SILICON VALLEY – NED Hosts Ooni Of Ife

The Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development (SV-NED Inc.) and African Technology Foundation hosted the Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Monday, 13th November, 2017. 

 

SV-NED Inc., led by Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi, is an initiative that established the 1st bilateral economic relationship between Silicon Valley and Nigeria by facilitating the creation of business opportunities designed for companies to bring their businesses into Nigeria.

The historic visit by the monarch is to promote the bridge between Nigeria and the Technology capital of the world, Silicon Valley and one of a series of activities facilitated by the organizers of Hollywood African Prestigious Awards(HAPA) and Silicon Valley-NED.

 

The overall Head of the Oduduwa family worldwide began his California activities on Monday 13th November 2017 with a courtesy visit to the CA Legislative Team at State Senate Office, Sacramento CA.

He also visited Stanford University, Pablo Alto CA for Oil & Gas Initiatives and met some key representatives of the Ivy League Institution to discuss opportunities for exchange of international programs.

A dinner party hosted by Silicon Valley Capital Club was also held in his honour at San Jose CA.

While in California, the monarch is also scheduled to make a visit to Tesla Motors (TSLA) for business discussions and a tour of the giant automobile manufacturing Plant located at Fremont CA.

He will hold talks with the management of Google & YouTube at Mountain View CA and thereafter visit TBD at San Jose CA to hold talks with Intel, Microsoft, Cisco(CSCA) and some Information Technology Healthcare Investors.

 

He is expected to attend the Hollywood Awards and other activities today, starting with HAPA Business Roundtable With Royalty, Education Seminar and Workshop for students with the State of California.

Furthermore, he will also be at the Staple Centre to meet with Earvin “MAGIC” Johnson Jr., the American professional basketball legend and current president of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, to watch the Los Angeles Lakers.

This will be followed by Dinner with The Kings And Music Awards Night slated for Thursday 16th 2017, while the Yoruba Indigenous Day with the African Community will take place on Friday 17th November 2017.

 

The Foremost African monarch will on Saturday 18th 2017 be honored with the Hollywood & African Prestigious Leadership Award alongside King Mswati III of Swaziland and King(Dr) Noble Odaifio Welentsi III from Ghana during the Hollywood African Awards Show holding at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California where he will be the Guest Speaker to speak on “THE ERADICATION OF NEGATIVE IMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICA AND FORGOTTEN HISTORY”.

Ooni, who is the Co-chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria will play host to the crew of “COMING TO AMERICA” to be led by the world famous actor, Eddie Murphy.

 

 

 

 

 

Having Sincerity Of Purpose Will Take You Far In Your Business- Kafayat Oluwayemisi Olarinde

Kafayat Oluwayemisi Olarinde, CEO SKT Makeovers speaks about how she got into the business of make-up and makeovers, and why young entrepreneurs should be encouraged. 

TMG> There are so many make-up artists springing up. What was the attraction for you in becoming a beautician?

Kafayat> Since my secondary school days I had fallen in love with creativity and enhancing people to look stunning. For example, during the school’s end of year party, I would voluntarily help people in little makeovers and tying of ‘Geles’ just to make them look more beautiful for the occasions, especially the cultural dancers. In fact, you can say I’m a makeup addict.

TMG> What excites you the most about the world of beauty?

Kafayat> God created the world and beautified it, so the beauty must continue to exist. What excites me most about the world of beauty is the new trend and I hope this continues forever.

TMG> Are you happy as a beautician and being a student at the same time?

Kafayat> Being a beautician and a student at the same time is one of my greatest joy in life. One of my goals in life is to become a successful entrepreneur which will be achieved, In Sha Allah.

TMG> What does SKT stand for and how did you come with the name?

Kafayat> SKT is an acronym for 
Sincerely Karphy Touch. The nickname Karphy is from my first name Kafayat, while I chose to add ‘Sincerely’ to it because of my sincerity at work and to people around me. I say things exactly the way it is, because of fear of Allah. 

TMG> What motivates you most about the business?

Kafayat> What motivates me most about my Makeup business is just that the business is so cool and easy to do anywhere, anytime and any day, once you have your kit with you.

TMG> What three words would you use to describe yourself while working on customer?

Kafayat> I would like to describe myself as CALM, SINCERE and FOCUSSED. I make sure while I’m working on my customers, I bring calmness and sincerity and focus on what I’m doing in order to have a perfect and stunning finishing.

