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Our Nation_Ponder This Series_Corruption. Everyone Is A Victim.

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Corruption. A lot rail against it, some defend it, many condone it. But it really affects all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not; whether we see the effects immediately or not. Regardless of our social standing, without prejudice to our clout or influence, corruption is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. (Permit the cliche)

Let’s take tax evasion, for example, which is a form of corruption. Those who pay a fair share, whether they want to or not are most likely to be those who work in the formal sectors of the economy, those whose income can be tracked. For many in the category, their tax is deducted at source. For some others, they are compelled, by reason of trade or professional requirement to pay. In some cases those in this category do not pay the total tax they ought to. What they pay is “guesstimated” (a corruption {sorry now!} of “guess” and “estimated”!)

More difficulty comes with the high-end earners in the informal sector, the business or professional categories. Without mincing words, observance for many in these categories is more in breach than compliance. There are several legitimate and less-so legitimate ways of not paying their fair share, or at all!

So, how does it affect everyone? For the folk that pay their fare share, with or without compulsion, they are affected in the schools, hospitals that ought to have been built and equipped; in the roads that ought to have been constructed and/or properly maintained; in the social safety provisions that ought to have been designed and funded. But are not!

For many in this tax paying category, because of corruption of paying or avoiding due tax revenue by others, they now have to pay premium for basic education; they get mis-diagnosis for treatable ailments or ailments that if caught on time should not be terminal, and even when diagnosed, they go through hell and back to afford palliative medication that keeps them coming back for more ineffectual treatment; they risk limb and life on roads that are not safe for human passage; they are left bereft of succor when they have financial emergencies! And they repeat this cycle, day after day, year after year, until some die prematurely in middle age! A form of constructive homicide tax defaulters ought to be charged with, if you ask me! 

For the upper class, those who have perfected the art of gaming the system, they live in constant fear of their lives because the gulf between their status (sustained by the way with the full taxes paid by others) and the generality of others. They virtually live in prison, behind high walls, they hoard the protection of policemen who should ordinarily keep the peace among generality of the citizenry. When they do fall sick, they travel abroad to pay premium because their dishonesty has denied their immediate environment funds to build, equip and run first class health institutions. They pay premium for vehicles that can ply the failed roads, and pay higher premium to avoid plying those roads by investing in helicopters. One can on and on!

If only everyone pays his/her fair share of tax! Then maybe, just maybe, all will not lose out.

Then there is the issue of embezzlement, brazen or subtle, the popular form of corruption known to all. It is now known that the crudest way to become ‘financially independent’ is to hold government office, or be a beneficiary of government largesse. No, not for provision or delivery of service, but for what you can get out of gaming the system, deliberately broken. This malaise is not political party, gender or faith specific, so no one should come here to beat any chest! It is pervasive, among public office holders, and sadly even in the private sector, and their hangers-on. 

Yes, everybody loses in the end. 

Where public services are deliberately compromised to feed corruption – the roads that are budgeted for but not constructed or maintained, the hospitals that are stocked with fake medications , or no medication at all despite budgetary provisions for them, the public transport system deliberated compromised so that more funds can be allocated for repairs and purchases that are never done etc.; everyone suffer the telling effect. Those who perpetrate these dastardly acts, and those who see and turn the other eye, hoping for a time when “my turn/the turn of my person, will come”, or when for primordial/parochial sentiments, condone or defend such acts!

Maybe time has come for a PERSONAL conversation with ourselves? Would we want our lives run the way we have allowed our governments, and public enterprises’ to be run? Would we wish that our children, born and unborn, continue to suffer for our collective amnesia? Oh, yes people can emigrate, but how many can do so? Even for those who emigrate, would you rather have access to a little of a whole, or a whole of a whole? 

Each person to his corner, to her tent, meditate. How have I been part of the problem? What can I do, in my little corner to begin to reverse (note I am not saying change, for that is a long, long way down the road) the trend? 

