Buhari’s Change: Just Rhetoric?

APC01I have consciously decided to be mute and neutral about the way the current administration is going. I remember the last time Nigerians had it so difficult was during the Abacha era. As a primary school pupil back then, I felt the bite.

From 1999 till date, the only time we were close to a grounded nation was during the “Occupy Nigeria” era in 2012 and May last year just before former President Jonathan handed over the mantle of leadership to President Buhari. That was when there was no fuel, there was no water (especially in Lagos), there was no power; banks and telecommunication companies were shutting down operations gradually. That was artificial though.

Today, 10 months into this new “change” administration, I am confused as to what change we’ve got ourselves into. A lot of PMB critics have vehemently asked us to wait till 2 years before we can ascertain where this administration is tilting towards. I used to fall for this before until former Governor Fashola of Lagos State came and inundated us with 100 days in office – the achievements recorded so far. And yes, there was something to show for it. Ok, I know some people will say “how can you compare State Government with the Federal”? And I ask in return, wasn’t it about a year after former President Obasanjo assumed office that he demystified the telecommunications industry? By year 2000, citizens were sauntering all over with their GSMs, as we called our mobile phones then. That was a huge achievement.

I believe in this administration – I mean, what will it benefit me to run the present government down with pessimism? But I am of the strong opinion that there should be clear-cut roadmap as to what the government of the day is cut out for. I don’t want to wait for another 1 year to SPOT THE DIFFERENCE between this administration and the previous. The times are really bad. No doubt the present administration started on a bumpy ride. But there is no room for excuses at all.

My experience this evening spurred me to write this piece. I went to this new ‘buka’ I just discovered to fill my stomach. Usually, when I eat, I take at least 2 sachets of water or its equivalent. I was taken aback when I asked for another sachet of water, and I wasn’t obliged. I thought it was a joke until I was told that water had become scarce. Even when I offered to pay more for it, they didn’t give it to me. Pure water/bottled water producers have gone awol, we are yet to know what their grouses are. But I know it can’t be too far from stringent costs of producing, hence leading to loss of profit-making.

The President really needs to have a formidable economic team that will help salvage this smothering economy. I was at a colleague’s studio this evening to get my video job done, and jokingly he said, “the way we dey go for Nigeria, if person come knock for your door ask for water to drink, you no go fit give am o because the water no go dey, and even if e dey, e go too cost to afford”. Less than 30 minutes, that statement came alive in that canteen!

I thought Fela said water no get enemy…is water also going to be dare for the masses to afford?

Oluwadaisi D. T. Olaseinde
the man behind the lens
DeeTeeO Photography

 

Adele’s Latest Album 25 Now Holds The Single-Week U.S. Album Sales Record

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Adele’s latest album, 25, has broken the single week U.S. album sales record according to Nielsen Music. The record was previously held by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, when it debuted with 2,416,000 in the week ending March 26, 2000.

After processing the sales report from Monday, November 23, the album has already sold at least 2,433,000 in pure album sales barely four days into its first week.

With at least three day left in the sales tracking week, the sales figure for the 11-track album will grow larger. Currently, the album is forecasted to sell 2.9 million in its first week.

Adele’s 25 was released November 20 through XL/Columbia Records.

The Vanity Of Life

The vanity of life

After all the rigours, bickerings, throwing of tantrums, skirmishes, personal boastings, self assertion and aggrandizement, all end in just one deep hollow called ‘Death’, the inevitable end of man. Taking a closer look at the just concluded ‘inclonclusive’ guber-polls in Kogi State, one is left with just one thought; “After all is said and done, what then is next?”

As it is today, the 2 major gladiators of the Kogi guber-polls may never get to Lugard House the 2nd time, Abubakar Audu, bless his soul, has just finished life’s course without getting a second chance at the seat of power. He only had a glance at it. The incumbent, Gov Idris Wada has shaky legs as he might not even be returned elected.

I will always respect former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for one thing. He never showed the typical desperation that characterises our politician, YET he got to the very number one position of the land almost without sweating hard. Check his political trajectory, and you will only agree more with me.

