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|Nairaland / General / Re: Nigeria Parables And Slangs by Wallie(m): 2:48pm On May 16|
yuzedo: Ejiro Amu Eyi Ashawo Egwu!!!
I actually heard something similar in Yoruba along the lines of "you can't scare an old woman with a big 'manhood'" but I guess yours is more accurate because a seasoned prostitute would have seen it all.
|Politics / Re: Why Is South Africa More Developed And Stable Than Nigeria?? by Wallie(m): 7:29pm On May 13|
Dude, I call BS! What drones and aircraft did you help develop? Once you give the name(s) then name the State you're in. I'm pretty sure you're BS'ing because you said you're only 27, which means you graduated around 23 at the earliest. With ~4 years of experience, you won't even know enough to even understand how the system truly works not to talk of actually designing it! I also call BS on you controlling a team of 500 people. Which group is big enough to contain 500 people?
I'm not saying that you did not work for LM but you did not help develop crap and you sure as hell do not control 500 people! Go ahead and name the system/sub-system you helped develop and what clearance level you hold.
Your best bet is to probably just ignore this post if you do not want to be embarrassed!
|Sports / Re: Nigerian MMA Fighter Dies After Fight in Michigan by Wallie(m): 5:55pm On Apr 11|
As someone who also practices MMA, this hits close to home! RIP
Apparently the fight was unregulated!
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Russia Criticises US Bomber Flights Near North Korea by Wallie(m): 10:10pm On Apr 01|
Crap-the-frustrated has no points to make other than the US is evil and it stems from him blaming the US for his failures even though he lives in the UK. He probably got denied visa when he tried to leave UK after being unemployed for so long (I think he flunked out of law school)! He's hell bent on making the US pay for his failures. By the way, he has a band of followers and they're just as pointless and incoherent!
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Russia Criticises US Bomber Flights Near North Korea by Wallie(m): 9:21pm On Apr 01|
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Russia Criticises US Bomber Flights Near North Korea by Wallie(m): 9:04pm On Apr 01|
Only a naive person would see world issues as being black or white! News flash - in the real world, very rarely would you find black or white issues! Why don't you try getting an attorney to answer yes or no to your questions; what you will hear is a lot of hesitations and qualifications. The only time one should make such pronouncements unequivocally is when you have a strong conviction at the issue at hand.
By the way, Obama, and every other president before him makes their decision based on advice given by their expert advisers. Also, Obama is actually seen as the most cerebral president of the last 5 presidents. The fact that you hate or like him will not change that.
|Software/Programmer Market / Deleted by Wallie(m): 8:07pm On Apr 01|
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|Car Talk / Re: Cars You Wished You Owned While Growing-up by Wallie(m): 9:28pm On Feb 22|
MB SL500...the car that started it all! Around 1990, I attended a car show in Lagos that had the car on display. I'm going to go test drive one this weekend but I'm afraid of owning a 20 year old luxury car that will cost a fortune to fix.
|Career / Re: How Can One Overcome Social Anxiety? by Wallie(m): 3:41pm On Feb 22|
Anxiety is not always a bad thing only when it becomes paralyzing! I think it keeps you on your toes. Even well known public speakers/performers get nervous at times but the key is knowing how to use it to your advantage.
1. Rehearse the material well in advance beforehand so that you become really comfortable with it.
2. The more comfortable you are on a subject, the easier it is to overcome your initial nervousness once you start talking.
3. Lastly, relax and just let it flow because you’ve rehearsed the same speech a 1000 times before and you should be able to just go into auto-drive.
|Religion / Re: What Can You Do When Prayer & Praises Fail? by Wallie(m): 9:05pm On Feb 19|
Let’s look at this logically -
1. Determination to succeed + faith + fate = Will most likely lead to success
2. Determination to succeed + fate = Will most likely lead to success
3. Fate by itself = Will most likely lead to success and is similar to winning the lottery
4. Determination to succeed + faith = Will sometimes lead to success
5. Determination to succeed = Will sometimes lead to success
6. Faith by itself = Will rarely lead to success
In all the different variables listed above, “fate” is out of your control as there’s nothing you can do about it. However, you have full control of your “determination to succeed” and “faith”.
