Aisha Buhari and The Cartier Affair

Aisha Buhari
Wife of the President of Nigeria

  

The news have been making the rounds about the wrist watch worn by the first lady at the Swearing-in ceremony of the president of Nigeria – Muhammadu Buhari.

Many have tagged the piece of jewel as extravagant and a demonstration of ostentatious lifestyle of the Wife of the president and the president’s family. To them, this is a clear misinformation from the ‘common and poor president’ they voted into office.

However, there have been claims and counterclaim about the value of the Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Watch that was donned by the first lady. In the interest of responsible journalism, I will try to establish the true value of the wrist watch. I first read about the wristwatch on Jide-salu.com which confirmed that the value of the wristwatch is £34,500. However, on Tuesday several websites claimed the wristwatch is merely $129. If you ask me, there is a huge gulf between the two.

From my own findings (Thank God we can all find and buy whatever we want on the internet), This Cartier Wristwatch is sold by some jewelers as high as $50,500.00 (N11,110,000 approx.). The watch gallery also listed the watch for £34,500 (N10, 500,000)cartierawiss cartier

However, those claiming the watch go for a paltry $129 must have got there information on kowatches.co. Well, Kowatches is a leading seller of replica jewelries. If you can not afford the real deal, settle for the cheap deal.cartierko relica information on the website

Any one that intends to buy a rhodiumized 18K white gold watch  with brilliant-cut diamonds, and transparent sapphire crystal back at N23,000 ($129) must be living in fantasy.

I do not think there is a question about the value of the watch but my bone of contention which I know I will get sticks for is – Yes, she’s wearing a N10.5Million wristwatch on her husband’s most important day and so what?

I think the choice and taste of jewelries has nothing to do with the pro masses sentiment. In as much as there is no allegation that the acquisition of such is through corruption or mismanagement of public funds. If you work hard, and you treat yourself to something good it has no bearing on your sentiment for the public.

Aisha Buhari is not the president of Nigeria and we did not vote her. As long as it is not public wealth that is used in an unscrupulous way. There is nothing wrong.

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Chibok Girls: The Unaddressed Letter

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My Dear Sisters,

It has been 365 days of mystery, repugnance, ineptitude and irresponsibility. We betrayed you as Nigerians-We shouted for a while and stopped; some doubted that you were kidnapped but what is more disappointing is that we can not offer any excuse other than greed, politics and incompetence on why your whereabouts are still unknown.

It is unfortunate that we have not been able to offer your parents closure as days fade away staring into desolate nights and gloomy days. Though I do not know anyone of you in person but you are my sisters and fellow compatriots. I feel awful that we are not at any point close resolution.

I still wonder where could you be. Why is it this difficult to just point in a direction? I am sure you have a million and one questions on why our leaders have failed you for so long but we are astoundingly dulled to a state of stupefaction inspite of the fact that the whole world did what they could to support those at the helms of affairs to bring you back in earnest from the claws of savages and primitive captors.
We will keep you in our hearts and we will keep hope and faith until the light guides you home from the agonizing trepidation and unending darkness. ….and this time we won’t lose you again.
Just remember the victory of evil over good shall only be TEMPORAL.
Stay alive because we never mourned you – We never will!
Your Helpless Brother,
Me

#OnMonday: Living the Dream (Dream pt. 1)

SegunOnMonday: Living the Dream (Dream pt. 1)

Are you familiar with the popular saying that if your dream doesn’t scare you, it is not big enough? If you’re, good! If you’re not, you’ve not missed much!!

No matter the size of your dream, there will always be a drift, slight or huge between the dream and realisation. Before you ask me why, forces like: your potential, environment, background, emerging opportunities/challenges will always make the difference.

If success date is an appointment you can put on diary, everyone will do nothing except stay glued to the calendar for the date to come.

Your dream will almost certainly be the cornerstone of your success but be careful not to throw it out of the window in the face of unplanned forces.

I will try to translate this adage in my native:
“Planning to build an edifice like none ever seen is a tip of vanity”
If can’t manage your dream when you’re small, you will not do better when you’re big.

If your dream is to impact positively on people’s lives, don’t wait till you have millions, accommodate that dream in your day to day.

That is what I call living the dream!!!

Good morning

Olusegun Akinpelu
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#OnMonday: Impossible is Temporal

SegunOnMonday: Impossible is temporary

Impossible will continue to be in existence to the end of time,
It is a word used for a yet to be surmounted challenge not a bar to take on a task or challenge.

Before the first craft landed in space – going there was deemed impossible.

100 years ago, talking to another person 1000 miles through the air was impossible.


“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.”

Swami Vivekananda

The word impossible is therefore just a public declaration that you will be the first to conquer the challenge.
If you believe in yourself why follow weak minds who did not even try before joining the chorus of impossibility.

Think about it!

Good morning

‎#SegunOnMonday: Prove the success of 2012

‎#SegunOnMonday: Prove the success of 2012

Being the last day of the year, I am still taking stock of happenings during the year (as I suppose you’re too). I’m still looking at the highs and lows, the unexpecteds & the hopes, the near-misses & surprises.

