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Why Every President Is Mysteriously Hated!

Why Every President Is Mysteriously Hated!

Why Every President Is Mysteriously Hated!

Over the years, it’s been more or less, a traditional ritual for an incoming president to enjoy a rite of passage into power as a ‘crowd pleaser’.

How Celebrities with Low Self-Image Ridicule Themselves Online

How Celebrities with Low Self-Image Ridicule Themselves Online

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How Celebrities with Low Self-Image Ridicule Themselves Online

The Art of Showing Off: How Celebrities with Low Self-Image Ridicule Themselves Online.

 

It’s the in-thing now: if you have it you must flaunt it – your wealth, status, possessions – in the most public way possible.

In this new age of online social media it’s not uncommon to see celebrities – and wannabes – flaunting their wealth on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms much to the annoyance, and envy, of others.

9 Undeniable Facts About Working in a Nigerian Office

9 Undeniable Facts About Working in a Nigerian Office

9 Undeniable Facts About Working in a Nigerian Office

If you work in a Nigerian office, there are certain things you know to be true about the way things work in the system. It is an open secret that most outsiders fail to see. So, when you come across a young person aspiring to complete tertiary education, move on to the NYSC programme and eventually gain a position in the same Nigerian office you have been coping with, you just shake your head and pray that they survive as you have. Basically, what other option is there, really? The country is hard and gaining employment in the first place is a blessing…so, half bread is better than puff-puff.

How To Remain Bosom Friends With The Law!

How To Remain Bosom Friends With The Law!

How To Remain Bosom Friends With The Law!

However minor, severe or abominable, almost everybody commits crime!

The adorable part is, not everybody gets caught! Likewise, not everyone who gets caught, gets convicted.

The law is a shrewd old busy woman who’s got her hands full everyday, so she bothers very little about the truth. The ‘truth’ according to her job description, is the assembling of “factual evidence” which although may be crafted in falsehood, can also be proven beyond all reasonable doubt!

#BBNaija – Television As Madness – A must read

#BBNaija – Television As Madness – A must read

Written by Reuben Abati.

What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung Aduwak took charge so brilliantly, there was a similar eruption of incandescent joy. I was relieved because for about 70 days, the Big Brother Naija show was a big distraction, crass capitalism at its most cynical edge, a source of unmanageable madness in homes and on the streets. Now that it is over, it is time for some honest frank talk for the attention of all stakeholders involved.
Let me start with the lessons, on a positive note, before delivering the blows. Lesson one: In a very instructive manner, the Big Brother Naija reality television show promoted the ideas of choice and people power at the heart of democracy. Televised across Africa, the viewers had the final say in determining who stayed in the house or left during eviction moments on Sundays. The votes were collated, audited and confirmed by Deloitte, a firm of auditors and thus, the viewer as the voter determined the outcomes. In that regard, a reality show of that sort promoted a consciousness of democracy, choice and influence and it further explained why the people from Nigeria to Cape Agulhas all the way up to the Mediterranean sea took fierce ownership of the programme. In a continent where power is the ultimate aphrodisiac and every access to power, fame and influence is seen as an opportunity to oppress and demean, whatever is done to promote a consciousness of choice and the civil society is laudable. Multichoice, thanks.

Lesson Two: in every business concept, perseverance pays. Multichoice has been running its Big Brother Naija and Big Brother Africa concepts for a number of years. Apparently, this year’s Big Brother Naija has been the most impactful, the most profitable and probably also, the most exciting. In one week, over 11 million persons voted to determine the eviction. In the final week of the programme, over 24 million persons voted – that is more than the total number of persons who voted in the Nigerian Presidential election in 2015. This year, Multichoice has made more money from the Big Brother franchise than it has ever done. The programme was sponsored by PayPorte, and with all the voting, and the money spent on recharge cards, Big Brother and Multichoice are the biggest winners. In the end, it is all about business and profit. Everybody has been used. In business, once you have a good, attractive product and you can capture the market, you can fool everybody and make profit. Multichoice, weh done – in Falz, the bad guy’s voice.

Lesson three: humility pays. At the end of the day, in the last week of the programme, the decision by the viewing public was a moral, sentimental one. The biggest star of the programme was, I don’t know what you think, TBOSS (real name: Tokunbo Idowu), half Nigerian, half-Romanian. She dominated the space with her Jezebelic antics, even got some of the male participants ousted by entrapping and outsmarting them with her sexual wiles. She projected herself as a sex object, the ultimate manipulator, the champion Delilah of the Big Brother Africa series. She even made a joke of the entire Big Brother concept by saying she didn’t need the money and if she won, she would spend it in two weeks to pay off debts, and in any case, she had men hitting on her, offering to take her on a ride in their private jets. She played the role of a female barracuda.

Given her looks and talents, she would have been a perfect winner. She would have looked good on the billboards. But she lost because of her arrogance. Attitude is everything: this is the lesson of TBOSS’s disgrace and humiliation. When she was sent out of the House as the second runner up, the viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, including Kemen whose nemesis she was, danced in joy. “They are taunting me?” she asked Ebuka, the anchor. No, sweetheart, they were making a far more serious statement about you. The melodramatic ending of Big Brother Naija 2017 is its only redeeming outcome.

Bisola, the first runner up does not even have a degree but she showed talent and resolve, even if her whorish flirtation with Thin Tall Tony is so cheap and self-denigrating. Her One-Nigeria consolation prize is something big she should take seriously. Efe won because of his humility. He is considered the poorest and the most needy of the contestants. Patrons of the programme chose to vote for the contestant who looked and sounded like he would need the money and the opportunity. They gave him a chance in life, although the organizers must ensure that going forward, the show does not become a poverty alleviation scheme.

Bisola came second because she too looked like she needed help. Debbie Rise and Marvis also made the finals, but that was meant to be a great compliment to their good conduct, but they didn’t have enough support to make it to the top. TBOSS is the main star who lost. I hope she was taken out of South Africa with a private jet or maybe a submarine! Beauty is not everything, baby.

Lesson four: Marketing helps. Branding is everything. Propaganda is profitable. Packaging is nice. Big Brother Naija is nothing but marketing, branding, propaganda, and packaging. A reality show is supposed to be nothing but reality, virtual reality as it happens, but let no one deceive you, everything that happened in the 70 days of BBNaija was packaged, marketed, carefully branded and manipulated. Ebuka, the Big Brother, thumbs up, the scenic designers, kudos, the content developers, three hearty cheers, Multichoice, you guys are the smartest capitalists around, well done! The finale was a bit overdone though, dragged out, over-delayed. Tiwa Savage (hey baby, watch that growing fat around your waist and thigh), Tuface (thanks TuBaba but next time tell Annie to twerk for us- what was that!). In all, the power of television was well advertised.

Now the hard knocks: I rate the theatre high but I consider the whole show a sham, a 419 manipulative effort by a corporate agency, long overdue for an ethical review and scrutiny, a bad influence on corporate ethics. The owners of the programme are just a bunch of insultive, manipulative and exploitative capitalists, feeding on public need for distraction and the negligence of the authorities. Big Brother Naija 2017 is something that should never happen again in the shape we have seen. If Multichoice as a corporate investor wants to make a contribution to Nigeria, it must find ways of doing so in more meaningful forms.

Reality shows have become an established form on television, but whereas there are reality shows that promote talent, music, human capability and genius, enhanced relationships, and intellect, Multichoice, through its Big Brother Naija and Big Brother Africa franchises seems committed to the promotion of base values, chiefly adultery, prostitution, love of money, nudity and sex. What just ended as Big Brother Naija 2017 was nothing other than the corralling of some human beings into a zoo, pressured to behave like nothing but animals. The organizers made money devaluing other human beings. Multichoice and Payporte, the sponsors, turned alcohol and pornography into legitimate sport.

TBOSS and the other girls kissed and got groped by the boys on live television putting their upbringing to shame. TBOSS, who claimed she didn’t need the money even exposed her breasts on live television more than once. I have seen better breasts TBOSS. I am not too sure those private jet owners will be excited by your fluffy, South-looking, slightly bigger than mangoes breasts. If the same men see bigger assets, I mean, those interesting Ojiakor-like ones that look like papayas, pineapples and watermelons, they will not send private jets, they will deploy submarines and fighter jets!

And that ‘s why you got N500k in the end, way back behind Bisola with her hard facial features, and Efe whose victory is based on poverty logistics and appeal. But I have no doubt that TBOSS will end up doing better in the larger, outside market than the other finalists, because even those who did not vote for her, know in their hearts that she represents the message of the programme.

It is a wrong message and that is why Big Brother Naija drew more audience in Southern Nigeria than in the North. In the last week of the programme,, every town in Southern Nigeria was seized by the #BBNaija fever. Prayers were offered in churches for Efe. One lady threatened to commit suicide if Efe did not win. Another one said she would not stop crying until Efe won. Nollywood stars declared support for housemates. There was Team Bisola, Team Efe, EfeNation, TBOSSNation, TeamDebbieRise (small), TeamMarvis (even smaller). There were public processions even in universities. We were told how to vote. Twitter was on fire. What I saw was nothing but sheer madness.

T-shirts were printed. One musician turned his personal car into a billboard. Nigeria became a mad house because of one reality television show. It looked like mass hypnotism at work.

But it should not be allowed to happen again. BBNaija should not be hosted and staged in South Africa as has been the case. Multichoice, Payporte and their partners made crazy money and got brand promotion off the back and sweat of Nigerians. Do the maths; we got peanuts in return. We were told BBNaija could not be staged in Nigeria due to electricity problems so the studio had to be in South Africa. And the Nigerian government looked the other way. Wawu! All the billions that the South Africans are running away with, after giving our boy a Kia SUV and some N25m, who is going to collect the Value Added Tax on that? Nigeria or South Africa? See the real Gobbe! All the staff who worked on the programme with extremely marginal exception were South Africans. Where were the Nigerians? Abi, Lobatan oh.

The Nigerian government must assert itself. Nobody henceforth must brand anything involving primary production, Nigerian off Nigerian soil. We can’t get far by wearing made-in-Nigerian clothes on Mondays and Wednesdays, turning the country into an extension of Nollywood, but we can gain a lot by insisting that economic production and profit based on Nigerian talent and resource must have significant Nigerian content.

Congratulations Efe; the grace of God is forever sufficient, but sorry Nigeria.

Aliko Dangote at 60

Alhaji Aliko Dangote is 60 and understandably the entire country is busy paying tributes. He is the richest man in Africa, but more than that he is one of the most successful, forward-looking and resourceful entrepreneurs in the entire continent. He has investments and connections virtually everywhere.

I think a special remark should be made about his less known attribute – his humility and humanity. Aliko Dangote, for all those who have related with him closely, is a very humble man. His life is not driven by money, but belief in hardwork and the impact that he is able to make. He is helpful, supportive and kind, always believing he can make a difference. I offer a special testimony.

Many years ago, before the Abuja job, I used to visit Aliko at home, sometimes on my own and sometimes with my family. On one occasion, he gave my first son money as he saw us off to the door. It was that kind of money that caused a fight between father and son. My son wanted to hold on to it, and there I was insisting the boy must hand over the money because it was enough to pay his and his sibling’s school fees. The innocent boy said the money was for him. How could it have been for him? We resolved the fight, big fight, right there, with Aliko pretending not to notice.

On another occasion, Aliko asked if I had built a house and I told him I was building a house somewhere in Ajah. This was in 2006. He said we should go there. He jumped into my miserable Tokunbo car and followed me to the uncompleted building. He walked round the building and asked me what I wanted. He ended up giving me enough cement to complete the house and the money to paint it. He told me I should contact him if I wanted to build any other house, but after that other house, I stopped bothering him, because it was obvious the bricklayers knew cement was free, and they were busy taking advantage.

I went to Abuja to work. The true story of that job is best told by Aliko Dangote, Mr Alex Ibru, Rotimi Amaechi, Femi Otedola and Ojogbane Adegbe. They supported me as best as they could without interference. It was Oronto Douglas who made the phone call. One day, every story will be told. Thank you Alhaji, for being a friend and a brother. Thank you. May you see many more seasons.

Koffi Shut Up And Leave Kiss Daniel Alone – A must read

Koffi Shut Up And Leave Kiss Daniel Alone – A must read

Ex Wizkid publicist / popular celebrity digital media strategist Anusiobi Franklin popularly known as Itfranklyn or Ipubliciseafrica has come out in public to defend his friend / artist Kiss Daniel by giving Koffi a sound warning and reply. On his social media page the online Pr penned this.

My Dear Friend Koffi let it be known to you that the reply you have been waiting for since September 14 2016 From Kissdaniel will never come, rather you will wait till you get tired and Fustrated, But Before that happens Let Me Give You a Piece of Advice. What exactly were you trying to achieve? Online publicity? If thats what you are looking for why don’t you think of how you will build Back your Career, You complained About things that Have no Point and You Expect people to clap for you, the same act you complained about you do worse, that is why Your Points will remain weak and Useless to the Public, why should you question an artist on why he should charge 3million Naira for a Show? During the times of His Hustle and songs Promotion your name was no where to be found, you never supported or helped him in attaining the level and status he currently has or do you think the Money spent In 2014 on one of his hit tracks “Woju” was Plucked from a tree, the Video shoot and Airplay back to back was never free. The Record deal, do you think it came easily? Do you think the label doesn’t wants to recovered all that was spent? If you sat down to consider all this, if you are aware that music is business especially when transacting with persons that have little or no contribution to the success of the art, you would sit down and focus on that career of yours so you can have the confidence to bill organizers.

You complained he has no collaboration to his name well I think you are out of your mind or probably stale and out of information. Were you not informed of the woju remix that had tiwa savage and davido hit the air ways. Kiss Daniel Has A choice of choosing what he wants on his album or songs, It is the artiste choice to have an A-lister, B-lister or C-lister on a track or album for reasons best known to him. Incase you don’t know Kiss Daniel has a song with Wizkid but was never release due to personal and managerial reasons, so don’t think the label doesnt have what it takes to get the best of arts working with Kiss.

You also complained that his manager is killing the brand and turning down major interviews, well let me correct you the Louiza Williams I know will never turn down any good means of publicity or interview that will benefit the artiste, if any press media complain of such that means at that point kissdaniel was busy or never in the country at that time to honour the appointment scheduled especially if its one worth going.

A kettle should not be calling a pot black, nobody is perfect so my advice to you Koffi is to keep quiet and focus on your career, We are in a small world, do not block your own path to success with your hands.

 

Instagram: @itfranklyn_Ipubliciseafrica

6 most fashionable male celebrities in Nigeria

6 most fashionable male celebrities in Nigeria

Men always look stylish and appealing when they appear in their outfits. Some men just have good fashion sense, they make you drool all over and these men deserve to be on the list of the most fashionable celebrities. Depending on your definition of fashion, I believe these men deserve to be here.

1.Uti Nwachukwu

Uti is a media personality, an actor and a model. Uti was the winner of big brother Season 5. He has a very good taste for fashion. His looks and the way he poses for pictures makes him perfect. Uti is always ready to look good, he is never caught off guard.

2. Ice prince 

Ice Prince is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and actor. This dude can dress and make any outfit look absolutely cute. He has his clothing line and he does great stuffs. Zamani has‘’swag’’ and its constant.

Noble Igwe

He is a Nigerian blogger, and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of 360 Nobs. Noble Igwe is known to be one of the most fashionable personality in Nigeria. When you run out of idea of the style to make, just go through his page. He makes Ankara look more than it is. He sure is a great dresser.

4. Lynxx

Lynxx is a Nigerian hip-hop recording artist. He raps well and he has the physique and look that

makes ladies drool. Lynxx is a great dresser. He is never afraid to make a statement in his outfits. He looks dope in anything he has on.

IK Ogbonna

Ik is a popular actor, producer and a top model. This dude right here is so cute and he looks picture perfect in any outfit. He definitely deserves to be on the list of the most fashionable celebrities. This guy is a dresser any day. IK is the definition of a classic man.

 

Culled from Palm chat

Approval Rating From Family/Friends/Clergy Won’t Guarantee A Good Wife!

Approval Rating From Family/Friends/Clergy Won’t Guarantee A Good Wife!

Wife hunting, has interestingly been modified from a mere romantic craving, into a more complex form of informal recruitment.

Candidates who scale through the first series of selection (from episodes of friendship, casual dating and even hookups) are ushered into the next round, with the accompanying tag name- “Wife Material.” This is often the most crucial stage, as these ‘Wife Materials’ are thoroughly expected to come correct on their best behaviour!

At this deciding stage, a lady (the wife material) is bound to undergo a secret vetting process from her suitor’s family, close friends and sometimes, nosy neighbors and colleagues, to ascertain how befitting she is of the ‘wife’ title.

Not also forgetting the likelihood of an unpredictable prophecy that could swing either ways, from a clergyman whose ‘divine opinion’ may possibly be consulted (if they are on the Christian side), to seek “God’s permission” on whether to carry on with the affair or stall proceedings if eventually, God’s mind is presumably read, and the couple “aren’t divinely designed for each other!”

A lot of marriages have been birthed through this thorough recruitment process, yet we can’t seem to catch a break from the never-ending tales of separation/divorce! So, how about we pay little credence to people’s approval of our choices and stick to whom our hearts feel comfortable with?

The true character of an average ‘Wife Material’ could be perceived in so many misjudged ways by her secret observers. Probably:

• Her slight indiscretion in maintaining a solid first impression with her partner’s family/friends

• Her unwavering confidence and outspoken nature (which could be regarded as arrogance and an evident consequence of tacky home training)

• Her less-fanatic interest in religion (which could automatically project her as a foreseeable ‘angel of darkness’ to a clergy)

• Her elegant fashion sense (which exposes her ‘lack of prudence and extreme materialism’)

• Her inability to conceal displeasure over her partner’s disrespectful relative (which proves her ‘future prospects of breaking the family bond, if married into the home’)

• Her disapproval of her partner’s overindulgence with his friends (which ultimately portrays her as being overly possessive!)

Your personal depth of conviction on your ideal choice of partner, is all that counts for something! She may treat others ‘bad’ (in their own understanding of her), but if she treats you right, then that’s a good choice for a wife! Her approval rating from your family/friends may be insufficient, but if your heart agrees otherwise, stick with her!

Every woman has got both her attractive and unpleasant side. If people or even a clergy, happens to see just her bad side, it now totally depends on what you see! If what you see in her is pleasant and you’re convinced you can handle the unpleasant half, then you’ve found yourself a great wife!

We aren’t perfect ourselves. The ‘Wife Material’ with a good and bad side, also has a tasking job of accommodating our messy excesses as well. Just follow your heart, your mind and your soul (if they’re any different!)

 

By Nimi Princewill

Twitter: @princewill_nimi

Why Peter Obi Has His Followers

Why Peter Obi Has His Followers

How Former Governors Caused Nigeria's Recession - Peter Obi

Peter Obi came, saw and conquered. He managed Anambra state like a business man. He taught other Governors how to manage the resources made available for you. Read below:

Mr. Peter Obi firmly believes that EDUCATION is the bedrock of all human development, the fulcrum through which all facets of capacity building revolves, the conveyor of development and modern civilization. The Agulu-born technocrat sparred no accounts to massively re-bear, re-structure and place this sector at the top spot amongst all other states of the nation.
Prior to his administration, most public schools in Anambra State had dilapidated and collapsed. Modern school technology equipment and facilities were non-existent, while pupils and students were studying under pitiable conditions.
Mr. Obi’s coming changed all that. Anambra State now boasts of quality education with standard modern educational facilities. To achieve this, Mr. Obi took the bull by the horns by providing unprecedented support to schools at all levels in Anambra State. He provided teaching and learning aids. He provided computers and introduced information communication technology (ICT) to schools. He built numerous new classroom blocks, renovated dilapidated structures and provided buses to schools.
Fact is – if I start writing Mr Peter Obi’s achievements on the Education Sector one after the other, a full month will pass and I’m still writing.
So I will have to summarise as concisely as possible.
However, I will list that of my town, Ozubulu in full before summarizing. Ozubulu is the headquarters of Ekwusigo LGA, a large town by all standards with six of the 12 political wards in an LGA comprising three other towns, Oraifite, Ihembosi and Ichi. So, here we go.
In our dear town, he;
1) Sunk borehole in Eziora Central School
2) Built four classroom blocks in Nkunu Primary School.
3) Re-roofed Akwa(not Awka) Primary School
4) Built new blocks via MDGs scheme in Amakwa Central School
5) Built new blocks via MDGs scheme in Orumba Primary School.
6) Renovated completed collapsed blocks at Zixton Primary School via MDGs scheme.
7) Sunk bore hole in St John’s Primary School, Uruezi
8) Renovated two principal blocks and toilets via MDGs scheme at St Joseph’s Primary School.
9) Equipped library, science laboratories and provided school bus for St Michael’s Boys Secondary School.
10) Renovated blocks, equipped science laboratories and provided school bus for Zixton Secondary School
11) Sunk borehole, provided 50 KVA generating set, ICT facilities, internet access, school bus to Sancta Maria Secondary School, Nza.
12) Built sick bays, equipped library and science laboratories, provided 50KVA generator, ICT equipment and internet connection, school bus for Ozubulu Community Secondary School.
13) Provided two school buses, sunk borehole, provided 50KVA generating set, ICT equipment and Internet connection, renovated all blocks at Girls Secondary School, Ozubulu.
These are what he did in just one community. To imagine appropriately, multiply this by 177 communities and get an idea of what he did for the entire state in just the primary and secondary sub section of this sector.
However, the General summary looks thus –
1) Construction and Renovation of over 1600 classroom blocks
2) Provision of boreholes to over 300 schools
3) Distribution of over 750 new buses
4) Building, rehabilitation and equipping of over 200 schools with functional science laboratories
5) Equipping of over 450 schools with Microsoft Academy, Internet Connectivity and power Generators.
6) Distribution of over 35,000 laptops/desktop computers to over 450 schools.
Apart from these investments in primary and secondary education, Obi added –
In Primary education –
(1) Recruitment of 2000 teachers
(2) Prompt payments of salaries and rapid promotions
In the secondary education-
(1) – prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and allowances
(2) – prompt staff promotion
(3) – Removal of ceiling against teachers promotion to level 16
(4) – Recognition and appreciation of principals with outstanding performances.
(5) – Reception and appreciation of athletes that won medals for the state and principals that won different awards for the state.
(6) – Holding of interactive sessions with both pupils and students of schools in the state.
(7) –Establishment of Community Education Resource Centre (CERC) in the state.
(8) – Issued cheques to principals directly to check erosion in schools.
(9) – Recruitment of 5000 teachers and 2000 special subject teachers.
He equally extended his interest to technical colleges.
1) – Technical colleges at Onitsha, Nkpor and Umuchu were fully renovated and equipped.
2) G.T.C. Onitsha was accredited for eight programmes at NTC levels for five years
Let’s stops here today to continue tomorrow.
Peter Obi is truly a man who came far ahead of his generation.

By Tai Emeka Obasi

‘It is Obvious Dino Melaye Did Not go to School’

‘It is Obvious Dino Melaye Did Not go to School’

Dino Melaye reveals that construction of VP Osinbajo’s gatehouse costs 250 million naira

In the embarrassing issue of the “Certificate Saga,” as fine media prophet Woli Arole captioned it, the more of a presentation Dino Melaye makes, the more it is obvious that unlike “Eze who went to school,” Dino did not.

I take full responsibility for any legal or more likely illegal implications of this article and shelve the publishers of any responsibility whatsoever, so sue me Dino.

Any educated or even semi-educated person who watched Dino’s putrid rambling appeal on Channels TV last week is most certainly as irritated and embarrassed as I am.

Dino Melaye may be literate but he is uneducated. Literacy is the capacity to read and write, but “being educated” is a certification of a quality of knowledge and training received.

On set, Dino appeared to annoy or frustrate Seun Okinbaloye. Apart from his dodging and then declaring not to answer simple questions of whether or not he graduated, Dino startled the world when he decided that it was his duty to re-educate us all on what a school is. This I think was the lowest moment for Nigeria so far this 2017. A sitting senator attempting to define or re-define what the global concept of a school and graduation is!

Let me attempt to highlight the various aspects of pathetic Dino’s pathetic presentation:

Downgrade method

Firstly in the short clip I watched, Dino Melaye tried to downgrade what a tertiary institution is. He compared it to mechanic workshops and plumbers. Not sure if these give certificates now, but senator Dino Melaye said something that seemed to mean that even mechanic workshops and plumbers are certification bodies. Senator Dino Melaye appeared to wish to ridiculously lower the bar by referring to apprenticeship jobs as being similar to tertiary institutions. This is the downgrade debate method, most commonly used by toddlers.

Transposition method

The senator representing Kogi West struggled to confuse the public by deliberately mixing up a certificate with a certification. While a degree is printed as a certificate, a certification is not a degree as the senator hoped to confuse the public to not notice. It is necessary to clearly state that a certification does not in any way mean or equal a Degree or a Diploma. Study.com explains that without or within a Degree, one may obtain many certifications. Receiving a certification document from a tertiary institution does not make you a graduate of that institution but only certified in that aspect of that field learning. Only a degree or diploma makes you a graduate of an institution. The word certificate means nothing more than “a document.” “A document serving as evidence or as written testimony, as of status, qualifications, privileges, or the truth of something.”

