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  • Our Children are Taught Things beyond Them-Executive Secretary MUSWEN

    Child 2The Executive Secretary of the  Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria(MUSWEN) Prof. Yahyah Muslih has taken a swipe at those who teach children things beyond their intelligence.
    Prof. Muslih gave this condemnation recently at an event organized by the Peacemakers Guide, Nigeria in collaboration with Shafaudeen Center for  Religious Cooperation and Tolerance(SCRCT) to commemorate the 20121 United Nations Women's day of Peace and Disarmament in Ibadan, Nigeria.
    ''What do we see in the world today? Our children, these days, are taught what they should not know, what is beyond their intelligence. We are in this world to live and worship God and not to bring an end to life. Each individual has a role to play to create a situation where we need less and less of arms and ammunition'',  he noted.
    The program was  Chaired by the immediate past Executive Chairman of MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi, also featured the inauguration of the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, his wife, and other members as the Chairman, Chairperson and members of the Board of Trustees of the Guide.
    Prof. Noibi, in his remarks, acknowledged the fact that in all parts of the world, women have been the victims of violence rather than the troublemakers 
    Similarly, the Director-General of the Guide, Prof. Adegbolagun George asserted that gender discrimination among women had over time resulted in gender violence, adding '' when women are involved in diplomacy and governance the world becomes more peaceful''.
    The immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees is Emeritus Archbishop, Methodist Church, Nigeria, Most Revd. Ayo Ladigbolu.

  • Nigerians should give Thanks to God-Former Oyo Gov.

    God 4A former Oyo State Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja has called on Nigerians to give thanks to God for His mercies in these perilous times of the coronavirus pandemic.
    This call was made by Senator Ladoja in an interaction with newsmen on Thursday at his Ondo Street, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria residence.
    ''we have to thank God for all that is happening. The prediction was that in Africa we would pick dead bodies on the streets during the coronavirus pandemic. We have to thank God. In Africa, the pandemic, we as not hit as the developed countries, where their medical system is very advanced,'' Senator Ladoja declared.

     

  • FG Plans to Sack Workers-Ex-Officio TUC

    Work 2An Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze has alerted workers in the Federal Civil Service of the plans to lay off workers on particular grades.

    Comrade Emelieze who is also the former Chairman of the TUC in the state made this known in a chat with Poverty Line.

    ''It should be noted that the idea to cut down the workforce, reduce salaries and merge Ministries, Departments and Agencies is not acceptable, considering what workers are passing through. However, it is the intention of the Federal Government to sack workers in particular grades in the Federal Civil Service.

    These policies are been driven by the conditions spelled out in the documents containing the country's indebtedness to the International Monetary Fund(IMF) and the World Bank, in the face of corruption and leakages from the national wealth,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.

     

  • Insecurity: Workers are living in Perpetual Fear-Ex-Officio TUC

    Govt 1The unabating insecurity in Nigeria has caused workers to now live in perpetual fear.

    This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress, who is also a former chairman of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''Workers and as a matter of fact, all Nigerians now live in perpetual fear and we are not sure of going back home anytime we set out to work, neither are we also sure of our security at home. Workers are at great risk due to the total collapse of the security architecture in the country.''

    Comrade Emelieze wondered why labor leaders have been mute on the worrisome situation saying, ''one would have expected a swift response from labor leaders in the Nigeria Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress; but the leadership of the labor centers and their affiliate industrial unions have been quiet while lives and properties have been lost. Labor has maintained passivity in the face of kidnappings and killings in Nigeria. The Government is deliberately sacrificing Nigerians and Soldiers for a sinister agenda that still remains unknown, Comrade Emelieze stated.

  • Naira Printing Portends Great Danger-Labor Leader

    Ni 4The allegation by the Edo State Governor that the Federal Government printed N60 billion to meet its financial obligations portends great danger for the country.
    This assertion was made in a Chat with People by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former Chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Emelieze 
    ''What this means is that governance is no longer effective, this portends great danger for Nigeria, it also means that the government is broke. The implication of this is that the Central Bank of Nigeria might be forced to start printing the Niara unnecessarily. This suggests a collapsed economy,'' Comrade Emelieze concluded.

