Tribute To Late Ibrahim Balogun By AbdouL-Rasheed Tapheeda.

Day before yesterday night, I received the shattering news that a close friend of mine, a man that I loved and admired, was no longer with us, he died via car accident. My heart broke on the spot and through the steady stream of tears, I have tried to make sense of it. But I can’t. I can’t make sense of it because it doesn’t make sense.

Since I found out, I have been floating in and out of memories, my body giving into emotion and sobbing. Sobbing for what I lost, sobbing for what everyone else lost, and most of all sobbing for the future that he no longer has. I am not known for my ability to talk about my feelings, or for asking for help. My form of expression is, and always been, writing. Something that Ibrahim and I shared.

I am not going to talk about how tragic it is to lose someone, partially because we all know, but also, because words are failing me. I can’t describe the sense of loss accurately. Instead, I am going to talk about Ibrahim the man, who he was, what he meant to me, and why he was loved by everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him. This is my therapy, my tribute to him, a small piece of the legacy he is leaving behind.

Everyone who knew Ibrahim will talk about his bright blue eyes and infectious smile. They will remember laughing with him. That even at the age of 23, he had such a strong sense of self, deeply rooted morals that he never wavered from.

Ibrahim was a loving person, he truly and genuinely loved and cared for the people in his life. When he asked about your day, you knew it was because he actually wanted to know. He listened you left every conversation with him feeling happier and more content than when you started it. He just had that effect on people. He had an inherent kindness and the ability to read and understand people, seeing beyond how they presented themselves on the surface.

For me (and I’m sure many others) it went beyond that. In the years I knew him, Ibrahim and I grew incredibly close, sharing many marathon conversations; meeting each others families; staying in all weekend and watching movies and playing games.

Perhaps the defining moment in my relationship with Ibrahim was the day my sweet angel sis Yasmeen died. I was at my “prestigious” internship pushing paper when I heard the news, and I immediately called Ibrahim to come pick me up. Ibrahim, being well aware of my tendency to retreat into myself in times of distress, he worried up and come, while coming he came with a bouquet of flowers, he pick me up and took me to his site. crawled into bed with me and held me as I cried, resulting in his shirt being turned into a giant tissue. *tears*

Throughout the years, our friendship continued. He moved to lagos after our graduation and we used to chat. From morning to evening, ibrahim is the person I used to talk with and he is also he is the 1st person I talk to every morning. his call or sms tune woke me up everyday expecially during Ramadhaan season. Not only that I and Ibrahim shared pieces of writing, we edited each others work, and even discussed collaborating on a writing project he was working on.

One of the most difficult parts for me about this whole ordeal is that Ibrahim was a truly remarkable and incredible man. He had a light around him, he brought joy and wisdom and happiness into so many peoples lives, yet for whatever reason, he failed to find it in his own. He made our world a better place to live in but it was not reciprocated. I keep asking myself, “How could a man like that, a man who embodied positivity and love…a man who was esteemed by those around him…how could he not see what we see? How could he not love himself as we did?”

I realize that there is no use in asking myself questions like that, because there are no answers. I also know while the non stop crying is inevitable at this stage, that Ibrahim would have encouraged me to “Get it out, come on, cry it out….are you finished? Now pick yourself up and be positive. Everything is ok.” So I will do what he’d want me to do, which is to live my life to fullest, with integrity, and happiness. I won’t get caught up in regret, in the negative.

My time with him was too short but it was meaningful; he showed my love, kindness, compassion and insight. He opened himself up unabashedly and with no strings and as a result, he got the same from everyone else.

He reminded me that gentleman exist and that it’s ok to be vulnerable and ask for help. He encouraged me in every aspect of my life and made me feel like a better person, his faith in me gave me faith in myself. Most of all, he displayed that in a real friendship things like time zones don’t exist. Real friendships exist in the heart, and he will forever be in mine.

May Ibrahim Soul Rest In Peace and May The Highest Level of Jannah Be his Final Abode. AMEEN

*Sobbing* *my eyes are full of tears* Allah yafu Ibrahim..

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An Open Letter To My Future Wife By Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda.

Dear sweethears.

 

How are you doing and how is everybody at home, especially Mama, Baba, Aunty, Uncle and yhur sweet Angel Granny.. Hope they are also fine..!? 

 

The reason of written this letter to you is that; I found myself thinking about you today. Wondering where you are, what you are thinking and doing. It hurts a little not to be with you, but I can live with that for now, knowing that we will spend the rest of our lives together. I’m writing this letter to help you understand what I’ve been thinking about and why. I probably don’t know all the right things to say, but my feelings and words are from the heart.

 

Actually I find myself thinking about you more and more. The very idea of you provides a much needed break from the pressures of dating, relationships and life. In the midst of it all, the thought of you calms and refreshes me, makes me smile, in spite of my situation and surroundings.

 

I know it sounds crazy, but I picture you. your smile, the way you pull your hair behind your ear, your wonderful laugh, even when my jokes aren’t funny. I can’t help but wonder what our children will look like.

 

I have gone out with other girls, but something always seems to be missing. I go out and have fun but the idea of you and our future together is always in my thoughts. It keeps me focused and on track, aware of who I am and what’s important.

 

And loving you, without ever having met you, makes me want to be deserving of your love. So I wait for you in mind, body, and soul.

 

I don’t usually talk or write like this, but my mind and heart are racing with anticipation. Because I love you, because I know you are out there. Because the very thought of you makes my pulse race, my palms sweat, my stomach flip like I’m on a roller coaster. And what better way to show that I have always loved you than to save myself for you completely. And I hope that you are also virgin.. In all senses oh, (Because they say there are several virgins who have…) I know how difficult staying a virgin is, in these times but I also know it’s not impossible. 

“Perhaps, I would make you a very expensive Award or Certificate of “Virginity” or “Honour” to let you know how grateful I am. I’M VERY SERIOUS oh.

 

I know waiting isn’t easy. We are taught to expect instant gratification. We are told we shouldn’t have to wait – for anything. Too often we act on feelings or impulses, sacrificing the future by buying into the lie that sex equals love, leaving little room for commitment or marriage. But that’s not love and that’s not why I’m thinking about and waiting for you.

 

I’m waiting for you because I love you unconditionally. And I need you to know that what matters to me is not where you’ve been or what you’ve done, but where you’re going. Maybe you didn’t know I existed. Or you thought that we’d found each other, only to realize later that what you discovered wasn’t true love. Real love is so different from infatuation or simple pleasure. It isn’t abusive or selfish or purely physical. Real love involves mutual respect, affection, trust, equality, and a shared spirituality. Real love doesn’t revolve around sex! Real love grows into a relationship where sexual intimacy will only serve to express that love marriage.

