Why Buhari will be the most criticised President By AZUKA ONWUKA

“YOU ARE NOT TO BE BLIND WITH PATRIOTISM THAT YOU CANNOT FACE REALITY. WRONGS IS WRONG, NO MATTER WHO DOES IT OR SAYS IT” –
MALCOLM X.

While in office, erstwhile Dr Goodluck Jonathan said he was the most criticised President. Every action he took – whether good or bad – was criticised. But there are signs that President Muhammadu Buhari will beat Jonathan’s record as the most criticised President in the country’s history.
The reasons are simple to decipher. The first is that Buhari came in on the promise of “Change.”
The expectation was not just to change Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, but to also change the way Jonathan or any other President had run Nigeria. For most people, corruption is the most celebrated ill of Nigeria. So, it was expected that Buhari would fight
corruption with every breath in him and wipe it out or reduce it to a low level.
Secondly, it was during the tenure of Jonathan that all manner of derogatory and deprecatory names and epithets were used for a President and his wife. The danger now is that worst names
may be used for Buhari. The social media is already awash with such names and epithets. The respect that was usually accorded the office of
the President vanished under Jonathan. Even the worst critics of President Shehu Shagari, President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Umaru Yar’Adua drew a line between their opposition to these men and the office they occupied. But all that changed under Jonathan. That may even get worse under Buhari from the feelers that one is getting currently: A case of tit for tat.
Every word Buhari utters or fails to utter will be dissected and criticised. Whatever he does or says will be compared with what he or his party
said during the tenure of Jonathan. Whatever he says or does will be compared with what Jonathan
said or did. If he equals Jonathan’s record on any area, he will not be praised because he is expected to be much better than Jonathan. That
will make things harder for him. For example, he may not be praised for constructing roads and bridges, or doing anything to the airports or
railway, schools and hospitals. Because Buhari and the All Progressives Congress criticised Jonathan’s administration non-stop, there are millions of Nigerians who are waiting for Buhari or the APC to put a wrong foot forward.
They will latch on it and excoriate Buhari and the APC. Remember that according to the results announced by the Independent National Electoral
Commission, Buhari got 15,424,921 votes from the March 28 polls, while Jonathan got 12,853,162 votes: a difference of 2.5 million votes. Therefore, those who support Buhari and those who support Jonathan are virtually evenly matched. Many of these close to 13 million people
as well as other millions who did not vote are the people Buhari has to contend with. Any slip or gaffe he makes will be picked on and
accentuated. Buhari has mispronounced the name of his running-mate, political party and the electoral body. He has mispronounced the name and office of the German Chancellor as well as the name of
her country, referring to Germany as West Germany which ceased to exist 25 years ago.
These may be excused as human errors that can happen to the smartest of people. But an honest analyst would know that such errors are weighty.
It is clear that Buhari is prone to such gaffes. He should be protected from making them. Those who handle Buhari should not just blame it on
human error and wave it aside.
The solution to it is to reduce drastically the chances of Buhari speaking ex tempore. Let almost all his speeches be written. It is better that he is accused of always reading from a paper than being accused of muddling up the names of people or countries. Given that he has made some noticeable mistakes in the past, anytime he is to speak ex tempore, he may be too conscious to avoid making mistakes, thereby getting nervous, and making more mistakes. But reading from a paper will reduce that.
He also has an articulate deputy, who is an asset to him. The President should make maximum use of him. President Buhari’s strong points are not in oral communication. Without being an invisible President like he was in 1984 and 1985, he should reduce the frequency of his public speeches.
If the Vice-President performs well at
any function, the credit goes to the entire administration led by Buhari. So, let Prof Yemi Osinbajo become more relevant and visible.
Buhari was not voted into office to take charge of every sector of the nation. If he were to do that, he would burn himself out and he would end up
not achieving much. He was voted in to be the moral compass of the administration.
He was voted into office to use his powers to change the psyche of Nigerians on issues like “nothing goes
for nothing,” which makes doing business difficult in the country. He is also meant to engender the spirit of nationalism, sacrifice and selflessness.
That will make Nigerians think of the nation first before the individual.
It is good that Buhari takes his time to choose the people who will work with him as well as the direction of his government, but it seems he is
moving too slowly, contrary to the expectations of Nigerians, which will in turn engender national growth and development. In these modern times,
one is not only praised for accuracy and results but also the speed at which such is achieved. So, Buhari needs to move faster so as to avoid leading a people who have lost their patience and have become cynical.
Therefore, those who are strong supporters of Buhari should brace themselves for a hot time with his critics. All kinds of attacks will be hauled at Buhari. Those who are not politically savvy may lose their cool and engage in face-to-face combat or online combat all in the name of supporting their party or candidate. But that will make them defending or retaliating for the next four years.
After the era of Buhari, Nigerians may need to sit down at a conference to determine the acceptable language and code of conduct that should be employed when criticising the
President. The way things are now, Buhari should be ready for continuous bombardment on virtually all issues.
Criticism – especially harsh criticism – can spur one to success. It can also dampen one’s morale. How one reacts to it determines one’s success or failure.
Buhari should not allow the criticism to affect him negatively, because if he fails to perform to the expected degree, it will work against him and against his party that has raised
the hopes of Nigerians.

