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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

BANKS ON ROADS

By: Adekunle Adewunmi

Prior to this age, virtues such as sanctity, honesty, contentment and uncoveteousness were the order of the day. Scarcely did reports fly of theft. No ears heard for long the cry of inconvenience from the struggling masses. All appeared like it was well!

Banks are known to be registered with the Central Bank before any operation can begin. The management also recruits different staffs in order to make transactions an easy-to-do job for the benefit of both parties. But, deposits are not only made, cash withdrawals are also part of the transactions possible at banks. Simply put, deposits and withdrawals are allowed in banks. Suffice is to say here that the people don’t deposit in banks by being coerced.

Nowadays however, unofficial banks are being mounted and operated on the highways which birth the illegal collection of money, forcefully deposited to these unofficial bank operators without a strain of empathyfor the state of the pockets they hijack. This brash phenomenon ushers in a sigh of painful enquiries. Why have they chosen to fool us? Who are they even fooling? Those who make life not worth living and inconvenient to their fellow humans keep spitting untrue words at us that they are friends of the citizenry.

Alas, Nigerians are now enlightened, the dark ages are over, the light has come!

Governments emerge, their time elapse, yet, there’s nothing to show for the many years of their stewardship. All centers on the looting of state treasury, which involves squandering of national funds, only to leave the hopeless electorate in a sorry state of reproach. As if that isn’t enough, human-banks are now being mounted at roads where they are fearfully beheld askings of the terrain in which they become unquestionable beasts that devour anyone who fails to ‘cooperate’ and tender daily deposits into their sacred pouches. Some have evengone from collecting daily deposits to levying dues per hour.

This act has gone rampant to the extent that the ordinary man’s business will almost always encounter rude disruption by these armed men. On the sight of a vehicle loaded with food, things fall apart within their skulls; and all schemes veer towards hijacking the burdened hulk from its navigator, even if it hasn’t been smuggled in from another country.

Those Forces in khaki and black clothes, who are instructed to safeguard the properties and lives have been found, countless times, exploiting and endangering the very properties and lives they were sworn to protect. Safety of the masses is now in the hands of bullies who, of course, strangle the people’s way of survival for their selfish gains. The salaries and allowances being paid them by the government for their works are being kept only to keep extorting the ordinary drivers on the highways; individuals who have chosen to find succour in the stressful jobsthey have taken as a profession.

Many of these drivers, who are the victims of callous highway extortions, go into commercial driving because they want nothing but the best for their families; their children in particular. Some of them overwork themselves even till midnight in order to pay the tuition fees of their children in higher institutions. Still, some locusts would seem to appear from the mirage and cut their monies short. It is possible that, by the ripple effect of such a condition, much mishap is caused. Some children of these commercial drivers might even end up being dropped from school due to not meeting up their payment deadlines.

A voyage to a town in Oyo State, Igbo-Ora to be precise, which is known to be the land most populated with twins revealed the ordeals commercial vehicles drivers go through when they set out for their daily businesses and the level of unnecessary pains inflicted daily on them by these road-bankers. It was so astonishing but head-aching to find the Forces at road sides almost within a two-minute drive interval, demanding for daily deposits otherwise known as “rabba or bribe”. Any commercial driver who tries to argue with them may meet his waterloo and get roped with different offenses that cannot be found in the statute of vehicle movement. The predatory logic is that by the time they cause passengers to be delayed and complaints spill from the driver’s customers, he’ll be forced to pay even more than he would have paid if he had not struggled with the Forces.

A personal encounter with one of the commercial drivers who makes his daily living on the route further exposed the high rate of wickedness leveled against them on a daily basis. He posited that if he was opportune to own any charm, he would have used it on “those wicked government security officials” because he often returns home at night from the day’s toil with almost nothing to show for the sweat due to the problem faced with the soldiers and policemen.

Without mincing words, this shows frustration, pain, and anger, which may result in rebellion and trouble against the Forces if the government does not find a lasting solution to halt the evil activities of these thieves.

