I have read tweets of people questioning why the FG asked States to set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry citing the example of OBJ's Oputa Panel. Well this is why you need a bit of history.
The Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (aka The Oputa Panel) was created..
...in 1999 by President Obasanjo with the mandate to "investigate human rights abuses during the period of military rule from 1984 to 1999 and to work towards reconciliation of the various communities and groups of people that were in conflict with one another under military rule
The commission submitted its final report to OBJ in 2002 and it's recommendations were made public in 2005 by 2 activist groups. Now for the close to 2yrs the panel sat (even though it shd have been for only 3mths), some ex-military rulers like IBB refused to appear on the panel.
‘The thoughts of the righteous are right.’
Proverbs 12:5 NKJV
1. Your mind can work for you or against you. When it works for you, it helps you to stay positive, reach your goals & enjoy each day. But when it works against you, it can make you negative & discouraged, hold you back & cause you to think thoughts that result in self-sabotage.
2. So teach your mind to work for you instead of against you. An important way to do this is to make an intentional decision that you’ll begin to think positively – in terms of faith and not fear. Now, your brain won’t be able to fulfil this new role overnight.
Truth is, we are all on the same side - The side that believes Police brutality must End, and perpetuators must be punished and victims compensated. But we all have different ideas of how to get there. Some believe civil disobedience is the way, others believe it is with dialogue
Some believe blocking roads and inconveniencing others is a better cost than losing your life while others believe protest is never a licence to deny others the right not to be inconvenienced. Some will like to make this a sprint while others warn it's a marathon. #EndSARS
In this one side that we are all in, there will be moderate positions and there will be extreme ones. It is not for those with extreme positions to think those with moderate views are cowards or pacifiers nor for those who are moderate to think the extreme ones are unreasonable.
‘We were filled with laughter, and…sang for joy.’
Psalm 126:2 NLT
1. God created every human emotion you feel. He designed you to cry when you're sad & laugh when you're happy: ‘For everything there is a season…A time to cry and a time to laugh’ (Ecc 3:1, 4). Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and
2...and that your joy might be full’ (John 15:11). Question: how often do you laugh? Doctors say laughter has incredible healing effects on your body. It also has incredible healing effects on your mind and soul. Stop and think abt the days you laughed, even though you really...
Sometimes I've flashbacks to 1992/93. I was in the university, young and reckless. We protested on the streets for democracy confronting soldiers who had no qualms using us as target practice. That I didn't get shot or come home to my parents in a box was but for the grace of God
If I tell my parents what I did then or where i went to protest, they'll cringe...hell even I still cringe today when I remember. There was no social media then. There were no hashtags. There was no Jack to help us raise funds or amplify our voice but we confronted evil and won.
Supo Shasore "Journey of an African Colony" made us understand that the independence we got in 1960 was off the back of protest like the Aba women's riot in 1929 and the Enugu Coal workers strike/massacre in 1949. In 1978, students had reason to demand that "Ali Must Go" after...
I participated in this virtual town hall meeting. The conversations were frank and it clearly IMO is a move forward. I was particularly impressed with @PoliceNG PRO DCP Frank Mba's comments and response to questions. I would like to highlight a couple of things he said. #EndSARS
1. SARS has been disbanded. It is dead and buried. He said this is the first time it'll be disbanded. That what happened previously were just attempts to restructure, rejig & reorganize the unit and not a ban.
2. None of the current SARS operatives will be in the new SWAT unit.
3. The new tactical unit will not be on the streets but will only be seen when needed for specific security operations. Recruitment into this unit has already began.
4. Psychological and medical re-evaluation of the defunct SARS operative will start. (I think he said tomorrow).
1. No matter what happens in life, try to keep things in perspective. When you don’t, you end up viewing minor problems as major ones. Or you do the opposite, treating significant situations as ‘no big deal’. Either tendency – ‘awfulising’ or ‘minimising’ – leads to problems.
2. So do your best to see things as they really are and don’t let them get blown out of proportion. Develop the habit of looking at the big picture, instead of dwelling on the one issue that’s upsetting you. Thinking excessively about your problems makes them appear larger than..
1. You may not like the political party that’s in power, but you’re much better off than the Jewish people Jesus was speaking to here. Their country was occupied by the Romans, and they paid extortionate taxes to keep them in power. They lived as slaves so they worried a lot.
2. Then Jesus came along and said: ‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant…harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’ (vv. 26-27 NLT).
‘Keep your head in all situations.’
2 Timothy 4:5 NIV
1. A woman was sitting in her lounge when a small black snake suddenly appeared, slithered across the floor, and made its way under the sofa. Being deathly afraid of snakes, she ran to the bathroom to get her husband, who was taking a shower. He came running from the shower with
2...just a towel around his waist, grabbed an old broom handle from the cupboard, and began poking under the sofa. At this point the family dog awakened. Curious to see what was happening, the dog came up behind the husband and touched his cold nose to the back of the man’s heel.
‘Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.’
Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV
1. Should you risk investing, or wait for a ‘lucky break’ that cld make you rich overnight? Solomon answers, ‘Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return’ (v.1). That means invest prayerfully & wisely, and be patient because it may take 'many days'..
2..before you’ll get a return. The get-rich-quick mentality isn’t scriptural. ‘Invest in 7 ventures, yes, in 8; you don't knw what disaster may come upon the land’ (v.2). So invest, but diversify; allow for mkt fluctuations. This is a play-it-wise approach, not a play-it-safe one
‘That I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.’
