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As We Go To The Polls…

The long awaited and already once postponed general election comes up tomorrow, 28th March, 2015. This General election has been on gear for over a year now and Nigeria has more or less been at war with itself this past year over the elections. As a result, the International community has come to the (hopefully?) erroneous conclusion that we’re set to explode.

Before the polls open, there are things you should know.

You might be surprised to know that there are 14 presidential candidates total in this election but everybody knows that this election is really between two candidates – the current President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDPand General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

President Goodluck With Mr Buhari at the peace accord meeting yesterday.
President Goodluck With Mr Buhari at the peace accord meeting yesterday.

The elections campaign has been based on nothing more than personality smear debate between the ruling party and the opposition beyond the level ever seen in Nigerian politics – newspaper ads, tv ads, sting documantaries on tv and the internet. Even viral videos on social networks especially whatsapp and bbm. These documentaries only serve the purpose of misinforming and distracting from the real issues at hand.

The Jonathan administration promise us transformation and continuity. Buhari promise to fight corruption and insecurity but they don’t say how. I’ve hardly ever heard Buhari speak since he’s declined media chats and never appeared for any presidential debates

Who is missing in this photo?
The Presidential Debate. Who is missing in this photo?

but he has somehow managed to champion his campaign on corruption and insecurity by sticking the Jonathan administration with corruption and insecurity of lives and property.Infact, Buhari seems to have one answer for every question. He found a way of linking everything to corruption and insecurity. Everything from the economy to security, agriculture, National Assembly, foreign policy, health and education he reduced into a vague answer of security and corruption.

That’s why I found this post hilarious and true.

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And something else you don’t know again – he, Pa Buhari was 72 on his last birthday. Like my colleague asked, “Does he want a state burial?”

I believe Nigerians have determined that Goodluck has character despite his poor response to the rescue of the Chibok girls. Don’t say that to the opposition. They have it written on stone that he is “clueless”. The worst part of this whole matter is that despite my reservations about Buhari, they’re both cut from the same cloth. Both parties have the same agenda of “no-agenda” seeing as they’re mixbloods of rejects. But better the devil you know , huh?

And don’t let us bring up Buhari’s link with the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram. That issue is more of the smear campaign or is it?

Anyways, tomorrow will tell. It’ll be here before we know it.

#VOTENOTFIGHT
#VOTENOTFIGHT

See you on the morrow.

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Read the awesome speech of President Mohammed Buhari

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I’ve been searching for this online. Couldn’t hear what he was saying on tv

Originally posted on welcome 2 ugwu1's Blog:

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President  Mohammed Buhari speech:

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united…

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Current Issues

It’s a new day, Nigeria!!!

I’m home today. Not because I don’t have anywhere to be because I don’t. As a newly passed-out corps member, I’m on my two-weeks post camp leave before resumption of duty at my Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). But beyond that, today is a national holiday – Nigeria’s Democracy Day. It’s the official day of transition from one regime to another in the democratic dispensation.

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So here I am stuck in front of the tv watching the 2015 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION CEREMONY. I don’t think I’ve watched one before. I guess I’m lucky today cos not only am I not feeling well so everyone is leaving me alone, the power company has generously decided to bring the light back on since it went off on Sunday (those people know what they’re doing).

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Anyway, this is a very important and sentimental day and everyone is one way or the other tensed and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Prolly why I had to be home before today. Just playing safe.

Anyway, the National Television Authority either has poor sound feedback or their transmission quality is poor because either I can’t hear a thing being said or too many voices are heard at once. I’m saddened I couldn’t hear the parade band well. Someone better have a soft copy of the inauguration speech.

Basically I’m watching. And the only thing worth watching is the military movements. These three weeks in camp has given me a better insight and understanding of the workings of the military. Above everything else, I love their precision of movement. Makes our camp parade seem like child’s play.

I especially loved two things in the entire event. The first was the dramatic unhoisting and hoisting of the flags.

It reminded me of our abysmal attempt at hoisting the National and the Corps’ flags on the parade ground in camp in preparation of our swearing-in ceremony. A prospective corps member volunteered to climb up the flag pole onto the roof of the pavilion with the ropes tied on his waist. He succeeded in hooking both ropes with difficulty but couldn’t monkey his way down the pole. They had to find him a wooden ladder to make his way down.

The other was the 21-gun salute. Despite the poor sound quality, the significance of the 21-gun salute was not lost. It’s entirely military. It just gives you a fresh appreciation of the role of the military even in a democratic dispensation and the power of the president who is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. Those aren’t fancy titles. There’s a reason the president is the Chief Security Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

So you have it people! THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

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The Nigerian President
Personal, The Future

The outside world is still intact

Life in the camp is somewhere sheltered and not necessarily in a bad water. Just a statement of fact. And I say this after being out of camp barely 30 hours. I’m currently lodging at a church family house in my local government of assignation with a couple dozen other people where we’re being provided for.

