Is it worth it to beg for love?

There is one absurdity i have seen in romantic affairs…it’s the act of unbalance feelings of love and affection from both parties which usually leaves one party feeling unloved and in many cases will lead to sadness, depression, anger, nagging when they feel they are not getting the love and attention they deserve….If you find yourself expressing the aforementioned then you are clearly begging for love.

If you ever observe this just pause and ask yourself why you are begging for the love and affection…if there is something you are doing wrong then adjust but if it is just your partner who is not just connecting with you please move on.

Stop crying and begging for love from someone who is not willing to give it. Stop begging fot attention,compliments, praise,admiration,hugs,kisses because at the end it will lead to serious depression and you will start thinking you are not good enough and this destructive mindset will prevent you from attaining your goals and dreams in life.

If you are dating someone who makes you beg for love and affection please close your eyes and leave that union…*MOVE ON* cos you are too special to beg for love from anyone because in the real sense. …such person is not worth it but if you go ahead to marry such with the hope that he or she will change then you are on a wild goose chase cos it will most likely get worse.

And if you are married yet see yourself begging for love and affection please get a grip of yourself and channel your energy on yourself and your kids if any. ..
the constant nagging makes you look desperate. Deal with it by learning how to love yourself, and take care of yourself (mentally, physically, and spiritually).

Stop waiting for that other person to grab your hand, and motivate yourself by moving forth in your life and acknowledging that you are a dynamic, unique, beautiful, talented person with or without the love or attention from another individual.

The problem is that rather than move on,many people would rather remain in that affair hoping things will change thereby sinking deeper and deeper into a sorry state.

Remember that there is always someone out there who is ready to give you all the love and affection you can ever dream of so stop wasting your time and life with someone who does not deserve you.

The strange twist is that in most cases,if you care less and focus on yourself,the other party will realize how valuable you are and will most likely give you more than the attention you deserve.

Always remember that the wrong person will make you beg for affection, attention and commitment but the right person will give you very effortlessly because he or she truly wants you.

Don’t know if this makes sense.

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Every nation gets the kind of president it deserves

By Tunji Ajibade

South Africa has one main news item, nowadays. It is about the integrity question hanging over its President, Mr. Jacob Zuma. While Nigerians in 2015 got so tired of looters that they elected another leader based on his reputation as a man of integrity, in 2009 and 2014 South Africans elected a President who had a reputation for lack of integrity. Now South Africans, who are clear-headed enough to identify an error, bite their fingers in regret.

 I had outlined many issues regarding Zuma on this page in the past. I have nothing against  him as a person. Even I’m impressed by his long record of struggle for the African National Congress. In the early1960s, he had been on Robben Island where late President Nelson Mandela was also imprisoned. He paid the price. I salute people who pay the price in whatever field they may be. Such people are worthy of honour. But I’m baffled by the many murky issues with which Zuma has been linked from the time of his emergence as the Deputy President of his country. Outside the continent, just one of such issues had thrown Francois Fillon from his position as a top contender in the recent presidential election in France to the back of the crowd. Fillion was accused of paying people for jobs that did not exist when he occupied a lower office.

Back in December 1994, Zuma was elected National Chairperson of the African National Congres. He was the Deputy President of South Africa  between 1999 and 2005. During that period he began to attract deadly bees in the form of scandals that should have finished him off politically. He was charged with rape  in 2005, but was acquitted. At the same time, there was a legal battle over allegations of racketeering and corruption as Deputy President. Zuma’s financial advisor was at the centre of it.

The advisor was convicted of corruption and fraud, but South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority dropped the charges against Zuma. Political interference was the NPA’s excuse, not that there was no evidence of his involvement. This decision was successfully challenged by opposition parties. At the moment, the charges are before the NPA for reconsideration. Following a state-funded upgrade of his rural homestead, the Public Protector found that Zuma had benefited improperly from the expenditure and the Constitutional Court  unanimously held in 2016 that he had failed to uphold the country’s constitution. That case, too, remains unresolved.

In addition to all that, it was revealed that ministerial posts in Zuma’s cabinet were being sold and that a wealthy Indian family in South Africa close to him was at the centre of it all. Some weeks ago, Zuma sacked his finance minister and now their lordships had ordered the President to explain to them why he took the step. They wanted to establish whether or not his reasons for removing the minister had breached any part of the South African constitution. All of that resulted in calls for his resignation,  just as there were attempts to impeach him in the National Assembly.

Noteworthy was the fact that Zuma was once removed from his post as Deputy President of South Africa on corruption charges, yet he emerged as President. Eight years later, the same tendency for corrupt practices has been so consistent that it has stripped him of credibility. A few days ago, he had to leave a public event as his people booed him. Now, two former Presidents of the country, F.W.de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki, have teamed up to criticise Zuma. This is happening as a court once more challenged him over one of his scandalous actions and many prominent South Africans insist that he should step down.

Now, the challenge isn’t that Zuma is President. It’s not that he isn’t perfect. No politician anywhere s perfect; none is ever what he was packaged to be. The challenge is that he has become a liability, not an asset, to his nation. His personal load weighs his nation down, affecting the masses, the economy and how his party is negatively perceived within and outside the country.

It needs to be noted that the period between 2005 and 2009 – easily the darkest part of Zuma’s scandal-ridden journey – is also the period of his ascendancy. Accused of involvement in an illegal arms deal, he was relieved of his position as asn Deputy President in 2005. Thereafter, he resigned as a member of parliament. In December 2007, the anti-graft agency served him an indictment to stand trial on various counts of racketeering, money laundering, corruption and fraud.

