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Why you shouldn’t mistake lust for love in a relationship

By Talent Ezeja

There is a thick line between love and lust. Yet, it’s increasingly becoming difficult to differentiate between the two, given the spate of violence, hatred and controversies rocking relationships nowadays. The ugly trend is not unconnected with erosion of the true understanding of love and its guiding principles. Today, lust is now gradually being misplaced as love. And the implications, like we are seeing, have always been catastrophic.

In simple term, lust means physical attraction or strong emotions that leads to an overwhelming feeling of sexual desires. It is often a fleeting feeling- mostly selfish- nursed by a party for the other and is terminated shortly after achieving a desired interest. Love, on the other hand, is a deep feeling of affection that you have for another person. It’s a lasting attraction that goes beyond the surface and turns into emotional attachment.

In spite of the clear-cut difference that exists between the two terms, happenings in recent times show they have been largely misconstrued. Many have fallen victim of lust in the disguise of love. A guy can decide to get a lady just to have sex with her. To achieve this ulterior motive, he will not hesitate to go extra mile to provide everything for her to make her happy, constantly reminds her that he has true feelings for the lady, until she finally falls in love with him.

However, once he satisfies his sexual desires, which was actually what made him to be attracted to the lady in the first place, he dumps her and moves on with his life. It is two sides of a coin. A lady can also accept to date a guy because of his physical looks or his pocket (financial strength), or both. Once such a man goes broke or the physical look fades, she dumps him for another guy. These two instances, unarguably, cannot be called true love but lust

A healthy relationship cannot be built on lust but true love. Love comes from compatibility, and it’s based on deep understanding between two partners that knows what is important, what keeps them tickling and the knowledge that you are both in for a genuine relationship built on true love, not a sex-induced relationship.

A healthy relationship cannot be built on lust but true love.

Someone that truly loves you will respect your decision in a relationship, whether to maintain absolute celibacy till marriage or not. Such person doesn’t bother you to go contrary to your decision. He or she doesn’t leave you but sticks to you until you are ready for it. A guy lusting after you might eventually leave for you for another lady or cheats on you to satisfy his sexual desires. A lady who loves a guy because of physical attraction or his financial wherewithal won’t also hesitate to abandon the guy if he finds a better option.

Guys. Ladies. You need to be sure before giving your heart to that person. Are you sure he/she truly loves you? Have you made efforts to evaluate his/her sudden ‘love’ for you to know whether it’s true love or mere lust? If you have, congratulations. If not, it’s not too late. Relationship is not a bed of roses. This means that only true lovers can weather the storms that may pop up during the course of a relationship. A guy can be attracted to a girl due to her indecent mode of dressing and calls it love at first sight without him knowing that he is actually lusting after her.

In conclusion, it’s tough these days to spot the difference between chemistry and compatibility and exactly what sets lust aside from love. Do not be confused with the difference between lust and true love so you won’t be deceived and not to be a victim of heart break. As long as you trust your gut, stay true to your values and know what you want in a relationship, you will find someone who truly loves you.

Relationship is not a bed of roses. This means that only true lovers can weather the storms that may pop up during the course of a relationship.

 

 

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian youths are unfortunate despite potentials – Mr. Ambrose

Mr. Ambrose Igboke, foremost public affairs analyst, media scholar and crusader for good governance in Nigeria is one of those championing the course for societal rebirth in the country. In this explosive chat with CRISPNG, he talks about the struggles of the Nigerian youths and what they must do to foster the desired future as the world marks another International Youth Day.

Excerpts:

CRISPNG: August 12 every year is the International Youth Day which commemorates the crucial role of youths as change agents. As the world observes this year’s edition, do you think Nigerian youths have anything to celebrate?   

The Nigerian youth is one of the most unlucky youths of the 21st Century. Among the comity of nations, the Nigerian youth is one of the most abandoned . The youths are not being taken care of because the adult generation has relegated the worth of the nation that was bequeathed to them while they were also youth. The adult generation has left the Nigerian youth in a state of disrepair, a state of hopelessness. I remember sometimes last year, when the Nigerian youth was accused of being lazy. I went on air to defend the Nigerian youth.

Let’s cast our minds back to the 60s, 70s and even in the 80s when our rulers today (those in their 50s, 60s, 70s and above) who make up the Nigerian youths were being paid to go to the university alongside other allowances from the government. The Nigerian youths of those days were those who knew before they finish from school, they had jobs waiting for them already. They were youths who had automatic employment and housing schemes waiting for them upon graduation from school. They were they youths who had good schools, technical colleges, topnotch grammar schools, functional polytechnics and various universities. Therefore, the set of Nigerian youths that benefited greatly from the country are the leaders of today. But what did these leaders do in return to the system that nurtured them? They went and destroy the very fabric of what they gained from, leaving the youths of today with nothing.

So, our generation of youths (those who are between 18- 45 years of age) are the unlucky generation of the Nigerian youth, whose parents bequeathed nothing to them. Basically, I pity the Nigerian youth, there is nothing to celebrate for the Nigerian youth. The only thing we can say is worth celebrating is the resilience of the Nigerian youths, the industry of the Nigerian youths and the intelligence of the Nigerian youths that the government has refused to tap into. Unfortunately, such unexplored potentials have been bastardised. We now have youths using their intelligence to do fraud. Most of the times, they indulge in sports bets, reality shows, drama and other inconsequential things. The energy of the youths is like the torrent of a flowing river. If you don’t create a suitable path for it, it must find its level, a way out. So, because the Nigerian government cannot direct the energy of the Nigerian youths properly, it has brought about destruction.

Look at the churches which used to be the compass of morality and excellence in directing the youths, most of them have been compromised. What do we have now? We have churches which are telling the youths that they don’t need to work, that success comes by grace and not by work. So, if they (youths) go to churches to get inspiration to be lazy; they go to the government and all they can get  at best is political appointees, then we can say the Nigerian youths have no direction and in the next 15 to 20 years, the Nigerian youths of today will become the leaders of tomorrow. Then, we are probably going to have the worst country than we have now,  unless we suffer from something that will really sting us into the reality of the 21st century.

Mr. Igboke

CRISPNG: You seemed to be blaming Nigeria’s faulty system solely for the youths’ failure. Critically, we have had cases of youths who transformed their societies through well-structured demonstrations, the Arab Spring, for instance. Don’t you think the Nigerian youths are complacent with the situation of things in the country and therefore also deserved to be blamed, at least, partly for their predicaments?