 

I talked with a friend the other day about chastity, modesty and purity in our thoughts, words, the way we dress and act. how it’s a building block for a perfect love that casts out all fear. And sex before marriage brings many fears – pregnancy, STDs, the emotional scars associated with broken relationships. So, in the search for perfect love, it only makes sense to practice chastity and wait until you’re married to give yourself to the person you love. And — OUR marriage will bring with it the promise of forever. We will give ourselves to one another completely, become best friends – soul mates. So even though we may be apart right now, by living chastely for each other in the present we can build our future together.

 

Have you ever been in the middle of doing something when you stop to think, “This would be perfect if….?” Those words come to mind often. For example, on a Fall day, with leaves covering the ground and crisp, cool breezes blowing, and I think, “This would be perfect if he were here.” The thought that someday you will be here comforts me. Sure it do even last night when I needed someone to be with and those that called them self my friends ran away, you can believe it I was even begging one of them to stay but none could listen to me. They went off to they normal jeutnal sleep. It was that same thought that one day you will be here that made me calmted and feel heem.. Their partment is part of the reason am written this letter to you.

 

And I want that same thought to comfort you. Whether you realize it or not, I’ve been there in your thoughts, that shiver or the goose bumps you get every once in a while – in the long daydream or a lingering glance. You don’t have to wonder anymore, because I’m real, I love you and I am waiting for you in every way. And now that you know I’m here, I hope you will do the same. Whenever you feel scared, unsure, or pressured to give a part of yourself away, read this letter. Think about us and how perfect it will be when we are together.

 

You may have been waiting and looking for me all the while. You may be starting today. Either way, we will know when we’ve found each other; we will be together for the rest of our lives and the wait will have been worthwhile.

 

Your Future Husband AbdouLrasheed Tapheeda.

Love Letter To My Country Me By; Pat Chukwuemeka

Greetings my beloved compatriots.

Please permit me to share this message of love with you. I pray that the Almighty will open your minds to digest and ponder on the content for the greater glory of our dear nation.

The greatest teacher that ever walked the face of the earth used parables to illustrate his teachings. This resort to allegory has resonated with his followers over the centuries and deepened their understanding of his homilies on love, piety and charity. I will attempt to borrow that time-worn and effective approach by prefacing this epistle with an allegorical clip as a way of simplifying my message and laying it bare for even the unschooled to discern and juxtapose against other letters and commentaries flying around on the state of our nation.

Here goes. Mr. Airegin (hereafter known as Mr.A) was earning a princely monthly salary of #1,000,000.00 in his workplace. He felt on top of the world and went on a wild binge, spending his salary recklessly to the last dime on debauchery and frivolities and neglecting to address his responsibilities or planning for the future. He was also taking loans to augmenting his big boy status and depleting his savings. His family was living it up without a care in the world and earnestly believed that they were enjoying. Before long he proclaimed himself the money bag of his neighborhood. And his ignorant family blissfully lapped up the deceitful fiction. After a while his organization went through a rough patch and his salary was reviewed downwards to #200,000. His standard of living was automatically downgraded to a fraction of what it was before. In essence Mr.A was staring at ruination and bankruptcy. Unpaid bills, high debts, minimal savings, bounced checks now became part of his life. No more champagne, foreign vacations, state-of-the-art cars, lavish parties, Chinese restaurants, imported rice and other luxuries. Things had fallen apart and the centre could no longer hold.

With nowhere else to turn to and realizing that he and he only he is the architect of his woes, Mr. A decided for the sake of his children to clean up his act and recover himself from the abyss he had dug himself into. He then set about the prudent management of his depleted resources by cutting out all lavish spending, plugging the leaks in his budget, addressing the areas of his life that needed immediate attention and diversifying his stream of income to boost his revenue. Lo and behold, things started picking up gradually even though some members of his household were chafing at the bits and making scathing remarks about their CHANGED circumstances and how they were dying of hunger. They conveniently ignored the nexus between their present state and their prodigal past.

 

THAT IS EXACTLY THE STORY OF NIGERIA PRE AND POST 2015. To buttress this assertion, let’s look at the facts and nothing but the facts. Let us for a moment cast aside our prejudices, our political leanings, our primordial sentiments, our perceived grievances and our intellectual pretensions and posturing. Let us look at the following facts dispassionately, objectively and critically devoid of any jaundiced misconceptions we harbour about a certain political actor. Let us do a comparative analysis of two different dispensations in our recent history and know why “Nigerians are suffering”. This is not a blame game. It is an acceptable practice worldwide especially in the advanced democracies to compare and contrast different administrations in the life of a nation. That is the only way we can make informed choices in choosing our leaders. So it is not unusual for instance to have Americans compare Carter vs Reagan, Clinton vs Bush or Obama vs Trump administrations. In the interest of simplicity I will for now stick to the present and GEJ’s administrations and leave out the OBJ years with its baggage of titanic proportions; wasted trillions on energy, 3rd term brouhaha, Lagos state funds debacle, unsolved assassinations and the decimation of Odi and Zaki Biam.  

Dr Goodluck Jonathan (Ebele and Azikwe have been conveniently dropped) and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Ex-World Bank Vice President) and a stellar cast of technocrats were opportune to superintend between 2010 and 2015, the highest oil earnings in Nigeria’s history during a five-year period of unprecedented oil boom. Nigerian real net oil export revenue within this period was well above $445 billion. (Source OPEC Revenue Fact Sheet and Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S Department of Energy). We have not forgotten how Dr. Jonathan infamously quipped during an interview that America knows everything while he was trying to defend Diezani Allison Madueke’s shenanigans in the Petroleum Ministry. Yes President Jonathan, America truly knows everything and we also knew what they have always known. It is no wonder the U.S State Department described your administration as a cesspit of corruption and sleaze and the worst thing to ever happen to Nigeria.

Now what did we see in the light of the superabundance? Nothing but a long sorry and sad tale of woes that would even make the devil shudder. Where do we even start from? Our external reserves fell from $60 billion to a little above $20 billion. Our Excess Crude Account was depleted. Federal Government was borrowing to pay salaries. Most of the states were technically bankrupt and couldn’t pay salaries, some for up to 12 months or more. Accumulated contractor debts ran into billions of dollars thereby stopping all major construction works. Nigeria’s credit rating was severely downgraded. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was at an all time low having declined from $8.8 billion in 2010 to $1.3 billion in 2015.