A conviction and a jail term of more than one year would have rendered Zuma ineligible for election to the South African Parliament and consequently, ineligible to serve as President of South Africa. In December 2007, he became the leader of the ANC after defeating the incumbent, Mbeki. In September 2008, a judge declared the corruption charges against Zuma unlawful on procedural grounds. But the judge did say there were questions that Zuma needed to answer, based on the evidence before him.

As the leader of the ANC, Zuma automatically became the party’s presidential candidate and he came to power in 2009. He was re-elected as ANC leader in December 2012, defeating his challenger by a large majority and went on to win the presidential election for a second term in 2014. He didn’t force himself into these positions. At every stage, he was voted for. Who voted for him? South Africans did.

Now the nation has become fed up with a leader so bereft of credibility that, except for those who depended on his political patronage, everyone wished he would carry his baggage and leave the nation and the party alone. These were the same people who had propped him up on those occasions when his scandalous actions could have sunk his political career. ANC members had supported him based on other sentiments apart from integrity. Their compatriots voted for him in an election that had no viable opposition candidate, as well as on the promise that ANC was the only party that could give them houses and offer other free goodies, which nobody ought to imagine in a market-driven economy that was under the firm grip of the white minority.

But the kind of person that South Africans wanted as President was what they got. The peculiar circumstances of multiracial South Africa and the historical antecedent of the ruling ANC was a crucial factor. The manner with which the party was configured to throw up its candidates for election was another. The former saw to it that black majority voters had no viable opposition to whoever the party chose as its presidential candidate; the latter ensured that party members who wished to rise through political patronage that Zuma could offer supported him to emerge as the ANC leader. But it is only on this continent that a man who has so much moral burden would stand for election and win.

I had once stated on this page that ANC would remain relevant for some time to come because it was the party that majority of South Africans voters grew up to know. But my concern is not about the party retaining power; it is the deficit in quality leadership that Zuma represents in South Africa and which we generally experience on the continent. The citizens play a part in it. South Africans knew the reputation of the man placed before them, yet they voted him into office. Now corruption is limited to the Presidency. The ANC-led administration down to the local level is allegedly immersed in it, thus leading to shortage of much needed economic and social infrastructure. I submit that our attitude as citizens brings us here. When we are ready to have credible leaders in positions of authority, it will be reflected in the manner with which we support them to emerge in the few nations on the continent that embrace the one-man-one-vote approach.

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Life Lessons: Nothing is Permanent

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Our guest this week is Mr. Olu Abosede, Founder and former Managing Director of a wholly indigenous, quoted company, Aboseldehyde Plc. The company was once used as a reference point for other local entrepreneurs who would want their companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Within a period of 14 years, the company had become a very strong brand in the country in its niche area.

Things were also pretty good for our guest who built his first personal multi-million Naira house at age 28 and the second at 32. His children were in choice schools locally and abroad. His house at Gbagada, in Lagos State, was a beehive of activities by friends and associates who regularly showed up on weekends to treat themselves to some choice wines in his well-stocked personal bar.

Then, in a sudden twist, from 2000, there was a gradual but irreversible slide of fortune, starting with the forced take-over of his company by creditors. And the rest came in quick succession. His two houses in Lagos were razed by fire, leaving him with no option than to move into a rented apartment.

Four times our guest attempted to commit suicide. In our first meeting, six years ago, Abosede shared some life lessons with me, some of which are documented below. But a few weeks ago, when I located him to update the interview, he could not communicate much as he is at the moment battling with stroke. But with the help of his second wife, he was able to put a few more lessons across. Enjoy the insight.

Lesson 1
Better believe this: there is God!

Few years back, I would have argued that there was nothing like God or any external forces that get involved in the affairs of men. I had it very good early in life. I graduated at the age of 25 as a Chemist with multiple jobs waiting for me. I eventually picked up a job in one of the conglomerates then, as a Laboratory Chemist. And, within a short span of time, I moved steadily to the top. I had a car with a driver attached to me 24 hours. I never used one car for more than two years. I was exposed to a lot of training locally and abroad. In my own calculation, I had thought that my rapid rise was as a result of my own ability, personal intelligence and intellectual capacity.
It was after I had run out of options and I decided to just reflect more that I started to discover a startling fact: that the universe is governed by natural or spiritual laws which would work for you when you align yourself with those laws and would work against you if you contravene them. God is ever present in every little thing you do.
One lesson I have learnt is that there is a superior force that shapes things in the physical realm; and it is to one’s advantage to believe this.

Lesson 2
Never lose confidence in yourself.
Whatever happens and whatever the circumstances you are facing, don’t lose faith and confidence in yourself. Once this is intact and you believe there is God who is always ready to work with you, you’d find that things become a lot easier. When you lose faith in yourself, ultimately, depression sets in and when depression sets in, you just discover that even what you knew you could do, you start to find it difficult.

We tend to underrate our abilities during crisis times; and once you do that, you would lose much ground which may take a considerable effort to recover. You would be astonished as to what you can do in crisis times once you don’t lose faith in yourself. Believing in yourself is a key step in coming out of failure.

Lesson 3
Use crisis times to reinvent yourself.
Every single day I wake up, I gain more understanding about life that I could not have got without a crisis. In crisis times, usually every hope appears lost. This is usually the situation when you focus on the challenge instead of the opportunities that abound around you. But when you reinvent yourself and refocus, you would discover that there is always a little opening which if you recognise is usually planted by the Higher Power to take you out of that situation. I must say that my challenges were so overwhelming that I could not see any ray of hope anywhere.

My advice is this: It is important that in tribulation, you should put yourself in a position to look for that little opening. This may be tough but keep looking and searching. With introspection, there will always be one. Once you find that little opening, don’t let it go; cling to it with all your might.

