The Glory Hunters. –Ola-lawal Muzzamil

THE GLORY HUNTERS.

Let’s go on a ride:
Leave your lacadaisies behind.
There are no seats for laggards.
Like Laagers;
We forge ahead conservatively liberal.

To be fore-armed is to be forewarned:

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Ethics and Conduct: The Youth Vs The Elders in the 21st Century — Baruwa Yusuf.

The society has changed and old things passed away. It is the modern century of technological beef up. The engagements of today seems to be far more productive than then. We now have our information saved on clouds; We don’t need to bother our brains any longer. Indeed, the advancement in technology has made our lives easy, flexible and splendid. Unarguably, we are now smarter than our predecessors.

However, could the same story be said of our moral affairs too? I mean: Since the standard level of reasoning has evolved over time, shouldn’t the level of mannerism and behaviour also follow suit?

Whenever I hear some set of people accuse other set of not having manner, I personally begin to wonder if the meaning of the word “manner” has followed a neo-logical process. Although the word seems polysemous, its pragmatic meaning should however be stated. Let us know who is right and who is deceiving who.

I am practically beginning to get confused as to which divide to stand. A relative situation is where someone from the younger generation tries to correct or disapprove a detrimental step or advice from an elder, not judging the consequences or circumstance, the young man is quick to be labelled a ‘rebel with absence or no manners’. Even if it appears that the decision may affect him adversely in the nearest future. If that is what is called ‘lack of manner’, then the real meaning of manners need to be established.

According to the late Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the kind of dogmatic followership expected of us from our elders was described as ‘ZOMBIE’. And be it as it may, I am sorry; I was not bred to be a zombie. I will speak my mind with reasons for you to believe. Am meant to be somebody like my mum would say.

Our elders are our bosses at work, teachers in school, our parents at home and even the leaders in our politics ruling over us. They have always nurtured the notion that: we have no right to object whatever decree they made. Sometimes, I wonder if they still perceive this generation as a weak one. For the record, we have come of age. The 18th century is different from the 21st. Slave trade was abolished long time ago.

I am sorry, if my lips cannot be pierced like lock hinges to deprive me of my freedom of speech and I can not be handcuffed to be refrained from writing my mind. This is the 21st century.

Moreover, in as much as I refuse to be caged in the box, I know our elders possess some level of temerity, wisdom with a sackful of life experience. They are meant to guide our steps and not command our steps. It is not enough to toy with our success. We are the leaders of today: We rule our world.

In conclusion, as a well cultured Yoruba boy, I pledge not to insult or abuse anyone most especially the elders as it will be against the teachings of Omoluabi -the Yoruba teachings on good character. One of which says “Emi lóri rere ti kò níwà, ìwà ló máa borì re je” effectively translated to English by Adeyemi (2008:120) as ‘as good as a person’s destiny may be, if he has no character, it is lack of character that will ruin his destiny’. Well, I also pledge to always speak or write out my raw mind.

Written by Comr. Baruwa Yusuf.

Edited and Posted on Muzzammilwrites.

14-10-2017

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER.

As an annual tradition, on this date (10-10-2017), the world marks a special moment to drum support for the mentally challenged individuals. This also includes awareness campaign to raise hope of treatment and survival for the victims. The World Mental Health Day is a smart Initiative of the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with the WHO.

This year’s theme of the World Mental Health Day aims basically at ‘Focusing on Conducive Work Environment’. Apart from its effect at tackling the mental health challenges, it also has potentials address the extent of the poor orderliness the world faces today. Corruption as one of the reference; Indeed, the brains need be properly reminded.

Nigeria’s situation is more precarious. Ours is a country of ‘one day one trouble’. The worries of many Nigerians are many. That is why the mental illness cases are everywhere around us and no one seems to be appreciating the nexus between the two.

However, Psychological experts have established a sharp connection between depression and mental challenges. Thus, those who are acutely depressed could actually slip off to ‘mental derangement’ If not properly detected.

Now what is depression?

Depression is a major depressive order: a serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, thinks and act. Depression is capable of causing feelings of sadness or even loss of interest in a particular activity one once enjoyed. Although it is a treatable illness, various emotional and physical problems are attached to it.