Prayer is something that cannot be proven or disproven but given the fact that it gives you hope for a better tomorrow and adds another variable to your control, it makes more sense to pray than not to pray.
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 2:47pm On Feb 19|
High electron mobility transistor (HEMT) - a field effect transistor incorporating a junction between two materials with different band gaps as the channel instead of a doped region. As a result, HEMTs can operate at a higher frequency than ordinary transistors and are used in devices like cell phones, satellite receivers, etc.
Working on an invention that increases the breakdown voltage of HEMTs.
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 2:44pm On Feb 19|
Rare: XPIC: Cross Polarization Interference Cancellation
The antennas are oriented 90 degrees from each other?
|Politics / Re: Our Culture Of Donating To Charity by Wallie(m): 6:53pm On Feb 13|
AjanleKoko: It would be interesting if someone actually provided historical research (pre-slavery) relating to any giving cultures/traditions in Africa.
It will be interesting because I think slavery might have something to do with our psyche of only trying to look out for our own or the need we feel to accumulate as much as we can.
The funny thing is we never really seem to accumulate generational wealth in Africa anyway! Power – yes but not wealth. All we have are “has-beens” once the parents die off and names that once meant something. Rarely do we have Nigerians with inherited wealth that is built up to surpass their parents’.
What am I even saying – rarely do we have people with wealth that lasts their lifetime! For one reason or another, they always end up going broke or in decline before their death.
|Politics / Re: What Are Your Responsibilities Towards Nigeria As A Nigerian? by Wallie(m): 5:03pm On Feb 13|
Sincere 9gerian: A Nigerian is anyone, male or female, who has his or her origin in Nigeria. Are you a Nigerian? I am a Nigerian by birth. I expect that over 90% of persons who open this thread are Nigerians, mostly by birth.
Here's another facet of the same question you asked.
|Politics / Our Culture Of Donating To Charity by Wallie(m): 4:59pm On Feb 13|
We need to cultivate our culture of giving! One of the stark differences between Africans and Westerners is our willingness to help strangers in need. I say strangers because we do have a culture of extending a helping hand to our relatives but only our relatives!
I wonder why all these politicians and leaders can’t do something positive that is not business related with all their wealth! About the only time you hear our politicians lending a helping hand is when they’re seeking votes.
I came across an article about how Mark Zuckerberg and his wife became the second-biggest charitable donors in the United States last year, which made me wonder if an African can do the same thing.
Check out the list:
1. Warren Buffett $3.1-billion
2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan $498.8-million
3. John and Laura Arnold $423.4-million
4. Paul Allen $309.1-million
5. Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki $222.9-million
6. Mortimer Zuckerman $200-million
7. Fred Fields $191.5-million
8. Carl Icahn $150-million
9. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson $143-million
10. David Gundlach $140-million
I’m sure we will be so quick to point out that the people listed above are billionaires and that we will probably do the same if in their shoes! But I’m not so sure because we also do not contribute to charities based on our current income levels. In the US, the median contribution last year is $2,564 which represents 4.7% of the donor’s income.
Here’s a break down of the actual figures:
Percent of income given (The amount a typical household claimed in charitable contributions as a percentage of its discretionary income.) - 6.0%
Average contribution (The average amount of money households donated to charities, as reported to the Internal Revenue Service on itemized tax returns) $2,047
Average discretionary income (The average amount of income earned after excluding taxes, housing costs, and other living expenses.) - $33,985
Total returns (The number of itemized tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available) - 19,322,251
Percent of income given - 4.2%
Average contribution - $3,361
Average discretionary income - $80,112
Total returns - 12,006,429
Income $200k and up
Percent of income given - 4.2%
Average contribution - $14,088
Average discretionary income - $339,323
Total returns - 3,965,244
All income levels
Percent of income given - 4.7%
Median contribution - $2,564
Median discretionary income - $54,783
Total returns - 35,293,924
I’m ashamed to say that my donation last year is also below the median figure listed above. Can you imagine if we can be so selfless and give to charities instead of buying that extra piece of “thing” that we don’t really need? (I need to listen to my own advice! ) We can’t just keep waiting for the government to fix things that can be easily done by the private sector!