TMG> What is your philosophy towards work?

Kafayat> My philosophy is having Sincerity Of Purpose. That is, “in anything you do, ensure there is sincerity” and trust me, everything will be perfect. 

TMG> What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring Journalist to a Beautician?

Kafayat> There is nothing strange in being a Journalist and a beautician – the two can work together. As a journalist you have to package yourself and be social and being a beautician will help you out. 

TMG > Did you attend any training course in make-up? 

Kafayat> As a person who is in love with makeovers you need to extract from other people’s knowledge in order to be perfect. Therefore, I was first trained at AmaniFresh makeup school in Abuja, where I got my first certificate. Then I went to RolexGlamour makeup school for upgrading. 

TMG> What other positions have you previously held before?

Kafayat> I once worked as a Reporter at The Authority Newspaper Abuja during my IT year in 2016.

TMG> In case of problems, how do you manage? Do you seek for help from another professional?

Kafayat> I love learning and will always have interest in knowing more. So, in case of any difficulties I look up to other professionals who have more knowledge of the work than I do. I am always ready to learn. 

TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?

Kafayat> Social media has always been my favorite place and that is where I get to know about new trends, especially Instagram. I have so many make-up artists that I follow. 

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them? 

Kafayat> There are so many challenges which I believe can be handled by not giving up, by looking into ways for the business to succeed. And the greatest way to face the challenges is through PRAYERS. 

TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career.

Kafayat> One of the things I have accomplished in my career and am so proud of is learning new styles of tying different head gear which has really improved my business skills.

TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?

Kafayat> I love my customers and I believe they love me too. I have always been sincere in everything I do and with that, I have been able to manage them wisely because, no matter how good you are to people, you can’t be perfect.

TMG> Who are your role models in life and who are the people that inspire you in the world of beauty?

Kafayat> Firstly, the wife of prophet Muhammad (SAW) “AISHA” is one of my greatest role models. Another is my mum, who has and always will be my role model.
People who have inspired me include: Habiba Da Silver, BasmaK, Mercy Aigbe, and some of my IG followers.

 TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon as a Beautician?

Kafayat> There isn’t any specific thing I will like to learn now as a beautician but trust me, I’m interested in any new trend in beauty world. 

TMG> How can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs but to be self dependent?

Kafayat>There is no need for more advocacy about being self employed in the country today because it is obvious there are hardly any government jobs anymore. All we can do is to be self employed in order to be self dependent. 

TMG> Do you socialise and when?

Kafayat> I am a fashionista and love going out, meeting new people, knowing more about life anywhere, any day and anytime,as long as it won’t affect my career or schedules.

Successful Farmers Should Be Celebrated As Role Models- Samuel Ibrahim Aleyideino

Samuel Ibrahim Aleyideino is the CEO of Winston Farms Agro Resources Ltd Numan, Adamawa State. They are experts in crop production.

 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What motivated you to go into agriculture?
 
Sam> Motivation for me was to create a source of income that is sustainable and will empower the youths in my locality.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> Farming seems tedious; and it’s not really an area you find well-educated people going into although the dynamics are gradually changing. What exactly caught the interest of your company?
 
Sam> Yes, farming is tedious because it requires a lot of physical activity, especially as some parts of the production process is carried out manually. Education is key and I believe it provides the opportunity for financial freedom. This, in my opinion, is why this generation of youth are attracted to agriculture. Also the socio-political reality in Nigeria today is another factor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> Would you consider your farm as successful in this year’s farming?
 
Sam> Yes, this year’s maize production was highly successful. We thank God for the rains. Our projected target was met and we are hoping to expand next season. The beans and guinea corn are yet to be harvested but it’s looking good also. Most importantly, the youths we engaged during the process are very excited and looking forward to participate more. This is very rewarding for me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What do you produce from your farm? And what do you do with them; sell them through off-taker agreement or personal consumption?
 
Sam> We produce maize, beans and guinea corn. We also have demonstration farms for sesame seeds and soya beans. The crops are mainly for commercial purposes. In the future we are looking toward processing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What are your present challenges and how do you intend to solve them?
 
Sam> Our present challenges are how to acquire machinery /equipment and infrastructure. We are looking to partner or obtain loans to tackle this problem.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What is your workforce like? How many people are under your employ?
 
