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​OUR MANY TRAVAILS AND THE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE OUR DEMOCRACY

By: Moshood Muhammed

Generally speaking, the people constitutes mainly the element, admissible and permissible in democracy, the Nigerian system of government, with whom the decision of who becomes what, get what and at what time is taken and for.

With reference to the definition a former President of United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, participation of people, who are an indispensable element of government and leadership of a country, is believed to be non-negotiable. But, reverse is sharply the case in the issue of Nigeria, the most populous black-skinned people country in the world.

The rare magnanimity of the then military ruler and Head of State, Rtd. General Abubakar Salami saw Nigeria return to democratic rule in 1999 with Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo as the democratically elected President. After he exited office, Nigeria has successfully transferred power from one leader to the other and most recently, from a political party which Nigeria started with, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the now ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a very peaceful and uncommon manner, alien to the African politicians and its many years of political sojourn. This remains one of the feats we have achieved as a country.

On return to democracy eighteen (18) years ago, expectations were high, no thanks to the ‘nightmares of military rule’ and having seen what democracy infers in other climes. Nigerians could not hide their joys when the Obasanjo administration came on board; many were promised with very infinitesimally done so far and nothing done in many cases, even by successive occupiers of the Aso Villa and other public positions in the yesteryears up till now.

Power supply has remained consistently out of supply in many homes, villages, cities and factories, forcing Nigerians to make darkness their neighbours, while many businesses went out of operation, with others relocating to neighbouring countries; education is yet to recover from the colossal damage done to its structural and administrative hitherto strong rooting. Same is the case with Agriculture, which was formally our source of national financial muscle depleting into a business of very few with little concentration from government, not until recent time. The list is endless.

As much as it incontrovertible that all is not so well, coupled with corruption fast becoming regalia of our political actors, it does not translate to the end of the road for the country. The country has despite the political upheavals that greeted the preparation for last general elections among other issues emerged, a united country, though with affray from some parts of the country.

As Nigerian democracy gets a year older, concerted efforts must be made by all in seeing the birth of the new and assuring country Nigerians would be proud of.
Now, the leadership of the country and government structures across board must be sanitized and made to work in the interest of the people, while the trademark of corruption on most political office holders is ‘confiscated’. Our leaders must be aware that if everyone who has at one point or the other occupied the office did not leave, they would never have the opportunity to get there.

Furthermore, the central government must not surrender in its struggle for a well respected country in Africa and beyond, flush out, in sincerity the demonic corruption tendencies, that has almost brought the country on its knees, out of the country; wipe out the inkling Boko Haram insurgence stint, rescue the remaining Chibok School girls, get back home Nigerians leaving like foreigners on the own soil, neighbouring countries. Also, our economy which somersaulted must also be revamped, with the diversification plan executed speedily while ensuring an enduring, stable and uninterrupted power supply to all nooks and crannies of the country. This will do doubt help recover our hailing economy and set us forthwith on the path to prosperity.

On the other hand, Nigerians must see The New Nigeria project as a collective assignment, on which the destiny of millions of our country men and women are tied to, and indeed that of many generations yet unborn. Should the war against corruption be won, proceeds recovered and ultimately pumped into the economy, Nigerians can be certain of a speedily developed country. Hence, everyone must resolve to join the campaign, reject proceeds of crime and never be involved corruption. Charity they say begins at home.

Similarly, our parents, families, religious leaders, teachers and schools must note that they are either partner in crime or partner in progress, depending on what they make of the flock in their care. There is therefore a great need to have them support government and by far, the popular view, rid the country of many rots she has found herself in. This implies that the song of anti corruption, transparency, accountability, hard work and perseverance should be continuous on their lips.

The truth is, should we fail to augment our resolution for the ‘hell-lots’, vent our displeasure with the widely affirmed abysmal state of things, by participating meaningfully in the affairs of the country, our complaints would be mere noise. In other words, our political affairs, call for accountability, responsive and responsible government should not be left in the hands of politicians and the acclaimed ‘opposition’ parties, we must all make Nigeria work for our good. The rumoured military take-over is not and will never be in the interest of majority of Nigerians. As such, we must all defend our democracy and make it stronger.

