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Constitutional or Not?

Posted: June 24, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in NIGERIA, RANDOM THOUGHTS
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On the radio show “Political Platform” a couple of days ago, a listener sent in a message concerning the 220 million naira the Kano State government had earmarked to cater for those who couldn’t afford food to break their fast during the Ramadan. He was of the opinion that the government could have used the money for a project aimed at creating gainful employment for these people rather than just feeding them for the period. Just as I was ruminating on the thought, a call was placed across to someone who is supposed to be a spokesperson or something of that sort for the Kano state government. And then, the “sophisticated illiteracy” of many of our government officials was thrown out in the open yet again.

The conversation went thus; (P.S: this is an abridged version of the conversation)

Show anchor: Have any funds had been earmarked for feeding in this fasting season?

Spokesperson: Yes, the Kano government has earmarked 220 million naira for the feeding of Muslims who cannot afford food to break their fasts during the Ramadan. There are a lot of Muslims who do not have anything to break their fasts and the government has taken it upon itself to cater for this people.

Show anchor: One of our listeners is of the opinion that the money should be used to create jobs for this people instead of feeding them for just this period also considering the debt log of the state.

Spokesperson: Yes yes, the government will create jobs for them, but the people have to be healthy to work (huh???). If they are not healthy, how will they work? It is the government’s duty to feed the people. The state’s governor is very sensitive to the people’s plight. If the Kano state government doesn’t give them food what will they eat after their fast. We are giving cooked food not raw food. blah…. blah….. blah…. He said some things I couldn’t make any sense of.

Show anchor: Is this money coming from the government’s purse or is the governor personally funding it? Because we know the Kano State government was listed as one of the states in debt.

Spokesperson: Yes, the Kano state government is funding the project because as you know the people of the state have to be fed (what???)….. blah….. blah……. blah…… some more incoherent words.

Show anchor: Is it constitutional for the governor to fund such a project from the government’s purse? Is there a provision in the constitution for this? Does this action have a constitutional backing?

(In my mind, I was just begging the guy to cut the call and run before he fools himself; I am not looking forward to another oga at the top saga. Imagine if he had said something like, “I don’t know, I need to ask my oga. Or it’s my oga that brought up the idea, so I don’t really know)

Spokesperson: Silence…….

Show anchor: Oh I think we lost him.

In my opinion, the man ran for his dear life! They further analysed the issue on the show. One of the anchors was quick to point out that the state is religiously diverse and as such, a project like that should probably not be embarked if it is being funded from the state’s purse. The question on my mind the whole time was “who was feeding these people before the fasting period?” Agreed, there is a benevolent side to this deed. What the governor is trying to do is really wonderful. BUT THEN AGAIN; YOUR STATE IS IN DEBT, WHO WILL FEED THIS PEOPLE AFTER THE RAMADAN ENDS (WHAT HAVE THEY EVEN BEEN EATING)? WILL YOU DO THIS DURING THE LENTEN SEASON? WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER IF YOU PROVIDED JOBS FOR THIS PEOPLE WITH THIS MONEY; IT MIGHT NOT BE SO MUCH, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY A START (REMEMBER THE TEACH ME TO FISH INSTEAD OF GIVING ME FISH ADAGE?).

In my opinion, it is a really nice gesture, but he could have funded it from his “PERSONAL” purse QUIETLY.

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Andddd a very Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest footballer and a living legend Lionel Andres Messi (If you like curse me in your mind, I go soon meet am). I had this plan to do a very elaborate post for/on my birthday but as always, Biochemistry has ruined it all (which begs the question, when will Ame have a life). I have this five hour long incourse on Friday (my birthday) and two other great ones on Monday and Wednesday next week. All the plans I had for myself and my friends (I) have therefore been moved to the following weekend (I’m sure people postpone their birthdays all the time, hell Uncle Gabriel Igbinedion celebrates his birthday all through the year). However!!!!! WORLD AME DAY remains 26th June!!!! #ANTICIPATE. I will definitely squeeze in a post on Friday and please expect a lot of pictures!!!!  

