Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts

Monday, February 27, 2017


There's a notorious programme currently going on called THE BIG BROTHER NAIJA.
The winner of this notorious show is expected to walk away with a whopping N25 million and a breathtaking car. All that is required to win this show is to be Live with a bunch of fellow crazy, irresponsible people, do all sorts of immoral things, and, viola, you're the winner.

Next thing, you're called a celebrity, winning big advertisement contracts and becoming the face of multinational companies.

If only there could be an educating version of this programme. If only they could house some intelligent people in like manner and make them compete for similar prizes. But, no! Our people do not encourage sanity. Our society promotes evil over good, indecency over decency, immorality over morality, and ungodliness over godliness.

The best in Mathematics competitions will go home with either a carton of cowbell milk or Indomie noodles, ridiculous stipends and laughable prizes. Yet these morons in BBN will earn millions for coming to suck breasts, speak thrash, display nudity, and get under the sheets on International TVs.

Our rich individuals, companies and corporate organisations will spend huge sums of money sponsoring dirty shows like BBN and Beauty Pageants where they will enthrone satanic activities, display nudity, molest our under aged girls, and make them win on bottom power rather than on real beauty and brains. Can anyone forget the Anambra State born Chidinma Okeke saga in a hurry?

What a wasted generation! What a time! How do we raise, nurture and produce the next Chike Obis, Chinua Achebes, Wole Soyinkas, Cyril stover, Apostle olatunde Adekunle, and yes, P.O.C. Akorefes???? What foundation are we laying for coming generations? What message of hope and legacy are we leaving behind? What epistle are we sending to the future to testify to it that the past made some level of contributions. Is Immorality the legacy we really want to hand down to the next generation? Are we not losing our minds?

Let all people of goodwill come together and raise alarm against this dirty programme. Let us all with one voice and in unison say, "We've had enough of this nonsense." Let us blow the trumpet in Zion and declare war on these encouragers of evil tendencies and promoters of these demonic programmes targeted at our highly impressionable youths. We should see that this programme is replaced with a more intelligent and educative programme.

Nigeria is broke morally and financially, yet the sponsors are wasting millions of Naira on a highly immoral programme. Please what is the lesson that one can learn from this Big Brother show? What can our YOUTHS pick from it? I know this kind of write up doesn't get many shares. But if we keep quiet, then we are silent conspirators.

So share. Share until a thought process is provoked in the heart of everyone and we can stand up to say, Enough of this nonsense."```


Credit: Sarah Emonyon
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Where Does Mammy Market in Nigerian Army Barracks Originated From?

Mammy Ode later became Mrs Anthony Ochefu

The Origin of Mammy Market in Nigerian Army Barracks:

What we all known as "Mammy Market" in all barracks nationwide, came to be as a result of the industry of one Mrs Anthony Ochefu.  She is from Idoma in Benue State, middle belt. She started  local brew called "enyi". Now, nobody remembers to recognize this woman that made history and accord the honor due to her, hence this write up.
Otukpo Local Government

In 1959,  Mammy Ode, a young girl from Jericho-Ugboju in the present Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State was married to Anthony Aboki Ochefu, a young Non-Commissioned military officer who had just been posted to Enugu from Abeokuta. They were quartered at the Army Barracks, Abakpa, Enugu. To beat idleness and perhaps earn some money to support her young family, Mrs. Mammy Ochefu established a business of selling soft drinks. She also prepared gruel, which is popularly called 'Umu or enyi' in Idoma, or kunu in Hausa, for sale to the soldiers in the barrack to help quench their thirst and energise them.
Anthony Aboki Ochefu

She soon became popular with selling "umu" as soldiers trooped to her house to buy the local brew made from guinea corn. Some of her customers were officers, who always send their batmen to buy the gruel for them, Monday through Friday and even during the weekend when they are not working.

Somehow, one of the Non-Commissioned Officers, the RSM, did not flow with the enthusiasm, which Mammy’s gruel generated among other military men in the barracks. He complained that the stuff was attracting flies into the barracks and ordered Mrs. Mammy Ochefu to stop its production and sale.
Enugu State

Though disappointed at the order of the RSM, she stopped the production and sale of "umu" in the barrack. For weeks, Mrs. Mammy Ochefu agonized over the fate of her business, just as officers and men of the Nigerian Army who enjoyed her brew because of its freshness and nutritional value lamented over the situation.

