• The alarming infrastructural decay at Ogbe Stadium under Gov Oshiomhole

    29/Jan/2016 // 629 Viewers

    Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Edo State

    By Iredia Osakue

    Once upon a time, Edo state was the center of attraction for sports with first class equipment and training kits.  Those days, the state and country were proud of  "made in Edo State" athletes in consideration of their hard work and winning ability.  In national festivals and international engagements, Edo State athletes were distinguished by their excellence, determination, ability and unflinching loyalty.

    With their commitment and desire to excel, they brought medals, economic prosperity, and honor to the state.  And upon  arrival, they are given grand reception by the government - with a cash gift, scholarship, employment, and promotion. This, in fact, brought pride and sense of belonging to the athletes and stakeholders.

    In consideration of the government's gesture of goodwill,  youths were motivated to engage in sporting activities with the foreknowledge that if they excel, "their lives will change for the better."  This was the principal determinant that gave rise to the popular mantra, "catch them young" that was at that time synonymous to the state.

    In preparation for sports festivals, other states in Nigeria rush to Edo state with suitcases filled  with a stash of banknotes  in search of athletes that will represent their states. In spite of this, the state thrived and remained unbeatable.  In view of the exodus of athletes to other states, it often appears that Edo athletes were competing against themselves as their opponents were their training partners that left because of incentives.  "Third eleven" of Edo state athletes were given national honors for their performance in other states. This was a sign that the state had enough athletes that can at any point win medals.

    At one time, Edo state sports council was a viable source of youth employment, development and empowerment. Many whose parents could not afford school fees were quickly advised to engage in sports with the aim of becoming a champion and thus become useful to  society, themselves and family.

    Alas, in this present system the  reverse has become the case. Youths are no more interested in fitness or engaging in sporting activities. Like what a friend said; Edo state that at a time pride herself  in producing seasoned athletes now produce "hard men" who wield guns and other war paraphernalia for survival. Twice pity!

    This can be attributed to simple incompetence and lackluster approach towards sports by the government.  The yesteryears of Edo state as a sport loving state has been dwarfed by the present  administration's lack of interest in sports development.  When youths engage in sports, it brings about a healthy society, discipline, values of sportsmanship, the well-being of men and women with  sound minds in sound bodies.

    In terms of infrastructure, the famous Ogbe Stadium built by Brigadier Samuel Ogbemudia is in fact in a sorry state and it will require the grace of God for it to stand the test of time if not attended to.  The extent of infrastructural decay  is so appalling that many of the training facilities are dangerous and unhealthy for athletes to use. The ruins is akin to a state devastated by a tsunami.  A horrendous smell emanating from dumped debris pervades the entire complex and helpless neighboring streets. The inherent danger is the free movement of rats: the carrier of the killer Lassa fever. As if not enough, when it is windy, athletes running on the track are apprehensive as they fear that zincs could fly off from the reserve seat zone and wreck havoc.

    The writer fervently appeals to the government to rise to the occasion by putting a new lease of life to the   structural decay  at Ogbe Stadium and regenerate  the state to  its enviable position in sports. The state will be doing a great deal of favour to sports enthusiasts and, above all, to athletes who do not have other means of survival than training, competing and bringing medals and glory to the state.

    Below are pictures of some of the training facilities and offices in ruins:



    Iredia Osakue, a scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues writes from Turin, Italy.


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  • “Sacrifice” by the Poor Amid Subsidies for the Rich in ‪#‎Nigeria‬ - By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.

