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Why Is Nigeria Not Working?

Dear Friends,

Just yesterday, I got chatting with some friends on Nigeria. And the recurring question is :Why is Nigeria not working? For months now, that same question has been agitating my mind. Why is Nigeria not growing like other nations? Why are successful policies failing in Nigeria? Why is the same IMF prescriptions that transformed neighboring Ghana unable to transform Nigeria?

I think we should look at why our nation is not working.

Happy discussion!-+

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Flash i support lets take it a lil further. Kill those greedy mallams they control evrytin da rest are stooges thus can be easily handled

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@poster .

Diversify the economy away from OIL , Kill the politicians and you will see progress

Focus on the following sectors:

Agriculture

                 Crop Farming

                 Livestock Farming (pastoral)

                 Fisheries (seafood and caviar)

                 Wineries

                 Wool Farming (from sheep)

                 Milk Production

                 Leather Production

                 Grass and Flower Farming (landscaping)

Manufacturing

                 Electronics

                 Vehicles

                 Toys

                 Furniture

                 Plastics

                 International Branded Products

                 E.T.C

Mining

                Crude Oil

                Natural Gas

                Iron Ore

                Gold

                Zinc

                Magnesium

                E.T.C

Energy

                Wind Energy

                Solar Energy

                Nuclear Energy

                Hydro Electric Energy

                Hybrid Technology

                Electric Battery Energy

                Self Propelled Energy

                Kinetic Energy

Information Technology

                Web Hosting

                Web Design & Development

                Payment Gateways

                Software Development

                Software Applications

                Online Trading (Binary Options, stocks, currency exchange e.t.c)

                Freelance Networking (articles , Tax returns e.t.c)

                Online Marketing (S.E.O)

                Web Trade (e-bay, Amazon e.t.c)

               

Real Estate Development

                Golf Estates

                Water front estates

                Green powered estates

                Recreational Park development

                Business Park development

                Mega Shopping Malls

                Downtown condos

                Skyscrapers

                E.T.C

The above is just a few ideas and I mean A FEW ideas on how you can jump start the economy without depending on oil.

               

Here is a pic of durban a city in South Africa that was built through agricultural produce ,mining and manufacturing.

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How can a people progress when the common interest is a taboo to them?

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i remember at one time that there was a slogan in nigeria "for god, for country" i think this was in th early 70's that is selfless service, not for pride, not for money, not for peoples name to be on newspaper, not as condition of political appointment, not if i dont get something from the govt or from the country i wont contribute, i wont work, i wont do a good job, i will steal etc

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selfless service (humble) service does not serve and contribute to the country and toot thier own horn by paying someone inthe newspapers or on tv, selfless service is not puffed up, it gives not conditions (i.e need for political appointments), selfless service is like a child that is quiet and gives no problem.

the bible mentions this selfless serivce as love ie. that love is not puffed up, its not proud, it dosnt give conditions for hard work , contribution or serivce, it saws with an optimism that there will be a better tommorow for their children to reap.

selfless serivce is a silent achiever

everybody needs to realize that no matter the noise you make or the political machine gun you use at the end of the day its a simple silencer (death) that will end all the noise the person has made right from day one.

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@Jimmyjam

Please, Keep the expose coming.

By what is happing now, the old brigades who expect blind loyalty from the youths should have a rethink. The clock is ticking fast to its end on them. Only time will tell.

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when the signal of the spiritual coup plotters gets to God via prayer signal from the people. God will dispatch a return signal list to the necessary brigade of angels  to carry out various actions:

on that signal list

some people will be pencilled down for death via spiritual firing sqaud (haladu, abacha etc)

some will be pencilled down to report to the medical center/ sick bay (e.g yar adua and IBB with cancer)

some people will be pencilled down for dismissal, retirement and sack (e.g ribadu, akingbola, cecelia ibru etc)

some people will end up reporting to guardroom for lock up e.g alams

some people will be pencilled down for transfer or be placed on mandatory leave

Im sure david mark and tanko ayuba are reading this at the senate and they understand what i mean being that they were former signal corps commanders and minsters of communication, to them it may sound funny but its not a joke!

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some people are practicing for hell with style without thier knowledge let me explain,  IBB lives on a hill top mansion,

once he arrives in hell the devil will tell him " ibrahim theres a special place been reserved for you, we tired to make it as close to what your already used to so you will feel very much as home , its on top of the hot larva and ash on the vulcano over there"

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the answer is ' because they refuse to 'light up nigeria' nothing works no policy thrives no economy survives on generators as long as the darkness remain the nation will fail, ' let there be light in nigeria ' and great things will begin to happen .

