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.
This is 1969 Judgment on open Cattle Grazing..
The battle between cattle rearers and farmers had been as old as mankind. But most people did not know is that there is a decided case on the issue. I forward the post as received.
*Hon.Justice Adewale Thompson’s 1969 Judgment on Open Cattle Grazing – Suit no AB/26/66.*
Hon.Justice Adewale Thompson: 17th April,1969.
Suit no AB/26/66 at Abeokuta Division of the High Court.
“I do not accept the contention of Defendants that a custom exists which imposes an obligation on the owner of farm to fence his farm whilst the owner of cattle allows his cattle to wander like pests and cause damage. Such a custom if it exists, is unreasonable and I hold that it is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience and therefore unenforceable…in that it is highly unreasonable to impose the burden of fencing a farm on the farmer without the corresponding obligation on the cattle owner to fence in his cattle.” Sequence to that I banned open grazing for it is inimical to peace and tranquillity and the cattle owners must fence or ranch their animals for peace to reign in these communities.”
There is no appeal on record on this judgement yet .
( Copied )
This is 1969 Judgment on open Cattle Grazing..
*Whatsapp* killed *BBM*
*Youtube* killed *DVD*
*Bluetooth* killed *Infrared*
*Xender* killed *Bluetooth*
*CDs* killed *Cassettes*
Android phone killed Windows
*Uber* killed *Yellow Cab*
*Phone* killed *Post Office*
*SMS* killed *Letter Writing*
*WhatsApp* killed *SMS*
*Email* killed *Fax*
*Civilization* killed *Culture*
*Computer* killed *Typewriter*
*E-card* killed *Hallmark Card*
*Maggi* killed *Dawa Dawa*
*Money* killed *True Love*
What else killed what again?
*Internet* killed *Library*
*Google* killed *Dictionary*
Wikipedia killed Encyclopedia
Condom killed Sex
Sex Dolls killed Prostitution
Election Rigging killed Democracy
Online degrees killed Education
Bukola Saraki killed NASS
Buhari killed Corruption
*No condition is permanent in this world. Be humble.*
The world was not made flat but spherical. We cannot all be on the same plane.
But again, no matter where people are in the world, nobody stands or walks on their head!
This should tell you that what or wherever you are in life or life places you, you are to remain standing. If you can stand, you can or at least will have a better chance of seeing ahead or can move even forward.
The world comes with times and seasons. There are general times and seasons but each person has his own specific time and season: this is your opportunity for that turning point.
Everyday, nature presents to you an opportunity to build your life which also prepares you for opportunities that will again come ahead of you.
Opportunities are sudden, instantaneous, they are never forever, it’s a window that opens and closes without your effort but requires your effort to see it and the discipline to respond to that opening because it will close without your effort or timing.
It is not the day of opportunity you prepare for it. In fact, it’s your preparation that made it an opportunity to you. If you are not prepared, it will only become one more problem – source of pain, burden and regrets to you eventually.
In life, there are only opportunities. There are, really, no problems or challenges. It is our ill-preparedness that Colours it otherwise.
Do you think God is unfair? No, He is not. You are the one that is unfair by refusing to know who you are in God and building on it.
Look inward, understand and develop the man within, it is not outward.
We have oil spillage, we cry for help; we abandon our soil. Another heard of or saw it and ran toward it. The latter took advantage of the opportunity because he has prepared ahead. The former is stuck while the latter got a turning point.
Same circumstances- one is stuck another is lifted.
Dr. Myles Munroe once said if he was a Nigerian or in Nigeria he would be a multimillionaire. He said he could see that everyone is crying about corruption. That he would conduct trainings for the government and institutions on how to deal with and have a turnaround.
What you need is within and the environment to start with is around. Right where you are, what you are hearing, seeing, the pain, discomfort and the gap is your opportunity. Don’t wait for someone to come from somewhere else to cease your opportunity. Take a step, everything may not be clear(remember, the earth is spherical) but as you continue, there will clarity.
