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Father’s Day and the essence of fatherhood

Father’s Day and the essence of fatherhood

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE


Image by Vecteezy

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 16, is ‘Father’s Day 2024!’ Father’s Day, which began as a largely religious observance and recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages, is now celebrated in more than 111 countries, with the first of its kind on June 19, 1910.


A traditional Roman Catholic holiday to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is “celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year.” Fairly clearly, the day is meant to recall and recognize the endless efforts, initiatives and contributions of all the fathers around us. It is a mark of the kinship, affection, guidance and patience between fathers on the one hand and their families on the other.


Fathers are the heads of, and the role models for the(ir) families. Even in psychological explanations, it is the father figures who set the moral tones of households. Whenever irritants attempt to test the loyalty of the household, it is the father who risks everything with truly solidified violations to display manly attributes.


Etymologically, ‘husband’ also arose from the word ‘cultivate’, ‘tend’, or ‘nurture’. Therefore, the concept of husband refers to the ‘male head of a household’, the ‘manager’ and the ‘steward’. He is the ‘master of a house’, ‘occupier and tiller of the soil’. Thus, a husband is one who nurtures the wife with pious love, cultivates the wife and family, and tills the soil of the family.


Fathers are no little men. Of course, they are too big to be small. They have muscles in their places with which they not only perform feats of impressiveness but also create new, bigger and stronger foundations for their children. So, it’s only a marginalized group of men that can actually be referred to as irresponsible as most men are struggling. But we know that they can do better!


For quite some time, there has been a lot of negative portrayal of fathers and husbands. But what does an ideal father or husband look like? To begin with, the concept of father actually arises from the Almighty God as Creator. So, every human father is only a derivative, a copy and a limited expression of the ‘Olódùmarè’ (the Creator, Cause and Origin of all Things), ‘Baba wa tí mbe lí òrun’ (Our Father, who art in heaven), the One who’s so compassionate that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us.


In an article, ‘Appreciating a responsible father’, I described a father as “an important source of a child’s genetic makeup” and “his or her first teacher” and that “a father loves his child and provides for him or her as a precious jewel.” Since “children are a heritage from the Lord”, I wrote that “a good father prays for his children and engages them in deep, heart-to-heart conversations that impart more than facts, but teach wisdom.” Fathers are “expected to study and teach God’s Word to their children.” What’s more? “God blesses the children through their fathers.”


According to Wade Boggs, “anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad”. It is interesting to note that many people do have fond memories of their fathers – how their fathers loved, taught, even corrected identified misdemeanors so that they might live well. In remembering my father, Sunday Alaba Komolafe, who died on August 11, 2020 and was buried on September 11, 2020, comparisons are obvious. On a day like this, I remember my father as the one who “gave us (his children) partnership and protection” and as “a peacemaker whose life depicted concrete evidence of an organized future.” Close to 4 years after, I still find it difficult to accept that I have lost ‘Baba Kayode', as my dad was fondly called, to the wild, wicked hands of death at 92! Well, it is well!


Of course, there have been many lame-brains who pretend to be fathers. But then, that does not mean that they are in the majority! Surely certainly, the drunken and the incestuous fathers, wife beaters and deadbeat fathers are in a small minority. Fish or cut bait, we are in a culture where fathers are supposed to be providers, and many people who go into marriage take that aspect of matrimony seriously. So, they will not just abandon those God-given responsibilities only to pursue a career in drinking.


Talking about the African patriarchal culture where some men act as if they own their wives, it must also be noted that the overwhelming majority of men are alive and accountable to their responsibilities. So, Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the ideal father! It is a day to also say that those who are irresponsible most probably came from dysfunctional families where they never had good role models and that they’re only transferring their wounds to the people they got married to or the children they gave birth to!


For their efforts, men need to be encouraged, especially at a time like this when the majority of our men are on the verge of social and mental collapse. In a country where hunger and deprivation are already busting the people’s asses, where the prevailing inflation rate is stifling and asphyxiating, and where many Nigerians are dead before their death, this is not the time to be excoriating or burlesquing fathers.


Yes, times are tough and things are hard! However, men should also avoid taking out their frustrations on their families because we are all in it together! Besides, it is in the nature of man to be persevering, courageous, “stay positive and look for solutions”, just as Caleb and Joshua did when they were asked to spy out the Land of Canaan. For men therefore, this is the time to make sacrifices which, in every possible way, are instinctual for the adult male. In a word, Father’s Day is meant to call for investment, training and retraining, forming and reforming of boys for the critical work of being fathers in the future.


In the past 20 to 30 years, there have been many programmes for the girl child. Actually, 90% of the Funding/Donor Agencies would always tell the world that their programmes were for the woman and/or the girl but there has been very little, if any, for the boy child and young men. We have Ministries of Women Affairs that focus on the woman and the girl child but none to cater for the needs of the boy child and/or young men. In the past, traditional societies also had progammes for initiating boys into adulthood. Lamentably, we’ve lost that and there’s nothing in place to replace it! A few workshops and youth programmes for the boys here and there but that’s not enough!


All said, it’s time well-meaning individuals, private organizations, corporate agencies and religious organizations started programmes aimed at transforming boys into men and young men into husbands, with all the accompanying values and virtues, if we do not want to have beasts and abusive husbands in the future. In a world that derives its oxygen from narcotics and human sacrifices and where brothers are afraid of becoming fathers for obvious reasons, the boy child needs something that will actually lead young men to grow into manhood.


Tragically, Nigeria is stagnated because there haven’t been father figures of the types that she had some 50 to 60 years ago. Is it any wonder why moral re-armament has become a scarce commodity in our clime?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, give us peace in our time!


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only._ 

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE


Image by Vecteezy

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 16, is ‘Father’s Day 2024!’ Father’s Day, which began as a largely religious observance and recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages, is now celebrated in more than 111 countries, with the first of its kind on June 19, 1910.


A traditional Roman Catholic holiday to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is “celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year.” Fairly clearly, the day is meant to recall and recognize the endless efforts, initiatives and contributions of all the fathers around us. It is a mark of the kinship, affection, guidance and patience between fathers on the one hand and their families on the other.


Fathers are the heads of, and the role models for the(ir) families. Even in psychological explanations, it is the father figures who set the moral tones of households. Whenever irritants attempt to test the loyalty of the household, it is the father who risks everything with truly solidified violations to display manly attributes.


Etymologically, ‘husband’ also arose from the word ‘cultivate’, ‘tend’, or ‘nurture’. Therefore, the concept of husband refers to the ‘male head of a household’, the ‘manager’ and the ‘steward’. He is the ‘master of a house’, ‘occupier and tiller of the soil’. Thus, a husband is one who nurtures the wife with pious love, cultivates the wife and family, and tills the soil of the family.


Fathers are no little men. Of course, they are too big to be small. They have muscles in their places with which they not only perform feats of impressiveness but also create new, bigger and stronger foundations for their children. So, it’s only a marginalized group of men that can actually be referred to as irresponsible as most men are struggling. But we know that they can do better!


For quite some time, there has been a lot of negative portrayal of fathers and husbands. But what does an ideal father or husband look like? To begin with, the concept of father actually arises from the Almighty God as Creator. So, every human father is only a derivative, a copy and a limited expression of the ‘Olódùmarè’ (the Creator, Cause and Origin of all Things), ‘Baba wa tí mbe lí òrun’ (Our Father, who art in heaven), the One who’s so compassionate that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us.


In an article, ‘Appreciating a responsible father’, I described a father as “an important source of a child’s genetic makeup” and “his or her first teacher” and that “a father loves his child and provides for him or her as a precious jewel.” Since “children are a heritage from the Lord”, I wrote that “a good father prays for his children and engages them in deep, heart-to-heart conversations that impart more than facts, but teach wisdom.” Fathers are “expected to study and teach God’s Word to their children.” What’s more? “God blesses the children through their fathers.”


According to Wade Boggs, “anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad”. It is interesting to note that many people do have fond memories of their fathers – how their fathers loved, taught, even corrected identified misdemeanors so that they might live well. In remembering my father, Sunday Alaba Komolafe, who died on August 11, 2020 and was buried on September 11, 2020, comparisons are obvious. On a day like this, I remember my father as the one who “gave us (his children) partnership and protection” and as “a peacemaker whose life depicted concrete evidence of an organized future.” Close to 4 years after, I still find it difficult to accept that I have lost ‘Baba Kayode', as my dad was fondly called, to the wild, wicked hands of death at 92! Well, it is well!


Of course, there have been many lame-brains who pretend to be fathers. But then, that does not mean that they are in the majority! Surely certainly, the drunken and the incestuous fathers, wife beaters and deadbeat fathers are in a small minority. Fish or cut bait, we are in a culture where fathers are supposed to be providers, and many people who go into marriage take that aspect of matrimony seriously. So, they will not just abandon those God-given responsibilities only to pursue a career in drinking.


Talking about the African patriarchal culture where some men act as if they own their wives, it must also be noted that the overwhelming majority of men are alive and accountable to their responsibilities. So, Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the ideal father! It is a day to also say that those who are irresponsible most probably came from dysfunctional families where they never had good role models and that they’re only transferring their wounds to the people they got married to or the children they gave birth to!


For their efforts, men need to be encouraged, especially at a time like this when the majority of our men are on the verge of social and mental collapse. In a country where hunger and deprivation are already busting the people’s asses, where the prevailing inflation rate is stifling and asphyxiating, and where many Nigerians are dead before their death, this is not the time to be excoriating or burlesquing fathers.


Yes, times are tough and things are hard! However, men should also avoid taking out their frustrations on their families because we are all in it together! Besides, it is in the nature of man to be persevering, courageous, “stay positive and look for solutions”, just as Caleb and Joshua did when they were asked to spy out the Land of Canaan. For men therefore, this is the time to make sacrifices which, in every possible way, are instinctual for the adult male. In a word, Father’s Day is meant to call for investment, training and retraining, forming and reforming of boys for the critical work of being fathers in the future.


In the past 20 to 30 years, there have been many programmes for the girl child. Actually, 90% of the Funding/Donor Agencies would always tell the world that their programmes were for the woman and/or the girl but there has been very little, if any, for the boy child and young men. We have Ministries of Women Affairs that focus on the woman and the girl child but none to cater for the needs of the boy child and/or young men. In the past, traditional societies also had progammes for initiating boys into adulthood. Lamentably, we’ve lost that and there’s nothing in place to replace it! A few workshops and youth programmes for the boys here and there but that’s not enough!


All said, it’s time well-meaning individuals, private organizations, corporate agencies and religious organizations started programmes aimed at transforming boys into men and young men into husbands, with all the accompanying values and virtues, if we do not want to have beasts and abusive husbands in the future. In a world that derives its oxygen from narcotics and human sacrifices and where brothers are afraid of becoming fathers for obvious reasons, the boy child needs something that will actually lead young men to grow into manhood.


Tragically, Nigeria is stagnated because there haven’t been father figures of the types that she had some 50 to 60 years ago. Is it any wonder why moral re-armament has become a scarce commodity in our clime?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, give us peace in our time!


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only._ 

Hope dashed: Our pains, their gains!

Hope dashed: Our pains, their gains!

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi 


Tinubu 

My last engagement on this social street was, titled; "as  e dey pain us, e dey sweet them". My intention was to make clear to the masses the hopelessness of looking for hope where none may come from. The crass disparity between the political class and the masses who voted them to power is an institutional separation. Until that wall erected by the political class is brought down, we can as well forget about the dividends of democracy!


 Responses to the said article is very warm and encouraging, the applause is needless if it doesn't initiate aggression and provoke People-centered action at liberating the oppressed from their oppressors!


 The miseries of the masses are the meats of our political elites! So, it is of necessity that they keep creating miseries that will bring meats on their table for sharing!


Creating miseries, this they do in every way possible and by all means achievable!


Is Tinubu the creator of all our miseries? Obviously not! However, the miseries of the masses was at all time high at the exit of Buhari but much was expected from the protagonist of the Renewed Hope agenda. Instead, on the very first day of the inauguration of the Renewed Hope agenda, he created the worst misery ever experienced in the life of the nation called Nigeria, with profound unmistakable statement; *Subsidy* *is gone!* 


The hope Ambassador has not even entered the office when he, by himself, dashed it!


 No thanks to the spirit that took hold of him and put those words in his mouth. We are left at the mercy of an unidentifiable spirit for irresponsibility of an identifiable elected leader!



Hope dashed, he headed for Lagos after creating such a messy misery upon which the floods of inflation has taken over the market. He was driven in his home state in opulence of power, in the words of Omoyele Sowore, "with such unending petro-gas-guzzling convoy" involving well over a hundred vehicles!


His convoy was long enough to add to the list of Guinness world records in our kitty as a nation!


@officialABAT ,  it is sad when leaders act like the poor don't matter. Your Excellency,  the hallmark of a Democrat should be making the difference and setting a standard. You squandered the goodwill of the masses when it mattered! Expecting the populace to endure untold and inhumane hardship that was brought upon them by your policy while your flamboyance is on the tax payers from whom austerity is demanded, is unjust!


 Living large at the expense of people experiencing life-threatening poverty is unfair!


 You must demonstrate that leadership is by example and cut down on your flamboyant abuse of power.


Dear fellow countrymen, we are worse off when our political support to anyone in our political class is tinted by tribe and religion. The social demography of our nation should not be mistaken. There are two tribes socially in Nigeria; we, the oppressed and our oppressors! 


The President has given us a reason to rise, by changing the national anthem that allows serving our fatherland in oppression to our motherland where no one is oppressed!


There are two religions: Godliness and the ungodliness. The traits of ungodliness in our oppressors, no religion in the world supports!


 Their bellies are their gods; not even our lives are sacred in their bid to fill it! 


Supporting Tinubu's government or any other at all costs, irrespective of negative implications of their policies is not a good quality of citizens in need of good governance. If we were in doubt of Buhari's performance, that won't be at the tail end of his administration when it became visible to the blind that horror was upon us as a Country. But Tinubu led the voices from APC of their desire to continue from where Buhari stopped. That his appointees are demonizing Buhari to excuse the failure of this Government is unacceptable and the masses must frown at it!


Sad still, is the failure of the 4th Estate of the realm whose trusted duty to the people has been abdicated for survival. Our society is at an all time low in social advocacy!


 Citizens' consciousness of their rights is practically nonexistent! Voices of Advocacy for decades are silent for morsels or have shamefully cross carpeted to the sides where daily crumbs are guaranteed from the bread of men dressed in purple, rewards of their royal stewardship!


 Grey heads close to the grave are not excused from this hunger survival instinct!


Political education and advocacy is the only hope for good governance going forward. No partisanship ideology is healthy for the masses at this time. Objectivity squarely built on the need of the masses must be placed in the public. Analyses of things as they are and as they affect the people must be our engagement with the masses.


Opinion leaders and influencers must stand with the people whose followership brought them to recognition by politicians who are ready to pay them well to reach the masses who entrusted their loyalty to them!


Silence on the leaked memo allegedly signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the President for approval is nothing but proof of our pains as the gains of our political leaders!


1billion naira for minimum wage committee is incredibly unbelievable!


 A committee that's largely made up of people in statutory positions like governors, ministers, labour leaders, Nass members etc. whose transportation and accomodations are already being taken care of by their respective authorities and positions!


 How can this be justified! 


Little surprise, that our labour leaders hurriedly left the negotiation table!


 He who takes his share and walks away lives to share another day. One thing is clear, all traditional structures of support on the side of the people have been bought! It is left to the people what to do with themselves. We can no longer cry to the people we used to cry to. No calls on voices of reasoning that are no longer reasonable! There is a clash of class!


 Poor masses must come out of their timidity. Enough of allowing a class to create pains to sustain their own gains.  Time to reorganise ourselves is now!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi 


Tinubu 

My last engagement on this social street was, titled; "as  e dey pain us, e dey sweet them". My intention was to make clear to the masses the hopelessness of looking for hope where none may come from. The crass disparity between the political class and the masses who voted them to power is an institutional separation. Until that wall erected by the political class is brought down, we can as well forget about the dividends of democracy!