Infrastructure was not improved. Energy sector was bleeding. Unpaid salary arrears and pensions were the norm. # 600 billion fuel subsidy and #60 billion fertilizer subsidy bills were left unpaid. The capital market was stuttering. Boko Haram was practically controlling three North-East states, with bombs going off here and there including Abuja, the nation’s seat of power. This was despite the billions that supposedly went into arms purchase.

At this point in time Nigeria was practically on life support and below ground zero. Ironically WE THOUGHT WE WERE ENJOYING! We didn’t know we were living on our capital. Like we say in Igbo language, “Anyi no na eri ishi ego anyi”. We didn’t know we were dancing with borrowed robes. We didn’t know that our future was being mortgaged. We didn’t know we were living a false life built on a sepulchral and gutted edifice. We didn’t know that corruption in high places which had frittered away our commonwealth was fueling our lives, our economy and our psyche. We didn’t give a hoot about a day of reckoning. After all the powers that be had crowed that our economy had been rebased and was now the biggest in Africa. So let the good times roll. Everything was built on consumption. Ka anyi n’eri ife n’ego di nyafu nyafu. Our huge import bill was shafting our reserves and our future. The unofficial motto of the party in power was SHARE THE MONEY. And that became the national mantra. 

And then the bubble burst on May 29, 2015. A man that had been demonized, castigated, spit on, described variously as a marauding Islamist, analog gerontocrat and bumbling illiterate assumed the reins of power by nothing less than divine intervention. He looked into our books and was scandalized by the rot, the sleaze, and the cannibalized remains of our commonwealth. To worsen matters, the crude oil market crashed just before he took over and he had very little resources to work with. According to the earlier mentioned OPEC Revenue Fact Sheet and U.S Energy Information Administration, our crude oil earnings between 2015 – 2017 stood at $52 billion or about 12% of Jonathan’s earnings over five years. Now what did this maligned and misconstrued gentleman do? He staked his integrity, sacrificed his retirement, overcame his health challenges, ignored his traducers, girded his loins and set a three point agenda for his administration; Economy, Security and Anti-Corruption. Let us now see how he fared within three years. Not five years and not eight years.

ECONOMY.

(Including Infrastructural Development and Social Investment)

This administration came on board and met a recession with its roots in the previous government misrule. It then put in place an Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) which aims to Restore Growth, to Invest in the Nigerian People and to Build a Globally Competitive Economy. In addition to that, series of bailout funds to the tune of 2 trillion naira were made available to the states for accrued salary arrears and contractual obligations. It is disheartening to note that the ragtag army of Buhari bashers has never deemed it fit to interrogate how the states deployed this windfall. That is even assuming they know the names of their governors or keep track of happenings in their respective states.

Our external reserve which had dropped to $29 billion owing to our consumptive mania was boosted to $47 billion. 600 billion naira fuel and 60 billion naira fertilizer subsidy bills were paid off. Inherited salary and pension arrears dating back to OBJ era were paid off, including Nigerian Airways, Nitel staff and Biafran policemen. There is also the reactivation of 11 abandoned fertilizer blending plants thereby crashing the price of fertilizer down to #5,500 from #15000.This has kicked off a real agricultural revolution  that has turned many farmers into millionaires and cut down the importation of rice from Thailand by 60%.  There is also the reactivation of the Delta Steel Rolling Mill Aladja. This mill which is an invaluable tool for local industrialization had been abandoned for the past 20years. And the resuscitation of the Mambilla power plant, another abandoned albatross dating back to donkey years. This administration has embarked on the expansion of the Standard Gauge lines to traverse the length and breadth of the country. This is a far departure from the former policy of buying refurbished coaches for an inadequate rail network.  PMB used $2.3billion to increase the nation’s energy output to 7,000 MW as against the $16 billion that OBJ and GEJ used to achieve a miserly 3,000 MW. The administration has also embarked on a massive road construction drive nationwide including Lagos-Ibadan, Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja-Katsina Ala, Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-PH, Owerri-Aba and the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Recruitment of an initial batch of 200,000 beneficiaries under the N-Power scheme with more batches on stream. #108 billion saved so far from the TSA scheme that President Jonathan created but failed to implement.
Utilizing the BVN scheme to detect ghost workers and other economic saboteurs who have been using the banking sector to milk the nation dry. Coming up with the Voluntary Income and Asset Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to increase tax awareness and compliance and reduce incidence of tax evasion. Anchor Borrowers & GEEP schemes powered by CBN and BOI that have provided soft loans to hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale beneficiaries to grow their businesses.
Recording a whopping #4 trillion by FIRS including #972.3 billion from VAT. Attracting $4.6 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) the third highest in Africa after Angola and Egypt after 5years of decline during GEJ’s tenure.

Successfully issuing two Eurobonds of $45 billon, SUKUK bond of 100 billion naira, Diaspora bond $300 billion and Sovereign Climate bond, the first in Africa. All of them directed at improving our nations infrastructural architecture.  School feeding scheme in 20 states and counting.
Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of #5000 to 25,000 less privileged Nigerians in 9 pilot states. Declared one of the ten best performing economies by the World Bank. And best performing stock exchange in the world with 13 trillion naira transactions, an all time record in the history of our stock exchange. Promoting Local Content with the designation of Innoson Motors as a major supplier to the armed forces which has prompted the company to recruit an additional 3,000 staff to meet up with their orders. Engaging Aba Tailors and shoe makers to supply the uniform kits for NYSC, Military, Road Safety Corps and other para-military agencies.

 

CORRUPTION

The staggering revelations of corrupt practices under the Jonathan administration is unprecedented in the history of this country. The mindboggling refunds and forfeitures running into billions of naira is more than enough reason for us to consider the China Treatment for corrupt public officers. The Hall of Shame cuts across political office holders, military top brass, top civil servants, fugitive militants and cronies of the last administration. Some of these shameless thieves are presently asking for out-of-court settlements and plea bargains. We have been regaled with reports of how stupendous sums of money in foreign currency (more than the combined budget of several African countries) were ignominiously withdrawn from the Central Bank few days to the elections to prosecute Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015. Another case in point of how our treasury was raped is the fact that Jonathan attended the UN General Assembly with a 604-man delegation while Buhari went there with just 17 people.

For the 16years PDP was in power, JAMB was remitting only about #3million annually to the government treasury, while Buhari’s appointee (a distinguished scholar and former Vice-Chancellor who was derided by wailers as a mere Arabic teacher) remitted a whopping #11billion in just one year. It was in the course of his investigations into the past accounts of the board that we uncovered the case of how a snake mysteriously swallowed millions. In their crass ignorance, wailers and haters failed to recognize that this happened under their revered hero, Ebele Azikiwe.

