Monday, 5 February 2018

GET $5,000 FOR YOUR START UP

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Alright, do you have a startup business? Do you anyone that has a startup business? You can be among the ones blessed to receive this award

The “StartUp Mambila” Project (organized by NENHUB with the support of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal Government of Nigeria) seeks to increase regional activities with innovative clusters and encourage innovation across various sectors of the economy. We are engaging 25,000 Nigerians to be trained and developed as young creative talents, equipped and supported to meet the local and international demand for digital enterprise.
In actualization of our mandate we therefore call for entries into the premier StartUp Mambila an incubation program for tech startups in the early stages of enterprise development in the North-Eastern Region of Nigeria with solutions and ideas applicable to solving local issues and economic challenges.
StartUps will be incubated for a period of six months and provided a $5,000 equity-free funding to start their venture at the end of the incubation program.
StartUp teams are required to do the either of following:
  •  Own a startup in early development stage, not older than 3 years, with a solution that can be adapted for the development of the north-east region of Nigeria.
  •  Have an idea that can be technologically developed to tackle pressing socio-economic needs of the north-east region of Nigeria.

Objectives

  •   To fast track industrialization in Nigeria by attracting Venture Capital, manufacturing and service organisations
  •  To increase regional activity of innovative clusters and to encourage innovation across various sectors of the economy
  •  To create job opportunities for the teeming population of youths within a knowledge driven economy with innovation solution
  •  To establish Nigeria as an IT-driven professional services, manufacturing and agro-allied processing outsourcing hub.

How to apply

Interested StartUps should register at www.nenhub.com.ng from 1st – 20th February 2018.
All entries will be reviewed by the Selection Board who consists of carefully selected accomplished professionals from all walks of life.
Shortlisted applicants are expected to be on ground in Yola for the pre-incubation demo on the 22nd February 2018.
Please share and tell someone. You may help build the next big thing in Nigeria. 
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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Open Letter to His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR

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By Ike Neliaku, Ph.D, FNIPR, FAPRA

   A Dance of Four Presidents: Obasanjo As Strongman Drummer

Your Excellency,

May I start this communication also by wishing you well in 2018 - good health, sound memory, better conscience and a repentant heart.

After reading Your Excellency’s recent letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, and ruminated on the content, your national engagements since commencement of the 4th Republic, particularly from 2006 to date; the reactions of Nigerians to your letter and your most recent response to the reactions, I am constrained to write you, sir, through this medium, to draw your kind attention to some salient issues Nigerians are raising at this point that you may not have grasped, hence the reactions. I write out of a heart deeply laden with four burdens that require you to thoroughly discharge before many Nigerians can take your intervention on national leadership seriously again.

These burdens are: The Burden of Conscience, the Burden of History, the Burden of Foundations, and the Burden of Trust. The Burden of Conscience because there are serious issues my generation and, perhaps the generations following, would need explanation from you; the Burden of History because it does appear that history is set to repeat itself in the way you and a few in your special class have consistently manipulated the affairs of our nation; the Burden of Foundations bordering on the implication of your actions and inactions at critical moments which impacted negatively on Nigeria’s weak foundations, hence, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do;” and the Burden of Trust because the way you have often goaded, and, sometimes, intimidated the citizens of Nigeria onto more wrong paths demand that you give justification for why we should continue to trust you. I will digress a bit at this point to give some needful backgrounds with the hope to return later, sir.

I acknowledge your status and respect your authority as twice a former leader of Nigeria, both as Military Head of State and civilian President at very challenging junctures of our nationhood. I also respect your position as an elder and a man of influence in Nigeria whom God has blessed tremendously in knowledge and wisdom. Sir, my elders cautioned us when we were growing up that it is not always appropriate for a ‘child’ to address an elder in the public space, but that if it must be done on the basis of raising issues of common good, the child will need to cover his or her face with a basket or any other appropriate covering as a sign of respect before speaking to the elder. It is against this background that I take the liberty of placing a fitting basket over my face respectfully as a son to speak to a father figure when things are fast going awry.

Your Excellency, I wish to briefly introduce myself. I have had the opportunity of serving my country, diligently, in public and private capacities, under different administrations in the last 27 years. I will soon turn 51, which means I started working for Nigeria fairly early at 24. I have had the privilege of serving at vantage levels under different administrations, climbing through the rungs of leadership and governance in the country. I understand to a good extent the character of our nation and her peoples. Also, I have a fair measure of international exposure through the different assignments I have undertaken across different continents in those 27 years. This exposure enables me to understand when and how foreign interests waddle into and through internal affairs of nation states. By the grace of God, who has helped me, I have also seen a bit of why leaders succeed and others fail in Nigeria and elsewhere, as well as why some leaders fail where others succeeded and vice versa.
I love Nigeria and will not give it up for another no matter the attraction. I believe Nigeria is great and there is no nation like her on earth! At present, I head two national organisations – Initiative for Dialogue and Development (IDD) and Issachar Centre for Research and Development (ICRD). Along with very well meaning Nigerians, we are using these platforms to seek to identify the challenges that face our nation and not only recommend appropriate solutions but, where applicable, take measured and strategic steps to address such matters. This we do to contribute to the process of reinventing our nationhood – a task, I believe must be performed by Nigerians – for which we are well endowed, if greedy and mischievous elite would allow. This introduction is nothing more than to assure of our collective effort for genuine progress in Nigeria. There are numerous others like me across the North and South of Nigeria.

After all I have seen so far, I arrived at the conclusion that leadership and governance anywhere, especially in our continent and particularly in Nigeria, are driven by conspiracy, with interest as its live wire. The only difference is that whereas in other climes, like the West, the extent of manipulative conspiracy is highly checked by well established systems and institutions. Sometimes, though in the minority, these systems and institutions can be abused but in the main they are always there to maintain an appreciable balancing between the greed of the elite and the needs of the citizens. In our territory, however, the majority of the elite parades in an exclusive market square to promote their parochial and primordial interests on the strand of ‘me, I and myself’ syndrome while the hapless citizens are left in utter confusion and ignorance. The people scavenge and wallow in abject poverty, without hope or justice, tortured with the wicked denial of a fair distribution of their God-given abundance, by those who ought to protect them. To these innocent ones, the right to decent living or even struggle for survival has become a privilege while an expression of asking for their rights is considered anathematic.

