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Admitted, I was first and foremost a student of the literary school. The signs of brilliance in that respect were there in those formative years of my life.

I regularly win prizes in literature when I was in junior high school especially. And it has a competitive twist as well. Nobody beats me to it in two academic terms in a row. It was really fun.

But when it was time to transit to the senior high school, I made what could be described as the most regrettable decision of my academic career so to say.

Instead of following in that unarguably familiar path, I veered off.

Now imagine the fact that my dad was a headmaster and class-teacher who practically taught me in the foundation class.

I still didn't consult him, probably out of naivety, neither did he or anybody for that matter asked me what my passion was with a view to guiding or influencing what my subjects’ combination should be at that critical juncture. Maybe things like that weren't in vogue then. Or so I thought.

But I knew some of my classmates then who I could say were ways ahead of me in this regard. They already had a clear picture in their heads what they wanted to do or become in the future.  And that reflected not only in their attitudes but also in the class they would eventually progress to.

My humble self.

So, unsure of what I really want, I fell for the bandwagon effect. I elected to go with the innermost of my inner circle of my friends.

No. They were neither charlatans nor truants. Indeed, they were those who you could call the modern pioneers. What they do I want to do and where they belong I want to belong. This explains how I found myself in the science class.

Obviously, I had taken a wrong boarding pass. It is no wonder I’d arrived in an academic no man’s land years later. And so for three years, I was a creepy scientific nondescript.

And my overall academic performance hits rock bottom. It was indeed a struggle starting with mathematics class. It didn't start there though; the symptomatic shreds of evidence were there right from my early post-primary school years.

To say the least, my math’s teachers then were high-handed, fearsome I should say. They were nowhere near the expected end of being innovative in their approach to teaching the subject.

Or what do you make of teachers who had pegs handy instead of the normal cane as a correctional tool when coming to the class?

The culprits include but not limited to the Principal of my first secondary school. Perhaps it might interest you as to how many high schools I did attend? In all, I attended three.

The Principal, as I was saying, was a frightful disciplinary presence in all the school activities including handling his mathematics class.

It was so bad that the generality of students strongly believed the dreads he evokes was down to black magic.

Now in retrospect, I think he must have meant well and wished to see us turned out as excellent and worthy ambassadors of not only the school but also of our various families and responsible members of society.

Maybe it was the approach that was wrong. It is an understatement, however, to say a lot of students feared rather than loved him.

Therefore, like many students, I tried as much as possible to avoid his mathematics class. But it was always very difficult because he was a friend of the family.

As such, I was always in the spotlight and tensed up. I didn’t only have torrid time concentrating; I also get flogged whenever I answer a question and I missed.

The only times I did well in my mathematics studies was when a Youth Corper (fresh graduate) handled the class and also when a Ghanaian was my school math’s teacher. Those were the glorious days of my mathematics education. They will not repeat themselves. Never!

I managed to go through the high school and my first school leaving examination performance was nothing but scandalous. I even failed, of all, Christian Religious Knowledge taught interestingly by a blood relation who sharply scolded me afterward on knowing what my grade was in that subject.

But I would retrace my steps a few years later upon the realization I had missed my way into something akin to the academic woods. I returned to my childhood's love, the art.

Now let’s go to the meat of this narrative. Having managed to wriggle myself out of the choking-hands of mathematical and scientific demons threatening to eat me up, and back in the sweet embraces of the literary genres, I had thought I would never have anything to do with them again. But how wrong I was!

Few years after high school, I received a surprise visit from someone in my innermost of the inner circle of high school mates and friends. His name is Durojaiye Shoyemi. May God’s blessings and mercies be upon him wherever he is.

He came particularly to alert and woo me into the computer revolution that was then just making an inroad into Nigeria educational cum professional spaces but with potentials to conquer all the spaces of human endeavors in no distant future.

He told me categorically that a time will come when everything will submit to the ubiquitous onslaught of artificial intelligence. But his advocacy, timely as it was, was like a fulsomely sour song in my ears. It was dead on arrival and had no appeal whatsoever.

The harder he pushed, the more uncooperative I became. In the end, he left disappointed.
I was then home and dry where I thought I should be in the art. However, unknown to myself, I've only just underestimated my learning capacity. I've also just contained myself.

As if that was not bad enough, I also failed to fully atone those missed sitters of opportunities from way back even when I properly enrolled and paid the required fees for a computer-related course. 

Now, let’s fast-track to 2016, the year my journey as a blogger actually began. I would found out later it’s a field where you're required to know one or two things about the HyperText Mark-up Language ((HTML).

Or else you’ll have to contract out everything to the tech geeks out there. Not totally a bad idea, though, after all, they are professionals and they deserve their pay. In all modesty, however, looking back now, I think I've exceeded all set expectations because I've coped.

Wait a minute. There were parts I’ve forgotten to mention. For instance, my admission into the University of Benin also ran into an irredeemable hitch. I was also unable to come to a marital full-circle as early as I would’ve wanted. 

These experiences, painful as they were, but they haven’t defined me yet and I had pulled through and became better like steel through a test of fire.
This then means if only I knew back then all I needed were attitudinal change, focus, perseverance, being daring, self-belief, and adaptation to succeed at whatever goals I set myself. If I want and had tried I could've conquered my doubts and creepy fears and go on to excel even in computer studies.

And it would've been an icing on the cake of the excellence of my rediscovered literary passion instead of telling myself outrightly that 'I cannot'.

Now imagine the milestone it would've amounted to if I'd believed and shared some percentage of my friend's vision and passion, though, they appeared not to align with mine at that point in time.

But who says because I'm a candidate for the art that I cannot go some mileage if not the whole hog in other disciplines, that I cannot become a multitalented professional.

Now I ruefully remembered I'd given my life too cheaply to the false notion that I can't do anything other than the literary. In essence, I've lived my life almost totally containerized. I’ve literally underachieved.

Today, I’m not only being haunted by the ghosts of things I didn’t do that I should’ve done. I’m so sure they are staring down on me with their piercing eyes ruing my culpable inability to bring them to life.

Despite that friends, I haven’t stopped telling myself it’s never too late to seek the lost worlds, to perform the miracle of giving life to those dry bones of repeatedly passed over opportunities. Now I’m fighting really hard to recompense for all the wasteful years and opportunities. And I know I can because there is a WILL.