  • Ominous Times

    Ni 2Those in-Charge are increasingly having difficulties resolving the myriad of problems facilitated by their creations, which collectively have put distraught Nigerians in a precarious situation.
    Without a doubt, the insecurity in the land is one among their several creations, that have over time defied any meaningful solution in the public domain, while killings, kidnappings, and armed robbery continue unabated.
    Terrorists, over the weekend, attacked a United Nations humanitarian aid facility in Borno state, which has created an impression that the country is not humanitarian aid and investment-friendly.
    774, 000 Nigerians who were engaged not long ago by Those-in-Charge are already protesting the non-payment of their N20,000 stipends.
    Those-in-Charge have resorted to borrowing money from the Apex bank. This is an indication that ominous times are here. Nigerians are well informed.

     


     

  • Provide for the People-Cleric to Govt

    Gov 2Government at all levels have been advised to take advantage of the Easter season to redeem their battered images by catering to the needs of downtrodden  Nigerians.
    This advice was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with People.
    '' The Federal, State and Local governments should make use of the Easter period to regain the confidence of the people by providing for their needs. The economy is in a bad state, there are hunger and poverty in the land. Foodstuff is very expensive and Nigerians are disillusioned. Government should remember the poor when formulating policies. It should also end the spate of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the country,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.

  • Provide for the People-Cleric to Govt

    Gov 2Government at all levels have been advised to take advantage of the Easter season to redeem their battered images by catering to the needs of downtrodden  Nigerians.
    This advice was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with People.
    '' The Federal, State and Local governments should make use of the Easter period to regain the confidence of the people by providing for their needs. The economy is in a bad state, there are hunger and poverty in the land. Foodstuff is very expensive and Nigerians are disillusioned. Government should remember the poor when formulating policies. It should also end the spate of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the country,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.

  • Be Humble-Cleric

    Humility 1Nigerians have been admonished to be humble in the face of the myriad of challenges confronting the country.
    This admonition was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi.
    ''The scriptures are clear, we shall follow all that is in the scriptures. Nigerians should be humble in the face of the several challenges confronting the country. Humility will go a long way in addressing attitudinal issues among people,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.


     

  • The Essence of Hope

    ProfThe word hope is highly significant in human activities, most especially when one considers the fundamental statement that man proposes and only God disposes of. Human propositions are an ideal concept of wishful thinking that is always positive due to the self-desire of man.
    Most often religious people irrespective of the denominations or sects, traditional or alien, do claim to supplicate onto their creator for their wishful proposals to be transformed into visible results.
    F or example, in our physiological needs, man is bound to put up efforts to realize food for nutrition and good health condition even if he has raw food at hand, he has to put up efforts to cook the food into edible form, within that time lag the factor of hope fill the vacuum because if after finishing the preparations and the unexpected happens during the cooked food into something else, for that moment such a person's hope would be dashed.
    Generally, we all propose to have good clothes that will meet up the challenges of climate variations. One may find out that the type of clothes one may have maybe for only a climate condition-summer, winter, rain, and dry season with the possible unpleasant effect of cold or heat.
    The clothes at hand may not even be adaptable to the new climate condition hence the hope of having other ones that may suit the new climate condition, becomes a matter of hope on where to get money and where to buy the clothes to suit the emerging effect of the climate changes.
    In our growth profile and development, the need for shelter-hired or purchased or to be enjoyed under the benevolence of others like the parents' provision of a safe and secured environment for their children.
    Even in colleges with boarding facilities, the type of people one would be living with that would suit our nature of introvert or extrovert becomes an issue of hope when the distribution list is badly been expected by the students.