Do we talk about the Customs Service that is now reporting revenues in the tens of billions as against the mere #2 billion it was generating annually before now.Or the NPA that is presently generating #229.6 billion against #12 billion annually under Jonathan. Intel one of Atiku’s companies just paid #13 billion to the government as part of the present anti-corruption drive. Even judges were not left out of the jamboree as some of them brazenly consorted with litigants and their counsels to pervert the course of justice. It is no wonder a good number of them have been eased off the bench. Notwithstanding the delays and loopholes in our justice system, the EFCC has managed to record some successes in bringing the kleptomaniacs to book. Recent examples are the jailing of Sam Omatseye, former MD of NIMASA and the green light by the Supreme Court for the Father Christmas of our time Dasuki to proceed with his trial and quit further quibbling.

 

SECURITY
Not quite long ago, Boko Haram was practically in control of three North-Eastern states, planting their flags indiscriminately over conquered territory, decimating our gallant but ill-equipped soldiers, pillaging and plundering whole towns without any challenge. Bombs were going off regularly in public places, worship centers and even in Abuja. But this administration came in and routed the sect and succeeded in recovering lost territories. Like the cowards they are and which is characteristic with most terrorists of their ilk worldwide, they now go after soft targets once in a while. There is no doubt however that their strength has been decapitated and what we are witnessing now is the death throes of a dying serpent. The vipers that kept this country down over the years have fought back in different ways, one of which is to breach the security of the nation and make it ungovernable. They have sponsored an insurrection in the South-East, militancy in the South-South and fake herdsmen in the North-Central regions. But their devilish machinations will always come to naught. Nigeria pass them.

 

BOTTOM LINE
In effect the Buhari administration has under 3 years used just 12% of the resources at Jonathan’s disposal to achieve what he could not do in 5 years or even the whole 16 years of PDP misrule. Judging from this, it is only an incorrigible hater or a deluded wailer or a twisted mind that will say that Buhari is not working or that Nigeria is not making progress even with the acute resources constraint.

I am reminded of a recent comment here on facebook by a shameless so-called educated wailer to the effect that even if Buhari constructs all the roads in Nigeria, reduces the unemployment rate to 0% and makes $1 equal to #1, he and his fellow looted brains will still not vote for him. Which only goes to show that the present Buhari-bashing we are witnessing is nothing else but an ungodly and demonic hatred that has no rhyme or reason.

Most worrisome is the role being played by CAN in this sordid dance macabre. After many years of commingling with OBJ and Jonathan, CAN seems to have lost its focus and cannot now decide whether it is the religious arm of PDP or a political party or a brood of crybabies whose lollypop has been snatched away. It’s not surprising because the era of receiving stolen millions as tithe is over, the era of using their private jets to ferry laundered money in the name of buying arms is over, the era of escorting the President to Jerusalem is over, the era of receiving millions to sway the votes of their flocks in the elections is over and the era of being a partner in the squandering of our treasury is over. CAN really needs to seek God’s forgiveness for their role in putting this country in its present penurious state or else God’s judgment on them will be cataclysmic.

There are also those of our countrymen whose grouse is that Buhari has not yet turned stone to bread or water to wine simply because he promised CHANGE. Their idea of change has been conditioned by the perverse teachings of the merry band of gods of men who promise their flock all kinds of quick-fixes from prosperity to dubious healings. The natural order of planning, execution and nurturing of endeavours has thus been supplanted with a doctrine that encourages sloth and laziness. Even the Good Book teaches about a time for everything. A time to plant and a time to harvest. But they will not have any of that. Exercising patience while the seeds being planted by this administration to germinate and blossom is out of the question for them.

This is reminiscent of the Israelites in the wilderness that kept on haranguing Moses and wishing for a return to their previous bondage under Pharaoh.These fellows wants their CHANGE sharp-sharp. No time to waste. To them CHANGE means reaping without sowing.
Even the ones that ran to Europe, Asia, America and Australia to scrounge a living, stay ensconced in another man’s land to haul abuses at their country and denigrate a man who has chosen to right the wrongs of the past that made them run away to greener pastures in the first place. All the woes that have plagued this great nation from 1960 till date are now placed on Buhari’s doorsteps.  

Yes there have been some missteps by this administration. But we are governed by men and not angels. Some of these hiccups are being addressed and some could have been avoided. But on the whole, if the truth be told, much has been achieved. The cries of “people are suffering” sound hollow and uncharitable if we take into account where the rain started beating us. The greatest nations on earth all went through this phase of making hay while the sun shines before they got to where they are presently. There is no gain without pain. Like Barrack Obama famously said, “In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it”. We can only do that by being supportive and patriotic and not by pulling down our country and wailing like demented banshees. Nigeria is on the match and will be great again. You can either be a part of the process or against it. I CHOOSE THE FORMER ANY DAY.

My beloved compatriots I write you with love in my heart. Love for my fellow countrymen that have long been short-changed by the worst set of leaders ever. Love for my dear and great country that has been subjected to so much grievous abuse that could have sunk less-resilient countries. Love for our children and unborn children whose future is being assured by the painstaking efforts of the present administration to re-engineer our way of doing things.

There is nothing wrong in calling an administration to order and proffering solutions to some of our problems. But we can do that with love. And not by wishing and praying that the leadership should fail. Love for our dear country should surmount whatever hatred we have against anybody. That is if we should even harbour such hatred in the first place. The level of hatred I see in the utterances of certain commentators and in a certain part of this country calls for serious concern and makes me wonder which deity they worship.

Besides being a counter-productive and destructive emotion, hatred harms the hater more than the hated. When criticism is loaded with so much venom, bile, contempt, denigration and disdain, you have then entered a dangerous territory that can even lead to a mutually-assured destruction. I want no part of that.  My children want no part of that. Nigeria wants no part of that. The Good Book says that love conquers all. With love we can come together as one, conquer the odds against us and make this country great again. That my beloved compatriots is where I stand.


God bless Nigeria.
With love from your fellow compatriot,
Pat  Chukwuemeka

Birthday Tribute To My Sister Aisha Aliyu Umar Waru (Mrs. Computer Science). By: Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda.

Birthday Tribute To My Sister Aisha Aliyu Umar Waru (Mrs. Computer Science).

I have been so overwhelmed with school stuffs and work recently that I couldn’t find the time to pen down birthday wishes for my Angel sister..  so I thought it wise to pen a tribute to her in honour of her birthday though it is *Belated* since she was born on July 16, which was yesterday, a very special day indeed.

