for nothing and incarcerated him for three years. In the broadcast he mandated his alma mater (Government Secondary School Katsina formerly Provincial Secondary School Katsina) to provide a spreadsheet of his WASC result.
No 7. His alma mater obliged his request and publicly displayed his personal result and also issued him a new statement of result with the date of the issuance (I think January 21, 2015) on it. This was done to shame all the conspirators.
No 8. Nobody challenged the authenticity of the spreadsheet/ statement of result issued by GSS Katsina till date. NO ONE HAS TAKEN THE SCHOOL TO COURT FOR ISSUING A FAKE RESULT.
No. 9. The only media platform that only took the part of professionalism on the issue was Sahara Reporters by carrying out an investigative journalism. The Media Outfit requested from the Examination Body (Cambridge University) to confirm the authenticity of the statement of result and spreadsheet published by Buhari’s alma mater (Government Secondary School Katsina).
No 10. The Examination Body (Cambridge University.) DID NOT deny the authenticity of the spreadsheet as displayed by GSS Katsina. They admitted that PMB partook in WASC examination in the year 1961, however, the University FAILED TO CONFIRM SAHARA REPORTER’S REQUEST. THEY CITED EXTANT LAWS IN THE UK PROHIBITING PUBLICIZING PERSONAL RECORDS.
No. 11. Anybody bringing up this issue again that PMB does not have WASC without first confirming from GSS Katsina and Cambridge University should be pitied as he has lost touch with time.
I wrote this first in 2016 but modified it a little now.

Mighty men

He walks like a teen. Short, eyes alert, his feet and arms crackle as though the fellow is about to leap in and out of his labour attire. Unlike his days as governor, he has no beauty, no svelte figure beside him, to chasten his speed. Sometimes he rails, sometimes he cajoles, but often with a visceral brutality. Some party members hold their breaths until they are about to lose them. Welcome Adams, goodbye wheeler dealer. Oyegun now sulks in silence.

When he stepped in as APC chair, no one expected him to carry on the mercantile drollery of his septuagenarian ancestor. No under-the-carpet, shadowy politics. Adams Oshiomhole could not have promised anything else. His labour past, a soldierly profile in the trenches of aluta, presents him as a sort of contradiction in politics. The activist meets the cunning. But such contradictions are good when put to good use.

“Do I contradict myself,” asks the American poet of democracy, Walt Whitman. “I am large. I contain multitudes.” Adams is an example of a strong man in democracy. The view often is that a strong man is bad for democracy. Since it is an ideology that privileges the collegial over hubris, it is wrong to think of a big man in a system of popular persuasion.

But history has given us many. Churchill. Washington. De Gaulle. Lincoln. Ghandi. Mandela. Awolowo. They are not big because they bully. They do not wield guns or rally mobs with blood in their eyes. They fall into what Max Weber describes as charismatic figures. They draw their strengths from moral example, intellectual power and courage. They are not like Franco, Mobutu, Hitler, or Mussolini, the sawdust Caesar. They exploit what Rousseau called the collective will.

The good big men give the ideology role models. They are a sort of contradiction of royalty in the society of equals. They are big because they are like us. They ride on us. They do not ride us. The rise from us, not in spite of us. They are the sort of man Lord Jim aspired to be in Joseph Conrad’s novel.

So, Adams is playing that sort of game in the APC. He is bringing sanity to the decay that Oyegun left. His ancestor brought the party to the brink. It did not help that the real leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari, looked on as elements like Bukola Eleyinmi Saraki, became a fifth columnist until he was naturally cauterised. Or a man like Dogara, who became speaker because of the northern guilty conscience about northern Christians being marginalised. Dogara cannot win a senatorial race in Bauchi State, yet he tries to challenge Governor Abdullahi Abubakar in a duel in which just one punch will fell him.

He is not always elegant. He does not have to be. His diction is sometimes uneven for the purpose. But it is not a game for accurate shots. Some misses are acceptable as long as the main goal is within sight. On his watch, a new idea has shaken the Nigerian political history: the open primaries. It has scared many, especially some governors who cannot stand the popular test. And we have seen that even when it was not open primaries, it rattled some who lay regal claims to political offices. The concept has opened the eyes of the party to a new way of politics. They have seen the forbidden fruit, lush primaries that provide the people’s wish. If not exactly the people’s wish, something close to it. A hint of progress.

When such men emerge, we confront obstacles. Hence the stories in some states, like Ogun, Zamfara and Imo. In Kaduna State, Shehu Sani has failed to make his way, because the dwarf governor, Nasir El-Rufai has turned himself into a monarch. But it is not only the story of a hectoring chief executive, but also about Sani’s sometimes juvenile outbursts in the course of his brief senatorial stewardship. He may not return as senator. He started a fight with a man when he had not sized up the foe to understand how much firepower he had to duel him down.

