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Let me just start straight up, exactly how I see it. ​In some sense I don’t think the colonial project really ended in Nigeria. We just shifted the tyranny and extractive ethos to a local elite.

What difference is it to a Teacher in Takum, A Farmer in Otukpo or a Fisherman in Ekim,  if his faraway oppressor is in Abuja or in London, or indeed, in Jalingo, Makurdi or Uyo his state capital?

When people talk about a country growing from poor to rich, that gets lost in the jargon of income per capita and other metrics.

In fact, what that looks like is a fisherman in Ekim in 1923 has grand kids who have vastly better incomes, education, health, opportunity. It means that a fisherman’s grandchild has the opportunity to compete to be a bank manager or even CEO today. That’s progress. 

It’s about people, en masse, moving from a life where they have low productivity to vastly higher productivity. But what I think has happened since 1923 is that children of fishermen mostly became fishermen themselves, with no change in productivity. Or they moved to cities to work in other low productivity jobs. Comparing his grandfather’s life to his, it hasn’t changed much (or has grown worse).

This is the challenge. How does a society develop to ensure that each successive generation lives better and has a better shot: progress.

So many problems just vanish when people are well fed, life is not bitterly difficult, the kids are looked after, etc. People keep looking to the various governments. We expect that an omnipotent Federal Government has the resources to fix all problems: It can’t. 
Looking at the 2017 budget across Africa, it is clear that the Federal Government of Nigeria is broke. We plan to spend roughly $120/Nigerian. The Kenyan Government is spending $560/Kenyan. South Africa: $2180/SAn. That is a big difference. 

But that doesn’t tell the full tale really, because as the saying goes: ‘Every Nigerian is a Local Government’. We are paying for that budget. We are paying in hardship, in the high cost of living, the lack of opportunity, one of the lowest life expectancy rates on earth and so on.
Of course, in the middle of all this, we supposedly have one of the biggest economies in Africa. I always find that one hilarious. If we had the productivity of the average South African worker, our economy would be two or three times its current size (our labour pool is 3 times larger than theirs). Also, SA’s government is spending about 33% of GDP. We, with our unsigned budget, are spending 7%. Again, pointer that Government isn’t that big.

The Government has to start working to empower Nigerians. It cannot be this colonialist mafia that just extracts from the population. They sit in Abuja with the best roads in the country, but a man in Nnewi or Aba cannot ship his produce through Calabar or Port Harcourt. Buhari is ‘recuperating’ in London claiming to be taking made in Nigeria drugs, while doctors are being tassed in LUTH over salaries that they are actually owed. This is colonialism!

I think it is so bad that we do not EXPECT things to get better in the next 25 years, so we optimise towards the proximate next best. 

Always interesting to read about America after the war (and California in the 70s). Phrase ‘alive with possibility’ always seems to come up. What phrases come up in your everyday experience? Of course we hear ‘there is money in this country,’ but it rings hollow for most people. What tends to ring true are things like: ‘This country is finished’; referring to other countries ‘these are serious countries’ and so on. You face a self-fulfilling prophecy situation — you think the country is finished, so you behave like a person living in a finished country. You don’t inflate the contract by 20% and fix the road well, you under-engineer the road and inflate the contract by 200%. 10 people do well, 1,000,000 suffer. The same road is re-tendered in a different budget cycle and the sham is repeated. 

2019 is coming. There will be an incredible amount of energy poured into it from that 7 trillion naira budget (and other budgets to come). To what end? The person is inheriting a mess. (And the funniest part is that we are going to hear the same vacuous, platitudinous slogans!). Actor, Andy Roid in Game of Thrones described it as “focusing on the politics of the Red Keep while White Walkers, Dothraki Hordes and Dragons are coming for you”. We aren’t talking about our real problems. 

The country is broke; y’all are marrying and having babies far too much; the government is choking off progress. We need to think about how govt can become more accountable, become less colonialist, to actually work for the people. Maybe that is confederalism or true federalism, I don’t know. I’ll leave thoughts on how to change the status quo for another time. I drop my pen here. We all need to start thinking right and start acting.

