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A passionate Nigerian, desirous to make Nigeria a better place. MOSHOOD MUHAMMED is a Journalist, Writer, Social Worker, Research Enthusiast, Media, Communications and PR Addict, Services Solutions Agent, and serial entreprenuer.

Reinforcing Nigerian Economy Through Ifa (Oracle)

A REFLECTION

Concerned about improving the Nigerian economy, the Chief Press Secretary to Kogi State Governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, noted that though Nigerians are “deeply religious”, but investing in Ifa (Oracle) as a source of tourism would go a long way in helping Nigeria grow her wealth. In her Facebook post on 7th of December, 2017, she wondered as follows;

“When will we allow Ifa to contribute significantly to the economy of Nigeria?

Do you know how many people believe in Olodumare through Ifa worship? Why can we not bring them to Nigeria on pilgrimage?

No, we do not need to believe in Ifa to support such venture for Jews do not believe in Jesus as Christians do. The place of Golgotha now has a magnificent mosque sitting pretty on the site.

Bethlehem, the birth town of Jesus, is under Palestinian authority. As a matter of fact, the Church of the Nativity is being reconstructed by the Palestinian Presidential Committee tasked to make the sides more beautiful. Even though the Church has three parts managed by three different denominations – Catholic, Armenian Apostolic and Greek Orthodox.

For the authorities here, it is all about the economy.

Pilgrimage services the hospitality sector in Israel. It can do same for Nigeria.

I do not see why it is not possible.”

Nigerians, what is your take?

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NBTE’s VISIT TO IPOKIA: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Recall that when the current imbroglio that followed the pronounced conversion of our highly revered MAPOLY to a University started, I have not said anything publicly. Today, I feel constrained to place on record the most recent happening, on which destiny of thousands of students had been hung.

Also remember that NTBE had been billed to visit the site of the proposed take-off campus of the newly established Ogun State Polytechnic, yesterday, Monday, 4th December, 2017. That actually took place yesterday.

Expectedly, the Ogun State Government through its fifth columnists have started sing-praising its own ‘efforts’ over the ongoing construction works at the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. So much so that there are talks as if the 10-man NBTE team has ‘granted’ accreditation to the polytechnic.

It is however imperative to set the records straight. You deserve to know what played out yesterday.

Firstly, there is no accreditation for the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. Recall that the Ogun State Governor had sometimes in August been quoted to have said they had approval for ’42 courses’. This visit yesterday has confirmed, that was a BLATANT LIE.

Everyone and anyone with Polytechnic experience knows that for accreditation to occur, there shall be a team of resource persons (from various Institutions) for various programmes with NBTE staff as support staff for the various teams – this did not happen at Ipokia. Though, some widely experienced technocrats are also involved in institutional accreditation, the 10-man team to Ipokia is an ADVISORY TEAM who lacks powers to accredit an institution or its programmes. Therefore, the essence of the visit ab initio is for the government to attempt a ‘shortcut’ which in the end, amounted to a share waste of funds and resources.

Contrary to the widely circulated reports, the head of the team, Engr Nuru Yakub is NOT the current ES of the NBTE.

The team, while at Ipokia observed the virgin land at the permanent site and the ‘mad rush’ for the completion of the ‘temporary campus’ which it also observed does not have the necessary facilities upon which an accreditation can be granted.

It was credited that about 3 members of the NBTE team openly condemned some activities; including but not limited to the location of the hostel accommodation (which is just at the digging level), the time length it will take for the facilities to be completed, the very notable absence of crucial facilities (Library, Health Centre, Sports Complex, etc) that should have accompanied even the temporary campus. How do you teach Polytechnic students without STUDIOS, LABORATORIES and WORKSHOPS? None of these are yet available. You can be sure there is even no MASTER PLAN.

In all, there was no TIME, all through the exercise yesterday, that the team leader failed to indicate that their visit (which was forced upon them by the Ogun State Government who paid to NBTE for the visit) was ADVISORY and that useful advise will be given. Why then is the government trying to confuse our people?

