21. The Wisdom of Patience with Processes of Life: a key to achieving Enduring Results Part II of Part II

….In Nigeria our orientation regarding the concept of Processes, planning and timelines is rather depressingly poor. With the Leadership of the country, the longest lifespan of any process of plan is limited to eight years, which represents two terms of four years each in office. The next administration will jettison the process and everything else on assumption of office.

The youthful student does not realize the fact that education is a continuous process which requires a constant exposure to the educational technique of the school including reading materials throughout the semester; so they ignore the process, and just before an exam they hope that some improvised plan which will mostly depend on a divine assistance of mercy will earn them a good grade.

At work, the inexperienced and half qualified brand personnel who is relative clueless on their service delivery requirements is always ready with all manner of excuses punctuated with polite apologies for not delivering on the specifics of your request. They never realized that service delivery is a learning process with its timelines; it was all about getting a job and making money.

The livestock farmer can’t wait for the maturity of his stock and would rather flood the market with premature livestock just to make money; completely throwing the process of growth to the wind. Same goes for the fruit and crop farmer. Everyone is impatient and things must happen immediately.  The illustrations are so many and we can only make an honest reference of our memory banks to confirm that these observations are true. The ‘get rich quick’ syndrome et al; you name it and we’re doing it.

Even the simple process of queuing up for any reason can only find success either by the use of force or other incentives of some sort. It is never due to understanding of the concept of the Wisdom of Patience with any process of life. Little wonder we have collectively been unable to achieve any enduring progress with our development. We seem sadly satisfied with mediocre progress of snail speed with consoling reminders that since it took the progressive nations centuries to get to their present status, our case should be no different or better. We blindly fail to realize that if the present level of global development was obtainable at that time; their rate of development would have been compared to the speed of light.

There is every need for a collective realization of the fact that without understanding this basic concept of development, we cannot make progress as a nation or individuals. It is therefore expedient for every single citizen to rise up to the occasion of eradicating this great misunderstanding of fact from our thought process.

It is important that we avoid raising our children with this twisted logic of existence for the simple reason that it will not make our collective quest for a dream Nigeria; an enduring reality.

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20. The Wisdom of Patience with Processes of Life: a key to achieving Enduring Results. Part I of Part II

The life we live is an aggregate summation of various Tasks. A Task in computing language can be defined as a process or instance of execution of a program. In this instance, a program is the process of steps to be taken in completing a goal. Each process has a timeline which may be short or long depending on the requirement for successful completion of the Task. There are no shortcuts to these timelines, once a desired end result has been determined. Therefore any short circuits to the original pathway would simple produce a copy of the intended result at varying representations of the target end. The efficacy of the variation would depend on the degree of deviation from the recommended process path. A higher deviation mostly and always produces a very bad copy.

The paragraph above can be illustrated with the primitive tasks and processes of the life we live. A human pregnancy is a task which involves a process that mostly runs for nine months. At the end of this period, a child is born. In most normal scenarios, if this terminal stage of the process of pregnancy occurs prior to nine months or afterward, then something has most probably gone wrong.

A farmer’s trade is based on processes which depend on time and season. The process of growing certain crops may take a couple of months in the case of Maize, Tomatoes, Carrots and other such crops. Some others may run into several months like Cassava, Yam, Sweet Potatoes, and other such crops. Yet some others would require processes of much longer periods. There is no compromise to these processes. Though the advent of fertilizers created an illusion of reducing the timeline of the process of growing crops, the health tradeoff is found in the slight differences with the profundity of fertilizer grown crops and non-fertilizer grown equivalents.

The principle of process and time plays out with our domestic chores at home such as the preparation of various foods. An illustration is preparation of the local Pap, which is a process of soaking raw Maize in water over a couple of days, before it is milled and stored. Its preparation requires soaking with water at boiling point. Another illustration can be found with the popular dish Moimoi. This requires soaking raw Beans in water over some hours, milling the Beans and steaming same in tin containers or wrapped in polythene or fresh leaves. Any short cuts to the two processes mentioned above, would produce something different from Pap or Moimoi.

Clearly, the story of the paragraph above is true with any segment of life, whether it is with the naturally occurring or man-made segment of life. From the Corporate World of the Desk Office, through to the World of Building and Construction, to the abstract World of Policy generation, Penal correction, and the development of Personal or Social Ethics; it is the same principle of processes and time. This is the reason the proverbial saying ‘Rome was not built in a day’ still finds strength till date.