One thing about the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show is the fact that whether you watch it or not, it’s in your face. As such, the concern of many over it’s value to the Nigerian society cannot be pushed aside. Unfortunately, the show has thrived on catering to the naughty or vice instincts in most people, with rated and raunchy scenes being the order of the house. Not surprisingly, many had called for a government action against broadcasting such content to a Nigerian audience in the future. Expectedly, that threw up mixed reactions from the Nigerian populace. While some find the entertainment exciting, other more serious folk are concerned about how the content affects values. Either way, the show has continued.
But perhaps more compelling in the argument against the continued airing of the show is one of the housemates, Tboss’ inability to recite the Nigerian National anthem in a routine truth or dare game. Since then, social media Nigeria cannot seem to recover from the shock that a potential winner of a show which is purportedly meant to be won by representing Nigerian values cannot recite something as basic as the national anthem. Shame!
More annoying to many is the fact that rather than own up to the goof and find a more intelligent way to placate her fans, the said housemate, Tboss, went on a tirade against her fellow contestant, Debbie-Rise, who posed the harmless kindergarten question to her, blaming her for the negative blowback her failure would do her chances of winning the show! Unbelievable. But then, nature has its own ways of shaming misfits. As it is, Tboss’ goof clearly, barring any miracle or organisers scam, makes the coast clear for other show favourites Efe or Bisola, who those following the show say are more deserving.
But much more than expose Tboss’ detachment from her country’s ideals, her national anthem disaster does also expose an aspect of our general failure as a people without deeper values for what is truly important. The national anthem of any country is the soundtrack of national existence. Footballers cry out of passion for their countries when singing before a game. Soldiers too. Great political leaders world over do too. The anthem is the soul of the country. But obviously not here in Nigeria. Only last year, two ambassadorial nominees, Alhaji Ibrahim Bida from Niger State and Mrs Vivian Okeke from Anambra State couldn’t recite the anthem at a Senate screening. Still, they were screened. The message is clear, it doesn’t matter whether you are passionate about the country or not, once you’re connected you have your way!
At the end of the day, beyond all the fuss about Tboss’ national anthem fiasco, Bisola’ blowjob on Thin Tall Tony, Kemen’s violation of Tboss’ womanhood, the free kissing sessions, the boobs baring moments and all the bad drama that Nigeria has been made to see on the road to creating a Big Brother model, we must all ask ourselves Olamide’s poser: who did the show epp? Apart from the organiser making loads of money off subscribers and voters, what else? Thin Tall Tony says he can make the prize money in three months on his own, meaning he or the others don’t necessarily need the show to make it!
As a final word to Tboss and all those who are privately guilty of this crime of passion for country, go on YouTube and find American singer Beyonce to teach you how to sing the Nigerian national anthem
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Please fellow Nigerians be calm, the Command in Chief is just trying all he can to solve the security challenges and reduce the sufferings of Nigerians at the same time.

Moreover his orders, (Yes, ORDERS, because there was no deliberation on the checkpoints issue in the meeting with the Service Chiefs) were that  Checkpoints all over the country should be dismantled with immediate effect and the Police should step up to the plate in handling Internal Security and replace Check points with Policemen where ever necessary, with the exception of Volatile areas and areas where the Armed Forces are already engaged in Campaigns to salvage the territorial wealth and people of the Republic from both External and Internal Insurrection.

The President’s strategy may not go down well with everyone including those in the Situation Room at the Villa, but I think the wise thing to do is to Pray for the President and his plans, because if the plans should fail, we all will suffer for it (Including The President). Give it some time and Spend that time Praying.

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Brig. Gen. A.C. Olukolade – Defence Spokesman

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has released a statement in reaction to the Amnesty International’s report earlier on Wednesday which indicted Senior Military officers of committing war crimes. The world humanitarian body mentioned names and called for a full investigation of the officers who they allege participated, sanctioned and failed to prevent the deaths of over 7,000 Nigerians since activities of Boko Haram started in Nigeria. in response to that, the Defense Headquarters reacted thus..