    29/May/2016 // 1458 Viewers


    The poor in Nigeria are being denuded of all subsidies that subside their existential pains. This year, it started with petrol, then moved to fertilizer. We don’t know what is next. But I think it’s time we changed the conversation. Let’s turn our gaze to the walloping subsidies that pay for the hedonism of Nigeria’s notoriously self-indulgent elite, shall we?
    We are told that subsidies for the poor have to go because Nigeria is broke and because the administration of subsidies is riddled with corruption. (And I thought the reason President Buhari was elected—and former President Jonathan was rejected at the polls— was because Buhari vowed to fight corruption so that it doesn’t interfere with the dispensation of help to people who need it).
    Well, if Nigeria is broke why is the construction of a helipad in Daura one of President Buhari’s major projects? No one seems to know precisely how much it would cost to build it (estimates vary from N2 million to tens of millions of naira), but what we do know so far is that N60 million has already been paid as compensation to people whose land will be used for the project, according to the Daily Trust of September 21, 2015 .
    Given that the helipad will become useless the moment Buhari’s tenure expires, this doesn’t strike me as a wise investment during this difficult financial time when the poor are stripped of subsidies and called upon to “sacrifice.”
    Let’s not even talk of the presidential air fleet that needlessly and avoidably drains our national resources. According to a November 17, 2015 statement from the presidency, there are currently 10 aircraft in the presidential fleet, and they cost the nation more than 2 billion naira to maintain in just 6 months.
    America, which is way wealthier than Nigeria and which gives all manner of subsidies to its poor, has only two aircraft in its presidential fleet. The British Prime Minister has no dedicated fleet of aircraft. It was announced only last year that a plane would be bought for the Prime Minister at the cost of $15 million. That’s about how much it cost to maintain Nigeria’s presidential fleet between May and November last year, according to the presidency.
    In the new budget President Buhari just signed, nearly 4 billion naira has been allocated for “annual routine maintenance of villa facilities by [Julius Berger Nigeria].” The medical center in the Villa will be maintained with N3.89 billion. But this excludes drugs. Within this budget year, more than N200 million has been allocated to buy drugs for the State House clinic. Never mind that the president actually goes to London for his medical needs.
    In February this year when he went to London for a routine medical check-up, he told Nigerians in the UK that he had been using his UK doctors “since 1978 when I was in Petroleum.” So over 4 billion naira has been allocated for a medical facility in the presidential villa that the president may not even use, yet the poor are told to “sacrifice” because the country is “broke.”
    But that’s not all. N387 million has been budgeted for “general renovation of the guest house” in the presidential villa, N254million for “renovation work on 8 No. Blocks of 16 No. 2 bedroom flats at State House security quarters, Asokoro,” N115 for “wildlife conservation,” N322,421,971 to link cable to the “driver’s rest room at Villa Admin,” N213,873,953 to link cable “from Guest House No. 9 Generator House to gate,” N114,967,140 for the President’s “food stuff/catering materials supplies,” N16,683,193 for the Vice President’s “food stuff/catering materials supplies,” etc. There are many more puzzlingly wasteful expenditures that I have no space to highlight here. (Follow this link to read the budget for yourself.
    Now compare this to America, the world’s wealthiest nation. American presidents pay for their own food from their pocket. As Gary Walters, a former White House Chief of Staff, told the (London) Guardian, “All those things that are personal in nature that we all pay for, the first family pays for.”
    “It’s just the tradition that it’s continued on through time that the president will pay for their own food and, I guess, if they needed something for the house that was personal. Toothpaste, cologne or whatever,” William Bushong, a White House historian, told the Guardian.
    Wife of President Ronald Reagan was shocked when she discovered that she and her husband had to pay for all of their personal needs. “Nobody had told us that the president and his wife are charged for every meal, as well as for such incidentals as dry cleaning, toothpaste and other toiletries,” she was reported to have said in 1981, according to the Guardian.
    If the world’s wealthiest country doesn’t subsidize the personal expenditures of its first families, why do Nigerian budgets earmark billions for the convenience of the first family but talk of “sacrifice” and being “broke” when it comes to giving subsidies to the poor?
    The Presidency isn’t the only usurper of subsidies, of course. The crooked and ineffectual National Assembly got a lump sum of N115 Billion in the current budget. There is no breakdown on how this money will be spent.
    A recent Daily Trust investigation also showed that “State governments are spending billions on luxury cars for members of their House of Assemblies” even though several of them haven’t paid salaries to their workers for nearly a year. And we learned that Buhari caved in to petrol price increase because of the pressure that was brought to bear on him by state governors who want more money to steal.
    Private sector operators (the second layer of my concentric circle) get their own subsidies, too. Apart from the oil cartel that perennially swindles Nigeria with impunity, a recent Senate investigation has uncovered a N447 billion import waiver scam to private sector fat cats from 2011 to 2015. It's just a tip of the iceberg.
    Nigeria’s subsidy regime is a classic case of taking coals to Newcastle, that is, giving assistance to people who don't need it and depriving it of people who desperately need it to survive. But I know there are many poor and not so poor Nigerians who will die defending the subsidies for the rich and opposing subsidies for the poor. Such people deserve our pity.
    But let’s say this: If members of the Nigeria political class are serious about “sacrificing,” in light of the fact that the country is “broke,” let’s get rid of everyone’s subsidies. It was Mahatma Gandhi who once said, “The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.” We are broke not because of the need of the poor but because of the greed of the rich.

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  • Buhari's first year in office has been marvellously eventful - By Ifaluyi-Isibor Ogbeide

    29/May/2016 // 890 Viewers

               Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.) President , Federal Republic of Nigeria

    .....And it came to pass in those days that the PDP lost her first Presidential Election 16 years after the rebirth of Democracy in Nigeria, perhaps because the people wanted a change or it was time to let others try.

    It has been a great year for some,at least for the President and those who have been appointed into offices, for some it's been quite a sad year as most Nigerians would say and for others it has been an extremely horrifying and hectic year defending every decision made by the President, rightly or wrongly.

    From the fight against corruption to the fight against the opposition,from the fight against insurgency to the fight against resurgence of militancy,from the fight laced with long aged acrimony to the fight against the key drivers of economy,from the fight against inconclusive budget padding to the fight to sustain inconclusive elections, the Buhari led government has been saddled with loads of controversies that has wriggled the foundation of the government making governance take the frame of a joke like Rob Allen Riggle would say during his display on "the daily show".

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                           Ifaluyi-Isibor Ogbeide

    No doubt the government has had her own challenges and successes and yes! her excruciating uglifications, many of which her media handlers have blamed the previous government for; howbeit irresponsibly.

    Sincerely,I have no doubt that Buhari is passionate about Nigeria,it would have been absurd if he wasn't, I mean,how could one explain his shedding of tears on National TV after he lost the 2011 elections, but if what we see today is anything to go by, his commitment to Nigeria as a Nation is at best suspicious. 

    Today,Nigeria is more divided along religious,political and ethnic lines than it has ever been in my lifetime and his earnestness to initiate a strategic plan to unify the nation is non-existent.

    The Nigerian economy has suffered a plethora of setbacks from divestment from the Stock market,to reduction of foreign investment by over 40%,increased unemployment, catastrophic drop in power generation, increased insecurity in relative Christian dominated settlements by Fulani herdsmen, the global crude oil crisis, the double digits inflation rate, the negative economic growth profile (worst in 25 years), painful 11 months of unending fuel Scarcity and above all,the inability of the government to establish an economic plan.

