Nigerians Should Desist from Embarking on Negative Prayers Against President Buhari-Cleric

Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu  Buhari who is presently, recuperating  in a London hospital.

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This call was made by the Chairman, Christian  Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global  Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.

”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President  Muhammadu Buhari  and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny  God has placed on him  for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health  and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter  of service to our fatherland”.

Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought  him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick,  he is a man and he is of age, the job of  presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to  be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.

Nigerian Leaders Seek Medical Attention Abroad To Avoid Been Consumed By Power Play-Cleric

The popular discussion among Nigerians at present, revolve round how the personal interests of those whom they voted into power have surprisingly, taken over the landscape.  Those  voted into power are engaged in a fierce covert battle to take control of power at the centre, while millions of citizens  are contending with hunger and poverty.

In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual head of  Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke speaks on this and the recent release of the Chiobok girls. Excerpts:

Unfolding events at the seat of power are a source of concern for Nigerians; do you think anything is wrong?

There is a lot of power play in Government Ethnicity is playing  a major role, tribal sentiments are also playing major roles, including religion, which is another factor. And it is unfortunate that the people of Nigeria are not helping matters.  We do not need any sentiments at this particular critical period, what we need is to forget about religion and ethnic background.

Nigeria is an experiment in their hands; they need to take it as a project and they need the peoples’ support, the two of them. So, that is number one, there is a lot of power play in Government, because in Nigeria today, when you have somebody in a position of power, the major problem is that of sycophants, always around them. These sycophants will continue to advise them negatively and wrongly, because the President and Vice President are investments in their hands. So, that is why we are having all these problems.

The man is sick and in Nigeria there is always a myth and mystery around people getting sick, that is why they are not really seeking medical treatment in Nigeria, because they know that there might be another power play, that they may send them to their graves that are why they run abroad.

So0, they are not really doing Nigeria a favour, because they are not been patriotic and sincere: the people who surround them and the people who are at work; this is the result of the situation in Nigeria presently.

Govt. Should Allow Parents to See Their Freed Children

82 Chibok girls have been released by the terrorists, what is your reaction?

Naturally I don’t expect that since they are just coming from the den of the terrorists, they should be released to their parents, because they are already ‘’monsters’’. They must have been traumatized, they must have been cloned into monstrous beings, their psyche needs to be changed, because of the too much delay in rescuing them, and they have already imbibed the culture of the terrorists.

So, their allegiance would be to those people. So, it is a psychological problem, but  if government  is not allowing their parents to see them, that is when Nigerians may raise eyebrows, because the thinking everywhere is that , all these girls may not necessarily be the Chibok girls, however later on they may be having  some  ‘’cosmetic and magical fathers and mothers’’ who will come up.

I will only plead that this issue must not be dragged too far, what they should do, is for Government to allow such parents to visit their children and now come out to accept or deny that those they visited are their children or not their children.

Until such evidence comes from the parents, we cannot insinuate that it is a gimmick or propaganda. Since they are I the custody of the Federal Government, this is far great and better, they will receive the best care and treatment.

Politicians And Uniformed Men Ganged Up To Loot Nigeria-Commandant General Royal Chaplain Global Mission

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”So, if the security agencies are raising eyebrows over uniforms, they should not tamper with the  Chaplain, because Chaplains are people of peace, we don’t carry arms, we don’t use explosives, we are not into that. Our main weapons are the word of God, prayer and word of encouragement. We are not security agents. We are not Police, we are not Army, we are not regimental. we fully civilian people”

As controversy continue to trail the activities of a number of uniformed organizations in Nigeria, the President and Commandant General of Royal Chaplain Global Mission, who is also the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN)Oluyole Local Government, Oyo state, Nigeria, Evangelist Chaplain Emmanuel  Babalola, in this interview  with Federationews2day , says that Chaplain missions were established not for the purposes of carrying arms, but to spread the word of God, through prayers and words of encouragement. Excerpts :

What is the Royal Chaplain Global Mission all about ?

Royal Chaplain Global Mission is registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) number one, as a Non Governmental Organization and number two, as a corporate organization. Our operations, are in  threefold, our service to God, in the area of spreading the good news, encouraging the discouraged, raising the hope of the hopeless, secondly, service to humanity, that is any area that we find ourselves, where we can serve humanity at any capacity, such as the orphanage home, displaced people and all the people who are less privileged in any area, we can come to their aid. Thirdly, service to the Government of our nation. In our charter, our incorporation manual that the CAC approved for us, we are are ready to collaborate with the government of our nation, to see how we can contribute our own quota to the development of our nation, in the area of community development, empowering the youth, widows and embarking on community services, that’s our operation.