When we ask for Dino’s certificate of graduation, we might otherwise say, where is the document of your graduation. Dino bringing out a seminar attendance certification to prove he “graduated” from Harvard is like him bringing out a National Assembly document and saying it is a degree. This is how retarded his mix up argument was.

Dino Melaye either did not know the difference between the two words or hoped it would slide without deconstruction.

Sue Me, Circumvent Method

As the interview progressed, again pressed on for an unambiguous declaration of his “graduation,” Dino Melaye said, “it is as I have put it. Sue me if you doubt it.” The sue me method relies on the hope that the challenge will not be taken up and that if it is, the court will be corrupted not to pass a true judgment. The question posed to Dino Melaye was straightforward. Did you graduate from Harvard and London Economic school as discredited and as you declared verbally and on your resume? Your constituents deserve to know. It would have been easy for the Kogi West senator to simply say, yes I did. But after dodging and dillydallying, he played the sue me card.

Obfuscation Method

As he ridiculed himself, the senator deliberately attempted to confuse. He repeatedly brought up the verb, “certificated,” which according to Dictionary.com means, “to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.” or “to issue an official certificate attesting to the training, aptitude, and qualification of.”

Dino repeatedly said any one or institution that is “certificated for.” Honestly, I cannot break down what he was trying to say. There is no meaning to his utterances. I have conferred with several professional minds in various fields from the sciences to English.

“Is certificated for, and he graduates from his training,” Dino said.

Macmillan dictionary helps us better use the word “certificated:” “a certificated professional person has done all the training they officially need to do. The usual American word is certified.”

So you can be certified or certificated. But you cannot be “certificated for.” Certificated only applies to the trainee and not trainer as Dino appeared to use the same phrase again as meaning in the second part of his interview as observed on obfuscation analysis: “that the program he went there to attend, whether diploma, whether degree or Ph.D. is certificated for,” Dino said.

As Certificated means “to furnish with or authorize by a certificate.” Therefore “certificated for” will be something like: “to furnish with or authorize by a certificate for.” We know what
I am certificated/certified” means, but what does, “I am certificated for” me?

ABU Vice Chancellor “Certificated For” Dino

It appears Dino was referring to a unique situation. His situation. The ABU Vice Chancellor had to come to the National Assembly to “certificated for” him. You are only “certificated for” when you do not have a graduation certificate and have no record of making the necessary credits to graduate, then the institution and its Vice Chancellor has to “certificated for” you on demand.

The entire process so far has brought to disrepute Nigerian tertiary institutions as a whole and the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria in particular and has also further evidenced the need to scrap the Nigerian Senate, a body that has lost its role in the nation’s struggle for progress.

 

By Peregrino Brimah

Top 5 Best Dressed Female Celebrities

Top 5 Best Dressed Female Celebrities

It is no longer news that ladies go any length to look trendy and chic for any event. Celebrities in the industry take fashion to the next level and the way their outfits makes statement is astonishing.

Fashion is one thing and fans are quick to adopt their styles.

Here is a list of our 5 best dressed female celebrities. There is no argument these ladies deserve to be on the list, as they appear gorgeous in all outfits back to back.

MERCY AIGBE

Top 5 Best Dressed Female Celebrities

Mercy is a top Nigerian actress and a business guru. She has a boutique where she sells fashion items of all kinds. She is happily married with two kids. Mercy has a way of doing justice to any outfits, and I must confess, her curvy shape is a plus. Mercy won the best dressed at the 2016

AMVCA. She is no doubt a best dressed.

YEMI ALADE

Yemi is a Nigerian afropop singer. The Johnny crooner is a diva when it comes to dress sense. She has a way of making prints look more than they actually are.

She combines outfit in a way that you begin to just want to copy her styles. She is unarguably gorgeous. She featured in Elle UK's list of best dressed celebrities at the 2016 BET awards. Imagine getting nominated alongside celebrities outside Nigeria? She rocks.

TOKE MAKINWA

Toke is a Nigerian radio personality, vlogger, writer and many more. She is a slay mama all day. Toke is a goddess and that is no doubt. With toke, you can never get stranded on the style to rock for any event, especially weddings. Toke hits it right always, from casual, to corporate, just name it anytime.

She does not disappoint, NEVER! Her makeup game also complements her outfits. She won the Second Best Dressed Female in Africa by Uber Style in 2015 and also, she is always the best dressed wedding guest.

RITA DOMINIC

Rita is a Nollywood actress and one stylish female celebrity. She is currently Zaron Ambassador and truth be told, Rita has a way of making any style look gorgeous.

She dresses in a way that you begin to doubt her age. She adds soft touch to her style, which gives her the confidence she loves. Her style is always unique, and she steals shows with her amazing looks.

EKU EDEWOR

She is a television presenter and a gorgeous model. She is always looking effortlessly gorgeous when you see her host any red carpet show. There is no doubt she is a good dresser. She is the type of girl that makes you love office job when you see her dress casual. You go girl, you rock.

There is no doubt these ladies deserve to be listed as the top best dressed female celebrities.

Fashion is about creating your own style. These ladies are fashion icons. Their fashion sense is amazing and the more reason why they made it to the top 5 best dressed.

 

Culled from Palmchat

Domestic Violence/abuse – Shouldn’t Women Share A Mini-portion Of The Blame?

Domestic Violence/abuse – Shouldn’t Women Share A Mini-portion Of The Blame?

It’s both our prayers, that men who are domestic abusers, “burn in hell and rot away in agony!”
Oh yeah, I totally do agree with the vengeful prayer request, but hit the brakes for a moment… I think there’s probably another way to look at it.

With the flourishing rate of domestic violence in almost all metropolitan and rural societies, I got deeply and quite adventurously curious to look up it’s major causes. Well, as anticipated, I was certainly left puzzled!

Among the numerous causes of domestic violence I was fortunate to have ransacked out of curiosity, which by the way, includes:
Psychological disorder (occasioned by the background of the abuser), domineering/possessive habits, severe jealousy, inferiority complex (that’s in the case the man is less successful than his partner) and a couple others; extreme provocation and downgrading of a man’s ego/personality, amazingly didn’t make the cut!

Now I ask:

• Who cares to ask a man what prompted the attack on his partner? No one cares… He hit the ‘poor woman’, so he deserves a lethal injection!

• Who cares to know if a man takes a blow to his ego everyday, constantly suffering verbal abuse,  extreme humiliation and public disrespect from his partner?

• Who cares to know if a man’s age-long career dream has been shattered by his partner, who uses falsehood and blackmail as a tool in scoring cheap points after a petty quarrel?

• Who bothers to inquire if the woman is also a domestic abuser of her own, who hits, spits, bites, throws things, or destroys property?

Can’t the men in some way, be perceived as victims as well?

While we wholeheartedly and uniformly condemn domestic abusers, who resort to violent expressions of anger and other forms of emotional/psychological abuse against women, shouldn’t we try to inquire and likewise apportion little trickles of blame, to some of the women who treat their partners in astonishingly horrible ways, thereby ironically contributing to domestic violence/abuse?

I strongly believe, women shouldn’t be immune from criticism.

It is extremely condemnable and cowardly of a man to attack a woman. In the same vein, I also believe it is wayward and irresponsible of a woman to leverage on that fact, to continuously inflict emotional trauma on a man, with the assurance that “no behaviour on the part of a woman, can justify a violent response from a man.” Men are human too…

Even Jesus, drove rogue traders away from the temple with a whip. If we do the math right, some of them were possibly women!

 

By Nimi Princewill

Twitter: @princewill_nimi

Top 5 Most Appealing Male Celebrities

Top 5 Most Appealing Male Celebrities

Who doesn’t love to stare at an astonishing young looking guy? When you see some of these guys, you doubt their age, as they look better as they grow. Truth is Nigeria is blessed with Men that are classy and astonishing. So it becomes uneasy trying to pick out your choice. Some of these men are either single,married or divorced. But whichever way, their astonishing looks gives them an edge over others.

Below is a list of most appealing male celebrities that caught my attention. There is just this thing about them. Maybe their eyes, height, look, or the way they dress classy.

Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)

The veteran Nollywood actor is the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.

The 56 years old actor is still as smart as usual. He is incredibly tall and ageless. His mile, dimples and fashion sense is a big turn on. His roles in movies has helped other upcoming celebrities and those in the industry.

There is no doubt he is cute. He is married to Jumobi Adegbesan and they have four beautiful kids.

Innocent Idibia (2face)

He is a Nigerian ace hip hop artiste, popularly known as 2baba by fans. His genre of music has made way for him. He is evergreen. 2face is a legend in the music industry.

Is it not amazing how effortlessly cute he is at 42? Ladies find him amazing and that is the reason he has children from different women. He is married to Annie Macaulay. What give 2face an edge anytime is his look and voice, it is appealing.

Bryan Opara

Top 5 Most Appealing Male Celebrities

He is a Nigerian actor and also the former and first ever winner of Mr Nigeria in 2007. Bryan is the definition of ‘’cute’’. He has a smashing model look.

He is presently an ambassador for MARTINI. Bryan has this enchanting smile that melts the heart of ladies. He is 32 years old and for real he looks younger.

He is sure a classic man.

Ik Ogbonna

Read Ik Ogbonna's advice to ladies in time-wasting relationships

He is a top Nollywood actor and also a model. He has the most irresistible look in the industry, no doubt. IK is happily married to Sonia.

The actor has this cute pink lips, smile and height that makes ladies sought after him. His fashion sense is always dope and the more reason we find him appealing.

Kiss Daniel

Kiss Daniel is a Nigerian artiste popularly known as ‘’Sugarboy’’. He is one of the fast-rising hip-hop artiste in Nigeria.

The lyrics of his songs, his baby face, his smile and dimples is what gave him an edge over others. He is sure a young and amazing guy. There is no argument this young dude is cute and appealing.

There is no doubt these charming men deserve to be selected as the most appealing celebrities. Judging from their looks, dress sense and other advantages mentioned above.

Culled from Palmchat

Why Online Dating Advice Could Ruin Your Relationship By Nimi Princewill

Why Online Dating Advice Could Ruin Your Relationship By Nimi Princewill

Why Online Dating Advice Could Ruin Your Relationship By Nimi Princewill

The internet has programmed itself, into a non-degree awarding college of diverse knowledge, where almost everyone suddenly runs to for a quick fix on how to polish what’s left of their relationship, or dust dwindling emotions off, without necessarily having to endure long hours of exhaustive classroom lectures.

The internet is saturated with so much misconception, through the assumed ‘conventional standards’ it believes every relationship must meet up with, for it to be considered ideal and not toxic.

So, it begins to proffer solutions… “5 Reasons Why He Or She Is Not Right For You”, “10 Things You Shouldn’t Do For Your Partner No Matter How Much You Love Him/Her”, “4 Warning Signs Your Relationship Is On The Brink of Collapse”, “11 Accurate Signs To Know If Your Partner Is Cheating” and many others.

Some online dating articles, advice women (including the married ones) to keep an open mind in their relationship, as it is considered healthy to maintain a crush on other men they possibly find attractive. Some others, advice people to walkout on their relationship if they mostly quarrel and argue with their partner (which according to them, is a glaring sign they don’t belong together), or if both partners don’t seem to share similar interests and aspirations.

Isn’t it funny how some commenters on these articles, who possibly endure ‘toxic relationships’ at home, will advice other people to quit theirs? It’s important to note, that while online dating advice can be helpful to some, it could ruin others who haven’t put in much work in trying to understand the ‘love language’ of their partner (which could be extremely different from theirs), or haven’t exhausted all available options in reconciliation and vital communication.

You don’t really need an online article to validate whether you’re doing it right or wrong in your relationship. The quality of love you give and the feedback you receive, provides all the information you require!
On the other hand, if you put in so much love but receive a scarcely positive feedback in return, you’re required to invest a lot more love, by consistently giving a healthy series of nag-free communication a shot! A therapist will tell you the same (perhaps in a different language), but of course, at the expense of a little pocket money, which I’m sure you want to hold back in the purse!

Relationships vary, and likewise the love language of the people involved. What works for another, may profit little to you and what ruins your affair, may seem exaggerated to another. Pay more attention to your relationship and recline a bit from getting series of dating advice online. What’s good for the goose, may not always be as good for the gander!

Twitter: @princewill_nimi

How To Handle A Cheating Husband

How To Handle A Cheating Husband

How To Handle A Cheating Husband

At a joint yesterday evening, a man came in with his girlfriend and ordered drinks and fish. They were drinking and holding hands while the lady rested her head on the guy’s shoulder. They both were having fun, until a woman👫👫 walked in with a baby not more than 4 months. She dragged a chair and joined the man doing ROMANCE with his girlfriend.
The girl stared at the woman with surprise while the man was dumbfounded.
Then the woman called the Bar attendants “please give me a bottle of malt and Fresh fish” and they served her. Then her baby started crying, she fed her baby and continued eating. She now called the bar attendant to call people in the kitchen which he did, then she ordered for two fresh fish (point & kill), they told her its N2,500 each, she ordered for two and also ordered for 3 full mortars of Isi-ewu @ N4,000 each. They prepared and packaged all for her.
She then ordered for 7 cans of malt which they gave her.
All these while the man was kind of scared for the woman not to create a Scene at the joint, while the girl he came with was no longer comfortable. When she was about to go, the bar man said “Please madam your money” and she replied “My husband here will pay”. She quietly dropped her baby on her husband’s laps and went with her Goodies home.
People there started laughing and talking, while the girl now fully ashamed quietly left the joint with head bowed. The man then asked for the bill, which obviously was more than what he has in his wallet. He was however lucky to have ATM card which he gave to the bar attendant to withdraw money. When the guy came back, he settled the bill and left there in SHAME.
Protest can be done in a peaceful manner and the full aim and impact achieved. The woman didn’t make noise, but her actions effectively spoke for her.

 

By Victoria Dilish Chimokwu

Who Is God? an incredible article by Tony Ogunlowo

Who Is God? an incredible article by Tony Ogunlowo

Somebody once asked me who God was. Not that this person didn’t know who God was from his religious and biblical studies: he wanted me to explain to him in simple layman’s terms how great God is.


We all know that God is the all-seeing, benevolent Supreme Being. But what is he really like? Can he be seen and what would he look like? Can he be described? And if the answer to this is ‘yes’ how?
So here it is in simple graphic detail:
You are a person; one simple person. The current population of Nigeria is estimated to be about 160 million. That is to say you’re one of a hundred and sixty million inhabitants of Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of the 54 countries that make up the African continent with about 1.2 billion inhabitants. So this translates to you being one of the 1.2 billion people that live in Africa.

Now the Planet Earth has five continents (that are further sub-divided into countries) – Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America and South America – and the current estimated population of the world is estimated to be 7.5 billion souls. Again you are one person out of seven and a half billion people that live on the Planet Earth and that’s not counting all the other billions of life forms such as animals, insects, birds, plants and microbes.

The Planet Earth is part of a solar system that has 8 (- or 9) other planets and a sun in the middle. To give you an impression of how tiny our planet is; Saturn is 764 times bigger, Jupiter is 1000 bigger and our sun is 1,287,000 times bigger than earth

Our Solar System with all the planets and thesun ( – and you and me and everything else) is just one of more than a 100 billion systems in our galaxy which is roughly 100,000 light years across.

Now scientists and astronomers currently agree that there are over 200 billion galaxies in our known universe with each galaxy supporting hundreds of billions of solar systems all complete with their own planets orbiting their own suns.
To recap you’re one of the seven and a half billion people that lives on the Planet Earth which is one of the eight(- or 9) planets in our solar system which is one of the 100 billion solar systems in our galaxy which is one of the more than 200 billion galaxies in our known universe.
Now the guy who controls and oversees thisentire, incredible awesome structure of people, countries, planets, solar systems, galaxies and all the inhabitants within, whether they be human or who-knows-what, is called God. Think about that next time you use his name in vain or disobey his commandments!

 

75 Facts About Pastor E. A. Adeboye At 75!

75 Facts About Pastor E. A. Adeboye At 75!

Open Heavens Daily Devotional - November 25 2016

1. He was born on 2nd March, 1942.
2. He hails from Ifewara, Osun state.
3. He came from a very poor family, he never wear shoes until he was 18.
4. Got admitted to Ilesha Grammar School in 1956.
5. He got Bsc in Mathematics from the University of Ife in 1967.
6. Bagged Masters degree in Hydrodynamics in 1969 from the University of Lagos.
7. Bagged PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1975 from University of Lagos.
8. His earliest vision was to be the youngest Vice Chancellor in Africa.
9. He got married in 1967 to Foluke Adenike (Nee Adeyokunnu).
10. The severe sickness of his daughter led him to The Redeemed Christian Church Of God in 1973.
11. He became bornagain under the ministration of Late Rev.Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi at The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Ebute Metta on 29th July 1973.
12. His sold his goat and borrowed money from neighbours in order to pay for his school fees for him to enroll in the only missionary school in his village.
13. Pastor Adeboye was born on Sunday when rain falling and sun was shining.
14. His childhood nickname is ‘’The Tiger’’.
15. He was born at a time when a certain king mounted the throne in Ilesha, Osun state.
16. Pastor Adeboye was born at home on a Sunday with no one to midwife his birth process.
17. His full names :Elijah, Sunday, Olagundoye, Adetona, Enoch, Adejare, Adeboye.
18. He started his university education in University of Nigeria Nsukka but civil war forced him to University of Ife in the final year.
19. He lectured at the University of Ilorin and University of Lagos.
20. Pastor Adeboye was ordained as a Pastor in 1975.
21. He started as an interpreter for the founder of RCCG, Rev. Josiah Akindayomi.
22. At the initial stage, Pastor Adeboye’s duty in the church was to translate Akindayomi’s sermons from the Pastor’s native Yoruba language into English.
23. He got married at 25.
24. He has 4 biological Children.
25. The name of Pastor Adeboye’s father :Moses Adeboye.
26. His Father’s Profession:A farmer and a part-time traditional musician.
27. The name of Pastor Adeboye’s mother: Esther.
28. His Mother’s profession: a trader in locust beans.
29. He attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School Ifewara.
30. He attended The Anglican Church before joining RCCG
31. His father died when he was in final year at the secondary school.
32. His School principal accompanied him to his Father’s burial.
33. He went back to school the same day after his father’s burial to write his exams.
34. Adeboye won the best student’s prize in Secondary.
35. At age 18,he borrowed a pair of shoes which he wore to mount the rostrum for the collection of his prizes.
36. He also borrowed a pant from a relative to wear for the prize giving day.
37. Upon gaining an admission, he joined the volley-ball team of University Of Nigeria,Nsukka.
38. He was once a boxer.
39. Pastor Adeboye once taught in a local school before gaining an admission into University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
40. In 1977, Adeboye paid 15 years rent to hire a Cocoa warehouse in Ifewara for use as a branch of RCCG.
41. Adeboye became the General Overseer of RCCG in January 1981.
42. Pastor Adeboye’s predecessor and founder of RCCG passed on to glory in November 2,1980 at the age of 71.
43. Adeboye’s modesty made him refused to be called Reverend or General Superintendent as it was the practice in RCCG then but he chose to be called General Overseer.
44. Pastor Adeboye inherited 40 parishes of RCCG in 1981.
45. Adeboye has grown the church to more than 15,000 parishes in more than 100 countries.
46. Names of Pastor Adeboye’s Children: Bolu(married to Pst Akin Adubi-The only daughter), Dare, Leke and Adeolu.
47. All Pastor Adeboye’s Children are Pastors
48. Pastor Adeboye’s son-Leke is his Personal Assistant.
49. Pastor Adeboye’s son –Dare is the RCCG, Region 8,youth Pastor, Abuja.
50. His son-Adeolu is the head of Nehemiah team at the Redemption Camp. Also the MD/CEO of a fashion outfit-Wisemen Apparel.
51. Pastor Adeboye’s only daughter Bolu Adubi is married to Pastor Akin Adubi and they pastored together at Maryland, USA.
52. Pastor Adeboye established a modern prayer camp in his hometown-Ifewara which he named Mount Carmel Prayer Village.
53. He started organizing Holy Ghost services in the Mid 80s at the RCCG Headquatres, Ebute Metta.
54. Adeboye came to international limelight on December 18,1998 when he hosted The first open air Holy Ghost Congress in Lekki-Lagos.
55. CNN and BBC reported that 1998 Holy Ghost Congress was attended by over 7 million people which was the largest gathering of people in one spot on earth.
56. In 1999, Pastor Adeboye’s Holy Ghost Congress has grown to 12million attendance.
57. Holy Ghost Congress moved to Redemption camp permanently in 1999.
58. Pastor Adeboye’s trademark wear is pintstriped suit; a gleaming white and a bow tie.
59. At every programme or function, he always wear the same attire or at times the same colour with his wife.
60. Pastor Adeboye organizes Special Holy Ghost service in March to celebrate God for his birthday.
61. Pastor Adeboye has moved Holy Ghost congress from a day program to a week long program every December.
62. He organizes the Quarterly Festival of Festival of Life in London, Uk and various cities in the US with an average attendance of over 50,000 in the Uk and 100,000 in the US respectively.
63. He established digital cable channels called-Open Heavens TV, Liveway TV and satellite Radio, RTM and Dove TV.
64. He published a daily devotional called Open Heavens annually
65. Pastor Adeboye has written over 60 books
66. 1999 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
67. 2000 – Dedicated the first chapel in the Nigerian Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
68. 2002 – Received the key to the city of Detroit, Michigan.
69. 2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Dallas, Texas, USA.
70. 2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
71. 2008 – Awarded a National Honor (Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) by the Nigerian President.
72. 2009 – Led the Pre-Summit Prayers at the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations Headquarters, New York.
73. 2009 – Named one of The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine (USA).
74. 2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
•2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
•2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree in Theology – Canada Christian College, Canada.
•2010 – Awarded a National Sports Honor (Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports).
75. 2011 – Chaired United Nations Global Summit on the Road Map to a Culture of Peace in the Middle East.
•2011 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
•2011 – Received award as the Best/Most Profitable Icon/Personality in Nigeria
•2014 – Awarded National Honour – (CON) Commander of the Order of the Niger
•2015 – Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Lagos
•2015 – Certificate of Recognition – The Congress of The United States of America
•2015 – Presidential Merit Award – The Nigerian Society of Engineers
75. He is a Child of God to the core, he is very humble, well respected by all
75+1 He recently organized Non stop 75 Hours Praises to celebrate his 75th birthday; we wish him long life and the presence of God.
75+2: He is fondly refer to by so many people as DADDY G.O .

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Now I Regret Getting Married To This Man – Stephanie

Now I Regret Getting Married To This Man – Stephanie

Stephanie was a very beautiful lady, who naturally found favor with people. Just out of the polytechnic, she established a supermarket inside a popular shopping mall in Surulere, Lagos. Her shop was very large and customers came in droves because of its popularity and the quality of items on sale.


Speculations were rife about the source of finance for her store. While some said the money could only have come from a male friend, others said no man would part with the amount of money needed to set up such a huge business. While the rumors circulated, Steph went on with her life and business. She was not the type who bothered with what people said or thought about her.
She had friends but they did not have the courage to ask her about the source of her wealth. A friend, who attempted to find out, got a tongue lashing from her…

“I see you have joined rum our-mongers who have been going around saying I got money from men to set up my shop?” she asked, shutting up the curious friend.
Three months after setting up, she decided to formally open the store. It was a huge party and people had a lot to eat and drink. It was during the party that people noticed the source of the finance Steph had been flaunting.

He was a man in his 40s, about 15 years older than Steph. His name was Abdulahi, a very well known currency merchant around the area. Everybody agreed that he must be wealthy if he could afford to fund such business for a lady.

Although he moved around a lot during the ceremony, Abdulahi did not say a word. Steph made all the announcements, thanking guests for their patronage and support.
But people knew there was a relationship between the two, from the way Abdulahi kept close to Steph and kept whispering into her ears. There was no other man around her except the currency merchant. So, it was naturally concluded that he was the mystery man behind the wealth.

A few months after opening the shop, Mercy, Steph’s friend, visited her shop but did not meet Stephanie. She however met Abdulahi who informed her that his “wife” had traveled to Dubai for business.
Though she was surprised to hear Abdulahi referring to Stephanie as his wife, Mercy did not say anything and decided to hear from her friend first.
Mercy was a nurse at a teaching hospital in Lagos; she and Steph were childhood friends. As soon as she learnt that Stephanie was back from Dubai, she immediately went to her house to see her.
After the exchange of greetings, Mercy went straight to the point.
“Your husband was very nice to the customers while you were not around,” she started and waited for Steph’s reaction to the word ‘husband.’ When she received no reply, she became furious. “I cannot believe it Steph. It is one thing for you to set up a multi-purpose naira shop and keep the source of funding a secret, it is another thing for you to hide an important thing like a marriage from your bosom friend. What did I do to deserve such treatment from you?”
Stephanie looked at her friend for a moment before replying. “I am not married,” she informed Mercy.
“You are not married? So why is Abdulahi calling you his wife?” she asked her.
“I am not married to Abdulahi. At least not yet. We are still discussing the idea,” Steph informed Mercy. “Oh! You are discussing marriage with Abdulahi, a polygamist? Do you want to live a miserable life till you die?”
But Steph assured Mercy that Abdulahi was single. Mercy found it hard to believe that the 40-year-old merchant was single. She advised her friend against marrying the man.
Stephanie ignored her friend’s advice and married Abdulahi at a traditional wedding ceremony held in Lagos.
After the marriage, Abdulahi decided to relocate to the North with his wife. It meant leaving everything behind, including the shop. Abdulahi assured her that he would open a bigger shopping mall for her in Maiduguri. Steph did not argue. After all, Abdulahi was her husband whom she had married for better and worse.
On their arrival at Maiduguri, reality hit her hard. A week after their arrival, Stephanie’s in-laws arrived with a young girl, about 18 years old. The girl was to be married to Abdulahi, who had just been made a local chief. According to their tradition, a person in his position was entitled to four wives.
Steph had no voice. Even if she did, her husband would not listen. She realized that Abdulahi had changed completely from the sweet merchant who gave her everything in Lagos. In Maiduguri, he listened more to his people and treated her like a complete stranger. Also, the promise of a bigger shop remained just a promise.
She had no choice but to start plotting her escape from Abdulahi’s house that was fortified with tall walls and barbed wires.

