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FFK: A Vulgar Striker on Transfer by Bolaji O. Akinyemi

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Nigerians To Fani-Kayode After Defecting To APC: You Have No Shame

Politics like football or soccer as Americans will call it has seasons when stars are open to transfer from club to club. This is usually a season their handlers must seek to strengthen their team in their areas of weaknesses with the view to have a competitions’ winning team.

The political atmosphere in Nigeria is at such a time now, and parties are doing their best to get not the best of skillful legs but of razor tongues who can inflict deep injuries on political opponents. This, the APC has taken advantage of, to sign on the most deadly tongue in political propaganda in Nigeria. Unlike football which is played with legs, politics is a trade of tongues!

There are highly rated tongues in Nigeria’s political turf, exhibiting top-rated verbal skills. Stars, like Festus Keyamo who is in a class by himself in strategic communication, Lai Mohammed, a midfield maestro having the ability to assist the attacking lines with passes for deadly strikes, his recovery in counter attacks to fall back in defense to dispossess opponents of the ball is commendable, but the “Otooge” exponent is of the ACN stuck in APC. His position at present is a threat to the CPC component. Though PDP may never recover from the damages done to her by Lai led verbal team, FFK is needed to take his place. Do I need to talk about the Big Joe Igbokwe, Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, etc? The list goes on.

The challenge before Muhammadu Buhari is how to make good the promise not to end his presidency a failure, and his agenda on this is clear, the grazing routes must be recovered for the Fulani race. Rail line must be built from Kano to the Niger Republic to complement the Refinery already built there. Though this may look like a waste of Nigeria’s resources generated mainly from Southern Nigeria, but these projects for me, are not enough to say thank you to the people and Governors from the Niger Republic who turned out en mass to show their solidarity to one of their own during his last presidential campaign in Kano.

Femi Adesina’s attempts at selling the grazing route science, and ruga technology couldn’t fly in the southwest. His verbal jab, “your ancestral land or your life”, was too “fodiolically” offensive for the sophisticated people of the South West!

Good, as the stars studded APC side may look, none on their list comes near prolific Femi Fani Kayode in verbal vulgarity. He is in the class of blasphemous Pharisees, whom Jesus best describes as a brood of vipers! The strength of a viper is its poisonous tongue!

Nobody in the talking trade in Nigeria comes near him in rating, FFK is the only liar I know who neither stammers nor blinks in action. His smooth talk and fluency will blow up any lie detector’s fuse. The only antidote to FFK is don’t listen. Listening to him on this latest movement on Channels TV with Seun Okinbaloye, I can’t but pity Nigeria and Nigerians for Balak the king has hired Balaam the prophet! A verbal spell is unleashed against the masses. This concluded deception, only God can deliver our gullible population from.

FFK is better on your bench than to have him playing against you. The trauma of this, made PDP beg the spy of our oligarchy in power to stay, so he can play all qualifying games ahead of 2023 on their side but the offer from APC said it all, it is time to come out of hiding, back to the home he joined them to build in 2013! “Orí ade kíi sún si ajo”, a prince must not be buried in a strange land.

Don’t be surprised if FFK is given a portfolio in the cabinet reshuffle that may happen soon. This administration is indeed in need of one who can betray secessionists’ agenda, I doubt if any betrayal of tribe, east, west, south-south, or middle belt can beat uncle FFK to this rating!

FFK loves life on the juicy side. This of course has sealed this deal. According to him, he was one of those who formed APC in 2013!

In my first article on him, “FFK: the spy who fooled us”, I was determined to unveil the masquerade called FFK, but fathers in the Lord whose influence in the kingdom were too huge to ignore called me and requested that Femi should be treated like a brother who is fighting in defense of the faith, though I stated my reservations about their conclusion, but gave in to the plea. Today, I stand vindicated!

Though I was compelled to come out of my shell earlier in the year, when FFK first touted his desire to return home when he visited Yahaya Bello the Governor of Kogi State, I did, under an article titled; Femi Fani-Kayode: Our Fooling Spy And His Crossover Night”.