It will be a long, hard grind; but as they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with just a step! And please this is not a political piece! 

Ponder this, dear reader.

©Adewale Adeniji. 3rd December 2018.

Our Nation_Defection Blues

It is amusing, is it not, that there appears to have been a 180 degrees emotional reaction to the recent spate of defections going on in the Nigerian political space?

It began with the defection of a swathe of National Assembly members from the ruling APC to the PDP. The emotional out pouring then was that at last the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is finished! Then the governor of Benue State defected; and on and on went further comments and analysis along the same line.

Every counter argument that these defectors were looking for a platform to contest the next elections since they are most unlikely to find comfort in their current party was met with derision and cat calls. No! It shows his former allies became the ‘tyranny’ of this President, they screeched!

Then the defection of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the governors of Kwara and Sokoto state. The racket retched up! Now, of a truth PMB cannot surely win Re-election (A wi wi wi fun ko gbo. Ko wa tan ni di alaseju?! But we warned him, now see, he is exposed!) Saraki is a master strategist, they sang! He has knocked down the final nail in PMB’s loss, they chorused!

Even the PDP got on this emotional bandwagon. It went to town with how this is a confirmation that the ruling party had squandered its political capital! They were returning to power, bla bla bla.

All of a sudden came first as a rumour, then confirmation of the impending defection of Godswill Akpabio, senate minority’s leader and former Governor of Akwa Ibom, a South-south state, from PDP to APC has changed the emotional fervour! (Cue: PDP’s electoral calculus had always been a solid South-South and South-East and the hijacking of enough votes in the North and South-West to wrestle power from the Ruling APC!)

It is as if the gates of hades were unlocked! Now, it is that PMB’s toured anti-corruption drive is a ruse; that it is quite clear Akpabio is being blackmailed (How I hate that word! Why not ‘whitemailed’? 🤔). How can a sensible person move in the opposite direction? Bla, bla, bla! Now the PDP warns the APC to stop poaching its members!

There are also rumours of impending avalanche of defections from PDP in a part of the country that had been the bastion of opposition to PMB – South East. And there is abundant panicking in the once rejoicing horde! The scratching of heads have made many heads sore! What could be going on? Rumours also have it that some who had earlier defected are now ‘regretting and recanting’?

Well, let me tell you what many have lost sight of – many who profess to understand politics and the game of it, and who freely tout same in absolutes, really need tutorials on this art; a sine qua non for holding political power. One small tip: the more adept ‘smoke’ out the less adept to show his hands; then swoop in to check mate!

The game is still not over, the chess play continues; the pendulum can still swing and I fully intend to keep my front row seat still! 🤣😂

©Adewale Adeniji. 8/8/2018.

June 12 Saga: Hafsat Abiola-Costello GOES BALLISTIC !

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“I will only respond because my Sister Mo Demie asked for my view…

Please nobody should abuse my late father here o, I didn’t come to your page to comment: All this sudden noise and write up to show that “Buhari was playing politics”……

When did it become a crime for politicians to play politics? Were they not voted in to play politics? Will it be wrong to develop our roads, infrastructure, free education, return oil blocks to the State instead of individuals? What is this noise all about? Jonathan was voted for by the South West in 2011, the same SW voted for Buhari in 2015, what is all this noise all about the SW going for Buhari? Obasanjo, the direct beneficiary of #June12 is from the same State with MKO, why didn’t he play politics and declare June 12?

Jonathan had opportunity for 5 years to do same, he rather gave Abacha from the North posthumous honor, pardoned Ex-convict from the West, Alams from the South…What do you call that? Is that politics or chemistry? 16 years opportunity to acknowledge #June12 they refused to use the #PoliticalUndertone

So are you expecting Buhari to use Biological or Chemical undertone to take such decision? Why are you guys fixated about those supporting Buhari, is it not a choice and must you dictate to others? You brought up religious sentiments prio to 2015 election, yet blamed Buhari fr being the religious bigot….
Jonathan was running from one Church to another, Sambo openly told them in the North that they must not vote for Buhari because Osinbajo is a Pastor of a big Church….Who is a religious bigot here? I mean, who was running from one religious organisation to another in 2015 because of politics? Pastor Bosun came up with that sudden apostasy, wrapped up Jonathan PDP politics in the name of “wake up call” message. I’m happy that I’m still here. I asked him when most of you were analyzing that heretic message that “Jonathan is fulfilling prophecy”…..