 

Written by OláShùpò Mábínúorí

Polygamous Man … A Must Read

Polygamous man … A Must Read

Polygamous Man ... A Must Read

I have two wives. I married my first wife Sadiya when I was 31 and she 21. Then it was love at first sight. I truly loved her and wanted her to be with me for the rest of my life. Sadiya is calm, decent and patient. We have 5 kids. I met my second wife Bilkisu through a friend. This was 14 years after my marriage to Sadiya. Bilkisu is pretty, young and yes …….fresh.
I married Bilkisu. Sadiya was so calm about it that it actually frightened me. Her patience seemed too good to be true. She accepted my new wife and made her welcome.
This pleased me afterall I had seen what some of my friends who attempted polygamy went through. It was not always these easy.
I took it for granted that as a Muslim woman she had to accept her co-wife.
One day recently, Sadiq, Sadiya’s first cousin came to visit. They had been quite close for they grew up in the same household. Sadiya and her cousin had lots to talk about. They chatted in the living room and it was obvious they had many pleasant memories to share.
Then I began to feel something…, some form of resentment began to build in me. I began to envy the way Sadiq could make Sadiya laugh so hard, the way her eyes twinkled as they talk. I hadn’t seen her look so happy and oh yes…beautiful in a long while. I began to find excuses to make Sadiya leave the room. “We’ve only just started” Sadiq complained and grumbled as I asked Sadiya to get us some snacks. I almost snarled at him.
When Sadiq finally left after two long hours….. I watched my wife crawl back into her shell. I watched the sparkle fade away and right under my nose, I watched Sadiya become sad. She looked lonely.
It was at that moment it hit me hard. The truth I mean.
Had I failed in my duty as a husband ? I began to ask myself questions.

When was the last time I actually made an effort to make Sadiya laugh? When last did we really sit together to chat and talk about this and that like we did way back when she was the only apple of my eyes?

Is Sadiya happy? I couldn’t help but remember that sudden look of loneliness as Sadiq left. This truly bothered me.

Then I asked myself ….if you feel some form of envy because some other guy who is known to you could bring out the woman you once had, what is Sadiya going through?
Hmmm. I thought to Myself. How does she feel whenever she sees me with Bilqis?
A sense of guilt engulfed me. I had been too involved with my new and fresh wife that I had never given this any thought.
It suddenly occurred to me that there were several emotions behind all that patience.
I needed to know
I had to know for that sad look kept haunting me. So I set out on my fact finding mission. Here are my results.

She had noticed some changes in me around the same time I began to date Bilqis.I became easily irritated, easy to complain and difficult to please. I often wore a frown face which scared and stopped her from voicing her feelings.

While I started passing not too pleasant remarks about her physical attributes (this really hurt her) Ya Salaam! I had stopped noticing her efforts to look good, to please me with her dressing, her make-up and her perfume..I even completely forgot to say she looked nice when she did

She had seen me rush to answer sms that came in from Bilqis and look pensively at the phone when I’m expecting her call. It also happened that most times I forgot to reply Sadiya’s thoughtful messages and chats. Sometimes I didn’t call when I was away from home. (Sadiya always kept in touch).

She watched me come home and all I spent my time doing was preparing for the new bride. In my excitement I got carried away, spent a lot of money and neglected some of the family’s immediate needs.

She often initiated s*x, because most of the time I would just lie down there and ignore her. (Bad!!!)

She had to put up with it all cause she never wanted to displease me even for a moment.

She had worried about the new woman coming. Will they be able to tolerate one another. Will she like her kids? If ‘this woman could distract her husband even from the outside, what will happen from the inside. Will she …? She had so many things going on in her head with none to share her pain,her fears. She couldn’t, naturally for the fear of being labelled envious.
These are just some of the facts.
How did I gather all these? I sat Sadiya down, held her hands and begged her in the name of Allah to talk to me. She did, and as she did, she fought with tears. I felt truly ashamed. I felt like I had oppressed her.
Did I hear you say so what? Isn’t Polygamy a prophetic sunnah and every Muslim woman must accept it? True. My brothers, we need to go about it in manner that will not tamper with the
feelings of the other wife or wives.
Advice.

Never neglect your wife/wives.
Always show concern and care. You may have many to show you love and affection, she has only YOU.

Give her her dues. By these I mean spend quality time with her and satisfy her needs especially in the bedroom. Hug her, kiss her and play with her. Remember you’re her only husband.

Take her out once in a while, alone. Go for drives, walks, visits and shopping.
Go for another honeymoon if possible away from your town. If not, to some place near you that you can
afford.

Say good morning and goodnight. Don’t wait for her to say it all the time. Check on her daily. Call when you’re not around.

Be responsive: that is listen to her and genuinely pay attention. Reply texts and chats. Blow her kisses…

Every woman wants to know her MAN still belongs to her You can belong to 2, 3 or 4 at the same time if you follow the being ‘just sunnah of the Nabiy SAW.
I mean don’t fail to be the loving husband of each. Never let any wife feel like she’s living on the grace of another.

Give her all that is meant for her. Feed her and clothe her as expected. If you do any of these only when a new wife comes in, you can naturally expect bad feelings and distrust. Even the wise among the kids will notice.

Let the older wife or wives know you appreciate them. Don’t wait for the arrival of another to say that much expected Thank You.

Never marry and compare. You tell or tease a woman she’s old or her breasts are this or that and thereafter take a younger and fresher woman, Ya Salam! You have given her reasons to feel inferior and reasons to dislike the new comer.

Yes you have many to choose from, but you’re all she’s got.

Above all, it is imperative to communicate. Talking helps to clear minute issues and heals wounds.
So I talked to Sadiya and felt her pain. She loved me enough to be jealous, she loved me so much she bore it all peacefully.
sadiya is a good wife and loving mother. What else could I ask for?
I took my time to earn her love again….and I got it!
I wooed and courted her and it was both exciting and fulfilling as I watched her blossom and glow.
I love both wives. Each for different outstanding qualities.
May Allah forgive us brothers and help us to keep the amana. Women must be cared for and loved.
They deserve nothing less as they strive to please us and compete for our love and attention. This is the sunnah.
Alhamdulillah!

Mukina2
Sissie

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For Gays and Lesbians by Charly Boy

For Gays and Lesbians by Charly Boy

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My life has been one Big fight, I have battled a lot of principalities, I never backed down.I battled for the rights of the Okada’s to make a living. I battled for the rights, respect and the big money for the Nigerian Musician, I spent 3weeks in the cell. Today they have a better life. 
I battled for the non payment of aged elderly military pensioners,
who were dying in their hundreds, I was beaten black and blue by
the military, locked up for thirty days, just to mention a few.
Now I have chosen to fight for the rights of gays and lesbians.

My people, 

Building bridges takes us further than building walls.
With no shame but a heart filled with pride,
I do declare that I’m a proud supporter of many Rights. 
HAUSARIGHTS; #IGBORIGHTS; #YORUBARIGHTS; #GAYRIGHTS; 
POLYGAMYRIGHTS #WOMENs RIGHTS, and Charlyboys fucking right to 
say how I feel.
Do you know that It takes no compromise to give people their rights,
it takes no money to truly respect an individual. 
It takes no political deal to give people freedom. 
It takes no probe panel to remove repression, oppression, frustration
Hailings, love, fondness to all my Misunderstood; Stereotyped and Societally Blackmailed friends including gays..and lesbians.  😍muha muha muha!!!❤
Love you all. Like kilode.
There are so many qualities that make up a decent human being… 
I have been privileged to meet people with very beautiful souls
Sensitive, caring and love filled human beings.
Straight or Gay, what people do with their private parts in their privacy,
is probably so low on my list that it is irrelevant.
All you  holier than thou nigerian Christian/Moslems,
I suppose you know say, your morality is not law
What does religion/spirituality mean if we would use it as a cover 
for our hate games. 
I want you to Understand that, if my friends decide to have sex whether safe, 
safer, or unsafe, it is their decision and you have no rights in 
their lovemaking.
In fact, if I were to secretly film/broadcast many straight people making love?
the world at large will faint with surprise and horror.
Nigerians go burn thief wey steal N1,000. Hail armed political robbers wey destroy their future; Nigerians go carry Gay matter for Head and at the same time doing exactly the opposite of what the Bible and Quran Teaches, see fake people.
Una mumu never Do?
Who am I to tell you if being gay is right or wrong? Who am I to say if its a choice, decision or some sickness? When I am just human, who sins everyday and comes short of the Glory of God times without number.
So, Before you throw that one stone, before you make that one hateful remark, before you heat up the blogoshphere with your useless and hateful comment. Just know that there are many youths out there who are confused, Depressed and contemplating suicide, simply because of their sexuality. Someone is suffocating, choking & breathless. someone somewhere is hating himself/herself, and everyone else around him/her for being so different. It might be me, you, or someone close to you, for all we know, love is the greatest of all. Before anything else, let love lead!!!
This is dedicated to all those who are deferent, who are misunderstood.

Stylish Celebrity Couples At 2017 Amvca

Stylish Celebrity Couples At 2017 Amvca

2017 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) which held at Eko Hotel Suites, March 4th, 2017 was indeed an amazing one, from the awards, serenity to dope styles from the classic men and gorgeous ladies in the industry, we couldn’t just get over the beautiful event. Some couples actually got people talking and wishing they could be that in love. Here is a full list of celebrity couples at 2017 AMVCA.

Olu Jacobs & Joke Silva

Perfect screen couples, married for 31 years and the love keeps getting stronger, they should be role models for modern day couples. The chemistry between this two is beyond amazing. Olu Jacob kept on teasing his wife as they walked on the red carpet. Before I forget, wine is a perfect colour, it fitted perfectly.

TimiDakolo & Wife Busola

Timi thrilled the audience with his performance that night; it was a wonderful one from him. His wife was all over him right after the performance. The two have this bond that keeps them strong. She is the perfect one for him; the way they connect is strong. They looked fabulous together.

AY & Wife

Stylish Celebrity Couples At 2017 Amvca

Comedians sure know how to go for gorgeous partners, the lovebirds are so amazing and they appear to be fond of each other. Ay cracked everyone up on the red carpet, his wife could not get enough of him. They both looked simple and classic.

FunkeAkindele & JJC Skills

The Bello’s are bursting heads with their public show of love. Their love life is actually a source of envy for some, but truth is they’ve got styles, and we admire the low-key love chemistry between them. Funke went home with two major awards and her delivery speech was one of a kind.

IK & SoniaOgbonna

Slay couple anytime, are they not just cute. When they appear at any event, they have a way of stealing the show. They take the cutest pictures ever and they always get intimate whenever they have the chance to.

Gbenro & Osas

They are perfect for any red carpet event, magazine cover or anything style related. Gbenro and his wife always have a way of shutting down the red carpet and they did it again at the 2017 AMVCA, they sure deserved to get an award for the cutest couple of the day.
2017 AMVCA featured amazing celebrity couples, but these deserve to be our best six so far. The connection between them gives us reason to want to love more and also gives us assurance that there is enough room for love out there.

 

Culled From Palmchat.

Fake Nigerian Christians by Charly Boy

Fake Nigerian Christians by Charly Boy

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I am not a religious kinda person; though I almost ended up a priest because of too much religion at that time. I think religion has nothing to do with survival. kinda believe in God, but I don’t believe in religion. I don’t need religion to know God. I think religion is mankind’s way of mumurizing mumu’s.
Talk about our churches, come and see fakeness dressed in three piece suit and a Jerry curled hair.
Too much fakeness swimming in Nigeria today. From fake marriages, fake friendships, fake lovers, to fake leaders, fake pastors, fake parents, fake judges, fake breasts, fake pussies, fake dicks, fake politicians,leaders, fake products everywhere, oh my world! It’s like most of the things in Nigeria today are just fake. Kai… Chineke.
Most Naija Christians are a bunch of sorry ass fakers. We pray as though we were the most prayerful set of people on the face of the earth yet our hearts belongs to Babylon.
Na so dem go sidon dey look God face to do for them that which ability would have accomplished. For sermons, our fake pastors preach about miracles and breakthroughs. Our fake youths now believe that through miracles and breakthroughs, a person can get something out of nothing.
Haba, Haba, Haba… Mumu thinking, You wan reap where you no sow?
Christianity has become magic and fake youths are eating it up.
See how the fake Mumu congregations celebrate symbols of instant success like the riffraffs in leadership who looted us into poverty; the scammers; the 419s; the thieves in the Banking sector and MMM devotees.
What a goddamn shame that this is the type of success messages you hear from the Pulpit of different churches.
On my fucking Pulpit, I call it like I see it!
You don’t need any fucking pastor’s blessing to make it in life. The shout of “I receive it!” alone is not enough to bless you for that week. The shout of “Amen!” no matter how loud, doesn’t make God to fulfill any of your selfish wishes. No anointing oil, speaking in tongues, dry fasting, casting and binding can produce miracles where you haven’t worked for it.

“Nigeria is a prayer loving, God-fearing nation”… Fuck that shit!
We are a country with a lot of fake-punk-assholes prancing around like Christians.
It’s me Charly and I am tripping on the Pulpit.

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It’s A Shame Black Footballers Still Cry When Racially Abused!

It’s A Shame Black Footballers Still Cry When Racially Abused!

Racism in football may tarry a few more years, so let’s not kid ourselves we can do much right now to arrest it.
Deep questions like “Why are there a few black club managers?” and “Why do we have a scanty number of black/African goalkeepers thriving in Europe?” are often asked, but I’m really not privileged with answers.

It's A Shame Black Footballers Still Cry When Racially Abused!

Racism travels far across Europe. Countries like Italy, Spain and a few others within South America have been major culprits.
Football in England, also isn’t as squeaky-clean as it appears to be. Although it’s stale news at this time, how a former England manager Graham Taylor was reportedly asked by the English FA to reduce the number of black players in the English national team, but that remains a huge racial indictment of English football!

Black players have grown remarkably, into pretty objects of mockery on the pitch, as obsessed racist fans can’t seem to have enough of them. These racist fans imitate monkey sounds or throw banana peels into the pitch, often when a black footballer of an opposing side handles the ball. I really can imagine how that drives a black player nuts!
But regardless, instances of black players crying off the pitch or feeling extremely dejected during moments of racial abuse, quickens a large amount of discomfort in me!

Most recently, Everton Ruiz a black Brazilian footballer, wept uncontrollably in the possibly tender arms of his goalkeeper, after racial noises were directed at him. While I sincerely sympathize with Ruiz for suffering such insane humiliation, I strongly criticize his reaction!

Soaking your jersey in tears, or reacting in such a way that portrays you as emotionally broken or dejected, makes you reek of inferiority, low self-esteem, discontentment with your skin color and a desperate appeal to be accepted. You simply empower those racists with leverage to hurt black players some more!

Famous black footballer Mario Balotelli, had a torrid time during his stint at AC Milan. Part of which were the humiliating monkey chants he endured from the racist fans of his former side Inter Milan, during a game involving both soccer clubs. Given the wild emotional nature of Mario (which many believe, smeared his rise to lofty heights), one would expect him to quit the game, or protest in tears like most black footballers would.

But he kept his composure fully drenched in confidence and pride in his skin color, before placing a commandeering finger on his lips to signal the racist fans to keep quiet!
That seemed pretty much to me, a better way of handling racial provocations (until better ways are discovered!).

Sometime in 2014, former Barcelona player Dani Alves was targeted by Villarreal fans, who threw a banana at him. Alves picked up the banana, peeled it, took a bite and continued his game! That sure sent a strong message to the racial offenders, projecting his unique confidence and mature mental strength!

Black footballers have got to outgrow their cravings for sympathy and accord their skin color a lot more value and respect, especially in the face of racial abuse! Your skin color is black and you owe no apology for that. If some immature racists cannot comprehend that, and choose to throw scornful remarks at you, ignore the losers and carry on with your game.

Consistent ignoring of racial stunts from ‘loser-racists’, will kill whatever excitement they derive from racial abuse and eventually make the evil practice boring!

Time to Question the Pot Bellied Amaechi’s Sanity By Reno Omokri

Time to Question the Pot Bellied Amaechi’s Sanity By Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri takes on APC

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That Rotimi Amaechi is a confirmed liar is not in doubt. What is in doubt is his sanity. In recent comments to the media, Rotimi Amaechi kept referring to a certain missing $49 billion which he claims were monies missing from the NNPC account that were not paid into the federation account under former President Goodluck Jonathan.. Said Amaechi

“As chairman of the Governors Forum, when I started fighting with President Jonathan, I was clear about what the fight was all about. I was the first Nigerian to raise the alarm about the former CBN governor’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan that $49 billion was missing from the NNPC account and not paid to the federation account. If they had returned it, we would not be in recession. If that $49 billion was there plus other recovered looted funds, perhaps, we would have hit $50 billion. With $50 to $60 billion, you don’t need to look for dollars to buy.”

Nigerians will recall that this discredited allegation was made by the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who went on to change the amount that was missing three times.

In September 2013, the then Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido alleged that the sum of $49.8 billion was not remitted to the federation account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. When he was challenged on this amount by the National Assembly, the then Minister of Finance, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, and the NNPC, the then CBN Governor reduced the amount that was missing to $10.8 billion on December 18, 2013.

In February of 2014, the then CBN Governor wrote another letter to the Senate admitting that he did not know how much was unaccounted for saying it could be “$10.8 billion or $12 billion or $19 billion or $21 billion — we do not know at this point”.

Eventually, it was established that no such monies were missing and even the Buhari administration has kept quiet about the matter knowing that it was propaganda to pull down the previous administration.

So for Amaechi to rely on allegations that have been discredited and proven to be false to make an allegation against former President Jonathan leads one to question his sanity since his dishonesty is already a settled matter.

Here is a man who is a contradiction of the Buhari administration’s so called anti corruption war dancing naked. A man who admitted spending half a million dollars to host Nobel Laureate to a one day dinner with state resources. A man accused by two separate Supreme Court Justices of trying to bribe them. A man who is only consistent when it comes to betraying his benefactors. This is the same man accusing Dr. Goodluck Jonathan?

Nigerians should realize that it is no coincidence that this allegation is coming just days after the revelation that no record exists of Nigeria’s crude oil sales since June of 2015.

Flowing from the above, Nigerians should see Amaechi’s most recent verbal diarrhea as an attempt to divert attention from pressing questions that demand timely answers.

It is quite telling that the single most expensive infrastructure built in Nigeria in the last decade is the Kaduna-Abuja 187KM modern fast railway that enables you live in Kaduna and work in Abuja.

Though President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned this project on July 26, 2016, it is worth mentioning that neither he nor the pot bellied Amaechi had anything to do with this project beyond reaping where they had not sown!

That project was built and completed by the Jonathan administration.

If Nigerians want to know why it was very hard to save money over the last decade, they should point fingers at Rotimi Amaechi.

Those in the habit of noising about the ‘alternative fact’ that the Jonathan administration did not save up during the sunny days for the rainy day should not forget so soon that the Jonathan administration met $6.5 billion in the Excess Crude Account upon inception in 2010 and increased it to almost $9 billion by 2012.

However, the Nigerian Governors Forum, using their influence at the House of Representatives, had gotten that August body to declare the Excess Crude Account illegal in 2012.

So excruciating was the pressure from the Nigerian Governors Forum and most notably from the then Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, (now the minister of transport) for the Jonathan administration to end the Excess Crude Account and the Sovereign Wealth Fund regimes and instead share the funds in those accounts amongst the three tiers of government that they approached the Supreme Court, to challenge the legality of the Excess Crude Account and then President Jonathan’s decision to transfer $1 billion from that account to the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

In fact after hosting a meeting of the forum on September 21, 2012, at the Rivers state Governor’s lodge, Rotimi Amaechi said inter alia:

“On the Excess Crude Account, Forum unanimously decided to head back to Court to enforce the Federal Government’s adherence to the constitution.”

To those who do not know what the Constitution says, let me give you an insight by quoting from Section 162.

Section 162, provides that

“(1) The Federation shall maintain a special account to be called ‘the Federation Account’ into which shall be paid all revenues collected by the Government of the Federation, except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or department of government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“(2) The President, upon the receipt of advice from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, shall table before the National Assembly proposals for revenue allocation from the Federation Account, and in determining the formula, the National Assembly shall take into account, the allocation principles especially those of population, equality of States, internal revenue generation, land mass, terrain as well as population density;

“(3) Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in each State on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly.”
From the above it was clear what the Amaechi led Governor’s forum wanted.

Mr. Amaechi led the governors in taking the Federal Government to court. The Jonathan administration offered an out of courts settlement with the governors in a deal that would have seen the federal government sharing some of the money and saving up the rest for Nigeria’s future but the governors rejected the offer.

In fact, the Jonathan Administration had argued at the Supreme Court that sharing the money in the ECA would affect “the day to day running of the nation’s economy”.

Working in tandem with Mr. Amaechi and his supporters in the Nigerian Governors Forum, the then minority APC members of the House of Representatives approached a Federal High Court on the 7th of February, 2014, for a perpetual injunction restraining the Jonathan administration from operating the ECA and to pay all the proceeds of that account into the Federation Account for sharing amongst the three tiers of government.

As a result of these actions, the Jonathan administration paid the 36 states of the federation a total of N2.92 trillion from the Excess Crude Account between 2011 and 2014. Using the value of the Naira at that time that amount was just above $20 billion dollars.

So it is quite clear that anyone who accuses the Jonathan administration of not saving for the rainy day has not been told the whole story.

2face And Annie Idibia’s Guide For A Happy Relationship

2face And Annie Idibia’s Guide For A Happy Relationship

First, there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, BUT you can make a relationship that seem so not perfect feel perfect. Relationships especially for people in the music and movie industry is mostly nothing to write home about; quick breakups, divorce, selling off relationship status on social media, media issues and the likes.

But it doesn’t mean there are no people enjoying a happy relationship despite differences, fights and other related issues.
There are various books, tapes, movies that says so much about how to have a happy home, how to be the perfect love, how to stay happy, but it’s best to learn from practical life examples, it gives more assurance that you could have a happy relationship.

Taking a clue from life of 2face& Annie Idibia and how they scaled through-Their love story has inspired young people dating, those in relationships and married couples. They met in 1999, and they started dating 3 years after, the courtship had issues that led to breakups back and forth, they had more moments of tears before they finally got hooked, after 2face already had kids from different women. Despite all these issues, challenges, they still found reasons to find each other and come together as one. Below are Practical guides from 2face& Annie Idibia.

LOVE– As easy as this sounds, it is the greatest ever. Love drives you in any relationship, Love encompasses all other things mentioned in this article. It takes true love to be in a happy relationship. There are times relationships get boring, stressful, nit exciting, but Love is what keeps it burning. What 2face& Annie feel is an unconditional love. Despite the long breakups, rumours, several women, Love kept them and made the relationship work.

PATIENCE– A relationship that lacks patience can’t survive the test of time. For Annie, her patience level is extra ordinary, she waited for so long, she held on to what she felt for him. There were certain moments people probably insulted, begged, confused her to move on, but she was patience enough to wait. For many, they find it difficult to be patience, they always want to quit easily when there is any misunderstanding. Yes, it is never easy to be patience especially when you see reasons to quit, but it is always worth it. Never be too quick to put your relationship on social media, third party and all, just try as much as possible to stay patience.

STAND UP FOR THE RELATIONSHIP– Your relationship should be guided with all seriousness especially in public. Annie defended 2face regardless of the mockeries from media, regardless of how 2face became a joke topic for comedians, she stood up for the relationship and stayed true. There were times 2face heard rumours about Annie sleeping around, he protected her image despite they were not together then. If you can’t protect the image of your relationship, you give it to people to treat it as they wish.

GET MARRIED TO YOUR FRIEND– Like really? You’ve known someone for over 15 years and you think there wouldn’t be a bond? Now it’s not about courting for several years, it’s just about mutual understanding. It is actually easier when you settle down with your friend, with someone you understand, someone that has seen you in your good and bad times, someone you can act crazy around them, someone you have shared major parts of your time with. For Annie&2face, they have been together before the FAME and Attention from media. Friends fight, argue, yank at each other, but the bond makes you fond of one another. When you are in a relationship with your friend, you disagree to agree, people are aware of what you are doing and they get interested in seeing you grow together.