Well, Sani the activist overpowered Sani the politician, and he may be sharpening his tool to return to his old trade. His naivety has given us some nuggets, though. Through him we know the pay and moral payload of our lawmakers. It was an extraordinary moment in our democracy. He blew the wind to a hen’s behind and we saw all the muck and bumps. No one denied, and he did it without shame or shamefacedness, and without drawing alienation. He kept taking the pay. He was like a man who carted away the loot after confessing to his iniquity. But we shall remain indebted to his tainted honesty.

The story of Zamfara, Imo and Ogun are examples of how not to be a big man in a democracy. Ibikunle Amosun has been crying like a three-year-old, just the age of the party in power. Amosun, who has carried on like a little Pol Pot in Ogun politics is amazed how suddenly he has become an underdog in his party. The father thinks he is roaring. The children are asking why he is crying. He does not know that there is a difference between a Kabiyesi and elected governor. He sees himself as his excellency kabiyesi Amosun. He saw the grandiose emptiness of Daniel’s reign. He brought his own and he could not even own it.

Right before his eyes, he looked at a primary that upended his candidate. Out of illusory confidence, he had accompanied Akinlade to the mosque and proclaimed, in vacuous prophecy, that he would accompany him in the next Sallah as a friend to the governor. How soon he became a false prophet.

He also took a real kabiyesi to see Mr. President without telling him the purpose. Well, he did not know that Buhari is not one to fight for anyone who is not Buhari. This is Buhari that Amosun always wanted to stand beside for photo ops. The story is told that when other governors were with the president, Amosun would jostle his way through his colleagues, brushing them away to create a path for himself to stand beside the big man. Where is the camera man!

Okorocha’s story has been well documented in this column. It is not that his in-law cannot be governor. He should let the people agree with him. But he wants to be the wrong big man in politics. The same with Yari. Yoruba will say Oti yari o. (He has turned desperate). INEC has disavowed any APC candidacy. The big men are seeing, for the first time in eight years, that they are just human. Shakespeare describes such a person as “proud man, dressed in a little brief authority.”

They are trying to act in the philosophy of Plato that “might makes right.” In the slavery era, Abraham Lincoln declared that “right makes might.” It is that right that Adams is clutching and the Amosuns are crying over.

By Sam Omatseye

SO MUCH FOR 50,000 JOBS

Dangote is the largest conglomerate in West Africa and one of the largest on the African continent with over 18 subsidiaries and presence in over 10 countries. Has revenue in excess of $4.1bn. The conglomerate has just a little over 30,000 employees.

First Bank is the biggest bank in Nigeria by total deposits and gross earnings. Operating a network of over 750 business locations across Africa, the United Kingdom and representative offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Johannesburg set up to capture trade-related business between geographies. It has a total employee of about 8,000+

The Lagos State public sector is the largest employer of labour amongst the states in Nigeria. Nigeria’s largest state economy and the 5th largest economy on the African continent. The state’s public sector has a little over 100,000 in its employment.

Facebook and it’s Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries, with presence and field offices in many locations outside USA and an revenue of over $40bn (2017) has a little over 30,000 employees.

The Al-Futtaim group. One of the largest conglomerate in the Middle-East and perhaps the 2nd or 3rd largest in the UAE with billions of dollars in revenue has about 42,000 employees across the UAE, Middle East and the World.

The Koch industry is the second largest privately held company in the United States and the world. If it was a listed company, it would be the 17th largest in the world. The multinational employs 120,000 people in 60 COUNTRIES, with about half of its business in the United States.

How does Atiku’s companies employ about 50,000 people? Where? How? Which of the companies? How many staff does ABTI have? How many does his water company have? INTEL, his biggest company by way of revenue cannot boast of 2,000 staff. I doubt Atiku’s companies combined employs up to 10,000. The numbers do not add up at all. It is either he pays below minimum wage, doesn’t pay at all or must have a high number of staff redundancy. Do you even know the PAYEE taxes he’d have to remit to state governments on those 50,000? Per month? If Dangote, the largest conglomerate in the whole of West Africa, and one of the largest in the world, with numerous heavy industries to boast of employs only about 30,000, which of ATIKU’S businesses are that big that require such number of employees?