Though, all may not be rosy for us as a country, it is never a time to give up; our participation in governance should be strong, defiant of oppression tendencies of any public office holder, bad governance, misrepresentation among others, like never before. Surely, we would get there.

If you are not participating, it is not making sense. #Standwith9ja

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

A SHORT NOTE TO NIGERIAN QUEENS

By: Moshood Muhammed 

In course of my interaction and campaign for more impressive Nigerian’s involvement in leadership and governance of the country, I have met more resistance and had the hardest of encounters with the female folks. For their male counterpart, it is another. 

And like I said in one of my articles a few days ago, titled; Where are Nigerian Women?, your involvement in activities relating to governance and leadership of the country is appalling and seriously disturbing.

It is not enough to appear lovely dressed in those regalia and beautiful designers you love. You can wear fabulous make ups and you look like the queen of the world. All is nothing, if all is not well with Nigeria. Beauty can only show better,  when there is peace. In the absence, what happens? 

Should we fail to do the needful, your concealer, foundation, eye lashes, finger paintings and all that may be far out of your reach.

Or what account of involvement will you give to the younger ones on the effort made by you and your generation to better the lots of your people and country? Is it by keeping quiet? 

I know you’re are disappointed and sad. I know you may not be interested in politics and our tradition might have made you choose the back seat. 

I am not here to canvass you to join, but, participate and be a part of the decision making process and we would be good for it. 

You are beautiful, I must say. Know that you have a voice and you must lend it to issues that matter to humanity, and particularly Nigeria.  Until you do that, we may be in for this for so long. 

I love you. Be patriotic and let’s #StandWith9ja 

​WHERE ARE NIGERIAN WOMEN? 


By: Moshood Muhammed

While surfing the internet last night to satisfy some ‘needs’,  I found myself on Twitter. This was exactly at about some minutes past eleven. 

Thereafter, I stumbled on the Trending List and saw an hashtag, #AskTheresaMay. 

Astonishingly fascinated, I browsed through conversation and saw how interesting the chat was. It was a kinda media hangout between the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May and the citizens. 

The inclusion and participation of the people, mostly the females in the discussion wowed me. It showed they are fully into the governance of leadership of the country. This is not the first time I saw something like that. 

Our mothers, ladies and sisters need to do something like this and even more. 

The women are synonymous to home making and building. It is incontestable that they take care of home. Then, why are they missing in their role towards building the Nigeria of our dream? 

I suppose their apathy for politics, non participation in governance and leadership of the country is responsible for our present predicament. Their place is no longer in the kitchen or the other rooms, we need them on the ‘field’. 

Moving forward, we need an all inclusive movement of the Nigerian people, the genuine Nigerians and the most concerned.

I agree the level of illiteracy may debar the ‘most’ Nigerian women, but, our mothers on social media should not (with due respect) just come on cyberspace to upload pictures and chat with friends alone, we need them to lend their voice and contribute their quota. 

This may brighten  further give many of them the opportunity of occupying positions in the state political scene. They can’t continue to complain of marginalisation and keep mute, doing nothing, beyond being used and dumped during elections as we have our in some parts of the country, and termed “irrelevant”.

Beyond social media, there is a need for them to start reaching out to themselves, across the length and breadth of the country.

Should they fail to be a part of the “struggle”, apart from the fact that history will not be kind to them, their children and the unborn may curse us all.

Everyone of us MUST do this together and #GetInvolved and #StandWith9ja. 

Let salvage this country together; tomorrow may be too late. Join the struggle!

God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.

​NIGERIANS AND UNWARRANTED SILENCE

  By: Moshood Muhammed 

I have spent most times in recent time discussing and brainstorming with concerned Nigerians, on and offline, on what is to be done to move out of this sorry situation. It has not been easy, I must confess…

A friend during a chat yesterday, after days of deliberation said; “I’m patiently waiting for that day we will occupy the country.”

And I wrote back, “Bro, don’t wait. It may never come until you take action and get involved.”