That FFK is a spy, his old friend Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was captured outside Nigeria, Igboho his new friend who broke down in tears for fear of Government move against him, was parted on the lap by FFK whom he promised never to leave, should be able to tell!

The same house where FFK visited him was raided by DSS. Sunday Igboho is yet to be visited by FFK since he was arrested in the Republic of Benin! Please, if FFK comes knocking on your front door, bolt it firmly and run away through the back door, he was a forerunner of Igboho’s calamities!

Who else but a spy, can be in a party and yet be instrumental to negotiating the exits of Governors who are leaders of his party to the party in power? He boastfully recounted his exploits, “There are many people in PDP who want to come to APC, I was there, like a champion pointing to his trophy, he beckoned on the reporters to confirm his efforts that translated Matawale from PDP to APC. It was him who seduced Ben Ayade to come to APC dining table and of course, he converted the Chairman of the South East Governor from PDP to APC, and this happened while FFK was the PDP one man warrior against APC! Who could have fooled his party in this manner except a spy?

Ironically, PDP have little or nothing to worry about, Femi can’t do more damage to them than already done while he was a mole in their camp.

This star was “signed” to bench some stars who may be speaking for ACN in a CPC controlled APC. It is to this divide that Joe Igbokwe who is crying, “despite my push for APC, Abuja has neither called me to appreciate me, nor invite me for coffee with the C-In-C, this party only rewards traitors”! Uncle Joe, please hold on to your ACN given gutter job, for Femi is back home to send all fellows who are strangers in APC bed relationship packing.

A Yoruba adage says, “ile tó bá tọrọ, ọmọ àlè ibè ni ó tii dàgbà.” Meaning, if a family is at peace, it is because the bastard in the family has not grown.

This transfer scenario is nothing but the maturity of a family bastard back home to claim his rights, the future will certainly be rough for every member of the family!

There are others who in the estimations of their handlers are possibly over pricing themselves by aiming to be the valuable captain of APC team as presidential candidates. Such persons better prepared for this storm in the tea cup of their presidential ambition. May it not break their cup and spill their tea. Rotimi Amechi should begin to articulate in his hand over note. The only person in PDP who probably should be worrying is the Governor of Benue State. Samuel Ortom should be ready for FFK, while watching his back for Akume who may have a new portfolio for the sake of Benue mission!

Femi left no one in doubt of his assignments and of the terms and conditions of engagement. FFK was not brought into APC to do damage against political opponents but to fight from inside; “I will not renege from my core values but will fight from inside the party to have them established”, though he mentioned some of his “values”. But, please, ask yourself, what are the values you can relate Uncle Femi Fani Kayode with?

Coming out of his sign on ceremony at the Presidency, he mentioned the need to “fight foreign elements who want us to go to war killing one another, this is what informed my coming to see the President”. International alliances of the Yoruba nations’ agitators leading to successful protests around the world is expected to come under FFK verbal attack. He confirmed our suspicion of his physiological state of mind, when he communicated clearly, he is least worried about people of conscience who may be bordered about his past vulgarity against the President and APC. Our brother said we can’t hold him down to anything he has said in the past. Could this be what his hand shake with Pantami, a man that has risen above the deeds and sayings of his past, was meant to communicate? If Pantami can’t be held accountable for crimes inciting speech of terror against individuals and by extension, the State, why should FFK become a slave to his sayings in the past against a political party?

It is important for me to state that FFK must have been brought in to do vulgar damage to the ambition of Pastor Tunde Bakare who is being led by the Holy Spirit to become the President of the Federal Republic. Now that FFK has been led also by a “holy” spirit, the day ahead may be rough for PTB. He will be told by this new spirit man to stay out of politics and face the more profitable things of the Kingdom.

The Jephtah named at the Citadel should be ready for insults hauling. What is coming will make late Yinka Odumakin’s revelation of the Jagaban a child’s play. As for the Vice President, FFK will be a brutal attacking machine against a politically naive pastor and gentleman in politics!