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Chaplaincy is not a Nigerian thing, it is worldwide. Chaplains all over the world wear uniform. We stand out, we are in America, Asia, South Africa, anywhere just  mention it, it is only in Africa here, that we are underdeveloped. And in Nigeria, you know, the Nigerian factor, people lose focus in the name of money. Chaplain is in no way comparable to other organizations, like the Peace Corps, the Peace Corps is an imagination of one person in Nigeria, but Chaplain is all over the world. So, if the security agencies are raising eyebrows over uniforms, they should not tamper with the  Chaplain, because Chaplains are people of peace, we don’t carry arms, we don’t use explosives, we are not into that. Our main weapons are the word of God, prayer and word of encouragement. We are not security agents. We are not Police, we are not Army, we are not regimental. we fully civilian people. We  are not registered to carry arms. And we are not agitating to become the baby of any government. We are fathers of the nation. Chaplain has been in existence in Nigeria for the past 37 years, through Sir Dele Ige.

What are your views on the current situation of things in Nigeria ?

My views concerning Nigeria : The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, while sin is its reproach. Nigeria is a complicated country, where people are celebrating unrighteousness, where people are celebrating those who have looted Nigeria, where people are celebrating ungodliness , where people are celebrating those against the citizens of Nigeria. My advise to Nigerians is for everybody, especially the politicians and the uniformed men to repent, because all of them ganged up to rob Nigeria.

The recession stems from the fact  that Nigeria’s money is in individuals’ hands. The money that is supposed to be  pumped in to the economy, individuals have shared it.  They should repent and if they refuse God will have His way.

Before the middle of March, things will change radically. The religious leaders should warn  their followers not to fight God, such as the people who are killing  people in churches and nothing is been done about it. It is against  the laws of God And those behind this, will incur the wrath of God, Nigerians should repent of their sins. They say people are praying, they are just praying with their mouths, their hearts are not of God. They are going to churches, they are just going there to look for fortune. A number of those going to mosques, are going there for fun. They are serving the devil, they are yet to repent of their sins. The few righteous people will change Nigeria for the better, but the rest will pay for their sins.

Public Schools Will Be Better Off With Children of Political Office Holders-Niger Gov.

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Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, has called on political office holders in the Nigeria to encourage their children  to attend public schools.

Alhaji Bello made this call on Wednesday, when a Non Governmental Organization(NGO) Children’s Government of Nigeria visited him at the Government House, Minna .

“The only way for our public schools to function is when children and family members of political office holders attend such schools. That will help to review our public schools policy”.

“Public schools and public health facilities where common man takes solace are in bad shape, government should make them functional and reduce the burden on the people”.

“It is sad that we have reduced our public schools to the background because the children of governors, deputy governors or commissioners and those in position of authority are not in public schools”.

“In our public schools, we have instances where one teacher attends to more than one hundred pupils sitting on the floor or stones to receive lessons”, he concluded.

The Essence of Revelations : All Should Be Proactive Against The Avoidable-Prof Olagoke

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The Founder and Spiirtual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke reviews the outgoing 2016 and advises Nigeria’s leaders and followers to be proactive in the new year to avoid unpleasant situations. Excerpts :

A review of the outgoing year is as good as a carry over of the past. Negative resultant effect of our been fanatastyically corrupt. Inflation crept in and paucity of funds is the vogue, as reflected in states not been able to pay salaries of workers.

Prices of essential commodities have gone up, and almost out of the reach of the common man.  Although the Federal Government’s policy of Treasury Single Account(TSA) effectively controlled all transactions involving money, however, the policy has proven not to be perfect, because of its side effects, which has created hardships for consumers and threats to investments.

In fact, foreign currencies like the Dollar became scarce, while some guys became emergency millionaires in the process. The consequent economic hatrdships on the people gave the opposition the oppurtunity to hide their shame and proving to be better than the All Progressives Congress(APC) led Federal Government. Nigerians are in the Theatre. The scenario is of great woory to Nigerians, who have not seized to continue witness8ing the political panorama of the present.

