The Jonathan Presidency and the LEVICK Group: When Incompetence meets with Deceptive Public Relations
Such is the caricature Nigeria has become. Nigeria has become such a joke, so much so that the President, his cabal and the even the opposition parties have turned the issue of security of the lives and properties of Nigerians into a political game, and a tool for campaign in the coming general elections.
The date was Sunday 19 July, 2014, time—10:00 am and the venue was the tiny corner of my room somewhere in Dunedin. I had just woken up from a not too pleasant sleep which was punctured intermittently by the constant reminders of the agony which the 219 abducted Chibok girls were going through somewhere on the border between Borno state, Niger Republic, Cameroon and Chad. I switched on my laptop to monitor developments in Nigeria, spending the time in between the laptop boot-up time praying not to wake up to read the story of another bomb blast in Nigeria, as I have read on a daily basis since January 2014.
But alas! I was wrong, not only had there been numerous bombings in Borno state, but an event, worse more than that had happened. I felt deeply enraged within my spirit. Starring at the dangling mirror hanging on the wall, and looking at myself like someone who had just caught his newly connubial wife and her concubine on his matrimonial bed, 3 days after their wedding. The rage grew so loudly within me, gradually dissolving into small little sobs. Within a twinkle of an eye, the sobs had metamorphosed into a pretty heavy wail, with my eyes suddenly going ‘red’ as I struggled to ask myself why I was weeping when I had not been beaten? And when in real life, I had not caught my wife on our matrimonial bed with another man?
Solar manufacturing facility in Arizona just one part of technology company’s wide-ranging plan to green its act
The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.
The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.
After converting all of its data centres to clean energy, the Guardian understands Apple is poised to use solar power to manufacture sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, at a factory in Arizona.
And in a departure for its reputation for secretiveness, Apple is going out of its way to get credit for its green efforts.
”Approval of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) per annum as Hazard allowance for fire officers/firemen in line with the prevailing rates in the existing circular in order to enhance their performance.”
I thought that was a ridiculous payment till I read a report that the Edo state fire Service paid N 10 per month as hazard allowance to its workers. This was at at 2013.
I drew 2 quick conclusions.
It is true that human beings, like wild animals, are practically unpredictable. Psychologists can only predict behaviour if certain fundamental human attributes change. No one is certain, or can confirm for sure, what will happen if a person’s motive or extreme desire is challenged or obstructed.
There are those who would simply ignore the outcome of an impediment to their motive, while others would kill or get killed in the process of actualizing a lust for something. In any case, everyone’s reaction to a given situation differs, and this is the core reason human beings are unpredictable.
On July 23, there was an effort to murder two of Nigeria’s prominent Muslim leaders, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a cleric with a large personal following, and Muhammadu Buhari, former head of state. The attempts were two separate operations, though they appear to have been timed close together, in the former northern regional capital of Kaduna.
The attempt against Sheikh Bauchi occurred when a bomb exploded near the square where he was scheduled to give an end-of-Ramadan sermon.
Less than two hours later, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle into former head of state Buhari’s convoy as he was passing through Kaduna. Though Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility, both targets had been publicly critical of the group. Bauchi declared Boko Haram to be “non-Islamic,” and there have been earlier attempts on his life. Buhari, too, has published writing opposing Boko Haram, which has issued death threats against him. On the other hand, the two also have other enemies. Both Bauchi and Buhari survived the attempted murder, but the media estimates at least eighty-two others were killed, mostly bystanders and traders.
“Orders from above”
Two weeks to the governorship election in Osun State, armed operatives from State Security Services, SSS have reportedly swooped on the Ojodu Lagos headquarters of the Research & Marketing Services Limited (RMS), a leading Market Research Agency in West and Central Africa, said to be conducting an opinion polls for the election.
According to a report by Osun Defender, the operatives, before sealing up the office harassed and arrested staff, and also confiscated undisclosed documents, laptops, phones and other electronic devices from the company.
