Nigeria: Why The Recession Hit So Hard And What We Can Change (READ)

Abuja is probabaly the worst-hit of Nigerian cities by this recession. It is only understandable: Abuja works at nothing but

Abuja is probabaly the worst-hit of Nigerian cities by this recession. It is only understandable: Abuja works at nothing but revels in wanton opulence, fed strictly from pens adding zeroes behind a whole number. It’s buildings are populated with straw companies gliding on patronage and privilege, not rights, merit and productivity. Most of its inhabitants are currently in what seems a state of disbelief, if not shock.

My son and I walked lazily to Sheraton two Saturdays ago and from the gate you got a surprise: no line of traffic! The lounge was empty as the car park was vacant. We sat in surprise at the little corners of decay creeping on the lounge, part of which was even poorly lit. Of course, even Maitama and Asokoro are wrapped in thick darkness these days at 8 pm if grid power fails.

I was surprised at the black silence I met in these desolate palaces. Everywhere signs hang on homes and high-rise office buildings begging for tenants. I called a number on one and the voice that answered said it was for sale: 3.6 billion, seven-story building with a footprint of about 250sqm. “I see”.

There is good hiding in evil and sometimes you don’t even have to look too deeply to see it. Too many wealth in Nigeria is strictly in figures without any underlying source or feeder spring. If you got your money through work and creativity; if they put you in a desert, you will still replicate the feat.

What is called a recession in regular economics is but a dethronement of false money, the overthrow of pretenders and wealth built with the tip of a pen so that reality and productivity can take over. It is an inevitable passage if nature is correctly programmed.

In a hilarious circle I was told about a typical Abuja moneybag whose fortune has now turned around. He was in money – and you know what I mean. In height of his affluence he collected two more wives to make a total of three. But the noose had been getting tighter and, all streams gone dry, he applied for a loan from a bank. Not so well exposed to the hazard of seeking credit from Nigerian banks, he was exceedingly positive he will soon be credited and so went with gusto to the manager’s office on an appointed day to get the final answer on his application.

When he was told that he had been turned down, he lost control of himself so completely that he pooped on himself right there in the bank. He was helped into the bathroom and offered a ton of tissues and when he had become manageable, they led him into a taxi and gave him a thousand naira to the bank’s happy ending of the personal tragedy.

The story teaches us that wealth without foundation will end in sudden failure. It is not only Abuja or the typical, overweight Nigerian big man, Nigeria itself is a victim of lazy wealth: oil is not a result of hard work or creativity. We don’t even as much as have local capacity to drill the oil! If we don’t build our economy by adding value through processing and developing our human resources, we won’t end up much better than that poor individual you just laughed at.”

It is time to start building real and sustainable wealth, enough of what used to be…The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the nation. This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor countries.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries.

The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also depend on the available natural resources.

Japan has limited territory, 80%  mountainous, unsuitable for agriculture or farming, but is the second in worlds economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Second example is Switzerland, it does not grow cocoa but produces the best chocolates in the world. In her small territory she rears animals and cultivates the land only for four month in a year, nevertheless manufactures the best milk products. A small country which is an image of security which has made it the strongest world bank.

Executives from rich countries who interact with their counterparts from poor countries show no significant intellectual differences.

The racial or colour factors also do not evince importance: migrants heavy in laziness in their country of origin are  forcefully productive in rich European countries.

What then is the difference?

The difference is the attitude of the people, moulded for many years by education and culture.
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When we analyse the conduct of the people from the rich and developed countries, it is observed that a majority abide by the following principles of life:

1. Ethics, as basic principles.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. The respect for Laws and Regulations.
5. The respect from majority of citizens by right.
6. The love for work.
7. The effort to save and invest.
8. The will to be productive.
9. Punctuality.

In the poor countries a small minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel towards us.

We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to follow and teach these principles  of working of the rich and developed societies.

WE ARE IN THIS  STATE  BECAUSE
WE WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE  OVER
EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE.

WE ARE IN THIS  STATE  BECAUSE
WE  SEE  SOMETHING  DONE  WRONG
AND SAY  – “LET IT BE”
WE  SHOULD  HAVE  A  SPIRITED MEMORY
AND  ATTITUDE…

ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO CHANGE  OUR  PRESENT  STATE.

If you do not share this message, nothing is going to happen to you. Your prized animal is not going to die, you wont be sacked from your job, you wont be having bad luck for seven years, nor are you going to get sick.

But, if you love your COUNTRY, try and circulate this message so that as many people may read and see what our problems are and hopefully move to change themselves to change the country.

This article is circulating on social media platforms. Some attribute it to Usman Baffa Naseer. Email our editors if you know the origin of this article.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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“They are plotting to assassinate me” – Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the Federal Government has plans to assassinate him, Punch reports. Wike said this

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the Federal Government has plans to assassinate him, Punch reports.

Wike said this at the Living Faith Church in Port Harcourt, where he observed his thanksgiving service for the third year anniversary of his administration.

