Thursday, 25 August 2016

On the matter of the dog named ‘Buhari’, by Abimbola Adelakun

On the matter of the dog named ‘Buhari’, by Abimbola Adelakun

When the Ogun State Police arrested Joe Chinakwe after his neighbour reported him for naming his dog “Alhaji Buhari”, and for walking the same dog in their “Hausa dominated neighbourhood,” they did not try to mask why they took that line of action. According to media reports, they charged him to court because his “provocative” act could cause a breach of peace, and that was because “an average Northerner would feel bad over such a thing.” Underlining their motive is the reality of our socio-political environment. When law enforcement admits to arresting a man to preserve the feelings of his accusers who can launch gratuitous violence, they mean the evil we are dealing with surpasses their level of efficiency.

History has taught us that whenever the “average northerner” says he “feels bad over a thing”, the rest of us are supposed to hurriedly rearrange our manners. We are told to take heed of invisible limits that “infidels” are not permitted to cross. Alarmingly, a number of us have restricted ourselves to this emasculating avoidance of wrath. We have mapped out “no-go areas” of public discussion that we trespass at grievous risks to ourselves. We have seen the repercussions of trespassing these bounds and they are not pleasant. From Gideon Akaluka’s killings to the Reinhard Bonnke crusade violence, the Miss World riots, the Danish cartoons saga, and many other instances of unwarranted violence that have occurred, we have long realised we are dealing with a short-tempered evil spirit who demands a sacrifice of our collective dignity so he can let us live.

The trouble is that this evil spirit of violence who has a chokehold on our society is implacable. He has tasted vats of blood of the innocent and assumed a proprietary right over our lives. Violence in Nigeria happens, not because of intrepid and insensitive people who say things that make others feel bad. Rather, they stem from a cultivated attitude of those who think others’ lives are theirs to take, and they have no regard for any law that attempts to restrain their execution of mindless violence.

Otherwise, what did anyone say or do that warranted the post-election violence of 2011? What did a simple exchange between Mrs. Bridget Agbahime and them result in her death? What of the four killed in Niger State in May? What of the eight burnt to death in Zamfara State just three days ago? Who thinks their victims, people who live in close proximity with them, did not know not to upset them? So why did they still end up dead? Is it not because the state, by never redressing these incidents of violence, has indulged the idea that whoever makes them feel bad deserves what it gets?

Rather than challenge those murderers when they resort to meaningless violence over some offense, Nigerian leaders have blamed the victims instead. When Mrs. Agbahime was killed in Kano, the Presidency issued a press release that suggested people should know better than do things that make these killers feel bad. Over the years, religious and political elite have imbibed the language of justifying violence and it feels very natural when they express certain worrisome ideas. For instance, a man goes to the police station to report a neighbour who supposedly named his dog after his father and certain well-meaning Nigerians say, “At least he tried. You know what would have happened if it had been Kano or Kaduna?” That kind of thinking is dangerous because it suggests that these murderers are ferocious beasts whose raw sensitivity needs to be larded with our self-restraint. Since they cannot be tamed, the rest of us had better put ourselves in a cage so we do not get bitten. Whereas they are savages precisely because Nigeria has failed to tame them.

Whether “Trader Joe” was right (or not) to have named his dog “Alhaji Buhari” is an open argument that would be moderated by cultural and religious sensibilities. What is far more important is for the law enforcement not to react based on fear and curtail another man’s freedom. We cannot claim to live in a free society if the best we do is contain ourselves out of fear of what certain rogue elements can do to us. Freedom is not freedom if its limits are not tested every now and then. It is up to the law to enforce its legitimacy without merely pandering to malevolent threats.

In the account of the incident, those who lodged the claim against “Trader Joe” threatened to kill him if he returned home. Now, if the police arrested the man due to the threat of violence his action could have caused, why then did they overlook the threat of violence to his life? Why is the threat of violence Chinakwe’s traducers could have caused against the entire society considered more egregious than the one they threatened against him as an individual?

