The Government at all levels is not doing enough to preventing the third wave of the deadly coronavirus(Indian variant) from causing avoidable havoc.
This assertion was made in a chat with Poverty Line on Monday by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former Chairman of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''Considering the devasting effects of the coronavirus, the Indian variant, the government at all levels in Nigeria has not been proactive by ensuring that enough is done to avoid a crisis situation of casualties. Similarly, Nigerians are also complacent by refusing to abide by the stipulated protocols, we must change this attitude and guard against the fatal health condition'', Comrade Emelieze warned.
Kidnappers and other categories of criminals in Nigeria have been advised to desist from their evil acts to avoid the wrath of God.
This advice of given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi.
''My advice to kidnappers, terrorists, and other categories of criminals is for them to desist from their evil acts to avoid the wrath of God. They should turn a new leaf, if not the wrath of God would eventually consume them. If history is anything to go by they are already treading the path of destruction.
Also, the Government at all levels should make life more meaningful and bearable for Nigerians'', Pastor Ajayi concluded.
As lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly take delivery of their brand-new Sports Utility Vehicles(SUV), millions of Nigerians have become despondent.
This assertion was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''Our lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives are already taking delivery of their brand-new Sports Utility Vehicles(SUV), the unemployment rate is on the increase, fuel queues have resurfaced, the costs of foodstuffs have gone beyond the reach of millions of Nigerians, the difficulties and hardships have become unbearable, Nigerians have become despondent'', Comrade Emelieze lamented.
The government at all levels has been reminded of its primary responsibilities to Nigerians as citizens continue to groan in these difficult times.
This reminder was given by an Ibadan-based cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi
''Thoe elected into various positions at all levels should be reminded of the fact that they were elected to serve the people, to ensure the safety of lives and property, and to be accountable to the people whenever necessary. They should remember that are in their various offices to serve the people and not themselves. Nigerians are suffering,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.
In the same vein, a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) Comrade Andrew Emelieze has described the actions and inactions of the present administration as a ploy to buy time for unknown reasons.
''Thses crop of political office holders have nothing to offer, they are only buying time for unknown reasons,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
Nigerians need to be grateful to God who gave us the opportunity to have a successful election exercise that eventually produced a President Elect against all odds and without fatalities.
The President Elect therefore needs to know the areas of credence and professional capability of his Vice, with whom he must work together for good.
The challenges ahead generally calling for earlier secession bid of some sections in the country, constitution amendment, need for ease of restructuring to aid and enhance accelerated development for the Nation under them must be promptly addressed.
The four major areas needing prompt attention and purposeful focus are:1. National Security 2. National Unity3. Effective Economic Management4. Foreign Affairs with good international relations principles.
It is of common knowledge to the lovers of Nigeria and their agitators' counterparts that Nigeria is already heading for the precipice due to value degradation and collapse of all agents of socialization.
Value restoration is therefore germane to effectively reinvent Nigeria into a rebranded Nation where democracy will work on the two legs of Justice and Equity for its dividend to produce Peace and Sustainable Development.Regeneration and resuscitation of our past Glory anchored on the theme of our National Anthem - that the efforts of our heroes past shall never be in vain, needs to be our guiding principles.
The expectations of all Nigerians are high based on the President Elect's antecedent of strategic planning that truly transformed Lagos State into the dream of a mega city for Nigeria and upon which your successors Governor of Lagos State build their feet.
Your being there as President Elect, therefore, is a matter of no lost hope and fulfilment of destiny for Nigeria to be rightly transformed.Right funding that would be enough to promote functional education is desired.
Motivation for teachers and lecturers, and facility updates for dynamic educational institutions is primarily sacrosanct. Enhancement of orientation for students on self-employment with focus on vocation for SMEs as feeder packages for full industrialization is equally a necessity.
The APC government target on promotion of zero tolerance for corruption and institutional indiscipline must be pursued to sustainable realization point for true accelerated development with enhanced high indicators of development to be achieved.
Dignity of labour too must be restored to avoid further waywardness and frivolities in wealth acquisition by Nigerians.