A look at the hurriedly printed students’ handbook of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia will vindicate this write up wherein various degrees of errors could be observed. Ranging from 2 Directors of Environmental Studies, to a Town Planner heading the School of Business Administration, and some programmes listed as courses and others as programmes. Is this the best we can do for the ‘Gateway State’? I also wonder if, after the visit, the buses of MAPOLY re designated to OGUNPOLY buses for the purpose of the visit will be rechristened back to the original owners (MAPOLY). Can’t the state government afford to buy buses for the Institution they created? I wonder if same will be done when the NUC comes calling for the resource inspection of MAUSTECH!

I have spoken that ye may know, correct the wrong impression already being created that the institution has been granted accreditation. Unsuspecting students, parents and members of the public be WARNED!

One On One Session With Atiku Abubakar

PEDULUM By Dele Momodu
Email: dele.momodu@thisdaylive.com

Fellow Nigerians, I’ve always wondered what drives or propels the man, former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. For real, I have never seen a man so fastidious about his dream and so obstinate about achieving a lifelong ambition to be the number one Nigerian Citizen. I’ve followed his trajectory with keen interest since 1993 when he took on both Chief Moshood Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe, in an epic Presidential primary, that Chief Abiola ultimately won. His formidability we were told was a result of the influence of his godfather and political colossus, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, now of blessed memory. Chief Abiola actually reached out to the General, as he was fondly called, to prevail on Atiku to pull out of the race and support him. A deal was subsequently struck, between Abiola and Yar’Adua, for Atiku to be Abiola’s running-mate. Everything looked good on paper until the powerful and influential Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governors threw spanners in the works, forcing Abiola to renege on his word. Whilst Abiola wanted Atiku, the Governors led by the irrepressible Olusegun Osoba, from Abiola’s home State of Ogun, insisted on Abiola picking Kingibe. They convinced Abiola that it was dangerous to pick Atiku who would have been more loyal and too submissive to his godfather.

I have no doubt that from that moment onwards, the June 12 Presidential election was already threatened and endangered. According to insiders, the General was so miffed and enraged that he swore Abiola would not be President for dumping his godson. Efforts were made by different personages to settle the matter, but it seemed the camaraderie was over between Abiola and Yar’Adua who, once upon a time, were successful business partners at African Ocean Lines.

Anyway, Atiku was kicked out of the race to fight another day. Abiola won the Presidential election eventually but was never allowed to assume power. The June 12 election fallout led to a cataclysmic eruption that consumed many of the big players, including Abiola, his wife, Alhaja Kudirat, Major-General Yar’Adua and General Sani Abacha. The boss of bosses, General Olusegun Obasanjo, escaped only by the whiskers. He was jailed but came back to be President. Ironically, the same Atiku who was not allowed to be the Vice-Presidential candidate in 1993 became the substantive Vice President in 1999, when he ran, and won, with Obasanjo. Whilst Obasanjo emerged, in a bid to assuage the betrayed and wounded Yoruba, Atiku’s choice appears to have been predicated on the sense of injustice that he had suffered as a result of being dumped by Abiola.

Everything initially ran smoothly between Obasanjo and Atiku in their first term in office, from 1999 to 2003. However, the relationship collapsed when Atiku started showing interest in the number one position. I will not bore you with the rest of that fiasco, including the anecdotal humbling of Obasanjo who allegedly had to beg his deputy, Atiku, to allow him a second term. My mission was to provide some background to Atiku’s uncommon trajectory. He has pursued his dream since 1993 and has never given up. That was 24 years ago. Indeed, Atiku has been in partisan politics for 28 years but only served in government for eight years. He has criss-crossed different political parties in search of that magic wand that could give him his heart’s desire. It has been a painful journey. He’s been dissed and lampooned as a serial “decampee” famed for wandering endlessly in the wilderness of Nigerian politics. That, for many people, is a major weakness which signals integrity issues. There are other minuses weighing on him like an albatross. How does he deal with these very serious issues of perception or misperception?

The opportunity came for me to engage him very critically, and very privately, yesterday afternoon in Lagos. A mutual friend had called to arrange the meeting at Atiku’s behest. I gladly accepted not only as I was anxious to bombard him with many nagging questions, but also because by some quirk of fate, the political gladiators for the number one hot seat in Nigeria seem to feel that a session with me is a sine qua non for their aspiration. I’m deeply humbled by that trust.