What about you?

Perhaps you’re reading me and you’ve derailed at some points in your life like I did when I was a teenager. Maybe you’ve even retraced your steps like I did too. I say congratulations!

Or you’re somewhere and somehow forcefully or subtly resisting all the appeals of change or the correctional efforts of teachers, parents, guardians, friends, and family that's necessary to take you to the next level.

Maybe you’ve even failed to atone the missed glorious opportunities.  

Or you didn’t even build a career when it was the wisest and the most economically viable thing to do. Have you lost your honor or failed the test of loyalty?

Are you lacking in self-belief? Are you low on morale? Are you struggling to gain adjustment? Are you having attitudinal problems? Are you finding it difficult to adapt to a new reality?

Above all, are you lost to the false notion that you cannot excel again or unwilling to face the shame just because you’ve failed at something even if repeatedly?

You’re not alone. Many like you are also walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Besides, those shouldn’t and cannot be the perpetual themes of your life. I urge you to be fearless. I urge you to shrug off all suicidal thoughts. It is an escapist option.  Fight for your life and your destiny.

You’re a star waiting to brightly whizz through the darkest firmament. And your maker who gifted you hasn’t forgotten or given-up on you if only you won’t forget or give up on yourself because of your moment of sad temporary defeats or setbacks.

I think it is high time you boldly step out of the self-imposed limiting, dark, and glooming containers of doubts and creepy fears of what you were told or have been through growing up and into the world of boundless opportunities waiting to be explored.

Don't be a doubting Thomas waiting until you get to heaven to know the truth. Now is your salvation. Now is your victory. Go and get it. 

I may not have listed your case above, yet, like a phoenix, you can re-emerge from the ashes of whatever failures you have been through or going through no matter how many they were. Yes, you can!

To your success!
Deji Olaluwe.

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Of religious doctrine, the law and marriage

In addition to the regular service, I was privileged also to partake on Sunday, May 19, 2019, of the doctrinal class of my church. It is the first of its kinds since I started attending the church.

However, it was the most difficult Sunday for me. I came to the service on the heel of completing a tiring 48 hours marathon call of duty in the midst of which I also engaged myself in an ongoing online project which I've made a nightly ritual to a large extent.

Before your imagination runs wild, my online engagement has a lot to do with my blogging passion which has become a second nature on which I spend a couple of hours or thereabout every night.

As always, it took a chunk of energy off me. Consequentially, I was tired and lifeless. I was also famished because there was no time to eat anything. I'm saying this because that didn't allow me to contribute as I would've loved to in the event that was to ensue.

Nonetheless, I had to endure the double rigor of regular service and an incorporated doctrinal class. The combined activities lasted for over five hours. I cannot complain because it turned out to be the most enriching experience for me.

During the discussion session, a lot of questions came up spanning church welfare, the propriety or otherwise of Christians managing a hotel, and other lifestyle and spiritual issues.

This is a representational picture.

In all honesty, it was a fruitful engagement all round. And I wouldn't have wished for anything gloriously better.

I had a lot of insightful and pleasurable takeaway from the contributions of the congregants which comprised regular members of my church and those who joined us from other parishes.

But the most touchy for me was the discussions around the subject of marital consummation and divorce.

The resource clergy emphasized on the need for marital restitution, which is doctrinal for the church, from all inappropriately married partners.

That's the prompt payment of dowry and other sundry marital rites where it has not been observed.

And he also said that the church recommends a short courtship which must involve the church leaders.

As part of the doctrinal belief of the church, like others, the church does not engage in putting asunder the two people God has joined together in holy matrimony no matter what. And I've serious issues with that.

Of course, the church has no legal right to do. But it has every moral and spiritual responsibility of preventing all manner of deceits on the road to the altar which many members have fallen victim of.

Because in the literal sense, it is not every marriage that God has consummated. The realities stare us in the face everywhere we turn today.

Just so you know what I'm talking about. Today, people marry for sexual consideration. People marry for physical appeal. People marry for financial consideration. People marry for class.

There are even passport wives these days possibly because of the dire strait the country is in economically. I mean people, ladies largely, who pretend to love and agreed to marry a man just because it offers them the opportunity of traveling abroad.

But once on the other side of the Atlantic, they begin to show their herd instinct for the western culture which protects women against men although depending on who gets to the phone first to a large extent.

Even at that, the chances of a man winning a legal battle against women are very slim. We've seen many lose their substantial life acquisition to their wives as settlement.

What prompted this was a question raised by a participant. According to the narrative, there was a couple who had difficulty in bearing children after ten years.

Without consulting his wife, the husband took for himself a new wife and they started having children together. The question posed by the participant is double-barrel.

Should the woman stay in the marriage or go the way of the husband? There were diverse and disagreeable opinions on the issue.

Shrewdly anchoring on the Bible, the resource clergy though believed the action of the husband was inappropriate, he, however, insisted the woman cannot leave the marriage simply because the man has paid her dowry.

Interestingly, he was seconded by his wife. This position, to me, was flawed and discriminatory against the woman. I mean, how does the head of a monkey differs from that of a Gorilla?

Some even said the woman should wait and that in the long run, God can intervene. My question is how come the man too cannot wait. After all, they both sworn a marital vow at the registry or wherever to live together in sickness and in health; for richer or for poorer.

Besides, are there no cases of women and men who never had children though waited on God as the suggestion says?

This brings me to the Biblical and constitutional provisions on marital matters, especially, divorce. Just like the Bible, the constitution recognizes the important position of marriage in society.

The Bible says: marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but the fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews: 13: 4. Fine, it, however, does not take into consideration the dynamic nature of the society with its projection which I believe was done in good faith.

For instance, the Bible did not expressly make provisions for the eventuality of divorce arising out of the Adamically irreconcilable differences that may occur between couples and goes to say that divorce is permitted only on the ground of adultery.

And Christ corroborated this view probably because then most of what we see today in marriages is alien. But then the Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun. Mark 10, 5:11.

Whereas, we know today that a lot of marriages have foundational issues of deception, non-compatibility, abuse and misuse of husbands and wives, violent threats to the life of parties in marriage among others which are justiciable.

We have seen situations whereby signposts in a relationship should warrant urgent legal intervention when it obvious the religious institution cannot do anything to save the day but were allowed to continue only to lead to death or permanent injuries of married partners which are avoidable.