Lesson 4
Take Responsibility for every challenge you face.
Learn to take responsibility for any situation in which you find yourself.
When my ordeal started, I threw the responsibility on everyone else except myself. I blamed the banks that did not give me enough time to restructure the company and meet my outstanding obligations to them. I blamed friends who refused to sympathise with me and lend me helping hands when I needed them most. I blamed relatives who trooped in when the going was good, but disappeared at the slightest challenge. I blamed the press whom I thought did not give me fair-hearing. I blamed everyone else except myself.
But the more people I blamed the more depressed and miserable I became. For more than four years, I was angry with everybody and myself. I was even developing health problems in the process. Everyday as I blamed other people; I got the problem on the ground magnified.

Lesson 5
There is no odd job in a crisis.
You don’t have wisdom and experience if you don’t have crises. I am talking of a situation where you are left with absolutely nothing -no influence, no privilege, no position and your name counts for little.

And things can turn bad very rapidly. I remember a time when things were still very good, a leasing company invited me to be on its board. I offered to nominate someone to represent me, but the company insisted that they wanted me because of my name and the goodwill I had built over time. That was gone during the crisis and my name really meant very little.

I learnt this truth in a hard way. To get out of a crisis especially when your back is on the wall, survival is the name of the game. No job can be considered odd in crisis times and you will multiply your sorrow if you sit down brooding over your former position and privileges.
To get out of the hole, the wisdom is in looking at your current position and seeing what you can do gradually to build up from that ground floor. Come to terms with the fact that you are on the floor. You must flush out anger, bitterness, envy and jealousy.

Lesson 6
Nothing is permanent.
When I was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), it never occurred to me that a time would come when I would not be able to do anything I felt like doing. I was hit by stroke some two years ago and with it all the dreams I had carried in my head, becoming a mirage. I have many things I want to do, but I do not have the energy and health to make them happen. The lesson is this: take every opportunity to make things happen when you have the energy; you cannot guarantee you will be able to keep it forever.

Lesson 7:
Don’t be bitter with people.
This may be hard to understand but one lesson I am learning rather late is that when I am bitter with any human being, I am actually working against myself. When things were okay with me, my house was a beehive of activities. I had helped many people. I sponsored some to schools. But when things went bad, they were the first to desert me. I was bitter, and I still have a bit of bitterness towards them. However, as I am learning bitterness erodes health.

One Lesson – great advice
While in that situation, I just reflected on a statement made by Dr. Christopher Kolade when I invited him to be on the board of my company. I felt that with his goodwill bringing him on board would make a lot of difference to the company.
But in our first meeting, he said: “I know what you want to do; you want me to take responsibility for the success of the company. But you are responsible for the success of your company.” I continued to echo that statement.
I later realised that placing responsibility on others for whatever happens to you would invariably mean you have lost your personal power which the Higher Power has given to everyone. You are in this world for a purpose, and that purpose can only be realised by you and the Higher Power. It means that any action you take is yours.

Best Book

The Bible

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Proliferation of first class students: A good or bad omen?

By Iyabo Lawal

Hundreds of students are graduating with more first-class degrees in Nigerian universities, both private and public, compared to decades ago. Head, Education Desk, Iyabo Lawal, writes that there is more to the phenomenon than meets the eye.

He did it. Standing tall on the podium regaled in his graduation gown and beaming with a smile that can make the world pause for a reflection,

Ayodele Daniel Dada was a testament of ingenuity and brilliance. As his grade was announced and he was presented with his first degree certificate, the world seemed like a speck beneath his feet.

Recently, the young man made a first class – a perfect score of 5.0 – in the University of Lagos (UNILAG); that score is a record-breaking one in the history of the institution. Between 2010 and 2017, UNILAG has produced at least 600 students with first class degrees.

Dada is not the only university student who had graduated with a first class. In recent times though, the number of students graduating with a first class has skyrocketed.

A first-class degree is earned when an undergraduate scores Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.50 and above upon graduation. Today, there is much ado about graduating with a first class with some accusing private universities of churning such class of degree with ease and on the other hand praising public universities for being able to produce graduates with first class degrees even though the standard of education is said to have fallen generally.

Recently, University of Lagos had 3.25 per cent of its graduating students leaving school with a first class; University of Ibadan (UI), 2.24 per cent of the graduating students had first class; it was 1.2 per cent in Kaduna State University (KSU); Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) had 0.67 per cent; University of Benin (UNIBEN) was one per cent; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (ATBU), 0.57 per cent; and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) had 0.84 per cent.

The picture of awards of first class degrees was more colourful in private universities in the same period. Bells University had 6.15 per cent of its graduands coasting home with first class; Benson Idahosa University, 5.62 per cent; Covenant University, 7.9 per cent; Babcock University, 3.88 per cent; Adeleke University, 8.8 per cent; and Landmark University, 10.35 per cent.

Not a few people are worried about the development. Talking about the so-called proliferation of first class degrees, especially in Nigeria’s private universities,

Dr. Idris Oyemitan of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, at Walter Sisulu University, South Africa, said, “It is very absurd that students that failed to obtain anything close to 250 in their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scores or Post-UTME examination are now being awarded first class degrees. I want to criticise these questionable awards from four main angles: the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination grades of these glorified first class graduates cannot match those in public universities.

“Almost all of them scored below average or minimum scores that would not have qualified them to gain admission into leading (public) universities in Nigeria. Most of these private universities cannot compete with the public ones in areas of qualified lecturers as they mostly rely on unemployed, retired, visiting, part-time and sometimes grossly incompetent academic staff to churn out these half-baked graduates.”

Oyemitan claimed further that most private universities could not boast of standard laboratories, qualified and competent technical staff. “From the foregoing, most of the first class graduates produced by these private universities would have at best obtained second class lower or third class degrees from functional standard universities across Nigeria,” he stated.

The South Africa-based scholar urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other regulatory agencies to look into the rising number of students graduating with first class.

