14. Patriots Alert III: The Nigerian Farmer, the Nigerian Herder, and Peaceful Coexistence.

A Farmer is a person who works the land or keeps livestock, especially on a farm. A Herder is someone who drives a herd of livestock, in the context of this blog episode, Cows and Sheep.

The definition above exposes similarities with two groups who ought to be mutual business partners for reason to be exposed in the paragraphs below. We could say the two groups ought to be best friends in business; since they complement each other in several areas.

 For simple illustration, the cow dung is a natural fertilizer for the farmer’s crops while the grass taken off the farmers land is fodder for the cow. There are other complementary benefits which can only be derived from a productive interaction between the two groups. In developed and progressive nations of the earth, these great potentials of this symbiotic relationship would have been explored to maximize the capability of this sector which would in turn add to the health of the economy whilst boosting the financial capability of all participants.

In Nigeria, the story as usual has been heart-breaking and nefariously differentThe reason and solution does not rest in the spiritual realm or in some unexplainable trick of fate. It rests with what is popularly referred to as common sense, which is not commonly obtainable in any market place or by the street corner. It rests with deep thinking and the mind of the participants which has been polluted by shadows of the real issue rather than the issue it-self. It is a self made problem which is fueled by the ignorance of the participating and non participating citizens.

The population of Nigeria from independence till date has grown from about 33 million to about 190 million today. The fastest recorded growth rate was recorded through the period 1990 – 2008 as 56 Million. This is a 60% growth rate in less than two decades. The massive land mass of the country has not witnessed a spread of planned and structured Urban settlements at a speed that will ensure adequate settlement of this swell in number of Human beings. This is a very irresponsible development which can be excused for the sake of ignorance. The rate of altercations between two close businesses partners (the Farmer and the Herder), clearly shows that this excuse is wearing thin in the face of current reality.

Moving forward, it might be pertinent in the face of a rapidly growing population, to either confine the Herders to grazing reserves, or create more planned urban settlements for the farmers; Nigeria has the land space. It would seem a more practical approach for the government to create grazing reserves for the fewer herders, than settlements for the rest of the population who are in a majority.

The creation of grazing reserves would provide countless jobs for persons who are neither Herdsmen nor Farmers, e.g. Veterinary doctors, Fodder suppliers, market for cheap cow meat, etc. On the part of the Herders, it would enable supply of the cow dung obtained from the reserves to the Farmers. The cow dung is still adjudged to be the equivalent of industrial fertilizers, and which would surely put a smile on the faces of many currently unemployed Nigerians. The farmer or interested parties can grow grass on Nigeria’s vast landscape, and supply the herdsman as fodder for cattle, and this would also create employment opportunities for those that claim unemployment. The Cattles would be healthier, providing better quality meat and milk; opening up industrial entities that deal on the packaging of cow meat like corned beef, and other dairy products.  This development would also encourage foreign investment in this area; the list of productive advantage goes on.

It is an established fact that true Patriotism knows neither Religious, ethnic, or political bias. There are Patriots on either side of the fence of this divide and this is the unifying factor that makes the greatness of the Nigerian nation. Therefore you will find Patriots amongst the Farmers and the Herders. The solution to this minor challenge can only be implemented by the patriotically minded citizens of this country and driven by the sincerity of purpose of the government of the day.

In conclusion, it is only a solution of patriotic distinction that can provide a way out of the currently precarious nature of the challenge that defines the Herders and Farmers clashes. The continuous needless banter over issues of no consequence will neither provide the solution nor needed respite from the current unwarranted disturbance for everyone concerned.

For the sake of brevity of this blog episode, it would be best for the Patriots of this great nation to wield the constructive power of intellectual relevance and find a helpful solution that will forge a way out of the current quagmire. Nothing less than solutions which include what has been tendered above would suffice. We are all one family called Nigeria, and this is a non negotiable reality which has existed since October 1st 1960.  

On these truths and more, I rest my case on the Herdsmen, the Farmers and peaceful coexistence. Arise O compatriots….

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13. Patriots Alert II: Nigerian 2019 Elections; the Priceless value of a single Human Life.

Your Vote counts, but your life matters more……’-© Nigerian Patriot 2019

The summary dictionary meaning of the word Priceless refers: ‘Having incalculable monetary, intellectual, or spiritual worth’.

A human life is of incalculable intellectual and spiritual worth.