God bless you
Credits: Zunny Jill-Carlton Abu
Socrates was one of the most influential
philosophers of all time. His writings are not
only inspirational, but they will make you
question life in a very unique way.
Here are 24 Socrates quotes that will make you
1) “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know
2) “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
3) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one
4) “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only
make them think”
5) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a
6) “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds
discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
7) “By all means marry; if you get a good wife,
you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll
become a philosopher.”
8) “He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like
9) “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if
you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even
when you get exactly what you want, you still
suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.
Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be
free of change. Free of pain, free of the
obligations of life and death. But change is law
and no amount of pretending will alter that
10) “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep
people out, but to see who cares enough to
break them down.”
11) “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
12) “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
13) “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the
filling of a vessel.”
14) “Know thyself.”
15) “Let him who would move the world first
16) “The secret of happiness, you see, is not
found in seeking more, but in developing the
capacity to enjoy less.”
17) “The secret of change is to focus all of your
energy, not on fighting the old, but on building
18) “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a
citizen of the world.”
19) “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is
transitory, the other perpetual.”
20) “understanding a question is half an answer”
A pretty and wealthy woman was serving life sentence in prison.
Angry and resentful about her plight she had decided that she would rather die than to live another year in prison.
Over the years she had become good friends with one of the prison caretakers. His job, among others, was to bury those prisoners who died in a graveyard just outside the prison walls.
When a prisoner died, the caretaker rang a bell, which was heard by everyone.
The caretaker then got the body and put it in a casket. Next, he entered his office to fill out the death certificate before returning to the casket to nail the lid shut. Finally, he put the casket on a wagon to take it to the graveyard and bury it.
Knowing this routine, the woman devised an escape plan and shared it with the caretaker;
The next time the bell rang, the woman would leave her cell and sneak into the dark room where the coffins were kept. She would slip into the coffin with the dead body while the caretaker was filling out the death certificate..
When the care-taker returned, he would nail the lid shut and take the coffin outside the prison with the woman in the coffin along with the dead body.
He would then bury the coffin. The woman having pre-arranged with the caretaker for special vents in the coffin knew there would be enough air for her to breathe until later in the evening when the caretaker would return to the graveyard under the cover of darkness, dig up the coffin, open it, and set her free.
She would also carry along a small flashlight to cope with the darkness beneath until the hour of expected freedom.
The caretaker was reluctant to go along with this plan, but since he and the woman had become good friends over the years, and knowing that he stands to gain a lot from this pretty and wealthy woman, he more than agreed to do it.
The woman waited several weeks before someone in the prison died. She was asleep in her cell when she heard the death bell ring.
She got up and slowly walked down the hallway. She was nearly caught a couple of
times. Her heart was beating fast. She opened the door to the darkened room where the coffins were kept. Quietly in the dark, she found the coffin that contained the dead body, carefully climbed into the coffin and pulled the lid shut to wait for the caretaker to come and nail the lid shut.
Soon she heard footsteps and the pounding of the hammer and nails.
Even though she was very uncomfortable in the coffin with the dead body, she knew that with each nail she was one step closer to freedom.
The coffin was lifted onto the wagon and taken outside to the graveyard. She could feel the coffin being lowered into the ground. She didn’t make a sound as the coffin hit the bottom of the grave with a thud.
Finally she heard the dirt dropping onto the top of the wooden coffin, and she knew that it was only a matter of time and she would be free at last.
After several minutes of absolute silence, she began to laugh…happily feeling free already and chanting she was free! she was free!
Feeling curious, she decided to light the flashlight to find out the identity of the dead
prisoner beside her.
To her horror, she discovered that she was lying next to the CARETAKER….her only hope to freedom.
Many people believe they have life all figured out…that they are well connected and can arrange and pre-arrange things to their favour… but sometimes it just doesn’t turn out the way they planned it.