Is this just a peculiar Nigerian situation? Is standard of education in the country’s private and public universities so bad that it becomes frightening for the institutions to produce an increasing number of graduates with first class degrees?

In the United Kingdom, the proportion of students graduating with top degrees has soared in the past five years, with a quarter of last year’s candidates leaving university with a first class, a dramatic increase from just 17 per cent in 2012.

In 2016, almost three quarter of students achieved a 2:1 or higher, compared with just two-thirds five years ago. In the early 1990s, the proportion of students graduating with a first class was far lower, at around eight per cent.

This increasing army of first class graduates have prompted many UK universities to introduce additional character reports alongside degree classifications, giving a more detailed breakdown of students’ academic performance and extra-curricular awards and activities.

Prof. Sola Fajana had at one time dispelled fears about the rise of students with first class degrees as a fluke or a “cash-and-carry” phenomenon. The professor said, “The Nigerian University System (NUS) is regulated by the National Universities Commission through instruments such as Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS). The resource verification and accreditation processes are very intricate and supervised with a deep sense of responsibility and integrity.

“The external examination system ensures that standards are kept very high nationally and internationally. If a first class graduate is pronounced in the NUS, you can be assured that the graduate is indeed a first class material.”

The university scholar asserted that such increase is reflective of increases and advances in knowledge and access to information through the ubiquitous internet.

“There are increasing number of serious-minded students who deploy information communication technology to achieve excellent results. Furthermore, the total number of graduates produced has been increasing over time, especially since the 1980s. Consequently, the proportional increase in the number of first class students probably reflects the increase in the number of graduates produced compared with the figures of the 1960s up to the 1970s,” Fajana added.

From the UK example, it seems that all over the world – not just in Nigeria and its private universities – awards of first class degrees are increasing.

Those who saw the rise as cheering news affirmed that the situation is not as a result of unnecessary grade inflation because the NUC plays a credible and efficient regulatory role in ensuring standards in federal, state and private universities across the country.

Talking about the influence of the internet in making academic resource more available to students, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, once noted that information communication technology has contributed immensely to the rise of first class graduates.

“To that extent, where students are serious with their studies, it is easier to make a first class today than it was in the past. The methods of assessment are also more liberal today than they were in the past. With this, it is very easy for serious-minded students to score higher grades,” Oyewole had said.

He noted further that there is improvement in learning systems, which are becoming more learner-focused than teacher-centred; giving room for conscientious students to explore and research widely on their own any subject beyond the four walls of the classroom.

In spite of assurances from scholars like Oyewole and Fajana, some still feel that it is almost impossible for universities, public universities in particular, to produce large numbers of first class graduates in the face of dwindling academic commitments, poor academic facilities like hostels, classrooms, laboratories and other needed resources and amenities to make learning a delight.

They also argue that given frequent and long periods of strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), it is incredible to imagine that students will find it easier to graduate with such high scores; importantly so, because a reason usually given by ASUU for going on strike is lack of teaching and learning facilities in the universities.

Prof Isiaq Akintola of Lagos State University (LASU) condemned the trend and called for an urgent review. he wondered how a system with no facilities and qualified manpower would churn out a high number of first class graduates.

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The display of tainted wealth in the face of economic extermination by the majority

Prof. Yusuf Dankofa

30 private jets that landed in Minna for elite solidarity with former President Babangida establishes one fact; the Nigerian economy is  being run and managed for the benefits of some few elites. If you are in doubt, pls google the costs and maintainance of a gulfstreem jet and you would be puzzled and confused as to how a dysfunctional and disjointed economy that is totally unproductive and in fact moriboud can sustain such a grandiose display of opulence in the face of economic extermination of the majority. Most of them are not industrialists, because the nation has no functional industries and they do not have any patent over any invention that may be money spinning. They are consultants. In Nigeria the upper class consults for the nation. If the nation wants to develop a blue print for selling national assets (the only thing the elites do very well is to sell national assets), the elites would act as consultants drawing fabulous payment for advising government to sell such assets. They then invite foreign cronies who will come empty handed to Nigeria, borrow money from nigerian banks and buy such assets and they will call the white man who came empty handed  foreign investor. Nigeria therefore is a fat cow that must be  milked by those in authority. They are united in this purpose.

They are oblivious and thoroughly unmindful of any cleavage and it really doesn’t matter whether they are Muslims or Christians. What matters to them is how they will continue in unison to feast on the nation in order to maintain perennial and perpetual domination of the masses whom are intensely exploited and rabidly subjugated. For a nation that spends about  a billion on annual  presidential feeding, N40B on Senate overhead and another N23B to pay retirements benefits for ex leaders who are the consultants over the entire gross income of nigeria when the poor cannot find a respectable public school to educate his children,this no doubt represents  a violent violation of the social contract.As at present, the poor majority have no purchasing power and inflation together with recession have so battered the poor into stupor that the poor in large droves continue to lose their poor paying jobs due to deindustralisation and the effect of a bankrupt policy that comes out from a predatory and destructive  elites.

The elites are widely travelled and have seen and also experienced development in other climes. And herein lies the tragedy. Rather than re-enact the infrastructure they saw abroad in nigeria, they would rather use our resources to develop foreign countries. Rather than make our hospitals world class, they will prefer those in other climes. Rather than develop a good road network they will spend billions to patch only. And rather than establishing a national carrier, they will prefer private jets all because people are not their focal points. It is only them and them. The only advise they have for the poor is patience and that dubious slogan of change,  ‘change start with the talakawas’ who have been agitating for an increase in their N18k minimum wage, while the elites who draw fantastic salaries and pension for life are yet to key into the change mantra. The only way for the masses is to close ranks and understand that they are not enemies. As a poor or deprived and abandoned middle class, if you still feel your problem is a Muslim or Christian or otherwise or your grouse is against a yoruba or hausa-fulani, or Igbo you still belong to medieval times. Your enemy is your leadership class who takes your birthright and dash it to himself and his harem of lovers!!!!..