The church today is failing in its responsibility for spiritually and socially reconstructing the society as it should but choose to hide under some fluid Biblical passages when all it requires is being proactive.

No wonder institutions and countries only accept marital documents issued by the courts and similar institutions. By so doing, justice can be enforced where instances of abuse or violations can be established before it is too late.

Although the question bearer did not tell us whether all options have been exhaustively explored concerning the inability of the women to conceive, I want to assume she is medically fit to conceive. She's only a victim of other existential factors beyond her control.

Then the man has the burden to act responsibly which he failed at. Be that as it may, if the woman approaches the court with a divorce suit, I'm sure she's going to her victory not minding what the church says.

Therefore, the church must be proactive and innovative in handling marital situations that could genuinely warrant a divorce and not just sit back sermonizing that the Bible does not support it whereas the reality of the time indicate that some marriages indeed should not stand though it is the will of God that it doesn't happen.

In the absence of action on the part of the church, we've seen situations where deeply aggrieved parties in a marriage have taken an extreme unilateral decision of ending their marriage which ought not to be so.

In all, the church does not exist in a vacuum. It is a member of the larger human society whose grand norm is the law of the land. The law prescribed the dos and donts for every member and also recommend reward and punishment.

Whether the church is in support of the dissolution of problematic marriage or not, it doesn't matter. In most cases, the law has always taken its course. And that for me is fair enough for anybody whether man or woman who seeks justice as regards to their out of favor so-called holy matrimony.

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How to fix the Glo network inability to access Blogger blog

As bloggers, we all know in addition to writing great contents, it's also of equal importance, you put them out there hoping they get in the face of the readers whose blog cravings you want to satisfy.

Now imagine after working your arse off creating and sharing those awesome contents, some dodgy network bugs now stand in the way of your potential readers forcing them to bounce from either your blog or their preferred pages. That sucks, you know!

This is exactly what many bloggers on Google platform are going through, especially, those who have enabled a custom template/domain.

While many are aware and have done something about it, many are not aware. I belong in the latter category.

Although I've been blogging for over three years now, it may surprise you I didn’t know my blog was going through such until recently when I purchased a Glo.SIM to have a feel of their much-vaunted data feast. All this while, I’ve been using another network.

There’s nowhere I didn’t position the Wi-Fi dongle in my apartment it wasn’t just connecting. The experience wasn’t funny at all.

Then, it dawns on me what many Glo subscribers who earnestly want to read my blog posts have been going through.

I immediately swing into action. But trying to wrap my head around the problem almost made me go bald because some of the suggested fixes didn’t just cut it. I downloaded the Surfeasy's VPN and also tried the Cloudflare routes to no avail.

But like Yoruba people will say, 'what I was seeking in Sokoto is right inside the pockets of my Sokoto'. But I didn’t know. 

Perhaps, you're lost. Some play on words there which literally means the solution to my challenge/problem is within me yet I had covered needless distances and went through needless hassles.

"Sokoto, a state in northern Nigeria is used here as a metaphor for the needless distances and hassles we go through every day to get some things done whereas the solution is at home (Sokoto) where we left off."

Now let me quickly round off. If you're in a similar ditch like I've been for years, now the simple trick to fix it is here.

1.     Head straight to your blog, hit the setting/basic button on the left dropdown menu in your blogger post pages. See screenshot below.

2.     Click on the HTTPS links and switch them to ‘Yes’. See it enabled on my blog in the screenshot above too. 

3.     When you're done, look up above the https links explicitly where your third-party domain is and you will see a field with edit and redirect links. Click on the edit link and tick the empty field down there, hit save and you're done. Also, see the screenshot below.

Note, however, that this method will work provided your domain registrar allowed a redirect on their DNS.

Finally, all Glo subscribers can now surf easy to and from my blog pages. What a relief that should be!

If you find the tutorial useful, you can share your thought in the comment section below. I appreciate you all for reading.

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Kano Emirate’s Split in good or bad faith?

It is no longer news that the Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje has through a new law passed by the state House of Assembly split the Kano emirate into five.

For the record, in addition to the old, Kano emirate, the newly created emirates are Gaya, Rano, Karaye, and Bichi respectively.

And according to the law creating them, all the five Emirates are to co-exist on equal standing. How insulting!

Not forgetting also that it took the house roughly three days to get done what looked like a hatchet job.

As it were, the swift passage of the bill may well serve as another a reminder of how adroit governments in Nigeria can become when it comes to doing what they considered needful especially when an enemy real or perceived is in sight.

If not similar in a manner of legislative and executive gang-up, then, what happened in 2018 between Oyo State Government and musician Yinka Ayefele can definitely be described as an act of executive rascality.

The Abiola Ajimobi led government had mobilized men and resources to pull down a portion of Yinka Ayefele's Music House in Ibadan. The edifice was said to have contravened the State's Urban Master plan.

File photo: Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor. Source: Facebook.
What makes the event more annoying than intriguing was the timeline of its execution. The demolishing exercise took place in the early hours of a Sunday.

During the period, people's emotion had run over. And in the end, it was the differently-challenged gospel artiste that won in the emotive court of the people.
Reports have it that the damaged structure has been restored with funds provided by the state government.

The ancient Kano Emirate under Emir Sanusi Lamido wasn't as lucky. It did not only come down like a house of cards under the swift political hurricane triggered by Governor Umar Ganduje and his cohorts; there was also nobody to wail and lament for it in a show of solidarity.

Not even a single traditional ruler from the region raised a voice. Conspiracy theorists, therefore, have deemed their silence conspiratorial which indicates only one thing their pre-knowledge and support of the governor’s action.

The chances of it restoration, like Ayefele’s Music House, are even slimmer if non-existent because staffs of office have been presented to the beneficiaries by the governor contrary to a court order restraining him.

But just like when the idea of it splits first hit the airwaves, it has continued to generate conversations across the length and breadth of the country with people sharing their perspective.

Some northern elements have hailed the decision of the governor as a welcomed development copiously citing the example of what's obtained in the South-western part of the country.

The Kano Emirate, they argue, is too large for one man to oversee. And so the split is timely if not long overdue. With a thought like that, you would think the Kano emirate's seat is an elective one and not traditional and hereditary.

Some even went as far as suggesting that Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi should even be removed for what they call his incessant attack on a number of age-old cultural practices which are dear to a lot of northern elements.