Individuals carry depressions everywhere around us without being noticed. Let’s begin from the work place: where a worker who earns peanuts (18,000 minimum wage for instance) is in the position to feed a family of 7 and above. I mean no one would be happy in such condition knowing fully well that he has to ‘bread-win’ his family on debts and alms. A clear indication of how your take home can’t take you home.

A worker that operates in a hostile environment is

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NIGERIA @ 57: BRING BACK THE MAMMOTH By Comr. Okhifo Oscar.

Happy Independence to Nigeria at 57! Yes, though we have been through downs together, it would have been an apogee to excuse myself from the celebration. Of course, we are in this together; we must all participate in the brainstorming to overcome.

I eloquently share in the view of some about the hastiness of our colonial freedom. They have, over the years, insisted that the independence of 1960 was too much in a hurry. For their arguments, they believed the colonial masters should have tarried a little longer. Perhaps, a similar development like the one in South Africa would have been the light.

As obvious, the level of infrastructural development and education would have been less abysmal. Unlike what we have at the present; Our self-rule struggle hadnt fetched us enough qualities like those years. As a matter of fact, there are communities where the only surviving means of formal education are the schools that were built by either the colonial influence or the missionaries.

Those who have had the mandate to lead such people simply refused to add up to what they grew up to meet. Such comatose has loudened the cry of pain. A society with an homegrown authorities but lack the basic needs for survival. What a dismal.

The elites of those times, aided by their subjects, worked together

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INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIALS: FULL TEXT OF THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH.

BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2017

My dear Nigerians,

October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1 st is always a day for celebrations. It is a day for thanks giving , reflection and re – dedication .

It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015 , when our country happily returned to democratic rule. However , in spite of oil prices being an average of $ 100 per barrel and about 2 . 1 m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country ’s social and physical infrastructure neglected . We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit .

The APC Government’ s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re – balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. The country must first be secured . The economy must be re -balanced so that we do not depend on oil alone . We must fight corruption which is Nigeria ’s Number One Enemy. Our Administration is tackling these tasks in earnest.

In the past two years, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom . A political Party at the Centre losing elections of State Governor, National Assembly seat and even State Assemblies to the opposition parties is new to Nigeria . Added to these are complete freedom to associate , to hold and disseminate opinions. Such developments clearly attest to the country ’s
growing political development . But like all freedoms , this is open to abuse .

Recent calls on re – structuring , quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We can not and we will not allow such advocacy.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIALS: THE CHRONICLE OF BRITISH EXPEDITIONS IN NIGERIA. (III)

THE NORTHERN EXPEDITION: How the North fell.

Regularly, the British expeditions often starts from a water based area. The North wasn’t an exception. Lokoja (in the present day Kogi) was the start point in 1867. As usual, a consulate was established.

The British interest in the trade of along the Niger, the United African Company (UAC) was established in 1879 perhaps to gain a united font over other rivals (French and German explorers) within the region. The UAC later became N.A.C (National African Company) in 1881.

Having successfully created trading stations all over the waterways across the region (Onitsha, Asaba, Idah, Aboh) and creating a rapport with the Emirs in the North, the British took steps to dominate. The dreams came through in 1885 (British conference).

The N.A.C soon became R.N.C (The Royal Niger Company Chartered and Limited). RNC controlled the trading matters along the coast while every respective Emir manned his territory according to the statement of the treaties in smooth partnership. This was why the later Indirect rule system was successful in the region.

The rift only started when some Emirs (especially the Emir of Nupe) began to raise questions as to the conduct of the company in determining who comes into their country/Emirate. They felt they practically have no say concerning their territorial boundary laws.

Due to the pressure from the other rivals as they plan to hijack the territory from her, the company wasn’t ready to give in to the agitations of the locals. He therefore planned to silence the agitation for once and all.

In 1897, it ordered a military expedition into Nupe and Ilorin. The success of it gave it more strength to further occupy the rest if the Northern territory.

However, the pressure from outside kept increasing and thus it became clear to the British government that the hold of her territory in the Northern Emirates cannot be left in the hands of a ‘company’. British then financed a military force officered by the British army under the capable hands of Lord Frederick Lugard to dominate the RNC.

It then established its headquarters in Jebba as the West African Frontier Force. So that by January 1, 1900, upon revocation of the Company’s charter (of 1886), the government assumes direct and total control of all the Company’s territories.