I have been asked this question severally in the past and I have  answered it from different perspectives. There is a psychological saying that says a child is like a mirror that reflects what they see. The youths, ideally, are supposed to emulate what their parents or elders are doing and that forms the moral fabric of any young growing person. Such arrangement helps to mould the young one’s opinions and thoughts but the reverse is what we have today in the society today.  That is why we have mostly unserious crop of youths today. It is parents that are even teaching their children how to cheat for West African Examination Council (WAEC), they are the one paying people to write Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) for their children and even common entrance examinations. What kind of youths do you expect such children to become?

Those days when we were growing up, if you come home with something that is not yours, your parents would question its source and maybe even punish you if you failed to provide convincing answer. Today, you will see a boy or lady of 20-year who brings an exotic car home and the first action of his or her parent will be to visit the church and say God has blessed my child. So, where do you want the children to learn from, where do you want the youths of today to learn from? You want them to learn from politicians who are their god-fathers? Do you want them to learn to pastors who have turned the church to a Ponzi-Scheme?

The common language they (Nigerian youths) mostly use today is “I wan blow” (a trend which reflects their quest to get money, not minding what it takes). This is because Nigerians celebrate wealth, Nigerians celebrate flashy things, not minding where they come from. On this premise, I will not blame the Nigerian youths because there is really nobody to learn from. Those of us with parents that have some modicum of morality should consider ourselves privileged. Those in their early forties are people who are in the bridge between the old order and the new order. At least, they were able to glean somethings from the old order that still helped them. But this generation that are in the millennials or those in the 90s, who do they learn from, looking at the fact that Nigeria has started diving into its moral abyss from the 90s? Where do you want them to learn from? You want them to learn that to become a Deacon in the church, you have to be rich, whether the wealth was stolen or not?

Where do you want them to learn the beauty of hardwork? Where do you want them to learn the beauty of integrity when the churches tell our youths that it is not about work but grace. So, I won’t blame the youths, because the elders of today learned from their own elders. The elders then gave them compass to follow and they became what they are today.  The unfortunate thing is that these elders who were given the best in their youths have failed to replicate same to the younger generation.

Instead of showing light to the younger ones, they destroyed the very fabrics of what they benefited from. So, I won’t blame the youths because they have nobody to learn from. Who will teach them how to pass their examinations by themselves when their parents falsifying their age in the civil service. On what moral ground would such parents tell their children not to falsify their results too? To this end, instead of blaming them, I would rather pity them because there is basically nobody to teach them.

Finally, what do think should be done to salvage the situation, especially as  we mark another International Youth Day?

The solution lies in the fact that the youths should strive to read about their history, because what the adult generation has done is to make sure that they don’t know about their past. They want to make sure that the youths don’t know that those who are ruling us today were product of a functional system are under obligation to do same for them. They don’t want them to know that there was a time they enjoyed life and Nigeria was paying for their school fees, feeding them and catering for their welfare generally. This where it seemed the youths of today are also not helping matters.  There is now internet so little research can be done about things to enrich their knowledge bank. So, they should know their history so they know where they are coming from, know their political history, know about their background of existence and after that, they can now make projections for the future.

Also, the Nigerian youths should also try to know what the youths of USA, China, Russia and even our neighbouring Ghana are doing. This will help them know they are all competing in the same global space. They should not measure their future with the kind of decadence that is subsisting in the Nigerian environment. If they do that, they won’t be able to compete with their global contemporaries. The Nigerian youths should look at the fact that this present generation has failed them but they should not  fail themselves.

Therefore, they should put themselves into the right frame to change the status quo. They should not just be used as political thugs; they should not just be used to fill up stadiums during politics or as marching ground for people to step on. They should know that they are human beings, respect their own dignity, find joy in labour, and know that it is not just enough to go to the university. They should try to learn skills, hands on skills. For those who went to school, they should learn professional skills, for those who didn’t go, they should learn some hand skills and whenever there is an opportunity to improve themselves, they should always take advantage of that, because the world is now a global village and competition is not just within Nigeria, it is now global.

The Nigerian youths should look at the fact that this generation has failed them but they should not fail themselves.

Expert warns against ‘media capture’ in Nigeria

Barr. Osadolor

By:  Ekpali Saint and Chinagorom Ugwu

Nsukka- Renowned media expert and member, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Barr. Kingsley Osadolor has urged Nigerian journalists to remain watchdogs of the society to save Nigerian democracy.

Osadolor, who made the call in Nsukka on Thursday at the 12th Jackson Annual Lecture of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) said the phenomenon of ‘media capture’ was a primary threat to the ability of the media to exercise its constitutional and professional powers to foster best practices in democracy in Nigeria

Delivering the lecture entitled, “Media Freedom: Utilitarian Imperative and the Pursuit of Democratic Ends” the media expert and legal practitioner, who was the 1984 best graduating student in the department noted that the fourth estate must constantly remind itself of its mission, which is the watchdog of the society and not a lapdog.

He said, “Though media offerings may be mediated by ownership and editorial policy, the goal of the media should remain one of providing the citizens the information for effective participation in civic affairs. The media can promote new ideas, thoughts and instigate actions through its watchdog role.”

Osadolor is a former Editor of the Guardian Newspaper and East Africa correspondent of The African Guardian added that “Perhaps the greatest impediment to the full realization of the watchdog role is media capture, which results in deference and subservience to the other realms and influential citizens, including powerful corporations, over whom the Fourth Estate is supposed to play the role of sentinel. Ownership, commercial influence, ideology, governmental and partisan political pressures, as well as advertiser blackmail, are key factors in media capture.”

The guest speaker, who is also a co-presenter of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) breakfast show, ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ said as long as democracy was practised in any country, the media would continue to witness challenges and weaknesses of democratic government urging media practitioners to brace up and face the responsibility of “seeking and telling the truth”.

Earlier during the courtesy visit to the University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Igwe, Barr. Osadolor had urged the Vice-chancellor to speedily grant the request of the Jacksonites alumni for a portion of land for the proposed School of Communication and Media Studies Project.

Responding, Vice-chancellor, while commending the jacksonite alumni for the lofty dream, promised to provide the land for the project in the next two weeks.

The Vice-Chancellor said: “We will invite the director of physical planning. That land must be given to you in the next two weeks. You will secure position of that land in the next two weeks so that these Jacksonites when they come, we will show them the piece of land.