Before writing this letter, I sought a simple perception audit of you by some Nigerians. While many acknowledged that you love Nigeria, fought to keep Nigeria one and have been used of God, alongside others, to intervene at very critical moments to pull Nigeria from the brink. Sadly, sir, most believe that you have, in the course of your many interventions, actually ended up becoming more of a bigger burden, tougher problem, harder nut, and a clog in the progress of the nation you assert to love. They believe sir, that your adventures or misadventures, particularly in the last 12 years have been less than progressive, objective and not in the best interest of Nigeria. I will illustrate with four misfortunes you have walked us into in these 12 years.

The Yar’Adua Presidency
Sir, you will recall how you ‘forced’ your way, produced and foisted on Nigeria and her citizens a then unhealthy Governor Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to succeed you as President and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as his Vice in 2007. As a strongman and sitting President at the time you were in a position, more than any other Nigerian, to know the state of health or frailty of President Yar’Adua to realise that it was a no-no option to install him as your successor. There were many other better choices at the time, but you chose to act your way because it was in your best interest and, of course, those you represented. The nation followed your leading and voted Yar’Adua to be president, and he became. It was entirely your decision sir and you deserve to keep the ‘credit.’ Nigerians already know a lot of that saga with its concomitant misfortune. Unfortunately, many allude that but for the pressure he was exposed to during campaigns and in office as President, Alhaji Yar’Adua may have still been alive living peacefully in his retirement as a former governor of Katsina State. Not a few presume that the Yar’Adua debacle was a punishment to the nation for denying you a third term presidency, an experience that, if allowed, may have continued today into a life presidency as other strongmen leaders of Africa.

Enter President Goodluck Jonathan
Following the demise of President Yar’Adua the constitution provides that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, his Vice, be sworn in as President of Nigeria, and he became. You were very happy and it was not hidden. Things went according to your plan and you were still in charge. By 2011, another round of presidential election was due and you boldly encouraged President Jonathan to contest as an incumbent. The nation followed your lead, voted for Jonathan to be returned as elected President, and he became. By 2013, you were already having issues with President Jonathan, culminating in your December 2, 2013 letter to him. You proceeded to tear your PDP membership card signifying a clear departure and change of your dance steps, thereby setting the stage for the nation to follow another path.

President Buhari in the Saddle
Nigerians again trusted your judgment, followed your lead, and voted General Muhammadu Buhari as their President, and he became. As you admitted in your January 2018 letter, you knew the areas President Buhari is weak but thought that he would make use of good Nigerians to help in such areas – economy and foreign affairs. Today President Buhari is our President, facilitated by you and other members of your orchestra, and you sir, on behalf of your Group, have openly admitted in your letter, “I believe the situation we are in today is akin to what and where we were in at the beginning of this democratic dispensation in 1999. The nation was tottering. People became hopeless and saw no bright future in the horizon. It was all dark clouds politically, economically and socially.” Wow! After 19 years?

I will now return to the four burdens you need to discharge. In all conscience sir, do you really believe deep down in your inner man that you have done all you did especially in the last 20 years only in the best interest of Nigeria? Or was it a conjugation of two interests peaking at the same point, that is, a skillful manipulation of Nigeria’s situation to deploy solutions that promote your interest? The recent history of Nigeria is virtually dominated by you. You were president from 1999 to 2003, you ‘danced’ for Presidents Yar’Adua, Jonathan and Buhari and they followed your dance steps and became Nigeria’s presidents. And none should ever reject your advice, else they would run into bad weather. My opinion is that it is unfair for you to have been president from 1999 and influenced or dictated or facilitated your choice of who became presidents after you since then; and after 19 years after, you present us with a verdict that “. . . the situation we are in today is akin to what and where we were in at the beginning of this democratic dispensation in 1999”. Wouldn’t you really think that you have actually become the problem? If the three paths you have led us through were unsuccessful, why should we rely on you again for direction?

For your information sir, history has been restored to basic and secondary schools curricular in Nigeria. This implies that our children will read these things and make up their minds who was for Nigeria and who was against her. They will look at every aspect of this history against the backdrop of who helped, positively, to make a better nation for them. There is need to look at this burden and correct it before it is too late.

The foundation of any house determines the weight of the structure it would carry. This implies that in many instances that designing and laying the right foundation is more important than the ‘edifice’ we intend to build. From the way things have gone in Nigeria from 1999 to date, it does appear that those we looked up to as leaders from 1999 to date misunderstood and misinterpreted our needs and have, therefore, laid a wrong foundation that can never be sustainable. This explains why things have continued to fall apart with the centre not holding and may, sadly, never hold unless the fundamental issues of our nationhood are addressed.

Trust is a scarce commodity with serious attribute of social capital in any society. Like a bank account, when integrity account is in red urgent intervention is needed. The way things have gone, the way you have provided leadership, influenced political outcomes and given direction in Nigeria, in and out of leadership in the last 19 years, and the fact that we have not made the expected progress under four presidents, call to question why we should ever look up to you and accept your judgments again. Sir, with the record before us, it is very difficult for us to trust any direction you point us to. It will therefore be difficult to follow your lead of building a coalition for the nation. A coalition is, indeed, very necessary and may work to save the nation. The joy I have is that it has been in the minds of many Nigerians who have been working very hard at the grassroots to reinvent our nationhood. It, therefore, did not start because you called for it, else it may fail since we do not trust if, indeed, your own tranche of coalition is tendentiously headed toward another misfortune. The citizens are tired and weary of actions they are not sure of what the termination point would be.