Credits: Olajide Abiola

*The Atiku’s So-Called Business Acumen!*

_I always consider it laughable each time former Vice President Atiku seeks to bolster his bragging right to the Nigerian Presidency with his often-repeated claims that Buhari has never run any successful business whereas he has many successful businesses._

_Being a shadowy business man with many interests locally and abroad, for me, makes him unelectable. A man who became wealthy by gaming the system or through undue advantage is not fit to preside over the country._

_It does not make sense to say Buhari has never run business. Fact is Buhari never set out to be a businessman and he didn’t have to abuse public trust to become overnight billionaire._

_It is not everyone that must run business._

_President Buhari belongs to the class of people whose entire lifetime is committed to public service. Leaders like Buhari never abused public office for ill-gotten wealth to establish private enterprises._

_Or which business did Obama, Bush Snr and Jnr, Jimmy Carter, Mandela, Clinton, John Major, Mahathir Mohammad, Lew Kuan Yew, Theresa May, Paul Kagame, etc run before they came to public office or after office._

_A former Customs officer and Vice President who still can’t explain the source of his fabulous wealth can’t be a worthy example of how to become wealthy._

Thomas Sankara And The Assassination Of Africa’s Memory By Chika Ezeanya. By SaharaReporters, Newyork

Thomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.

Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5. His salary was $450 per month and he refused to use the air conditioning units in his office, saying that he felt guilty doing so, since very few of his country people could afford it. Thomas Sankara would not let his portrait be hung in offices and government institutions in Burkina Faso, because every Burkinabe is a Thomas Sankara, he declared. Sankara changed the name of the country from the colonially imposed Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means land of upright men.

Thomas Sankara’s achievements are numerous and can only be summarized briefly; within the first year of his leadership, Sankara embarked on an unprecedented mass vaccination program that saw 2.5 million Burkinabe children vaccinated. From an alarming 280 deaths for every 1,000 births, infant mortality was immediately slashed to below 145 deaths per 1,000 live births. Sankara preached self reliance, he banned the importation of several items into Burkina Faso, and encouraged the growth of the local industry. It was not long before Burkinabes were wearing 100% cotton sourced, woven and tailored in Burkina Faso. From being a net importer of food, Thomas Sankara began to aggressively promote agriculture in Burkina Faso, telling his country people to quit eating imported rice and grain from Europe, “let us consume only what we ourselves control,” he emphasized. In less than 4 years, Burkina Faso became self sufficient in food production through the redistribution of lands from the hands of corrupt chiefs and land owners to local farmers, and through massive irrigation and fertilizer distribution programs. Thomas Sankara utilized various policies and government assistance to encourage Burkinabes to get education. In less than two years as president, school attendance jumped from about 10% to a little below 25%, thus overturning the 90% illiteracy rate he met upon assumption of office.

Living way ahead of his time, within 12 months of his leadership, Sankara vigorously pursued a reforestation program that saw over 10 million trees planted around the country in order to push back the encroachment of the Sahara Desert. Uncommon at the time he lived, Sankara stressed women empowerment and campaigned for the dignity of women in a traditional patriarchal society. He employed women in several government positions and declared a day of solidarity with housewives by mandating their husbands to take on their roles for 24 hours. A personal fitness enthusiast, Sankara encouraged Burkinabes to be fit and was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied on the streets of Ouagadougou; his waistline remained the same throughout his tenure as president.

In 1987, during a meeting of African leaders under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, Thomas Sankara tried to convince his peers to turn their backs on the debt owed western nations. According to him, “debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa. It is a reconquest that turns each one of us into a financial slave.” He would not request for, nor accept aid from the west, noting that “…welfare and aid policies have only ended up disorganizing us, subjugating us, and robbing us of a sense of responsibility for our own economic, political, and cultural affairs. We chose to risk new paths to achieve greater well-being.”

Thomas Sankara was a pan-Africanist who spoke out against apartheid, telling French President Jacques Chirac, during his visit to Burkina Faso, that it was wrong for him to support the apartheid government and that he must be ready to bear the consequences of his actions. Sankara’s policies and his unapologetic anti-imperialist stand made him an enemy of France, Burkina Faso’s former colonial master. He spoke truth to power fearlessly and paid with his life. Upon his assassination, his most valuable possessions were a car, a refrigerator, three guitars, motorcycles, a broken down freezer and about $400 in cash.

In death, Thomas Sankara’s burial place is unkempt and filled with weeds (click to see Thomas Sankara’s graveyard http://youtu.be/bY2UpSxXPlw ). Few young Africans have ever heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blow to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as manifested in the indifference to his legacy, in the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know. Among physical and mental dirt and debris lie Africa’s heroes while the younger generations search in vain for role models from among their kind. Africans have therefore, internalized self-abhorrence and the convictions of innate incapability to bring about transformation. Transformation must run contrary to the African’s DNA, many Africans subconsciously believe.

