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PMB, Niger Delta Avengers & The Law of Cause and Effect- #FranklySpeaking.





This morning news broke that President Buhari has cancelled his trip to Ogoni due to threat to his life from the Niger Delta Avengers. This is a very wrong move as the President must have handed over the required impetus to the militants and thereby emboldened them.

Even Jonathan's chickening out of going to Chibok at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency, is less of a Chickening out than this. But I know a President can't move against his security report.

While Nigerians were shocked to read a report that our oil production has gone down from the agonizing 1.4 million barrels to 1.1, a few days ago the Avengers bombed three more crude oil wells even when the military carried out an invasion of Gbaramatu kingdom and other Niger Delta communities .

With the Presidents action , the Niger Delta Avengers have received credible endorsement as a group to be respected and I believe many conscripts will begin looking for how to join them .

Frankly speaking it is despicable to be talking about cleaning up some Niger Delta communities while more environmental degradation is strategically perpetrated by Niger Deltans.

But there is a law called The Law of Cause and Effect . Every effect is the result of a cause and every cause must have an effect .

When President Buhari in his brutally frank manner told his US audience last year that he can't in all honesty treat regions that gave him 95% votes equally to those who gave him 5%, I expected that his party men from these 5% regions would have openly protested and forced him to withdraw the statement. That statement was very wrong from a President who has a mandate to treat everyone equally.


I expected Mr. Presidents media team to tactically twist that statement in way that it'd give some form of confidence to people from the 5% region but they rather coined the name 'wailers' for these 5 percenters .

When this National Assembly arrogantly defined the term 'host community'to mean all of Nigeria just because the PIB designed to give a 10% host community fund to communities which hosted oil exploration , that also was a cause and the effect is making people from the region feel that Jonathan's electoral loss means a loss for the entire region .

Today there are strong rumors that the 10% host community fund has been finally deleted from the PIB. 


When PMB cancelled pipeline protection contracts and threatened to crush Niger Delta militants like he crushed Boko Haram, the statement was provocative and not properly thought through. The best thing would have been to ignore them, while the security agencies work underground to unveil the perpetrators.

I've heard people say that corruption is fighting back and I agree with them to an extent . The seemingly lopsided war against corruption targeting Jonathan's campaign funds only, while the APC campaign funds are not investigated is also a likely cause of the Avengers.

Frankly speaking the EFCC crackdown on Tompolo and the cancellation of his security contracts could also be on of the causes of this recent agitation. You can't blow one pipeline in Delta Ijaw area 
without the subtle approval of Tompolo neither can you protect the pipelines from him if he wants to blow them.

The government should have gathered enough intelligence report before going after a suspect big as Tompolo, knowing  the consequences.

The military can't protect the pipelines so why did you cancel the contracts? What was the alternative?  The action has caused us to lose almost 60% of our crude sales.

And any full scale military invasion will be like another Odi. Odi invasion was the fuel that the militancy fire needed a few years back and the then President was forced to eat the humble pie as he sat with militants and personally negotiated.

I was amongst those that didn't support the amnesty initially because I think the package was structured to favor only the militants and left out the real victims of the militancy, but the government wanted to buy time so they can continue drilling oil and they actually succeeded with it .

But all these measures like Amnesty, NDDC, Niger Delta ministry, Niger Delta Preidency, 13% derivation and even the 10% host community fund are all like temporary bribes.  


The best thing remains that this country is restructured to practice true federalism so that other regions can look inwards and remove this focus on oil.

Until we do that, Nigeria will continue to be blackmailed by a few strong men from the Niger Delta.

Only God will help us .




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#FranklySpeaking is a new political segment on Thelma Thinks written by a friend of the blog who prefers to remain anonymous. 


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Comments

  1. Cancelling Tompolo's contract so quickly without a good alternative is just not thoughtful.
    Upright PMB whom with all his integrity fights only opponents, yet disregarding the courts.

