Archive | June 2018

THIS IS MY PROPHECY FOR THE TEAMS THAT WOULD STAND OUT AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP AND A LESSON FOR OUR PERSONAL LIFE PART 1 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

THIS IS MY PROPHECY FOR THE TEAMS THAT WOULD STAND OUT AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP AND A LESSON FOR OUR PERSONAL LIFE PART 1 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

Before the last UEFA Champion’s league final, some of my folks asked me which team would win the trophy. As a Liverpool fan they shouldn’t have expected me to rate Real Madrid above the team I love, I told them Liverpool will be winning come what may and they should take my words anywhere.

The big day came and my words didn’t come to past. They started calling me after the match, I responded to some and couldn’t resist the distress, I ignored some people’s messages and calls that night. Lol.

They said to me; “Pastor but you said Liverpool would win”. One have to be more careful when your close pals that don’t really call you pastor due to your close affiliate, call you Pastor before raising an issue. A3+, Apostle Awe Ayodele, thanks for mocking me that day ooo, I have not forgotten oo.

I responded to them by saying; “I was not in the spirit when I said Liverpool would win, flesh and blood revealed that one to me”. They persisted with more questions to mock me, I asked them again; “Is it your Liverpool or your trophy?”.

They reminded me that I said Liverpool slogan, “You will never walk alone” has always been coming to past. I told them, “We didn’t actually walk alone, we only walk without trophies sometimes”.

NOW TO THE SOON TO START FIFA WORLD CUP: SIX LESSONS IN MY OPINION

I mentioned some teams that would do brilliantly well and get to the finals but some folks said I don’t like my nation but these are my reasons;

1. Some teams like Nigeria only go to the world cup to participate and not to be among the finalists that’s why qualifying alone for the tournament calls for huge celebration. Teams like Brazil, Germany France don’t really celebrate when they qualify for the tournament because their focus has always been making it to the final.

In life, it is not every one that wants to make impacts with their names being written in the sand of time of their generation. Some are just comfortable being a mediocre and the peak of their life goals that they desire is just to be a bit financially stable, get married and have kids.

2. Why our team captain, John Obi Mikel also turned a football politician over night as he also made promise to the President and his aides before leaving the country for the tournament that they would be returning next month with the trophy.

Thanks to him anyway for making the politicians experience how it feels when one is at the mercy of failed and vague promises as they also do to the citizens.

Other teams are not only promising, they have been working, strategizing and preparing. That is why some teams may not need to pray before they would trash us on the field of play.

In life pursuit, prayer is not a substitute for diligence and responsibility. Promise and mere wishes can’t replace preparation and actions. God will bless the works of your hand more not only the mere “Amen” in your mouth. Amen is not a plan, it’s an agreement to take actions.

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THE BILL “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” WON’T BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BILL “TOO OLD TO RUN”; I CALL TO STOP THE LEADERS OF YESTERDAY FROM BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TODAY, PART 2 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

THE BILL “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” WON’T BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BILL “TOO OLD TO RUN”; I CALL TO STOP THE LEADERS OF YESTERDAY FROM BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TODAY, PART 2 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

Come to think of it, in a nation where the president and notable political gladiators are older than the nation itself.

How can a young Nigerian like me who is just getting into the law’s age bracket displace them someday if there is no law to limit them from their continuous involvement in the political recycling process.

How effective can the law, “NOT TO YOUNG TO RUN” be if our primary school rhymes “we are the leaders of tomorrow” haven’t been fulfilled due to the dominance of our elders in politics as they sing the rhyme, “we are the leaders of yesterday”.

My president as I write was the leader of yesterday when I was not born and still the leader today that I’m a youth. It begs the question; “who then is the leader of tomorrow?”. From my opinion, in Nigeria, the leaders of yesterday are the leaders of tomorrow.

I know a 70 years old politician, an indigene of Benue state whose time in active participation in politics is older than my age and has always retained a position. He was a military minister of Communication, then military governor of Niger state, He was senate president for 16 years, presently senator representing Benue state zone C at federal constituency and he is also aspiring to be the next governor of Benue.

