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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?

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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 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.

#TheDiaryOfAReformer #TheTransformationNigeriaNeeds

WHEN LAST DID YOU FEEL INADEQUATE? BY AJISAFE OLAWALE

WHEN LAST DID YOU FEEL INADEQUATE? BY AJISAFE OLAWALE

So many people have gone to an extent where it seems they are at their best. If you are in this category, I am afraid you may not count when it matters most.

I remember a young man who was the best among his equals in one acclaimed best secondary school in his local community. This guy then was celebrated as being intelligent and for years that record was intact.

Among the rural dwellers, individuals like that young man are always very popular.

But the popularity drew another very intelligent boy from same community but schooling in a big School in the city closer to him.

When they both solved some questions together in preparation for jamb, he (the home based) felt too bad with himself as his performance was less than average.

That momentary ill feeling changed his life forever.

If you have not attempted anything recently that birthed a feeling that you have a long way to go,  you are not likely to be greater than you are now.

Therefore, count it all joy this day when you come by anything that rob you of complacency. 

Be glad when you encounter people doing better than you in that your field, for if you are wise, it shall turn to you for a testimony.

I see you as a very unlucky man sir, if you have been the man of all time in that your territory and in your closet you don’t have the records of those who have blazed trails and gone exceedingly farther than where you are now.

If we can’t buy books to read about history makers, we can use our data to search google rather than catching fun always.  

Some  have been catching fun enough, that their destinies have become funny. 

Funny in the sense that those lives have lost meaning and essence. 

Say to yourself, I will not be deceived by my local championship title.

I refuse to be beclouded by my little success. 

This local championship title maybe that award plaque in your room or office that has been making you to feel important.

Yours maybe your distinction result, first class degree or second class upper.

Yours maybe the appraisals of followers online and on land. 

I don’t know the reward that anyone has offered you for the little you have done, glory to God. But lemme ask you, is that all?

This is a week to pack off the ashes and add more wood for the fire to be kept burning.

From a corner in middle belt, I wish you well this week and beyond.

Ajisafe Olawale M.

WE ARE INDEBTED TO THIS GENERATION BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

WE ARE INDEBTED TO THIS GENERATION BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE

We owe the world a spirit filled life and an encounter with God. Without us yielding to the fullness of the Holy Spirit in and upon us, we do not give God a surrendered vessel to flow through.

World changers are not men who reside in Heaven. They are men who are in the world yet standing for Heaven and bringing the will of God to past here on earth.

We don’t focus on heaven while we neglect our sole responsibility on earth, seeking the best place (heaven) is making our present place (earth) better.

We are conscious of the processes and our responsibilities. We don’t wish to sleep and wake up then become successful because we can as well in the blink of an eye sleep and wake up to become failures again. We know success comes with a price and demands our responsibilities.

No one can stop a man who is conscious of his convictions. We know our believe and convictions would be tested but compromising is not an option. Our eyes are on the goal, minds made up and heads up high.

Though our personalities seems strange to many, thank God we are at least bringing people to the awareness that some folks are “crazy” for God and they owe no one an apology for who they are.

We are not ignorant of the chaos and decadence here and there, it only reminds us of how humanity could be helpless without us. Only time would tell, the dailies would caption it in volumes.

Tell our generation we are here, for this course were we born. We are called, chosen, sent, anointed, charged and discharged to invade, possess, transform, take over and herald our world. Nations would feel the heat of our impacts, every spheres of life is our target.

This global revolution and social transformation is real friends. We would fix the issues of our nations, bring healings to the ills of our society and lift the banner of righteousness across the globe. It begins with you, a formidable team are we.

TELL THEM THAT I AM TIRED OF PRAYING FOR THIS COUNTRY NIGERIA AND EVEN IF I AM WRONG, PLEASE, DON’T CORRECT ME BY IYKE ORIAKU

TELL THEM THAT I AM TIRED OF PRAYING FOR THIS COUNTRY NIGERIA AND EVEN IF I AM WRONG, PLEASE, DON’T CORRECT ME BY IYKE ORIAKU

I am tired of coming online and seeing every one saying: ‘Pray for Nigeria’. As if all these years, we have been cursing Nigeria.

