I AM IN LOVE WITH MY SISTER IN LAW.

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Ben was a millionaire before the age of 30. He had a good job with a multi-national company as an executive. He met his former wife Nkechi while she was 25 years old. They met one wet Wednesday morning while he was on his way to work and she was on her way to the university of lagos. She had just gained admission into university. As he drove by, he didn’t take notice of the puddle of rain water in front of him and he ran into it. Water splashed unto Nkechi and wet her clothes. She was about raining curses on the driver of the car before Ben stopped and apologised for the harm he had caused her. He offered to get her some new clothes and he took her to the closest boutique on the street which was open by then. He bought several clothes for her, took her to his place so she could get cleaned up and change. He got her a taxi cab to drop her off at school. They exchanged numbers. Thus began a whirlwind relationship that would end in marriage. Ben was like a God sent angel to Nkechi’s family. He met her families needs. He was such a generous in-law.

After his wife graduated from university and did her youth service, Ben set up a logistics business for his wife. With his contacts he helped her in getting clients who did good business with the young company.

Unfortunately, the multi-national company Ben worked with started experiencing financial problems in the international market. They had to retrench some staff. Ben was among those who got retrenched. Ben tried leaning back on the business his wife Nkechi was operating. His wife refused vehemently.

Meanwhile, his wife’s junior sister, Chioma, had been living with them all these years. She was a young naive graduate, who reluctantly ran errands in the house. When Ben and Nkechi were constantly fighting over the business, Chioma sided her brother in law and tried pleading with her elder sister to see reason with her husband. But Nkechi would have none of that and threatened to send Chioma back to their parents house. Ben’s in laws tried to persuade their daughter too, but she would have none of it. Unknowingly, Nkechi was having an affair with her manager. One unfortunate day, she took her belongings and three kids she had with Ben, and walked out of the marriage.

Ben had returned to meet an empty house and his sister in law who tried explaining the unfortunate event to him. It was a  heart breaking experience for Ben. Chioma did all she could to console him but Ben was inconsolable. Days passed into weeks, weeks into months. Chioma tried to leave the house so as not to be a burden to Ben but he insisted that she stayed. Her family encouraged her to stay. That naive and reluctant sister in law took care of Ben and the house. She cooked, cleaned and washed. As God would have it she got a very good job and good payment with it. Even when Ben went bankrupt, she still helped out in taking care of their needs. She even gave him pocket money so that he could take care of his needs.

Ben was lucky to get a new job with better entitlements from his last job. And to show his gratitude, he took Chioma out on an expensive and exclusive date to show his gratitude for all she did for him. One thing led to another and he kissed her. They drove back home late in the night and as Chioma made for her room, he grabbed her arm and looked deeply into her eyes. Her eyes were pleading with Ben not to but he just couldn’t resist her. He took her into his arms and with their bodies clinging into each other, they kissed in a deep wet kiss. He carried her on his arms while her hands and head rested on his chests and neck respectively into his room and he made love to her until the wee hours of the morning.

Ben has proposed to Chioma. His estranged wife Nkechi wants to come back. He didn’t divorce Nkechi. Ben is still hell bent on marrying Chioma who is already pregnant for him. His in laws support him. Nkechi is using Ben’s family to win her husband back but most of them support Ben.

Now the big question, if you were in Ben’s shoes, what would you do? Stay with your sister in law who stood by your side when you had no one or go back to your wife who abandoned you when you needed her the most?

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RUNAWAY BRIDE: LOVE, SELFISHNESS AND INSECURITY.

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Runaway bride was the title to the 1999 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In that movie the bride ran away from the grooms because she was scared of the future. Scared of getting pregnant, giving birth, raising the kids, being a mum, economic and financial insecurity and growing old. All she needed was a man who would make her understand that everything was gonna be just fine.