Thus, the Union Jack was hoisted at Lokoja by Lugard and every Emirate automatically falls under his leadership. Though, majority of the local Emirate authorities do not know about this until later. He then became the first High Commissioner of the acquired territories.

As usual, the process didn’t go so smooth. There were resistance by local authorities at initials. Especially in Keffi, Kano and Sokoto where a certain Captain Moloney was beheaded by a Chief in Keffi; took cover in Kano and was supported by Sokoto. But as always, all of the Emirate forces put together was not too big for the British Army to handle.

Frederick Lugard continued leadership in the territories along the coast (Southern and Northern axis) discreetly until 1914. Reportedly, the now Nigeria (from the words ‘Niger area’) was amalgamated for ease of administration and trade relations.

In subsequent research, we shall look into Lord Lugard’s role in the formation of the New Nigeria. Anticipate…

Happy Independence day to all Nigerians. In case you missed the President’s Independence Day speech earlier this morning, here is the full script:

https://muzzammilwrites.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/independence-day-specials-full-text-of-the-presidents-speech/

Enjoy your holidays.

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01-10-2017.

INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIALS: THE CHRONICLE OF BRITISH EXPEDITIONS IN NIGERIA (II).

THE NIGER-DELTA/BIAFRA EXPEDITION: How the rest of the South was conquered.

Although Lagos was the first place the British conquered, it appeared that there was also a concomitant push going on in the South South of what is today called ‘Nigeria’ as at the same time when Lagos was been bombarded. The interference also came as an impact of the British military (Navy) presence in the Niger-Delta area.

Thus: in order to practically abolish slave trade, British warships patrolled the West African coastline in 1807. The military passed a Slave Trade Abolition Act but up until 1836, when they employed the use of real force, Bonny was still a great dealer in slave trade through the coast.

To stop them,the British Navy initiated a clean operation which of course met resistance from the then King of Bonny, Alali. Alali arrested the Captain of the British Warship (liet. Tyron) and his troop in a bid to counter react.

Apparently, the move didnt end well for the Bonny Camp. British relaunched a tougher operation into Bonny with more warships. At the longrun, Bonny had to surrender and was made to sign a treaty of ensuring the safety of European lives and property within the coast. Because Alali later flaunted the agreement in 1837, the British Military toppled his rulership and installed a new King: W.D Pepple, a native who was practically an ally to the Europeans. This laid a solid ground for the British to ride on.

The military then made use of the opportunity to fully interfere in the local politics and administration of the region. In 1849, a consul (John Beecroft) for Bights of Biafra and Benin which covers the entire coastline of Nigerian area, was appointed to ensure the security and safety of lives and property of the British traders operating in the area.

It was during Beecroft’s 6 yr reign that Lagos was penetrated through the coastline in 1851. Itsekiri and Calabar was also bombarded and penetrated. By 1880, British were the most dominating European power in the Niger-Delta coast having penetrate every area in the south (South east inclusive). So that by 1885, after the Berlin Conference (84-85), other European powers in contest will have no choice but to officially concede the region to her total control.

King Jaja of Opobo.

The British military forged on. However, the mission of dominance and control never came so easy in some region like Opobo and Itsekiri were King Jaja and Nana respectively threw up notable resistance. Unlike the other Southern territories, Benin isnt close to or on the coast. But it got penetrated as well. This shows further shows the super strength of the British military as compared to the locals of that time. Though it took time before the British could occupy Benin because of its distance from the shore. In 1892, the British consulate first stepped into the territory in an attempt to solve a teeming societal conflict.

Complains have reached them in Bonny about how the Oba of Benin (Ovonramwen) was maltreating and imposing heavy terms and conditions on the neighbouring Itsekiri traders in an attempt to monopolise trade. The consulate sees this as a threat to business so it made approach to the King. They offered him a treaty of protection to control the situation which he (Oba) signed. But as usual, like every other African ruler, he failed to abide. So the Consul reacted fully by interfering and eventually took control of the territory.

Oba Ovonramwen initially formed a resistance but it was nothing to big for the British army to handle. On August 1897, Ovonramwen surrendered and was later exiled into Calabar before he died in 1914.

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TO OUR NIGERIAN READERS: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY IN ADVANCE

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30-09-2017.