I asked a simple question: “Which prophecy is Jonathan”? Pastor Bosun went ahead to say “even if the Islamic party (APC) presents a Christian Governor in Lagos, you must not vote for him, you must vote for the other party(PDP)……Wait, who was using religion? Obasanjo removed Senate Presidents at will, removed any opposing voice, removed Fayose for a small insult, removed Ladoja with thugs in Ibadan….Who are you calling “DICTATOR”? BUHARI……… Obasanjo withheld Lagos State fund for 3 years, not minding how Lagosians would eat, Yaradua got there and released the fund…

NASS members were abusing Buhari openly, messing up everything at will, Fayose has been abusing Buhari for 4 years now…..not a single State in Nigeria has been denied their constitutional rights because of politics till date, all their funds, Paris fund, bail out, FAAC etc…But who is the DICTATOR? BUHARI. Jonathan ensured that NASS opposition members were locked out including Tambuwa the Speaker of the house. They had to climb gate to gain access…..Jonathan empowered OPCs in Lagos and they were destroying anything in Ikorodu to Ojota that looked like opposition party. Orga of DSS was used to invade APC secretariat, Journalist arrested and Newspapers siezed, we forgot all these….

Ekiti was militarised, Fayose was given power from Aso rock to order Military guys at will. Fayemi the incumbent at that moment was rendered powerless that he was shouting when Police commissioner was used by PDP and a guy was shot…All these videos and pictures are still here (google is your friend)…

But who is the dictator? BUHARI. Jonatahn met FX+ECA at $62 billion+. He DEPLETED it to less than $30 Billion in 5 years Jonathan sold crude oil for 5 years at an average of $100 per barrel of 2.2 million daily (2010-2014). Did he add a DIME to Nigeria purse in 5 years? NO. Buhari the ILLITERATE sold oil at an average of $50 of less than 700,000 barrel at some points because of militancy, yet had moved that FX to $47 Billion in 3 years. Don’t say how much did he borrow if you don’t even have the figure borrowed between 2010-2015 without adding a dime to FX. Who is the ILLITERATE? BUHARIIII.

Jide Omokore, Aluko and oil goddess Alinson made an oil deal of N1 trillion and chose not to remit to Nigeria under GEJ. Did anyone raise eyebrow? INTEL of Atiku refused to remit to NPA, not until last year that “ordinary” Hadiza the NPA boss challenged INTEL and insisted the funds must be remitted. A Christian Professor had been leading JAMB all through Obasanjo to Jonathan yet for 40 years of JAMB, only N52 Million was remitted to FG….A Muslim Professor who was appointed just in two years of handling JAMB remitted over N15 Billion……FIFTEEN BILLION o….

So who is following after righteousness? For five years of Okonjo Iweala was paying over 45,000 ghost workers unabated, yet just within 3 years, “ordinary” Kemi Adeosun removed such nonsense…I ask again who is more effective? Ordinary Abuja metro lane took 11 years from OBJ period that he initiated it….”

Our Nation_MESSIAH COMPLEX AT IT AGAIN.

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At every point in our nation’s electoral preparation, my ‘towns man’, former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, turns up with what he believes to be pertinent interventions, on the incumbent.

Did that to his own anointed successor, Umaru Musa Yar’adua; did it to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who he had ‘anointed’ a few years earlier; and now to incumbent president Muhammad Buhari. And the narrative is usually the same – “he was not who I thought he was”, or “he is not as good as I thought” etc.

