ALCOHOL: The New Poison.

Oftentimes, I find writing about certain topics, probably more complex and undesirable. Reason is, they are a little not clear, and I feel like writing them, rather than having a podcast over them, will not just be enough to paint my view.

Some few weeks back, I joined this writer’s group, to learn and hopefully earn afterward. It has been an amazing journey and my Tutor (Eno) is such an amazing human. The thing, is in one of the classes, we were asked to write about our Niche in line of the “why, who and what”. I feel like, my niche is all about writing on what I believe in. Many might disagree with what I think, but if it makes a man’s life better, I will be fulfilled.

Working at the hospital, will reveal all kind of humans to you: The good, the bad and the Ugly. I haven’t stayed long in the profession, but I have had my fair share of them all. Lately, the ones more common and spirit breaking, are the ones who bring a patient to the hospital, and they themselves are all drunk and are of no help at all. People, who can not do the hospital running, neither can they be donors if there is need for blood donation, nor do they have any cash on them to help get drugs and all.

This has me wondering, and revisiting the damages “alcohol,” has done. I have a lot of childhood friends and Childhood classmates, I even find it difficult to see. Maybe it’s just me, but I get scared of what has happened to them. Dreams crushed, many are junkies, some unplanned mothers, others with scars from fighting, and others the cause of their parents sicknesses or deaths as a result of alcoholic influence. Many men, have become wife beaters, fathers who do not care about their kids wellbeing, other than their own thirst to be drunk. Husbands who don’t work, but rather steal the little the wife tries to bring home to take care of the kids, Persons who have ruin their family finances as a result of Alcoholic liver Disease.

If a debate where to be held, I probably will support the motion stating that “alcohol has more damaging effect than good.” In most regions, it is the leading cause of crimes; Arm robbery, rape, Abused, gang wars, poverty and a whole lot of things. Somehow, many will say that all these are as result of uncontrolled Alcohol consumption. I have however been forced to asked myself, if such substances that alter ones perception of life and happiness can be controlled. Somehow, Alcohol has become acceptable and a part of our life, but I have asked myself, to what end?

Godiya by Hannatu Pam


“Godiya” is a song expressing gratitude and praise to God. A grateful and thankful heart receives in greater measure from the Lord. Join the many all over the world as we express our gratitude to our Creator through this song.

Lyrics
From the dept of my heart
I have come before you
Holy spirit saturate my heart 2×
I have come before your presence God
Holy spirit saturate my heart 2×
Chorus
Ga Godiya na Ga sujada na ah
Ni na zo a gaban ka Jehovah 3×

I have nothing to give to you
But I bring myself before you
To give you the sacrifice of praise
I will stay where you build for me.


Chorus
Ga Godiya na
Ga sujada na ah
Ni na zo a gaban ka Jehovah 3×


Chain
Yesu ni….
I wanna worship
I wanna give you
All my worship
You deserve it all
I wanna give you all of me Lord
I give you all my worship Lord
You deserve it all 2×


Chorus
Ga godiya na
Ga sujuda na ah
Ni na zo a gaban ka Jehovah 3×

“A Revolution from the ground up” by Envoi Vates

I will not write another sad poem about this country.

No more. There’s one too many. I’ll write a hopeful one instead but it will not be on a page. It’ll be on the minds and tongues of young boys. Whatever corruption and decadence we see in this country didn’t start overnight. It took years to thicken. To lock horns with a rotten system that has matured over time will be hard. One will have to do more than chant for a reformation. I’ll have to be active in bringing about this reformation. To take a step back and consciously build another system, a good one. But then we must be reminded that nothing good comes easy or quickly for that matter. Whatever fine apple fruit you’re eating today was planted 5-8 years ago. And so we must start planting, right away. Let each man/woman play their part in bringing about this desired change and let us do so consciously and together. I am particular about boys because it has weighed heavy on my mind and because I used to be one. A very confused one who felt the sting of being clueless.