If Chinakwe truly named his dog President Muhammudu Buhari as he claimed, and it matters less whether his motive was admiration or disrespect, then arresting him would be setting a bad precedent. There is no one who is, or seeks to be president in the age of social media – where the distance between people’s sometimes unrefined thoughts and their fingers on their mobile devices grows shorter everyday- who will not suffer harassment from the populace. Former Goodluck Jonathan endured so much insult -from ethnic slurs to malicious wishes against himself and his family- such that at some point he labelled himself the most criticised president in Nigerian history. At no point did his rabid followers ask anyone to be arrested because they “felt bad” about the insults to their hero. President Barack Obama and his family suffered some of the most vitriolic insults any American First Family president has ever received but the sky did not collapse on anyone’s head.

The Republican contender for the US presidency, Donald Trump, is not yet president (and he may never be) but he already deals with similar insults hauled at him from various corners of his country. Lately, some artists put up nude statues of him in five busy cities depicting him in the most inelegant manner. People have virulently protested such distressful artistic expressions but that is as far as it goes. In universities this fall, Trump’s nude statue will be a topic of discussions in classroom as people try to give a philosophical slant to the artist who has “disrobed patriarchy”, “undressed male white hegemonic power” and laid bare the libidinal energy that the oppressor has used to keep the rest of the society subjugated.

Do we imagine that these societies attained such level of restraint overnight? No, it is an attitude that is bred into people and sustained with the state’s efficient judicial structures. As a matter of fact, the various social crises erupting in a place like the US should teach us that what is called civilisation is not a destination but a journey. Every country faces the possibility of regression to its Hobbesian state; their citizens just do not let it happen.

Ogun State Police can go ahead and convince themselves they acted in the best interest of the state, that they arrested “Trader Joe” to protect him from the marauders who wanted a taste of his blood, and that he needs to be seen to be punished by his would-be killers. Eventually, they will realise that this evil trait cannot be appeased. When he is thirsty for blood, he simply goes for it because the Nigerian state has let him get away with it too many times. The police should know that the fear of the killers’ petulance is not the beginning of wisdom, it is the very definition of moral cowardice.
6 Reasons you shouldn't stress over your boyfriend's ex

6 Reasons you shouldn't stress over your boyfriend's ex

Congrats! You and your boyfriend have just become Facebook official, and the whole Internet is swooning over your adorable selfies.

You're looking through his profile when you see someone like his status. But this is not just anyone; it's his ex.

As a girl, you spiral out into psycho-stalker, private detective mode, as you look at every single move she's made on social media since the day she was born.

Crazy? Most definitely. Normal? Yup.

Girls have the well-known habit of hating on a girl they don't know just because she is the ex. Even though, we too, are somebody's ex, we don't think clearly when it comes to sex and love.

Cue the investigation: All bets are off when it comes to our man's ex.

We get into this mentality where, if you've slept with my man, you're automatically a horrible, no good, two-timing slut.

However, hating on someone we don't even know is unhealthy and straight-up crazy. Even though they dated either two years ago or two months ago, there's no reason to waste our energy hating on someone else, especially someone we barely know.

This is why:
1. He's with you, not her.

If your man wanted to still be with his ex, he would be with his ex. No matter what history they have, there was a reason their time in the sun eventually set. He's moved on.

You looking through their old pictures or her social media feeds only keeps her energy alive in your relationship.

2. She probably doesn't care.

Most girls want to think the ex is crazy jealous and will do just about anything to break you guys up, but this is usually a load of sh*t.

Most people try to distance themselves from their exes because they are nothing but history. They just want to move forward without all the drama. There's a better chance she's moving on, rather than sitting home, scrolling through your feed.

3. You come off as crazy.

When you're stalking her social media feed and thinking her friends are stalking yours, you come off as a complete insecure psycho.

Everyone has an ex. You can't pinpoint one person and deem her the devil for having a past. Your friends are sick and tired of hearing her name, and your boyfriend is sick and tired of you questioning his feelings.

4. You're only stressing yourself out.

The more you think about it, the more you'll overthink it. You'll create fake scenarios in your head and find problems that really aren't there.

If your boyfriend can deal with you having exes, you should be able to deal with him having them.

5. It will negatively affect your relationship.

Bad energy creates bad events. If you're constantly worrying about things that don't even matter, you put a strain on your relationship.

Your boyfriend will think you're insecure about your relationship with him, and be offended you don't believe in your love or even trust him at all.

6. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

A lot of times, when you spend so much time hating someone, you lose the chance to realize how awesome they can be. Jealousy is a disease that takes your mind and spins it for a loop.

If you really took the chance to get to know his ex, you two may hit it off and become friends. Even if you've slept with the same guy, you can always joke about it down the road.

Not everything in life has to be a competition. It can be a really fun journey instead.

By Alexa Tanney
CBN to prevent dud cheque issuers from owning current accounts

CBN to prevent dud cheque issuers from owning current accounts

The Central Bank of Nigeria is in the process of stopping issuers of dud cheques (returned cheques) from opening current account, the Deputy Director, Banking Supervision, CBN, Mr. Stephen Nwadiuko, has said.

He said the CBN was working on the credit bureaus in the country to build a data base that would reveal bank customers who issued dud cheques three times within a specified period and barred from operating current accounts.

Nwadiuko spoke in Lagos on Wednesday during the third National Credit Reporting Conference.

He said, “The CBN is working with the credit bureaus so that a data base is built to identify bank customers who have issued dud cheques for three times in a given period. There is the Dud Cheque Act of 1977, which provides for the prosecution of issuers of dud cheques.

“But since nothing has been done with that document, the CBN is trying to do something within its own powers that will stop customers who are fond of issuing cheques on unfunded bank accounts.”

Earlier, the Governor, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who declared the conference open, had said the CBN would support credit bureaux to enhance credit and economic growth.

Emefiele, who was represented by the Branch Controller, CBN Lagos, Mr. James Iyari, said, “The CBN has recently approved the payment of one-off sign on fees with credit bureaux for all the microfinance banks and other micro financial institutions licensed by the CBN in order to support effective use of the infrastructure provided by the private credit bureaux with a view to deepening the subsector.

“The credit bureaux have been recording steady increase in the number of registered borrowers. From a mere 78,189 in December 2010, the total number grew to 18,640,000 in June 2012. The number as of 30 June, 2016 stood at 33, 456, 922.  I want to commend the bureau operators for this feat and charge them not to rest on their oars as we still have more grounds to cover if we must have a robust credit reporting system in Nigeria.”

Emefiele said the CBN in collaboration with the IFC had continued to provide training to operators and regulators in order to build capacity in the credit reporting industry.

The Chairman, CBAN, Mrs. Jameelah Sharrieff-Ayedun,  who is also the Managing Director of CreditRegistry Services, in her welcome address, expressed optimism that the contribution of the credit bureau segment of the financial services sector would  have immense impact on the growth of the economy.

She said, “I strongly believe we will consolidate on past successes, enhance the promotion of regulations and policies that will improve access to credit, deepen our strategic business ties and grow the credit bureau segment, financial services sector and Nigeria will get better for it.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, while answering questions on the sidelines of the conference, applauded the contributions of credit bureaus in the country,  especially in the area of identity management.

Source: Punch

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Useless bloggers, I am not dating Gambian President - Moyo Lawal

Useless bloggers, I am not dating Gambian President - Moyo Lawal

Nollywood actress, Moyo Lawal, has denied reports she is in a romantic affair with Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.

Addressing the rumors which came as a result of her frequent visits to Gambia with her best friend and colleague, Mimi Orjiekwe, Moyo told The Sun that her visit to the West African country was for business.

She further said: "Please, spare me useless bloggers’ rumours. If people could say I have had a butt surgery, they can say anything (Laughs). Na dem sabi. I was in Gambia recently but it was a business trip."

The actress who has in the past revealed she wants a man who won't mind when she shares her nudes on social media definitely isn't fazed with the many controversial reports targeted at her.
Chinakwe’s dog, sons of Lucifer, seed of Al Shaitan, by Femi Fani-Kayode

Chinakwe’s dog, sons of Lucifer, seed of Al Shaitan, by Femi Fani-Kayode

I won’t be surprised if the man arrested for naming his dog Buhari is arraigned before Justice Okon Abang. There is nothing beyond this government.”– Deji Adeyanju, Twitter, August 20, 2016.

Mr. Adeyanju, who is a young and rising bright star in Nigeria’s political firmament, is absolutely right.