Exclusive: Nigerians learn from Emmanuel Macron’s experience

By Muyiwa Olayinka

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President Emmanuel Macron (left) receiving the medal of Napoleon I at his inauguration ceremony in France

Prologue

On 14th May 2017, the new President of France at his inauguration said this:

“My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves,” President Macron said at the elaborate Élysée Palace ceremony. He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office. He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures.

The article

The Presidential election in France has produced Emmanuel Macron as the President. This Presidential election has been dramatic with twits and turns,  becoming  a turning point in French elections.

The incumbent President Francois Hollande of Socialist Party refused to go for a second term. The 62-year-old, faced with very low popularity ratings, has become the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election. This has thrown up 5 contenders for the office. They are:

1 Emmanuel Macron

Age: 39

Party: A newly created political movement that roughly translates as On Our Way! or Onward! (En Marche!)

Political positioning: independent centrist

Mr. Macron, a former economy minister, was one of the main drivers behind the socialist government’s shift toward more pro-business economic policies, including allowing stores to open on Sundays.

Last summer, Mr. Macron left the government and started his own political movement, which he says is neither on the left nor the right, leaving some wondering what he stands for. He has pitched himself as forward-looking and socially progressive and is running on a free-market, pro-Europe platform.

2 Marine Le Pen

Age: 48

Party: National Front (Front National)

Political positioning: far right

Ms. Le Pen is the daughter and political heir to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, a far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration party. She’s French  equivalent of Donald Trump talking tough on immigration policy, preservation of French supremacy and values, have questioned the role of NATO, and advocate closer ties to Russia. The difference between her and Trump is Trump was a political outsider, whereas Le Pen has been steeped in politics since childhood. Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, ran for president five times and is notorious in France for remarks widely seen as racist and anti-Semitic.

Since becoming head of the party in 2011, she has tried to clean up its xenophobic and anti-Semitic image, leading her to split with her father and then oust him from the party. For years, she has put criticism of globalization and Islam at the center of her platform.

If elected, she has promised to hold a referendum on a French exit from the European Union

3 François Fillon

Age: 63

Party: Republican Party (Les Républicains)

Political positioning: right-wing conservative

Mr. Fillon, a former prime minister, is a socially conservative and pro-free-market political veteran who has called for deep cuts in public spending and major changes in the French workplace.

He wants more controls on immigration, and he has said that Islam threatens traditional French values. Mr. Fillon was accused of embezzling public funds during his time in Parliament, upending a campaign that was, in large part, based on a projected image of probity. He has denied wrongdoing and refused to withdraw from the race.

4 Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Age: 65

Party: Rebellious France (La France Insoumise)

Political positioning: hard left

Mr. Mélenchon, a one time Trotskyite and former Socialist politician, left the Socialist Party in 2008 to create the Left Party, backed by the Communist Party. For this year’s presidential run, he created a new political movement, La France Insoumise.

Like Mr. Fillon and Marine Le Pen, he is in favor of working with Russia on international issues like Syria.

5 Benoît Hamon

Age: 49

Party: Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste)

Political positioning: left wing of the Socialist Party

Mr. Hamon, a lawmaker and former education minister, left the government when his party shifted its position toward pro-business, austerity policies.

An outspoken voice of dissent in his fractured party, Mr. Hamon has appealed to young socialist voters with an environmentally friendly, socially liberal platform, putting forth proposals to phase in a universal revenue, legalize marijuana and tax robots

The 2017 French presidential election was held on 23 April. The two leading candidates left after the first run off were Marie Le  Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

As  no candidate won a majority in the first round on 23 April, a run-off was held between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of theNational Front (FN), which Macron won by a decisive margin on 7 May. He won with 66% margin against his rival, Marie Le Pen.

 How Macron won the Presidential election

The French electorates were tired of the old order, they needed a new breath of fresh ideas in a changing world.

The two major political parties in France, the Socialists and the Republicans, are decades-old forces with extensive resources and party members that make it tough for anyone else to truly compete. Since the start of the French Fifth Republic in 1958, no independent candidate has successfully captured the presidency.

In 2015, Macron announced he was no longer a member of the Socialist Party but an independent; he resigned his post as Economy Minister in August 2016, then formally launched his campaign that November. With the similarity  of 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama, with the slogan of “Change we can beleive in”, Macron launched his as “En  Marche” (“On the move”).

A year ago, Macron had no party, no operation, and was still serving as economy minister under President François Hollande. With a quarter of a million members in his En Marche (“On the Move”) movement, he cemented his status as a frontrunner in the French election

The 39-year-old candidate created a political movement of his own, one with a real chance at victory, and all in just over a year. He benefited from center-right candidate François Fillon’s scandal and the shrinking support for Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon. Macron bills himself as a centrist candidate who can combat the populist appeal of the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen.

Using U.S.-style mobilization techniques that, in some ways, mirror the organizational style of Barack Obama’s campaigns. Before the election, En Marche had more than 3,900 local volunteer committees and hundreds of small events each day across the country.

Macron’s team clearly welcomes the association with the former U.S. president Barrack Obama: Just three days before the election, they released a video of their candidate speaking with Obama by phone, in which Obama wishes Macron “good luck” with his campaign.

His victory  serves as a repudiation of the French political establishment and as a vindication of a type of technology-driven, volunteer-heavy campaigning that is still new in France.

He had the Grande Marche, a nationwide door-to-door campaign that aimed not to secure votes but to function as a sort of listening tour across France. Macron’s team wanted to know what French voters were thinking, which issues interested them most, and what they liked and didn’t like about the country’s politics.

