Okota: The Igbo Question, Afenifere, Jimi Agbaje And The Rest Of Us (1)

I attended the university of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria between 1974 and 1978 for which I owe the Igbos gratitude for this opportunity. It wasn’t that I could not have studied in Lagos, Ibadan or Ife. I wished to be far away from home to detach completely from the city boy life of clubbing and all that in which I was engulfed for five years despite finishing higher school certificate education in record one year with three A level papers at one sitting, a feat in those days.

There were fears in my family that a war (1966-1970) had just ended, four years earlier in the east and the people may be hostile to immigrants whose people partook in the war against them. But I was a rebellious young man, and believe I still am at close to 70.


At 16, when the war broke out, I was fascinated by lt Col.Odumegwu – Ojukwu’s oration and Okokondem on biafra radio. I didn’t understand what the issues were.


So, off to the east I went to Nsukka, the land of the folding hills.

I made many Igbo friends, maybe because I learned to behave like a Roman in Rome. One day, one of my Igbo friends and I went to his village. Suprisingly, I wasn’t frightened by stories I had heard in the West that I could be killed and eaten like bush meat.


Everywhere I went, the visitor was treated like a tin god. They brought out the kola and the pepper. There were cultural shocks, though. One day, an 11 year old boy stretched out his hand to greet me. In yorubaland, that was an abomination. The older man could deal such a “rude” boy a knuckle on the head to teach him to respect his elders. But that was republican Igbo culture for you. Without qualms I took the hand he offered to me in pure love and shook hands with him. If you respect your hosts and do not try to impose yourself on them, they would love you.


My relationship with the igbos goes beyond Nsukka. Two of the editors who gave me a sound professional foundation in journalism are igbos. The first was MR GEORGE OKORO, who was chief sub editor of the daily times when I was brought before him on 8th March 1971 to start work as trainee subeditor.


The other was Mr Angus Okoli. He was acting editor at the Lagos weekend where I was posted after I completed my training under Mr Okoro. He was like a big uncle to me. At that time, Alhaji Babatunde Jose, later chairman/managing director of the Daily times group of companies, was trying to bring to the newspaper, HSC people, but the G4 and “o” level men were resisting.

They were yorubas. Okoro and Okoli were igbos. Okoro would spend his money to buy us foreign newspapers to train with. He would take us at his own cost from club to club to knock journalism life into us. Sometimes, we ended up at his flat in Johnson street, near Pedro in Somolu. Okoli would teach you how to write.


Maybe these men influenced my decision to go to Nsukka without knowing it. If I didn’t take a wife from the east, it was probably because I did not have money for the dowry or because I was faithfully committed to a young adolescent’s promise I did not wish to break. But the igbos continued to trudge on my paths. No fewer than four of them married my sisters and cousins. They are among the best husbands I have seen in Nigeria in terms of their commitment to the concept of one man-one-wife which my family values and their love and commitment to the extended families of their wives. I remember an incident at one of the wedding engagements. The IGWE who accompanied the groom-to-be said it was against igbo custom for an igwe to prostate, when he was asked to prostrate before the parents of the bride-to -be. All members of the family felt affronted. Otunba Olufemi Deru, chairman of the event and a former chairman/managing director of BEREC and former president of ICAN, rose and asked everyone to go home. Luckily, there was a member of my faith in the Igbo entourage. I didn’t know him, but he recognised me, came over and whispered to me that we should rescue the event from transigence or rigidity on both sides. So, I announced that maybe the IGWE did not wish to soil his dress and called for a mat. THE IGWE agreed to prostrate and actually did.


Today, this couple have four beautiful children who are a pride not only to their father’s family but to ours as well. From this preamble, I will proceed to voice my opinion on the Okota question with all sense of responsibility. … To be continued


– Femi Kusa

OKOTA:THE IGBO QUESTION,JIMI AGBAJE,AFENIFERE AND THE REST OF US (2)

I am a yoruba and I condemn all forms of electoral malpractice,including ballot box snatching on election day.The yorubas are an intelligent people with their own fair share of rascals.There are many intelligent and creative ways open to the yorubas to deal with the igbo question in Lagos or elsewhere.Chief Obafemi Awolowo dealt with it when Dr Nnamdi Azikwe abused the generousity of the yorubas and attempted to take over their land as the Dutchmen took over Southern Africa.The yorubas also dealt with this question intelligently when Biafran soldiers tried to invade the West from Ore,after overrunning Bendel state with the aid of igbo connections there.At different fora where the Igbo question in Lagos comes up,I always invite the igbos to remember that the yorubas have always been their best friends in Nigeria.The yoruba leader of the 1950s,HERBERT MACAULAY,founded the NCNC (National council for Nigerians and the Cameroons).When Macaulay died following an illness during his nationwide campaign for independence,wasn’t it the yoruba NCNC leadership which invited Dr Nnamdi Azikwe and igbo, to return home from Ghana and lead their party?And when he held their hand in the soup pot,to bar them from having the meal they prepared ,didn’t they peacefully and intelligently show him the way back to the east? Yorubas were generous and trustful.Dr Azikwe insulted their sensibility,abused their generousity and trust.Why would he,an igbo,wish to be premier of the West and then install an igbo,as premier of the east when the yorubas at that time had more literate people than the igbos?That was cunning,greed and betrayal of trust to say the least.We were all fighting to send the white man away and, after we had succeeded,you wished to impose local igbo colonialism on a better educated Yoruba race.Who would have accepted that?Secondly,I remind my igbo friends that,after the civil war ,their properties in the North,Port Harcourt ,Cross River and Akwa Ibom States,their present political allies,were seized from them as “abandoned” property and handed out to the aborigenes.But in the latest,igbo property were all returned with all the rent which accrued to them.Were the yorubas stupid or merely civilised ,honest and friendly or,if you like,God fearing?
OKOTA BALLOT BOX
As I said in the first part ,the snatching of ballot boxes after all the warnings by government was unecessary,crude,condemnable and punishable.If the yorubas condemn it elsewhere ,they should condemn it also in Okota.But after the condemnation and necessary punishment under the law,it will not be right for all of us to not get to the bottom of why it happened and the bigger problems which are brewing beneath this cause if the surface and deep -lining causes are not addressed.
The major problem ,in my opinion,is the igbo penchant to wish to take over another person’s land.I say this with all sense of responsibility.
Recently MOFE OYATOGUN of STAR 101.5FM radio station in Lagos played her EARLY RUSH SHOW ,a 1952 audio clip of an interview with Ahmadu Bello,Governor of Northern Nigeria.He said unequivocally that the North would not employ igbos in its civil service,because if you gave them an inch,you will not know when they would take a mile.That was way back in 1952,about 67 years ago.Is this not what is still playing out today in South Africa ,Benin Republic ,cote d’ivoire,Ghana,Libya and China,to mention a few countries? In last Saturday’s presidential election,president Mohammed Buhari probably won landslide victories in Northern states because that Ahmadu Bello radio interview clip went viral in that political labdscapr.Peter Obi,an igbo,was vice presidential running mate to Alhaji Abubakar Atiku,a fulani from the North east.It was possible the north still lived in fear of the igbo man as Ahmadu Bello had taught them to do and as they were reminded in that audio clup replay.
In yorubaland,we are a society governed by laws.That is why we have ministries of chieftaincy affairs.All the land in Lagos have owners.Lagos was either a colony or a part of Western Nigeria.But because of the generousity of yorubas and the foresight of their forefathers which made this region the star region in West Africa,the igbos would like the yorubaman to believe that LAGOS IS NO MAN’S LAND.Can anyone say that of Benin without eating his pounded yam as raw yam?Can the igbos say that of Kano and Jos?The people there know how to make themselves husbands of the mothers of the territorial expansionist.Everywhere on earth,we have seen that territorial expansion ends in chaos.In recent history,we can pin the two world wars to it.What about the war in Liberia between the aborigens and the settled slaves?What about Rwanda?What about Hitler’s war on the jews ?What about the liberation wars in South Africa,Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Why did general Idi Amin of Uganda chase away the Asians?Why did Bangladesh separate from India,eritea from Ethiopia and Senegal from SeneGambia?What about the communual clashes over land in Nigeria?Recently,almost 100 fulanis were killed in Kaduna.We cannot forget the zango-kataf problem.So,we should be carerul When you come to settle on my land and say you must represent me in the Nigerian senate or the house of representatives,or the Lagos State House of Assembly taking away from me my aboriginal right to have my kith,kindred and blood represent me,while back home you are being represented in the senate and House of Reps,when you insist on becoming a commisioner in my state or a deputy governor,or a local government chairman when you try to govern me in my own land as Dr Nnamdi Azikwe once tried to do,all because I was generous to let you become in my land what you couldn’t become in your land,simply because you believe you have the numbers,I will tell you that is greed and unnatural irrespective of the backing of the law you may think you have.Think,for example,about an igbo becoming the chairman of Lagos island local government and arrogating to himself the right under the laws of Nigeria and of Lagos state to issue instructions to the oba of Lagos about how the kabiyesi should conduct himself and govern his people.What will this breed?
That is what has been happening in countries from where the igbos are being sent back home.It happened once in the North as Ahmadu Bello said in 1952.And seriously speaking,I believe this is why the North rejected Atiku Abubakar.
The igbos should reflect on this…Why does everyone tend to (hate )us?
JIMI AGBAJE/AFENIFERE
The igbos should be wary of JIMI AGBAJE and AFENIFERE.They are politicians who are looking for ethnic heads to break coconuts on.
The igbos are hardworking and resourceful and should try to overcome ethnic politics as the yorubas have done.They should learn from immigrants from other lands worldwide.The Indians do not trouble their hosts or try to take over their lands.They makw their money quietly and take it back home to develop their own land.That is why India has bwen able to lift herself from poverty.In contrast,the igbos do not develop their own lands.All thwy do is largely to make money from abroad through whichever or whatever means and buy up property which other people have built and then claim they own the land without remembering that they can never hold aboriginal rights to the land in their hands whenever the chips come down.Meanwhile, their land back home is languid,crying and shouting for investment and development and they begin to talk about marginalisation.Did they not flower and fruit under Obasanjo and Jonathan’s administrations? What happened to igbo land in those 16 years that they were not marginalised?What happened to yoruba land in those 16 years that the yorubas were marginalised that yoruba land still continued to be a honey pot for the igbo?
I would go anyday with chief Emeka Anyaoku who looks at the world with universal spectacles.Succeeding Lagos government have beautifully held the ethnic balance in Lagos and prevented ethnic disturbances.Igbos should stop saying they own Lagos or that they built Lagos or that Lagos is a “no man’s land” only a bastard yorubaman will not feel affronted by such statements.And in spiritual terms,the man or woman who cannot defend his land is not fit to live.Wasn’t this the failure of the sons of the incas?
It is good news that the leaders of the igbos and other nationalities in Nigeria have met with the traditional leaders of the yorubas in Okota and Oshodi areas to avert a backlash in respect of last Saturday’s events.As I said earlier,Agbaje and Afenifere are outside the mainstream of yoruba politics They are trying to take control of it.And they have the right to so aspire,being yorubas.What is objectionable to the mainstream yoruba is their attempt to knock the heads of the igbo against the head of the mainstream yorubas.They remind the yorubas of a similar affront by Afonja,the yoruba army commander in Ilorin who was sent there by the Alaafin of Oyo to stop jihadist expansion.Afonja betrayed the Alaafin and invited the jihadists to defend its betrayal.They did and Afonja triumphed momentarily only to be killed afterwards by the jihadists who took over the land.The perception in Yorubaland today is that the igbo in Lagos especially are the modern jihadists and that Agbaje and Afenifere are the modern Afonjas.This is the underlying perception which ,in my opinion,triggered the surface reaction in Okota last Saturday.The yorubas remain an accomodating people.But they never fail to rise in their defence when they have to,as they did in the 1950s in respect of Dr Azikwe’s blatant attempt to usurp their land and as they also did at Ore during the civil war.