    The implementation of the TSA, the fear of financial misappropriation and fiscal rascality with impunity by government officials and the reduction of insurgency in the north-east have been the perceived gains in the last one year of the Buhari administration and we congratulate the government for those positives.

    As we progress to her second year,I would suggest that the Political and Social architecture in addition to the rules of engagement needs to be revisited and redefined immediately, people arrested for allegations of corruption should not be detained by the EFCC without charging them to court. It is said that America was founded as a nation under God but it appears that Nigeria is becoming a nation under a gun.

    Also,the current anti-corruption hogwash campaign should be greeted with utmost seriousness and not some mundane media praise singing culminating in what some have termed ludicrous media trial. I think corruption has been one of our greatest undoing against ourselves and our children and it should be dealt with from all angles and strata no matter the political divide.

    The economy now in recession should for once get the attention of the President, no nation with a negative Q1 GDP and a double inflation rate would attract an investor, the needless travels has proven to be exactly what they were; needless as the looted Abacha funds would still have come anyway.

    A nation that cannot develop her human capital is a dead nation, having over 4 million jobs lost directly and indirectly in less than a year is symbolic of a failed state.The cost of living today has climbed an all time high and Nigerians cannot sustain this hardship.

    The savagery with which the Fulani herdsmen Kill and maim innocent Nigerians is most condemnable and shameful and sadly enough the body language of this President hasn't affected this evil for amazing reasons.

    Nigerians deserve the truth and the truth is that  most Nigerians are losing confidence in the government, not only because most of her campaign promises have been amended and some denied but because the media handlers of the government churn out information not within a thousand miles of the truth as Nigerians marry their daily experiences with the information made available by government and should the seeming "deceit and lies" continue where 2 different information are released by same government within few hours or days,or where the report from the government is at variance with the reality, the government could then be regarded as a joke.

    I think the government needs the support of everyone of us just as we need the government and the nation to succeed. Nigeria is a great nation of very hardworking and resilient people, in unity we can make tremendous progress and fashion out   a nation we can be proud of.

    Happy Democracy day Nigeria!

     Ifaluyi-Isibor Ogbeide, a mechanical engineer, wrote from Benin City, Nigeria.


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  • Buhari and the Biafrans, By Obi Nwankama

    29/Nov/2015 // 2422 Viewers

    Dr. Chu S. P. Okongwu in his 2004 tributes to Ukpabi Asika, took an aside in his eulogies to emphasize the following: “The generation born after the civil war will not know that the former Eastern region, comprising East-Central State, South-Eastern state, and Rivers state, enjoyed a highly developed road network, with probably the highest quality road density in sub-Saharan Africa. These had been damaged or neglected during the war. Ukpabi Asika planned to reconstruct and modernize these.

    Action was also taken to upgrade and transfer to central government responsibility some trunk ‘B’ roads (1, 240 kilometers) and introduce some new federal highways and alignments… .” Dr. Okongwu was East Central State’s Commissioner forEconomic Planning from 1970-1975, and presumably has the data. But that’s besides the point. The real point is that assertion that the East had the “highest quality road density in Sub-sahara Africa” before the damages of war and neglect ruined it all.

    The terrible state of roads and interchanges in the old Eastern region, particularly in the current areas now known as the South East zone, remain even now, a sore point; and hard evidence of the neglect of the East by the Federal government since the end of the civil war in 1970. Those who have challenged the current agitation for Biafra, talk of equal opportunity misrule of the federation. But Biafrans present evidence of a specially targeted form of neglect.

    There was no reason for agitation for a Biafra from 1970-1983, because in those intermediary years, the East was in recovery mode, and its key intellectual and political leadership, and its highly trained bureaucracy was still intact, and they had the requisite institutional memory to mediate some of the more difficult and challenging obstacles placed on the Eastern states, through both strategic negotiation and initiative. I do recommend Dr. Okongwu’s tributes to Asika to readers of the “Orbit” for a really good context, and a closer understanding of “where the rain began to beat us.” From 1983, a strategic neglect of the East became more pronounced.

    Every effort of the past made to rebuild it; including investments in new industry, new skills, and so on, were stripped deliberately, almost as if to stifle the resurgence of its people by Federal authorities. Two marked examples for me includes Dr. Okongwu’s claim that the East Central State’s Data Processing Center, the first of its kind presumably in the continent, long before the current IT craze, was stripped and moved to Kaduna following the 1975 military coup.

    Here are Chu Okongwu’s words: “Immediately there was dispatched to East-Central State a mandatory pro-consul in the person of the late Colonel Anthony Aboki Ochefu. His assignment: the dismantling of the East-Central state. Colonel Ochefu dismantled the public service of East Central state.

    For good measure he declared that the mainframe computer of the Eastern Data Processing Center was unnecessary madness, beyond the needs and interests of the state. It was summarily dismantled and relocated to the Ahmadu Bello University where it found a necessary sane and needful home. Everybody in East Central state, except Col Ochefu, elements of the army of occupation and their touts, was a thief; the hounding campaign was underway. Cheer leaders and Coryphaei were not wanting in East-Central State.” Buhari was a member of the Supreme Military Council of that regime in 1975.

    The same scenario played out following the December 31, 1983 coup at which Buhari was head. A little drama played out in Owerri when, according to close associates of the late Governor Sam Mbakwe, he held out at the Governor’s lodge, Owerri, prepared to call out a mass demonstration starting with street protests from Aba to resist the coup, until he was finally persuaded to give up that move. Buhari appointed his own proconsul, in the person of the then Brigadier Ike Nwachuwku. Again, his assignment: dismantle the gains made in Imo under Mbakwe. Ike Nwachukwu’s first declaration, under what he called the “Imo Formula”  was to dismantle all the 42 industrial installations embarked upon by Sam Mbakwe, which were at various stages of development, and to which financial commitments had been entered.