As much as I appreciate his readiness and interest on issues that concern us all, unlike most Nigerian youths and the citizenry, by extension. Though, he is far better than many of us, yes. Including You! 

The other day a popular Nigerian musician announced ‘cancellation’ of a nation wide protest, most people called him all sorts of unprintable names, forgetting that he is just a citizen like most of us. If he had not stood up, would we all have kept quite and mute in face of provocative governance, ineptitudeness and political elites high handedness? 

Dear Nigerians, it is important for us to believe in our own abilities – as individuals and as a people. Our power is known by politicians, a reason why they will offer to lick, wash our feet and practically prostrate during electioneering, only to turn their backs on us upon emergence. 

Borrowing from the words of immediate past United States President, Barack Obama, he said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Moving forward as a nation requires our collective efforts. Do not wait for anyone, be a part of that CHANGE you seek. If you don’t, there is no way out for you and me. We are in it together. 

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!

#GetInvolved #TakeBackNigeria #StandWith9ja #Nigeria

OPEN LETTER TO NIGERIAN YOUTHS

By: Ademuyiwa Kehinde

It is a known fact that the present situation of the country has now become so bugaboo; it is there for all to see. Our government has turned kakistocracy overnight; the political class sole aim in government is to buy the world for themselves and their family, leaving the sons and daughters of the commoners with any hope of a sound tomorrow.

Even though our government has failed us, should we then also fail ourselves? Should we also fail our future and or should we also fail the unborn generations? It must not happen; else our fate is sealed in doom. God forbid though!

If MT Mbu could become Nigerian foreign affairs minister at 23, Pat Utomi, a federal adviser at 27, not forgetting others in history, why is it so difficult for us now despite the advancement?

The main problem is that we are ill-prepared and have overtime shown no serious concern towards what the nation is going through. In other words, we are dead in slumber, with heavy and rising snores.

You are as person reading this, haven’t you ever felt cheated? Are you satisfied with your present condition, are you at where you suppose to be? That job of yours is that your dream job? Have you ever reasoned if their children schooled in this country? The reason is obvious. They do not believe in the education sector of the country they oversee, same as medical, industry among others.

To further explain the extent at which our government and politicians have destroyed the lives of many youths emanating from their bad leadership in this country kindly, visit the different lotto or game houses around, then, you’ll be so sorry for the future of this country. Many of our youths have now taken their fate to unworthy, shameful and perilous activities, becoming professional in virtual games, betting of sorts in internet fraud, ponzi schemes, among others, just to mention but a few for survival. So pathetic!

As unfortunate as our condition as a nation may appear, my dear contemporaries, our parents seemingly have taken their own destiny and then looking up on us to fight for our freedom; it will be disastrous to make the same mistake they made during their own time.

Therefore, if we are to have such good government we deserve, then there is an urgent need for the youths to come into action before it is too late, having being denied our right by the set of old cabal who smuggled themselves into the position of power. Should we then allow them have their way again in 2019?

Fellow Nigerian youths, this is the time we need to discover our mission, vision and fulfill it or   betray it. There is a need to create more platforms where we can give and discuss our opinion, get involved in activities of the government, only then we will be taken seriously to be able to offer a meaningful alternative to the rotting and lackluster leadership quagmire in the country.

Kudos to some concerned youths who are running platforms, doing their best in seeing that youths take back their rightful positions such as NYCN, YIGGI, HOPE FOUNDATION and a the host of writers, who are mostly concerned about our national good for taking up the quest towards a greater and more prosperous Nigeria for their contributions.

Having recognized the efforts of others for their contribution, it behooves on all meaningful Nigerian youths populace to step up their games; it is a necessity to call their attention and to awaken in us the spirit of youthful and purposeful leadership for the country, which will serve solely the interest of disappointed and cheated Nigerians while moving our country to an enviable height among the comity of nations in the world.

The time is NOW; let’s get GOING!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

MOMENTS FROM HOPE FOUNDATION LAST OUTINGS

During the ending week, we were at Macjob Grammar School & African Church Grammar School (Afrograms Abeokuta), Abeokuta. 