And how the media laps it up! Many who need little encouragement, who seek for justification for their views that nation really is bad, and irredeemable, wallow in it, and trumpet it abroad.

Well, not this fellow Egba man. Not just an Egba man, but from the same section as him (Owu)! Our villages are a in fact a few kilometres apart (he claims Ibogun Olaogun. Yours truly is from Abalabi). So, permit an ‘Insider’ to put across his humble take on this latest intervention.

Unlike most Nigerians and I daresay foreigners, some of us from the same neck of wood as OBJ know him wella! (permit my Nigerianese for “very well”). Which is what? If it is not of him, by him and for him, then it is not good enough. Anyone honest enough from the area I referenced above will tell you the same thing. Ask Owu people about what went down in the appointment and enthronement of the current Olowu of Owu. Ask the Awori people of Otta about some large tracts of land etc.

My take is this, OBJ has a messianic complex, which circumstance has ‘used to confuse’ him that he has a big say in all things Nigeria. But he is wrong. He is a mere mortal, with failings as or more than most! Yet, we continue to humour him prescience that no human being has. He is living long, yes. So do many other Nigerians. He has been thrust in leadership positions, yes. So have many other Nigerians, in other fields of endeavour. When was the last time you heard the doyen of Accountancy, Akintola Williams, pass caustic comments about the leaders of his profession after him, for example?

If Obasanjo, who has led Nigeria for almost 12 years – as Head of State for 3 years, 11 months and as civilian president for 8 years (the latter at an advanced old age! Note, he himself really does not know his age. He claims to be 80, whilst his surviving class and play mates as a kid are well into their 90s, some of who used to call him ‘egbon’ in primary school!!!), could not solve Nigeria’s multifarious problems, it is hypocritical of him to vilify those who have had less time in running the affairs of this nation!

Yar’dua had all of 2 years+, Jonathan almost 6 years. Both were his choice (directly and indirectly) PMB had had just over 3 years in total managing the affairs of Nigeria – 8 months as military Head of State, 2 years+ as civilian leader. Yet, OBJ, our OBJ, wants all to believe these leaders failed, while he succeeded? Okay o. Me, I get my thinking faculties intact!

Abegi, ebora Owu, pack common for road! Allow Nigeria some peace. Last time I checked you cannot be confused with being the God over Nigeria. Why not counsel privately? Why must it always be your voice heard on the roof top?

With respect from your “towns man”.

I WANNA WAGER A BET. IF OBJ REALISES THE RESPONSE TO HIS LATEST INTERVENTION IS NEGATIVE, EXPECT A DISCLAIMER! No, you people did not read the thing correctly; or (I love this one), it was sent out without my approval! Or, Trump-like, it is fake news!

© Adewale Adeniji. 23rd January 2018.

2017 SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITBITS. WEEK 50. GOALS & IMAGINATION.

GOAL SETTING
GOALS & IMAGINATION.
(First Published in December 2016)
 
According to the time of man, a new year is just around the corner as the current year enters into its throes of expiration. And as usual, many are setting out plans for the coming year. But how can you do this effectively?
 
The Almighty God is the best project manager in the world because He does nothing without planning. And that is His expectation for mankind – to plan in order to in a position to execute. Anyone who wants to build must first sit down and do a cost analysis, so that he would not become embarrassed, He counsels. SO IT BEHOVES EVERY SMART (WO)MAN TO SET GOALS TO SUCCEED!
 
Trust me, setting goals and achieving them ‘no be beans’ as we say in Nigeria’s local parlance. Meaning it usually is hard to match plan with reality. But there is a way out that I want to share today. That is where your IMAGINATION comes in.
 
A dictionary definition of ‘imagination’ is “forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses”.
 
Now, imagination is a sweet thing! I just love it. In your imagination, you can own the world! Nobody can interrupt your imagination, no negative comments can rain on the parade of your imagination, because the picture is in your mind. You own it and can apply it to your plans!
 