This leaves me with the conclusion that in life, nothing is worth fighting tooth and nail for. The seemingly unknown candidate might just be the new Governor of Kogi State. I hope every political officer seeker/holder will learn a great deal of lesson from last weekend’s turn of events. I have learnt mine.

May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

Oluwadaisi D. T. Olaseinde
the man behind the lens
DeeTeeO Photography

HBO Confirms Jon Snow Is Alive And Returning In Season 6

HBO just put an end to the much-debated possible return of Jon Snow with photo of Kit Harrington in character with bloodied face with a caption “APRIL” on the show’s official twitter feed. With this fans now have a date for the much anticipated return of the show.

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Jon snow was last seen dead and in a pool of blood after been stabbed by his fellow brothers of the night’s watch for being a “traitor” in the season five finale and since then the rumor mill has been spinning about his possible return.

Harington was spotted in September on set in Northern Ireland in costume, confirming that he was still taking part in the HBO show. But with this latest update from HBO, the rumor mill is put to rest.

We kinda knew Jon Snow was returning in season six. Didn’t we?. *You know nothing HBO*

Family Is A Burden… An Antidote To Greatness – Scandal

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ABC’s candal is one tv show I have come to love and followed with keen interest of late. But their latest offering, the mid-season finale, season 5 episode 9 was one that left me a bit dismayed and wondering, are they glamourizing abortion?
The audacious scene where a Montage was set to a Christmas hymn that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, “Silent night” while the lead character Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was shown having an abortion and a hint of smile and relief on her face while her father Eli Pope (Joe Morton) voices in the background: “Family is a burden…a pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness. You think you’re better off with people who rely on you, depend on you, but you’re wrong, because you will inevitably end up needing them, which makes you weak, pliable. Family doesn’t complete you. It destroys you.” was nothing short of a pro-abortion campaign.

Planned Parenthood praised the episode in a press release two days ago, saying, “Shonda Rhimes used her platform to tell the world that if Planned Parenthood lost funding for contraception counseling, STI testing, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion — millions of people would suffer.”

But is this worth killing a baby over? Let’s here your thoughts.

#Featured: If God Created Everything Then He Created Evil

This is the conclusion that any rational thinking person is bound to make following this train of thought. But how rational would we be to think that God whose word expressly tells us that He (God) is too holy to behold evil (Habakkuk 1:13) created evil. This was the syllogism that a University professor based his reasoning on when he challenged his students with similar questions.

Did God create everything that exists? The professor inquired.
A student bravely replied “Yes, he did!”
“God created everything?” The professor asked.
“Yes, sir,” the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil.”
The student became quiet before such an answer.

The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?” “Of course”, replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”

“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everybody and every object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (- 460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have too little heat.

The student continued. “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does”.

The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each colour. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally, the young man asked the professor. “Sir, does evil exist?”

Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. “These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love, that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
The professor sat down.

Apparently, the argument between the university professor and his student completely destroys the notion that evil was even created. Renowned theologian Saint Augustine puts it this way, he said, the philosophical possibility of evil necessarily must have existed if God exist. In other words, if God is infinitely good, there must be something that is not good. And that something is evil and God never wanted it. So He created the angels and humans to enjoy him and experience fellowship with Him. God is love so when He created us, He created us as perfect beings with the ability to love – which wouldn’t have made any sense if we couldn’t deliberately make the choice to love or not to. So God made humans with the ability to choose. Evil, pain, misery came into this world through man’s willful apostacy. The devil fell from light (the presence of God where good is) to darkness (evil) when he exercised his will and chose evil. What the devil now did was this, he moved evil from a philosophical possibility to a practical reality visibly seen everywhere today.

In conclusion, did God create evil? The answer is an emphatic NO! Evil wasn’t created. Evil (darkness) is simply the absence of God (light).