As quoted in your letter, “Einstein made it clear to us that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the height of folly.” Nigerians, especially my generation and those below, feel that we have done the same thing too many times and, of course, failed woefully, therefore we are no longer careful to answer you on this matter, sir. We will not follow the version of coalition as you have prescribed because we cannot trust where it is coming from, the motive and where it is headed.

To avoid being misunderstood, the issue here is not about whether you are right or wrong about the contents of your letter. Those issues are already marketplace knowledge. Happily, steps are being taken at various levels to set a new foundation for our country on the right path to progress. The major challenge, for emphasis, is that with your trajectory under immediate scrutiny, we do not know the real source of your recent intervention, nor the intent and where again you will be leading us. Is it another Yar’Adua, Jonathan, or Buhari which you would start and realise midway that it has not worked and, therefore, must be changed? We cannot continue on this road forever. It is for this burden that we cannot trust the source of your coalition. Who again is it being packaged for?

In conclusion sir, you have done your best for the nation. You helped Nigeria exit her debt burden at a time it was most critical and desirable. It is time to now set Nigeria and Nigerians free. Concentrate on your international commitments as an African father figure and a global citizen that you strongly merit. But if you must engage further in our domestic politics, then ask God for mercy and seek Him genuinely and truthfully to show you what is His heartbeat for Nigeria; follow His prescription for the rebirth of Nigeria in your time. Being a merciful and forgiving God, it is a privilege He reserves for those who diligently and genuinely seek to do His will for the good of mankind. He may not deny you such favour and grace.

In consideration of the above and many other factors yet to be said, we reject your Coalition for Nigeria. It shall not fly, sir.

Finally sir, in God’s affairs, repentance and judgment are options.

May God continue to bless Nigeria.

Respectfully submitted, sir.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


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Monday, 15 January 2018

THE DEAD

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While I was away,

Nigeria was called a shit hole country by the leader of the free-world, Herdsmen ran rampage on  innocent Nigerians which led to a mass burial and great mourning. I listened to an interview the other day on a radio station and the human right activist stated emphatically that she was going to tell the youths in Benue "to pick up arms and defend themselves" things got really bad.

Today, however is supposed to be the Armed Forces Remembrance Day. I really do admire the Nigerian gallant Arm Forces. Their heroism will not be forgotten but I have a problem with the day that Nigeria has decided to remember their fallen heroes. It's the day of surrender for the Biafran Army in the evening of 1970.

You see if my brother won a fight we had on the 15th of January 1970, by my surrender. And then he says "Let us be brothers again and put this behind us. I have missed you and I need us not to fight again because our family needs to be stronger again. We are better together" even though I lost and surrendered I was delighted with the fact that my brother was interested in the strength of our family than his individual accomplishments - over me. Which was the reason we even fought in the first place.

So I joined him again in building a new family, when other boys from the other side of town tried to taunt me, my brother stood up against them and sometimes even fought them "leave my brother alone!" he always yelled. Then one day, the village decided to celebrate my brothers strength, his valor and his courage in battle. They asked him to pick one day out of all the other victorious days of the year, where he fought and won. And so my brother decided to pick the day he won over me.

How should I feel? Especially when I know there were other days he was victorious over other people.

When Chris Abani, A Nigerian Author stated that "I was born in 1966, at the beginning of the Biafran-Nigerian Civil War and the war ended after three years. And I was growing up in school and the government didn't want us taught about the history of the war, because they thought it probably would make us generate a new generation of rebels" people have to wonder why Nigeria decides to mark today not as a day that two brothers lost the war than as a day that one brother won the battle.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

TO INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission)

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Hello,

This may be the first of many letters to your office as we all know that the big elections in 2019 is fast approaching. Some say your performance in Anambra State elections were as usual below per even though you were quick to blow your own trumpets, notwithstanding I'm not really concerned about those aspects (even though they are things that cause for concern), I would like to focus on the voter turn outs on election days.

So in 2014 I was one of the ones who almost volunteered to assist you but I held back when I saw how late the PVC (Permanent Voters Cards) were released to those communities. After considering that the election was just a few months away and the PVC were just arriving, I came to a conclusion that you guys weren't serious and I'd like to think that I'm serious.

Fast forward to 2017 and I'm writing to tell you that if you don't start preparing on time Nigeria will face the same predicament they did with the Voters Card Collection and the other tools involved in the election.

INEC the problem we face in Nigeria is because one way or the other good, intelligent and patriotic people are not voting. Before, you say the same thing about them that people have been saying since 1991-1992 please ask yourself this question have you done your job?

Up till today the only place citizens of Nigeria can register and pick up their PVC is in their Local Government Areas. I can understand why you needed to do it that way because all Politics is Local but I think it's time to understand that many of these folks you want to vote leave in the Abuja's, the Lagos and the likes, more importantly these guys don't want to return to their LGA for any reason.

It's time to bring the PVC out to the urban areas city centers, if possible take them to diaspora - located at every embassy. Then when you make that move, let people know that you have made that move.

Finally, start from today to create skits on social media to sensitize the public to vote right and not sell their vote, I heard a story the other day of a lady that came from a fulani village where Politicians in time past have told them that if they voted for them they will make their tap flow with Coke and Furah the two things that village love the most. Don't underestimate the power of public sensitization.

Start Now.
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Friday, 24 November 2017

ATIKU RESIGNS APC

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Atiku Abubakar resigns from APC. Read his statement below....


Resignation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar (Waziri Adamawa) Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 from the All Progressives Congress

On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.
The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.
It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.
It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.
On that day, I said “it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision” to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.
Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.
However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.
While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.
Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo, he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had ‘not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance of the party itself, that same governor said ‘Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.
Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.
But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.
A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.
I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?
Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.
May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.
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Friday, 10 November 2017

MOTIVATIONAL FRIDAY: WHO ARE YOU?

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Copied #HistoryVille

There were three ships which were nearby when the Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912.
One of them was known as the Sampson.
It was 7 miles away from the Titanic and they saw the white flares signaling danger, but because the crew had been hunting seals illegally and didn’t want to be caught, they turned and went the opposite direction away from the Titanic.