Sam> The workforce is made up of myself and a number of youths. There are also a few skilled workers who were hired during the land preparation process to operate tractors.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What do you suggest would make things easier for women and youths to be successful in farming?
 
Sam> For women and youths to be successful in farming it will require only dedication and diligence on their part. In fact, in any sphere of endeavour they might choose to pursue these two qualities will serve them well. There is nothing worthwhile that comes easy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> How do you see the policies regarding agriculture by this government? Are they encouraging to farmers or youths?
 
Sam> This government has done very well in the area of encouraging people to venture into agriculture. They need to do more in the ease of obtaining loan facilities and supervision of existing farms and distribution of fertilizer and other imputs.
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
TMG> Have you had any financial support or loans since you began?
 
Sam> Yes, I had financial support from family and friends. Presently we are in the process of requesting the support of government agencies to meet our expansion needs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ThMG> What sort of distribution or marketing methods do you use in your farm?
 
Sam> There is a market for the raw products. Once the crops are dried and bagged, it is transported to the point of sale. So there isn’t any special market and it’s very ok for us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG> What advice would you give farmers in the rural areas on how to improve in farming?
 
Sam> Farmers in the rural areas need to collaborate more amongst themselves and also embrace new farming techniques. Information concerning weather and availability of farm imputs usually do not reach them easily, as such, they must make concerted efforts to know more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TMG > As a young person that’s interested in Agriculture, what way can you advise government to engage and encourage youths into agriculture?
 
Sam> Besides what the government is doing now some of which we mentioned earlier, the way to go about encouraging youth to engage in agriculture is to celebrate successful farmers so that they become role models in our society.
 
 
 

Why Politicians Lie, How They Get Away With It

Why we don’t detect politician’s lies

As a psychologist who has studied deception, I’m more interested in the hows and whys of lies told by political leaders, particularly how and why they think they can get away with it (and why they often do). As a leadership scholar, I’m also interested in the ethical issues surrounding strategies used by leaders. Let’s deal first with why so many lying leaders can get away with it.

We Trust Too Much.

People are notoriously bad at detecting deception. For the most part, people cannot detect everyday lies better than chance (although many think they can). Part of the reason is that we are prone to a “trusting bias” – our default is to believe what others tell us. That’s why con artists are so successful. It is so out of the norm (or so we think) for people to lie to us. Certainly, we are even more trusting of our leaders (unless, of course, we have developed a learned mistrust of them , and many people don’t trust politicians, but the majority still do). So, leaders (and con artists) learn that they can lie and often get away with it.

Audacious Lies.

OK, I don’t have any research evidence to back this up, but I suspect that when we hear really big lies – the “can that really be true?” sort – such as over 90% of Planned Parenthood funding goes to abortions, or this plan will lead to “death panels,” and it comes from a seemingly authoritative source, we say “gosh, it must be true!” (our trusting nature again).

Cognitive Laziness.

When we hear something from a leader, we often don’t (and don’t want to) engage in the mental effort (or actual physical effort of fact checking) to question the assertion. It’s sort of an apathetic, “If the politicians are driving the bus, they must know where they are going.”
How about the ethical leadership issues?

The Ends Justify the Means.

Politicians, and other leaders, often adhere to a poor code of ethics that says the ends justify the means. This is partly responsible for the mudslinging and dirty politicking. “If I make up a lie about my opponent, it’s ok, because if he is elected it will be a disaster.” Sorry. The means, and being ethical, are what is really important. The ends rarely, if ever, justify the means.

So, what to do? As the old 1960s saying goes, “Question authority!” Become informed. Check the facts. Don’t simply believe what a leader says because he or she is in a position of authority and power. It is a good follower’s job to be a reality check on the leader.

It’s sad that it takes a fake-news-anchor-comedian, like Jon Stewart to wake us up to our leaders’ lies.

Culled from psychologytoday.com
By, Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology.

Putting Smiles On People’s Faces Drives Me To Do More- Sylvester The Comedian

Maccollins Afamefuna Sylvester, is a student of political science at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, (IBBU) Lapai, Niger State. Also into entertainment, he is a stand-up comedian whose stage name is “Sylvester The Comedian”, an Event planner, Actor and also a Radio presenter. 

TMG> What led you into so many things in entertainment industry and what area do you specialize in? 

Sylvester> Watching the likes of ‘I go dye’, ‘Basketmouth’ and ‘AY’ cracking jokes and putting smiles on people’s faces gave me the vision and drive to do more. I specialize in stand up comedy.

