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PMB’s Remark On ‘Restructuring’ And Matters Arising

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By Jerome-Mario Utomi

 

 

From observations, there is no doubt that our leaders are experts in listening without being attentive to the masses; an attribute that has, in turn, made their relationship with the people civil but cold. A situation occasioned by our handler’s inability to learn that ‘success is a lousy teacher which makes a winner feels that he cannot lose’.

Accordingly, these cold silences have become ‘a word made flesh and now dwell among us’ in the form of the Fulani herdsmen mindless and continual use of the innocent Nigerian’s blood to irrigate our arid political space.

This climate of opinion surrounding leadership in Nigeria has again made the recently well-chiseled speech of president  Muhammadu Buhari as delivered in a nationwide broadcast on Monday 1st, January 2018 unacceptable by the critical minds. A Particular reference to that speech that has received several knocks is the president’s hanging and the asymmetrical statement about the nation’s restructuring where he among other things stated that ‘no human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to the changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments’.

With appropriate humility, the above statement made by the president was correct and commendable but his silence on how this imperfect structure/edifice should be corrected is condemnable

In like manner, identifying that imperfection exist in the first instance in my views makes the call for the nation’s restructuring inevitable and eminently desirable.  Catalyzing the process of reforming this changing circumstance as muted by the president should be the preoccupation of the FG .and   also acts as the propeller to having our federal framework reworked.

The above is imperative as the current posturing has made the government at the centre become the dispenser of goodness by proxy while leaving the federating states idle and lazy which is against the spirit of the federal system of government and the expectation of the masses.

What the masses are saying and wanting in my understanding is that the padding of the second schedule of the exclusive legislative list, of our 1999 constitution with sixty-eight (68) items has made Abuja suffer ‘political obesity’ and need to shed some weight via power devolution

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What the people are saying is that the over blotted exclusive list has made our nation to currently stand in an inverted pyramid shape with more power concentrated at the top and the base not formidable enough making collapse inevitable if urgent and fundamental steps are not taken.

What the proponents of restructuring are saying is that majority of the items are too trivial for the Federal Government to handle and should serve the greater good of the people if left in the hands of both the state and the local government. This is the hub of the masses expectation.

Items such as; Police and some government security services, mines and minerals; including oil fields, oil mining geological surveys, control of parks, stamp duties, public holidays, taxation of incomes, profits and capital gains, and insurance among others  to my mind  should find their  ways back to the states and the local councils.

To illustrate the effectiveness of the above, If we had had state police in Nigeria, chances are that these gruesome killings that is ongoing in some sections of the country would have been better managed.

However, it will not be out of place if the states and local councils are allowed to handle all these and made to pay taxes when necessary to the federal government coffers. By so doing, the federal government will be freed from handling the tiny details which prevent them from looking at the bigger national issues. In the same vein, it will empower states/regions and local councils that have been technically rendered redundant.

This, in my views, is the synoptic baggage of what  Nigerians are asking for and achieving it is a simple assignment.

.To get started will require  Mr. President presenting an executive bill demanding for the nation’s restructuring before the National Assembly as waiting for the lawmakers to initiate such bill may translate to waiting till eternity.

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The president needs to do this as that may be the only major effort he needs to convince the masses that he can take the nation out of these political and socio-economic impasses.

But in making this call, I am well aware that there is nothing more ‘difficult to handle, more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through than initiating such changes as the innovator will make more enemies of all those who prospered under old other’. But any leaders that do, come out powerful, secured, respected and happy. This is an opportunity that Mr. President must not miss.

Therefore, this is the time for my President to prime and position for this major national transformation. This time is auspicious for Mr. President to make his vision sharp and his goal clear to all. And this is the time in history for President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate that the credibility of his leadership is built not in words but action.

Another key point on the part of the masses is that for us to achieve this, we must rise above our divides by undressing ourselves of the garment of tribal loyalties which in many cases has proved to be stronger than a common sense of nationhood. Let us at this critical moment of our existence remember that we cannot solve our political and socio-economic challenges with the same thinking we used when we created it.

Let’s make no mistake about it, for us to build the Nigeria of our dreams, we most graduate our ‘thought system and loyalty to a level of being united rather than sectional. Our loyalty must transcend our race, our tribe, our class and we must develop a world perspective on the affairs of our nations’.

Jerome-Mario writes via jeromeutomi@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why President Buhari Sacked Oyo-Ita-Reno Omokri

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Former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has reacted to the indefinite leave embarked on by Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.

According to Reno, ‘the only reason this woman has been sacked is because General Buhari never forgives. He had pencilled her for DISGRACE since the day her memo exposing Buhari as the man behind the recall and promotion of pension thief Maina, leaked.

