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OBASEKI AND THE POLITICAL BABELIANS

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A social political group, Diaspora Network for Good Governance, yesterday, congratulated the governor of Edo State for his resounding victory at the September 19 poll.

By Iwelunmor Patrick


As the processes leading to the Edo State gubernatorial elections gather momentum, it is expedient to put the records straight regarding the true state of things as per the politics of relevance among all those interested in occupying the most important office on Dennis Osadebe Avenue come November, 2020. 


It will be irresponsible for any right thinking Edo (s) person to blind their eyes to the good work the Godwin Obaseki administration is doing across the state. For a man who has diligently rejigged the education sector in the state with the EdoBest concept which has taken basic education and e-learning to dynamic heights with the application of modern technology, what else do the people want that he has not done in that sector? The only people who are antagonistic to these heroics are those whose major interest lies in the squandering of the state’s resources and such people must be avoided like a contagion, no matter how politically sweet-mouthed they are.Before now, the health sector in Edo State was lying comatose with decaying infrastructure and low morale on the side of health workers.

With his the Obaseki administration’s strategic concepts which have led to the provision of modern equipment’s and trained manpower to the state’s public hospitals coupled with a mouth-watering insurance scheme that meets international standards, aberrations such as infant and maternal mortality rates as well as mental health deterioration have been brought to the barest minimum. What else do his political enemies want? Ailments like hypertension and diabetes which were indirectly liked to pension fraud has reduced since the Obaseki administration made it a matter of priority for pensioners to receive their dues at the appropriate time. Only demons will allow our old mothers and fathers queue endlessly and collapse under the scorching sun for their dues which they never eventually receive.Perhaps, one of the best achievements of the Obaseki administration is in the area of curbing human trafficking, illegal migration and international prostitution which have been considered the exclusive reserves of Edo people.

The energy and enthusiasm with which the Obaseki administration has tackled these monsters remain phenomenal. Both the European Union and the Italian government have commended his efforts in ensuring the repatriation and reintegration of Edo indigenes into the society with a multi-million naira agro-credit scheme after many wasted years in search of greener pastures that were never found. Today, the rate of involvement of Edo indigenes in these illicit activities has greatly reduced. Thanks to the focused intervention of the Godwin Obaseki administration.All those who have vowed to antagonise his second term ambition will surely meet their political waterloo. Only witches and wizards are known to oppose good things and the Holy Bible’s position on witchcraft should be a great motivation for Obaseki. Your Excellency, suffer them not to leave. I can assure you that their case will be worse than that of the arrogant babelians who tried to build a tower to heaven and in the process, incurred the wrath of God. May God put confusion in their midst. May they end up fighting themselves. Let them continue to speak gibberish!


My dear Edo people, would you choose darkness over light? Would you allow people who have no track record to come and deceive you with political promises that end up in nothingness? Would you allow darkness shine over light? With what Obaseki and his team are doing, you can imagine where Edo State will be if you give him your votes for another four years. Let us all rally round our brother, a man who means well for us and generations unborn. Don’t be deceived by those who think they can bamboozle an entire state with their strange kind of politics. Edo State is a land of intellect. We cannot be easily cowed. 


I am not from Edo State but the Edo blood flows in my veins and I have decided to align with every progressive idea from the state based on personal conviction and because of Obaseki’s bridge-building efforts in the South-South region. Vote Obaseki; vote light and be illuminated forever! 
Iwelunmor Patrick, a Media and Public Relations Practitioner, writes from Lagos.

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Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum

Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum

The founder and CEO of the Maiduguri-based NGO, Kalthum Foundation for Peace, Amb Ummu Kalthum Muhammad Rabiu has expressed sadness over a purported report by Reuters to dent the image of the Nigerian military

Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum
According to the alleged report, the Nigerian military planned and carried out forced abortions on over 12,000 women and girls. In their investigation, the military was also charged with murdering children in northeast Nigeria starting in 2013.

Top Nigerian Army figures like Lt. General TY Buratai Rtd, late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, General LEO Irabor, and current Army head Lt. General Faruk Yahaya were named in the fictitious Reuters story as the perpetrators of the terrible atrocities. The founder and CEO of the Maiduguri-based NGO Kalthum Foundation for Peace, Ummu Kalthum, expressed her shock and dismay over the serious allegations made by Reuters about the Nigerian military. Kalthum has been actively involved in crisis negotiations, peace-building initiatives, and conciliatory efforts between the government, terrorists, and locals.

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Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

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Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

He who takes care of the widows and elderly is blessed! The voice of Influence Foundation has decided to put smiles on the faces of the widows and the elderly in Abule Egba, Lagos axis on the 22nd of December, 2022.

Voice Of Influence Foundation Presents Christmas Outreach For widows, Elderly

According to the founder of Voice Of Influence Foundation, Chief ( Mrs) Grace Adekanle, the move is to make comfort them and also to be a channel of joy to the widows and elderly ones who are mostly neglected by the society during the festive periods. She also stated that the foundation is a haven of love for the less privileged.

Olori Esther Benson, who is among the volunteers for the lofty project reaffirms their decision to make the Christmas outreach a merry hearts for widows and the Elderly. She urged everyone to support the foundation with gifts and cash for the project and be a blessing to the widows and elderly.

