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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.
 
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Black Man’s Perspective

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Michael Brown. They have endured the horrific tragedy of losing their child. A nightmare no parent should ever have to face. 

Credit: Salem News

Unfortunately, this horrible tragedy can and should serve as a teaching moment for Americans.  The justice system is one of the foundational pieces of America. While many are outraged by the outcome and believe justice wasn’t served we need to remember the process. We need to be mindful that we were not privy to the testimony the grand jury heard. We need to be aware that our media tries people in the public far before cases ever reach the justice system. While the information released may lead us to believe that Officer Darren Wilson did not make the best choice, we need to really peel back the facts in the case and review what the grand jury heard. While this is a horrible tragedy, it is unfortunate that it has become an issue of race, vandalism, looting and arson. Let’s review the facts before we automatically assume racist intent.

#BlacksModelGoodBehaviorToYourChildren #MichaelBrown #DarrenWilson #Ferguson

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Advocating For Change



This picture depicts advocates fighting back against the institutional corruption and injustice that exists in the government of Burkina Faso(Right), and Nigeria(Left/Fuel subsidy protest Jan. 2012). It is clear from the picture that the Burkina Faso citizen is steadfast in his beliefs and is willing to fight for what he believes is just and right. Unfortunately this is not the case with my fellow Nigerians. Day in and day out I hear about the need for a revolution in Nigeria. I fully agree, however, it seems to be a bunch of chatter.

We are charged with the responsibility to advocate for change and revolution. This advocacy is not just about lip service, it is about truly showing the steadfastness to stand up for what is right and not to waver in the face of adversity.

 It is certainly not easy and definitely not popular but it is the right thing to do.

#Nigeria #ChangeAdvocacy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unholy Support By Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye

English: Enoch Adejare Adeboye
English: Enoch Adejare Adeboye (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So there are quite a wide array of topics to analyze with respect to this article and the follow up declaration of support. At the risk of stating the obvious, I am deeply concerned that Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor  would purchase a plane. While I call bs on his entire justification of the need to have the plane, to me the issue is really less about the plane and more about Power and Control, Entitlement and Misuse of Funds. To me the purchase of the plane is about showing off.  Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor wants to live the high life. He wants to be treated like royalty. He wants others to be in awe of him due to personal possessions and self-imposed glory. People should be in awe of him because of his incredible dedication and service to Christ.  

With that being said I would like to switch the focus to Pastor E.A Adeboye words of support: “Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of GOD I trust and I can personal vouch for him. I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I'm sure God will continue to build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail in JESUS name”.  
 

I feel that Pastor E.A Adeboye is aligning himself solely because he as well is in the pastoral business for Stature and Power. He is a greedy individual that wants to be recognized as a man of God while being treated like Royalty (Daddy G.O). This type of behavior is not Christ like and in fact is hypocritical. I am not saying that pastors need to live a life of poverty, however, I believe it to be irresponsible to use parishioner paid donations to fund lavish and luxury items for the pastor. This whole debate of justifying the expenditures under the guise of what is best for Christ is unacceptable. It disturbs me that parishioners buy into this hook line and sinker. Why do you believe everything your pastor says? While yes it is important to live a Christ like life, please remember to analyze your pastor in a critical light. Make sure that you are not being brainwashed or receiving a skewed story of justification.
 
Another grave issue that I have is that Pastor E.A Adeboye is coming out now with his words of support for Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor. This is plain and simply ignorant on his part. Why not let the findings of the investigation emerge prior to issuing your declaration of support? To me this shows that he supports Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor only because he is a pastor. There is no basis for Pastor E.A Adeboye support as the findings of the investigation have not yet been made public.   




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Letter from Goodluck Jonathan (Spoof)

The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, a...
The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, at the Nuclear Security Summit, in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Warmest Holiday Greetings on this Blessed Independence Day,

Election season is upon us. I ask for your vote in re-electing me as your President of Nigeria. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made in my time in office. Below is a small list of the many, many things that I alone have done to progress forward.
11.       Over 200 girls were kidnapped in the spring of 2014. Over 169 days later I am happy to report that I have done nothing to ensure the release of these girls; they are still being held in captivity. While I have yet to make an appearance onsite regarding this national tragedy, please note that just last two weeks, I did make a visit to Pastor T.B Joshua owner of the Synagogue Church of All Nations about the collapsed church building to offer my support to the pastor who is a dear friend.