    Nwachukwu’s “achievement” was to consolidate the Imo state university under a single campus at Uturu, near his ancestral home, from the five-campus design which had been envisioned on a model of the State of New York University system, by Mbakwe and his team, to evolve into beautifully designed network of university campuses to stimulate strategic development, and carter to a wider range of students and skills development in the long run.

    The effect of these was to stultify development in the East and drive a growing population of highly educated and skilled youth out of the East, into the wilderness. Kids who grew up in Government Reserved Areas in the East, for instance, suddenly found themselves living with rats in the ghettoes of Lagos because all the systems created to afford them the opportunity of living productive lives in the East on equal terms with their peerselsewhere in the world were strategically dismantled.

    It is called diminution. Divestments, and lack of investments in both industry and infrastructure in the East, especially by the federal government has led to this moment. What these examples suggest is that Nigeria’s postwar domestic policies have, it has always seemed obvious to Easterners, especially the Igbo, been directed towards subduing, rather than reconstructing the East. Even now, Buhari is talking about billions of naira to be earmarked for the “reconstruction of the North-East.”

    What about the East that has suffered from a devastating civil war levied against it, and from the mindless exploitation of oil that has rendered what was the entire Eastern region, one of the world’s great ecological disasters, with incidents of new cancers, the result of massive pollution, possibly the highest currently in the world? Easterners consider themselves victims of state-terror. There must be both reconstruction of the East and reparation for the years of discrimination.

    These facts will continue to drive the agitation for Biafra. And this is the point that Ohaneze and the South East governors meeting last week in Enugu failed to acknowledge, and which continues to make them irrelevant to the solutions for these agitations.

    The governors in the East and Ohaneze may make ex-cathedra claims, but they do not yet speak for these young people, who have clearly defied them in staging their protests. Again, whoever is advising this president must be plain in telling him that this generation considers him a great part of the Igbo problem, because under his watch as military head, progress in the East was stifled; and the East was isolated in his administration from 1983-85; and as a member of the SMC in 1975, the first postwar moves to “dismantle” the East was set in motion. The onus is on him to show good faith, and dissuade the agitators, or he could show further proof, as some have suggested, that Buhari is rigid and does not listen.



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  • Top 5 Indigenous Costume Ideas for Nigerians

    29/Oct/2016 // 249 Viewers


    Halloween, an annual holiday celebrated on the 31st of October in several countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and the United States of America, is not a Nigerian culture and has never been announced as an official holiday in the country. However, thanks to Nigeria’s love for anything “western world” and their proclivity for revelry, some people in the country are now seen dressed up in elaborate costumes and trick or treating around major cities on Halloween day every October.

    This year, from Club Illusion’s Halloween party set to hold on Friday 28th October atConcord Owerri to Halloween Party – THE LIGHTHOUSE, holding Saturday  29th October  2016 at Marina Lagos, there are so many events already lined up forHalloween. And with the D-day fast approaching, we at Jumia Travel know that it’s crunch time for finding the perfect costume. Given that we know your costume is preying on your mind, we have come up with unique ideas for costumes that can reflect the Nigerian society. If you are going to celebrate Halloween in Nigeria, wouldn’t it be best to make your costume a little indigenous? Read on to get the inspiration you need.

    Scary Ghosts/Witches

    A large number of people tend to put on scary costumes for Halloween around the world. From the most terrifying haunted houses to zombies, vampires and monsters like Frankenstein and King Kong, these costumes are geared towards hyping the Halloween spirit. But as Nigerians, you can also channel same spirit through our local scary characters such as Willie Willie and Karishika. Thanks to music artiste Falz; most people have a more modern idea of what the Karishika costume would entail.

    TV Favourites

    Another type of costumes that dominate the Halloween scene are costumes depicting favourite TV characters or just famous characters from movies. In Nigeria, some old favorites include Papa Ajasco and  Madam Pepeye from the Papa Ajasco series, Zebrudaya from the Masquerade, but in more recent times, Jenifa from Jenifa’s Diaries series (especially season 1), Akpororo from Comedy shows, e.t.c

    The Fashionista

    Love fashion? You can dress as a fun-loving Nigerian fashionista! Don a big, ostentatious wig and peculiar heel boots to go as Denerele, or put on very light skin powder and loud (but perfect) facial make up strut like Bobrisky. You may also want to play the “fashion victim” and re-enact some of the most memorable fashion fails in the Nigerian fashion scene. A good one is the famous Nollywood actress and Actor’s Guild of Nigeria’s President Ibinabo Fiberesima, who came out looking like a peacock at the AMVCA 2016.

    Music Icon

    Music artistes in Nigeria generally dress elaborately whether they are on stage or just on the streets and it is easy to copy any of their looks for a marvelous Halloween event. Some that we however consider most iconic to pull off for this 2016 include Cynthia Morgan, FELA , Lagbaja, and of course Falz the bahd guy. For those who want to dress up as a duo, they can consider going as PSquare.

    The Oshiomole

    This Halloween, you can embody the spirit of the Oshiomole by rocking his famous military inspired outfit, a Khaki brown shirt and matching shorts with and an “APC” hat (made in China).  You could also dig around for his favourite words or slangs and infuse them in your conversation throughout the day. That gets you extra points.

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  • Message for Gov. Ajimobi - Emerging Talent You Must Support!