The meeting was arranged for Lagos. Atiku had arrived on Thursday. I arrived in Lagos yesterday afternoon from Abuja where I had been the Chief Presenter of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi’s book, On a Platter of Gold, chronicling President Goodluck Jonathan’s twilight days as President. I checked into my hotel just before 12 noon and put a call through to his room. He told me to give him a short time to freshen up and invite me over. He’s obviously been doing a lot of consultations and was working well into the early mornings. I dozed off. Suddenly, I was awoken from my slumber by banging on my door. I stood up to look through the peephole and was pleasantly surprised to see the most-talked about politician of the moment at my door. I opened the door and Atiku immediately apologised for the intrusion. He came without any aide, so we were both comfortable to talk frankly.

I thanked him for the honour of actually coming to me and asked if he won’t mind me asking some tough questions. He said that was fine and I should feel free. My first shot was about his moving from Party to Party. Does this not make him look desperate and unserious? He must have answered this question a thousand times because he wasted no time in answering very calmly and confidently:

“There is nothing wrong with it. Ours is a fledgling democracy of barely two decades since the end of the last military regime. What it means is that the political parties are yet to mature and are going through constant transformations and changes. That is why even President Buhari has been able to move from party to party, including ANPP, CPC and now APC. And for those who read about world history and political books like I do, they will know that Abraham Lincoln, Sir Winston Churchill and others went through so much before achieving their dreams…”

He went further: “I’m not different. I know what I want for my country. I’ve served Nigeria in different capacities and I am one of the most experienced leaders around today. There is no part of Nigeria I’m not familiar with. I have friends everywhere. They know me and I know them. The benefit of being around for so long is that they have come to know me for certain principles and know that I have a rich knowledge of Nigeria and what it would take to move us to the height of greatness. They can also trust me that I’m not coming to government to steal their money. God has blessed me with business acumen. How can you run a nation if you cannot run your own business? I run my businesses to international standards. Let any of those who want to compete with me show what they have managed successfully. I’ve lifted over 45,000 families out of joblessness and poverty through my microfinance company in my State Adamawa and we’ve have empowered mostly women. The good news is these women have been very honest. Returns on our loans have been about 98 percent. They have not disappeared with the loans given then. We plan to replicate this nationwide…”

I asked if he was obsessed with being President at all costs. His answer was an emphatic, No! He asked rhetorically why he should not give back some of his experience and exposure to a country that has given him so much? Why should he allow incompetent people to run down the country when God has given him the talent and wherewithal to lift up Nigeria?

I told him the belief out there is that he is a corrupt man and that the stain won’t be easy to remove. His former boss, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has sold us that line, and would stop at nothing to regale the world that Atiku is a thief who nobody should vote for. Atiku’s response was very concise and assertive: “I have the highest regards for my boss. He gave me eight years to serve Nigeria under him. We had our differences but we both tried our best. But on the issue of corruption, I have challenged anyone, anywhere, who has any evidence of corruption against me to come forward. I’m sure they would have combed everywhere trying to find anything incriminating against me, but they have not found it, or they are still searching. Dele, I’m throwing that challenge again, let them bring out whatever they have on me…”

I followed with a bazooka and asked him “how come you are running away from the United States of America? What offence have you committed to warrant not being able to visit, since all this time?” Atiku fired back at me: “It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not running away from America. I applied, but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically either. They’ve only said my application is going through administrative process. This is not peculiar to me. For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of religious considerations. The current Indian Prime Minister, Modi, suffered the same fate for years. Today, he is being treated to red carpet treatment in America.. I fly to different parts of the world, including Europe, if America wanted me, it would be so easy for them to reach out to their allies…”