Unfortunately, in our beloved country Nigeria, human lives are the fodder which is used to fuel election chaos. Human lives are wasted through the consequence of each election in our great country in a recurrent manner that is mind blowing. It is very clear that an unhealthy percentage of us do not appreciate the value of the breadth of life in each of us.

The process of an election is a fairly simple exercise which is nothing close to Rocket science. The process summarily requires citizens to cast their votes; an election Umpire will count and announce this result. This is a very simple arrangement which works relatively much better in the progressive countries of the world. This arrangement has recorded consistent and dismal failures as it relates to the recurrent loss of lives with each election of such magnitude as we will experience from February 16th 2019.

The priceless nature of a human life and deep thinking ought to avail us with the resolution that there should be no repeat occurrence with the elections of 2019 in Nigeria. The process is not worth the life of any single human being. For anyone who is not in agreement, the question would be to find out if such a person would sacrifice their life in the process rather than some other person who might not know any better. The answer with most normal humans would be an emphatic ‘No!!

Ironically, it is on record that the humans who have lost their lives at different instances of elections in Nigeria mostly do not have a firsthand relationship with the Politician they have committed to sacrifice their lives for. This is akin to madness of the first order.

The politicians on the other hand have parked their Wings of escape through airports across the country, ready to scamper to safety abroad at the slightest sign of trouble. Bearing this in mind, they proceed to charge the polity with brazen audacity through the campaign period by throwing tantrums, war cries and blows. This ploy is fueled by the very dramatic and sensational media industry of our great nation. In progressive countries of the world, their political contemporaries are highlighting their intentions aimed at providing good governance for their citizens with their own campaigns. This is an art of deceptive wickedness at its best.

We all need to realize that the very large population of this country is simply a humongous Family cell called Nigeria. We all drive through the same roads, shop at the same markets, send our children to the same schools, worship in the same churches and mosques etc. Blows, tantrums and war cries were not exchanged at such moments. It is very safe to conclude that if the election process which will involve the same set of people sharing roads, schools, hospitals etc will become a threat to the coexistence of these people, then something is terribly wrong with the process, or the people. Frankly the reason for this twist lies with the latter since the process is given life by the people.

Either ways, we would need to do things differently from February 16th 2019 for a variety of cogent reasons. Top on the list is the quest by the Patriots for a Dream Nigeria. The next reason on the list is the priceless nature of a human life. This list of healthy reasons is limitless.

It is agreeable that disagreements are bound to arise on national issues or indeed issues of the likes of the elections; however this is a normal trend with any family and should not result in the loss of a single citizen.

It is an unthinkable act of patriotic treachery to see two citizens trading blows with each other regardless the reason. It is unimaginable to conceive the scenario to be instigated by another citizen; the politician who is aiming to pilot the affairs of a democratic section of government for reasons which have nothing to do with the development of the citizens.

As mentioned in episode 5: Nigeria Vs Corruption, the battle for a Dream Nigeria is a war of concepts; Patriotic concepts Vs unpatriotic concepts, with each divide of the concept wearing the face of a political participant. A simple litmus test with the national pledge on the action of each participant on this stage play would effectively reveal the patriots and non-patriots in this act.

A critical examination of campaign profile, utterances, actions, body language etc will reveal which side of the patriotic divide our politicians belong. Rest assured, Religious affiliation, ethnic origin, political bias, and any subjective sentiment will not expose the culprits of our predicament. Therefore we need to approach the process with undiluted political objectivity. This can only be achieved by a true Patriot who lives by the code of the National Pledge clear and simple.

The Court of Wise Jurisprudence would recommend that every single Patriot of Nigerian decent lock hands in a tight union to ensure that no single life is lost through the election process of 2019. If we can achieve this, everything else regarding the elections of 2019 would fall into place seamlessly. Arise O Compatriots…..

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12. The nearly Infinite Potentials of the Nigerian Nation: A tip of the Iceberg.

This blog episode is a fact sheet built on information obtained from Wikipedia. It is a tip of the great potentials of our noble nation Nigeria. The intent is to encourage a collective read of the facts contained in the article on Nigeria which can be found on Wikipedia.

The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator.