“I think we have a lot to learn from the Jacksonite because so far, they have made the right move and we are encouraging graduates of other departments and faculties to learn from Jacksonites and establish the kind of thing you (Jacksonite alumni) are doing”.

Before Kukelle Language goes into extinction

By James Lukpata

Ukelle as a nation had lost her quintessence right from the very time English language was surreptitiously introduced in our elementary schools to replace Kukelle Language at the expense of grassroot development that would have come through self-development and firmed grip of our mother tongue otherwise referred to as our original language.

It could be recalled that at the time that Kukelle Language was taught in schools, learning was quite easy, understandable and interesting but as soon as attention began to shift to the teaching and learning of the English language, learning process became cumbersome.

As I pondered on why the once revered Kukelle Language is on the blink to extinction, I came across some books such as the Holy Bible, story books, hymns among others written purely in Kukelle, our mother tongue. I was so ambivalence without knowing what to do exactly whether to appreciate or discredit the effort of those who have invested their wealth of experience to preserving the Kukelle language through such publications.

On further enquiry I asked if the surviving Kukelle texts were published in America but to my utmost dismayed it was revealed that Kukelle has a publishing house known as “Kukelle Literacy Centre” Or labbun -a- luvva Kukelle.

The big question now is, WHAT IS WRONG WITH KUKELLE LITERACY CENTRE LOCATED AT BARRACKS WANIKAADE?

It is regrettable and appalling that such a common identity of a people that is supposedly served as our emblem is allowed to rot due to negligence and lack of commitment to preserve, protect and safeguard the public institution.

It is a common knowledge that no nation in the world can be properly identified without a concerted effort to developing its language. Therefore, Ukelle cannot be an exception. We must return to the drawing board with a view to inculcating the nitty-gritty of the Kukelle language to every Ukelle persons especially the youths.

Finally, all hands must be on deck to bring back the Kukelle Literacy Centre at Wanikaade.

Why you need clarity about your purpose…How to Make Your Purpose Count (7)

“The fastest means to success is purpose”

 

By Sunday Orodiran

 

I observed really well from my experiences and people I have talked to that people are eager to change their lives without wanting to change themselves. I have seen people who said “Tosin, I don’t know why I keep on doing it that way but I don’t have success”. Sincerely, the problem is not with what you are doing but the process of doing it. We choose one method to what we are doing and we keep on repeating the method without understanding the fact that once we keep on doing things in the same way, we keep on getting the same results.

 

It’s not wise to be adamant about your approach to life. We must be dynamic in our technicalities. We need to know that there is no one way to success. If you try one method and it doesn’t work, check other ways. What you are doing may be good but your method may be wrong. As you launch to this New Year, you need to change your course of doing things. Check what you did last year, analyze your approach to it, rate your result, try to improve on that, try new things, chart new course and make new move. If your last year is better or is the same as this year, that’s just a brilliant failure. Believe it, you shall succeed this Year.

 

We shall continue with the topic: Make Your Purpose Count. If you have missed any of our previous messages and you are keen to benefit from them, just kindly get in touch with us through our contact details and we shall attend to you in a jiffy.

 

Don’t forget we are on how to identify our purpose:

 

  1. Be Clear About Your Life Purpose: You need to be cleared about your purpose. Once you are cleared about this, the how we keep showing up. This might be at the moment or sometimes later. The major brain that needs to be held onto is fixing your focus on the purpose of your life. You need to know what you want or what you don’t want. There is an inner guidance that is installed in you. You must follow this every time. If you are on the right course your GPS will keep on informing you and if you are not, it will alert you as well. Sometimes you will be at peace in the course of your life; it’s a sign that you are on the right track.

 

And at times, you will be greatly troubled, when you feel this way, be careful, that maybe a signal that you are heading into a wrong way. No matter how it seems, you are not without a monitoring system. You just need to be well informed about how yours works. Study yourself and be sensitive to your move and how you feel about it. Your life is not hidden, don’t get tired, keep moving and be guided.

Don’t forget to read from us next week; you are making a choice that will take your life to a new level.

 

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Of Selfish Politicians And Outrageous Cost Of Governance

By Victor Agi

In one news making the round, some lawmaker politicians have passed a bill for an absurd pension package that will be beneficial state lawmakers as long as they live. While the speaker will be receiving a whooping five hundred thousand naira monthly, the deputy will smile home with two hundred thousand naira, and other members are to collect a hundred thousand naira pay every month at the expiration of their term in office.

The cumulative cost of this controversial bill sponsored by the leader of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Peter Akpe is better imagined, as every knownHonourable member of that chamber, including those who served in the old Rivers state of Bayelsa origin, are all entitled to this humongous package, all to the detriment of the development of the state.

While the bill has not been accented to by the Governor, His Excellency, Seriaki Dickson, one wonders the rationale behind the brazen absurdity, which does not add any value to the ordinary man on the street of Oloibiri and anywhere else in the state.

Comparatively, some will argue that this is even a fair bargain when place side by side the severance packages of some former Governors, their deputies, and members of states House of Assembly. Punch investigates recently and reports that “fourteen governors, their deputies and 434 state lawmakers who will not be returning to government will be going home with N2.06bn”.

Well, this figure only reflects the official emoluments accruable from the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), as many states have schemed gargantuan severance allowances for governors and other public officers. In one state for instance, a billion naira worth of houses is to be built to “reward” a governor, for perhaps, agreeing to serve the state (how ridiculous), while in others, the insensitivity allows for houses to be built in any choice location in the country.

It is even more laughable that some of the former governors and political office holders, who are now serving either as senators, ministers and in other political offices are entitled to these packages, and one wonders what is the position of our laws on this irrational arrangement.

Concerned with the rising insecurity and contributing to a motion by Senator Sani Shehu on the “Senseless killing of Briton and the abduction of three others in a holiday resort in Kaduna State by armed bandits” recently, Punch quoted Senator Andrew Uchendu (Rivers East) as saying: “if we sell three of five vehicles we own and use proceeds to engage youths, crime will reduce”, and added that,the country urgently needs to find appropriate economic policies to engage idle hands to forestall rising cases of insecurity.

The senator’s submissions are quite revealing. To think that a Nigerian senator is entitled to five vehicles, multiplied by 109 senators, which will not be far from what is also obtainable at the lower chamber, speaks volume of the cost of running our government. There is no magic to why we should not be the poverty headquarter of world, and little wonder why we are so “blessed” with desperate politicians who are ready to go any length to win elections. Who doesn’t like free things, after all? Maybe few people.