    29/Sep/2016 // 313 Viewers


    The guy in the middle you are looking at is Abiodun Adegoke. He is 7 feet and 2 inches tall, ((in England, they lovingly call such tall people, Beanpoles) almost 18 years old and has just been admitted to resume and complete his secondary education at Segun Odegbami International College and Sports Academy (SOCA), Wasimi, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.

    He should have finished his school leaving certificate and be in first Year at a university, but failed to do so following his inability to cope with the psychological effect of the taunting by the public, the bullying by school mates and the financial constraints he had to face. 
    So two years ago, he left school in SS1 and retired into isolation, remaining mostly indoors weeping for the 'misfortune' fate had dealt him. He admits he is facing psychological challenges because of his unusual height and is only trying to cope with the attention he attracts everywhere. All of that until Chief Segun Odegbami found and took him in to resume a more purposeful life.

    At SOCA, he is to be well schooled, trained and groomed to gain a very good education as well as sports excellence that would open up opportunities available to someone with his exceptional gift of nature. Guess in what sport? Basketball, of course!
    There is no doubt that he may be destined to be a great basketball superstar in the mould and background of the legendary Akeem Olajuwon. This is what SOCA is committed to steering him towards.
    But there is a big challenge - the finances to take care of the rest of his education.
    Interestingly, Abiodun is from Ibadan. 
    What will it take the Oyo State Government to take up the financial commitment of supporting him to finish schooling in Nigeria? Being in SS2, he has less than two years left to complete his studies. 
    Undoubtedly, American College basketball scouts will soon be on his trail, and a successful future with the support of the Oyo State government will be a big plus for the people and government of the State. 

    Your Excellency, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, here is a challenge for you, and an opportunity to demonstrate goodwill and support for one of your children from the State. It will be a positive gesture by you that would reflect and reciprocate the kindness and benevolence of the good people of Ibadan and Oyo State. 

    I am sure His Excellency has Chief Odegbami’s phone number.

    *Akintokunbo A Adejumo wrote from London, the United Kingdom

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  • Burden of entitlement mentality in Nigeria systems By Femi Fabiyi

    30/Aug/2016 // 872 Viewers


    In America politics, “entitlement benefits” is a strong and contentious policy issue. Democrats believe in mandates that promotes universal health care program, food and shelter for all, whether or not they earned it. But Republicans fights for a freer, less regulated and a competitive system where rewards are in line with individual efforts – a system where no one should be a parasite on others. Either way, both parties usually find room in the middle, and ensure the system is not ideologically stalled. From time immemorial, “entitlement benefits” has been a key fabric of Nigeria culture – expectation placed on families, friends, spouses and private business owners even when the recipients are underserving.  More damning is the role ordinary Nigerians expects its government to play in their everyday lives, especially among people who have utter disregard for rules of the land.

    Second in line to Nigeria Political class immorality and impunity is the “entitlement mentality”. The idea is systematically crushing every aspect of human decency in Nigeria societies. The current economic recession and it’s hardship on the lives of everyone in the country cannot be alienated from people’s crave for special treatments in their day to day activities. The havoc “entitlement claims” have meted to Nigeria system can be likened to the Tsunami catastrophe to Japan economy.

    Entitlement Claims shape up in different forms and faces. The concept of individuals or group of people making claims to the ownership of Nigeria national resources is becoming reckless, and it constitute a serious socio economic threat to the growth and development of Nigeria union. It also undermines Nigeria potentials, as it continuously depress the country’s critical human and natural resources. In the current global economic dispensation where competition is stiff, market opportunities challengingly dynamic, and huge sum of money and time devoted to research for competitive edge, Nigeria workers are constantly agitating for more holidays. A 2 days holiday for every public and historic events we celebrate seems a stretch for a country that lags behind Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola in GDP according to IMF and the World Bank. Despite lack of enough foreign currency to spur economic growth, religious pilgrimage often succeed in making entitlement claims to discount foreign exchange. Ransom payment for freedom of life and properties are now entitlements to social and political kidnappers. Nigeria tertiary road maintenance and community policing are left solely to be cared for by the government budget. Civil servants expect favors from the customers they serve. Annual benefits and entitlements to Nigeria politicians and diplomats dwarf their salaries. Government officials and sport representatives are entitled to travel with large entourage even on unofficial missions.  Some individuals and institutions are compensated in foreign currency just because of their ethnic lineage or easy access to Aso Rock. Most Nigeria neighborhoods are selfishly littered, and we expect others to do the clean-up. Generally, many Nigerians relish the culture of freeloading at the expense of others, where their interest are always more valid and important than other people’s interest.

    Nigeria is in a dire situation, struggling for identity and direction, and seeking courage to fighting its biggest nemesis – corruption. Therefore, the pressure on the economy makes the “entitlement” overtures an abhorrent. The young, strong and the brightest of Nigeria students and professionals are leaving the country out of frustration, and some, if not most are pushed into legalized slavery abroad.

    The country cannot continue to lose its most amiable resources if there is hope for a better Nigeria and its institutions. For Nigerians who have chosen to migrate to America - a darling of a country. America system is set up to trap immigrants into legalized economic slavery. Americans and its residents are expected to pay taxes and insurance fees until they drop dead. The system cunningly encourages frustrated but smart immigrants with potentials (who are not residents) to attend America top tier colleges on a 10 or 15 years loan with school fees averaging $120,000 per year (the smart kid is never coming back home). Foreign Exchange is not just a slogan, it is the most liquid financial instrument and the largest market in the world. According to World Bank, an average of $5 trillion dollars is settled on a daily basis. In Nigeria markets; importers, exporters, local and foreign investors are often subjected to source FOREX in secondary markets due to Nigeria’s weak financial infrastructure. An average of two work days holiday often declared by Nigeria government per month does not put Nigeria Central bank, its stock market operators and local asset managers in a competitive FOREX dealings. Note that Wall Street never closes two work days in a roll except when America is dealing with a serious National issue.

