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Have you heard the news? I’m sure you have. But just in case you haven’t, here’s the news on the hour: After 33 years, the 326 Km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line and Ancillary Facility Yard has been commissioned for commercial operation.

The event came up Tuesday September 29 with President Muhammadu Buhari flagging off the project in a virtual ceremony.

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, announced that the rail project was conceived in 1987 under the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida military regime, but “underwent protracted hiccups and prolonged abandonment,” suffered massive vandalization, till it was resuscitated by the Buhari administration, completed, and now commissioned.

Minister Amaechi added that the single track standard gauge railway line was built strictly from annual budget provisions. No loan. It would be linked to the Warri port, and northward to Abuja.

Coming in the week that Nigeria turned 60, it was a worthy Diamond Jubilee gift to the country. A project conceived 33 years ago has been completed, and put to use by Muhammadu Buhari. No wonder my heart is ‘beating duduke duduke.’

Rail revolution. That is what President Buhari has precipitated in Nigeria. He inherited the Abuja-Kaduna project, completed it, and it has been up and running for a couple of years. He started the Lagos-Ibadan project, and it would be commissioned anytime soon. Ibadan to Kano has been awarded, while Lagos-Calabar is on the cards, among others. Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri is commissioned . Buhari has gone rail-wire, ‘and that is why my heart dey beat like duduke duduke.’

The President himself described the Tuesday event as “milestone occasion.” Yes, it is. A 33-year old project has been completed. Under no one else but Muhammadu Buhari, the good Fulani man from Daura, in Katsina State. Didn’t some people say all Fulani people were bad?

The President said railway was vital backbone to support industrialization and economic development. He added that new rail lines have been approved in the country, as well as the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some others.

Still kindling the joy kiln in our hearts, President Buhari said he had directed the Ministry of Transportation to link all rail projects in the country to ports of origin and destination at places like Apapa, Tin Can, Warri, Onne, and Calabar. Yet, some naysayers want us to believe that Nigeria is collapsing. And I say yes. Nigeria is collapsing forward.

Railways will boost trade, generate wealth, and create employment. Both the local and national economies will be boosted and invigorated. Criminality will reduce, and the various parts of the country will be opened up and linked with one another. Is that symptomatic of a collapsing country? Yes, collapsing forward.

There are many lessons to learn from the completion of the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project, after 33 years. One is that government is a continuum, and should always be seen so.
Between 2015 and now, the Buhari administration has completed many projects it inherited. Roads, rail, bridges, airports, water projects, and many others. It is not about pride, not ego, not competition. My Mercedes is bigger than yours? Not at all. It is about serving the country, and giving her the best.

Sadly, in this same country, you hear some people shout, Buhari is only completing the projects we started. And I say; so what? Are they personal projects? Are they not national projects, for the good of the people? Should he rather abandon the projects, after hundreds of millions have been sunk into them? And has Buhari not started new projects, which have been completed? Think, brothers, think. Think, sisters, think. It’s all about our country, and not personal aggrandizement.

Another lesson. Focus will take you there. It is said that when you go to the market, you should concentrate on who you are transacting business with, and forget the noise of the market. If you dwell on the noise, you’ll go back home empty handed.

One lesson I’ve learnt from President Buhari is to focus on what you are doing, and ignore all distractions. If the President was a man prone to distractions, some people would ensure that he got nothing done in eight years in office. And they would be the first to ask; what did you achieve in eight years? But President Buhari keeps his focus. He sets his face like a flint, and ignores all distractions. Serious business going on here. No disturbance.

And yet another lesson. No matter how long it delays, stay the course. The vision is for an appointed time, and it will not delay. If it tarries, wait for it, for it shall surely come. After 33 years, the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project was completed. Are there people poking their tongues at you, sniggering, and saying you are an abandoned project? Stay the course. You will yet become a praise in the land. And they will glorify God in you.

Have you heard the news? The rail project was commissioned after 33 years. Monuments to rot and decay may eventually become legacies. And Buhari will have countless numbers of such by the time he exits office. 2nd Niger Bridge. Legacy. Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway. Enugu to Onitsha. East-West road. Lagos to Ibadan Expressway. Bridges. Airports. Rail. All abiding legacies. Buhari will leave plenty of them.

I did a tweet on Monday afternoon, announcing the commissioning of the rail project next day. Later, I went to read the comments. Some people rejoiced, and had kind words for the Buhari administration. But some others were spitting like snakes, wailing like wailers, and using foul language from the very pit of hell. The lesson? Even if you feed an entire town daily with pounded yam, egusi soup, cow leg, snail and orishirishi (yummy yummy), you will still have enemies. Just remain resolute, and you will get to where you are headed.

In the broadcast to mark National Day on October 1, the President had admonished: “Together we can change our condition for the better and more importantly, together we can do much more for ourselves, and for our country.” True. Resolve to be a centripetal rather than centrifugal force, and we will have a much better country.

Whether Bitter-Enders who have resolved to see nothing good in his administration change their minds or not, President Buhari is succeeding, and would succeed even more. It is for the good of our country, and for the greater majority. “And that is why my heart dey beat like duduke duduke.”

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity


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Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

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By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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