Where was all our prayers when armoured cars rolled into Abia State and entered private residents?

Where was our prayers when armed military men intercepted armless youths and forced them to drink mud?

Where was our prayers when the military opened fire on boys who were not with any knive and their dead bodies littered the streets of their mother land?

As if that was not enough, we were still kneeling down, praying, few hours after, they invaded a home and shot and killed many people and allegedly took their dead bodies away.

Were we not praying when harmless boys who went to pray in Ngwa High School Aba, for the success of their course were shot and killed?

Were we not praying when some herdsmen invaded communities, and slaughtered everyone insight at night? Razed down buildings and till today none of them were arrested. We were still praying, and recently, they invaded another place in Plateau State and killed scores of people, cold blooded.

And we are still kneeling down praying?



Some of the people behind boko haram bombings and killings and mass destructions were pardoned. But some of the boys who are just gathering, with no razor blade on them were shot with live bullets and killed. Many of them, their bodies were taken away. Some, were lucky to be given mass burials.

What did they do?


Because they say they want to leave Nigeria and be on their own.

Because thy say they are tired of injustice and tribalism.

Because they said they want to be left to go and kill themselves by themselves.

It is better for them to kill themselves by themselves than for a foreigner to be killing them in the name of One Nigerian. They say they want a referendum. For the whole world to see the result and judge if they are interested in Nigeria or not.

Was that too much to ask for?

Did they shoot any gun?

All the while they have been going from city to city, in their millions, have we ever heard that one bottle of coca cola was broken?

But they were cornered and slaughtered in the most heartbreaking ways. And you are still kneeling down praying for Nigeria? 

We sure need to wake up from this religious slumber. If we are praying when we should be talking, we are joking. If we run inside the church, holding a prayer program for Nigeria when we should meet our leaders in their offices and talk sense into them, we are joking.

Have we not prayed enough?…

Is Nigeria the only country with many ethnic groups seeking for secession?…

Is Nigeria the only country with many religions?…

Why will it be only Nigeria that we will be praying for every time?…

When are we going to talk to Nigeria?

Will America or Britain or France give live bullets to their military to start shooting at unarmed civilians?

Yet. These countries don’t pray half of the way we pray. But there is order and value to human lives. So, you want me to start praying for our military to know that they use rubber bullets to combat insurrections and civil defiances in other countries?…

You want me to pray so that God will go and remind our leaders that those Fulani herdsmen that has killed and are still killing people need to be arrested?

You want me to pray so that they will remember that it is constitutional all over the world for a people to peacefully seek for separation from their host States when they feel alienated?

Should we call a prayer for our leaders to know that there was no civil unrest in Umuahia, Abia State, for all these years, until few days ago when the military invaded that town?

What will be our prayer topic?



Is it for our leaders to know that human lives are more important than cattles and cows?…

How long shall we keep praying for a nation that values the lives of animals than the lives of the human being they are leading?…

A nation where children are beaten and are also beaten for crying?

This is not Nigeria against IPOB. It is a between conscience against callousness. It is a war between facts and brutality. A war between this generation and the stories they will tell the coming generation.

Have we not seen tribal chaevenism enough in this country?…

Have we not felt the heat of religious rancour enough?

What I am seeing coming to Nigeria, sitting in church and ‘praying’ for Nigeria will not be enough to save us all from it. Thousands of those that have been killed and displaced by Boko Haram insurgents were not there the day Mohammed Yusuf was killed extra judiciously by Nigeria government. But that single ‘successful operation’ has cost many families their bread winners.

We have prayed enough in Nigeria. It is time to talk to Nigeria. This is not about Nigerian Army and IPOB agitators. This is between wisdom and error. Between intellectualism and mental retardation.

