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When the going gets TOO TOUGH!

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“ When the going gets tough, the tough get going” goes the common saying  but sometimes the going gets too tough even for the toughest: Life, occasionally, throws additional surprises at us from time to time overwhelming even the toughest, forcing even them to think about quitting.

Only the toughest of the toughest will survive whatever Life throws at them and to bolster your chances of succeeding you need these three things:

….Discipline……Patience….Resilience….

 

DISCIPLINE

You  don’t get to win a gold Olympic medal without disciplining yourself to train everyday come rain or sun or whatever else is going on; you don’t get to pass your exams if you don’t discipline yourself to study. You must discipline yourself to carry on even if you don’t feel like doing it.

The most disciplined people in the world are the members of the armed forces: their strict discipline enables them to function, normally, in whatever situation they find themselves and that can be in the middle of a battle, jungle and in all kinds of weather. Hope for the best but mentally discipline yourself to prepare for the worse so if tough times hit you, you can still go,go,go. The right kind of discipline puts you in the right state of mind to deal with whatever is happening to you or around you.

 

PATIENCE

Patience is a virtue and a valuable tool to have: nothing ever goes according to plan – and never will .The unexpected can throw in problems, obstacles or delays throwing your carefully made-up plans out of the window. Patience doesn’t mean you wait for a month, a year or even 10 years before you decide to give up. Patience means you keep on waiting, waiting, waiting…….and keep on waiting until it happens, even if it means waiting for a hundred years! A lot of people quit because they lack the patience to carry on. If you’re impatient you will crash and burn! The secret of patience is you never quit waiting for things to happen.

 

RESILIENCE

Dr Paul Eneche, the founder of Dunamis Church, once told the amusing story of a small dog that kept on getting beaten up by another dog 3 times its size.

Everyday the small dog would crawl under the gate of his compound and go next door where the bigger dog lived. Everyday the bigger dog would beat up the smaller dog and everyday the smaller dog would keep on coming back for more and more punishment until one day when the bigger dog saw him coming he ran away: he ran away because he was fed up and tired of beating up the smaller dog who didn’t seem to bother and kept on coming back for more.

The morale of this story is simple: if Life keeps on beating you up and knocking you to the floor, like a fallen boxer, you get up and keep on fighting until one day Life , itself, gets fed up of making your life a misery and leaves you alone. This is resilience and in the words of Winston Churchill,” If you’re going through Hell, keep going! Never, never, never give up!”. If you are going through Hell, you keep on going! You keep on going or the fires of Hell will burn you! You do not stop! You do not slow down! You keep on going! And you keep on going…..In the process you become stronger and stronger till you get to a point whereby you become ‘unbreakable’ – you become immune to whatever Life throws at you – like you’re wearing a bulletproof jacket or a suit of armour.

So when the going gets too tough maintain discipline and stay focused; be patient and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. And most important of all be resilient, take all the punches Life throws at you and come back for more and ride out the storm.

By Tony Ogunlowo

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Sylva, Oshiomole, others are not Amaechi’s Enemies – Eze

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Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, chieftain of the APC and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), has described reports flying on social media and purportedly credited to a former CTC chairman of Emohua Local Government Area and an ardent supporter of the Transportation Minister, Mr. Godstime Orlukwu, as fictitious and a cocktail of lie, emanating from men of the underworld.

In a statement  circulated to media houses, Eze condemned the propagators of the false report, stressing that it has nothing to do with Godstime Orlukwu.

Haven perused through the damaging report, Eze confirmed establishing contact with Dr. Orlukwu and reliably gathered that he neither authored the piece nor contracted  anybody to do same on his behalf and that the  said report never emenated from him.

“I just spoke with my brother and political leader, Dr Godstime Orlukwu on a false statement credited to him alleging that some of the colleagues and political associates of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are his enemies. The mischievous, malicious and wicked statement aimed at sowing seeds of discord between the Honourable Minister mentioned Sylva, Oshiomole, Akpabio, Omo-Agege as culprits.

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From what I gathered from the APC Chieftain Dr Godstime Orlukwu, he never granted any interview to any Journalist or authorised such ungodly statement to be issued by anybody on his behalf insinuating that such good friends of his boss are his enemies or that the Minister is against any appointment made to anybody”.

Eze reinterred that the public should discountenance such a fallacious report describing it as the handiwork of mischief makers targeted at smearing the umblemished image of the Transportation Minister.

“As we investigate the source of this wicked report and those behind it, let me reiterate that those who wants to create enemies for the Honourable Minister of Transportation for their wicked political gains will not succeed in any form”.  Eze said.

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The statement further reads – “Let me caution finally that I am fully aware of all the evil steps put in place to discredit and pull down the Minister but God of justice will always guide and protect us from their hands”.

Eze issued a 48 hours ultimatum to the publishers of the damaging report to retract same or earn severe consequences.

“Finally, the Publisher of this false report is by this press statement given 48hours to pull down the report and retrace from its further publication or earn the wrath and weight of the law in this regard”.

On the appointment of Senator Magnus Abe into the Board of NNPC, Eze said it does not in any way affect the plans of the APC to deliver Rivers State from its present sad situation, all things being equal come 2023.