The Grande Marche was unprecedented in France, both for its scope and for how long before Election Day it was conducted. The effort also benefited Macron’s campaign because it served as a training ground for new volunteers, many of whom had never volunteered for a campaign before.

With the combination of grit, energetic, resourcefulness and a passion to realise a burning ambition, Emmanuel Macron had re written the course of history in France.

He has since been sworn in to office on May 14th as the next President of France for the next 5 years.

Lessons to be learnt by Nigerian youths.

In Nigeria we are fond of complaining about the political situation but yet, we sit on the fence, hoping miracles will happen.

Nigeria is a deeply religious nation, many beleive God will in His supernatural powers  intervene and kill all political detractors. So it is not un usual to see many Nigerians praying fervently in different mosques and churches.

I beleive in prayers but it is totally inaccurate to wish or think that prayers only will solve our political problems. This is wishful thinking. We must act, take the bull by the horn and embrace our future.

Every four years, Nigerians go to polls to elect leaders to various political posts. We need a lot of education to choose wisely.

The youths have a lot to do because the future of this country lies with them. We need education, re orientation and dissemination of information that will trickle down to the grassroots.

The youths have to be involved in politics with the sense of  history and responsibility. We have poor reading culture among our teeming youths. It is becoming a serious and systemic problem. If they are not educated, how will they be articulated to develop a critical mass of educated lot among  themselves.

A  situation where our youths show lethargy, uninterested and whingeing will not make any meaningful difference. There is a common excuse among Nigerians that the leaders kept on recycling themselves making it so difficult for youths to be involved. The truth is that we have to  force our way through and challenge them with powerful and realistic alternatives.

If  Emmanuel  Macron had been complaining and refused to be involved, he will not be where he is today. He went to good schools, equip and groomed himself, learnt the history of the country and joined a political party.

He learnt the rudiments of politics and was found worthy of being appointed a cabinet minister of the Socialist party. From there he broke ranks from the party and started his political movement based on his conviction and vision.

In Nigeria, many used to say the former President Goodluck Jonathan was a lucky politician. But the truth is that he joined local politics when he left OMPADEC and the rest is history.

Nigeria is at a cross road today, simply because the leaders kept on recycling themselves. The Nigerian President is battling an undisclosed but possibly old age related illness. It is natural because President  Buhari is 74, the rigour of office is taking its toil on his health.

It  would have been highly  unlikely if he had been much younger.

Failures give excuses. If we continue to give excuses, or relying on the common thread that “Nigerian politics is dirty”, we shall  continue to wallow in self pity and political despoliation.

It was not easy for Emmanuel Macron to upstage the traditional political parties in France, so also, it is not going to be easy to break the norm in any traditional establishment

I congratulate Emmanuel Macron for his victory and his  ascension to office of the French President. He remains  a beacon of hope to all youths of the world

I want to buy a miracle

A soul touching story….please read on

An eight-year-old child heard her parents talking about her little brother. All she knew was that he was very sick and they had no money left. They were moving to a smaller house because they could not afford to stay in the present house after paying the doctor’s bills. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there was no one to loan them the money.

When she heard her daddy say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a miracle can save him now’, the little girl went to her bedroom and pulled her piggy bank from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.

Clutching the precious piggy bank tightly, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to the local drugstore. She took a quarter from her bank and placed it on the glass counter.

“And what do you want?” asked the pharmacist.

“It’s for my little brother,” the girl answered back. “He’s really very sick and I want to buy a miracle.”

“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry,” the pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl.

“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.”

In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?”

“I don’t know,” she replied with her eyes welling up. “He’s really sick and mommy says he needs an operation. But my daddy can’t pay for it, so I have brought my savings”.

“How much do you have?” asked the man.

“One dollar and eleven cents; but I can try and get some more”, she answered barely audibly.

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man, “A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”

He took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other. He said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”

That well-dressed man was Dr Carlton Armstrong, a neurosurgeon. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long before Andrew was home again and doing well.

“That surgery,” her mom whispered, “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost.”

The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost … one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.

Perseverance can make miracles happen! Miracle can come in various forms – as a doctor, as a lawyer, as a teacher, as a police ,as a friend, as a stranger and many others..

A river cuts the rock not because of its power, but because of its consistency.

Never lose your hope & keep walking towards your vision.

 

Eat and shit, Nigeria’s governing philosophy

By Abimbola Adelakun

By now, people are understandably fed up with the ‘viral’ images of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State eating in one ‘amala joint’ or the other. Those photos show the governor playing gastronomic politics. He is either buying food or helping those who run the bukas in food preparation and ingurgitating morsels of food.

Ever since Fayose won his governorship election by playing ‘grassroots politics’, he has been consistent in the game. He repudiates the aura of his office to identify with the grassroots people (read: poor and often unlettered folks) by either eating with them or relating to them at a personable level. Never mind that he is unlikely ever to educate his children where his ‘grassroots constituency’ school theirs or, in fact, use the hospital or sanitary facilities that they can access due to their income level.

His identification with the “grassroots” is merely patronising; he appropriates their feeding culture to bamboozle credulous onlookers who confuse a state governor taking advantage of his people with actual governance. Say what you will, Fayose’s obsession with food, at least, reflects his understanding of a society of spectacle such as ours. He knows that we readily lend our eyes to extravaganzas and he takes advantage of the public’s addiction to farce and buffoonery.

Fayose’s food fetish engages my thoughts today because as undisciplined as it may seem for a governor to be publicly consumed with food, his activities, in fact, mirror our political culture. His preoccupation with his mouth and what passes through it is a parodic enactment of the endemic corruption in Nigeria, a malaise that is frequently denominated through the registers of mastication. French anthropologist and sociologist, Jean-Francois-Bayart, used the phrase “politics of the belly” to describe the mode of government in Africa. The politics of the belly fosters a corrupt system where people become obligated to political power through their habits of consumption.

n Nigeria, the politics of the belly is reflected in the ways that successive governments have run on the wheels of mutually permissive corruption called, “chop-make-I-chop.”