Above all, sanity must be restored in the key areas of human dynamics vis-a-vis cultural setting, institutional/professional ethics, religious institutions, as well as credibility in leadership for good governance.
When the socio-spiritual state is normal for all Nigerians, the environment will be able to enjoy the necessary spiritual interventions.May God, the Almighty Allah, bless Nigeria and endow the President Elect with the knowledge , wisdom and power of a discerning mind to steer the boat of Nigeria safely into the right destination of restoring and reclaiming our cap of giant of Africa.
Your good performance in office will redeem our image abroad.
Prof. OlagokeJP is the Founder, Spiritual Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide
Nigerians have been charged with keeping hope alive by praying ceaselessly for the present hardships and violent crimes weighing the country down to come to an end in the new year.
This charge was given by Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi.
''Nigerians should continue to pray ceaselessly for an end to the present hardships and spate of killings, ritual killings, armed robberies, rape and other violent crimes in the new year. The challenges Nigerians are passing through today will soon be over. It is a matter of time and at the end of it all we shall have cause to rejoice and be happy. Nigerians should be optimistic that the new year will bring good tidings,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.
Similarly, labor leaders in Nigeria have been castigated for keeping mute in the face of the hardships being experienced, particularly by workers and generally by Nigerians.
This castigation was given by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''We protested to demand that the labor movement should wake up from their slumber because we believe that the leaders of the Nigeria Labor Congress and Trade Union Congress are in a deep sleep and it is as if the labor movement in Nigeria is in a state of coma. Why can the labor leaders keep quiet in the face of the fuel crisis and the sky-rocket costs of living? Nigerians are suffering, our sufferings are no longer in silence. We are protesting the general hardships confronting Nigerians; their incomes are static while the prices of goods and services have gone beyond their reach,'' Comrade Emelieze concluded.
The Federal Government has been charged with motivating its workforce as a step towards ensuring high productivity. This charge was given on Monday by the Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions(NASU),University College Hospital(UCH)branch, Ibadan, Comrade Kehinde Abiona.
''The Federal Government should do the needful when it comes to the motivation of its workforce. The government should also make the work environment conducive. But sadly, gardeners still make provisions for provisions, cutlasses them, they buy it themselves. Medical laboratory staff make do with outdated equipment, the same goes for those in accounts, who still apply old methods,,'' Comrade Abiona stated.
He advised members of the union to be contented with their present situation, saying, '' take things easy, don't expect too much, accept what life brings to you and make do with what nature allows you to achieve in life''.
Comrade Abiona appealed to the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibilities, adding,'' we were assured that we would receive the new hazard allowance in January 2022. That is September. We have yet to receive it, we have continued to borrow to sustain our families.''
Similarly, members of NASU at the University of Ibadan have condemned the decision of the Federal Government not to pay them for the period that they were on strike.
They made this position known through their chairman, Comrade Malachy Etim. ''Despite the fact that we fulfilled all the processes before proceeding on strike and despite the fact that we have called off the strike and have since resumed work, the Federal Government is still insisting that it would implement the No Work No Pay rule. This is condemnable. The government is still holding on to our salaries. This is inhuman and insensitive.''
In the same vein, a former Vice President of the Senior Staff Association of Universities(SSANU), Western zone, Comrade Alfred Jimoh advised the government to desist from inducing strike actions, saying, ''human beings are not made for law, law is made for human beings. The Federal Government should apply the law with a human face. Even though we have called off the strike, the government is still holding on to our salaries. How does the government want us to continue working when there is no money?''
In a related development, members of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCSN) have again called on law enforcement agencies to put an end to the cases of corruption going on in the union.
The concerned members lamented,''we bring to your notice some of the challenges confronting us. Deductions have been made from our salaries by our union and there is nothing to show for it. The rising high cost of living and inflation that we are experiencing in Nigeria HAS NOT HELPED MATTERS. It has been extremely very difficult for us to make ends meet and, as such, workers have gone borrowing. Kindly look into the account of ASCSN.''