The next ship was the Californian.
This ship was only 14 miles away from the Titanic, but they were surrounded by ice fields and the captain looked out and saw the white flares, but because the conditions weren’t favorable and it was dark, he decided to go back to bed and wait until morning. The crew tried to convince themselves that nothing was happening.

The last ship was the Carpathia.
This ship was actually headed in a southern direction 58 miles away from the Titanic when they heard the distress cries over the radio. The captain of this ship knelt down, prayed to God for direction and then turned the ship around and went full steam ahead through the ice fields. This was the ship that saved the 705 survivors of the Titanic. When the captain looked back at the ice fields they had come through, he said, "Someone else hands must have been at the helm of this ship!"
LESSONS
The first ship represents us and people like us if we are so busy looking inward at our own sin and lives that we can’t recognize when someone else... is in need.
The second ship represents us and people like us if we are so busy looking inward at our own sin and lives that we can’t recognize when someone else... is in need. This ship represents those of us who say I can’t do anything now. The conditions aren’t right for it and so we wait until conditions are perfect before going out.
The last ship! That's what we should all aim to be. To be there for each other and thrust everything into God's hands.
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

WHAT YOU SAY

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I'm not a fan of silence but I'm a fan of solace
I did not believe depression was a disease
So my friend told me how he got out of one
People are going through stuff, I meant everyone
So be careful what you say
More so be careful how you 'say'
Jesus walked on water
Moses parted a sea which wasn't red
What miracle you can offer the world may be a word in season
For this world doesn't lack good orators but it does lack a good reason
So I'd give you one - be nice
Presented with an opportunity to care, please start by talking nice
You have good in you, give the world a slice
So let's begin this way
Permit these vocabularies to stay
Sorry, Please, thank you, Welcome
I missed you rather than where are you from?
How are you? rather than Have you eaten?
Even though in Nigeria the later is a criterion
Excuse me or pardon me
Could suffice as you're not in the military
Even the military is polite
You have no excuse, my friend this should be your fight
The world needs you to talk right
Because what you say
Can make or break someone in a way
Please talk right, it cost less than a penny
Yes, talk right even to an Enemy










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Friday, 29 September 2017

Nigeria at 57

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I can only but say a Prayer and it goes thus:

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.

Amen
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Free Advice to PDP: How You Can Win 2019

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I'm going to go straight to the point and keep it simple and short.
2019 is yours to loose and you guys are already loosing. Calling a spade a spade you guys did a terrible job being in power for 16 years, a few hate speeches to a sick president will not win the heart of the people who are still recovering from the mental health issues you gave them from the frequent revelations of looted funds by members of your government those years.

You can't and won't win that way, you'll only make a fool of yourselves come 2019. So how do you win? How do you come back stronger? I'm going to list a few things from a long list, if you need more clarification you can contact my office (it won't be free).

1. Apologise: It's a hard thing to do to tell the elderly in Nigeria to apologise even to their mates talk more of to youths and children. Listen, defending yourselves won't cut it, members of your team stole what could have put children in school -those children need your apologies. Members of your team used the money supposed to clean the Niger Delta to build mansions in foreign countries - the Niger Delta Youths deserve your apology. The list goes on and on, but listen Nigerians are very forgiving people as long as they know you are really sorry. You need to stop trying to make it about a few people and apologise, this shows you as a true leader who knows the buck stops at his table.

2. Vice President: The greatest mistake you guys made in your last election was to use a Vice Presidential candidate that his works and achievement on a global stage could not make as much noise as the Presidential candidate, no doubt a good man but not one whose works could speak volumes for him in his absence. This time around be smarter if possible use a woman.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Develop Content : The Spotlight

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We live in a time where information is everywhere but knowledge is still lacking. Everyone seems smart but a few act that way. Then you recognize that this a time where people are satisfied being theoretical victors and not practical ones. "Perception is everything" is the theme, so we use every medium to sell the perception that we have content but then the spotlight comes on.

Content is lacking in our world, a pretty lady believes "I am pretty, so I don't have to dress right, talk right or act right" then she enters her 30's and no guy is serious. A rich boy believes "I have money so I don't have to go for any training, improve my vocabulary or listen to anyone"

Don't let anyone clap for you too soon, no matter your level of success now and how you attained it, you're still on your way somewhere better - there's more.

I have met people who with a little success become pompous and I have met people who have so much success but remain humble. To develop content you have to be teachable and that means you have to be humble. In it original text Humility means to humiliate yourself on purpose.

I end with this, whoever you see that the spotlight got turned on and the person doesn't have any content to show for it didn't start that way. As I will always say "whoever is a prideful successful business owner was prideful even when he wasn't successful, Just that the spotlight didn't amplify it"

Develop content today so that when the spotlight comes what you represent will still make sense.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

The Nigeria Energy Disgrace

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A profitable business it has been for Nigerians but not for Nigeria. Recently, the energy sector was privatised, hopefully it was to follow the success stories of China, South Africa, Brazil, India and a host of others. However, the story hasn't gotten much better.

The fact is very embarrassing, converting Terawatts to Megawatts for a clearer understanding, I will show you how embarrassing things are

China: 5,682,000,000MW
USA: 4,324,000,000MW
India: 1,368,000,000MW
Japan: 995,000,000MW
UK: 338,000,000MW
South Africa: 34,000MW (from coal alone)
Nigeria: 5,074.7MW (Higest ever)

In 2003 a contract was awarded by NEPA to supply about 3 million meters for N37 billion, at 2016, 14 years later the contract has not been performed. The privatization happened on top of all this dishonesty, bad equipment, insufficient meters and human interference.

To get somewhere you need to know where you're now.  Where we're isn't good at all, imagine what could be produced in Nigeria for the world if we had a quarter of what India has in terms of energy?



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Friday, 28 July 2017

About Dbystander

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After over 90 articles, we have decided to give you a little overview on dbystander. Dbystander is a movement against bystanders but it's a movement that recognises that we remain bystanders except our words are taking seriously, thus the statement "by the way I'm just a Bystander" in order words I can't force you to accept my words, where do you know me from?