    Experienced yet leaves distasteful statements all the place about his nation state and honestly would ignore his voters because others did not vote in same region. Does anyone know it take a true believer to vote an unpopular person in a region?

    The president might have good plans and those plans might well be in motion already, though evidences not seen yet but somethings are just as important as the others when it comes to being Mr. President.

    The writer deserves a big cup of ice cream. Today is one of those days when I wish I could post a voice comment.

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    1. *coughs*, I think it was me. How can I get the ice cream?

      Anonymous friend

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    2. Mehn you deserve the ice cream! But let's be sure it was you since you're still thinking. :p

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    3. Scratch the "thinking". It's me (until the real writer claims ownership). So how do I get the ice cream?

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    4. LOL! Just negodu

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    5. Dear cccc,i do like ice cream and I'm pretty sure the owner of this post wldnt mind me having it on his/her behalf. WYS??

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  2. Cancelling Tompolo's contract so quickly without a good alternative is just not thoughtful.
    Upright PMB whom with all his integrity fights only opponents, yet disregarding the courts.

    Experienced yet leaves distasteful statements all the place about his nation state and honestly would ignore his voters because others did not vote in same region. Does anyone know it take a true believer to vote an unpopular person in a region?

    The president might have good plans and those plans might well be in motion already, though evidences not seen yet but somethings are just as important as the others when it comes to being Mr. President.

    The writer deserves a big cup of ice cream. Today is one of those days when I wish I could post a voice comment.

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  3. Cancelling Tompolo's contract so quickly without a good alternative is just not thoughtful.
    Upright PMB whom with all his integrity fights only opponents, yet disregarding the courts.

    Experienced yet leaves distasteful statements all the place about his nation state and honestly would ignore his voters because others did not vote in same region. Does anyone know it take a true believer to vote an unpopular person in a region?

    The president might have good plans and those plans might well be in motion already, though evidences not seen yet but somethings are just as important as the others when it comes to being Mr. President.

    The writer deserves a big cup of ice cream. Today is one of those days when I wish I could post a voice comment.

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  4. Great post, we need more of this on Thelma Thinks. I wish this post can be shared until it reaches boohari's ears, unfortunately it seems the man is deaf and to make matters worse he also has ear infection. Chai, God help us indeed.

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  5. Frankly speaking, this writeup should've been read by people like Bishop Hasan Kukah, who is, so far by my calculations, one of the few frank voices speaking on the issues of the ND for sometime now. I'll have to give some credit to this, but you weren't frank in some issues.

    The president was clear about the 97-5% statement and called it a "political reality". He added swiftly that "there would be justice for everyone, they will get their constitutional rights". For a whole year, those who're perpetually prejudiced about Buhari have always missed this part of the statement. When he made that statement, didn't he receive a round of applause? Now people filled with disdain for Buhari from the SS and SE have even tagged themselves "5%" without getting the proper meaning. Tell me one State Governor in Nigeria that doesn't practice this "97-5%".

    PMB didn’t cancel all pipeline protection contracts so let’s not make it sound like the cancellation was a tsunami. PMB cancelled pipeline protection contracts from OPC, not just Ex-militants. And infact, why didn’t they protest? Tompolo is linked to the massive fraud in NIMASA, why is he on the run? Has anyone threatened his life? The NDA gave out conditions that would end pipeline sabotage, most of which were unrealistic, and you think PMB should’ve cuddled them? How come all the ethnic groups in the ND are totally in support of PMB’s action against them? Even Tompolo is trying extremely hard to exonerate himself from their sentiments to no avail.

    The perception that the war against corruption is lopsided started a year ago, and the EFCC works mainly when they’re being petitioned or sometimes given a direct order from the FG. Some APC stalwarts are being investigated. Amaechi has been accused of using Rivers State coffers to fund Buhari’s campaign, yet till tomorrow, no one has come out with evidence or submitted petition to EFCC.

    I agree on the cause and effect analogy. I also agree that 13%, NDDC, ND ministry, ND President, pipeline protection, amnesty program (which Joseph Eva was also vehemently against) and 10% host community fund, as well as enormous Federal allocation are more or less bribes. But they’re bribes they accepted wholeheartedly and as Bishop Kukah implied, “they say na our own turn to chop”.