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im glad sule lamido the new cbn gov is behaving like musa bamaiyi by eliminating erastus akingbola, cecelia ibru and co these people where stealing depositors money and fronting it as their own. also akingbola was laundering and lodging money for obasanjo including laundering curency for obasanjos associates,

EFCC needs to deal with akingbola and cecelia ibru in fact all those bank md's need to face a special cbn panela dn efcc combined. akingbola should be given 30 years imprisonment, he dosnt know that obasanjo has immunity he wanted to be following him, also his dreams of becoming cbn gov and minister of finance are over now good for him!

akingbola who was double dealing by fronting money from some northerners , and was mixing and jugling their money with obsanjos loot and the loot of objs friends all the while dipping into their funds for his personal enjoyment.

so you can see how hausa will make certain people from certain tribes look bad to their own people, to the extent that those people start distrusting their own people.

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to the extent that at the united nations or the nigerian embassy in london or washington dc , if the oyibo there dont see a fulani muslim as ambassador they start asking "is everything o.k with nigeria"

so even the international community have got addicted to fulani representing nigeria.

infact the UN agenda for west africa and africa as as whole is fulani agenda. because majority of the ambassadors at united nations representing african countries are usually fulani

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look at how fulani wanted to disgrace the nation at obamas inauguration. the fulani led FG delegation and deputy ambassador who where fulani wanted to steal the show from general olu rotimi by making him feel as if he was not even the ambassador, the next thing yar adua removed the man. this is proof that fulani dont care about nigerians, their primary loyalty is to their fellow fulanis in other african countries not to nigerians.

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anytime there is a northerner as head of state or president and he is sick. the northerners will use style to eliminate the southerner who is number 2 man , so that the power will remain in the north will continue. this was the case of abacha and diya and it appears this is the case of yar adua and good luck.

obasanjo was lucky he was a northern apologist if not shehu yar adua would have been named to replace murtala.

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the south south has not yet ptoduced a president , even if its a norhtern apologist e.g don etiebet or dan etete then they should put them there as predient just to appease the south south

there has never been a yoruba chief of army staff since independence, because the fula are scared that yoruba may take over the country or may cut off themsleves.

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fula in nigeria claim that they have been domesticated and primarily reagard themselves as nigerians for the past 200 or so years and that they reside only in katsina, sokoto, kano, bauchi etc

however till date the sultan of sokoto still officiates, presides and invites fula emirs in neigbouring african countries to various affairs, activities and ceremonies

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thats how fula actually came about i.e majority of arabs that came from arabia mixed with somalians and a few of them with some other indigenous african tribes e.g senegalese

in short . , saudi arab + somalian /mali/senegalese = fulani

these princely caravans spilt up, thats why there are sultans in i think in mali/senegal, niger republic and in dar es salaam in uganda. the sultans in sengal and uganda used to trade slaves in those days

so there are about 3-5 sultans in africa that where also nephews to the then king of arabia. but apparently the sultan of sokoto now is the most influencial because slaves are not a major commodity compared to oil. initially the other sultans where more powerful than the sotoko sultanate.

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the current sultan of sokoto i.e brig-gen saad needs to come out and tell his people the truth that usamn dan fodio was not a direct son to the then king of arabia. dan fodio was a 3rd or 4th nephew to the then king.

dan fodio himself did not look 100% arabic but was mixed with somalian, being that his mother was apparently from somalia.

in short fulani specializes in claiming something that does not belong to him including air to throne, oil and gas and land area etc

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and the funny thing is that most of the initiatives against indiscipline in nigeria came about during hausa fulani administrations e.g  WAI, KAI, etc

even there was an advertisement on the radio during IBB's time that "no put eye where you no sabi your eye go see pepper, no spoil govt work again na economic sabotage"

but yet the biggest economic sabotagers where IBB and his henchmen.

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@Invisible (Igbo masquerade)

I wish you can use 10% of your "patriotic zeal" to respond to comments like this:

Reserve enough energy to explain it to your children why they are slaves in a country that hate them. Don't try to convince me. My mind is made up. I know I won't let my own children think like yours.

Then again, comments like the one above convinces me in no uncertain terms that there will be another country carved out that space for sure.