History of activities within the demarcation known as Nigeria, dates as far back as before 1500

Land mass: 923,768 km2

Population estimate: 190,886,311

The population of Nigeria increased by 57 million from 1990 to 2008. This is a 60% growth rate in less than two decades. According to the United Nations, Nigeria has been undergoing explosive population growth and has one of the highest growth and fertility rates in the world. By their projections, Nigeria is one of eight countries expected to account collectively for half of the world’s total population increase in 2005–2050. By 2100 the UN estimates that the Nigerian population will be between 505 million and 1.03 billion people (middle estimate: 730 million). In 1950, Nigeria had only 33 million people

Languages: over 250 different languages 

There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria; nine of them are now extinct

Cultural variety: Diverse

Nigeria has the third-largest youth population in the world, after India and China, with more than 90 million of its population under age 18.

Agriculture used to be the principal foreign exchange earner of Nigeria

In 2005 Nigeria had the highest rate of deforestation in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That year, 12.2%, the equivalent of 11,089,000 hectares had been forested in the country. Between 1990 and 2000, Nigeria lost an average of 409,700 hectares of forest every year equal to an average annual deforestation rate of 2.38%. Between the years 1990 and 2005, in total Nigeria lost 35.7% of its forest cover, or around 6,145,000 hectares.

Tourism opportunities in the country can be found in all regions.

Nigerian citizens have authored many influential works of post-colonial literature in the English language. Nigeria’s best-known writers are Wole Soyinka, the first African Nobel Laureate in Literature, and Chinua Achebe, best known for the novel Things Fall Apart (1958) and his controversial critique of Joseph Conrad.

Other Nigerian writers and poets who are well known internationally include John Pepper Clark, Ben Okri, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, Helon Habila, T. M. Aluko, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Daniel O. Fagunwa, Femi Osofisan and Ken Saro Wiwa, who was executed in 1995 by the military regime.

Nigeria has the second largest newspaper market in Africa (after Egypt) with an estimated circulation of several million copies daily in 2003.

Critically acclaimed writers of a younger generation include Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Chris Abani, Sefi Atta, Helon Habila, Helen Oyeyemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Kachi A. Ozumba, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Chika Unigwe.

Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves

Nigeria has a total of 159 oil fields and 1,481 wells in operation according to the Department of Petroleum Resources

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world, major emerging market operators (like MTN, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom) basing their largest and most profitable centres in the country

Nigeria also has a wide array of underexploited mineral resources which include natural gas, coal, bauxite, tantalite, gold, tin, iron ore, limestone, niobium, lead and zinc. Despite huge deposits of these natural resources, the mining industry in Nigeria is still in its infancy

In conclusion, it is evident that there is no justifiable reason (given the numerous opportunities open to our dear country) for the deplorable state of the Nation. It would be rational for anyone to logically believe that collectively, we are a very strange people to have so much at our disposal and yet remain perpetually trapped in the abyss of underdevelopment.  My fellow countrymen, the profound reality of our mistakes are the simple reason for the currently precarious situation in Nigeria and there is every need to act differently.

I am certain that if we were to replace the Nigerian population with those of any progressive nation, Nigeria would be amongst the most developed nations on earth. Our problems are human oriented; pure and simple. There is every need for a change in character, and it must begin with the mind of each and every single citizen. We need to rest assured that our generation will hold us accountable in the future for our casual approach to the pertinent issues of the day which go way beyond amassing untold wealth to the glory of our individual family names. We ought to have realized that this attitude cannot build a nation of any meaningful relevance.

Hopefully the strength of the lessons of the intent expressed in the first paragraph of this blog episode would wake up action on the side of all Patriotic minded citizens of this great nation Nigeria.

Arise O Compatriots….

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11. Citizens on Patrol (COP): The Foundation of our National Security

Way back in time, the game of football was officiated by a single Center Referee and the two Assistant Referees. This was until the evolution of the V.A.R (Video Assistant Referee) technology introduced untold sanity into officiating the game. The V.A.R is a background crew of Referees who attend to the game through the Center Referee from a Control Center via Information and Communication Technology ICT. The end result is a game with little or no margin for officiating errors.

The illustration above draws inference on the fact that there is more efficiency achieved, when a majority is involved in any action within an entity. A centipede would navigate in the direction of motion of a majority of its several tiny legs.

The same logic applies on the issue of national security in any nation. A majority of the citizens must be patriotic enough to have a zero tolerance for anything which as much as whispers the profile of criminal action.

