Politics and Lifestyle

Life events are political act and all lifestyle are exhibited with political strategies. This category educates on the what, when, where, who and how mans act is political.

Republished by: Theophilus zobofolo


AFRICANS! WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? TO BE CREATORS OR MEDIOCRES. – Africans are we teaching our children to worship God while other countries are teaching their children to be gods?

We teach our children to pray for smart phones and cars, while they teach theirs to invent smart phones and cars. Then our children become adults who go to church to thank God for smart phones and cars purchased from other countries whose children have become adults who invent cars and smart phones. That’s why they don’t need our God because without them our God can’t bless us. It is the cars and smart phones they invent that we give testimony and thank our God for in our churches. Then we go about boasting that it was pastor’s prayers and anointing that gave us these stuff.
We are teaching our kids that “A” is for “Apple” and they are teaching their kids how to turn apples into other products and how to impregnate apples to give birth to beautiful bubbles.

We are still teaching our kids the botanical names of plants while they are teaching their kids how to marry mango and orange to produce ‘man-range.’ They are teaching their kids coding and programming in well equipped schools while we are teaching our kids how to only prophecy and speak in tongues in well equipped churches.

AFRICANS! WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? TO BE CREATORS OR MEDIOCRES.

Our children’s school drama is about how to be a pastor or imam while theirs is about how to relocate to a new planet. They boast about conquering Mars, while we boast about hearing dreams and prophecies.

We choose our leaders based on tribe and religion while they choose theirs based on the solutions these leaders bring to the table.

“We are poor yet look rich but they are rich yet look poor. We are doomed if we don’t change our mindset…mediocrity is doing one thing over again and expect different change.”

Please share this post until every Nigerian reads it and changes their mindset. Enough is enough… Madness means thinking the same way you used to think 10 years ago but expecting a different result… If you want real change, then rebel against what you used to know and embrace new knowledge for new results.
As we teach our children how to worship God, let us also teach them how to become gods – creators of solution.
Maranatha.

OUR CHILDREN ARE SEXY! Parent competition on making children go astray

By: Andy Akporugo Jr


THE PRIEST AND HIS QUEST FOR KINGDOM – When you have made a hefty payment for a ring side seat to watch the Royal Rumble – an affectionate description for that fierce promise of bloodbath by contenders energized by months of playing very dangerous games of blood and sweat with metals the measure of which more than doubles their own weight – and someone frail from apparently making a sport out of abstaining from training, but who bears visible scars from successive defeats at previous editions of the event on which all are now focused, steps forward blocking your view, and beseeches the contenders, all 68 of them, to essentially hand over to him as winner, the ‘glittering trophy’ for which they swear deathly contention, you are likely to look at your ticket again to see if magic was offered as part of the entertainment. You probably would thereafter seek to grab some understanding of the unfolding event from the reaction of the wrestlers to whom the request is directed. If they discountenance him, then he is excluded from the show and should you wish to insist on the rights of your ticket, you would promptly demand that he clears your view. Otherwise you would undertake the charity of twisting and turning such as to minimize the detriment of his positioning to it.

When the Reverend Chris Okotie wrote letters to the Chairmen of the PDP and APC exactly two months ago today, requesting that their parties adopt him as their consensus candidate for the 2019 Presidential elections, he was like that frail gentleman seeking a tournament’s trophy from outside its contest, offering something not on the ticket, the description of which we are yet unsure. Perhaps if he had claimed that he made the request only in reluctant execution of a celestial errand, then we would sit back and await the miraculous. But he did not. Or did he do so by the implication of his vocation as God’s mouthpiece? Maybe he leaves that matter for their careful discernment!

Whatever the situation, as at today the addressee-Chairmen have neither acknowledged nor replied the letters, although someone loudly swears that they have received and read them. There is a claim that the Chairmen are not quintessential gentlemen – one, an Andoni Prince, being of the stock of pure African royalty and thus way above that description, and the other, a Comrade, tempered by combat experiences at a height quite below it. The culture of either would seem to advise that the content of such a letter should have been presented with the accompaniment of kolanuts, ‘‘ose-oji’’ and schnapps or only after the courtesy of a prior meetings or discussions between writer and addressee; certainly much beyond what a mere office dispatcher or courier company would normally offer.