Bystander seeks a positive change in the society, we believe that things always change either to the positive or to the negative depending on what you're doing, positive change is what we call Improvement and negative change, well it's called so many things. The world we live in today needs some new by-standard's, willing to set a precedence that doing nothing is not an option.

All our articles are geared towards making individuals better people regardless of the community they reside. And thus all 90 of them are still relevant until tomorrow. In case you don't see any article for a while, I urge you to go down and read some that have been posted before like the Diary of a youth Corper Series, The Three Cars that will be used in Heaven Series, The Force of Three: I, the Enemy and Christ (Religious), Corporate Slavery: the Pursuit of the Nigerian Dream and a host of others.

Finally, we need your contribution here, leave a comment, like a post and share our work to help us do more in the near future.
Thank you and welcome to dbystander.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

To THiNe OWN SelF Be TRUE

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A man who doesn't know and knows he doesn't know is already knowledgeable. A mad man is sane when he realises he's mad.

You owe yourself the truth. Everyone thinks you're something but you know you aren't, at least not yet. You don't have to scream your imperfections for the world to note like some people do these days on the social media but you can inform yourself and those who you believe can be of assistance to you.

It's popularly said "Lie to the whole world but not to yourself" if you do lie to yourself, you'll truly be lost. Failure is a verb until you add a lie and then it becomes who you're not just what happened.

To thine own self be true.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?

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This article will be brief, I think.

One day I put a plastic bucket under a steady drop of water and by the next day I approached the bucket under this tap and it was overflowing. What seems little today soon become a great empire. Nothing is too little to make a difference on this side of Heaven, everything counts, everything was destined to count. This principle is the way a few nude pictures in a little somewhere that seemed like nowhere has grown to a 37% nude content on the Internet today, that's more than the percentage of land to water on this side of Heaven.

Many years ago I was in ecstasy about a lad I saw with a bicycle in a country I resided in at the time, this was because it was like forever ago I had rode a bicycle. So I asked this lad for a few minutes ride, he obliged and with joy I rode into the sun forgetting that I had in one of my hands a used sachet which soon made my ride uncomfortable. In need of both hands, I decided to dispose the sachet on a side of the road  and enjoy my ride - I did. On my way back a little old lady flagged me down and she said "Mr, we dispose dirt properly in our country, I saw when you dropped this, please kindly dispose of it properly". Many people joke about my strict views on waste disposal but all I now do is a result of that simile insignificant action by that old lady in a little town away from the countries capital.

What are you going to do today to make this world a better place? Obey the traffic light, stand up for that elder to have a sit on that bus, properly dispose waste, improve your people skills, stop cheating on your spouse, forgive your neighbous, fight for peace, stand up for the weak, give to someone that can't give you back in return, be fair, be a nation builder or just be patriotic?

Sometimes all the world needs is a smile from you.



It may seem like nothing now but like my plastic bucket, when the morning comes and the sun rises on you the world will recognise that what you do and represent is what made it a better place.

Do something today.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

A Walk with The Devil - Are the Youths Ready?

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Today let's begin with a popular story, that of Yeshua. The Bible and the Quran agree on a few subjects and one of those is the existence of the man Jesus, not only his existence but his phenomenal birth, as recorded by the Quran in 3:59 "the likeness of Jesus in God's sight is that of Adam: He created Him from Dust and said to Him be and he was." The bible has a similar rendering referring to Jesus as the second Adam. On this matter, after the Quran Chronicles that Jesus was in fact not born with a companion  (3:47) as related to the accounts in Mathew 1:18-25, Mark, Luke and John. The both books record that Jesus had in Him the Holy Spirit (2:87), the same Spirit that God has, therefore when Jesus selected his twelve disciples He very well knew He had in his group a son of perdition, but he didn't care because this walk with the devil was necessary.

A walk with the devil is a mystery of leadership however when the walk with the devil turns to a walk with many devils then whoever is taking that walk with that pack is being mentored with or without his consent. It was important for Jesus to walk with Judas because if he didn't Peter wouldn't have sold him out and even if someone else did, Peter would have died in the place of Jesus and to die was one of the Primary reasons Jesus was born in the first place. So his mission to earth would have failed if he didn't have an enemy willing to sell Him out at a good Price.

Throwing the baton to the youths sounds like a reasonable pitch for any leader that wants to remain in office come 2019, but the question is, are these youths ready for that daunting task of running the affairs of a state? Anybody can say Yes to that question but if you consider that these youth haven't had a walk with one devil but many, one would have to question the correctness of that answer.

It seems we can count in one hand the selfless, committed, resolute, honest, nonviolent, calm, principled, forthright, balanced, courageous, strong, determined, assertive, diplomatic, inclusive, fair-minded and compassionate leaders we've had in this country, since independence. Slowly, most of the youth who have developed in this environment have lost all value of Process, quick fix is set for everything "I don't like to waste my time" they say, then there's another faction that decide to become part of an already existing success story, so you see them aspiring to join the American Military or United Kingdom Parliamentary for instance.

Are the Youths Ready? Will they ever be? The answer is Yes. To begin with, a Youth leader wrote this article.
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

HELP SOMEBODY TODAY

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Where your at presently is as a result of the number of helps you have received. There's really no self made man, there are only men that think they were self made because every success story is story of helpers who are either recognised or not. Every success story, good or bad had those who Helped behind the scene. In other words you and I are a help away from success.

Despite being helped, there are a lot of us who after becoming successful have developed the habit of helping no one. The good book says the reason people should be encouraged to work is so that they could stop stealing. What is stealing? Well in simple terms taking what doesn't belong to you without permission. That acknowledgement in today's world is the help you give to the owner of the idea (you bloggers that take my work I see you)

Helping someone helps you more than you think, I will tell you a true story that happened in my family. One of my uncles became a Senator many years he served and built what you can consider as a castle in the village, so vast this castle was when we visited we needed to use a bus shuttle to the place he met with visitors. The road leading to this castle was bad but the road in this castle was spotless. One day another of my uncles finished university with a first class degree, he approached this Senator and told him his plan for the future. This Senator told him he wasn't going to help him except he worked in his private company. This uncle refused working for the Senator and was cast away, he pushed on nonetheless and went on to become one of the top directors in EFCC after a decade.