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Exactly what i mean. i think the igbo are holding themselves back big time but dont seem to realise their are to many tribes in the east other then igbos. they have the most to lose because many people from the SS and other part of the east have come out of that whole biafra way of thinking. not to mention many who are angered with igbos for dragging them along during the war. Also many of the igbos, wont agree with an igbo delta president or one who doesn't favor his tribe over Nigeria as a whole. The platform of a good president is not run based on his or her tribe but for the COUNTRY.

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@Poster,

I am actually becoming so much of a patriot lately.Maybe it's because we ought to be or just cos i love and believe in this country.The problem Nigeria is facing has been on my mind for a very long time now and the problem is just one at this moment.Don't get me wrong,there are others,but the major one gave rise to the others.The problem is this:Our mindset is infected by corruption! Yes,our mind are infected by corruption.We had good Nigerians who wanted to go out there and be good nigerians,but when they get there,the people at the top change their mindset and things get messy.The saying is true that "if u can't beat them,join them",so they meet alot of corrupt minds who eventually corrupt their minds.But let me tell you one truth,a really good mind will not be corrupted.I ask you,was Dora Akunyili not a politician?Did you not feel her impact?Did she not mingle with the "bad eggs"?We can chnage things,we can change the situation in Nigeria by changing our mindsets.Things are getting better.Look at Gov.Amaechi of Rivers state,Gov.Fashola of Lagos state,and some other good Nigerians we have.Things are getting better,but things will get worse if we go with the popular and over-used notion "If i get there,i'll go and collect my share".I live you with this question: Our fathers have failed,will we also fail our children?

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the federal character that obasanjo set up wont work becuase. if you say that no to people from the same tribe can be direcly above or below each other in the govt there will be issues because hausa man does not like being under igbo man etc and edo man will not like being below yoruba man or igbo man etc

obasnajo seems to be good at comeing up with experimental idea that cannot and do not work e.g operation feed d nation

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as it is now yar adua most likely habours a lot of resentment for the igbos because of what they did to his father and his fathers contemporaries.

what im trying to say is that igbo most likely wont produce the next president, it most likely will be edo, south south i.e warri, port hourcourt or akwa ibom axis or middlebelt.

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u see what only is talking that if we dont want to igbolize nigeria. meaning for him and the igbo man its either they dominate or they leave nigeria.

igbo man if you give him a room in a house he will want to take over the whole house.

so you seee i dont blame danjuma , but at the same time i chide him for allowing fulani to convince him that ironsi and co should be eliminated. they should simply have been arrested and locked up or allowed amnesty in a forign country.

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You are saying this as if that will 'authomatically' solve all our problems?

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If you don't like to "Igbolize" Nigeria, then let Igbos leave Nigeria and form their own country. Simple!

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however i dont blame ty danjuma for eliminating ironsi and co because the igbo man if yuo give him hand he will take leg. e.g an igbo man that wants to sell a good to you and he knows you only have 500 naira on you, he will want to sell you another thing that is very essential that will make the transation to be 550 naira.

e,g if an igbo sells an air conditioner for 500 naira and he knows the person has 500 only in thier pocket , he will then bring a plug and say you know your going to also need plug and it costs 50 naira.

this is what azikiwe, ironsi wanted to start doing they wanted to igbolize nigeria using thier exposure to travelling and foreign education.

they will say the yoruba dosnt know how to do it as well as them e. g engineering, or fianance etc that they travelled abroad to learn their field i.e foreign trained , so that automatically makes them superior amd proud. this was the issue with ojukwu and its the same till now,

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how can a tribe (fulani) that came last to the land area known as nigeria, want to be the leaders. they should join the back of the line.

but yet these same fulani want to even be directing the members of the tribe that came to nigeria first i.e nok (jos/birom)

If we are supposed to go by first come first serve i.e servicom then fulani are suppose to be caleed the ethnic minority , not by population but in form of opportunity.

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It not only the naija dredging going on but The northerners also are now building an oil and gas pipline that will link niger and chad republics. this was after they used obasanjo to build the coastal pipline linking west african countries. so you see the north are aware that their resources cannot compare to the south and all they are doing is to prepare incase there is another civil war and they have to cut off so that they will have a supply of oil.