The Defence Headquarters has noted with dismay the gruesome allegations made by the Amnesty International against some senior military officers serving and retired of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is unfortunate that all effort made in the allegation was geared towards continuation of blackmail against the military hierarchy in which the organisation had embarked upon as far back as the inception of military’s action against terrorist in the North East. The officers mentioned in the report have no reason, whatsoever, to indulge in the allegation made against them. It is unfortunate that the organisation just went out to gather names of specified senior officers, in a calculated attempt to rubbish their reputation as well as the image of the military. The action, no doubt, depicts more of a premeditated indictment aimed at discrediting the country for whatever purpose. Each of the previous allegations had been thoroughly responded to and cleared in the public and officially. The title down to the body of the allegation smacks of the extreme bias, which is disturbing coming from an otherwise reputable organisation that is expected to be Just and fair to all. Unfortunately in this case, has taken a premeditated position, which is far from noble.

It is curious that a body that has never been able to seriously condemn terror in Nigeria now claims to have done an extensive research with the aim of discrediting the nation’s effort at curtailing terror.
It is clear that Amnesty International (AI) becomes more active in presenting distractive allegations whenever the terrorists are losing ground in the battle. It is very unfortunate that Amnesty International has used this report to further confirm its questionable interest in the counter-terrorism effort in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Joint Investigation Team was set up by the Defence Headquarters as part and parcel of efforts to ensure that no detainee suffer unjustly. The detention facilities were thrown open for visits and inspections by independent bodies such as International Committee of the Red Cross and other reputable international organisations and personalities.
Amnesty International is advised to stop playing the role of an irritant coming up loudly only when the terrorists are losing out and remaining silent or complacent whenever the terrorist heightens its atrocities. It is unfair to persist in effort to discredit Nigerian military by seeking all avenues to stigmatise individual officers of the nation’s military purely to satisfy an agenda against the security agencies and image of Nigeria before the international community.

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The Obama administration on Wednesday declassified nearly 80 documents and other materials, including books and press clippings, seized from Bin Laden’s compound during the raid by Navy Seal members in May 2011 which resulted in the death of the world no 1 most wanted.

The materials showed that Bin Laden spent a lot of time reading. The books showed that Osama read a wide range of books from sober works of history and current affairs to wild conspiracy theories spun by anti-Semites.

He also studied his enemy the United States by reading the “9/11 Commission Report” as well as other reports on Al Qaeda by the Congressional Research Service.

The list of English-language books – which were all digital copies rather than printed editions – reads like a university reading list, largely made up of serious texts on international relations, politics and law.

So if you are looking for a reading list this summer, here is help.

The full list of English language books:

  • The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason
  • A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by IA Ibrahim
  • America’s Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias
  • America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky
  • Al-Qaeda’s Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan
  • The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast
  • The Best Enemy Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton
  • Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris
  • Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier
  • Bounding the Global War on Terror by Jeffrey Record
  • Checking Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions by Henry Sokolski and Patrick Clawson
  • Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 A.D. by CR Haines
  • Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies by Cheryl Benard
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  • Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 by John Coleman
  • Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert
  • Fortifying Pakistan: The Role of U.S. Internal Security Assistance (only the book’s introduction) by C Christine Fair and Peter Chalk
  • Guerrilla Air Defense: Antiaircraft Weapons and Techniques for Guerrilla Forces by James Crabtree
  • Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust
  • Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
  • Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer
  • In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure by Asim Abdul Maajid, Esaam Ud-Deen and Naahah Ibrahim
  • Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II by William Blum
  • Military Intelligence Blunders by John Hughes-Wilson
  • Project MKULTRA, the CIA’s program of research in behavioral modification. Joint hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, August 3, 1977. United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
  • New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
  • New Political Religions, or Analysis of Modern Terrorism by Barry Cooper
  • Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
  • Oxford History of Modern War by Charles Townsend
  • The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
  • Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum
  • The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928)
  • Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins
  • The Taking of America 1-2-3 by Richard Sprague
  • Unfinished Business, U.S. Overseas Military Presence in the 21st Century by Michael O’Hanlon
  • The U.S. and Vietnam 1787-1941 by Robert Hopkins Miller
  • Website Claims Steve Jackson Games Foretold 9/11, article posted on ICV2.com (this file contained only a single saved web page)