My dear sister, please permit me to use this carousal day of yhur birth to announce to the world how much I cherished our sisterhood and friendship. Indeed not everyone in the world has a sister, among those that do, not too many can say they have a really great sister. But I can, her name is Aisha Aliyu Umar Waru. (Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda, 2015).

I must confess, Aishah Aliyu aka Waru’s Girl is younger and prettier than *Wance da Wance* But Banda *Wance* though it’s *Just for security purpose sha.*..Heheh..
Even though she is younger than me, she have taught me so much. From her I have learned the true meanings of kindness and redemption. She made me learned that a person without a sister like her is just like a bird missing her wings. I still wonder how she manage my Joke, prank and expensive Tsokana.. I doubt if any one can..

She is firm about her convictions. She is fierce about her friendships and sisterhood. She is firm about her loyalty. She is firm about her relationship with her husband. All her family Dad, Mum, Aunt, Sister, Brothers, Niece and Nephews and anyone related to her; she understands the value of people; they are the most important things to her. Chances are, If you once had a close relationship with Aisha, you still do, and if you don’t, it’s probably because you are the one who left. She’s too firm to give up on anything.

So, my dear Angel Wing Sister, as you celebrate your birthday, pls, remember to always thank God for all the blessings and love He has put in your life. I pray that the blessings of God follow you all the days of your life. Today been your special day, and I want to wish you a very happy birthday. May God shower you with all His amazing blessings to make your everyday affairs successful. May good fortune accompany you everywhere you go and May you deliver twins Successfully and name them after me and her.
Happy birthday Once Again Sis.

~Abdoulrasheed H. Tapheeda

 

Moral decadence Amongst Youth of Sarkin Dawaki and Majidadi Wards, Jalingo LGA: Who is to Blame? ~Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

The moral decadence in our society has reached level that calls for concern. It is of no doubt that social vices have completely replaced core moral values in present times. This ravaging phenomenon is the cause of some of the major problems Sarkin Dawaki and Majidadi Wards, Jalingo LGA are facing. A society where the young ones and leaders of tomorrow no longer think of how tomorrow would be better than today or how to be instrumental to the development of his/her Society. But engage in all sorts of anti-social behavior, such as Stealing, Fighting With Dangerous Weapons, Terrorising and the worst part of is ‘Raping Young Girls.’

This societal menace is just too prevalent and has reduced the present youths to mediocrity. The Moral values that are found in our religion, culture and traditions are yet to be emble by youth.. They consider our indigenous culture and traditions as outdated and barbaric.

Now that the issue has reached an alarming rate and as it is the tradition in our dear people, whenever an issue arises, we point accusing fingers and play the blame game instead of brainstorming on how best to tackle the problem. Some blame the parents, some point accusing fingers at the media, while others believe it’s the youth who are responsible for their behavior or misbehavior. But the truth is; Whichever of them you think is responsible, you may be right and as well be wrong for the following reasons;

1. The Parents:
Parents are responsible for training their children and teaching them compassion,  respect as well as acceptable do’s and don’ts in line with societal values and religious dictates. As such, they become responsible for the action or inaction, behavior and attitudes of their children towards others from childhood to maturity. If a child behaves well, people conclude that the child is from a disciplined home and if they behave otherwise, people fault the parents for not properly training the child. You hear people complain “didn’t your parents teach you this?” or “didn’t your parents teach you that?” The unfortunate thing now is that, some parents abandon these responsibilities.

 
2. The Media:
The role of the media in society is to inform, educate, entertain and serve as the watch-dog of the society. But Unfortunately, it is no longer so. The entertainment industry for example through music videos, movies and some publications have successfully polluted the minds of the youth and promoted indecent dressing, Nudity is now directly proportional to your fame and acceptance, skimpy dresses are now tickets to ‘classy’ events, songs that have sexual talks in them sell faster than the meaningful ones, when your trousers is around your waist then you are seen as a “learner”, big girls are now identified by level of exposure of their private parts. Drinking alcohol and other  dangerous intoxicants, smoking, and jamborees  among others. Such youth model their lives in accordance with any of their favourite actors, actresses, musicians, models and the like. But they dress, talk, walk, and misbehave like their unworthy role models with the highest sense of justification and the worst of all dedicating their most productive stage of life to temporary fun. What a mistake.

 

 

3. The Youth:
Nowadays youth don’t pay heed to the advices of elders and have no respect for them. Some children are good liars and perfect pretenders. They act and behave like saints in the house and become demons the moment they step out of it. It is universally believed that once a child is 18 years of age, he or she can think and make decisions, discern between truth and false, right and wrong, good and bad and so on.
The time for blame game is over, and each and every one concerned should take up their responsibilities. Parents, no matter how busy you may be, find time to train your children to be the good children you want.

The media should be socially responsible to the society and promote morals and values found in our indigenous culture and traditions.

Whereas the youth need reorientation and these includes compassion, respect, tolerance and understanding.

Above all, it must be understood that training the youth is a collective responsibility of the members of the society. If you train only your children, my untrained children whom are friends and go to school, mosque or church, play and socialize together can spoil your trained children. By joining hands together we can achieve morally sound society that we can be proud to call home.
Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda, Students Taraba State University, Jalingo.
B.Sc. (HONS.) Mathematics

Birthday Tribute To My Colleague In Crime; Halimah Julde By; Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

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I will like to start by untangling the statement made above “Colleague in Crime” for the fear misinterpreted/Misapprehension  by the gullible wailers. when i said Colleague in Crime I mean; my colleague in crime of  terrorism X&Y in the Mathematical Science Department. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS.

So, I want to use this yhur carousal day of yhur birth to announce to the world how much I cherished our friendship. We have been friend since four years ago, and I feel like we have known each other forever. I first met you on my first day of college and you were sitting together with Aishah, Kuburah, Abbas and one shorty guy that I can’t remember his name. Among them all, it was only you that looked so quite, aesthic and innocent kind the girl. I walked toward yhu people and exchanged howdy with Aisha, Abbas, Kuburah before you.. then I proceed to department to continue with my registration process.

As I was coming out of the department, there yhu are again, moving majestically, holding yhur phone in right hand, with a lot of facial makeup that made yhu shine like a new Indian bride. I almost fall down while looking at yhu discretely. Am sure yhu caught me staring at ***.. Probably that was the reason of yhur discomfort and shivering.  It was there we made proper introduction and yhu told me, yhu were going home to pick yhur receipt.. I must confess, your discomforbility is the reason I couldn’t say; yhu look so beauriful. I just said ohk. Adawo laphia..