By the way, it is not just money that can be given to those in need. You can donate your services to charities or the less fortunate especially if you have a special skill to offer. For example, in Maryland, lawyers are encouraged to donate legal services pro bono but are required to report the donated services every year even if one donated zero hours otherwise your license to practice law will be suspended. The deadline to report is February 15 and I just reported mine. I'm sure you can guess how many hours I donated!
Here’s the rule:
"the basic responsibility of each lawyer engaged in the practice of law to provide public interest legal services" without fee, or at a substantially reduced fee, in one or more of the following areas: poverty law, civil rights law, public rights law, charitable organization representation and the administration of justice.
Here's the reporting letter that has to be filled out every year:
1. I rendered the following number of hours of pro bono legal service without fee or expectation of fee, or at a substantially reduced fee: 1
We need to do things differently than the generation ahead of us for we are the generation to bring change! Change comes in different forms and not just political but has more to do with our mindset and how we see things. There’s no doubt that our experiences are different because we are the generation of the information age, which results in our generation being more knowledgeable, better exposed and more integrated.
So how are you going to make a difference?
|Politics / Charity Black Tie Event - UKF Ambassadors Ball In Washington DC (march 2nd) by Wallie(m): 8:10pm On Feb 11|
UKF is a Nigerian charity organization that caters to children. http://unitedforkidsfoundation.org/
Here's their mission statement:
Our mission is to heal Nigeria, and indeed the World, One Child, One Heart and One Smile at a Time. We are committed to creating long-term solutions to direct problems facing children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. To ensure that we are better equipped to assist the children and institutions we support in 2011 and beyond, UKF desires strong alliances and partnerships with socially responsible organizations in Nigeria
Please, support them if you can as they're doing great work to help the less fortunate. Here's what they have going on in Washington DC on the 2nd of March 2013.
United for Kids Foundation USA proudly presents United for Kids Foundation Ambassadors Ball, a night of elegance, glitz and glamour for a wonderful cause. The ball wil be held at the Whittemore House, Dupont Circle, Washington DC. watch this space for ticket and other event details.
See you there!
|Romance / Re: Leave A NL Voicenote For Your NL Valentine, Potential Valentine, or Friends by Wallie(m): 5:40pm On Feb 11|
Here’s an attempt at a witty voice message from someone that hates listening to his voice on an answering machine! To make things worse, the original VN was a 349kb mp4 file and by the time I got it down converted to 67kb amr, it seemed I developed a lisp! I do not have a lisp
|Career / Re: Knowledge Workers: What Did You Search For On Wikipedia/Google Today? by Wallie(m): 2:47pm On Feb 11|
Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB) - a cardiac abnormality seen on an electrocardiogram (ECG) caused by the delay in activation of the left ventricle that causes the left ventricle to contract later than the right ventricle.
|Politics / Re: Tinubu: APC Will End PDP's Rule Of Scavengers by Wallie(m): 2:04pm On Feb 08|
Goddex: Tinubu should first and foremost explain to Nigerians
Just to be fair, EVERY single politician alive that was elected to public office should be rounded up and made to explain the source of their wealth! If their source of wealth can’t be adequately explained, then it should be forfeited.
|Nairaland / General / Re: Top 10 Highly-desired Skills You Can Teach Yourself by Wallie(m): 4:56pm On Feb 07|
[quote author=Slyr0x]On countless occasions, you've likely said to yourself "I wish I knew how to do ______." Then, of course, life got in the way
10. Repair Just About Anything - Check (cars, home repair - just give me a YouTube video or a service manual and I'm good!)
8. Learn to Defend Yourself - Check (MMA, kick boxing)
6. Pick Up Just About Any Subject You Missed In College - Check (coding, big data)
5. Build and Hack Electronic Hardware - Check (autonomous vehicles - drones, cars)
3. Cook Like a Pro - Check (but the meat pie I tried to make from scratch by watching a YouTube video was a complete disaster and the experience emotional scarred me! Having instructions is just half the story!)