Whether for the above or other reasons however, it seems clear today that the Chairmen and their parties have simply ignored, even sneered at Mr Okotie’s kind gesture and gone ahead to call and receive money for nominations for the parties’ candidatures for the office of President, as well as fix dates for their respective primaries towards beating the deadlines issued by INEC for the submission of the names of their candidates.

Not being the addressee of the said letter whether personally or as amongst the unfortunate Nigerian mass, and not in either stead given notice of it by express copy of the writer or by reason of its content being published as an open letter, one cannot claim any good courtesy for prying into it. But who cares! Good courtesy is arguably not the great quality of any of the parties to the correspondence at one point or the other, and as that madly enjoyable street bard would say, ‘‘na who courtesy epp?’’. So let’s look at the offerings of the Reverend gentleman, even if from between dark blinds!

Shorn of most of its bombast, Reverend Okotie’s letter says four simple things:

First, that ‘‘Nigeria has become a divided and segregated society like never before…polarized by ethnicity…and religious fundamentalism…political insensitivity and leadership disability’’, all ‘‘existential threats that seek to engender the fragmentation and disintegration of our nation as a holistic entity.’’

Second, that to right these wrongs and meet with the dreams of the founding fathers of our nation, Nigeria, whose ‘‘federalism is simply terminological inexactitude [and]…a realistic piece of fakery…is in dire need of restructuring’’, in respect of which endeavor we would not find help in the constitution as ‘‘the legal protocol that guarantees the peaceful co-existence of autonomous ethnicities’’, it being ‘‘…obsolete, retrogressive and subverse to the Nigerian cause’’

Third, that ‘‘no extant or subsisting government can right these aberrations for obvious reasons of parochial party considerations and entrenched partisan rivalries within the polity.’’

Fourth, that to bring about a wholesome repair, he has ‘‘re-emerged from …political hibernation to contest for the office of President in the forthcoming elections…fully persuaded that Nigeria needs a man who is credible, dependable and trustworthy; a God fearing man who is embroidered with compassion and love for country. A man who will be readily accepted as a symbol of National unity, who can bring genuine reconciliation and guarantee peace and tranquility in our nation. A man who is completely insulated from the variegated conflicts that mark the antecedents of our major political actors’’, and [strikingly similar to the claim of that man who belonged to everyone and no one, although perhaps unintended] ‘‘a man who can apply the principle of malice towards none, and charity for all; who can invoke a pan Nigerian philosophy that rejects the partisan provincialism of finger pointing at this time when Nigeria is threatened by existential adversaries. A man of the requisite intellectual capacity and moral perpendicularity.’’
He believes he is that person but regrettably does not offer any factual basis for others to share his belief.

Certainly Mr. Okotie does not say that his claims that Nigeria’s federalism is essentially counterfeit and her peoples are fiercely divided along primordial sentiments are the outcome of a eureka moment, except perhaps in the same manner that Mungo Park discovered the River Niger, they being facts about which we are already familiar from painful daily experience. And truly, the communication of that reality is not the object of the letter. Its sole purpose is to get the concerned parties to accept him as their consensus candidate mainly upon a recommendation of self, lifted out of indulgent entries in his personal diary.

But to be charitable, he does a little bit more than that when he offers as additional reason for his pick, his proposed mandate to set up ‘‘an interim government …christened GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AND RECONSTRUCTION as the mechanical instrumentality for the crystallization of the new Nigeria of our dreams.’’ He promises that this would be predicated on a new concept of ‘‘Aboriginal democracy’’ apparently because ‘‘our current democracy has been hijacked by elitism, mysticism and Satanism.’’ He then gives a picture of his Aboriginal democracy when he says that it ‘‘… will focus on cultural historicity, evolutional modernity and global relativity as the necessary ingredients of our evolutional political indigenization.’’

But if this exact inexactitude of his description [I like the sound of that] leaves you scratching your head, he offers a comb, when he elucidates quite curiously, that ‘‘under this system the current legislature would merge with the judiciary to create a unique judicature that administers justices and shares the enactment of legislative responsibilities with the Presidency. This would save us the huge cost of running the national assembly and obviate all the paralyzing debates that often stalls the passage of bills.’’ Ewooooo!!!