    Nigeria economy is too frail to continue to absorb any type of parasitic tendencies where people can only wait for entitlements, and still pray for economic growth and development. Nigerians have got to learn to make sacrifices at local and national levels, investing in building sustainable and safe communities that encourages constructive collaboration with Nigerians in diaspora and foreign investors, to ensure investment schemes in Nigeria real sectors. At this challenging times, community based development initiatives should be key to Nigeria transformation process. In 2010 an American entrepreneur, Xavier Helgesen teamed up with locals of Monkey Bay – a small city in Malawi on a $6 per month solar project task. The city was 100% off the national electricity grid at the time. By 2012, Xavier project was so successful that he started Off-Grid Electric,  a for profit solar energy company focusing on providing affordable electricity to cities in African countries. In 2011, Sarah El Sayed, a prominent Egyptian activist was on the street of Cairo protesting with millions of people against the then Egyptian government, hoping for a political structure that truly represents the Egyptian people and their interests. Although, Egypt political landscape has not changed, Sarah El Sayed has moved her cause of fighting poverty and fairness by founding an organization called Nawaya, working with local women to build communities that focuses on self-sustenance. In 2007, Jay Kimmelman, Shannon May and Phil Frei founded Bridge International Academies to address educational issues relating to global poverty particularly in rural African countries. Bridge International succeeded in providing school kids of rural Kenya cities quality education for roughly $5 a month. Bridge International business model is been spread across the world targeting pupils whose families live on less than $2 a day.

    For years, Nigerians have indulge in the culture of complacency and financial irresponsibility, camouflaging the entitlement mentality as a bait for incompetence. The hard time is calling for a reality check, and the recalibration of our attitude to real life challenges.

    Solutions to the entitlement problems in Nigeria systems should be approached from two different perspectives. First, government agencies at all levels should cancel all unprogressive entitlement ventures, and redirect resources to real sector agenda – power, roads, manufacturing, education, agriculture and security. Expedite all the political fraud cases in the law court and allow all indicted politicians to face the wrath of the law without preferential treatment. All the recovered stolen money should be relieved of any political hovering. They should be deployed sensibly into stimulating the economy. Aids and grants from the government should focus on supporting small business owners, and indirectly creating a middle class based economy - the engine room for any aspiring economic growth and development. Government pilgrimage sponsorship programs should not take precedents over the foreign exchange needs of Nigerians importing and exporting materials for manufacturing. Foreign exchange allocation to sports, culture, internal and external ministries should be of moral justification and not one that is politically motivated. These are needed measures to demonstrate transparency of governance to the investment communities (local and foreign), and hope foreign investors in particular will garner confidence in these efforts and reposition Nigeria market favorably in their basket of portfolios.

    There is also need for every Nigerian to demonstrate high sense of responsibility and reasonability in their day to day decision making. People cannot continue to live beyond their means, hoping someone out there (brother, sister, uncle, aunty and even parents) will be available to clean up their financial mess - we should stop making babies we cannot support and stop committing to celebrations we cannot afford. The safety of our communities and the towns we live in is more compelling to our health, future and economic conditions. Well organized and structured communities with basic provisions like decent tertiary roads, drainage systems and local security forces are recipe for a more progressive collaboration between Nigerians at home and those in diaspora.

    If $6 a month solar project is working wonders in Monkey Bay, Malawi and $5 a month is turning education quality around in some rural African countries, why can’t Nigeria households give up 6,000 naira per month for the development of their communities? After all, an average family spends at least 5,000 naira a week on entertainment and social events. Our communities should be a selling point to promoting economic partnership with our friends and families in diaspora - community health centers, sports and recreation centers, day care centers, community power, community water, community markets are projects within our reach if carefully planned and diligently executed with or without government assistance.

    Change is not about expecting entitlements and scapegoating the people that caused the bumpy roads, it is about those who showed up and are willing to support the rebuilding process.

    Femi Fabiyi is based in Connecticut, USA

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  • Zaria Massacre: Why CoAS Lt. General T. Y. Buratai Needs To Resign

    30/Dec/2015 // 1835 Viewers


    As many other Nigerians and foreigners, I highly respect Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. Since rising to his top Military position, he has dramatically changed the narrative of the war against terror in Nigeria; reforming and transforming a helpless and dysfunctional, exploited State army into a successful and adequately deadly force against Boko Haram. At last the terrorists are on the run, deprived of supplies, recruits and modern weapons, now left to riding bicycles and using dane guns. Regularly seen in the midst of active troops, General Buratai has restored military morale and improved professionalism of the beaten troops.

    However, the mistake or error of December 12 and the following days since demand our respected General demonstrate his exemplary probity by tending his immediate resignation.

    While some other errors of our military may not be directly linked to the Chief of Army Staff as the Sokoto road massacre was, and may not demand his resignation as other officers my take the fall; General Buratai was there on the fateful day. He gave or physically oversaw the command. He is directly implicated and responsible.

    The actions on Sokoto road are reminiscent of ancient Military authoritarian behavior not consistent with the 21st century civilization.