However, the Federal Government has been able to win the battle against the insurgents and have also been successful in rescuing som eof the Chibok girls. This achievement has rekindled the hope of Nigerian that the Niger Delta crisis would soon be over.  Porvided the use of dialogue comes into force.

And that the menace  of the herdsmen in the game of kidnapping and blood letting will soon come to an end, if and only if, the Federal Government could be more strategic, in resolving all the conflicts.

For the year, 2017,  which revolevs on divine messages, on the socio-economic  based statistical data at hand, reveal the following :

  1. Governemnt will be serious in initiating programmes and projects, that impact positively on the people.
  2. Politicians will be involvesd in the war of attrition, in whicvh some will fall by the wayside.
  3. Economic construction will receive boost, relief, to a reasonable extent, in the current recession being experienced.
  4. Education will receive boost , but some aspects of Education shall be neglected.
  5. Security measures will be strong enough to resist any form of insrugency.
  6. Some Houses of God will be functional, while others will be bereft of the presence and favour of God.
  7. Sports shall be visited for better performance.

We need to pray  hatrd against accidents. Most especially on road accidents. Pray and prevent fire outbreak, that may destroy  property of significant magnitude, with possible attendant loss of lives.

The essence of revelations is to proactively prepare, against warnings, to be able to avoid sad and destructive happenings both at government level and at the home front. Reference : Koran Chapter 6,6-7 and Mathew 5,18

What hope for Poverty Stricken Nigerians ?

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Nigerians are yet to feel  the impact of measures designed to reduce the incidence of poverty, which must also probably have the tendency to boost economic growth.

This has become a source of concern for millions of citizens, who expect the government of the day to be people oriented.

With increasing reservations been expressed by economic experts over government’s sincerity in alleviating the poverty in the land,  government officials have continued to display signs of inexperience, in confronting the various challenges bedeviling all sectors on a daily basis.

In 1986, the Structural Adjustment Programme(SAP) came into existence, mainly to broaden the productive and resource base of the economy, eradicate distortions, reduce government involvement and allow for more private sector participation.

Of note is the impact  of policy mistakes of previous administrations in the present scheme of things.

The present administration has continued to struggle with an uncertain political climate, fundamental structural defects and  a very weak prodcution and technological base.

The nature of  present sociopolitical and socioeconomic indices, is not encouraging external investors, regardless of the very large domestic market.

Governance seems to be very rigid.

Nigerians continue to ask : What are the specific sectoral targets to be achieved ? What are the measures that have been put in place to address the low economic growth and high incidence of poverty ? Will government create jobs in other sectors, aside from Education and Agriculture, for millions of jobless Nigerians ?

Answers to these questions  will determine how far government can go in rekindling the hopes of disillusioned Nigerians.

However, Nigerians are confused and suspicious of government’s resolve  to recruit 500,000 Teachers and employ 200,000 graduates.

With the start of work date of the 200,000 graduates to be employed already shifted by another two weeks and no latest news on the recruitment of 500,000 Teachers, the discussion everywhere is the flexible way  stories from government circles change, on a regular basis.

 

 

MILLENNIUM GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROBLEM AND NIGERIAN POLITICAL CHALLENGES: EFFECTS ON MOTHERHOOD

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By Engr. Prof. S.A. Olagoke, JP

 

  • INTRODUCTION

Mother is a female parent who inhabits biological maturity to bear and nurse offspring and perform the role of bearing some relation to their children as a social responsibility.  She is a family of incredibly smart sensors that one sets to monitor whatever one cares about.  Motherhood is therefore a state of being a mother.  She is the first school of a child, vector of knowledge for the children a beast of burden for procreation and survival of the household.

 

It is against the above background that the major parts of the Millennium Development Goals are focused while almost half of the 17 Point Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals is equally dedicated to womanhood for every nation to implement through her government.  However, motherhood in Nigeria will have to storm against the turbulence of our political challenges amidst the present poor human development index, poor health facilities, and viscous fluid of discrimination against the girl child and womanhood.

 

  • GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROBLEM EFFECT ON NIGERIA

Nigeria has experienced different types of global economic changes with direct impacts on our development because we run mono-economic system of oil as our 80% economic mainstay.  1982 experienced oil glut limiting our production supply or exportation of our crude oil. The budget implementation reality could not meet up with the budget plan.

 

2005 Economic meltdown due to climate change and seasons of Tsunamis that ravage agricultural products resulting in drought, loss of aquatic lives etc and rise in prices of commodity.  Presently, the global price of crude oil per barrel has fallen from $114 per barrel in 2013 to $39.5 in 2016.  The budget has to be cut down drastically with implementation success hope depending on borrowing and debt!