Former Oyo state Governor, Senator Rasidi Ladoja has expressed reservations over the wrong attitude of certain political office holders in the Government at all levels.
Senator Ladoja, who is also the Otun-Olubadan of Ibadanland made this known in an interaction with Journalists on Saturday at his Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria, home.
''We should serve God and serve humanity. Some of us came into government for the glam or the possible money that would be there. We thank God that are still alive this year. We thank God,'' the former Governor stated.
The present focus of political office holders on the 2023 elections instead of the unabated kidnaapings, killings, ritual killings and other violent crimes shows that they are inhuman.
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This assertion was made by the Treasurer of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Labor Congress(NLC)Comrade Ademola Babalola on the sidelines of the 2022 Workers' day celebrations in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''Those in power are not concerned about the kidnappings, killings, ritual killings and other violent crimes, they are concentrating on the 2023 elections. They are insensitive and inhuman. We are living in fear, no security everywhere. We are praying for God's intervention,'' Comrade Babalola concluded.
Do you know that millions of Nigerians across the six Geo-Political zones have continued to insist that the Government at all levels-Center, State, and Local-are yet to meet their expectations?
The call for the emergence of an Interim Government for six months after the expiration of the tenure of the present administration in Nigeria is the solution to the myriad of problems confronting the country.
This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo state Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairma of the union in the state.
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''The system has collapsed, governance is now upside down. The government is not capable of conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2023. The call for the emergence of an Interim Government after the expiration of the tenrue of this government in order. It is glaring that Nigeria is not working, the government has failed in most sectors of the economy. Nigerians have to sit down and rework Nigeria,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
The series of declarations of intentions to contest for various political offices in the 2023 general elections by presidential aspirants, State Governors, and Lawmakers for second term tickets in the face of unabated kidnappings, killings, and ritual killings in Nigeria are reflections of the self-serving nature of those involved.
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This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''It is a big surprise that despite the daily kidnappings, killings, ritual killings, and violent crimes, the focus of presidential aspirants, State Governors, and lawmakers revolves around their selfish desires and aspirations for election for various positions and second term tickets. If only they love and care for Nigerians, they should be agitating for an end to the kidnappings, killings, ritual killings, and other violent crimes.''
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''It is sad, they have done nothing to stop all these. Nothing!
92 Nigerians were killed recently in Plateau state and over a hundred others were kidnapped in the train attack in Kaduna. What have they done about these happenings? Nothing! Yet they are aspiring to occupy public offices. Considering the unending insecurity across the country, will elections hold in 2023? Nobody knows,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
Christians in Nigeria have been called upon to use the Easter celebration to ceaselessly pray to God to ned the killings, ritual killings, and other violent crimes across Nigeria.
This call was made by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in a chat with Poverty Line.
''Christians should make use of the Easter celebration to pray to God to put an end to the kidnappings, killings, ritual killings, and several other crimes in different parts of the country. Be ceaseless in your prayers, victory is on the way. It is a matter of time,'' Pastor Ajayi asserted.
The recent Kaduna train attack and other violent crimes in different parts of Nigeria which have resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives have confirmed that the Government at all levels no longer values human life.
This assertion was made by an ex-Officio of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
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''Thousand of human lives have been lost to terrorist attacks, ritual killings, armed robberies, and other violent crimes in various parts of Nigeria. The most recent is the Kaduna train attack. It has been sorrows, tears, and blood all the way. Human lives no longer matter to those in government at all levels. They are all evil and diabolic. They feast on human blood. The killings are the design of those in power. May God protects us all,'' Comrade Emelieze prayed.
The forceful acquisition of property(land and houses) is the trend in Nigeria presently.
Those who act out this script are both in the public and private sectors and do not have regard for the contents of the law on ownership of property.
Hiding under the cover of laughable policies, property of innocent citizens are annexed. Their greed and insatiable appetite for oppressing the people have overwhelmed the humanity in them.
The Judiciary which is supposed to be the last resort of the common man, are co-travelers with those that call the shots at the Federal, States and Local Governments.
The only hope for the people lies in divine intervention.