Singularly worthy of reference here is the issue of underage marriage. Is it not better to have under-age girls get married than to have under-age prostitutes, those who one could best describe as chronic pedophiles argued?

They must have been alarmed at the possibility of such practice becoming outlawed that they felt greatly relieved that the kingdom of its number critic has been slashed off.

But you will not agree less that both under-age marriage and under-age prostitutes is an offshoot of the twin evils of poverty and ignorance ravaging the north and no less of the whole country.

However, others, like the Kano Forum, have condemned the action of the governor as an attack and bastardization of the traditional institutions.

As a Nigerian, it is not that I'm struggling to come to term with the reality of this significant incident, I'm only just not comfortable with the whole thing right from what allegedly triggered it, the speed and what it aims at achieving.

In fact, I find the whole affair muddled-up and misleading at the minimum.

Indeed, like it was alluded to by supporters of Ganduje's action, that the south-west where I'm from is replete with kingdoms. But they were neither created in one fell swoop like what just occurred in Kano nor are helping to bring governance closer to the people in the manner Ganduje is looking.

For example, at my nativity of Abeokuta, there are four notable kings. Roughly in order of stature, they are namely Alake of Egba land, Olowu of Owu, Agura of Gbagura, and Osile of Oke-Ona Egba.

Eminent, revered, and influential as they were, they are still merely traditional rulers without constitutional powers to affect the most basic of developmental needs of the people like their counterpart in other states.

Yes, in Lagos which share strong similarities with Kano, there are as many kings as you can imagine, but they remain influential pawns in the hands of political authorities.

So, how does Ganduje intends to achieve what he claimed was the purpose of creating four additional Emirates in Kano?

It is a fact that Nigerian political classes, especially the governors, are obsessive with power and are hardly known to delegate such to subordinates.

Traditional institutions in Nigeria have been reduced to mere consultative platforms for the elective office holders especially when things are no longer at ease in their respective domains.

So, his four new emirs cannot go over and beyond their primary call of duty as the custodians of culture and traditions of the land to exercising constitutional powers.

Historically, it is only the colonial masters who achieved something akin to effective use of traditional authorities in governance with particular reference to the north itself which they governed indirectly through the traditional rulers. It is not the same thing in the south.

*Emir Sanusi Lamido of the former Kano Emirate.
Constitutionally as we speak, the only arm of government that's closest to the people is the local governments. And they have not been allowed by the governors to function independently. How sincere, then, is Ganduje's quick-paced administrative masterstroke?

Why didn't he, on the other hand, strengthen the existing local governments in Kano metropolis for optimal delivery of dividends of good governance to the people?

Or alternatively, he should have followed the footstep of Lagos by creating additional Local Council Development Areas (LCDA). I'm sure; he wouldn't have aroused any suspicion for having an ulterior motive for his action.

Perhaps better still, he should have waited to latch on the window of opportunity recently provisioned in a new policy guideline aimed at ensuring greater autonomy for Local Governments in Nigeria starting June 1, 2019.

To set the record straight, I know like most of the kingdoms in Yoruba land, earliest emirates in the Hausa-Fulani sphere of influence are products of conquests and not of any political patronage. And therein lays the beauty.

No one is saying new Emirates should not be created like it has been done elsewhere, but the timing should be right, the pace controlled, and the purpose properly situated within the political reality of the time.

I also know that Nigeria does not practice constitutional monarchy. So, if truly the governor is looking to bridge the administrative gaps in Kano state as he is claiming, he certainly cannot use the traditional institutions. It is simply like using the 16th-century solution to cure the 21st-century ailment.

Constitutionally speaking, political authorities have the powers to collapse kingdoms and Emirates, depose a sitting king or emir for whatever reason. This provision should not be abused because of political differences at the slightest opportunity like it has been over the years.

We all can recall how late military junta, Gen, Sani Abacha deposed the equally late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki and installing in his stead another equally late Sultan Maccido.

Whereas, he was a part of the supreme military council when the turbaning of Sultan Dasuki took place and he didn't raise a voice as to it impropriety. Maybe he lacked the powers to do so.

He, however, went ahead to remove him much later as the head of state and commander-in-chief in an atmosphere of tensed political intrigues claiming he was not the most deserved to occupy to post.

From the foregoing, Ganduje's split of the Kano Emirate looked more like an effort in bad faith. Though, there are jumbles of theories out there justifying it. The most prominent, like I said earlier being that it will help bring governance closer to the people at the grass-root in terms of education, religious, agriculture, blah blah blah.

But beneath this is the controversy stirred up by an eloquently vocal Lamido especially concerning the subject of under-age marriage among others which is very prevalent in the north.

All this while his brutally frank advocacies must have unsettled the cultural sensitivity of the Kano power brokers and by extension the wider northern oligarchy. After all, culture no matter how crude will always enjoy the support of some members of the society. And the Emirate’s dismemberment, by implication, is just a perfect way of getting at him and silencing him forever.

But I hope he is able to stand tall and stay strong to prove them wrong by continuing to speak out more intelligently and vigorously against the numerous social maladies confronting the north today just as the rest of the troubled nation called Nigeria.

The whole affair smacked of a witch-hunt and clearly underscores the Yoruba proverb that says ‘the truthful member of society is often taken to be its enemy’.

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14 Things I dislike About the Most Nigerian Single Mothers

Recently I was going through Facebook, and I stumbled on a post with a pictured couple.

The man in the said post was a young African dude; while the woman, on the other hand, is an older white lady.

Ordinarily, I shouldn't be bothered because things like these have been long coming.

Besides, it is the norm especially in the western world where younger men are known for marrying women who are way older than them and vice versa for a number of reasons.

In Africa nay Nigeria, it is the way older men marrying younger ladies, whether single mothers or not, and not the other way round.

Or way older men marrying under-age girls. This is prevalent in the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria.

Music divas like Madonna and Tina Turner are classic examples of older white ladies, and celebrities for that matter, who had reveled in toy-boy bliss at some points in their life.

If my memory serves me right, Tina Turner's current husband is way younger than her.

As for the material girl, Madonna, she once dated the youngster Ibrahim Zaibat, (pictured above) who as of that time was 24, while Madonna was 53.

However, I don't know if she ended up marrying him but speculations were rife then about engagement and stuff.

But why would a young African dude settle for an older white woman?

