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WHY AFRICAN LEADERS DISOBEY POLITICAL PROPHECIES

WHY AFRICAN LEADERS DISOBEY POLITICAL PROPHECIES

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  One of the most exciting teachings I received during my formative years was the lessons on prophecy. It was during my catechism class as a Catholic Christian, and prophecy as a topic posed a huge but thrilling challenge to me. On that day, at that time and in that place, the Catechist (teacher) told the class that ‘prophecy is the certain foretelling of a future event by a person supernaturally informed of it and supernaturally moved to announce it. This, he added, comes in two ways; prophesy of foreknowledge and prophesy of denunciation’. In the same breath, while the prophecy of foreknowledge according to him, deal with what is certain to come, prophesy of denunciation tells what is to come if the present situation is not changed; both acting as information and warnin
RESTORING DIGNITY TO A LAND OF PLENTY

RESTORING DIGNITY TO A LAND OF PLENTY

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  In the last year I have been home in Ibusa or somewhere in Delta State every other week. One remarkable lesson from meeting our people in the comfort zones of their lives is discovering how a once proud people struggle with the trauma that current circumstance has wrought on their dignity. Sadly, our once proud people who responded to a changing world by embracing Western education have lost much to economic decline and have become beggarly. Olisa Agbakoba teased me about this after the burial of his erstwhile mother-in-law in Delta State. He noted the palpable poverty in the state as seen in the burial as opportunity for a decent meal and to get something off the bereaved. This should force anybody with compassion in their soul to seek ways of helping Deltans restore t...
A MUST READ! DELTA 2019: OF POLITICS OF DECEIT, ARROGANCE, DESPERATION AND ETHNICITY; A REJOINDER TO EFE DUKU

A MUST READ! DELTA 2019: OF POLITICS OF DECEIT, ARROGANCE, DESPERATION AND ETHNICITY; A REJOINDER TO EFE DUKU

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  I am Mudiaga Okorefe - a staunch and long suffering APC faithful who believe that APC must win the governorship of Delta state come 2019. I'm today joining issues with Efe Duku who, in the guise of a constructive intellectual discuss and reasoning initiated a phantom debate on an imagined 'Anioma Agenda' with distorted reasoning that is best described, at the minimum, as grotesque and outrageous! The views here are mine and I take full responsibility for them as a whole. In a rather weird but astonishing tactic designed as a sleight of hand against the unwary reader, Efe Duku first went into invention and fabrication of imaginary and non existing facts cum situation, after which, he developed a most righteous anger that justified him to severely berate the situation and al...
DELTA 2019: AS OGBORU’S PAN-DELTA  VISION FACES DIVISIVE ETHNIC AGENDA

DELTA 2019: AS OGBORU’S PAN-DELTA VISION FACES DIVISIVE ETHNIC AGENDA

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  I am Efe Duku – a principled believer in the Ogboru leadership philosophy, and a respecter of constructive intellectual discussions and reasoning. Today, I am joining the simmering ‘Anioma Agenda’ debate in the Delta APC in the hope that my thoughts would positively impact the debate. The views here are mine and I take responsibility for them in whole. Essentially, the proponents and supporters of the Anioma Agenda believe that on the chief ground of ‘equity’, the Delta State APC (not PDP) should somehow restrict its forthcoming Governorship primary contest to aspirants of Delta North origin. While some of them prefer some form of negotiated or conveniently ‘peaceful’ ban on aspirants from Central and South Senatorial Districts from the governorship race, some by their utt
FULANI HERDSMEN KILLINGS AND PRESIDENT BUHARI’S STAKE IN CATTLE BUSINESS

FULANI HERDSMEN KILLINGS AND PRESIDENT BUHARI’S STAKE IN CATTLE BUSINESS

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It is a common knowledge that the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is one of the biggest investors in cattle business in Nigeria. He is also a core Fulani man, a descendant of world renowned Jihadist, Uthman Dan Fodio. It follow that as a core investor in cattle business with 270 cows declared as part of his assets, coupled with the fact that he is Fulani by origin, President Buhari is presently a Judge in his own case. So long as he remains the President of Nigeria, the criminal activities of Fulani Herdsmen shall dominate our national discuss without solution. Furthermore, it appears that the series of security meetings held recently in Aso Rock villa were calculated to deceive Nigerians so as to believe that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari is ...
THE CATALYST FOR A NEW ORDER

THE CATALYST FOR A NEW ORDER

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    Participants at a symposium held recently in  Lagos unanimously agreed that common sense has a limit in public leadership and should not be the sole requisite for public leadership consideration; a position that supports sound education as an indispensable ingredient for achieving a people-purposed leadership. The symposium which had as its theme; Leadership And Performance In Africa; the challenges of the continent’s economic competitiveness, was organized by the Centre For Leadership and Value (CVL) to celebrate its founder, Professor Patrick Utomi who recently marked his birthday. The event had the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the Special Guest of Honour while  Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, former Director-General, UNIDO and a presidential aspira
DELTA LGA ELECTION AS 2019 GUINEA PIG

DELTA LGA ELECTION AS 2019 GUINEA PIG

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For the first time, I witnessed all the participants in a recently held Delta state Local Council polls ( winners and losers) alike, went home cold in smiles after the results were announced on Sunday 7th January 2018 by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC). The reason for this odd reaction is simple. While the losers bemoaned their fate in their sorrows and their hardships, the winners on the other hands, suddenly discovered that they won the ballot boxes and the polling units without winning the votes, consciences or enjoy the support of the majority of Deltans. A development that made a feeling of guilt to descend like a pillar of cloud; adding to their moral burden, dividing their peace, subtracting their inner joy while leaving their worries multiplied, m
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 2018 NEW YEAR ADDRESS

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S 2018 NEW YEAR ADDRESS

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  I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE. Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country. The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups a...
WHY AFRICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE REAL WINNERS AT THE CONFEDERATION OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL (CAF) AWARDS

WHY AFRICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE REAL WINNERS AT THE CONFEDERATION OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL (CAF) AWARDS

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Almost nowhere on earth is football followed as passionately as in Africa. It is loved by Africans from all walks of life across the continent. This week, I am giving the opening address at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana. This has afforded me a good opportunity to reflect on Africa’s relationship with football and how it can help deliver a brighter future for our young people. I believe we need only look to the Liberian presidential election for a fine example of the transformative power of football. Against the odds, football legend and opposition candidate, George Weah was victorious and today, is President-elect of Liberia, one of Africa’s most popular countries. Weah’s perseverance in the face of an initial unsuccessful attempt is a testament
AKINWUMI ADESINA: THE BEACON OF HOPE AND GOOD WILL

AKINWUMI ADESINA: THE BEACON OF HOPE AND GOOD WILL

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    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke. This is a popular saying with deep connotations. However in this context, the EVIL is that in which a man “shut up his bowels of compassion towards his fellow man”. This is the state in which the world is. People are reluctant to help their fellow man because of the supposed “backlash” or misinterpretation of their deed, inability to discern those in distress, fraudsters, etc. All of this makes even the most compassionate individual skeptical of providing help . However, people still unconsciously follows a man who has set himself apart to be a blessing to all inspite of how dire and unpredictable the situation may be at times. That is the case with Nigeria’s former minister