We engaged the students of the schools on the importance of education and gave them insights on the Nigerian tertiary education system.
Our team also challenged them to make the best out of life regardless of their backgrounds, among many others. 
At HOPE FOUNDATION, we place premium on the importance of youths in nation-building. Hence, we are committed to supporting them to zenith. 
We have decided… 

We are committed…
We are Raising Generational Leaders!
See pictures below… 

ENHANCING NIGERIAN WOMEN CAPACITY TOWARDS NATION BUILDING: A POSITION PAPER BY HOPE FOUNDATION IN COMMEMORATION OF 2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION

Among the various resources required for growth, development and proper management of an enterprise, organization or a country is the human factor. To some management scholars, human resource is indispensable in running the affairs of a particular setting, even though many are of the opinion that they can be problematic to manage.
Whichever way it takes, the role of human in nation building cannot be underplayed in the developmental strive, which is why efforts have always been geared towards proper integration and involvement of people in every developmental goals. 
In the world today, the female gender population has continued to be on the irreversible rise; this can be easily verified from births that can be seen within our various environs. According to a United Nations Population Fund report, the global population as at 2011 had reached 7 billion and today, in 2017, it stands at about 7.5 billion.
Out of this whopping number, the women stand tall; they have unarguably become a very necessary element of the present world we live in. In mostly African setting, women are synonymous to home making and building. This has earned them worthy reputations, encomium as well as respects from individuals, especially the feminists. 
With this mentality of what women stand for, it is not out of place to say, women, by their leaning and stance are important in building a very verile and well developed country of our choice.
Nigeria, the most populous African country has overtime come under severe attacks and criticism overtime over the inhuman treatments meted out to the female folks as well as their placement in other sectors of strata of the economy. 
Though, it is global issue, but, as Nigerians, it is important to face this squarely, with a view to correcting the anomaly for the sake of our dear country’s developmental strive amidst all odds.
The Lagos State government for instance in the year 2016 announced that over four thousand cases of domestic violence against women were recorded for the year in the state alone. This ranges from assault and battery, rape or sexual harassment, emotional torture, among others.
Asides this, slavery, child trafficking, genital mutilation, prostitution and child labour among others are parts of the challenges faced by the women in the country while low representation of the women folks is visibly obvious in the country’s government make-up at the different tiers and arms, agencies, and other notable government parastatals among other places. A check at the various positions of authorities in the country confirm these assertions. 
As much as it is out of place to say some of these women pay little or no attention to how to enhance their own chances in all of the places mentioned above, the issue of inequality must be taken seriously by the Nigerian government and all relevant stakeholders, so that proper placement of these women could be made easy across all spheres of Nigerian community.
No doubt, notable efforts have been made in the past to correct the shortfall of women in active participation of issues that concern the country, but, more still need to be done to see to the realization of these agitations so that the women folks will not be left behind be the government.
The popular maxim, “When you train a girl child, you train a nation” is a clear indication of the importance of education and what proper upbringing of a girl child or women can do for this country, especially at a time Nigeria is in dire need of concerted efforts in surmounting the various challenges bedeviling the nation. 
Based on the foregoing, it is important, as the Nigerian government struggles towards attaining meaningful developmental position, the issues and inequalities of girls and women in the area of education, opportunities, engagement and inclusion in state and national positions need to be taken seriously. Doing this will boost the morale of the women and girls while it will aid our national image before the international community as well as correct the bad impression that the women may nurture about the country’s leadership to their personality.
Also, proper orientation of the Nigerian people, in all nooks and crannies of the country needs to be taken as part of the remedial way of cushioning the adverse effects of the notion that women or a girl child is a second fiddle to their male counterpart. By this, government information organizations and parastatals as well as all relevant stakeholders are needed to be deployed towards correcting this view.
Borrowing from the words a former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, the seed of success in every nation on earth are best planted in women and children. 
Therefore, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day this year, we at HOPE FOUNDATION recognize the importance of women and by extension female folks in the society and thus urge our government to do the needful towards their betterment in the country because women’s rights are human right.
God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Signed 

MOSHOOD, MUHAMMED S. 

Coordinator, Hope Foundation