By far the most popular reason is financial gains. Another reason is companionship.

There is also the need to get the necessary documents as immigrants in Europe or America.

Like I said earlier, I don't give a f*ck whichever of those brought the couple in the post together like any other.

Over and above that, they're adults and it is their life and what they do with it is certainly their call and not mine.

So, why should I take pain killer over their headache, like they use to say in the local parlance? That's if they have one.

To cut the long story short, I ended up clicking through, against my earlier resolve, specifically, to see the comment section.

And as I was scrolling down, my attention was drawn to a comment, written certainly by an aggrieved Nigerian lady.

She trolls the young African dude for doing what according to her many of them wouldn’t do for the younger African single mothers that are with just a child.

Arent that posturing defeatist and her indirect call for sympathy done out of ignorance of the fact that it is ill-advice for people to marry out of pity?

It is like a black American lady ranting and accusing the single white ladies of taking away their few finest men.

Is it the fault of the white ladies that there are only a few good black American men?
Perhaps, I should also add by asking who says there are a few finest black American dudes.

Obviously, the Nigerian lady disapproves of the many young African dudes marrying an older white ladies for whatever reasons no matter how germane. More so, when there're many single mothers at home wasting away.

The way she talks you'd think white single mothers young or old don't have the right to desire for themselves what's good just like the Black single mothers.

Whereas, what's good, they say, isn't just for one person or a select few. It is for everybody.

Besides, many like my African sister have forgotten we now live in a globalized world where the chances of dating and marrying from other cultures are greatly enhanced by a lot of factors.

And I remembered I replied her criticism of the union by saying it is nobody's right to tell two grown-up adults of the opposite sex what to do with their lives as regards marriage whatever the races involved and the age differences of the two provided it is consensual.

This brings me to the issue of what I dislike in most African single mothers, especially those who fall into the category of modern-day Baby Mamas as they're called.

I've dated one or two of them in the past. So, I would be making statements that may appear generalized but I can bet they are empirical as well. If you know, you know.

Now, let's double down to the details of the matter.

In no particular order, here are the 14 things I dislike about the most African single mothers:

1) They see men generally as an unfortunate lot.

Many of them see men as an unfortunate lot just because a man disappointed them and at times they shut the door against even men with promises.

2) Self-pity.

I've found out that most of them wallow in self-pity. They think everybody owes them sympathy just because of their single motherhood status.

And as can be perceived even in the comment I alluded to above, the lady obviously would prefer all eligible bachelors consider them ahead of others like they're the one responsible for their predicament or misfortune.

I'm sorry if that sounds harsh. But it is the truth.

3) They think only men jilt.

From what I've seen of many of them, there seems to be this generalized notion that only men jilt.

They so easily forget or gloss over the simple truth that women just like men jilt making it a non-gender issue.

4) They demand that men who are wooing them to love their child (ren), in some cases, more than their Exs who got them pregnant.

They do it even as a precondition for dating men and so missed out on the chance to get hooked sooner than expected.

5) They mournfully argue childbearing is no disease.

Indeed, nobody thinks it is.

However, when their relationship suffers a setback, they are quick to think it was as a result of their being single mothers.

They tend to overlook other remote reasons that might be responsible for such.

This they also do, when in truth, their kid(s) is standing in the way of a new relationship, especially, if the new guy sees it as a burden he cannot carry.

6) They want the new guys to take them with their baggage even if the guys don't have the means to do so. More so, they do it when they're not prepared to make amends.

7) They usually think their status is the fault of men who got them pregnant forgetting they owe it to themselves to say no or at least insist some form of preventive measures are adopted.

8) They have always suckered ones. They assumed they are about the only ones that are the target of men whose game plan is to fool women. This is a false or wrong attitude to take into a relationship.

9) They over-dramatized the necessity for caution.

Yes, having suffered disappointment in a previous relationship should be an eye-opener to the pitfalls in a poorly handled affair.

Nevertheless, it shouldn't call for over-dramatizing caution when it comes to starting a new relationship.

People rise and people fall. When one has fallen, don't hesitate a second to get back on your feet.

There's a Yoruba proverb that says: ' if one stumbles while learning to ride a horse, it's only normal to immediately mount it all over again'.

10) They struggle to gain adjustment.

Adjustment is when a person or people come to themselves after straying into the wrong path in life.

The first step to gaining adjustment from love related maladjustment is the consciousness or realization one has erred as a result of wrong priority or taking things for granted.

Afterward, the next thing is to approach the challenge frontally like a man with a broken down vehicle would. He calls in the trained specialist and his car gets fixed.

11) They overly play the victim.

A victim is anybody who receives either a reversible or irreversible injury or ill-treatment from nature or from people.

And it is only normal they traumatize or agonize. It's also normal they are on the lookout for support.

But overplaying the victim is when you refused to be healed even when there are ample time and a measure of commensurate assistance to help in mitigating the impact.

12) They scarcely add value to their men.

Most African single mothers scarcely add value to the life of the new men who try to court them.

Instead, they come with liability or unrealistic expectations which they expect their new male suitors to resolve, unlike their white counterparts who are more or less an asset to have around.

13) They suspect all men but themselves.

There is nothing worse than to live a paranoid or suspicious life.

Many of them do this under the guise of not letting down their love guard.

As a single mother, the moment you start to become apprehensive or suspicious of the intention of men who approach you for a relationship; it deprives you of opportunities to have a chance at love again and to live a healthy love life with members of the opposite sex.

As such today, you have many of them who are still single because they are unable to overcome abuse or breach of trust in a previous relationship. Yes, you cannot wholly trust every man that comes your way, but at least you must trust someone.

14) They think their world has come to the end.

Many a time, the typical African single mother thinks her world has ended when it comes to getting another man to love them, especially if there suffered one or two disappointment in the process of doing so.

And instead for them to always prep up themselves ready to mingle, they sometimes withdraw into the shell of inferiority complex brought about by their past mistakes.

P.S: I want to salute the African single mothers who became single again either because of the untimely death of their husbands or to save themselves from abusive relationships that have the potential to lead to death or permanent disability but are courageously forging ahead with the hope of remarrying and living a healthy marital life again.