…..John Olufemi Kusa

SARAKI CRUSHED IN KWARA By Ishaq Modibbo Kawu

When arrogance is your wings, no matter how high you fly, your end would always be a crash landing. Bukola Saraki just crash-landed in Kwara with a fractured skull. Ó Tó Gé has defeated their o tun ya and the whole state is now singing Ó Tó Ópe (worthy of gratitude)

Those who claimed without them President Buhari wouldn’t have won the 2015 general elections, in 2019, without all of them, Muhammadu Buhari Olowori Oko Aisha Muhammadu Buhari just won his re-election while they all lost theirs. Now we know who is who.

Now we know who truly won the 2015 general elections for Buhari, now we are better informed that Saraki is an empty barrel that makes the loudest noise, now we know that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the winner of his own victories, the Phenomena, the Movement that helps others to the next level.

Those pupils in political kindergarten who want to teach their political grandfather the encyclopedia of politics have just failed ordinary 4-+4 continuous assessment test, Saraki was just schooled by those he dared to disrespect.

The Buhari he described as ‘dull and weak’ just proved to be more intelligent and stronger, the Asiwaju, he wanted to teach politics just retired him from it, prematurely. Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman he called ‘novice’ and ‘nocturnal’ politician just brought him out naked in broad daylight to wander in cold winter, Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, the man he called ‘underdog and inconsequential’ just showed him the consequences of looking down on other people, what an irony?

The lousy neighbour has just be gagged for life, the ‘undefeatable’ has just been badly defeated, wounded and demystified.

I have always said that Saraki is overrated, he is not as smart, intelligent or on-ground as he would want us to believe. Only gullible people would see him as a lion that roars while indeed, he is just a cat that can’t even meow. The only tiny rope that sustained him this long was the gullibility mentality of a few people and the mental construction of his infallibility. Kwara people just found him to be a feather weight and have thrown him into the dustbin of nemesis.

Let me repeat, our Creator is a jealous God, He doesn’t like anyone share his powers with Him, He doesn’t delegate His powers and authorities, He does not like when a mortal acts like Him, no man born of a woman is infallible, arrogance is not a gum to sustenance of Allah’s blessings, humility and kindness to fellow beings are the key to eternal sustenance. This is a lesson to all.

Thank God Bukola Saraki is now history and thank God I’m part of the freedom fighters that made this history. I’m eternally honoured.

Kwarans just showed Saraki that it has never been him but us and we have taken back what rightfully belongs to us.

Congratulations to all well-meaning Kwarans for a successful freedom fight, may the state be better for it, Amin.

*Our Ó Tó Gé is now Ó Tó Ópe*.

*Ó Tó Gé … Ó Tó Ópe*

*@shehufaa*

YORUBA RONU (YORUBA AND ENGLISH LYRICS)- Hubert Ogunde

YORUBA RONU (YORUBA AND ENGLISH LYRICS)- Hubert Ogunde
Mo wo Ile Aye o, aye sa malamala;
Mo ma b’oju w’orun okunkun losu bo’le;
Mo ni eri eyi o, kini sele si Yoruba omo Alade, kini sele si Yoruba omo Odua;
Ye, ye, ye, yeye, ye awa mase hun, oro nla nbe;
Yoruba nse r’awon nitori Owó, Yoruba jin r’awon l’ese nitori ipò;
Won gbebi f’alare, won gba’re f’elebi;
Won pe olè ko wa ja, won tun pe oloko wa mu;
Ogbon ti won gbon lo gbe won de Ilé Olà, ogbon na lo tun padawa si tunde won mole;
Awon ti won ti n s’Oga lojo to ti pe, tun pada wa d’eni a n f’owo ti s’eyin.
Yo, yo, yo, Yoruba yo yo yo bi ina ale; Yoruba ru ru ru bi Omi Òkun; Yoruba baba nse…Yo yo Yoruba ronu o!
Yoruba so’ra won di boolu f’araye gba;
To n ba gba won soke, won a tun gba’won s’isale o;
Eya ti o ti kere te le ni won ge kuru;
Awon ti ale f’ejo sun, ti di eni ati jo;
Yoruba joko sile regede, won fi owo l’owo;
Bi Agutan ti Abore n bo orisa re o!
Yo yo Yoruba r’onu o!
Ori ki ma i buru titi, ko bu ogun odun;
Leyin okunkun biribiri, Imole a tan;
Ejeka pe Olodumare, ka pe Oba lu Aye; k’ayewa le dun ni igbehin, igbein lalayo;
Ile mo pe o, Ile dakun gbawa o, Ile o;
Ile ogere, a f’okó yeri…ile!
Alapo Ìkà, o te rere ka ibi…ile!
Ogba ragada bi eni yeye mi omo adaru pale Oge…Ile, dakun gba wa o…Ile!
Ibi ti n pa Ika l’enu mo…ile!
Aate i ka, o ko ti a pe Ile…Ile!
Ogbamu, gbamu oju Eledumare ko mase gbamu lowo aye…Ile…dakungba wa o…Ile
Ehen, ehen awa gbe ori ile yi pe o;
Eni ba dale, a ba ile lo…peregede o…ehen ehen awa gbe ori ile yi pe o;
Oduduwa bawa tun ile yi se o…to’wo, t’omo o…ehen…awa gbe ori ile yi pe o;
Oduduwa da wa l’are o, kaa si maa r’ere je o…ehen awa gbe ori ile yi pe o!
yo yo yo Yoruba ronu o!
English Translation!
I look down upon the Earth and it looks faded and jaded;
I look up to the skies and see darkness descending;
Oh! What a great pity!
What has become of the Yoruba?
What has befallen the children Odua?
Hey, hey hey hey, hey hey…
We appear helpless and the situation ominous;
The Yoruba inflict rain on themselves for the sake of wealth;
The Yoruba under-mine one another in pursuit of position;
They declare t innocent guilty and the guilty innocent;
They induce thieves to invade a farm and invite the farmers to apprehend them;
The same cleverness that was responsible for their past successes;
Has now turned out to be their albatross;
Impactful leaders of the past have now been rendered irrelevant;
Yo, yo, yo Yoruba yo, yo, bright as light on a dark night;
Yoruba ru, ru, ru as the rumblings of the Sea;
Yoruba baba deserves to be baba;
Yo, yo, yo. Yoruba reflect.
The Yoruba have turned themselves into a football for the world to kick about;
They are lobbed up into the sky and trapped down to the Earth;
A region that was already small, has its size further reduced;
And those through whom we could have sought redress;
Have been rendered men of yester years;
Yet the yoruba sits down helpless, like a sacrificial lamb;
Yo, yo, yo, Yoruba reflect;
But misfortune, I say, does not last for a lifetime;
For after darkness comes light;
So let us cry unto Edumare, the makers of heaven and earth to grant us recovery;
For he who last, laughs best;
Oh mother earth! I call upon you;
Mother earth, oh! Mother earth;
Please come to our aid, mother earth;
Slippery earth, whose head is shaved with a hard worker’s Hoe;
Whose wicked container spread out to contain evil;
Flung out as is mat, in the manner of my mother scion of those who spread ash to heal the earth;
Mother earth please come to our aid, mother earth!
Fame that confounds the wicked…mother earth please come to our aid, mother earth;
Spread out and cannot be folded…mother earth please come to our aid, mother earth!
The sheer expanse of Edumare’s view cannot be contained within human arms…oh mother earth, come to our aid!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, so we may live long on this earth;
Those who renege on oath will pay the price, yes yes yes, so we may live long;
Oduduwa, please aid us to replenish the earth for our success and fecundity…yes, yes, so we may live long on this earth;
Oduduwa vindicate us so that we can succeed; yes, yes, yes, so we may live long on this earth.
Yo, yo, yo, Yoruba reflect!
You can also download or listen to d audio of d song here by clicking d link below

BUHARI HAS ACHIEVED MUCH, BUT SHEY NA ACHIEVEMENT WE GO CHOP? BY BUNMI AWOYEMI, PH.D

Thousands of Nigerians who would have continued to die in road accidents because of roads the PDP did not fix for 16 years cannot say Buhari has not made his impact felt considering the fact that over 500 federal roads are currently being fixed by FERMA and the Federal Ministry of Works all under Buhari. Yet they asked “na road we go chop?”

Buhari built new airports across the country and rehabilitated old ones, yet they asked “na Airport we go chop?”

Buhari started building Second Niger Bridge after PDP and GEJ commissioned 3D pictures of the bridge in 2014, yet they asked, “na Second Niger Bridge we go chop? Buhari hates Ndigbo.”

Buhari built and rehabilitated over 32 bridges across Nigeria yet they asked “na 32 bridges we go chop?”

Buhari completed Abuja rail line yet they asked “na Abuja rail line we go chop?”

