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.

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



I will like to start by untangling the statement I 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 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 started talking to Aishah, before yhu.. we exchange some howdy then I went to the department to continue 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 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 are going home to pick yhur receipt yhu.. yhur 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


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 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

Tribute To My Boo Khadija Abubakar On Valentine Day! By: Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

Today 14 February, 2016 marked 139days with our 1st meeting (28/09/2015), despite that the time we spent together that day was very little, but the meeting mean the whole world to me. in fact it’s one of the best thing that ever happened to me. The day was indeed unforgettable day with a lot memories to tell of; Because,… before we met, I had no idea what love really was and then my heart started aching for you. Now, each day we’re apart, tears run down my face with longing to have you near me again. I never knew that a lady could have stolen my heart and made it truly her’s. I never knew I could love a lady more than my own life until now.

I long for the day I can finally look into your kind, beautiful eyes and dimples and tell you how much I love you and need you. The true beginning of my life will be when you are here with me. Seeing you every day will bring the greatest joy to my heart, knowing you are finally in reach of me. The very thought of you here excites me in a wonderful way. You are my every heartbeat, my every breath of life. What I need to survive and make it through this lonely world can only be conquered with you by my side. I do not think there are any words that could describe the way I actually feel about you. All I know is that you, are the only lady that is on my mind, the only lady that is in my soul, the only lady who truly and unconditionally has my heart for whatever lifetime this world has to offer us.

When I think about you, my eyes start to tear up because I know you are somewhere else and not in my sight. But the thought of you keeps me going for another breath of fresh air and will keep me longing for you the rest of my life. It’s indeed difficult for for me to be separated for so long. Life seems to be full of trials of this type that test our inner strength and, more importantly, our devotion and love for one another. After all, it is said that true love is boundless and immeasurable and overcomes all forms of adversity. In truth, if love is genuine, it will grow stronger with each assault upon its existence.

Despite that our love has been assaulted many times, and I am convinced that it is true love because the longer I am away from you, the greater my yearning is to be with you again. I cherish any thought of you, prize any memory of you that rises from the depths of my mind, and live for the day when our physical separation will no longer exist. I will never leave you, and I will truly never hurt you. I admire you. You are my inspiration for anything and everything worthwhile on this cold, damp earth.

I never thought my time would come to love, and then it came, and I was hit with so much emotion and power I did not know where to put it all. I have stacked it, piece by piece, in my heart for you. I truly believe you are my soul mate, and you are the only lady I will give all I have to offer forever. I hope you never let go of me because I love you, and I trust you love me too as much as I love you. Sometimes I need to think about you to make myself happy when I am down, and just the thought of you brightens my day completely. Picturing your smile and dimple makes me smile, and I cannot wait to see the beloved lady I admire, I treasure you, and keep you locked in the big steel safe of my heart.

I love you, Sweetheart, and that is the only thing that is never going to change in my life. I am yours forever. Until that moment arrives, I send you my tender love, my warm embrace and best wishes in all your doing.

Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda is a MD of Technotronic Com. Nigeria.
A Freelance Writer From Taraba State
Twitter: @atapheeda
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Danger of Broadcasting News Without verifying. ~Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

There are some writers, especially on the Internet, who spread news without verifying it, which is confusing the ummah, making them despair, such as the claim that one of the Muslim cities has fallen, or that one of their leaders has been killed, and other reports which lead to despair and weakening of morale.
(Case Study: Shiate crisis with Nigerian Army). All of that is without any proof or certainty that the news is true. Some even write at the end of their articles, “This is what I have heard but I am not sure whether the report is true”

Advice to you and me:
O’ My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, remember verifying News is part of Islam, Allah says in a Holy Quran (interpretation of the meaning): 
“O you who believe! If a Faasiq (liar/evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done”
~Qur’an: 49:6

Usually a person hears truth and lies, especially on this so called social networks, so if he speaks of everything that he hears, he is lying by telling of things that did not happen, and lying by speaking of something other than the way it happened; and he does not have to do that deliberately (in order to be regarded as telling lies). 