Apparently, they operate this way almost everywhere since they believe they can’t be checkmated by anyone. Little surprise is to hear that these Forces build gigantic edifices and live big. President Muhammadu Buhari should try to start looking into the bank accounts of individual Force members so as to see clearly the billions of naira they have therein stolen and forcefully collected from struggling drivers.

Banks mounted on roads should hereby be destroyed so that sanity, freedom, and welfare should become the order of the day!

THE ROAD

By: Adekunle Adewunmi

Our dear nation, Nigeria, has found itself in a messy state, which keeps humiliating, haunting and hurting the lives of the citizenry and dwellers. A lot has been seen and several scenes experienced, especially after the change of power from the Otueke born former President, Goodluck Jonathan to President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the country.

References can be drawn while some instances could also be cited as regards the plethora of secrets that have become unconcealed immediately after the change of baton ranging from the Dasuki Gate Scandal, which revealed atrocities allegedly committed by the former national security adviser and also went round to other high-ranking personalities in the country, who were said to have shared in the loots meant for the acquisition of arms that would have protected the property and lives of the citizenry.

More so, many who held political positions in the country have been caught in EFCC’s net, with thousands and dollars reported to have been recovered. Interestingly, some even went a step further in keeping stolen funds that should be enjoyed by the suffering masses in septic tanks, not forgetting the amount also allegedly squandered by officials of the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan. What an alarming state this nation has found herself!

One cannot but see the level of decadence that has eroded the sight and good road of this dear country. Rather than the process of grading, smoothening, tarring and plying through an incorruptible road, the representatives of Nigeria has chosen the corruptible road. What a disaster.

Moving forward but not away from the aforementioned, we are currently faced with economic recession rather than its progression in this country. This might have been as a result of so many things which we’ve failed to address until it got to this peak stage, not forgetting that the points earlier mentioned forms a big part of this menace.

Still, the government has continued to live on a mono-economic system of financial increment instead of making it a multi economic system. Nigeria’s continual dependence on crude oil isn’t helping matters in any way and a road out of this state would be us, addressing our economy in a holistic way by widening the scope of our income. Before the corn was another food which fowls feeds on. Then, before we found crude oil, was “Agriculture”.

Well, I’m saying vividly that, Nigeria should go back to agriculture in a globalized way or form, and into more of ICTas well as other initiatives which can make us a nation that runs a multi-economic system.

Nevertheless, as part of the continuous challenge of this nation is the mindset of the people. The thought of an average Nigerian is how he gets rich and hasten his prosperityin life without minding how the feat is achieved. He clamours for a height without any qualification that can lift him over. This is more of the reasons you see peopledelving into some sorts of schemes just to get money whether it be by crooked means or by the virtue ofsanctity. Many youths of this nation, instead of going to school or learning a trade, would be spotted at betting arenas, staking the little money they have on them and wasting away their lives and time which could be spent doing things profitable . Those little, unconsidered monies can be used as capital to set up minute (small) businesses (SMEs) which can become large afterwards. I even thought the idea of making money rituals had died totally, not knowing that some Nigerians still indulge in the inhumane act.

This type and kind of road we’ve chosen to ply to success in this nation would lead us nowhere but destruction because it is not the authentic one by God but, the devil’s device.

The spirit of brotherly love has totally crept away from our abode as a nation, for we no longer love ourselves as a family not to mention loving as a nation. The spirit of togetherness which is the only way in which works can be effectively carried out to achieve maximal and positive result has become lost in transit, in so much that our tribes are not in agreement with each other, neither are we in conformity as regards religious beliefs. Religion and religious people now takes sides. How then can we rebuild and make Nigeria the best we want it to actually become if charity is in absence?

Some sects claims to be fighting for their rights while destroying properties and taking the lives of human beings like them, calling themselves Boko Harams. Why not think of a better road to make your grievances known to the government rather than plying that evil road of martyring innocent future-promising souls?