In advanced nations of the world this truth is very evident. From the coasts of the United States of America, to the British Isles, right through the U.S.S.R, down to the Japans in the Far East etc. Certain instances of actions against criminal intent are initiated by the patriotic civilian populace who escalate emergency calls to ‘911’ as it is observed with the United States as an example. The fact remains that the collection of very efficient security outfits in such nations cannot do it alone. The strength of their success lies with the collective patriotic actions of the majority of the Citizens.

 Our case in Nigeria ought to follow this logically sound norm; however it must be different considering the myriad of security challenges currently besieging the nation of Nigeria. Daily illustrations are so numerous it’s almost uncountable and not worthy of mention. Regardless the reasons behind the trend, the bitter and unacceptable reality remains that the priceless value of any single human life must be upheld in the nation of our dream Nigeria.

The dream Nigeria is a country where every single patriotic citizen is a Sheriff. This is excluding the already established security outfits: the NPF- the Nigeria Police Force, the NAF- the Nigerian Armed Forces, the DSS- Department of State Security Services, the NDC- the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps etc.

The dream Nigeria is a country where the foundation of effective National security is built around the daily patriotic actions of Citizens on Patrol (COP). The essence of the Spirit of honor behind the profile of the COP is buried in the heart of the Creed of the Patriot.

The dream Nigeria is a country where this massive security ‘VAR’ maintains a vigilance which ensures that any criminal thought is confined to the mind of the Originator and never finds support to translate into actions. Instances of crime should be preemptively contained in our dream Nigeria without a need to fire off a single round of warning shot.

For obvious reasons to a sound mind of rational reason, our collective path toward this dream may lie in mobilizing our Traditional Institutions to coordinate the Patriots on this leg of the journey.

Arise O Compatriots!

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10. Patriots Alert: The Nigerian Population; a growing ‘Hydra’ with Potentials, worthy of note. Part II of Part II

Continued from Part I of Part II

….In addition, there is a scramble for the limited resource which is available, social welfare responsibility would simply be overwhelming on any incumbent government. Simple waste management can be an odious task. There is an undue pressure on the ecosystem, because of large clusters of citizens in the few developed city areas. The list of disadvantages as well as illustrating real life examples within the domain of our country is endless.  

Within the Nigerian space, our attitude seems very oblivious of the threat of our currently unmanaged large number to our present wellbeing and the future of our generation. We are often enmeshed in needless debates of no real productive consequence such as: Mr. A, from ‘tribe’ B is occupying position C in a state D where the person is not an ‘indigene’. Amazingly, such topics usually occupy the Nigerian polity for months, distracting everyone from realistically addressing cogent and serious issues.  Another reality worthy of note is that with each passing day of our folly at distraction, our population adds an additional to the number: 190.9 million which is presumed to be the estimate figure at the time of this write-up. The very disturbing side of this equation is that the daily increase in the national population of Nigeria is not waiting on our decision to rise to responsibility; nor on the hope that one day, a Heaven sent messiah would appear, wave a magic wand, and all will be well. It is a steady and sure recurrent swell in number with each new day in our country Nigeria and we seriously need to consciously and collectively act to contain it. Our inability to manage this current figure, definitely means that we cannot manage anything larger successfully.

 The current objections, which may border on religious, customary, or personal sentiments, will not change the currently unpleasant scenario, or the eventual worse to come.

There aren’t enough schools, enough roads, enough hospitals, and enough hostel accommodations in our schools, ‘Cities are opening up at a much faster pace than the Government is able to execute the planned layout. This often creates a very chaotic challenge on the long run between land owners and the Government in such city settlements. The list of issues arising from poor management of our humongous population goes on and on. These issues find relevance in our neglect and lack of planning. If not for the negligent habit of excessive importation, one day some day, there might not be enough food to go round in our dearly beloved country Nigeria!!! This is an embarrassment of magnanimous proportions for a Country that was once the pride of Africa. ‘Arise O Compatriots…!’

Moving forward to a conclusion, perhaps it may be easier now, for any reader to appreciate the fact that our population can be likened to the monster hydra mentioned in the beginning which needs to be contained in order to harness the enormous positive side of its potential. We just can’t kill it. It must be dealt with, and the sooner we all wake up to that realization, the better for our present, and future.