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    1. "Tell me one State Governor in Nigeria that doesn't practice this "97-5%"...does that make it right? Constitutional right says everyone is treated with equity barring creeed nor status. The two utterances in the same breath is like oxymoron.

      Let Amaechi leave APC or let an opposition party be in power tomorrow, we will all find evidence against him, it's a matter of 'understanding' working here now.

      "How come all the ethnic groups in the ND are totally in support of PMB’s action against them? Even Tompolo is trying extremely hard to exonerate himself from their sentiments to no avail."... These ethnic groups do not benefit from the sects' actions and it's only proper they support for government in fighting the trouble makers. No one is really pleased with these avengers, they're polluting the place, causing insecurity, wasting money, making before lose jobs. Tompolo has more issues to run a out for than the NDA, he has to try to bail himself out, it's more difficult to link him to the NDA than the NIMASA issue, so exonerate himself he will.

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    2. "Tell me one State Governor in Nigeria that doesn't practice this "97-5%"...does that make it right? Constitutional right says everyone is treated with equity barring creeed nor status. The two utterances in the same breath is like oxymoron.

      Let Amaechi leave APC or let an opposition party be in power tomorrow, we will all find evidence against him, it's a matter of 'understanding' working here now.

      "How come all the ethnic groups in the ND are totally in support of PMB’s action against them? Even Tompolo is trying extremely hard to exonerate himself from their sentiments to no avail."... These ethnic groups do not benefit from the sects' actions and it's only proper they support for government in fighting the trouble makers. No one is really pleased with these avengers, they're polluting the place, causing insecurity, wasting money, making before lose jobs. Tompolo has more issues to run a out for than the NDA, he has to try to bail himself out, it's more difficult to link him to the NDA than the NIMASA issue, so exonerate himself he will.

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    3. "Tell me one State Governor in Nigeria that doesn't practice this "97-5%"...does that make it right? Constitutional right says everyone is treated with equity barring creeed nor status. The two utterances in the same breath is like oxymoron.

      Let Amaechi leave APC or let an opposition party be in power tomorrow, we will all find evidence against him, it's a matter of 'understanding' working here now.

      "How come all the ethnic groups in the ND are totally in support of PMB’s action against them? Even Tompolo is trying extremely hard to exonerate himself from their sentiments to no avail."... These ethnic groups do not benefit from the sects' actions and it's only proper they support for government in fighting the trouble makers. No one is really pleased with these avengers, they're polluting the place, causing insecurity, wasting money, making before lose jobs. Tompolo has more issues to run a out for than the NDA, he has to try to bail himself out, it's more difficult to link him to the NDA than the NIMASA issue, so exonerate himself he will.

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    4. "...The two utterances in the same breath is like oxymoron...". And he was applauded? 97-5% is termed "political reality". It's not about right or wrong, it's Politics, it's the practice all over the world. Besides, apart from political appointments, does it so far look like oxymoron? Lol.

      "...Let Amaechi leave APC...". Theodore Orji, Sam Egwu, Sullivan Chime, Uduaghan, Alao Akala are all in the same category as Amaechi; ex governors, and are all PDP, still. They embezzled like Amaechi, but na only Amaechi waka come abi?

      "...These ethnic groups do not benefit from the sects' actions and it's only proper the support for government in fighting the trouble makers...". Sasha Bone doesn't agree, she just implied Tompolo is Robin Hood. Lmao.

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    5. I didn't imply,i said he is a Robin Hood.
      You peddle a narrative that the ethnic groups don't benefit from the militants actions yet its these same ethnic groups the FG under Yar'adua and GEJ negotiated with Amnesty payments, overseas trainings,scholarships,employment opportunities for the host communities and many other ripple effects the agitations from the militants caused.

      I served in Cross River,i knw how some militants looked like and trust me,the actions of Tompolo and co got the attention of the FG.