The frivolity in our cost of governance speaks to high heavens. From the highest office in the land, down to the least political appointee, it is commonplace to have retinue of aides who, often time, are relatives of the “oga at the top” or who got those appointments as political compensations, while the real workings of governance suffer tremendous neglect, as funds are either diverted to the inconsequential servicing of aides or outrightly embezzled.

It has become so much of a concern that same politicians who perpetuate these acts have used it as a subject of campaign to scuttle votes for another round of dismal performance. Rather than reducing the cost of governance, successive administrations have done little or nothing to address this Nigeria, nay, Africa political setup that has tended the continent to its regrettable status among comity of nations.

From security votes to travel allowance and reckless jumbo packages for political office holders and aides, Nigeria remain one of the best places to be a politician. While we claim to copy our brand of Presidential Democracy from the United States of America, one wonders while we are yet to read reports of congressmen who live in rented apartments and use public facilities. A New York Post report in 2018 has it that some congressmen, due to the high cost of living in Washington, “have turned professional squatters at night, hitting the sack in their Capitol Hill offices”. Rep. Dan Donovan was quoted to have said that: “if we go to the point where you have to rent or have to buy [in DC], then only millionaires would be members of Congress”.

To think that a Nigerian senator is entitled to five vehicles, multiplied by 109 senators, which will not be far from what is also obtainable at the lower chamber, speaks volume of the cost of running our government. There is no magic to why we should not be the poverty headquarter of world, and little wonder why we are so “blessed” with desperate politicians who are ready to go any length to win elections. Who doesn’t like free things, after all? Maybe few people.

Yet, these congressmen still love their country and are ready to go the extra miles to make life better for the people of the United States of America. While not positing that government officials should live below the reasonable means, and advocating for the U.S. standard for our government officials, moderation should be our watchword if we are to make a leap from the current bleak situation of our country’s underdevelopment.

In our case, it was revealing when the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Emir Sanusi Lamido, alleged that the National Assembly gulps 25 percent of the overhead in the nation’s annual budget. The ordinary Nigerian who have witnessed and lived with flamboyant lifestyles and open inequality of our politicians do not hesitate in believing his submissions.

In Canada, while some sections of their law has it that government officials are entitled for some leave “with or without pay”, as provided in section 6 of the Provision of the “Terms and conditions applying to Governor in Council appointees”; in Nigeria, government officials get all sorts of massive leave packages and allowances, and it’s not uncommon to hear every other year how much is budgeted on government officials’ kitchen, wardrobe, furniture and other allowances, which runs into millions of naira, at the expense of quality services to the people.

These represent systemic problems that are equally dangerous to our development, as much as corruption. Our political offices are way too lucrative, and conveniently so, for meaning development to happen. It accounts for why the performances of our budget over the years in capital projects have not been good enoughto actually revamp the economy and position it on the paths of growth; meanwhile politicians and government officials have found a new hubby in vote buying into millions and billions of naira.Their new modus operandi is as treacherous to our collective existence as corruption, which has become soft landing for our reigning government’s inability to meaningfully deliver dividends of democracy to the people. The very essence of democracy is largely defeated in an electoral process marred with vote buying and other electoral vices.

Regrettably, it is seemingly difficult to change these narratives in our nation, because the same people who should be responsible to change some portions of our laws that inadvertently allows for siphoning of public fund are the beneficiaries. Taking actions to arrest this disturbing issue of high cost governance is like biting the finger that feeds you to our politicians, as patriotism is now only a word.

It takes genuine love for one’s country to be a serving Rep, like Rep. Dan Donovan and dozen others to sleep in rented apartments and offices and not mini paradise as we have in Nigeria, yet, they are passionate about serving the American people. Our political office holder should not only be stunningly successful in transferring ideologies, but much more important, is understanding the workings and the spirit of those ideologies to local needs. We can have our own brand of presidential democracy that is most suitable for the developmental needs of our growing population.

Regrettably, it is seemingly difficult to change these narratives in our nation, because the same people who should be responsible to change some portions of our laws that inadvertently allows for siphoning of public fund are the beneficiaries. Taking actions to arrest this disturbing issue of high cost governance is like biting the finger that feeds you to our politicians, as patriotism is now only a word.

Our government should also realize that political offices are positions of trust, and that the growing distrust in governance is breeding a people that will soon revolt. It is high time our politicians borrowed a leaf from happenings around the world and redirect efforts towards sustainable growth and development, rather than building castles and empires only for selves and cronies. Nigeria is a time bomb waiting to explode and we must all watch closely.

 

‘All of us cannot manifest at the same time’- How to make your purpose count (5)

“The fastest means to success is purpose”

By Sunday Orodiran

A friend of mine called in few days ago to inform me that he got a better job after many years of waiting and trying. This testimony made me to remember what one of my bosses told me. He graduated from university in 2003 and got his first job in 2015. If my calculation is right, his first job came 12years after. He told me this not to scare me, but for me to prepare and learn that time and patience win life after all.

Some of us are not ready to work with the frame of time and be patient enough to wait for what time will give us. All of us cannot manifest at the same time. We all have our season and time of manifestation. Some will get to their peak earlier than others, while some will have to wait till later time. Within that time frame, we need to learn to know, to wait and be patient. We don’t need to be in a hurry, we don’t need to force it. We need to enjoy our time of waiting. We don’t have to get tired. We need to keep our hope alive and keep pressing forward. No matter how far it is, if you keep hanging on long enough, your day will come.

Jack Ma, the owner of one of the largest online markets (Alibaba) hit his jackpot after several years of trials and waiting, while, Mark Zukarberg, the founder of Facebook got his boom in his 20s. So, learn to wait for your time and never give up.

Some of us are not ready to work with the frame of time and be patient enough to wait for what time will give us. All of us cannot manifest at the same time. We all have our season and time of manifestation. 

Today we are glad to continue from where we stopped in our last edition: Make Your Time Count. And in this chapter we have been considering the topic: Make Your Purpose Count. If you have missed any of our previous messages and you are keen to benefit from them, just kindly get in touch with us through our contact details and we shall attend to you in a jiffy.