2. Become Fluent in a New Language - I might become fluent in French before I die since 3 years of high school French and my over-the-years exposure to it is not cutting it! (reluctantly check)
1. Make a Web Site, Create an App, or Just Learn to Code - Check (Made or highly modified about 5 websites, created 2 iPhone apps, had to learn Objective C)
|Programming / Re: Your Future As A Software Developer by Wallie(m): 5:54pm On Feb 06|
kambo: @2buff (thanks 4 spicy up the section wt ur post) as a programmer, tryng to create a product one thing u'll notice is There isnt enough time in a year! A year has about 8750 hrs. A product may require 5000+ development time, coding, testing, fine tuning. Thats almost a year. So wat do i say, hit the streets and start to sell, most solo developers in naija hav no funding to hire hands (lawyers etc), you'll learn dynamically as you make your mistakes. (this is how eric sink learnt), by the time your selling your 3rd/4th product or starting a company u'd hav picked up some ideas of business gotten lawyer buddies and friends and developed a sense of direction but it starts from making the hit solo green eyed and wet behind the ears. I'm talking of 1man programmer enterprenuer here. For guys starting full blown gigs, i.e making a programming idea into a corporate entity like facebook, google etc. Stick with your technical side and hire best of breed ceo's analyst lawyers also carvort wt big boys in the industry. You'll need their insight and support (zuckerberg was taken under the wings of peter theil , founder of paypal, the character played by timberlake in the movie, *forgotten his name*, contributed also to making facebook take off, the financial ground work was laid by eduardo saverin (somebody help wt the names) so zucker boy had a full team to rob minds with ) . The value of the combined team knowledge compensates for the programmers business knowledge shortfall. Besides a programmer who wants to make money the corporate route make far more than the solo coder. Paul graham, built a product with 2 other programmers, sold the product to yahoo for millions, retired from the rat race got into venture capitalism, all business acumen needed to succeed has come from the streets rather than from a formal school taught programme. Dan brinklin, creator of visicalc, the app that turned apple from a toy to a major domo, lost his opportunity by failing to patent his innovation u may say because he businness savvy but not so fast , his co-developer, that wrote the editor and assembler on the system he used was a harvard mba! . As an mba he was supposed to be conversant wt the legal implication of not building a thorn bush around their creation. So what am i really saying! Some programming ideas can only b fully realized by the owner of that idea, when bricklin talked to other programmers abt his plan , most didnt see the big deal about it. Bricklin,zuckerg, shawn fannings, had to work their behind off to create a working prototype only then , with intense marketing, meetings etc did the business side take. Note:: shawn fannings, creator of napster, is a hard core enterprenuer. How did he get the spirit? From his experience with napster. None of these guys deserted their technical talent by trying to get a business degree. And theyre still innovating (paul graham is creating a new dialect of lisp, fannings has created so many tech startups) the mba/ thing is usually the path of the corporate coder. Because of management pressure (and contempt for programmers) and job loss threat from outsourcing. Corporation building programmers (like zuckerberg, paul graham, joel (founder of fog creek), eric sink, bezos) . Learn on the street and from their non techie teams(lawyers, accountants , industry vets etc).
I'm a little late getting back to this thread!
@Kambo, can you please “throw” some carriage returns in your post to make it easier to read? I skipped your first post but decided to read this because I think you made some interesting points but the post is very hard to follow.
Anyway, I think you’re trying to say that one should stick to what he/she does best? I agree up to a certain extent. You also seem to state that being a software developer is mutually exclusive from being an entrepreneur? Are these your positions?
Personally, I think entrepreneurs are just people with varying skill sets that try to build a company out of an idea. However, before your idea becomes a successful company, you need to develop it which is where your skill set will come into play! If you do not have the requisite skill set, you partner or hire those that have it.
Having said that, almost all the techies that Kambo listed have the ability to code or, at the very least, develop the needed algorithm. Their ability to code does not make them software developers but it gives them the ability to develop their product or service up to a point (prototype) before getting “real” software coders involved.
I do agree that some companies in India are now more than code-monkeys but for the most part, they do lack specific industry knowledge except if they’ve worked on similar projects in the past.