The boy child needs mentorship, guidance, healthy philosophy on how to be a man. The boy that hasn’t been rooted in virtue or mentored well will become the tyrant, partisan, extremist and cultist that we mourn about today. At the risk of sounding sexist (but not being my intention), men actually do run the world. I say this to bring to your attention the potential of the boy, whether he is groomed right or left to wander off on his own. … Imagine if these tyrants and extremists (most of them being men) were put on a better path from boyhood. I understand that people will ultimately choose for themselves and there will be instances when some will deviate from right to wrong but may it not be because we folded our hands and did nothing. So as a man, I must collect them [boys] like a hen collects her chicks and teach them. To simultaneously teach them how and what to think. To guide them without controlling them or manipulating. To let them see that I have not come to present myself as ‘godfather’ nor will I allow for any unhealthy allegiance to myself. Their allegiance must be to the TRUTH.

I often take into account the analogy presented in Orwell’s political satire – Animal farm. Carefully Consider 2 excerpts. The first – “Napoleon…said that the education of the young was more important than anything that could be done for those who were already grown up. It happened that Jessie and Bluebell had both whelped soon after the hay harvest, giving birth between them to nine sturdy puppies. As soon as they were weaned, Napoleon took them away from their mothers, saying that he would make himself responsible for their education. He took them up into a loft which could only be reached by a ladder from the harness-room room, and there kept them in such seclusion…”

The second excerpt- (after a period of time had gone by in the story’s plot) “Silent and terrified, the animals crept back into the barn. In a moment the dogs came bounding back. At first no one had been able to imagine where these creatures came from, but the problem was soon solved: they were the puppies whom Napoleon had taken away from their mothers and reared privately. Though not yet full−grown, they were huge dogs, and as fierce−looking as wolves. They kept close to Napoleon, It was noticed that they wagged their tails to him…”

Notice the progression?

Good mentors or bad ones will make a lot of difference in the life of a boy and society at large. The boy must not be left to himself. He is the mustard seed and the small beginning we can’t afford to take for granted. If he isn’t presented with good philosophy, bad philosophy will find him. He must be taught what and how to think. He must be exposed to resourcefulness , resolution, confidence, integrity, compassion, accountability among other virtues. This is the path to being a man….and a man that society so desperately needs. This is one way to start a revolution. This is my way. And I’m assuming I’m not the only one sold to this dream.

DOES RELIGION FUEL VIOLENCE? By Lengdung Tungchama

Each time people say that they have abandoned religion because of religious violence, and embrace atheism, I assume two things.

  1. They do not mean it.
  2. They’ve not looked up the evidence.

I do not want to assume ignorance, that’s too low for anyone bold enough to say they are atheist.

While there has been violence perpetrated in the name of religion, the 20th Century was the first time in history that atheist took over states and had the chance to show the difference. What happened?

The 20th Century was the bloodiest century in all of human history. The cause of death was led primarily by atheistic governments.

Hitler’s Germany that want to purge religion from all the lives of the people led to the death of estimated 85 Million people. In the Soviet Union, where Stalin wanted to make sure there was practice of any form of religion, it is estimated that 15 million people died. In China, Chairman Mao’s regime of terror against religion is responsible for an estimated 35 million deaths.

It is no wonder that as the 21st Century dawned, many states abandoned the policies of purging religion from the lives of the people. The lesson was clear. Mankind will kill in the name of anything. But what, ideas persist even in the face of evidence.

The irony is that it was only in the 20th Century that non violence became mainstream and an important tenet.

Who led such movements? Almost always, it was religious people. From Gandhi to MLK, to fall of communism, to the end of apartheid, to end colonialism, to end slavery, religious people were in the front lines. Far in the front lines. When Gandhi insisted that India will be changed through non violence, he said he was simply living the teachings of Jesus Christ. When MLK advocated for the Civil Rights, he said he was doing God’s will. When William Wilberforce fought against slavery, he said he was following the teachings of the Bible. When Desmond Tutu and Father Trevor Huddleston stood against apartheid, he said he was doing it in the name of God.