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Owelle More Deceit or Receipts

Owelle disappointed the YMW peeps when he told them they will work in factories with out mention an increase in any salary or wage. But Owelle was
quick to let them know that 1000 of them will be on their way to Turkey some time during the next administration to see if they can bring back any industry.
And now I ask, how will untrained YMW peeps bring industry? For the past 3yrs the only thing they have done is stay under the sun controlling traffic, learning how to handle weapons and salute their superiors not forgetting that they have also inculcated the culture of “roger”. Who is deceiving whom?
My prayer is that may there be factory factory, job job, employment employment.
Meanwhile thank God the Governor has finally seen that tourism will make Imo a better place, this he acknowledged by placing Tourism as his second priority after Education.
Note there was no mention of hospitals as our governor believes he has completed them even upto furnishing but you and I know better.
Congrats to Owelle Rochas Okorocha like I said at a certain point during electioneering, Okorocha is officially the most crafty politician in all corners of the South East even upto the south South.
He has won election without the help of the usual charade of “édiabali” politicians, he won the elections by simply identifying with the grassroot
and forecasting accurately were to spend his campaign funds and were not to, for which N10bn has been burnt, with the help of one stubborn Ido man who swerved votes his way.
All the same Rochas is my political model, I shall understudy him but will never be like him.
Welcome to STABILISATION MISSION.
By: Dike Philip

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We need a democratic revolution – Chyna Iwuanyanwu

A PDP chieftain, Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu has stressed that PDP needs a total democratic revolution in order to make a right choice.
Chief Iwuanyanwu in an interaction with the press, disclosed that when he was contesting for the position of National Publicity Secretary of the PDP his slogan was “let’s get it right” in the vein that it was time the PDP re-strategized its policies in order to gain acceptance. By the masses.
Chief Chyna described Governor Rochas Okorocha as an opportunist who doesn’t have a party but is ready to swing back to PDP if he stands to gain from it adding that the governor took away the Imo library just so that his daughter could sell souvenirs at the premises.
He also condemned the governor’s description of himself as the the SPIRITUAL FATHER of the clergy in Imo state making it clear that the construction of an interdenominational centre was unnecessary since most of the citizenry are predominantly Christians.

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By Tufur Posted in News
Aside

I don’t have my blog nor do I for now belong to or is a card-carrying member of any political party. Having trained as a Political Scientist I know a few people will think I’m wrong. If that is your opinion, you are then rightly wrong. As Political Scientists, our training and penchant for concepts and theories makes us rather sceptical and critiques of what obtains in our political environment. When we do reality check and compare notes,we,trained with the tools for social and political observation become too scared of the amount of ‘everything goes’ that have become the hallmark of our past and immediate political experience. More often therefore, most of us stay aloof and watch and sometimes envy those of us whom have taking praxis to the field howbeit kwashiorkored.

This reality doesn’t necessarily suggest being apolitical. One of my Profs said to us that our field provides us three options, namely; Empirical,
Normative and Social activism. As an empirical observer,you are objective and descriptive in orientation, being ‘pure’ scientist in a sense,your major concern is ‘What is’. As a normative
scientist, you are preoccupied with ‘What ought to be’ hence you are prescriptive and prescribing solutions from the endless depths of your
interactions with political ideas and theories whether old,new or evolving ones. In this sense,you are philosophic. As a social activist, you
combine your objectivism and subjectivism, that is,your empirical and normative sides to actual social action, something close to Bloom’s
Psychomotor analysis,trained educationists are familiar with that phrase. The end is to better both theory and practice and fundamentally, the society… Antonio Gramsci is obsessed with this part.

I have taking pains to travel you through this long path I just hope you forgive me. I’m a Political Scientist we write and talk too much. Why this
topic:” Buhari and his ‘people’: Between Mobocracy and Democracy”? The topic became important because of the tendency to confuse the
two basic concepts as being the same. Even though both concepts did not receive applauding remarks from an intellectual colossus as Aristotle,
they still have their exclusive differences.
Democracy is simpli simplicita, people’s rule. By this sense,it is a brake away from age long political
ideas like Aristocracy, Plutocracy, Monarchy and so on. In this case,it is the people organized with a common purpose to take into their hands their
political cum economic future through agreed and certified means articulated at elections periodically,usually on party basis. My description
suggests representative democracy. The essence is not merely number rule,as many have mistakenly construed it,it is perhaps the rule of
condensed and congealed ideas bottled in a person or group of persons acquiring its legitimacy
from the majority of the people on consent basis.
On the hand,Mobocracy is concerned with an intimidating appearance of persons,seriously lacking in organization with a penchant to
enthrone albeit unconsciously,a mob mentality. It is an idea or process or event that approves mere number or might as the ideal. It is a crowd
crusade with ‘do or die’ as its espirit de corp. Separating the two,one may ask me which one do we practice in Nigeria,Mobocracy or Democracy? A
difficult question it seems but permit me to take you back to the immediate past Presidential elections in 2011. The difference is spot able at that point where the believe in the reign of the rule of law parts ways with believe in the reign of the rule of terror. In 2011,we saw a mammoth crowd of supporters spurred on by the ‘blood of
baboons and monkeys’ that led to an indeed bloody post elections violence in most parts of the North, I was in Kaduna then and I observed it life.
People were forced and intimidated to vote against their wish. A Yoruba family in Tudun Wada area
got their house raised down because it was snitched that a member of that family voted for
Jonathan. The height of mob action was unprecedented, the quantum of loss both of lives and property was in contrast to the internationally
agreed credibility and fairness of that elections.
This happens when the mob reigns. So, to that extent,we have practiced both. One de facto,the other, de juris.
In democracy, you seek redress in court of law should you feel hurt including in the loss of an
election. In mobocracy you jettison that court for some court of violence whose usual verdict is
blood on the streets and fire on the mountain run run run run! The elections are here again,the
gladiators are likely the same persons, the character of that crowd yet not ‘born again’. What will be the verdict if the elections results stays the same,blood on the streets and fire on the mountain run run run run?
This is just the observation of a Political Scientist, you out there may know the answers better!