    It was an era where the Military command like the colonial master was an absolute and almighty imperious authority that anyone who disrespected must be beaten and put to death for. This attitude is inconsistent with modern civilization. Armed protests regardless of who is obstructed do not have to be put out with lethal force. Gaddafi was sacked by a global coalition allegedly for his crushing response to armed protest.


    While the once bitten (July 2014 Nigerian army massacre) stick and stone wielding students on Sokoto road were belligerent and civilly disobedient, did they deserve immediate extermination for delaying the Army General’s passage to his function? No. For the simple reasons below:


    1. The Army is only to be engaged in defined state of war and where a

    state of emergency or marshall law is declared. In all other instances,

    according to the Nigerian constitution, the police and mobile police are to

    be called. Except in Sambisa, and war struck Borno where their deployment

    has been approved by the National Assembly, the army is no authority on

    Nigerian streets. It is mobile police who know the rules of engagement to

    neutralize instances of civil disobedience. All that beating people in

    petrol stations and guard-room locking of offenders is illegal. The army

    can only be invited by the police as a backup.

    1. The continued use of excessive force by the army, with further deadly

    attacks including the use of grenades on the Islamic Center and the home of

    Sheikh Zakzaky at 11pm that night, were further and continued illegal

    actions which only the police/mobile police are trained and authorized to


    1. The raids on the premises and bulldozing of the the Islamic Center

    and Zakzaky residence by the army without court order or police

    authorization are additional illegalities.

    1. For obvious reasons, the Military Chief defended himself by reporting

    the incident and attempting to justify their use of excessive and

    disproportional force as being a result of deliberate assassination attempt

    on his life. The question to ask is; did the army chief have to

    purposefully mow his way through a crowd of dissenting students? Could

    there be an alternative way to get to where he was going without having to

    hurriedly kill every one on and off his path? Was he headed to a national

    emergency? In his capacity, could he not call for a helicopter to transport

    him while possibly leaving the army there till mobile police arrive to

    contain the situation and arrest the culprits?


    The Chief of Army Staff is the Chief protecter of civilians in Nigeria, not the Chief of civilian submission. His duties are limited to Military barracks’, emergency meeting halls and war fronts. He has no urban duty and if he gets into a brawl in a club, would be treated by the law no different from who he slug with.


    It is unfortunate that significant Nigerians including members of the army, governors and those higher-up appear to be addressing national issues from sectarian positions. The disrespectful attack on the Shia Muslims in ways that no other group has ever been, with the crushing of their religious centers and humiliation of their highest authority, who does not even stand accused of terrorism or treason, reeks heavily of systematic and deliberate religious persecution with many similarities, unfortunately to that of Daesh. Cages and wheel barrows for transport of the subdued are an ominous trademark. Only the unreserved resignation of the military Chief and a thorough investigation and compensation “blood money” where due of the victims can restore confidence in the Nigerian government.


    While as many as 200 bodies were deposited in the ABU morgue, as many as

    1000 Nigerians are reported to have been killed in this horrific incident.

    This is serious and weighty. Hundreds more are injured and a potential 5-10 million minority, notably peaceful Shia Muslims feel deliberately repeatedly targeted and persecuted by the Nigerian government.


    While the Kaduna government and northern governors have attempted to use this sad event to stop processions, which the group holds three times a year, the truth is that there was no procession on this day of death. The event being held was a sermon to usher in a new month and no procession was slated. The only individuals at the center at the time were travelers and organizers as the event was not even slated to have commenced. The government has the right to responsibly contain or ban “nuisance”

    processions, however attempts to malign the address and response to this particular massacre by these conflagrations are in poor taste; unless the deadly incident was staged as a pre-mediated tool to ban the “annoying”

    processions and crush the religious group. The same people who commiserated with Zakzaky last year, without an investigation having been done are persecuting him this year.


    Thus far, the Shia Muslims have demonstrated exemplary character in Nigeria, by not resorting to violence in reaction to the current and past deadly aggression. While we are thankful of their spiritual and social anti-violence doctrine, which perhaps no other group in Nigeria and few others worldwide, apart from Monks are close in, we expect an attempt to similarly advance in character by the Nigerian authorities, who should learn from their former leaders currently in jail. There is no threat of Shia becoming terrorists; they never will. We should stop insulting them further with such utterances.


    We can recall several incidents of armed protest in the recent past, including the post-election riots when Buhari lost in 2011. Those protests took 800 lives. While wherever armed protesters are inflicting deadly harm, they must be immediately put out, there was no report of murder by these youth, except the alleged attempt on General Buratai’s life. What if the Military under Jonathan had put out a similar crushing response to the armed Youth protesters, protesting Buhari’s election defeat? What if the Army then had bombed Buhari’s house without him being convicted of calling for the deadly armed protests? Has/was Sheikh Zakzaky convicted of staging the armed Youth protest on Sokoto road before the army took action against Shia Islam in Nigeria and the Shia leader?


    Imagine the US deploying the army, not with tear gas and rubber bullets, but with live ammunition and grenades to mow down the Baltimore armed and violent youth protesters?


    Rather than perhaps cook-up “evidence” of pre-event linking “intelligence”

    that Sheikh Zakzaky had a premeditated sinister plot to kill General Buratai and overthrow the Nigerian government, which led to the stationing of troops in front of the Islamic center at 12 noon on December 12th and the crushing response to the protesting youth at 3pm that day, we would advice the Military Chief to accept his reflex errors and resign.


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  • National statement on the way forward

    30/Jan/2016 // 308 Viewers

    By Ogoloma Endurance Young

    Politics must be about people, not candidature, it should be about the welfare of people and most importantly the future generation, it is a selfless calling and not a selfish one, how can one become a leader when they are self-serving?

