Sports: Man United’s ERic Baily Out for 2months

It has been reported that Manchester United and Ivory Coast’s Veteran Defender, Eric Baily is to be out of footballing activities for 2months due to an Injury sustained during the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea over the Weekend.

Quoting The Telegraph online magazine,’The Ivory Coast defender – a £30.4 million signing
from Villarreal in the summer – is likely to be out for
around two months after a full medical examination
revealed lateral ligament damage to his right knee.

Such a lay-off would rule Bailly out of United’s next
13 matches at least, starting with Wednesday’s EFL
Cup fourth-round game at home to Manchester City.
United face Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur
over that period.’

No doubt this would be a big set back for the Manchester United which, add the moment, is struggling to catch-up with form.
Bailly has been one of United’s few success stories
this season, after adapting quickly to English football. Therefore, his absence will be a keen blow to The Special one’s Squad for that mean time.

By Calculation, Baily will return before the beginning of Ivory Coast Afcon title defence campaign.. A Cup they won in 2015.

PMB writes to the National assembly for modifications to 2016 budget.

imagesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday has made a proposal to the National Assembly for a review of some items in the 2016 budget as amended. The adjustments which will translate to an upgrade of about 180.8b Naira is meant to address some financial urgencies.

The president’s proposal was contained in a letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he seeks a total N180.8 billion in virement for line items in both capital and recurrent expenditures. He has however traced the sudden augmentation to the activities in the Niger-Delta which has made multinational companies like Shell and Agip suspend some activities for a largepart of the year.

He said the destruction of oil installations had left his
administration unable to pay overhead costs as the nation has no viable alternative means of revenue has sufficed.

“The most viable option now is the virement of appropriated funds from heads or sub heads …,” Mr. Buhari concluded in the letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara respectively.

Areas where the president said needed urgent injection of funds include security, intervention programs, education and services.
The president said there was no point allowing funds to lay idle in some agencies while activities are grounded in others due to financial shortfalls.

TRIBALISM AND IT’S EFFECTS ON NATIONHOOD.

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No to Tribalism

Before you read further, ask yourself this questions:

–Who are You?
–Where do you hail from?

I would expect your response to the second question to carry FIRST your Nationality before giving necessary and unnecessary details of your tribe. If not, then I think you are part of the problem. Read further to see reasons.
Tribalism and nepotism (or ethnicity as you may which to call it) has been the canker-worm disturbing our vegetables of unity and, if not treated, can lead us through that path of disintegration. Sometime ago, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) asserted in one of his speeches that the oneness of this nation is Non negotiable. Well, I think the Nation, Nigeria, needs restructuring. But (anyways) that’s a topic for another day.

Whether or not we want to negotiate it, tribalism needs to be killed. Tribalism is a political anomaly. According to Wikipedia online encyclopedia, tribalism is a state of being organized in, or advocating for, a tribe or tribes. It is also seen as a behavioral defunct where people are more loyal to their tribes than to their friends, country or other social groups. Relating it to Nigeria (the most populous Black nation with a massive representation of tribes and language), it is of no doubt present. People are seen associating with and protecting their various ethnic groups in the political setting.

However, this concept isnt to strange to us. Instances of it can be traced to activities of our founding fathers even before the independence. We had the first crop of Continue reading

THE DEMONS AS A PIVOTAL FORCE IN GOVERNANCE.

images-bJust like Abati in his controversial write-up (The spiritual side of the Aso Rock), Have you also noticed some elements of bad decisions and policies emanating from the Villa?

According to Dr.Abati, some blood sucking demons have taken over the Villa a very longtime ago. He further outlined these Demons to have been the stewards of the wrong and ill-punctuated decisions made by our Heads of states from the past till date. Well, every person is entitled to his /her own opinion and not the fact. Having served at the Villa for close to five years, the fact that a piece like this is coming from him raises eyebrow. Some way, his report has gotten almost all Nigerians talking. But…‘are there really Demons in the Aso rock? In my own opinion and with respect to Dr. Abati (a prolific Dramatist and journalist), his write-up has woken up the ‘Confucianist’ sense of the people. Philosophically, human are always quick to react without a process of deep thinking. Some have aligned with the submission while some are typically against it. Even the Presidency has replied with its own version– unspiritual side of the Aso Rock– by Femi Adesina. In all, the issue is still open to every individual’s personal interpretation.