Uche Anyabuike

    Political Analyst

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Buhari and his ‘people’:Between Mobocracy andDemocracy.

EXCLUSIVE: Politics of assets declaration –By Kunle Oderemi

The issue of declaration of assets by public
officers is still generating ripples more than a
month after the present set of elected politicians
assumed office across the country, writes KUNLE
ODEREMI
WHAT constitutes an impeachable offence?
Perhaps, Nigerians need to look beyond what the
1999 Constitution considers such, given the gale
of impeachment that has characterised the polity
in the last 16 years of democracy in the land,
coupled with some current realities. The issues
that precipitated the season of impeachment
exercise across the country had ranged from the
sublime to the ludicrous. However many were
astounded, when the chairman of the Code of
Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr Sam Baba was quoted
in an interview as asserting that some incumbent
governors have failed to declare their asset since
they assumed office on May 29, 2015, in a clear
contravention of the law of the land. “Let me say
that we really don’t have problem with members
of the National Assembly as far as assets
declaration is concerned. Also, the president and
the vice-president declared their assets before
they took oath of office in compliance with
schedule seven of the constitution. The people we
are having problem with now are some governors,
but I cannot be categorical in terms of statistics
except I confirm.’’
Baba was emphatic that the seeming delay in the
governors complying with such fundamental
provision in the 1999 Constitution was based on
their crass ignorance of the law. “The governors
are not even supposed to start work as political
office holders until they declare their assets. It is
provided in Section 185 of the 1999 Constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. It
reads that; a person elected to the office of a
governor of a state shall not begin to perform the
function of that office until he has declared his
assets and liabilities.’’ He added: “It is not like
they are not willing to declare, but because of the
erroneous impression that they have up to three
months within which to declare their assets and
liabilities. But the issue is that they are supposed
to have declared before being inaugurate as
governors.
The revelation by Baba sparked off spontaneous
reactions from many well-meaning individuals and
groups in the country. One of such reactions
came from a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar
association (NBA), Ikeja Branch in Lagos State, Mr
Onyekachi Ubani, who said the action of such
governors was an impeccable offence. He
predicated his position on the fact that the
declaration of asset must precede the
administration of oath of office on elected public
officers like president and governors and
lawmakers. Ubani said it was in consonance with
that arrangement that both President
Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo declared their assets days before their
proclamation into office on May 29, 2015. It was
his contention that the action amounted to gross
misconduct, which in Section 188 (11) of the
1999 Constitution provides offenders shall be
removed from office if they are found guilty.
Section 143 of the same constitution provides for
the impeachment of both the President and the
Vice President. In other words, the constitution
attempts to promote the principle of check and
balance under Section 188 of the constitution (in
case of governors and their deputies) and section
143 (in case of President/Vice-President) to
remove erring political office holder covered by
immunity against prosecution of any kind under
section 308.
Some weeks ago, the most dominant issue in
public discourse was the declaration of assets by
Buhari and his deputy.
The controversy that trailed declaration was
because the expectations in many quarters that
the details contained in their asset declaration
forms will be immediately placed in the public
domain. The authorities were forced to explain
that the details will be subject to public scrutiny
after the Code of Conduct Bureau had
investigated and verified them. while the public
debate on the asset declaration by Buhari and
Osinbajo lingered, there was no mention of the
need for governors to also place in the public
domain the details of their asset declaration
forms. Some portions of the 1999 constitution like
the CCP act also seeks to promote good
governance and transparency. Apart from anti-
graft agencies, two extant institutions seek to
enhance the onetime of transparency in public
office. One of them is the 1999 constitution. For
instance Section 140 (1) of the 1999 Constitution
states that “A person elected to the office of the
President shall not begin to perform the functions
of that office until he has declared his assets and
liabilities….”
Extant laws
On the other hand, Section15 (1) of the Code of
Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act emphasises
that “Every public officer shall, within fifteen
months after coming into force of this Act or
immediately after taking office and thereafter (a)
at the end of every four years; (b) at the end of
his term of office; and(c) in the case of a serving
officer, within thirty days of the receipt of the
form from the Bureau or at such intervals as the
Bureau may specify.”