When the likes of Mrs. Oby Ezekwezile, the former Minister of Education and a hitherto great supporter and friend of the Buhari administration, can publicly proclaim that “President Buhari does not deserve to be President”, then you know that this government has indeed gone beyond the pale, that the meltdown has started and that the corpses are beginning to smell.

Yet nothing is more indicative of the Federal Government’s misplaced priorities and more reflective of their total and complete moral degeneration and psychotic paranoia than their behaviour towards the owner of a dog that was named Buhari. Consider the following.

One year and two months ago when President Goodluck Jonathan was still in power, a man named his goat “Goodluck Jonathan”.

After doing so, he took a picture of himself with the goat and proceeded to splash it all over Facebook and Twitter.

As insulting and provocative as this was, no one in government raised an eyebrow and neither did President Jonathan take it in bad faith.

Again one year and two months ago whilst he was still in power, President Jonathan was maligned, misrepresented and labelled as being “clueless”, “weak” and “incompetent” by many.

We took advantage of his meekness, decency, sense of restraint and humility and we took the basic freedoms that he gave us for granted. It didn’t stop there.

On several occasions during the course of the 2015 presidential election campaign, he was stoned in parts of the core North by violent groups of hungry-looking and thuggish almajiris, whilst the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was unfairly and cruelly portrayed as an illiterate, a drama queen, a clown and something akin to a female court jester.

She was even referred to as a “hipoppotamos” by no less a person than our Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, whilst Jonathan himself was described as “a pig” by Mr. Japhet Omojuwa, a young and dynamic blogger and political commentator.

Yet despite all these unwarranted, crude and provocative insults, the then President did not lose his cool, the heavens did not fall and his government did not query, warn, threaten or arrest anyone.

One year and two months later, things appear to be very different. Permit me to explain. A few days ago, a man who named his dog “Buhari” was promptly arrested by the police and remanded in custody. His name is Joachim Chinakwe and he lives in Ogun State.

The police told members of an incredulous public that they took and kept Mr. Chinakwe in custody “for his own safety” and that they intended to arraign him in a court of law in a matter of days for having the effrontery to name his dog “Buhari”.

According to them, giving his dog that name was a provocative act that could have lead to an ethnic and religious conflict because Mr. Chinakwe’s neighbours were Hausa-Fulani.

Apparantly, those neighbours were not too happy with the name that he had given to the dog, in view of the fact that our President shares the same name and, therefore, they threatened to kill him for it.

As far as I am aware, this is the first time in the history of our country that anyone has been arrested simply because his dog shares the same name as our President.

It is also the first time that the victim of a serious crime and an individual whose life was threatened ended up being thrown behind bars, whilst those that threatened to take that life ended up being the complainants in the case.

And all this because of a poor dog named Buhari which, we are told, had to be quietly put down and sent to the great beyond by its owner so that it couldn’t be used as evidence against him in court!

The whole episode sounds like a second rate Hollywood script, but sadly it really happened. I guess that is “Mai Chanji” for you.

Yet examples of the startling contrasts that exist between the Jonathan era and the one that we are in today refuse to abate.

Things have got so bad in this country that Mr. Ebube, a regular and increasingly influential commentator on Twitter, posted the following words on his handle: “Under this misfortune called APC people are arrested for writing about EFCC, naming a dog and criticising a governor.”

I guess that is Mai Chanji for you.

When one considers the economic situation things are even worse. Mr. Oshioke Audu, a public commentator, put it well when he posted the following words on Facebook: “Twenty years ago the South African economy was 7.5 times the size of the Nigerian one. At the end of 2012 the South African economy was only 1.4 times the size of the Nigerian one. By 2014 Nigeria officially became Africa’s number one economy and the 23rd in the world. Then the APC took over with inept Buhari in 2015. By 2016, Nigeria is now the 40th world economy and the third in Africa.”

What a tragedy! Yet no-one captures it better than a young and courageous politician from Anambra State by the name of Prince Henry Nwazuruahu Shield who wrote the following on Facebook: “Recession does not speak politics. It is simply a result of one man’s ignorance about the management of the economy. A robust economy benefits both APC supporters and PDP’s. We need to agree that Buhari is the SOLE problem of Nigeria.”

This insightful young man has hit the nail on the head.

Permit me to conclude this contribution by touching on a matter that has brought many of us in the Christian community immense sorrow.