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#Featured: Biafra – To Be Or Not To Be

In recent times, our earlobes have had to be ‘acclimatised’ to the word, Biafra. And I ask myself, why so much ado about Biafra in 2015? It’s been almost fifty years since the agitation for the secession and eventual sovereign independence of the Republic of Biafra. This (agitation) eventually led to the civil war of 1967 – 1970, which was definitely avoidable, but for the egocentric nature of the major actors at the time – General Yakubu Gowon, the Head of the Military Government of Nigeria and General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the Military Governor of the Eastern Region.

In Chinua Achebe’s last work, titled There Was A Country, one could see that there was no love lost, as he evidently brandished his patriotism to a country that was never to be in his lifetime. However, in his clairvoyant and prescient ways, one is left to ruminate and give it a serious second thought if really Biafra was, is, or is to be in the nearest future.
Reading from a friend’s recent article, titled The New Biafra Is A Confused Cause, he questioned the authenticity and veracity of one Kanu who has taken it upon himself to spearhead, or should I say ‘re-spearhead’ this cause. He is of the very strong opinion that if the Ikemba himself, with all the gusto he had as a warlord could surrender the cause and eventually go on a thirteen-year exile to Ivory Coast, who is this new kid on the block who is putting his infinitesimal foot into the overwhelming shoe of Ikemba?

No doubt, the Igbos have been side-lined from the political scheme of things in Nigeria. Well, not like it was a deliberate attempt by the nation, called Nigeria. I will say that this phenomenon is being greased by the Igbos themselves. In my few years of existence and consciousness, I have not seen the Igbos fight a cause in unison, well maybe apart from the Biafran/Nigerian civil war epoch. I mean, how do you explain a situation where we had about five senate presidents from 1999 – 2007, when it was the turn of the Igbos to occupy the number 3 position in the land? That same position was occupied by only one man from 2007 to 2015 – Senator David Bonaventure Mark from the North-Central part of Nigeria.

Like former President Olusegun Obasanjo said in a recent interview he granted Sahara Reporters, he was emphatic by calling those people who are agitating for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra as miscreants. That’s a heavy word. But realistically, isn’t he right? Who is Nnamdi Kanu? Who …? Where were they when Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu ran for the highest political position of the land in the 2003 and 2007? If Ojukwu, who later returned to Nigeria as a Nigerian, could found a party and run for presidency afterwards, what gives these people the locus standi to want to secede?

Again, like Obasanjo said, all the things that were agitated by the forbears have been accentuated by successive governments. Of course, there are still some slight nuances of lop-sidedness and probably of distrusts here and there. But is it room enough to want to secede? Why are the Igbos not speaking in one voice? What is the viewpoint of the Igbo elder statesmen, why haven’t we heard the voices of the likes of Chief Emeka Anyaoku and former Vice President Alex Ekwueme? Have the secessionist propagandists thought of what will happen to the likes of Tony Elumelu and their business empires in Lagos? At this point in Nigeria’s consciousness as a nation, where the flesh has mixed with the bone, won’t it be injurious to start an agitation that the totality of the Igbos are not in support of? Winston Churchill said, “it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war”. We all have rights. But there is an extent to which rights are expressed…where one’s rights end is where another starts.

What is the strength of allegiance of the Niger Delta folks in this cause? Unlike during the war when there were only three strong major regions – the western region, the eastern region and the northern region, now virtually all the regions have been dissected to smaller prominent bits. Hence, this has led to more consciousness of identity. Are the Igbos ready to pull out alone peradventure the Niger Deltans refuse to go with them? MEND is still not totally expunged from our national subconscious.

Is there any possibility whatsoever of a secession in the nearest future? What feeders are we getting from the political atmosphere? Like I said earlier about the Igbos being the cause of their own woes as not speaking together with one voice, it is believed that they have been put away in the scheme of things in this country. Well, it is unfortunate that the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari isn’t tolerant in this regard; we are yet to grasp a full knowledge of what is up his sleeves. It is still rather too early to judge the new administration.

However, as history would make us know that there was an agreement reached in Aburi in 1967. But the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and the leadership of the eastern region of Nigeria had interpretation problems; this eventually led to the civil war. On Aburi we stand was a major slogan at the time. Whatever it is, the best way to find a lasting solution to any problem is always to dialogue at the roundtable. Even after the war has been fought, the roundtable discussion will always be the next meeting point after the battlefield.