Down the line this Senator no longer in power is being investigated by the EFCC for obvious corruption, he tries to get to that my other uncle and well you can imagine how that played out. When you're up there and you help someone it's like building for yourself a ladder to walk freely through different levels. You may just be surprised that with the help of that ladder you could climb to your next level. Not less than 10 people helped Bill Gates write his book "Business at the Speed of Thought"

Wherever you are, there is someone you can help. What you give soon comes back to you better than you gave it. Lend a helping hand to someone today.
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

THINK by Napoleon Hill

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AN EXTRACT FROM 'THINK AND GROW RICH' BY NAPOLEON HILL

Reading this work many years ago, I came in touch with this piece that hasn't left me ever since. I hope it has the same effect on you, even if you've seen it before...


“If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t”.

“If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will”.

“If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize”.

“Life’s battle don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man 
But soon or later the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN! 




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Sunday, 2 July 2017

THE SIN of COMPARISON

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I can be your competition only not your comparison. How can I be your comparison? When there's no one like you. Even if I did the same things yout did as a routine, the fraction of the seconds will still make a difference, take for instance, I finished my morning run at 4:30am and you finished yours at 4:25am, you could say in comparison to me you were quicker then I would have to reply in comparison to you "I was more patient"

Your competition is meant to inform you 'where' you're not 'who' you're, when the later is the resolve then Pride or Envy is birthed, these are the sins of comparison. They're two sides of the same coin, only that one makes you feel above while the other makes you feel down in comparison to someone else.

The satisfaction is always short lived, soon whoever you're in comparison with, will move out of your way and you'll realise there was no depth to who you were, you existed for them, despite winning or loosing, you existed for them. Now they're gone you'll look for someone or something else, to make you feel worth it.

This is why the social media has taken a firm hold on most people, before the advent of the Internet the spreadsheet for comparison involved only a few people in our community but now one can be in comparison with people in other continents. And when you continue like that you're bent on raising children with low self esteem, or with estimates determined by everyone but them.

This new week, know your competition but don't let your competition tell you who you're. If someone or thing can tell you who you're then that person has more stake in your life than normal. It's time to take back your life and understand even though you're not there yet, you're better than yesterday in comparison to YOURSELF.  Take the information, correction but not the identity.
This way you can get better on you're own terms and live a balanced life.

Have a good week.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

HAPPY NEW MONTH - Storms May Come....

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If you're seeing this, let me state the obvious "this is a new Month" against your better judgement, you're still here. Apparently the earth still needs you - yes you!

When we look around these days it seems everything has been filled, there's no space anymore but listen the earth doesn't know how to waste. Nothing remains on it that's useless to her. So the question is why are you still here? Why the heck was the last trip you took not your last?

Your guess is as good as mine, God doesn't need you up there yet. He needs you here to fix something(s), so get on with it! That problem on your street you see, that one in your crib you notice and not to forget the one you see in your local church, mosque, monastery or clique.

You found that problem because you can solve it. That problem was created for you to solve.
Stop trying to take your life! All the time you're using to think of crafty ways to die, you could commit to ways to live, really live not just exist

Storms may come, that shows you that at least you have a boat, if not it won't have been called a storm but your end. Come on row that boat! Keep rowing that boat brother! Don't stop rowing that boat sister! You're almost there.
Trust me

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

WHY I WANT PRESIDENT BUHARI TO RESIGN

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NIGERIA
It was obvious from the first day that the man ‘Muhammadu Buhari’ loves this country Nigeria. Harnessing resources to run for the office of the president against all odds over and over again proved his love for this country. As things were revealed about his disregard for the affluence that came with being one of the political elite in this country many people began to think “for the first time we have a servant leader in Buhari”. As he began his tenure with a renewed fight against corruption, mitigated by what we call “democracy” as against the autocracy the military rule presented him in the past – he continued to fight, a few walked free but some big fishes were caught. Nigeria has benefited from this man taking over; ghost workers were revealed, wrong accounts uncovered and fake politicians recalled, to name a few.
Nigeria however is in a bad spot, one thing that drives away a good investment is uncertainty and no greater uncertainty than a political one. All of a sudden it looks like our servant leaders’ love for the country wasn’t true and this takes Nigeria back to square one – Nigeria is in a bad spot. We have had leaders whose love for this country was only because of the love for the wealth in this country, others for the power but a new one just opened up and that’s a leader that loves himself more. We have not seen a leader who put Nigeria first and we thought we did when we met Buhari, but he’s lack of resignation puts a big question mark on our thinking. There have been sick presidents all over the world but the responsible thing to do as a leader is to step aside when you’re this sick – so sick people claim you’re on life support and you can’t defend yourself. Neither can the vice president say that he heard from you that you’re not.

YEMI OSINBANJO

Undoubtedly the best Vice-President to ever grace the grounds of Aso Rock, Nigerians keep asking themselves “what did we do to deserve Osinbanjo?” the only VP that moved from the south to the east to the North and of course to the West not for the sake of celebration but for sake of service. Meeting after meeting, we have not stopped thinking “what did Osinbanjo say to the Niger Delta Avengers that stopped or reduced their operation and the Sothern Kaduna people to stop their bloodsheds?” Before we got an answer we were already in amazement at the Professors unwavering loyalty and support of the President in the face of daunting challenges. A professor is not usually ordered around especially not a Professor of Law but Professor Osinbanjo’s humility to the people of Nigeria has been astonishing, he even host youth from time to time in his residence to discuss, can you imagine? Other vice presidents organise elders to show who the Boss is.
However, a dark shadow has been cast on this one of the kind leader, because of the Presidents’ refusal to resign. Osinbanjo campaign has been to old and young to put Nigeria first but how can he defend himself if asked “why then does your boss put Nigeria second?” also there’s his inability to lead properly because as an acting president you still have restrictions. Assuming Buhari manages to pull through at this pace with all this losses he’s definitely going to fail in 2019 and Osinbanjo who was an excellent role model for Nigeria will fail along with him and only God knows when we will see an Osinbanjo again.