President Buhari asked Oyo-Ita to proceed on indefinite leave and has announced Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan as her acting successor.

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CONFLICTS OF DESTINY AND THE DILEMMA OF FATE AND FAITH

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“Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Che Sara sara’ are two popular expressions with universal applications in the belief of the mystery of fate and predestination. Hakuna Matata is an expression of African origin which roughly translates to “there are no troubles” or “no worries” in Swahili language. It implies that it is useless for anyone to worry about the future since it is out of any man’s hand to control. The phrase draws close similarity with Che sara sara “, an Italian phrase that suggests that the future is uncertain or out of one’s control. In Spanish, it is usually understood to mean “whatever will be will be.” As philosophical as these beliefs sound , are they really true?
There are typically two beliefs system that shape the lives of many people in our world; one is fate and the other is faith. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person or that which is inevitably predetermined. Faith on the other hand is the will or principle or the determining cause by which things are believed to come to be by the belief in a benevolent superior force or being. While fate suggests that if someone has a glorious end to their destiny, it will happen to them no matter what they do or fail to do and nothing can change it and also, if someone has a bad end to their destiny, such persons are already doomed for a life of misery and there is nothing they can do to change it.

This latter belief system sounds very flawed and very unfair. It implies that the almighty God, who created man in his image, has biases. According to the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible, when God created the human race, he created them in his image and likeness. Man was created in the likeness of his Creator, and God has written a good plan for our lives, but God does not dictate or demand we take his way because he created us with the power to choose. The ability to choose is what sets us apart from all other creations, and that is a lot of power we have been given when you think about it. This is the real mystery of life that the book “ Conflicts Of Destiny” has come to put in clearer perspective. Written by Adeoye Adewale, a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a pastor currently based in Israel, this book touches on the critical issue of destiny that affects everyone on earth.
Whether you are an atheist, a believer, a freethinker or an animist, we all try to make meaning of the great mystery called ‘Life’. Many religions emphasize the role and impact of a superior being or beings that oversee and influence the affairs of humanity. Many people believe that man is not a creation of accident as science wants us to believe. They believe that what every mam makes out of life is a matter of the choice they make or failed to make. This is one of the positions that ‘Conflicts of Destiny’ has come to illuminate and expatiate.
Written in clear, lucid and simple free-flowing prose, the book ‘Conflicts Of Destiny’ has come at the right time to shed more light on matters of destiny by ushering in God’s glorious light that reveals eternal biblical truths about God-given purpose for every man and woman. The central message of the book is well addressed and is relevant to the world of today. The author laid the foundation with his vivid definition of the concept of Destiny which he described as the fulfillment of purpose in record time. He also established the broad interpretation of the subject matter by covering many hitherto unexplored territories of destiny by expatiating on the many shades of destiny. Under chapter headings such as: Choices; Discovery; Purpose and Preparation to deeper areas like Wilderness Experience; Divine Location; Divine Response and Defining Moments, the author espoused the need to give greater attention to salient but often over-looked issues such as Destiny Helpers, Destiny Killers and Destiny Thieves and Location in our quest to actualizing destiny.
For instance, the author opined that in matters of destiny, ‘Location’ plays a crucial role. Location in this context is both spiritual and physical.” He explained that every man or woman has been prepared by God to fulfill destiny in certain locations. This is a deep insight that every believer should be conscious of. The bible is full of great names that fulfill destiny by divine interventions. Abraham had to be relocated to fulfill his destiny. The glorious star of Joseph did not shine till he was sold into slavery in Egypt.
The author also brings to the forefront the Defining Moments of our lives. He quoted from Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine for thy light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you…” This is a moment of epiphany. A moment for awakening. A moment to wake up from our deep slumber and take our rightful place in life and in destiny. The author submits that “defining moments are occasioned by God and they are designed to ignite passion for your destiny. Indeed, all knowledge begins with God, His living Word and God’s plans and purposes in our lives are for our blessing and for humanity. This book will enable every reader to take hold of certain powerful kingdom truths such as: Every child of God is a star and a work in progress. No one is destined for failure or condemned to poverty, disease or even eternal damnation. People just need to discover their places in destiny.
The author however emphasized the efficacy of Prayers in the actualization of destiny. He declared that ‘ there is no greater force than the power of prayer. Using the Jabez experience, the author concluded that no matter the tragedy in the trajectory of any destiny, prayer has the power to turn things around and make things right . It also has the ability to make colourful and blossoming an otherwise dry and drab life. He declared that many have failed to recognize the great power of prayer at their disposal. We all need the power of God to fulfill our destiny.
The book has been carefully written by divine inspiration and constructed through diligent meditation and instruction from God’s Holy word. ‘Conflicts Of Destiny’ will not only encourage you to take a deeper walk with God, but also stir your heart to dig deeper into God’s precious word. This book is a faith builder that will help to guide you into greater depths of God’s plans and purposes for your life while also enabling you to avoid the traps of the enemy. “Conflicts Of Destiny ” shares eternal truths that open doors to kingdom principles and beliefs that will enable you to live a prosperous and abundant life by the understanding of who you are in Christ and the gifts that God has blessed you with.