The phrase “Come and chop” describes appointment into political service. Those who have sold their conscience to corruption and have been consequently silenced are quiet because it is bad manners “to talk while eating.” Geopolitical zones that desire their own people to be appointed into office remind us that it is their “turn to eat.” Corruption itself is regularly referred to as “chopping money.” The evidence of chomping in corridors of power is signified through our leaders’ distended bellies that are frequently hidden behind flowing ‘agbada’ and ‘babanriga’.

Fayose himself popularised trickle-down economics of making the proceeds of corruption available to the masses and branded it “stomach infrastructure.” The irony of Fayose’s audience being flattered by the “big man governor” who deigns to descend to their level and eat with them overlooks the simple fact that their money pays for those meals. The opportunity cost of the time that he spends on playing politics in bukaterias could be spent more judiciously on fostering governance. Yet, he does not only make people to watch him ‘chop’ meals; they sponsor the ‘chopping’. Perhaps, they do not realise that he is shitting on their heads by making them applaud him while he is at it.

Fayose’s cunning, in fact, presents a realistic depiction of the vulgarity that characterises governance in Nigeria. What he represents through his reiterated pretentiousness is the modus operandi of the entire structure of the Nigerian political system. The architecture of governance in Nigeria is based on the principle of eating and shitting – first, they eat the money that belongs to the people and then, they shit on their heads.

An example is the Senator who flaunts more certificates than character, Dino Melaye. Melaye recently announced the launch of his book titled ‘Antidotes for Corruption’. That Melaye, a man who typifies many of the things wrong with Nigeria, will write a book on corruption is, first, a sad joke. That the people, who one would consider honourable, would be listed as “guests of honour” is a shameful irony. Even weirder is the fact that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who wrote the book’s foreword, is answering charges of corruption himself. If there is anyone who should not have anything to say about corruption, it is both Melaye and Saraki. But no, they are the ones sponsoring a book on alleviating corruption in Nigeria!

If Nigeria were a country that takes itself seriously, Saraki would not occupy the exalted position of Senate President. He is being investigated by the EFCC, yet he superintends the screening of the agency’s chairman. The level of illogicality one witnesses in Nigeria becomes so vertiginous that one requires the abnormal to feel normal.

The absurd in Nigeria is more perplexing than what any mind can dream of as a work of fiction. Respectability and accountability died in Nigeria long ago and there are no differences between statesmen and those who seek to execute us. There is neither honour nor integrity in governance in Nigeria, and the more our democratic culture regresses, the easier it gets for our leaders to empty their bowels right on our heads.

Melaye and Saraki are not the only leaders who engorge themselves on the public and turn around to excrete pretentious nonsense on their hapless subjects. We can start from the All Progressives Congress itself. The party that promised Nigeria “change” and other dazzling promises two years ago is the one whose biggest celebration this year has been the renovation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. From promising Nigerians lofty things, such as sponsoring a constitution amendment to entrenching true federalism, they have become the gods of small achievements. A routine renovation of public infrastructure became an opportunity for an unambitious APC to self-congratulate.

The APC has expended the past two years on tales about how the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s rapaciousness destroyed Nigeria’s commonwealth, but right before our eyes the party opens its doors to let in the members of the same PDP into its fold. One is momentarily confused about the ill-logic until one is reminded that the APC has never quite taken collective intelligence seriously. They have never had qualms loudly criticising the very act they embody. After they had consolidated themselves into power, one of the projects they embarked on was to preach a gospel of change to Nigerians, telling us that the change we desire can only begin with us, the people and not the leadership. We live in Nigeria where big men “chop and clean mouth” yet they blame Nigeria’s issues on the toro-kobo people hustle to survive.

From top to bottom, the governing principle that rules Nigeria is one that excretes on the people. Recently, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, declared that he could not be corrupt because he disliked money. Even the tortuous way Amaechi made that immodest pronouncement shows that he thinks his audience are so infantile that he can expel the content of his orifices right on them.

We are talking about Amaechi who, as a state governor in 2012, bought a $50m jet for his exclusive use. As the internet reminds us, he bought the private jet at the same time that a flooding disaster took place in Rivers State. But the aircraft was, of course, his priority. That same 2012 was the time Nigeria was embroiled in a crisis over fuel subsidy, an opportunity Amaechi seized to play to the political gallery.

The same Amaechi unabashedly issued a press statement to clarify that his jet cost N7bn and not N9bn. Also, was Amaechi not the one who signed the Fringe Benefit Bill of 2012 that granted him an execrable amount of money and goods as his pension? We should be thankful that the man does not like money.

Whenever one sees the ruling class opening their mouths to “chop”, the rest of us should just brace ourselves for what will soon be coming from the other end.

My Husband joystick Is Too Small To Satisfy Me, wife cries out

A mother of two has expressed her frustration over her marriage and complained that her husband’s joystick is too small to satisfy her sexual desire.

Thus, she went and reported her husband to their pastor seeking the pastor’s advice on what to do to be happy in the marriage.

The incident happened at a popular church (name withheld) in Ikotun where the couple worship together.

P.M.EXPRESS gathered that the wife simply identified as Caroline married her husband, Chidi some years ago and the marriage has produced two kids.

Our correspondent who was present when the matter was being resolved at the church, gathered that the couple met at the church and started courtship before they eventually consummated the relationship with marriage.

Meanwhile through out the courtship, the couple did not enter into any sexual contact except when they meet in the church for service.