If you feel up to it, you're free, as a reader, to disagree, remove or add to this list as you wish.
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How Some Nigerian Employers Indirectly Promote Slavery In Their Workplaces

If there is anything that impudently stares Nigeria and Nigerians in the face these days, it is the fact that jobs, good jobs, I mean to say, are hard to come by.

As if that's not enough, even those who have decided to manage whatever their hand can find are indirectly being short-changed by their employers.

To be honest with ourselves, it is the number one reason why all sort of criminalities: kidnapping, armed robbery, prostitution, child trafficking, Internet fraud, insurgency have been on the rise in recent time.

And it is not funny. In fact, it is scary.

On top of that, the federal government of Nigeria recently signed the new minimum wage of 30,000 naira into law.

And the law is said to be binding on all employers of labor in the country.
Ordinarily, that should ameliorate the problem in the estimation of the policy formulators.

The question that readily comes to mind is how? I'm afraid, it may not. Indeed, it may end up compounding it. Why?

Before this new minimum wage of 30,000 naira was signed into law, we had 18,000 naira as a minimum wage.

But how many employers were able to pay?

Of course, only a few were able to pay. And these few were largely government establishments. The others were the big private establishments.

Is it then not better for the private sector and other lower arms of government to negotiate with the worker's representatives on how much they will be able to pay instead of lumping everything together?

It is a fact that even some states and local government were unable to pay when it was 18,000 naira. How are we sure they will be able to pay now that the bar has been raised?

I discovered, lately, that the same job, for instance, which I did way back in 1997 for 15,000 naira still goes for the same amount in 2019. Which job I'm talking about? Security Guard!

And the reason is that employers who can't pay up to 25,000 naira for instance still think it is wise to contract out the same job to security companies who will now pay the security guards between 13,000 and 15,000 naira. Isn't that ridiculous in this age and time?

My suggestion is if you're an establishment with a small budget, why not get retired police or military men to give them a crash training on how to secure a property and persons; and then equip them, a lot of companies do it, and there's nothing spectacular about it.

After all, they are merely civil guards who don't bear firearms. And what do they do? They open the gate for visitors, patrol and raise alarm when there are intruders with mortal weapons.

*NLC President Ayuba Waba (right) in the company of Labor and productivity minister, Chris Ngige and Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock on the 7th March 2019. Source: Vanguard.

As I was saying, even as negotiations were going on about the new minimum wage, there were discordant voices on the likelihood of some establishments being unable to pay.

At the end of the day, the beneficiaries of this new minimum wage increase are going to be those who are already in employment.

Like before, others will struggle and may not be able to meet up. Would that not leave us worse off than we were before? I'm sure the answer is obvious enough.

As if the problem is not bad enough, there are yet employers of labor, especially in the private sector who indirectly promote slavery in their workplaces.

I think I can excuse, even forgive many of them who honestly lacked the capacity to pay up to 30,000 naira or even up to 18,000 naira.

But what about those companies who can actually pay exactly 30,000 naira or a little below yet decided in their wisdom to contract the same jobs out to private companies.

Unless a clause is inserted into the contract which compels them to pay a certain amount, the greedy contractors are at liberty to take even the larger percentage of the agreed sum leaving the workers to slave off their time on the job. Isn't that criminal?

Why not contract out the recruitment process while they pay the worker something in the semblance of a living wage.

My take is that the moment employers know they cannot pay up to the amount stipulated by law, they should refrain themselves from contracting out or outsourcing the same jobs.

I know the challenge most of the time is the lack of capacity either in the area of recruitment or training of members of staff.

To get around this, affected companies can begin to slowly commit resources to build the needed capacities which in the long run help free members of their workforce from been taken advantage of by greedy contractors as it is now.

Above all, to tackle the menace, government at all levels, employers of labor, and labor unions must as a matter of urgency collaborate to eliminate the existence of needless middlemen in job recruitment processes especially when it is found to negatively impact on the welfare of the Nigerian workers.

This anomaly exists both in the formal and the informal sectors of the economy just so you know.

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Ugbo land as the cradle of Yoruba civilization: A mere stunt.

*Oba Akinruntan unveiling a Moremi statue.
From all oral accounts, two ancient towns occupy a place of pride whenever Yoruba civilization takes the center stage. The first is Ile-Ife; while the second is Oyo.

Those are the places where the cultural and traditional persona of the Yoruba take its shape and essence.

And there’s around ninety-nine percent agreement on that like Aare Gani Adams recently alluded to.

To that effect, all the Yoruba subgroups today have some accounts, oral too, which proudly linked them to one of the two and how they migrated to their current abodes.

The Egba, of which I’m one proudly, for instance, were said to have migrated to their present site in Abeokuta from Oyo-Ile under the leadership of Shodeke.

It then logically means that no kingdom or chiefdom, as it were, in Yoruba land comes close to any of them.

But if we take the logic further, the closest in ranking perhaps would be those kingdoms directly created by the children of the progenitor king of Ile-Ife of who was Oduduwa.

Just like Alake of Egba land, I’m aware, Olowu, the founder of Owu kingdom also in Abeokuta is reputed to be one of the sons of Oduduwa. In fact, there is a popular song which highlights this veracity. 

The line goes thus:

Owu la koko da;
Bi e de Owu e bere wo.

When translated, it roughly means, 'Owu was the first to be created. And when you get there, don’t hesitate to ask'.

In spite of that, the kingdom has never in a manner of speaking lay claim to being the cradle of Yoruba civilization, nor brags any of its kings as the number one Oba in Yoruba land.

Similarly, no other kingdoms in that bracket have attempted such sacrilege like Ugbo land just did through its Oba, Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan.   

But that’s not to say that other kingdoms have not been created and kings installed in the course of time.

They have; as such today, there’re first, second, and third class Obas in Yoruba land.

The first-class Obas are those Obas whose crowns/stools originated in the ancient past.

This makes them not to owe allegiance to the politicians because their ascension to the throne is not dependent on the magnanimity of the politicians.

They have the powers, acting in collaboration with the relevant political authorities, to install new Oba where there is an interregnum particularly as soon as the last reigning king joins his ancestors. Or where installing one becomes a political necessity.
The second-class Obas are those Obas who were promoted or elevated to their current status from their previous lower positions as Baales or chiefs.

The third-class Obas were those installed by the political authorities where they think one is needed, and especially to whittle down the influence of the non-co-operative first class Oba(s) in that domain. 

Or where there is agitation by the indigenes for one. The military governments were quite notorious in this regard. But they were not exclusively responsible for all.

A classic example of the making of an Oba in this way is the crowning of the Onijoko of Ijoko land in Ado-Odo Otta local government area. A land that is a subject of an ownership dispute between the Egba and the Awori. This time around, it was the handy work of an elected former governor of Ogun state.   

It must be noted, however, that the process of installing an Oba in Ijoko land was crisis ridden.

In fact, there were prolonged violent confrontations between the two Yoruba sub-groups in which thugs were regularly hired from the neighboring communities to unleash mayhem on the innocents and the partisan alike.

Houses were burnt, and women raped. And there were regular incidents of daylight heist too. The economic and social life of the community was brought to a near halt.

I’m aware that the town now has two realms to accommodate the contending but emergent royal families. That’s by the way.

Let’s get back to the issue of Ile-Ife as the grand source of the Yoruba cultural and traditional persona.

Up until now, there has never been a known attempted distortion of the timeless beauty and hardened facts of the orally transmitted history that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the Yoruba civilization.

More so, there has never been a time when a Yoruba Oba would unilaterally install multiple Obas, especially from the diaspora.

The closest to it was an unsuccessful attempt by the France diaspora to induce Oluwo of Iwo land in Osun State, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi to install them as kings. This happened not long ago.  

There is now a twist to that time tested respect.  Ugbo land in the Ondo realm is now been branded as the new grand source of the Yoruba cultural and traditional persona, say Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo land.

Unfortunately, this development has a diaspora connection again. According to news reports, a group of desperate Yoruba surrogates came from France and induced the king to install them as Obas. And he allegedly expressly obliged.

Perhaps high on something, it was in the process that he allegedly made what can be called an illusionist, discretionary, and impudent claim of being the number Oba in Yoruba land.

Expected, the development has angered a lot of Yoruba, and most especially the current Aare Ona Kakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams who immediately raised an alarm calling on Yoruba Obas and the governors to call the royal father to order before it is too late.

But in line with local worsts practices, the action of the Oba did not take me by any surprises. It only reinforces the standing misnomers in that spectrum.

It also underscores the fact that an average Nigerian loves titles and power, and is disposed to doing anything to get them hence, for instance, the mindless killings in the polity during electioneering time.

We all know it is one thing to have money; it is another to have power. The two, however, have a meeting point. 

It is the quest for power by the moneybags that has often led to the incessant breakdown of law and order and at the same the breaches seen in the cultural and traditional values of society.
We know also the role money now plays in the process of selecting and installing a new Oba in Yoruba land. The kingmakers in most cases are being compromised with reckless abandon.

It has gotten so bad that even people who have no links to royalty have succeeded in buying or forcing their way there. Now the diaspora has come to compound it all because they have a lot of money to throw around.

If you ask me, the closest thing to holding a political office in Nigeria is being a king.

As a result, there have been disturbing cross-cultural incursions and tussles in the area of chieftaincy and kingship matters across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

Power game even from non-Yoruba elements in predominantly Yoruba cities and towns has been reported.

There have been cases where people of Igbo race who were made Eze Ndigbo by Yoruba Obas only for the gesture to become an albatross to existing peaceful race relations.

Some Igbo moneybags who have the privilege of being crowned Eze Ndigbo in some Yoruba realms have been known to have gone ahead to equate themselves to the indigenous kings who were their benefactors. As such, in many places, the title of Eze Ndigbo has been placed on a permanent ban.

Ordinarily, while there is nothing wrong in making people who have contributed immensely to the growth of the domain where they made their money as chiefs and even honorary kings to their people, it has time and time again proved to be prone to abuses and misuses because most time the purpose has been misunderstood.  '

In his desecrationary onslaught, the report has it that the Olugbo of Ugbo land has at his beck and call some academic heads. It, however, remains to be seen how far they can go in there efforts to de-market Ile-Ife and Oyo as the cradle of Yoruba civilization.

I want to believe Oba Obateru Akinruntan didn’t mean it but rather throwing a stunt to impress his newly crowned fake Obas who of course must be in cloud nine over their newly purchased statuses.

I also believe the lure of money is more at work than anything else. But I’m still struggling to be persuaded otherwise that an Oba like Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan who himself is a moneybag can be bought just like that. 

However, it cannot be totally discountenanced after all like they use to say ‘everybody has got a price’.   

I hope, finally, that the south-west governors and most especially the governor of the concerned realm will heed the call of the Aare Ona kakanfo Gani Adams and take proactive steps to curtail the incident because it has the potential to become a regrettable albatross for the pride and elegance of Yoruba culture and tradition. 

If found to be true, not only must he and his academic accomplices be sanctioned; the beneficiaries of his cultural fraud must also be fished out and giving the same treatment to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to toe the same impudent line. A stitch in time they say saves none.

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How more inclusive can Nigeria democracy becomes?

A system or an arrangement, be it social, economic, cultural, or political, name it; can be adjudged inclusive if it takes into consideration the interests of the majority of the people who are supposed to be the end beneficiaries.

A person or group of persons is deemed to be inclusive if they’re considerate of the views, opinions and wellbeing of others.

The considerate road users traffic rules and regulations. By so doing, they ensure that others get by with little or no hassles or obstructions. The roads to a large extent, in turn, are kept free of avoidable accidents.

By extension, the attendant deaths and injuries to people are minimized if not completely eliminated.
The inclusive parents prioritize the collective interests, growth, and welfare of their children.

They do not give undue preference to one over the other(s) based on primordial sentiments such as gender, number, the order of birth, and the likes.

Each child is seen and accepted in the light of their differential endowments.

The inclusive children, on the other hand, must always take into consideration the interests of their siblings. They must endeavor to be responsible and responsive to the sacrifices and efforts of their parents to see that they have the best of life.

As the most important institution of the state, inclusion in Governments cannot be overemphasized.
It is an essential ingredient for effective nation building. It is brought about not based on the whims and caprices of the leader no matter how intelligent, wise, well-intentioned or detribalized.

The only thing, therefore, that guarantees a dependable measure of inclusive fairness to everybody and every interest in a state is the constitution.

Constitution exists primarily to guide against arbitrariness in the process of governance. 

It is the constitution that prescribes roles, rights, obligation, responsibility, dos and don’ts alongside rewards and punishments for law-abiding and erring members of society.