Philippians 2:16 NKJV
1. You must give up short-term gratification for long-term fulfilment. Paul bottom-lines his life and ministry in this verse: ‘That I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.’ Nothing is more important in life than the choices you make. The Bible says, ‘Lot moved his tents to a
2...place near Sodom’ (Genesis 13:12 NIV), and for a while he prospered. But in the end, everything he worked for went up in smoke. Next we read: ‘The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are – northward,...
‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.’
Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
1. Here are 2 more things you need to know: 1) The wrong people will hurt you. There are 2 groups of people you should never be influenced by. The first is composed of VNP people: Very Needy People, Very Negative People, and Very Needling People. The second contains VDP people:
2. Very Draining People, Very Doubting People & Very Distracting People. Love them and help them any way you can, but never be influenced or led by them. Encourage them, but when they start to pull you down instead of lifting you up, disconnect graciously & turn them over to God.
‘You ran well. Who hindered you?’
Galatians 5:7 NKJV
1. You must take responsibility for your life instead of blaming others. In the Garden of Eden when God asked Adam why he had eaten from the 🌲, he blamed his wife: ‘The woman whom You gave…me…gave me of the 🌲 & I ate’ (Gen 3:12). Then we read, ‘The Lord God said to the woman,
2..“What is this you've done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me”’. Eve blamed the devil. So did God accept their excuses? No. He said to Adam: ‘Because you've heeded the voice of your wife, and…eaten from the 🌲 of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it”
Just like there are no perfect humans, there are no perfect laws. Like humans, laws are expected to grow and adapt to the changing times. It is the reason we make provisions for amendments and repeal of laws. The way to deal with an imperfect law is to amend it or enact a new one
There was a time it was lawful to deny black men & women the right to vote in the US. The 15th amendment of the US Constitution solved that problem for black men but it didn't for women (white/black) who still didn’t have the right to vote. The 19th amendment solved that problem.
But even these laws didn’t stop the discrimination of black people in several States as the Jim Crow laws (a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation) persisted regardless of the amendments. What solved that problem? The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Some are just waking up to the fuel subsidy conversation and as usual, they make it look like others are not interested. Nah! Some of us have been talking about this for a long time and it's pointless reinventing the wheel.
To know my views on subsidy, read the following threads
1. This was a tweet chat with @OpenFundingNG in March 2019 on the subject of Fuel Subsidy.
2: "The govt that will change a BOT in this ministry has not been born"
This statement is coming from the mindset of a man who thinks - The Ministry belongs to him. IT DOES NOT. He can't inherit the assets of the church nor directly or indirectly transfer to his wife or children
In the event where assets are diverted, it means the trustees who are fiduciaries have failed in their responsibility & the CAC has a duty to intervene to protect those assets for humanity. Someone needs to tell the Pastor that the trustees will be changed & heaven will not fall.
J - Who is bank rolling your tour?
FFK - Do you know who you are talking to?
J - Yes! Femi Fani-Kayode
FFK - What type of insulting question is that? Which bankroll, to do what?
J - Your tour of PDP States sir. Is anyone funding it?
FFK - Who can give me money for anything?
J - Anybody sir. Gov Ayade, Bello Matawalle, Atiku?
FFK - Who do you think you are talking to?
J - Emm Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode or has your name changed?
FFK - Go and report yourself to your publisher.
J - I will but answer the que first
FFK - I cld see from your face before you got here, how stupid you are. Don’t ever talk to me like that.
J - Talk to you like what sir? You've been doing the talking since.
FFK - Who do you think you’re talking to?
J - I've answered that question a million times. Femi Fani-Kayode
2015, a zonal MRA election was to take place. An electoral committee headed by a reputable professor had communicated the guidelines to all contestants. On election day as we prepared to vote, a court bailiff walked in and served the committee a court order to stop the elections.
Ladies and gentlemen, for those who don't know, MRA means - Magodo Residents Ass. It was an election to elect new executives to run the affairs of a zone in the Magodo Estate. Residents in this estate are elites of the elites. Yet they couldn't organise a rancour free election.
I recall my wife's shock seeing what she was unfolding before her. Respected individuals in the community throwing caution to the wind and behaving like thugs just because they sensed that their favourite candidate was not going to win. We gave them a name that day - Cantankerous
The Church as we know it today evolved out of chaos. It evolved because people dared to ask questions. Because Martin Luther challenged the sale of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church in his 95 Thesis, he was deemed an heretic and the Protestant Reformation Movement was born
Because W. Tyndale dared to ask why we can't read the bible in our local languages & translated it to English, the bible today is the most translated book in History. He was executed. Because John Wesley challenged the religious assumptions of the day, d Methodist Church was born
The ground work laid by men like John Wesley led to the evolution of "Faith" and the belief of the need for "Conversion" - Cue in the need to be "Born-Again". Here men like Billy Graham (a Baptist) took up the cross and started the Church on the road to Evangelism.
I didn't learn leadership from any business school, I learnt it at home as the first of 4 brothers and 1 sister. From being held responsible and accountable for the daily / weekly chores of my siblings and told countless times that one day, I'll be the head of the entire family.
I didn't need a business school to tell me that "Leadership is influence". I saw it from the way my mum was able to get my dad to do just about anything by her positioning/reasoning and not by her title. I may not have known the technical terms of leadership, but I understood it.
I understood pretty early on the "power" of persuasion over coercion. That not everything could be achieved through brute force. That sometimes, you need to lose a battle to win a war. And that no matter how hard you try, some people will just not like you, So deal with it.