 Responses to the said article is very warm and encouraging, the applause is needless if it doesn't initiate aggression and provoke People-centered action at liberating the oppressed from their oppressors!


 The miseries of the masses are the meats of our political elites! So, it is of necessity that they keep creating miseries that will bring meats on their table for sharing!


Creating miseries, this they do in every way possible and by all means achievable!


Is Tinubu the creator of all our miseries? Obviously not! However, the miseries of the masses was at all time high at the exit of Buhari but much was expected from the protagonist of the Renewed Hope agenda. Instead, on the very first day of the inauguration of the Renewed Hope agenda, he created the worst misery ever experienced in the life of the nation called Nigeria, with profound unmistakable statement; *Subsidy* *is gone!* 


The hope Ambassador has not even entered the office when he, by himself, dashed it!


 No thanks to the spirit that took hold of him and put those words in his mouth. We are left at the mercy of an unidentifiable spirit for irresponsibility of an identifiable elected leader!



Hope dashed, he headed for Lagos after creating such a messy misery upon which the floods of inflation has taken over the market. He was driven in his home state in opulence of power, in the words of Omoyele Sowore, "with such unending petro-gas-guzzling convoy" involving well over a hundred vehicles!


His convoy was long enough to add to the list of Guinness world records in our kitty as a nation!


@officialABAT ,  it is sad when leaders act like the poor don't matter. Your Excellency,  the hallmark of a Democrat should be making the difference and setting a standard. You squandered the goodwill of the masses when it mattered! Expecting the populace to endure untold and inhumane hardship that was brought upon them by your policy while your flamboyance is on the tax payers from whom austerity is demanded, is unjust!


 Living large at the expense of people experiencing life-threatening poverty is unfair!


 You must demonstrate that leadership is by example and cut down on your flamboyant abuse of power.


Dear fellow countrymen, we are worse off when our political support to anyone in our political class is tinted by tribe and religion. The social demography of our nation should not be mistaken. There are two tribes socially in Nigeria; we, the oppressed and our oppressors! 


The President has given us a reason to rise, by changing the national anthem that allows serving our fatherland in oppression to our motherland where no one is oppressed!


There are two religions: Godliness and the ungodliness. The traits of ungodliness in our oppressors, no religion in the world supports!


 Their bellies are their gods; not even our lives are sacred in their bid to fill it! 


Supporting Tinubu's government or any other at all costs, irrespective of negative implications of their policies is not a good quality of citizens in need of good governance. If we were in doubt of Buhari's performance, that won't be at the tail end of his administration when it became visible to the blind that horror was upon us as a Country. But Tinubu led the voices from APC of their desire to continue from where Buhari stopped. That his appointees are demonizing Buhari to excuse the failure of this Government is unacceptable and the masses must frown at it!


Sad still, is the failure of the 4th Estate of the realm whose trusted duty to the people has been abdicated for survival. Our society is at an all time low in social advocacy!


 Citizens' consciousness of their rights is practically nonexistent! Voices of Advocacy for decades are silent for morsels or have shamefully cross carpeted to the sides where daily crumbs are guaranteed from the bread of men dressed in purple, rewards of their royal stewardship!


 Grey heads close to the grave are not excused from this hunger survival instinct!


Political education and advocacy is the only hope for good governance going forward. No partisanship ideology is healthy for the masses at this time. Objectivity squarely built on the need of the masses must be placed in the public. Analyses of things as they are and as they affect the people must be our engagement with the masses.


Opinion leaders and influencers must stand with the people whose followership brought them to recognition by politicians who are ready to pay them well to reach the masses who entrusted their loyalty to them!


Silence on the leaked memo allegedly signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the President for approval is nothing but proof of our pains as the gains of our political leaders!


1billion naira for minimum wage committee is incredibly unbelievable!


 A committee that's largely made up of people in statutory positions like governors, ministers, labour leaders, Nass members etc. whose transportation and accomodations are already being taken care of by their respective authorities and positions!


 How can this be justified! 


Little surprise, that our labour leaders hurriedly left the negotiation table!


 He who takes his share and walks away lives to share another day. One thing is clear, all traditional structures of support on the side of the people have been bought! It is left to the people what to do with themselves. We can no longer cry to the people we used to cry to. No calls on voices of reasoning that are no longer reasonable! There is a clash of class!


 Poor masses must come out of their timidity. Enough of allowing a class to create pains to sustain their own gains.  Time to reorganise ourselves is now!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

In preparation for #RevolutionNow in Nigeria, the masses must turn Wike's song to theirs— as e dey pain us, e dey sweet them!

In preparation for #RevolutionNow in Nigeria, the masses must turn Wike's song to theirs— as e dey pain us, e dey sweet them!

 *As e dey pain us, e dey sweet them!* 


By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.





One of the leading figures of politics in Nigeria is Mr Nyesom Wike, former Governor of Rivers State and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 


Wike rose through the ranks and files of politics either causing or managing controversies. From jumping between Rotimi Amaechi and Peter Odili, to standing in defence of President Jonathan against Rotimi Amaechi. So deft at controversy management that Former Governor Ayodele Fayose warned Sim Fubara, not to get into controversy with Wike o!


It is no longer news, that the political class in Nigeria doesn't represent the masses neither are they really touched by the pains of the people they are holding the mandate of governance on their behalf!


Controversy is Wike's second name! This can be seen from his fall out with his anointed son, Sim Fubara, who is the present Governor of Rivers State. Controversy with Wike is like a drama series. During the pre-election conflicts, Wike popularised a song; as e de pain dem, e dey sweet us, to tell the story of his advantage of the mismanagement of PDP crisis!


As usual with elections and governance and its turning of table. The table has turned against the people and in favour of the political class who seem united extravagantly in the mysteries of economic woes that is engulfing the masses!


It is an open discussion in markets across Nigeria how the masses can't fathom whatever inspired the 90 billion naira  reckless donation in the midst of our economic challenges without solution in sight. 


A woman roasting corn on the roadside and offering the smallest piece of corn on her wares for ₦300 said, there was no corn at Oke Odo Market, I have to take ₦1000 transport to Ifo Market and another ₦1000 back to buy this little stuff am roasting to sell. She went further; even at Ifo situation with food items is not better, 10 pieces of tomatos is ₦2500, she reminded everyone it was ₦250 only under Buhari. Garri has jumped from ₦800 to ₦2000 for paint plastic. Beans that used to be all comers meal, a derica from Buhari to Tinubu went from ₦350 to ₦1200.


A driver who is a Muslim, but nicknamed Holy father for his uprightness in transaction pleaded with me for assistance, if he can be empowered with the 8 million naira for Hajj, to upgrade his transportation business, he assured me he will comfortably fund his Hajj in 5 years. Islam he said is absolutely in support of helping the poor, but never to help them perform Hajj. There is no reward in Islam for the venture that Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima has committed themselves to. He went further to cite an Islamic cleric he referred to as Chief Imam of Offa.


It is outrightly made clear that the poor is not about to breathe under this government across the country as news monitored online reports that no fewer than 30 state governments of the federation have spent ₦986.64b on recurrent expenditures, including refreshments, sitting allowances, travelling, utilities amongst others in the first three months of 2024!


The states’ budget implementation reports, which were obtained from Open Nigerian States, a website supported by BudgIT that acts as a repository for public budget data, were analysed for the first three quarters of the year.


Punch examined budget implementation data from thirty states. Data for six states were not available.


Benue, Imo, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Yobe States were the ones without Q 1, 2024 data!


According to the report, 30 states spent ₦5.1bn on refreshments for guests, ₦4.67bn on sitting allowances to government officials, ₦34.63bn on local and foreign travel expenses, and ₦5.64bn on utility bills, amounting to ₦50.02bn in the first three months of 2024!


The general utilities include electricity, internet, telephone charges, water rates, and sewerage charges, among others.


The sub-nationals also paid ₦405.77bn as salaries to their workers.


Other recurrent spending items covered in the report included the amount spent on foreign and domestic travels, internet access fees, entertainment, foodstuff, honorarium/sitting allowance, wardrobe allowances, telephone bills, electricity charges, stationery, anniversaries/special days, welfare, aircraft maintenance, and more.


In the first three months of 2024, Abia State spent ₦10.92bn on its recurrent expenditures, including ₦165.38m on refreshments and feeding, ₦39.26m on utilities, ₦214.57m on sitting allowances, ₦127.1m on local and foreign travels, among miscellaneous expenses.


During this period, Adamawa State expended ₦23.7bn on recurrent expenditures with ₦287.61m spent on refreshments and feeding, ₦109.62m on utilities, ₦79.57m on sitting allowances, ₦768.77m on local and foreign travels.


For Akwa Ibom State, recurrent expenditure gulped ₦46.85bn, which included N4.46m on refreshments and feeding, ₦223.32m on utilities, ₦6m on sitting allowances, ₦214.61m on local and foreign travels.


Anambra State disbursed N9.91bn for recurring expenses with ₦78.18m on refreshments and feeding, ₦32.52m on utilities, ₦42.09m on sitting allowances, ₦188.39m on local and foreign travels.


Also, recurrent expenditures cost Bauchi State Government ₦35.75bn with ₦397.58m going to utilities, ₦50.8m on refreshments, ₦287.11m on allowances, and ₦413.56m on trips.


Bayelsa State spent ₦35.1bn on recurrent expenditures, comprising ₦28.4m on utilities, ₦156.14m on refreshments and ₦279.99m on trips.


Similarly, Lagos State disbursed ₦189.62bn for recurrent expenditures, including ₦1.21m for refreshments, ₦383.12m for utilities, sitting allowances costing ₦52.79m and ₦633.37m on travels.


Borno spent ₦18.79bn, Cross Rivers (₦17.44bn), Delta (₦68.68bn), Ebonyi (₦14.95bn), Edo (₦32.32bn), Ekiti (₦32.8bn), Enugu (₦7.51bn) and Gombe with ₦20.89bn.


Within the same period, Jigawa State spent N15.52bn on the recurrent expenditures, Kaduna expended ₦34.69bn, Kano (₦34.41bn), Katsina (₦21.87bn), Kebbi (₦11.67bn), Kogi (₦37.4bn), Kwara (₦24.34bn), Nasarawa (₦18.61bn), Ogun (₦47.12bn), Ondo (₦31.12bn), Osun (₦24.39bn), Oyo (₦40.12bn), Plateau (₦24.70bn), Zamfara (₦13.46bn), and Taraba (₦20.93bn)!


To imagine that NLC and TUC will agree to a 'go for now, we will see you later' to call off the strike is unbelievable!


The old national anthem made new would obviously have cost implication to Tax payers, an indication that the party  extravaganza is not limited to state's houses; National Assembly and the Presidency are not left behind. Our new song should not just be the national anthem, the masses must turn Wike's song to theirs, in preparation for #RevolutionNow  for as e dey pain us, e dey sweet them! How long this will continue will be determined by our pain's threshold!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

 *As e dey pain us, e dey sweet them!* 


By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.





One of the leading figures of politics in Nigeria is Mr Nyesom Wike, former Governor of Rivers State and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 


Wike rose through the ranks and files of politics either causing or managing controversies. From jumping between Rotimi Amaechi and Peter Odili, to standing in defence of President Jonathan against Rotimi Amaechi. So deft at controversy management that Former Governor Ayodele Fayose warned Sim Fubara, not to get into controversy with Wike o!


It is no longer news, that the political class in Nigeria doesn't represent the masses neither are they really touched by the pains of the people they are holding the mandate of governance on their behalf!


Controversy is Wike's second name! This can be seen from his fall out with his anointed son, Sim Fubara, who is the present Governor of Rivers State. Controversy with Wike is like a drama series. During the pre-election conflicts, Wike popularised a song; as e de pain dem, e dey sweet us, to tell the story of his advantage of the mismanagement of PDP crisis!


As usual with elections and governance and its turning of table. The table has turned against the people and in favour of the political class who seem united extravagantly in the mysteries of economic woes that is engulfing the masses!


It is an open discussion in markets across Nigeria how the masses can't fathom whatever inspired the 90 billion naira  reckless donation in the midst of our economic challenges without solution in sight. 


A woman roasting corn on the roadside and offering the smallest piece of corn on her wares for ₦300 said, there was no corn at Oke Odo Market, I have to take ₦1000 transport to Ifo Market and another ₦1000 back to buy this little stuff am roasting to sell. She went further; even at Ifo situation with food items is not better, 10 pieces of tomatos is ₦2500, she reminded everyone it was ₦250 only under Buhari. Garri has jumped from ₦800 to ₦2000 for paint plastic. Beans that used to be all comers meal, a derica from Buhari to Tinubu went from ₦350 to ₦1200.


A driver who is a Muslim, but nicknamed Holy father for his uprightness in transaction pleaded with me for assistance, if he can be empowered with the 8 million naira for Hajj, to upgrade his transportation business, he assured me he will comfortably fund his Hajj in 5 years. Islam he said is absolutely in support of helping the poor, but never to help them perform Hajj. There is no reward in Islam for the venture that Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima has committed themselves to. He went further to cite an Islamic cleric he referred to as Chief Imam of Offa.


It is outrightly made clear that the poor is not about to breathe under this government across the country as news monitored online reports that no fewer than 30 state governments of the federation have spent ₦986.64b on recurrent expenditures, including refreshments, sitting allowances, travelling, utilities amongst others in the first three months of 2024!


The states’ budget implementation reports, which were obtained from Open Nigerian States, a website supported by BudgIT that acts as a repository for public budget data, were analysed for the first three quarters of the year.


Punch examined budget implementation data from thirty states. Data for six states were not available.


Benue, Imo, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Yobe States were the ones without Q 1, 2024 data!


According to the report, 30 states spent ₦5.1bn on refreshments for guests, ₦4.67bn on sitting allowances to government officials, ₦34.63bn on local and foreign travel expenses, and ₦5.64bn on utility bills, amounting to ₦50.02bn in the first three months of 2024!


The general utilities include electricity, internet, telephone charges, water rates, and sewerage charges, among others.


The sub-nationals also paid ₦405.77bn as salaries to their workers.


Other recurrent spending items covered in the report included the amount spent on foreign and domestic travels, internet access fees, entertainment, foodstuff, honorarium/sitting allowance, wardrobe allowances, telephone bills, electricity charges, stationery, anniversaries/special days, welfare, aircraft maintenance, and more.


In the first three months of 2024, Abia State spent ₦10.92bn on its recurrent expenditures, including ₦165.38m on refreshments and feeding, ₦39.26m on utilities, ₦214.57m on sitting allowances, ₦127.1m on local and foreign travels, among miscellaneous expenses.


During this period, Adamawa State expended ₦23.7bn on recurrent expenditures with ₦287.61m spent on refreshments and feeding, ₦109.62m on utilities, ₦79.57m on sitting allowances, ₦768.77m on local and foreign travels.


For Akwa Ibom State, recurrent expenditure gulped ₦46.85bn, which included N4.46m on refreshments and feeding, ₦223.32m on utilities, ₦6m on sitting allowances, ₦214.61m on local and foreign travels.


Anambra State disbursed N9.91bn for recurring expenses with ₦78.18m on refreshments and feeding, ₦32.52m on utilities, ₦42.09m on sitting allowances, ₦188.39m on local and foreign travels.


Also, recurrent expenditures cost Bauchi State Government ₦35.75bn with ₦397.58m going to utilities, ₦50.8m on refreshments, ₦287.11m on allowances, and ₦413.56m on trips.


Bayelsa State spent ₦35.1bn on recurrent expenditures, comprising ₦28.4m on utilities, ₦156.14m on refreshments and ₦279.99m on trips.


Similarly, Lagos State disbursed ₦189.62bn for recurrent expenditures, including ₦1.21m for refreshments, ₦383.12m for utilities, sitting allowances costing ₦52.79m and ₦633.37m on travels.