Fast forward to 2016 and you have a new movie being played in real life in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, West Africa. A bride runs away from her wedding with her husband to be, hot on her heels. She decided to run away from the wedding because she didn’t see guests from Chevron were her husband to be claims he works with. This is funny. Both couples are insincere to themselves.

Why would the groom lie about his background to a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with? If he eventually marries her, he will keep in lying to her.

Then the bride. Why is she only interested in marrying a man who is financially loaded to secure her future? Does it mean she doesn’t want to suffer in her matrimonial home? How can she be so blind as not to discover that he was lying to her. How can he also not know she only loved him for what he could offer her at the moment.

This is what we suffer in the world today. Relationships have become materialistic and selfish. Ladies are more interested in marrying fully loaded guys while men are only interested in being in a relationship were the lady can meet their sexual needs. Girls want to marry a man who has a car, lives in a three bedroom flat and who haves dstv cable so that they can be watching Africa movie channel with their friends and show them how they have upgraded.

My advice to wanna be couples, if you can’t be of any importance to your partners life, get the hell out of the relationship and remain where you are. For the groom, after spending so much please get your pound of flesh or make her family pay for the expenses. Imagine running away!

AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION: DO NIGERIAN LEADERS UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS?!

agricultural diversification.

agricultural diversification.

The Nigerian government is interested in diversifying the Nigerian economy from a mono-economy to a multi-economy. This will enable the country to stop being dependent on revenue gotten from the oil and gas industry. Unfortunately, before oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1958, Nigeria was an agricultural super power. We exported the largest amounts of cocoa in the south western part of the country, palm oil in the south eastern parts and groundnuts and cotton in the northern parts of Nigeria. We were the largest exporters of these listed commodities before the civil war, in Africa, but soon after the civil war ended, misguided leadership from successive military regimes and democratically elected administrations, have led us astray and depended on oil. These misguided leadership, have even assisted corrupt politicians, businessmen, civilians and the military, to steal everything we have and now they desire that we venture into other industries, especially agriculture they left to die.

a modern farm

a modern farm

These people do not know what industrial diversification means. Industrial diversification is a strategy that involves choosing to structure an industry in a manner that promotes involvement in a wide range of revenue producing activities. The goal of any type of industrial diversification is increase the chances of returns by diversifying or spreading assets over a wider range of activities, while also helping to minimize the potential for failure or loss.

As it relates to production operations, industrial diversification has to do with providing goods and services that appeal to multiple markets rather than focusing on a product line that appeals to mainly one market. For example, a company may operate plant facilities that produce clothing items at one location, while also manufacturing bedding and other types of household textiles at another. At times, the diversification may involve completely unrelated products, such as a company that produces a line of office supplies but also has a division focused on the production of televisions and other electrical entertainment devices. The degree of industrial diversification will often be influenced by what owners believe will provide the best possible protection from declines in one market by enjoying corresponding increases in demand in another market.

What this means is that in agriculture, we can diversify the industry, which would increase the returns after we must have spread assets over a wider range of activities. Take for example, palm oil is a major agricultural commodity in the south eastern part of Nigeria, cassava is also a major crop grown in this region. With diversification, agricultural practitioners can introduce new crops like tomatoes, potatoes, groundnuts, beans and the rest of them to the south east and which would improve the economic returns from different value-added crops and marketing opportunities. With the threat of marauding Fulani-herdsmen from the north, who are trying to seize lands down south for cattle grazing, if we truly support agricultural diversification, we can then introduce dairy cattle and other livestock farming in the southern parts of Nigeria. The economic benefits to these idea is huge, but I do not think we have the political will to make this happen. Look at the grazing bill tearing the nation apart, were government want to take lands from all states of the federation and hand it over to Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, the same people who have been killing innocent Nigerians. The same people who have been labeled the fourth most violent terrorist group in the world by Amnesty International.

Industrial diversification can also occur in other industries like, power, transportation, tourism, health, sports, communication, information technology etc. We need our economists, especially the CBN to look more into this.

Agricultural diversification is a success in India. I rest my case.