In those three years of college every day spent with you and our two other best friends (Aisha and Kuburah) was so special and memorable. Our whole class was so much friendly and caring, yhu guys are amazing. We all became like a family. The way we used to elucidate each other’s problem, rendering hands in explaining, differentiating, integrating simplifying and demo-graphing and being there for each other in heart breaking moments, cheering each other in the worst mood, especially messaging you every day to remind you about the homework/assignment, because I must confess, you forget a lot, endless gossiping, laughing so much that our stomach hurt and there are countless other things.

I want to tell you that you are purest girl, the beautiful one, so pretty and gorgeous from inside out. I love your smile and with your smile you make me smile too. Our connection goes way deeper than normal because we are not normal at all. Because of this deep connection we can share anything and everything with each other. I can forget the support yhu gave me in my trial moment, when I was infected with an Emotional Trauma Disease Called “Heart Breaking” and how yhu offered a Tip-Tap hand to lift me out; But am sorry for failing yhu atlast. Thanks once against and with that, I promise to continue supporting yhu as I have always supported you and have been there with you in every situation and I will continue to do so always even after college ended, I couldn’t stand to be without talking to you.

I indeed appreciate the love and care yhu have pomp me with, I love yhu much morethan yhu can thing of.. is just that we are actually the opposites of each other in so many ways. You love to sleep, you love eating, you are lazy, you are a quite person but once you are comfortable with someone then you show your true self, you like to think a lot when you are alone, you did not like reading at all but now when you actually read a book, you now love reading as well.

I like to sleep too but limited, i like eating too but limited, i am not lazy but extra energetic, reading is like breathing to me and now you get that too, i am not a quite person and i talk to everyone, i do love to think but in a totally different way, i love to write because this is how i express myself. The common thing in us is that we love to watch movies especially “Gossip Diary” lolx.

I am so thankful to God, to have you as my best friend forever. No matter how much i write for you, it will never be enough and there are no words to describe the depth of our friendship. We can only feel it, when we feel this depth of our friendship it leaves us with a peaceful feeling. This publicity story (Write-up) is specially for you and the world will be reading it. I want to give this message to all those people out there, that friendship is not materialistic; it’s a deep bond between people and a connection between souls. Its just about feeling this deep bond and be there for each other always. To some people this may seem like an exaggeration on social media but for me this is a tribute to my best friend, who means the world to me. This is my way of making her feel special because this is her day.

Hey best friend i hope you like this Write-up because all that i wrote came from my heart and soul. I hope all your dreams come true and you find all the happiness and also true inner happiness. I also  I hope you have a wonderful day and that the year ahead is filled with much love, many wonderful surprises and gives you lasting memories that you will cherish in all the days ahead.

Once again a very happy birthday to you my Best friend, Soul sister and Colleague in Crime (Terrorising X&Y).. Keep smiling always and yes yhur gift is on it way, wish I will be there to hand it to yhu my self but things didn’t work out as I planned. Thanks

Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

GMD Technptronic Company Nig. Ltd

Phone No.: 08037154155

Email: atapheeda@gmail.com

Birthday Tribute Part One! By: Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

My birthday tribute part one has to do with parturition.!

So I will like use this medium to thank God, for making me see another year; thanks for the gift of life; I’m eternally grateful for all the blessings that he has given me that makes me appreciate a good life, for the struggles he casted on me which made me stronger and helped me realised the ideas of life’s bitter, sweet, reality and most of all for the love which is supported by guidance and protection which he unconditionally gives through my ever beloved family and friends especially you.

I thank God for giving Me another Year to be Productive and Proactive, to share my life and be a blessing to other people. It’s another year to dream, to live, to enjoy, to share, to celebrate, and to execute whatever left unexecuted in my Life. I pray that He always guide Me and help Me be better person every day in other to be more Focused in Life and be more Dedicated into the Struggle I am involved in,that’s finding X&Y, may He give me the will to find that missing variables to save the offcoming one’s from faving the same plight. Ameen.

And With much sincerity and happiness I would like to thank everyone for the Birthday Wishes and Blessings, from Friends and Family; Far and Near. My Heartfelt Gratitude goes to all who posted on my Facebook Wall, Messaged Me, Sent Me Mails, Pinged Me, Used My Pictures as Display Picture on whatsapp, BBM, Created a Whatsapp/BBM Broadcast , Personal Messages, Called or Text to Wish Me a Happy Birthday. I would have loved to give reply to each message, especially on Facebook personally, but many things have become a luxury when you are on a special day; my joy doubled when I saw your wishes on my wall. That is why I write this note instead.

Thanks to my departmental mates especially our humble President, Halimas, evelene, Lawrence, Queen and my Ex. Rival.. etc for the severe beating I was given and staining of my well-ironed white Shirt, it shows how accepted I am to you all, I cannot but thank you all. Thank You so much for making my Birthday even more Special with all Your Wonderful Wishes. It is very overwhelming and touching to know people remembered and took even a little time and effort to greet me. I’m appropriately flattered and edified at the number of good wishes that came my way via the various online services we now enjoy; I’m overwhelmed by the over pouring of love from around the World.

I will not forget to thanks those who turned their back, for you have helped in valuing more those who are with me, and aid new spaces for new good friends. I’m getting older and getting wiser as well; I have learnt a lot from many people fortunate to come across!

Thank You, One and all..!!!!!
Yours sincerely,
Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda
{The Birthday Boy}.

Of Corruption And The Jonathan Alibi, By Usama Dandare

Without mincing words, Nigeria is fantastically corrupt, corrupt in the sense that the country has the highest costs of corruption in the comity of other similarly corrupt-ridden nations: this is because in Nigeria, corruption doesn’t only exists as an act but widely accepted as a norm and a way of life. Studies have shown that the rate at which corruption has polluted the entire country is perhaps the basis for poor salaries and wages, dilapidated healthcare, lack of standard education, lack of job opportunities among young people, and unavailability of infrastructure. The effects of bribery in the education, water and healthcare sectors represent the implicit costs of corruption. Corruption ‘taxes’ basic services beyond the reach of the poor. Corruption results in the deviation of funds intended for development. It undermines government’s ability to provide basic services. It also undermines the rule of law, feeding inequality and injustice. This is perhaps the case with Nigeria, being the leading giant where stolen public funds are being transported out of Africa with pride.