Borno spent ₦18.79bn, Cross Rivers (₦17.44bn), Delta (₦68.68bn), Ebonyi (₦14.95bn), Edo (₦32.32bn), Ekiti (₦32.8bn), Enugu (₦7.51bn) and Gombe with ₦20.89bn.


Within the same period, Jigawa State spent N15.52bn on the recurrent expenditures, Kaduna expended ₦34.69bn, Kano (₦34.41bn), Katsina (₦21.87bn), Kebbi (₦11.67bn), Kogi (₦37.4bn), Kwara (₦24.34bn), Nasarawa (₦18.61bn), Ogun (₦47.12bn), Ondo (₦31.12bn), Osun (₦24.39bn), Oyo (₦40.12bn), Plateau (₦24.70bn), Zamfara (₦13.46bn), and Taraba (₦20.93bn)!


To imagine that NLC and TUC will agree to a 'go for now, we will see you later' to call off the strike is unbelievable!


The old national anthem made new would obviously have cost implication to Tax payers, an indication that the party  extravaganza is not limited to state's houses; National Assembly and the Presidency are not left behind. Our new song should not just be the national anthem, the masses must turn Wike's song to theirs, in preparation for #RevolutionNow  for as e dey pain us, e dey sweet them! How long this will continue will be determined by our pain's threshold!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

Re-BAD News: A Thanksgiving, An Update — Chiedu Ezeanah

Re-BAD News: A Thanksgiving, An Update — Chiedu Ezeanah

 Well, we thank God Chiedu Ezeanah is no longer in harm's way. It was a close call.


Details below from the poet 


Good morning! Thanks. Just posted Below is my abridged version of the last Sunday incident.



Re-BAD News: A Thanksgiving,An Update 


Chiedu Ezeanah

I am out of harm's way. I am grateful to God. I also commend the vigilance of the two proactive estate policemen who preempted the two state security agents from effecting what is now commonplace news in our failed state that's sliding dangerously into a fascist pit where any dissenting voice can be flung into and forgotten by criminal politicians ruining us all. 


I thank you all my friends and family here and beyond for all the notifications of reactions to my earlier post all praying for my safety, and also amplifying the issue by your unmistakable outrage at this latest instance of the assault on a citizen's right to free speech and freedom of movement.


 Thank you very much for asking those unsettling questions of our misrulers.


II--'It Comes With The Territory'


It comes with the territory, that was how he related his recent similar experience to me on phone. Dayo Aiyetan, great friend and highly regarded investigative journalist, who had a hideous brush with the authorities over a week ago and was illegally detained for days alongside his lawyer and correspondent who investigated some police bosses for being involved in some compromising land transactions, would stoically not want to be too bothered by it to the point on losing focus on the onerous task at hand: a full and unyielding scrutiny on the governing class.

It comes with the territory: corrupt power must do everything to the death to suppress information on their corrupt rule. The journalist's job is to reveal the hidden and the suppressed story. This cat and mouse game can be deadly,sometimes. Recent examples:


1) The terrible case of the disappearance of Abubakar Idris Dadiyata, a journalist and social critic, who was declared missing over 5 years ago in Kaduna under Ex Governor El Rufai...


2) The PUNCH 6 May 2024: "Abductions, detentions: Echoes of Abacha-era media clampdown resound under Tinubu" ...The PUNCH named four journalists affected: Segun Olatunji, Kasaradu Aniagolu, Godwin Tsa and Daniel Ojukwu"


3) Premium Times 14 October 2019:"19 Journalists Attacked In Nigeria Within 9 Months"


Dayo, it's scary statistics. Yes, it does come with the territory of a failed state sliding dangerously into a fascist state ...


I can also recall my rather short time in Portharcourt during the heady days of the Ken Saro Wiwa struggle for minority rights and environmental justice in the Niger Delta under the despotic Abacha regime that finally had him murdered. I was Head of Eastern Bureau of the News Magazine and had this detached building Off Aba Road as office and home. One evening after eating at a restaurant nearby just about a few meters back to the office, a regular street fellow walked up to me and pleaded: "I am looking for CHIEF Ezeanah"... Of course, I knew they had come for me without knowing my face. No Facebook in 1994. So, I played along with the guy who was looking for CHIEF Ezeanah not Chiedu Ezeanah. I told him he had left the Chief's home by almost 2 kilometers: go right to the end of the road, the first turning left, then another turning to the left, left again and then ask for this very well known chief. He thanked me profusely. But I knew he was sent by some fellows watching from the shadows, so I went past my office before turning back to pack my stuff and hit the Lagos Park same night. Lagos here I come. Farewell to the great hunter of CHIEF Ezeanah.


III)Last Sunday Incident & Post-Incident Assessment 


Last Sunday's incident was a bit different: the approach was to flatter me with their indecent compliment. Both female and male looking like a couple inside the small car, the female in the driver's seat. I was taking a walk around 3pm(?). The weather was good as it rained heavily earlier in the morning. As I left the Estate Security Gate, two policemen were seated by their vehicle having a banter. I greeted and walked past. About 20 meters away were my latest hunters. The indecent compliment: are you Wole Soyinka? You look like Wole Soyinka. Both of them mouthed their well-rehearsed chorus. I greeted them calmly and looked at them closely and said: I am Chiedu Ezeanah. I am sure I am the one you are looking for, not Wole Soyinka. And, I continued, may I have yours complimentary card please? The man didn't fall for that. He said no, they had none with them. That I could take their Whatsapp number. He called it out and I called the MTN line. It rang. I told them bye...and walked on. I checked the WhatsApp profile: it confirmed my suspicion. Even though I was apprehensive of imminent danger, I summoned up the pluck to get back to the two policemen after swiftly walking past "the hunters" still waiting for what inside the car? The two policemen accompanied me to see them. They asked for their identity cards. They refused to show it. They then told them to leave immediately. They refused. The policemen turned to me and confirmed my hunch and told me to delete their Whatsapp number immediately from my phone. The hunters heard and knocked off my phone, my phone was deactivated before I could delete their Whatsapp number. They drove off immediately. Who are you to chase them? Since then the phone is still dead, knocked off, deactivated, useless.

IV) Vigilance Is Still The Price Of Liberty 


So, I moved swiftly to post "Bad News" even taking a risk by stating the address with my second phone long abandoned, now the super tool. Some of my friends did not know that I very recently changed address. Two of such friends landed alongside one who knew. Great friends, beloved brothers. We had a Post-Incident Assessment. It was decided that I should leave the house immediately and leave the two phones behind so that I would not be tracked by my hunters. Since then until early yesterday, Wednesday, I had been literally phoneless.

Secondly, it was decided that the incident be reported to the relevant authorities, which was also the earnest advice by a poet-lawyer friend. That too has been done.

Reading between the lines, these are a few of the reasons I cannot offer any more information until all the above have been processed and investigated by the relevant authorities. My friends also advised, finally, to keep away from making calls as they reasoned that anyone powerful enough to send State Security Agents to order this illegal action of spying on, deactivating a citizen's phone, and ultimately assault his rights to speech and movement by illegal abduction, journalist or not, could also track the second phone and wreak worse havoc. You could sense paranoir, for good reason.  


It has been a physically draining and psychologically exacting time.

Beloved family and friends, do forgive me for not giving you an earlier update. I treaded on the path of caution against the agents of a State whose rogue head respects neither rules of law nor rules of decency. I saw all the missed calls and the numerous messages via Meta. Will surely respond to them after this update. 

Vigilance is still the price we all have to pay for liberty in this our once cherished territory where every hue of lawlessness now swarms at us to blind us into submission...


Dem don fail and fall before dem start o...


E no go werk o...


Thank you ALL.


~Chiedu Ezeanah:

 Well, we thank God Chiedu Ezeanah is no longer in harm's way. It was a close call.


Details below from the poet 


Good morning! Thanks. Just posted Below is my abridged version of the last Sunday incident.



Re-BAD News: A Thanksgiving,An Update 


Chiedu Ezeanah

I am out of harm's way. I am grateful to God. I also commend the vigilance of the two proactive estate policemen who preempted the two state security agents from effecting what is now commonplace news in our failed state that's sliding dangerously into a fascist pit where any dissenting voice can be flung into and forgotten by criminal politicians ruining us all. 


I thank you all my friends and family here and beyond for all the notifications of reactions to my earlier post all praying for my safety, and also amplifying the issue by your unmistakable outrage at this latest instance of the assault on a citizen's right to free speech and freedom of movement.


 Thank you very much for asking those unsettling questions of our misrulers.


II--'It Comes With The Territory'


It comes with the territory, that was how he related his recent similar experience to me on phone. Dayo Aiyetan, great friend and highly regarded investigative journalist, who had a hideous brush with the authorities over a week ago and was illegally detained for days alongside his lawyer and correspondent who investigated some police bosses for being involved in some compromising land transactions, would stoically not want to be too bothered by it to the point on losing focus on the onerous task at hand: a full and unyielding scrutiny on the governing class.

It comes with the territory: corrupt power must do everything to the death to suppress information on their corrupt rule. The journalist's job is to reveal the hidden and the suppressed story. This cat and mouse game can be deadly,sometimes. Recent examples:


1) The terrible case of the disappearance of Abubakar Idris Dadiyata, a journalist and social critic, who was declared missing over 5 years ago in Kaduna under Ex Governor El Rufai...


2) The PUNCH 6 May 2024: "Abductions, detentions: Echoes of Abacha-era media clampdown resound under Tinubu" ...The PUNCH named four journalists affected: Segun Olatunji, Kasaradu Aniagolu, Godwin Tsa and Daniel Ojukwu"


3) Premium Times 14 October 2019:"19 Journalists Attacked In Nigeria Within 9 Months"


Dayo, it's scary statistics. Yes, it does come with the territory of a failed state sliding dangerously into a fascist state ...


I can also recall my rather short time in Portharcourt during the heady days of the Ken Saro Wiwa struggle for minority rights and environmental justice in the Niger Delta under the despotic Abacha regime that finally had him murdered. I was Head of Eastern Bureau of the News Magazine and had this detached building Off Aba Road as office and home. One evening after eating at a restaurant nearby just about a few meters back to the office, a regular street fellow walked up to me and pleaded: "I am looking for CHIEF Ezeanah"... Of course, I knew they had come for me without knowing my face. No Facebook in 1994. So, I played along with the guy who was looking for CHIEF Ezeanah not Chiedu Ezeanah. I told him he had left the Chief's home by almost 2 kilometers: go right to the end of the road, the first turning left, then another turning to the left, left again and then ask for this very well known chief. He thanked me profusely. But I knew he was sent by some fellows watching from the shadows, so I went past my office before turning back to pack my stuff and hit the Lagos Park same night. Lagos here I come. Farewell to the great hunter of CHIEF Ezeanah.


III)Last Sunday Incident & Post-Incident Assessment 


Last Sunday's incident was a bit different: the approach was to flatter me with their indecent compliment. Both female and male looking like a couple inside the small car, the female in the driver's seat. I was taking a walk around 3pm(?). The weather was good as it rained heavily earlier in the morning. As I left the Estate Security Gate, two policemen were seated by their vehicle having a banter. I greeted and walked past. About 20 meters away were my latest hunters. The indecent compliment: are you Wole Soyinka? You look like Wole Soyinka. Both of them mouthed their well-rehearsed chorus. I greeted them calmly and looked at them closely and said: I am Chiedu Ezeanah. I am sure I am the one you are looking for, not Wole Soyinka. And, I continued, may I have yours complimentary card please? The man didn't fall for that. He said no, they had none with them. That I could take their Whatsapp number. He called it out and I called the MTN line. It rang. I told them bye...and walked on. I checked the WhatsApp profile: it confirmed my suspicion. Even though I was apprehensive of imminent danger, I summoned up the pluck to get back to the two policemen after swiftly walking past "the hunters" still waiting for what inside the car? The two policemen accompanied me to see them. They asked for their identity cards. They refused to show it. They then told them to leave immediately. They refused. The policemen turned to me and confirmed my hunch and told me to delete their Whatsapp number immediately from my phone. The hunters heard and knocked off my phone, my phone was deactivated before I could delete their Whatsapp number. They drove off immediately. Who are you to chase them? Since then the phone is still dead, knocked off, deactivated, useless.

IV) Vigilance Is Still The Price Of Liberty 


So, I moved swiftly to post "Bad News" even taking a risk by stating the address with my second phone long abandoned, now the super tool. Some of my friends did not know that I very recently changed address. Two of such friends landed alongside one who knew. Great friends, beloved brothers. We had a Post-Incident Assessment. It was decided that I should leave the house immediately and leave the two phones behind so that I would not be tracked by my hunters. Since then until early yesterday, Wednesday, I had been literally phoneless.

Secondly, it was decided that the incident be reported to the relevant authorities, which was also the earnest advice by a poet-lawyer friend. That too has been done.

Reading between the lines, these are a few of the reasons I cannot offer any more information until all the above have been processed and investigated by the relevant authorities. My friends also advised, finally, to keep away from making calls as they reasoned that anyone powerful enough to send State Security Agents to order this illegal action of spying on, deactivating a citizen's phone, and ultimately assault his rights to speech and movement by illegal abduction, journalist or not, could also track the second phone and wreak worse havoc. You could sense paranoir, for good reason.  


It has been a physically draining and psychologically exacting time.

Beloved family and friends, do forgive me for not giving you an earlier update. I treaded on the path of caution against the agents of a State whose rogue head respects neither rules of law nor rules of decency. I saw all the missed calls and the numerous messages via Meta. Will surely respond to them after this update. 

Vigilance is still the price we all have to pay for liberty in this our once cherished territory where every hue of lawlessness now swarms at us to blind us into submission...


Dem don fail and fall before dem start o...


E no go werk o...


Thank you ALL.


~Chiedu Ezeanah:

We must thank God that as Woke Soyinka advanced age, he remains mentally sharp, avoiding the dementia that often plagues the elderly — Chief Joe Umezulike

We must thank God that as Woke Soyinka advanced age, he remains mentally sharp, avoiding the dementia that often plagues the elderly — Chief Joe Umezulike

 Dear Fellow Nigerians,


Soyinka 

I want to share some reflections on the state of our nation, particularly focusing on the contributions and legacy of our esteemed elder, Professor Wole Soyinka. Prof. Soyinka has been a beacon of intellectual prowess and activism, greatly contributing to the development of Nigeria from a young age. By 35, he had already achieved remarkable feats, elevating Nigeria's name on the global stage. We must thank God that at his advanced age, he remains mentally sharp, avoiding the dementia that often plagues the elderly.


In Nigeria, respecting our elders is a deeply rooted value, and we must uphold this tradition. Any remarks or actions by Prof. Soyinka that may seem out of character should be viewed with forgiveness and understanding. Aging brings various challenges, and we should honor his lifetime of service to our nation.


Contrasting the legacy of Prof. Soyinka, it's disheartening to see many of today's youths indulging in harmful behaviors. The prevalence of substance abuse, domestic violence, and general apathy among our young people is alarming. These actions not only damage their lives but also contribute to the broader societal decay.


We have historical examples of young leaders who took on monumental responsibilities. General Yakubu Gowon became Head of State at 29 and even got married in the government house. Similarly, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu took on significant leadership roles at a young age. These leaders faced immense challenges head-on, shaping the course of our nation's history.


When former President Muhammadu Buhari remarked that Nigerian youths are lazy, it sparked anger, but upon reflection, there is a truth we must confront. Many youths today are engrossed in frivolous activities—playing games on their phones, binge-watching Netflix, frequenting nightclubs, and engaging in immoral acts. This diversion from meaningful engagement leaves a void in the fight against corruption and societal decay.


Our country desperately needs able-bodied youths to rise and challenge the corrupt political class. The cycle where becoming a governor translates to instant and perpetual wealth must be broken. We need accountability and active participation from our younger generation to demand better governance.


It is time for a revival of the spirit of patriotism and responsibility among our youths. We must channel our energies towards constructive actions, questioning injustices, and working towards a better Nigeria. Let us honor the legacies of our elders by building on their achievements and striving for a brighter future.


Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike.