UNDERSTAND YOUR PARTNER– As a couple, they were able to understand each other’s flaws and they lived with it. Annie knows she is in a relationship with a top notch singer whose voice is appealing to ladies, she knows how many ladies flock around him and want his attention, she knows there would be secret admirers, crush and all. She was able to manage the relationship based on understanding. They both understood their flaws, 2face said his wife is jealous and he understands that’s how she is. To have a happy relationship, you must be ready to understand your partner and accept their flaws and good parts. Understanding makes the bond stronger.
With these guides, you can make your relationship work, you can have that happy relationship you have always desired. It goes beyond all the guides mentioned. Good character, prayer, also helps in achieving a happy home. Find the one that works for you and stay happy.

 

Yinka Bamidele,

For PalmChat

I Want To Go To London… To See Buhari By Reuben Abati

I Want To Go To London… To See Buhari By Reuben Abati

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When 15 million plus Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 General elections, their expectation was that he would be available to serve them 24/7/365, and that those who fielded him as their candidate had done their home work to avoid what is curiously becoming the Katsina problem in Nigerian politics. Katsina! But we have now found ourselves in a situation whereby our President is now in London, for more than one month sir, ma, and we are here, and we have an acting President, who according to everybody, including the extremists and the mischievous, and the politically partisan, is beginning to try his best, with his admirers, now praying for the worst.

For that reason alone, we have an emotionally, politically and spiritually divided country on our hands. Don’t mind what they tell you, and don’t deceive yourself, the Nigerian Presidency is in turmoil. It is not our wish. It is not what the voters asked for. But that is how democracy works. You cannot predict the results that democracy produces. Not even in America. Or Russia.

Now that we have found ourselves in this situation, anyway – an absentee President trying to remain relevant and an acting President struggling to put up appearances, and struggling harder not to be seen to be ambitious (sorry, Prof. I was your student but I have something to say sir, I don’t mean any harm – truth be told), where should the Nigerian people stand? For the past one month, we have all been trapped in a post-truth situation, pretending as if all is normal. We should stop pretending.

Those who supported and are supporting the APC that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power and office cannot talk. They cannot talk due to embarrassment and shame. They are busy putting up a face. But for how long can they do this? The Nigerian media is also on its knees, looking so pitiable, with the exception of a few blogs, newspapers that we can’t even trust, professional media consultants who are in disarray, a few bloggers and then some gentlemen: Pa Ikhide, Farooq Kperogi, Sonala Olumhense, Omoyele Sowore, Pius Adesanmi and Okey Ndibe who have since been specially illuminated as they journeyed to Damascus.

I will return to this subject some other day. But I think right now, we should begin to take the subject of the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari more seriously. Bukola Saraki, our Senate President has visited him in London, twice, within two weeks. I don’t think we should leave this business of visiting the President to party chieftains, the executive and the Federal Legislature. If care is not taken, Senator Saraki may be tempted to visit the President again next week. And the week after and he may even be tempted to travel with all the members of the National Assembly. There must be equity in this matter.

Figure it out as follows: we all know that President Buhari is now in London and he is the man Nigerians chose as their President in 2015. We cannot forsake him. He is in London on working leave, for more than one month now, and we don’t know when that leave will end. We have been told it will end soon. Later. One day. Whenever. We are not God. Let the leave end when it will. But we, the people, have a duty to stand by our President. This is the point of this article. We are Africans. We have traditions. We respect elders. We don’t joke with old age. The time has come, right now, for Nigerians to behave like Africans.

We should therefore, not leave this business of visiting to Senator Busola Saraki alone. Party chieftains have visited Mr. President. The leadership of the National Assembly has also gone to London to be part of President Buhari’s working leave. I think Vice-President-Acting-President Yemi Osinabjo should also visit his boss, this week, next week, or ASAP. Henceforth, he should be in London at least once a week. Let us stop pretending that the President is not in charge. He is. If Aso Villa is now in London, let us make it work. The Acting President and the real President need quality face time. If the acting President must go to London everyday, let him do so, but don’t let us run Nigeria by telephone or DHL Am I making sense? I am not talking about common sense. I mean real sense. So, do I make any sense at all?

After the Acting President’s visit, all former Presidents should also start going to London to see the President. Those former Presidents are not as harmless as they pretend to be. They are projected to the public as advisers but they are more than that: they all left something in Aso Villa that makes them eternally powerful. It is like leaving your DNA in a woman’s body. They should be allowed or perhaps encouraged to visit President Buhari while he is on working leave. I think our Baba in Abeokuta, Ota and Ibogun should be the first to visit. That may negate the order of seniority, but trust the Ebora Owu to return from London with front-page news! After him, the others can start visiting and probably advise on the possibility of holding a Council of State meeting in London. As it were, the Nigerian Constitution does not insist that the Council of State Meeting must be held inside Nigeria. The main subject of that first historic, diaspora, Council of State Meeting should be phrased by OBJ in his own unique way: “Momodu: are you well or sick?”

There is something called the separation of powers. I don’t want to disrespect mi’lords but I think they too should go to London. The National Judicial Council (NJC) should put together a high-powered delegation of judges from every part of the country, from all divisions, and level, to proceed post-haste to London to visit, no, to confer with President Buhari on matters of judicial interest to the nation. But Sirs, don’t go there and talk about the welfare of judges, or the non-payment of your entitlements – if you try that, well, I won’t be in a position to tell you what awaits you on your return. You know mi’lords, as well as I do, that the law in Nigeria is now being made to look truly like an ass!

After the judges, okay may be the Nigerian Bar Association should also send a delegation, but I don’t trust many of our lawyers. They think they know the law, and they could go to London and say things that will disrupt the President’s working leave. To make that impossible, members of the NBA should be booked on an Arik flight to London, please. But if they get there, fine. The next delegation should be that of Permanent Secretaries. These ones should spend more than a week in London with the President. In fact, they can stay with him till he returns. If they also have medical issues, they should use the opportunity to ask for tests, with the condition that they must return immediately the President leaves London, notwithstanding the status of their own medical tests!

Once the Permanent Secretaries have been fully accommodated in London, the Ministers, those who were once dismissed by their own employer as “noise-makers”, and who have proven to be no better, should also visit London. They can go ahead and make as much noise as they wish in London and even enjoy the benefit of a full Federal Executive Council Meeting. I suspect that this will be a particularly productive FEC meeting. If the people in the Foreign Affairs Ministry know what they are doing, however, they would arrange ahead of that meeting in London, a special meeting with Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain, followed by a dinner with Her Majesty the Queen of England, with a proviso, please, please, please, that nobody should bring up the issue of Biafra or Southern Kaduna after shaking the Queen’s hand, and there should be a strict guarantee that President Buhari will be accompanied by his extremely beautiful wife, Aisha, and he will not, meeting the Queen, no matter how excited, make the mistake of referring to “za oza room”.

Stop laughing, my friend; this is how you people cause problems for innocent writers. What I am now trying to add having made all these points above, is that the Governors’ Forum should also visit President Buhari in London. The Governors have already signified their intention to do so and that seems to be fine with the Nigerian public. The Governors should therefore appoint representatives who should proceed to London. When they meet with the President, they should hold a special prayer session with three prayer points: one, that President Buhari will not work for another person to come and eat; two: that the demons of Aso Rock will spare and forgive him and his family; three: that President Buhari will return to Nigeria with his two feet. The Governor to lead the prayer should be Peter Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

If he starts sounding as he has been sounding in recent times, Nasir el-Rufai should be asked to take the microphone from him. And if Nasir sounds like he is playing politics, as he has been doing, Adams Oshiomhole who will like to be there anyway, as a Governor ex-officio, should be given the microphone and asked to pray for the President as best as he can or as best as Trotsky could.

I have left out some people. In the past month, some Imams and ulamas and concerned relatives have been reported in the media, holding prayer sessions for a hale and hearty President who is just in London to enjoy the weather and do some quality check-ups, private and public. These prayer warriors have prayed and prayed in Abuja, Daura, Borno and everywhere else. The matter is so serious that nobody should be surprised if Rochas Okorocha or James Ibori organizes a prayer session for Muhammadu Buhari. This is the biggest business in Nigeria at this moment.

I think, therefore, that we should also encourage the ulamas and the imams to visit. Let them go to London and pray for their President. We have been told they have been sending prayers through skype, whatsapp and the air, the same channels that GSM service providers in Nigeria now want to block. Let the imams go to London then and let the verses of the Holy Quoran rain down. It will be unfair not to allow Christian leaders to go to London too. They are also anxious to go to London. Pastor Tunde Bakare, my beloved, secondary school senior should lead that team. His job should be to screen out any Pastor with Biafra, or Southern Kaduna or pro-PDP blood in him or her. I mean Pastors like Reno Omokri, Ebun Adegboruwa…. you get what I am saying? The prayer should be commissioned!

Traditional rulers, bloggers, public intellectuals, trolls, and journalists! Oh, I almost forgot. I think we should also be invited to London to have tea with the President. I volunteer to lead that team but if I am considered unpopular, since they say I am not one of them, let @ikhide, @akaebube, or @dejiadeyanju, @realFFK, or @YeleSowore, be the team leader. But please, ….

Arrest of Audu Maikori and Call to Pray for Buhari by Femi Fani Kayode

Arrest of Audu Maikori and Call to Pray for Buhari by Femi Fani Kayode

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“Permit me to begin this contribution with an aside.

It is only a weak, insecure, paranoid, wicked, heartless, ignorant, lawless and callous government that refuses to identify, apprehend, prosecute and hang the bloodthirsty, psychopathic and murdering Janjaweed Islamist Fulani militants and herdsmen and instead arrests an innocent and accomplished young man like Audu Maikori who simply had the courage to cry out to the world about the barbarous genocide that the people of Southern Kaduna and members of his ethnic group and religious faith are being subjected to all over the north.

I am convinced that my old friend Governor Nasir El Rufai has lost it. He has literally been driven mad by the power that he now wields. If he wants peace in Kaduna state and in the entire country is this the way to achieve it?

Does he really believe that locking up his critics and those that have expressed concern about the mass murder and crimes against humanity that are being perpetuated in his state by his Fulani friends and kinsmen who he publicly admitted that he sends public funds to is the way forward?

Does he not know that the suppression of dissenting voices and intimidation will only lead to more anger, resistance, violence and dissent?

Can he not build bridges rather than burn them? Can he not make friends rather than make enemies?

Here is my message to him: the people of Southern Kaduna are NOT your slaves and neither are the northern minorities, the people of the south or the Christians of Nigeria.

You can kill and lock up as many of us as you like: our faith will only continue to grow, we shall continue to go from strength to strength and we shall oppose and resist you till the bitter end.

At the appointed time the Lord will strike back at you for your power show and sheer wickedness and He shall deliver His people.

This brings me to the meat of this intervention.

One of the qualities that a Prince must have is the ability to speak truth to power no matter the price, no matter the consequences and no matter whose ox is gored.

Today I will share a truth which many may not like but which, as a leader and a Prince, I am constrained to share.

Some have suggested that every Nigerian is compelled by God to pray for our ailing President. I disagree. I do not wish him ill or wish him dead but at the same time I do not subscribe to the view that I am compelled to pray for him.

I would rather save my prayers for the thousands of Audu Maikori’s of this world who are suffering persecution and who are languishing in dingy cells all over our country for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

I would rather save my prayers for the souls and families of those that have been cut short by the guns and bullets of government security forces, the bombs of radical Islamic terrorists and the matchetes and knives of the Fulani militias and herdsmen.

When the Holy Bible says we must pray for our leaders the author was referring to God-fearing and Godly leaders and not usurpers and tyrants.

The Bible says we must ‘resist evil’ and few would dispute the fact that with the economy in shambles, with the naira at its lowest value in its entire history, with the level of impunity and corruption in government and with the amount of brutal persecution, politically-motivated arrests and prosecutions and the massive shedding of innocent blood that goes on in our countrt today, Buhari and his Federal Government are pure evil.

As a matter of fact they are a cursed government that have come to do nothing but spread death, disease, poverty, tears, hardship, suffering, division, hatred, persecution, injustice, destruction and wickedness.

To those that insist that even evil tyrants are worthy of our goodwill and prayers I put the following questions.

Would you have prayed for Herod, Pharaoh, Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar, Jezebel, Ahab, Athalia, Nimrod, Adolf Hitler or Idi Amin?

Again would you have had night vigils or made passionate supplications for Emperor Bokassa, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Nero, Caligula, Sennacherub, King Leopold 11 of Belgium, Count Vlad the Impailer of Transylvania and Tsar Ivan the Terrible of Russia?

Would you have conducted Holy Mass or rolled your rosary for Osama Bin Ladin of Al Qaeda, Muhammed Al Baghdadi of ISIL, Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram or Usman Dan Fodio of the Fulani Caliphate?

Again would you have fasted and prayed for Atilla the Hun, Genghis Khan, Kaiser Wilhelm 11 of Germany, the Inca and Aztec Kings of South America, the Borgias of Spain, King Darius of Persia and so many more of history’s monsters and beasts to remain alive and to continue to torment and rule their people?

Do you know that those listed above collectively killed or caused the deaths of over 500 million people between them?

Do you really believe that they were God’s choices and that it was wrong to pray them out or remove them from power?

Did God make a mistake when He killed Pharaoh and slew Herod for their wickedness and evil against the children of Israel AFTER their victims rose up in prayer and cried to Him to deliver them?

Did you read anywhere in your Bible that the holy Prophets and believers prayed for the wicked Kings and rulers to continue to rule?

Did Elijah not oppose Jezebel and did David and Samuel not renounce and stand against Saul?

Do you not know the difference between a righteous ruler whom God loves and whom He installed and a blood-sucking demon and vicious tyrant whom the devil is using?

Do you know the number of people this government has killed whether they be Biafran and IPOB youths, Shiite Muslims or Christian refugees?

Do you know the number of Christians that are being slaughtered in the north on a daily basis by Government-backed and protected Fulani militias and herdsmen?

Do you know that Buhari shares some of the barbaric sentiments and evil goals and objectives of Boko Haram?

Do you know that he once said that an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north? Do you know that he once said that he believes that sharia should be spread throughout the federation?

Do you know thay he once said that Muslims should only vote for Muslims? Do you know that he once said that Christians should not be concerned about sharia because it is the limbs of Muslims that are being cut off and not theirs?

Do you know that he once went to Oyo state and accused Governor Lam Adesina’s “people” (meaning the Yoruba) of killing his own Fulani people?

Do you know that the Minister of Information of his Government, a serial liar by the name of Lie Mohammed, once said that it was wrong and unconstitutional to proscribe and ban Boko Haram?

Do you know that about one year ago the same Liar Mohammed said that Boko Haram had been “technically defeated” and that a few days ago he said that it was “a fallacy” to say that Muslims killed Christians in Nigeria?

This was after 808 Christians were slaughtered in cold blood on Christmas eve and Christmas day a few weeks ago.

Do you know that Buhari is the third Mahdi of Nigeria? The first was Usman Dan Fodio, the second was Sir Ahmadu Bello and Muhammadu Buhari is the third.

Do you know that their vision and dream is for the Fulani to be the “first amongst equals” and to conquer, rule, dominate and subjugate the people and numerous ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria in perpetuity and “dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean?”

Do you know that they have gone very far in this quest and almost achieved their objectives? Do you know that restructuring the nation or, failing that, a complete break up of Nigeria into two or more pieces is the only thing that can save the people of the south and the Middle Belt from serfdom and slavery?

Do you know that Herbert Macauly, Bode Thomas, Obafemi Awolowo, Kaduna Nzeogwu, Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Victor Banjo, Fajuyi, Emeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, J.S. Tarka, Isaac Boro, Solomon Lar, Josiah Olawoyin, Paul Gindiri, J.D. Gomwalk, Silas Janfa, Zamani Lekwot, T.Y. Danjuma, Jolly Tanko Yusuf, Gideon Orkar, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Tony Nyiam, Saliba Mukoro, MKO Abiola, Bobo Nwosisi, Franklin Atake, Alfred Rewane, Abraham Adesanya, Ayo Adebanjo, Olaniyonu Ajayi, Bola Ige and so many others that saw this satanic agenda coming and unfolding many decades and years ago and resisted it with every fibre of their being have now been vindicated?

Do you know that the principle of self-deterimination and the concept of Biafra and southern and Middle Belt liberation is more alive today than ever before?

Do you know that there are millions of youths all over this country today that are prepared to sacrifice their lives for this principle and concept and resist ethnic and religious bigotry, subjugation, domination and tyranny with the last drop of their blood?

Do you know that those that have been subjected to genocide by the usual suspects for the last 56 years of our existence as a nation are now saying “enough is enough?”

Do you know what northern Christians have been and are still being subjected to over the years and particularly today?

Do you know that Igbo youths and Shiite Muslims have been subjected to crimes against humanity by the Nigerian state in the last one year and seven months?

Do you know that Nigeria under President Buhari is a failed state which lives on lies, thrives on deceit, breathes on persecution, feeds on supression, energises on intimidation and is fuelled and propelled by the most basic, crude and primitive form of Goebellian propaganda?

Do you know anything at all? Do you know how many people are being locked up and persecuted in the name of a fake and selective anti-corruption war in this country?

Do you know the level of wickedness and injustice that is being perpetuated by this government?

Do you know how many families have suffered and been destroyed by them? Do you know about the abuse of power and the gross violation of human rights and civil liberties that is going on?

Do you know how corrupt and deceitful thiis government is? Do you know how much blood they have on their hands?

Then you say that we should pray and support such people? There is nowhere in the Bible that we are called to pray for liars, cheats, sadists, anti-Christs, cold-blooded murderers and pyschopaths as our leaders.

Rather the Bible says we must resist evil and injustice and stand up for the weak, the persecuted, the hungry, the suffering, the vulnerable and the poor.

There is no where in the Bible that we are enjoined to support and encourage genocidal maniacs, the killer of believers, the tormenters of the faithful, the persecutors of God’s servants and the destroyers of the Church.

Nigeria has no place for quislings and psychophants that are trying to curry favour with or impress those that are desperately trying to enslave our people and islamise our country.

My position is simple and clear. I will never pray for those who I consider to be evil and I will never allow myself to be subjugated, silenced or turned into a second class citizen in my own country.

Whatever the consequence is for my defiance, if the Lord wills it, let it come. Let us finish this thing once and for all. I would rather be a free soul in heaven than a quivering and gutless slave on earth.

I speak for millions when I say that we will NEVER bow to those that believe that they were born to rule and that seek to impose their faith, their values and their way of life on us.

Unlike others in these shores, those of us that are prepared to stand up and say “no more” are captains of our ship and masters of our soul.

We either forge our own destinies, chart our own course and free our own people or we shall die trying. God wills it. And so it shall be.

President Buhari is ashamed of unveiling his illness – Dele Momodu

President Buhari is ashamed of unveiling his illness – Dele Momodu

President Buhari is ashamed of unveiling his illness - Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu wrote this article today on ThisDay.

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Fellow Nigerians, let me warn quickly that a new circus has come to town and there is a theatre of the absurd ongoing in the city of London. The patrons are very important personalities from Nigeria who have turned the supposed illness
of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari into a stage play. At the rate these medical tourists are going, Nigeria may be empty of all its fat cats as they jostle to pay obeisance lest anyone accuses them of nonchalance and of plotting against the President or wishing him dead. Yes, we can be that petty in this clime.

When President Buhari suddenly left our shores, several weeks ago, he did what our late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua failed to do which was to send a simple letter to the National Assembly about his intention to go on vacation or for medical treatment, or whatever, and hand over authority to his Vice President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. At least, it shows President Buhari had learnt a useful lesson from the experience of his brother and we must praise God for little mercies.
What else could he have done? I think he should have improved on this uncommon performance by telling Nigerians he’s been battling with some debilitating ailment for some time which necessitated his having to travel regularly and sometimes suddenly. For God’s sake, it is not a crime to fall sick. We all do, in various degrees, from time to time. At over 70 years on the surface of this earth, no one would expect President Buhari to be in the most perfect state of health. It is a miracle that he survived the harrowing vicissitudes of life after he was thrown into a dungeon in 1985 during the military coup that toppled his dictatorship. He also had to contest some bloody elections a record four times before fortune smiled at him. Naturally, all of these events would have combined to conspire against his health.

So why should he be ashamed of telling the world that his health is failing and that he would have to attend to it as frequently as possible? No one needs to consult a doctor or a prophet to know our President is not very well at this moment and that he deserves our understanding and prayers. Even if we thought otherwise, his London visitors have virtually confirmed our worst fears. Aso Rock media gurus who have been regaling us with tales of how well and fit the President is should have worked harder on their powerful friends to stay in Nigeria and wait to flood the airport whenever it pleases God to bring him back in one piece to Nigeria. Rushing to London to mark register is absolutely unnecessary and a total waste of scarce resources. The London visitors have wittingly or inadvertently attracted more attention to the President’s frailty.

I have taken time to study some of the pictures that have emerged from the President’s shrine in London and most of them did not do justice to whatever it is some people are trying to cover up by fire by force. The pictures have shown clearly why the President cannot just yank himself off from London and return home pronto as his tedious job demands. It is very obvious that the President is no longer in London of his own free volition, even if he ever was at some point. Someone should please beg the Good Samaritans to allow the President receive his medical treatment in peace and hopefully recuperate handsomely and adequately. Only his immediate family should be allowed access to him at this moment. The visitors actually make it look like they are on an espionage mission to ascertain the true state of the President’s health in order to plot, position and manipulate what seems an impending power game, sooner or later. At the very best of intentions, the visits represent a free photo opportunity for the new and sudden emergency friends of Buhari.

Where’s the coterie of acolytes who fell over themselves to display unsolicited affection when the President was sick and flown to Saudi Arabia? If President Buhari is in perfect condition, as his ubiquitous media handlers want us to believe, they should allow him enjoy his vacation and return home when he pleases instead of fighting over the pages of newspapers and the airwaves singing discordant notes on how he may arrive today or tomorrow or claiming that his return is delayed by the uncompleted servicing of the Presidential jet when there is more than one such jet and, in any case, it is not a crime to charter a private jet on this one occasion, or beg one of his wealthy party members or friends to send a comfortable plane to pick him up and return him home in perfect comfort. I’m sure they would be too happy and proud to do him that favour. Also, I know it is easier for the NTA to do a regular live broadcast from London whenever our President misses home to assure us there is no cause for alarm. The President and his team seem to forget the importance and pre-eminence of the ordinary Nigerian citizen in all this debacle. They elected the President. He is answerable to them. It is to them he needs to turn to in order to allay their fears about his health and rumoured death. He can do this by even a one minute video broadcast.

What we are witnessing right now is a negation of what Buhari ever stood for. Our President was known to be a man of very modest means and humble existence. His attraction during the campaigns and what made him readily sellable to majority of Nigerians was the abhorrence of ostentatious living as well as adherence to a disciplined and Spartan life. Many observers are wondering what has gone wrong that our President seems to have become totally oblivious to happenings around him. Nigerians trusted and still trust President Buhari. He should not let his supporters lead him astray and betray that trust. He must continue to show that he knows that he is accountable to the people first and foremost and the only way to do this is to come clean about his state of health and when his doctors say he can return, whether now or later.

This is certainly not the loud change we promised Nigerians two years ago. There is defalcation, decay and decadence everywhere. Budgets are still being padded left right and centre. Atrocious sums are apparently being spent on frivolities while Nigerian workers are gnashing their teeth everywhere. Our airports remain as hopeless as ever, nearly two years into the life of this government. We are still dishing out endless excuses about why provision of adequate electricity supply has remained rocket science in Nigeria. Government officials continue to run abroad for medicals in flagrant disobedience of instructions to stay at home. The voodoo economists have not been able to arrest the freefall of the naira against the American dollar. The list of woes is ad infinitum. This is DEFINITELY not what we assured our people when we went on the blistering attacks against President Goodluck Jonathan and his carpetbaggers.

We knew the journey won’t be easy but didn’t expect it to be this bad. There are some basic things that should have been easily fixed in one year of active governance. We should have put elevators and escalators in our airports. The jetways at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos should have been modernised and upgraded. The odoriferous washrooms and the stench that oozes and welcomes citizens and visitors to Nigeria should have been permanently sanitised and deodorised. There is no basis for arguing these facts. Some of those saddled with the task of helping Buhari achieve his lofty dreams have failed the man and their country, and even God. I picked on those simple and visible projects in order to show the hopelessness of our situation despite the loquacious change we bandied two years ago. If I were to embark on more important things, I would weep uncontrollably and probably not complete this piece, especially, as I crisscross many poorer and less endowed African countries and marvel at their inspiring productivity. It is that bad! Are we to blame Jonathan again for the miserable states of our airports and the pitiable conditions of our infrastructure?

The solution is not farfetched as I have preached for many years. A nation that sacrifices its best brains on the altar of ethnic balancing, religious sensitivity, greed and avarice, nepotism and jingoism can never prosper. What we need to do urgently is to reverse the dangerous drift towards perdition. We all know the solution to our calamitous problems but are too timid and irrational to take on our challenges. We are surrounded by seat-warmers and unrepentant gamblers who treat our dear beloved country like one big casino.

Only God can rescue us, if it is not too late

‘Is this the change we promised Nigerians? – Ben Murray-Bruce

‘Is this the change we promised Nigerians? – Ben Murray-Bruce 

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Open Letter To Distinguished Senator Ben Murray Bruce! - From NNPP

Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the Senate Committee of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, made a startling revelation that shook me and many right thinking Nigerians to our foundation. At a time Nigeria is going through a daunting economic recession, it was revealed that we plan on spending the sum of N250 million to build a gatehouse for the Vice President of Nigeria.
Whenever I think of the budgetary provision of N250 million to build a gatehouse for the vice president, I am moved by the inequities and inequalities of Nigeria.

