Nigeria information minister, smart liar?

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    Lai Muhammed (photo credit: Daily Trust)

He said the president worked from office yesterday, yet he wasn’t in the  FEC meeting today?

Many take the information minister, Lai Muhammed as a propagandist and others dismiss every word of his comments as lies.

The health situation of the Nigerian President has even put the information minister into too much mess that most Nigerians scorn at his job as information minister.

The poor health of President Muhammadu Buhari has caused his absence from the federal executive council meeting (fec), held every Wednesday.
The information minister in his defence to once more the absence of the president from FEC meeting was marred with equivocation and contradiction.

He said the president worked from office yesterday, yet he wasn’t in the  FEC meeting today?

And Lai Muhammed alleged that  journalists reported the president’s presence in his office yesterday. There was no affirmation or denial of this by any journalist in Aso villa. This comes on the heels of denials by the same minister that the president would henceforth, from last week, work from his residential home.

Take a read at what the minister said.

“I know you will want to know why the President was not at the meeting. You are also aware that the President was at his office yesterday and he worked at his office yesterday. A few days before now, we did come out to say he’s been asked to take some rest by his Doctor and he chose today to rest and not to attend the Federal Executive Council meeting….Mr President will stick to his Doctor’s advice so that he can recover much more quickly.”
On calls by some people that President should proceed on medical vacation?
” W‎e thank all of them for their concern. It shows how concerned Nigerians are about the health of the President. All their suggestions are being taken on board.”
On the report that the President is being fed intravenously?
” It is absolutely untrue that he’s being fed. He was in his office yesterday as you all reported and if the doctor says Take a rest, I think you will faster when you rest when you ought to rest rather than by forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work. All he’s doing is following the doctor’s advice….Whatever is happening today is not any strange development. It’s exactly what he said that he has been advised to take it easy by his Doctor and that he will soon also go back for further treatment.” Source: Vanguard Ng.

Nigeria’s jollof-rice, best worldwide – Osinbajo

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Nigeria vice president, Osinbajo

Did anyone notice that in all our well-respected lawyer vice-president said that Nigerians are successful of that none of them is done by the government?

Take a read.

Abuja – Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice-President on Monday described Nigerian-cooked jollof rice as “the best in the world”.

The Vice-President while speaking at “The Platform Nigeria,” a Global Media live broadcast LIVE on Channels TV and online convened by Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, in Lagos said: “And by the way, we all know that Nigerian jollof rice is the best, we beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down.”

“We have everything, and our people are doing incredibly innovative things.

“Our music and entertainment industry is the fastest growing in the world,and of course, nobody is as funny as Nigerians, whether professional or amateur,”he noted.

The VP also extolled Nigerians innovative feats in various fields,especially in recent times.

“Last year Oluyinka Olutoye, a Nigerian surgeon successfully took out a baby from her mother’s womb, operated on the womb, and put the baby back in.

“The baby was carried full term and was born naturally — a feat previously unheard of.

“Only last year, a Nigerian girl Morolake Akinosun won a gold medal at the Olympics.

“Last Saturday, a Nigerian boxer Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua won the WBA, becoming the boxing champion of the world.”

Jollof rice is a staple meal among Africans, however over the years, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Senegalese and other African countries have claimed to make the best of the meal.

Vanguard Ng.

Assassination of Human Intelligence.

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Buhari.

Some groups of people including the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, vowed to make Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s  government ‘ungovernable’. At the end, they made it difficult for the man to realise his agenda.

Few years later, Buhari has become the Nigerian president. Unsurprisingly, his government has become ‘unmanageable’.

One should take a look at decisions and policies of the present government, and what people think about them. Economic and the team of ministers that took months to select, and their perfomances are some of the clear indications to  the poor governance.

Well, BBC and most western media see Buhari as a fighter of corruption. On paper, yes, he is not in reality.

One could ask the president Buhari why he left the country. The whole truth is that nobody including members of APC, Buhari’s party, believes whatsoever the information minister, Lai Muhammed says.

The economy, security and welfare of the people have become unmanageable, but the most worrisome part is the inability to manage information in this communication revolution era.

Buhari was expected back to Nigeria after two weeks vacation to London. However, a letter credited to him was sent to the National Assembly informing members that he’s been advised to tarry a while for his test results in a London hospital to be out. Well, in Nigeria, test results do not take more than a day or two. I guess London hospitals should be 65 years backward.