With this realistic view and understanding of one of the basic concepts of life, the Progressive Nations of the world have thrived in productivity and growth. Policies are planned and rolled out with effective processes and realistic timelines; sometimes decades into the future. Citizens understand their roles of responsibility; and collectively strive to ensure that timelines are in view with the onus of accountability clearly imprinted on conscience of each Task Owner. At the end of the day, long lasting and enduring progress is made through the course of time with further upgrades to development standards which have been certified successful.

The present day level of development in the progressive nations of the world which we aspire to emulate did not happen overnight by an aimless chance of wishful thought. It is as a result of a methodical plan of development designed and sustained by the understanding of continuity to bring them to the point we enviously find them today. Unsurprisingly, some of these plans were perfected decades or centuries ago.  It is the Wisdom of their patience with the processes of life, which enabled the Citizens of such Nations the remarkable and progressive status they bear globally today….

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19. Patriots Alert V: Our Profane Countenance on the mutilation of our Noble Currency.

The three keywords Profane, Countenance, and Mutilation will be defined in the context of this blog episode for better clarity on the subject title and content.

Profane: Grossly disrespectful toward what is held to be sacred. Countenance: The appearance conveyed by a person’s face. Mutilation: A damage that causes disfigurement or that deprives an important member part.

Every nation on earth is defined by a currency which is simply the local money used in a country. Most currencies of most countries in the world bear images of prominent Heroes or Heroines peculiar to that country; it may also bear significant landmarks or other respectable illustrations which define a collectively accepted symbol of high esteem to the particular nation. In certain instances, the currency of a nation is defined by paper notes and coins.

This blog episode focuses on paper notes which currently define the noble currency of our great country Nigeria. It must be mentioned that the value of a currency note is not determined by any of its physical design features, but rather by other mechanics of finance which is beyond the scope of this blog. Suffice it to say that the value of a currency note does not and should not necessarily denote the weight of respect with handling, therefore the attribute of value is not key to this discussion. A single unit of British Pound or US Dollar or EU Euros deserves the respect of twenty units of the equivalent currency note.

Decency and respect for the accepted symbol of illustration on a currency note requires a handling of equivalent standard. A secondary rationale bordering on hygiene is another reason for the dignified handling of currency notes. A wallet is the recommended personal mobile housing for currency notes and is strictly dedicated to this purpose. Experience has shown that any other alternative to the wallet will only guarantee a shorter life span for the currency note. It is also expedient to point out that currency notes are not printed for free, and a cost must be incurred to generate any single currency note. This means that the frequency of recycling currency notes is dependent on the manner of handling of the notes by the citizens of any nation. A higher recycle frequency connotes more expense on the government institution which bears the burden of funding the recycle process.

Evidently, there are very good reasons why currency notes are handled with pride and care in progressive countries of the world.

The story of the meaning of our currency notes in our dear country Nigeria should not be different. However, there is very little respect for the revered national images and symbols which dot the landscape of all our currency notes. Some of these notes include the now extinct 1 Naira note which had the image of Herbert Macaulay; a noble gentleman considered the founder of Nigerian Nationalism.  The 5 Naira note bears the image of the revered Sir Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa; the first Prime Minister of our great country. The 10 Naira note bears the image of Dr. Alvan Ikoku; a renowned Educationist, Activist, Statesman, and Politician. The 100 Naira note holds the image of Chief Obafemi Awolowo foremost nationalist and statesman who played a prominent role in our pursuit of Independence. Our 200 Naira note has the kind stare of Sir Ahmadu Bello; the great Premier of the Northern Region who also held the renowned title of the Sardauna of Sokoto. The 500 Naira note bears the gentle face of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe the first Executive President of Nigeria.

Our collective handling of our currency notes in Nigeria does not show any iota of respect to the noble figures mentioned in the paragraph above, whose selfless achievements are far more than most of us can dream in a lifetime. Our handling of our currency notes denotes a complete disregard for a sense of national belonging to the nation Nigeria. Our handling of our Naira notes simply underlines a disgraceful stench which bears no single Patriotic undertone.