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    The word hope is inalienable to man and it can be regarded as an inexhaustible value of the immeasurable elastic limit. This is because of the nature of man regarding his curiosity and the status of his insatiability for comfort to come by.
    In the general arena of human habitation., the wish to have companions whose general behavioral characteristics would be compatible with what one has for the purpose of enjoying peaceful co-existence in order that there is good teamwork spirit for ease of achieving personal desires because achievement is time-bound, the fear of success or failure even when preparation seem to be adequate is always very high with notes anxieties. For example, 10 people are expected to be recruited in an establishment, but more than a hundred people have applied, the fear may be less with high hopes for those who must have been very well prepared with assurances of competence, good human and working relations, the high coping capacity to situations with adjustable ability to adapt. 
    However, no matter how brilliant one may be the hope would still be subjected to some test of fear entertainment. This is because the establishment may not use the merit standard except the hidden policy of using how well connected the interviewee is.
    Is this not the situation with us in Africa, where poverty and hunger have subjugated many brilliant chaps into the labor market that are daily rendering certificate quality into poor second. It is under this situation that some cynics become skeptical about the true intentions of many establishments calling for establishments.
    Fundamentally, three things are Germaine for humanity, purposive existence: the environment, the people of the society as well as the economic activities for the goal of sustainable development and peace to be achieved to take care of the wellness of the people and prosperity of the nation to be viable with a high degree of human development index.
    Where things work accordingly, strong nations emerge with people's hopes always rising with certainty.
    The loss of hope will ever lead to a poor justice system and a high level of insecurity because the development cannot be sustained for the peace of the environment to be threatened.
    A state of hopelessness resulting, in this case, will defy all theories of conflict resolution because the apparatus of gangsterism, in terms of illegal acquisition of weapons of destruction would be easily purchased by the wealthy ones for political thugs in whose hands these weapons would remain even after the conduct of elections.
    The marginalization of the people, denying them access to the good things of life would ever trigger anger to disturb the thought processes into vengeance. If sustainable development through the equity principle of the environment and the economy, viability concept of the society and the economy, and the feasibility assurance of the environment and the society, the issue of the right justice system and peace would have been addressed. Raising the hopes of the people is sacrosanct to achieving good governance because hopelessness is an invitation to insecurity which usually characterizes every bad government.
    The religious sector can only manage aright the hope of the people for a better tomorrow through a high degree of responsiveness of the government to the people's social needs.
    In this wise, the spiritual poverty of the people would have been equally uplifted for adherents to be rejuvenated for right service delivery while been challenged by the demands of their offices.
    The government must keep the hopes of the people alive by motivating them at work and through the provision of basic amenities and functional infrastructure for the physiological needs to be met by all.
    Then after predictably, everybody will be able, putting their creator first,  to project into the future with ease of accomplishment.

    Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria

  • Shun Fetish and Diabolic means to Success-Cleric

    Quo 1Nigerians have been advised to shun fetish and diabolic acts to achieve success.
    This advice was given by Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a Chat with People.
    ''Several Nigerians now seek get rich quick solutions through fetish and diabolic means. There is nothing the devil will give an individual that it would not take back in another way. ''
    ''Nigerian should seek success through hard work and godly ways. There is always a price to pay by those who seek to be successful through fetish and diabolic methods. The evil that people do daily, is negatively affecting the prosperity of the country.
    Nigerians should be hardworking and God-fearing to attain success,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.
     

  • Insecurity and Investments

    InsecIt is not in dispute and contention that when killings, kidnappings, armed robberies, and violence characterize daily living, investments would be at zero levels.

    Investors are now very suspicious and cautious.
    Surprisingly those in charge at every level of government prefer to shield and protect the criminals who have committed heinous and grievous crimes against humanity, rather than do the same for helpless, defenseless, and grief-stricken citizens.
    Indeed, happenings and unfolding events hinge the insecurity in the land to the selfish and evil interests of certain individuals.
    Obviously, the criminals are the creation of those in charge and it is imperative that they are brought to justice, as the activities of the criminals have already started counting against the ''those who pay the piper.'' This, of course, would, in the long run, have a negative impact electorally.
    Sadly, the high cost of living occasioned by the unfavorable policies of the government, ignorance, and insincerity, have prompted market men, women, and other traders to further trouble the disillusioned populace.
    Consequent to the havoc wrecked by insecurity, it would be difficult, if not impossible for those in charge to deliver the dividends of democracy within their constitutionally stipulated tenure.
    Interestingly, governance now thrives on lies, deceit, and propaganda.