Don’t forget we are on how to identify our purpose:

  1. Explore What Comes Easy to You:

There is an assurance that we have to learn very hard to do many things in life, but there are few things that come easily to us. I have observed men well enough to know that some of us struggle in some aspects of life while some of us do not. I remember, how it was difficult for some of my friends to be in my secondary school football team. They loved to be on the field, few of them learned the skills to be a football player and got it right. I belong to this category. I learned soccer, it’s not my natural ability to play football. But I had a classmate, Hammed by name, everyone loved to see him play always. While some of us would have to struggle to keep our heads on the ground to engage our skills while playing, Hammed impressed people with his natural football talent. It comes easily to him always.

The same way you have to focus on what comes easily to you when you are trying to figure out your purpose in life. We are all born with some skills to do few things easily. I discovered, I would ever struggle if I chose football as a career. Though, I can learn well and do well in it but I will never be my natural self. Things that come easily to you might be some signals to your purpose in life. Please, look at your life and ask yourself this question: What comes easy for me? Your answer(s) to that question will help you find your purpose.

You are a man of purpose, all you need doing is to figure out what yours is. Just stay tune to us every week as we try to unleash factors that will help you find your purpose. You shall succeed.

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Assessing the fairness and credibility of 2019 Presidential/NASS Elections

By Sunday Elom

Election in every democratic nation is the process whereby every qualified citizen expresses his/her democratic/civic right and duty by freely voting in representative(s) of their choice without any form of interference by power custodians or their representatives.

In Nigeria, the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) provides that any rightful citizen of the country that has attained 18 years and above is automatically constitutionally entitled to vote and be voted for.

Ideally, this civic right and responsibility supposed not to be denied or breached by anyone no matter the person’s social placement.

All things being equal according to constitutional provisions and absolute standard of Rule of Law—one of the major pillars of democracy, every leader, be it the president, senators, House of Representatives members, governors, state House of Assembly members, and other elective leaders should, with all transparency be the absolute choice of the electorates.

Unfortunately, Nigeria democratic elections’ history at least from 1999 till date has been inundated with one form of electoral malpractice/manipulation or the other. The outcome of which has greatly impacted negatively on the country’s democracy.

…according to constitutional provisions and absolute standard of Rule of Law—one of the major pillars of democracy, every leader, be it the president, senators, House of Representatives members, governors, state House of Assembly members, and other elective leaders should, with all transparency be the absolute choice of the electorates.

However, the focus here at this moment is not to recount history, though few of it may come in if need be, but the premium interest here is to ascertain the degree of free, fair and credibility of the recently concluded Presidential/National Assembly elections.

A lot of controversies have rocked the Saturday February 23, 2019, Nigeria Presidential/NASS elections. There have been countless reports of electoral malpractice, bloody and bloodless violence, manipulation of figures, and cancellation of election in many local government areas, wards and pulling units. All these incidents have jointly amount to disenfranchisement of high number of Nigerians. Thus, their electoral and democratic/civic rights and responsibilities denied and their decisions unknown.

Unfortunately, Nigeria democratic elections’ history at least from 1999 till date has been inundated with one form of electoral malpractice/manipulation or the other. The outcome of which has greatly impacted negatively on the country’s democracy.

However, in the midst of these controversies, doubts, complains and protests, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on the early hour of Wednesday February 27, 2019, declared the incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the winner of the election, having scored 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest opposition, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who polled 11,255,978 votes.

According to the INEC boss, Prof. Yakubu, the total number of registered voters were 82, 344,107; total number of accredited voters were 29,364,209; total votes cast were 28,614,190; total valid votes were 27,324,583 and rejected votes were 1,289,607.

However, electorates have been dishing out their opinions on the outcome of the elections, most of which have been against the degree of free, fair and credibility of the elections.

People’s Opinions

Freedom of expression being one of the core objectives of democracy, many Nigerians have been expressing their views on the outcome of the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

A legal practitioner, who rather pleaded anonymity for security reason said, “Who are the majority that voted Buhari to second tenure? No rule of law but rule of man in Nigeria today. No election, no rule of law. Constitution has been suspended impliedly under the guise of fighting corruption. Their secret agenda are now ready to be implemented without any let or hindrance. The drama has started but will be in full force after May 29.”

Corroborating Barr’s view is what Prof. Epiphany Azinge, SAN, said in his lecture at the funeral obsequies of Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, on September 12, 2018. According to the legal luminary, “It is submitted that the basic element of a democratic society is freedom of choice, expressed through free, fair and transparent electoral process and elections.

“Thus, once that freedom of choice of the kind of candidate is limited or inhibited through the manipulation of the process through rigging, violence or other fraud induced actions, the government emanating therefrom can hardly be said to be democratic.

“Thus, reported incidents of rigging and alteration of results as well as other illegal act that has characterised past elections in Nigeria has cast aspersions on the democratic nature of the Nigerian state; its government and rule of law.”

Pascal Chuks, said, “It’s obvious to the blind and audible to the deaf that the recently concluded presidential and National Assembly elections conducted on February 23 is only a sham and a big step towards rape of democracy. One obvious red flag is the intimidation of voters in Lagos, Akwa Ibom states and some other areas. Non-use of smart card readers in some states like Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, etc. is also pointing at the big intimidation and suppression of the masses’ voices.

“We can simply say that in 2019, the incumbent president forced himself on the people and retained power without regards to the people’s choice.”

It could be recalled that at the national collation centre, Abuja, on February 26, many State Collation Officers, mostly from the Northern part of the country reported that the use of the smart card readers were out-rightly put aside. The electoral offence which according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), states that it attracts cancellation and conduct of rerun election in such places. However, the supposed rerun elections in the reported areas were not conducted before the declaration of the winner.

Expressing his view on the outcome of the elections, James Ojo said, “In my own opinion, the recently concluded elections—Presidential and NASS are far from being free, fair and credible, when some indicators are taken into consideration.

“In the first place, results from the Northern parts of the country appeared inflated. For instance, that of Yobe and Borno are worrisome. How on earth can we get such results in a crisis ravaged region? Who are the people that voted? That is a concern, which has already been raised by the opposition party, PDP.

“Also, when you look at the cases of Rivers and Lagos states where there were cases of burning of ballot papers and attacks of different kinds, you can’t talk of credible elections. Comparatively, it is unfortunate we haven’t built on the success recorded in 2015 by the Attahiru Jega-led INEC.”

However, Mr Ojo said, “On the whole, the elections were not without any positive however. In the Southeast and some other parts of the country for instance, there was relative peace.”

A political analyst, Justice Nwafor in his view concurred with Mr Pascal and Mr Ojo. With a squeezed face, Mr Nwafor said, “To say the least, it is nothing close to credible. It was marred by massive rigging. A well-orchestrated and planned rigging. Rigging that was well executed.