At social functions, a majority of us proudly trample our currency notes underfoot, in the name of celebrating with money. A very strange culture which leaves the naira assaulted with all manner of unhygienic debris as picked up by our footwear. The same naira notes are usually handled with fingers which may eventually end up in plates of food at the same function. This is a very disgusting trend which leaves a lot to be said regarding our decency as a people.  My imagination cannot comprehend any Briton of rational mind trampling on the British pound with the image of Queen Elizabeth II boldly printed on it. Ironically, it is also certainly correct to assume that the majority of Nigerians, who are guilty of this weird act which presumably typifies affluence, will not drop and dance on top of picture images of treasured relatives.

For the sake of brevity, the illustration above is enough to buttress the point that with most of us, the noble currency of our great country can be likened to a worthless piece of bare paper. On a daily basis, our currency continues to endure all forms of unimaginable abuse by citizens of the Nigerian nation and no one is held in penal accountability.

There is every need to change the current narrative to something more dignifying and more in line with the tenets of the Creed of the Patriot. There is a strong reason to remind ourselves that our currency is a financial extension of the face of our great country Nigeria. Finally it may help to remind ourselves that assuming it were possible for our past Heroes and Leaders to see our actions through their faces printed on our currency notes, they would be awfully upset with every single one of us,  for this brazen act of disrespect; our repayment to them for giving us an Independent Nigerian nation.

Arise O Compatriots….

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18. The Concept of African Time: A National Embarrassment

An Embarrassment is the shame a person feels when their inadequacy or guilt is made public. On a national scale, the concept of African time is a national embarrassment of grievous proportions on our dear nation Nigeria. It is a concept brought to bear by a collective decision by the majority never to be neither sincere nor accountable for their statements. It is a concept with a mutual understanding which simply means that we all know we are not going to keep to the schedule of this task.

The big question is the reason behind the schedule in the first place. Everyone forgets as soon as the decision on the schedule has been agreed. If it is an appointment scheduled by 12 noon as an instance; you will definitely not see anyone at the venue at the scheduled time. Everyone will deliberately choose to make a casual arrival at varying intervals of lateness. This is the height of frivolity amongst adults of sound mind.

This strange character of immaturity bears several amusing twists which ought to be very clear in the Court of Common Opinion. It completely defeats the essence of the invention of individual time instruments aka watches, clocks, etc. The invention and application of time monitoring equipment is designed to enable everyone synchronize to any schedule of appointment. It also means that a scheduled arrangement which has been planned in theory can be realized in practice within the time-line scheduled for it. This also implies that a series of dependent schedules which form a part of a whole project can never be achieved as planned right from the blast of the starting whistle; if no one keeps to time.

Another unfortunate and heart rending reality of this strange decision by a majority of Nigerians to simply be tragically funny is that the younger generation are learning this art from us right from birth; so much so that it is now second nature.

It is incredibly amazing and sad to see a group of esteemed Nigerian citizens presiding a meeting which might run into marathon hours; engage themselves through the pains of documenting such meetings; only to deliberately throw each other into a state of complete planlessness the next instant for the sake of ‘African time’. I often ponder the name ‘African time’ because this behavior seems to be mostly peculiar with the Nigerian nation.

It should be little wonder the reason our index of achievements is very low when considering the resources expended.  This attribute of hypocrisy has taught our subconscious minds that the efficacy of the meaning of words no longer matters. Little wonder the profoundly rich words of the National pledge has no consequence in our daily lives. Little wonder the melodious call of the National anthem has consistently fallen on deaf ears. Little wonder the words of our prayers carry no meanings with our actions. Little wonder it is becoming more difficult to find a Nigerian who can pledge accountability for their statements. Little wonder we have almost become the most unserious nation on the planet.

The notorious concept of ‘African time’ has evolved into a national embarrassment and must be unlearned by every single Citizen of this country as a matter of great priority. The plain truth is that there is no Nation on this planet where development can survive on such terrain of hypocrisy and planlessness. This is one of the monsters which has retarded national development with our country in a very subtle manner. Until there is a collective will to act on changing the current narrative of ‘African time’, the future of our dream Nigerian nation remains very bleak.

Arise O Compatriots….

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17. Patriots Alert IV: National Productivity and the non-Diligence of the Majority. Part II of Part II

….The narrative of a diligent approach to life within the demarcation that defines our darling country Nigeria is simply tear-jerking. Prior to delving into this disconcerting issue, there is every need to acknowledge the diligent minorities who have daily committed to a diligent approach with life regardless the dispiriting lifestyle of the majority. Top on this list are the citizens of honor who are the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces defined in blog episode 4 as ‘A Proud Symbol of Unrelenting Patriotism’. Others include citizens whose picture illustrations were proudly utilized to buttress the points of blog episode 5 ‘Giving a face to our Noble Country Nigeria’. Indeed there are several Nigerians who define their contribution to daily life on the platform of diligence; however, the numbers are very marginal for a country with an estimate population of 190 million. 