1. Patent Software – I will still need to give Indian programmers specific instructions to develop software that can navigate US and European patent laws.
2. Air traffic control software – they will most likely need specific instructions.
3. Obamacare Software – even though they might have generic knowledge about the healthcare industry, they will still need specific instructions.
A code-monkey, to me, is someone that you need to give specific set of instructions or pseudocode to before they can execute a task! They lack the requisite knowledge to implement a solution except to convert instructions to lines of code.
People that do the “manual aspect” of coding (converting instructions to syntax) can be easily replaced but not the person that gives the instructions because that requires industry specific knowledge.
|Politics / Re: Lagos To Introduce Cable Cars For Mass Transportation. by Wallie(m): 4:44pm On Feb 06|
I think people seeing this opportunity as Lagos misplacing its priorities are missing the point!
As a private investor, I will invest my money into a market that I understand and see a potential! If I see a gold mine in canning farts and selling it because people believe it will make them healthy and I understand the business, that’s where I’m going to invest regardless of whether the whole plumbing infrastructure of Lagos is crumbling and presents another opportunity that I do not understand.
If cable cars is what I do, it matters very little that there are opportunities in ferries, housing, roads, trains because I do not understand those markets and that’s not what I do. All that matters to me is that there are opportunities in Cable cars that I can leverage.
Moreover, it seems people fail to realize that this project compliments other transportation projects! There is no single solution to Lagos’ transportation woes; it has to be a multi-facetted approach.
What do you really expect LSG to say to an investor that wants to pump $500 million into the local economy?
|Politics / Re: Blame Northern Leaders Over Insecurity Not Jonathan-dino Melaye by Wallie(m): 4:22pm On Feb 06|
I don't really have the information or facts to tell you who OBJ killed and did not kill in Odi. If you have information or facts to show that a lot of innocent people, and not those armed, where intentionally killed don't you think it would be prudent to share the same with international news organizations?
I'm not naive enough to think that extrajudicial killings did not occur in Odi, like it is currently occurring in North in the pursuit of Boko Haram, but at what scale? Do you have facts to show the scale and not just opinions and rumors, which can be used to bring him to justice?
By the way, I'm a supporter of no one! I'm a supporter policies that work with results to show.
|Politics / Re: Who Will Be The Presidential Candidate Of The Newly Merged Parties? by Wallie(m): 4:01pm On Feb 06|
From a strictly numbers point of view, only a combination of candidates that can deliver the North and the Southwest can pose a credible threat to PDP. There are 3 major regions and a winner of any election will need a very strong showing in 2 of the 3 regions OR a decent showing in ALL regions. In today’s political climate, I don’t think there’s a person that can put up decent numbers in all regions of the country.
Unfortunately, if a person can only deliver SE and SS, the combination still won’t put up good enough numbers because GEJ will still win majority of the votes from those regions thereby reducing the pie size, and the SW will still be up for grabs.
Personally, I think the only thing Buhari can offer Nigeria is a strong anti-corruption stance and respect from the military. But I would rather him anoint someone else because he’s a polarizing figure everywhere except with the common man from the North. Do you really think all those past Northern politicians and leaders would want Buhari to be the President? Also, I don’t believe in recycling leaders as he already had his time under the sun and it’s time for new set of hands that can be trusted. Trusted is the keyword here and the only way one can be certain is to look at the person’s past performance.
I see Ribadu as someone that could deliver the North, especially if anointed by Buhari, but also as someone that can also deliver the same anti-corruption stance as Buhari. However, I don’t think he has the executive-type leadership skills needed to grow Nigeria. His skill set is really tailored towards investigation and doggedness. As such, he should be the vice presidential candidate.
In terms of leadership skills, foresight and popularity that can deliver the SW (and perhaps, most of Nigeria?), I doubt anybody is better suited than Fashola. Love or hate his policies, he delivers and he delivers big! He is the governor that shamed other governors into performing!
Lagos is probably the most diverse state in Nigeria and the most populous with varying competing interests – if you will a microcosm of Nigeria. If you can build Lagos’ economy, you most certainly can build Nigeria. I think Fashola will make a better presidential candidate.