And I’ve seen the town some. I arrived in camp three weeks ago under the cloud of darkness and this is my first time of seeing the place. I’m yet to be impressed.

Anyway, I’ve reported to my PPA,

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a Methodist Girls School with elective boarding facilities. And I’ve been accepted (you could be rejected). And I’ve filed all the necessary paperwork at the zonal Secretariat with some left over for tomorrow.  I may have to go find an apartment that’ll be my home for the next 10 months. Then I’ll have to return home for my entitled two weeks leave to recuperate and regroup before resumption of duty.

One thing is clear though, outside of camp you’re on your own.

Camp Affairs, Personal, The Future

Passing out already

I can’t believe camp is over so soon. Today marks my 21st day in camp bringing to an end my 21-days orientation course.

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The parade is awaiting the arrival of the governor (Most likely to be represented by his deputy) to literally set us free.
People are getting antsy waiting under the sun for 2 hours already. We’ve all been up for nearly 8 hours getting prepared for this and it isn’t even noon yet.

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Me and my friends are just chilling sitting on the grass. Why worry ourselves unduly.

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Whenever the governor arrives, he’ll do his due diligence, we’ll do ours, collect our posting letters and we can get to rejoin the outside world again after being in here 21 days straight.

I can’t wait for this. I pray for better things on the other side.

Camp Affairs, The Future

Camp fire night!!!

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You can have fun in camp if you set your mind to. You can also have too much or too little. It’s all about the mindset. And it’s not all about how much money you have to spend in the camp market.

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And like I’ve said before. You can also keep busy. I’ve chosen being busy over having fun and the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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The serious part of camp ended Friday night with the camp fire night. It was fun night. At least it was supposed to be. It was probably so for some but it ended too early around eleven. I had expected it to last all night. Or at least till midnight.

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There was the cooking competition in which my platoon came second from the back. I wonder who judged that because the food wasn’t bad at all.

Anyway it was supposed to be a big deal because for the first time in history, the Director General of NYSC was present

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at our camp fire night. I personally didn’t find that very significant especially as I couldn’t see him through the smoky haze. But it was fun watching the fire burn high. It was over 15 feet high.

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You’re probably wondering how fun can watching the fire be, right? Believe me, it was.

Camp Affairs, Current Issues, The Future

Camp’s almost over!!!

The 3-weeks NYSC orientation course would run it’s full course on Monday, 25th May ending with the passing out parade.

It has been an all-round education starting with the physical aspect. Waking up at 3am daily and going to bed after 10pm with a lot of activities in-between is not an easy thing to get used to but I did. I’ve had to do a lot of physical stuff I’ve never done before and will probably never need after camp, used muscles I never knew I had in the first place, woken up aching all over from the previous day’s activities and doing it all over again.

Apart from the morning drills and the parade rehearsals, I joined the volleyball team and also trained for the 100 meters dash. Even though I didn’t qualify for the 100 meters dash and my team lost it’s first and only volleyball game, I’m glad to be involved in something physical.

Another interesting aspect of camp was the skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development program. You get to learn a wide range of skills ranging from construction, agriculture, fashion and design, cosmetology and ICT. I joined the bead jewelry making group and the custom bags group too. It’s been wonderful. I’m proud of what I’ve learnt.

I also love the interaction between people from various ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. You have to see that from the context of a country that has over 250 ethnic groups whose members wear their membership like a badge with differing levels of entitlement and antagonism.

The least interesting is the series of lectures. In two weeks, there’s been over 20 of them. Right now I’m in one. Something to do with drugs and other forms of stimulant. Not all of them are as boring as this but it’s tiring having 5 lectures cramped into 4 hours in this high noon heat.

Camp has been fun and now that it’s coming to an end, it isn’t so regimented. Not that the Camp Commandant would agree with my assessment.

I’m looking forward to camp fire night tomorrow Friday. It’s been promised to be fun!!! 

Camp Affairs, The Future

It’s been a crazy few days

It’s very easy to be idle here in camp and also very easy to be occupied. It’s been a crazy activity-filled few days.

There are lots of classes and lectures and drill and training. I’ve chosen only two to keep me occupied – joining the volleyball team and taking a beading class. My team has a match this afternoon in two hours so keep your prayers for us, ok?

The beading class is really going well and I’ve seen some improvement in just a few days. You’ll be the first to see an actually finished work.

Monday we had the Man O’ War training in full khakis. I only managed to use one apparatus.
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And that’s me climbing the rope ladder. I did take photos of others using other apparatuses.

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The swinging rope (monkey rope)

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You guess what she's doing
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Another attempt on the swinging rope
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Rope fence

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Crossing the rope bridge.

I’ll see you after my game. Hopefully. If we win.