Millions of Nigerians who are going to benefit from the dual carriage standard gauge rail lines scattered around the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria and to be operated by General Electric’s Joint Venture Partner upon completion cannot say Buhari has not tried. Buhari is already connecting all our sea ports and airports to the rail line, yet they say “Buhari has achieved nothing.”

Buhari dredged the Warri Channel and ships have started berthing there for the 1st time in 40 years. Yet they claim that Buhari has achieved nothing. They asked “na dredging we go chop?”

The 3k MW Mambila Hydro Power project which was conceived 40 years ago has now received counterpart funding from the FG and it has been awarded to a Chinese construction firm for $5.7b. Most of the funds for the project will come from the China Exim Bank. In typical Exim Bank financing the recipient need not come up with more than 15% of equipment cost and then sometimes when there are sovereign guarantees, even the installation cost can be factored in. For a $5.7b project, Nigeria need not pay more than $855m of the total project cost. The remaining amount will come by way of a loan with very low interest rates, yet they asked “na Mambila Power Project we go chop?”

The PDP got $1 trillion dollars from crude oil sales in 16 years and shared it among themselves as spoils or perks of office. Buhari got $97b in 3.5 years and turned the whole of Nigeria into giant construction sites and the country into a nation which cares for its most vulnerable citizens, yet they asked “na transparency we go chop?”

The PDP looted Nigeria into recession but Buhari pulled us out of the pit of recession in less than 12 months due to smart implementation of brilliant economic policies. Yet they asked “na recovery from recession we go chop?”

The Joint Admission Board (JAMB) remitted less than N50m in 16 years under the PDP but in 2016 and 2017 it remitted a total of N8.7b. Yet they asked “na Jamb’s N8.7b we go chop?”

Despite earning an average of $100 per barrel of crude oil or $400b between 2010 and 2014, Nigeria failed to meet cash-call obligations of over $6b to its upstream oil and gas joint venture multinational oil partners thereby causing massive job losses in the oil industry. Even though Buhari earned just 15% of this amount in the first two years of his admin. the FG was able to put in place a financing structure which has cleared this back-log of $6b and ensured constant funding of Nigeria’s cash call to these multinationals thereby creating more job opportunities in the oil and gas industry. The country manager of ExxonMobil in Nigeria has been singing Buhari’s praises with regard to this. Yet they asked “na $6b cash call we go chop?”

The Nigeria Customs Service used to remit disgraceful amounts to the treasury. It remitted over 1.3 trillion naira in 2018. In 2017 it remitted close to N1.4 trillion to the treasury. Yet the asked “na transformed NCS we go chop?” They also asked what is the big deal, na N1.3 trillion we go chop?”

The Federal Inland Revenue Service now remits around N4 trillion naira per year to the treasury unlike before under GEJ when it used to remit around N2 trillion. In early Dec. of 2018, the Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Fowler, stated that it has generated N5 trillion naira for the FG between Jan. 2018 and Nov. 30th 2018. They eventually generated a record N5.4 trillion by Dec. 31st, 2018, yet they asked “na N5.4 trillion naira we go chop?”

The implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which was conceived by GEJ only started under Buhari and over 4 trillion which MDA officials used to share among themselves at the end of every year with the connivance of the banks were mopped up successfully by President Buhari and factored into the 2017 budget. According to the Minister of Finance, as of November 2018, the TSA had processed transactions totaling N13.4 trillion. Yet the asked “na N13.4 trillion we go chop?”

The implementation of the BVN by President Buhari eliminated 75k ghost workers from the civil service thereby saving Nigeria N200b per year which were paid into the bank accounts of some corrupt civil servants many of whom have been prosecuted and jailed. Yet they asked “na N200b per year we go chop?What is the big deal in cutting off 75k ghost workers from the FG payroll, kini big deal?”

Unlike before when fuel scarcity was a recurring decimal, now under Buhari this problem has been nipped in the bud. Yet they asked “na abundant supply of petrol we go chop?”

Buhari has recovered looted funds of over N1 trillion, looted under the PDP/GEJ’s 5 year administration and these recoveries were factored into 2017 and 2018 budgets of the FG, yet they asked “na N1 trillion and anti-corruption we go chop?”

Buhari has been able to purchase over a billion dollar worth of military hardware to fight terrorism. This is the first time such huge amounts of heavy weaponry is being sold to Nigeria in decades. Yet they asked “na military hardware of $1b we go chop?”

Kidnappings, smuggling, armed robbery and brazen embezzlement of public funds have reduced drastically under President Buhari, yet they asked “Baba has shut the tap, there is no money in the country, “na tough on crime we go chop? Businesses have collapsed. Country hard.” So, kidnapping, smuggling, armed robbery and brazen embezzlement of public funds are businesses abi?

Buhari took us from a one-product and oil dependent economy to a diversified economy. From spending billion of dollars on rice importation and from being the biggest rice importing nation in the world to becoming the biggest rice producer in Africa and the 6th largest in the world. It takes sound policy implementation to achieve this kind of feat. Yet they asked “na diversified economy we go chop? Na only rice we go chop?”

Buhari tarred the roads to OBJ’s Ota Farm, GEJ’s village in Otueke, David Mark’s village yet they asked “no be him job him dey do? Kini big deal?”

Buhari is also putting billions of naira in the pockets of Nigerians directly via the rice related anchor borrowers program which has created over 12 million jobs and over 4 million rice millionaire farmers. Yet they asked “na 12m jobs we go chop? 4m rice farmer millionaires alone out of 200m Nigerians, kini big deal?”

Buhari sacked and commenced the prosecution of his own SGF and the DG of the NIA, yet they asked “why did it take him so long?” Should Buhari have sacked them without investigating the allegations against them? Should Buhari have done the job of the EFCC for the EFCC?

Nigeria’s import bill for food items alone crashed by $26b, yet they asked na $26b we go chop? Buhari spoilt our import and dump business? Buhari don spoil market for us? Country hard o.”

Also, rice importation has crashed by 96% saving Nigeria, $5m per day and $1.8b per annum. Yet they complained that Buhari should have allowed them to dump expired imported rice in Nigeria.

Milk importation has crashed by 99% but they are bitter that Buhari is not encouraging them to dump foreign imported milk on Nigerian soil.

Cash is paid directly to the poor via the conditional cash transfer and tradermoni programs of the Buhari admin. Millions are benefiting from the conditional cash transfer of a non-refundable sum of N5k per person per month under Buhari. 10k per person is being paid also under the TraderMoni program and this amount can be scaled up to N100k if the beneficiaries pay back the loan. Because of these disbursements millions of petty traders, shoemakers, vulcanizers, market women now have petty cash that they can use to sustain their trade and can more easily send their kids to school. TraderMoni is targeted to reach N3m petty traders by the end of 2019. The World Bank recently committed $500m to the Social Investment Programs and $322m recently recovered Abacha Loot from the Swiss has been committed to it 100%. This means that the program will be liquid for at least the next 15 years and more funds are likely to be committed to it by development banks and development institutions. Yet they complain that it is vote buying and that the initial N10k is too small? They also say “na Tradermoni we go chop? Na conditional cash transfer we go chop?”

MarketMoni pays N350k to N500k to bigger market traders or SMEs. The Agriculture Bank, Development Bank, Bank of Industry, the Infrastructure Bank, and up-coming People’s Bank, some of which were recently set up are leveraging their joint capital for disbursements to SMEs who are supposed to be the engine room of countries. More capital will come into these banks from the World Bank and the AFDB.Yet they asked “na MarketMoni we go chop?”

Over 15m pupils are getting one meal a day with a drink and this has increased school enrollment and created thousands of jobs in agriculture, catering services and logistics. Farmers now sell 6m eggs per day to this program apart from rice, beans, yams and other crops from their farms. That means many farmers now have off-takers for their farm-produce. Yet they asked, “na School Feeding program we go chop? What is 15m among 200m Nigerians? What is the big deal if farmers now sell 6m eggs per day?”

Over 4,000 capital projects were included in the 2018 budget alone and Buhari is doing his best to disburse to contractors despite the fact that Saraki reduced the funds for these 4,000 projects by N347b. Premium Times has done a 2 part report confirming the fact that these projects are being implemented despite the desperate attempts of Saraki and his colleagues to sabotage them by starving them of funds. On Nov. 8th, 2018, the Senate cut an additional N122b from the budget estimates it had approved in July of 2018, for capital projects thereby bringing the entire cuts to N469b. Yet they asked “what has Buhari achieved?” They chose to ignore the fact the Bukola Saraki has been using his position as Senate President to sabotage the capital projects of the Buhari administration.

Buhari has so far spent over 2.7 trillion naira on roads, bridges, airports, primary health care etc. yet they keep saying “Buhari has achieved nothing.” When falsehood is repeated enough times, it can be mistaken for the truth.

500k previously unemployed graduates now have jobs under Buhari’s N-Power program. An additional 200k were added to the scheme before Dec. 31st, 2018, to bring the total number of NPOWER staffers to N700k.Yet they asked “na 700k “NPOWER” jobs we go chop?”

Pensioners who were forgotten are now getting paid including ex-staffers of the Nigerian Airways who 15 years after the Airline went belly up have started getting paid. N22.5b out of N45b has already been disbursed to them in 2018. Yet they asked “na pension money we go chop? All of us no be pensioners.”

Also, ex-service men including those who served under Biafra got paid the gratuity that the FG had been owing them since the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and their pension payments have been regular under Buhari. Yet, they claim that Buhari hates Igbos.

Thousands of artisans and graduates who are drawing down on loans of over N50b made available to them through the Bank of lndustry with only their University certificates and NYSC discharge certificates serving as collateral cannot say they don’t like Buhari. Yet they claim youths are not being empowered? “Na N50b we go chop?”

Millions of internally displaced people who are returning to their villages after Buhari recovered two-thirds of the territories of the Northeast of Nigeria from Boko Haram, after they had hoisted their flags there and had started collecting taxes from locals are grateful to Buhari. Yet they claim that Buhari has achieved nothing in the fight against terror.

The 20k Nigerians who Buhari has rescued from Boko Haram captivity and the 100 Chibok girls and 100 Dapchi rescued girls cannot say Buhari has not impacted their lives positively. Yet they claim “Buhari has failed to secure Nigerians.”

Buhari built the first Cancer Treatment Specialist Hospital in Nigeria at the LUTH, equipped with state of the art equipment, yet they asked “is that an achievement? Why not a heart treatment and a brain treatment specialist hospital?”