But the sweetest thing about imagination for me is that IT IS THE WAY GOD HAS OPERATED from time immemorial; the way He has achieved all He has and will continue to achieve! In fact God knows how potent a power the imagination is that He confessed that not even He can stop man’s imagination when deployed!
 
So, how can you deploy your imagination to set and achieve your goals?
 
First, you must learn to engage your mind in seeing the invincible. Remember our operative definition of ‘imagination’ above.
 
In other words, you must become a dreamer! Sit down and begin to picture in your mind where you want to go, what you want to become. Trust me, while the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the deep at re-creation, that was exactly what He was doing. Visualising in His mind’s eye the possibilities. By the time He commanded light to be, He already saw it happen in His imagination! And light had no choice but to burst forth!
 
Second, live with your imagination. What does this mean? Stay with the vision you have dreamt up! Never give up, NO MATTER THE OBSTACLES. Become another Brother Joseph. Of course, anyone who has not lived in your imagination; who does not know what you have dreamt up will tell you your plans can’t be achieved, or that it will be hard! Reference Joseph’s brothers and the Lord of Samaria upon who the king leaned!
 
Living in your imagination will also help when it appears nothing dey work, nothing dey shele! Just adopt a ‘no shaking’ attitude. The thing go work eventually if your liver no fail you! {Persist even when it appears nothing is happening. Do not chicken out!} So train your mind to keep your eye on the ball!
 
Finally, remain with an attitude of thanksgiving. Do not be your own enemy. Whilst waiting, keep doing the right thing, never cutting corners. Do not compromise; do not take the short cut. Keep trusting and praising He who owns the universe! Your period of waiting is just a test. Remember the tallest buildings must have the deepest foundations! Remember also that God does not measure time as man does, because He is time Himself. So, a long time to you might just be a blinking of an eye to Him!
 
I perceive in my spirit that the coming will be your best year yet. So, engage your imagination and plan your goals to success, good health, prosperity, enviable family etc. See that future you want in your mind’s eye – engage your imagination. YOU SHALL EXCEL! We love you.
 
For help, please contact us at salvationhouse@gmail.com or +2348098445165. Go and achieve!!!

Our Politics_ATIKU ON THE MOVE AGAIN!

 

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It is not in doubt that Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar is a politician with gravitas. A former Vice President of Nigeria, he cannot be called a novice, neither can he be accused of lack of political sagacity. In fact, former President Obasanjo, one of Atiku’s greatest critics, would be the first to admit so much. For those in the know, Atiku almost made OBJ a one term president! So, I acknowledge Atiku as a great politician. So, he would be a FORMIDABLE opponent to anybody any day. But he has been without desired success for the ultimate price so far …
 
If it is not fake news, then we have just heard that he has moved from the APC to PDP, completing as it were a cycle, having begun the 4th Republic politics in the PDP, serving as the second most powerful (some would reckon the most powerful) political leader in the land. Waiting for him are PDP colleagues who saw him ditch the PDP, first for Action Congress (AC), then for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in hunt of that Golden Fleece – keys to ASO ROCK, the seat of Federal Executive power. And all of them know that he is still waiting for Godot regarding the said Fleece! So, they know what his motives are, ab initio, regardless of the reason adduced for his leaving the APC!
 
Every political strategist should know that you ought to obfuscate your real intentions in a game of thrones scenario! But now, he has lost that element of surprise! His potential rivals for the same Fleece can see him coming from a mile off! And the knives would be sharpened, would they not? What do I know? Am I even a politrickcian? (No error in the spelling, please).
 
But the real point of this piece is this: HOW WOULD WE AS A PEOPLE NORMALLY DESCRIBE A MAN OR WOMAN WHO CHANGE PARTNERS AT THE DROP OF A HAT?
 
