Archive for January, 2008

let it go!!

January 26, 2008
Beloved,2008 is here and 2007 is history. Funny to think of it in these
terms but that¢s just the way it is.  2007 is the past, 2008 is
a gift that is why it is called the present.

LET IT GO IN 2008. NO, LET IT GO, NOW!

If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and was
never intended for your life, then you need to…..LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains….LET IT GO!!!

If someone can’t treat you right, love you back, and see your
worth….LET IT GO (PLEASE!!!!!!)

If someone has angered you…..LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge….LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction…..LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or
talents…..LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude……LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better…..LET IT GO!!!

If you’re stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new
level in Him……LE T IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken
relationship….LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won’t even try to help
themselves…..LET IT GO!!!

If you’re feeling depressed and stressed…….LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling
yourself and God is saying “take your hands off of it”, then you need
to……LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. GOD is doing a
new thing! LET IT GO this 2008!!

Get Right or Get Left…think about it, then LET IT GO!!!

Many are locked up in the prison of your heart and they are occupying

the space where God need to put something new.Do yourself a favour
by letting go! May be you’ve believe that God had forgiven you all you did,
it is only so if you’ve let go those that also wronged you ok.
Beloved,let’s face it if you hold on to unforgiveness,our prayers will not see the light of day.IT’S TIME TO LET ALL THE HURT GO!Cheers!

Arinze.

P.O.BOX 17985,IKEJA,LAGOS.
08033001782.
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THE POLITICS OF PALLIATIVES

January 16, 2008

THE POLITICS OF PALLIATIVES

The politics of “Palliatives” is an age-long thing; it is as old as Nigeria herself. If we look back into history, most of the political events and activities directly or indirectly were one form of palliative or the other. Whenever the political atmosphere was very tensed, the government had applied one form of palliative or the other but not solution just to cushion the effect of the policy that caused the tension in the polity. The state of the nation; From the decayed state of the infrastructure to the welfare of average Nigerian is as a result of the palliatives of the previous administrations military or civilian.

When Nigeria was operating in regions, some political scores were settled with political appointments. Even when she started operating from the states, political agitations were always cushioned with appointments into various offices. It has always been ‘cushions’ and ‘palliatives’ and no real solutions. Whenever a particular region or ethic group comes forward with its demands, instead of looking for and applying lasting solutions we go for palliatives. Most of the problems we are facing today would not have been there if the solution was applied instead of trying to cushion the effects.

When the military administration under IBB made the mistake of canceling the June 12th 1993 elections, they quickly stepped aside and gave a palliative to the southwest in the person of Chief Ernest Shonekan. Though the General with the dark eyeglasses took over, the polity was still tensed, and the agitations for actualization of June 12th were still heavy. Even with the demise of the General with the dark glasses, frayed nerves were not placated. The Abdulsalam Abubakar led administration tried to calm the atmosphere with the promise to conduct elections. Many thought M.K.O. Abiola would be freed to either actualize his mandate or be freed to contest another election. But he died in a way that is yet to be unveiled. His demise did not settle the tension in the polity. Many did not know another palliative was on the way. Obasanjo was released from the prison, to pave way for another palliative to the Southwest. Many have said that the servant leader is not a product of an election but also a palliative to placate the power brokers from the North.

The restiveness in the Niger Delta would not have been experienced if the right things were done instead of palliatives. All these years was the government bereft of ideas? The oil companies and the government had preferred settling the paramount rulers instead of putting infrastructure in place. There had been agitations upon agitations from that region but nothing was done. People like Ken Saro Wiwa were eliminated to silence the voices from that region but that did not solve the problem. I am one of the people who are of the school of thought that people like Chief Edmund Daukoru were appointed into those positions by the previous administration as palliatives. The present VP is also there to placate the people of the Niger Delta. All these and many other palliatives cannot amount to development of needed infrastructure or heal the wounds of those in the creeks suffering the effects of oil exploration. If the solutions had been applied instead of palliatives, the militants would not have taken to arms struggle that is costing us so much economically.

Who says FERMA is not a palliative agency? Many roads across the country are in bad conditions. Many of them have expired; many are still the ones constructed before independence. Instead of awarding contracts for new ones to be constructed, they preferred patching those roads. How old is the Ore-Benin road with the linking bridges? The rail line that supposed to ease the roads of traffic is non-existent. Many analysts had argued that there is nothing like petroleum subsidy but the government insisted they are subsidizing the products. How much is the actual production cost of fuel? The refineries are either performing below installed capacity or not working so that the elite importing the products would remain in business. Who is deceiving who with all these palliative politics put to play any time the Labour Union objects the hikes? If the monopoly of NITEL could be broken with the emergence of private operators, then government should create the enabling environment for private refineries and put our own in order or involve the hands of the private sector.

It is time for government to stop fooling people with all these palliatives. Let them apply lasting solutions instead of wasting resources trying only to cushion. Nigeria can be great again if we shun palliatives and apply lasting solution.

ARINZE ALINNOR A.
P. O. BOX 17985, IKEJA – LAGOS.
08033001782, 01-8964893
arinze198@gmail.com
http://www.arinze198.wordpress.com