The then vice president Goodluck Jonathan,
followed suit in August 2007 when he declared a
total asset of over N295 million. Others who made
their assets public include former governor
Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State who declared N4.47
billion assets in July 2007. Also, in 2010, Governor
Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State made a public
declaration of cash and asset worth N750 million,
while Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State
declared over N292 million cash and N2.2 billion
assets.
But, Jonathan later made volte face when he said
the issue of one publicly declaring his assets was
discretionary. ”The issue of public asset
declaration is a matter of personal principle. That
is the way I see it, and I don’t give a damn about
it, even if you criticise me from heaven. When I
was the Vice President , that matter came up,
and I told the former President (late Musa
Yar’Adua) let’s not start something that would
make us play into the hands of people and create
an anomalous situation in the country. The law is
clear. A public officer should declare his assets,
and if there are issues, then the relevant agencies
would have a basis to assess whether you have
amassed wealth or not. When it is said that
people should declare their assets in public, it is
not only the President or the vice President, it
includes everybody, including ministers.”
Some observers believe that the discretionary
power granted to the officials about public
disclosure of such declaration remains a major
snag in the overall aim and objective of asset
declaration. The FOI Act, which ought to serve as
a tool to address the shortcomings in the law that
established the CCB also hamstrings the system.
The implementation of the FOI act is hampered
by other extant laws in the land. For example,
there are such laws as the Official Secrets Act,
Evidence Act, the Public Complaints Commission
Act, the Statistics Act and the Criminal Code. All
of them are subject to abuse by some
mischievous public officers to frustrate efforts on
matters relating to the disclosure of the contents
of asset declaration forms of public officers.
When he became the helmsman at the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), Mallam
Nuhu Ribadu, spoke on the expected role of the
parliament in the battle against graft in Nigeria.
He said as the hope of democracy,
parliamentarians should be in the forefront in the
battle because corruption is the antithesis to
democracy. “I urge you to stand up against it.
Law makers in several countries have been in the
vanguard of positive change of their societies. The
Nigerian lawmakers should not be an exception. I
challenge all of us to take the lead in changing
our country. History will be harsh on us if we fail.”
It is nonetheless debatable the extent at which
the legislature has collaborated with other arms of
government and anti-graft agencies in the war on
corruption in Nigeria, as contrary to Ribadu’s
assertion that many political gladiators would be
in jail for gross abuse of office, virtually all of such
characters have witnessed a meteoric rise in
political stature and clout, with quite a number of
them becoming lawmakers. Such impunity by a
tiny few is said to have deprived the country of
more than $400 million since independence in
1960, going by the submission of a United
Kingdom firm, IRN Security.
CCB operations
According to the CCB, while it ensures that all
public officers declare their assets at the
beginning and at the end of their tenure in office
as well as every four (4) years while in office, the
public has a very important critical role in making
complaints and petitions to the Bureau for
necessary investigations and prosecution of
corrupt public officers. It added that where a
petition is received on any political office holder,
the Bureau investigates such cases and takes
necessary action with regards to the outcome of
investigation with the support of the support of
relevant agencies.
The chairman of the CCB, Baba, through his
Special Assistant, Sebastian Gwimi, had shed light
on the ranging controversy triggered by the
forms submitted by Buhari and Osinbajo. He
confirmed that the forms were being verified
before they could be made public. “A team of
verifiers are very busy going round to verify the
assets of the President, Vice President, elected
members and appointees. After verifications
perhaps that would be when Mr President wants
to declare it publicly. You don’t need to rush him;
he just filed the declarations. Of course, there are
a lot of things for him to do. He has not even
presented the national strategic document on
fighting corruption. Maybe in doing such
declarations, he would say to the press here is a
copy of my assets declarations,” he said.
Gwimi was quoted as saying that the CCB was
working on a draft bill to address the
constitutional constraint which prohibits public
disclosure of assets. He said the bill, when it
becomes law, would define the requirements for
disclosure of details of assets to interested
Nigerians. According to him, the forms are
national security documents, which disclosure
even under the FOI Act, without due process,
could jeopardise the security of the owner of the
form.
With the avowed promise by the Buhari
administration to tackle corruption, will the
governors and others also publicly declare their
assets?