  • The Courts and Obedience of its Orders

    DisIn this clime, a court ruling no matter how illegal it is remains a court order.
    However, for a court order to be obeyed, the court issuing such an order must have the competence to issue the same.
    Judgments emanating from courts in Nigeria have over time precipitated rather than solving problems.
    A commonplace is moving from one jurisdiction to shopping for a convenient jurisdiction where to obtain an order for sinister purposes.
    Most of the time the powers that be consent to such illegalities, while the police play out the scripts of the Executive.
    Officials of the Judiciary are helpless since their survival, these days, depends on the designs of the Executive, even as the Legislature vigorously pursue self-driven interests.
    The obedience of court order in this dispensation is selective and largely depends on the mindset of the power that is at different points in time.
    This has no doubt tainted the image of the leadership at all levels to the extent that credit is no longer synonymous with good governance.
    The courts are now a scourge to Nigerians as hopes give way to despair. 

  • Self-Centered Leaders are the Major Problems of Nigeria-Prof. Olagoke

    Prof 1Self-centeredness ensures that political office holders are observed in their own affairs to the extent of losing communication with the people.
    The failure to communicate with the people brings forth challenges in governance, while the desperate bid to protect self-driven interests could pave the way for different forms of insecurity.
    In this interview, the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafauden-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke opines that the self-centered nature of elected leaders is the major problem of underdeveloped nations, such as Nigeria.

    Self-driven interests are now the major considerations in governance. Why is this so?

    Self-centeredness falls into the lowest region of ego-building whereby a child up to the peak of its impressionable age will ever believe that every good thing must belong to him or her including his father's vehicle.
    This is an Id region of human growth in which things are desired by mankind without considering the implications and consequences. They may even fight to possess what does not necessarily belong to them when found in the care of other people including their colleagues and parents.
    Education is, therefore, expected for any individual to outgrow this region. When they are supposed to be regarded as been matured even though they are just entering the adolescent to puberty stage of their lives.
    The exhibition of Id characteristics at this stage will attract a reaction from the society towards suspecting a psychological imbalance in such a person.
    The adduced reason may be as a result of been overdependent on parents or guardians for their livelihood and upkeep.
    In an unfortunate situation, it may be as a result of inherited traits from parents, such traits include stinginess.
    Self-centeredness built into the ego region of any person will not only affect his or her expected contribution to society but equally affects negatively his or her relationship with others including his or her family members who are expected to be taken care of by him or her.
    People with ego-based issues will find it difficult to uphold the concept of philanthropy in society for anybody including their kinsmen.
    His or her expected age and opportunity of acquired wealth will cause such an individual a set-back and result in not reaching the super-ego region of life.
    Such people, when given the opportunity to serve in sensitive positions of power, will easily develop the veins of Timocracy, whereby the individual would not see the essence of been in such positions of power for service, but more as an opportunity for business as usual and treasury looting. This is why the Yorubas believe that any individual acquiring wealth, illegally, to build an empire at the expense of his or her wellness, would eventually forfeit such wealth to other people after passing on to glory.
    My belief is that the Scriptures also uphold this Yoruba philosophy.
    The Yorubas equally teach us in their Proverbs that an elderly person who refuses to give out, most especially to the ladies and the younger ones, will not be noticed when such an individual is with tangible things on his head from the market place.
    The life of charity is recommended for humankind to take care of the need of the world because the grasses are made for the purpose of the survival of the grasscutters.
    The major problems of nations classified as underdeveloped or developing like Nigeria are not a result of a lack of natural resources -human and material-but because of the self-centered nature of their chosen leaders at all levels of governance.
    It is rather unfortunate for any nation to have such a crop of people at the helm of affairs because under them kleptocracy would be the voice of their democracy, while the voters and the masses would reap the dividends of poverty because of the selfish nature of their leaders. A critical look into the reasons why several African nations suffer in the midst of plenty could be appreciated through the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs vis-a-vis, psychological needs, ensure safety and security needs, social needs of the people, self-esteem into the culture of integrity and actualization realm.
    Expectedly, to be able to meet up, the Government must be able to effectively and maximally achieve in the areas of the provision of basic amenities for the purpose of people's wellness as well as the solid establishment of functional infrastructure for people to be dynamically productive through innovations and creativity to be able to go into job creation by people, coupled with government intervention on the issue of employment.
    If this is truly achieved there would not be any form of agitations and security threat and the goal of democratic norms based on justice and equity would have produced for people the expected peace and sustainable development.