“It sounds like vague allegation but almost everyone knows that APC had its way. The party orchestrated the rigging of the elections.”

According to Mr Nwafor, “The evidences abound. The PDP is coming out with videos. Very disturbing videos of how APC rigged the elections. This is not exonerating the PDP of complicities in the rigging. Videos and audios that have gone viral on the social media lay more credence to this,” he said.

According to a lecturer with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who rather pleaded anonymity said, “In some parts of the country, the election was free but I don’t think it was fair and credible. The results were in total contrast with the will of the people. Little wonder Nigerians are not celebrating this victory.”

To Israel Igiri from Lagos state, the election was do-or-die affair for some politicians and far from being free, fair and credible. According to him, “It was not free, fair and credible going by democratic standards. Rigging everywhere. Results were reported even where election was not conducted.

“We saw people protesting in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos because they were not allowed to vote. Meanwhile, the Collation Officer in charge of Lagos state reported that elections held in that Local Government Area (Somolu).

“Electorates were disenfranchised in some areas. That was a great manipulation because no alternative was made.

“Underage voters were seen in some parts of the country. Figures were inflated to favour a particular party.

“It was seen as a do-or-die affair for some politicians. Thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes and burning of voting materials were experienced in so many parts of the country,” he said.

Mr Igiri revealed that apart from destruction of electoral materials and other malpractices, casualties were recorded in some states. “what about those who lost their lives in places like Rivers, Bayelsa and other states because they wanted to be involved in the decision-making process?” he rhetorically asked.

“To me, that wasn’t an election. It is just a sham,” he affirmed. All these continue to give the nation a bad image,” he lamented.

Igiri while further buttressing his point made reference to the gubernatorial election held in Osun state on November 2018. He maintained that, “What we just saw from the just concluded presidential “election” was an advanced version of what we saw in Osun state last November when even observers from the international community like the EU reported that the gubernatorial poll held in the state lacked credibility and transparency.

“An election where journalists were not allowed to cover the processes. An election where electorates were disenfranchised by thugs. And that was why a lot of persons did not go out to vote in the just concluded elections.”

According to him, “In some states, those who voted were not even up to 50 per cent compare to the number of registered voters.”

“From what we have seen so far, popular opinion does not count, and that is why a lot of persons now believe that their votes do not count. I just begin to wonder if we actually practice democracy or something else. It is a shame that those who supposed to act as change agents are the ones spearheading these anomalies in the society. Nigeria is in a big mess,” he lamented.

Making a minor shift from other views, Chukwudera Eze said, “In my own opinion, the election was free and fair, but not credible generally. There were so many election malpractices which most people believe that the ruling All Progressives Party, APC, championed.”

A political scientist, Mr Ezekiel Olagoke said that the outcome of the elections does not meet the expectations of Nigerians. He noted that in terms of improvement, it can be perceived as a step backward from 2015 general elections, which he said was generally accepted by the losers and the winners alike.

“Though to a reasonable limit, it has been upheld by international observers to be relatively peaceful, free and fair, this was largely done so as to dust the tension that might arise after the elections from political parties and their supporters.

“There are important things to note out that culminated to make the elections not up to the expectations of Nigerians. These include: low turnout of voters; issues of inflation of figures, particularly in Northeast, ravaged by insecurity; vote buying; inducement of ad-hoc staff and even threat to lives of collation officers and resident electoral commissioners.

“In addition to these, elections were cancelled in some places without justifiable reasons. There were disruptions of voting in some polling units and burning of ballot papers by thugs sponsored by political party, etc.”

Mr Olagoke however advised that “INEC as an independent body has a long way to go to redeem the image of the country and make a formidable improvement on the issues” he highlighted earlier on; because they (INEC) “can’t afford to fail Nigerians again on the coming gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections.”

“In my own opinion, to attain optimum level of making elections acceptable by Nigerians, there is need for INEC to ensure that security should be geared up at various polling units. There is need to improve in the area of voters education. There is need also to provide adequate security for collation officers and resident electoral commissioners throughout the election period so that there won’t be fear of attack during the processes of discharging their duties.

“The election results should be transmitted live from RAC centres so as to ensure the transparent of the collation and figures. If all   these could be done, I think Nigerians will be proud at least to an extent that their votes count,” he said.

Most local media organisations have saturated the public’s ears with various reports of irregularities and casualties recorded during the Saturday February 23, 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections. In Rivers state, not less than nine persons including a National Youth Corps member were reported dead. In Lagos state, ballot papers and other electoral materials were burnt in many polling areas.

Whereas the election could be said to be free and fair in some parts of the country, it is popularly believed to lack credibility and transparency.

However, the major opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, has rejected the result of the election and said he will challenge the outcome of the election in the appropriate court of law.

 

Do Africans Learn?

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By Orodiran Oluwatosin

Learning is one of the cognitive factors that aid societal development. Psychologists have proved several times that the major key to both intra and inter personal development is learning. This world is wired on what and how well people can learn to better themselves. Tracing the biblical account of creation, we can quickly discover that the genesis of this world was brilliantly primitive. The man and other creations were in their basic elementary forms. Nothing better could be seen as compared to our present beautiful universe. We must agree that in the account of creation, there is a mandatory responsibility that gives men access to make a new desired world. In the inference, we know that men are naturally made to work on themselves and their society; hence we are where we are today. Yet, this shows that we need to improve on the structure we have today in order to leave a more conducive universe for generations to come.

When we check across some advanced continents, we can discover that they give their society to constant learning. All these continents (Europe, Asia, North America etc.) understand that human beings can’t manifest their full potential without learning. They give more attention to education both in formal and informal settings. However, it does not seem to work like this in Africa where we put so much energy into celebrating mediocrity. We give ourselves to hard work more than we do to learning, believing that’s the most imperative thing about life. This is obvious in the kind of attention that our government pays on education. The school settings, curriculum, environment, and academic motivations are very low. Therefore, we can draw this sad conclusion that we are not really learning.

However, it does not seem to work like this in Africa where we put so much energy into celebrating mediocrity.

ARE WE REALLY LEARNING?

There are logical focuses of learning. One of them is aimed at settling the problem of illiteracy. This affords people the ability to read and write alone. This learning process gives people access to world of books. We can communicate using encoded signs and symbols (language). This has helped this world in many cases. It helps to

have proper documentation of events and occurrences.  All of us have access to the past, cultures of other people, languages and accounts of so many events because we have proper method of documentation. We can say this phase of learning opens door to other aspects.