Like any democracy around the world, Nigeria’s democracy has two components.

The first and most fundamental is its elective component. It is the part which ensures fair, equitable, and proportional representations of the diversity in the state in terms of who occupies where, number and for how long.

The second and incidental as one may put it is its appointive component. Despite its largely incidental nature, it is not completely free of constitutional guidance.

However, a lot depends on the persons at the helms of affairs whether at the federal, state or local levels of government. A lot also depends on the political realities surrounding an administration. It is these political realities that determine the distribution of appointive positions.

The elective heads determine who works where especially within their kitchen cabinet while bowing to constitutional provisions in other areas.

By design, popular democracy is participatory and proportional in representation unlike other forms of governments.

It is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It can, therefore, be safely said to be geared more towards inclusion. Everybody and every interest are believed to have been catered for, constitutionally speaking.

However, since independence no governments in Nigeria whether civil or military has been completely free from accusations of non-inclusion or marginalization.

Same applies to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

But somehow, it appears the noise is loudest under his administration if news reports and public opinions are anything to go by.

Let’s examine some of the reasons for this sudden jump. It all started with his appointment of members of his kitchen cabinet which many considered to be lopsided and in favor of his region, the north.

Whereas, it is his prerogative to appoint who he wishes and from where he wishes. Nonetheless, people seem to demand that there should be a spread across the six geo-political zones in the country. 

The next was his ministerial appointments. By constitutional provisions, a minister must be appointed from each of the thirty-six states of the federation.

This becomes an impossible task because the president on assumption of office chooses to cut down on the number of ministries purportedly to reduce the cost of governance.

It, therefore, means that all the states will not get ministerial slots of equal standing. What this then means is that while some get a proper ministerial slot, others get ministers of states to compensate.

Meanwhile, within the same period the president, toeing the line of his predecessor and one of his harshest critics, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, reserved the petroleum portfolio for himself.

The reason advanced for this is that they both seem to have some arcane capacity or skill set to stop the ‘oil business from being or becoming too oily’. Hope you get the drift?

But by their action, he, like his political adversary, has denied a state which would’ve benefited.

There were also other pockets of appointments which didn’t go down well with some people.

A good example was the president’s decision to recall a retired intelligence chief to act as the substantive Director of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) instead of appointing the next in line who is from the south-south region of the country. People from that region have considered that discriminatory and unacceptable.

The most controversial till date was the distribution of the heads of the nation’s military and Para-military institutions; namely the Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Immigration, NSCDC, DSS, NSO, and the Custom.  

And by extension, also controversial was the constitution of the National Security Council members.
Critics have been quick to point out that the distribution is more in favor of the north. Rightly so; but has the president flouted any constitutional guidelines? The answer is a capital NO.

Beyond that, looking at the president appointments generally, one could see he has consistently been on the side of the law. Yet, it still appears more is needed from him when it comes to the question of inclusion.

Which makes the question: ‘how more inclusive can Nigeria’s politics become’ a pertinent one?
Problem of non-inclusion or marginalization in Nigeria goes beyond either elective or appointive politics.

People also perceive marginalization from the angle of non-citing of government’s institution like universities, polytechnics, and other social infrastructures and superstructures in their communities.

Just as they consider it an exclusion the non-appointment of their kit and kin to important government positions.

Nigerians. in a way. have also dichotomized government positions into what they call ‘juicy and non-juicy appointments’.

For example, Babatunde Fashola as minister of power, works, and housing is in the opinion of many people having a very juicy appointment.

Many critics are even calling for the ministry to split up, perhaps, into three and by so doing enables two more ministers to be appointed.   

Almost all through the first term of this administration, I’ve heard a lot of questionable reasoning during conversations around marginalization issue at personal and non-personal levels.

One of such is that the Nigeria Navy is a female force. And so whoever is appointed as its head is seen as an outsider in the order of importance in the military profession.

To this extent, the south-south getting the position of Chief of Naval staff under this administration is tantamount to saying they were giving the weakest of the military arms. How true is that?  This is an indication of how ridiculous some critics of this administration can be. 

Another one is that the present government should reconsider reverting back to the old ministerial format in terms of the number of ministries and ministers.

They argued that by so doing, the new ministers will appoint aides which they believe will help reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

In the light of this, I’m compelled to doubt if there can ever be true inclusion in Nigerian politics.
One, if electing people into offices cannot adequately address the problem of marginalization, I doubt governmental framework like the incidental appointment into offices will.

A ministerial appointee from Ogun State where I’m from, for instance, cannot unilaterally cite development projects in the state just because he or she is from there.

Of course, there’s this shared joy that some people have, which is overrated and bogus anyways in my opinion, that someone from their place is a minister or commissioner.

Now imagine if such people have somebody from their locality as elected representatives like the governor, president, and legislator, their joy definitely will know no bounds.

Whereas, the best many of them can do is build a house or two in the locality to add to what they already have.

And these are mere structures that can add little or nothing to the real growth and development that the people crave.

Appointing people into offices has never translated to money in the pockets of the majority of the people.

I doubt the condition as the electorate will change for any better even if you can afford to go cap in hand to them whenever they come visiting their constituencies.

This we know they rarely do when it matters the most just like their elected compatriots in the federal and states legislative houses.  Besides, these are not the best ways to engender inclusion.

Appointing people cannot as well expedite development of any kind over and beyond what the national economic thinking and planning say; couple with the complementary developmental program and programmatic of the elected chief administrators there, which are the governors.

The idea of thinking that the appointment of a minister, a commissioner can drastically change the fortune of the people at the grass root level is not only outdated; it is also unintelligent and non-inclusive.'

Two, I also think until the local governments which are the closest government to the people stopped being short-changed by the state in terms of funds and funding, then the chances of achieving serious development from ground-up will be zero.

And appointing multiple ministers and commissioners to deliver on the programs and policies of both federal and state governments will not be a way out either.

I’m not saying appointing people into whatever capacity based on regions and whatever parameters are not good.     

All I’m trying to point out here is that for genuine inclusion to occur in the Nigerian polity, the fundamental interests and wellbeing of the people must be given top priority above self-seeking agenda of the elites and the political class.

And the only way to do that is when the leaders become selfless. They can be selfless through the laws they make, the budget they make and passed; and its implementation to benefit the people irrespective of who they are and where they are from, and when the people get justice and without delays too.

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