Undoubtedly at times of tribulation there is a lot of propaganda and excitement, hence the role of rumours. it’s very Bad way to reach one’s objective, by saying, ‘they say…’. Saying ‘they say…’ is akin to conjecture, i.e., the worst habit of a man is to use the phrase ‘they say’ to serve his purposes, so he tells of something, merely repeating what others have said without verifying it, and thus he transmits lies.
Source: Hadith of Prophet PBUH 

History shows us the danger of rumours when they spread among the ummah. There follow some examples of that: 
1. When the Sahaabah migrated from Makkah to Ethiopia, they were safe, but then a rumour spread that the kuffaar of Quraysh in Makkah had become Muslims, so some of the Sahaabah left Ethiopia and travelled until they reached Makkah, where they found that the report was not true, and they met with persecution at the hands of Quraysh. All of that happened because of rumours. 
2. During the Battle of Uhud, when Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr was killed, there was a rumour that it was the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who had been killed, so the army of Islam withdrew because of a rumour, and some of them fled to Madeenah and some stopped fighting.

The Best ways of dealing with News:
1. Deliberation; The one who deliberates may meet some of his needs whilst the one who is hasty may slip.
2. Verifying The News; What is meant by verifying is making the effort to find out the truth of the matter, so as to establish whether this can be proven or not.  Verifying means making certain of the truth of the report and its circumstances. 

NOTE: “The believer reserves judgement until the matter is proven.”

May Allah guide us, protect us and forgives all our shortcomings. May the Highest level of Jannah be our Final Abode. Ameen


MD Technotronic Com. Nig. Ltd.

Article to The Editor of National NewsPaper on The Evil of Unemployment in Our Society By: Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda

To The Editor;

The National News Paper,

Topic: The Evils of Unemployment in Our Society.

Unemployment: is defined as a stage of one not having a job by Advantage Learner dictionary. Unemployment (Society); a total number of people not having a Jon in a society/Area for a given period of time.

Unemployment occurs when people are without work and actively seeking work. Unemployment affects not just the person himself but also his/her family and in the long run the society where he lives. Unemployment brings with it despair, unhappiness and anguish. It forces people to live their lives in a way they do not wish to. The life expectancy is negatively affected. Life expectancy is the ease by which people living in a time/place are able to satisfy their needs/wants.

The effect of Unemployment in a society are as follows:
=>Crime and Violence: Increase in the rate of crime. It can also lead to one joining terrorism. Observers state that almost all the terrorist, terrorising our society are unemployed youth. Suicide cases increase in the rate of suicide attempts and actual suicides as well because they were offered money or promised to take of one’s family.

=>Lose of Skills Usage: The unemployed is not able to put his/her skills to use. And in a situation where it goes on for too long the person may have to lose some of his/her skills.

=>Mental Health: Mental health problems like; Law self-confidence, feeling unworthy, depression and hopelessness. With the lost income and the frustration involved in it, the recently unemployed may develop negative attitudes toward common things in life and may feel that all sense of purpose is lost. Frequent emotions could be low self-esteem, inadequateness and feeling dejected and hopeless.

=> Health Diseases: The unemployment overall tension can increase dramatically general health issues of individuals.

=> Tension at Home: Quarrels and arguments at home front which may lead to tension and increased numbers of divorces etc.

=> Political issues: Loss of trust in administration and the government which may lead to political instability.

=> Insecurity amongst Employees: The prevailing unemployment and the plight of the unemployed people and their families may create fear and insecurity even in the currently employed people.

=>Social outing: Unemployment may bring a decrease in social outings and interactions with other people, including friends.

=>Stigma: Unemployment brings with more than just ‘no work’. It also brings with it the disgrace that the person has to bear. Nobody likes to be termed as unemployed.

=> Standard of leaving: In times of unemployment the competition for jobs and the negotiation power of the individual decreases and thus also the living standard of people with the salaries packages and income reduced.

Abdoulrasheed Tapheeda is Bonafide of Taraba State, Jalingo.
Twitter: @Atapheeda
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