Under Buhari if you are 18 years old and above you can get a 25 year housing loan of N5m with zero equity contribution from you. For loans of N6m to N15m, equity contribution has been slashed to 10%. The FG has chosen 20 Primary Mortgage Institutions through which the funds from the Federal Mortgage Bank will be distributed. The approved Primary Mortgage Institutions are as follows:

1 ABBEY BUILDING SOCIETY LIMITED
2 ACCORD SAVINGS & LOANS LTD
3 AG HOMES SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED
4 AKWA SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED
5 ASO SAVING & LOANS PLC
6 BRENT MORTGAGE BANK
7 CENTAGE SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED
8 CITY CODE SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED
9 COOP SAVING & LOANS LIMITED
10 DELTA BUILDING SOCIETY LTD
11 FBN MORTGAGES LIMITED
12 FHA HOMES SAVINGS & LOANS LTD.
13 FIRST GENERATION HOMES (SAVINGS & LOANS) LIMITED
14 GATEWAY SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED
15 GLOBAL TRUST SAVINGS & LOANS LTD.
16 HAGGAI SAVINGS AND LOANS LIMITED
17 HOMEBASE MORTGAGE LIMITED
18 IMPERIAL HOMES MORTGAGE BANK LIMITED
19 INFINITY TRUST MORTGAGE BANK PLC
20 JIGAWA SAVINGS & LOANS LIMITED

Unfortunately, they asked, “na zero % equity contribution and 10% equity contribution for 25 year loans of between N5m and N15m we go chop?”

What they are saying in essence is Buhari has achieved much but “shey na achievement we go chop?”

Almajiri and the rest of us in Nigeria Ahmed Magem

The Prophetic tradition is the ideal starting point. The injunction to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave is a common saying you hear from Muslims all over the world. The Prophet Muhammad enjoined Muslims to ‘seek knowledge even if it is in China’, thus encouraging the seeking of knowledge beyond the spiritual realm. Muslims are told to contemplate, think, learn, comprehend, and examine everything around them. As the social scientist Anas Al-Shaikh argues, knowledge, education, and the acquisition of learning for Muslims, reinforce ‘the values of humanitarianism, morality, citizenship, peaceful coexistence, revulsion of racism and discrimination, acceptance of the “other”, and is married to actively taught skills of critical thinking and awareness’.

So what went wrong with us especially in northern Nigeria? Let’s take a look at this old statistics to give us an idea about the gravity of the problem faced today.

STATISTICS

Nigeria has a large concentration of children who are not attending school despite a decade of investment in a programme of mass education, the Universal Basic Education (UBE), launched in September 1999. The Federal Ministry of Education (FME 2009) admits that 10.5 million children (or 30% of the primary school-age cohort) do not have access to primary education, but this figure masks widespread disparities between the nation’s six geopolitical zones. For instance, in the North-East and North-West zones, commonly referred to as the ‘core north’, over 50% of the children do not attend school compared with less than 20% in the South-East and South-South (National Population Commission, NPC, & IFC Macro 2009). The core north has a predominantly Muslim population and its long history of contact with Islam shaped its socio-economic and political framework long before colonization by the British. Therefore, the introduction of Christianity, western education and colonial state structures by missionaries and colonialists threatened an already established centuries old social order that derived legitimacy from its linkages with Islam. The public school system, erected by the colonial state and sustained by the post-colonial elite, had to contend with a persistent religious parallel in the form of Islamic schools. A continuous concern in the discourse on education in Northern Nigeria has been how to mitigate the influence of these schools on popular participation in state-sponsored education programmes.

WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT

The word Almajiri is a Hausa word emanated from Arabic word “Almuhajirun” meaning the Emigrant. It refers to a person who migrates from his home to other places in the quest for Islamic knowledge.

During the pre-colonial era, the Tsangaya (Traditional Qur’anic School) system was established under the Kanem Borno empire as a comprehensive system of education for the memorization of the Holy Qur’an and the learning of Islamic principles, jurisprudence, values and theology. The tsangaya system of education involves entrusting of children (usually between the ages of seven to fifteen) by parents to a Mallam (learned person /teacher) for the memorization of the Holy Qur’an while maintaining contacts with the Mallam to provide food and other necessities of the child as he studies. It is mainly practiced in northern part of Nigeria. At the time of its inception, the tsangaya school as well as the Almajiris were held with high esteem, because during those days, the schools knows nothing about begging and the pupils do not beg for food on the streets. They help the teacher on the farm, gather some firewood from the bush which was normally used as a source of light during the night class and some to be used by the teacher’s wife for domestic use as all pupils try to do something to please their teacher in order to get reward and blessings from Almighty Allah.

In those days teachers were regarded as guardians and parents and teachers also consider the students as their children and therefore tries to inculcate in them the ability to understand the importance of staying with each other. Some of the teachers also sent their children to other tsangaya schools to seek for knowledge under different teachers and some do teach their children at their own school among his pupil and therefore treats them equal in all aspects and sometime even favour his students above his children.

The community on its parts provides support and care by means of gifts and zakat donations this has impacted positively in sustaining the system and contributing to its growth and popularity be it food, clothing, cash etc. This system was akin to the modern day Montessori system of schooling and provides a boarding facility. It was the best form of education in West, East and North Africa and ensured that a huge Muslim population, if not all were educated. By this it means they can read and write using Arabic alphabets. This produced a very high level of literacy and academia that stretches from Senegal to Mali to Kano, Borno, Sudan and North and East Africa. The system has produced many prominent Islamic scholars, judges, clerks, and society leaders in the northern part of the country.

CHANGING TIMES

With the passage of time, today the structure has been changed from its original purpose. This was due to a total neglect by a colonial government that never thought it out to integrate the tsangaya schools and Almajiri into the conventional western system of education it introduced later. With the coming of the colonialists, the tsangaya and Almajiri system of education started on a gradual decline. The changing times and British colonial policies ensured that the system is starved of support and this forced the Mallams (teachers) who had no other means of livelihood to release the students to go fend for themselves during break. Parents now enroll their children and abandon them relying on the society to cater for them with the increasing level of poverty and economic adversity. Deplorably, the care of the Almajiri became overwhelmingly oppressive for the Mallams. Most of these children are exposed to different forms of problems at a tender age been deprived of material and emotional support, they roam about the streets bare footed and dirty, begging for alms and food in the streets, mosques, motor parks, residence, markets etc, They are everywhere and at times, they cause traffic hazards.

This is why today the name “Almajiri” has several definitions in the minds of many Nigerians. One can now think of how to describe the system and which path the Almajiris are taking considering the fact that even the name has generated another meaning for itself because they have become a burden as well as nuisance to the society.

DAILY LIFE

Today in Nigeria, almajiri is a general name given to both a student and destitute (beggar), but the fact is that in the present day northern Nigeria, Almajiris (students) only begs for alms and food during school free days or at a school break time, unlike the destitute who begs endlessly. The almajiri’s time for class starts immediately after the (subhi) dawn prayer for the recitation and memorization of the Holy Qur’an. They close for the morning around 7:30am and disperse into the streets, some stay behind after class to complete an assignment such as inscribing some verses of the Holy Quran on a small wooden slate known in the Hausa language as “Allo” (pupil’s learning material in the tsangaya school).

However, after expiration of the free time they will all return back to the tsangaya for afternoon and evening classes. Whereas, there exist other destitute children who primarily reside on the street. They are homeless, they sleep under the bridge, in the market and unsecure places, this set of children were sent by their parents to beg around towns and cities in the guise of almajiris under the care of nobody. Reasons behind such act by parents were due to high rate of poverty in the family to take care of essential needs such as provision of school fees, clothing, shelter, food and other needs. It is thought provoking to emphasize here that the commonly proverbial idea of parents love towards their children has been put to question in this respect.

It is instructive to note that the Almajiri system of education is tied to a traditional sytem which over time modern forms of Islamic forms of education have overtaken. This is evidenced in the thousands of Islamic schools known as Islamiyyahs with their primary, secondaryand tertiary institutions attached all over the north.

With the increasing number of out of school children and street begging in the country, if nothing is done will be a threat to development of the nation in no small circumstances. Every child has the right to education, Without education, children are denied the opportunity to develop their full potentials and play productive roles in the society. It is in this light that many Nigerians, especially northerners have been calling on government to as a matter of urgency address this issue with pragmatic approaches which include remodelling and re-branding of the Almajiri system, empowering the destitute and banning of street begging.

INTERVENTION

Today, there are different groups and indigenous NGOs and individuals working behind the scenes to bring an end or a total reform to this system.
The reform of the Almajiri system of education is something I am personally committed to and I am so glad that our six (6) years’ efforts is yielding some positive fruits.

Many people for too long have written and spoken about the Almajiri and unfortunately usually from a very ignorant point of view. I have had to engage a huge number of Almajiri and Tsangaya schools and their teachers in Gombe and I am glad to see that the need for a reform and change is even of great concern to these teachers and other former Almajri students.

Last week I got a call from a banker friend in Gombe who told me that he knows my concern about Almajiri and my work with Social Workers Without Borders (SW2B) and some efforts been done. This led to meetings with some Almajiri and Tsangaya schools leaders. All of these leaders, teachers and a judge among them were all former Almajiri students. Their team leader was an Almajiri who went on to study law at university of Maiduguri and is currently doing his Ph.D at Bayero University, Kano.

We have been able to have a model Almajiri (Tsangaya) School taking from the very beautiful and comprehensive model which the Federal Government have on ground already courtesy of years of painstaking work with stakeholders on the issue. It is a matter of pride to see that all the Almajiri from this school have been banned from going out to beg, instead they are provided with three square meals, school uniforms and books. Their education is also now a hybrid of the regular Tsangaya/Qur’anic education and the conventional western education.

The team shared with me their concerns about how they are being negatively perceived and despised by the larger society. We both agreed on the need for moral, social and economic empowerment of the Almajiri.

Furthermore, we have identified the need to provide technical and vocational education and training for all the Almajiris at this school as an exit strategy and proper integration with the larger society. Being that some of them are already grown they are introduced into different skills groups to learn different professions.

I am glad that on their own they have succeeded in training 277 Almajiri in different trades and We have also integrated them into our “StartUp Gombe” special programmes for Almajiri and Destitute Children. We are giving them access to funding for their micro-enterprises after training them on business and financial management through our micro-finance bank partners.