Culled from newat247.com

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MY INTERPRETATION AND EMPHASIS ON THE MEANING OF THE WORD “EXCESS” |AND THE EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT. —-A lesson for State Governors in the Federation of Nigeria

The title EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT or ECA makes you wonder. To hit home on the financial trouble the States find themselves in , the word “EXCESS” will be capitalized for emphasis.
Don’t the Governors realize it was a windfall that was occasioned by unusual oil prices (thus the word “In EXCESS”), in EXCESS of the budget
revenue estimates of the Budget Office of the Federation (based on trends in the crude oil markets).The extra revenue was contemplated on “IF” the oil price exceeds our estimate of say US$ 60 per barrel. So it should have been seen as:
1. Something that was not expected
2. Even if it comes it is ABOVE our normal spending patterns
3. It is an opportunity to use the fund judiciously to do some EXTRA or NEW thing outside what we would normally do.
4. The share of the EXCESS should be shrewdly guarded and prudently used, because you may NEVER witness such EXCESS again.
5. It is a viable basis to repay existing state loans and obligations
6. It is a great source of savings for future financial challenges the state may face But every state was busy spending and planning on EXCESS in the ECA allocations as though they
were NORMAL. Some borrowed against receipts from the ECA and frittered billions away as the “projects” are nowhere to be seen.
Well I hope that as oil prices have crashed drastically……..they will wake up and find other means of financing operations (recurrent and salaries) and projects (capital) activities of their
states and stop going cap in hand to the Federal Government.
Between 2011 and 2014 (when oil prices slumped) they shared N2.92 TRILLION as EXCESS. Ebonyi got the least N 44.3 Billion while Akwa Ibom got the Most N 265 Billion . Since we
have a lot of First time Governors, Commissioners of Finance, State Legislators and await a NEW Federal Finance Minister , a NEW Accountant
General of the Federation (AGF)………………….I hope the lessons of the wasted opportunity of the
EXCESS will NEVER be allowed to happen again.
Okonjo Iwealla (in 2011/2012)saw it and told them to use the EXCESS as a pool of funds and save it, but they fought her bitterly and no one can account for the EXCESS today
God help us in this Federation called Nigeria.

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Unbelievable True Life Story ofLinda Ikeji

This is an inspiring story of how Linda Ikeji started
out…
I started struggling since I was 17 to support my
family. I said the day I sell my body to a man for
money, may God strike me dead. I was
determined to make it on my own, never let any
man take my dignity.
It was early 2000, I was 19 years old, in my
second year at the University of Lagos. I’d been a
model for about a year and a half then. Modeling
back then didn’t pay a lot. Sometimes you eat,
sometimes you can’t find food. Sometimes you
had money, sometimes you will have to beg for it.
I’m not from a rich home. I started struggling
since I was 17 to support my family.
So I kinda hard a tough life growing up but I kept
working, doing all sorts of modeling jobs,
ushering, fashion shows, and at one point I sold
beer at a hotel. I’d leave lectures, go to a hotel
and sell beer from 1pm till 10pm. I did this for a
few months. It wasn’t easy but I had to survive.
One of the things I said to myself back then was,
the day I sell my body to a man for money, may
God strike me dead. I was determined to make it
on my own, never let any man take my dignity.
In those days, most young girls had an “aristo” I
was never one of those girls. I would rather starve
or beg for food than give my body to a man for
money.
So back to my story. It was early 2000, I hadn’t
done any modeling jobs in a bit. I didn’t have any
money in school, hadn’t ate a proper meal in
days, there was no money at home… My sister
called and asked if I could send money home…
didn’t have any. I wondered what to do…then I
thought of this ” aristo” who had been chasing
me for months now…old man…married.. .rich…in
his fifties.
I said to myself, why don’t you call him and beg
him for money. Tell a lie, say you need it to go to
the hospital ‘cos you’re sick or something that
desperate. Which was what I did. What he said to
me was ‘you know I like you. I don’t know why
you’re behaving like a child. You need someone to
take care of you blah blah blah’.
Eventually he said I should meet him at a hotel. I
will never forget that hotel…Ambassadors hotel in
Ikoyi. I was apprehensive about going but I was
desperate…I said to myself what’s the worse that
can happen? It’s not like he will rape you and
there was no way in hell I would sleep with him,
so I figured even if he didn’t give me the money I
asked for, at least he would give me money for
transport fare to go back home…that transport
fare was what I was looking forward to honestly. I
didn’t have a dime on me, in fact I borrowed
small money from a friend to go to the hotel.
So when I got there, he bought me hotel food
(my first real meal in days…:-)) and after I was
done eating, he made his move. I shoved him off.
He kept trying and I kept pushing him away and
after a while he got angry and said something
like, why did you come here then? Are you a
child? He was angry that I made him pay for a
hotel room, spent money on food etc and not give
him what he wanted. So he got up to leave…and I
told him I didn’t have any money to go back to
school. If looks could kill, I would have died in that
moment he turned to look at me. He left the hotel
room, and I followed him. I kept begging and
trying to explain to him that I didn’t have
transport to go back, he didn’t say a word to me
as he entered his vehicle and drove off.
I stood in front of the hotel wondering how I was
going to get back to school. All I had on me was
N15. N15 wasn’t going to take me from Ikoyi to
Akoka. In my plans, I never imagined that I
wasn’t going to at least get a few thousands from
him. I’d seen this guy before…he was a friend’s
boss. He owned a media business back then and
every time I went to see this friend, this man
would call me into his office…tell me how pretty I
am, how much he likes me and how well he can
take care of me.
And he always gave me 5k whenever I was ready
to leave his office. But this time I was the one who
called him…so he must have figured I was ready
to give in. We both misunderstood each other, I
guess…:-)
Anyway, after standing in front of the hotel for a
few minutes, I went back in and saw a young
man at the front desk. I explained my situation to
him…he was kind enough to give me N100 and
that was the money that took me half way home.
By the time I got to Yaba, I’d run out of cash, so I
trekked from Yaba bus stop to UNILAG Akoka. I
remember saying to myself while I was trekking
with tears in my eyes, that one day I’m going to
make something of myself…every money I make
in this world would be my own hard earned
money…I don’t care how bad it gets, no man is
ever going to take away my self respect…that’ s
all I have!
And that’s the way I lived. Determined to make it
in life. On my own terms. As my own woman. I
kept struggling and struggling until God finally
blessed me.
Now I have more money than I even know what
to do with it. I make millions of Naira from what I
love doing…blogging. The best part of all this is
that I would blog for free. Now I don’t chase
money anymore…it chases me. It’s not even just
about the money, it’s the great friends I’ve met
via this blog, the wonderful people I interact with
here, the freebies I get. How much of a big deal I
am to some people.
How some people see me in person and scream
with excitement and want to take photos with
me. Sometimes I pinch myself…I almost can’t
believe this is my life.
Once in a while I think of that 19 year old girl who
trekked for miles to school because she would not
sell her body and I say to her, we made it, Linda,
we made it!
So maybe I’m not a role model in terms of what I
do, but I know I’m definitely a role model as a
young woman. To all the young girls out there, if
you’re reading this, you can make it on your own.
You don’t need to spread your legs for men, you
don’t need these old married men who just take
your glory. You’re strong, you’re beautiful, there’s
nothing you can’t achieve on your own. God has
given you something no one else has. Find what it
is and build yourself. Don’t worry about what
other girls around you have. Dignity is far more
valuable than a range rover. Make it in life on your
own terms and as your own woman, so that you
can look back one day and be proud of who you
were and who you are.
I wish every one well in their journey. God bless.