For what it is worth, I pride in the grace I’ve had this year, I appreciate the unprecedented strides, I review twice more my mistakes than my success,

From the above, I look forward to the onrushing day that will dawn a new year and I will keep saying to myself
“Not bad so far, but no time to be complacent”
For after all what I fail to achieved this eclipsing year really doesn’t make the year any less fortunate and in the end tomorrow will just be another day to pick up from where I left.

The saying: ‘courage is saying to yourself I will continue from here tomorrow’ refreshes me in the wake of the day and I feel fulfilled, successful and relieved for it is undeserved grace that I wake today, and same I hope for tomorrow. I need be thankful to God.

That is ‘Segun Akinpelu thinking out loud.

What is your own reckoning? It is part of been successful to look at this as you catapult into the new calendar of surprises and great expectations.

Happy new year

RESPONSIBILITY: 26/11/12


#SegunOnMonday:

Don’t be prepared to blame anyone for your undoing or setback.
Though our interactions and relationships in life bring results that have bearing on us.

Friends make decisions for us, parents do, we observe people and arguments win us over.

Since the consequence is yours to bear, you must have that in mind before making the next step.

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible” – Voltaire

You’re the AVALANCHE, every other person/circumstance is the snowflake.

They’re meant to facilitate your decision, Never meant to be responsible.

Good morning.
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REGRESSION: THE TURNING POINT

By: Afuye Akinyemi

This piece is dedicated to my friend Blackson Temitope-Usman who encouraged me to write on this controversial issue. Moral decline (or regression) refers to the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of morality. The condition of moral decline is seen as preceding or concomitant with the decline in quality of life, as well as the decline of nations. In the words of British lawyer and jurist Judge Devlin (1905 -1992),

“an established morality is as necessary as good government to the welfare of society. Societies disintegrate from within more frequently than they are broken up by external pressures.”

In order for morality to be upheld and for regression to be effectively measured, standards must exist as points of moral reference. While legal philosophy may hold that immorality is whatever a moral person considers immoral, these judgments are typically based on or are derived from either transcendent religious sources or established secular ideology. On a corporate scale, all governments and their legal and educational institutions operate out some basic moral beliefs, making complete separation of State from moral ideology impossible. In America, it was widely held that, in the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society”, with the morality referred to being foundationally that of the Bible. In the realm of formal religion, moral codes are passed on via sacred scriptures and traditions, which usually transcend time. However, cultural adaptations may be made as needed, while upholding the principal of the original. This adaptation is an area of theology. According to the New Testament, conscience and creation reveal essential moral truth, with the Holy Scriptures being the more comprehensive revelation, and the objective and immutable authority by which the truthfulness of any light of conscience is determined. While all major formal religions usually possess many basic moral commonalities, they can critically differ in some areas, including their manner or degree of cultural adaptation, such as are seen in the contrasts between the Bible and the Qur’an. Under secularism, religiously based laws may be upheld without requiring formal assent to one formal religion, as was the case in most of the history of the Nigeria. However, as changes in spiritual demographics occur, one ideological basis may be exchanged for another, such as is seen in atheistic humanism increasingly becoming the basis for morality in Nigeria, and essentially being State-sponsored, and supplanting that which was more Bible/Qur’an -based as presently seen in the nefarious activities of the boko haram sect. In the ideology of secular humanism, which the most prominent Western form of secularism advances, moral values are highly subject to change, being based upon the presumed superior reasoning of man, who is set forth as the supreme law-giver. Being basically atheistic, it operates out of a materialistic foundation, and lacking an objective, transcendent moral authority and its moral absolutes, it offers no assurance of moral stability, and is prone to extremes of moral relativism. How materialism assesses morality can be describe in ordinary parlance as:

Modern science directly implies that the world is organized strictly in accordance with mechanistic principles. There are no purposive principles whatsoever in nature. There are no gods and no designing forces that are rationally detectable. Second, modern science directly implies that there are no inherent moral or ethical laws, no absolute guiding principles for human society. Thirdly, human beings are marvellously complex machines. The individual human becomes an ethical person by means of two primary mechanisms: heredity and environmental influences. That is all there is. Fourth, we must conclude that when we die, we die and that is the end of us.

BIBLICAL THEOLOGY

The cause of moral regression continues be a subject of study. In the Bible, moral decline was always a result of spiritual declension, that of falling into idolatry (the worship of false gods), which is evidenced in the Bible to be the mother of all sins. In addition to the transitory and finite nature of such created gods, these are seen to be forbidden due to their being the product of man’s corrupt nature. Man also tends to become more like the object of his highest devotion and allegiance. God, who is stated to need nothing, and being omnipotent, omniscient and perfect, is seen to command man to worship Him as a matter of righteousness, and for the good of man. Certain environmental conditions are also seen as being conducive to idolatry and its spiritual and moral decline, these conditions most primarily being that of an abundance of sensual and material satisfaction, as well as ego fulfilment (pleasures, possessions and power). The Bible states that these created things are what the world “lusts” after, and exhorts all and sundry to set their controlling affection upon God and holy things. In early Nigeria, the tendency to drift away from faith in times of prosperity was observed early by the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) who stated, “Religion begat prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother”.