Now, the situation in Gombe is somewhat peculiar or different in the sense that 95% of the Almajiri in Tsangaya schools and destitutes found in Gombe State are not from Gombe. Those in schools are mostly from neighboring states and from as far as Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina. The Boko Haram problems have contributed immensely to the very high influx of IDPs to Gombe and with these numbers are a very huge army of orphaned children all victims of the insurgency. We have it on record that virtually all these children are from Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa. Gombe is the closest to these places being in the North East and the Gombe State Government have made it a case not to expel them from the state but to find a way of accommodating them in camps and other places. It is also to be known that some of these kids on their own have broken out to the streets, but many are being moved by the Social Welfare Office of Gombe State. Gombe is in the north east and closest to these states most ravaged by terrorists it’s natural for thousands to seek refuge in Gombe. The way it seems that successive governments and Governors in Gombe State are working to overdo each other in positive governance, projects and infrastructure is an attraction to all others in the north east. This is not surprising that a recent picture that went viral on social media where some destitutes and street kids went picking food spilled by a food vendor with many tagging it as the case of poverty in Gombe and politicizing it or speaking out of bigotry. It really exposes the ignorance of these people and I won’t be surprised that these posts on social media were deliberate.

With the first set of Almajiri kids getting ready to graduate with different honours i.e. Islamic education, primary, and secondary school certificates as well as technical, vocational education and training. They will be armed with trade and financial skills to make them independent. We are also ensuring that these graduates will be the mentors of those behind them. As a pilot project we are hoping to have the cooperation of all the other Tsangaya schools in town and have some of them merge with the bigger ones. If we succeed in this in the next 3 years we will have a huge number of properly trained workforce for any industry. We also hope that all the Almajiri and destitutes kids today in Gombe would be able to return back to their home states and families or rebuild their lives in due time. For those that choose to remain in Gombe, we are hoping to see them contribute positively to the economy in trade and artisanship. I am more particularly excited about those who choose to go further to universities and polytechnics. Some have shown interest to become nurses and doctors.

As I write this, a young Almajiri kid sits by by my side watching as I type. He told me about his father and village and how he wants to be a teacher. He said teachers are the most respected people in his village.

To end or reform the system will take years of consistent work not only from government, but from individuals too. It is not enough to sit down on social media and just talk endlessly without offering a pragmatic solutions.

If we can all adopt these simple systems in all our states in the North and community volunteers take it upon themselves to adopt a school and begin the change or reform from there then we’ll all be on our way to a new system. We are glad to now have an association comprising of all Almajiri/Tsangaya school owners and teachers.

Yes, the reform of Almajiri system of education is enormous, but is possible. What do we do with the orphans and destitutes on the streets?

I always put these words in their minds;
Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve.

NB:
The school is in need of a clinic and equipment for training on different professions.

StartUp Gombe

#TheAlmajiriProject #StatrtupGombe

Results of past Nigerian presidential elections since 1979

The first democratic president of Nigeria was elected in 1979 and over the last forty years, Nigeria has conducted eight presidential elections. As Nigeria prepares for her ninth Presidential election on Saturday, February 16, 2019, Legit.ng wants to take you on a memory trip back to all the presidential elections ever conducted in Nigeria since 1979 till date and the results of those polls.

1979 Presidential Election: The presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Alhaji Shehu Shagari, became the first democratic president of Nigeria in 1979 after defeating the Presidential candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Obafemi Awolowo. Shagari got five million, six hundred and sixty-eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty-seven (5,668,857) votes while his opponent, Awolowo got four million, nine hundred and sixten thousand, six hundred and fifty-one (4,916,651) votes.

1983 Presidential Election: Again, Shehu Shagari defeated Awolowo when he got twelve million, 81 thousand, four hundred and seventy-one (12,081,471) votes in the 1983 poll. The UPN candidate, Chief Awolowo, got seven million, nine hundred and seven thousand, two hundred and nine (7, 907, 209) votes that year. In the same year, the Shagari government was overthrown by a military coup led by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.

1993 Presidential Election: The June 12, 1993 presidential election is a memorable one in the history of Nigeria. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate, Moshood Kahimawo Abiola (MKO) defeated the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Tofa. Abiola got eight million, three hundred and forty-one thousand, three hundred and nine (8,341,309) votes while his opponent, Tofa, got five million, nine hundred and fifty-two thousand, eighty-seven (5, 942,087) votes. Sadly, the elections was annulled by military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida. The late General Sani Abacha would later stage a coup that year and become the military ruler of Nigeria till his death on 8 June 1998.

1999 Presidential Election: Olusegun Obasanjo came out of prison after Abacha’s death in 1998 to become Nigeria’s next president after defeating Olu Falae in the 1999 poll. Obasanjo ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and got eighteen million, seven hundred and thirty-eight thousand, one hundred and fifty-four (18, 738,154) votes to defeat Falae, who ran on the joint platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the All People’s Party (APP). Falae got seven million, nine hundred and seven thousand, two hundred and nine (7,907,209) votes in the 1999 poll.

2003 Presidential Election: Olusegun Obasanjo returned to power for a second term in 2003 after defeating the presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Muhammadu Buhari. Obasanjo got twenty-four million, four hundred and fifty-six thousand, one hundred and forty (24,456,140) votes while Buhari got twelve million, seven hundred and ten thousand, twenty-two (12,710,022) votes.

2007 Presidential Election: Obasanjo handed over the Presidential seat to another PDP’s candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who got twenty-four million, six hundred and thrity-eight thousand, sixty-three (24,638,063) votes to defeat ANPP candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari got six million, six hundred and five thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine (6,605,299) votes in the 2007 poll.

2011 Presidential Poll: Muhammadu Buhari tried his luck for the third time, this time running on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). However, he lost to PDP’s presidential candidate, Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan got twenty-two million, four hundred and ninety-five thousand, one hundred and eighty-seven (22,495,187) votes while Buhari had twelve million, two hundred and fourteen thousand, eighty hundred and fifty-three (12,214,853) votes.

2015 Presidential Poll: Buhari’s luck changed for the better in 2015 when Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of power. Jonathan lost to Buhari after getting twelve million, eight hundred and fifty-three thousand, one hundred and sixty-two (12,853,162) votes while his opponent, Buhari, had fifteen million, four hundred and twenty-four thouand, nine hundred and twenty-one (15,421,921) votes.

Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1222229-results-nigerian-presidential-elections-1979.html

FAQS ON FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE WHISTLE BLOWING ACT

1 – What is the Federal Ministry of Finance Whistle blowing Programme?

It is a programme designed to encourage anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on the Nigerian people and Government to report it.

2 – Who is a Whistleblower?

Any person who voluntarily discloses information in good faith about a possible misconduct or violation that has occurred, is on-going, or is about to occur.

3 – What is the Whistleblowing Portal?

A secure online portal where the information can be submitted. If you have already submitted your information, you can also check the status of your report on the portal.

4 – What type of information can be submitted?

Some examples of information that can be submitted include:

• Mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets (e.g. properties and vehicles).

• Financial malpractice or fraud.

• Collecting / soliciting bribes.

• Corruption.

• Diversion of revenues.

• Fraudulent and unapproved payments.

• Splitting of contracts.

• Procurement fraud (kickbacks and over-invoicing etc.)

5 – What type of information cannot be submitted?

The programme does not apply to personal matters concerning private contracts or agreements.

6 – How do I submit my information under the Whistleblower Programme?

You can submit your information through the online portal by e-mail or by phone.

7 – Who can make use of the Whistleblowing Portal?

• Anybody with the required information including but not limited to:

• Internal stakeholders e.g. Government employees;

• Inter-Government stakeholders e.g. Government agencies;

• Institutional stakeholders; and

• All members of the public.

8 – Can I submit my information to the Whistleblowing Portal anonymously?

Yes. You do not have to disclose your identity while providing information.

9 – What additional information is required from a whistleblower?

You can submit documentary evidence on the portal. You can also provide specific and fact based information such as what occurred, amount involved, who was involved and dates of occurrence on the portal.

10 – Will my identity remain confidential?

Yes. Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent within the limitations of the law.

• If you choose not to disclose your identity, there will be no record of who you are.

• If you choose to disclose your identity, it will be fully protected.

11 – Will I be protected as a whistleblower?

Yes. If you whistleblow in public-spirit and in good faith, you will be protected.

• If you feel that you have been treated badly because of your report, you can file a formal complaint.

• If you have suffered harassment, intimidation or victimisation for sharing your concerns, restitution will be made for any loss suffered.

12 – How will the information that I provided be used?

• The information you provide will be reviewed and analysed to determine whether or not to open an investigation on the matter.

• Investigations will be confidential, objective and speedy.

13 – What if it is a criminal case?

That has been considered. It will be referred to the relevant agencies; Police, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) or Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

14 – Will there be sanctions for individuals or corporate bodies involved in diversion of public funds?

Yes.

• Referral to anti-corruption agencies for possible prosecution.

• Blacklisted from working with or doing business with the Government

15 – Is the whistleblower entitled to a financial reward?

It depends.

• If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistleblower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5% (Minimum) and 5.0% (Maximum) of the total amount recovered.

• You must have provided the Government with information it does not already have and could not otherwise obtain from any other publicly available source to the Government.

16 – Is there protection from False or Malicious Claims?

Yes. A first level review will always be carried out to determine credibility and sufficiency of information received.

If you report false or misleading information, it will be referred to the enforcement agents for investigation and possible prosecution.

17 – What turnaround time should I expect once the information is acknowledged?

o You receive an acknowledgement immediately you submit the information.

o An initial review to confirm violation or potential violation (10 working days)

o If an investigation is opened, the nature and complexity of the matters under investigation will dictate the time frame.

o You can always independently monitor the status or progress report with code generated.

18 – Can I receive status updates on the progress with the information that I have provided?

Yes. When you submit information, the portal will generate a unique reference number. To know the status of your submitted tip, simply click on “Get Feedback” and enter the reference number.

19 – What is the purpose or expected outcome of the programme?

• Increase exposure of financial or financial related crimes;

• Support the fight against financial crimes and corruption;

• Improved level of public confidence in public entities;

• Enhance transparency and accountability in the management of public funds;

• Improve Nigeria’s Open Government Ranking and Ease of Doing Business Indicators; and

• Recovery of public funds that can be deployed to finance Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit.