From several quarters, pressure mounted on the RSM for a reversal of the order. After a while, he succumbed to and directed that a section of the barrack be reserved for Mrs. Mammy Ochefu to produce and sell her "umu".
Gruel popularly called Kunun, Burukutu, enyi, umu

Her joy knew no bound few days after a section of the barracks was allocated to her for the purpose of selling the Idoma local brew within the barrack. She built a small stall for her business and soon, her business began to boom. Most of her customers booked far in advance for the quantity of "umu" they want to buy. Before noon, she would have finished selling the available "umu" for the day.

Soon, other women in the barracks became inspired by her industrious nature and tapped into her industry and started selling other items like burukutu, pito, palm wine, kain-kain and other alcoholic beverages in addition to peppersoup and other delights for the relaxation of the rant and file in the evenings when they close from work and they are permitted to drink alcoholic beverages.

It was not long before that portion of the barracks became known as Mammy Market. It also became a policy to establish markets inside or near military barracks in the country, initially for the exclusive use of officers and men of the rank and file.
Mammy Market, Abacha Barrack, FCT Abuja

Today, no visit to Abuja, the Federal Capital City, is complete without a taste of fresh fish in one of the Mammy Markets, especially the one attached to Abacha Barrack. Similar markets attached to paramilitary barracks are also called Mammy Markets.

After General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in a Military putsch, Anthony Aboki Ochefu, then a Colonel, was posted to East Central State as Military Governor. So Mrs. Mammy Ochefu and her husband returned to Enugu as the First Family. As First Lady Mammy Ochefu visits the site where Mammy Market started about sixteen years earlier.

It must also be stressed too that in retirement, Colonel Anthony Aboki Ochefu and his wife incorporated a company called Mammy Markets, which was into haulage and trading.

Mrs. Mammy Ochefu is alive and lives at Otukpo as one of the prized legends of our time.

Source: Major General Kaleosho (Rtd),
Former Comdt TRADOC
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Monday, December 26, 2016


My friend, Olalekan Ismaila, posted this interesting post on social media page, and I found it what sharing with you all. Enjoy it and let it enlighten you and others.

People will see a man washing his clothes and instead of minding their business, they'll say "Ahh Oga Ejike, go and marry so you'll stop washing".

They'll see a man cooking and be like "Bro Ade, you need to get married so you can stop cooking".

A mother will look at his 35years old son who cannot wash his own boxers, boil water for tea or even make his own bed....a 35years old that cannot take his plates to the kitchen after eating and tell him "James, you need to settle down....get a woman to take care of you".

In different ways, the society subconsciously tell men that they don't marry women for any reason other than cleaning, cooking and childbearing.

I begin to wonder, does the average Nigerian man need a wife or a glorified maid?
Many women look three times their age because of stress and exhaustion. 

You sit down in front of the TV with your phone and watching your wife working until she's about to pass out.

Men, who told you that it is wrong to wash your own plates?
Who told you that it is wrong to wash your own clothes?
Who told you that it is wrong to dress your bed when you wake up?
What will it take to help your partner with chores in the house?

If a man wanted to be adopted as a child to be pet, pampered, fed and nursed. Then, he need not to seek marriage, he should rather offer himself up for an adoption at a motherless home to be pick up.
If you want a wife.....then get wife.
But if you are getting married because you feel you're becoming too old to do your own chores then get a maid.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

John Magufuli - The Bulldozer @ One

President John Magufuli, the bulldozer

As he is popularly called ''the bulldozer'' due to his road building programme and ruggedness in sanitizing Tanzania, in his first day as the president a year ago, he created a storm on social media by making an unannounced visit to the finance ministry, catching the workers off-guard.

He also visited the public hospital and immediately cleanse the rottenness he met on ground, he unlike his counterpart in Nigeria, did not dwell on bad governance and corruption crated by previous government, instead he folded his sleeve and start working by making major changes in doing government business he voluntary presented himself and accepted.

What Magufuli did

When he visited the finance ministry, he asked after those who were not at their desks - a subtle message that he would not tolerate the legendary absenteeism of government workers.
He said he was keen to ensure that the government would have enough money to fund its election promises, unlike in Nigeria when the government would denied numerous promises or saying because of the previous government misdeed, they on their part, cannot fulfill those promises.