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    This is the basis of comparison between the acclaimed developed world and the underdeveloped nations, Nigeria inclusive.
    Furthermore, the animal called man grows from Id to the level of the super-ego, is expected to be rational in making policies and decisions that would be beneficial to others.
    This is expected to reflect in the way we rear our children from their baby class to that of responsible adults.
    Unfortunately, the degree of success rate is crystal clear at the peak of Maslow's hierarchy of need, that is actualization realm which dwells mostly on personal achievements which the ignorant society celebrate overwhelmingly without considering the impact of such achievements on others.
    The in-built self-centeredness into the actualization realm manifests most when such people have the opportunity to be in positions of power.
    Ego-centeredness characteristics then dominate his management and administrative dispensation.
    Such people may end up being richer than the state or nation or the business empire they are saddled to manage in trust for the purpose of building the people they are meant to serve.
    Sensitization, therefore, needs to be mounted against self-centeredness through Olagoke Attitudinal Hierarchy of Needs, whereby people should be made to realize at the entry point of having the opportunity of admission into the academics and recruitment into establishments, on the need to shun selfishness, indiscipline, and corruption, but focus on the goal of productivity, goodwill, and profit for the establishment and that their main concern should be service to the people without living above their means otherwise the promotion exercises would be meaningless.
    The Olagoke Hierarchy of Attitudinal Needs professes that the actualization realm of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs must be the bae value for mentorship essence followed by ethical practices, role modeling role through exemplary lifestyles, altruistic philosophy to enhance the concept of charity and philanthropy among the people who are lucky to be rich to complement the efforts of the government in satisfying the yearnings of the people.
    Above all, for true statesmanship to be achieved, experienced senior citizens must struggle to get into the class of total personality when the characteristic value of integrity, forgiveness, love, selfless service, and conflict resolution facilitated by wisdom would create the natural class of distinction for such an elderly person.
    Under this condition, selfishness will pave way for the keeping of good neighborliness as well as the culture of philanthropy will emerge to sustain the people and their nation.

  • 38th Annual Shafaudeen Ishrat Begins on Saturday

    ShafProfA lecture titled NIGERIA DEMOCRACY ON FUNCTIONALITY is one of the programs lined up to mark the 38th annual Ishrat of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, WakajaIye, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    According to its Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke who made this disclosure on Thursday at a news briefing, the lecture and Grand Finale of the annual Ishrat which is slated for 10.00 am on Saturday, 23 January 2021 shall also feature a book launch, the investiture of the nation builders, project commissioning and the 23rd Walimot Quran by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji Ganiyy Abubakri Agbotomokekere The event holds at the Shafuadeen International headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan.

    Prof. Olagoke also disclosed that the opening ceremony of the Ishrat comes up on Saturday, 16 January with the Kiddies Sport, Inter-Schools Competition, and Novelty race at the Christ Church school field, Wakajaiye. The event which begins at 10.00 am, shall also feature a lecture titled ''YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MUST BE ALL-ENCOMPASSING FOR A GREATER TOMORROW.

    Other events slated for the Ishrat include the 23rd Walimatul- Quran Validation test which comes up by 10.00 am on Sunday, 17 January, while an Interfaith Symposium is slated for Tuesday, 19 January at the CRCT Hall, Shafuadeen International headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan at 10.00 am.

    The Rasool Cup Under 18 Football tournament Final comes up Wednesday, 20 January, at the Loyola College field at 2.00 pm in the afternoon, while the annual Ishrat Tajud shall take place the next day, 21 January at the Shafuadeen International headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan from 9.00 pm in the evening to 5.00 am the next morning.

    A youth empowerment seminar with the theme Nigeria Youth Agenda for Government Benefits in Actualizing the Feasible Ones is slated for Friday, 22 January at the Shafuadeen International headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan. Other events are also slated for the same day. Farwell and thanksgiving come up at 10.00 are on Sunday, 24 January.

    Prof. Olagoke assured that all COVID 19 protocols shall be strictly observed all through the Ishrat.