There is no urgency or importance in building a new gatehouse for the vice president’s already over priced house, but if even we need to build such a house can we not build it with less than 10% of the cost?
At the black market rate (which is the most commonly used rate in Nigeria) N250 million is equivalent to $500,000. At the official rate, it is worth almost a million dollars. With that type of cash you can buy a mansion in Washington DC and a well developed property in London. Isn’t it a pity that all it can buy the Nigerian government is a gatehouse?
Now we want to borrow $30 billion from other nations and foreign financial institutions. But why should any other nations or foreign financial institutions lend us money when we have not shown prudence in managing the little that we have?
I can assure you that I did my research and not one of the ten richest nations in the world is spending the equivalent of 250 million for something as inconsequential to the well being of a nation as a vice president’s gatehouse.
Why should America, Britain or China lend Nigeria any money when the gate man of our Vice President is living in a house that only a millionaire in their own country can afford?
Should they lend us $30 billion so we can build more luxurious and befitting gatehouses for our other public officials?
Is this the change we promised Nigerians?
With a minimum wage of N18,000 the N250 million to be spent on the Vice President’s gatehouse can pay the salaries of 13,888 Nigerians!
How many staff are being owed salary by the federal government? How many staff are being owed salary by state governments? How many pensioners are dying while waiting to collect pension that never comes?
How many internally displaced persons are dying of hunger while we budget N250 million for a gatehouse? N250 million can feed one million people for a day and 200,000 people for a week.
Recently, I was driving on a federal road in the South-east and a portion of that road was so damaged that it was a death trap. I wonder how many people have been killed on that road. Certainly, from my estimation as an entrepreneur who has built several malls and other real estate projects across Nigeria, N250 million will be sufficient to repair that portion of the road, but no! We have to build a gatehouse for a VIP!
Nigeria has some of the worst maternal and infant maternity rates in the whole world. 10% of all the women who die in childbirth are Nigerian women according to the UN. Meanwhile Nigeria only has 2% of the world’s population.
The main challenge we have in reducing maternal mortality is funding and we are approaching international aid organisations to help us raise funds to help reduce death amongst our pregnant women. Can you imagine how unserious we look to them when they read that we are spending N250 million on a gatehouse while begging them for money?
We really must make better use of our scarce resources at this time. We cannot expect others to lend to us from their own hard earned resources when we have demonstrated a propensity to squander the little we have.
What we have demonstrated in Nigeria, especially within the last two years, is a strong propensity to major on the minor and minor on the major.
With the way we in government treat Nigerians, I sometimes suspect that our people will prefer to go to hell if our leaders are found in heaven!
And another thing, for a nation that wants to come out of recession, Nigeria is not spending enough on education.
The proposed allocation for education is N50 billion, which is only a third of the proposed allocation for defence.
There is a reason why LEARN and EARN rhyme. If a nation wants to earn more she must first learn more. This budget proposal does not take that into account.
We are still working with an obsolete Industrial Age thought process that operates under the wrong notion that nations become rich because of what they have under their soil.
I have got news for the executive: today’s nations can only grow rich by what is between the ears of its citizens! We are living in the knowledge worker era.
Apple, Google, facebook and yahoo are now more valuable than Exxon-Mobil, Shell BP, Chevron and AGIP. The world is changing and we must change with it.
I have been studying Anambra State for a while. This used to be one of the most educationally disadvantaged states in the South. But since the era of former Governor Peter Obi till today, the state made education its priority and allocated the bulk of its budget to education and the more Anambra budgeted for education the more their economy flourished.
They do not borrow. They did not participate in the federal government’s bailout to states. They have one of, if not the best subnational economies in Nigeria. Nigeria as a whole is importing food, Anambra as a whole is exporting food.
And their secret is education. They have consistently featured as number one in WAEC and NECO results.
If we want Nigeria to earn more money, that cannot be achieved by selling more oil. It can only be achieved by learning more to earn more.
As a nation, we are spending N49 billion maintaining about a 100 embassies and consulates. What do we get in return? That expense is a drain and not an investment.
We can spend only a fraction of that amount. Do we need a consular in every nation to issue visas? Several nations that are richer than Nigeria are doing away with consulars in preference for entry point visas.
Turkey has a policy where you pay $40 and you get your visa online. It is reducing their recurrent expenditure because now they maintain only a skeletal staff in their embassies and it is increasing their revenue because without the bottleneck and hassle of getting visas through the traditional means, people are flocking to countries like Turkey, like the UAE and other countries that have online visa policies.
Instead of N49 billion, we can spend only 10% of that and use the balance N45 billion to build infrastructure and educate our people. In fact, we can be like the UAE and Turkey that can afford to use the millions they get from online visas to run their embassies.
Two months ago, the presidency released a statement announcing that they have recently weeded out 50,000 ghost workers from the pay roll of the federal government.
If that is true, then why isn’t that being reflected in the budget for recurrent expenditure? If you have weeded 50,000 ghost workers from the system then there must be a massive drop in our recurrent expenditure. Something is not adding up.
Recurrent expenditure in the 2017 budget is N2.98 trillion. Let us just call it N3 trillion. Recurrent expenditure in the 2016 budget was N2.6 trillion.
Are we sure that the executive did not make a mistake and instead of weeding 50,000 ghost workers from the system it actually added 50,000 ghost workers because the recurrent expenditure has increased.
Has minimum wage increased? No? There are too many ambiguities that need to be cleared up.
And on housing, certainly we can do much more than what the 2017 budget proposes to do.
The American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, theorised that our most basic human need is for shelter. Let us relate this to Nigeria.
Nigeria has a 17 million housing deficit. If Abraham Maslow is correct, it stands to reason that lack of shelter, among others, is one of the single largest drivers of corruption in Nigeria today.
Civil servants and politicians steal largely because they have no hope of ever owning a home and they do not want to be destitute after their retirement. This is why the EFCC seizes a lot of houses from corrupt people.
If home ownership represents man’s basic need, then no government has succeeded in meeting this need. After all, what is the essence coming to power if the most basic need of the electorate cannot be addressed?
Nigeria needs to solve this challenge because if we do, we will go a long way to improving the human development index of Nigeria and reducing the misery level as well igniting the type of economic activity that will ease our current recession while also fighting corruption.
There is no way government can build 17 million houses. At best, the budget of the ministry of housing can build a couple hundred thousand houses annually. If we are to plug this deficit, we have to rely on the private sector just like developed nations.
We have over N6 trillion of our pension funds sitting in financial institutions. Let us deploy these funds into productive sectors of our economy.
The naira gets devalued and the return from investing pension assets in government treasury bills and bank deposits is less than the rate of inflation. Real estate is one of the few investments that outstrips inflation. The safest investment anywhere in the world is real estate.
Why don’t we use these funds to fund our real estate development and end our housing deficit?
We can and we should use the pension funds to stimulate the housing market while the government subsidizes the mortgage rate for low income earners so that they can borrow at single digit interest rates.
Promoting home ownership will lower corruption and what else could be a safer investment for our pension funds? After all, no one can run away with a house. They can run away with a car or with cash, or with shares, but a house is immovable and best of all it largely continues to appreciate in value. It only makes Commonsense to use pension funds in this way.
And I do not even see why government has to sell land to property developers and private housing estate builders in the first place. In my opinion, if you want to build houses for the masses, government should give you land free of charge!
Of what use is the land when it has no property or farm on it? At least if you allow people build on it government can charge them property taxes.
Our president and governors live in houses paid for by tax payers. It is time we return the favour to the taxpayers and the masses. It is time we begin running Nigeria in a businesslike manner and provide our people the dividends of democracy. It is time we deliver on the promised change.

5 Tips To Bringing Back The Spark In Your Relationship After Val’s Day

5 Tips To Bringing Back The Spark In Your Relationship After Val’s Day

5 Tips To Bringing Back The Spark In Your Relationship After Val’s Day

Most times in the beginning of a relationship, the two partners can’t seem to keep your hands off each other. But over time, especially when life gets tough, that sexy spark can fizzle and sometimes partners get to the point where they just don’t see each other sexually, you no longer touch each other intimately; you do not hold hands or kissing is now substituted with just a peck.

Being able to communicate is essential both in and outside of the bedroom. Ask your partner the same kinds of questions you’d feel safe asking a good friend. Be open about your feelings, whether you’re talking about your day at the office or your intimate desires.

Once the communication is back on track, try these five tips to reignite the spark:

1. Boost your dopamine —together

One thing that caused butterflies when you first met was the chemical cocktail in your bodies. “Recreate this by doing something novel. Check out a new restaurant, try doing the things that brought the spark in the first place, go see a movie together or do something fun that you’re both excited to try,” This have a way of boosting your dopamine levels and re-ignite the spark that was once there.

2. Kiss more often

At the beginning of a relationship, couples often enjoy deep kissing, but over time they tend to stop. “Continuing to hug, kiss, and cuddle. This is an important component of a healthy relationship,” as it has a way of making both partners feel loved and cared for, make sure it forms an integral part of your relationship.

3. Give the relationship great attention

As much as you desire a spark in your relationship, you both need to be ready for it. Create time for yourselves, go on dates, visit and compliment your partner. Do weird things to make it work. Go as far as making artworks, sending chocolates, cakes, surprise spa treat, dinner and send text messages at interval to make your partner feel loved and valued.

5. Keep the mystery alive

No matter how long you’ve been together, make an effort to be seductive and keep your erotic connection fresh. Put some surprise into the relationship. Break the predictable pattern every so often. “This can help keep desire alive and further elongate the desires you have for each other.

CONCLUSION

This few steps aren’t definite but the more you keep learning about your relationship dynamics and tweaking things here and there, you keep the fire burning thereby making sure the sparks never leave your relationship.

 

From PalmChat

10 Categories Of Ladies That May Lose Their Virginity On Valentine’s Day

10 Categories Of Ladies That May Lose Their Virginity On Valentine’s Day

10 Categories Of Ladies That May Lose Their Virginity On Valentine’s Day

During Valentine’s day celebration in Nigeria, there are various immoral behaviours usually exhibited by both guys and ladies under the guise of showing love and affection, which is due to the general misconceptions Nigerians normally have about valentine.

Valentine’s day, which should be a day of showing love and affection to other people, has now become a day when boyfriends and girlfriends celebrate it with marathon SEX

Without wasting time, below are the categories of ladies that will lose their virginity on valentine’s day

1. Ladies with High Libido

Some ladies have high libido that they may find it very hard to resist the touch of a guy who expertly caresses their butts and bosoms. Most guys who invite ladies to their room for a ‘one-on-one’ valentine’s day celebration cannot be trusted that much as they can take advantage of a lady with high libido and before you know it, they have already tumbled beneath the sheets.

2. Ladies who visit Guys with Sugarcoated Mouths

Some guys with sugarcoated mouths will definitely be richer than Dangote if they sell goods inside BRT, danfo and molue, because they will find it very easy to convince people to buy their products and they will make high sales and will join the league of billionaires in Nigeria. Any lady who visits these kind of guys is subject to sex as they will coerce her into sex using their sugarcoated mouths to UnCloth her.

3. Virgin Ladies Who Visit Guys Without Chairs in their rooms

This morning, I saw a guy in my villa packing out his chairs and tables before the arrival of a female visitor whom he was expecting. Tosyne2much needed no one to him that this dude wanted the lady to have no place to sit other than his bed, so that he can comb her. It’s a very dangerous thing for a lady to go spend val with a guy without chairs or tables in his room.

4. Emotionally Weak Ladies

Some ladies are emotionally weak that they can fall to the pressures being mounted on them by their boyfriends. The funniest thing is that most guys who have long been starved sex since 1995 see Valentine’s day as a day their girlfriends should compensate them with sex for their endurance and celibacy. Any lady who is not emotionally strong will surely subdue to the pressures because some of them guys can go as far as prostrating

5. Ladies with Long throats

During val, nearly every the fast food joint and hotel is usually filled up to the brim compared to every other festive period. As funny as it sounds, some ladies will even be willing to trade out their virginity for hot dogs, shawama, asun, fried rice and chicken, gala, kunu, zobo, suya, etc.

6. Virgin Ladies that are Naive

Most guys take advantage and will pry on the nativity of ladies who are still in their mid-late teen mainly because the girls at this age bracket can be very vulnerable and impressionable. They get treated in ways they have not experienced when val is approaching with unusual pampering, nice gifts, lovely dates at romantic places, etc. And they feel sex is a way of reciprocating their love.

7. Virgin Ladies on their Heat Period

Just as guys incessantly fantasize sex and complain of konji, ladies also do, even though they won’t admit it. When ladies are on their heat period, they are usually vulnerable to give in to a man provided he knows the right place to touch. Some guys may lure them into their rooms just to celebrate val with them and before you know it, their joysticks are already as hard as Olumo rock. Statistics has even shown that most ladies who give birth out of wedlock normally have their pregnancies specifically in the month of February and when it’s November, you see them backing twins and triplets.

8. Ladies with Immature minds

Many girls normally plan towards this day hoping to make it memorable and colorful even though the whole thing still boils down to sex. They are gullible and can compromise their bodies by free gifts and fake love.

9. Ladies who visit guys who have long neglected them

Just as ladies open their book of remembrance looking for who they will scam when val is approaching, guys on the other hand also search through their contact just to invite ladies they have long neglected. If a lady eventually visit these guys, whether she’s on her period or not, they don’t care.

10. Virgin Ladies who will be Visiting Yahoo Guys and Politicians

I don’t think a dog has any business in the abode of a lion except its tired of living. Yahoo guys and politicians use scheme wicked ways to get into ladies pants during this period. You see them pouring rhymes and spending lavishly for easy access into ladies skirts. Without sex, Valentine’s day isn’t complete to these guys.

I drop me pen at this juncture cool

 

Tosyne2much

That Andrew Yakubu By Charly Boy

That Andrew Yakubu By Charly Boy

Charly Boy replies Pastor Adeboye on marriage issue

The other day I was in the midst of what I thought were reasonable people, some lawyers, engineers, real estate guy’s and as usual the topic of conversation was our dear country Nigeria. When someone said, ” Abegi president Buhari should bring back our corruption” To my surprise, everybody was laughing. I missed the joke but I could swear the speaker was expressing the sentiment of the people I was with who were engulfed in a Mumu laughter.
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Who in Nigeria wey go say him no know say corruption na 99% of our wahala.

Why na so so mumu people full dis country. How can anybody govern a people who celebrate corruption the way we do and then cry when the damage is done, like say they had no idea where it came from. Kai, weytin be our problem Sef.
I swear to God, even Jesus, cannot govern a country wey still dey celebrate a president who presided over the wanton pilfering of its resources. And some Mumu nigerians go dey wish he could come back to power. Na wa o.

Most people for Naija dey Craze, we dey Sick, many of us dey Mental. I am sure you must have heard/read about the former NNPC Boss, Andrew Yakubu who typifies what is Damaging the Nigerian brand. I even know some for my village Oguta. The Evil in the hearts of these men/women who are Mindless and Mean is for sure the Bedrock of our Recession; Unemployment; Suffering; Hunger and an Infrastructural decay as trillions and billions of our monies are diverted to personal pockets.

Just recently, see how much of our looted fund was forfeited to the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
$153 million = Diezani Allison Madueke
$15 million = Patience Jonathan
N4billion = NIMASA boss
Heartbreaking N1trillion = Ex-Service chiefs .
N111million = INEC Staff
$9.8 million & £74,000 = Andrew Yakubu
4.7bn arms fund = Obanikoro/Fayose
N11.7 billion mansion built by Deziani in banana island Lagos.
Haba Haba Haba, Kilode what is this. Stealing competition?

But Andrew Yakubu own vex me die. Look at the place that $9.77m and another £750.000.00 was found in Kaduna. Begin to Imagine how on earth that almost $10million gift was given to that useless criminal called Andrew Yakubu as claimed and how much gift would have been to Thieves,Evil People and Demons in government over the last decades. Oh; Where is my gun, because I feel like shooting somebody, yet, common man go die by jungle justice.

My people I no dey fit sleep again o, I no fit comprehend how a human being go thief him generation money come go church go do thanksgiving. That Man of God who is his pastor is a bastard and that church is a Fraud; That God wey dem go pray to is a LIE. Nigerians must rise up and in unisim fight this corruption because if we fail today, hummmmm dis our suffering no go end o and many of us go die for nothing. Our Failure as a country is our fault as a people. Andrew Yakubu dey for every Family for Naija; You wan get money but you no wan work. Looking for Miracles in Churches/Mosques. If we fail to work, we can only steal to survive and that is where the Change must begin, with us all. A country where people spend more time on their knees than focusing on doing their job, will not stand. Nonesense. A country where getting rich from prayer and not work is a daily spiritual diet and men of God openly fraternise with certified and indicted thieves and droll over their loot. Is a country on its way to hell.

My people, Let us become a people who work so that we can collectively fight and fix dis country together. This madness of looters no go stop if our Miracle Corrupt Mindset no Change.

I Hear say, government dey give whistleblowers 5%. Good, and as The President of Frustrated Nigerians I go ginger anybody wey know any government worker or politician wey dey hide money for this our Jungle, No Fear, Stand up because me go fight your fight. I am willing to Provide further support for those who are afraid and I am willing to stand and fight to ensure that nobody go Intimidate you either from the looters or agencies of government wey wan dey funny. I cannot stand back and watch my country; My Naija; My Home get looted to the point of monumental destructiveness while those who are capable of helping the government recover Loots for the benefit of us all are intimidate by FEAR OF DEATH. All man go die and e fit be anytime sha.

I am prepared to lead a National Revolution Against Corruption and in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption war. I will go to meet with the EFCC Boss; The ICPC Boss; The Police Boss and all those who are trying to give this country renewed hope. Very soon the voice of ordinary Nigerians will be so loud that the Interest of the frustrated Nigerians will be prority. For decades I have never heard thieves return so much money back into the system. For this I go clap small for President Muhammadu Buhari. As The President of fellow Frustrated Nigerias, I urge all of us to shine our eyes, so we no go take our hand spoil what’s left of our future, because the stealing over too much. God punish bad people.

Is Cross-Dressing the New fashion Craze?

Is Cross-Dressing the New fashion Craze?

Is Cross-Dressing the New fashion Craze?

Our youths are always importing fashions and habits from abroad, copying trends and adopting them as their own. The end result is that sometimes they often look ridiculous and out of place.

The latest fashion craze some men have copied from abroad is cross-dressing. Call me old-fashion or old but where I come from men wear trousers and shirts and women wear dresses and make-up; not the other way round (-unless for religious reasons!)

Cross dressing was alien to most Nigerians until the OAP and entertainer Denrele burst on to the scene with his wild Afro hair, platform shoes and flamboyant feminine outfits. And with his androgynous features he could be either sex. Now while one might consider Denrele’s cross-dressing as a prop or a costume – an extension of his entertainment personality – in the same way comedians Eddie Izzard or Dame Edna would dress would dress up and once the show is over it’ll all come off. That is the belief. But recently some men who are not in the entertainment industry have taken to cross-dressing as a normality.

If you’re a man and wear a dress when I was growing up your father would grab his koboko and beat that nonsense out of you.

Nowadays parents don’t seem to care.

If you’re a man who wears make-up and a dress, like Bobrisky or Seun the Diva, because you want to either tune into your feminine side or think it’s fashionable, you’re gay! Either that or you’ve got some serious mental issues that need addressing!

There are those who suggest men should tune into their feminine side, once in a while(?).Perhaps. But not to the extent that you start piling make-up on to your face. No real man wears make-up – let alone wear a dress! What would your mother say (- and the rest of the family?) And how are you going to find a girlfriend (- you probably don’t need one unless she – or he – wouldn’t mind sharing their make-up and clothes with you!)

Now if you’re a cross-dresser who isn’t gay then they’re on their first steps to becoming trans genders. Bruce Jenner might have had his male bits removed to become Caitlyn Marie but he’s still a man. It doesn’t matter that he’s grown boobs and had a vagina surgically put in, wears expensive designer dresses – and makeup. He’s still a man because he can’t do the one thing women do every month – menstruate!(- or experience menopause at his age!)

Again call me old-fashion but a cross-dresser is a fantasist. You’re either a man or woman – you can’t be both. And it’s not fashionable or desirable to the eye – a cross dresser to me looks like a character out of a horror movie!

Perhaps its insecurity that makes some men cross-dress. For some reason or another they are not happy being the ugly person they are and believe they have to create a make believe personality. If you’re unhappy with yourself go and see a psychiatrist or better still pop into one of the many mushroom churches and let them pray for you and sprinkle Holy water on to your stupid head! If you still want to cross dress after all this please keep it to your bedroom! I have no intention of sitting next to a man dressed as a woman in the bus!

Since in my opinion cross-dressers are gay and in an attempt to circumvent the draconian Nigerian ant-gays laws they pretend to look like women. I don’t think a police officer is that blind not to notice what a man looks like in a dress when he catches him with his boyfriend! I’m not homophobic and I don’t think a lot of people are so instead of cross-dressing why don’t you simply come out? (- hopefully you won’t get arrested or stoned!).

Cross-dressers on the other hand will probably argue that women have been cross-dressing for centuries wearing trousers, suits – even agbadas recently – and nobody said a word. And that you even have tomboys that like to replicate a man’s look right down to haircuts and walk. Perhaps. But it’s not the same. A woman may look great in trousers or a suit but the appeal is the opposite when a man wears a dress or makeup. Our highly conservative society can accept a woman dressing like a man but not the other way round.

Even in Western countries, where people are more liberal, men who cross-dress are still looked down upon on as being weird and out of place. And unless it’s for entertainment purposes then the general assumption is that they are gay.

Perhaps cross-dressing is colourful: a new trend by some brave men trying to prove they can wear it better than women. Perhaps they are showing their hidden homosexuality hoping they’ll be accepted as transgenders rather than straight-forward gay.

Already society has begun to frown at cross-dressing, especially in the sharia strict North who recently jailed a cross-dresser for indecency under their strict moral laws. Again what message does it send out to the young impressionable children growing up in their wake? That it’s O.K for a man to dress up as a woman?

Most of our cultures see the man as a leader of his family and the community, wearing a dress will relegate him down to the ranks of the women who can only cook, clean and make babies.

So for all cross-dressers out there it’s time to stop shaving your hairy legs and eyebrows and stop the wearing of make-up. Time to start wearing trousers and shirts again instead of dresses with butt-pads. And enough of the fake funny feminine accents and skin bleaching! You’re a Man and not a Woman, deal with it!

 

By Tony Ogunlowo

Valentine’s Day Is Not A Do-Or-Die Matter

Valentine’s Day Is Not A Do-Or-Die Matter

I am going to be completely honest: I am a huge romantic. I love love…and as such, I certainly adore the idea of a specific day being set aside to celebrate love. Unfortunately, though, I haven’t had much luck with Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Is Not A Do-Or-Die Matter

My earliest memory of the holiday is of my bubble literally bursting after a package I found in my schoolbag (and had been so excited about) revealed a rusty GL neck-chain which my secret crush -who sadly, wasn’t the guy I fancied at the time- had obtained from his grandmother’s box of rejected pieces of jewelry and placed in a card designed with the picture of a half-eaten apple and a mouth that said “You are so delicious”.

Even worse was Valentine’s Day 2008, My 3rd year at Covenant University, when a porter at Deborah Hall, one of school hostels, seized the bag of provisions my mother had sent to me through a family friend, Obinna, with claims that Valentine gifts were not allowed from males at the female hostels. The thought of that day still brings tears to my eyes. It was the worst experience ever. Not only did I have to deal with the pain of realizing that I would have to survive the next 4 weeks without Milk, Milo, Rice Krispies, Titus Sardines and other school-life necessities, I also had to sit through hours of watching other girls gush over the Val gifts their boyfriends managed to smuggle into the hall and silently wonder when “amoshine”.

Over the years, I have come to realize that contrary to what romantic comedies had me believing since I was about 6, Valentine’s Day actually isn’t all that great. In reality, it is more like a number of the fancy clubs on Lagos Island- the idea of the club is way better than the actual club in itself. The music is so loud you are in a constant state of stress; the people suck; you spend so much money but never have any fun really; yet, you keep coming back, telling yourself that will it get better.

Let’s face it, Nigerians are submerged in the cultural hypnosis that nudges them to associate true love and commitment with Valentine’s Day. I consider this a form of “conditioning” as the Valentine’s Day of today so obviously has nothing to do with real love. It is now a highly commercialized day of forced love with the main beneficiaries being brands that get to sell you anything from red flowers and chocolates to exorbitant destination getaways. Even worse, having a date on this day, also, has become a status symbol more than anything else, and for some God-knows-why reason, being able to celebrate Valentine’s Day means that you are somehow better or more successful than your single friends.