There are several ways to look at history, but truth is always one. And in this case, the truth is that violence is a human tendency, not a religious one. Surprisingly, that’s exactly what Christianity says; that mankind left on its own will be like Cain and Abel.

OPEN GRAZING AND INSECURITY IN NIGERIA; FOR OR AGAINST.

It is trite that where the right of one ends, the right of another begins. Such that while you have the right to swing your arms, it is another’s right to be unharmed and untouched by such act.

Suffice is to say that, I support the Southern Governor’s resolution to ban open grazing and I am particularly moved by their harmony following the consent of their members of the house of representatives.

Open grazing is not in tandem with present day realities. The society evolves and every initiative/business must consistently adopt to this change both to maintain relevance and eschew chaos.

With this resolution, one question comes to mind. WHAT OPTION DOES THE COUNTRY HAS FOR THESE SECT?

RANCHING!
Ranching is the practice of raising grazing livestock especially cattle and sheep in an exclusive portion of land. Nigeria is not the only country with livestock farming and shouldn’t cause insecurity to the entire nation and a threat to other’s lives and property.

Mexico, Southern America, Canada, Australia, China, to mention just a few are all involved in cattle farming via the ranging system. Yet, they have not posed a security threat to their nations.

These countries have been able to adapt to present day realities and made use of evolving technology and have produced the largest cattle ranches all over the world such as China modern Dairy, wave Hill, Clifton’s Hill and others thereby boosting their Country’s industry and GDP.

Cattle farming in Nigeria should be done legitimately without being a nuisance to other people considering that we are all Nigerians.

Cattle farmers all over the nation should LEGITIMATELY acquire land for their businesses. If I cannot walk into other people’s farmlands and begin planting simply because I am a Nigerian and my business is farming or forcefully acquire another’s shop because I have a business idea, in like manner a herder should not violently acquire and destroy my farm/property because his business is cattle rearing.

Also, there should be law and order in every sane society. The society should be fair and just to very one.

There are different recognized ways of land acquisition under the Nigerian law ranging from first settlement to transfer of title via sale, mortgages or leases.

Herders should enter MOUs, Sale Agreements and leases with land owners for the use of land. Investors should also consider this venture worth investing in and Government should support this initiative with the requisite technology and basic amenities in order to boost it’s overall economic performance.

On a final note, I commend the stance of the Southern Governors and employ Plateau State and the Middle Belt as a whole to consider and take proactive measures suitable for it’s region. It is actually hard to determine where we stand. We may call ourselves the middle belt but we have a Governor who is the head of Northern Governors forum.

A PROJECT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMON MAN

One of the most dangerous things poverty does to a person is that it takes away your options. I hated the reality that poverty imposes on one. I remember watching how one wrong financial decision could affect our family’s feeding habits for a month or even more. Even in my life, I’ve seen the same thing. Just one financial emergency made me crawl through April. As I was going through that experience one thing kept going through my mind: I don’t want to ever be in this position again. It is the same feeling I have whenever I see anyone struggling financially.

For poor people, that is their daily reality. Their monthly reality. Every day is an emergency. Every naira is an emergency. A family’s welfare could be determined by how the next 1,000 Naira is used. There is nothing admirable about this state of living.

That’s what we hope to change. We want people to have more options. Wealth gives people the option to choose what they want to do. With wealth, they can choose the school they want to attend. With wealth, they can choose the food they want to eat. With wealth, they can choose to build more wealth. With wealth, they can choose what to wear, where to live, and what to do. Wealth is simply more options. We want people to have this option. There is nothing glorious in living a life of poverty all through our earthly sojourn.