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    6. "...its these same ethnic groups the FG under Yar'adua and GEJ negotiated with...".

      Ethnic groups benefitted or militants benefitted? Thank GOD I'm not the only one here who sees something wrong with the picture. The Poster has called all these negotiations "Bribes". 90% of the beneficiaries are ex. Militants who are millionaires and billionaires. You said Tompolo is Robin Hood. Robin helped the poor at the expense of the rich and corrupt. Please show us what Tompolo has done with a paltry N20 million for his hometown. And since this negotiations, compare the welfare of the people of ND from 2008 (Amnesty year) to 2015, then you'll know why I asked "who negotiations epp", and why there's massive intolerance of the actions of these militants.

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    7. Everything isn't about money. Stop being materialistic. Tompolo and his boys brought the attention of the world to the plight of the ND abi isn't that what prompted PMB to go and sign his signature in Paris? (remember his signature wasn't there in 1984,no Tompolo then)

      There are people (and not militants) who got jobs cos of catchment areas. Some local communities are a far cry to what it's always been before Tompolo and co started speaking their language (as the FG no understand the Saro-Wiwa type of grammer). So yes Tompolo enriched himself, Asari enriched himself, Ex-militants enriched themselves, Foreign Oil companies are enriching themselves, oil block owners enriched themselves. Kings and traditional rulers with their multiple wives are being enriched by the FG's disbursement, States are being enriched by FAAC. NNPC,DPR,NLG and other big oil companies and subsidiaries' staff are enriching themselves,etc. So explain to me why is it biting you and the rest of Nig that a son of Niger-Delta (Tompolo to be precise) enriched himself?
      Nig isn't the only oil producing country in Africa or the world.
      Give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar. God don't like ugly...

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  6. Naaa. If it was me Ill cancel the Tompolo contract and all amnesty programmes. Why should any group hold the Govt to ransom. Even if I have to deploy all military men to just stand beside the pipe lines.

    I believed the Niger Delta people deserve something for all that has happened to their land. But paying some nincompoops billions yearly is not a good plan. And as for these Avengers.... the dumb ass mofos, they should be crushed with the full strength of the army. Dont let me get upset. I havent had light in 5 days.

    Peace.

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    1. I don't think anyone thinks it's okay to have Tompolo as the CSO of the region. Obviously no better plans were made, plans to safe guard the region and act against the expected opposition, that's the issue.
      The militants have acted faster and stronger.

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    2. In the eyes of his/some people, he's a hero. In the eyes of the rest of Nig, he's a criminal. #RobinHood

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    3. No light in five days, You should be upset.

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    4. The government knows they can't protect the oil with the military because they are stealing the oil. The oil belongs to the Niger Delta people. Some countries are surviving without oil. Let the government allow them control their oil abeg.If the north had this oil, will anyone think of sharing it? Yesterday they killed an Igbo woman in Kano for blaspheming. These guys are terrible.

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  7. So today I'm on multiple same comment roll? I think I got Clare's phone.

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    1. Lol. Those days are gone for Clare.

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    2. I see my name being mentioned and I thought they were sharing money on Thelma's blog. Lolz. Yes I upgraded from BB Q10 to Samsung S6......lemme show off small..

      May I also point that PMB NEVER went after the Jonathan Campaign fund. (I stand to be corrected though). He went after the arms deal fund which opened the canker worms we have seen, read and heard all over the media.

      I also agree that by not going to Niger Delta himself, PMB just gave more oxygen to the ND-Avengers.
      There are better ways to address the Niger Delta issue, but these avengers should first go after theor very own people that betrayed them when they failed to bring proper development into their region. What did they do with all the funds from NDDC.


      Clare

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    3. Lol. The show off is allowed! :)

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  8. I really enjoyed reading this piece. I hope to read more from this author and welcome on board.

    -The Lady

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  9. Now my favorite topics! Politics, economy and the Nigerian government.

    Welcome on board!!!