SECULAR IDEOLOGY

Moral decline begins when transcendent moral values, which have proven to be beneficial over time, are discarded in preference to various ideas which man finds more conducive to achieving ultimately destructive lustful desires. While people without religion may sometimes be considered relatively good, and contrasted with evil people, yet, in contrast to the Bible, atheism offers no objective transcendent authority which comprehensively defines good and evil, and which is proven to provide beneficial morality. In addition, the moral foundation of atheism is seen by many as having allowed atheists to easily justify their atrocities, these being pragmatically reasonable to them. The corresponding responses from atheists, such as which invoke Hitler as an example of a Christian, and/or charge God with immorality (paradoxically, by Biblical standards), is part of a renewed conflict.

AFUYE Akinyemi is a polyvalent thinker, social critic, transcendental mystic and multi-perspective philologist. His interest is in Law, insurance, religion, philosophy and politics. He cares for body and mind.

SOM: Taking a stand

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Read before you sit

SegunOnMonday: Taking a Stand
If a baby doesn’t summon courage, it will never become toddler;  if you don’t dare to speak out, nobody will listening.

If you do not attempt to stand, you remain at the base.

There’s this saying that:’ he who stands for nothing falls for anything!’

There’s no harm in making mistakes the harmful thing is not learning from it. If you’re afraid to act so you won’t be wrong, then you will never be right.

And a friend of mine said:
If we can’t learn to stand now, we would fall every time, even in marriage, workplace, public office, social life, even our religion and belief‘ – and I said Tolu Adesanya what a thought to share with people this monday.
Stand for something…

Good morning
Olusegun Akinpelu

Joke: Husband and Wife Application

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend. In addition, Husband uninstalled many other valuable programmes, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Rugby , Football, Sailing and Continuous TV.
Conversation no longer runs, and Housecleaning simply crashes the
system. I’ve tried running Nagging to fix these problems,but to no avail.

What can I do?

Signed, Desperate

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Dear Desperate, First keep in
mind, Boyfriend is an
Entertainment Package, while
Husband is an Operating System.
Please enter the command: ‘http:
I Thought You Loved Me.html’
and try to download Tears.
Don’t forget to install the Guilt
update. If that application works
as designed, Husband should
then automatically run the
applications Jewellery and
Flowers, but remember –
overuse of the above application
can cause Husband to default to
Grumpy Silence, Garden Shed or
Beer. Beer is a very bad
program that will download the
Snoring Loudly Beta. Whatever
you do, DO NOT install Mother-
in- law (it runs a virus in the
background that will eventually
seize control of all your system
resources). Also, do not attempt
to reinstall the Boyfriend
program. These are unsupported
applications and will crash
Husband. In summary, Husband is
a great system, but it does
have limited memory and cannot
learn new applications quickly. It
also tends to work better
running one task at a time. You
might consider buying additional
software to improve memory
and performance. We recommend
Food and Hot Lingerie.

Good Luck, Tech Support
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WE ARE THE ENEMY TO OURSELVES

WE ARE THE ENEMY TO OURSELVES!!!!

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It is pathetic how majority of nigerians make joke of everything…..small time we will blame GEJ for inaction, ineptitude and insensitivity but these 3 are deep reflections of what happens deep within most of nigerians….‘if it has not concerned me directly it is not my business’.

In an ideal world, i had expect without delay the prosecution of Dana Air for corporate liability and the culpability of ranking government officials in the aviation industry [rather than having the aviation minister shedding crocodile tears on TV]. 2 aircraft crashes in 2 days is unacceptable! I dont expect a stupid house committee hearing let’s leave this to court to judge culpability of the air carriers.

It still goes without saying that, GEJ and the people surrounding him are bunch of hopeless/cluless lots. All this increasing connundrums none had been solved. From realistic point of view
he has done more damage in measure of his good [if any].

I dont know if it is just me, there seem to be more bloodshed in this guy’s tenure than any democractic govt in nigeria…..pls dont tell me it is the work of his detractors

Compensation nor 3 days mourning makes up for the demise and teeth gnashing brought by this horrible incidents.

ImageImageWE ARE THE ENEMY TO OURSELVES!!!!
The culprits
1. people – see the occurrence as funny but it is not, for any right thinking individual. Also those that kept saying only the rich fly, if you don’t your child will.
2. Air Operators – to maximize profit take unfathomable risks, jeopardizing the lives of hundreds and putting nigerians through swords
3. Government – i dont know where to start with them, they have evil written all over them, for cutbacks they have failed to regulate the industry and this is what we get.

My heart goes to those that lost their loved ones in this avoidable inadvertent carnage caused by all of us! God will grant them fortitude to bear the loss.Image

I am sorry.