We soon dovetailed to the nitty-gritty of politics. Why did he not wait to contest the primaries in APC first and see the outcome before running away? I felt this was defeatist! His response: “After Buhari won the election, he was no longer interested in the Party that made him President. Every activity stopped and not even the Party Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, could take any decision. I called Chief Oyegun a few times to tell him our Party was dying slowly but he told me he would not do anything unless he got clearance from the President. At a stage, I gathered about 18 prominent members and began to meet in the hope that we can re-energise Party activities, but some people lied to the President that I wanted to use the forum to launch my Presidential campaign. That forum became simply dead on arrival. No BOT, no NEC meetings, as stipulated in our Constitution. The Party became a one-man property. Everyone grumbles behind the President’s back but they are too timid to raise a voice against the illegalities being perpetuated. I should be bold enough to know what I want, and can do so at my age, so I decided to leave…”

So, where is he going from here? He says he hasn’t formally declared for any Party, but is sure PDP is waiting to welcome him back into the Party he co-founded with others at the end of military rule. I asked if he has any guarantee of getting the PDP ticket. He told me why he should get it: “Nothing is absolutely certain in this life, but PDP needs a candidate with the brightest chance and that can only come from someone who has major experience, exposure, knowledge about running an economy, who is a Nationalist and not a sectionalist and whose brand cannot be intimidated in anyway by that of the current President. If PDP picks a weak candidate, then the Party is doomed. Some of those whose names are being touted and bandied about have not grown beyond their immediate domains.”

If he gets the PDP ticket, is he confident he can beat a sitting President and Buhari for that matter? “I will definitely beat him this time. He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill. A lot of people are disgruntled but keeping quiet and lying low. Our youths are suffering terribly and now they are being sold into slavery. Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big. Dele, I will be ready from day one…”

Is he not afraid of Buhari? “No, definitely not. Buhari is free to contest and I’m free to contest. And Nigerians will make their choice.” I could see that glow in his eyes. He sounded determined and more prepared at this time, than at any other time.

Will Atiku play a joker as his last card in 2019? Time will tell.

Aduni

Written: Seye Adenle

Aduni (As the name implies, “Sweet to have”)

You are never tired
Nor weakened
The pride in you keep bursting
You are truly a beauty
Thus parade yourself with dignity
The sun cool her head
Rains ignite fire in her
Yet her heart is ever settled

In that little space of gold
She embraces with smile
All to you make meaning
Both fools and the wise
Only time and chance
Make the difference

She sees her lifetime
As. Enough time
She seize the moment
To secure the coming days
Casting no plague of condemnation

Her resources was not an excuse
She feign blindness
Plays deaf to any barriers

She opined;
You can’t be everybody
So,make a difference
Better you sell bread
Than to cry foul
You should rather
Ben down select
Than be selected for crime

She is courageous
Committed to her dealings
Like a thread
In many storms
She is full oh hope
Like a rainbow
She conform to many colours

As a wife
She welcomes all
Like a queen
She dazzles all with her smiles
Like the goddess of luck
She attracts fortune
To herself and all around

Permit me to call her
Moremi
She is the good
That make men call
Beauty good
She is the honour
Fathers desires in daughter
Best companion to any friend
Your mother would never
Seize to sing-praise you,
Even in the life beyond

Your acts are wonderful
You are an envy of wonder
That should not be subjected
To any kind of
Molestations

Inside of you is grace
You have passion
You have strength
You are truly my Aduni
So rare amongst maiden
Is the splashing
Of your dainty beauty

In hard and soft days
Your faith never fails
You give
And never fed up
Beautiful you is my Aduni
Who never shivered
When am alone in thought
You deserve the best in
My world

Thank you, mother
You are sweet to have
To care and and adored

God bless Mrs Mojisola Adenle
My sweet Aduni
I love you mum

EKO (Lagos)

By: Seye Adenle

The air we breathe in you
is enough for us all
To search and fix
the dream we hope to live in
You are the smallest
Very tiny and cunning
But your belly remains wide to house many

Time seems changing
But you remain the same
In your daily routine
I have lost, millions of time
All the scenes centred in you alone
Like the great city of California
You remains an ever wonder

You berth countless giants
Handles higher percents of your mother’s fortunes
It’s you I look up to
But can all be your friend?
Should all rest on your shoulder?
You let me down for long
I keep my toes on the run

Lords of lands gat no ease
It was never cool to hold the key
At 56, Mr. Alade still keeps dwelling
Behind a single door and a tiny window

He hardly breathes
Yet still gazing
On the brighter sides of life

You are beautiful, no doubt
Very fancy in outlook
Your beauty is as arnica
aureate in a manner all continues to imagined