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  10. Me I'm just tired of this country entirely. When there is an avenue for growth then people fight it and they justify it.

    We are just trying to follow a script of failure and allowing ourselves accept it as fate.
    I'm tired of lamenting jare. If the country will work, the next 3years will decide that. Afterwards, we are a failed or succeeding state.

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    1. "We are just trying to follow a script of failure and allowing ourselves accept it as fate"

      It appears so. We have complacently accepted underdevelopment as our destiny/way of life. Pathetic!

      -F

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  11. Memphis, Im a staunch APC supporter and Bucharest from the north, but with all due honesty, Mr Presidents statement about 95% and 5% not been treated equally was both shocking and irresponsible. Even he wants to do that, which is very wrong, it was actually stupid to make it open. He forgot that these 5% regions actually provide the resources which he'd use. And you are correct, I expected the APC members from the south south and south east to protest, but you know that arse licking is the order of the day in politics so they can applaud when you tell them a pig slept with their mothers. I might not completely agree with the writer, but I think he is frank to an extent. The Niger Delta might be feeling alienated from this government and I suspect that some of the people from the region in this government are not popular in the area. I used to attack Jonathan for giving the pipeline contracts to the militants but Ive discovered that the practice has been on since Obasanjo era. PMB should have planned well without just cancelling it. My brother, the way things are going in this country, we need to do something desperately because soon people will get tired of this 'Jonathan caused it' line that we have been dishing out.

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    1. If you had listened to Atiku's speech on "We're all Biafrans", he implied that marginalization/alienation cuts across all zones of the Federation, but each alienated group feels its more marginalized than any other. Maybe you find faults with his bluntness but like I said before, this isn't about right or wrong, its politics. 97-5% doesn't mean he's going to favor some regions more than others economically, so referring to a region as "5%" is wrong. It's been taken out of context. The president made that statement based on "inclusive government". You don't expect him to balance out political appointments or favoritism. No one does that, not even in the Western world.

      Example of 97%: Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd)

      Example of 5%: Dakuku Peterside.

      Hope I communicated? :-)

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    2. I agree with the Anon. Even if Buhari wasn't going to favor the 5% (regardless of their oil producing status), he should have kept it to himself. Some things are better left unsaid.

      Meanwhile, giving pipeline protection contracts to ex-militants was a wrong move in all sense and addressing this by cancelling those contracts was a right move. The only short-coming was the lack of alternative and adequate protection strategy/action in place prior to the cancellation.

      -F

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    3. Memphis, you'd have made a better PMB spokesman, but people are also not stupid . PMB spoke in clear English and didn't mince words at all. He clearly said he won't treat the regions equally . There is no better word to describe that statement except 'stupid'. I'm sure that's why his people couldn't even bother defending it. Besides, there is federal character principle that guides appointments but his quest for venageance got the better part of him. The funny thing is that he wasn't even asked the question he answered in that interview. He was asked a totally different thing and he pranced off with how he'd deal with some regions better . Who told him he had the resources to treat any region less than the rest ?

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    4. Kon, pipeline protection contracts has been on as old as the Abdusalmi era. Then oil companies paid the community youths . Obasanjo era turned the youths into militants as the military confronted them . Obasanjo ate the humble pie and negotiated with them, asking Nnpc to take up the payment, after then Yardua gave them amnesty and their funds became budgeted . Jonathan only continued what Yardua did . Buhari's lack of being reasonable has already cost the nation billions of dollars. The annoying thing about him is that he'd go so far in this route and he'd soon come back to beg the boys . Already he has asked the minister of petroleum to call them for negotiations and that's his only option. But he'd first go so far in wrong before he'd make a you turn and this is why this country is nose diving daily . When folks like you goad him on to take this wrong path, you guys are contributing to nose dive this country . Upon all the military war planes , the boys are now bombing everyday and mocking the military . Can't this government get anything right for Gods sake ?