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Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon

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Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon

*Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon* By Mohammed Funsho Abdullahi.

I hate praise-singing or flattery because I believe they are traits and habits of sycophants. But every writer is also, by nature, a reporter; we always love to document our experiences, either good or bad. Hence, this piece is about my encounter with Seyi Tinubu, son of APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is about what stood out for me and, of course, my general impression of the young, successful businessman.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
Economist and author, Tope Fasua once narrated how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu sought him out after reading some of his commentaries on the article he (Asiwaju) had written about some economic policies. My path to Seyi followed a similar pattern. I had written an article in which I observed that Seyi was doing a good job of upholding his father’s legacy of human cultivation which, for me, has been the biggest secret of Asiwaju’s humongous political network and powerbase.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
I sent a link to the writeup to one of the closest guys around Seyi Tinubu, who also happens to be a personal friend. He obviously shared the article with Seyi and requested him to see me when next he was in Abuja. He granted his request and when, on Tuesday, my friend confirmed that he was in town, he asked me to come with him to the ‘Youth House’ to meet a man I had always admired for his breathtaking and compelling entrepreneurial success in marketing communications, a sector I also happen to have more than a passing interest.
I am, by nature, an observer rather than a researcher. Most of my writings are personal commentaries on events and people. And having observed how deeply invested Seyi Tinubu had been in his father’s campaigns for the country’s topmost job, the Presidency, I had initially planned to write about how his active involvement in the electioneering process is changing the almost established narrative of children of politicians not joining political struggles.
With captions such as “Seyi Tinubu inaugurates youth campaign office in Kano,” “Seyi Tinubu leads one million man march for Tinubu,” “Seyi Tinubu plans youth engagement forum for Tinubu,” etc dominating newspaper headlines; then you know that when the story is written about those who make Asiwaju’s victory possible, none would arguably deserve more praises and commendation than his own son. Possibly for the first time in our nation’s political history, the biological son of a politician is joining the campaign fray, jettisoning  the ‘Ajebota’ practice of having children of political candidates hide away while others work their hearts out for the victory of their parents.
But beyond what is being reported in the media, what I saw on Tuesday at The Youth House clearly validated the claims Seyi made in some of his interviews, about working hard to be his own man, and how he was determined to create his own legacy and not tie himself to his “father’s apron.” I now know that those were not just mere talks. On that Tuesday, as I saw Seyi Tinubu working his hearts out, subjecting himself to a most hectic and grueling schedule and enjoying the thrill of the struggles of life which must have made his father into the accomplished political enigma he is today; I concluded that it would be most unfair for anyone to belittle the achievements of this hardworking man simply on account of his surname.
I am sure many of us must be familiar with stories of rich kids who are totally disinterested in their own progress, not to talk of those of others, parents or not. But Seyi is one of the few exceptions, he has shown that he has a large dose of fighting spirit in him, and he is working  hard to take charge of his life, fully secure in the knowledge that he is not responsible for what happened before he was born. He must have resolved not to let the judgements of others, about whether or not his success was a consequence of his family name, get him down.
In one of his recollections of the lessons he learnt from his parents, Seyi once told a reporter: “That’s how my dad raised us to be. We were all told from day one: once you are done with school, that’s all we can give you.” But in truth, Seyi did get more than a good education from his father, the Jagaban. He learnt the secret of loyalty cultivation and the benefit of investing in people.
As every good student of business and management should know, the best investment, one which yields the greatest return, is in people. This is the skill that is hardest to cultivate, but one which represents the greatest source of strength for every powerful individual; and one whose core foundation is the exclusive focus on what matters which, to most people, is their welfare and wellbeing.
It is said that for a leader to earn the loyalty of his followers, he must be able to show that if they (the followers) are ready to die for him, he would at least also be willing to faint for them. A leader focuses not so much on what matters to him as a person, but rather on what matters to those who follows him. By showing concern about the wellbeing of his followers, a leader is able to cultivate loyalty and dedication. This is one secret Seyi Tinubu has mastered.
I visited him the same day he arrived Abuja, so the crowd of people I saw was quite expected. There were quite a number of groups waiting to see him, aside those with individual appointments. The Youth House witnessed a beehive of activities on the day in question, and Seyi was obviously looking very tired and overworked. When it was my turn to see him, he first explained why the meeting would have to be brief, almost apologizing that he was filling sick. But in spite of the ‘crazy’ schedule he had ran for the day and the telling effect it was having on his physical appearance; Seyi still remember to ask me, after we were done talking, whether “everything was fine with me.” I couldn’t believe someone that stressed out, and who still had a lot of people waiting to see him, would care to know how someone was faring at that busy moment. I was impressed!
I left The Youth House with the impression that Seyi is, indeed, an unusual silver spoon kid. While most rich kids are brash and arrogant, Seyi is courteous, polite and friendly. He also has one of the strongest work ethics I have seen in any young man of my generation. No doubt, beyond his success as a politician, I believe Jagaban has done a wonderful job in the home front as well, raising a man like Seyi who treats every man with dignity while living a life of inspiration and meaning.

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