For more infor please visit;

http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/ac484e/ac484e06.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_diversification.

BUHARI’S GOVERNMENT IS THE WORST GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA.

President Buhari

President Buhari

Buhari has failed a lot of Nigerians. APC supporters and northern Nigerians, especially the Hausa-Fulani’s, will blindly follow President Buhari. Now he has gone to the U.K to treat and ear infection and news coming in, says that he might extend the 10 days health vacation.

According to a season journalist and evangelist, Femi Aribisala, he beautifully made us understand how bad this present regime is. Let me not bore you. Please visit these two links to read Mr. Femi Aribisala’s articles and understand this joke. There are two parts, below.

http://www.femiaribisala.com/the-worst-government-in-the-history-of-nigeria-1/.

http://www.femiaribisala.com/the-worst-government-in-the-history-of-nigeria-2/.

MY FIRST EXPERIENCE TRAVELLING BY AIR.

Lagos by night from the air

Lagos by night from the air

Oh yes, I just had my first flight experience and there ain’t nothing to be ashamed of. It was quite unique and I overcame my phobia for flying or travelling by air. Now I’m more interested in travelling and seeing what it’s like in other cities and countries.

I travelled on an official duty with my superior to Bayelsa and our flight was for 3pm from Lagos to Port Harcourt. Our flight was delayed till 7pm. Our flight was by Arik Airlines. We boarded a bombardier jet and after all the security details mentioned to us, we took off for Port Harcourt. It was a smooth take off. Lagos was a beautiful sight from the air. I think Governor Ambode has done well by lighting up Lagos roads. And believe you me, Lagos is a large city.

The flight went well. We only experienced turbulence once. We had a smooth landing in Port Harcourt. But the arrival lounge was embarrassing. Wet and made of white tents. The arrival lounge building is still under construction. We then went into Port Harcourt and booked rooms in a hotel in the government reserved area of the city. The foreign expatriates have left the city in droves and that has depleted the income in the state. The night life in Port Harcourt still exists though.

Arik Air

Arik Air

We than went to Yenegoa, Bayelsa state via the famous east-west road which I learnt was still under construction. The journey was smooth. After our meeting at the NCDMB office in yenegoa, we went straight back to the Port Harcourt airport and we arrived 30 minutes before our flight scheduled time which was meant for 5pm. This time again, our flight was delayed from 5 to 8.45 pm. The departure lounge was manageable but it had no air conditioners. The security checks was strict. You had to take off your shoes and belts and any metallic objects in your possession and pass to the electronic barrier. You would go through this procedure again even if you had to use the gents.

We had to wait till 8.45 pm to board our plane, an aerp 360 jet. I sat at the back of the plane and my airs nearly got burst due to the noise from the engines. Again Lagos was a beautiful sight at night. Well lit. The view when landing was fantastic. We had a save landing and I was lucky to get a quick cab home late that night and I thank God for a smooth journey. But next time, I hope to take a vacation to a place more exotic and affordable. I think the government should introduce a travel or vacation allowance, to allow Nigerians to travel more. What do you think?

Cheta Okorafor

PRESIDENT BUHARI WILL SURELY FAIL.

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President Buhari might be a likable man but he has flows. He is handling a situation that has become more sophisticated than he is. In simple language, he is “old school”. The current situation clearly defines what I am talking about.

When Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29th, 2015, his body language made Nigerians to be in line, but when his government showed a little lapse in being unserious in having a cabinet, corruption became bold enough to stand up to him. He has lost the momentum.

President Buhari believes in big government. He thinks that government can do everything. That’s definitely old school, ain’t it?! That is why there is fuel scarcity and fuel is being rationed nationwide. Yet fuel is being sold above the set price in major filling stations in oil producing states and the government is ensuring that fuel is being sold at the national price of #87 in non oil producing states like Lagos. You can’t make the NNPC the sole importers of petroleum products into the country in this day and age. It doesn’t work like that.