 

One can now imagine the quality of life of Nigerians with Naira worth falling for dollars, unpaid salary of workers and retirees for possible flow of the currency. The unfortunate scenario is an environment under which motherhood needs to survive!  Imagine the plight and hardship of Nigerian mothers!

 

  • NIGERIA ECONOMIC SITUATION

Nigeria is ranked 3rd in the world Bank (2013) rating of world poverty in terms of level of extreme hunger, malnutrition, homelessness, diseases and high crime rates which are the offshoots of poverty.  90% of the nation’s wealth is looted by the elites hence in the hands of less than 10% of the population.  Since independence Nigeria has experienced deteriorating profile of all social indices of development: (Life expectancy 47years, HDI 0.478).  The poverty indices in the table below refer:

 

Table 1: Poverty Indices 1960-2015

Year 1960 1980 1992 1996 2004 2009 2011 2015
Poverty Index 15 28.1 44 65.5 55.4 70.8 76

Source: National Bureau of Statistics (NBS 2010)

 

Presently, Nigerians are into throes of financial pain through profligacy, elevated to state policy due to heinous treasury looting game of her various ruling regimes:

  • Federal government uncovers 3.2trn fraud in government agencies! News headline Punch, March 15, 2016
  • Nigeria oil wealth was grossly abused by the elites through various corrupt practices
    • All MDAs – ghost workers’ syndrome, diversion of billions of project fund into personal purse! etc.
  • Nigeria GDP per capita is low with:
    • Unemployment is 24%
    • Social indicators are low with:
    • 10% of the world one in ten out of school children (>10.5 million in Nigeria)
    • 10% of child and maternal deaths
    • 25% of global malaria cases
    • Ebola touch, Lassa fever outbreak and Zica virus (potential neurological and auto immune complications)

It is unfortunate to note that after hard struggles to effect our external debt profile totaling $30bn some few years ago, Nigeria is now indebted to the tune of $60bn (Daily Times, Wednesday, March 2016, pg. 12).  The Islamic Development Bank Official, Abdullah Mohammed Kiliak equally observed:

  • Nigeria is one of the countries in the world that use largest percentage of her revenues for debt servicing
  • Nigeria with low debt – GDP ratio of 17% but resources being used to pay the debts are enormous going by percentages taken on yearly basis compared to 150% for Italy and other countries, and 100% for United States.

 

All these directly affect motherhood on the issues of gestation, child delivery, child rearing and nature nurturing of the youth or adolescent and the health status of the mother.

 

  • NIGERIA SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES: A POLITICAL CLIMATE

Nigeria faces immense challenges in:

  • Accelerating growth
  • Reducing poverty
  • Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs (2000-2015)
  • Sustainable Development Goals Challenges, SDG (2015-2030)
  • Promoting inclusive society (2015-2030)
  • Servicing debts

 

In May 2004, Nigeria launched her National and State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategies (NEEDS, SEEDS) for growth and poverty reduction based on:

  • Empowering people and improving social service delivery
  • Improving the private sector and focusing on non oil growth
  • Changing the way government works and improving governance

 

2007, Late Yar Adua 7 Point Agenda of wealth creation, security energy, education, land reform, mass transit and the Niger-Delta on one hand, 13 Point Agenda of Jonathan (2011-2015) notwithstanding, the Agenda impact was too low to sustain Nigerians and womanhood hence the Change Mantra of President Buhari that needs to start afresh through restructuring, fighting corruption and institutional indiscipline to create right environment for development.

 

  • MOTHERHOOD IN CONFLICT SITUATION

 

  • Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded
  • Women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families (UNSCR, 2010)
  • Aftermath conflict effect: Impact of sexual violence persist including
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Sexually transmitted infections and
  • Stigmatization
  • Insecurity and impunity
  • Within an environment of discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from:
  • Accessing education
  • Becoming financially independent
  • Participating in governance and peace building

 

Nigeria women paid a heavy price in the long and violent conflicts that have been ravaging the country especially in the past two decades:

  • Plateau to Kaduna
  • Borno to Benue
  • Lagos to Jigawa
  • Anambra to Kogi
  • Rivers, Delta, South-south
  • Fulani herdsmen and farmers, Boko Haram and Niger-Delta militants, ethnic and electoral violence etc.