But as good as this sounds, there are many things that this process of learning will not offer if we don’t step it up. Knowing how to read and write will not liberate us and our society unless we make conscious efforts to inflame what literacy offers. Africa has been termed as a dark continent because it’s believed that Africans don’t really learn. We just focus on how to read and write but we don’t put our consecration on developmental learning i.e. learning that influences all facets of our life. We could wonder how our institutions continue to produce graduates who cannot give new look to themselves and their society. This is why the African society has been suffering retardation. There are no obvious technological innovations, scientific inventories, political facelifts and moral developments. We trust ourselves to common knowledge of living, whereas, the real learning should be centered on developing people’s mental capacity, increasing the mode and ways of thinking of the people and interlink these to better our day to day affairs. The sincere truth of this is that there is no personal and inter personal development without these engagements. Now, how do we enter into this phase of learning?

The first thing is that people have to come to the understanding that there is more to learning than literacy. We have to grow in the area of personal learning that will be targeted at self-discovery, self-growth and self-development. The capacity of any society is measured by the intellectual capacity of the people in such society.

The government should also help to provide an advantageous method, mode and environment of learning. The academic curriculum should be revised to accommodate more practical-scientific-oriented programs and courses that will develop people’s mental power.

In addition, all of us should come to the realization that there many opportunities to learn every day. The Internet is one major place of learning, we can visit Google to get any information we want, download and read as many materials we like and share our ideas for other people to access. We can visit bookstores and local libraries to turn some pages. When we read, we give ourselves a better advantage to power our knowledge.

Above all, we should go out each day with the mindset to learn a new thing, develop ourselves, get a new way of doing things, give sound opinions that can change our world and a mindset to have access to adequate information. We are always at a great disadvantage when we refuse to learn more. Ask yourself “Have I learned anything new today?”

 

How Nigeria can get vibrant youth leadership

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By Orodiran Oluwatosin Sunday

I want to thank the organizers of this programme for giving me this opportunity. I have to confess that people that afford us some avenues to talk to one another as Nigerian youths are the real creators of our new Nigeria. One of the most important things that will bring change into a nation quickly is getting right information at the right time. When we all know what we need to know on time, I think our reactions to national movement will be the same and we will achieve the same goal. For this, I am saying kudos to the organizers of this talk.

When I was given the opportunity to come up with this message, I took my time to reflect on what exactly could be discussed. I realized that our country is at the climax where the whole world is expecting something to happen. America has predicted several times that Nigeria might not survive 2020. In fact, some of us are scared of what will befall this nation. We all understand our state, we know that our problem is backwardness, we are moving back every day. We have leadership problem. We only have several position holders but just few of them have the country in mind. I want to bring to our remembrance what happened to us in 2015. I have never seen Nigerians cast their hope on one soul like that for over a decade now. The average Nigerian thought our hope had come. But the stage play today has proved beyond measure that no one, I mean not even one of these set of position holders that we have currently is profitable to the country. They are bad fruits that can’t be restored. If this is true, then it’s as well true that if we continue to keep them in the system, our nation will fall totally from the ladder of greatness. And this is the major reason for this talk; you and I will not allow Nigeria to fall. Nigeria’s fall is our fall. We need to do something. We are the hope of this country. What then is the solution?

Youth’s Leadership

I happened to be part of the students who offered history when I was in secondary school. Till now, I can still remember that we offered a topic, “The Revolution of Europe”. Our teacher made us to understand that Europe was once like Africa where the rich ruled the poor. The old lorded over the youth. But there was a point in time that European youths came up and challenged the said obnoxious political system. They fought through confrontations and agitations, and took over the affairs of Europe. The result of their steps centuries ago is what the whole world is now enjoying. I want us to understand that a society that disallows her youths to have a say in crucial matters is a dead society. Maybe, this is why Nigeria keeps dying daily. We have people who are drunk off power. We have people who want to remain in power forever. We have position holders who always want more for themselves but never for the nation. We have people who have locked our destinies and potentials out of reality. They keep you and me out of this system because they know that once we are given an opportunity, we will want to do something that affects the future and this will affect their present selfish ambitions to accrue wealth and power for themselves.

Abel Olawale wrote: One of my most fulfilling ministry activities is teaching Hope Sabbath School, an in-depth interactive Bible Study with a small group of young adults. We limit the group to 12 and strive for a diverse mix with an average age of 30. Two years ago, the executive producer of the program suggested that we give teaching opportunities to some of our young adult team members. The result was electrifying, and the response from our audience was almost immediate. The vast majority of our Hope Sabbath School members liked this new format. Unfortunately, as one might expect, not everyone agreed. One longtime participant gave this response: “I definitely would not let the young leaders take the helm, not sure about these new generations. They have yet to prove themselves.”

Such reticence is understandable, but how can future leaders prove themselves unless we give them an opportunity?

Young adults are innovators. They feel no compulsion to defend the status quo, and they have little turf to protect. Mark Zuckerberg was in his early 20s when he and four university colleagues launched Facebook. By age 23, he was a billionaire, and by age 26 he was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page were 21 and 22 respectively when they met at Stanford University. Larry was a University of Michigan graduate, and Sergey was the Stanford student assigned to show him around campus. Within a year they were working together on a search engine called Backrub. Before they reached their mid-20s they registered the domain name Google.com. Though still working out of their garage office, they had a bold vision to change the world. Today, Google’s net worth is approximately US$350 billion.

Fresh thinking in government, the church, the mosque, and the civil service can only be brought about by youths well versed in today’s technology. You cannot get to tomorrow’s destination with yesterday’s people. In 1982 Senator Olusola Saraki screened Audu Ogbeh as minister, in 2016, his son Bukola Saraki screened same man as minister, but how can we explain this? Look back at our history; we made our most progress under youthful leaders like Gowon, Murtala, Obasanjo.

This wickedness we are trying to eradicate is not only in political positions; it’s in our homes where some parents will still want to control the lives of their married sons and daughters. It’s in our churches, mosques, and the civil service. We must not relent in fighting this battle across board.

Dear passionate youths of Nigeria, I must tell us the truth today as Mahatma Gandhi said “Truth never damages a cause that is just”. If this is true, I want to say that as it is good for the youths to arise into political positions in our nation, it is also important to note that the kind of youths that will arise also matters if we don’t want to recycle our Egyptians slavery. David was not the only youth that could rise up against Goliath but God found David due to the integrity of his heart.