However, I will want us to see these ‘Demons’ from another point of view. Literarily demons are evil agents. They are supernatural being that serves as intermediary between gods and men. But in political context, the demons are human structures that can serve as a militating force to the progress of a vision. In this realm, anything that can stop you from achieving your goals is a demon; be it man or otherwise.

This makes Dr. Abati’s submission of demons in the Villa makes some senses. Of no doubt, every government have had its own encounter with its own demons. Different sets of people had formed coalition with governments at various levels not for its progress but for its doom. They are Political demons. You can rightly refer to them as the Cabals. With any slight chance they get, they are ready to hijack the government. To them politics is a game of returns. They don’t want to be president; they rule the presidents. They do everything humanly possible to get you there and request your loyalty in turn. Take it or leave it, they own the government.

You don’t like them (neither do i). But there is nothing you can do, they always exist. It’s the democracy we chose. Political demons are everywhere in the world (even America). They influence decisions of the presidency; they feel they got them there. Since they are unavoidably part of the government, to excel as a leader, it all depends on how you are able to manage them. So why shouldn’t we begin to see them as an arm of government.

Theoretically, our textbooks have taught us that there are only but three (3) arms of government;

-the executive [led by the president]
-the legislature [headed by the Senate president]
-the judiciary [controlled by the Chief Justice].

Each arm is said to be independent and inter connected. The legislature makes laws, the executive implements and the judiciary interprets. Every government dwells on the effectiveness of every of these tiers to excel. But there is a fourth tier that requires special consideration – the ‘Demon Assembly’ around the Aso rock. You don’t neglect them if you want to flourish. They possess commanding power that can make or mar you. This is more reason why we should begin to see and plan for them as part of the government.
Since they appear to be inevitable in governance, I think we need to begin to study them concentratedly to change ‘centri-fugal’ state we’ve found ourselves. The school had taught us all that we need to know. How to apply them to real life situation remains abstract. You can only be taught how to cook; no one teaches you the kind of seasoning to apply to give you your desired taste. We need to begin to learn about the Cabals and how to handle them in governance.

How to identify the demons.

When during the President’s inauguration ceremony he said he belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody, I laughed. He said this statement to signal a warning to the demons around. The statement was meant to push them away and set them on the run. But then I was wondering how he intends to run the administration without the fourth arm.

That statement shook the whole nation. For once, Nigerians began to attest the fact that the right option had been chosen. As if that wasn’t enough, he decided to lock them out completely by refusing them the access to mediation; office of the First Lady.

The office of the First lady.

From 1987 till 2015, just like you will always need the service of a Priest to mediate between you and the gods, there have always been a special personality in charge of that duty to the President. Little wonder, Gen. Babangida had to create an office for that purpose (for the first time in history); the office of the First lady.

No spiritualism intended but this office has always been the link of the Cabals to the president. The constitution gave no special recognition to the demon assembly (cabals), hence, an unconstitutional office for the unconstitutional purpose. This, in turn, has made all First ladies very powerful that they challenge Executive Governors and Ministers in some special cases. More reason why PMB has refused to use this office.

PMB and the office of the First lady.

PMB upon inauguration has insisted that he was ready to run his administration without the office of the first lady. The demons felt the intentional ousting out of the government they fought for. Immediately, they rallied around the wife of the president and played the popular ‘gender discrimination’ game. They got the voice of the masses but it wasn’t enough to convince the General. To cut the long story short, Aisha assumed office as ‘the wife of the president’ but not as the ‘First lady’. I wonder what difference ‘six’ and ‘half a dozen’ makes. After all, the way to a man’s heart is through his Minister of home affairs. The link was created but the Presidency refuses to trail. Well, there are so many ways to kill a fish (without using a knife).

Neglect of the demons and its consequences.

As the fourth arm of government (even if you insists it’s informal), the neglect of the demonic assembly wont come without effects. Like an adage in Yoruba that says – an imbecile is less concerned about the extraction of milk but he is a pro in pouring it away.

The fourth arm of government will always look for a way to walk back through the government by crook or by means.
They’ve got nothing specific to lose. Therefore, neglecting them wont come without unfavorable conditions to the presidency. Conditions like;

-Antagonism from within
-Instability
-Grudges and malice
-Strengthened opposition
-Lack of loyalty and the host of others.

Above all, the presidency also risks losing a re-run campaign as a penalty for disobedience. A case in hand is the issue of former president Goodluck Jonathan and the 2015 election. You know the story and am sure you know the demons. *mouth sealed*

This time around, we have different kinds of demons around the Aso rock. And if not correctly worshipped, the house will remain under fire. *drops pen*