05/06/2024

 Dear Fellow Nigerians,


Soyinka 

I want to share some reflections on the state of our nation, particularly focusing on the contributions and legacy of our esteemed elder, Professor Wole Soyinka. Prof. Soyinka has been a beacon of intellectual prowess and activism, greatly contributing to the development of Nigeria from a young age. By 35, he had already achieved remarkable feats, elevating Nigeria's name on the global stage. We must thank God that at his advanced age, he remains mentally sharp, avoiding the dementia that often plagues the elderly.


In Nigeria, respecting our elders is a deeply rooted value, and we must uphold this tradition. Any remarks or actions by Prof. Soyinka that may seem out of character should be viewed with forgiveness and understanding. Aging brings various challenges, and we should honor his lifetime of service to our nation.


Contrasting the legacy of Prof. Soyinka, it's disheartening to see many of today's youths indulging in harmful behaviors. The prevalence of substance abuse, domestic violence, and general apathy among our young people is alarming. These actions not only damage their lives but also contribute to the broader societal decay.


We have historical examples of young leaders who took on monumental responsibilities. General Yakubu Gowon became Head of State at 29 and even got married in the government house. Similarly, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu took on significant leadership roles at a young age. These leaders faced immense challenges head-on, shaping the course of our nation's history.


When former President Muhammadu Buhari remarked that Nigerian youths are lazy, it sparked anger, but upon reflection, there is a truth we must confront. Many youths today are engrossed in frivolous activities—playing games on their phones, binge-watching Netflix, frequenting nightclubs, and engaging in immoral acts. This diversion from meaningful engagement leaves a void in the fight against corruption and societal decay.


Our country desperately needs able-bodied youths to rise and challenge the corrupt political class. The cycle where becoming a governor translates to instant and perpetual wealth must be broken. We need accountability and active participation from our younger generation to demand better governance.


It is time for a revival of the spirit of patriotism and responsibility among our youths. We must channel our energies towards constructive actions, questioning injustices, and working towards a better Nigeria. Let us honor the legacies of our elders by building on their achievements and striving for a brighter future.


Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike.

05/06/2024

OPINION: FG can pay and Sustain N494k as minimum wage

OPINION: FG can pay and Sustain N494k as minimum wage

 


*N494k is $325.* That amount does not fuel a Minister's convoy in a week. Attempting to pay N60k to Nigerian workers ($39) as monthly salary, is gross insensitivity when those that rigged elections are living in luxury with their families.


Children are paid £102 monthly (N188k) in the UK just for being children. If you were working but stopped, Ireland pay €232 weekly as job seeker's allowances. A month is €928 (N1.41m) for being jobless! That is the meaning of 'distribution of common wealth'. These are countries that do not have what Nigeria has in terms of natural resources. What they mostly have is good leadership and people-oriented policies.

Meanwhile, in these difficult times, apart from wardrobe allowances and other luxuries, our senators receive N1.2m monthly as newspaper allowances. Is this not demonic corruption?

You will never understand how wicked Nigerian rulers/RUINERS are, if you don't travel abroad to normal countries with normal leaders.That is why Nigerians in diaspora are angrier that our compatriots back home. They have seen both sides of the world and they know that Nigeria is directly opposite of what happens in normal societies. Sadly, those back home seem to have conditioned themselves to the uncommon hardship. They only complain online and sing "na so we see am o. Na wetin we go do na?" A people that fight their activists and attack their co-sufferers!


They throw pittance at Nigerians like dogs in the name of palliatives. They publicize their God-forsaken palliatives as if they are doing you some special favour from public wealth.

Oh, how I hate that word in Nigeria: PALLIATIVES!! 

Many of them made so much money during covid-19 when the world mourned and paid their people salaries while they stayed at home. From the gains of palliatives, your ruiners built mansions. Now, they are forcing you to sing "Nigeria, We Hail Thee".


They hugely inflate the cost of the so-called palliatives because they turn every pain to gain. They desperately struggle to get all they can and can all they get! 

The ones you gladly call 'Excellency'😤 

Your 'Leader... '

Your 'Chairmo...'

Your 'Honourable...'


Only a massive revolution will reset Nigeria when Nigerians are ready to take back their country.

*THE NLC STRIKE IS A VERY WELCOMED DEVELOPMENT AND WE HOPE THAT THEY SUSTAIN IT*.😤


@Comrade Frederick Odorige

 


*N494k is $325.* That amount does not fuel a Minister's convoy in a week. Attempting to pay N60k to Nigerian workers ($39) as monthly salary, is gross insensitivity when those that rigged elections are living in luxury with their families.


Children are paid £102 monthly (N188k) in the UK just for being children. If you were working but stopped, Ireland pay €232 weekly as job seeker's allowances. A month is €928 (N1.41m) for being jobless! That is the meaning of 'distribution of common wealth'. These are countries that do not have what Nigeria has in terms of natural resources. What they mostly have is good leadership and people-oriented policies.

Meanwhile, in these difficult times, apart from wardrobe allowances and other luxuries, our senators receive N1.2m monthly as newspaper allowances. Is this not demonic corruption?

You will never understand how wicked Nigerian rulers/RUINERS are, if you don't travel abroad to normal countries with normal leaders.That is why Nigerians in diaspora are angrier that our compatriots back home. They have seen both sides of the world and they know that Nigeria is directly opposite of what happens in normal societies. Sadly, those back home seem to have conditioned themselves to the uncommon hardship. They only complain online and sing "na so we see am o. Na wetin we go do na?" A people that fight their activists and attack their co-sufferers!


They throw pittance at Nigerians like dogs in the name of palliatives. They publicize their God-forsaken palliatives as if they are doing you some special favour from public wealth.

Oh, how I hate that word in Nigeria: PALLIATIVES!! 

Many of them made so much money during covid-19 when the world mourned and paid their people salaries while they stayed at home. From the gains of palliatives, your ruiners built mansions. Now, they are forcing you to sing "Nigeria, We Hail Thee".


They hugely inflate the cost of the so-called palliatives because they turn every pain to gain. They desperately struggle to get all they can and can all they get! 

The ones you gladly call 'Excellency'😤 

Your 'Leader... '

Your 'Chairmo...'

Your 'Honourable...'


Only a massive revolution will reset Nigeria when Nigerians are ready to take back their country.

*THE NLC STRIKE IS A VERY WELCOMED DEVELOPMENT AND WE HOPE THAT THEY SUSTAIN IT*.😤


@Comrade Frederick Odorige

Minimum Wage Struggle: A Symptom of Wider Problems in Nigeria’s Political System — Ultimate Equal

Minimum Wage Struggle: A Symptom of Wider Problems in Nigeria’s Political System — Ultimate Equal


According to Channels TV, National Assembly Budget Office Revelation, each senator is entitled to a Wardrobe Allowance of ₦621,061.37 and a Recess Allowance of ₦240,424.55, totaling over ₦860,000 ($2,600) in additional monthly allowances.


This revelation has drawn widespread condemnation from many Nigerians who see it as an affront to the country’s economic struggles. The minimum wage in Nigeria.


The Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been called upon to remain resolute in their demand for a living wage for workers.



The disparity between the minimum wage and the allowances received by legislators has highlighted the widening gap between the political elites and the majority of Nigerians who struggle to make ends meet.


The situation calls for a serious rethink of Nigeria’s political system and its relationship with the people. A more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities is crucial for the country’s economic and social development.


In response to the ongoing calls for a minimum wage increase, the Federal Government has stated that the current minimum wage of ₦494,000 is not sustainable, given the country’s economic challenges.


This claim, however, has been met with skepticism by me, who point to the lavish allowances received by public officials as evidence that the government is more concerned with enriching itself than supporting its citizens.


The Nigerian Government’s stance has further fueled the resentment and frustration among workers, who are already grappling with soaring inflation and the rising cost of living.


Nigerian economist, Professor Pat Utomi, speaking on the matter said, "The gap between the rich and the poor in our society is too wide, and the government’s refusal to increase the minimum wage is a reflection of their disregard for the plight of ordinary citizens."


In light of this, some have called for a boycott of tax payments until the government addresses the needs of the working class.


Historically, Nigeria has faced similar issues in the past. The Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, set up in 1994, was supposed to use a fraction of the country’s oil revenue to fund development projects. However, the fund was eventually revealed to have been mismanaged, with billions of naira going unaccounted for.


A similar situation occurred during the sale of national assets in the 1980s, where the proceeds were meant to be invested in infrastructure development but were allegedly diverted for other purposes.


The continued pattern of mismanagement of public resources in Nigeria has contributed to a deep mistrust of the government among the populace.


In light of these past events, it is crucial for the Nigerian government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens, particularly the working class, and take steps to address the economic disparities that exist in the country.


The call for a fair minimum wage is not just about money; it is about dignity, justice, and a government that listens to and cares about the people it represents.


_Chief Dr Patrick Osagie Eholor otherwise known as Ultimate Equal.


According to Channels TV, National Assembly Budget Office Revelation, each senator is entitled to a Wardrobe Allowance of ₦621,061.37 and a Recess Allowance of ₦240,424.55, totaling over ₦860,000 ($2,600) in additional monthly allowances.


This revelation has drawn widespread condemnation from many Nigerians who see it as an affront to the country’s economic struggles. The minimum wage in Nigeria.


The Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been called upon to remain resolute in their demand for a living wage for workers.



The disparity between the minimum wage and the allowances received by legislators has highlighted the widening gap between the political elites and the majority of Nigerians who struggle to make ends meet.


The situation calls for a serious rethink of Nigeria’s political system and its relationship with the people. A more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities is crucial for the country’s economic and social development.


In response to the ongoing calls for a minimum wage increase, the Federal Government has stated that the current minimum wage of ₦494,000 is not sustainable, given the country’s economic challenges.


This claim, however, has been met with skepticism by me, who point to the lavish allowances received by public officials as evidence that the government is more concerned with enriching itself than supporting its citizens.


The Nigerian Government’s stance has further fueled the resentment and frustration among workers, who are already grappling with soaring inflation and the rising cost of living.


Nigerian economist, Professor Pat Utomi, speaking on the matter said, "The gap between the rich and the poor in our society is too wide, and the government’s refusal to increase the minimum wage is a reflection of their disregard for the plight of ordinary citizens."


In light of this, some have called for a boycott of tax payments until the government addresses the needs of the working class.


Historically, Nigeria has faced similar issues in the past. The Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, set up in 1994, was supposed to use a fraction of the country’s oil revenue to fund development projects. However, the fund was eventually revealed to have been mismanaged, with billions of naira going unaccounted for.


A similar situation occurred during the sale of national assets in the 1980s, where the proceeds were meant to be invested in infrastructure development but were allegedly diverted for other purposes.


The continued pattern of mismanagement of public resources in Nigeria has contributed to a deep mistrust of the government among the populace.


In light of these past events, it is crucial for the Nigerian government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens, particularly the working class, and take steps to address the economic disparities that exist in the country.


The call for a fair minimum wage is not just about money; it is about dignity, justice, and a government that listens to and cares about the people it represents.


_Chief Dr Patrick Osagie Eholor otherwise known as Ultimate Equal.

Ajaero And Osifo Trojans Of Now: Thanks To NLC and TUC For Raising The Progressive Bar

Ajaero And Osifo Trojans Of Now: Thanks To NLC and TUC For Raising The Progressive Bar


Let no one call them names, they have raised the Progressive Bar remarkably high, perhaps the highest since the 2012 Ojota Fuel Hike protestation. Yours sincerely was heavily involved in that siege against Jonathan's Administration (in fact I addressed the rally in Ojota several times through the near two weeks of that popular action), a siege that was supported in cash and kind by the present watchman President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


Against formidable attrition and debauchery, against the threat of jail and imprisonment, against a government that is squandamania oriented, and against a government sold to propaganda and gaslighting, they rose, they mobilized and shut down the nation with intent to call government to address the need for living wage, and they did so effectively, effectually and efficiently for 48 hours. I'm impressed and enamoured by the commitment of the NLC and the TUC to Take Back Our Country for good with the call for Living Wage as veritable weapon. Kudos.


Also impressive is the suspension of the Strike (Industrial Action) with a timeline. In 5 days time if the negotiation for Living Wage for Nigerian Workers remains a hard-call for government, the Civil Society, the Progressive left and the Nigerian Studentry must join forces with organized Labour to rescue the soul of our nation from the hoard of rampaging buccaneers feasting on our collective patrimony with reckless abandon.


In the one year of the present watch, the government has shown an uncanny predilection to wastage and wanderlust. See instances and questions that dominate the social media space and ask yourself why the government is slow about the need for a healthy minimum wage for the Nigerian worker whereas on all fronts it has shown an unbriddled penchant for profligacy. READ..


® N90B for Hajj.

-N4B Cars for BAT.

-N2B Cars for RAT.

-N58B SUVs for NASS.

-N37m Monthly for NASS

-N7B for Shettima's House.

-500m for each NASS member.

-N3TN budget padding by NASS.


But you say the NLC doesn't deserve at least N150,000 monthly salary? - Author Unknown.


Reading further one would wonder why the present watch appears impervious to logic, they appear completely focussed on mendacious inveigle and perfidy, with soulless propaganda as chief BUT I'm glad for Trojans Ajaero and Osifo, and I'm thankful to providence that hurricane TUC and NLC is here. READ...


©In as much as I believe the 1000% minimum wage increment that NLC is seeking is outrageous and untenable, the FG needs to answer some vital questions:


1. What are we doing with a bi-camera legislature? Why do we need the Senate and the House of Representatives?


2. What are we doing with a Presidential Yacht, and why do we need a Presidential fleet of 10 airplanes?


3. Why was there a 300% increment on the salaries of Federal Judges, and why did the FG need to buy new SUVs for Ministers, Senators and Members of HoR?


4. Where did the FG get over ₦80 billion to finance the needless foreign trips of the President and his Vice within a year?


5. Where did the FG get the ₦100 billion used to finance the Muslim pilgrimage in 2024?


Until the FG is able to provide answers to these pertinent questions, they have no right or moral justification not to increase the minimum wage by at least 200%. Credit: Femi Falana SAN.


Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, we must therefore rise up and organize rather than agonize. We must close ranks and forge ahead with the NLC and TUC rather than break ranks. We must show to those who criticize and oppose our cause that the Hallmark of Patriotism is a critical mass, and proactive opposition. Once again I salute organized Labour for rising to be counted.


'E Soweto E Africa... Solidarity Forever!!


Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.

Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVEMENT.


Let no one call them names, they have raised the Progressive Bar remarkably high, perhaps the highest since the 2012 Ojota Fuel Hike protestation. Yours sincerely was heavily involved in that siege against Jonathan's Administration (in fact I addressed the rally in Ojota several times through the near two weeks of that popular action), a siege that was supported in cash and kind by the present watchman President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


Against formidable attrition and debauchery, against the threat of jail and imprisonment, against a government that is squandamania oriented, and against a government sold to propaganda and gaslighting, they rose, they mobilized and shut down the nation with intent to call government to address the need for living wage, and they did so effectively, effectually and efficiently for 48 hours. I'm impressed and enamoured by the commitment of the NLC and the TUC to Take Back Our Country for good with the call for Living Wage as veritable weapon. Kudos.


Also impressive is the suspension of the Strike (Industrial Action) with a timeline. In 5 days time if the negotiation for Living Wage for Nigerian Workers remains a hard-call for government, the Civil Society, the Progressive left and the Nigerian Studentry must join forces with organized Labour to rescue the soul of our nation from the hoard of rampaging buccaneers feasting on our collective patrimony with reckless abandon.


In the one year of the present watch, the government has shown an uncanny predilection to wastage and wanderlust. See instances and questions that dominate the social media space and ask yourself why the government is slow about the need for a healthy minimum wage for the Nigerian worker whereas on all fronts it has shown an unbriddled penchant for profligacy. READ..


® N90B for Hajj.

-N4B Cars for BAT.

-N2B Cars for RAT.

-N58B SUVs for NASS.

-N37m Monthly for NASS

-N7B for Shettima's House.