According Caroline, the church forbid any member who wanted to marry to have any contact before the marriage.

She narrated that she lived in her brother’s house until after their wedding before she moved to her husband’s house.

She said it was during the honey moon that she discovered that her husband’s joystick was too small, though he is not impotent.

“When my husband penetrates me, I do not feel anything because of the size of his joystick,” the woman lamented.

She said she has been bearing the trauma since she married and was at a loss on what to do before she went to their pastor and reported her predicament.

In response, her husband said she has being complaining that his joystick was too small and he has been trying his best to satisfy her but she kept on complaining and he did not know what to do.

The pastor while address the couple told them that marriage was for better and for worse and since the wife has found her self in that situation, she has to sacrifice and bear the cross since he has accepted to marry Chidi.

She went home dejected while the couple still live together.

Credit Pm expresss

Exclusive: My thought on the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke

By Muyiwa Olayinka

It was a rude shock to the people of Ede, Osun state and Nigeria when the news filtered in, on Sunday morning of 23rd of April 2017 that Senator  Adeleke is dead. It was hard to believe since the Senator showed no sign of illness a day before.

He attended a political meeting and a wedding ceremony previously. A bonhomie and was his usual bubbly self at the two social events.

The private residence of the Senator in Ede, became a Mecca of sorts, many of his followers and admirers rushed there to confirm his death. Thousands of people trooped to his home, simply because, he was loved by his people. He was a grass root political mobiliser.

The Senator built and maintained the political structure established by his father. He was the only visible and colourful politician among the children of his late father.

His father, Senator Ayoola Adeleke, was also a colourful politician in the second republic of 1979 and 1983. His father was loved by the people of Ede, thus winning his election on the platform of UPN (Unity Party of Nigeria). UPN was a party led by the  indefatigable leader of the southwest political titan, Late Pa Obafemi Awolowo.

Ayoola Adeleke was a Nigerian politician and labour activist from Ede who was vice president of the United Labour Congress, an elected Senator from Osun during the Nigerian second republic.

Isiaka  Adeleke took over and strengthened the political machinery, culminating to becoming the first executive governor of the newly created Osun state between 1992 to 1993, in the short-lived third republic.

His emergence as the first Civilian State Governor of Osun State in 1992 on the party ticket of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at the age of 37 years earned him the nickname, ‘SERUBAWON’ as he just returned from the US at that time. He was not favoured to win, the front runner was a lawyer, Oladipo Oladosu, but after a close primary, in which Adeleke came second, he was able to win the run off.

During his brief stint as Governor, he established a polytechnic at Iree, a college of technology at Esa-Oke and also completed the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, among other projects.

He was a fearless politician, joined the fray by asking the then military President Ibrahim Babangida, to reverse his annulment of the June 2, 1993 election that saw MKO Abiola as winner.

Unfortunately, the military led by Gen Sanni Abacha in November 1993 struck and ended the third republic. He threw his hat in the ring in the fourth republic. Doing what he knows best in 2007, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke contested for a seat in the Osun West Senatorial district under the platform People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won. He lost out in the 2011 elections.

However, in the 2015 elections, he again re-contested for the seat in the Osun West Senatorial District under the Platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and won. He was a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before his demise.

It is worthy to note that he targets to sponsor bills that will improve Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System.

He is also the recipient of the National award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (C.O.N).

The sudden death of the Senator has been shrouded in deep controversy. He attended a political meeting and also a wedding party on Saturday and retired home late in the night.

Unfortunately, the following Sunday morning, he complained of stomach ache and was rushed to a hospital before he finally gave up the ghost.

Some few days before his death, he complained of swollen leg, and his personal doctor administered injection on him.

The late Senator was reportedly diabetic and hypertensive, he might have died as a result of complications. The junior brother to the late Senator, Deji Adeleke ordered for autopsy before he was buried. The family is yet to disclose the outcome of the autopsy.

While I do not want to join the fray, it is rather discomfiture that his followers and supporters believed he was poisoned.

In Africa, we tend to beleive many are being killed using diabolic powers especially when such individual dies young, Africans hardly beleive deaths are natural. Sadly, the late Senator died at the age of 62.

He was a leading contestant in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in 2018 in the state of Osun. Many of his admirers, followers and people of Ede beleive and lay credence to this assertion.

Simply because politics is a do or die affair in Nigeria and it is a case of winner takes all.

Most politicians in Nigeria do not aspire for political positions to serve the people but to take care of their needs and satisfy their unquenchable thirst for power, greed and appurtenances attached to it

The system has been unable to take care of common needs of the people, politicians give and invest all to win.

Politics is the quickest and surest way to riches, they positioned themselves to appropriate and allocate the common patrimony, at their whims and caprices.

His supporters may have suddenly realised the sudden loss of a lifetime opportunity, if the Senator wins the forthcoming election.

 With the outpouring of emotion and general mourning in Ede, it is obvious that the town has lost one of its illustrious sons.

While I marvelled at this naked show of love to the family of the Adelekes, by the people of Ede, it is also disappointing that the mourning should have been wide spread in the state.

The late Senator was the first democratically elected executive governor of Osun state. Although his term was short-lived, but his tenure did not lay a solid foundation for the young state.

His stewardship was more of showmanship and cosmetics. I was in the University when he became the governor in 1992. I do not want to delve further because as an African, you are not expected to speak ill of the dead. The second reason is that he’s not in a position to defend himself against any accussation

But one thing is clear, if he had laid solid foundation Osun state, our state, would not  been in a sorry state and struggling to the toga of a rural state. The state have been owing workers’ salaries and one of the most indebted state in Nigeria.

My dear late Senator also has a share of the blame.

While I join the rest of the country to commiserate with the family, I pray that God gives the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

To this great political titan, may his  soul rest in perfect peace, Amen