APC

In the year 2014 while everyone thought that the then President Goodluck Jonathan made some great strides towards continuity, I already predicted his loss. I have no time and space to discuss all that but it was written in the stars, from his non-existent vice president to crooked ministers and even to him, I was sure he was going to lose – he did. Nevertheless, he was going to be the first democratically elected president that was going to lose his sit, so I said “after this it won’t be news anymore for a sitting President to lose their sits in Nigeria”
APC rise to glory was built on the right principles and persons (with a question mark on a few) this was cheered on by Nigerians. However in its quest for continuity they have let all and sundry come in to their party. For some reasons APC is taking a blind posture to the failures of PDP in 2015. Buhari and Osinbanjo were still the last hope for this party and he’s refusal to resign will make APC to fail much more quickly than I anticipated.

FAMILY

“It’s better that you’re the one that parked a car than a trailer parks it for you” this is a proverb I say to mean if you have a problem with your car stop before you have an accident. Where are the children of Abacha today? Where are the children of even Yar’adua? Is it not Babaginda’s son that tried to contest for the governorship of Niger state that year and failed woefully?  There’s a way you leave a place that gives your wife and children a chance in the future. Today if Michelle Obama wants to compete for the Presidency of the United States the Democratic Party will fully support her, why? Because of the way Barack left.
If Buhari leaves by death or failure in 2019 his wife and children don’t stand a chance anymore to show Nigeria what they’ve got in the near future. So instead of creating a future for them as the good book commands he has destroyed it.
These are the reasons I want President Buhari to resign if possible today.


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Hate 3: Where is Nigerian football?

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Fostering love has to be deliberate, you see the way the world works, everything that exist diminishes from the first day it was created by default, for there to be an increase someone or thing must have been deliberate. Hate is no different, hate rest at the stage of default. Nothing binds any of us on this side of heaven, that’s isn’t binding to all of us, only a few centuries ago it was okay to marry ones sister. Just like the churches that preach “wearing trouser for a lady is a sin because trousers are for men” forgetting that trousers were first designed by women for women in China to increase their efficiency at work in the days everyone wore skirts – so if we were to be following the scriptures literally men are all sinners; including that Pastor – he’s supposed to be wearing a long, ground sweeping skirt and a sandal. Times have changed doesn’t mean some rules should change too.

However, whoever lives his life by default is a frustrated being going somewhere to happen, therefore we must tell ourselves the truth in this country we have built a system that supports hate – it fosters it. I tried out many years ago for Siasa’s Academy, a football academy that is owned by one of the living legends of Nigerian football, my dad was told point blank “if you don’t know anybody, your boy is not getting in” this wasn’t the case for everybody of course but I have not failed to wonder where those boys that got in got to? Even if they got far, where is Nigerian football today? Nigeria is ranked currently as 38th in the world, in most great soccer countries, sport was part of their curriculum at school. It’s not part of their curriculum because they want to get footballers, but it’s there so that the young ones can love the game as they compete with themselves, because if they do then they might choose a career in that line. In this country one just looks at two boys or girls and assumes one will be a success and the other wouldn’t. Today, where is the Nigerian football?

A football team was the epitome of love, from the Igbos to the Hausas, the Muslims to the Christians all coming together with one goal – to win a match. However, a seed of hate will soon produce a harvest. The current crop of players are good but not the best Nigerians have to offer. The question is where are the best? Some of them are Teachers, Bankers, Politicians, Pastors or Terrorist, why? They didn’t know somebody. In every society the “know somebody syndrome” exist but the difference is in those societies because of love… for example, love for the nation will make someone put Cristiano Ronaldo a son of a cook and a gardener, before his own son. See love makes you honest and quickly. If there’s just one spot left, love makes you pick the best even if it is not your blood or tribe, imagine Lionel Messi was signed into Barcelona FC on a serviette – Love! Today he's so rich but we don't hear the person that enlisted him is getting 1% like it's done in this country.
Fostering hate has to stop, it ridicules our future twice as fast as the devil.

#Nohate

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Monday, 26 June 2017

HATE 2: DID GHANA HAVE TO GO?

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We are at the middle of a recession or at the tail end of it, depends on who is telling the story – the Government or Reno Omikiri. However where are we when it comes to HATE, how much hate is permitted in Nigeria? How much hate can be permitted in a country of this size? Do we even know what we have practised in this country has been the crafty institutionalisation of HATE? It’s practised in our churches “Pastor is from Benue State so that Idoma guy is the right candidate for deaconship” they say.
The story was told to me of a certain military officer’s experience with a highly influential former governorship party candidate of Niger State
Candidate: Musa!
Musa: Sir
Candidate: You don’t look like a Muslim
Musa: Sir, I’m not
Candidate: So why is your name Musa?
Musa: Sir, that’s the only way I could get into the military and get promoted.
Candidate: Really?
Musa: Yes sir
Like Musa, many people were actually called Moses but met a civil service that didn’t care what you had to offer “please tell us who your father is – what’s your surname?” sadly this idea has diffused even into the private sector. More than once I filled an Oil and Gas Job form and I got to the part I was asked to answer “Do you have anyone in government?” and followed with “Name, Position and Relation to you?” for some reason I don’t believe those were demanded for sake of reference.