TMG> Where was your first stage performance?

Sylvester> My first stage performance was at A day of a thousand laughs.

TMG> What was the experience like? 

Sylvester> My first experience felt good, although I was nervous at first..But then I got the groove and it just flowed.

TMG> Did you attend any professional institution like theatre arts classes? 

Sylvester> No.I didn’t attend any theater arts school.

TMG> Who was your first art teacher and where?

Sylvester> I never had any art teacher…I groomed myself to whom I am today.

TMG> Which famous comedian do you admire? Why?

Sylvester> I admire I Go Dye because he is a man of passion. He started from grass to where he is today and I’m striving to do better than what he has done.

TMG> Which one of your jokes is your fondest of all you have performed? 

Sylvester> My fondest comedy is “The Car”

(Cracking The Joke Below)…. . . 

TMG> Describe the occasions you have cracked jokes at public places.. Concerts, radio, TV? Where and when? 

Sylvester> Yes, I do perform in public..Most are church gatherings, shows and a radio station (Ultimate FM 105.3 COE Minna).

They are mostly in Minna and Lapai in Niger state

TMG> Have you been in competitions? Any prizes Or Awards? Where and when? 

Sylvester> I have been in various Awards and Competitions like Alibaba preshow-Dec.20 and Africa Mega Awards..which take place in November and December every year.

TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Sylvester> I try my best by covering up the mistakes and act like nothing happened. I will use it as part of the joke without people noticing. 

TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? And how do you manage it? 

Sylvester> I normally don’t get nervous before a performance because I’m already used to performing. Comedian’s don’t need to be shy or get nervous. 

TMG> When do you practice for more ideas?

Sylvester> I practice often at night, when the tension is down and the brain works smartly.  

TMG> How do you balance your comedy with other obligations? 

Sylvester> I try not to give one thing more priority than the other by creating a time schedule.

TMG> Do you have a group that performs with you or are you completely solo?

Sylvester> Yes, I do have a group of friends that we often spend time and crack jokes with as a form of practicing and creating more lovely jokes. 

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

Sylvester> My challenges mostly are finances. I intend to get sponsors.

TMG> What advice would you give beginners like you?

Sylvester> My advice to beginners is to always be focused and never give up on your ambition because nothing good comes easy and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your career will take a while to grow and mature.

TMG> Is there anything else of interest you do and wish to tell us about?

Sylvester> Apart from comedy, I’m also a student and I manage a business firm.

TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon?

Sylvester> For now, I think I’m okay and with my potentials; I’m going to get to the top.

TMG> What way can you encourage other youths to be self- dependent?

Sylvester> I would like them to always be positive and try to get something doing no matter how small as long as it puts a couple of naira in your pocket. My mom also says “anything worth doing is worth doing well”.

TMG> What do you do to relax when you are free? 

Sylvester>  I play video games and listen to music at my leisure and also hangout with friends.

Expedite Passage of Electoral Reform Laws – INEC Chairman Urges National Assembly

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the relevant legislation guiding the conduct of elections in the country to give  the Commission ample  time to prepare for the 2019 general elections.

The Chairman noted that that the next general election was only 470 days away and stressed that early passage of the legal framework for the conduct of elections in the country would assist the Commission in planning for the elections.

Professor Yakubu made the call when members of the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS), led by its Chairman, Hon. Aminu Shehu Shagari, visited him at the Commission, Yesterday, in Abuja.

 The INEC Chairman also spoke on the budget for the 2019 general elections which he hinted that clear picture of the estimated budget would be gotten by next week, when the Commission validates and approves its Election Project Plan.  He said: “the validation and approval of the Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 and Strategic Programme of Action will give us a clear idea of how much it will cost this nation to conduct the 2019 general elections”.

Professor Yakubu commended the NILS as a non-partisan organ of the Legislature for its provision of technical assistance in the democratic process and maintained that developing greater ties in the area of capacity building and trainings for Political Parties would greatly help the work of INEC.

He pledged that the Commission would continue to partner with institutions such as the NILS who are geared towards deepening democracy by adding value to the electoral process.

Earlier, the leader of the visiting team, Hon. Aminu Shagari, who is also a Member of the House Committee on Electoral Matters, said the visit was to seek the cooperation of the Commission in building a viral democratic institution in Nigeria through sustainable capacity building.

