Had always that the sinister culture of buying voices exists in 3 forms on these streets.
1. Become the unofficial PR handler of a personage of power at a fee and enrol voices for pittance;
2. Become PR contractor of MDAs at a fee, furnishing handles one controls
3. Become a contractor of MDAs with mobilization fees; enrol and control folks who beg online with giveaways to push the MDAs agenda and narrative.

In all three forms, one purpose is central: control the narrative, so that money can roll into the purse of the agenda setter
In some cases, as in Number 2, you may not know that your name/handle has been furnished to the MDAs. Someone is collecting money in your name... money running into millions!

Wise up!
See, folks, if you have a friend online who is always famzing you, and you respond always in kind, look well, well well, he could be cashing out on you without your knowledge.
Today, we have to cast thunder on their cash app. If anyone is cashing out with your name/handle, may thunder scatter that PR contract.

Finally, let nobody control your voice - own your voice and tweet according to your conscience.

The Great Oracle speaks to truth; he has no friend or foe but his conscience.

Good morning from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine

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11 Apr
On the issue of the printing of N60b which was shared to governors, I am reminded of the public policy disaster of IBB in the late 1980's when he banned wheat import to boost local wheat production that was non-existent. The ban became the cover for fraud. How, Great Oracle?
Governors became soil and crop scientists as they marched to the seat of power claiming their soils were best suited for growing wheat. They were handsome funds to grow wheat in their states.
As it turned out, it was all a scam.
The ban on wheat import was reversed.
But, one thing was achieved with the wheat ban: it sparked a debate between our economists and industrialists. I recall late Alfred Rewane publicly pitched against late Prof Ojetunji Aboyade
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11 Apr
I am still struggling to understand how printing N60b is a recipe for growth. If you are student of Keynes, you may have an understanding of how of printing of money can help oxygenate an economy with revenue deficit, zero balance of trade; or poor economic growth
Or how new money can be held against existing public debt, while hoping that it will create good money. But, when you print N60b and share it to governors who'll pocket the money, you've opened the gate to hell - runaway inflation.
Lest you ask, Oracle, you are a lawyer; not an economist.

True. But, I spent 5 years studying economics at the ordinary level and two years at the advanced level- the two years are equal to the first-two years of the undergraduate class in economics.
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I am deeply worried, Ose! We are already dealing with closure of the civic space by obnoxious power. As if that is not dangerous enough to the health of our democracy, we are now dealing with civic space capture
Existing theory in governance literature essentially deals with state capture of the civic space and not much attention - in fact no attention - has been paid to non-state and private interest capture of the civic space, which is as dangerous as state capture
What this private interest capture entails is that the civic space is crowded out by interests that gorged the commonwealth and supplanted by private interests. The outcomes are clear when the independence of the civic eroded and the independent organisation,
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From your bio, you are a drug rehab campaigner, isn't it?
Can you point to a drug rehab centre owned by Rivers government, knowing that hard drugs' use in Rivers is now at a frightening level? Think of what N10m can do for a drug rehab centre
Before you come here and lie, here is Wike:
“As for the rehabilitation centre,  we will work that out with the
Commander in the State, to see how we can set up a Drug Rehabilitation
Centre in the state. We will also give you three Hilux Vans immediately
to enhance performance"
This quote is a year old. Think.

I may be empty; but at least as a Niger deltan of Edo extraction, I am not a victim of the pervasive shenanigans of the region - that nonsense about sharing the commonwealth.

Any wonder NDDC has never worked.
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There are uncomfortable truths we should tell ourselves and here are a few:
1. No govt across the three tiers is interested in talent management and human capacity development;
2. Our infrastructure development model is framed to line pockets;
3. Poverty of ideas is our bane
Last week, Gov Wike was attacked, and rightly too, for gifting public fund to a performing artiste and his gang of revellers for an award that has drawn global and local accolades to him and his craft. Wike's gift highlights the hollowness of our governance approach
In a country like Nigeria, talents are bound to break out; but the number that breaks out in trickles depends largely on the capacities of individuals than on the institutional supports of states' governance structures. Here lies our tragedy.
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Nigeria to tighten security at its borders. News.
How can she tighten security when there are 419 illegal crossings between Jigawa, NW and Borno NE?
Case of fetching water from a well with basket.

Good morning from the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine
Let's be honest, Nigeria has no secured borders, either in the South south in Ikom or over the creeks of the cross river estuary; or on the vast stretches with Cameroon, Chad and Niger on the NE/NW flanks
The border with Cameroon stretches for over one thousand kilometres between the tips of the South South and north east. Beyond the known crossing points, there are so many illegal crossings
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