Did Ghana have to go? The answer to that question can be seen in the next question “As countries liked Ghana had a mass exodus in 1983 did Nigeria move out of depression that year?” You hear of places in the USA called “China Town” even though the USA itself doesn't have the best relationship with China as a country. The difference is instead of focusing all their energy chasing people away countries like the United States tried to make their states welcoming for foreigners because the truth is people seldom go to places which doesn’t have what they want and if you can give the foreigners what they WANT by default it must mean you have mastered the art of giving your citizens what they NEED – maybe that’s why the foreigners soon want to become citizens of those host countries.
The reason people use you is simply because you’re useful. Most people want to leave Nigeria today as you read this, in fact I remember as I stood by the calm waters facing Queens Town Opobo my friend OJ approached me from behind and said “if you die without going to America, God will send you back” of course we laughed but ever wondered there was a time someone said that about Nigeria and we sent almost two million of them away because the price of oil fell that year, now we don’t really have anyone to send away so we want to push ourselves away. We sowed that seed of hate and today most of the foreigners we get are driven around by the best of our security like Kings and Queens why the common Nigerians are left to fend for themselves.
A seed of hate does not put your man on the moon, no! Your president will not be envied so much that his Tweets become news. Nobody wants to hang around hate as a seed talk more of hate as a harvest. Even to succeed in a job you must have eliminated hate for that job. However, Hate always look like the intelligent, smart, economical and manly thing to do at the moment but many years down the line, well, look at Nigeria Today.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

WELCOME BACK; LET LOVE RULE

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I was locked out of my blog for about five months for various peripheral reasons I will not mention today. During this period a lot has happened in the World, Nigeria and in my life; I published a book, however, I don’t want to waste so much more of your time rambling over the questions “What the hell is happening in London?” or “How in God’s name was Saraki cleared?” or "Where is our President?" or “How did APC allow Musliu Obanikoro join their Party?” or “Why are the roads leading in and out of the Port still not maintained?” at least not yet. Today, I want to talk to you about hate and I will probably repeat it again and again until you get it.
Hate is as strong as Love.
Hate exist on good reasons.
Everyone is tempted to Hate.
Hate is a seed.

Nobody wants to hang around hate; until some part of the middle-east decided to embrace Love as against Hate tourism wasn’t a source of income in that region. Someone once asked me why there are no national advert on international news channel promoting Nigeria except that of Nigerian companies? And I asked what does Nigeria have to advertise - Hate? Look at the first world, away from the media hoax the ones who stood out don’t have as much hate as you think, if not explain how Russia will be hosting the World Cup in 2018, yes, hate exist but hate is not celebrated, hate is not a national hero, because nobody actually gets far in hate. When for whatever reason you let hate into your sphere, you diminish.

The thing about Hate and Love is you cannot give any except you first possess it, in other words you cannot love someone more than you already love yourself and you cannot hate someone more than you already hate yourself except you’re a hypocrite and people are seldom hypocritical here because the gift of love and hate are most times involuntary at the beginning. So the question is how much do you hate yourself?

When a criminal is caught, Love focuses on the crime, Hate focuses on the Person and sometimes his family (that maybe innocent of his crimes) then the crime. It’s through love that a hardened criminal can be reprimanded and his family protected by the state in the first world. In London a few days back a man ran a truck through a group of Muslim folks as they came out of a mosque, the police hurried to the scene to prevent that man from been lynched, if that was Nigeria, the police would have probably been lynched too if they interfered or like the case of Evans, the Police will take selfies by the side of a bleeding criminal as a sign of victory.

If the number of Mosques and Churches in Nigeria could be half the amount of Love we allow in our communities and celebrate in the Nigerian media, Nigeria will stop diminishing. And if you’re not a Nigerian and you want to know the effect of letting hate into a community look at Nigeria Today. Nigeria, it’s time to let love rule, stop spreading hate. Nnamdi Kanu was arrested for spreading hate, today the leaders of the Arewa youth are still working free after spreading the same hate. Nigeria it’s time to fight for Love, spare nobody.



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Monday, 2 January 2017

BE A LOCAL CHAMPION

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The guest minister yelled “God did not bless you with so much to be local, you’ve got to think global – International!” Okay, before I continue I’d like to formally welcome you into 2017, remember as long as there is life and a will there is hope and a way. Back to the story: Many folks stood up cheering indistinctly “Yeah! Amen! Hallelujah” I was excited also. Until that voice came to me and said “to be an international champion, you have to first be a local one” then I realised many who get disgusted by the idea that someone rose to the height of a local champion have never been one before and these people are only international champions in their perception, which is a good thing, because, at least it helps us sleep well at night.

It’s a common knowledge that Apple started in a garage, Facebook started in a dormitory, Coca-Cola started as a medicine, and Dangote started with half a million Naira in 1977 (That was a lot! Then and now – so I guess this doesn’t quite fit in but just roll with it) the similarity in their stories is that all of these companies started by affecting a small spectrum in a big way. A common misconception about championship is, the world can have only one champion. That’s absolutely false, see, we could understand this world we have been given by studying what existed here longer than us, looking at the skies, you never see two stars struggling for a space. So Apple started with all the “I’s”, soon a Samsung came in the fray with so many “S’s”, now there are so much more. There is still space for you and me.

You know we have so many motivational teachers these days and most would tell you ignore the local and look international, but you see, the international markets are attracted to Local Champions not local participants looking for international recognition.

Another misconception is local champions are people with a lot of local currency. Unlike the law in developing countries the championship crown cannot be bought with gold or silver. Perhaps we all know that one guy or lady who had so much money “like tomorrow no dey” he was the most attractive and adored until he wasn’t anymore – because the money finished, plateaued or his party got voted out. If money could buy a championship crown especially an international one then you and I would know at least five billionaires from Asia but most of us know only one – Jack Ma founder of the Alibaba group, some of us two. My point, money is not always a championship crown, money is just money.


Your country needs some local champions, my country sure needs some. Politics and Pastoring being the two most attractive jobs these days shows the abundance scarcity in the area of local champions. So who are local champions? Local champions are people who solve problems in a locality thereby improving the living condition of that neighborhood. They are people who do for their locality what that zone couldn’t do for themselves. These people are never forgotten. This year try to be one, and just maybe on that path you could actually go global, because if you can influence a few, you could sure influence a lot more. This message is for me also – Happy New Year to You, Welcome to 2017!

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