The answer, my friends, cannot seriously be that because others do it, then it is alright! Otherwise, we all would be hypocritical, wouldn’t we? You do not agree? Tell me this, truthfully:
 
WOULD YOU AS A MAN OR WOMAN TAKE BACK A SPOUSE WHO HAS GONE ON A CIRCUMNAVIGATIONAL LOVE ROUTE? Would you say, yes there is freedom of movement in the constitution, so welcome back great lover? REALLY?
 
A truthful answer to that question IS THE POINT ABOUT TURAKI’S LATEST POLITICAL MOVE!
 
Pray, what will happen if he contest for (as is most likely) and still does not get the presidential ticket for the PDP?
 
I WISH THE TURAKI WELL, BUT HE WOULD NOT BE HAVING MY VOTE FOR THE REASON ADUMBRATED ABOVE.

African Politics_Crass Opportunism of ZANU-PF

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As a young man, I invested a lot of time, energy and my meagre resources to understand African political Renaissance, post-colonial era; and I believe I still understand the dynamics. So, my take on the crisis the major state that evolved from the Monomotapa Empire – Zimbabwe – is a bit deep.
 
That Robert Mugabe (now only de facto president of Zimbabwe) has overstayed his welcome as leader of this great people, is commonly accepted by all. Apart from being dictatorial (which many seem to focus on), he is also too old to understand the nuances of his nation and appears bereft of understanding what the real economic issues are anymore. On this last bit, Zimbabwe’s economy is comatose, primarily due to his inability to understand the major role free agricultural enterprise (read Zimbabwean white farmers) has with the overall well-being of the country!
 
But he alone cannot, and should not be allowed to carry the can, for this misrule of almost 4 decades! Main point of this piece.
 
And many are complicit, from his contemporary, Joshua Nkomo, who has since long gone; but under whose watch Zimbabwe slid into dictatorship, when he lamely consented to his ZAPU party to be swallowed by ZANU to form ZANU-PF (Unity Accord of 1987, pursuant to the GUKURANHUNDI – low level civil war between Mugabe’s government and the opposition). What if he had withstood the persecution but stood firm for the sake of Zimbabwe; after all evil thrives were good men keep quiet!
 
Also complicit is the so-called Zimbabwean National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA). From their waged ‘war’ against white farmers (who were truly also Rhodesians/Zimbabweans) which led to the death of a once thriving agricultural base for the economy, to their active persecution of real and perceived enemies of Robert Mugabe, leading to a state of fear. What if they had as priority Zimbabwe and not Robert of Zimbabwe?
 
Also complicit is Morgan Tsvangirai, who traded the electoral victory of his Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) in the 2008 parliamentary elections to become a frustrated Prime Minister, in a brokered deal, only to lose in an official landslide to the party (ZANU-PF) he defeated 4 years earlier! What if he had not consented to South Africa’s pressure to trade his victory and opportunity of becoming president for the title of PM? Mugabe would have been long gone!
 
Then comes the ZANU-PF party itself. Carved in the image of Robert Mugabe just after the war of independence, it became the machine through which the enterprise of state was conducted with its attendant systems of patronage; thereby weakening state institutions! If Zimbabwe failed, a bulk of the blame should lie at the feet of the ZANU-PF!
 
Zimbabwe’s economy lies comatose, not just from the misrule of Robert, but from the collaboration and connivance of most of the leaders and bodies mentioned above, causing to fall flat on their faces these once proud Shona and Ndebele peoples.
 
So, you see my disbelief that these set of fellow travelers in ‘Bob’s’ party now seek to throw just their president under the proverbial bus! If Mugabe is liable to be kicked out of office, so should they all be thrown out! Where were they before Grace Mugabe became Robert’s wife? Were they not the same lot who said Mugabe’s first wife and revolutionary partner, the Ghanaian, Sally Mugabe, was a foreigner, not fit for government role? Yet they watched as Grace schemed her way into politics and verged on presidential power that threatened their collective survival before they woke up?
 
They are complicit in what Zimbabwe has become today, all these leaders, and particularly this party. They have no moral ground to abandon Bob of Shona land!
 
© 20/11/2017. Adewale Adeniji