The Nigeria Police Force has called on Nigerians to be conscious of happenings in their immediate environment and re-orientate the youth to have a positive focus.
This call was made on Tuesday by a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP), Usman Sharafadeen, who represented the Oyo State Commissioner of Police at a conference organized by Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide in collaboration with the Center for Religious Cooperation(CRCT)in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
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''Nigerians must be conscious of their immediate environment. The fear of God is the basis of all actions. When we fear God, we have a positive mental attitude. When we fear God we will never do anything negative to our fellow human beings. Our youth is the focus. All Nigerians have their roles to play in society. The discussion on the lips of every Nigerian is the roles of the youth in''Yahoo yahoo Plus and Yahoo. The youth must be re-orientated, Parents and Guardians must be cocnscious of their childrens' movements,'' the CSP concluded.
In his remarks, the Founder, Spirutla Head and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabiut Olagoke stressed that those in Those-in-Charge of the Government ought to pray for divine intervention.
''Those in Government should pray onto God to intervene, that is the advice Ican give them,'' Prof. Olagoke concluded.
Nigerians have been admonished to be optimistic in the new year as God will rescue them from those tormenting them.
This admonition was given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi in his new year message.
''God will step into the situation and there shall be a turnaround for the better. God will rescue Nigerians from the hands of those tormentors. Nigerians should be optimistic, God's intervention is close by. The year shall bring surprises,'' Pastor Ajayi concluded.
A call has been made to International creditors to ensure that the present administration in Nigeria offsets its debts before the end of its tenure on May 29, 2023.
This call was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former Chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Andrew Emelieze in a chat with Poverty Line.
''Internation creditors should make repayment of the loans, the present administration in Nigeria has collected and intends to collect before the end of its tenure on May 29, 2023, as a condition for granting the loans to save the unborn generation from inheriting debts'', Comrade Emelieze stated.
Every ruler has a ruler he reports to according to Ecclesiastes 5: 8-9,'' 8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.
9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.''
Poor people could be likened to civil servants, if their salary scale is compared to that of the political office holders, most especially in some nations that are underdeveloped amid the abundance of natural and human resources.
The ratio and the gap are too much between the civil servants and the political office holders creating a social class of dichotomy of kleptocracy for those who are opportune to control the resources of the land and the harsh effects of extreme poverty among the larger number of the population.Transfer Money with Wise
This situation is usually characterized by institutional indiscipline, corruption, and the emerging state of insecurity.
To correct the aberration, the relevance of the religious sector must not be undermined.
This is to promote God and godliness in the lives of the people to be able to do things the right way without having an inordinate ambition to cheat on others.
The Holy Quran 3: 23 refers, for the consciousness of all rulers and those who are aspiring to hold sensitive positions. ''O Allah! Lord of power and Rule, Thou givest power to who Thou pleasest and thou stripes of power from whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In Thine hand is all Good. Verily over all things Thou hast power.''
The Holy Prophet Muhammad warned that all leaders are not only accountable to the people but their creator, the almighty Allah, so also in Proverbs 22: 22-23,'' 22Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 23For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.''
The Holy Quran 6: 165 refers, '' It is He who hath made you the inheritors of the earth: He hath raised you in ranks, some others: That He may try you in the gifts (power) He hath given you: For thy Lord is quick in punishment; yet He is oft forgiven, most merciful.''
Let us use power wisely and dispense power with caution bearing in mind that we shall all be accountable not only to the society we purport to be serving but without a doubt to our creator from whom we are all from and onto whom we shall all return.
The inability of most State Governors in Nigeria to turn around the fortunes of their states has occasioned the involvement of the private sector.
This assertion was made by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former chairman of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze. Transfer money with Wise
''Most State Governors in Nigeria have surrendered to fate as a result of their inability to turn around the fortunes of their states. They are now running from pillar to post, suggesting that they have turned governance into a private business. Since this is the case, they should hand it over to the private sector to govern their states. It is not possible for the State Governors to climb on the backs of the people to get to power and thereafter sell the people to the private sector'', Comrade Emelieze noted.