-500m for each NASS member.

-N3TN budget padding by NASS.


But you say the NLC doesn't deserve at least N150,000 monthly salary? - Author Unknown.


Reading further one would wonder why the present watch appears impervious to logic, they appear completely focussed on mendacious inveigle and perfidy, with soulless propaganda as chief BUT I'm glad for Trojans Ajaero and Osifo, and I'm thankful to providence that hurricane TUC and NLC is here. READ...


©In as much as I believe the 1000% minimum wage increment that NLC is seeking is outrageous and untenable, the FG needs to answer some vital questions:


1. What are we doing with a bi-camera legislature? Why do we need the Senate and the House of Representatives?


2. What are we doing with a Presidential Yacht, and why do we need a Presidential fleet of 10 airplanes?


3. Why was there a 300% increment on the salaries of Federal Judges, and why did the FG need to buy new SUVs for Ministers, Senators and Members of HoR?


4. Where did the FG get over ₦80 billion to finance the needless foreign trips of the President and his Vice within a year?


5. Where did the FG get the ₦100 billion used to finance the Muslim pilgrimage in 2024?


Until the FG is able to provide answers to these pertinent questions, they have no right or moral justification not to increase the minimum wage by at least 200%. Credit: Femi Falana SAN.


Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, we must therefore rise up and organize rather than agonize. We must close ranks and forge ahead with the NLC and TUC rather than break ranks. We must show to those who criticize and oppose our cause that the Hallmark of Patriotism is a critical mass, and proactive opposition. Once again I salute organized Labour for rising to be counted.


'E Soweto E Africa... Solidarity Forever!!


Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.

Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVEMENT.

Religions and the plundering of Nigeria

Religions and the plundering of Nigeria

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.


Tinubu 

It is no longer news that the magnanimity of BAT doled out 90 billion naira to support Hajj Operations this year 2024. May I on behalf of the homeless and hungry Muslims who will not benefit from the fund say rankadede to Mr President, and on behalf of those who will benefit by association and strategic positioning say may your days be long on the throne for many more joyful Hajj to the holylands, insha Allah!


Sir, your determination to fight corruption is commendable,even though we are yet to see any meaningful results. Also is the examplary leadership of the Vice President who took a clue from you and transparently announced the amount you gave to the Muslim Community to support 2024 Hajj Operations. May such slip of tongue be the portion of all strategic officers; elected or appointed in your administration in the mighty name of Jesus.


Sir, may I on behalf of Christians plead with you to let us know how much you gave to the Christians in support of this year's pilgrimage. We had expected that by now the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Board, His Lordship Bishop STV Adegbite would have announced like the Vice President how much we were given. Sir, this becomes necessary for transparency and accountability. As we may need to advise his office on better use of the money for the much needed capacity building for displaced Christians from their ancestral homeland across our Northern axis.


Adegbite's attempt to structure Christianity after the pattern of Islam is no longer hidden. Christian pilgrimage will now take after the pattern of lesser and higher Hajj. While one serves Ramadan the other holds during Eid-el Kabir. Christian pilgrimage will now be twice a year, one for Easter and the other for Christmas I supposed. An Easter Pilgrimage according to him will take place in the month of June. The plundering of money allocated for pilgrimage is so paramount to him that the safety of Nigerian Christians is not put to consideration. Adegbite probably have prayed and the God of Israel "fighting" in Gaza has assured him that Nigerian Christians will be safe in Gaza.


The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Bishop Stephen Adegbite, has assured that Nigerian pilgrims will be safe in Israel.

He made this disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday; May 8, 2024.

“By the grace of God, Nigerian pilgrims will be safe in Israel,” Bishop Adegbite said.


“We will travel for the Easter Pilgrimage and we will be safe. It will be a journey for reawakening and rejuvenation, not a jamboree.” 

He added that the pilgrims will experience the glory of God by the end of the pilgrimage exercise.

The NCPC boss announced that the Easter pilgrimage exercise will commence in June, and preparations are in top gears for a hitch-free exercise.


He revealed that the Commission has approved a calendar of activities for its annual pilgrimage program, stating that pilgrimage is now more structured and no longer done haphazardly every month.

According to him, the Easter pilgrimage", (should I say lesser pilgrimage) "runs from April to July, while the main pilgrimage exercise" (higher) "begins from November and ends in February.

Bishop Adegbite condemned the ongoing carnage in Gaza, calling for an end to the war".


Must any Nigerian be led anywhere near Gaza, the place of his condemnation at this time? President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the only one who can speak about the safety of Nigerians outside Nigeria.


Adegbite further hinted; "The cost for the Easter pilgrimage exercise will be released next week after considering some variables. It is important that Adegbite declares how many billions the Commission has received, is it N90Billion or more; before announcing what it will cost to partake in the lesser and the higher Pilgrimages.


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.


Tinubu 

It is no longer news that the magnanimity of BAT doled out 90 billion naira to support Hajj Operations this year 2024. May I on behalf of the homeless and hungry Muslims who will not benefit from the fund say rankadede to Mr President, and on behalf of those who will benefit by association and strategic positioning say may your days be long on the throne for many more joyful Hajj to the holylands, insha Allah!


Sir, your determination to fight corruption is commendable,even though we are yet to see any meaningful results. Also is the examplary leadership of the Vice President who took a clue from you and transparently announced the amount you gave to the Muslim Community to support 2024 Hajj Operations. May such slip of tongue be the portion of all strategic officers; elected or appointed in your administration in the mighty name of Jesus.


Sir, may I on behalf of Christians plead with you to let us know how much you gave to the Christians in support of this year's pilgrimage. We had expected that by now the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Board, His Lordship Bishop STV Adegbite would have announced like the Vice President how much we were given. Sir, this becomes necessary for transparency and accountability. As we may need to advise his office on better use of the money for the much needed capacity building for displaced Christians from their ancestral homeland across our Northern axis.


Adegbite's attempt to structure Christianity after the pattern of Islam is no longer hidden. Christian pilgrimage will now take after the pattern of lesser and higher Hajj. While one serves Ramadan the other holds during Eid-el Kabir. Christian pilgrimage will now be twice a year, one for Easter and the other for Christmas I supposed. An Easter Pilgrimage according to him will take place in the month of June. The plundering of money allocated for pilgrimage is so paramount to him that the safety of Nigerian Christians is not put to consideration. Adegbite probably have prayed and the God of Israel "fighting" in Gaza has assured him that Nigerian Christians will be safe in Gaza.


The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Bishop Stephen Adegbite, has assured that Nigerian pilgrims will be safe in Israel.

He made this disclosure during a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday; May 8, 2024.

“By the grace of God, Nigerian pilgrims will be safe in Israel,” Bishop Adegbite said.


“We will travel for the Easter Pilgrimage and we will be safe. It will be a journey for reawakening and rejuvenation, not a jamboree.” 

He added that the pilgrims will experience the glory of God by the end of the pilgrimage exercise.

The NCPC boss announced that the Easter pilgrimage exercise will commence in June, and preparations are in top gears for a hitch-free exercise.


He revealed that the Commission has approved a calendar of activities for its annual pilgrimage program, stating that pilgrimage is now more structured and no longer done haphazardly every month.

According to him, the Easter pilgrimage", (should I say lesser pilgrimage) "runs from April to July, while the main pilgrimage exercise" (higher) "begins from November and ends in February.

Bishop Adegbite condemned the ongoing carnage in Gaza, calling for an end to the war".


Must any Nigerian be led anywhere near Gaza, the place of his condemnation at this time? President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the only one who can speak about the safety of Nigerians outside Nigeria.


Adegbite further hinted; "The cost for the Easter pilgrimage exercise will be released next week after considering some variables. It is important that Adegbite declares how many billions the Commission has received, is it N90Billion or more; before announcing what it will cost to partake in the lesser and the higher Pilgrimages.


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


Email:[email protected]

Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.

X: Bolaji O Akinyemi

Instagram: bolajioakinyemi

Phone: +2348033041236

Kano Emirate and the irony of innocence

Kano Emirate and the irony of innocence


By

abiodun KOMOLAFE 




There is a ticking time bomb in Kano and President Bola Tinubu has to move in quickly in a statesmanlike way to diffuse it. If centuries of upholding the tradition have brought peace to the ancient city just as we have in Ibadan, why uproot hundreds of years of history? Of course, that’s why Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past governor of Kano State, has to accept responsibility because he triggered this crisis.


Like it or lump it, Governor Abba Yusuf and former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso also played politics. But then, Yusuf didn’t hide it, that he would remove Aminu Ado Bayero if he won the governorship election; and that promise enjoyed popular support among the people. For him therefore, he only sees Muhammadu Sanusi’s reinstatement as a fulfillment of a campaign promise and that’s what democracy is all about! Nonetheless, the irony of innocence is that nobody should be extricated from Kano’s current plight because they’re all involved!


Ganduje shouldn’t have deposed Sanusi and upset an Emirate structure that dates back to 1805. If God has structured everything to be in the right place, the former governor ought not to have kept repeating the same mistake. Instead, he should have tolerated the Emir and his excesses – real or perceived – just as former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State tolerated Lamidi Adedibu. Had he done that, the nonsense currently on rampage in Kano would have been avoided. It’s a real shame and how the state is going to get out of the quagmire will obviously now depend on the courts. One just hopes that the courts would now behave sensibly and do the needful.


The ‘wahala’ in Kano has again reinforced the urgent need for a constitutional court in Nigeria. Had there been one in place, the tendency is that it’d originate and get the matter resolved in a matter of weeks. Tragically however, the Akire stool in Osun State has sufficiently shown that only God knows the shape, size and duration of the search for justice. To put it succinctly therefore, unless God takes control, Kano is one case that’s destined to be rotating between ‘upandan’ and ‘dananup’ for a very long time to come. This is where we are and it is unfortunate!


The conflicting injunctions from the courts of concurrent jurisdictions and forum shopping by the counsels are also unhelpful as they have further de-marketed Nigeria’s judiciary which, already, is not taken seriously by the international community. One of the advantages countries like South Africa and Kenya have ahead of Nigeria is that the perception of their competitiveness is stronger than Nigeria because the world sees them as countries with very strong, independent judicial systems.


Now that the chickens have come home to roost, it becomes imperative for the gladiators to be cautious because it may be tempting for some people to contemplate a state of emergency in the state. Of course, that’d be dangerous because, unlike states like Plateau and Ekiti where a state of emergency was awarded and nothing to show for the show, Kano is a very politically explosive and threateningly sophisticated terrain. So, any government that will think of emergency rule in the state must first think of the country’s democracy which, even at 25, is still teething.


Let’s get it right, what is currently playing out in Kano is politics; and it’s always like that! From the deposition of Alaafin Adeniran Adeyemi II in 1955, to the dethronement of Oba Olateru Olagbegi in 1966, even the reduction of Oba Samuel Akinsanya’s annual salary to one penny by the Ladoke Akintola-led government in Western Nigeria, politics in this part of the world has always been a platform by the bourgeoisies and the capitalists to grab power, secure the spoils of office and pay back the favours that got them (s)elected; and it is the resources of the state that they’re leveraging. In the case of Kano, the only culprit is ambition. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with ambition. However, when ambition drowns deep in dirty politics and vain desires, it takes on an identity of significant tensions, and, if left unmanaged, the representations of its subconscious may have nothing to do with humanity.


Unlike Sanusi, that the dethroned Emir Bayero decided to return to Kano “amidst tight security” smirks of mischief and this is where Tinubu must rise above partisan politics by choosing the timing as well as what’s happening on the weather front before the crisis ultimately consumes everybody. Presently, it might look like a local Kano issue but a blowout is something that may ignite all kinds of hidden forces and, for a country already sitting on a powder keg, one cannot predict when, where or how it will end!


Let it be noted that, in terms of population and all kinds of social forces, Kano is ideologically and politically divided. Thus, any violence in the state may be another problem to contain because the country is already fragile. There could also be a domino effect in neighbouring states. Regrettably, Nigeria’s security forces are already overstretched and overstressed. Added to this is the lack of sophisticated munitions to prosecute the kind of war that’s already in our domain. So, it is a dicey situation!


The effect of the perception of Nigeria abroad – that the country has very weak institutions that can’t contain and diffuse this sort of thing – is already dire. So, Kano provides an opportunity for the president to prove the naysayers wrong! A mass showdown in a key state like Kano will not help Nigeria’s investment ratings for no man will want to invest in a country where his investments are not safe. A credit risk analyst who sits in London, analyzing the prospects of investments in Nigeria will definitely factor in a situation like Kano and come to the conclusion that the country’s climate is not conducive for investment and the spiral effects will not spare even those in Ijebu-Jesa in Osun State. All the more reason a government trying to attract investors must nip the tussle in the bud before the enthusiasm becomes uncontainable.


The beauty of the bash is that a template has already been set. But how have these ‘two-fighting’ distractions that politicians always use as a tool impacted the people and how has imposing or deposing monarchs improved the GDP level of our states? In Kano State, poverty level is very high and unemployment is also nothing to write home about. Come to think of it, state funds will be used to boost the egos of these monarchs, fight the battle in the law courts and underwrite security for those who have been deployed to keep the peace. So, what have the people gained? If Nigeria is truly a Republic, what are the roles of Obas, Obis and Emirs in this dispensation and what’s their centrality to the socioeconomic morass that is currently pushing the limit?


In practical terms, Kano is just part of the political economy that has sprung up to give Nigeria a disheveled appearance. It is nothing but a diversion of issues from the real issues of sustainable development and that’s part of what led to the abolition of the Maharajas and the Maharanis in India by Indira Gandhi and heavens did not fall! Of course, that’s what happens when people push their luck. That’s how it has been throughout history. Yes, that’s why the Bourbons are no longer on the throne in France. Pray that, one day, a power-drunk leader would not get to power only to make mincemeat of these excesses. After all, nothing lasts forever!


A word should be sufficient for the wise!


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


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By

abiodun KOMOLAFE 




There is a ticking time bomb in Kano and President Bola Tinubu has to move in quickly in a statesmanlike way to diffuse it. If centuries of upholding the tradition have brought peace to the ancient city just as we have in Ibadan, why uproot hundreds of years of history? Of course, that’s why Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past governor of Kano State, has to accept responsibility because he triggered this crisis.


Like it or lump it, Governor Abba Yusuf and former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso also played politics. But then, Yusuf didn’t hide it, that he would remove Aminu Ado Bayero if he won the governorship election; and that promise enjoyed popular support among the people. For him therefore, he only sees Muhammadu Sanusi’s reinstatement as a fulfillment of a campaign promise and that’s what democracy is all about! Nonetheless, the irony of innocence is that nobody should be extricated from Kano’s current plight because they’re all involved!


Ganduje shouldn’t have deposed Sanusi and upset an Emirate structure that dates back to 1805. If God has structured everything to be in the right place, the former governor ought not to have kept repeating the same mistake. Instead, he should have tolerated the Emir and his excesses – real or perceived – just as former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State tolerated Lamidi Adedibu. Had he done that, the nonsense currently on rampage in Kano would have been avoided. It’s a real shame and how the state is going to get out of the quagmire will obviously now depend on the courts. One just hopes that the courts would now behave sensibly and do the needful.


The ‘wahala’ in Kano has again reinforced the urgent need for a constitutional court in Nigeria. Had there been one in place, the tendency is that it’d originate and get the matter resolved in a matter of weeks. Tragically however, the Akire stool in Osun State has sufficiently shown that only God knows the shape, size and duration of the search for justice. To put it succinctly therefore, unless God takes control, Kano is one case that’s destined to be rotating between ‘upandan’ and ‘dananup’ for a very long time to come. This is where we are and it is unfortunate!


The conflicting injunctions from the courts of concurrent jurisdictions and forum shopping by the counsels are also unhelpful as they have further de-marketed Nigeria’s judiciary which, already, is not taken seriously by the international community. One of the advantages countries like South Africa and Kenya have ahead of Nigeria is that the perception of their competitiveness is stronger than Nigeria because the world sees them as countries with very strong, independent judicial systems.