I’ll be a au pair
To Chief Mrs toke
She’ll take care of me
Look after my care
True to my reasoning
All I got in return
A disdainful treatment
Diary of a village girl in city

Ali, Adamu, Uche and Effiong
All made it
So this was how?
Yes it is!
But tell no one
Because if the village cheifs know
Probably he won’t let you
Hmmm. I see

Truly Eko, this is who you are
I’ll won’t tell my mother
Neither will I revealed to my father
That his charming prince
Laid under the bridge
That asake clean shoes
This was what
she choose

I woke in the earliest hour
Sleep the latest hour
Eat like servants
Defiance to the live I knew
You need not to sweat to swallow
3 times is a necessity
But eko gives me new formula

Please answer me
Make the path to know you smooth
Filled my pouch
So my old woman suffers not
All waiting for me at home
I miss my home

Otherwise I pack my bag
I will be gone
But I made a resolution within
To ride on horses with them
To be on the front page
Soon, I’ll Make an headlines
With or without you

I loves you
You remain my crush!

MOSHOOD MUHAMMED VISITS SPECIAL STUDENTS IN ENUGU

Human development is the greatest investment we can make as a people.

Today, I was at the Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Enugu and made little donation to the special students. Those wonderful guys made me accept Chukwuemeka as my Igbo name, after several attempts by friends fell on the deaf ears. I’d told them I preferred Emekachuckwu, which they told me wasn’t correct.

The centre is very popular but little has been done to help the cause of students in the school. I made effort to get things turned around, but nothing has come up till now. And time is not my friend (as a Corps member). But if assistance come, which I’m still pursuing, I’ll see to it.

At present, the center houses these special people, train them in various vocations so they could become entrepreneurs. The sad thing is, most of their training equipment are far from useful while some of their hostels need urgent attention. Still, the management works round the clock to keep the school running.

The students sew their own clothes, make their shoes among others.

I wish well meaning Nigerians could look the direction of these people, support their determination for self sufficiency and financial independence when most of their colleagues have made our streets their homes, begging for alms and engaging in other unworthy acts.

If you know anyone who can help, kindly SHARE this message with such people. Let’s take some of our special breed off the streets and integrate them properly for our common good.

Let’s not abandon them.

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THIS Niger Area!

By: Seye Adenle

E don tey we dey this struggle
Yet the nation never bubble
This colonial container
Don tire to suffer

But e be like say we self no bother
Help us ask our prefects
Cheif servants messengers
Why dem no dey see beyond
Their nose
We get oil
We dey sell am out
We dey smuggle am
Everybody turn smugglers
We dey theif our own oil

We too big to be an entity
Gladiators say na lie
Oyinbo join us together
Say make we be in unity
Sake of say wetin dem see

How that go be?
Wey resources no equal
Wey ideology no alligns
Argument upon argument
Birth many coup
Many people too Ku
The situation no cool
We see palace coup
Counter coup
Phantom coup

Boot and beret too enjoy power
With force
Who go talk where gun dey?
Agbada vex say e want show
By all means kahaki clear chance
Since e enter power Neva balance

We are back to the same struggle
E still dey cause cassala
All of us get the national rice
But when we go come rise
When few hold spoons
Feed us with remnants

Dem say youth na future leader
Only them dey climb ladder
Them eat all we have today
Say make we hope for tomorrow
Where dem put us

Dem build fine fine house
With tall fence
Mr landlord dey fear
E no want make person
Thief wetin dem theif
Thief dey fear thief

Every person get dem government
To provide food for him family

Every person get him government
To provide food and shelter

I say every house get government
To provide generator bulb and noise

Every person get government
To provide health care
To provide schooling for
Them children

Oyinbo no tire to dey watch our game
Them say we be terrorists
Dem say we too corrupts
Dem say we too dull
We dey import toothpick
Join our problems
Dem say we no dey think

Only ogas
Dem dey pick all the fish
Say make we dey solve this equation

Natural resources plus human resources minus common sense is equal to human disaster
Revolution is near,it’s here and its now

God bless my country!

You & I can build a better Nation