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i agree with chidi chris to a certain  extent i.e that u have a bit of a point. because abiola did have a hand with the cia and possibly did also obj also had a relatioship with cia to be providing and sponsoring coups and officers over the years.

and the cia seems to have a habit of once it uses certain people, and those people have gained too much information about how the cia operates, it will then want to oust the person. this appears to be the case of abiola. because they did something like this to saddam and mobutu. they armed them supported them provided them the intel over the years and then oust them and use them as scape goat. its either that or the entire abiola family are simply cia undercover.

i know of a case of a former cia operative who was undercover in south africa pretending to be a rich socialite similar to abiola, only to end up faking his own death in the papers and exit with style back to america.

abacha knew very well that abiola was being used.

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Nigeria is not working because there is too much wickedness and hatred. A whole nation has forgotten that about 40 years ago, 2 million "fellow Nigerians" were killed between 1967 and 1970. You can go to youtube.com to view the videos of Biafran war. Someone in the video ( I suspect a calabar guy) told a newsman that he was leaving Lagos after 15 years because his safety could not be guaranteed. That was in 1967! The thing repeated itself during the Abiola crisis in 1994. I don't want to count how many people that died in "northern riots" since the end of the war. I think the question should be, why are some tribes in Nigeria always quick to shed innocent blood? and how can such tribes pretend to share nationhood with their victims? Someone from the north recently called for (by implication) killing of 20 million Niger Deltans, just for oil.

Sometimes the most frustrating problem is when some Nigerians make statements like "politicians are the problem". It is like saying "headache is the problem" of a man with cerebral malaria! Who doesn't know politicians are corrupt in a nation like Nigeria, the question is why? Let's say for instance that James Ibori stole the funds from Urhroboland (no federal allocations, all revenues are generated in Urhroboland) treasury or Alams stole funds from Ijawland treasury, let's see how long they survive their peoples rage.

People hide behind this mammoth of a "nation" to commit genocide, grand theft (larceny), fraud, and all manners of evil which make the lives of inhabitants of that space brutish and short!

Time we tell ourselves the truth. The ghosts of the innocent victims of Nigeria are wailing before God for justice!

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If u want to make Nigeria a better place to be,just go to the mirrow and change the person u see there.

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Break Nigeria to workable pieces

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the hausa fulani they love women from the south , even thier women love men from the south, they love the food from the south, they love the resources from the south, even they love owambe now and even dress like southerners at such occasion etc

but for some reason they still continue to be tribalist.

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this yar adua your seeing, he only behaves like he is a cool, fair and  likes southerners in the open.

but when hes in private with the likes or yayale and mukhtar and his fellow notherners, thats when you see the real tribalist in him.

even buba marwa its the same thing. what im trying to say is that hausa fulani think they are smart and simply just use and play on psychology i.e they think they can use peoples head or they think people are silly not to know whats going on or what their up to.

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you see the hausa-fulani have made nigerians to become addicted to them. meaning that for some reason the typical nigeria will not relax if they dont hear that the head of state or president is not bearing a name like ibrahim mohammed or ahmed usman.

after they package a southern governor to look bad by stealing seriously from their own state, the state indigenes not only hate their governor but start hating and distrusting thier fellow indigenes. even though this is also happening in the north but not as much as its happening in the south.

in fact the hausa-fulani have made nigerians so addicted to them that,  somehow nigerians continously want to hear generic names like group captain zamani suleja as a governor or alhaji shaba sokoto as a minister or even a name like chief peter jos as presidential adviser or chief justice.

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juicy-emma i agree

a govt leader should not rest until the citizenry who voted them in are enjoyign the same kind of food they eat at state house or white house etc they should not rest until the people enjoy the same knd of stable electricty they enjoy, or the same kind of police security they enjoy, enjoy the type of cars they enter etc

however because nigeria operates a mixed economic and political system i.e partly capitalist, partly nationalist and partly socialist its not possible for everybody to be equal. so it is a contious work in progress i.e democracy, politics and governance. meaning 50 years from now people will look back and say we have come a long way compared to time at independence.

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one needs to travel outside nigeria to understand correctly why nigeria is not working.From experience ,these are my reasons:

Nigerian politicians like to take fetish oaths instead of selfless service.They also love to invest in insipid projects( U-17 World cup in a country that is unstable with a collapsed education system and generator driven economy,Bayelsa gov. building a multi billion naira castle,owambe party e.t.c)

Many states contribute little or nothing to the federation.

Many state Governors globletrot so as to enjoy the many amenities they chose not to provide in their home states.