In what one could describe as an assassination of human intelligence, the information minister, Lai Muhammed, told journalists, 8th February, 2017, that the president is ‘not in any hospital’. Nobody, as usual, believed him, not just because Nigerians have heard the president’s being in the hospital and the counters, but moreso because Lai Muhammed, as a federal minister can’t manage information. He’s just a typical present federal minister though.

Those of us who said we should wait on the Lord, pray and fast, hope and wish till the next election or two should recall this era of ‘Change’ when another government would come on board. Then, Rotimi Amechi, transportation minister, Okorocha of Imo state, Lai Muhammed, Buhari would start claiming any good effect of the new government policies as their products which they are ‘currently planting’! This stems from all this claims over Unfounded achievements.

For the meantime, Buhari should come back to Nigeria he has so longed for to rule, and face his duties. And Lai Muhammed should resign, or be reassigned to another portfolio.

Being human beings alone affords Nigerians the ability to discern liars and this government is lying about every little thing like telling us the whereabouts of a president of over 1,60 million peoples. And if he’s tired, it wouldn’t be a crime to be honourable, resigning.

Temporal Relief

Harvest crashes prices of foodstuffs in Kano markets

Prices of food items have begun to come down in markets in Kano following the arrival of newly harvested farm produce. Some markets in the state revealed that the prices of some grains had drastically reduced.

A bag of maize is now selling for N10,000 as against N13, 000 it sold last month, while a measure now costs N357, down from between N470 and N500 previously.

The price of a measure of millet had

equally dropped from N360 to about N250.

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Photo Credit:#PhotoNewqu

Also, a bag of rice, which sold for N19,000, is now selling for N17,500 while a measure now costs N700, Some consumers said that they were optimistic that the prices of food items would crash further before the year ends.

Malam Sani Usman, a consumer, said that the current economic hardship would end with massive food production. He said that when people did not produce but consumed more “ there’s bound to be food shortage and the economy will become weak.”
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This is however not the end to the hunger that is posing a great challenge to Nigeria. There is the poor attitude of saving for the future, therefore, this would only make a temporary change to those regions that produce the food in commercial quantity.

Why I hate Most Igbo leaders

(a mirror of my generalview on Igbo Leaders)The Sun Newspaper carried the news that:Igbo leader, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka has lauded the release from detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the Director ofRadio Biafra and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, describing it as a great news of immense importance as it will douse the already heated tension surrounding his detention.My bewildermentThe court while ordering the State Security Services to release Kanu noted that he has been detained longer than the law stipulated. Now, none of these Igbo chiefs ever raised a voice to such long and unnecessary destination.Earlier this month, 8th December, some leaders including state governors of the Yoruba extract convened a summit where they urged the federal government to look into the the causes of ‘separatistfeelings’ that fuels the quest to divide the country, make the people from the Eastern region feel belonged in the Nigeria entity, solve the insecurity problem, provide ranching zones/areas for the Fulani herdsmen, provide employment opportunities,and so on. What the Igbo leaders were doing was hide and seek. Rochas Okorocha was one of the veryoutspoken governors that through venoms he spits against the feelings and agitations of the people, you’d discern that he can even shoot to death these aggrieved men and women who voted him to power for his deiceitful ‘Rochanomist’ manthra, who are now hungry because of his and his cohorts’ poor policies, who have no good road networks, no portable water, no affordable housing and hospitals, ever increasing school fees and compulsion to purchase computer from university administration, and endless lack of common amenities that the government could provide to it’s people.Hero? Really?The chief also added:“Kanu has emerged as a hero of Ndigbo and nobody can take that away from him.His agitation leading to his arrest and detention has made our voice to be heard, opened our wound to the glaring notice of thepeople that matters in Nigeria and I believe that something good will follow the issues he raised, therefore the issues surrounding him have to be given serious attention. In my capacity as Ogirisi Igbo, I want to advice him to listen to our elders’ advice on how to address our problems. I’msure he must have realized that we are all behind him now, so let him take our advice” he addedContradiction everywhere! Odi egwu oo.How is he a hero when he does not listen to ‘elders’ advice’? But question would start by asking: Who areeven these elders that do not chat way forward nor fight for better days for their offspring? Do they deserve listening to? Are they not the ones telling the people to go and sit down because, according tothem’, these agitators ‘have not seen war’? What is that good stuff that comes so easy? Who should be that hero by sitting comfortably on his pains, hoping that what he can get by himself be given him bynot others? Why has Kanu, all of a sudden, become a hero? Why not give it to Rochas and all those our senators and their likes that chant the ‘eleventh commandment’ of ‘Nigeria is an indivisible entity’?Wild Dreams!According to the APGA chieftain“the issue of Biafra is all about the wellbeing of the Igbo man in the Nigerian setting and Biafra is as good as a dream come true when the roads are fixed, when the lights shine uninterrupted, when jobsare available for youths, when there is enough federal presence in the southeast, when the federal appointments are balanced among the geopolitical zones and when the Igbo man is president. That is Biafra in my opinion”With all due respect, I need to say that we don’t sit with our hands in-between our legs and get all these.And the Igbo Presidency most of our elders are talking about will not solve the myriads of Igbo/Nigeria challenges. He would be a ‘Nigeria president’ not Igbo President! In a bid to satisfy the northern elders, he’d end up a stooge.Again, I wonder if our elders didn’t hear the man at the helm of the federal government say he’d give 90% attention to those who voted him. Did Ndi Igbo vote him? Or are we wanting to reap where we did not sow?I hate most Igbo leaders because they are late-comers, backstabbers, they are too far away from their people, they are cultivating the culture of being demi-gods, they build thick and high walls of separation between themselves and the people.I hate them most for their expertise in telling lies andselfishness.