Hmmn, our conscience has been seared with hot iron and hypocrisy is all we make as benchmark in this nation (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Some people that has been charged with lots of money for the smooth running or overseeing of a project at their place of work or at government parastatals can no longer be trusted. All they are professional at is to add two zeros to the budget in order to have ungodly gains. While some, after the projects has been approved, moves for bad materials and even fail to completely execute the job. What a slippery road to prosperity! If you aren’t aware, it is only truth that exalts a nation. Without truth, Nigeria won’t make progress.

So many graduates are out there without any job. In fact, the issue of dichotomy still exists very much between HND and BSC degree holders. The HND holders, after going through the rigours of hectic study loads while in school have been isolated amongst their counterpart, without any end in sight. Even when any opportunity for job security arises, they are, almost at all times, berated by most companies and industries yet, nothing is being done to eradicate this head-aching, heart-troubling menace by the governments. Whereas, these HND holders, when examined, are well equipped than those whose certificates are only celebrated.I pray this won’t let the unemployed graduates turn into something else that the government would have to deal with as regards the security of lives and properties of this nation in the future. Beware, for the road of I don’t care behavior being exhibited by the government would lead this mighty nation to nowhere but the destination of a big fall.

I’m sorry for the eternity of some employers and even the future of their children, I mean those who demand sexual intercourse from female employment seekers at their firms, those who attach other strings at the stake of getting people employed. The road you are building is for the downfall of your life, health and children.

Consequently, many talents, no, heterogeneous talented persons are in our dear country which the government has failed to fish out to develop and they are just wasting away to become tools of the devil while some has become brain-retarded. Many of these talents have been developed by some countries abroad and furnished to a heightened taste, which makes them more garnished amongst other nations of the world.

I’ve seen a person who made an airplane-like vehiclewhich he drove around for almost 2-5 months around Ota environs, in Ogun State, looking if anyone could be of help to him so that he could developmore on it but no help came. I believe and I’m convinced as well that people who could help saw him but failed to assist. Many can develop and break any software or personal code on the computer, these are students that have enough grey matter that can compete with Bill Gates. Bill Gates was even below forty years of age before he became the richest man in the world. I wherefore opine, that a road of career opportunities be built around these young talents who can make the country become proud and big before they turn cyber thieves!

Fathers they say, takes one further. This adage, rather than having a positive impact in this country, the case has been the otherwise, for politicians of today who enjoys consuming and lavishing the resources of the country for their personal gains has infested the upcoming youths with the same virus since all our youths seeks for in governance, if they have the chance to go into politics, is to also become corrupt leaders as their progenitors have always. When you ask a typical youth about his or her dream if given the opportunity to rule, the first thing you hear is, I want get as much money as I can run for an office. What the leaders fail to know is that, many of these youths see them as role models and anything they do, or whatever behaviour they exhibit tends to be part and passel of the younger generation’s lifestyles. So, for this bad road of legacy they have built not to cause devastating accident for everyone, their generation and Nigeria at large. Dear political class, please Change!

Permit me to delve into the religious world and spit my word. Nowadays, spiritual leaders who are highly respected by the people are at most times; “wolves under sheep’s clothing and fraudsters (419s).” Plethora of them didn’t wait to get ripe under the tutelage of their senior spiritual leaders before setting up their own centers where they just cajole the people with pre-staged miracles, signs and wonders, all in the name of collecting their monies and spend wildly. All in a bid to getting rich quickly. The religious world that should lead us in the right road, should not compromise but make their ways straight and help smoothen the path of this nation.

At this juncture, I would like everyone, all citizens of our dear nation to take the big step in amending the spoilt road of this nation so that we can go into our enjoyment and attain the heightened stardom we’ve always looked forward to, because it is the responsibility of all, not forgetting that united we stand but divided, will result in a big fall.

The government and leaders should as well, burn the garments of irresponsibility they’ve tucked, to take full charge of the state of this nation and become the best legacy setter for our youths in the whole of Africa and the world at large. Also, for this road to be sweet to drive and ride on, let the oil of our wheel; the youths of this country be introduced and more involvedin the political systematic process, both male and females. No stereotyping whatsoever.