Gumi must have been visited by the spirit that led FFK to APC when he accurately prophecied about what is to come, that FFK is the Judas of the Yoruba nation. This engagement is about the need to stop the agitations for Yoruba Nation, and possibly Yoruba Presidency which is majorly the aim of politicians behind the scene. One thing is clear he will justify his sign on with verbal assaults on whoever is unlucky to be on his list. Unfortunately for FFK, “bibire ni iyì ọmọlúwàbí”, meaning to come from a decent family is the honor of integrity. To the Yoruba nation, decency is not in his DNA nor integrity part of his core values. Our elders went further to say, “Ibí a bí ní kó tó ká tún rà ẹni bi” meaning to be born is not as important as to reborn one’s self. On both, Femi Fani Kayode is a drop out.

This transfer of course is a good sell for PDP and a bad buy for APC! “Spokesmanship” is not just about eloquence and wit of words, but about content of what is being said and the character of who is saying it!

Nigeria once had a football star, who had in him the skills of Okocha combined with the speed and strength of Amokachi. It was that star who redeemed us from the yoke of Cameron’s defeat at Adamasingba Stadium. But, for his lack of character, he couldn’t make it close to those he graciously combined their graces, in career. Charisma is good, but character is everything! What APC can make out of a man with charisma without character only the future can tell.

Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi, an Apostle, with focus on revival and revolution, the BID as he is fondly called is also a strategic communicator.

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Joe Igbokwe: When It’s A Crime To Love Buhari, Nigeria And Igbo Land – by Femi Adesina

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There are millions of us round the country who follow Muhammadu Buhari passionately. Some got enlisted in 1984 when the man was military head of state. Others joined along the line as the principal was Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) in the Gen Sani Abacha years, or when he joined partisan politics in 2002, ran for President a year later, also in 2007, 2011, and 2015, when he eventually coasted to power.

Over the years, some of the Buharists (as we are called), have fallen off, and even joined the opposition. Yet some others have stood sturdy, steady, resolute, as constant as the Northern Star. Stand up and take a bow, Engineer Joe Igbokwe, the man from Nnewi, in Anambra State.

President Buhari is possibly the most credible politician we have seen in the country in contemporary times, with a magnetic pull that draws people to him in droves. That was the point I was making last week in this column, but which an illiterate journalist with an online medium twisted to say I claimed Buhari was better than Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aminu Kano etal. He succeeded in his mission: generating hateful comments against me, but I leave him to God. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God to answer for what we have done, including all forms of lie against a fellow man. Our profession, or political and ethnic affiliations would no longer matter then.

We were talking of Joe Igbokwe before the brief diversion. Yes, this man loves Buhari to bits. He loves Nigeria, and he loves his native Igbo land. And you know what? That is now a crime in our country. Igbokwe’s life has been severely and severally threatened, his family hounded, and on October 3 this year, his county home in Nnewi was set on fire.

Igbokwe is a nationalist. His education, primary, secondary and even university he had in the Southeast. But since he got posted for national service in Ogun State in 1985, he had remained in the Southwest, identifying with the people, their politics, their ways of life, while not repudiating his love for his roots in Nnewi, and the Southeast generally. No wonder he is popularly called Agbalanze, after that Onitsha cultural association.

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Rethinking 2023 in the light of Good Governance

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Good governance

2023 is by the corner and as expected, certain assumptions have arisen regarding the suitability of aspirants for the coveted seat of the Governor.

What many have failed to consider in the ensuing agitations for who succeeds the current Governor is that government is a vehicle through which democracy is delivered to the people. And so, those who desire public offices must have been tested and trusted to deliver democracy dividends to the people.

Moreover, given the tempo of infrastructural and economic developments established by the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration, only a leader with a foresight equal to that of the present administration will effectively fit into the shoes which will be left behind.

As such, the need to look critically before leaping becomes imperative.

Among the long line of contenders for the governorship race is Sen. Effiong Bob who has been in public affairs from time immemorial.

His credentials indicate an age-long experience in governance which beats that of every other aspirant, and his bevy of connections and intellectual intelligence makes him a top preferred choice for the office.

Sen. Bob is able and ready to serve conscientiously, and should be given the mandate to do so.