Africans are not given to celebrating their own heroes, but this must change. It is a colonial legacy that was instituted to establish the inferiority of the colonized and justify colonialism. It was a strategic policy that ensured that Africans celebrated the heroes of their colonial masters, but not that of Africa. Fifty years and counting after colonialism ended, Africa’s curriculum must now be redrafted to reflect the numerous achievements of Africans. The present generation of Africans is thirsty, searching for where to draw the moral, intellectual and spiritual courage to effect change. The waters to quench the thirst, as other continents have already established, lies fundamentally in history – in Africa’s forbears, men, women and children who experienced much of what most Africans currently experience, but who chose to toe a different path. The media, entertainment industry, civil society groups, writers, institutions and organizations must begin to search out and include African role models, case studies and examples in their contents.

For Africans, the strength desperately needed for the transformation of the continent cannot be drawn from World Bank and IMF policies, from aid and assistance obtained from China, India, the United States or Europe. The strength to transform Africa lies in the foundations laid by uncommon heroes like Thomas Sankara; a man who showed Africa and the world that with a single minded pursuit of purpose, the worst can be made the best, and in record time, too

“The Vulture and the little girl”

They called it “The Vulture and the little girl”.

This photo of a vulture waiting for a starving Sudanese girl to die was taken by Kevin Carter who later won the Pulitzer for this picture, but he lived just few months to enjoy his supposed achievement because he later got depressed and took his own life.

He was actually savouring his feat and being celebrated on major news channels and networks world wide.

His depression started when during one of such interviews (phone in program) someone phoned on and asked him what happened to the child. He replied, “I didn’t wait to find out after this shot as I had a plane to catch.”…
And the person replied,
“I put it to you that there were two vultures on that day. One had a camera”.

His constant thought of that statement, led to depression and his ultimate suicide.

In whatsoever we do, let humanity come first before what we can gain out of the situation.

Kevin Carter could have been alive today if he just picked that little girl up and taken her to the United Nation’s feeding Center where she was attempting to reach.

#LetLoveLead
#HumanityFirst

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*AFRICAN PENTECOSTALISM HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO A NEW BREED OF MENTALLY  LAZY CHRISTIANS WHO SEE GOD AS A REWARDER OF MEDIOCRITY.* By Kay Musonda:

”Africa is currently experiencing another form of slavery through Pentecostalism.

We are now mentally lazy and our ability to reason scientifically has been incapacitated.

The African pastor won’t talk about Usain Bolt or Serena Williams. The African Pastor won’t talk about Steve Jobs or the young people in Silicon Valley reshaping our world.

They won’t talk about young American scientists spending endless hours in search of a cure to a disease that’s predominantly in the Tropical African Region.

The African pastor won’t talk about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Ben Okri. In every corner of the world, there exist young men and women who have defied all odds and become successful through hard work, creativity and dedication….

The African pastor won’t talk about them, neither will he ask his members to emulate the spirit of these individuals.

He would rather talk about sister Agatha who got a job she *WAS NOT THE MOST QUALIFIED FOR*because she prayed and fasted in line with their church programme. Or brother John who became a millionaire because he used all his salary as a seed in the church, or Papa Miracle who he laid his hands on and 3 of his children got admission in the university, or Mama Esther paid her tithe and her business started growing everywhere across the nation with no business plan, just boom, everywhere.

This has led to a new breed of mentally lazy young people who now see God as a rewarder of mediocrity.

To the African pastor, the only way to prosper is by paying your tithe and ‘ seeds in the church. So they will never talk about those, who have through hard work and dedication placed themselves on the world map.

No…..the African God only blesses the first 30 people that rush to the alter to drop $100 as seed.
The African God abhors hard work and creative thinking, he only gives to those who sow seeds and offerings…..and those who shout: “I am a millionaire” every morning and do nothing the rest of the day.

You want the Almighty to come down and help you use the talent He gave you and blessed you with, not by going to church to shout: “Daddy I receive it”, these are all jokers.

Can someone tell these jokers that irrespective of your creed, faith or religion, blessings and favours will follow you once you start using your talent and become useful to your society?
The Bible tells the story of the Talents.

Use it. Blessing is already bestowed upon us when we use it positively. The Bible says His Grace is sufficient for us.

The Western world and Asians are excelling and dominating the world.
Let no Imam or Pastor manipulate your minds while they themselves drown in amassing wealth and luxurious splendour, while our people are living in abject poverty.

Be Wise. Worship of God is from the heart. But study, work hard and always watch & pray. God bless us all.