UNTIL NEXT TIME……. HAPPY RAMADAN AL-MUBARAK TO MY MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS…… HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONEL MESSI……. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ADVANCE AME……… XOXO

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AND GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI (PRESIDENT ELECT)

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AND GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI                    (PRESIDENT ELECT)

History was made yesterday as General Muhammadu Buhari was elected the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan in what has been termed the least controversial elections in the history of the nation’s democracy. After running for the position in four consecutive elections, he finally became the people’s choice. Some have said his persistence finally paid off; and perhaps his new mantra “CHANGE” which probably became the most used word in the country in the past few months.

While the nation waits for the president-elect to officially take over office come May 29th, we also celebrate a man who many have termed a “HERO”; the outgoing president; President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. It is indeed rare for incumbent to be voted out of office especially when he could have defied all protocols to turn the elections in his favour. He said during his campaign that his re-election wasn’t worth the life of a single Nigerian. He indeed kept to his word in ensuring a free and fair electoral process. He also showed himself to be a much better leader than many acknowledge when he called to congratulate the president-elect even before the results were officially announced. Defying the numerous controversial statements made by many Nigerians and even an ex-president and an elder statesman; he has indeed proved himself a true leader.

Nigeria’s democracy also recorded a great victory as it is the very first time an opposition party would defeat a ruling party. Not just that, but without bloodshed amidst fear and numerous negative prophesies. The world was focused on Nigeria. Almost everyone anticipated excessive bloodshed, including numerous powerful men of God. The rest of the world watched as though this was the final straw that would finally pull the country apart. But we showed that our democracy had finally grown beyond violence and that Nigeria is far beyond negative prophesies.

NIGERIA DECIDES

NIGERIA DECIDES

Now, as Nigeria awaits its new leader, irrespective of who or what you support or believe in, we should all join hands in support of the new government. Not waiting for the new government to fail just because you are in support of the opposition party. A better Nigeria would be of benefit to each and every one of us; whether you are of the ruling party or the opposition. Nigeria does not belong to a single party. It belongs to us all and we have proven that in breaking this new record.

And yes we can now return to our lives!!!

GOD BLESS NIGERIA AND GOD BLESS YOU

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UNTIL NEXT TIME…. CONGRATULATIONS NIGERIA… XOXO

NIGERIA: FAILURE TO PLAN

Posted: January 24, 2015 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in NIGERIA
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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail; I’m very sure every one of us has been taunted with this saying at one point or the other in our lives. Personally the quote taunted me most in my university days, where you had to plan reading timetables from the beginning of the semester and when reading time tables failed you’d embark on compulsory all night reading (TDB) “so you’d eventually have good grades”.  In any case Benjamin Franklin wasn’t wrong; Planning is everything, I’m sure you would also agree with me from experience that having a single plan is often very risky. Most times, a plan A needs a plan B (which in my case was TDB), and often times a plan C.

In my opinion, Nigeria falls under the planning to fail category. Nigeria today looks to me like a confused nation devoid of planning in the past. And ultimately a country that carries out actions without a plan. The recent drop in crude oil prices and its resultant adverse effect is what prompted this post.

Recently, the joint admission and matriculation board (JAMB) introduced the computer based test (CBT) in its unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME). Further, it was suggested that the paper based test be completely phased out. A series of questions came to mind when I heard of this; “have they put in place the necessary infrastructure to make this happen?” “are all the candidates registering for the exams computer literate?” and ultimately “what measures have been initially put in place to make sure everyone who is to partake in this exams at any time at least has basic knowledge of how to operate a computer?”. Shouldn’t making sure that even the child in a public school has basic computer knowledge be the first point of call? PLANNING!!! I served in a state government-owned school, which wasn’t so below standard, yet they had no computer room/laboratory. All they did was plain theory no practical classes whatsoever.

Over the years (since oil exploration started in the late 1950’s), Nigeria has long solely thrived on revenue from oil. And experts have over time expressed concerns on the nation’s over dependence on revenue from oil, and however advised the government to diversify the economy. Unfortunately the advice was neglected, and today, oil revenue is the backbone of the economy as it generates quite a very large chunk of government revenues. Now that oil prices are beginning to decline drastically, what happens next? Seeing as there were no plans whatsoever to cushion any negative effects that could arise in situations like this. As always, the ripple effects of finding a quick solution to their lack of planning in the first place inevitably fall on the masses.