It is my firm belief that I have a duty to my neighbor, and at this present time, it is to look for him and her and to help them rise out of poverty. When Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself”, it tells me that, make sure your neighbor doesn’t live in poverty just like you don’t want to live in one.

Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s all we are trying to do!

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I HAVE AN IDEA!

Have you ever wondered how Tesla Inc. started? or any Company/person considered to be successful? Yes, I always do. I’m always at the other end asking questions and  gabbling musings around.

Whenever this question comes to mind, our minds are most probable to tilt towards complex concepts, mathematical expressions, finance and budgetary.

While this may be correct, it is not foundational.  The most basic requirement for success is the idea first and foremost.  These ideas may come as random thoughts. The ideas that make you  chuckle alone, ideas that defies logic, possiblity and makes you wonder if at all you are lucid.

What is foundational to every success story yet oftentimes unheeded, is the generation of the ideas that will evolve into goals and visions.

Napoleon Hill, in his book, ‘Think and Grow Rich’ which I infact recommend said something profound. I quote:

“all achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea! if you are ready for the secret, you already posses one half of it; therefore you will readily recognize the other half the moment it comes to mind”

What do you see? What ideas readily comes to mind?  Vision is not severable from ideas.

If we agree that we all have the ideas for innovations, creativity and desired results consistently roaming through our minds, then infact, we will all agree that we have the resource requisite to build tenets and achieve  success.

You probably have not acted on these ideas because you think they are mere random thoughts or that  they are not organized enough and question the possibility of it’s realization.

There’s one way to start; write it down! It is for an appointed time. Half of the time; the only currency in my pocket is my dream, a mirage of ideas journaled. It is so ridiculous that I barely have the confidence to read it twice talk more of showing anyone else. This is but a product of my mid night musings and the encounter with the deep. I have not achieved any yet but at least it’s journaled and I am working on them bit by lit, little by little.

You will be successful if you don’t denigrate the ideas you have and start working to bring them into fruition.

I will end with a quote from Thomas Edison;

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.“


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SENATOR I D GYANG SAYS “FEMINITY IS NOT INFERIORITY” AS THE WORLD MARKS 2021 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.

Senator I. D. Gyang of Plateau North and Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence says #CHOOSE-TO-CHALLENGE, which is the Theme for 2021 International Women’s Day was well thought out and captures an already established fact that the world does not give you what you deserve but what you fight for.

The Senator holds that the #ChooseToChallenge theme is a battle cry by women allerting the world that the voice of the womenfolk is refusing to be cowed nor silenced anymore!

Senator Gyangs says such decisive advocacy, determined and made up mind backed by appropriate action is all that is required for womenfolk to take their rightful place in society socially, economically, politically and otherwise, nationally and globally.

The Senator says the likes of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are by their exploits and exceptional attainments forcefully rewriting the narrative in favour and honour to womanhood.
Watching the world bow to welcome her the first day on assumption of office as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation is no doubt a bold statement and a salute to womanhood!

Senator Gyang says such significant and world humbling outings by women needs to be replicated particularly by the African woman to erace the vestiges of repugnant cultures and compel respect, recognition and positioning of women for strategic leadership both in the public and private sectors and also for global reckoning.

The Senator says the greatest instrument and platform for raising, preparing and equipping African women of the future is education. In this regard, the need for increased support for Girl child education in Nigeria is the key to drive the emancipation and development of women in the Nigerian society and should therefore be taken as a priority by governments at all levels.

The Senator holds that the days of nay sayers, demeaning anti-women prejudices, and such retrogressive narratives against women are gone for good!

Senator Gyang congratulates Women worldwide particularly the enterprising and resilient women of Plateau North who are proving their mettle on the farms, trades, academics, politics, professions, etc. He caps it by reirterating his cherished and celebrated sayings to the effect that;
BEING A WOMAN IS NOT BEING LESS HUMAN”….and….
“FEMINITY IS NOT INFERIORITY”

Musa Ibrahim Ashoms,
Special Assistant,
Media & Protocol to
Senator I. D. Gyang, Esq.
08/03/2021.