  

It should be stated in unequivocal and clear terms that the reason behind the popular cliché of most Nigerians that ‘the system does not work’ is simply due to a lack of diligence by the majority of us. It is not due to a curse of divine fate or any remote manipulation by any person of cultist tendencies. In the court of Divine Wisdom, both reasons are simply laughable and ignorantly primitive.

There is no diligence with the Teachers in the schools; half baked graduates are routinely pumped out into the workforce; there is no diligence with the law makers; policies of no relevance are utilized to address serious national issues; there is no diligence with the financial institutions; high denominations and dirty currencies are the order of the day; there is no diligence with the health workers; hospitals are grave yards rather than institutions of health rejuvenation; there is no diligence with the judiciary; serious crimes of corruption are ignored for petty issues of no comparison. Inefficiency is the order of the day, and the entire nation spends its financial resources on mediocrity. The list is endless.

A pause in thought would agree with the conclusion that this lack of diligence is the reason for the low national productivity of the Nigerian nation. There is nothing more or less. The truth remains that until there is a change in this philosophy of neglect and callousness, there can be no hope of real positive change. An uncountable number of investments have been run aground by this unproductive philosophy of nonchalance and negligence. The Nigerian nation is blessed with untold resources which can be likened to the fortunes of the Treasure Island. The Nigerian nation is also blessed with the support of friendly nations and institutions who have tirelessly committed funds to resuscitate the dwindling fortunes of productivity from time immemorial; however, our lack of diligence has made this dream a bridge too far from reality.

Several fruitless experiments ought to have revealed to all of us that there is no shortcut to the application of diligence in all we do. These experiments which can be termed an aimless exercise in the waste of financial resources ought to have taught us the hard lesson that life is not about how much cash rests in our wallets, but on the principles of productivity. Productivity we have learned in this blog episode is a function of diligence.

It is time we collectively revolted against this philosophy of selfish negligence in our daily chores of existence. It is time for the patriotic mindedness of citizens of this great nation Nigeria to stand strong and influence the thoughts of the majority on the right attitude. It is only this change in our character of reasoning which can guarantee that our vision of a dream Nigerian nation remains in realistic view.

On these truths and more, I rest my case.

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16. Patriots Alert IV: National Productivity and the non-Diligence of the Majority. Part I of Part II

Productivity is the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time. It can also be defined as having the power to create. Diligence is the Persevering determination to perform a task or carefulness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation.

A careful observation of the nations of the world which we aspire to either visit or attain citizenship would reveal that a majority of the citizens are diligent with any task they engage in. The United States of America, England, Dubai, Italy, China, name it. In these countries; the citizens dedicate a careful attitude of paying proper attention and getting the best results with any task.

From the citizen occupying the official position of the Presidency, through to the citizens in the legislative house, or the judiciary, down to the policeman on the streets, the personnel at the power station, the gardener mowing the lawn at public parks, right through to the refuse disposal personnel; at every turn of life; conscientious diligence is on display with the majority. It is no rocket science therefore that such nations are always progressive on the productive axis of life. An exercise in thought for a reason a country with the productivity of China, or India, should experience recession would only leave a person with a headache and very little for an answer.

With such countries, a healthy quantity of products and services utilized on a daily basis within the nation are locally produced, manufactured or sourced; from food items, stationeries, building materials, right through to vehicles and more serious hardware. Whilst such countries do engage in the importation of certain items of necessity, they also engage in the exportation of high quality locally manufactured goods and services. This helps to earn a healthy income and maintain a balance which ensures that issues relating to recession can only be experienced as a result of an extreme miscalculation of ignorance. Such nations of the world with great pride are quick to refuse substandard deliveries on the shores of their country. A heavy frown and penalty would greet any individual who attempts to make such unwanted introductions.

