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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

By Denrele Animashaun

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.”  – Stephen Hawking

I  read  with bewilderment Dr. Reuben Abati’s article titled ‘The Hypocrisy of Yesterday’s Men” (3rd Feb.2013)  which  was published in almost  every newspapers in  the  land.

I must say his piece was such a beautiful, nonsensical  prose, crafted to express lies, empty boasts, rudeness, vulgarity and all  wrapped up in fantasy and delivered with such aplomb worthy  of his pay packet.

Of course, know if you have the means and self-importance you can do such thing! His writing belays his loyalty and why should we be surprised when we know who pays the piper definitely dictates this poetic tirade.

It was quite cringe worthy as he extols his master’s achievements: the airports being upgraded, rebuilt, re-modernised and so on. Someone has been so deluded to believe their own version of the truth.

So with one quick swoop of his well poised quiver, the court scribe managed to make enemies and alienate friends. And with his strategically aimed prose he then pour scorn on the rest of ordinary citizens as impressionable, gullible and easily led.

Dr. Abati
Dr. Abati

The question and one that remains unanswered, is thus: where is the $35bn Nigeria’s foreign reserve left by the Obasanjo’s administrations? I am not sure how much Jonathan knew about the content of his scribe proclamations, if he did know and if he approved it then, it gives a glimpse of type of man that he is and worse still, if he did not know and Abati was given carte blanche to write, print and damn the nation then, we know the type of leader that we always knew he was.

All Jonathan was asked to account for the 67 billion USD and this must have touched a raw nerve so they (I mean Jonathan and his scribe) came out fighting.

“One cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Lets eradicate Polio
When I was growing up, it was a common sight to see young children with severe mobility problems trying but failing to join in with other children playing, or young people who made to beg on the street side with this debilitating and life limiting conditions. We often consign people to the rubbish heap once they have a disability. They are often disadvantaged and unable to lead a normal life.

The polio Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) recently met last month, to conclude that although the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) missed its end-2012 milestone of stopping all wild poliovirus transmission globally, the programme had brought the world to the brink of eradicating polio.

“Now more than ever, the world must be absolute in its resolve to eradicate polio,” the Board said in a statement. “If the right things are done and commitment remains high, it will happen.”

I was one of the sceptic that thought it could not be done but they have managed to reduce the epidemic of polio cases by over 99% since 1988.  Polio (poliomyelitis) mainly affects children under five years of age. Polio can spread from these ‘endemic’ countries to infect children in other countries with less-than-adequate vaccination and one in 200 infected leads to irreversible paralysis.  So, amongst those paralysed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.

So when I read that although the success has been resounding in most placed worldwide. With the exception of three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. I was not expecting to see Nigeria amongst this group. The challenges faced in these countries were attributed to insecurity, weak health systems and poor sanitation.

So as long as a single child remains infected, then others are at risk in the region to spread new cases every year. So can we expect our ministry of health to make the extra effort to expedite the process and help eradicate Polio. What is needed most of all is that we need to change our society mindset that begging is a career option, it is not and it should not be. With free, quality education and access to health care, we can prepare a future for our young and with proper planning, we can lift many out of poverty.

Response to fight or flight
Naheem Adio Kujenya wrote: Quite an elaborate exposition of the shocking states of affairs with Nigeria, a land where righteousness is distasteful; a cursed nation bedevilled by its own nationals- adamant people so overwhelmed by innate craze to be rich by shamelessly stealing from the public treasury. Insanely lawless people so enshrined by frivolous titles and accolades. These are damned and confused people clinging on religiosity with their forsaken moral values and spurious standards. They are tenacious people at breaking all rules, who find loopholes and maintain above-the-law cultism, pretenders with twisted realities for justice.

Flight or fight? None is a better option! Perplexed and desensitized to perpetual bad governance, it is no surprise these people very much used to abuses opted to flight than fight. The flight of the minds, not that beyond the geographical boundaries, rather the solacement   flight to divinity for deliverance.

A departure from doing the right thing! Fighting for one’s rights is an antipathy and tasking, challenging the societal models commonly accepted by the people; weirdly as it may seem, fight like right is wrong! You will be amazed that these people are not stuck in the middle; the attitudinal indifference to righteousness is just a norm. In this country, commonsense is at odds…


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