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PMB begins DemoAutocratic rule as DSS is banned from bodyguarding President

The inter agency rivalry between the
Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army came to head, yesterday, as the Aide de Camp to the President, Lt. Col Abubakar Lawal
ordered personnel of the DSS out of the villa.
The incidence which happened at the residence of the President at the Presidential Villa was extended to all other points that had been manned by the personnel of the DSS.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said what happened was a realignment of security around
the President which entailed that members of the armed forces would man the inner perimeter of the President security while operatives of the DSS would man the outer perimeter.
It will be recalled that since assuming office as the President, there has been an intense rivalry between DSS personnel and the army over who is
to provide close body security to the president.
Some members of the armed forces were drafted from the Infantry Corps to the villa after the inauguration of President Buhari to man all the
strategic points at the villa, a move that was resisted by the DSS personnel who had constitutionally provided close body protection to
the President.
The issue, however, came to a head yesterday evening when the ADC to the president ordered members of the DSS at the Presidential Villa to
hand over to men of the Nigerian Army.
The directive, however, almost caused an altercation between the army and men of the DSS whose chain of command is different.
It took the intervention of the Chief Security Officer who directed his men to “stand down,” a euphemism for complying with the directive of
the ADC.
According to a soldier who was present at the incidence, “the ADC directed that they should hand over to us and leave the villa. We have now
taken over fully as directed by the ADC and we are in charge.”
Already, military personnel have taken over all the strategic points at the villa with a firm instruction that no DSS personnel should be allowed into the
villa.
This is the first time that the DSS which has the professional capability and capacity would be striped of its constitutional responsibility of
providing close bodyguard protection to the President and his immediate family.
But reacting to Vanguard enquiry, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Adesina said the action was part of a realignment
of the security apparatus around the President.
According to him, what happened is a
realignment of security personnel from various services, saying: ”Rumours that personnel of the Department State Services have been expelled
from the Presidential Villa are unfounded.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given no such order.

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NIGERIA PIDGIN PROVERBS

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*Craze no hard to form,na the trekking be wahala.
English translation: Easier said than done.
*No matter how hot your temper be,e no fit boil beans.
English translation: Calm down, your temper won’t solve the problem
*Chicken wey run from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup.
English translation: You can’t run away from your destiny
*Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap
English translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever
*Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef
English translation: Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush!
*Akara and moin moin get the same parent,na wetin dem pass through make dem different
English translation: How you start doesn’t matter, what matters is how you finish.
*Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus
English translation: Give everyone what they deserve.
*The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging
English translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone
*Escort me, Escort me, na im slave trade take start
English translation: Serious things sometimes start like a joke
*The water wey dem use take make eba can never be recovered.
English translation: Don’t cry over spilled milk.