Nigerians has all agreed to pay lipservice to education and the supply of energy(2 main heartbeat of any working system).

Nigerian pastors chose to invest in private jets and private universities instead of being the Elijah of our time

Q.E.D

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JOS BOY YOU are FUNNY O

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jimmyjam you are one daft mumu

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so because somebody is speaking a language that comprises of arabic and saying sentences that contain Allah every few minutes etc that automatically makes them feel superior or makes people fear them! nonsence

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Have you ever seen a typical mallam at the airport. they will call the woman selling groundnut, then they will call the other mallam who will do manicure, then they will call another mallam who is a shoe maker to shine his shoe that he wore with socks (clothing riot) and briefcase to match

before you know it one airforce officer maybe from the same state will show up and say alhaji long time. then soon maybe a hausa police man will show up and salute the airforce hausa. people will be thinking the mallam is some general or some big businessman. only to find out hes a trailer driver thats visiting his brother in lagos.

this is how hausa-fulani are using psychology all over nigeria to appear politically powerful

by doing psychological arrangement! meaning the whole thing was pre-planned at the airport or where ever this kind of thing takes place.

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Because your entire nation is a bunch of crooks.

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Nigeria is working. Very well working, only very slowly. I went to Nigeria after 4 years but I was suprise with the progress. The country is moving slowly and gradually.

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Jim u've said much. I've always asked that question, what role does the north play in the development of Nigeria? the leaders loot, the people tied to religion and illiteracy. if the south can overcome its differences and shame the British who arranged this marriage, maybe things will fall into perspective. is it not obvious how southerners try to better themselves. lets say it as it is, the greed of the north corrupted the south. maradona ingrained that mentality so well, I fear Nigeria will not recover.

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as the bible says "be not decieved or wise in your own eyes, whatsoever a man soweth he shall recieve"

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I think IBB now has cancer of the hand, after all he dipped his hand into the money that belongs to nigerians. so we can see that its what the hausa-fulani man is sowing that hes reaping!

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In terms of IBB and co their homosexuality stems from 2 sources:

1. Psychiatric/pshychological: psychiatrist have actully discovered a malfunction of a certain part of the brain that causes a mood disorder that causes a person to exhibit a homosexual behaviour either in public or in private. the persons thoughts will be stuck, rigid, fixated and facinated about relationships with a similar sex to the point that anybody who is anti-gay towards them will appear abnormal and will be looked at as an enemy.

for some reason a lot of them exhibit a smartness in another part of the brain such as ability to plan well, exhibit high political and diplomacy skills and verbal ability, thats why some gays talk funny. They also seem to be creative i.e they like fashion, art etc e.g gianni versace, karl largerfeld etc

also it has been noticed that people who are not sure of their parentage or family background have a tendency to be homosexual e.g orphans (this appears to also be IBB's case)

also people who thier parents used to dress them up as girls maybe if thier clothes where washed/wet but their sisters clothes where dry their parents would temporarily wear them the clothes of the sibling of the opposite sex. or it can be a mother who would playingly/jokingly put lipstock on her small sons lips and everyone will take it as an innocent joke. these events leave the child unsure about thier sexualiy later on in their teen years, thats when they would want to experiment with a member of the same sex.

2. The spiritual and religious factor: there are some juju and cults that people patronise for money, power and even for high intellect (similar to how IBB is)

the requirement by the babalowo or the cult will be that the person will have to sleep with younger people of the same sex every few days if not the persons money, power and intellect will immediately start diminishing and vanish

(this appears to also be the case of IBB, Abubakar, haladu, mukhtar etc)

the funny thing is that some of these men will even sleep with the son of a friend and offer the small boy access to money and power themselves)

so we can now see how people like orji kalu got into this gay thing , his own was juju/cult based that he joined after first sleeping with the likes of IBB and then those men now referred him that if he wants power, money etc like them that he should join or something to that effect or automatically as soon as those men slept with him as a young child, he immediately becomes spiritually blind and start following them to any cult activity via follow follow juju (where the person will be folowing them everywhere they go)

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panafrican you have a point , its not only those countries infact in ireland the irish republican army is fighting for a similar reason,including the fact that they dont want thier currency tied to the british pound amoung others i think its that or they dont want to use british pound there. i think also they dont want to be part of the united kingdom.

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Are you saying that nothing spoils as Nigeria is not working? Nigeria is too endowed in all ramifications not to be working.

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