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645 and 646 +Al Capone’s “Easy Eddie” and Butch O’Hare+Top 5 Deadly Diseases You Don’t Know Exist + 5 Eating Habits That Can Cause Diabetes+Certain foods and medications that don’t mix+My Lord, Tell Me Where To Keep Your Bribe? 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 640

Certain foods and medications that don’t mix

Ever wondered why certain medications don’t work after several days of use? Normally people who have experienced this will conclude that the drug is fake, expired or even a wrong prescription. Some will even go as far as blaming their village people for being at the top of their game. But do you know there are certain foods and medicine you shouldn’t mix together?

Yes. Certain meals can prevent your medications from working, or worse still, cause dangerous side effects, and we have curated 6 of them here. Many people probably do not know this, so share to save a life.

*Vitamin C and Anti-malaria drugs*

This is what happens when you mix both. But first a background:

All drugs are metabolized in the liver. The liver is rich in iron, and iron is important in the life cycle of malaria parasites (plasmodium). Vitamin C helps in absorption of iron, which goes to the liver. Malaria parasites accumulate in the liver and multiply since the iron they need to survive is surplus there. This counteracts the effect of whatever malaria drug you’re taking. So chill on those citrus fruits or supplements when you’re treating malaria.

*Painkillers and Soft drinks*

We all know soft drinks contain carbonated water. I mean, it’s boldly written on the bottle label/can. Carbonated water = Carbon-dioxide gas + water (LOL, no, you do not just add carbon-dioxide and water together, it has to be dissolved under pressure and all). So when you take painkillers and soft drinks together, the Carbon-dioxide gas and the acid it contains increases concentration of the drugs in the blood, which leads to toxicity that could be fatal.

*Diary products and Antibiotics*

Antibiotics are drugs used in the treatment and prevention of bacteria. Examples are Tetracycline and penicillin. Dairy products are rich in Calcium, which prevents the body from absorbing these antibiotics. This reduces the drug’s efficacy.

*Banana and Anti-hypertensive drugs*

Bananas are rich in potassium. Anti-hypertensive drugs increase potassium levels in the blood. Anti-hypertensive drugs + Bananas = too much potassium which leads to irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations and could causes diseases such as Arrhythmia. Love your heart.

*Grape fruit and Statins*

Statin is a class of drug used to lower cholesterol levels. Like most drugs, it also has side effects. Grape fruit contains a compound/chemical that stops the breakdown of statins in the intestine. It leads to increased level of the drug = higher risk of side effects.

*Leafy Vegetables and Anti Coagulants (Blood Thinner)*

Anti-coagulants (Blood Thinners) are medications that decelerate blood coagulation. No, they don’t actually thin your blood but they prevent blood clots from growing larger and are used to prevent stroke and treat heart disease. Examples are Aspirin, Warfarin.

Leafy Vegetables are rich in Vitamin K – Vitamin K promotes blood clotting. So what happens? The effect of the drug is countered.

*Bonus*

This shouldn’t be the first time you read “Don’t take drugs with alcohol’. Why so?

Drugs are metabolized in the liver. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver. You actually over work your liver when taking alcohol and drugs at the same time leading to liver damage.

We all know medicine comes with a long list of things you can’t do but what most people don’t know is that some natural healthy meals are part of the list. Limit certain foods and if a certain drug doesn’t work or makes you feel some type of way, don’t assume anything. Immediately consult your doctor for advice.

Original Author: Unknown

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5 Eating Habits That Can Cause Diabetes
By TheHerald Admin

 

With everyone having to deal with so many things every single minute, it gets really hard to think before indulging into anything. Let’s face it, good food makes one feel good. This fact combined with the very virtue of tasty dishes, it is sort of impossible to develop healthy eating habits. However, one must always observe caution with prevention being better than cure. The following are eating habits that can cause diabetes.

1. Skipping Breakfast

Who doesn’t know about ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’? Sad as it may sound, you know you have a messed up this schedule, as a result of which, you pig out at night and often rush to your morning chores consuming nothing more than a glass of orange juice. This leads to high chances of obesity, which in-turn causes diabetes.

2. Having a Sweet Tooth

So you love to eat everything sweet, eh? Milk chocolates and tiramisu make you drool? You need to know what is your sugar limit and how much is safe for you to consume. On top of consuming sugary treats, if you are not burning them off, it is highly probable that it will lead to diabetes.

3. Attraction towards Fast Food

Or pizzas, or panini, or pancakes, or fried chicken. You get the drift? If you consume extremely oily and greasy food, you have a high chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Cut on all the tasty sinful things and find healthier alternatives like food cooked in olive oil, low fat cheese, tofu and such other alternatives.

4. Binging unnecessarily

Binging is never good. The kind of calories your body stores when you binge is unreal. Your body immediately goes into fat storing mode and while you feel good about yourself eating all that tasty food, your body probably goes towards diabetes.

5. Irregular eating routine

If you do not eat at least thrice a day and then eat six meals the other day and then don’t eat at all, and continue to follow a bizarre pattern of consuming food; your body gets confused and does not know how to deal with this. Chances are you are eating anything but home cooked meals then, and that you know, will lead to diseases like diabetes.

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Top 5 Deadly Diseases You Don’t Know Exist 

Remember when you are struck down by a strange illness, and you almost felt like crying your eyes out?. Its time to get really scared, because our list contains the scarest of them all. Buckle up
A disease is a favorite word in the dictionary of a doctor and the sentence “I am sick “ is the most dreaded word for patients to utter.
“A Chinese proverb quotes: “An unknown disease cannot be cured by an everyday drug.”
Wait! Before you read on, try to guess two diseases you know a lot of people has never heard or experienced before; we bet if any of them makes our list and if their names and description takes you off-guard as our top5 pick would. www.postingday.com
*1. Othello Syndrome*
You still remember Shakespeare’s classical work, Othello? It has an unpopular disease named after it. Sufferers of Othello Syndrome always have a belief that their partner is cheating on them when there is no evidence whatsoever. It exceeds common jealousy; sufferers are always preoccupied with obsessive thoughts of different ways their partner is unfaithful to them. This makes them to continuously stalk their partner, ask probing questions about their whereabouts which might result in violence.
Does the above describe your relationship too? Who knows if your present lover is an Othello Syndrome sufferer?.
*2. Clinical Lycantrophy*
Sufferers of clinical lycanthropy have a belief that they are turning into an animal.
Aside from people thinking they are turning into wolves, published cases of clinical lycanthropy reveal some people believe they were turning into frogs, cats, horses, birds, hyenas and even bees.
*3. Cotards Delusion*
This is a rare mental illness that causes the affected person to think they are dead or have lost their internal organs like the liver. Shouts like “my head are missing?!” can be expected from a sufferer.
*4. Capgras Delusion*
The delusion is named after French physician, Joseph Capgras, who first described it. This disease is believed by health practitioners to be neurologically similitude to Cotard’s. Sufferers of Capgras belief that a person who is close to them has been replaced by an imposter who appears identical but isn’t the same person. All members at www.postingday.com was a bit perplexed.
Capgras is often associated with schizophrenia but the delusion may also result from brain damage and dementia.
*5. Folie à Deux*
Winner of our special award for most attractively named disease on our list. Folie à deux literally means ‘madness shared by two’; that should ring better than the technical name of ‘shared psychotic disorder’.
The “shared madness” is observed when two (or more) people who live in close proximity come to share the same delusion(s).
In a situation where a dominant person influence another with its delusional belief, it is called Folie impose and when two people with different psychosis diagnoses influence each other to a stage they both present same disease as a result of living close to each other, maybe in a psychiatric facility or hospital, it is called Folie simultanee.
Folie à deux is however also known as Lasegue-Falret Syndrome .
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*Here Are Two Stories. BOTH TRUE – And Worth Reading!!*

STORY NUMBER ONE

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.

Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, despite all of his wealth and influence, there were two things he could not give to his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name nor a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached an extremely difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify the wrongs he had knowledge of and had done.
He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, and attempt to clean up his tarnished name. And thus offer his son some semblance of integrity.

To do this, he would have to testify against “The Mob”, and he knew that by doing this the cost would be great.

Anyhow, he testified…

Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read: *’The clock of life is wound but once. And no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. _For The Clock May Soon Be Still.’_*

STORY NUMBER TWO

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the Aircraft Carrier Lexington operating in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and return to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier.

Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the US fleet. As he was returning to the Mother Ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible
until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane corroborated the tale he told. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of WW II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honour.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II pilot hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport near Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great airman.

So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?

Butch O’Hare was ‘Easy Eddie’s’ son!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*He is 31 years old*
Austria on December 12, 2018, made history by electing the world’s youngest president, who is 31 years old. His name is Sebastian Kurz.
Before those elections, he was the country’s foreign minister.
While our youth are contented with being used, praise singers and be special assistants on social media, youth elsewhere are disrupting the status quo, pushing for innovation, changing the narrative and pushing for new frontiers.
From Facebook to Snapchat and Taxify, these tech giants were founded by millennials who are youth.
Mark Zukerberg is just 32 years old and the youngest billionaire in the world.
The bar has been raised in Austria, that elected a 31 year old man, as its leader.
A 31 year old man in Africa, is probably in his parents house, unemployed, broke, eating free food and not bothered.
The 31 year old Africans are feeling big, supporting politicians (who directly or indirectly put us in the mess we are in), on Facebook without seeing the nexus between the failed leadership and present unemployment predicament.
I weep for our youth, many of whom are wasting away, forgetting that time waits for no one.
The condition in Africa is not helping matters though, and then my generation is not ready to push for change.
Those who have bank jobs, think they are on top of the world, forgetting that the owners of the banks, were billionaires at their age.
The women get married, and drive their husband’s cars, and think they have arrived.
I ask myself and other young people reading this, what are you doing with your life? Are you happy with the way you are at the moment? What are you doing to push for true change?

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George Weah of Liberia first sought for Liberian presidency (2005, aged 39) He failed. Obtained his SSCE (2006, aged 40), his degree (2011, aged 45) and masters (2013, aged 47). He won election to the Liberian Senate (2014, aged 48). Three years after, he won election to become the country’s president (2017, aged 51) .

All under 12 years interval. When you make up your mind to succeed you must also be willing to act on your convictions?
If your dream is big enough, the odds do not matter. Decide to do whatever you must do to achieve your goal. Start where you are with what you have in your hands. Put your heart into it. Make it non-negotiable to work on your dream every day.