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    5. Anon, me spokesman? Naahh. I reject. PMB makes mistakes sometimes and I don't have what it takes to defend trash biko. I still believe the 97-5% was taken out of context though but let's agree to disagree on that. I also believe the reality of political favoritism not being balanced is a world wide issue. If you watch the movie series 24, in season 3 Wayne Palma told president David Palma, his brother, that there were smarter people who could have his job as the COS, but the president said he needs someone he could trust. PMB, like any normal leader, needs people he can trust. What if you employ federal character in these appointments and end up with widespread sabotage? Then he's to be blamed at the end? So dear anon, it's not right, it's not wrong, it's simply Politics, and everyone does it.

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  12. Mine too @Dominique. I looove political and economic discusses.

    To the Niger Delta Avengers, I do not claim to know the politics behind their action and anything at all about the Niger Delta, NIMASA, and Tompolo ish. All I know is,

    1. The Avengers should be stopped by any means necessary. Whatever it is they are fighting for, polluting the area and destroying property worth millions is not the right way to go. From Sasha and Memphis's argument/discussion over the last couple of days, I understand that they're also agitating for a clean up of their environment so blowing up pipelines is in direct contrast to that.

    2. Buhari should have gone to Ogoni yesterday, not going, like the writer stated, sends a wrong message to the vandals, empowering and emboldening them. If the president is afraid of them, who dares to stand in their way? And, up until now, they were probably just a small group but with Buhari's (in)action, many young men can be misled into joining them. Besides, what's the SSS's job if they cannot protect the President from an enemy that we all know?

    I do hope Buhari knows what he's doing cos me I cannot see it o..

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  13. weldone writer. Look forward to reading more insightful article from you.

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  14. Donald Duke for President

    1) He's educated
    2) His wife is educated
    3) He practices inclusive government without fear or favor
    4) He placed Cross River state on the world map
    5) What he did for Calabar Carnival,Tinapa,Obudu Cattle Ranch,Cable Cars,etc,he wld do for Nig as a whole
    6) He's articulate and can stand among world leaders
    7) He has no corruption charges on his head or neck
    8) He's not an ethnic or religious bigot
    9) Cross River is highly multi-ethnic and multilingual yet he was fair to all from Calabar municipal LG to Ogoja LG (yes,i served in Cross River)
    10) He made the most of FAAC.

    Facts above don't lie. For true growth and development,we need a man who puts his money where his mouth is. No sentiments.
    Donald Duke is an image Nig needs moving forward.

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    1. Thank God you said 'no corrupt ion charge'. There are a few corruption allegations though.plus A number of what you said here are subjective and not facts. ( like points 8 and 9)...

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    2. A state with 150 languages,what part of 9 is subjective? What they spoke as Good morning at my camp (Obubura) wasn't the same thing in Yakkur nor in Calabar. Cashbra,Aplokah and Emesiere respectively ,unless they lied to me?(spell check).

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  15. I commend the contributor. But I must add that one has to stir the pot well to get soup. Therefore the spoon must pass from the top to the bottom of the pot and not otherwise.

    Nigeria was seemingly destined to persevere on the road to failure. The preamble to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is a stark lie! Anybody who does not find fault in that preamble is wallowing in self-deceit.

    The point of departure to solving the challenges faced by the Nigerian State is to have an assembly of the representatives of the ethnic localities appointed by the locals to such an assembly. At this assembly, Statehood and other matters ancillary thereto will be discussed and addressed as objective as possible. The representatives and the convener of the assembly do not have to choose what to be discussed and what to be left out. And after this or before, a proper headcount will be conducted.

    In the alternative, the reports of Oputa Panel and the (National) conferences will be fully implemented.

    #Franklyspeaking: Federal Character (in any form) should be expunged from the Constitution. It propagates mediocrity.

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  16. This is why I love this blog. The only thing I'll add is while Nigeria still depends solely on oil as its' source of revenue, it is sheer stupidity on the part of PMB to treat this Avengers matter the way he has so far. Any action with regards to the ND must have been thought through. The nation cannot afford what is happening now.

