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Opinion: Open Letter to Nigeria’s Next President: Beyond Party Slogans



By Lamide Adenuga

Your Excellency Sir,


I feel so humble and at the same time honoured to write you. Prior to now, I have never thought I would write you, in fact, it never for once crossed my mind, but finally I decided to write because of the events that have transpired in the past couple of weeks, since you came out tops in the Presidential Primaries of your party and you became the Presidential flag bearer, accept my congratulations sir.

So many things have been said and so many more written, both for good and for ill, by yes men and naysayers, by your camp and by the opposition camp, by both the learned and the unlearned, by male and female, old and young, by those who are for you and those who are against you, the social media has been agog, so I decided to have my say as well; to articulate my thoughts, and put pen to paper, so here I am.

Sir, let me begin by congratulating you once again on becoming the Presidential flag bearer of your party. However, I will advise that you should let your campaign be policy based; you should communicate in clear and precise terms what your manifesto is, and you should please do all these having the future of our children in mind. Personally, I believe that every child deserves a decent shot at life.

Surround yourself with sincere and honest people; men and women who will stay true to your vision, who will not deviate from your master plan, people who will not ride on your goodwill to achieve their own ends, and folks who will work tirelessly day and night to follow your policy blueprint to the letter. Have your ears to the ground and listen to the true yearnings of ordinary Nigerians, and as much as you can, God helping you, be wary of singing sycophants and yes men, “men whose god is their belly”, who will come forward with flowery words and sweet clichés all in a bid to get favours from you. Please be careful of the people you surround yourself with, this is Nigeria, and after all is said and done, YOU ARE THE ONLY MAN IN YOUR WORLD!

More importantly, also create an enabling environment for young Nigerians to not only pursue, but to actualize their dreams. For entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, for business owners and business starters, let opportunities abound for all and let structures be put in place, business friendly policies coupled with an enabling environment, we will all be amazed at how easy possibilities will become realities. The young people of this country have what it takes to run successful enterprises and contribute to the wealth base of the Nation – if only there is an enabling environment. We have what it takes and sooner than later, we will make Nigeria the economic and the entrepreneurial capital of Africa. A larger percentage of young Nigerians are intelligent; we are honest, we are hardworking, we hustle day to day to keep our head above water, and this explicates the NAIJA SPIRIT.
I have spoken to a lot of young people in different cities across the country; given leadership talks, career talks, motivational talks, entrepreneurship talks and so much more.

I have engaged many young Nigerians in discussions, and most times, I am awed by the ideas bubbling in the heads of our young people; how hardworking and relentless many are in chasing after their dreams, and that is why I said earlier that given the right opportunities, and enabling environment, every young Nigerian will succeed. Everything about us is not about drugs, fraud, or crime; we are up and doing, representing, and working towards earning a decent living and having a better tomorrow. There are many good, honest, sincere, decent, irreproachable, upright, trustworthy, vibrant, hardworking, intelligent young Nigerians who only need opportunities and the enabling environment (I don’t know why I keep repeating that), to actualize their dreams and contribute to the greatness of this Nation. I always reiterate that the wealth of our Nation is not in what lies under the ground, but in what lies in our heads. Look at all the heads walking the streets of Nigeria, if each decides to do something productive, imagine the kind of results our Nation will achieve. So sir, please look into what will make life and business easier for our young people.

In addition to that sir, make the young people of this nation a priority, because we are the future of Nigeria. I advise that across all geo political zones, seek out for responsible and intelligent young people, not the opportunists, and then make them a part of you. From time to time, they can offer their suggestions, and profer 21st century solutions for the challenges that bedevil our nation. Young minds who can communicate effectively what their vision is for their Nation; young minds who are ready for idea exchange across continental Africa, and who will be global players.

Critically look into the Power sector, and let something tangible be done to it, because truth is without Power (electricity), businesses fail, companies fold up, and it’s a harsh economic climate for those desirous of honest practices.

I advise that you consider the following and make them a part of your POLICY THRUST;
Power (Electricity).