In all women have continued to endure unprecedented levels of sexual violence and assaults and suffer in a patriarchal world as beast of related burden.  It is unfortunate in March (2016), that the National Assembly in Nigeria turned down the bill on Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (Gender Equality of Access) perhaps because of defect in the bill proposal structure.  I wish and advocate for a quick re-presentation.

 

  • SAVE WOMANHOOD

Poor governance, poor economy, insecurity, domestic violence, threats of war etc, have direct consequences on motherhood:

  • Loss of lives in various levels of armed conflicts and violence
  • Internal displacement due to violence and insurgence
  • Resources spent in managing conflicts rather than for economic development and improvement of the living standards of the citizens
  • Conflicts that have placed tremendous burdens on Nigeria community including women who suffer from:
  • Displacement
  • Loss of families
  • Loss of livelihood
  • Various forms of gender based violence
  • Conflicts have led to various women experiencing forms of violence against women that affect:
  • Their lives
  • Hinder their personal development as well as their contributions to community and nation building
  • Contributions to socio-economic development
  • Loss of family member to conflict – husband killed
  • Women suffer from food insecurity
  • Live in fear of being kidnapped, used as slaves or as domestic servants
  • Suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological consequences of conflict

 

  • Suffer from unprecedented lives of:
  • Sexual violence, many of which are unreported
  • Assault
  • Related HIV infection
  • Involuntary pregnancy
  • Health complication as a result of rape, and
  • Other sexual abuses

 

  • EMPOWERING AND SUPPORTING THE GIRL CHILD FOR REAL WOMANHOOD
  • Efforts across the Nations (March 2016 Report): The Ethiopian government has been ordered to pay $150,000 to a girl who was raped, abducted and forced to marry at the age of thirteen (13), in a landmark ruling.
  • The government of Zimbabwe Standard Media is clamping down on child marriage by making it an offence for parents and guardians to accept a bride price for children below the age of 18years (African News).
  • A new multi-country UN programme has been launched which aims to eliminate child marriage by 2030 (UNICEF)
  • In India the governor of Punjab and Haryana has said child marriage is a violation of basic human rights and the freedom of choice. (Business Standard)
  • In Nigeria the Senate has rejected a proposed law aimed at banning child marriage and discrimination against women. Leadership Newspaper.
  • Muslim organizations in Northern Nigeria have launched a video to highlight the importance of seeking a woman’s consent before marriage. (AA).
  • In Bangladesh, new research show that skill based education for girls can encourage parents not to marry off their daughters early. (The Daily Star).
  • The US has launched its Global Strategy to empower adolescent girls aimed at improving the lives of adolescent girls worldwide. (Girls Not Brides).

 

At the level of organisations, civil societies and religious denominations and sects, we must not relent to educate, sensitise and empower the cause of girl child and womanhood.

 

  • POOR MOTHERHOOD AND CONSEQUENCE ON THE SOCIETY

The motherhood focus is to raise a happy home with children of sound health, good behaviour as future leadership hope of the society.  Poor motherhood will ever be characterized with poor child custody, poor child rearing and neglect of nature nurturing for the grown up.  The consequence of this is a world of crime, value erosion and cultural bastardisation.

 

  • For Nigeria, as reported by Daily times, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, pg. 24:

 

153 Nigerians awaiting execution in China, Malaysia due to various drug offences in different countries of the world in Guadong and Gumut of China, Indonesia etc.

 

  • Harm Reduction International (HRC) a United Kingdom based NGO said:

 

33 countries impose death penalty for drug related offences

 

At home, let us ponder on the prison yard condition, inmate living conditions and the rising rate of crime being committed by Nigerians:

 

Table 2: Prison Admission by Types of Offence (2001 – 2006)