Except this letter is intended only as first of a series such that pieces of it are later to be woven to make a good presentation at the end, it is strange for many reasons not the least of which is its apparent illogic. There is also the employment of a strategy in which he apparently suggests solutions in words that make great effort to hide their meanings curiously, at a time in which he admits that we need to act fast ‘‘to avert the manifestation of the great inevitable’’ – much in the same way that proprietary requirements would advise a man discussing his unpatented works! This method certainly questions his trumpeted altruism!

Now a few examples:
i. How does he manage to identify the problems of Nigeria as its polarization by ethnicity, balkanization by religious fundamentalism, fracture by political insensitivity and leadership disability and then leave out any reference to solving these problems by his promised mandate, but instead elect to give an only solution, the main object of which is to ‘‘save us the huge cost of running the National Assembly and obviate all the paralyzing debates that often stalled the passage of bills’’. Where is the nexus?

ii. Why introduce a supposed remedial concept as ‘‘aboriginal democracy’’, perhaps never spoken anywhere else and only offer as its description, the abstraction provided by such elastic, non-meaning words which lamely promise that it ‘‘will focus on cultural historicity, evolutional modernity and global relativity as the necessary ingredients of our evolutional political indigenization.’’ What’s that?

iii. Even if he is accepted as consensus candidate, how does he intend to set up an interim government upon an election that demands a constitutional tenure of 4 years for winners and creates no interim office?

iv. How does merging a National Assembly whose large membership is already constitutionally provided with a judiciary similarly thronged, save the cost of running the National Assembly?

v. In any case how would the judicature function aboriginally?

Questions, many, many unanswered questions.

In all, I believe that the much beloved gentleman’s letter makes a less than stellar case for him and his ideas which perhaps have enjoyed better presentations elsewhere, going by the enthusiasm of a few very enlightened friends of mine who mostly comprise flock for his weekly homilies.

In the meantime, I would enjoy the letter for its well-aimed, though subtle mockery of the political class for not having men with the quality of good, responsible leadership which he carries by divine ‘telescope’ and for its perhaps unintended discourtesy for the 68 other party chairmen to whom no letter was written, perhaps on account of the supposed unflattering size of their relevance. There is also the unspoken superciliousness of the letter’s attempt to determine the destiny of our peoples essentially over their heads; but the cake goes to the quite laughable irony that the Reverend gentleman would depend on the same selfish people who would not redress the problems of Nigeria because of ‘‘reasons of parochial party considerations and entrenched party rivalries’’ to pick him against their interest as consensus candidate.

But then again I am reminded of the scripture in 1st Corinthians that ‘‘God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.’’ And so we wait!

Greetings!

Reasons Why Most Humans Are Slaves To Norms?

 

By: Ebipre Omubo, Tony Owei Angaha
and Numoipre Benson Ayah


Child Abuse! A Result From Mental Defect: case study of a 13 years old girl – The gory picture above is that of a little girl of thirteen years old from Akwa Ibom state that lives with her uncle, one Mr Effiong Sunday at Brass street Etegwe Yenagoa Bayelsa State.

On Tuesday 5th September 2018 the little girl was accused of stealing three thousand naira from her next door neighbor. After questioning and interrogation from her Uncle (Mr Sunday Effiong) the little girl said she didn’t steal any money.

Photo of the molested 13 years old girl

The uncle insisted that she must tell him the truth and he started beating her up mercilessly. Later he removed her cloths and started burning her with a hot pressing Iron that she must tell him the whereabout of the money. According to the little girl, he continued to burn her face and breast with the hot pressing Iron and she accepted she stole the money under duress.

The painful side of the story is that the neighbor eventually found his money where he kept it.

Despite the injuries he inflicted on the little girl, her uncle didn’t bother to take her to the hospital for treatment.

Another photo of the molested 13 years old girl

The following morning being Friday 7 September, neighbors started frowning and spreading the story after seeing the injuries on the girl.