    A true leader is a servant for his people, sacrificing what they hanker after for the masses. Tasked to enrich the land and its inhabitants not themselves, their families and companions, it's sad that in Africa most leaders are a desirous pack, and the common folk work their fingers to the bone for their amusement.

    We are in a social setting where leaders have no plans and don't care about the time ahead. I know for a fact is a generational curse, but we need a leader that will sacrifice for the future. To be honest to God, my question is, are we ready to embrace change?

    As Nigerians, we need to be part of everyday governance and politics; we need to make an effort to transmute. Not necessarily change of government but of mindset and attitude. Our outlook on the affairs of the land is crucial to national maturity.

    We are in a space where one thinks they need to clamp one down to succeed, that posture draws us back. We care only for our stomachs today and look to God for tomorrow. Of course, when the proletariat can't fend for themselves and their families how do you expect them to contribute sensibly and judiciously to the growth of a nation?

    Every nation is supposed to be a good parent to its nationals by feeding, clothing, sheltering, financing and providing quality healthcare & education for them as children. We also have a responsibility as law abiding citizens to contribute our quota in changing the status quo.

    A typical mindset of African governance is displayed in most homes, where a husband eats the large and ripe portion of a meal, for left over’s to be served to the rest of the family.

    We will never be a superior nation, if we continue in our self-serving ways of reasoning. We need to set in motion a generational thinking stance for posterity's sake.

    Its tiresome hearing abusive candidates at each other's throat on political platforms, exposing their ignorance on affairs of the state, It clearly confirms they have nothing to offer the generations ahead.

    Petty minded politics leads to a neither here nor there nation. Our forebears did what they could; let's write their wrongs, so we won't be worse off 50 years from now.

    We could sit and blame our leaders all we want, but I believe we should be responsible for our future and take charge of it. Let's gather generational thinkers to help build this nation.

    In the west, education, healthcare, etc is free, it’s a crime for your ward not to enroll for school. This is a race that has posterity in mind; years ago their antecedents toiled to put a system in place. And it shall be passed unto the next generation, its tradition.

    How do you expect a nation to move forward without a national layout? For example, every eight years there is change in governance, each and every incumbent will come with ideas and objectives on which route the nation should take. In effect the nation moves to and fro and becomes inconsequential.

    Again I don't know how these things work, but will beseech our brothers and sisters in the diasporas with ideas and experience on how the systems work internationally to come build our nation. We need long term hands-on solutions and not inconceivable ideas that can't materialized.

    Education is key, and to catch up with the rest of the world, we need to invest heavily in that sector. We should not only fund it, but take a critical look at our entire curricular again. Axe out what is not important and focus on that which is. Let's work out a NATIONAL PLAN and make an effort towards its achievement.

    To our leaders, business people, scholars, pastors and philosophers in this great country Nigeria and the rest of Africa please note that: INVESTING INTO POSTERITY IS AN UNBENDABLE CONSTITUENT TO SAFEGUARD WHAT LIES AHEAD.

    Well, all have a responsibility to reorganize Nigeria for future generation. It's a luxury we will be deprived of, if we don't look upon it as a necessity.


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  • Ada Mark Legacy: Celebrating an amazon with the bold heart

    30/Mar/2016 // 348 Viewers

    By Omaga Daniel


    The world does not celebrate ideas, but achievements. It does not celebrate dreams but impacts. While some impacts may be easily forgotten, others outlive generations.

    Ada Mark Ogbole, the Idoma-born amazon cum CEO of Ada Mark Foundation for Girls is fast becoming a national legend through her leadership sagacity, quest for the emancipation of the girl child, mother to all posture and philantrophic gesture for the less-privileged and vulnerable. Despite her self-effacing and unassuming style, the societal impacts of Hon. Mrs. Ada Mark Ogbole have continued to earn her respect and affection of the grassroots and the attention of Nigerians across the globe. Indeed, Nigerians who appreciate commitment to nation building and service to humanity will always hold this mother and administrative guru to a very high esteem.

    Ones view about “Aunty Ada” as she is foundly called by youths depends on the perspective with which you look at her. In my view, however, she is better described as *“an advocate of gender equality who dominates her world with well reasoned arguments” *and a “*patriot in the attainment of the vision of a better society*”.

    Having been elected at the age of 26 to represent her constituency at the Federal House of Representatives and her continuous drive for the
    re-positioning of the girl-child and women for greater achievements through sports, capacity building, empowerment and education, her Pisces horoscope personality and leadership sagacity have indeed been brought to bear and this gives the younger generation of African women hope that the quest for true leadership and gender inequality in Africa, will soon be over.

    What a man can do, a woman can do even better. That is just the best way to describe the guts of Aunty Ada. She is detribalized, accessible,
    determined, jovial, strong willed and above all, a very good listener. I am proud to identify with this woman of amiable mien, whose enviable impacts in the lives of Nigerian Women and youths cannot be over emphasized. Her commitment and passion to the cause of the common man has been further illuminated by her immense support for the victims of the Agatu Massacre.

    I am fully convinced that the exodus towards an equitable society as exemplified by Aunty Ada*, *would continue in the right direction and her impacts never be forgotten in a hurry, when Nigerians would celebrate 100 years of independence on 1st October, 2060. On that day, Nigerian women and other Africans who have received the positive impacts of her selflessness will have the cause to smile and tell the world that the journey for the girl-child emancipation started with the Ada Mark legacy.

    Comrade Omaga Elachi Daniel is the Executive Director, Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative and writes from Abuja.


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