Make the commitment to move forward in spite of the challenges and the difficulties that you will encounter. No excuse is acceptable to put yourself last. You have one life to live. Live your dream!!

You have GREATNESS within you!!

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Prof Niyi Osundare wrote on CJN and it is very shameful

My Lord, Tell Me Where To Keep Your Bribe?
By Niyi Osundare
A poem by the renowned Nigerian poet

My Lord

Please tell me where to keep your bribe?

Do I drop it in your venerable chambers

Or carry the heavy booty to your immaculate mansion

Shall I bury it in the capacious water tank

In your well laundered backyard

Or will it breathe better in the septic tank

Since money can deodorize the smelliest crime

Shall I haul it up the attic

Between the ceiling and your lofty roof

Or shall I conjure the walls to open up

And swallow this sudden bounty from your honest labour

Shall I give a billion to each of your paramours

The black, the light, the Fanta-yellow

They will surely know how to keep the loot

In places too remote for the sniffing dog

Or shall I use the particulars

Of your anonymous maidservants and manservants

With their names on overflowing bank accounts

While they famish like ownerless dogs

Shall I haul it all to your village

In the valley behind seven mountains

Where potholes swallow up the hugest jeep

And Penury leaves a scar on every house

My Lord

It will take the fastest machine

Many, many days to count this booty; and lucky bank bosses

May help themselves to a fraction of the loot

My Lord

Tell me where to keep your bribe?

My Lord

Tell me where to keep your bribe?

The “last hope of the common man”

Has become the last bastion of the criminally rich

A terrible plague bestrides the land

Besieged by rapacious judges and venal lawyers

Behind the antiquated wig

And the slavish glove

The penguin gown and the obfuscating jargon

Is a rot and riot whose stench is choking the land

Behind the rituals and roted rigmaroles

Old antics connive with new tricks

Behind the prim-and-proper costumes of masquerades

Corruption stands, naked, in its insolent impunity

For sale to the highest bidder

Interlocutory and perpetual injunctions

Opulent criminals shop for pliant judges

Protect the criminal, enshrine the crime

And Election Petition Tribunals

Ah, bless those goldmines and bottomless booties!

Scoundrel vote-riggers romp to electoral victory

All hail our buyable Bench and conniving Bar

A million dollars in Their Lordship’s bedroom

A million euros in the parlor closet

Countless naira beneath the kitchen sink

Our courts are fast running out of Ghana-must-go’s*

The “Temple of Justice”

Is broken in every brick

The roof is roundly perforated

By termites of graft

My Lord

Tell me where to keep your bribe?

Judges doze in the courtroom

Having spent all night, counting money and various “gifts”

And the Chief Justice looks on with tired eyes

As Corruption usurps his gavel.

Crime pays in this country

Corruption has its handsome rewards

Just one judgement sold to the richest bidder

Will catapult Judge & Lawyer to the Billionaires’ Club

The Law, they say, is an ass

Sometimes fast, sometimes slow

But the Law in Nigeria is a vulture

Fat on the cash-and-carry carrion of murdered Conscience

Won gb’ebi f’alare

Won gb’are f’elebi**

They kill our trust in the common good

These Monsters of Mammon in their garish gowns

Unhappy the land

Where jobbers are judges

Where Impunity walks the streets

Like a large, invincible Demon

Come Sunday, they troop to the church

Friday, they mouth their mantra in pious mosques

But they pervert Justice all week long

And dig us deeper into the hellish hole

Nigeria is a huge corpse

With milling maggots on its wretched hulk

They prey every day, they prey every night

For the endless decomposition of our common soul

My Most Honourable Lord

Just tell me where to keep your bribe.

* Large, extremely tough bags used for carrying heavy cash in Nigeria

** They declare the innocent guilty

They pronounce the guilty innocent

Prof. Niyi Osundare

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JUST A LITTLE MISTAKE…
One night, just before the shopkeeper closed for the day, a dog came into the shop, having a bag in its mouth. The bag had a list of items to be bought and money so the shopkeeper took the money and kept the items in the bag
Immediately, The dog picked up the bag of items and left. The shopkeeper was surprised and went behind the dog to see who the owner was.The dog waited at the bus stop, After sometime, a bus came and the dog got into the bus. As soon as the conductor came, it moved forward to show his neck belt which had money and the address as well. The conductor took the money and put the ticket in his neck belt again.
When it reached the destination, the dog went to the front and wagged his tail indicating that he wanted to get down, the moment the bus stopped, it got down. The shopkeeper was still following it. The dog knocked on the door of a house with its legs. Its owner came from inside and beat it with a stick.
The shocked shopkeeper asked him “why are you beating the dog?”, to which the owner replied, “he disturbed my sleep. It could have taken the keys with it.”
This is the truth of life. There is no end to the expectations people have from you. The moment you go wrong, they start pointing at our mistakes.
All the good done in the past are quickly forgotten. Any small mistake committed gets magnified. You can do 100 things for people but once you do a little mistake they forget all that you have done for them. They capitalize on that your little mistake to hold it against you whereas they themselves ain’t perfect. The owner of the dog had no idea of what his dog went through to get those stuffs yet instead of appreciation it got beating.
Most people have no idea of what you have gone through in life to make them happy or please them but at the end of it all, instead of them appreciating you or complement you they end up looking for faults and mistakes from you just to discredit you. This is the kind of society we live in…
But don’t let that stop you from doing what you know is right and good.
God is watching…..One Day, Your Good Deeds will be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can God be mocked or bribed?

Why do we choose to isolate ‘Praying for your nation’ from the Bible and forever ignore other counsel of God regarding how a nation should be governed? It is not prayers that exalt a nation, honesty, justice and decency do.

We deliberately ignore several of God’s instructions like, ‘Don’t steal’ ‘Seek justice for the oppressed’ ‘Take the course of the Poor’ ‘Speak against injustice’ ‘Be moderate’ and all that, but capitalise on prayers.

Our forefathers had offered billions of prayers, we’ve offered more. Unfortunately, the problem of Nigeria is surely not lack of prayers.

We’ll keep roaming round the circle until we decide to be serious as people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVE THINKING: TIPS FOR FULFILLED LIFE
Very rarely that I agree with a collection of sayings. This one caused me to agree with all the 35 statements.
The compiler is excellent.
*PSYCHOLOGY OF POSITIVE THINKING: TIPS FOR FULFILLED LIFE*
*1. Don’t complicate life. We won’t be here forever. Once this day is over, it’s gone forever. Your time is too valuable to waste on nonsense.*
*2. No matter what knocks you down in life, get up and keep going. NEVER GIVE UP. Great blessings come as a result of great perseverance.*
*3. Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.*
*4. Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don’t give up.*
*5. Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.*
*6. Disappointments were not meant to destroy you. They were meant to strengthen you and give you fortitude to accomplish your God-given destiny.*
*7. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but by appreciating what we do have.*
*8. Your child will follow your example, not your advice.*
*9. One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.*
*10. Associate yourself with people of good quality. For it is better to be alone than in bad company.*
*11. Don’t fear change. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.*
*12. When you love what you have, you have everything you need.*
*13. The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.*
*14. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have – GRATITUDE.*
*15. Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it has left you.*
*16. When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.*
*17. Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you are waiting.*
*18. Isn’t it ironic:* *- We ignore those who adore us, but adore the ones that ignore us* *- We love those who hurt us, but hurt the ones that love us.*
*19. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Every story has an end, but in life every end is just a new beginning.*
*20. You were born to win. Although to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.*
*21. Every day is a NEW beginning, take a deep breath and START AGAIN.*
*22. Know that you are loved. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are beautiful. You have purpose. You are a masterpiece.*
*23. Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance.*
*24. Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.*
*25. Bad things happen everyday to everyone. The difference is in how people deal with it.*
*26. When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.*
*27. Two things define you: Your PATIENCE when you have NOTHING, and your ATTITUDE when you have EVERYTHING.*
*28. Being honest may not get you a lot of FRIENDS but it will always get you the RIGHT ONES.*
*29. Working on yourself is the hardest part of life. Keep growing up, no matter where you are.*
*30. Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right.*
*31. Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you and make you happy. If you know people who do none of these things, let them go.*
*32. Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.*
*33. OPTIMISM* *NO ➔ Shortcuts* *NO ➔ Quick fixes* *NO ➔ Blaming others* *NO ➔ I’ll do tomorrows* *NO ➔ EXCUSES!!*
*34. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you when it rains, not just when it shines.*
*35. Being defeated is often a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.*
*Enjoy God’s grace on this journey we call LIFE.*
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THE PAIN AND PLEASURE OF SEX…
You see, to keep your virginity, chastity and purity, you need to focus on the pain and pleasure of sex not just the pain! Focusing on the pain will help you take to your heels when you are tempted, focusing on the pleasure will give you reasons to wait for marriage -this is balance!
From the women I can counsel who have sexual dysfunction or psycho-sexual problems, I discover that they focused so much on the pain, ran away from pre-marital sex (which is good), married as virgins but have serious problems enjoying sex! 90% if the women I counsel who have serious sexual problems married as virgins!
You must do the two! You must let it sink in your head that pre-marital sex will destroy your life! It will destroy your self esteem, confidence, spiritual purity and testimony! It will kill the confidence you need to enjoy marriage. It will destroy your trust for your spouse! There is 50% chance of committing adultery in marriage thereby ruining your chances of marital bliss then you are at risk of HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster, etc! You are at risk of unwanted pregnancies, lose of dream, focus, spiritual power, vision and destiny. You try abortion, you are at risk of having weak/incompetent cervix, cervical cancer, damaged womb, Pelvic Inflammation Disease, etc.
As a man, you are at risk of having low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, pre-mature ejaculation and all manner of sexual problems interfering with your sex life in marriage and your chances of impregnating your wife! Keep the pain in your head! That helped Joseph flee! Samson only focused on the pleasure! He lost his anointing, power and destiny to Delilah neat!
Focusing on the pain is not enough, or you enter marriage with paranoia, sexual fears, twisted view of sex that you find it difficult releasing yourself to your husband for sexual enjoyment as a woman and you find it difficult giving your wife sexual pleasure as a man!
Focus on the pleasure in marriage! Know that real pleasure, real orgasm, deep intimacy, the joy that you saves sex for your spouse and the pride that you didn’t defile your body awaits you after marriage. When you have the pleasure in mind, it helps you to patiently wait for sex, overcome temptations and keep your pride and dignity!
Focusing on the two helped me as a single person! When I remember the pain associated with pre-marital sex, I cringed to the point of freezing! It made me hate pre-marital sex with passion! It lost its appeal. When I remember the joy of sexual intimacy with the one I love and cherish, I joyfully waited and was eager to marry and have sex.
I simply enjoy sex in marriage! When women tell me they don’t enjoy sex it keeps me baffled. I wonder whether we are on the same planet. I always look forward to sex, I ask for sex, I desire sex, I eat sex, I pray on sex, I think on sex, sex in marriage simply gives pleasure!
I am a super confident woman! Knowing that my husband always desire me, wants me, needs me, and I’m capable of sending him to the orbit gives me boldness and power! Nothing gives a woman power like the capability to give her husband pleasure! It is a self esteem booster! I fear no devil! My relationship with God is intact and sweetly look forward to spending eternity in Paradise! Waiting for sex pays! Nothing compares with waiting, nothing!
Wait for sex! Stop masturbating! Stop sleeping around, stop aborting! It will destroy your self esteem, confidence and testimony forever! You stand before your husband ashamed and broken! You lose the opportunity of being celebrated for your virginity forever!
Waiting for the pleasure is worth it. My husband has a great sex life. Having never had sex before with no one to compare me with in the past makes every sexual encounter send shivers down his spine! His genuine love for me makes him bond, merge and give me pleasure over and over again! The chemistry is high, sex is hot and my goodness, marriage is ….I can’t describe it.
Don’t try sex before marriage. You will hate yourself after doing it. SEX IS WORTH WAITING FOR, there is no where you are rushing to. At the end you will be happy, grateful to God you waited and thank your spouse for helping you keep your testimony. FEEL FREE TO SHARE. God bless you
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Between Mandela and other African leaders : A Great Contrast