The information got to Mr Numoipre Benson Ayah, Tony Owei Angagha and my humble self and we decided to see what we could do to help the little girl.

We contacted DO FOUNDATION, an NGO that is into CHILD ABUSE and other related matters chaired by Barrister Dise Ogbesi Sheila and her second Excel Bright.

The little girl was taken to the Ekeki police station. Mr Sunday Effiong and his wife were invited for interrogation by the Gender Desk Office.

The little girl is now receiving treatment in the hospital Courtesy of DO FOUNDATION.

While we await justice we say a big thank you to barrister Dise ogbesi Sheila and Excel bright of DO FOUNDATION for their swift intervention, we also say a big thank you to the police, doctors and others that are concerned in the little girl’s plight.

Child Abuse! A Result From Mental Defect: case study of a 13 years old girl.

LET US SAY NO TO CHILD ABUSE!!!

CHILD MISBEHAVING AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY – REFLECTIVE PARENTING

 

Republished by Izobofolo’s Blog


“Story of a 14 years old who was executed by electric chair in 19 century, was recently declared innocent after 70 years by a South Carolina Judge.”

We will never forgive, and we will never FORGET !!

George Stinney Jr, of African descent, was the youngest person to be executed in the 19th century in the United States.

This young black boy was only 14 years old at the time of his execution by electric chair.

70 years later, his innocence has just been officially recognized by a judge in South Carolina.

From his trial to the execution room, the boy always had his Bible in his hands while claiming his innocence.

George was unfairly accused of murdering two White girls (Betty 11 and Mary 7), whose bodies had been found not far from the house where the boy and his parents lived. At that time, all the members of the jury were white. The trial lasted 2H30, and the jury made the decision of his sentence after 10 minutes.

The boy’s parents, threatened, were barred taking part in the trial after being ordered to leave the city.

Prior to his trial, George spent 81 days in detention without the possibility of seeing his parents for the last time.

He was imprisoned alone in his cell, 80 kilometers from his hometown.
His hearing of the facts was done alone, without the presence of his parents or a lawyer.

George’s electrocution charge was 5,380 volts on his head. We let you imagine what such an electric shock can have on a young child’s head.

We will never forgive and will never FORGET!

Continue To Rest In Power


Cc: George Udom

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By: Andy Akporugo Jr


SUSTAINING DEMOCRACY BY ITS MASQUERADES [1]

The tragedy of making fakes is in their consumption. For the manufacturer, it is always a profitable venture. So it is with our Democracy. It is morbidly fake in its current form and as a system required to provide good governance, scoffs at our faith and in some cases, ignorance. But perhaps I conclude too early, too starkly, and worse, on yet vague foundations. So let’s try some perspective.

The mouths that espoused representative democracy had heads which rationalized as its basis the supremacy of free popular choice by the people of persons around whom to article their own governance, the equality of human beings and ‘‘the rule of law – and not by law’’, as has been the burden of my favourite Prof of Law, Edoba Omoregie, to remind me. They also had hearts that craved the provision of popular, good, responsible and responsive governance. However it is a concept of governance based essentially on the assurance of the existence of an equality of access to humanity. It believes that human beings possess humanity – complete with basic existential conditions and cognition; for while the human is a state of physical existence, humanity on the other hand is a state of social being.

The delicate loftiness of the concept of democracy was later to be ambushed by those who brazenly described it simply as the rule of the majority, and even more uncharitably, the rule of the mob. It was also not Comrade [whatever this means nowadays] Adams Oshiomole that first used the phrase, ‘‘majority must have their way and minority their say’’ to describe its purport. I believe its source was a bit more sober and less egregious! In all, while democracy didn’t offer a promise of heaven, it seemed a fairer deal, no matter how the minority fared. To put the short end of the stick in the hands of the majority is the very definition of tyranny and of course, much worse.