  • Nigerian Children's Place in a Sane Society

    Quote 3MoralityMost public primary and secondary school students learn in environments that are not encouraging in Nigeria.
    The facilities have been stretched to obsolete conditions as a result of improper planning by the government at all levels.
    Considering the dilapidated toilet facilities in several of these schools and the absence of potable and drinkable water, the potential outbreak of an epidemic cannot be rule out.
    Teachers are no longer dedicated to duty due to their nightmarish working conditions.
    Cultism has taken root in most of these schools, while ''armed robbers'' in school uniforms dot the nooks and crannies of every par of the country.
    Of worry, is the lack of sincerity on the part of the government in the implementation of programs and policies.
    On the part of the private schools, moral decadence, which is a major feature in the public schools, the issue, while examination malpractices and fraud are also noticeable signposts.
    Furthermore, the attitude of the government and people in a number of states in the country downplays the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, while the present state of several schools in these states, the non-availability of potable water, and the dilapidated facilities could expose students and teachers alike to serious health hazards, the coronavirus pandemic inclusive.
    Or worry also is the fact that several communities in Nigeria are under siege by various categories of criminals. The sight of young boys, in the midst of adults, smoking Indian hemp is now commonplace, majorly at primary schools without perimeter fencing.
    In addition young girls, have now taken to prostitution on the promptings of their mothers and guardians to make ends meet. A visit to several beer parlors, ''Ogogoro'' joins scattered all over the country shall be instructive. Such include communities Molusi, Solanke, Oyegbami, Oshodi, Olorunsogo, Alko/Barracks, Felele, Scout Camp, and others in Ibadan Oyo state.
    If an urgent step is not taken to salvage the almost hopeless situation, millions of Nigerian children may no longer have a place in a sane society.

     

     

  • Sycophants Responsible for Nigeria's Worrisome Situation-Prof. Olagoke

    Prof 1Sychophants are present at all levels of Government. Their activities have become a stumbling block to development and economic prosperity.
    A one-time president of Nigeria, the late Alhaji Sheu Shagari while commenting on the reason why Nigerian leaders failed in their office of responsibility, had said ''any leader who wants to succeed must check the activities of sycophants...... sycophants within the corridors of power have to a great extent made it difficult for a leader to be aware of the problem facing their people and what to do to alleviate their suffering.''
    In this interview, the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke opines that the negative culture of bastardization, insincerity, and destruction revolving around the activities of sycophants, have already crept into all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies at all levels of government in Nigeria. Excerpts :

    The insinuation among Nigerians is that sycophancy is the foundation for bad governance in the country. Do you agree?

    Sycophancy is regarded as obsequious behavior towards someone of importance in order to gain an advantage. It is unfortunate that this is what has characterized the general features of our governance style in Nigeria. This has affected our ability to meet up with the standard of governance as propounded by the United Nations Development  Program, that is, people's participation, respect for the rule of law, transparency in governance, responsiveness to people's yearnings and sense of want, equity in the distribution of our commonwealth most especially to the nationalities that constitute Nigeria. Other factors that have been traced to the activities of sycophants include
    efficiency in productivity against the general loss of goodwill leading to our inability to pass the test of corporate governance perception index,
    accountability as against the present records of treasury looting and corruption and strategic vision as against the present fire brigade approach in managing the affairs of the country and 
    lack of good governance due to sycophantic behavior of subordinates most especially those put in positions of responsibilities to feed the presidency or the State Governors has always been a grievous setback in achieving sustainable development in Nigeria.
    Expectedly, democracy must stand on the two legs of justice and equity to give peace a place in the present state of insecurity claiming lives and property as well as impoverishing the people.
    Democracy is expected to make those put in positions of power responsive and responsible in focusing on the wellness of the people.
    Governance and democracy must therefore focus on the well being of the citizens to ensure that the eight-point component are intrinsically present in every person been governed through the following assessed wellness indices: sound mind, physically fit individuals, community participation for progress and development, good work attitude for high efficiency and productivity, safe and secured clean environment, emotional balance, high and pious spiritual state as well as finances that can support and sustain an individual and his dependants.