Rather than focus on governance, he said, the federal government is planning on assassinating him or framing him. He said:

Intelligence report available to us as of this morning indicated that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was an accidental discharge.

The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate. Instead of focusing on governance, they focus on how to assassinate me or frame me up.

Expounding upon the framing allegation, Wike said the police had planned to plant millions of dollars and AK-47 rifles in his home in Abuja, and then obtaining a search warrant allowing them to search the house.

The plan was to be carried out by the APC-led government, he said, through the Inspector General of Police.

The police had however been unable to obtain the search warrant, he concluded. He said:

I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the police, but I know their evil intention

Abuja triplets stranded after mum’s death during birth as dad flees

A new set of triplets have been left stranded after their mum died shortly after their birth in an Abuja

A new set of triplets have been left stranded after their mum died shortly after their birth in an Abuja hospital, and the family is asking for help to raise them.

Relatives and friends are now struggling to care for the three boys and their older siblings — a boy and a girl — and are calling for help from the government and Nigerians.

Before her death, Nkechi Okonya, 32, was the family’s bread-winner, raising her two children and supporting her husband with the proceeds of her petty trade, neighbours said.

Jersey and Kimberly — seven and five years old — have now dropped out of school with no one to take care of their education.

Their mum bled to death shortly after birth at Bwari General Hospital, leaving behind the five children.

Mrs Okonya was due for delivery on April 20 and was rushed to a Primary Health Centre in Bwari, a suburb of Abuja.

She was delivered of one of the children there prematurely at about 9:30 a.m.

“For hours they kept telling her to push thinking the baby left inside her was just one but nothing came out so they now referred her to Bwari General hospital,” her cousin, Chinwendu Ekwunife, told PREMIUM TIMES last Friday.

When she arrived the Bwari hospital, the health workers there further delayed the delivery process, thereby worsening her situation. She held on until 5 p.m.

“I don’t know what happened but the doctors and nurses there still held on until about 5 p.m. before they wheeled her into the theatre.

“She delivered the remaining two children but was now bleeding heavily. She took four pints of blood in less than 15 minutes.

Ogonnaya Obasi – late Mrs Okonya’s elder sister who now takes care of the triplets.

“At a point they (doctors) said she was stable and after a while, she died. It was around 12 midnight,” Mrs Ekwunife who was with her cousin at the moment of explained.

She said one of the triplets was placed on oxygen throughout the night because he was very weak.

She described the services rendered by the hospital as “careless and inhuman”.

“Why would a general hospital keep a woman who already delivered a baby elsewhere from 12pm to 5pm without conducting an operation?” she questioned.

“Even when she finally delivered and died, they did not even weigh the kids. They just asked us to leave the hospital immediately that night. They don’t even have an ambulance.”

The triplets were released from the hospital later, and Mrs Ekwunife, still mourning her cousin, has relied on help from her husband and friends as she juggles taking care of the kids and holding down her job as a lawyer.

Late Mrs Nkechi Okonya’s Obituary.

Who takes care of the triplets?

Emeka Okonya, the father of the triplets is an unemployed graduate, and is “financially unstable”, her sister said.

Mr Okonya’s younger sister, Mary, visibly troubled told PREMIUM TIMES during a visit to the family in Kubwa, “This is a very big challenge because my brother does not have anything doing at the moment, he is financially unstable.”

The responsibility of taking care of the triplets and the two other children has become a burden for relatives and friends.

Mrs Ekwunife said so far her husband and some generous individuals had been the ones footing all the bills as regards taking care of the five children.

“We raised some funds via Facebook in a group I belong to called Abuja Mums. It is from there that we got the fund to take care of them so far. They assist with clothings, diapers and all.”

The late mother’s elder sister, Ogonnaya Obasi, is the one carrying and nurturing the little infants.

However, the burden has even become heavier for the relatives.

Mrs Obasi said she was planning to take the five children down to Abakiliki, Ebonyi state, to know how she could handle the situation from there.

“I want to take them to Abakiliki. I don’t have any plan but I pray God will help us. I beg the government to come to our aid and give the children scholarships. I also beg civil societies and well-meaning Nigerians to assist in training thee triplets,” Ms Obasi said amidst tears.

While also calling for assistance for the family, Joseph Osuigwe, executive director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, warned that such situation breeds human trafficking.

The organisation is a youth-led nonprofit group focused on combating human trafficking, gender-based violence, child abuse, and providing educational materials and welfare for vulnerable children.

“I am particularly bothered about the welfare of these children, because they should not in any way be made to suffer or bear the consequences of irresponsibility of the hospital to attend to their mother with sense of urgency and emergency; and of the father to ensure their welfare,” Mr Osuigwe said.

“It is such situation that breeds human trafficking. When children are subjected to such conditions, they are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.”

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated for clarity, and Mrs Ekwunife can be reached at 08100643284 for possible support to the family.