Quite honestly, the level of pressure this holiday brings is worse than that of a shaken bottle of Coke. The singles who dream of being coupled up, face the pressure of finding a date at all costs; those who are dating feel the pressure to find the ultimate gift or pull off the most original and meaningful romantic gesture ever; and Nigerian girls who like to show off their Val gifts certainly do not want to be at the bottom of the totem pole, so, they weary their men and literally everyone else with their demands. In fact, even the men -especially the stingy and weak ones- who do not want to deal with all the pressure, say and do all they can to get away with not celebrating it. You find them making such silly statements as “every day is Valentine’s day”, “Can’t you see it’s quarter to Buhari O’clock?”, or “Love should be spontaneous and not contrived, Valentine’s day defeats that purpose”. Some even go as far as breaking up with their girlfriends days before February 14th.

The truth is, Valentine’s Day celebrations is not a do-or-die affair. The choice to go ahead with the celebration is up to you and if you decide you don’t want it or that the day is not for you, no one will kill you (hopefully). Of course, the sentiment behind the day is probably worth celebrating but…whether you choose to abstain from the celebrations, or whether you go along with the commercialized way we presently celebrate the holiday, note that your grand gestures will not be able to replace emotional intimacy if the security of your bond is already in question. Also, for those who are single and filled with resentment for people with partners to celebrate the holiday with…please, “Stop it. Stop jealous”. The day is not just for those who have partners, and as such, you are not required to have a “bae” to enjoy it. Make the most of the day. And if not for anything, take full advantage of this day because it is a day in your life.

I am hoping this February 14th will be pleasant for everyone really. Surely, every Nigerian can use a bit of love at this time as we keep standing together #IstandwithNigeria

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

By Nkem Ndem

Lai Mohammed, an Uncommonly Gifted Liar! By Reno Omokri

Lai Mohammed, an Uncommonly Gifted Liar! By Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri takes on APC

“Last week, Lai Mohammed, the infamous minister of information (if you can call what he does information) denied being a liar and rhetorically asked newsmen interviewing him to “give me one thing that I have said which is not true.”
When I read that, I thought that perhaps he had repented from his demonic past time of lying. But it appears I spoke too soon and I was too hopeful!

I say this because just days after justifying himself and in response to the US congress citing Nigeria as “as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world”, Lai Mohammed had the following to say:

“Such fallacies like the Islamization of Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims, the labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world”.

I do not know about the Islamization of Nigeria and I doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari has such intentions, but to say that “the killing of Christians by Muslims” is a ‘fallacy’ is a special kind of lie that could only have proceeded from the lips of a man whose own parents saw the perfidious destiny ahead of him and chose to name their child Lai accordingly!

I know for a fact that thousands of Christians have been killed by Muslims since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power including hundreds in Southern Kaduna (possibly thousands), even more hundreds in Agatu in Benue (although the Agatu Community Elders said over 6,000 of their people have been killed) hundreds in Bali and Donga Local Government Areas of Taraba, over a hundred killed in Enugu, hundreds in Delta, and multiple other deaths of Christians at the hands of radical extremists Fulani herdsmen Muslims.

This is besides the thousands of Christians killed by Boko Haram and Evangelist Bridget Agbahime beheaded in Kano (and whose suspected killers were discharged and acquitted on the instructions of the Kano state attorney general) and Pastor Eunice Elisha killed in Kubwa after morning ministration (whose killers were not surprisingly never charged).

Lai Mohammed has a very distinguished career in lying. I imagine that if he could find his way there, Lucifer will gladly give him a honorary PhD from the university of the Pit of Hell!

Elsewhere I have detailed his lies but in this piece I want to inform my readers of a troubling pattern I am noticing which is that lying seems to be the default pattern of communication for not just Lai, but the ruling All Progressive Congress and its members and sympathizers and I will prove it.

Two years ago, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, a known APC surrogate LIED that former President Jonathan wanted to kill him. Today, hunger is killing Nigerians and Mbaka’s lying mouth is silent!

Again In 2013 Pastor Tunde Bakare, another known APC surrogate, accused Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of BELITTLING his office by kneeling down for Pastor Adeboye to pray for him. I also wonder if he thought king David belittled himself by kneeling down for Samuel to pray for and anoint him. Anyhow, today the same Pastor Tunde Bakare is quiet as President Muhammadu Buhari has belittled the Naira to the extent that $1 now exchanges for ₦500.

Two years ago Reverend Father Mbaka preached a sermon against then President Goodluck Jonathan titled ‘From Goodluck to Badluck’. As things unfold today, I hope he is proud of himself! In 2012, Tunde Bakare preached a sermon and said “Up, up Jesus; down, down Jonathan”. I hope he is proud of himself today!

Let me tell them that the Goodluck Jonathan they preached against is now the toast of the world. He is more relaxed and at peace with himself. He is celebrated by world leaders and world institutions. I remind both of them that he whom God has blessed, no Mbaka or Bakare can curse-Numbers 23:8.

And then just this week, the notoriously lousy minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi told Nigerians to wait until 2019 before judging the APC.

Said Amaechi, “we did not promise you that those challenges will be solved in one year or you would have given us a one-year mandate. But you gave us four years mandate, so wait till the end of four years before you can conclude that we have not done well.”

Amaechi must think all Nigerians suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder like him. We have not forgotten that a member of the board of trustees of the All Progressive Congress, a honorable man, a honest man and a trustworthy man in the person of former information minister (it is sad that he has to share that title with someone like Lai Mohammed) chief Tony Mommoh said and I quote “Stone us if within two years the current government fails to reverse the situation”.

So, no Amaechi. We are not going to wait for 2019. The APC has been two years in the saddle and not only has the APC failed, it has made things worse!

To put things in perspective, Nigerians cannot name even one promise that the APC led federal government has kept. Not even one.

You may say to me that, at this stage former President Jonathan had not kept his promise and I will respond that you are wrong.

By his first 100 days in office then President Jonathan had achieved a lot including the following which is not even exhaustive:

Nigeria’s oil industry expanded by 20% and we reclaimed our position as Africa’s
largest oil exporter which we had hitherto
ost to Angola.

Recognized by OPEC in July as the
2nd largest oil exporter 2nd only to Saudi
Arabia. It was the first time Nigeria has
recorded such a feat.

Inflation reduced to almost single digit (by the first anniversary it was single digit) as the administration enforced tighter fiscal
policies e.g. the cashless policy.

In June of 2011 the Consumer Price Index
showed an inflation rate of 10.2% which
dropped to 9.4% in July being the lowest
rate in the preceding 4 years.

Foreign Reserves rose by 10% to $35
billion.

Nigeria’s GDP growth rate month over month continued to grow from 6.7%
in May to 6.9% in July of 2011.

Nigeria declared top three investment
destinations in Africa (number 2) by the
independent Africa Business Panel in
the Netherlands.

Nigeria generated power at her highest level ever (4000mw) which was still
far from enough but which will improve
monthly (under Buhari it has reduced to below 3,000MWs)

Nigerian Railway Corporation
commenced Mass Transit Services in 5 of
6 geo-political zones. Last zone came
on stream by year end 2011.

With the establishment of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
then President Jonathan facilitated direct investments into infrastructure with priority areas being Power and Roads.

The Federal Government also
awarded contracts for various road
projects across the country whose impact
will we’re felt nationwide.

Launched NigeriaSat-2 and
NigeriaSat-X Satellites to expand
Internet Bandwidth and provide early
warning to prevent natural disasters.

Then President Jonathan introduced the policy of engaging the Private Sector on kerosine pricing and price reduced between May and September, 2011.

In Recognition of the sacrifices of youth
corps members, then President Jonathan approved upward review of allowances from 9,700 to 19,800 Naira.

Implementation of Minimum Wage
Increase for Nigerian Workers to 18,900
Naira monthly.

35% Slot For Women in the cabinet.

Deepened Security and expanding
Peace in the Niger Delta.

Reduced kidnapping in South East
with implementation of then President Jonathan’s order establishing the 14 Brigade of the army in Ohafia, Abia state.

Maritime Safety was ensured
and stabilized in the last 100 days.

A stellar cabinet comprising former
MDs of the World Bank & Goldman
Sachs, Chairperson Accenture and
multiple PHds.

The National Automobile Council
established an Automotive Development
Fund to resuscitate the automobile
industry and generate jobs.

Approval for genuine foreign
investors to obtain visas at the point of entry to facilitate FDI investments.

Model Skills Training Centers in
Abuja- collaboration between Industrial
Training Fund & the Institute for Technical Education, Singapore.

24. Establishment of the Nigerian Vehiclee Credit Purchase scheme.

All these and more were achieved by Jonathan within his first 100 days. In two years President Buhari has not achieved half of these.

By his first year Jonathan had built 9 new federal universities in Katsina, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Jigawa, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Bayelsa.

Before the end of his tenure he had built 3 additional federal universities (bringing the total built to 12) and 165 almajiri schools.

By his first year Jonathan had, according to the UN, increased Nigeria’s life expectancy from 47 years to 51.

He had, according to the US based International Food Policy Research Institute, reduced hunger in Nigeria from 16.3 points to 15 points. Today hunger levels have risen in President Buhari’s Nigeria.

When Fulani herdsmen struck in Plateau state, President Jonathan did not waste time. In July of 2012, he sent soldiers to go and raid them and rout them from their hideouts in the bush. On the day the soldiers were going to the bush on July 15, 2012, this is what Nasir Elrufai, the current governor of Kaduna state said in a tweet. Mind you, I am quoting word for word.

“We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.”

Today, Fulani herdsmen are having a field day killing Nigerians in almost every state of the country. What has this government done? Have they sent soldiers after them? Have they arrested them? In Enugu pregnant women were hacked to death, a seminarian was killed. Married women were raped and killed. In Southern Kaduna hundreds have been killed. Whole communities ravaged. In Agatu, hundreds have been killed, in Delta so many lives lost to Fulani herdsmen, yet during Christmas as herdsmen were killing our brothers and sisters in Southern Kaduna the government mounted up to 100 road blocks with soldiers and policemen all over the Southeast and called it operation python dance. Where they were needed, they were not there! Where they were not needed, they were ‘dancing’!

This government claims to be fighting corruption. You and I know that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was caught when his own company was awarded an over inflated contract to cut grass in the Northeast and then money was paid into his company account that he controlled as the signatory.

The same President that stormed the homes of Supreme Court justices in the wee hours of the morning. The same President that allowed DSS agents to storm apostle Suleiman’s hotel room in Ado Ekiti, turned to a letter writer and wrote to the Senate in a very clumsy effort to absolve the Secretary to the Government of the Federation using lies that he was not invited to defend himself. Meanwhile the Senate invited him and a director in the SGF’s office acknowledged receipt of the invitation.

Meanwhile in 2012 when the then minister of power, Professor Barth Nnaji was accused of conflict of interest, President Jonathan fired him immediately. He did not write letters. He did not defend him. He fired him. In 2014 when the then aviation minister was accused of involvement in buying over inflated cars President Jonathan sacked her.

So my question to Nigerians is this. Who is fighting corruption between Buhari and Jonathan?

Adolf Hitler said “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

The APC is using a propaganda technique known as the Big Lie that was propounded by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 book mein kampf. According to Hitler you tell a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

Let me ask you, the APC federal government said that the previous National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki embezzled $2.1 billion in an arms scam deal.

Now go through the charges they are preferring against him of in court and calculate the amount in those charges. It is not up to 10% of the amount they claimed was stolen.

The man himself said he never stole and is waiting to defend himself in court. All of a sudden the APC federal government said they want a secret trial.

The sane people that accused him publicly, the same APC that has been leaking stories to the press suddenly do not want the press to be involved in Dasuki’s trial.

They claim it is in the interest of national security. But what national security interests are they protecting? After all, they said the man did not buy weapons. They said he stole the money. So, what possible national security interests could they be protecting if he did not really buy weapons?

They are not protecting any national security interests. They are protecting party interests because they know that if the case is allowed to be tried in the public it will become clear that Dasuki is innocent and the charges against him are spurious and a part of the ‘Big Lie’ told a la Adolf Hitler.

Let the Federal Government try Dasuki publicly. I repeat, let them try Dasuki publicly if they have nothing to hide.

You see, they do have a lot to hide because the APC is the biggest scam of the 21st Century! They scammed you with a lie so big you could not believe they were lying and now that you know they are lying they want to disenfranchise you by using the phenomenon of ‘inconclusive elections’ which is the only major thing they have achieved since coming into office!

You see, Lai Mohammed and his APC are uncommonly gifted liars, but no matter how far and fast their lies have travelled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth!

After all, as Bob Marley sang, you can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time!”

The 2face cancelled protest by Charlyboy

The 2face cancelled protest by Charlyboy

Charly Boy writes Buhari on behalf of frustrated and voiceless youths

Read below:

The Struggle to overcome Political Insanity, Audacious impunity and Mindless looting in Nigeria took a Negative hit last night not just because Tuface Idibia called off the 6th of February, 2017 Protest; because most of the demons we are Fighting against hijack the Peoples Protest and Anger at the Establishment.
We must not Trivialize the Struggle or We will Struggle to make any impact in the Emancipation of the Nigerian Mind. President Muhammadu Buhari is not the Problem of the Nigerian State and this is not excusing his Failures. The Nigeria Political Elite are Vampires Feeding off the Blood of a Willing and Docile Populace. They Loot Because we Hail; The Celebration of Ibori in Delta State Yesterday and Across the Country Typifies the Insanity of our Stupidity and eternal Problem of the Nigerian Struggling Populace.

Now we retreat to regroup and replan and we will lock hands to synchronise our objectives. For me, it is #ALUTAETERNAL, because If we no plan well things no go work well. No be everybody get that kin heart to stand tall when jungle mature. The real tsunami it’s coming, and no doubt I will be on the front line. I will take the First Bullet; let my body be the first to drop; Let my Blood be the first to wash our LANDS.

Will the Nigeria youth back a Full Blooded Peaceful Political Mass Revolution at the Federal, State and Local Government Level? I doubt. But, I no go give up on my children, The Coalition of the Frustrated, Angry and Hungry, as well as this country that I love. We must sustain the pressure and cannot turn back as the Revolution Continues. We must begin to resist political insensitivity and mindless looting of our common wealth.
I, AreaFada will fight so fear will no longer cripple my people. Our MUMU don reach last bus-stop. And before we go start to chop sand sand, we go enter street and purge our lands of political dictatorship, oppression, poverty and corruption.
We must not walk/work alone or we will fail miserably. The Nigerian politician is our eternal enemy; The Nigerian people are the willing victim and it is time to channel our anger peacefully towards making governance work for us and not against us.

We must stop being the victims and become THE FEAR/THE MOB.
If our yeye Leaders no fear us, change no go come.
We Dey Prepare; We Dey Come to a Local Government, State House, State Assembly or an Arm of Federal Government Near You be cause #OurMumuDonDo

Charlyboy Oputa(AreaFada)
President.
Frustrated Nigerians.

Why Are Guys So Cheap …??

Why Are Guys So Cheap …??

Why Are Guys So Cheap ...??
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So this guy added me on FACEBOOK… we had a little conversation from which I summed up that he had a fiancée whom he is supposed to MARRY in 5months time ..‍♀️
He kept sliding in my DM acting all thirsty and shit. I invited him to grab lunch at my favorite spot which was just around my hood. He showed up and I dropped him off after food and laughs.

He didn’t stop texting me.. saying he wants to visit my place and all that. I decided to entertain this clown.. he came to my place and I was alone since its vacation time and the family is out
We decided to see a movie.. next thing I noticed was this HOE drawing close to me on the couch. He touched my thigh and I knew what he wanted already.. cheap dude .. lmao

I kissed him and he responded quickly .. then he proceeded to give me headdamnnn. We had s*x that day which was the SECOND time of meeting me{a Facebook friend} worst case scenario.. he didn’t even use a c*ndom; meaning he didn’t care if I was infected..

He got home and sent an appreciation text after which he kept CALLING and disturbing my life.. I met him again and we smashed three times ✌

I tipped him the last time after driving him home though he was acting all “manly” (idgaf) ..I BLOCKED him last week
I sincerely can’t stand cheap and EASY guys acting all “good” online …when it takes only KFC and rides to get the D*CK ❗️

#okbye #cheapdudes
#reversethetrend
#slutshaming⏹

 

By Chidera hopewell Stephen

Now everyone wants to be a woman in Nigeria – Read

Now everyone wants to be a woman in Nigeria – Read

Now everyone wants to be a woman in Nigeria - Read

In Nigeria, men are becoming desperate to be married off because they’re aging terribly fast. Soon, no woman will even look at them. So they’re doing anything humanly possible and impossible to hook up with even the ugliest of women.
But it is said that a woman is never ugly, because no matter how bad her face looks, men will always be crawling at her feet. With a vagina and just a few notes, she can have any man she wants. They’ve been termed God’s gift to man.
Even the men in marriage are struggling to keep the women they’re fortunate to have. They’re doing more house chores ; cooking, cleaning and keeping the house in order to remain in favor of the woman whom he worships, his benefactor. Men are becoming better home makers.
Family violence against men has gradually thinned down because men are becoming more humble, subservient and responsible. It is no surprise that a certain man in Ibadan was sent packing with bruises from the wife because he had not served the wife enough pepper in her pap. This however, has forced most men to learn their lessons and continually be on their toes.
Nigerian men need to start using their heads more and stop allowing money and a woman’s sex organ to continually drive them. Just flash some crispy bills at a man, and he’d drop out of school just to have a one night stand with a woman. Now everyone wants to be a woman, the shot caller.

 

By Kingsley Aham .

Kingsley is a man

Why Women’s Rights May Never Be Guaranteed In Africa And The Middle East!

Why Women’s Rights May Never Be Guaranteed In Africa And The Middle East!

The large craving for gender equality and a continuous upgrade in affirmative action for women, may yield a generous amount of progress in the liberal world, but will continue quite sadly, to suffer reoccurring setbacks in Africa and the Middle East!

Why Women's Rights May Never Be Guaranteed In Africa And The Middle East!

• The Supervised Entitlements of Women In Africa:

Africa is traditionally built around draconian cultures that frown at the allocation of certain privileges to women, which take liberties with gender equality, or promote any form of insurrection towards their male counterparts.

Women’s rights are almost extinct in most places in Africa! The heavy occurrence of female genital mutilation and coercion of teenage girls into early marriage in countries like Mali, Chad and Somalia, seems to be a revered and celebrated practice!

In most parts of Nigeria, women who dress in clothes that are perceived to be “indecent” are often mobbed, and in most cases, stripped unclad and subjected to gruesome public ridicule by hoodlums. These events are astonishingly displayed at the spectacle of a cheering narrow-minded audience, comprised of even security agents! (I really cannot understand how a lady’s choice of fashion deserves such extreme humiliation, or how her dressing infringes on the fundamental human rights of these mobs!) Could this be the unfortunate effect of illiteracy? Or the hypocritical and judgmental nature of the typical African society?

In some parts of Africa, a woman can be easily expelled from her marriage without any severance package, for being ‘incompetent’ at conceiving a male child, or ‘committing the evil’ of birthing too many female children! (of course, not too many Africans embrace the “dangerous idea” of legalizing their marriage at the government registry, so this ultimately yanks off any safety nets for the women when adversity strikes).

Most African husbands, uncompromisingly demand the production of children in quick succession without considering the health and psychological preparedness of their wives.
Treading the part of religion, women are rarely allowed to preach in some rigid African churches. The same counts as blasphemy for the Muslim folks as well…(are women the proponents of sin, or I’m not getting something right?)
• The ‘Restraining Order From Freedom’ Given To Women In The Middle East:

Islam is practically a ‘Male-Centered Religion,’ so I’m not naïve to expect the Muslims to be apologetic about that, or suddenly expect them to bend to public opinion(regardless of how prevailing!)
But my point will be made anyway…

The horrible punishment meted out to women for disobedience, or for causing a dent on the family name, commonly referred to as “Honour killing” continues quite strongly in the Middle East! Women are periodically put to death by their male relatives for either converting to a new religion, marrying a suitor of their choice, or embracing western education.

Women in some parts of the Middle East, are often dissuaded(sometimes forcefully) from their desire to acquire education or become literate. It is also a common practice for female rape victims to be compelled by ‘law’ to marry their defilers!

Achieving a guaranteed provision of Women’s Rights in Africa and the Middle East may remain a figment of our imagination, until the deep cultural and religious roots of both environments are reviewed or ultimately reinvented!

 

By Nimi Princewill

If I were God an article by Tony Ogunlowo

If I were God an article by Tony Ogunlowo

If I were God an article by Tony Ogunlowo

If I were God and people asked me why I created Nigeria I’ll say I created it for a reason. I promised to lead the Israelites to a land of Milk and Honey and I did . Nigeria is a land of Milk and Honey but you’re too blind to see it and trample it under foot.

If I were God and people asked me why I allowed the amalgamation of the Igbos, Yorubas and Hausa under one roof I’ll say I did it for a reason. People regardless of their tribes and religious affiliations should learn to live together. You are humans not aliens and your country is big enough for everyone.

If I were God and you asked me why I let the killings of the innocents go on I’ll tell you it’s for a reason. You do not value the life of your fellow human beings. To you taking a life is like killing a fowl for dinner. Perhaps you should learn to respect the preciousness of a human life.

If I were God and people asked me why I allowed evil to engulf your lives I will say its for a reason. I created you in my image but you chose for the darkness of evil to enter your lives, mostly, to proclaim your vanity. Be careful what you wish for; you asked for it and you got it!

If I were God and you asked me why people are the way they are in Nigeria, I’ll say I created Man to love one another and not hate one another. I created the Sun to shine on the righteous and on the bad. I also created Rain to fall on your friend’s house and also on your foes house. Perhaps you should learn to love each other a bit more.

If I were God and you asked why my ‘Men of God’ can’t help you or the country I’ll say I have no ‘Men of God’ amongst you. Many, since Time began, claim they come in my name. are they my chosen ones? That is for you to decide!

If I were God and you asked me why I let the poor and needy to continually suffer – on a daily basis – I’ll say it’s for a reason. Why should some amongst you have more than enough and others are left with nothing? Unfortunately you haven’t evolved to the point to learn how to distribute your vast resources evenly – that’s for you to do!

If I were God and you asked me why I let corrupt leaders rule Nigeria I would say that is your fault. If you elect corrupt leaders to high office you get what you voted for – blame yourselves!

If I were God and you asked me why I stood by and let the Devil and his legion enter your lives I will say that is your fault. You opened your front door and willingly invited him in.

If I were God and you asked me why nothing ever works out in Nigeria for the better, I’ll say blame yourselves! I gave you a brain and the ability to discern between right and wrong. But since you chose to go the way of Adam, in the Garden of Eden, that is your prerogative!

If I were God and you asked me why I’m not fixing the problems in Nigeria I’ll say stop moaning and fix them yourselves! Nigeria is not the only nation in this world; there are many others and they fix their own problems. Perhaps it’s time the nation called Nigeria grew up and stopped blaming everybody else for its woes!

The killer midget and the stunted dwarf by Femi Fani-Kayode

The killer midget and the stunted dwarf by Femi Fani-Kayode

This is an article written by Femi Fani Kayode Jnr. Please read on.

“Not a single soul has been prosecuted, let alone jailed for the genocide in Southern Kaduna and you are blaming someone for preaching self defense? You are INSANE. Yes, INSANE”- Olufemi Korode, Twitter, 24th January 2017.The killer midget and the stunted dwarf by Femi Fani-Kayode

Can anyone dispute the fact that Mr. Korode is right? Are those that say that Christians should not defend themselves or complain when they are being slaughtered not completely insane?

The truth is that had it not been for the fact that eight more innocent and defenceless people were butchered by Fulani militants in Samaru Kataf, Southern Kaduna on 17th January, that six young students of the College of Education, Gidan Waya, Southern Kaduna were massacred on 23rd January and that twenty innocent souls, including women and children, were slaughtered by the same pack of beastly savages in the village of Ohimini in Benue state on that same day I may not have written this piece.

 

Yet I am constrained to do so because the animals in human flesh and Islamist demons that are on the rampage in Kaduna state and indeed all over the country have not satisfied their lust for Christian blood and their carnage persists. As a matter of fact the cancer is spreading.

When you add the thirty four that were murdered in the last few days to the 808 innocent souls that were killed by the same creatures on Christmas eve and Christmas day you cannot come to any other conclusion than the fact that this is genocide and that it is time to resist it.

Unfortunately some do not wish to hear that. They would prefer the people of Southern Kaduna to continue to be the sacrificial lambs that they have always been. Permit me to share just one example of their mindset here.

In reaction to the suggestion that the people of Southern Kaduna ought to defend themselves from mass murder and genocide given the fact that the state government has refused to protect them, Mallam Uba Sani, a four foot dwarf and the political advisor to Kaduna state’s dimunitive Midget-in-Chief, Governor Nasir El Rufai, wrote the following in Thisday and a number of other newspapers:

”The greatest challenge to peace in Kaduna State now is the antics of political jobbers and opportunists who have gone as low as spreading hate speeches; telling communities in Kaduna State to “defend themselves.” This, of course, is an unmistakable call on the people of Kaduna State to procure arms and ammunitions and start killing themselves. This is not just very low but extremely dangerous. This call on the citizenry to take the laws into their own hands totally undermines all on-going efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna State.”

These are strong words from the dwarf who appears to be expressing the frustration, angst and cold rage of his employer, the Chief Midget.

Instead of showing remorse for their woeful failures and begging for forgiveness for the oceans of innocent blood that has been shed under their watch, the government of Kaduna State is lashing out at those of us that have called them out and that are deeply concerned about the annihilation and decimation of human life and sheer carnage that is taking place in Southern Kaduna.