Admission Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Debt 970 1,529 853 715 684 490
Arson 2,146 1,466 1,968 2,425 2,146 204
Affray 5,604 3,575 161 4,000 3,812 4,158
Assault 10,450 7,900 7,826 6,819 5,700 6,629
Murder 8,100 11,868 1,615 12,918 10,520 9,266
Treason 10 12 27 39 36 12
Sedition 137 179 167 10 13 3
Abduction 1,905 2,981 1,467 1,601 1,050 17
Smuggling 5,192 1,356 1,865 6,142 3,916 5,621
Immigration 3,170 2,212 162 1,847 840 270
Stealing 51,408 34,391 46,060 48,142 50,231 43,174
Robbery 12,800 15,716 7,128 10,160 10,888 10,750
Armed Robbery 15,120 17,462 15,577 18,322 13,491 7,860
Sex Offences 3,950 4,271 3,598 4,517 5,606 5,270
Traffic Offences 4,114 2,257 2,296 5,860 7,114 6,123
Currency Offences 2,102 1,401 1,529 1,514 3,645 2,947
Indian Hemp offences 5,972 6,376 3,090 8,109 9,172 7,448
Contempt of Court 3,100 4,772 4,146 3,117 3,619 2,140
Unlawful possession of arms 9,405 6,232 6,090 5,203 7,209 3,110
Forgery and Altering 5,172 4,375 7,169 4,680 5,161 3,413
Escaping from Lawful Custody 78 182 101 214 1,480 952
Offences against Native Law and Custom 2,450 8,000 1,274 886 1,300 726
Unlawful Possession of property 6,650 4,178 4,265 3,158 4,909 3,108
Economic sabotage N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 753
Human trafficking N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 305
Criminal lunatic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 182
Cultism/Ritual N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 206
Breach of peace N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1,209
Other offences 4,795 18,225 12,782 2,000 2,059 241
Total 164,798 160,916 132,216 152,298 154,311 126,587

Source: Nigeria Democracy and Sustainable Development: The Journey So Far

 

Table 2b: Summary of Prison Admission by Types of Offence (2001 – 2007)

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Armed Robbery 2,726 2,915 2,059 2,295 2,275 2,899 2,506
Prison Admission 164,798 160,916 132,216 52,298 154,311 26,587

Source: Nigeria Democracy and Sustainable Development: The Journey So Far

 

Are these not the consequence of poor motherhood and negative parenthood? Children are fruits of the womb, no mother will ever be happy seeing her children committing crimes or going into prisons or for execution.  Where lies our integrity?  Nigeria deserves to have a human friendly leader that will address all these problems through empowering and emancipating women folk including the girl child.  The role of mothers is crucial to raising good children.

 

  • MOTHERHOOD, EDUCATION AND DECISION MAKING

Without education, motherhood is primitive and it suffers from all forms of deprivation because of lack of access to beneficial resources.  Without adequate women representation in power sharing and decision making, gender sensitive laws and policies will be patriarchally silenced for women abuse to continue unabated.  Nigeria is still to embrace 35% Affirmative Actions of the Beijing ’95 on CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  Let us look into the situation report on women’s representation by election 1999-2011:

 

 

 

Table 3: Women Representation by Election (1999-2011)

    1999 2003 2007 2011  
S/n Positions Total No Women Total No Women Total No Women Total No Women Remarks
1 Senate 109 3

2.8%

109 4

3.7%

109 9

8.3%

109 7

6.4%

2 House of Representatives 360 7

1.9%

360 21

5.8%

360 27

7.5%

360 25

6.9%

3 State House of Assemblies 990 24

2.4%

990 32 990 57 990 68
4 Local Government chair 710 13

1.8%

774 15

1.9%

740 27

3.65

740
5 Councilors 6,368 69

1.08%

6,368 267

4.22

6,368 235

3.69%

Source:  Okonkwo Chukwu Udodinma (2013), Gender and Women Participation in the 2011 elections.  Research on Human and Social Science ISSN 2222-1119 Vol. 3, No2, 2013.

 

Only women will have the right feelings and passions for bills on women’s human rights to remove stigmatization, abuse, oppression and other challenges of development facing women for ease of passing them into law even when some men do resist.  Measures must be taken to ensure equal women’s access to and full participation in power structure and decision making.

 

Assignment:  Compute that of the 2015 election result outcome.  It is even worse!

 

  • WOMANHOOD LIVE SUPPORT

Food, water and air are the most essential needs for survival.  Unfortunately in Nigeria, food and water are luxuries for many families in the urban and rural areas.  A UNDP Report 2013 stated that women constitute 60-80% of agricultural labour force in Nigeria:

  • Cooking
  • Fetching water for farm workers
  • Transporting farm produce
  • Harvesting
  • Processing
  • Marketing

However, despite the enormous contribution of women in agricultural practices, government policies and programmes in the sector and increase in global food pricing (globalization) have decimated accessibility to adequate food by the poor especially women.  There is yet to be on ground gender sensitive policies/blueprint on how to close the gap.