Another fellow comes to mind among others, a one time governor of Ekiti state whose failures still speaks on volumes, the present minister of Solid Minerals Development and presently vying for the position of the governor of the state he once ruled.

Can we then emphatically say with much assertion that the leaders of yesterday are still the one ruling us as we continue the recycling process in anticipation of other past or present governors, senators and ministers vying for same or other positions at their old ages?

Then, what is the faith of the law, “Not To Young To Run” when the old have no restrictions to remain in the system?

THE BILL “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” WON’T BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BILL “TOO OLD TO RUN”; I CALL TO STOP THE LEADERS OF YESTERDAY FROM BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TODAY, PART 1 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

THE BILL “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” WON’T BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE BILL “TOO OLD TO RUN”; I CALL TO STOP THE LEADERS OF YESTERDAY FROM BECOMING THE LEADERS OF TODAY, PART 1 BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

I stand on the opinion that the just passed bill or law, “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN” shouldn’t call for celebration but for sober reflections for why it took us so long to get the reality and how it could be effective in a system like this where the old have no restrictions to participate actively in politics.

A quick consideration of the political system of other countries would help to expound this caption;

Away from United Nations, the minimum age requirement to contest for governorship across 50 state of the United States of America is 30years, Senate 30 years, U.S. Congress 25 years, House of Delegates 21 etc.

In Australia, any person 18 years of age or older may stand for election to public office at federal, state or local government level. The youngest ever member of the House of Representatives was 20-year-old Wyatt Roy elected in the 2010 federal election.

In Denmark, any adult 18 years of age or older can become a candidate and be elected in any public election.

In France, any citizen 18 years of age or older can be elected to the lower house of Parliament, and 24 years or older for the Senate. Minimum age for the President of France is 18.

In Iran a person must be at least 21 years old to run for president.

In the Netherlands, any adult 18 years of age or older can become a candidate and be elected in any public election.

In Norway, any adult 18 years of age or older can become a candidate and be elected in any public election.

In South Africa, Section 47, Clause 1 of the 1996 Constitution of South Africa states that “Every citizen who is qualified to vote for the National Assembly is eligible to be a member of the Assembly”, defaulting to Section 46 which “provides for a minimum voting age of 18 years” in National Assembly elections; Sections 106 and 105 provide the same for provincial legislatures.

Ghana has a voting age of 18 years with a population of over 24M, and a voting population of 13M. However, the age requirement for running for a seat in Parliament is 21 years.

In the United Kingdom, a person must be aged 18 or over (16 in Scotland) to stand in elections to all parliaments, assemblies, and councils at the European, UK, devolved, or local level. This age requirement also applies in elections to any individual elective public office.

In Venezuela, a person must be at least 30 to be President or Vice President, 21 to be a deputy for the National Assembly and 25 to be the Governor of a state.

As a social transformation strategist, I was privileged to take side on the thoughts of my fellow brother, Bar. Tosin Akande;

“Let’s ask ourselves; How many of the over 120 million Nigerian youths there are often graduate before the age of 25- the new age for eligibility for the State and Federal Honourables?

I’m not talking the insignificantly few children of the elite who graduate at 19, 20 or 21! I mean the average Naija youth.
If they graduate, how about the maturity required for such exalted offices?

How long does the average youth take to get a good job here? To settle down and start living a decent family life? Is it just about age?

Let’s see 35- the new least bar for the Presidency. Many a Nigerian youths are not even married at 35! Where is the index of responsibility? If you haven’t managed a home, where is proof that you can direct the affairs of State?! Proof, not capacity.

Millions of them might still be living with their parents due either to the economy or wait-for-it, metaphysical powers or household enemies.”

I applaud the few young dynamic personalities that stood out despite the economic and societal limitations to make impacts that commands relevance but how many youths can comfortably afford over 25 million naira for presidential election ticket and sponsor campaign expenses without thoughts of stealing back after emerging?

To be continued.

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