The dwarf pours scorn on the suggestion that a man should protect his family, loved ones and home from cold-blooded murderers who are attempting to maim and kill them.

He is suggesting that the people of Southern Kaduna should keep quiet, fold their arms and happily welcome, with a warm smile, those that have come to rape their wives, slaughter their children, burn their homes, wipe out their faith and possess their land. Is that how to make Kaduna great again?

Is that how to get back to the glorious days of Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar, Ahmed Makarfi and Patrick Yakowa when Kaduna state was presided over by men of substance and character.

Is that the way to get back to the days when Kaduna state was blessed with kind and compassiomate governors who were balanced, mature, sensitive, caring, gentle, cosmopolitan, inclusive and fair to all regardless of faith, tribe or ethnic nationality?

Is that how to get back to the peaceful days of Kaduna when those of us that play polo used to look forward to going there to play a few chukkas at the annual Kaduna Polo tournament?

Is that how to get back to the days when Kaduna was one of the best places to live in or visit in the country?

I doubt it very much. The truth is that nothing could be more insensitive, irresponsible, callous and utterly absurd than the dwarf’s counsel and suggestion.

If that is the kind of advice that the midget has been getting from his aides and advisors ever since he was elected as governor one needs to look no further to know why he has failed so woefully.

Under his watch Kaduna state has become more divided than it has ever been in its entire history and the pungent smell and rotten stench of fresh human blood and fly-infested bloated corpses fills the air.

That is the shameful legacy that the midget and his dwarf are desperately trying to white-wash and defend.

Instead of going on their knees and begging God, the Christian community, the Shiite Muslims and the Nigerian people for forgiveness for what can, at best, be described as their irresponsible, incompetent and criminally negligent behaviour and, at worse, their willfull and premeditated attempt to wipe out, exterminate and cleanse the land of the entire Christian community and every ethnic and religious minority group in Southern Kaduna and Zaria, they are throwing bricks at their perceived enemies and flying into childish tantrums.

The dwarf spoke of “political jobbers” and “oppprtunists”. One wonders just who they are? Again one wonders precisely what the “ongoing efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna” that he mentioned are given the fact that his boss the midget does not appear to give a damn about the fact that thousands of innocent and defenceless people, including women and children, have been butchered during his watch and right under his nose.

At the end of 2015 over 1000 Shiite Muslims were slaughtered in cold blood and buried in mass graves by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state. Many Shiites have accused the midget of covertly playing a sordid and questionable role in the whole affair and when one hears the facts one cannot blame them.

For example is it true that it was he that fingered Sheik Ibrahim El Zak Zaky, the Shiite leader, by phoning him and ascertaining his whereabouts for the military before they tracked him down, shelled, shot and murdered hundreds of his people in the sanctity of their homes and proceeded to shoot him and his gentle Yoruba wife in the eye and stomach before whisking them both away.

Since that time they have kept both husband and wife incommunicado and in detention despite court orders to release them. One wonders what efforts the midget has made to get them out?

One wonders why he, a Sunni Muslim, hates the Shiite so much? One wonders why he has been tormenting, arresting, persecuting, outlawing, proscribing and locking them up ever since their leaders arrest even though they have never sought to harm or attack anyone?

Another example of the sheer depravity of this man was provided approximately one month ago over the Christmas holiday.

On Christmas eve and Christmas day alone, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), no less that 808 Christians were killed by the midget’s friends and brothers, the Fulani militia (aka herdsmen), in Southern Kaduna.

The midget and his government provided security and enforced a curfew in the Muslim areas of the state but they refused to do the same for Southern Kaduna which is Christian. Consequently the Fulani militia not only struck but they struck very hard indeed leaving nothing but death and destruction in their path.

Evidently the Chief Midget and his government are more interested in insulting, undermining, discrediting and threatening with arrest its critics and those that have expressed outrage about what the people of Southern Kaduna have been subjected to under his watch than in protecting and saving innocent Christian lives.

One wonders why he hates Christians so much to the extent that the only hospital in the relevant Christian community was shut down by his government on the days that the attacks took place in order to ensure that the wounded could not be treated and that as many Christians suffered casualties and died as possible.

Is the midget not vicariously liable and criminally culpable for those deaths even if he did not take part in the attacks himself? What is the source of and reason for his hatred for our Christian brothers and sisters? Are they not human beings as well? Are they not worthy of life? Do they not deserve to be protected?

These questions must be answered whether they like it or not. Yet instead of doing so they are spewing out more and more garbage by the day.

For example in his essay the midget’s dwarf went even further by saying that “a Yoruba ex- Minister who should know better” and who is “being sponsored” held a series of meetings in his Abuja home with various delegations from Southern Kaduna where they planned how to effect “a violent attack on others” in Kaduna state.

Though he did not have the courage to mention the name of that Yoruba ex-Minister it is obvious that the dwarf was referring to yours truly.

As a rule I do not respond to hired help and the aides of public office holders no matter how short they are because they are too small for me. This is especially so when they are stunted not just in physical growth but also in mental capacity.

When the midget himself dares to open his mouth and talk rubbish I will give him the full measure of my pen and tongue but I cannot bring myself to the very low level of joining issues with a frustrated dwarf or any of the other hired guns of an embittered and drowning midget.

What I will say to the dwarf however is this. If it was me that he was accusing of having meetings in my Abuja home with various delegations from Southern Kaduna he is absolutely right.

I have many friends in and from Southern Kaduna from both the Shiite Muslim and Christian community who deemed it necessary to pay me a visit in Abuja over the Christmas holidays and tell me about the genocide that they were being subjected to by the Fulani Janjaweed terrorists and military forces, with the full support and knowledge of the midget-in-chief.

I was proud to host them and I will continue to do so whether the little dwarf and his paymaster likes it or not.

I should also mention the fact that at no time did I discuss any violent attack on the Fulani or anyone else in Kaduna state with any of them though I told them plainly that if the government failed in its duty to protect them they must go ahead and defend themselves.

That is my view and it will always be my view and I will continue to share it with whoever I deem fit.

For this counsel I have no apology. If it gives the midget governnor and his little dwarf sleepless nights that the people of Southern Kaduna will no longer sit back and allow their loved ones to be slaughtered by their Fulani friends and kinsmen that is their problem. For all I care they can go and hug a transformer or jump in the lagoon. (TO BE CONTINUED).

Once Upon A Time in Gambia By Reuben Abati

Once Upon A Time in Gambia By Reuben Abati

All protocol(s) observed by Reuben Abati

I have very vivid memories of my last visit to The Gambia. This was in 2013 when President Goodluck Jonathan paid a two-day visit to the country. In the course of that visit, President Jonathan commissioned the new Chancery of the Nigerian Embassy in Banjul, and also met with the Nigerian community, in addition to the usual bilateral meetings. Nigeria and The Gambia have very strong cultural and diplomatic relations.

We were quartered at a very nice, hospitable sea-side hotel, the Coco Ocean Resort. One of the first things I noticed was the large population of female tourists, lounging by the pool-side and the sea-side, with biceps-wielding, six-packs-flaunting young dark-skinned men on the prowl, with gigolo-ish gait and mien. A female member of our entourage who had gone to the restaurant alone, later returned – visibly shaken and alarmed and what was her problem: one of the male ushers in the hotel had asked her if she would need a man to keep her company so she could have a real taste of Gambian hospitality.

We laughed over it later, but you could not but wonder whether this was one of the reasons why The Gambia holds a special attraction for middle-aged ladies from Europe. There was no time to conduct further research into that aspect of our encounter with The Gambia. I was far too busy for that. But there was no doubt that The Gambia under President Yahya Jammeh took the country’s tourism endowments seriously: a beautiful seaside, good weather, low crime rate, good hotels, beautiful women, adventurous young men, and a meek populace.

President Yahya Jammeh was determined to give President Jonathan and his delegation a good reception. From the airport to the hotel, you would think a festival was afoot. A public holiday was declared and our visit was aired live on radio and television. When we got to the hotel, President Jonathan’s vehicle was immediately serenaded by a cavalcade of horse-riders and a full band of drummers, singers and bag-pipers in colourful costume. They led our convoy to the Presidential suite, where security had been heavily deployed in fitting recognition of the importance of the visitor. President Jammeh like virtually every other West African President took a special liking to President Jonathan- the only one who was aloof and liked to act like the father of everyone was that one in Cameroon, although I must say when we went there for a security summit, he received us excellently well too.

We felt very much at home in The Gambia. We were kept in rooms that were a bit far away from the President. And whenever that happened, the aides were always excited. It meant we could have a little more freedom away from the searching eyes of the security people around the President. And those ones, I will tell their story someday because they were fond of disturbing other matters of state and personal interest by suddenly interrupting with calls: “Oga dey call you, Oga says you must come now, now” only to get to the big man and he tells you, “No, I didn’t ask after you.” By the time you hang around for a while, just in case the big man would change his mind, whatever plan you were pursuing would have been aborted, or seeing you, the boss would find an assignment for you or drag you into a meeting. Angry, deflated, you went to the security man who made the phone call: “But you said Oga sent for me.” Those guys always managed a poker face: “But you know it is always good to stay around Oga in case he needs you.”

I was impressed by Jammeh’s hospitality and respectful disposition towards President Jonathan. I recall that in 2012, when President Jammeh tried to succeed President Jonathan as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority, his own colleagues, including President Jonathan, opposed him. He rarely attended ECOWAS meetings. His then Vice President, the motherly, regal and polite Isatou Njie-Saidy always occupied The Gambian seat. But he usually showed up when a new Chairman was to be elected. Seniority is something that is taken seriously within the club of African Presidents.

They refer to themselves as “my brother, my brother”, but they are always very mindful of seniority and that is one of the reasons why the likes of Paul Biya, Robert Mugabe, Yoweri Museveni, Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo behave and speak as if they are God in human form. Each time Jammeh wanted the ECOWAS Chairmanship position, he behaved as if it was his birthright, but in 2012, and again in 2014, he was bypassed for junior Presidents as had been the case since he first expressed interest in the position in 2001. He was the only long-serving President who was never allowed to chair ECOWAS. He must have been aware of President Jonathan and Nigeria’s stand on the question of his Chairmanship, but he never held it against both. In fact, Nigeria and Nigerians were so influential in The Gambia under Jammeh, ordinary Gambians complained openly about the overwhelming influence of Nigerians in their country.

Everything went well during our state visit until it was time to meet with President Jammeh in the State House. It was part of my duty to introduce the Nigerian President’s delegation, except someone else seized the microphone and I stepped down. In The Gambia, mere protocol recognition of the President of the country ended up being a major problem. His full titles had to be mentioned, and in a correct order in order not to upset him. The pre-meeting briefing by my Gambian counterpart dwelt too heavily on the titles: His Excellency, Sheik Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Abdul-Aziz Awal Jemus Junkung (AJJ) Jammeh Nassiru Deen Babili Mansa, President of the Republic of The Gambia. It was something like that. The security guards were also rough and menacing. Security men often do not understand the language of diplomacy. We went to many countries where we were treated roughly and our own security men often threatened to retaliate if the affected country ever visited Nigeria. I don’t think we ever got a chance to retaliate because our protocol system proved to be more orderly.

The State House in The Gambia when we eventually went in, however, was quite modest. It looked like the guest house section of Aso Villa. The meetings went well too. And Jammeh, to my surprise, spoke very well. He didn’t sound like the fool he was portrayed to be in the Western press. He was articulate, debonair, well-composed and mentally sharp. I guess these are required qualities for dictatorship and crookedness. And I admired Jammeh. He is afterall, my age-mate. He sat there, in his royalty, running a country, and I was there, switching between a microphone and a notebook, documenting his history. But something else happened that gave a true picture of Jammeh’s Gambia.

Our official photographer, Callistus Ewelike (he took over from Kola Osiyemi– God bless his soul) had issues with Jammeh’s security men. Security men at State Houses around the world are unfriendly towards journalists. They seek to control access. They consider journalists busybodies, looking for negative news. Accreditation and the use of tags should ordinarily take care of this, still, the security people just prefer to misbehave, and I witnessed that even in the United States where we were treated as if the visiting media was a team of terrorists. There was no violence in the US, but in The Gambia, they seized Callistus Ewelike’s camera and smashed it. Callistus is an aggressive, stubborn photo-journalist. He would fight if you try to stop him from doing his job.

He was a staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) handed over to me by Ima Niboro when Kola took ill. Callistus must have resisted the Gambia goons, claiming his right as President Jonathan’s Official Photographer. In The Gambia under Jammeh, the President and the security agencies ruled as if there would be no tomorrow. They trampled on everyone else’s rights. Anyone who tried to act like a free man was brutalised and dumped in prison. For 22 years, Jammeh sat on his country and his people with the help of marabouts and security enforcers. He kissed the Koran everyday, but he did not act according to its dictates. He wore a trademark white garment, but his true garment was of a black colour from the kingdom of Satan.

Ewelike’s travails eventually became a full-fledged story on the second day of our visit when President Jammeh’s spokesperson and the rest of his media team started looking for me at the Coco Resort. We were to be treated to a luncheon before departure. The luncheon had started but I got cornered. Jammeh’s spokesman brought a brand new camera to replace the one the Gambian security people had destroyed. Callistus was with me. The Gambians apologized. Apology was taken and accepted. They said they didn’t want the two Presidents to hear about the incident. I gave them my word that I would not mention it to President Jonathan. Then, they pleaded that we should accept the replacement camera they brought.

I told them not to bother – as far as we were concerned, whatever happened was occupational hazard and Nigeria would replace its own damaged equipment. I looked at Callistus. He was eyeing the new camera greedily. At a point, he called me aside and whispered: “Oga, this camera they are giving us is better than the one they smashed oh. This one na better camera. Oga, abi make we take am?” I stood my ground. I also consulted Ambassadors Hassan Tukur and Daniel Hart who said accepting a replacement would amount to a diplomatic tit-for-tat. I thanked The Gambians for their good sense and assured them that we were fine with the photographic coverage of the visit so far, despite the damaged camera. I always had a back-up photographer and cameraman, in any case.

That encounter was a blessing in disguise. It saved me from the first course at the Presidential luncheon, which had started while we were outside the hall discussing the damaged camera. When we got back to Nigeria, close to eight persons on the Presidential delegation ended up in hospital due to food poisoning! They all took that first course. Nobody died but somehow the information got back to The Gambia and the chef was arrested and charged to court. Jammeh’s rulership of The Gambia was jinxed in many ways. The biggest jinx was his volte-face over the last Presidential election. Gambians deserve a new place in the sun and a new Gambia. But so much depends on new President Adama Barrow. He should look beyond the past and face the future. If he spends his time facing the past, he will disappoint his people and exhaust the enormous goodwill that has brought him to power.

The Shock Rise in Paedophilia in Nigeria an article by Tony Ogunlowo

The Shock Rise in Paedophilia in Nigeria an article by Tony Ogunlowo 

The Shock Rise in Paedophilia in Nigeria an article by Tony Ogunlowo

Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a news report about a minor being sexually abused by a much older person. And the shocking thing is that for every case reported dozens are not because the young victims are either too scared of their attackers or embarrassed to talk to anyone. And it’s so bad now that it’s rising to epidemic levels and soon Nigeria will be overtaking Cambodia and the Far East as the paedophile hotspot of the world!

Currently the law stipulates life imprisonment for rape of a minor under the new Sexual Offences Bill but the law doesn’t deal with those who marry under-age girls to circumvent the law. Whilst it is a horrendous crime to rape anyone it’s even worse when the victim is a child and the perpetrator can get away with it by either marrying their victim or shutting them up. Most paedophiles get away with their crimes because they are much older and can intimidate or brainwash their victims. And most of the time the perpetrators of these crimes are people known to the victims as fathers, brothers, neighbours, uncles, in-laws etc.

Disturbingly, families are prepared to put up a wall of silence and pretend as if nothing is going wrong if there is a case of incest or paedophilia going on in their household. They all keep quiet, hoping it blow over, in an attempt to preserve their dignity often threatening the victim to remain quiet and not dealing with the perpertrator.

Some tribes even encourage paedophilia by marrying off their under-age daughters to men old enough to be their grandfathers. And over the years no government policy or law has been put in place to outlaw this practice until recently and it’s still not enforced. Our society needs to shape up; it’s not okay for a 50-year old to be seen walking down the road with his new under-age wife. It doesn’t matter if he’s the richest man in Nigeria, an Oba or Emir. It’s morally wrong and the person belongs in jail! And for those who disagree or hide behind the flimsy excuse of ‘it’s our tradition’, how would you feel if your under-age son or daughter was being sexually abused by a 50-year old? Some men even think it’s ‘cool’ to sleep with an under-age child. It’s not and anybody who sleeps with an under-aged child, whether it’s consensual or not, is a paedophile. On a sadder note thirty-five Nigerian Senators actually voted, recently, for the legalization of child marriage! And the Senators in question all happen to be from the North and Muslims! Somebody ought to tell them we live in the 21st century now and such barbaric acts are not tolerable despite what the Koran says about marriage.

There are those who would like to argue that paedophilia is a disease. It’s not! It’s just a lame excuse given by depraved men to explain away their sick sexual cravings. How else would a certain Northern Senator explain spending $10,000 to ‘buy’ a 13-year old ‘bride’ from Egypt?

Our first duty should be to the children at risk. Everybody knows who these children at risk are and who they’re at risk from. Instead of minding our own business and turning a blind eye, ignoring the plight of the victim we should stand up to these people and report them to the authorities.

There should be more awareness so people can know what signs to look for if they believe a child is being groomed or abused, for example that ‘nice’ uncle who is always ‘touching’ his young niece and buying her presents is a potential suspect. Parents should learn how to be closer to their children; if you’re too distant to your child there will be things they won’t tell you, like most kids hold things back, and it’s your duty as a parent to sense when things are amiss. Children, just like anybody else, need a shoulder to cry upon and somebody they can talk about anything with. Be that parent they can come to.

Any rape victim, child or adult, doesn’t just carry the physical scars of their attack, which can include contacting a venereal disease or HIV, but emotional scars which are even harder to heal. They can suffer from post-traumatic stress for the rest of their lives. Overwhelmed by it can lead to depression and many have been driven to take their own lives.

We all know the Nigerian Police Force is not equipped to deal with child-rape cases (- or any case really!) and will probably tell the victim’s parents to sort it out themselves, calling it a family or personal matter. This is not good enough but the good news is that we live in the internet age and there are lots of avenues – social media – to shame them into taking action.

There are some organisations out there such as The Eight Foundation, Mirabel Centre and Women against Child Defilement who are not just helping victims of paedophiles but also offer advice and support. Unfortunately they are under-funded (- or not funded at all!) and there’s not enough of them.

Everybody needs to be vigilant. Child rape or paedophilia is not acceptable not just in this country but anywhere in the world.

The Horror Of Being Black And African

The Horror Of Being Black And African

The Horror Of Being Black And African
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To the wider world, being ‘black’ first identifies you as human, but further categorizes you as a “special grade” of human, fortified with great physical gallantry, but a reduced level of brain power.
Well, as a black man and an African, I do not entirely disagree, as the views of the wider world (which are quite contemptuous but true in certain ways) can be justified, though stand corrected!

The rock-hard energy and the combining blend of intellect of some Africans over the years, can be likened to rival gangs that don’t quite team up.
So I’d be reeling off some really loopy things the bulk of African people do, that continually put to question, the quality of our brain power!
• For starters, the average young African is naturally raised with an inferior mind that soaks in the aura of the white man as some type of ‘god’ (If not for anything, the disparity in skin color will excite and frighten you a little bit!)

• In Africa, we’re stuck and afflicted with tyrant/overzealous leaders, who assume power in their youth and stay clung to it till their grandchildren have all probably graduated from college! (Team Mugabe & his cronies!)

• Seeking for the fastest ways to trigger Africans to kill themselves? Easy… Give them funds to provide infrastructure for themselves, and watch them put up a great show boxing each other, over who should be entitled to share the money at the expense of the original intention.

• Even the highly educated can be easily swindled and made intellectually redundant by religion.

• Christianity in Africa, is first business before gospel (as you’re tagged ‘disobedient’ and ‘unfaithful with your tithe’ for being poor)

• Ditching academic degrees and traveling overseas to take up demeaning menial jobs, are widely considered ‘God’s blessings’ and ‘rare open doors’

• It’s almost some sort of sacrilege for African parents to apologize to kids when wrong. As a child, you’re certain to have your self-esteem mutilated before your 18th birthday! (you’d be regularly called “foolish” and “useless” for the next decade, so if you’re less than 18, happily get accustomed to it!)

• If you’re a man, 40years of age and above without a wife, the ‘Mr’ title is about to be dropped, as you’d be probably addressed as ‘Master’ in your next family meeting.

• If you’re a woman, 30years of age and above without a husband, but independent and a successful entrepreneur with great academic potentials, you’re regarded as irresponsible and a ‘corporate call girl’

• Africans are theological experts who are naturally wired to be more religious than righteous! (extremely hypocritical as well)

• We summon heavenly angels and pray very hard for our problems, but think very little towards solving them!

• An African will refuse to go into water at a bridge construction site for fear of mermaid spirits, and would rather watch an expatriate do the job!

• We eat both good looking and not so good looking animals and insects with pride!

• Recession and economic hardship no matter how toxic, doesn’t stand in the way of the humongous yearly budget for beer!

• It’s a taboo ‘punishable by death’ for a woman to split bills with a man when out on a date.

• The African is deeply terrified about the odds of catching an STD, but will continue to have unprotected sexual relations with multiple partners. (indeed a brilliant and intellectual mind!)
It’s quite a horror to be black, but nevertheless, still feels terrific to be an African after all… Doesn’t it?

 

By Nimi Princewill

Why President Buhari Ran to Gambia and Away From Rann – Reno Omokri

Why President Buhari Ran to Gambia and Away From Rann – Reno Omokri

Magu, Babachir: I Have Submitted My Report, Left For Buhari To Act - Malami

President Muhammadu Buhari wants to intervene in The Gambia to prevent a breakdown of law and order which will lead to a humanitarian crisis. The Gambia has a population of 1.8 million people, while Kaduna has a population of 6 million people of which over 2 million of those are in Southern Kaduna.
Till date, the only person who has died in The Gambia is President elect Barrow’s son, Habibu Barrow, who was bitten by a dog. But in Southern Kaduna, hundreds of people have bitten the dust.

If in truth President Buhari really wants to prevent a humanitarian crisis, the place he should be visiting and intervening in is Southern Kaduna before The Gambia.

And the penchant of the President to delegate pressing domestic problems to his subordinates while personally addressing foreign challenges of lower priority is on the increase.

I have chosen to empathize with the Buhari administration over the deaths of Internally Displaced Persons and international aid workers at the Rann IDP camp in Borno state by a bomb mistakenly dropped on the camp by a Nigerian Air Force Jet, but for the life of me I cannot understand why the President, who heavily criticized former President Jonathan’s handling of the Boko Haram crisis, elected to delegate his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and some ministers to visit the victims and survivors of the Rann disaster to offer condolences and supposed support.

And to the Borno state governor who cheekily said there was progress because in his words there was no “blame game” as would have happened in the previous administration of Jonathan, I would just say, wake up and smell the coffee. I can see no excuse for this faux pas except the Borno state Governor is sarcastically trying to call out the Buhari government for its over indulgence in blaming previous administrations.

If it was possible, the Buhari administration would have taken out a registered trade mark on the phrase ‘blame game’. Never in the history of Nigeria, and perhaps contemporary Africa, has an administration invested so much of its focus and time on blame gaming as the Buhari government. So Governor Shettima would have to pull more fallacious words out of his mischievous magical hat of illusions to be able to pin such a false accusation on the Jonathan Government.

It may be necessary to remind Governor Shettima that the Jonathan he so likes to blame visited Borno more than once as President during the height of the Boko Haram insurgency. Has President Buhari even bothered to drop by? That is how much the President thinks of him!

But in all this, we still must give God the glory that the mistake by the air force did not occur while Oby Ezekwesili and Lai Mohammed were combing Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

And let me speak directly to the President. President Muhammadu Buhari, as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, don’t you think you owe it as a duty to be in Rann at this very moment to personally comfort victims and survivors of the unfortunate mistaken bombing by our Armed Forces?

This is more so when some of the dead include qualified doctors who left their countries, homes and profitable businesses to volunteer through Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross.

If those foreigners could leave their countries to go to Rann, sir, you can leave Aso Rock to go there. This bombing is not your fault, but if you fail to visit Rann where lives have been lost, you will send a very wrong message particularly as you just visited The Gambia where no lives have been lost accidentally or deliberately due to Yahya Jammeh’s actions.

Why President Buhari Ran(n) to Gambia and ran away from Rann would continue to be a mystery for a while. But the truth still remains that you do not focus on putting out the fire in your neighbor’s tiny hut when your own massive estate is on fire.

In Nigeria’s history no President has engaged in foreign travels like President Muhammadu Buhari yet never before has foreign investment dried up in Nigeria as it is today.

So bad has the situation degenerated to that Reuters, in a piece by Paul Carsten and his colleagues published on January 18, 2017 detailed how President Buhari’s globetrotting efforts to secure foreign loans have hit a brick wall.

The article cited failure to present a coherent economic recovery program as the reason why foreign donors are wary of trusting the Buhari administration with their hard earned money.

