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Nigeria @57: Devoured And Tattered By Churchill Okonkwo

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British theologian, William Ralph Inge once remarked that ‘A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors. In Nigeria, we love our neighbors, but we have miserably failed to develop a conscientious approach in resolving conflicts and mutual distrust between groups. This has produced multiple dragons with wild roving eyes like the Avengers, OPC Boys, AREWA Youths, IPOB, MASSOB, and farmer-herdsmen bloodbath. The resulting bloody conflicts had torn the land and its people apart.
Before descending down this steep slope of long drawn battle with insanity, Nigeria used to have a small face, yet, intensely pretty. From the green coast of Lagos to the dry desert of Sokoto; from the deltas of Yenegua to the Chad basin in Maiduguri, Nigeria was a peaceful nation. That was when we used to hail Nigeria, when we stood in brotherhood, notwithstanding our mother tongue. 
Now, the future looks blurred, the burden too big and the flowers once bright have all turned black. Yet, there is no external enemy. If anything, the enemies are within: nationalism and xenophobia, ethnic and religious fanatics, stalled economies, institutionalized and democratized corruption. This has left the ship, Nigeria in a terrible state @57.
The situation calls for an urgent reassessment of our nationhood. But what are we doing as Nigerians? We turned our backs to the rising sun. Soothing our anger, shedding a few tears, we turned to social media critics. We started making sketches of black spots on the fractured country. Then, we throw ashes on the corrupt men on agbada camouflaging as our flag bearers. The insult felt good. But we are still crawling backward as a nation @57.
It is evident that from the last three decades, Nigeria has become a frail fellow. Now, She is meticulously unkempt, with battered shoes and faded attire; dangerously corrupt money bags as lawmakers and governors; poverty-ridden masses; refineries that have failed to refine our crude oil. This is our Nigeria, moving closer to the end of a steep cliff with her eyes wide open.
To prevent utter dissatisfaction, the Nigerian government should address the concern of every section of the country that feels alienated from the system. Also, ethnic nationalities should devise means of ensuring judicious utilization of the monies accruing to their nation. This is not possible under the present arrangement – a system that has made everyone much dependent on Abuja.
One of the keys to a stable Nigeria is decentralization as is currently being clamored for by different groups. If power and resources are decentralized, the corrupt reps at the national assembly worshiping the Senate President or the cliques holding Mr. President captive will move closer to their people. Whether the Nigerian government will take the bull by the horn remains to be seen.
Presently, the deep valleys between mountains act as troughs to channel charged wind of ethnoreligious disharmony to the leaky ears of lonely, depressed and (un)employed Nigerians. The results; Odi massacre, Boko Haram, outrageous Shia killings in Zaria, senselessness in Aguta, brutality in the suburbs of Umuahia, and many more in the making. 
The center may still be strong, but things are falling apart. Our unity is fragile. Our moon is no longer reflecting the rays of the sun because it has been covered by the tears of the suffering masses. Nigeria has been devoured and daily life is becoming increasingly nasty. Will anarchy be loosened upon the nation?
The death of Yugoslavia was much a matter of cultural mistrust as it was of economic and political failure. I hope President Buhari and the opponents of restructuring are listening. We don’t want another civil war, but the creation of a new and united Nigeria is a task that should be courageously confronted. It is very clear that the ship (Nigeria) is leaking. But it is not hopeless.
@57, a multiethnic nation like Nigeria can reconcile unity and diversity only if it does not confuse unity with uniformity. It should, therefore, evolve its unity out of its diversity by encouraging its ethnic nationalities to evolve a plural national culture that both reflects and transcends them.
@57, Nigeria is still lying on her back like a few days old baby, guarded on both sides by our resolve not to experience another civil war. Since there can be no stability in imperfection, our bodies changed from imperfection (at birth) to maturity. So, we learned how to sit, crawl, stand, and then how to walk and run. This is a lesson that should have been replicated by Nigeria @57
To be sitting @57, we should stop feeling wounded and confused. We should consistently demand good governance and accountability. To crawl forward to manhood @57, we need equity and justice for local people, starting with a restructuring that includes a democratic decentralization of governance and natural resources to the local people.
This is the catalyst we are hanging our hopes on to transform the adult Nigeria @57 from four limbs to two legs – quasi-federalism to true federalism. To be standing and walking @57, we should be entrenching democracy through, security of lives and properties, free and fair election, peaceful coexistence and then, building a viable and sustainable economy.  Unfortunately, @57, the devourers of Nigeria are still after the crackers – the ravaged and unkempt motherland.
As we stand on the threshold of another birthday, I closed my eyes and saw the sun battling with the dark rain clouds. Strange voices from the distant world, I heard; re-echoing incoherent words from our founding fathers; reminding me of the distant past. Grandpa said the gods were angry, that we should prepare for burnt sacrifice. Father said I should ignore the old man and get ready for all-night prayers.
But even in my state of confusion, I can still see the poor masses grieving and gnashing their teeth just like Nigeria @57. They were promised change, but they are still receiving the same discordant tune. They stretched out their hands for roses but received rods. Their dreams, frozen. Eyes, looking fearfully unhappy. Their faces, white and haggard, with embarrassed misery on every line.
The writing is on the wall. The country is fractured, the holes of weakness, disunity and distrust are widening. We can only rise up to the occasion by looking inwards for some cementing materials like equity and fair play. We should also be asking and answering some tough questions.
@57, the questions on the mind of motherland Nigerians are; are you stubbornly opposed to restructuring even at the risk of destroying the entire structure? Are you an agent of destruction or one of the devourers that have kept Nigeria ravaged and untidy @57?
Happy Birthday, Nigeria.
You can email Churchill at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi

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Employment seeking girl steals N108k from her prospective employer

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Opportunity comes but once, this young girl believes as she stole N108k from her prospective employer. A female jobseeker has been captured for taking One Hundred and Eight Thousand Naira amid her prospective employee meeting in Delta State.

It was accumulated that the businessperson at the organization had ventured out to get something, leaving the suspect in the workplace. The young lady professedly utilized the chance to take N108k and fled.

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Good fortune, be that as it may, ran out on her, days after the fact, while going through the road where the workplace is found. She was expeditiously caught and dragged to her home where the rest of the cash was recovered.

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Lagos tenant uses Landlord’s apartment to dupe house appliance vendors of N50 million

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Read this narration by twitter handle, @Wenogetjob, which tells of how he eavesdropped on a couples conversation of a duping man. The man rented a house for 2 month, bought expensive items worth up to N50 million on credit. Left the rented apartment with all the appliances he has not paid for, after winning the trust of the sellers.

Hey peepz, I have a gist tho I don’t know if it’s true or not..But I will say it Sha. I was just walking on the street 2receive fresh air when I saw a couple. d man was telling his wife about an incident. I kukuma slowed down an walked behind them to hear d full gist.

It was more like a scam story. A certain man walked up to a Landlord in our area and requested to rent his apartment for 2 months, with the excuse that he was traveling to Canada and just came to Lagos for the Visa Processing.. They agreed on 150K.

The man paid and took ownership of the apartment.He then went out to Vendors in town and negotiated to buy expensive items on lease. With installment payment plans.. He was said to have collected home appliance worth N50,000,000 from various vendors.

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He then took them all to the apartment one by one to build trust. At least once they know he lives there, they can easily come around and pack their stuffs if he defaults, these people didn’t know what would hit them was going to be deadlier than Tsunami.

As agreed with the Landlord, the man packed out even earlier than expected… Left with all the items, of which he had not finished the payment..and the Landlord was so happy to have struck a better deal He immediately rented out the apartment to another family.

One by one, the creditors began to come in and same story was relieved to them.. Some fainted, some threatened hell fire …. To cut the long story short, Baba Ijebu was arrested alongside the new tenant.. You know Naija now… #POLICE  no wan hear wuen

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They were only saved after a Landlord intervened. He is a legal practitioner and took up the case. But sincerely speaking. I wonder how some people feel at rest knowing fully well their victims would suffer.  I guess it all centers on lack of conscience. This is bad #dojon

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How a middle-aged man died after withdrawing N100,200 from the bank will shock you

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How a middle-aged man died after withdrawing N100,200 from the bank will shock you

What could have taken the life of a middle-aged man, identified only as Muyibi, who collapsed and died in a commercial cab in the Ojota area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro reports that Muyibi boarded the cab after withdrawing money from a United Bank for Africa branch in the Ogudu area. Then the driver had turned to to take his fee from Muyibi when he realized the man had become motionless. After reaching the terminus, a resident told Punch’s correspondent that the driver alighted from the cab to slightly push Muyibi, who was cold.

The resident, who did not want to be identified, said,

“The driver had picked some other passengers along the way, and they had all paid and dropped off at their various bus stops.
“When the victim did not respond when they got to the terminus, the driver parked the cab to rouse him, but he was cold.
The driver raised the alarm, which drew the attention of commuters and passersby to the scene. People checked him and discovered that the man was dead.”

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Policemen from the Ogudu division were said to have been alerted to the incident. The driver’s vehicle was impounded just like that, while the man’s body was deposited in a morgue.

A source person at the terminus who spoke with Punch newspaper confirmed the incident, saying:

“It happened around 3pm on Friday. The man went to withdraw some money in UBA. The Ogudu Divisional Police Officer was compassionate; she pitied the cab driver, who had become jittery.
Although the man was not detained, his cab was impounded at the station pending when the deceased’s family would show up,” he added.

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Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the police recovered N100,200 from the victim’s bag.

He said:

“The man was on his way to Ojota when he collapsed and died. We recovered the sum of N100,200 from his bag.
He also had a phone, which had a new SIM card. There is no contact on the phone and nobody has called him. We have a lead as to where he could be living.
His body has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”

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