Human Capital Development; our people are the future of our nation; that 8 year old boy somewhere in Ijebu Ode, that 15 year old school girl in Maiduguri, that 20 year old guy in Abakaliki, that 26 year old unemployed Graduate on the streets of Lagos, and that new born baby somewhere in Calabar, they are the future of our Nation, we need to prepare them for the future as well as prepare the future for them.

Infrastructural Development.
Peace and Stability; let’s restore the Nigeria of old where peace, unity and love reigned supreme.

All the above listed will attract foreign investors, and our nation will be the better for it.
Sir, when you get there, if God permits, please see it as an act of God, an opportunity to do good and make this country better, an opportunity for you to leave your footprints on the sands of time, and to have your name embossed in the history book of this great Nation, Nigeria.

Finally, like every true Nigerian, I desire and I deserve a great country, a country that I will be proud of; that you will be proud of, that the future generation will be proud of; that we will all be proud of. The BIG QUESTION sir is; will you deliver it to us?

I wish you the best in all your endeavors.

Olamide Adenuga Adenuga TWITTER; LammyMotivates FACEBOOK; Lamide Adenuga Speaks.

Lamide Adenuga is an author and an International Conference Speaker who believes that the right mentality can power anyone to success; an ideas man who is out to transform people and places h`e comes in contact with.

He is a Business Development Consultant/Business Management Consultant, a well sought out for motivational and inspirational Speaker, and a Business Coach to entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and business starters. He is also an Angel of strategy and organization and has featured on Radio and Television shows severally.
Lamide is a Public Relations Specialist and has written articles in various newspapers, journals and magazines. He is a Personal Effectiveness columnist in OVATION International Magazine. He is also a Television host with his Motivational telecast, “MAKING THINGS HAPPEN”.

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First Love Assembly Hosts Breakfast With Pastor Simeon Afolabi





It was a soul-stirring and spirit-lifting session of worship, praise, edification and counselIng as members and friends of First Love Assembly gathered for a unique programme titled “Breakfast With Pastor Simeon Afolabi”



Held at the prestigious Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, the event was conceptualised as a non-denominational gathering of christians for the purpose of networking, sharing ideas, edification and counseling


In his short exhortation, Pastor Afolabi said the benefits of the session included to help people depressurize, create a convivial atmosphere for networking as well as stem the tide of discouragement that has been a major clog to the personal development of a number of people.



He went further to outline causes of discouragement as: Negative reports, Unmet needs, per review and iron cast perspective about a subject.


According to him, in today’s world, we are swarmed with negative reports, noting that while bad reports tend to slow people down and kill their enthusiasm, good reports fire them up to achieve greater things.

Michael Effiong James, Mrs Arin Olabode, Mr Sola Olabode with Mrs Oluwakemi James

Michael Effiong james, Arin Olabode, Sola Olabode & Kemi James


He also stated that when needs are not met either by God or by man, that should not spell doom as there are still many rivers of life to cross. he said not meeting a need now does not mean it will not happen.

Pastor Simeon also noted that some people put themselves in a fix of discouragement by benchmarking their progress with those of their classmates or age mates. He said if this is not done with caution, peer review can be counter productive. He admonished all to live their lives according to God’s standards.

Noting that 40s is the old age of youth and 50s is the youth of old age, he revealed that life was all about perspectives and that people should always look at the brighter side of life.


He then urged everyone to not always wait for big wins before thanking God and celebrating but ensure that at intervals, they should celebrate milestones which will serve as a tonic to power them to higher accomplishments.


Pastor Afolabi also advised the congregation to always have the big picture in mind, revealing that the big picture is never achieved in a hurry but through a slow and steady process.





In addition, he appealed that people should consistently engage in words of affirmation . In his words “Words are powerful, speak to yourself” He then quoted Psalms 42 and 45 as Bible passages to illustrate this.



He noted that God has made a number of things available to us through the supply of the spirit. He urged all to allow God to act in their lives through divine intervention.