Hon. Shagari disclosed that the NILS was manning a Postgraduate and Masters Degree programme in Elections and Political Party Management which would be an affiliation of the University of Benin and implored the Commission to enrol its staff into the institute’s postgraduate programmes.

He called for collaboration in terms of capacity building for Political Parties and other stakeholders in the electoral process.

 

Profile: If You Want Change, Be Part Of It- Hon. Golu Timothy

If you see a disciplined and calm person who has struggled in life to achieve greatness, you will never relent to associate yourself with him. 

A man whose true life story serves as a great inspiration to his generation and other generations to come, is none other than Hon. Golu Timothy.

Hon. Timothy Simon Golu, an indigene of Jos, Plateau State is a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing the Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal constituency of Plateau State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

 

He attended Gonerit Memorial College, Tuwan Kabwir where he obtained his Senior Secondary school certificate. Thereafter, he proceeded to University of Jos, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and he later did his Masters in International Relations/Strategic studies at the same University.

 

He worked at Leadership Newspapers and rose to the position of Associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock Villa). After his stint in Journalism, he joined politics, contesting for the state assembly seat in 2011. He won and became Chief Whip to the Plateau State House of Assembly. The 2015 elections saw him elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam federal constituency, where he became Chairman House committee on Legislative Budget and Research and a member of various other committees.

Reflecting on how it started for him, he said;

“My story will inspire the younger generation to work hard, be independent and always do the right thing to succeed in life”.

 

“As a young man, after I finished at the university of Jos, I came to Abuja searching for a white collar job but still, as things were in this country, it was very difficult to secure one. I decided to look for other means to sustain myself in Abuja. That’s when I became a laborer working at a construction company, building houses. I was there for almost a year when I became the foreman and a supervisor of a building site”.

 

“During that period, I would always invite young men like me to join me, but they thought I was only wasting my time doing laborer work. They thought it was beneath them. Most of the young men didn’t know that I was a graduate of political science from university of Jos. When I eventually became a foreman and supervisor, writing and keeping documents for my boss, that is when some of them started coming to join me and begging me for jobs.”

 

“However, when I was a labourer I was not reckless in spending. I would use my daily earnings to buy soft drinks and snacks for the following day and sell at the building site and also continue with my work. That’s how I was getting extra money as profit to feed and clothe myself in Abuja”.

 

“As time went by, working at the site as a foreman, someone introduced me to Advertisement business in the Newspaper industry. He taught me how and where I could get an advert and also what percentage to be given to me on each, depending on the size or numbers. That’s how I left construction work and became an advert executive to some newspaper houses in Abuja. From there I became a full staff of Leadership Newspaper, writing and reporting. After a few years, I rose to the position of associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock villa) before I resigned and joined politics.

Why I Joined Politics

“I am a political scientist by training and a journalist by profession and I joined politics because I have seen how people use the institution and the process of politics to add value to lives of their own people.

 

Golu believes that politics is all about participation in the decision making process by getting involved in decisions that influence your people.

He says, “If you want to change something, be part of that thing. If you are not involved, you will keep talking and shouting.”

 

“As a journalist, I was merely analyzing, observing, writing features, challenging and then criticizing government officials a lot because I saw that there are opportunities for them to do things for their people and they were not doing it. As a journalist, I worked with ministers, governors as well as political appointees and elected officials of government at different levels. So I was observing and gathering the experience.”

However, I used to get angry with people who were wasting the opportunities they were given. At the same time, I am always impressed by those who have the opportunity to help their people, attract budgets to their constituency, represent and talk on behalf of their people; if there’s injustice anywhere, the person would speak for the people, correct them and if somebody is unjustly sacked from their job, they stand for him or her.

 

“As part of the work I was doing as a Journalist,” he continues, “if you are in a position to do the right things and you don’t, and want to manipulate somethings or try to deal with people wrongly because you are in a position of authority, we blow it out when we get the facts.

 

Getting to this level is another way and another level for journalists like us to join politics. I felt, if I am given the opportunity, I can participate in decision making at any level and I will definitely not shy away from representing my people, protecting their interest, defending their own interests and advocating for whatever I feel the society needs. That is the way I can change things and progress for the common good of everybody. That is why I joined politics. I want to contribute my quota to sustaining democracy that’s number one in politics. It is because democracy is the most popular system of government that involves everybody, promotes justice, equity and fair play and brings unity at all levels.