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Made in Aba Doctor wins award for “Cancer googles”

One year after “cancer goggles” were first
used in a successful breast cancer operation,
Dr. Samuel Achilefu is still getting emails from
surgeons all over the world, hoping for a
chance to use them.
“We’ve been inundated,” he said from his
desk in Washington University’s Mallinckrodt
Institute, hours before receiving the 2014 St.
Louis Award for his invention.
Achilefu counts 27 surgeries where his
technology has been worn by doctors
operating on patients with breast
cancer, liver cancer and melanoma. An
injected dye reacts with infrared light to
make cancerous tissue light up, helping
surgeons locate the tumor and separate
it from healthy tissue.
He said he hopes the device becomes a
cheaper, easier way for doctors to “see”
tumors here and in the developing world.
Because the goggles also project the
surgeon’s view onto a computer screen, they
could be adapted for use as a teaching tool.
Achilefu said the idea for the goggles was
borrowed from other medical disciplines and
born out of a need to reduce the number of
instruments in a surgery room.
“Ophthalmologists use glasses. Neurosurgeons
do the same thing, but with large
microscopes,” Achilefu said. “The idea was
what is the simplest device to create that is
easy to use but still effective.”
Developing the goggles became a three year
collaboration between radiologists, optical and
sensory engineers, and surgeons — a tting
development for the same radiology institute
that invented the PET scan.
The St. Louis Award is given each year to
honor a resident who has made an
“outstanding contribution” to the
community. Achilefu accepted his during a
ceremony Wednesday evening in St. Louis.
Speaking by phone with St. Louis Public
Radio, award committee president David
Kemper said, “It just seemed natural,” to
choose Achilefu for the honor.
“None of us knew him, but we knew of what
was going on. We thought, ‘Well, isn’t this
fascinating, what a great contribution to
society,’” Kemper said.
Achilefu grew up in the city of Aba, in
southeastern Nigeria. After winning a
government scholarship to study in France,
he completed his studies at Oxford University
before following a longtime mentor to the
Mallinckrodt lab in 1993. He lives in the St.
Louis area with his wife and two teenage
children.
“I’m a good example that if you place
anybody in a place and ask them to survive,
they will. They will adapt to that language,”
Achilefu joked. He speaks three languages
uently: Igbo, English and French.
As for the future of the goggles, Achilefu
said he’d like to see them become easily
accessible to low-resource areas, such as
urban centers and rural hospitals. He and
his colleagues are gathering data to apply for
FDA approval.
“I hope that in other developing parts of the
world that can’t afford imaging technologies,
this becomes affordable and useful for them,”
he said.
Another step will be adapting the goggles to
magnify the surgeon’s view to streamline
brain surgeries. Achilefu said that ideally, the
image would be sharp enough to be
magnified so that even a single cell could be
identified by a neurosurgeon.
“Medicine becomes more objective if you can
see what you are treating.” Achilefu said. “You
have the confidence you are doing the right
thing to the patient.”

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AREGBESOLA TURNS OSUN TO A COLONY OF BEGGARS By Ownuasoanya F.C.C . Jones

Ogbeni RAUF AREGBESOLA is one of the most vibrant and influential owners of the APC, and a beloved son of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is
said to have been picked up from one Motor Park in Lagos State, where he was directing things and made a local government chairman, then Commissioner before being deployed to Osun where he was made Governor by Ayo Salami, another Tinubu boy.
Last year, Professor Attahiru Jega imposed him once more on the long suffering people of Osun State, to remain in charge of affairs for another
four years.
I suspect that Rauf is being weighed down by the so much money he has to pay to Tinubu, hence, he has failed to pay Osun civil servants for the
past seven months.
From churches having to contribute alms for the people of Osun, to Buruji Kashamu sending trailer loads of bags of rice to the workers, this time
around, it is Senator Ben Murray Bruce who has decided to donate his 21 Million Naira allowance to the same people. How much embarrassment
can a Governor subject his people to? And the Party of CHAINS, forget the CHANGE mantra, have refused to say a thing.
A..P..C……. CHAINS!

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A MATHEMATHICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PROPOSED #5000 STIPEND FOR THE UNEMPLOYED NIGERIAN YOUTHS WITH A SUGGESTIVE WAYFORWARD By Falemara Bidemi.

Peace be unto every eyes reading this insightful write-up, permit me to begin with the quotable quote;
“As we look forward into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others—Bill Gates…
Yes, we thank God the change a larger chunk of Nigerians so much crave is finally here with the emergence of Gen Buhari as President and Prof Osinbajo as Vice President respectively. Part of the agenda of this regime is the implementation of the 5000naira monthly stipend for unemployed
Nigerian youths, this sounds laudable right..
Yes, it has been decleared that the government is hoping to pay 5000naira cash to 20million various
bank accounts of some selected jobless Nigerian Youths, the yardstick for the selection, I don’t know.
Now let’s go mathematical, 5000naira * 20million proposed beneficiaries = 10billion naira monthly.. 10billion naira * 12months = 120billion naira expended on this social scheme.
I can categorically opine that this proposed project is dead on arrival owing to the following assumptions:
(1). The Eventual Politicking of the Scheme.. Take it or leave it nepotism is an intrinsic nature of the black man, which might not likely change
for centuries to come.
Ex President Jonathan actually meant good with his Sure-P scheme but it was later on hijacked by party faithfuls who diverted it for selfish ends and bet it, APC is not an exception. An average
Nigerian Politician is gullible and selfish. Don’t be suprised, you will eventually have to go begging a local party co-ordinator for a slot and don’t be suprised, an influencial party chieftain will have a thousand slots linked to his pocket with different
names.
(2). A Poignant Backlash from Unconsidered Applications.
Let’s be truthful, there is no perfect system anywhere in the world. During the course of selecting the beneficiaries of this scheme, some merited applications would surely be omitted and trust Nigerians backed up with FOI bill, they would practically pull down the government on twitter and facebook with various caricatures and
despicable articles.
(3).The OsunState Specimen..
Baba Kabiru actually embark on social welfare programes such as the O’ meal, O’ arugbo, O’Yes e.t.c.. It first looks good but the resultant effect is now O’Debt…You don’t dish out fish rather, you teach people how to fish themselves thereby making ends meet..
4). Advent of Wastefulness and Irresponsibity among Youths.
The money is meagre I agree but it could still afford a reasonable quantity of Goldberg, Trophy and Orijin bottles (little money sooner spend eh)
but before You lavish that which you work for, you will surely think twice, infact the Oloshos will receive the 5k cash from the guys that same night the alert is received.
The government should dispute this by
conducting an independent survey into the sales level of bars, eatries, lesiure spots, brothels e.t.c, 3days after the payment of the stipend…