Source: Thebrigdenewsonline

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Schools must lay the foundations to bridge Africa’s skills gap

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Dangote Refinery

As African businesses, including my own, seek to expand and boost prosperity across the continent, we face a hurdle that we and our governments must do more to overcome. The majority of those entering the workforce lack the skills required to meet the changing needs of the global economy.

Up to 20m increasingly well-educated young people are set to join Africa’s labour force every year for the coming three decades. As the World Economic Forum has argued, ensuring we have a strong ecosystem to offer quality jobs — and the skills to match — will be imperative if we are to fully leverage this demographic dividend.

By 2030, about a quarter of the world’s population under the age of 25 will be in or from Africa. So the economic prospects not only of Africa but of the world depend on the skills, capabilities and productivity of our youth.

Employers, including Dangote Group, need employees with a mix of strong cognitive and problem-solving capabilities, soft skills and 21st-century — often digital — skills. Yet there is a large gap in all three characteristics.

In a 2019 survey by PwC, 97 per cent of African chief executives said the lack of skills was affecting their organisations’ growth and profitability. We believe Africa will drive the future of the global economy, but if our youth do not have the skills, then how can they do so? This is one of the biggest problems facing African companies.

For Dangote, bridging the gap requires spending extra time, effort and financing on training and upskilling staff, building recruitment pipelines with investments in colleges and, in some cases, hiring from outside the continent. Such extra costs hinder the ability of the private sector and the economy to grow and diversify.

We have been providing vocational training for young Nigerians for a long time. We started the Dangote Academy in 2009 in our Obajana cement plant, where we train more than 2,000 technicians every year. More recently, in partnership with the German Association for Mechanical and Plant Engineering (VDMA) and its Foundation for Young Talent, we have launched a technical training programme in engineering. Many businesses are taking similar steps, investing millions of dollars a year.

But relying on companies and postsecondary training programmes to address the skills gap is not enough. The problems begin earlier in the education system, and investments must go beyond upskilling adults. Government must take a larger role. Quality education relies on an extensive, interlinked, robust infrastructure and ecosystem.

Across Africa, nine out of 10 children do not achieve basic reading and numeracy skills by the age of 10, which creates wide-ranging ripples. A third of students do not complete primary school, more than half do not finish lower secondary school and almost 90 per cent do not make it to higher education. Local conflicts and wider insecurity in parts of Africa, with the attendant mass displacement, further reduces access. The pandemic has closed schools and affected families’ abilities to pay for education. This no doubt has led to an increase in the number of children out of school, estimated at about 15m in Nigeria.

Skills acquired early in primary school form the foundation for later learning and are fundamental to a productive, capable workforce and a strong economy

A large proportion of job applicants not only lack basic qualifications but also struggle with simple computation and comprehension. This hinders their ability to take up jobs we are desperate to offer and impedes those already in employment. Skills acquired early in primary school form the foundation for later learning and are fundamental to a productive, capable workforce and a strong economy. Gaining digital skills, or more rudimentary technical and vocational qualifications, is harder without basic learning.

Governments and business together need to look to the future and set policies and plans to focus on foundational learning. Investing in these basic fundamental skills would allow African countries to enhance productivity, promote greater inclusion and build a workforce that can adapt to the markets of the future and drive prosperity for all.

Policymakers and business should provide retraining and upskilling to the existing workforce, and offer these in areas with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. They should work together to ensure investments are made in high-quality and effective interventions.

Governments and the private sector must also increase their investments in key infrastructure with an eye on the effects on education, from power to communication, water supply and housing, research and social amenities, and not discriminate by gender or disability. The private sector must give governments clear indicators of future work needs so schools can adapt. There must be increased focus on and investment in foundational literacy and numeracy so students can acquire the skills fundamental to employability.

Together, the public and private sectors have a strong responsibility to accelerate progress. They must work in partnership, make fixing the education crisis a top priority and commit to acting fast. Failure to do so risks perpetuating low productivity, instability in the workforce and poor socio-economic outcomes. Successful actions will mean greater prosperity for future generations, and are the only path to ensure a vibrant, prosperous, productive Africa.

Source: FT

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