Think of a ‘Plan B’!!! Cos at times, even the BEST; plans FAIL..
There’s only One Person that will never fail you:
ONE BAD EGG
One time in the kitchen, I was making egg stew. My aunt came over (whose name I cannot mention because I don’t want a family meeting�) and said, “let me tell you a story”.
She is the wife of a missionary and so often hosts people in their home. She said one of those days, late at night, they had visitors. It was past dinner time and there was no cooked food, so she went into the kitchen to figure out what to quickly fix for her hungry guests.
After searching, she got some rice, few stew items and just a tin of sardines, nothing else. When the stew was halfway, she remembered she had a few eggs kept for breakfast and decided to add them up directly into the stew. She broke egg after egg, I think 3, and on the last egg into the stew… it was a rotten egg.
It was too late to get rid of it and the whole pot of stew smelled so bad she had to throw everything away and face her hungry guests with the news.
One bad egg.
When you read bios or the news of late, you’ll notice that there are people who lived such great lives… excelled in their fields/talents and got everything going on. And then one bad trait/lifestyle/activity brings everything tumbling down. I’ll give you 3 examples.
Whitney Houston. Amazing voice!!! And I guess she was a great woman too. She is the only woman to have had 7 consecutive number one Billboard Hot 100 songs.
The bad egg was the drugs, something she couldn’t deal with… in time. It destroyed a lot in her life and ultimately led to her death. One bad egg
Bill Cosby. I loved his show!!! It represented to me the black culture that was positive and inspirational. The multiple sexual harassment scandals brought everything tumbling down. Now he has been classified as a sexual predator. Shows were cancelled, honorary degrees were taken. Over 50 of his honorary degrees have been rescinded. One bad egg.
Lastly, Justine Sacco. She was senior director of corporate communications at IAC. Sacco was fired after she sent an inappropriate tweet right before boarding a flight to South Africa.
“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”
Perhaps she’s made those “jokes” before or similarly said such stuff all over. Perhaps she spilled subtle racism in her talks here and there. Never dealt with such a horrible mindset and now was going open. It cost her a deserved social media uproar, loss of reputation, global embarrassment… and her job.
And hey, we all have those. The bad eggs I mean. Those parts of our lives we categorize under “my weakness” and leave unattended. The little foxes we ignore and refuse to address. The unattended anger, excessive alcoholism, excessive laziness, chronic lying, disloyalty, uncontrolled lust, masturbation, carelessness, abusive tendencies, hypocrisy, pretentiousness, backbiting, stealing, envy, covetousness, nepotism,… you know what you battle.
My aunt’s story was to advise me to always break eggs separately before adding them to my sauce. To beat them up in a separate bowl so that at least if one is bad, only your eggs are ruined, and not your whole dish.
Fight your demons now. Tackle your “weaknesses” before you thirst for the limelight. Don’t shelve them and assume they don’t exist. Dedicate time to combating them before they are “added” to all you have strived to achieve in life. Fight them before they bring harm to people around you and cause inexonerable pain
“The excuses won’t cut it once the bad egg gets into the stew”
THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF MARRIAGE
1. THE AMAZEMENT STAGE: This is the “wow” stage. Lots of new things to discover with your spouse. The newness, the freshness is so amazing. Sleeping on the same bed, wearing the same attire, cooking for him, doing house chores with her, bathing together. Wearing your dazzling wedding ring everywhere, turning people’s head at the newest couple around. Loads and lots of fun. Sexual exploration and excitement. Being in control of your kitchen, feeding him and lots more. It’s the honeymoon stage and it’s so so beautiful.
2. THE IRRITATION STAGE: This is when you begin to notice weaknesses you have overlooked or blissfully wish they go away but didn’t. The repetition of such weaknesses begins to work on your nerves and you are getting irritated: he snores a lot, she is slow in the kitchen, she belches loudly, he screams unnecessarily, she won’t bathe before coming to bed or shave, he spends many hours watching football and ignores you when you talk. “What’s just wrong with this guy?” You think aloud, well it’s part of marriage.