Other people that should be members of the cabinet
1. Sanusi for his bluntness and common sense approach.
2. Oshiomole for his progressiveness but might also be needed to make Fashola take a second look at his progressive policies that may be affecting the masses negatively. Someone needs to fight for public policies.
3. Madam Dora – I think she did a great job with NAFDAC even though all that headache in Anambra tainted her legacy
4. Okonjo-Iweala – I think she has been demonized unfairly but one has to understand that her marching orders come from above. She can only do the best she can within directives or policies of her boss. Give her the right policies and I’m certain she’ll perform wonders.
5. Rochas* - I keep hearing his name being brought up don’t I don’t really have an opinion of my own yet
|Politics / Re: Blame Northern Leaders Over Insecurity Not Jonathan-dino Melaye by Wallie(m): 11:04pm On Feb 04|
Hey Chris, have one on me!
What do you see when you look at the pics? Don't mess with me! No matter how crass one thinks the pictures are, you can be rest assured that people will think twice before pissing him off when within an arms length!
|Career / Rapper 50 Cent Wins Copyright Battle - Case Summary by Wallie(m): 8:47pm On Feb 04|
I don't know where to post this and mods can move it to where appropriate but it might be somewhat relevant here to highlight issues raised during a copyright suit to potential copyrights owners.
Music mogul 50 Cent is more accustomed to rap battles as opposed to legal battles. However, he still came out on top in a recent copyright infringement lawsuit.
|Politics / Re: Blame Northern Leaders Over Insecurity Not Jonathan-dino Melaye by Wallie(m): 8:26pm On Feb 04|
donchris33: Bro!you are very reasonable and cultured for not being biased and your well dissected analogies on the issue at hand. Now, Gej takes the blames and responsibilty For all that transpires in his tenure as president. Yes I 100 percent agree with you as posterity wiill judge him.
The way the issue of Boko Haram is being handled is like being told an aggressive tumor is growing inside one’s body but one should only take Panadol for the pain!
Guns and bullets do not solve every problem, at best, it only provides a short term solution but you have to show people that you’re not afraid to use whatever means you have at your disposal if necessary; however, after the guns then what? This is where our leaders fail woefully!
People might criticize OBJ for his military response in Odi but I don’t. I criticize him for the lack of political response. ANY government should never tolerate its citizens raising arms but should also listen to the yearnings of those people! Do they have a legitimate reason for their unhappiness or are they just being unreasonable?
You listen and act accordingly but whatever you do, make sure people understand that lawlessness won’t be tolerated!
I feel bad for GEJ because he’s the president at such a tumultuous time but what’s happening in Nigeria is a direct result of decades of corruption and mismanagement at all levels of government!
What do you tell a 30 year old college graduate that’s still a burden to his parents that funneled everything they had into his education with the hope that he’ll one day bail them out of their current misery? Growing up, we were told that all you had to do is go to school and get good grades, and the future will take care of itself. Where’s the future spoken of?
I seriously pray that the underlying issues fuelling extremism in the North do not spread because it will be uncontainable by any government! Day-by-day, there are more unemployed youths in the country with no future, how long do you think it will take before “they help themselves” to whatever they can?
GEJ should “speak softly, and carry a big stick!” He has to be decisive. The problem now is that people see him as weak no matter how strong he truly his.
Imagine two of your classmates in high school with the first one being a quiet-looking state boxing champion that avoids confrontation and the other being a big-mean looking bully with an attitude to match but really can’t fight. Which one of them do you think people will try to take advantage of? You don’t want people trying you to find out your actual strength; you want them to avoid fighting you based on your perceived strength!
When people see you as weak, regardless of your actual strength, they will try to take advantage or test you! Tunde Idiagbon, Buhari’s vice president, comes to mind as someone people feared. The same was true for Abacha and OBJ.
My advice for GEJ is to maintain his front on Boko Haram but also to tackle corruption decisively by grabbing the bull by the horn and let whoever gets gored gets gored! He can be rest assured that everyday Nigerians will have his back!