I don’t know what this craze is about having a big government. We need to trim down the size of government because the cost of managing governments has gone overboard. Government has no business being in business. The solution to our economic problems lies in privatisation and diversification of the Nigerian economy. Government needs to regulate the economy so that the major players in each industry do not take advantage of Nigerians.

And if Buhari really wants to fight corruption, he needs to use modern means to fight it. Modern technology will make the difference. I am sorry, Buhari will not succeed as a democratically elected president. This is no military regime and if the military dares to interfere in our democratic process because Buhari wants it, there will be dare consequences. There are no “Idiagbon’s” to help him now. Nigeria needs intelligent and creative leaders with vision to make a real “Change” in our country.

Cheta Okorafor

BUHARI WILL NOT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT!

President Buhari's first media chat with journalists.

President Buhari’s first media chat with journalists.

On the 30th of December, 2015, President Buhari had his maiden media chat with the press. I wasn’t satisfied with his performance, although I was impressed with the questions thrown at him by the journalists who questioned him on that night. I would have preferred that Jonathan remained as president. Why you may ask with all the corruption charges against members of his cabinet and his administration. Let me ask you a question, is the APC better off? Nigerians are being misled with this hullabaloo (noise) about corruption against one party. Both parties spent huge amounts of money in advertisements and campaigns during the run-up to the elections in 2015. In fact, the APC outdid the PDP in adverts. Their billboards sprung up weeks and months ahead of the PDP and they were everywhere. Both parties even started campaigns before the selected time by INEC to do so.

Going back to the issue at hand, when the crisis of the removal of oil subsidy by the GEJ administration in 2011 came to a head, I was totally against the GEJ administration and wanted “CHANGE” by all means possible. But with the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency and the noise being made by the then opposition party and northern elites, against the GEJ administration, I changed my mind and became a staunch supporter of Jonathan. It was plain to see that this was a scheme by the Hausa Fulani’s and Yoruba’s to get rid of the Ijaw man at the helm. It was an ethnic motivated scheme to get rid of GEJ and I hope that the supporters of the present administration who now call supporters of GEJ the “wailing wailers” would understand this.

The media chat with Buhari showed us that we have a president who is there to maintain the foolish statement that Hausa Fulani’s are born to rule and no southern Nigerian has the right to do so, especially those who come from the former eastern region of Nigeria, the Igbo’s and lower Niger basin minorities. Yet the oil that comes from that region is good for Nigeria and we are not good enough to rule this nation and yet these crooks keep telling us that we are one Nigeria. One Nigeria does not exist to me.

How can we have a president who does not know what the CBN is doing to the economy and subjecting Nigerians who want to do business overseas with untold difficulties in doing so? How can we have a president who doesn’t obey court directives and a president who passes judgments in cases he doesn’t preside in? Does he think that these are military tribunals? How can we have a president who promised to give unemployed Nigerian youths N5, 000 monthly and now tells us that these youths need to farm to earn this promised stipend? How can we have a president who is hell bent in fighting corruption and yet does not know the economic direction the country should head at? How can we have a president who asks that a tribe who are agitating for self-determination, to state how they are being marginalized, when he knows how he appointed people to his government?

Yet people who support him will shout blue murder when people criticize Buhari for lacking vision. Is it a most for an non-educated Northerner to rule us? Why can’t northerners like El-Rufai or Atiku rule Nigeria? There are bright young Nigerians in the north who can rule Nigeria. I don’t expect anything from Buhari. He will not take us anywhere. This is a man who lacks vision and if he does, he hasn’t shown it. Maybe the man has an erotic encounter with this obsessed desire to fight corruption. You can’t fight corruption by arresting people up and down and trying to force Nigerians to act right. If we have a government that can efficiently provide workable solutions to the problems affecting Nigerians, we will behave normally. Sometimes I wonder if these fools in government know anything. Even El-Rufai, a staunch supporter of Buhari has started complaining.