Southern Kaduna is on fire and its people are being slaughtered on a daily basis by blood-sucking Fulani herdsmen. Despite this, the Federal Government has done nothing to abate it or to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The truth is that those that commit these heinous crimes and their powerful rich friends that secretly buy them arms and that covertly encourage, protect and support them are nothing but the sons of Lucifer: they are the seed of Al Shaitan.

Pastor Luka Ubangari was one of their latest victims. His cold-blooded murder in Southern Kaduna a few days ago by Fulani militants together with the slaying of Pastor Eunice Elisha by muslim fundamentalists in Kubwa, Abuja a few weeks back, means that in the last three months no less than two Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastors have been butchered by islamist terrorists in northern Nigeria.

The government’s slow response, irresponsible attitude and inexplicable refusal to clamp down on them has further emboldened the Fulani terrorists and militants. This is dangerous and unacceptable.

The matter is simple: if the government does not do something fast to stem the tide of violence and provocative acts of terror, self-help and self-defence will be the only recourse left for those that are being subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing.

I hope that Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and Vice President (Pastor) Yemi Osibajo, both of RCCG, both of whom I have immense respect and affection for, are taking note of this gruesome and tragic horror movie as it unfolds.

I hope that they are also taking note of the body count of Pastors and believers that is slowly building up.
Ditto my friend and brother, Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly and Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life, both of whom have expressed their support for President Buhari in the last few days in spite of the sheer carnage that members of their wider flock and Christian brothers and sisters are being subjected to all over the country on a daily basis by the President’s kinsmen.

Things have got so bad in this respect that Mr. Babatunde O. Gbadamosi, a Lagos-based businessman and social commentator, accurately reflected the mood of the nation and the growing anger when he wrote the following words on Facebook: “Buhari is condoning organised genocide in Nigeria. And Nigerians are too scared to speak out.”

The latest development is that eight Christian polytechnic students were burnt alive in Zamfara State for allegedly making “blasphemous comments” against Prophet Mohammed. Clearly the madness is spreading.
I hate to say “I told you so” but I guess that we all have to live with the consequences of the choices that we make. That is “mai chanji”.

Those amongst us that are still “too scared to speak out” and that live in a state of perpetual bondage and fear have much to learn from the words of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest kings and warriors that ever lived. He said: “Conquer your fears and you will live forever!”

The people of Nigeria have much to learn from those words.

May He that rules in the affairs of Heaven and earth and who holds the universe together by the power of His word arise in defence of His children.

May the souls of the servants of the Living God and Christian believers that were cut short by the agents of the evil one in the last few days and weeks rest in peace.

May the Lord God of Hosts, the Ancient of Days, the Man of War, the Seven-fold Spirit of the Living God and He that holds the four winds of the earth in the palm of His hand avenge them speedily.
DELSU sacks six lecturers over sexual harassment

DELSU sacks six lecturers over sexual harassment

The Delta State University, Abraka, has sacked six of its lecturers for their involvement in several offences including alleged sexual harassment of female students.

 The University Governing Council at 97th regular meeting held on Friday, August 12, 2016, affirmed their sack after a disciplinary committee set up to investigate the allegations against them recommended their dismissal having found them culpable.

Investigations revealed that the sacked lecturers were also involved financial extortion for marks, leaking of examination questions and other corrupt offences.

While six were dismissed, four others were demoted and received various degrees of query for their gross misconducts.

The Public Relations Officer of DELSU, Eddy Agbure, confirmed the development.

Source: Punch

Monday, 22 August 2016

How Mayowa Ahmed died in South African hospital

How Mayowa Ahmed died in South African hospital

Mayowa Ahmed who has been battling with ovarian cancer for months, has been confirmed dead at a hospital in South Africa, where she was flown to for treatment.

Her cousin, Habeeb Odufuye, broke the news on social media around 1.23pm on Sunday, saying, “Ahmed has left us in this world. On behalf of the entire Ahmed’s family, we say thank you to everyone that was part of #SaveMayowa – RTs, donations. God bless you all. She tried, we tried, but God’s will prevailed. By Allah, in whose hands our lives are, Mayowa Ahmed has left us in this world. We pray that Jannat (paradise) becomes her home."

May her soul rest in peace.