The contrast between Mandela and the others is like night and day. Mandela served only one term; they serve 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years in office. And then groom their wives, sons, cats, dogs and even goats to succeed them. The presidency is their family property.

Mandela died peacefully in his own country. The others die violently – Khaddafi, shot in between the eyes; Abacha poisoned; Samuel Doe, an ear cut off; Mainassara, blown into bits, etc. Many died in exile or foreign hospitals.

Mandela never had a Swiss bank account or a mansion in foreign capital. Most of the others have looted their treasuries clean to build huge fortunes and mansions abroad. Since 1970, over $1 trillion has been removed from Africa in illicit financial flows.
Mandela never arrested a critic or anyone who disagreed with him. Many of the others label critics as “terrorists,” “saboteurs,” “counter-revolutionaries,” “colonial stooges,” etc. to be liquidated. One can even be jailed for saying that the president is not well.

Mandela could sit down and reconcile with his tormentors and enemies. Most of the others have a heart as cold as ice. Their idea of reconciliation is confrontation with a bazooka, multiple grenade launchers and heavy-duty firepower, ready for battle.

Had Africa had just 10 Mandelas after independence in the 1960s, the history of post colonial Africa would have been vastly different. At least, the failed and collapsed states – Somalia, Liberia, Libya, Rwanda, etc. – would have been saved.

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The Six Stages of Social Deception

 

Social Deception very often is a process by which wrong becomes right, and right becomes wrong. It’s a complete paradigm shift of opinions, standards and morals that is achieved softly, subtly and often takes a generation to entrench into society. Those who engineer it are very deliberate and structured in their approach.

If you want to know what I am talking about, find out your mother’s views on things like sexuality and marriage and compare them with yours. The contrast in opinions does not necessarily prove that she is old and antiquated; it may instead prove that you have been deceived.

There are six stages of Social Deception.
The SHOCKER stage
The OUTRAGE stage
The DISCUSSION stage
The TOLERANCE stage
The ACCEPTANCE stage
The VENERATION stage

If I wanted to popularize the most unimaginable thing in our society, say like bestiality (the practice of having sex with animals). I would follow these steps. I would select a forerunner to drop the SHOCKING message on an unsuspecting public. “It is okay and we shouldn’t have problems having sex with animals,” he would announce on radio, TV or in a newspaper. That is the SHOCKER; the bombshell, so to speak.

It would inevitably be followed by OUTRAGE. The forerunner is abused and demonized by the bewildered public. Every respected leader in society comes out to slam the lamentable reprobate who dared suggest something so obnoxious. The forerunner defiantly defends the practice. His critics come out even more scathing. But the forerunner knows exactly what he is doing. He is setting an agenda. Many people don’t understand the effect of continuous exposure on the human mind.

I will give an example most of you will understand. If you ask a girl out and she is not interested in you, the best thing she can do for herself is stay away from you or your words. If she continues listening to you, what was initially unthinkable becomes worth a consideration, then acceptable. Many ladies have fallen for guys they swore never to date just because they didn’t understand the law of continuous exposure.

Once the bestiality message reaches the third stage; DISCUSSION, the forerunner has done his job. At this stage there is a big debate over bestiality; with most people still slamming it, not knowing that they are falling into a trap.
It is a known fact that homosexual groups abroad were giving money to people fighting homosexuality in Uganda. Then they would also fund those pushing for it. Initially it didn’t make sense. Until understanding came about how deception works. What they wanted was to keep the subject of homosexuality in public debate. They know exactly what they were doing. The more people are exposed to it through discussion, the more it becomes less obnoxious in their minds.

That leads to the next stage: TOLERANCE. At this stage people say: “I am not going to have sex with animals, but if someone chooses to do it, shauri yake (that’s his problem). Others will say: “Who cares what people do behind closed doors?”
I have heard these statements being made by people who clearly don’t understand what they are up against.

This is the stage at which science kicks in to ‘prove’ that some people are born with an inherent attraction “natural orientation” towards animals and they cannot help themselves. Consequently, bestiality will be included in the UN Human Rights Charter and activists are given a new pursuit. Economic and travel sanctions will be used to twist the arms of nations that still forbid it.
Then we start hearing phrases like: “We cannot tell people whom they should love.”
The main purpose of this stage is to ensure that bestiality is legally accepted.

The next two steps are aimed at entrenching it at a social level.
The penultimate stage is ACCEPTANCE. At this stage bestiality becomes a conventional alternative way of living. All the outrage has since dissipated. This is the stage at which those still opposed to it are called BESTIAPHOBIC (the word will be coined) and they are considered antiquated, old-fashioned, intolerant, dogmatic, religious zealots, bigots…. you’ve heard all those words.
This is the stage at which there are bestiality rights parades in major cities.

Then we are reminded that the same book in the Bible that forbids bestiality also forbids eating pork. Then ‘intellectuals’ use that to rubbish the Word of God, and make it look ridiculous.

The final step is VENERATION. This is the stage at which the people who practice bestiality are praised. The liberalist media (which includes almost all international channels) subtly promotes them as ‘cool’, intelligent, exposed. That’s the stage at which celebrities ‘come out’ to reveal that they are ‘proud bestialists’.

Then bestiality begins to win fresh ‘converts’ everyday because many young people will do anything to be seen as ‘cool’ or to be associated with some Hollywood or football star. That is how you corrupt a whole society.
That’s how previously unthinkable things like atheism and homosexuality and all other forms of sexual perversion have taken root in our society. Unfortunately, in Uganda, homosexuality has reached Stage four (Tolerance). But in the West, it has gotten to the veneration stage.

You have probably heard of the black homosexual American footballer who “made history by becoming the first footballer to come out”. What’s historical about someone proclaiming their perversion? So many other people are being lauded in the media for no other reason other than their homosexuality.

Your mother may not be outdated after all. You may be deceived.

If you found this enlightening, share it with as many people as possible. It might just save them from the ever-widening canyon of SOCIAL DECEPTION…

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If you watch Animal world or National Geographic, sometimes it takes several lions or tigers or leopards to take down a single large animal like Giraffe, isolated Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Elephant etc.

Sometimes I pity the efforts of Omoyele Sowore, Moghalu, Ezekwesili, Femi Durotoye , Femi Babalola et al in wanting to win Presidency in 2019 for a better Nigeria ( despite the fact I see some of them as grossly inexperienced or overzealous or incapable in my own opinion). I see their motives appear genuine.

However don’t they have political elders and advisers to call them to order? All I see are individualized efforts that will not only make them lose,but none of them will have up to 100,000 votes, rarely if ever 50,000 votes. ( another 2019 Election Prediction).

Elections need alliances, building bridges, collective and non individual efforts. What they ought to do is to come together and form a coalition, an alliance to defeat APC and PDP. Otherwise, I see only wasted efforts

No lion or tiger, no matter how ferocious can take down an ordinary giraffe, not to talk of an elephant or buffalo.

A word is enough for the wise, and a letter enough for the gifted.

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7 Habits That Can Cause Body Odour

 

There are many factors that can cause body odour, and many of them are caused by your lifestyle. Learn seven habits that affect your body and can cause this unpleasant thing.

1. Alcohol – People who drink on a regular basis have a specific body odour which they can’t get rid of even after chewing a gum. The best way to prevent it is to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

2. Smoking – Everybody knows that smoking causes bad breath. What is more, the odour starts coming through the skin pores, too, and lingers for a long time even after you quit. Second-hand smokers are also ‘basking’ in the ‘aroma’.

3. Wearing footwear without socks – You’d better stop doing that. Apart from generating a bad smell, this habit also leads to fungal infection. Maybe after this disgusting description you’ll start wearing socks? The feet sweat gets trapped inside your shoes, and, since there is not much air circulation, it produces a strong smell. Also, use some ointments or powder before wearing socks.

4. Unshaved pubic hair
When you don’t shave your pubic hair, sweat is trapped there as well. Bacterias multiply and it generates a heavy body odour. It remains even if you had taken a shower several times a day. So at least trim it from time to time to avoid smelling badly.

5. Neglecting personal hygiene – If you are that kind of person who hates bathing, be ready for the bad odour. When you are not bathing regularly, bacteria on your skin multiply faster, hence, the unpleasant smell.

6. Damp clothes – Make sure to dry your clothes properly before putting them on to avoid foul smell.

7. Eating certain foods – Garlic, red meat, curry, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage can cause body odour. Try taking a bath after eating these products. Also, mind that consuming too much sugar and sweets can be blamed for body odour.

Credits : Naij.com