Going back down the memory lane, we should note that as much as youths were instrumental in the development of this nation, youths were also instrumental in the pulling down of this Nation. The first Coup d’état was carried out and led by the wards in the Military. In fact, the Civil War was initiated and carried out by the youths. Then what is our problem?

We have never at a time lacked position holders in our nation but we have suffered and are still suffering from obnoxious leadership. Then if the youths must arise to bring the necessary change into Nigeria, they must forget about the hunger for positions and embark on the path of effective leadership discovery. I always think about how useful it will be if Nigeria has a sound-mind leader like the current French President. We would have developed in technology and our economy will be flying.

Therefore, let’s Nigerian youths learn a better way to lead. The true way to this is when individuals learn to lead themselves. If I want to measure how vast you are in leadership, I won’t wait until you hold a position; I will look at how you lead yourself. Our major problem since the 1960s is that we lack benefitting leadership experiences and skills. It’s obvious when our so called leaders kill their subject to retain their seats in government. It’s an apparent truth when some of our politicians feed themselves and their families alone and starve the whole nation. Is it not disgusting for a good leader to say that #30000 minimum wage is too much for a worker, when he rides in #170,000,000 Jeep? No, we need vibrant youths that have learned what leadership is.

WON’T YOU FAIL?

Some of our youths have been tested with positions in Student Union Associations and even in Nigeria government but have failed the trust we put in them. Do you believe youths like such are those that should be called to rise into positions? I can’t forget the trust I invested in the likes of Dimeji Bankole who turned our hope down because of money. He would have been one of the key figures to harness us opportunity to rule in this country, but he failed us. What has been the strength of NANS in governmental decisions, have they not turned to political weapons against the students? What can you say about a fight that broke out over a gift of #500,000 from their oppressor during the protest over Lautech closure? Same thing happened to them at Adekunle Ajasin University where they now suffer sporadic increase in tuition fees. Our government keeps increasing tuition fees of governmental institutions and NANS feels nothing can be done. Youths, those are cheap to buy? Are we still calling the same kind of people into positions? No! if we won’t fail, we need to deny ourselves a lot of things and hold on to our integrity. Why do you collect money in exchange for your destinies? Why do you seat and watch when you see a leader carting away your right to a comfortable living? Why do you think we should continue to pray and do nothing to help this nation? Dear collogues; our greed, non-chalant attitude, selfishness and shallowness contribute to the downtrodden stage we find ourselves today. If you want to get involved in this revolution, please be sure that you won’t cause any major problem that will make this nation suffer.

Before independence, I could see this kind of movement led to our independence but some of these people failed to leave the scene when it was honorable. What led to the conflict between Sir Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola was a greed for power and positions? This same greed is on our heart today and it must be dealt with before we call the youths to rise. Our failure to deal with this greed will only put us on the pathway to recycling our slavery  For what essence is it if we produce youths into positions and they worsen our hope than our fathers? Our failure to produce the right-minded youths will bring us back to our Sodom and Gomorrah.

For what essence is it if we produce youths into positions and they worsen our hopes than our fathers?

Join Politics, Engage Yourself

Fellow Nigerian youths, this revolution carries costs, which we must be able and ready to pay. The bone of contention now is if we are ready for the sacrifice. This is not a time to stand neutral; it is time to take a side. Elie Wiesel was right when he said “We must always take sides; neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim”. To every revolution, a cost which might be expensive and deadly is attached. The likes of Rev Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, could not escape it, so if they didn’t, we cannot. Comrades, if we are not ready to point finger directly to the nose of powerful wicked men whoever they are at the expense of your certificate, then you should know that you are not ready yet for this movement. If you are not ready to deny your loved ones when they need you, if you are not ready to be tagged a rebel, you don’t need to be in this movement. How I wish we can all go home and tell our loved ones that you have signed up for the betterment of this nation and you start from your house teaching people the real reasons they should say no to re-electing our old wagon leaders. Join politics, sensitize people, be a political crusader. Let them know the truth. Go on media, tell the whole world. Let’s keep our form alive.

One of the greatest movements of all time is Christianity and I wish to borrow the word of Jesus: Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters — yes, even one’s own self! — can’t be my disciple.

Martin Luther said “And there comes a time that one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right”

Our Way Out

John Maxwell is of the opinion that we don’t need to be in a position to lead. We must learn this lesson in a big way. I can see that it’s taking too long for us to take this country back from our old foxes because we all aspire to lead at all times. Nigerian youths are divided and are not harmonised in our fight. Abraham Lincoln said “Whenever you divide a team, battle is won”. I think we should forget our individual differences, selfishness, opinions, interests and all work for national interest. I wonder why we have so many youths coming out to aspire for presidential seat when we know we are not strong enough to take this seat in division. But we rather, want to do it in our own ways. We want to project our own self-discovered voices. Nelson Mandela and his team would never have won South Africa if they were divided. Let’s think about love for our country, love for our people, and love to bring back the glory of this nation. Let’s be in one accord. This is the only path to taking over this nation, UNITY.   If all Nigerian youths can form a single movement, I bet it with you that even the whole world will stand up for us. If I had opportunity to beg all the youths for something, I would beg us to be UNITED, because I know that is our way out.

In conclusion:

Friends, there have been many movements like this that have come and gone, and I am not too sure what will be the outcome of this movement in 2019. But what is crystal is that I am treading a path that my children will be proud of, I am treading a path which their generation will be proud of. I am not sure if this battle will be won but I would rather die trying, I believe, for Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world”. I make this call boldly to you as an individual to “ARISE FOR THE CAUSE OF THIS NATION”. I give this same call out to everyone reading this and beyond that we should take it as our collective responsibility to “ARISE FOR THE CAUSE OF THIS NATION”. Also to all Nigerian youths, “ARISE FOR THE CAUSSE OF THIS NATION”.  The progress of this nation is in your hands. The little efforts you can make today to make things right count a lot in giving us a befitting future. Change will not come without a Changer. You and I are the Changers of our time. Therefore, we must live like real men who are ready to alter this world. Whatever decision you make will make or mar your destiny because your destiny hangs on the betterment of this Nation. Go out and talk to market women on this cause; talk in your churches, mosques, associations, groups etc.  

I stand with on-going Not Too Young to Rule, Take It Back Movement. I stand with explosive change in this country.

THANK YOU

I AM ORODIRAN OLUWATOSIN SUNDAY.

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