On a final note, Reverend Olusola A. Areogun, in his book, ‘CONSCIENCE MATTERS’ which he co-authored with his son, opined that; “If Nigeria is going to make it, the Federal Government and the Senate should make a legislation to cancel all these promos that is going on, lotto and coupon playing. He said, this spirit that is flooding our country is not the way the Western countries were developed. They didn’t develop their country by their youths playing lotto and lotteries, saying, ‘if you open a bottle of drink you can win a brand new car’. If that were how they developed and sustained their country, they wouldn’t have migrated over here”.

So, you find youths of today, instead of settling down to a legitimate righteous work, knowing that it is a step-by-step process to greatness, he wishes to hit a jackpot; that is why if you go to cyber café today, you find all kinds of young people there, many of whom are not surfing the internet for information, but for fraudulent activities! Where did the spirit come from? Every Police Officer tells you that it takes intelligence to catch criminals because they are not just stupid criminals. But, the same brain they use to plan for crime can actually be used for good. The challenge however, is that he wants to succeed without suffering. Anytime you want to succeed without righteous suffering, you will become a criminal and won’t even be able to manage what you get. It is the road that makes the man, not the destination”!

I end this by quoting from the Holy Bible which says; ‘there is a way that seemeth right unto men but the end is destruction’. For this country not to be tagged as giants of yesterday, we must mutually build,ply and sustain an incorruptible, righteous-filled roads that can make us a better nation.

When Leadership calls, Responsibility beckons!

Reflection on Leadership

 

By: Moshood Muhammed

Has anyone ever wondered what a free society would have been like? Are you thinking of what leadership entails? What does leadership even means to you? This is for you.

When Adam and Eve were created in the beginning of the world, God made Adam the head and by extension humans above all other creations. This is the anatomy of leadership.

The decision of the most supreme being underscores the importance, indispensability and inevitability of leadership in the societies of the world. Management of general affairs, conducts of people, regulations and other resources will lead to unending crisis without the position of a leader or leadership.

The concept of leadership has evolved overtime; philosophers, scholars and thinkers have come up with different postulations and explanations of what leadership represents, its organs and workability. Premised on this, the system of leadership differs from a society and environment to another.

Regardless of the shape a leadership may take, it is important to note and take to fore that certainly, a particular individual or group of persons take charge of affairs of a particular setting.

Purposeful, responsible and responsive leadership is the hallmark of representation. The people or the led deserve accountability and transparency, without which abuse of power, anarchy, impunity and corruption would be as good as to have taken centre stage.

Many who are in leadership positions today see it as opportunity to take advantage of the ‘vulnerable’ followers. It is essentially necessary to point out that the notion that there is always a beginning and an end is nothing but the truth.

While you hold sway in a leadership, every reasonable leaders must bear in mind that it can’t be all rosy, that is why I’ve continued to say that leadership is not just position or opportunity to relax, amass wealth and or possibly wield unnecessary influence but a call for action of service delivery. This suffices that every leadership position comes with its ‘enourmous’ responsibilities.

It is therefore imperative for all those who are in positions to know that it can never be a easy task, just as it is usually not an all-comer affairs. Leadership simply infers hardship.

While only a few may perform well while in position of leadership, others have on the other side perform below par. That is undoubtedly what life is, anyway.

Whichever way one falls, however, there is always a ‘reward’. If you buy your way through people and court of public opinion, you can never escape the court of conscience and posterity.

A leader who wishes to lead successfully must be ready to be all-embracing, accept advises, take his or her stand without fear or favour and shun the mischief of hailers and praise singers. You can’t be a good leader without being able to make the right and yielding decisions.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that whether for good or bad, every leader and leadership shall be remembered. What do you or your leadership want to be remembered for? What you will be remembered for is dependent on what you stand for, the problems you are able to solve it those berthed by you.

Nothing is certainly hidden. Whatever you do while in power will count for or against you later. History hunts; have a scan of the society and you will confirm this in affirmative.

Best regards!

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