Now that the chickens have come home to roost, it becomes imperative for the gladiators to be cautious because it may be tempting for some people to contemplate a state of emergency in the state. Of course, that’d be dangerous because, unlike states like Plateau and Ekiti where a state of emergency was awarded and nothing to show for the show, Kano is a very politically explosive and threateningly sophisticated terrain. So, any government that will think of emergency rule in the state must first think of the country’s democracy which, even at 25, is still teething.


Let’s get it right, what is currently playing out in Kano is politics; and it’s always like that! From the deposition of Alaafin Adeniran Adeyemi II in 1955, to the dethronement of Oba Olateru Olagbegi in 1966, even the reduction of Oba Samuel Akinsanya’s annual salary to one penny by the Ladoke Akintola-led government in Western Nigeria, politics in this part of the world has always been a platform by the bourgeoisies and the capitalists to grab power, secure the spoils of office and pay back the favours that got them (s)elected; and it is the resources of the state that they’re leveraging. In the case of Kano, the only culprit is ambition. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with ambition. However, when ambition drowns deep in dirty politics and vain desires, it takes on an identity of significant tensions, and, if left unmanaged, the representations of its subconscious may have nothing to do with humanity.


Unlike Sanusi, that the dethroned Emir Bayero decided to return to Kano “amidst tight security” smirks of mischief and this is where Tinubu must rise above partisan politics by choosing the timing as well as what’s happening on the weather front before the crisis ultimately consumes everybody. Presently, it might look like a local Kano issue but a blowout is something that may ignite all kinds of hidden forces and, for a country already sitting on a powder keg, one cannot predict when, where or how it will end!


Let it be noted that, in terms of population and all kinds of social forces, Kano is ideologically and politically divided. Thus, any violence in the state may be another problem to contain because the country is already fragile. There could also be a domino effect in neighbouring states. Regrettably, Nigeria’s security forces are already overstretched and overstressed. Added to this is the lack of sophisticated munitions to prosecute the kind of war that’s already in our domain. So, it is a dicey situation!


The effect of the perception of Nigeria abroad – that the country has very weak institutions that can’t contain and diffuse this sort of thing – is already dire. So, Kano provides an opportunity for the president to prove the naysayers wrong! A mass showdown in a key state like Kano will not help Nigeria’s investment ratings for no man will want to invest in a country where his investments are not safe. A credit risk analyst who sits in London, analyzing the prospects of investments in Nigeria will definitely factor in a situation like Kano and come to the conclusion that the country’s climate is not conducive for investment and the spiral effects will not spare even those in Ijebu-Jesa in Osun State. All the more reason a government trying to attract investors must nip the tussle in the bud before the enthusiasm becomes uncontainable.


The beauty of the bash is that a template has already been set. But how have these ‘two-fighting’ distractions that politicians always use as a tool impacted the people and how has imposing or deposing monarchs improved the GDP level of our states? In Kano State, poverty level is very high and unemployment is also nothing to write home about. Come to think of it, state funds will be used to boost the egos of these monarchs, fight the battle in the law courts and underwrite security for those who have been deployed to keep the peace. So, what have the people gained? If Nigeria is truly a Republic, what are the roles of Obas, Obis and Emirs in this dispensation and what’s their centrality to the socioeconomic morass that is currently pushing the limit?


In practical terms, Kano is just part of the political economy that has sprung up to give Nigeria a disheveled appearance. It is nothing but a diversion of issues from the real issues of sustainable development and that’s part of what led to the abolition of the Maharajas and the Maharanis in India by Indira Gandhi and heavens did not fall! Of course, that’s what happens when people push their luck. That’s how it has been throughout history. Yes, that’s why the Bourbons are no longer on the throne in France. Pray that, one day, a power-drunk leader would not get to power only to make mincemeat of these excesses. After all, nothing lasts forever!


A word should be sufficient for the wise!


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Tinubu's 1st Anniversary gift to Nigeria

Tinubu's 1st Anniversary gift to Nigeria

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi



His campaign promises were clearly spelt out, on eight (8) points, which are:

Food security

Poverty eradication

Growth 

Job Creation 

Access to capital 

Inclusion 

Rule of law

Fighting corruption.


Upon being declared winner by INEC and pronounced the elected President by the court. He left no one in doubt of his commitment to these promises as he translated them from mere campaign promises to the focus of his administration as 8 points Agenda. Meaning our operations daily will be systemically geared towards making these 8 things the experience for all Nigerians. It is therefore a simple excise to appraise Bola Ahmed Tinubu's one year in office. Just by asking yourself how secure is my daily bread? Am I on my way out of poverty in the last one year? How much of growth have I experienced in 365 days of Bola Ahmed Tinubu?

Those who were jobless before Tinubu's presidency and are gainfully employed through his 50 million job creation promise should help us rate BAT on job creation. 


On access to CAPITAL, the N90 billion given to Hajj I guess is Capital for those who are going to buy dates to resell in Nigeria?

Inclusion must have sounded ambiguous, but how included are you in the system or how captured are you in its delivery?

On rule of law, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is too stubborn to be the yardstick to measure BAT. Moreover, he is a Biafran. Segun Olatunji is a Yoruba-Nigerian, Editor of First News should tell the story of military invasion at his home and the 14 days of rule of law in military enclave.


Do I need to bother you about our fight against corruption? Pastor Olanipekun Olukoyede should just carry the EFCC Register of persons under investigation, and go to the national assembly to mark register like an old class teacher. For example, please it's just an example o! He should call out the name of the head of our National Assembly, only if his name is on the list o! Godswill Akpabio! Then we all wait for the response to rate BAT's fight against corruption.


Like the master of the game and expert in public distraction he is. While the debate on his performance was raging and opinions are divided. BAT set a new agenda for public discourse, a narrative that will drown the performance debate, a move that will definitely put the Governors in a bad public light. A strike that is bound to settle the scores of the political crisis that had engulfed Rivers State for some time now! 


Tinubu led Federal Government dropped the ace card of the 2027 game!


Beyond settling the Rivers State issue, it is bound to endear the President to the heart of all the 774 Local Government Chairmen in the country. The President by this, has proven to be the smartest Democrat alive today. 


In his days as Governor of Lagos State, he headed to court to have many conflicts between his state (Lagos) and the Federal Government resolved by the Judiciary.


If politics is a game, the grandmaster of Politics in Nigeria is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As a matter of fact, he is in a class of himself. In an article I wrote recently, I narrated the legalisation of the illegality of the phenomenon of suppression and oppression of the third tier of government that has become the culture of relationship between State Government and the Local Government as originating from Lagos State; titled Governors are Nigerians' number one enemies'. You can visit my blog;

bolajioakinyemi.com to read the article.


 This President is far more than what his opponents and Nigerians are making of him. "BAT is not drunk with power, rather power is a victim in BAT's hands". This quote should be noted! Posterity will judge me right or wrong on it.


The passage of the bill on Local Government autonomy and assent of President Buhari has made no difference. The illegality has been institutionalised by all the Governors since 1999!


The Federal Government has instituted a legal action against the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation at the Supreme Court over alleged misconduct in the administration of Local Government Areas, (LGAs).


FG, in the suit marked: SC/CV/343/2024, which was filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, is seeking full autonomy for all LGAs in the country as the third tier of government.


It specifically prayed the apex court to issue an order prohibiting State Governors from embarking on unilateral, arbitrary and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected local government leaders.


As well as for an order permitting the funds standing in the credits of local governments to be directly channelled to them from the Federation Account in line with the provisions of the Constitution as against the alleged unlawful joint accounts created by Governors.


Besides, FG prayed the Supreme Court for an order stopping Governors from further constituting Caretaker Committees to running the affairs of local governments as against the Constitutionally recognized and guaranteed democratic system!


It equally applied for an order of injunction, restraining the Governors, their agents and privies, from receiving, spending or tampering with funds released from the Federation Account for the benefits of local governments when no democratically elected local government system is put in place in the States.


Governors of the 36 States were sued through their respective Attorneys General.


In the 27 grounds it listed in support of the suit, FG, argued that Nigeria, as a  federation, was a creation of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, with the President, as Head of the Federal Executive Arm, swearing on oath to uphold and give effects to provisions of the Constitution!


It told the apex court: “That the Governors represent the component states of the Federation with Executive Governors who have also sworn to uphold the Constitution and to at all times, give effect to the Constitution and that the Constitution, being the supreme law, has binding force all over the Federation of Nigeria.


“That the Constitution of Nigeria recognizes federal, states and local governments as three tiers of government and that the three recognized tiers of government draw funds for their operations and functioning from the Federation Account created by the Constitution.


“That by the provisions of the Constitution, there must be a democratically elected local government system and that the Constitution has not made provisions for any other systems of governance at the local government level other than democratically elected local government system.


“That in the face of the clear provisions of the Constitution, the governors have failed and refused to put in place a democratically elected local government system even where no state of emergency has been declared to warrant the suspension of democratic institutions in the State(s).


“That the failure of the Governors to put democratically elected Local Government system in place, is a deliberate subversion of the 1999 Constitution which they and the President have sworn to uphold!


“That all efforts to make the governors comply with the dictates of the 1999 Constitution in terms of putting in place democratically elected Local Government systems has not yielded any result and than to continue to disburse funds from the Federation Account to Governors for non existing democratically elected Local Government is to undermine the sanctity of the 1999 Constitution!


“That in the face of the violations of the 1999 Constitution, the federal government is not obligated under section 162 of the Constitution to pay any State, funds standing to the credit of local governments where no democratically elected Local Government system is in place.”


Consequently, FG, prayed the Supreme Court to invoke sections 1, 4, 5, 7 and 14 of the Constitution to declare that the State Governors and State Houses of Assembly are under obligation to ensure a democratic system at the third tier of government in Nigeria and to also invoke the same sections to hold that the governors cannot lawfully dissolve democratically elected Local Government councils!


It also prayed for the invocation of sections 1, 4,  5,  7 and 14 of the Constitution to declare that dissolution of democratically elected Local Government Councils by the Governors or anyone using the State powers derivable from laws enacted by the State Houses of Assembly or any Executive Order, is unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void!


In a 13 paragragh affidavit that was deposed to by one Kelechi Ohaeri from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the AGF said he filed the suit under the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, on behalf of the FG.


The deponent averred that Local Government system recognized by the Constitution are  democratically elected Local Government council heads, adding that the amount due to Local Government Councils from the Federation Account is to be paid to Local Government system recognized by the Constitution!


FG said it would in the course of the hearing tender Daily Post online publication of January 29, 2024 titled “LG Administration; 15 Governors, under scrutiny over Constitutional breach”, Vanguard online special report of September 12, 2023, Guardian editorial of January 23, 2024, Premium Times online publication of December 1, 2023, Vanguard online publication of December 1, 2023 and Arise online news of December 2, 2023, to justify the national importance and the public interest on the issue of granting autonomy to LGAs in the country!


I am not a fan of Tinubu and I don't have to be one to tell you for free that this is the biggest democratic move since 1999. Nigeria would never see remarkable human capital development except we allow the Government at the Local Area levels to function. That is where we all live. There, our franchises are exercised to elect all political leaders.


Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has fixed May 30 the day after one year of Tinubu's Presidency to hear the suit.


This ruling of Supreme Court if in favour of the Federal Government's prayers, will definitely translate into a game changer for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo. I only hope the oppositions are seeing what am seeing and should be back to their drawing boards.


I can't wait for this. Get ready for Owambe(balling); no Ankara-no semo, as we fondly say of owambe parties in the South West. 774 locations across the country would witness eating and drinking by men and women in Ankara; singing "on your mandate we shall stand."


This mandate ehn, na by tulasi! Tuale to the BAT! A creature of two natures. The most 'democratic'...I leave you to assume the unsaid!


Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder.  He's also  President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table.


email:[email protected]


Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.


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By Bolaji O. Akinyemi



His campaign promises were clearly spelt out, on eight (8) points, which are:

Food security

Poverty eradication

Growth 

Job Creation 

Access to capital 

Inclusion 

Rule of law

Fighting corruption.


Upon being declared winner by INEC and pronounced the elected President by the court. He left no one in doubt of his commitment to these promises as he translated them from mere campaign promises to the focus of his administration as 8 points Agenda. Meaning our operations daily will be systemically geared towards making these 8 things the experience for all Nigerians. It is therefore a simple excise to appraise Bola Ahmed Tinubu's one year in office. Just by asking yourself how secure is my daily bread? Am I on my way out of poverty in the last one year? How much of growth have I experienced in 365 days of Bola Ahmed Tinubu?

Those who were jobless before Tinubu's presidency and are gainfully employed through his 50 million job creation promise should help us rate BAT on job creation. 


On access to CAPITAL, the N90 billion given to Hajj I guess is Capital for those who are going to buy dates to resell in Nigeria?

Inclusion must have sounded ambiguous, but how included are you in the system or how captured are you in its delivery?

On rule of law, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is too stubborn to be the yardstick to measure BAT. Moreover, he is a Biafran. Segun Olatunji is a Yoruba-Nigerian, Editor of First News should tell the story of military invasion at his home and the 14 days of rule of law in military enclave.


Do I need to bother you about our fight against corruption? Pastor Olanipekun Olukoyede should just carry the EFCC Register of persons under investigation, and go to the national assembly to mark register like an old class teacher. For example, please it's just an example o! He should call out the name of the head of our National Assembly, only if his name is on the list o! Godswill Akpabio! Then we all wait for the response to rate BAT's fight against corruption.


Like the master of the game and expert in public distraction he is. While the debate on his performance was raging and opinions are divided. BAT set a new agenda for public discourse, a narrative that will drown the performance debate, a move that will definitely put the Governors in a bad public light. A strike that is bound to settle the scores of the political crisis that had engulfed Rivers State for some time now! 


Tinubu led Federal Government dropped the ace card of the 2027 game!


Beyond settling the Rivers State issue, it is bound to endear the President to the heart of all the 774 Local Government Chairmen in the country. The President by this, has proven to be the smartest Democrat alive today. 


In his days as Governor of Lagos State, he headed to court to have many conflicts between his state (Lagos) and the Federal Government resolved by the Judiciary.


If politics is a game, the grandmaster of Politics in Nigeria is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As a matter of fact, he is in a class of himself. In an article I wrote recently, I narrated the legalisation of the illegality of the phenomenon of suppression and oppression of the third tier of government that has become the culture of relationship between State Government and the Local Government as originating from Lagos State; titled Governors are Nigerians' number one enemies'. You can visit my blog;

bolajioakinyemi.com to read the article.


 This President is far more than what his opponents and Nigerians are making of him. "BAT is not drunk with power, rather power is a victim in BAT's hands". This quote should be noted! Posterity will judge me right or wrong on it.


The passage of the bill on Local Government autonomy and assent of President Buhari has made no difference. The illegality has been institutionalised by all the Governors since 1999!


The Federal Government has instituted a legal action against the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation at the Supreme Court over alleged misconduct in the administration of Local Government Areas, (LGAs).


FG, in the suit marked: SC/CV/343/2024, which was filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, is seeking full autonomy for all LGAs in the country as the third tier of government.


It specifically prayed the apex court to issue an order prohibiting State Governors from embarking on unilateral, arbitrary and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected local government leaders.


As well as for an order permitting the funds standing in the credits of local governments to be directly channelled to them from the Federation Account in line with the provisions of the Constitution as against the alleged unlawful joint accounts created by Governors.


Besides, FG prayed the Supreme Court for an order stopping Governors from further constituting Caretaker Committees to running the affairs of local governments as against the Constitutionally recognized and guaranteed democratic system!


It equally applied for an order of injunction, restraining the Governors, their agents and privies, from receiving, spending or tampering with funds released from the Federation Account for the benefits of local governments when no democratically elected local government system is put in place in the States.


Governors of the 36 States were sued through their respective Attorneys General.


In the 27 grounds it listed in support of the suit, FG, argued that Nigeria, as a  federation, was a creation of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, with the President, as Head of the Federal Executive Arm, swearing on oath to uphold and give effects to provisions of the Constitution!


It told the apex court: “That the Governors represent the component states of the Federation with Executive Governors who have also sworn to uphold the Constitution and to at all times, give effect to the Constitution and that the Constitution, being the supreme law, has binding force all over the Federation of Nigeria.


“That the Constitution of Nigeria recognizes federal, states and local governments as three tiers of government and that the three recognized tiers of government draw funds for their operations and functioning from the Federation Account created by the Constitution.


“That by the provisions of the Constitution, there must be a democratically elected local government system and that the Constitution has not made provisions for any other systems of governance at the local government level other than democratically elected local government system.


“That in the face of the clear provisions of the Constitution, the governors have failed and refused to put in place a democratically elected local government system even where no state of emergency has been declared to warrant the suspension of democratic institutions in the State(s).


“That the failure of the Governors to put democratically elected Local Government system in place, is a deliberate subversion of the 1999 Constitution which they and the President have sworn to uphold!


“That all efforts to make the governors comply with the dictates of the 1999 Constitution in terms of putting in place democratically elected Local Government systems has not yielded any result and than to continue to disburse funds from the Federation Account to Governors for non existing democratically elected Local Government is to undermine the sanctity of the 1999 Constitution!


“That in the face of the violations of the 1999 Constitution, the federal government is not obligated under section 162 of the Constitution to pay any State, funds standing to the credit of local governments where no democratically elected Local Government system is in place.”


Consequently, FG, prayed the Supreme Court to invoke sections 1, 4, 5, 7 and 14 of the Constitution to declare that the State Governors and State Houses of Assembly are under obligation to ensure a democratic system at the third tier of government in Nigeria and to also invoke the same sections to hold that the governors cannot lawfully dissolve democratically elected Local Government councils!


It also prayed for the invocation of sections 1, 4,  5,  7 and 14 of the Constitution to declare that dissolution of democratically elected Local Government Councils by the Governors or anyone using the State powers derivable from laws enacted by the State Houses of Assembly or any Executive Order, is unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void!


In a 13 paragragh affidavit that was deposed to by one Kelechi Ohaeri from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the AGF said he filed the suit under the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, on behalf of the FG.


The deponent averred that Local Government system recognized by the Constitution are  democratically elected Local Government council heads, adding that the amount due to Local Government Councils from the Federation Account is to be paid to Local Government system recognized by the Constitution!


FG said it would in the course of the hearing tender Daily Post online publication of January 29, 2024 titled “LG Administration; 15 Governors, under scrutiny over Constitutional breach”, Vanguard online special report of September 12, 2023, Guardian editorial of January 23, 2024, Premium Times online publication of December 1, 2023, Vanguard online publication of December 1, 2023 and Arise online news of December 2, 2023, to justify the national importance and the public interest on the issue of granting autonomy to LGAs in the country!


I am not a fan of Tinubu and I don't have to be one to tell you for free that this is the biggest democratic move since 1999. Nigeria would never see remarkable human capital development except we allow the Government at the Local Area levels to function. That is where we all live. There, our franchises are exercised to elect all political leaders.


Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has fixed May 30 the day after one year of Tinubu's Presidency to hear the suit.


This ruling of Supreme Court if in favour of the Federal Government's prayers, will definitely translate into a game changer for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo. I only hope the oppositions are seeing what am seeing and should be back to their drawing boards.


I can't wait for this. Get ready for Owambe(balling); no Ankara-no semo, as we fondly say of owambe parties in the South West. 774 locations across the country would witness eating and drinking by men and women in Ankara; singing "on your mandate we shall stand."


This mandate ehn, na by tulasi! Tuale to the BAT! A creature of two natures. The most 'democratic'...I leave you to assume the unsaid!


Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder.  He's also  President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table.


email:[email protected]


Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.


X: Bolaji O Akinyemi.


Instagram: bolajioakinyemi.


Phone: +2348033041236

4 days to 365 days of Tinubu on the Throne By Bolaji O. Akinyemi

4 days to 365 days of Tinubu on the Throne By Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Sleeping Tinubu

Ending my response to Reno Omokri's assessment of BAT's one year in office and his adulation of Appointees and Ministers who simply deserve commendations, beginning with the NSA Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu yesterday been 5 days officially to the 365 days of our Chicago State University Graduate whose turn and throne we are experiencing.


Today, It's the turn of the Minister of Information. Unlike Reno Omokri; I won't limit my assessment to just the person of the Minister and his office; the institution of his ministry will feature under our review.


Omokri stated; "The Information Minister has increased Nigerians' trust and confidence in this administration by being truthful and avoiding propaganda. Compared to Lai Mohammed, he is a breath of fresh air. The difference is light and day". 


Lai Mohammed was the best tool for the job at hand at the time he was hired, pre and post 2015. If any body will know this, it should be Omokri. His Principal, our former President and his government were submerged in the water of propaganda that sprung from Lai. The loftiness of Almajiri Schools lost to the politics of power and the propaganda that powered them. That was the script APC handed Lai, and Mohammed interpreted the script to detail and delivered on the term and condition of his engagement. Tinubu would never had been President had Buhari not won the 2015 election. The LIES and Propaganda of Lai Mohammed today despised brought Buhari to Power. Except Omokri of course was fooling us like FFK. There is this pack of mouths, the trio, who I will recommend for BAT as hands that must be part of his branding towards 2027. Signed already is Omokri, Bwala is at the negotiation table and FFK is waiting for the scout who will convince this government against his inherited inherent traitor's traits for him to join the duo of Reno and Daniel. Only God, who rules in the affairs of men, whose project Nigeria is and whose turn it is to rule Nigeria can stop BAT in 2027. #Godsturn #Olorunlokan


If a man without power survived all the odds against him and overcomes all the obstacles that the feudalists led by Buhari planted on his way. It is not mortals who will stop a man whose conspiracy with mammon is the best in the land where hunger has become citizens companion.


"He does not sit in an air-conditioned office to attack critics, rivals and opponents of the government. He understands his job. He constantly goes around the country with journalists to make them see with their 'koro koro' eyes, what the government is doing and how Nigerians tax Naira are being spent. 


Perhaps because he is a PR professional, he understands that effective rebranding is a projection of positive things that are now happening".


There are no mincing words that journalists (which was the practice in the past) are misfits in the world of brand enhancement that public engagement for persons in government and their government has become in the millennium.


It has become the job for the gifted and the skilled. Reno Omokri is both, an attestation to modern day exploits in the field. He holds a master's degree in law, a prolific writer, author and social media influencer. A gospeller not limited to the gospel of Christ. Champion of BAT Goodnews! Resident of Southern California and the Pastor; Mind of Christ Christian Centre. His contributions to public discourse far outweigh that of many corporate media outfits. Of course, individuality is the trend of the time. Recognition of this has helped FIFA to keep football (soccer) as the most loved and followed game on the globe that inspired the shape of football. It's a season for individuality in the market place leaving team work to Government and Team game, the very reason we must be very careful how we relate to individuals whose achievements are products of Team spirit and efforts.


The time is here when you have no business speaking as image makers on a discipline they have no expertise on. Though, the niche of endowed ability horned to skills will forever speak for itself. That's responsible for your amusement when a roadside mechanic fixes the trouble with your car that your multi certificated Engineer couldn't!


This must interpret public engagement portfolio at CBN. For example, the office should no longer be filled by people who have no expertise in finance. What is needed by CBN is not policy information, but policy education. Post Emefiele's CBN is still dancing around the damage done and scratching the surface of the assignment of winning back public confidence. Nigerians are lost to monetary policy, and simple info won't do the Job. 


The Job of the Minister and his Ministry of information should be information and data driven. What sampling has he done of the area of disconnect between the leadership and the people? What programme has this Minister designed to bridge such areas of gaps? 


Is there any programme on NTA or Radio Nigeria put up to address monetary policy education, food security and insecurity? The leading trio of troubles in critical areas where Buhari left Nigerians behind, for which the populace are running but not catching up with the BAT administration. Success for this Minister and his ministry should not be premised on road shows across the country. He must come for us where we were left stranded, apologize on behalf of APC and Tinubu as its National Chairman for wasting 8 years of our lives. Show us this administration's plan, inform and educate on how we can be part of the journey and to lend our hands to the building. Intelligent intimidation of their hired many Media to close the evil pages of their 8 years record and force us to forget can't do the job. If memories are failing them, ours are still intact. If the conscience is seared ours are not. If the hearts have turned stony, ours are still fresh in the flesh that God made it.


This Minister of Information is rather fortunate to work with a President who is not in the dark concerning the power of the media as helping the public to form its opinion or at setting agenda to create narratives to wean the public from a propaganda or publicity trend. 


The President is with possibly the highest number of Media Aides and Assistants in the world today with over 20 officially on tax payers neck. Not minding many like Reno Omokri who are on the side of the President in the name of nation building to spew purely narratives that are to the advantage of the President and his Government, out there on the social media as consultant and friends of the President and "Lovers" of Nigeria. Only they and the President can tell if their services are given pro bono or not. Sincerely, no influencer who is not residing in Nigeria deserves the attention of Nigerians on issues of policies and performance of this administration. Those who are not in this shoes with us shouldn't be handling us shoe pads telling us to keep enduring the pains and pinches. Check the profile of your favourite influencer. If he/she is not a fellow in the same ship; then they should mind the captain of their Ships and Leaders of their nations of residences. Biden is Reno Omokri's Captain on board the Capitol hill's ship sailing on freedom high sea towards liberty harbour. Our course is different, so is our Captain. It will be foolish of us and our Captain to listen to people who can't stake their lives and future on this voyage with us.


"Surprisingly, his ministry was able to secure rights for the Nigerian Television Authority to broadcast the AFCON live. An unprecedented achievement". The consolation that Football has become wouldn't allow me go hard on that but it's about time that NTA is unbundled. A platform of 3.3 billion average yearly view shouldn't fail to seal any viewing contract on the shore of Africa. The only need NTA and Radio Nigeria are serving as far as I am concerned is helping the government to say its news the way they want it said. If their content is the truth and nothing but the truth, then they don't need such waste of money that its values are hardly seen. The credibility of some private broadcasting Corporation is most times what the government depends upon to tell its news. What then is the need for keeping those old elephants for milk when they can no longer produce. Those organisations should be in the hands of Business minded people who can make profit with them. Here end my one Kobo advice to the President and Nigerians on information and information ministry.


Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He's also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table.


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Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.


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Sleeping Tinubu

Ending my response to Reno Omokri's assessment of BAT's one year in office and his adulation of Appointees and Ministers who simply deserve commendations, beginning with the NSA Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu yesterday been 5 days officially to the 365 days of our Chicago State University Graduate whose turn and throne we are experiencing.


Today, It's the turn of the Minister of Information. Unlike Reno Omokri; I won't limit my assessment to just the person of the Minister and his office; the institution of his ministry will feature under our review.


Omokri stated; "The Information Minister has increased Nigerians' trust and confidence in this administration by being truthful and avoiding propaganda. Compared to Lai Mohammed, he is a breath of fresh air. The difference is light and day". 


Lai Mohammed was the best tool for the job at hand at the time he was hired, pre and post 2015. If any body will know this, it should be Omokri. His Principal, our former President and his government were submerged in the water of propaganda that sprung from Lai. The loftiness of Almajiri Schools lost to the politics of power and the propaganda that powered them. That was the script APC handed Lai, and Mohammed interpreted the script to detail and delivered on the term and condition of his engagement. Tinubu would never had been President had Buhari not won the 2015 election. The LIES and Propaganda of Lai Mohammed today despised brought Buhari to Power. Except Omokri of course was fooling us like FFK. There is this pack of mouths, the trio, who I will recommend for BAT as hands that must be part of his branding towards 2027. Signed already is Omokri, Bwala is at the negotiation table and FFK is waiting for the scout who will convince this government against his inherited inherent traitor's traits for him to join the duo of Reno and Daniel. Only God, who rules in the affairs of men, whose project Nigeria is and whose turn it is to rule Nigeria can stop BAT in 2027. #Godsturn #Olorunlokan


If a man without power survived all the odds against him and overcomes all the obstacles that the feudalists led by Buhari planted on his way. It is not mortals who will stop a man whose conspiracy with mammon is the best in the land where hunger has become citizens companion.


"He does not sit in an air-conditioned office to attack critics, rivals and opponents of the government. He understands his job. He constantly goes around the country with journalists to make them see with their 'koro koro' eyes, what the government is doing and how Nigerians tax Naira are being spent. 


Perhaps because he is a PR professional, he understands that effective rebranding is a projection of positive things that are now happening".


There are no mincing words that journalists (which was the practice in the past) are misfits in the world of brand enhancement that public engagement for persons in government and their government has become in the millennium.


It has become the job for the gifted and the skilled. Reno Omokri is both, an attestation to modern day exploits in the field. He holds a master's degree in law, a prolific writer, author and social media influencer. A gospeller not limited to the gospel of Christ. Champion of BAT Goodnews! Resident of Southern California and the Pastor; Mind of Christ Christian Centre. His contributions to public discourse far outweigh that of many corporate media outfits. Of course, individuality is the trend of the time. Recognition of this has helped FIFA to keep football (soccer) as the most loved and followed game on the globe that inspired the shape of football. It's a season for individuality in the market place leaving team work to Government and Team game, the very reason we must be very careful how we relate to individuals whose achievements are products of Team spirit and efforts.


The time is here when you have no business speaking as image makers on a discipline they have no expertise on. Though, the niche of endowed ability horned to skills will forever speak for itself. That's responsible for your amusement when a roadside mechanic fixes the trouble with your car that your multi certificated Engineer couldn't!


This must interpret public engagement portfolio at CBN. For example, the office should no longer be filled by people who have no expertise in finance. What is needed by CBN is not policy information, but policy education. Post Emefiele's CBN is still dancing around the damage done and scratching the surface of the assignment of winning back public confidence. Nigerians are lost to monetary policy, and simple info won't do the Job. 


The Job of the Minister and his Ministry of information should be information and data driven. What sampling has he done of the area of disconnect between the leadership and the people? What programme has this Minister designed to bridge such areas of gaps? 


Is there any programme on NTA or Radio Nigeria put up to address monetary policy education, food security and insecurity? The leading trio of troubles in critical areas where Buhari left Nigerians behind, for which the populace are running but not catching up with the BAT administration. Success for this Minister and his ministry should not be premised on road shows across the country. He must come for us where we were left stranded, apologize on behalf of APC and Tinubu as its National Chairman for wasting 8 years of our lives. Show us this administration's plan, inform and educate on how we can be part of the journey and to lend our hands to the building. Intelligent intimidation of their hired many Media to close the evil pages of their 8 years record and force us to forget can't do the job. If memories are failing them, ours are still intact. If the conscience is seared ours are not. If the hearts have turned stony, ours are still fresh in the flesh that God made it.


This Minister of Information is rather fortunate to work with a President who is not in the dark concerning the power of the media as helping the public to form its opinion or at setting agenda to create narratives to wean the public from a propaganda or publicity trend. 


The President is with possibly the highest number of Media Aides and Assistants in the world today with over 20 officially on tax payers neck. Not minding many like Reno Omokri who are on the side of the President in the name of nation building to spew purely narratives that are to the advantage of the President and his Government, out there on the social media as consultant and friends of the President and "Lovers" of Nigeria. Only they and the President can tell if their services are given pro bono or not. Sincerely, no influencer who is not residing in Nigeria deserves the attention of Nigerians on issues of policies and performance of this administration. Those who are not in this shoes with us shouldn't be handling us shoe pads telling us to keep enduring the pains and pinches. Check the profile of your favourite influencer. If he/she is not a fellow in the same ship; then they should mind the captain of their Ships and Leaders of their nations of residences. Biden is Reno Omokri's Captain on board the Capitol hill's ship sailing on freedom high sea towards liberty harbour. Our course is different, so is our Captain. It will be foolish of us and our Captain to listen to people who can't stake their lives and future on this voyage with us.


"Surprisingly, his ministry was able to secure rights for the Nigerian Television Authority to broadcast the AFCON live. An unprecedented achievement". The consolation that Football has become wouldn't allow me go hard on that but it's about time that NTA is unbundled. A platform of 3.3 billion average yearly view shouldn't fail to seal any viewing contract on the shore of Africa. The only need NTA and Radio Nigeria are serving as far as I am concerned is helping the government to say its news the way they want it said. If their content is the truth and nothing but the truth, then they don't need such waste of money that its values are hardly seen. The credibility of some private broadcasting Corporation is most times what the government depends upon to tell its news. What then is the need for keeping those old elephants for milk when they can no longer produce. Those organisations should be in the hands of Business minded people who can make profit with them. Here end my one Kobo advice to the President and Nigerians on information and information ministry.


Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He's also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table.


email:[email protected]


Facebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.


X: Bolaji O Akinyemi.


Instagram: bolajioakinyemi.


Phone: +2348033041236

Rivers State Crisis: Appoint Youth Commissioners — High Chief Joe Umezulike writes Sim

Rivers State Crisis: Appoint Youth Commissioners — High Chief Joe Umezulike writes Sim

 Subject: Recommendation to Appoint Youth Commissioners


Dear Governor of Rivers state,


Sim

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you regarding the recent resignations of several commissioners from your cabinet. It is indeed concerning to see such a significant number of key officials stepping down from their positions.


Upon reflection, I believe this presents a unique opportunity for you to enact positive change within the governance structure of Rivers State. Rather than viewing these resignations solely as a setback, I urge you to seize this moment as a chance to empower the youth of your state.


As evidenced by the resignations, there may be a perception among some individuals that political connections or allegiance to former governors or leaders are prerequisites for success in government roles. However, I firmly believe that talent, dedication, and fresh perspectives are equally, if not more, valuable attributes in public service.


Therefore, I recommend that you consider appointing capable and driven young individuals to fill the vacant commissioner positions. By doing so, you can demonstrate your commitment to fostering a new generation of leaders and ensure that the voices and aspirations of our youth are represented at the highest levels of decision-making.


Moreover, appointing youth commissioners would not only inject new energy and innovation into your administration but also inspire confidence and hope among the younger population of Rivers State. It would send a powerful message that meritocracy and inclusivity are core principles of your governance system.


I stand ready to support and assist you in identifying suitable candidates who possess the requisite skills, integrity, and passion to serve your state with distinction. Together, we can work towards building a brighter future for Rivers State by harnessing the potential of the youth.


Thank you for considering my recommendation. I remain optimistic about the positive impact that your leadership can have on your beloved state.


Yours sincerely,


High Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike

New Nigerian Mandate

 Subject: Recommendation to Appoint Youth Commissioners


Dear Governor of Rivers state,


Sim

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you regarding the recent resignations of several commissioners from your cabinet. It is indeed concerning to see such a significant number of key officials stepping down from their positions.


Upon reflection, I believe this presents a unique opportunity for you to enact positive change within the governance structure of Rivers State. Rather than viewing these resignations solely as a setback, I urge you to seize this moment as a chance to empower the youth of your state.


As evidenced by the resignations, there may be a perception among some individuals that political connections or allegiance to former governors or leaders are prerequisites for success in government roles. However, I firmly believe that talent, dedication, and fresh perspectives are equally, if not more, valuable attributes in public service.


Therefore, I recommend that you consider appointing capable and driven young individuals to fill the vacant commissioner positions. By doing so, you can demonstrate your commitment to fostering a new generation of leaders and ensure that the voices and aspirations of our youth are represented at the highest levels of decision-making.


Moreover, appointing youth commissioners would not only inject new energy and innovation into your administration but also inspire confidence and hope among the younger population of Rivers State. It would send a powerful message that meritocracy and inclusivity are core principles of your governance system.


I stand ready to support and assist you in identifying suitable candidates who possess the requisite skills, integrity, and passion to serve your state with distinction. Together, we can work towards building a brighter future for Rivers State by harnessing the potential of the youth.


Thank you for considering my recommendation. I remain optimistic about the positive impact that your leadership can have on your beloved state.


Yours sincerely,


High Chief Joe Daniels Umezulike

New Nigerian Mandate

Democracy, governance and credible elections (1)

Democracy, governance and credible elections (1)

 

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



There is a problem about the institutional framework in which the Nigerian state as presently constituted is based. To have democracy, good governance and credible elections, there must be institutional reforms and great accountability in government. The three are interwoven, only that we tend to think that democracy is all about elections. In any case, the fact that those ingredients are currently missing is an indication that Nigeria still has a long way to go. After all, without democracy and governance, there can’t be credible elections.


To put it politely, Nigeria, even as we speak, has very weak institutions, and without a functional justice system, she can’t be said to have credible elections. For any democracy to stand and be as its definition, the power of credibility cannot be underestimated. However, the achievement or otherwise of this ‘credibility’ is a huge task, because credibility means different things to different actors in democracy, more so as the definition hovers around the same center: the people. Notwithstanding, the issues of credibility in our elections requires a serious conference, taking into consideration the level of litigations that always go with elections in Nigeria. Take, for example, the United Kingdom where only one electoral dispute has ever gone to court over a long period of time. Of course, it is because she has a functional judiciary and nobody would want to waste his resources on frivolous litigations. The lawyer who handles such cases can even be disbarred. So, how come Nigeria remains a semi-democratic country 25 years into the 4th Republic?


In any serious democracy, it is the government that sets the right template for an election to hold. Unlike countries like Spain, France, South Africa, even some other African countries, Nigeria needs a constitutional court so that her political practitioners can originate and conclude constitutional issues in record time. In a constitutional court for instance, the needless imbroglio currently troubling the peace of Rivers State won’t even take more than two to three weeks to resolve, instead of this long-winded abracadabra, which is no doubt affecting the perception of Nigeria as an unserious economy.


What we are saying is that governance and elections are intertwined and that a political economy that is lacking in internal security mechanisms, weaponizes and actually glorifies poverty is not one where credible elections can be held because it is based on state capture. In a country under the subordination of the state to powerful individuals and vested interests, the idea is to make the people very poor so that, on an election day, prospective voters can be induced. Even when there’s no election, the masses are induced with palliatives. The tragic truth is that political entrepreneurship has become the parameter for politicking and the determinant of victory. Otherwise, why should minimum wage even be a debate in Nigeria?


Again, that’s where the late Obafemi Awolowo excelled as a leader! But how come successive leaders have not been seeing the link between the minimum wage, the purchasing power parity and investments? Call it an election gimmick but that’s why Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State deserves a standing ovation. Well, it’s not that N70,000 as minimum wage for workers in the state is fair enough but then, the governor has demonstrated that a worthy credit analyst would prefer Benin City where the purchasing power parity is N50,000.00 to Gusau where the purchasing power parity is N31,000.00. In a way, Obaseki has shown that, for any economy to attain its potentials, it is better to have 15 million people who are on a living wage of N105,000.00 per month than to have 200 million people who are on a minimum wage of N30,000.00 per month.


‘Ojú to dilè ni iroré ń so.’ (Pimples usually infect an idle face. The notorious truth is that we can’t have functional democracy, good governance and credible elections without a sound educational system. Had Nigeria also been blessed with a sensitive political class, Nigerians would have been benefiting from free and compulsory education as far back as 1974 or 1975. Of course, the difference would have been that Nigeria would not have been having all these problems because of a better educated population. Matter-of-factly, the better educated the people are, the better and the saner the choices. A better educated population is a better informed and more productive population. But when politics fails to deliver its goods to the people, waiting for much chemistry to work at the same pace for development to show up becomes the norm. Obviously, that’s what Awolowo got right and that’s why people like Joseph Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize for Economics.


Secondly, compulsory education is the best form of population control. On the day of Nigeria’s independence in 1960, the United Kingdom as the parting colonial power had 7 million more people than Nigeria. Whereas Nigeria’s population grew from 44,928,342 in 1960 to 229,152,217 in 2024, the British population has grown by only 15.34 million since 1960. The implementation of the Education Act of 1947, which made education free and compulsory up to the age of 18 in the UK led to the halving of her population within one generation. Why and how? Educated people “marry later” and have fewer children. What’s more? Educated populace is better skilled, has higher purchasing power parity and many other advantages. That’s why countries like Italy and Japan have declining population growth. They are actually begging and bribing their citizens to have more children. For Nigeria, the story is pathetically different!


Forget the delusion of grandeur, unless some steps are taken in the right direction, Nigeria as a country may be fast sliding into irrelevance. For example, South Africa is currently the biggest economy in Africa, of course with the soundest fundamentals. She is followed by Egypt and Algeria and only God knows the true occupier of the 4th position between Nigeria and Morocco. South Africa has strong institutions of the state. As a matter of fact, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is already terrified of losing the forthcoming elections. Most importantly, she has basic industries like iron and steel and machine tools. So, she manufactures and exports cars to Europe. Unlike Nigeria, South Africa doesn’t assemble cars. As former President Donald Trump once said, “if you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.” In terms of fundamentals therefore, how to arrest Nigeria’s descent into irrelevance should be the key question.


But how did we get here? When Nigeria decided to throw away the Lyttleton’s, 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, it became obvious that the country was gone. Brazil currently operates the 1988 Constitution, which is the 7th enacted since the country’s independence in 1822, and the 6th since the proclamation of the republic in 1889. Look at today’s Brazil! She’s currently the world’s 9th largest economy. Not only that, 92% of all new cars sold in Brazil are powered, not by petroleum motor spirit, pms, but by the ethanol derived from sugarcane. For greater certainty, Brazil is a huge producer of sugarcane. Impliedly, had Nigeria kept up her existence on the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, she’d have been powering not less than 92% of her cars by ethanol derived from cassava. After all, dear country is currently the world’s largest producer of cassava with an annual output of over 34 million tonnes of tuberous roots. What this means is that, instead of buying a litre of pms for N700.00, ethanol derived from cassava would not have cost more than N130.00. Besides, that would have been a boost for agriculture and industry would have been competitive because its cost would be lower. Added to these is that the destiny of employment generation in the country would have been given a lift-up.

● To be concluded.  


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only

 

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



There is a problem about the institutional framework in which the Nigerian state as presently constituted is based. To have democracy, good governance and credible elections, there must be institutional reforms and great accountability in government. The three are interwoven, only that we tend to think that democracy is all about elections. In any case, the fact that those ingredients are currently missing is an indication that Nigeria still has a long way to go. After all, without democracy and governance, there can’t be credible elections.


To put it politely, Nigeria, even as we speak, has very weak institutions, and without a functional justice system, she can’t be said to have credible elections. For any democracy to stand and be as its definition, the power of credibility cannot be underestimated. However, the achievement or otherwise of this ‘credibility’ is a huge task, because credibility means different things to different actors in democracy, more so as the definition hovers around the same center: the people. Notwithstanding, the issues of credibility in our elections requires a serious conference, taking into consideration the level of litigations that always go with elections in Nigeria. Take, for example, the United Kingdom where only one electoral dispute has ever gone to court over a long period of time. Of course, it is because she has a functional judiciary and nobody would want to waste his resources on frivolous litigations. The lawyer who handles such cases can even be disbarred. So, how come Nigeria remains a semi-democratic country 25 years into the 4th Republic?


In any serious democracy, it is the government that sets the right template for an election to hold. Unlike countries like Spain, France, South Africa, even some other African countries, Nigeria needs a constitutional court so that her political practitioners can originate and conclude constitutional issues in record time. In a constitutional court for instance, the needless imbroglio currently troubling the peace of Rivers State won’t even take more than two to three weeks to resolve, instead of this long-winded abracadabra, which is no doubt affecting the perception of Nigeria as an unserious economy.


What we are saying is that governance and elections are intertwined and that a political economy that is lacking in internal security mechanisms, weaponizes and actually glorifies poverty is not one where credible elections can be held because it is based on state capture. In a country under the subordination of the state to powerful individuals and vested interests, the idea is to make the people very poor so that, on an election day, prospective voters can be induced. Even when there’s no election, the masses are induced with palliatives. The tragic truth is that political entrepreneurship has become the parameter for politicking and the determinant of victory. Otherwise, why should minimum wage even be a debate in Nigeria?


Again, that’s where the late Obafemi Awolowo excelled as a leader! But how come successive leaders have not been seeing the link between the minimum wage, the purchasing power parity and investments? Call it an election gimmick but that’s why Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State deserves a standing ovation. Well, it’s not that N70,000 as minimum wage for workers in the state is fair enough but then, the governor has demonstrated that a worthy credit analyst would prefer Benin City where the purchasing power parity is N50,000.00 to Gusau where the purchasing power parity is N31,000.00. In a way, Obaseki has shown that, for any economy to attain its potentials, it is better to have 15 million people who are on a living wage of N105,000.00 per month than to have 200 million people who are on a minimum wage of N30,000.00 per month.


‘Ojú to dilè ni iroré ń so.’ (Pimples usually infect an idle face. The notorious truth is that we can’t have functional democracy, good governance and credible elections without a sound educational system. Had Nigeria also been blessed with a sensitive political class, Nigerians would have been benefiting from free and compulsory education as far back as 1974 or 1975. Of course, the difference would have been that Nigeria would not have been having all these problems because of a better educated population. Matter-of-factly, the better educated the people are, the better and the saner the choices. A better educated population is a better informed and more productive population. But when politics fails to deliver its goods to the people, waiting for much chemistry to work at the same pace for development to show up becomes the norm. Obviously, that’s what Awolowo got right and that’s why people like Joseph Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize for Economics.


Secondly, compulsory education is the best form of population control. On the day of Nigeria’s independence in 1960, the United Kingdom as the parting colonial power had 7 million more people than Nigeria. Whereas Nigeria’s population grew from 44,928,342 in 1960 to 229,152,217 in 2024, the British population has grown by only 15.34 million since 1960. The implementation of the Education Act of 1947, which made education free and compulsory up to the age of 18 in the UK led to the halving of her population within one generation. Why and how? Educated people “marry later” and have fewer children. What’s more? Educated populace is better skilled, has higher purchasing power parity and many other advantages. That’s why countries like Italy and Japan have declining population growth. They are actually begging and bribing their citizens to have more children. For Nigeria, the story is pathetically different!


Forget the delusion of grandeur, unless some steps are taken in the right direction, Nigeria as a country may be fast sliding into irrelevance. For example, South Africa is currently the biggest economy in Africa, of course with the soundest fundamentals. She is followed by Egypt and Algeria and only God knows the true occupier of the 4th position between Nigeria and Morocco. South Africa has strong institutions of the state. As a matter of fact, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is already terrified of losing the forthcoming elections. Most importantly, she has basic industries like iron and steel and machine tools. So, she manufactures and exports cars to Europe. Unlike Nigeria, South Africa doesn’t assemble cars. As former President Donald Trump once said, “if you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.” In terms of fundamentals therefore, how to arrest Nigeria’s descent into irrelevance should be the key question.


But how did we get here? When Nigeria decided to throw away the Lyttleton’s, 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, it became obvious that the country was gone. Brazil currently operates the 1988 Constitution, which is the 7th enacted since the country’s independence in 1822, and the 6th since the proclamation of the republic in 1889. Look at today’s Brazil! She’s currently the world’s 9th largest economy. Not only that, 92% of all new cars sold in Brazil are powered, not by petroleum motor spirit, pms, but by the ethanol derived from sugarcane. For greater certainty, Brazil is a huge producer of sugarcane. Impliedly, had Nigeria kept up her existence on the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions, she’d have been powering not less than 92% of her cars by ethanol derived from cassava. After all, dear country is currently the world’s largest producer of cassava with an annual output of over 34 million tonnes of tuberous roots. What this means is that, instead of buying a litre of pms for N700.00, ethanol derived from cassava would not have cost more than N130.00. Besides, that would have been a boost for agriculture and industry would have been competitive because its cost would be lower. Added to these is that the destiny of employment generation in the country would have been given a lift-up.

● To be concluded.  


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only

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