The session was attended by professionals from all walks of life, and many attendees acknowledged that they truly enjoyed the session and would like it to support and attend again.


In his closing remarks, Mr. Sola Olabode, who took testimonies from participants, noted that the feedback was positive and there are indications that this platform of Christians will continue. He advised all present to make use of the serene and conducive atmosphere to make new friends that they can connect with later.

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A’Ibom 2023: Umo Eno, Deputy To Receive Certificates of Return Today




Pastor Umo Bassey Eno, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) who won the March 18, 2023 will today, Thursday, March 18, 2023 receive his Certificate of Return as the Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect.

Pastor Eno will be presented with the certificate at the office of the Independen National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Uyo, the State capital, along with his deputy, Senator Akon Eyakenyi.

The ceremony where his victory at the polls where he garnered an overwhelming 354, 348 votes to defeat his closest opponents, Senator Bassey Albert, 136, 262 ( YPP) and Obong Akanimo Udofia, 129, 262 ( APC) would be affirmed is certain to be attended by his family, friends and supporters.

Pastor Eno who had since extended an olive branch to all his co-contestants has pledged to deliver democracy dividends to Akwa Ibomites through the ARISE Agenda while running an all- inclusive administration.

The electoral umpire had on Saturday March 25 in a statement signed by the Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye informed Nigerians of its decision to present the certificates to the victorious candidates in accordance with the law.

The statement read in part thus:

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.”

“Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, and Friday 31st March 2023 for the issuance of certificates of return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect.”

He further explained that the presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the Federation as Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of each state are mandated to inform the recipients of specific dates for the presentation”.


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Akwa-Ibom 2023: I Am The Confirmed and Authentic PDP Guber Candidate- Umo Eno




Pastor Umo Eno
Pastor Umo Eno
Seasoned Entrepreneur, Pastor Umo Eno has declared emphatically that he is the confirmed and authentic Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Akwa-Ibom State.
Reacting to speculations in the media in the past few days about his purported replacement, Pastor Umo urged supporters and people of Akwa Ibom to ignore the rumours as he was validly nominated and had gone through all the processes.
He noted that he was certain that he will overcome and that is reason he has remained unperturbed and focused on his campaign, telling people his agenda for the state.
Speaking at the Local Government Headquarters, Oko Ita to a packed-to-capacity audience, the gubernatorial candidate said he will introduce commercial agriculture to Ibiono in order to engage the youths and women in a big way.
He also promised to build modern market, roads and upgrade the schools in the area.
Pastor Eno who described himself as an adopted son of Ibiono Ibom promised to deliver more dividends of democracy that they would have enjoyed if their son was governor.
He noted that the next election is a battle between two kingdoms; the kingdom of light and darkness, and urged the people to support him so that the state will not go back to the dark days of killings and kidnappings.
He noted that having invested in the state for over 25 years, created jobs and impact communities, he was the best qualified gubernatorial candidate.
He said his economic blueprint encapsulated in the ARISE Agenda aims at Agricultural Revolution, Rural Development, Infrastructural Maintenance/Advancement, Security Management and Educational Advancement will bring the golden era in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking at the occasion, First Lady, Dr ( Mrs.) Martha Udom Emmanuel who represented her husband, Governor Udom Emmanuel urged all present to vote for the PDP because the party had consistently brought progress to Akwa Ibom.
She stated that Pastor Umo Eno was a a humble man of competence and capacity who will continue the giant strides of her husband by furthering peace and prosperity.
Speakers at the event which was also attended by Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, such as
Commissioner for information, Comrade Ini Ememobong, Chairman Ibom Airport Developement Company Limited, Dr. Iniobong Essien, Federal House of Representatives candidate, Barr. Ime Okon, State House of Assembly Candidate, Hon Godwin Ekpo, Abai Ibiono, Obong Nsima Umoh, Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, SSA Youths, Mr. Aniefiok Iwaudofia and others all affirmed that the people of Ibiono Ibom having benefitted so much from Governor Udom Emmanuel will massively vote for the PDP.

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