Beyond June 12: Nigeria Still in Search of her Lost Hope After 27 Years

 

If I were 18 at the time, I doubt if I would have voted for Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, aka MKO, considering that MKO as I later discovered in my historical research, was a man who appeared too ambitious.

 
From what I previously read about him, I did not know him to be over-ambitious until the heated debate I had with Cornelius Erohubie in 2019, when President
Muhamadu Buhari honored MKO with a posthumous president and declared June 12th henceforth as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

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On The Shoulders Of Each Other

Ugwu Kelvin

Football stars, in fact, all the stars of various sports, we made them who they are.
Premier league, LALIGA, Serie A were suspended. This year’s Wimbledon (The most prestigious Tennis competition annually played in the UK) was cancelled. The ‘almighty’ Olympic games has also been cancelled this year.
Do you know what this means?
Many people have loss Millions of dollars because with Coronavirus still not contained, there will be no spectators. If there are no spectators, nobody will buy tickets, nobody will sell tickets.

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We Can be Wrong so Many Times Judging others Without Knowing the True Story Behind Their Actions.

 

My boss drove a luxury car every day and it was my duty to greet him and to open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.
 
One day he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search of any leftover food. But, as usual, he never even looked at me, it was as if he never saw anything!

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The Praying Hands

 

Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood.
Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder’s children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.

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THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME

 

1. *We live in times where we see many humans, but not enough humanity;*

 

2. *We live in times where the rich has more rooms than children and the poor has more children than rooms.*

 

3. *We live in times where Smart Phones bring you closer to those who are far, but distance you from those who are close;*

 

4. *We live in times where we open Facebook, more than the Holy Book;*

 

5. *We live in times where a single mother can look after 10 children, but 10 children can’t look after a single mother;*

 

6. *We live in times where the rich walk miles to digest food, while the poor walk miles to obtain food;*

 

7. *We live in times where our contact lists are huge, but our relationships are poor;*

 

8. *We live in times where our possessions are more, but our contentment is less;*

 

9 *We live in times where we know how to earn a good living, but somehow forget how to live a good life;*

 

 

 

10 *We live in times where many know the price of everything, but the value of nothing;*

 

Indeed, we live in a strange world.

 

The Beauty and Mystery of Love from a wise Elder

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return but what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person we will know how to be grateful for the gift.
Love is when you take away the feeling of the romance in the relationship but you still care for that person.
A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.

 

When the door of happiness closes another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

 

The best kind of friend is the kind you can just be with, never say a word and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

 

It is true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.
Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they love you back. Don’t expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their heart but, if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.
There are things you’d love to hear that you would never hear from the person whom you would like to hear them from but don’t be so deaf as not to hear it from the one who says it from their heart.

Never say good bye if you still want to try. Never give up if you still feel you can go on. Never say you don’t love a person anymore if you can’t let go.
Love comes to those who still hope, although they have been disappointed. To those who still believe, although they have been betrayed.

To those who still need to love, although they have been hurt before and to those that have the courage and faith to build trust again.
It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

 

Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

 

 

 

 

 

Thief rewarded. Victim punished. WHY???


In the 1930’s, a rather unusual court case came to pass…

A woman was being charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She seemed to have good cause. She was poor and taking care of her daughter and two grandchildren after their father had abandoned them.


Unfortunately, the shop-keeper refused to
drop charges. He felt that because it was a bad neighborhood, if one person stole and got away with it, then it would encourage more to do so. He feared for his safety and his business, and he wanted to teach all the other people in the neighborhood a lesson.

And he certainly did do that, though not in the way he had envisnioned…


See, the Mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, was known for occasionally stepping in as a magistrate of the court. He would preside over certain cases of special interest. He was well-loved by many and known for being a firm yet fair mayor.

In this instance, Mayor LaGuardia stepped to the front of the courtroom, placed his famous hat down, and prepared his ruling:

“The shop-keeper is correct that you have broken the law and that you must be punished. You will spend 10 days in jail or pay a fine of ten dollars.”


Back then, $10 was a hefty sum of money. The woman knew she was going to jail, and the shop-keeper was quite happy with this outcome.


But nobody could have imagined what would happen next…

Something interesting was brewing inside Mayor LaGuardia’s head.


And as he spoke the woman’s sentence out loud, he slowly pulled from his pocket a $10 bill. He placed it into his famous hat and stated that her fine was now paid.


The look of shock on the shop-keepers face was priceless!


How could the mayor betray his people like that? The businesses who paid the taxes of the city and helped keep it running? Meanwhile a poor, law-breaking, thieving woman was being let off scott-free without any punishment whatsoever?


Nobody understood that, until Mayor LaGuardia issued his second sentence for the afternoon:


“In addition to the $10 fine this woman has now paid, I fine everybody else in this courtroom fifty cents.”


The room gasped in shock as he continued…

“For living in a town where a grandmother must steal bread just so that her daughter and grandchildren would not starve to death.


Bailiff, please collect the fines right now…”


“And give them to the defendent.”



It’s a great story though. It teaches us some valuable lessons about compassion, our interconnectedness , and taking responsibility for the entirety of human lives.

Atiku and Buhari and The Space In The Middle

In the hearts of every young man and woman reading this, who mean well for our country; in the hearts of men and women devoid of sentiments: tribes, religion and selfish gains — We not only have a clear idea of the Nigeria of our dream, but more importantly the leaders that will make that dream a reality.

We know in all sincerity that Buhari does not only represent the impossibility of that dream coming to pass but the possibility that with him we may not even be alive in the first place to even dream. He is like the thief at the left hand. To some, he is not just the thief, he is the “Bad” thief.

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