“The menacingly-looking operatives refused to grant any interview, simply saying “orders from above”, Osun Defender reported.
The news portal said the organisation has already concluded opinion sampling in the 30 LGs in the state.
RMS operates in 26 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroun, Senegal, Kenya and DRC .stitutes “orders from above”
JD:The time has come for us to examine what exactly constitutes this recurrring decimal,”orders from above”.Is orders from above,LAW?Are these orders not subjected to legal screening and analysis?We are beginning to see a picture here where everything both legal or otherwise are done in the name of” orders from above”.Surely 16 years down the line, we should have recovered from military rule hangover!
ALafin meets President Jonathan yestrday when the president visited Lagos(Photo,GUARDIAN)
The man “woman” who wanted to kill Buhari according to DHQ(Photo DHQ)
President Jonathan “studying” “The history of West Africa “by Adu Boahen(Photo,Reuben Abati)
JD:I read this book in Form 3 in 1969!
THE Federal Government yesterday said it is collaborating with international agencies to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus in the country.
Government has concluded plans to hold a meeting with all airlines to ensure that necessary precautions are taken to avert the spread of the disease.
Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu and his Information counterpart disclosed this while briefing journalists Friday in Abuja. They said every step needed to control the possible spread of the virus has been taken by the Federal Ministry of Health, adding that in line with the World Health Organisation International Health Regulations and in keeping with international best practice, all ports of entry in Nigeria including the airports, seaports and land borders have been placed on Red Alert on the Virus. They added that while staff of the Federal Ministry of Health are positioned in all these locations.
Chelsea has completed the signing of Didier Drogba on a one-year contract, Goal reports.
The 36-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge having left in 2012 after winning the Champions League.
Drogba, who featured for Cote d’Ivoire at the World Cup earlier this summer, scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for Chelsea and also won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups during his first stint with the club.
“It was an easy decision,” Goal quoted Drogba as saying on club’s official website.
“I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.
“My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.”
Drogba is reunited with Jose Mourinho after working with the Portuguese for three years before his departure in September 2007.
“He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe,” the former Real Madrid and Inter coach said.
“I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.”
A 53-year-old man who claims to be a Pastor, has been arrested by the Police in Nsukka, Enugu State, for allegedly impregnating married women and young girls in his church.
The Pastor, identified as Timothy Ngwu, is the General Overseer of Holy Trinity Ministry popularly called Vineyard Ministry in Umudikwere Community in the University town. Ironically, police sources said the suspect claims he was directed by the Holy Spirit to sexually abuse female members of his church in the name of God.
How he was exposed
Crime Guard gathered that the alleged sexual exploits of the self-acclaimed man of God was blown open by his estranged wife, Veronica Ngwu, who hails from Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State.
The wife who has three children for the pastor was reportedly not comfortable with the ugly development and she lodged a complaint at the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department, CID, Enugu.This led to the arrest of the pastor.
The sun woke me up.
I had slept with the blinds raised up because I wanted to see the sun rise. But I was more tired than I thought and I over slept. But the sun found me as I hoped it would, and its warmth woke me up. The sun rise was gone, but the view that greeted me was still breathtakingly beautiful.
If I was a poet, I’d write a poem on this early morning phenomenon. If I was a creative writer, I’d pen a beautiful article on it. But since I am just your average journalist trying to earn a living, I will just stick to my everyday words knowing that whatever I write will not do justice to what I had just seen this morning.
I had just woken up at the Penthouse of a 21st story luxurious apartment building which overlooks the ocean in Miami, Florida. One side of the building is all glass so you could have a view of the Atlantic Ocean wherever you were. In front of me therefore, was this vast expanse of blue water.
THE Presidency has warned those attacking President Goodluck Jonathan to put a stop to that against the backdrop that any insult melted on the president amounts to embarrassing the entire country.
The Presidency has also called on those who address the public to be mindful of their utterances while addressing them.