Magufuli made surprise visits of government offices as his trademark, to project his looming presence and to instill discipline and accountability among his citizen, but in Nigeria, it is #ChangeBeginsWithMe.

You Can Read Come, Lets Build A New Nation here

What even made people debating or making jest of Magufuli was his effective stunt in leading the country in cleaning the streets on independence day, 9 December. Not in the way the giant of Africa technically ''celebrated independence day on a low key'' without budget? i guess not.

Image result for buhari cutting 2016 independence day cake picture
Nigeria @56

The Tanzania president cancelled the lavish celebrations and used the allocated funds in public hospitals.
President Magufuli leading the public cleaning

Magufuli effect

Tanzanians, due to Magufuli effect, now resuming on time, making sure that they also follow his cue, to the extent that one top local official, wanting to impress, ordered the police to lock up workers who had arrived late for a meeting.

According to a BBC reporter in Dar es Salaam, 'the attitude of government workers has changed since Mr Magufuli came to office':
"They are now more willing to do their jobs and are afraid of engaging in corruption. People are experiencing better services in hospitals and schools," he says.

The president's main promise of extending free education to secondary school, which came into effect in January, has also been well received, he added.

This act boosted his reputation among East Africans, inspiring a hashtag on Twitter; #WhatWouldMagufuliDo which was widely used in neighboring countries.

The Nigerian government, also made some progress in fighting boko haram and some little effort in reducing corruption, but by the current leadership promises and overwhelming support, there is still a long way because to fight corruption, should not be on the pages of news paper.

 President Buhari to borrow $29.96bn

Nigeria's external debt as at June 2016 is $11bn. President Buhari wants to borrow $29.96bn, this will quadruple our external debt in four years, bringing it to $42bn. There is a reason to be worried. This year government plans to borrow N2.2tn to finance the budget. Another N2.7tn is planned for next year. If Buhari goes harder on this feat, he would double the national debt in three years. This is happening without revenues moving up at the same pace.

The challenge with external debt is the currency risk. If foreign currency inflows stall ( as they currently do) due to oil price and production levels, there will be repayment crisis. I am worried at the size of the debt. Nigeria ratings was further downgraded in junk category recently due to high cost of debt servicing as a ratio of revenues.

Nigeria spent $12bn to exit the Paris club and just imagine what that could have done for us as a country. Every debt is a burden on future revenues. This is why this government opaque structure helps no one.

If you are seeking external debt, citizens should have a definite list of the projects, a cost-benefit analysis and also how does such projects plough back FX into the country. I mean these projects must have direct link to a proper export diversification plan.

However, this government prefers press release. Give us list of projects, they do press release, setting their own narrative. Give us 2016 budget performance report, they do another press release. Give us which capital projects that you released N753bn for, another press release of broad numbers.

Press releases are NOT transparency. Why is government always afraid of enlightened citizens? Why don't they get it that transparency is needed to build trust. Why can they just go rigorous work of really convincing people that this loan is really worth it with deep analysis.

We are told to trust this government that it won't steal public funds but I don't trust them not to make stupid decisions. This is why transparency is vital. Government keeps pushing mediocrity, trying to withhold superior information that can make its case better to citizens.

This is why we are still here. That's why it sounds unbelievable when government postures to fight corruption but can't be radically transparency.

When we understand the context that Nigeria wants to spend more than its external reserves in two years, we will appreciate why so much caution is needed. The tacky presentation without full blown debate or rigorous scrutiny shows the anyhowness in government.
The Nigerian Senate
The senate rejected Buhari’s request for authorisation to borrow about $30 billion. 
I am looking forward to the re-submission by the President. I think NASS should approve only $10bn and lets go and sell down out share of JV for the rest. Our electoral cycle is short and this is why we need more serious thinking.

In 1979, we started borrowing big to build Ajaokuta, Rolling mills, only to abandon them later. That's the political risk when institutions are weak. Our generation had to pay that through 2005 exit from Paris club. A whooping $12bn. That's why we need caution, I am equally afraid wrong ideas and corruption right now.

Credit: BudgIT, BBC
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