THE VULTURE AND THE GIRL

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The vulture and the girl,” is the title to a photograph I believe many of us have seen, but probably have not had an idea on the story behind it. It was published in March 1993 and further went ahead to win the “Pulitzer award for featured photography.” The picture was taken by Kevin Carter a photo journalist during the unrest and Civil war in Sudan. There was high level of starvation and deaths. The Child whose name was “Kong Nyong” was said to be walking towards a UN refugee camp, when Carter took the picture. He chased the vulture away and got treatment for the child. Later the child father will reveal that the child was a boy. About 3 month after Carter was given the award for the picture, he killed him self, because the sight still haunted him.

Source: YouTube

I cannot fathom the trauma and hell he will have been through. The haunting and gruesome image of how evil man have become.

For once, one will think that with the level of civilization and enlightenment, war and man inhumanity to man, might be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is wishful thinking. It seems we are now more savage than those before us.

Source:Quora

It is shocking to realize that Carter didn’t really go to Sudan for the “Gram and tweet,” rather to show how devastating and traumatizing life was in Sudan. I believe he might have had the image of finding peace. Yet, just that single image, traumatized him forever. It’s funny however, to see that in our own present day and time, we can see things like that and the first thing we do, is take pictures and videos, then go about our normal activities. It is always about the likes and retweets, rather than the help we can offer. There is nothing heartbreaking to realize that some of us even get pictures of those suffering and then use it to generate income for ourselves.

We have been made vultures by our machines and gadget. Slowly, our humanity has faded into oblivion. We are not compassionate, neither are we honorable and useful.

I WANT FREEDOM; MY GHOST CHASE EXPERIENCE.

What is freedom?
Is freedom absolute?
To what extent can an individual be said to have freedom?

Freedom generally means having the ability to act or change without constraint. Something is “free,” if it can change easily, and is not constrained in its present state. It is associated with having  Will, and being without undue or unjust constraints, or enslavement. A person is said to be free when he has the freedom to do things that will not, in theory or in practice, be prevented by other forces. 

Recently, I was involved in a discussion with some teenagers and how they thought at a certain stage of their lives, they’ll be free to do whatever they wanted, and however they wanted. I have no disdain to this line of thought, because we all thought that way at some point and probably still do.

So my passing out Parade from the Nigerian Youth Service Corp was few weeks ago, and I had quite a lot going through my mind. First was the illusive freedom I have always desired with the believe that getting to this level will afford, and secondly, the question of “what next?”

I think life at different levels dishes some levels of liberty as we progress. These liberties are not far-fetched. What are liberties when on the other end is a load of consequences?

So you finished your primary school education and proceeded to High School. At this point, the weight of parental/teachers constraints is a bit relaxed. Tertiary institutions allows you more liberties. You can seemingly do as you wish. One of the pros of Tertiary institutions, is the freedom to do what you want which in like manner is a disadvantage.

The quest for freedom is innate in man. No wonder, we have tagged some rights as human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association et al. Man at every stage is fighting for some sort of freedom. some are physical, psychological, spiritual or financial.

I think the quest for freedom only leaves one on a wild chase of an unmet reality. Freedom is an illusion. It is ghost chasing. This is because despite the supposed freedom, there are still unseen hands of constraints. while we can easily discountenance these hands, we cannot in fact run from the consequences.

Our freedom and liberties are pronounced in our individual and collective principles, laws and morals. According to Wendy Hui Kyong Chun; ‘Liberty is linked to human subjectivity..’


Such that, I may have the freedom of association but will rather not associate with every group or association I see. Or having the freedom of movement but I shouldn’t be everywhere. This is a testament to the fact that all things are permissible but not all things are expedient. The apex of our freedom is seen in our restraint. A man of freedom is one under authority being cognizant of the cause of effect of his actions and inactions.