When representative democracy finally arrived Nigeria however, it would seem to have done so on the facility provided by the egos of our first republic leaders more than the informed cravings of the ordinary man. As would an infant that it was, it struggled with the languages we provided and found its expression within lines forged by our ethnic suspicions and at end we were left more with a democracy of messianic allocations, than of popular choice. Certainly therefore, the successes of the first Republic were more the products of the charities of the hearts and the personal polish and conviction of the leaders of the time, than by any vibrant engagement of the so-called democracy institutions; and perhaps but for the unfortunate military hijack and re-creation of our collective destiny in their own image, the possibility was very real that by the application of our long internalized traditional concepts of inheritance by ‘‘sonship’’, we would have continued to prosper according to the prerogatives of the decency of the ‘‘bloodlines’’ of our obviously more refined predecessors, while pretentiously giving credit to our newfangled democracy, of course to the masturbatory pleasure of the West. Perhaps also but for its premature termination, the inclinations of the benevolent pseudo-oligarchies, for this is truly what it was, would have made for such good governance that would have, perhaps even by default, evened the field and engendered the social parity required for democracy to take root, and soon after, follow the shape enjoyed today by better governed western nations.

 

But without any need for true legitimacy, the military intervention, the length of which further engrained a psychology of muted servitude in Nigerians, went on to create an elite of self-serving buccaneers who knew no more than to move to the sound of the jackboots in front of them and with their patronages, created with hurried acuity a near unbridgeable gulf in the social realities of the people. But they were a special breed, weren’t they? After raping us, they cleaned us up and wrapped us nicely, to international applause, with a democracy in which they continued to hold the levers themselves or through their acolytes. And as with them, the survival of their produce depends on a democracy that thrives on the under development of the citizenry!

If democracy is essentially about popular choice and if the purport of choice is a true understanding by them of the concepts about which it is required; if it implies their free will or the absence of inducement or duress, then certainly our statistics would show that we only practice democracy by its abuse. As simple as it might appear, the processes of government in the 21st century, as before it, are truly a largely complicated matter in respect of which a fair requirement of choice should proceed from the assumption of some information, some education, some real humanity. Yet over the years by a conspiracy of the elite, we have carefully nurtured illiteracy to the kind of bountiful harvest that we now have, such that about 50% of our population, by which I mean some 90million Nigerians, are illiterate. It is these people that are further exploited with an equal right to choose the leaders of our democracy, one which for the benefit of others chooses to ignore their vulnerabilities. But it is not in all things that we are vile to the illiterate. On smaller matters of their personal interests, our laws at least pretend to protect them with a demand that they be properly educated in a manner they would understand before they commit.

If illiteracy was a lone child, perhaps our democratic pretensions would have been less acute. But it has a bubbly twin called poverty! I shall now shock you with some statistics. In a February 13 2012 BBC News reported that poverty had risen in Nigeria ‘‘with almost 100million people living on less than $1 a day, despite economic growth’’. By October 18 2016, the Vanguard reported the progress of poverty, announcing that no fewer than 112 million Nigerians then lived below poverty level. By February 2018 it was stated that as much as 70% of a 180m Nigerian population lived below poverty line, with the North West providing home for 81.1% of them. The North East provides similar clemency, nurturing some 76.8% population of poverty, while the North Central bubbles with 42.6%. The South East, South-South and the South West however have more room to grow poverty, with a current occupation of 27.4%, 25.2% and 25.2% respectively. These are all grim statistics which hold a promise to grow by 6 additional poor persons per minute, but in our peculiar circumstance provide very cheap, but rich manure for our democracy to grow. They ensure great exchange rates for the politician’s Naira at election time.

It is why the Nigerian politician is mostly suicidal who brings development to his governed. It is why most of the critical mass in Nigeria, live outside the states of their births, victims of a deliberate policy of underdevelopment which ensures that their quest for sustenance takes them far away, leaving the most vulnerable at home to ‘‘choose’’ leaders. It is why we see great governance by the silly tokenism of a governor eating roasted corn while sitting by smelly gutters in state capitals. It is why almost every autocracy in Africa is actually a democracy. And it is why although I will vote for PMB in 2019, he is likely to win more because of the power of the above statistic of lack that favours his region, than by the effort of my informed vote.

  • I shall offer in the closing part of this gist, a model that empties the pockets of those who masquerade a false democracy and engenders true representative governance that has at its target the true development of its peoples!

AN INCONVENIENT DEMOCRACY DAY RITUAL

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