Speaking yesterday when he received a group under the aegis, Voice of Change Foundation, a Goodluck Support group made up of Nollywood celebrities ,Sport stars and Musicians, in his office, Abuja, Special Adviser to the President, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali who noted that ethno-cultural differences of the nation should be seen as its strength, not weakness, however stressed that nobody should make comments capable of trivialising any of them.
“They were young but very visionary at that time but they used their effort to develop the nation without prejudice to any tribe or religion. If today is our time, we should aspire to make the nation bigger by joining President Jonathan in actualizing the transformation agenda for the development of Nigeria.He said, “the founding fathers of Nigeria came from different background but with united demand for independence from the colonial master, this should be sustained irrespective of our political or professional divide.
“Sport unite the nation but the citizens should continue to hold it in high esteem at all times with or without sport,”
“President is the vocal point of the nation and every citizen need to be mindful of that fact. No child will abuse his father and still get public respect after doing so.”
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/07/stop-insulting-jonathan-presidency-warns/#sthash.sRHhDes3.dpuf
JD:” No child will abuse his father and still get public respect after doing so.” .This is where the problem lies.The President is not the father of all.Democracy dictates that leaders should be “servants of all”.For too long those around our presidents have inadvertently turned them into tin gods and made sure that the distance between the governors and the governed gets wider by the day.Our leaders need a reality check in modern day governance,get off their high horses and prepare to serve the people,and, oh by the way ,we also have a message for the president’s handlers;by your ways,thoughts and deeds,stop insulting us the peole too,if you cant shape in,please shape out.
Whither Nigeria: 6 months to election, where are the presidential aspirants? by Clifford Ndujihe & Henry Umoru
ARGUABLY, Nigeria has never had it so bad. Seven months to a presidential election, the aspirants are not known.
The political atmosphere is not charged or astir. Consultations, if any, are done in low and hushed tones. The electorates do not know what to expect from those who will want to govern them because nothing has been said or promised.
There is no flurry of activities in the political parties especially the opposition parties that should keep the ruling party on its toes. Does it mean the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan are doing well? If not, who is going to stop them? What will the person or party do differently for Nigeria and Nigerians?
There is loud silence in the polity less than three months to the beginning of presidential primaries. Does it mean that the political class and would-be candidates are taking the electorates for granted?
It has not always been like this. Several months before the April 21, 2007 presidential polls won by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of the PDP with Dr Goodluck Jonathan as vice president, the polity was awash with a horde of aspirants, who criss-crossed the length and breadth of the country consulting stakeholders and seeking endorsements.
They were upbeat to succeed President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose perceived Third Term Agenda was shot down by the Senate President Ken Nnamani-led National Assembly with the support of Nigerians.
The aspirants included most of the governors, who were doing their second term then. We had Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida; Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Sani Yerima and his Abia State counterpart, Orji Uzor Kalu. Among those whose aspirations were not in doubt and whose political moves electrified the polity included Dr. Peter Odili, then governor of Rivers of State and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
The mind is a terrible thing to waste!
How is this so? It’s easier to understand that tangible things can be wasted; for example, when brushing, turn off water until needed. I am guilty of this because I allow water to run freely while listening to the subtle rush and the ripples in the sink – bad habit right? I know *hands covering my face*
Replenishing tangible things that are wasted is easier. But how easy is it to replenish intangible things and what does it mean to waste our minds?
Our mind is like a treasure box. Treasure boxes contain valuables……who you are today is a function of what you have believed over the years and your belief is formed by what you attracted into and retained in your mind. It is not what goes into your heart that causes you harm. What you allow retained in your heart is what you dwell on; and when you feed on them, they begin to create what happens to you in life because as a man thinketh so is he. When you feed on the information in your treasure box, you begin to act out the information. You are what you think.
Watch this video,put the time it was aired in context,and then now see what the gentleman is saying now!These things i honestly just dont understand!……or do you?