    PMB has to take a lesson in diplomacy, it is vital. I thought the attention of this government should be on Agriculture, are they still waiting for when oil will go down to a dollar per barrel? This is the time to diversify!!!

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    1. Anon, even the 'time to diversify'requires time. It is a process ooooohhhhh

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  17. The link to this article was posted on a wassap group I belonged to and I think it makes some sense. But we can't allow a bunch of criminals hold this country to ransome. President Buhari should not negotiate with them in anyway,. They can't be more sophisticated than Boko Haram whom the Army has crushed . Niger Delta people are their own worse enemies and after a few years they'd be looking for who to clean up their land . Shame on them

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THE ‘NEW’ SIDE CHICK: I WAS HER

A side chick is commonly known as a mistress or a woman that’s romantically involved with a man who is in a committed relationship.  However after doing some reflecting, I realize that’s not the only type of side chick.  I want to discuss “the new side chick”–a woman who decides to stay by a man’s side after he has expressed his lack of relationship intentions with her through his words or actions.  So many women have made this mistake at least once in their lifetime, and unfortunately I’ve done the same thing. I like to think of the new side chick as an appetizer.  You’re there just to satisfy the immediate appetite of the man, but as soon as that mouth-watering entrée comes out to the table, you will get pushed to the side, literally.  Why?  Because that entrée is what he really wanted; he went to the restaurant to order steak, not hot wings.  You were just a placeholder, fling, temporary commitment, or  maybe even just a “good ol time” until what he really wanted was presented to hi…

Shhhhhhh....

I'm in an amebo mood tonight. Don't ask me, I honestly don't know why. Also I'd like to share too but I'd do that anonymously in the comment section. Tonight I want to talk about secrets. It's ok, we can all be anonymous. 
Is it true that EVERYBODY has a secret? 
Is there anyone here who doesn't have a secret? I'd really like to know; You're a completely open book and there's not ONE thing about you that you wouldn't mind other people knowing about? Please raise your hands up. 
And for the rest of us, what's something about you that no one knows, or very few people know? Who's got a dark secret here, or a weird one, or a funny one even? I really don't mean to be invasive but I don't want to be the only one sharing, plus I think hearing other people's secrets is quite fun, don't you think?

Let's Be Random Together! (Open Keypad).

Hey guys, a while back blog reader F said something about creating an Open Keypad post, where you can write whatever you want in the comment section. I thought it was a fun idea!
So who is interested? Comment on anything you feel like, ask me or anyone a question, talk about how your day went, your job, your interests, tell us something about you that we don't know, share a testimony with us, rant about anything you feel like, talk about your crush/boo/spouse/relationship/marriage, challenges you're facing, ANYTHING AT ALL! 
I'll only make one request; that we stay civil. 

(F it was you who made this suggestion, right? I'm not too sure and I can't even remember the post the comment was made on). 
BTW please Ejoeccome out come out, wherever you are!

Question of The Day.

TTB readers doesn't this tweet below remind you of something?
That mail that someone sent me a few weeks back. 
But why on earth should a man sleep with his son's fiancé? But what am I saying, some men even sleep with their daughters...

Oh well, I'm throwing the question to you. What has happened in your life that you never saw coming, you never hesperred it, you never imagined could happen, you never imagined could happen to you? 
It could be good, it could be bad, it could be ugly. Do tell!
And it can be more than one. Let me tell you a few. 
-owning a blog -week long dry fast at Prayer City (I never hesperred it).  -staying in an (emotionally) abusive relationship.
The others require anonymity. LOL. Now over to you.

Adventures, Fun, Friendship & Laughter at the TTB Hangout (Lekki Conservation Center).

Nicole to Clare: mummy lets go. I want to climb that ropy thing!

Isn't Clare beautiful?!

Uyi et moi. Clowning. 

Mother & child. 


Scary af! Trish on the ramp. The chica loves the outdoors so much, she was like a kid in a candy store. She and Uyi took this walk twice! More power to them, you can't pay me to do this a second time.


Uyi & Tiwa