SUGGESTED WAY FORWARD..
(1). Heavy investment of the proposed money into infrastructural development.
As at 1989, the Ado Ekiti textile industry has the capacity to employ 7500 workers both directly and indirectly, so unfortunate kodurosoke
converted it into shops.
The Oluwa Glass Industry at Igbokoda as at 1996 has the capacity to employ 13,000 workers directly and indirectly.
I could go on till you say stop to mention various moribund industries which, if revitalitized will mop off an appreciable chunk of youths from the
labour market.
Other industries and infrastructure could as well be intiated and developed into international standard to meet export requirements..
(2). Avalability of Repayable Non-Interest Loans..
Of course, God has blessed us in Nigeria with intelligence and a distinctive drive for success..
The Government should provide a reliable scouting network to hunt for talented and hardworking youths, then make available this loans to them with punnitive measures put in place to punish defaulters.
BENEFITS OF THE AFOREMENTIONED
WAYFORWARDS.
1). Rise of SMEs (small and medium scale enterprises)..
With the provision of the non-interest loans, Nigeria will witness a boon in SMEs.
2). Government will be able to boost internally generated revenue through taxes from employed individuals, SMEs and esthablished industries.
3). More business will thrive due to a
corresponding increase in the purchasing power of the masses.
4). Rise of the Bourgeoisie.
There is nothing as middle class in Nigeria, it’s either you are rich or you are poor, but if these measures are taken into consideration, the bourgeoisie shall rise which signifies a developed economy…

Falemara Bidemi writes from Ado-Ekiti.

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Nigerians should be patient with Buhari – Charly Boy

How come everyone is on Buhari to present ministerial list? Every quarter you go, you hear people mumbling about the ministerial list like as if once the list is out, our problems as a
nation will be solved. I ask, are these
mumblings because we are truly eager to see the new government kick into action and begin to address our numerous problems or because guys are arranging their hookups and connections. I am of the opinion that who makes the list or not is not as important as what they plan to bring to the table because that’s what will guarantee the change we are
all looking for.
I trust the president has a mind of his own, at least events seem to bring that home so no fears of impositions. It is time to wait patiently as the President kick starts his agenda. Be
rest assured that if your father or someone you know makes the list, it might not be a good time to rejoice and draw out those lists of miserable yet money gulping projects that sign off government money in the name of
contracts to family and friends because this time, Buhari will be watching and acting and
hmmnn…
I, CharlyBoy will be watching even more. O yes! We must get it right this time, bad belle people of not.

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Nigerian Senators to receive a paltry 300K for wardrobe allowance

The newly sworn in members of the National Assembly will smile home with a paltry total sum of N8.64 billion as wardrobe allowance next week.
The sum is aside other allowances such as furniture, housing and vehicle, which the lawmakers are entitled to.
It was also learnt that the management of the National Assembly is currently allocating offices to the 469 federal lawmakers in both chambers ahead of their resumption on June 23 from the
two-week recess that they embarked on June 10.
The N8.64 billion wardrobe allowance translates to N17.5 million for each of the 360 members of the House of Representatives and N21.5 million
for each of the 109 senators.
While the wardrobe allowance, just like the furniture and vehicle allowances, will cover the entire four-year tenure of the 469 federal lawmakers, their housing allowances are paid on a yearly basis.
Based on the approval of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the housing allowance for political office holders is
usually 200 per cent of their annual salaries, the furniture allowance is 300 per cent of annual salaries, while a motor vehicle loan is pegged at
400 per cent of their annual salaries.

A breakdown of this goes thus:
Every member of the house gets N17.5m for 4years which translates to N4.375m/year. Our House of Representative members shall now receive about N365000/month.

Members of the Senate are thus expected to receive N21.5m in 4 years which translates to N5.375/year. This sum is further broken down to about 450000/month.

Now after looking at the breakdown you did notice there isn’t any need for the controversy. We should rather look at how we can operate a unicameral legislature as is done in the various states.

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