The documents ‘probably used by other compound residents’ includes

  • Art Education: The Journal of National Art Education Association, “Islamic Art as an Educational Tool about the Teaching of Islam” by Fayeq S Oweiss (March 2002)
  • Arabic Calligraphy Workshop by Fayeq S Oweiss
  • Published Work Sample from Fayeq S Oweiss (2004)
  • Resume for Fayeq S. Oweiss, PhD (2006)
  • Delta Force Extreme 2 Videogame Guide
  • Game Spot Videogame Guide
  • Grappler’s Guide to Sports Nutrition by John Berardi and Michael Fry
  • Guinness Book of World Records Children’s Edition 2008 (scans of several pages from)
  • Is It the Heart You Are Asking? by Dr. Islam Sobhi al-Mazeny (suicide prevention guide)
  • Silkscreening Instructions

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Q: Shortest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalm 117
Q: Longest chapter in the Bible?
A: Psalm 119
Q: Chapter at the centre of the Bible?
A: Psalm 118

#‎FACTS‬:
– There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118.
– There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118.
– Add these numbers up and you get 1188.

Q: What is the centre verse in the Bible?
A: Psalm 118:8

The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the centre of His will, just send them to the centre of His Word!

Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) says
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. “Coincidence?

CONCLUSION – The bible is not a mere history book. It’s a pre-written Program.

RECOMMENDED READ – The Bible Code (Vol 1&2)

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Prof. Attahiru Jega (INEC Chairman)

The February 14 Presidential elections have been postponed to March 28, 2015.

This information was made public by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) at the
Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, says that the election was postponed because all the security agencies in the country have expressed to him, in writing, that they cannot be available to support the elections if it holds on February 14. This decision was made after several hours of meetings chaired by Jega on charting a way forward as regards organising a free, fair,and
violence free elections.

Jega gave reasons for the postponement saying:
“There are several things needed to conduct a credible election. Some are within the control of
the elections but others are not. One of the things not in our control is security.”

He continued saying, “It has become pertinent to consider the security situation in the country.
INEC is a election organising commission, not a security organisation”
“We have done wide-ranging consultations before taking our decision. The presidential elections will now hold on March 28, while the state elections will hold on April 11, 2015.”
He appealed for peace and assured that the decision was “taken in good faith and best
interest of deepening democracy.”
A leading African election expert and senior fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, in Abuja, Jibrin Ibrahim, who
was at the meeting, disclosed that Jega, during the meeting stated that security operatives from all the nation’s agencies informed the commission that they were commencing a six weeks special operations against Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern corridors of the country and an election would only be a distraction.

We shall bring you more details as soon as we get them.

What’s Ebola?

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It’s Bloody:
Ebola is what scientists call a haemorraghic fever – it operates by making its victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body.
Usually, victims bleed to death from Ebola.

It’s Contagious:
Ebola is highly contagious; being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen or body discharges.
Ebola is NOT AIRBORNE!

Really Deadly:
About 90% of people that catch Ebola will die from it.
It’s one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing in a few weeks.

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Untreatable:
This is the sad part – Ebola has no known treatment or cure. Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover.

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How Do I Know Someone has Ebola?:
The follow signs and symptoms will be visible in a sufferer

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Fever
Headache
Diarrhoea
Vomiting
Weakness
Joint & Muscle Ache
Stomach Pain
Lack of Appetite

Protect Yourself:
Wash Your Hands with Soap.
Do this a lot. You can also use a good hand sanitizer. Avoid unnecessary contacts!