22.      The level of corruption that exists in Nigeria has exponentially increased during my tenure. I am very proud to report that I myself am a catalyst of this corruption and personally model this behavior.

33.      I am proud of my lack of proper prioritization regarding issues. I continue to misuse my status to ensure personal growth and profit. I am proud to say that I always put myself first.

I know that you will agree with me when I say that I truly believe that I am the best leader for Nigeria. I engage in corruption, put myself first always, and refuse to deal with critical matters. I look forward to continuing to serve you and look forward to your vote.
Sincerely your proud leader,


Friday, May 30, 2014

Embrace the #bringbackourgirls campaign while upholding integrity

Credit: Jerome Starkey of The Times UK Nov. 23 2012

While the support surrounding the kidnapping of the girls in Borno state Nigeria has been overwhelming and encouraging, there is something that I feel I must draw your attention to. The attached picture is being used to illustrate the lengths that Nigerian women are going to as a result of this kidnapping. This picture is actually misrepresentative. This photo is from a 2012 edition of the UK Times – “Women are bent on revenge against Tuareg rebels in Mali” by Jerome Starkey. See link - http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/africa/article3608925.ece

While I do not want to assume bad intentions, I want to make sure that individuals do not get caught up in misrepresentations. Not that this is the case with the original poster of this picture (referencing the post made regarding #bringbackourgirls), however there are some who do take advantages of horrific situations. Let’s be diligent in our #bringbackourgirls awareness campaign while ensuring that we maintain integrity and do not misrepresent.

#BringBackOurGirls #BokoHaram #Nigeria #BornoState #IslamicMilitantsInNigeria #bringbackourgirls
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Goodluck Jonathan missing in action yet again

This is beyond ridiculous. It is so wrong that the Nigerian President has not taken an aggressive approach to rescuing the Nigerian girls that are being held captive after their kidnapping from school. It was announced this yesterday that the Nigerian government has agreed to accept assistance from the US and the UK with rescuing the girls. Why did it take this long for the Nigerian government to respond to needing global assistance? Clearly the Nigerian government lacks the infrastructure to rescue the girls. Their response to needing assistance, however, should not have taken this long. The girls are being held, the time is ticking, God only knows the conditions they are being subject to by Boko Haram. I am also concerned that Goodluck Jonathan has not met with the families, visited the site in which the girls were abducted, or taken an active role in finding the girls.




During the time that the girls have been abducted, the President has been touring around the country. He has been attended funerals, political rallies, and other social events. Yet he has not visited the site of the kidnapping or met with the families of the kidnapped girls. Does he not see this as a big concern? Maybe he should turn on the national media as this story continues to generate concern and interest.


Update on the girls from Government Girls secondary school Chibok, Borno state Nigeria. Abducted by Boko Haram Islamic militants.
#bringbackourgirls #BringBackOurGirls #Chibok #BornoState #Nigeria

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Search response… epic disappointment

Picture by The Guardian Newspaper Nigeria

I continue to have deep concerns over the manner in which the Nigerian government is handling the kidnapping of 234 Chibok Government Secondary School girls (note: there are conflicting reports on the number of girls abducted). The rescue efforts have yet to start; the girls have been in captivity for 2 weeks. The latest step the government has taken is to form a committee (http://leadership.ng/news/369278/jonathan-sets-committee-abducted-schoolgirls) to determine how to rescue the girls. This is absolutely ridiculous. Why are they forming a committee? The government should be working with multiple law enforcement entities to coordinate a rescue effort. The rescue effort should be active and tactile. If the government doesn’t feel they have the proper personnel to complete the rescue, they need to reach out to other entities for assistance.

The government seems to be missing a huge opportunity to interview the girls that have escaped. By interviewing the girls they will be able to determine the location in which they are being held, the conditions they are being held under, the number of and types of weapons, the number of hostiles, etc. This information can serve as a critical base of information for the rescue efforts. Another source of information that needs to be disseminated is the identity of the girls that are being held in captivity. Law enforcement needs to coordinate with the school and the parents to deduce the identities of the girls.


This situation should force the government to assess their current practices and to make significant improvements. It is critical that the Nigerian government makes changes to their governmental response. The government needs to seek training and develop ongoing crisis response plans.
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