Not This Kind of Change.

 

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The opposition and the ruling parties’ logos.

On Wednesday, 7th September, 2016, the inspector general of Nigeria Police Force warned the #bringbackourgirls campaigners to desist from Street protests.
Let’s recall that this #bringbackourgirls group has been campaigning to have the over 200 girls who were allegedly captured in a secondary school in Chibok, Borno state to be released.

Recently, the spate of killing by herdsmen has increased especially in the southeast of the country. The media have also reduced the report on boko haram mayhem in the north east.

Africans have been in hunger, but Nigeria with it’s ‘largest economy’ smiles in Africa has gone hungrier. Inflation rates have quadrupled.

Let me borrow some altruistic views from a social commentator, Larry Ogwuego who reminded us that sometimes, one cannot but be corrupt in Nigeria. My friend and classmate, Okechukwu Linus recently won a competition that demanded he travel to Kenya. The amount of money he paid before he got his passport was over 1000% higher than what is on papers. This is the same with getting a driver’s license, obtaining a national ID, and sometimes, the worst is found in the school leadership.

Now, our people say that he who was absent from a burial place would most probably exhume the dead from the legs. Simply put, when one does not know the beginning of a trouble, it’d be quite difficult for him or her to proffer a feasible solution. Can we say that the Buhari led government has only new hands in governance? Why is everything going down everyday everywhere? Why are institutions such as the INEC, the National Assembly, EFCC, individuals, organised labour unions, protesters, and others being tossed up and down?

Yesterday, 8th September, 2016, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari launched ‘Change Begins With Me Reorientation Programme’ (#changebeginswithme), and questions are asking whether this is not  another mouthing of ‘change’ which has not been happening the way Nigerians expected?
When the head is sick, the whole body can never be together. The change should even start from the head. The change should start from those that are directly under the reins of the head. Leaders should Change their attitudes because they are smelling. Let the president change, and behave as a President of a diversified, fragile and hungry British conglomerate. Let him be open-minded and get dynamic. Those with him should lecture him on what change is even if it’s a party’s slogan. Change is ability not a disability. Let’s start now! We don’t want all these inabilities to continue. Elections for individual states cannot be held properly, what will happen in 2019 when there’d be a country-wide elections?

But people!
Where are we now? We still suffer all the pains!

Then, what’s the essence of waiting by the table to pick the crumbs instead of going for the bread?