 

Agriculture is seen as a male occupation hence policies and programmes are not based on accurate information and analysis to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.  When the capacity to support the home is low, women are faced with worries and all forms of abuse – adultery, unwanted pregnancy, raising children (school etc.), sexuality education and health related issues.

 

  • THE WAY OUT

Let the government be pragmatic about women or gender sensitive policies by implementing the following to make motherhood fertile, productive and enjoyable:

  • Programme that addresses unequal access to health
  • Revise laws and administrative practices to ensure resources including health and nutrition, education, skill development and training of girl child. Also say ‘No’ to girl child marriage
  • Eradicate violence against women and girl child including economic exploitation of child labour
  • Increase women capacity to participate in decision making
  • Promote good governance to prevent violence and effect of conflict on women. Let us say ‘No’ to insurgence, violence, militancy, terrorism, ritual killing and war!
  • Counsel couples on the essence of dialogue in running the home and promote the need to respect ordinance of marriage on issues of responsibilities of the husband and wife to promote favourable motherhood[1].

 

  • CONCLUSION

There is hunger and poverty in the land affecting womanhood with direct consequence on the child and crime.  There is need for government to expand the scope of resources through diversification of economy into other critical areas especially agriculture.  We need to create value addition from production to processing and increasing exporting index to earn Nigeria the required foreign incomes.

 

Bills on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women need to be domesticated through National Assembly and various Houses of Assemblies to empower women and give them access to resources including ability to have a voice at decision making points in order that their fundamental human rights are not trampled upon.

 

In the words of Barak Obama of the USA, let us respect motherhood right from the home front:

 

A husband is tested when he has everything

A wife is tested when her husband has nothing

 

Motherhood is a divine construct that must be respected by all to have justice, equity, peace and sustainable development.

 

Thanks and God bless.

 

 

REFERENCES

 

UNSCR 1325 (2015). National Action Plan for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions in Nigeria, pp. 1-13.

 

Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, OAU (2015).  Gender Analysis of Health Policy, Plan, Tools and Strategies Related to Maternal Mortality in Nigeria. Pp. 6-14.

 

Beijing +20 (2015).  Review of the Status of Women in Nigeria.  1st Edition, 2015 Group of 6, Secretariat.  Partnership for Justice, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Olagoke, S.A. (2014).  Nigeria Democracy and Sustainable Development: The Journey So Far.  SAO Multiventures, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, pp. 302

[1] Q4 vs. 34, Mathews 11 vs. 3-6

Don’t Allow A Cabal To Control President Buhari-Oyo Gov. To APC South West Leaders

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Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the South West to consistently present suggestions and position papers to President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that the President was not controlled  by a cabal.

The Oyo state Governor made this call in his remarks last week Thursday, at the APC South West conference, held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Nigeria.

”Our President is one of the most patriotic, committd and corruption free President. The guy is the best of our time. Are we tellling him everybody is afraid, afraid of what ?The President alone cannot fight corruption.  We must not leave the President alone. We must constantly have suggestions and position papers for the President. But we should not leave him alone to some cabal to control”.

It is our duty and our right to contribute and participate in this Federal Government. Do not play the ostrich, there are time some of us might have problems, what is the party doing ? Don’t leave the Governors alone, don’t leave the President alone. Workers are complaining that there are no salaries, you just left the Governors alone. We are your Governors”, Senator Ajimobi declared.

Govt. Has A Duty To Provide Free Education-Prof. Sekoni

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A university Lecturer  says  that it is the duty of Government to provide compulsory and free education at all levels.

This is the assertion of Prof. Ropo Sekoni, who delivered a lecture with theme ”The South West and the challenges of Change in Nigeria”, at the All Progressives Congress, South West conference in Ibadan, Nigeria.

”Our education is in trouble. In a democratic government, it is not the responsibility of government to establish elitist schools. The responsibility of government is to  provide compulsory and free Primary and Secondary  education. We have more Okada riders in this region. Our competitiveness has been radically and severely reduced. If we are not careful, we will be celebrating the glory of yester- years. This is some thing that should worry our leaders.

The position of the Professor was adopted by  the APC in its communique issued and read at the end of the conference by Dr. Ademodi, as it also declared that Primary and Secondary education must be made compulsory and free in the South West Geo-Political zone.

However, in Oyo state, pupils and students of public schools in the state now pay N1,000 as fees per term, this is side by side the state government’s resolve to introduce Public  Private Partnership in the education sector.