3. THE ANGER STAGE: This is when the repetition of such weaknesses gets on your nerves and you display your anger. The introverted partners stuffs it in and either keep malice, avoid you or stubbornly continue with the irritating habit. It’s the stage you begin to wonder: “have I really married the wrong guy?” “Have I married the wrong woman?” No, you did not, you are simply going through a phase together.
4. THE RESOLUTION STAGE: When you both begin to face the reality of marriage and acknowledge your partner’s weaknesses. You eventually realize anger and malice does not solve any problem and begins to find ways to deal with your differences, both of you begin to compromise here and there and adjust to each other.
5. THE ACCEPTANCE STAGE: When it dawned on you that some things are just part of your partner and may never change till Jesus comes. You resigned from anger, abuse and quarrel and choose to accept them, lovingly adjust to them and enjoy them regardless of their weaknesses.
6. THE RESTFUL STAGE:This is the stage you permanently accept them with all their strengths, weaknesses, short comings and flaws and love them unconditionally regardless of what they do. This is real love -agape, divine and true. You reconnect emotionally, spiritually and physically at a deeper level and enjoy honey moon again while building a lasting marriage regardless of the challenges you face.
There is no perfect marriage. Every marriage goes through this stages. How you handle it will determine if you will come out bitter or better.
You don’t have to abuse your spouse or keep malice if Christ is at the centre of your home and you obey the word of God daily.
Nevertheless, do not be disappointed if you go through the unpleasant stages in marriage. It is a phase and will surely end.
Handle your marriage with wisdom and keep loving regardless of the challenges you face. That is what will make your marriage a heaven on earth experience. Thanks for reading.
As a Casualty clinician in the Children Emergency Room, I have seen beautiful promising babies lose their lives because of PARACETAMOL.
Yes! Paracetamol has killed so much more babies than you can ever imagined.
A case scenario:
This 2year old was rushed to the emergency room with gasping respiration… Obviously he was about to die on arrival.
As usual, we launched into action to salvage this young chap.
While working to save his life, we were asking questions from the mother to know when the illness started… “It started with fever last week” was the response.
“Why then did you not bring the child since then?”, we inquired.
“The fever came down after I gave him paracetamol”, the mother answered.
That was how the mother continued to give this baby paracetamol until the child could no longer stand erect… Then the baby became breathless and was rushed to the hospital.
When we examined, it was obvious the child needs blood as an urgent test confirmed the PCV to be 09% and the baby’s heart was already failing (Anaemic Heart Failure).
We tried our best but it was too late, we lost the child to the cold hand of death.
I was grieved in my heart…
As I watched the mother crying unconsolably; she killed her own baby, though ignorantly.
Now this is the message I want to pass across:
Paracetamol is an analgesic (pain relieving) and an anti-pyretic (Fever ‘relieving’) drug… It does not cure any disease.
For the child in the story above, we later found out through a laboratory test that what the child had was Malaria.
There are so many causes of fever… Fever is not a disease, it is just one of the symptoms of a disease.
What Paracetamol does is to relieve the symptoms of fever or pain but it does not care for the disease.
Malaria was destroying that baby’s blood, but it was also giving a signal (fever was the signal in this case) but the mother ignorantly ignored the signal by giving paracetamol.
To my readers, use this story to educate people around you, especially those who have children.
When you have fever, this is what to do…
Have a warm bath… Do not use cold water. Do not run to buy paracetamol.
For younger children, do what we call Tepid Sponging… Tepid means warm…. Dip a clean towel into warm (not cold) water and rub the baby’s body… As the water dries from the body there will be cooling.
If after Tepid sponging for a while, the fever did not subside, it is time to see a Doctor.
Do not prescribe paracetamol for a child… See a Doctor and let the cause of the fever be dealt with.