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Let’s do the right thing now.
We can remove any power that is not from people, from us. We can resist cutting corners.
It is for a better tomorrow. It has not even become all that hard as South Africa’s apartheid had it, take a look at fruits the war they fought years ago are yielding them today. Those people fought the powers that were, these people died, they were imprisoned, incarcerated, left to die.
What are we doing to change our tomorrow. I know that most of us believe ‘Nigeria’ is nobody’s, but we cannot keep ours better if we got it when have not learnt how to keep the one we have today properly.
Let’s begin the change with ‘us’. Forget what APC government is saying because they are all the same. They’ve crossed the bridge, we have to build these ones they’ve broken, widen our coast for a bigger tomorrow.
Just do the right thing, and fight for your right. Fighting is painful but gainful.

Faith and apparel For the Abrahamic religions, clothing is both trivial and vital

BY ERASMUS

WHY do the religious authorities feel strongly about what we wear when we go about our daily lives, when we worship….or indeed when we swim? That is not a silly question. After all, sacred literature contains many statements that seem to make the opposite point: that clothing doesn’t matter, or that it matters less than we think. Whatever impression we try to make with our apparel, God will see through it. A sonorous verse in the Hebrew scriptures declares that “the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” In Islam there is a hadith (or traditional saying) that God “does not look at your figures, not at your attire, but He looks at your hearts…” And Jesus of Nazareth tells his followers to be more like naked lilies growing in a field, free from worries about clothing and sustenance.
And yet clothing surfaces again and again in those religious texts, whether as a pitfall, an obligation or a symbol of the sublime. Both the Koran and the Hebrew scripures explain that the need for clothes in the ordinary sense arose only after a terrible act of wilfulness which left man estranged from God, suddenly conscious of a nakedness that needed to be covered up. After the disobedience of Adam and Eve, as the most famous English translation of the Bible has it, “the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
The Koran also implies that the drama and dilemma of our first ancestors’ disobedience recurs in every subsequent generation: “O Children of Adam, we have bestowed on you clothing to conceal your private parts and as an adornment. But the clothing of righteousness, that is best…Let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to reveal their private parts.”
The idea that attire is a gift from God, and that it should be tidy and discreet, is emphasised elsewhere in the Koran. People should dress neatly and cleanly when going to the mosque. As one translation puts it: “O children of Adam, put on your finery at every place of prayer…Who has forbidden God’s finery which He fashioned for his servants, or the good things He has provided?” Modesty is enjoined for both sexes: believers should “cast down their eyes and guard their private parts” and women in particular should “drape their bosoms with their veils” and not show their beauty except to close family members. That last verse has been interpreted as an instruction to women to cover their heads, although there are some Muslim women who disagree. Women who convert to Islam often note that there is something paradoxically liberating about dressing modestly, in a way consistent with one’s beliefs, rather than feeling compelled to impress society or attract men.
In the Jewish and Christian tradition, it is often said that before their disobedience, Adam and Eve were robed not in ordinary clothing but in an all-embracing divine light. That in turn confers a special status on garments which indicate the restoration of that light. Brilliant white clothes, whether worn by a priest in the holiest part of the Jerusalem temple, or a by an angel hovering over a river in Babylon, or by Jesus appearing to three followers in a blinding blaze, are a sign that this light is once again flowing unhindered. In the final pages of the Christian scriptures, the church awaiting God is compared to a bride “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white.”
Other clothes and adornments, in the right ceremonial context, are mentioned approvingly. The high priest in ancient Jerusalem displayed 12 precious stones attached to a breast-plate which incorporated threads of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and pale linen. It must have been an impressive sight. King Solomon’s magnificent appearance is mentioned with
approval. But the Bible has harsh things to say about tho who dress and groom themselves to make a worldly impression, like Jezebel who, in the final hour of her life, “painted her eyes, adorned her head an looked out of the window”.
At the heart of all theistic religions is the idea that the worship of, or excessive attachment to, anything or anyone other than God is something to be avoided: a sinful distraction at best, idolatry at worst. Applying that principle, it becomes easier to understand the apparent inconsistency of religious attitudes towards clothing. Apparel can either be an aid to worship or a foolish diversion from it. But surely the folly of “excessive attachment” applies not only to physical things but to rules. Getting hung up on what people should or shouldn’t wear in particular places sounds like an unhelpful distraction.

This article first appeared in The Economist

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Who wouldn’t board the bus especially when the journey is long. No more boredom.

But, transport fare would never be the same again. Obviously.

This would be a dream that would be expected in Africa and most developing countries in 50 years to come considering the fact the service provision is still way behind the standard.