Abuja Court adjourns Dino Melaye’s alleged false assassination case Indefinitely

The Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial against Kogi West Senatorial District representative Dino Melaye indefinitely, Vanguard reports.

The Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial against Kogi West Senatorial District representative Dino Melaye indefinitely, Vanguard reports.

The senator had been accused of giving false information to the Nigeria Police Force, claiming an attempt was made on his life.

The court, explaining the reason for the adjournment, said it was unable to rule on Melaye’s case pending his health challenges.

It is only fair, the trial judge Justice Olasumbo Goodluck said, for the case to be adjourned indefinitely, until the accused is out of the hospital and is able to appear in court.

This court is unable to shut its eyes to latest medical report presented by the defendant to justify his non-appearence in court for his trial.

This court will be acting judiciously and judicially by allowing an adjournment of this case on account of the defendant’s ill-health.

The prosecution has not controverted by way of evidence, the state or medical condition of the defendant as at May 16 when this medical report was issued.

It is only fair and just to adjourn this case sine-die until medical condition of the defendant is restored to enable him to be stable to stand his trial.

Ekiti Primary: Buhari Receives Fayemi, Al-Makura In Abuja

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received the APC Gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who was accompanied by

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received the APC Gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who was accompanied by the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, to the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.




 

 

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Buhari Inaugurates New EFCC Headquaters In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally inaugurated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head Office in Abuja. This was after

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally inaugurated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head Office in Abuja.

This was after he left Dutse, the Jigawa State Capital after his two-day working visit to the state.

President Buhari while inaugurating the head office which is located at Jabi area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said his administration never intends and is not engaged in witch-hunting in its fight against corruption.

He also called on the legislature to review what he calls archaic provisions in the country’s laws as well as proactive legislation to help fight corruption.

See Photos below:






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Shiite Members Clash With Police In Abuja

A police vehicle destroyed when the Shiite members clashed with the police on Moy 14 in Abuja.   Members of

PHOTOS: Shiites Clash With Police In Abuja
A police vehicle destroyed when the Shiite members clashed with the police on Moy 14 in Abuja.

 

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Monday clashed with the police at the Federal Secretariat complex in Abuja.

The Shiite members stormed the area to protest the released of their leader Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

READ ALSO: Police, Shiites Clash At Federal Secretariat In Abuja

They were said to have grounded the complex and taken over the roads in the area, just a few metres from the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly complex.

The protesters destroyed a police vehicle during the clash while they were later removed from the area with tear gas and water cannon by the police.

See photos from the scene of the incident below;




PHOTOS: Shiites Clash With Police In Abuja


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Police Disperse Shiite Protesters From Federal Secretariat, Abuja

A file photo of Shiite members during a protest calling for the release their leader and his wife from detention

Police Disperse Shiite Protesters From Federal Secretariat, Abuja
A file photo of Shiite members during a protest calling for the release their leader and his wife from detention in Abuja.

 

The police have dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from the Federal Secretariat complex in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Shiite members took to the secretariat complex on Monday to protest the released of their leader Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The angry protesters were said to have grounded the complex and took over the roads in the area, just a few metres from the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly complex.

They were reportedly armed with stones, daring the security operatives that were earlier deployed in the area to dislodge them.

A source, however, confirmed to Channels Television via telephone that a team of policemen swiftly arrived at the scene to disperse the protesting Shiite members.

More to follow…

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Armed robbers engage police in gun battle, kill officer

Suspected armed robbers on Saturday morning killed a policeman and shot a commercial driver along the Abuja -Kaduna expressway. The

Suspected armed robbers on Saturday morning killed a policeman and shot a commercial driver along the Abuja -Kaduna expressway.

The armed men were said to have mounted a road block around Jere to rob commuters traveling on the road as early as 6:00 a.m.

The slain officer was a member of the team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on patrol along the highway.

He was said to have died during an exchange of fire between the police and the armed robbers.

PREMIUM TIMES also learnt that the driver of one of the vehicles stopped by the armed men was hit by a stray bullet in the cause of the gunfire.

A tragic accident also occurred close to the scene of the gun battle between the police and robbers which led to death of four people while 10 persons were injured.

This paper could not ascertain which of the incidents happened first.

The bodies of the accident victims and that of the policeman, and the driver, were rushed to a hospital nearby.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Mukhtar Hussaini, confirmed the incidents.

Mr Hussaini, a superintendent of police, explained that SARS officials were around the area when they were alerted of the robbery.

Cars parked, waiting for robbers to finish up

“One police officer was shot and a driver in one of the vehicles was shot in the cause of the cross fire.” he said.

He said thought he shot officer died, the driver is still in hospital.

Mr Hussaini said the police have already commenced investigation on the matter.

President Buhari Arrives Abuja From London

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from London, United Kingdom. Mr Buhari was in london to for medical reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from London, United Kingdom. Mr Buhari was in london to for medical reasons on the request of his doctor, the presidency said.

A tweet from the handle of the Presidency; @NGRPresident said “ President @MBuhari on friday returned to Abuja”.