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The question remains why on earth wasn’t there a plan B, C or even D in place? Why didn’t the government like those of other oil-producing countries who wouldn’t even be the least bit moved by the fall in prices think to diversify the economy? Didn’t the government anticipate the fact that sooner or later the world would turn to an alternative fuel source or even worse that the oil wells would dry up? Is the government waiting till every single device/machine that utilizes fuels from our oil starts running on batteries or even fuel from sugar cane before they diversify the economy? Why doesn’t the government see the need to invest in other sectors that would generate as much revenue as oil?

Now they are running helter skelter putting austerity measures in place that still doesn’t totally cut down on the wasteful spending of the government. I only hope God gives them the wisdom they need to eventually put in place and carry out the necessary measures to soothe the effects of the drop in oil prices. While they put other plans in place on how to generate revenue from non-oil sources. If not, as always the masses will pay dearly for the government’s mistakes.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME…. PRAY FOR NIGERIA AND FOR THE SOULS OF OUR SOLDIERS IN WAR AND THE SOULS OF THOSE DEPARTED…. IF YOU HAVEN’T LISTENED TO ANOTHER MAN BY MI DEDICATED TO OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS, YOU SHOULD…… XOXO

Nigerian Politics: The funny game

Posted: October 10, 2014 by myTHOUGHTStoSCREEN in NIGERIA, POLITICS
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Hello beautiful people, it’s a beautiful Friday here in the city of Lagos, I hope wherever you are is just as beautiful :). Yesterday was a rather hectic day and network was quite horrible hence the late post. I’ll like to start this post with a bit of advice, especially to the young women, men, boys and girls please biko pay plenty of attention to your health and please do not stress yourself excessively over anything (work, relationships, even life). I lost someone I knew last week due to complications arising from high blood pressure. Her’s was the third case I got to know of in the past two weeks. The sad part is they were all really young and even unmarried.

To today’s thought; growing up everywhere Nigerian politics was being talked about; at home, on TV, in school etc, it was always described as a dirty game.They always said, you had to get your hands dirty to be a politician here in Nigeria. Well, this isn’t entirely far from the truth. Another thing people have failed to mention is what I would love to term the funny hilarious side to Nigerian politics. Your next thought would be, “What’s so funny about Nigerian politics?”. I’ll tell you what;

Personally I believe politicians/ holders of political offices should be individuals who stand out in the society, individuals who are actually capable of representing the electorates interests, and individuals we (the young especially) can look up to as role models. But in our (Nigeria’s) case, we have BLONDE haired men contesting political positions, I mean how do you expect a man who can’t make the right decision concerning his hair colour veraciously represent the interest of his electorate? As a matter of fact, he said “I will still carry my BLONDE hair when elected into office” (LMFAOOO). Quite a number of Individuals now feel that since their dominance in the entertainment industry has come to an end, they can jump into the next free for all money making venture. EVEN THE PARTY RIDER HIMSELF!!!!! No offence but quite a number of them don’t even seem like they can manage a home let alone a community. I was listening to an advert for a political talk show (“Let’s talk politics” or something like that) on radio on Monday and I later discovered the show was owned and anchored by our very one Baba Keke (I reserve my comment). I am personally not against ANYONE running for any office but it is only fair and rational that you at least make yourself presentable! How am I (as a voter) supposed to take a BLONDE haired man seriously? The bottom line is if a blonde man believes he can hold a political office, then Nigerian politics is indeed hilarious.

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The second funny aspect of our Nigerian politics is that of our politicians PORTING LIKE SAKA HOPPING UP AND DOWN LIKE KANGAROOS from one party to the other. I can’t seem to tell the difference between the two million and one political parties we have and our mobile networks anymore. Some politicians Peter Obi for example, after reaping all there is to from one party waltz their way into the next. Please these are political parties not mobile networks.

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In other news, it is estimated that by the 2019 elections, there will be 1 political party to every 10 Nigerian (by my own estimation).

All I’m saying is, we as the electorate deserve the best in terms of who represents us. It is very clear that our politicians feel we can accept anything they throw in our faces, which is very wrong. So please do not come and shove your blonde hair in our faces and expect us to vote you in because you said you were in love with two women and somebody hit your car (we liked the songs though). Respect our brains!!! We want men with black hair who are capable of representing our interests except you are an albino.

UNTIL NEXT TIME PAY SERIOUS ATTENTION TO YOUR HEALTH AND PLEASE HELP ME INFORM THE BLONDE TO DYE HIS HAIR BLACK (if he wants to be taken seriously). XOXO