Diligence of the majority ensures that lifeless systems which are driven by human beings work properly.  Diligence of the majority encourages the bloom of an attractive flora of national development on all frontiers. Diligence of the majority guarantees easy connect by the citizens with the patriotic ethics required to sustain the progressive vision statement of such nations. Diligence of the majority discourages the probably unpatriotic minority from abandoning the shores of their own country for any other nation. This minority understands very clearly, that the grass is never greener on any other side except for where they are standing. An illustration of this truth can be found with the Afro-American, some of whom may have complaints regarding a tendency of racist behavior within their country; however, they can never trade the American nation for another. They have proudly adorned the national flag of their great nation with several global achievements….

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15. A Treacherous Assault on the non-negotiable Peace & Unity of the Nigerian Nation: Fake News!

Four keywords will be defined in order to provide character to the direction of this blog episode.

Treacherous: A tendency to betray one’s own. Assault: A threatened or attempted physical attack by an entity which appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped. Non-negotiable: A concept or items which can neither be bought nor sold. Fake: Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article.

The filth called ‘Fake news’ has become a modern weapon of war in the digital age we currently live. It is an art that is gaining popularity with persons of such low integrity which defines ethical bankruptcy.  It is peculiar to Persons who owe loyalty only to the mirror image of self. This art of treachery is solely reserved for an unforgivably unpatriotic citizen whose sole intent given the opportunity is to bring to bear, the down fall of their very own nation, institution, group, family etc. For the context of this blog episode we will focus our attention of reach of the menace of Fake News on our noble nation Nigeria.

Fake news is a modern adversary of far worse capabilities than the age long rival of our great Nation; Corruption. The devastation Corruption may have achieved in Nigeria in a decade of ten years can be achieved by Fake News in an instant. If Corruption may be likened to the hand grenade of a nation’s problems, then Fake news may be likened to the nuclear war head of a country’s headaches. The consequence of Fake news on the fabric of a nation is simply toxic to say the least. Deep meditation will reveal that Fake news can lead to the implosion of a nation more efficiently than any other device of human origin.

A simple truth is that if the altercation described in blog episode 6 ‘Nigeria Vs Corruption’ is allowed to ensure between our dear nation and Fake news, our noble nation will need the prime intervention of our finest Patriots to survive the onslaught. Nothing short of this magnitude and degree would rescue our dear nation Nigeria. For this reason, there is every need to nip the phenomena called Fake news in the bud; and send it as far away as possible from the demarcation we fondly know as our beloved country Nigeria.

Fake news is a lifeless concept which is fueled by human beings. It is a phenomenon which has been given popularity by nefarious citizens of a nation; in this instant Nigeria.

A pause in thought would convince anyone that an outsider cannot instigate any fake news of credibility into a family save with the help of a family member. Therefore it should not be rocket science to conclude that fake news in our beloved country Nigeria is mongered by severely unpatriotic Citizens who have no regard for any line of the National creed (Our National Pledge and National Anthem).

Any effort of national interest designed to expunge the emerging scourge of Fake news in our country, must be subtle enough to carefully and systematically expose the fake attributes with the source of the news and culpable citizens. The citizens would unfortunately need to be penalized severely for threatening the sovereignty of a nation they are born into; with a faint hope that they would be reformed, or at worst; never dream a second attempt. This is not a task for a faint minded Patriot. It is a task for any Citizen who can understand the substance of each line of the national pledge with no exception of Religious, Ethnic, or Political bias.

This effort of national interest must incorporate a highly objective and non-partisan News Verification System (NVS), which is designed to enable Citizens confirm the authenticity of any contentious news item. The NVS of the Nigerian nation is recommended to comprise core membership of reputable and disciplined media outfits, with ancillary membership from reputable and disciplined continental regional media outfits(e.g. from ECOWAS nations as it concerns Nigeria). Other details of the NVS proposal are beyond the scope of this blog.

The Patriots within the Legislative arms of the government, a.k.a The Senate and House of Representatives must as a matter of urgency, draft laws guiding the protection and operations of the NVS in Nigeria.

In addition, the Patriots within the Judiciary system of our Nation must be seen to penalize such citizens who have been determined to originate such falsehood into the nation’s polity.

This will provide a healthy measure of patriotic accountability amongst the citizenry to the nation of Nigeria i.e. Yourself and I inclusive.

In recent times, the Nigerian polity has witnessed all sorts of fake news, from the absurd to the nefariously mischievous, only such collective action of Patriotic gallantry can continue to ensure that our peaceful national walk toward our dream Nigeria is not interrupted by the treachery of Fake News.

Arise O Compatriots…

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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 breath 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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