In conclusion, I will like to categorically state here that I do not have any issue against the Igbos. I respect the idiosyncrasies of the different peoples that comprise the nation, Nigeria. We all have our foibles and weaknesses. This is where we will preach tolerance. One of our major problems in Nigeria is the lack of tolerance. The United States of America has fifty states. These states definitely aren’t the same. They may be homogenous compared to our heterogeneous nation, but they are united today because of tolerance. Many of the states joined the union after independence because they realise that there is strength in unity. It is not just a streak of fortune that the United States is one of the greatest countries on earth today. It didn’t just happen. The defunct USSR, the broken China, the split Korea, the divided Sudan; these disintegrated countries do not have the full capacity as they would have had if they were still together as a whole. There is strength in diversity/unity. I will always respect the United Kingdom. Scotland only last year voted against their own independence. They were criticised though, but they realised that in the long run, sticking to the union will pay off than being one small entity that might have no impact. Nigeria, this is one opportunity we have to remain one indivisible nation with our diversity. Let it be to our gain, rather than our pain.

Oluwadaisi D. T. Olaseinde
the man behind the lens
DeeTeeO Photography


FG unveils new NYSC certificates

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Federal Government on Tuesday, unveiled newly improved National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates to be issued to corps members at the conclusion of the mandatory one year service to their fatherland. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja, the Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi said the scheme took the step to wage war against forgery and impersonation.

The DG, represented by the Acting Director of Certification, Alhaji Aliu Daura, explained that the new certificate would be embossed with the carrier’s photograph in line with the global best practices. According to Olawumi, the issuance of the new NYSC certificate would take effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, who will be passing out on 15 October.

“In our concerted effort to make the operation of the NYSC conform with global best practices, the scheme engaged in the holistic e-nysc solution with effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014 where prospective members register online before proceeding to the orientation camp. This resulted in the enhancement of issuance of NYSC certificates namely; Certificate of National Service, Certificate of Exemption and Letter of Exclusion.

“With effect from Batch ‘C’ 2014, all certificate of National Service bear passport photograph of the corps members at the upper right hand corner of the certificate. “This is to guarantee the security of our certificates from forgery and to block all chances of impersonation. Therefore batch ‘C’ 2014 corps members, who are due to pass-out on 15 October, 2015 will have their certificates embossed with their photograph,” he clarified.

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Read more: vanguardngr

Senate Unveils Second Batch Of Ministerial Nominees

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The senate, on Tuesday disclosed the identities of the ministerial nominees in the second list which was sent to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki by President Buhari yesterday for screening.

The names include;


1. Khadijatu Bukar Abba Ibrahim,

2. Claudious Omoleye Daramola

3. Prof Anthony Onwuka

4. Jeffery Onyema

5. Brig. Gen M.M Dan Ali (Rtd)

6. Barr. James E. Ocholi

7. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

8. Okechukwu Enelama

9. Muhammadu Bello

10. Mustapha Baba Shesuri

11. Miss Aisha Abubakar

12. Heineken Lokpobiri

13. Adamu Adamu

14. Prof Isaac Adewole

15. Pst Usani Usani Uguru

16. Abubakar Buhari Bawa

This brings the total number of ministerial nominees to 37, as the President had on October 6 sent a 21-man list to the Senate.

Justin Bieber Banned for Pushing Jesus in Middle East

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Topless Justin Bieber wearing tattoos with symbols of Jesus Christ is something that doesn’t go well with the people in the Middle East, where Justin’s new album has been rejected for being too provocative.

According to TMZ,  Bieber’s “Purpose” album is getting the bum’s rush in several Middle Eastern countries, as well as Indonesia — predominantly Muslim regions. The report says, the issue is twofold: Justin being shirtless, and the cross tattoo on his chest.
Bieber is scrambling right now to come up with an alternate cover for those countries — ’cause let’s face it, the bottom line is pushing the music and making money.

Still unclear at this point what imagery will be on the redesigned cover.