Look at Putin, the president of Russia, why do you think he’s running around like Rambo doing all sort of crazy stuff? Even GW Bush flew in a fighter jet that landed on an aircraft carrier just to show toughness! Contrast that with a president that got on his knees before a man (pastor), in front of the whole nation, when the nation is on fire?
I’m sure GEJ is kneeling before God but that’s beside the point because the truth does not matter; only what people think! The pastor in question should have gone to Aso Rock to pray for the President in his quarters or is the pastor now more powerful or important than the president, as far as Nigeria is concerned? I partially blame the pastor also because he should have insisted that he’ll go to Aso Rock! I see the situation as akin to an old man trying to prostrate before his young boss; at least in my culture, you have to tell him not to bother. Not because you think you don’t deserve his “thanks” but because it is an embarrassment to him.
Anyway, what do I know! Let me get off my soap box…
|Nairaland / General / Re: Nigerian Student Verbally Abused In A UK Hospital by Wallie(m): 6:36pm On Feb 04|
British people are so polite o! How can someone just walk up to you aggressively demanding where you're from? I don't really see that happening in the US because it's most certainly going to lead to a fight! The response should have been "bi*ch you better get the fo*k out of my face!"
|Politics / Re: Blame Northern Leaders Over Insecurity Not Jonathan-dino Melaye by Wallie(m): 5:38pm On Feb 04|
donchris33: So that he deployed jtf to the affected areas which is now containing the which is now containing the insecurity in the north and has reduced boko haram's insurgency is not enough? Bro please you can still proffers your owm suggestions on how to tackle the insecurity your opinions are highly needed, that's why we are all nigerians and practising democracy than always accusing Gej of every singlle thing.
Chris, this is not about playing the blame game but GEJ owns whatever ever happens during his tenure be it success or failure. It’s just the way it is. The captain of a ship remains the captain when the sea is calm or during a thunderstorm. You can only pray that during your tenure as a captain, you do not encounter thunderstorm.
To specifically address your question, GEJ deployed JTF but he’s responsible for their success or failure because he literally controls them. By virtue of his office, he’s the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. He appoints people he trusts to sensitive positions to advice him and to act on his orders, including the armed forces.
When Nigeria loses a football game against an opponent that should have beaten with their eyes closed, who do you blame? The coach.
Why is that? Because he’s responsible for choosing the players on the field and strategizing how to deal with an opponent. You do not lay blame at the opponent’s coach because he had advised his team to play rough. It is the coach’s job to make sure his team wins and to equip them with whatever they need to do so.
The other question you asked is what he can do differently.
1. Address the core issues why someone would rather choose death over life.
2. Stop negotiating with terrorist because they’ll only become bolder the next time
3. Give them a reason to choose life.
4. Be decisive
5. Form a terrorism task force because terrorism is now part of Nigerian life and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.
Ultimately, the long term solution is to stamp out corruption. If not for corruption, the billions of dollars made over the years should have developed the North and the Niger Delta region! If not for corruption and/or incompetence, Nigerians should not have to carry arms just to be heard!
Give people reasons to value their life and they’ll almost certainly ignore the government as a whole. It is only when they don’t know where the next meal is coming from or they do not see a future for them or their family that they risk it all for they have NOTHING to lose! How can you kill someone that’s already dead? By making him undead!
|Sports / Match-fixing Threatens 'integrity Of Football In Europe' by Wallie(m): 4:32pm On Feb 04|
(CNN) -- The beautiful game's ugly underside was exposed on Monday as one of Europe's senior crime fighters revealed hundreds of games are under investigation in what he described as "a sad day for European football."
|Politics / Re: Blame Northern Leaders Over Insecurity Not Jonathan-dino Melaye by Wallie(m): 4:18pm On Feb 04|
There are two separate issues to be addressed and I think people are trying to conflate them!
1. What is the root cause of the insecurity in the North? I think this is what Dino Melaye is correctly apportioning blame towards! There's nobody else to blame than the past leaders of those states because their primary function is to cater for their people. Period. The federal government is to blame for the failure of Nigeria as a whole and the state governments are to blame for the failure of their respective states.
2. The response of the authority to the insecurity - the supreme authority of the land is GEJ and there's no two ways about it. Period.
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