 

Hon. Golu has done great things for his people that cannot be over emphasized. He has presented many bills from state to federal level, which he’s still in the process of doing. He’s a man to admire and emulate, especially in the aspect of decision taking and mentorship.

About His Mentors

He said his mentors are genuine people who have the people’s interest at heart to see how ordinary people can survive, defend, struggle and bring unity to all irrespective of tribe, religion or region.

He advised youths to engage in something meaningful because his struggle and courage should serve as a lesson to some people. Today, he’s representing his people and he will never lose sight of the fact that he is there because of them.

“Youths should be serious about the future and do the right thing at the right time, because they never know where they will find themselves someday,” he advised.

A New Low By U.K. Umar 

It has become trite to read or hear folks still very loyal to the person of President Muhammadu Buhari say ‘The President means well for the country. He is a good man. The only problem is the people around him’. I’m well aware we said the same nonsense in addition to others about the husband of Patience Jonathan. Since I can’t come out boldly to say ‘President Muhammadu Buhari is failing on an inexcusable level – fight against corruption’ the low, easy way out is to come blazing on a so-called “cabal”. Well, this so-called cabal didn’t form itself. 
You see,  one has tried really hard not be dragged into sundry issues concerning the actions and or inactions of the APC-led FG but there are times that silence is not golden. One can’t afford to do the ‘siddon look’ approach all the time.
In assessing the progress of President Muhammadu Buhari, I’ve made it a point to always make recourse to his inaugural speech. For me, that’s a very pivotal yardstick to measure the President’s performance with. The reason is simple; I was told General Muhammadu Buhari is a man of his words. So you could imagine how excited I was when the words “I belong to nobody, I belong everybody” came straight from the then newly sworn in president.
President Buhari
For obvious reasons, one of the few promises of President Muhammadu Buhari that got the attention of many is the determination to reduce corruption, particularly in government, to near zero. I have the understanding that our problem as a country isn’t in lack of resources of any kind per se but in the gross mismanagement of our endowments by the very few with access to them with such type of impunity that makes stealing public fund not just fun but norm. Hence, any leader who could sincerely and blindly fight this monster to a stand still would naturally win the love of the masses who have been at the receiving, biting end for decades now. Suffice to say this was one promise that got President Muhammadu Buhari the mammoth support he got and still relatively enjoys from the downtrodden.
Two years down the first four-year line of President Buhari’s APC-led FG, in view of what has been done so far with respect to halting corruption in government, one doesn’t know what’s the right thing to do; whether to clap for the Administration or slap self back to reality and listen to Tupac’s “Changes” because truly, “nothing changes”.
Due to certain financial control measures enforced by the administration, it is difficult not to notice a prevalent sense of frugality in government spending across ministries, departments and agencies. We see civil servants who apparently before now were living beyond their means reduced to size. It’s not fashionable anymore to flaunt ill-gotten government wealth as used to be the case. Highly placed government officials have been ruffled,  their homes combed, monies found in funniest of places.  All these, we’ve heard and seen but we have also seen and heard other discouraging things. We have seen and heard of perpetuation of nepotism and favouritism in ‘juicy’ government appointments. We are also seeing a government speedily drifting away from the reach of the common people who sacrificed all they could to bring it to power. The President hardly finds time to speak directly to the people on key, trending issues to clear the air at least. This is Democracy man! The President’s media team isn’t helping; from one misfire to another, leaving their paid jobs to be done by people who are just supporters of the President.
PMB
Perhaps, the most damning of all is the use of different strokes to cane different folks found to have enriched themselves illegally from public funds. This particular one is becoming one too many. It’s stench and darkness is so strong that it is threatening to dim whatever glow is left of the President Buhari’s stellar personality perception in the eyes of the very people who trust him.
This, indeed, is a new low that the President, in his own interest, must do something drastic to salvage himself from. There’s no doubt, not everyone around the President shares his vision for the country. Monitoring such characters and putting them in places they can’t harm his person is a task the President must take seriously and urgently too.
I remember in one of the very few media interviews granted by the President he said “in our fight against corruption, we are going to be methodical and thorough…”. Good as it is to take your time in implementing your strategies, one luxury this administration doesn’t have anymore is time. One would expect that for a man who belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody, once you have a comprehensive report of any case, names and crimes would be named and what to be done shouldn’t take forever.
U.K Umar writes from Abuja.