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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.

Personal

So I haven’t blogged in a while.

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Yeah, that’s true.

My last post was six months ago. I can’t say I quit exactly. It just seemed (seems) like I don’t have enough time anymore. Like my 24 hours was somehow lesser than that of others. But I know that’s not true.

I think it’s more that I have more activities cramped into my 24 hours than others. That may be true. Or may just be that I have poor time management. Whatever the case may be, I was freshly inspired today by a visit to my (abandoned?) blog.

Look forward to seeing more of me.

-BLAQ

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Bon Anniversaire

Yesterday was my parents’ 25th anniversary.  Great news, right? I’m sure you think so too. In the typical way of men, my dad didn’t even remember, not even when Mom added it in our Morning prayer point, thanking God for the journey of the past 25 years.

Anyway, one thing I realized yesterday was that marriage really takes two people to work. I think the marriages of the old rooted in mutual respect for each other (not the fickle love of today) worked a whole lot better than our contemporary marriages.

My dad had only seen my mom once when she came into his shop in the market to buy some clothes before he started making inquiries about her and her family. Turned out he had gone to school with her eldest brother. He then went to ask her parents for her hand in marriage and then completed all the necessary traditional marriage rites within days. That was on New Year’s Eve of ’88. They then sealed their marriage by exchanging their vows before God nine months later, which was exactly 25 years yesterday.

It was a very fruitful journey producing six offsprings – four girls and two boys – while still waxing strong. I wish them many more years together and I look forward to their 50th.

Happy Anniversary, Mum and Dad.

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-BLAQ

Just jokes, Personal

The Compound Idiot

I traveled to my hometown on Friday for a double weekend
event and was unfortunate enough (or perhaps fortunate, for the trip might otherwise have been quite
dry) to find myself upon a bus with a particular pair of driver and conductor. The center of distraction, shall we say, was the bus conductor. He was a colorful
one. Or rather his tongue was.

This man was continually engaging in a war of words with anyone who would take him up on the offer. The most spectacular of his verbal opponents was a lady–a very fat lady, according to him. He complained that the lady shouldn’t board his bus again. When asked why, he quite simply responded, “you take up too much space!” I’m sure you could argue that this was very discriminatory but Nigeria is not a land known for political correctness.

The woman turned and rained all sorts of abuses on the very thin, bespectacled man, concluding with, “you’re simply an idiot!”

As with most fools, the argumentative Mr. Spectacles was not one to let you have the last word. With a depth of gravitas that he clearly summoned with great effort, the conductor’s final retort was: “there’s clearly a difference between an idiot and a compound idiot as you clearly demonstrated now!”

Though I successfully stifled mine, there was outright laughter from some of my fellow travelers. It seemed clear from the reactions of each of the combatants (indignant huffing and puffing on his part; hands raised in victory on hers) that there was no confusion about whom the laughter was aimed at.

My final thought: I think the little man was just angry that he didn’t get to drive the bus.

-BLAQ

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Army, Boko Haram in fierce battle for Bama

blaqaffairs:

Terrorism is sadly gaining ground in Nigeria even if we refuse to acknowledge it like the Military wants us to.

Originally posted on softlinkblog:

 

 

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                                                                       Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah

Boko Haram’s drive to expand its caliphate suffered a major setback on Monday as 59 of its members were killed by soldiers while trying to capture Bama, one of the largest towns in Borno State.
The terrorist group had last week declared a caliphate in Gwoza, a town 135 kilometres from Maiduguri.
Investigations revealed that over 200 insurgents, who were dressed in military camouflage, stormed Bama in a convoy of vehicles and motorcycles painted in the army colours.
Many of the residents fled to neigbouring villages, Kodunga and Maiduguri. About 200 of them are in Maiduguri awaiting the intervention of the National Emergency Management Authority and the state government .
A security source, who confided in one of our correspondents, said the insurgents also attacked Madagali and installed a ruler for the town.
It was gathered that tension…

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12 Ebola Questions You’re Wondering About

blaqaffairs:

Arm yourself with these simple answers.

Originally posted on TIME:

In case you’ve missed it, the deadliest Ebola outbreak is spreading in Western Africa, taking at least 900 lives so far. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sending 50 infectious disease specialists to the region in order to help quell the outbreak and provide much-needed resources and expertise. As the outbreak worsens, confusion—and panic—has grown.

To sort fact from doomsday fiction, we consulted current and former CDC members and infectious disease experts including Dr. Ron Behrens, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Amesh Adalija an infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Here are answers to common burning questions. Visit time.com/ebola for ongoing coverage of Ebola.

Where does the name “Ebola” come from?

The virus is named after the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That’s where the virus was discovered in…

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