In the last six years alone under the stewardship of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria witnessed a blazing period of monumental corruption and blatant rape on its commonwealth than ever in the history of man.There is no department, no ministry that can be said to be free of corruption under Jonathan, there was nowhere that fraud does not take place on a daily basis. Several multi-billion dollar scandals in the oil industry and the security sector highlighted the scale of corruption during the Jonathan presidency: these included the failure of the national oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to remit $18.5 billion in oil revenues to the national treasury between January 2012 and July 2013; diversion by NNPC of at least $3.4 billion of the aforementioned funds to a non-existent kerosene subsidy scheme; and the loss of 84.8 million barrels of oil in 2013 at a cost of $6.7 billion through “bunkering” or organized theft by Niger Delta terrorists in collaboration with senior politicians and security officers (see Sanusi 2015; Wallis 2015), and the diversion of over $5billion arms procurement funds to mention just a few.

But today, all these are seemingly becoming history with a new sheriff in town. Since the taken over governance by the incorruptible Mohammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015, corruption in Nigeria has been swept away, the rule of law is now strengthened, and the old ways are over. It’s no more business as usual while corrupt public officials who squandered the nation’s wealth are now on self-exile in Ivory Coast, Europe and America in the name of one medical treatment or the other. Hardly a week goes by without the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) announcing a new addition added to the list of prominent figures already in the dock or under prosecution, but the more the cases are brought to courts the longer they are drag on, and the glaring it becomes that a potential setback could possibly prevent the anti-corruption regime of President Buhari from accomplishing it mission of a new Nigeria free from corruption and corrupt officials. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is having a field day arresting and dragging prominent figures to court with charges bordering on corruption but yet, not a single conviction has been secured so far. It’s glaring that a major setback is increasingly posing monumental obstacle for state prosecutors to secure convictions as corruption trials get under way…… it’s no other factor than the ‘Goodluck Jonathan Alibi’.

All the suspects currently under prosecution or investigation for involvement in siphoning the nation’s hard earned wealth are pointing to Jonathan direction for defence, almost all of them are insisting to have acted on orders given to them by former President Goodluck Jonathan:
The first notable arrest was that of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki who is alleged to have supervised the laundering of $2.1billion arms procurement funds from Nigeria’s coffers, most of which was spent on “mobilizing” support for Jonathan’s re-election bid. Dasuki was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the EFCC the following day. He was again re-arrested by the DSS on Tuesday, December 29, after being released on bail. Sambo Dasuki is currently standing trial for diverting weapons procurement cash through his office via bogus defence contracts, but has himself said he was only doing the bidding of the then-commander-in-chief — Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, and was only carrying out instructions from his president. Now Dasuki is on trial but the more his trial gather impetus, the more it’s becoming impossible to move on without a testimony from former President Goodluck Jonathan who allegedly instructed the sharing of the said arms procurement funds as Dasuki claimed.

Again, take for instance the case of Olisa Metuh, the spokesman for Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is also facing trial for money laundering charges. He is alleged to have received from Sambo Dasuki millions of dollars earmarked for buying weapons and equipment for troops fighting Boko Haram that were allegedly diverted to finance Jonathan re-election campaign. But Metuh says he was only acting on former President Jonathan orders and wasn’t aware where the money was sourced from, he therefore argued he should be acquitted because President Jonathan who instructed him on what to do with the said money has not been called to testify. Without Jonathan’s testimony, the state prosecutors, despite presenting several witnesses, wouldn’t be able to present enough evidence to convict Metuh. As things stands now, EFCC couldn’t validly prosecute Mr. Metuh for embezzling public funds without involving President Jonathan who ordered the embezzlement.

The case of Chief Tony Anenih, a former Chairman Board of Trustee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is another case study, Anenih was alleged by the anti-graft agency to have received the sum of N260million from Col. Sambo Dasuki but Mr. Anenih dismissed any link to do with the former NSA, he claimed to have carried out an assignment for President Jonathan using his own personal money, after which the President requested for his account details into which the refund should be made and the said N260million were wired into his bank account by Sambo Dasuki. This clearly indicate that President Jonathan collected Mr. Anenih’s bank details, forwarded them to Dasuki and ordered him to pay the money in question into Anenih’s account.

Similarly, a former Principal Secretary to Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Hassan Tukur has also landed in deep shit after accepting to have participated in the looting of our commonwealth. Mr. Tukur at the headquarters of EFCC last Friday admitted to have received the sum of $40million from the office of the National Security Adviser after he dubiously boasted that he was in a position to negotiate the release of the abducted Chibok girls. However, the negotiation were botched from the very first minute by Mr.Tukur’s fraudulent moves and at the end, the $40million allegedly given to Mr. Tukur were diverted into private pockets. During intorregation, Tukur confessed that he gave $5million to President Idriss Déby of Chad Republic while the bulk of the negotiation funds ($35million) was shared between him and his boss, former President Goodluck Jonathan. Perhaps, Mr. Tukur cannot be convicted alone without inviting Jonathan to prove his innocence, otherwise, Kuje should be the next bus stop for both.

Another classical case of interest is that of Femi Fani-Kayode, the spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan campaign committee, who is still undergoing interrogations in EFCC custody over corruption allegations. Mr. Kayode is being interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for taken part in the illegal withdrawal of N2.5billion directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and disbursed to chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG), where Fani-Kayode himself was allocated about N840million from the funds which was used in blackmailing opposition politicians and dividing Nigerians along ethno-religious boundaries through some hate media channels. Mr. Kayode is now claiming that the N840million in question was given to him by former President Jonathan for a special assignment which he carried out and wasn’t aware of the sources where the funds were sourced out, insisting he only acted on Jonathan orders.

In a nutshell, there are several other influential figures currently in EFCC custody with many already undergoing prosecution. (Mrs) Nenadi Usman, the Finance Director of the Jonathan Presidential election campaign committee and alongside Jonathan’s Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Warimopei Dudafa, were also not left out in the blind search of our stolen wealth, both were arrested by EFCC in connection with the illegal withdrawal of N2.5billion directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria, via President Jonathan’s directives to the Central Bank Governor. Same is the case with Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Jonathan’s Minister of Education who was last week detained by the anti-graft agency in Kano over allegations that he received N970million campaign money from Nenadi Usman. Additionally, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Attahiru Bafarawa and son, Mohammed Bello Halliru and son, and several others are all under trials before various courts over the same issue – Jonathan presidential campaign money.