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    Sycophancy, therefore, has to do with bootlicking, trading in lies, deceit, propaganda for the person in charge of leadership, management, or governance to a misleading state of affairs.
    Sycophancy often breeds anti-societal behavior to the amazement of the people in charge of the affairs of the state as could be witnessed in various processes of elections and appointments. 
    Sycophants in government, also constitute fifth columnists, they either work for the government in power or the opposition, without any consideration for the consequences on the development of the nation and the wellness of the people-the cartel and the cabal.
    There is, therefore, the need for a paradigm shift from the culture of sycophancy to that of competence and merit, good work attitude, and appointment for people that would be responsive and responsible, fair and objective. This is because the negative culture of bastardization, insincerity, and destruction revolving around the activities of sycophants, have already crept into all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies at all levels of government, besides this, it has destroyed the fabric of peaceful co-existence as well as all aspects of the general society, thereby, making sycophancy to be endemic and dangerous enough to pull down the nation.
    Failure of leaders in a democracy to ensure good governance, the provision of functional infrastructure, and basic amenities for the wellness of all Nigerians, irrespective of their economic class will ever create a state of anarchy. Stop sycophantic acts.

  • Richard Gbadebo: Oyo Govt. Reluctant to Ensure Justice for Dead Factory Worker-Barr. Aborishade

    RicThe Oyo State Government has been accused of working against ensuring justice for the family of a 21-year-old undergraduate who lost his life in a factory incident in Ibadan, Nigeria.
    This accusation was made on Wednesday by Barrister Femi Aborishade at an event in Ibadan.
    ''The Federal and Oyo state Governments have failed a worker who was consumed by the machine he was working with, Richard Gbadebo, an undergraduate of European Languages at the University of Ibadan. We wrote the Governor of Oyo state to prosecute the company, not even a reply to acknowledge the letter, we wrote the Attorney General, not even an acknowledgment came from his office, we wrote the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, they could not even acknowledge our letter. Same for the Commissioner of Environment, there was no acknowledgment, not even a reply. We wrote the Federal Ministry of Labor, the Minister through the Controller of Labor acknowledged our letter, they informed us that they have forwarded our request to look into what went wrong and also assured that the Minister of labor has been informed and we also received a letter that a panel has been set up'', Barrister Abroishade explained.


     

  • Don't' Keep Quiet in the Face of Hardships-AWC to Nigerians

    Nigerians have been called upon not to keep quiet in the face of hardships.
    This call was made by the All Workers Convergence(AWC) through its National Coordinator, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
    ''Nigerians are now been visited with more hardships because labor leaders are sleeping. On the side of the Government, our rulers have shown that they have nothing to offer rather than the fact that things would go from bad to worse, therefore it is left for Nigerians to decide their fate if they want the hardships to continue they can keep quiet'', Comrade Emelieze concluded.
     

  • Religious Inspiration for Social Drive

    Prof 1Despite the countless number of  Churches and Mosques in Nigeria and other faith-based organizations from which our leaders emerge as products of our spiritual space, Nigeria is yet to tackle the issue of institutional indiscipline, injustice, and marginalization.
    The Holy Quran unmistakably charges every human being and the nation at large, to fight fraud and enthrone sanity for development. 5: 62-63 refers, '' Many of them thous dost see raising each other in sin and transgression and their eating of things forbidden, evil indeed are the things they do, why do not the Rabbis and the Doctors of law forbid them from their habit of uttering sinful words and eating things forbidden? Evil indeed is their works.'' The Holy Bible also admonished against oppressing the poor, it is therefore highly embarrassing for the government to talk of the poorest of the poor in Nigeria's democracy, while what we battled against under the military regime was unabating poverty. Proverbs 22: 22-23 refers,'' It is easy to steal from the poor people, but don't do it and don't take advantage of those poor people in court. The Lord is on their side, He supports them and He will take things away from any person that takes from them.'' Presently, we can see that religion is been underutilized to achieve in the areas of safety and security protocols for the environment, spiritual inspiration needs to articulate the social drive of the people for sustainable development and to advance the cause of credible leadership and good governance. The implication on the faith-based organizations is that of underperformance and low success rate, considering the coverage level of the curricula upholding them. We must not give in to people who are yet to believe in religious sanity and effectiveness for nation-building to insinuate that the Scriptures are dead. Let us change the face of religious practices in our various religious centers to be more focused on our needs as a nation. Nigeria can still be inspired into meeting up the demands of democracy for functional operations, justice, equity, peace, security, and sustainable development since all these values are dependent on the people.

    Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria