SHM PRAYS.

Still relevant today as it was many years ago.

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In that name that is above every other name, you shall not be assailed without the help of my Heavenly Father. When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with you!

No evil will triumph over you. A thousand shall fall on your side, ten thousand on your right hand, but no evil will touch you! Selah.

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Happy Independence Day, Nigerians!

I have hope …

Hope for a better Naija;

where peace and

justice reign, above all else.

I have faith in

a place called home

for multiple ethnic

and religious groupings.

I can see from Kaura Namoda

to the creeks of Bayelsa

new cities and work places

built, fit for these 21st century.

I trust for a place of

technological advancement,

where talent trumps

when brain power matter.

I see a land of promise

For all irrespective of

creed, culture and calling.

What you see, you get!

© 1st October 2017. Adewale Adeniji.

Our Nation_Funny Nigerians

I always read with amusement the various vituperations about all that is bad about our country – bad governance, bad leadership etc. (take your pick), from when I came of age, and each time this is ventilated, the leader is blamed.

It used to be the Sardauna, late Ahmadu Bello (not even the then Prime Minister – Tarawa Balew; or ceremonial president – Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe!). Then it was the string of military interlopers, then Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, even Umaru Musa Yar’dua (despite his truncated tenure), Ebele Jonathan and now Muhammadu Buhari.

Everything that goes wrong (real and now often made-up through fake news), square on the plate of those leaders. Anything that goes right, it must be DESPITE those leaders!

My fellow compatriots, let us WAKE UP and SMELL THE COFFEE! Nigeria is what you and me make of it! Stop passing the buck. Yes! Stop it already. No leader misleads a vibrant follower-ship.

Stop accepting bribes (yes, that bag of rice, that N500 (🙆🏾‍♂️) to vote for people. Stop supporting anyone because his name is similar to yours, or he has the same ethnic origin as yours. Start paying YOUR TAXES IN FULL. Stop activities that ultimately destroy the economy you dream to enjoy (like importing banned items to make a buck, like selling fake and adulterated products). Stop conniving with foreigners to dupe your country. Let us stop cheating our own workers of their just entitlements. Let us stop all negative confessions about this country because what you see is what you get. Let us stop mistreating our spouses and children. Let us stop being mean to strangers and those ‘different’ from us because of geography.

That is only when we will get a nation that we truly deserve. On this occasion of our 59th independence celebrations, let us first remove the log in our own eyes! Let us stop being funny!

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 1st October 2019.

Passage: Robert Gabriel Mugabe (21/2/1924 – 6/9/2019).

Former Revolutionary. Prime Minister (1980-1987); President(1987 – 2017).

Husband to Sally Hayfron Mugabe (d. 1992) & Grace Marufu Mugabe.

Father to Michael (deceased), Bona & Robert.

As a student ‘revolutionary’ leader in the 1980s, Robert Mugabe WAS one of my African heroes. I voraciously devoured all materials I could find on him and Joshua Nkomo (both were Zimbabwe’s pre-independence heroes, albeit on separate divides of the struggle).

One had other revolutionary heroes (like Kwame Nkurumah, Patrice Emery Lumumba, Nelson Mandela et all) but because my youth situated in the era of his struggle, there was no competition as to who stood out for me!

My rooms in university could be described as a shrine to the guy. My close friends then did not find the ‘infatuation’ funny at all. But I digress.

Robert, but your life turned out to be a disappointment! We are cultured not to speak ill of the dead, but I am only trying to put the record straight, not malign. The western press has taken the cream on that.

At independence the world had so much hope for Zimbabwe, so much so that many established economies were willing to offer great assistance to the nascent democracy. But you had to behave archetypal as an African leader.

First was the needless and divisive competition with Joshua Nkomo that caused so much pain to ordinary Zimbabweans. Then the needless fight with Britain, which could have been better managed. The zenith was the unfair land appropriation that brought the economy of the great Mwene Mutapa (Monomotapa) empire to its knees! All because you couldn’t keep your revolutionary friends in check.

Anyone who had been in Zimbabwe in the 1980s will weep at the Zimbabwe of 2019 that will be organising your funeral rites! All because you had to be the classic African big man! What a waste, what a let down.

You had to be harangued out of office because you kept forgetting writing materials you had to go back for, rather than exit the scene in glory. Boys who once worshipped the ground guy walked on rose up to rubbish your legacy, all because you failed to put your nation before your ego.

Dear Robert, you will be remembered, not as the hero you ought to be but as a despot. And that is the sad commentary of your passing.

Fair thee well, scion of the Shona tribe. I wonder how the Ndebele would remember you? I know how the world would.

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 6th September 2019.

Christian Faith_Which Bible?

I came across a post by a ministry today, where the church made bold to say that the Bible must be in the book form, and cannot be on a mobile device, that Christians should stop taking their mobile devices to their church (see attached picture); and something rose up within me – righteous indignation at the puerile teaching.

I humbly make bold to say that this teaching is NOT scriptural! There is NO WHERE in scripture where a form in which the word of God is permissible is recorded. Therefore, any other interpretation is the mind of man! And I am very careful of the warning in Revelation 22:19.

My question for all who hold similar views that what is acceptable in church is a Bible in the common written form is this – the Bible as we know it, what was it’s original form? Parchment! Not the written bound form as we know it now, but in separate writings scattered hither and thither!!!

So, imagine if those who read parchments then now contend that what is now written of paper in one bound volume is not the Word of God? It will souls ridiculous to you too, would it not?

Again, I most HUMBLY DISAGREE with the proponents against the Word of God in electronic form. Why?

The WORD of God has life of its own! It does not have to be in the form that some men approve of!

I use Bible Apps on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone and I still get ministrations of the Holy Spirit! Miracles of His promises still follow me, thank you very much!

This teaching that a mobile device is not the word of God IS NOT BIBLICAL, please! Reference? Read Acts 8:26-39! That Ethiopian Eunuch, from what was he reading the prophet Isaiah? Surely not from the current form of Bible! And notice the miracle that followed in verses 35-38? Please, any form of the Word is good enough for the ministration of the Holy Spirit!

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 25th August 2019.

Our Nation_Role of the President’s Chief of Staff.

During the swearing in ceremony of his ministers on Wednesday, 21st August 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari streamlined communication channel to his office from all appointed government officials. He directed that henceforth all communications to, and requests for meetings with him, be routed through the office of his chief of staff. Note that this is only for all appointed officers of the executive branch, meaning from the directive does not affect the Vice President, as some have alleged.

 

This directive has caused a lot of furore in the ever bubbling social media space – ranging from those who know absolutely nothing of the functions of government in a presidential system, to those who are plain mischievous (those who know but always jump on any ‘opportunity’ to trash the president). Even the official opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thought it another opportunity to criticize the president.

 

[For the PDP, yet again it showed that it is yet to master the major issues that require its comment and/or alternative narrative. PDP is not a party to criticize a policy like this. Why? The office of chief of staff was introduced into our governance system by a PDP president – Chief Olusegun Obasanjo! And the two PDP presidents after him – Yar’ Adua and Jonathan followed suit!] 

 

As a sort of enlightenment, the office of the chief of staff was a presidential innovation of America’s 33rd president, Harry Truman; and all presidents after him have all appointed chiefs of staff. Truman formalized the position in 1946 as Assistant to the President. Today, the formal title is Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff. Occupants of the office are political appointees of the president who do not require confirmation of the Senate; and they all serve at the president’s pleasure. 

 

The responsibilities of the chief of staff to the US president are both managerial and advisory and can include the following:

  • Select key White House staff and supervise them;
  • Structure the White House staff system;
  • Control the flow of people into the Oval Office (president’s office); 
  • Manage the flow of information;
  • Protect the interests of the president;
  • Negotiate with Congress (our own National Assembly), other members of the executive branch, and extra-governmental political groups to implement the president’s agenda; and
  • Advise the president on various issues, including telling the president what they do not want to hear.

 

Now, because Nigerian operates a presidential system of government COPIED from the US, president Obasanjo decided to adopt the system of having a gate keeper in a chief of staff. Fair enough. And this has become a tradition of sorts. State Governors to now have them. Even the Speaker of the 9th House of Reps has appointed one.

 

For history buffs, Nigeria has had 5 chiefs of staff in the presidency since May 1999. There was even a brief interregnum between August 2008 and May 2010 when Nigeria’s presidency had no chief of staff because president Yar’Adua abolished the office. The office was reinstated in May 2010 by president Jonathan. The 5 personalities are: (1) General Abdulahi Mohammed (May 1999 – 2nd June 2008) He served 2 presidents – Obasanjo and Umaru Yar’Adua; (2) Dr. Gbolade Osinowo who had the briefest time in office – June – August 2008; (3) Chief Mike Ogiadomhe May 2010 – February 2014); (4) General Jones Arogbofa (February 2014 – 29th May 2015); and (5) Abba Kyari (August 2015 till date).

 

So please, for Iroko’s sake, the chief of staff is not the creation of this 4th president of this 4th Republic. Even if it were, so long as he has a precedent to follow (as shown above) it cannot be ‘unconstitutional’! 

 

Also, many wonder why ministers must go through the chief of staff, and not have direct access to the president. Real question is why would a minister want direct access to the president in the first place, outside of the administratively laid down avenues of Executive Council meetings and political fora? It is only in these parts that we equate relevance with access to the ‘main oga’. Many of us who have worked in corporate settings, pray how easy is that we have (or had) access to the CEO, without making an appointment? Please!!!!

 

Another fellow even said the president’s directive is unconstitutional ‘because the 1999 constitution does not recognize the office of chief of staff’. Well, we can as well cancel all agencies and parastatals that the constitution does not specifically mention, but which form a cog in the wheel of governance, while we are at it! 

 

Another of these ‘critics’ who claims to be in the know categorically declared that said some newly appointed ministers do not like the restriction of access! If he is right (and I have no way of knowing for sure), I say tough luck! The solution is simple: any minister who does not like the new chain of command should quit. Chikena. I want to wager none will!!! 

 

There is the reasonable fear though that a chief of staff (if not the present incumbent) can abuse the powers attached to the office. That without doubt is possible. Americans still have tales to tell about H.R. Haldeman. However, just like it happened to president Nixon’s Haldeman, the system always has a way of sorting itself out. I remember the Oghiadome, president Jonathan’s first chief of staff was replaced when it appeared his actions (and inactions) were slowing down the president’s pace.

 

My point in all this is that It does not take much to research what you do not know before you put out your views into the public space. By openly stating your views, remember that others who have better information will call you out. Just saying. 

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 23/08/2019

Lost! (Cryptic 101)

A little boy, I’m just a little runt

Looking, praying for love

A little lass, I’m just a wee wench

Searching, hoping for love

Not everywhere, oh no

Neither regular love, nah.

Aseeking, awondering

Pandering over an ideal.

I’m just a little gal

Looking for perfection

I’m that hunk, hungry

For that ideal, perfect tryst.

What you are is lost.

Ain’t no love that perfect

No union that smooth

You’re just a little lost!

©️ Adewale Adeniji.

4th July 2019.

Happy Independence Day, America!