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Group Reviews President Buhari’s Five Years In Office***All You Need To Know

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The leadership of New Nigeria Collective (NNC), a non- government, non-profit making organisation, yesterday, at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, reviewed the state of the nation, coming at a time the federal government marked its fifth year in office and the first of the second term of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The NNC noted without biases, the weight of the challenges that are currently besetting governments at all levels in the country and concluded that while the room for improvements and inexcusable delivery of promises palpably points to itself, it has not been a poor journey after all, especially, if the situations in other climes are factored into account side-by-side with the current global health challenge, the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was against this backdrop and the growing malcontents amongst a majority of Nigerians, that the NNC objectively dissected the Buhari administration and clearly pointed out THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY markers that have become the talking points in the last five years.

The NNC also noted without reservation that its resolve to look at the last five years of the administration in totality as against the last one year was borne out of the reality that countries have been challenged significantly by Covid-19 in the last few months, some dating back to late last year.

To that extent, no genuine assessment could be based on the last one year of the administration, when evidently something else had taken attention away from the familiar good governance and
the development of the nation. It’s therefore safe for both the government and the people to look at the administration holistically.

Thus, the NNC, at its NEC observed the following:

1. That the response of the Government to the Covid-19 pandemic has been commendable, particularly its successful handling of the same contrary to some of the predictions of doom and gloom by both the local and international observers/experts. The NNC alo noted with a sense of appreciation and motivation, the dedication, commitment and honesty of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, has led the nation thus far and successfully so. Mr. Mustapha is a positive example of a public servant.

2. That the recent reductions in the pump prices of petroleum products by the administration three times in a row following the slump in the global price of crude oil was a good move, which spoke to the sensitivity of the government to the plight of the people. The NNC equally commended the recent removal of subsidy from petroleum products as a result of the changing global indices, despite its dwindling fortunes.

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4. That the NNC recalled that upon resumption of office of the administration, the economy was plunged into recession but that through conscious, critical and tough choices, as well as positive thinking, the administration survived and crawled out of recession and consequently, stabilised the economy.

5. That the NNC collectively stated that whilst the administration might not have achieved much in terms of economic gains, it sure has put the nation on a better pedestal as far as infrastructure development is concerned in spite of earning less compared to the previous administrations. The
NNC alluded to the nationwide railway construction, the 2nd Niger Bridge, repairs and conspicuous rehabilitation of major expressways in the six geopolitical zones as well as the evident developments in the aviation sector.

6. That the NNC commended the recent financial autonomy granted state Houses of Assemblies and the Judiciary. This, the NNC, contended would go a long way in charting a completely different path, not only for the present crop of office holders, but for democracy to thrive better.

7. That the NNC applauded the synergy amongst the three arms of government. Unlike what obtained in the past, the three arms of government not only work together now, they are consistently looking in the same directions in nation’s interest, notwithstanding some of the misgivings that have attended this rare camaraderie.

8. That the NNC further noted the recent financial autonomy granted local government administrations in the country, thus liberating them from the claws and undue interference from state governments

9. That the NNC took judicial notice of the repeated bailouts of states in financial distress. That the Ministry of Budget and Planning, with the cooperation of the National Assembly, has successfully returned the budget to the January to December cycle is worthy of note, as it now allows for prompt response and planning by those whose activities are directly and indirectly affected by the budget.

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10. That the NNC described the developments in the Agriculture sector as mind-blowing, noting also that the school feeding programme of the government is a plus that cannot be shoved aside. That for the first time in the history of the nation, people now consume locally produced goods, while local farmers now have gains through government initiatives in agriculture.
However, while pondering some of the downsides of the administration in the last five years, the NNC noted as follow:

1. That the government must address the allegation of lack of transparency in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs. That it would be irresponsible to let it slide.

2. That the government should be wary of its constant borrowings for projects that do not have commercial values or that can adequately guarantee a smooth repayment plan, including the cost of servicing the loans.

3. That the NNC noted with disappointment, the constant rivalry amongst some of the inter-governmental agencies, citing the recent drama that attended a disagreement between the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. The development, it said, was reprehensible.

4. That the NNC noted the unceasing insecurity, particularly, the unabated killings in the northern part of the country. While noting the efforts of the security agencies to stem the tide, NNC noted that the situation requires more deliberate actions to stamp the scourge out of the system.

5. That the NNC observed as a low point in the life of the administration, the seeming redundancy of Vice President Yemi Osibajo. The NNC is of the view that the vice-president has a lot to offer and should be deployed to better use. The group also alluded to the alleged nepotism of the administration and advised an appointment spread that typifies Nigeria’s differences as a social entity.

6. That the NNC recognised some of the frustrations and disappointments of the people on some of the actions and inactions of the administration. It, however, solicited support for
the government since its failure or success is a brunt that all would bear at the end of the day.

Adeola Adewunmi Olutunbosun Osifowora, Chairman Secretary/Legal Officer

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Pastor Adeboye Reacts To Death Of UNIBEN Undergraduate Inside RCCG

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has reacted to the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa.

Omozuwa, a UNIBEN undergraduate was raped and killed in one of the branches of the RCCG.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye reacted to the murder of the girl on Instagram.

 

He wrote: “All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation. #justiceforuwa”

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The RCCG also released a statement. In it, they explained why Omozuwa was in church during the lockdown, how she was found, and the actions taken after she was found lying in the pool of her blood.

 

Read the full statement below.

 

Pastor EA Adeboye reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Uwa Omozuwa, in one of the branches of his church

Pastor EA Adeboye reacts to the rape and murder of UNIBEN student, Uwa Omozuwa, in one of the branches of his church

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