In fact, the article posited that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been forced to work with a “consultancy” to patch together a policy document that it hopes would be acceptable to foreign lenders.

Now, Nigerians can understand why I questioned the wisdom in the appointment of a polytechnic graduate by President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s finance minister at a time when we should be putting our best foot forward. The finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, attended the University of East London. The problem is not that this university is one of the worst universities in the United Kingdom today. The issue is that the ‘university’ was actually a polytechnic at the time Kemi Adeosun attended it and was only upgraded to university status in 1992! If you Google this university, you will find that it’s graduates are one of the least likely to get a job on the strength of their degree of any university in the United Kingdom.

I guess the guidance and counseling department of the University of East London should by now have found a fix for this problem-if you cannot find U.K. employment with your UEL degree, just relocate to Nigeria. Chances are you would be made a cabinet minister!

The funniest thing is that when President Buhari ran against then President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 one of his prominent campaign posters had the promise and I quote “what we will not do-spend 110 days in a year globetrotting”. As I write this and as you read it, President Muhammadu Buhari has globe-trotted all the way to London. In fact, by his first anniversary as President on May 29, 2016, President Buhari had made 30 foreign trips with very little by way of returns to the country from them. So much for his promises. Would the President be man enough to apologize to former President Obasanjo who was the subject of his particular criticism in 2003? Your guess is as good as mine!

So my advise to the President is that he should spend less time blaming past administrations especially as he is now more guilty than them of the things he accused them of.

I give this advise because I am aware that each time President Muhammadu Buhari blames previous administrations, what foreign and domestic investors see is a leader who loves the perks and privilege of his office but hates the responsibility attached to it. They see a ruler who likes to bask in the glory of his predecessors achievements like the Abuja-Kaduna rail and the Treasury Single Account, yet refuses to give them any credit. And they will not invest their money in a country whose leader focuses on blaming instead of leading. Blame is the cause of the Naira losing value not falling oil price. An economy can survive a price crash but it cannot survive a crash in leadership.

Now, on to other matters. Two weeks ago I commended the President for fulfilling at least one of his campaign promises. By this I meant the promise to pay ₦5,000 to the poorest Nigerians. Again I commend the President. However, since I gave my commendation I have gotten some feedback.

It would seem that many Nigerians are not impressed by the ₦5,000 handout from the APC led Federal Government because they are already on their own fulfilling President Buhari’s campaign promise of one meal per day because food is too costly and kerosene to cook it is too expensive!

If you are still talking of gas then you must be a super elite because the price of gas has skyrocketed beyond belief! From a price of ₦1,800 for a 12.5kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) under former President Jonathan the price is now ₦4,200 under President Buhari and rising.

Under former President Jonathan, Nigeria had many fast rising political, business music and acting stars but under President Buhari the only thing that is fast rising is the price of food, electric, gas, petrol, kerosene and dollars! What a fast rising government!

And it seems Nigerians also misunderstood the President’s promise to make ₦1 equal to $1. It was perhaps a typo. The printer probably forgot three zeros. He may have meant make ₦1000 equal to $1!

And the President’s promise to be fair to all Nigerians is now sounding hollow although the fault is not entirely his. State governments have their own fair share in the blame although one could argue that they took their cue from the President’s body language especially after his famous ‘97% versus 5%’ speech at the United States Institute for Peace in July of 2015.

Today (Wednesday 18th of January, 2017), the police brought Joachim, the man who named his dog Buhari, to court for prosecution. This is the same police that has not yet prosecuted any of the killers of hundreds of Southern Kaduna people. This is the same police that last week released the suspected killers of Mrs. Elisha, the RCCG pastor killed in Kubwa. We are not even talking of the suspected beheaders of evangelist Bridget Agbahime who were acquitted in Kano two months ago. As I always say, welcome to the new and improved Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari!

In the new and improved Nigeria, you are more likely to be prosecuted if you misname a dog and if you steal or kill cattle than if you kill or behead a Christian Evangelist or pastor.

This is even as a Governor admits to paying self admitted foreign killers of Nigerian citizens with tax payer funds to induce them not to kill again. Again I say, welcome to the new and improved Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari!

5 ways Nigerians can deal with stalkers on social media

5 ways Nigerians can deal with stalkers on social media

5 ways Nigerians can deal with stalkers on social media

Cyberstalking may seem like fiction as not many in Nigeria are aware of its occurrence, however, it is quite real. With the advancement of technology and the birth of numerous links on the social media atmosphere, stalkers do not need to physically trail their victims in other to keep tabs on them or follow up on their every move. Matter of fact, there are even more stalkers on the web than there are in real life, and these perps are not just strangers, they could even be friends, family members, lover – current or estranged. They always show up as followers, they like all your posts, pictures and comments, or continuously make comments on your profile page whether you do not respond or threaten to block them. Sometimes, they even monitor your computer and internet use and make threatening or false posts on websites.

Being stalked or having a stalker is not fun in any way. It can become intensely uncomfortable or terrifying depending on its severity (some escalate into violent crime in physical space). Are you being stalked? Jumia Travel suggests 5 ways you can tackle these stalking nuisances.

Block the stalker

This is usually the first step. Generally, stalkers tend to believe they are in a relationship with their victims, and remaining in contact of the victims serves a form of validation to their non-existent illusions. Blocking the stalker is a clear wake up call for the perpetrator as it involves denying him access to your account, that way he cannot relate with you directly on the platform via which he stalks you. Aside from blocking, it is important to report the contact to the service provider as someone exhibiting inappropriate behavior.

Keep your profiles private

On most social media platforms, users can view the page of other contacts without necessarily being a friend of the user, as long as the page is open to the public. Once you realize that you have a stalker and you have blocked him, the next step is to make your entire profile private, so that no one can view anything aside from your profile picture, and the status or mood. Edit the settings on the visibility of your profile photo so that it is only visible to your network. Also, keep your status updates minimal and generic, as the stalker can get clues from them if they are detailed.

Do not tag photos

Tagging is a fun way of sharing photos, but in the event of a stalker, refrain from such activity. Tagging creates privacy holes as it gives whoever is tagged as well as that person’s friends and contacts the window to connect to you without necessarily having their invitation accepted by you and this is a leeway for blocked stalkers. Do not tag others in your picture and do not allow others to tag you.

Restrict uploads to small pictures

The thing about most social media platforms is that, no matter the privacy settings you have activated, strangers on the platforms and even random users on the web can easily find the original versions of your profile picture and download them for several purposes, especially when they are high resolution. Uploading small photos makes it difficult for them to view them clearly or edit them for other purposes such as identity theft etc. Resize your picture posts and make the resolution so low that even if a stalker does get their hands on them, they would not be able to zoom into it for improved visibility.

Close your account

This may seem as a drastic measure, but there are some stalker that are very inventive and determined in their cause. These kind of stalkers will find ways to get across to you despite blocking them, reporting them or even getting a restraining order. The best way to tackle them is to close down your account completely and if extremely necessary, open a new one with a completely different name.

 

By Nkem Ndem

5 Ways to have fun on a business trip to Port Harcourt

5 Ways to have fun on a business trip to Port Harcourt

5 Ways to have fun on a business trip to Port Harcourt

At first, business travel seems to be a treat as the first trip gives a certain rush; however, after hundreds of last minute trips and thousands of stress-induced panic attacks, you start to realize why people complain about traveling for work. Between the early-morning airport shuttles, the flight delays that airlines are famous for, followed by a whirlwind day of meetings, and a long night on an extremely uncomfortable hotel bed that leaves you threading through deadlines like a zombie, business travel can be quite a chore!

Business, like social media, should be fun. In the pursuit to add some motivation and enjoyment into business travel, Jumia Travel, has pulled together 5 exciting ways to make business travel fun especially for those heading to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Hit the streets for food

When in Port Harcourt… eat like a local, right? Do not miss out on famous indigenous meals and street food in the city. You might not like them, but what’s wrong with trying new things? Try booli and fish, a popular meal you will find almost at every corner of the city. At nights you can also try sharwarma or just the Nigerian popular Suya . Be brave and try the local drinks as well, just be careful not to get too drunk – working with a headache and a hangover probably won’t leave the best impression at your presentation or business meeting.

Check out the sights

What is the point of traveling if you do not take a little time to explore your destination? Port Harcourts may not be much for tourist sites and attractions but if you ask one of two locals, they certain will boast about a couple of locations. Have an hour or two to kill in-between meetings or events? Why not explore a nearby historic district? Explore and find the most interesting sights. Whatever you choose, make sure you do not miss the famous landmarks, famous buildings, museums, or anything else that piques your interest. Enjoy soaking up local culture and learning something new.

Eat at a fancy restaurant

Of course, most of the time should be focused on being more professional than others while on a business trip, but once the business part of your trip is over, you should plan the rest of your moments having a good time. If you are not a huge fan of shopping or sight-seeing, you can at least treat yourself with a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. Trust us, it will be worth it. Ante up for a dinner at Hotel Presidential, where the chef’s menu has expense-account-worthy items you would not regret splurging on. If you want to take things down a notch, try heading to Uhuru at the GDC building, GRA, where staff are more down-to-earth.

Take a dip in the hotel pool

A dip in the pool is such a nice way to loosen up your muscles from the long cramped flights and different hotel beds. Take advantage of your hotel’s pool, if applicable. Enjoy relaxing poolside with a cocktail after a hectic day. If you love to swim, why not see what the hotel pool has to offer? You could also go for a swim in the morning before your day starts as a refreshing wake-up.

Visit the Spa

Business trips often revolve only around business, implying a lot of stress, little time for yourself, running around all day long and wearing uncomfortable formal outfits. But then, there is no reason not to make the most out of the spa in your hotel or go an extra mile to check out the plethora of spa centers in Port Harcourt city. A 50-minute basic spa treatment in most sanatoriums within the city blends a hydrating scrub, detoxifying steam, and some much-needed alone time.

 

By Nkem Ndem

MMM, Sambisa and the boy died by Reuben Abati

MMM, Sambisa and the boy died by Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati's Aso Rock Demons Have Devoured Him

“Happy New Year, my brother

“What do you mean happy new year, more than two weeks into the New Year. Have I not been in touch with you since January 1?”

“But for you the New Year has just started. Your January 1 was not on January 1”

“Looks like you have started taking something. I must inform your wife.”
“I say Happy New Year to you.”

“Okay, same to you.”

“You think I don’t know what you have been going through? Your wife told me you have not been yourself since those Mavrodi Mundia Moneybox people suspended their scheme. She specifically asked me to keep an eye on you. But we thank God the MMM is back, 24 hours earlier than they promised. Now, you can get your money back.”

“My brother, it is a lo-n-g story. This MMM thing has become a case of the more you hear, the less you understand. And to think I invested my children’s education savings. Everything.”

“What is the problem again? I hear you can get your money back, and MMM says they are ready to change the world.”

“I don’t know about changing the world, but let them change my sadness to joy by just returning my money, but now they say they can only pay a small amount per day and that those who invested big money like me should wait.”

“How much did you invest?”

“If I tell you the figure, you will know that the year is not new at all.”

“Tell me.”

“So you can go and tell your wife and your wife can tell my wife and the three of you can tell everybody. I just pray MMM does not mess me up, otherwise all of you won’t have anything to gossip about when you start looking for a casket.”

“Is it that bad? Please don’t let it get to that stage. But I can assure you, if they mess you up, I will sue the hell out of them. I will get lawyers and sue them to court.”

“You will defend my rights after I am dead? Now, I see you are a very good friend indeed.”

“I am just trying to help. I almost invested in the MMM myself.”

“Let me ask you something. What is a bitcoin?”

“Not too sure.”

“MMM says they will pay with bitcoins. I invested with Naira. They say they will pay me with coins, not with dollars, but coins. Ore mi, gba mi. Se kinni yi o ti fe di one chance bayi? And yet they are saying they want to change my world. Government should intervene and monitor the whole thing.”

“I won’t consider MMM the business of government.”

“Everything that has to do with the welfare of a citizen is the business of government.”

“If you decide to go and invest your money with money-doublers, why should government be bothered?”

“Government cannot allow anybody to spread frustration in any form. MMM should give me my money, not coins.”

“By the way, we should find out what a bitcoin is? We learn everyday.”

“I didn’t invest for research purposes. I invested for profit purposes.”

“But suppose the bitcoin is even better than the Naira. Somebody told me that bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, although he didn’t quite explain.”

“Ha. I am in trouble. So, I now have to carry dictionary over this MMM matter. Even a crypto something is now better than the Naira. God, pity your servants!”

“Just calm down. We have enough people dying everyday. Don’t join the list. I am sure everything will be sorted out. While you are killing yourself over MMM, are you aware that some Nigerians are already investing in another Ponzi scheme?”

“What is that one?”

“It is called Swissgolden. They offer gold or cash profit.”

“I don’t want to hear about it. And you say government should not get involved? We are almost becoming a nation of desperate money-doublers.”

“Government should worry about more serious things, except of course someone sets out to commit a crime.”

“Nothing can be more serious.”

“Like the Southern Kaduna killings, for example”

“That is sad. Ethnic and religious violence has been a source of threat to Nigeria’s corporate existence. We need to build a nation first.”

“The Catholic Church says the casualty figure in Southern Kaduna so far is about 808. Over 1, 422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops and one primary school have been destroyed. The challenge is how to prevent these things.”

“Too much politics in everything and that is why ordinary things become big things and so much tragedy is invited. Government must be pro-active.”

“That’s like saying nothing. I have heard that cliché too many times. The root of our national crisis is much deeper. Oftentimes the people themselves are the problem.”

“I hear in the Niger Delta, the people are also threatening to resume hostilities, shut down oil installations and destroy NDDC projects.”

“It is not the people. It is the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) with their ‘Operation Walls of Jericho’ and the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC). Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has led a delegation to go and talk to them, particularly the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF). I think the resort to dialogue is wise.”

“I’ll like to see that too in Southern Kaduna, coming from the highest levels and I like the fact that the Federal Government is talking to the Bring Back our Girls Group and that for once they are willing to listen. Before May 2015, that group never wanted to listen to government. Now they are in Sambisa Forest.”

“I call it the BBOG Journey to the Sambisa Forest of a Thousand Daemons. When you go to a forest like that, you will have stories to tell.”

“I like the strategy. Get the protesters to help government sell its own story. Quite clever.”

“What if the strategy back-fires?”

“Oh, come on. It won’t.”

“You are always cynical. Thank God you are not in Tanzania where media cynicism of any sort is now a crime.”

“Under President John Magufuli, the bulldozer? Everyone has been praising him for fighting corruption and administrative opaqueness.”

“Magufuli is now bulldozing the media and free speech. Just the other day, he threatened Tanzanian journalists. According to him: ‘We will not allow Tanzania to be a dumping yard for inciting content. This will not happen under my administration”

“What?”

“They now have in Tanzania, The Media Services Act of 2016 which gives government officials the powers to shut down media houses and seize their printing machines.”

“That is even worse that that Nigerian Decree. Decree… Decree….”

“It is not from my mouth you will hear that one. Just be careful. Magufuli’s position is that journalists provoked him with their inciting content.”

“What is it with our leaders in Africa? In other words, Magufuli is saying he is a constituted authority.”

“Not a…he is the constituted authority.”

“One of these days, he too will just say, “Bring that boy here…Leave him…Who do you think you are talking to…I am the constituted authority.”

“You are quoting someone else now, not Magufuli.”

“African leaders sound alike when it comes to the use and abuse of power. You are right, I am quoting the Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, Governor Abiola Ajimobi. Students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) provoked him. They had the temerity to remind him that their school had been shut down for eight months. The Governor was so irritated, he sounded as if the students were disturbing him.

“The students were rude. Nigerian students don’t respect constituted authority. They don’t know how to address power.”

“Which authority? Is that why they should be tongue-lashed and shot at by the police?”

“I know the Governor. One of the students must have said something nasty to him. I got that much from his daughter’s alleged reaction.”

“Who is that?”

“The Governor’s daughter defending her dad.”

“What does she know about a university being shut down for eight months and students having to stay at home because government is suffering from a disease called lack of funds. This democracy sha.”

“Don’t worry yourself. It is not an African thing. In the United States, the President-elect’s daughter is going to be very powerful in his in-coming government. Her husband, Jared Kushner is already warming up to play a major role, and his only qualification for the job according to the father-in-law is that he is a good lad and a natural talent”

“That Donald Trump. He should stop disturbing everyone with his reckless comments.”

“I pray he doesn’t cause a Third World War.”

“With the way he has been provoking China.”

“Everything is under negotiation including One China”, says Trump.

“Nobody can negotiate that,” says China.

“And Trump picks up his phone and makes a long-distance call to the President of Taiwan, and China says that is a terrible insult”

“Trump definitely thinks his trip to the White House is one of his ‘You’re fired’ episodes. He is busy burning bridges.”

“Meanwhile, in Nicaragua…”

“What’s happening in Nicaragua?”

“The President has just been sworn in for a third term in office, with his wife as his Vice-President! A husband and wife Presidency”

“You think that can happen in Nigeria?”

“You are not aware that in some states in Nigeria, family members are the ones who run the government?”

“Which state?”

“Go and find out for yourself?”

“So, how is our friend, Jim Obazee of the Financial Reporting Council (FRCN)?

“He broke the law”

“He was trying to enforce the law”

“He broke the law of the Psalms. Psalm 105: 15 – “do not touch my anointed ones/And do my prophets no harm.” He wanted to use a Governance Code to force men of God to observe term limits.”

“You are missing the point.”

“And to think he would start implementing the Code from his own church, where he is a pastor, with Daddy G.O. of the Redeemed Church. So he means charity begins at home.”

“You don’t get it. Are you recommending nepotism? The whole point of the Code is that when religious groups become business entities, they must pay taxes and respect corporate governance rules.”

“Nigeria is a secular state. Government should not dabble into religious matters.”

“But government can dabble into the matter of El-Zakzaky and his movement. I beg.”

“The Bible says…”

“Yes, I know what the Bible says. Don’t bother.”

“We should pray for the people of Gambia and the President-elect Adama Barrow who is supposed to be inaugurated as President on January 19. Yahya Jammeh is still insisting he will not step down. The people are already fleeing the country, Ministers and other government appointees have resigned, the whole world is angry, but Jammeh is sitting tight.

“You know something?”

“What?”

“In the midst of all this, while Adama Barrow is in exile in Senegal waiting for January 19, his eight-year old son was bitten by a dog last Sunday. He was rushed to the hospital. The boy died.

“Oh. Oh, Africa.”

The Rise & Fall Of Nigeria’s Notorious Armed Robbers – Episode 1

The Rise & Fall Of  Nigeria’s Notorious Armed Robbers – Episode 1

(‘Doctor’ Ishola Oyenusi)

In the history of crime in Nigeria, Ishola Oyenusi, also known as ‘The Doctor’, a cold blooded armed robber » who held sway in the early 70s, stands on a very special threshold that none can ever dream of attaining.

The Rise & Fall Of  Nigeria's Notorious Armed Robbers - Episode 1
The Rise & Fall Of Nigeria’s Notorious Armed Robbers – Episode 1

Before he was executed on Wednesday, September 8, 1971, at the famous Bar Beach show in front of 30,000 watching Nigerians, no one believed that ‘The Doctor’ would be captured, as he was famed for ‘disappearing’ or his body capable of being pierced by bullets.

In fact, he must have had so much faith in his charms that he smiled all the way to the stake and even as soldiers aimed their rifles at him and his co criminals, Oyenusi still radiated an aura of invincibility.

The phenomenal armed robber rose from the ashes of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War that spanned three years, from 1967-1970.
Oyenusi was a charismatic, cocksure
gangster » whose lordly disdain for the law cast the terrifying portent of social breakdown, and had come to be celebrated as the quintessential bandit of his time

During his reign of terror, Doctor Oyenusi carved a name for himself as the most brutal terror the country had ever known. He lived up to another of his nickname of ‘Dr. Rob and Kill’, because he was known to kill with impunity and his myth was legendary. He unleashed boundless terror on many Nigerians and would kill even for a stick of cigarrete.

Oyenusi was no doubt, the uncrowned emperor of Nigerian robbers and he was described as the ‘first celebrated armed robber in Nigeria’, regarded by some as the pioneer of conventional armed robbery in Nigeria.

When Oyenusi reigned at the height of his regal confidence, he declared: ‘The bullet has no power over me.‘

In The Beginning

Legend has it that Ishola Oyenusi got into active robbery back in 1959, but he committed his first major robbery when he snatched a car along Herbert Macaulay Road in Yaba, Lagos, and killing its owner in the process, just because his girlfriend was broke and needed money to buy her make-up.

He eventually sold the car for £400 (Nigeria’s currency then), and handed the money to the lady. He actually snatched the first car he saw on the road. Such was the ferocious nature of his audacity.

By the end of the Civil War, Oyenusi had metamorphosed into a cold hearted robber who took delight in causing pains to his victims.

Oyenusi’s arrogance was also legendary. In 1970, he was arrested and handcuffed by a police officer. As the policeman was ordering him around, Oyenusi blasted him and thundered: ‘People like you don’t talk to me like that when I am armed. I gun them down.’

The End

After organising and leading so many deadly armed robbery attacks in Lagos and other cities in the South West, Doctor Oyenusi was arrested by the police in his house in Ibadan by a police officer who recognised him.

The last robbery that did him in was when he and his gang attacked the WAHUM factory in Ikeja in March, 1971, where they stole the princely sum of £28,000, which was unprecedented in those days. A police officer was also killed in the process.

His Execution

Doctor Ishola Oyenusi’s execution was celebrated by relieved Nigerians who trooped out en-masse to the Bar Beach in Lagos to witness the end of a man who had held the country to ransom.

As the crowd thronged the Beach, jeering and booing Oyenusi and his band of six convicted robbers, the man of the moment kept smiling and waving at them but shortly before his body was riddled with hot-leaded bullets from stern-faced soldiers of the Nigerian Army, he finally screamed: ‘I am dying for the offense I have committed.‘

For a man who said bullets had no power to penetrate his skin, he slumped in seconds, surrendering to the high-velocity missiles directed at his mortal vessel.

At last, the soldiers set to send Ishola Oyenusi to the great beyond

According to one of his defence lawyers who visited him while in jail, Oyenusi was imprisoned for the first time when he was at 21. He then escaped and was imprisoned again. He escaped AGAIN and was imprisoned AGAIN. He escaped about eight times and then decided to become a law unto himself and that gave him the cloak of invincibility for some time.

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Misdirection In The ‘contemporary African Church’

Misdirection In The ‘contemporary African Church’

Misdirection In The 'contemporary African Church'

The ‘practice’ of Christianity in Africa, is gradually on the verge of a wild goose chase. The more impressive the proliferation of churches (the credibility of which cannot be truly ascertained), the higher the population of indecisive religious tourists, who continuously fall victims of marketing hype! The second coming of Christ as detailed in the Bible, is bound to happen only “when the Gospel has been preached to the WHOLE earth as a witness”. Why then is the first instinct of an African Pastor focused solely on erecting his core congregational base within the modernized towns and cities where the gospel have, and is still being preached? The other churches are not doing it right? Or perhaps, evangelizing primarily in the rural areas where poverty and idol worship is largely obtainable would not yield much financial patronage..

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We just witness a recycling of church members from one denomination to another. The Pentecostal folks snatching the members of their colleagues next door, while the Methodist and Baptist denominations, ripping-off what they can from the Catholic! (at least I’ve attended a church where a major prayer point was for other churches within the town to bow to theirs!). Christians “winning the souls” of other Christians! Unnecessary and unhealthy competition among churches in Africa. It was never written of Apostle Paul aiming to win over Peter’s congregation, or Matthew prevailing over Luke despite their different scriptural accounts. If each of these Apostles were keen on enforcing their individual philosophies or erecting personal empires with the gospel as opposed to the other, who would have reached the unbelievers?
How many Muslims and Atheists can the average African church claim to have converted, as compared to the number of Christians they’ve won over from other churches? (with their fancy choirs & lavish buildings). How many of the BIG and revered churches (with giant net worth & audacious faith) are spreading to the Middle East and other volatile areas like North Korea for evangelism? Little or None right? With such humongous amount of faith they preach! But why I ask? For fear of persecution? Oh! They’ve got families they love and care for, so it’s practically unwise to die for the gospel at this time.
It’s more comfortable to preach about the great exploits of Apostles who died for the sake of the gospel, but when confronted with the same feat in real life, they rather not tread the same path (after all, wisdom is profitable to them that have it!). Some Pastors surround themselves with bodyguards or substantial amount of protocol teams. For what exactly? To protect themselves from people? Or shield themselves from any impending form of persecution? The target of the gospel in Africa, now reverses from the originally intended evangelical spread of the gospel across borders, to the building of magnificent empires, otherwise nicknamed “building God a house”. Every church now wants to build God a house! (God is everywhere after all, so He’s big enough to live in all of them!). God doesn’t need a house! Even if He needed one, your architectural design doesn’t qualify! He needs you to dust off the materialism, and evangelize around the world!
If African churches can convert the vast resources invested in building and sustaining large congregations, into carrying out evangelical trips across villages (where voodoo is mostly practiced), and to nations that forbids Christianity (without fear of persecution, which is originally the main idea), we would be halfway towards receiving the second coming of Christ!

 

By Nimi Princewill

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