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Abdul Titi Kone Re-Emerges African Freestyle Football Champion.

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From left – Valentine Ozigbo (Chairman of Feet n Tricks), Abdul Titi Kone, the 2019 African Freestyle Football Champion, Jude Monye, Executive Director Heritage Bank and Olisa Adibua, board member, Feet n Tricks

 The 2019 African Freestyle Football Championship ended on a high note, with defending champion Abdul Titi Kone of Cote d’Ivoire emerging as the African Champion once again.

This event marked the 2nd edition of the African Championship and the 3rd annual edition of the Nigerian Championship hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International.

 

The final was a re-do of the 2018 championship, as Kone again defeated Egypt’s Yousef Mohamad in a head-to-head repeat of last year’s final, while Ashley Mhkize of South Africa placed third. 

 

In the female category, Evelyn Okafor (Nigeria), Hadhara Charles (Tanzania) and Augustina Unamba (Nigeria) placed first, second and third respectively.

 

Speaking on his achievement, Kone said: “This is a great honour. I am thankful to Feet n’ Tricks for this incredible platform and opportunity, I look forward to using it to inspire others and make Africa proud.”

 

Mhkize, who emerged as the winner of the Panna Football Championship, thanked the organisers of the event saying, this would help him hone his skills and become a better individual.

 

“Since its inception in 2017, we have been committed to becoming world-class organisers of Freestyle Football tournaments and it’s a great pleasure to see the awareness and growth of Freestyle Football across Africa thanks to our sponsors, fans and media partners. We are confident that the sport will reach and exceed its potential in Nigeria and Africa. It has given me immense joy over the past two days to see our biggest tournament yet come to reality,” said Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks, International, Valentine Ozigbo.

 

The event, which had a massive turn out, had musical and dance performances from Imagine to Dance, Lagos State Cheerleading AssociationChinko Ekun and the Jealous crooner, Fireboy DML closed the event with a dazzling performance.

 

The Nigerian Championship, which took place on the 14th of September 2019- also at the Balmoral Convention Center was well attended by local sports fans, celebrities and VIPs who were treated to musical performances, comedy, dance and freestyle contests. Benjamin John and Augustina Unamba emerged Nigerian Champions in the male and female categories respectively.

 

This year’s championships kicked off with regional auditions held in Lagos, Warri, Owerri and Abuja, attracting over 200 freestylers, with three in both the male and female categories qualifying for the Nigerian Championship.

 

The African Championship, the concluding event, was anchored by popular street dancer Poco Lee, and co-anchored by the superstar hypeman, Shody with freestylers from other African countries competing for cash and prizes valued over $43,000. Both the African and Nigerian male champions will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Red Bull World Championship event in Miami and a furniture set from Lifemate Nigeria.

Also in attendance at both events were Dan Wood – co-Founder and Head of Partnerships – and Lukas Skoda – Head of Operations; both are with the World Freestyle Football Association, the regulatory body for the Nigerian and African Freestyle Football Championships.

 

Double Routine Super Ball World’s Champion, Erlend Fagerli, Guinness World Record holder, Laura Biondo, Asian championship winner, Philip Warren Gertsson presided as judges for the championship and were unbiased in their final judgement.

 

Our 2019 ambassadors added colour to the event with their presence, including John Fashanu, Tonto Dikeh, Williams Uchemba, Victor Ikpeba, Ifu Ennada and Ahneeka to mention a few.

 

Showing their unrelenting support for the initiative were sponsors and partners for the year including: Heritage Bank, Redbull, Guinness Gold, Lifemate, Federal Inland Revenue Service, VFD Group, Scavi & Ray, Vandrezzer, Eko Disco and NIMASA among others.

Guests were not left out of the fun with lucky dips, photobooth sessions, thrilling games, dance competitions and energetic musical performances from Chinko Ekun and Fireboy DML.

 

The African Freestyle Football Championship will be back in 2020 and Feet ‘n’ Tricks the organizers of the event promise it’ll be bigger and better.

Follow @Feetandtricks on all social media platforms for more highlights from the event.

 

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