Well, whatever the case may be, it’s a nice shot striking forward and a rare opportunity to witness a period in our nation’s history where the once untouchable mighty politicians are being arrested and prosecuted in a country where corruption was authoritatively established, guarded and celebrated. But the twist these trials are taken is absolutely injurious to the overall collective progress of Nigeria. All the aforementioned accused persons are unanimously claiming to be unaware that the money allegedly given to them for Jonathan presidential re-election campaign came from public purse, insisting to have thought the money came from private donations made to the campaign organisation. What a logical defence!
Meanwhile, things are not looking good on the side of the former President, as the circle of arrests is focusing one one central focal point; Goodluck Jonathan, yet, the EFCC seems to be deaf and incapacitated in trying to bring Jonathan to justice. Prompting Nigerians to ask: does the Buhari administration have the political strength to push through getting Jonathan to book?

I am afraid but if the federal government with all the artilleries at it disposal fails to bring Goodluck Jonathan to account , then almost all the accused could potentially walk free, thus dealing a serious blow to President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of rooting out the endemic corruption holding Nigeria to ransom. Many spectators are beginning to think that none of the accused currently on trial will end up securing a jail term if President Buhari chooses a diplomatic compromise in getting Goodluck Jonathan to account. No matter how someone try to exonerate Jonathan of any wrong doing, one cannot dispute the fact that he was the president and the chief authoriser to whom all financial presentations were tabled before approval for payments and as such, he is therefore a material and indispensable person in order for a prima facie case to be establish. Now that we have glaring evidences that the otuekean have indeed stained his hands with chocolate from our cookie jar: when will EFCC invite Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?

Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto. Contact him via osadaby@yahoo.com or on twitter @osadaby.

# PMB365Days: Change, In Dire Need Of Speed! By MickeySunny

I find it increasingly difficult to write about the 1st year anniversary of President Buhari`s administration, not because I care less about what becomes of his administration, but I am suspicious of how much I have begun to rage against what he has and has not done. I see reactions in some people around me, this same feeling about him.
There are lots of articles – different groups and individuals with divergent opinions and impressions about his 1st year in office. Various polls have rated him on different areas, but fact is, his first year scorecard seems below expectation considering the hype in which the administration sold itself prior to its election.

The Buhari`s administration has come under pressure from various quarters- with support here and hostility there; some saying he has done really well while others complained bitterly about how terrible his administration is. Friends are torn apart in the debate; comrades are not left out, while critics joined with the hash tag #PMB365WastedDays. But make no mistakes; whether you are for Buharist or against him, whether you believe he has a good scorecard or a terrible one- one thing is common, this administration lacks speed.

There is no doubt that this administration still enjoys the goodwill of the people but should it continue at this speed, it would be exhausted before its second year anniversary. Without neglecting or underscoring the place of proper planning and preparation, I make bold to say that there is a level of sluggishness in this administration and the earlier it is addressed the better for us.

You see, we can go on and on blaming everyone and everything for the slow take off of this administration, but if this slow pace is not addressed, we`d be back here again on the second year of this administration apportioning blame and hanging our woes around the failure of past administrations and on the dwindling crude oil price.

Meanwhile, had the present administration added some kind of smartness and speed to its change mantra, it would have by now made an appreciable level of impact on the lives of the people.

There is a place of good intentions and good plans, but as a leader you don`t have to keep the people suffering for too long while results are yet achieved.
There is a reason why on “action plans” we have: short term, medium term and long term- just so that people start getting results on time! This administration does not have to keep the people waiting unnecessarily for so long when it can do well by activating its short term plans to cushion the effect which its long term plans may have on the masses.

The process of getting results could be tedious or simple depending on how cumbersome the process is. That is the very reason why speed and accuracy must be factored into processes in other to have a timely and prompt result.

Those that feel, one good year is too small to rate the performance of this administration or to begin achieving tangible results do so because they do not understand the importance of speed. “3 months was too small, 6 months was too small, 9 months was too small”, but one year can never be too small to clearly itemized what has been achieved by an administration that knows what it`s doing and that’s up to speed with it. The reason why the present administration is still giving its speeches like one running a manifesto is because this “Change” lacks speed!

Whose fault was it that the 2016 budget was padded severally? Whose fault was it that there was delaying in signing the 2016 budget? If these faults aren’t from the masses, who else should be blamed for the delay if not the presidency? You don`t put the people at the edge of an excruciating pain because of the failure of those in power and expect not to be blamed for it!

For instance, the Nigerian economy is currently being hit by the dwindling crude oil prices thus leading to a shortage of foreign exchange, a shrinking economy, and spiralling inflation. These have impacted on the standard of living and have impeded the ability of several state governments to pay the salaries of their workers.

However, the Federal Government through the Minister of Finance- Kemi Adeosun, announced its readiness to inject a total of N350 billion to rebound the dwindling economy of the nation in anticipation of the approval of the budget. This was as a result of the decisions taken at the end of a two-day retreat for governors of the 36 states of the federation and members of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Speaking on Sunrise, a Channels TV programme, she reemphasized and I quote: “As soon as the budget is signed, we are going to pump N350 billion into the economy in this quarter and we are going to do so every quarter until we stimulate growth. And we would see growth if we spend money on those things that would create jobs.”

This seems to be a good plan and should not have been delayed for any reason whatsoever considering how terrible the state of the economy is. While the ministry awaits the budget approval, all necessary logistics should have been put in place such that as soon as the budget was approved, the fund is immediately injected into the economy. But hell no, that was not what happened! Weeks after the budget was signed into the law, the fund is yet to be fully disbursed. There were reports suggesting that- while the Ministry of Finance is set to fulfil its own part of injecting the fund, some agencies of government, which are expected to act as channels of disbursement, are yet to put their acts together. As several of the disbursing agencies ought to have commenced certain work even before the budget was signed but they delayed in doing so.
We can`t continue to have a slow take off like this and expect a different result that is good enough for the country. Change can come with speed. Change is not magic- we all know that. But then, Change also does not necessarily mean “go slow”. We can both have change and speed. When we do, we would be talking of a different thing- rapid progress and development.

Leave aside the integrity, the trust and the honesty that may have been credited to this administration, if there is no speed, there would be no movement. We need a form of direction, we need speed. It has become a matter of urgency for the president to take off at the speed that will impact positively on the lives of the people. The further he delays the more dangerous it becomes.

There are no doubts that most of the challenges we face today are the results of years of misgovernance and corruption. But as the administration enters its second year, it needs to embark on several short and longer term measures with respect to speed to reverse the country’s dangerous slide.

Nigerians are suffering; telling them to keep bearing the pain while you are not being up to speed with easing them of the pain would be tantamount to carelessness.

Integrity, trust, good plans and policies backed with a coordinated speed, will in no time bring that change that we are dire need of.

God Bless Nigeria.
Ogundana Michael Rotimi is a Nigerian Biochemist, Socio-economic & Political Commentator, and Public Speaker. He tweets @MickeySunny