The muslim religious leaders were kneeling down praying for Nigeria the way we are doing now when the government invaded Mohammed Yusuf and killed him. Since then, how many innocent Nigerians have paid for that social injustice with their lives?

Have the people that ordered the killing of that young man been affected by Boko Haram?

Have they died?…

Perhaps, none. But directly and indirectly, it has affected all the tribes of this country.

How can we kill people that we have not tried and found guilty?

May Christians not kneel down and be praying and watch this government repeat the error they did in Adamawa, in the house of Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. If not, the consequences will affect everybody. Remember that Nigeria also boasted with their army with Boko Haram. They also threatened with their armoured tankers and plane fighters. But how many military men have being lost since that error was made?

And has there military capacity been enough to quench that fire we ignited and fanned by our restiveness and power drunkenness?

Friends, we have ‘prayed’ enough. Let’s look for ways to talk to our leaders. Because Nigerian Army might not have the capacity to withstand what I am seeing in the spirit.

Hmmm

We don’t want another war. And we don’t need it. Because we already have enough tribal and religious cold wars going on here.

I want to talk to IPOB members now. Brother, hate speech can only get you attention. But it will not give you the freedom. I might not tell you to drop the cause. But violence will bring a curse to the cause.

Don’t ever think about it! There is no need dying young for a cause you should be living long for? If you die, the cause might die. If you use wisdom your journey out from ‘serfdom’ might be faster.

Friends, I have spoken to IPOB. Can someone else help me speak to Nigeria?

IF they can be ready to dialogue with terrorists that have killed thousands of men and women. Why is it hard to use dialogue with these people that have not shot one bullet since they started? When machine guns replaces the use of dialogue, we are only inviting anarchy and postponing the end of rebellions.

A group of people that doesn’t deserve to be invited for dialogue has every right to ask for secession from that country.

I say No to war….

I say No to cold war…

God bless you!e

KILL THAT DISCORD; THE CHURCH, THE SOLUTION TO THE BREAKING OF NIGERIA BY EHUSANI GRACE ORAHACHI.


KILL THAT DISCORD; THE CHURCH, THE SOLUTION TO THE BREAKING OF NIGERIA BY EHUSANI GRACE ORAHACHI.

Nigeria our great nation, our home land, the land of peace and strength in diversity, the land with the prophetic mandate to evangelize the world is at the verge of breaking. 

We cannot afford to stay at ease, no longer is it okay to keep silent and watch. The church must arise and take her place. She must sit at the mountain of wailing, she must match on the streets of righteousness and never cease to labour in travail until Nigeria is healed.

For our land is sick! Sick with the disease of corruption and greed, sick from the poison of injustice and inequality, sick from the mismanagement of wicked hearts, sick from the violation of violent minds. Nigeria is sick and at the verge of death and we must arise and redeem her fast.

The mandate of God upon this nation is too grave to be slaughtered on the alter of division. God’s investment in Nigeria cannot be traded for the filthy gains of ethnic bigotry. We cannot sit down and watch the men without vision tear this nation to pieces, we must arise.

We must arise and take our stand in this nation. We must declare where our interest lie. We must make it known that we are driven beyond the present current of tribal differences. We must show that we are not going to dine at the table of greedy taste for corrupt power. We must let all know that we have one passion, one focus, one goal, to see Christ reign in Nigeria.

Yes, to see his kingdom prevail in all sectors of this nation. We must not compromise this stand, for to do otherwise is death to the nation or any nation yet to arise.

For what plagues Nigeria is beyond the distribution of the control of power, it is beyond the distribution of resource control and benefits, it is beyond the manifest injustices and political intimidation.

What plagues Nigeria is the ill of the human nature, that self that has fueled the wickedness and hardships that is tearing Nigeria apart.

