A NOTE OF LOVE TO US AND THEM by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

crisesssA political fog has descended and successfully prevented clear sight, and one may justifiably say, made rational thinking more difficult than expected. Or how else would one describe the inglorious kidnap, yet again, of about 185 women and children by Boko Haram (same group that has terrorized Nigeria for years o, not a different one) in the North of Chibok? My reasoning is, if the government is yet to do anything about the abducted Chibok girls till the time of this writing, what ‘nothing’ don’t we expect with regards to this fresh abduction?

Between APC and PDP, Jonathan and Buhari, the people and the government, the new social media voice of dissent and the old order of “this is how we have always done it”, between the fine-mustached Elliots and the big-stomached Okupes, Nigerians must align themselves in a bid to define for ourselves the type of future we want for our children.

What is worse, some persons have categorically stated that, whichever way you look at it, whatever choices you make, Nigeria is bound to disintegrate before or after the 2015 Presidential elections. I may not agree. The indices may be glaring but this writer chooses to ignore them and not confuse himself the more by trying to make sense out of the no-sense situation, “The more you look, the less you see”.

It is celebration time! In less than two weeks, the New Year would be ushered in and in less than a week,cris the magical Christmas will be here. And in less than a day, the wonderful father of this writer would be celebrated for having spent 60 hearty years on earth, this earth; the same one that has been pummeled by previous and some contemporary inhabitants, especially leaders of industries, governments and ourselves.

Love is the most important in the life of every man and woman. No wonder every religion or intellectual system alludes to its significance. With true love comes joy; with joy comes peace; with peace comes justice and with justice comes development (I must admit I’m not sure which comes first and which, next; just like the knotty issue of the ‘hen and the egg’. Additionally, happiness fits in somewhere; please, DIY). Our own King Sunny Ade brought it home when he alludes to love in one of his songs, “Eniyan ni aso mi…ti mo fi n bora” translated “People constitute my protection with whom I feel secure”.

This allusion was informed by two quite elderly men, who were gossiping about their mutual friend. All I heard was that ‘this mutual friend’ has distanced himself from his friends, forgetting that “people constitute one’s protection with whom one feels secure”. The tone with which these men talked about their friend presented the mutual friend with no fault; the men were most likely envious of their friend’s strides and are subconsciously out to tear him apart. He probably noticed too and stayed away. “To every action, there’s an equal but opposite reaction”.

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Jonathan has friends, but methinks it’s the joy of these friends of his (whoever they are and whatever their geographical spread, especially friends who may not be friends – those who are obliged to smile with him just to ensure the continuity of what they benefit from his clueless government) to make the country ungovernable (the calculation may be to ensure that the citizens invariably become ungovernable as a consequence of the government’s cluelessness). Or is Jonathan finally interested in secession as the consequence of general apathy and anger? Yet, Jonathan should not be advised to stay away from his friends and loved ones, else he be isolated. He should rather search for friends, who will tell him the truth whenever he makes a gaffe (as he and his dame usually do).

crisisIt is on this basis that Buhari’s discipline comes to mind. Irrespective of the quality and quantity of people, smiling as they are wont to, especially those veteran sycophants and the others (like Femi Fani-Kayode) who are sophisticated in their art of shameless aggrandizement (nay, political prostitution), one can readily say Buhari is not the man to be easily carried away by their pettiness. He may, on the other hand, be high-handed and indiscriminate in dealing with criminals, would-be criminals and suspected criminals. However, with the caliber of Nigerian politicians and children of politicians, every person who wishes to be serious in combatting the ills of the Nigerian polity must be ready to be evenhanded and allow the supremacy of justice, while being alert to the whims of those who love to lurk around.

While the chess game comes along in the political arena of Nigeria, let’s watch with caution. I’m off to relax, not so much to booze….

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I got a piece that must have gone round all the social media platforms (author unknown) and thought it was actually beautiful. I’ll love to share it here for the sake of the season…

“Beautiful message!
Stay away from Anger..
It hurts ..Only You!
If you are right then there is no need to get angry,
And if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.
Patience with family is love,
Patience with others is respect.
Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith.
Never Think Hard about the PAST, It brings Tears…
Don’t think more about the FUTURE, It brings Fear…
Live this Moment with a Smile,It brings Cheer.
Every test in our life makes us bitter or better,
Every problem comes to make us or break us,
The choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious.
Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful.
Do you know why God created gaps between fingers?
So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those.  gaps by holding your hand forever.
Happiness keeps You Sweet..But being sweet brings happiness.. Do Share it with all the beautiful People In your  Life.

I value u.”

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