Our Government policies and actions can learn from nations mentioned above who have been able to manage their population to the advantage of productive development. As Citizens, we should enlighten ourselves thoroughly on the subject matter to understand that such policies and actions are in the best interest of the country Nigeria and not any attempt of nefarious intent by anyone. In addition, we should all appreciate that the mental profile required to deal with this issue should be devoid of any Religious, Tribal, political, or regional bias.

This is one issue that needs careful and timely handling if we (on behalf of our generations to come), must continue our journey to the land of our Dream Nigeria. With hindsight, we may now understand the guiding reasons sighted in episode 5: (‘Giving a face to our ….’)behind the definition of the demarcation that defines the boundaries of our beloved country Nigeria by the Great British Empire. Another food for thought.

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9. Patriots Alert: The Nigerian Population; a growing ‘Hydra’ with Potentials, worthy of note. Part I of Part II

Population can be defined within the context of this episode to mean:  ‘the number of inhabitants (either the total number or the number of a particular race or class) in a given place (country or city etc.)’And in this case, our reference to the Nigerian population is the number of inhabitants born of Nigerian origin. At certain instances, it may also include an aggregate of this figure in addition to foreigners within the Nigerian land space at any point in time.

A ‘Hydra within the same context of the preceding paragraph can be defined as: ‘a (Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones’ Rightly, it might seem best to rational reasoning to slay the monster; however, if the duel started with a one-headed monster, after cutting off the head just twice, the warrior of reason would be facing an undying monster with four heads! A riddle indeed!! It might seem best in the court of prudent wisdom, to tame the monster to become a useful tool, assuming this accomplishment is possible and this feat would require more than an average dose of ingenuity.

Lastly, ‘Potentials within this context means ‘the inherent capacity for a concept to come into being’, however it should be appreciated that the character of whatever defines the being could fall into the positive or negative axis of useful potential which can translate to positive economic growth and not a burden to economic development.

The large population of any nation could be a blessing or a dilemma if the development of supporting infrastructure (Roads, Water supply, Schools, hospitals etc) is not properly managed. There would come a time when there would be an unhealthy degree of competition because the limited infrastructure cannot support the ‘weight’ of the population. For simple illustration, the major refineries in Nigeria were built in the mid-70’s when the population of the country was estimated at 63,373,572. 30 years later, the same strength of refineries can no longer provide efficient petroleum service because the demand for the product is far higher. With proper planning, Countries with populations larger than Nigeria have recorded economic milestones with their national development; e.g. China is currently one of the leading world economies, and India is not far behind with economic success. The population of the former is estimated at 1.386 billion, whilst the latter holds a population of 1.339 billion, Nigeria is estimated at 190.9 million. This, is a mere fraction in comparison.

It’s a clear fact that if most of the citizenry of any nation are inclined to productivity, there would massive and varied spheres of development within that space. This is the case with the country China. The diverse skilled citizenry can always present an alternative productive drive if the nation’s main stay is no longer a viable source of income, and income is the medium of expense required for national development.  However, in the event that there is no effort at profound productivity from the majority, there can never be any divine intervention as a substitute to the reality of the consequence of under development. This is a truth we’d collectively need to come to hard terms with. The diversity of the productive strength of our aggregate majority is really weak. So for illustration, the drastic drop in the global price of oil was able to send our country Nigeria into an exile of recession. There was no readily fall back productive alternative on ground.  It is very doubtful if this scenario can ever find opportunity in the economic space of the Chinese nation. This is a painful lesson we all need to come to terms with, if there is a if there is any whisper of a chance to reverse the current spin of the wheel.  

Another negative dimension of improper management of a large population is friction within the population. Communal conflicts, Frequent Industrial actions, Herdsmen and Farmers clashes, etc are some illustrations of the dynamics with the preceding sentence. Another painful lesson….

Continues in Part II of Part II

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8. Double Thumbs up 2 Our Great Country: Nigeria H’2019!

This is wishing every single Compatriot, a very pleasant, happy, peaceful & prosperous New Year: 2019. We pray this will be a year of real development, learning and growth for our dear country. It would surely be better than the previous year of 2018, if it is our sincere collective desire, & prayer as ordained by Almighty God. We pray the good Lord to grant all our sincere wishes of true patriotic growth for our country, our families, and self.

Almighty God willing, we shall all live to see the peaceful conclusion of this year at the end of December 2019.  God bless our nation: Nigeria.

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