Who says that it is restructuring that is the solution? Who says that Biafra would end the marginalization of man by man? No it cannot, because hidden within it, is the yeast of greed and lust for power that is soon to leaven the lump and make it unpalatable. 

Therefore the church must rise to this occasion and shine the light. The church must travail for the son of righteousness empowered with wisdom of the Holy Ghost to arise. The church must sever from strange relationships and unite to enthrone that son that would bring the reign of righteousness, justice, peace, equality and healing to Nigeria and other nations of the world.

Where the righteous rule, the nation is prosperous. Where the kingdom of Christ is established, the nation is peaceful. No peace for the nation where the wicked is in power, no matter how pure his intentions, his nature remains a reproach to the nation.

So I say to the church, arise! Nigeria is crying for the righteous Leadership only the church can provide. Selah!

NOT BOWING TO BAAL IS NOT ENOUGH BY AJISAFE OLAWALE

NOT BOWING TO BAAL IS NOT ENOUGH BY AJISAFE OLAWALE

Many people have never bowed to the god of immorality ever in their entire lives.

Some have never stolen in their offices or defrauded any man in their businesses and services hitherto.

That majority are doing evil doesn’t imply that everybody is doing it.

I can boldly say, God is pleased with those lives because their knees are not bowed to Baal and they will enter heaven.

But all these morality without impacts is not sound enough Sir.

Seven thousands (7,000) people (excluding the prophets that were killed already) were reserved for God in Israel in the days of Elijah, yet idolatry, immorality and profanity prevailed all through that land.

Only Elijah with his attendant were known outside their homes standing for God. Others were in their homes, farmland and cattle fields bearing no burden for the kingdom.

No wonder Elijah locked heaven of rain over all of them alongside the unbelievers.

None of them had registered voice in heaven to change what Elijah proclaimed over the land for good three and half years.

Because of indifference to national affairs,

No identification with the generals of God,

No undertaking nor influence even in their little corners; Elijah concluded that only him was left serving God in the entire Israel.

Because others were not bold (not that they were humble), they made that prophet of God to press and became pressed to frustration to an extent of preferring death to life.

Many of these unrecognized, indifferent and spiritual reactionaries were undergoing servitude to the kings of the land with his princes in order to survive.

Yet they were never a threat to the kingdom of darkness, but the prophets of Baal waxed fat.

THIS IS MY POINT…

That you’re very moral as a Christian shouldn’t be overrated in any sense because grace is teaching us godliness sufficiently.

However, I wish to say our impacts have not been felt in the land as much as expected.

Even though we are recognized by God, as His own; should we leave only the few combating overtly the coven of darkness to the task alone?

How pleasant would it have been for the 7000 to have been on fire? Considering the number of people @ the upper room who latter turned the world upside down.

I opined that the land would have been covered without anybody being worn out.

This religious affiliation coupled with fruitlessness must just stop.

This Churchy activities with passive or negligible contribution to societal, national and humanitarian development is not helping sir.

In that industry, all you are known for is to take opening prayer even after serving there for 15 years.

Sir, when you lack the technical and intellectual know how to stand among the governing board, how many of those that came after you have you influenced ahead of time?

Enough of complaints Sir, your voice is not heard even when you use microphone.

If we continue like this, there can’t be any change anywhere. We must be the change we clamour to have, or else we die in silence!

Let everyone rejoicing in chastity without identity and morality without value change for better.

Pursue after knowledge, add values to yourself, we need your brands (of sound characters) in the elms of affairs.

But we don’t want to be ashamed later by your promotion due to lack of substance.

WAY FORWARD

Let those that have not bowed to Baal, rejoice for the leading champions are at the brink of relinquishing power and mantles.

Press to be anointed like Elisha for that’s the difference maker.

I want to assure you, that anyone that escape the sword of Elisha shall Jehu slay and anyone that escape the sword of Jehu shall Hazael slay. No escape for the enemy for the rising armies are on rampage.

Shalom!

Ajisafe Olawale M.