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No Bush Meat and Suya.
Bush meat may be carrying the virus. Also avoid suya.
Its better to restrict yourself to food you prepared yourself.
Disinfect Your Surroundings. The virus cannot survive disinfectants,heat, direct sunlight,detergents and soaps.

Clean up!:
Fumigate If you have Pests. Rodents can be carriers of Ebola.
Fumigate your environment and dispose off the carcasses properly!
Don’t Touch Carcasses. Dead bodies can still transmit Ebola. Don’t touch them without protective gear or avoid them altogether.

Protect Yourself:
Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.

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Report:
Report any suspicious symptoms in yourself or anyone else IMMEDIATELY you notice them.

Don’t delay!!

Educate Everyone:
Tell your neighbours, colleagues and domestic staff. You’re safer when everyone is educated about Ebola.
#Ebola_is_Real

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Earlier on we brought you news of the Explosion in Nyanyan, Abuja.

here is a more Detailed report on the situation from Premium Times

More than 200 people are feared dead in an explosion which rocked an outskirts of Abuja, the Nigerian capital, this morning.

The explosion sounded in a highly populated motor park in Nyanya, less than five minutes drive from the Abuja city Centre.

It is not clear yet how the bomb was ferried into the park, but witnesses suspect it was planted by a suicide bomber.

Several dead bodies now litter the blood spattered park and the expressway leading to the city.

Some of the dead victims and the injured are being taken to hospital by ambulances and vans belonging to the police, the Vehicle Inspection Office, Federal Road Safety Commission, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Emergency Management Agency.

Men of the Fire Service trying to Contain the Flames

Men of the Fire Service trying to Contain the Flames

Ambulance taking both Dead and Injured Persons to the Hospital

Ambulance taking both Dead and Injured Persons to the Hospital

The Bus Park littered with Dead Bodies

The Bus Park littered with Dead Bodies

an Aerial View of the Park after the Explosion

an Aerial View of the Park after the Explosion

Our reporter counted more than 50 bodies that were yet to be evacuated.

Several vehicles, including about 12 government-owned high capacity buses operated by the Abuja Mass Transit Company Limited, were destroyed in the attack.

Some of the buses were said to be loaded with passengers when the explosion occurred.

More Pictures Below, Viewer Discretion is advised.

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More Bodies

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an Injured Victim

an Injured Victim

Bodies being moved from the scene

Bodies being moved from the scene

FOLLOWING the appointment of a new Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, and other service chiefs, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General KTJ Minimah and his naval counterpart, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, have carried out a massive reorganization in their services.

Consequently, the Army has redeployed 127 officers, including 36 major generals and 52 brigadier generals. Five new General Officers Commanding, GOCs of Nigerian Army divisions were also appointed. On the part of the Nigerian Navy, 75 officers were affected in the redeployment, including 29 rear admirals, 28 commodores and 18 captains and appointment of three new Flag Officers Commanding, FOCs, of the Nigerian Navy Commands.

The new General Officers Commanding the Nigerian Army divisions (GOCs) are Major General Kingsley Osuji, General Officer Commanding, 1 Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army; Major General EF Abejirin, GOC 2 Division, Ibadan; Major General JS Zaruwa, GOC 3 Division, Jos; Major General TI Dibi, GOC 81 Division, Lagos and Major General AT Yusuf, GOC 82 Division, Enugu.

The FOCs are Rear Admiral Peter Agba, Central Naval Command, Yenegoa; Rear Admiral SH Usman, Logistics Command, Oghara; and Rear Admiral Obiora Medani, FOC Eastern Naval Command, Calabar. Also affected in the shake-up for the army are Brigadier General Mustapha Onoiveta, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army Staff; Major General EB Awala, Chief of Training and Operations at Defence headquarters and Major General Gani Wahab, Chief of Administration, Army headquarters.

Others include Major General M.D. Abubakar, Commander Infantry Corps; Major General Suleiman Labaran, Commander, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers; Major General J.A.H. Ewansiha, Chief of Training and Operations; Major General Jack Nwaogbo, Chief of Policy and Plans; and Major General S.O. Adeosun, the Chief of Logistics.