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YOUTHS ARE LEADERS OF TODAY AND NOT TOMORROW

Without any iota of doubt, this topic is germane to the current political ,social and economic developments in Nigeria as she is searching for ways and means  to salvage her systems in the quagmire she plunged herself owing to past bad or ineffective leadership.

By the way, who are the youths and which areas can they function well in society or government? Are they tomorrow’s leaders or today’s?

Youths, according to New Lexicon Dictionary of the English Language(Encyclopedic Edition) ”is the state or quality of being young ; the period from childhood to maturity”. Youths can function well in the home they come from,while in school,as an apprentice under a master, in his environment, churches,mosques and in the government.Youths have their parts to play in all the institutions mentioned above and more. But the question is whether they are performing their roles or deferring to the future because of the usual saying ‘that they are leaders of tomorrow’. Anyone who listens to the ranting of the ants will never gets anywhere in life. There is no other tomorrow but today. Youths are leaders of today and not tomorrow; that tomorrow is TODAY.It is expedient to know that life cannot reward you more than the contribution you can make. What you make out of life depends on what you put into it. What necessitated your placement in life was a problem and when you depart the world, you are going to be remembered for two things: the problem you solved or the one you created. You are either solving or creating problem. You cannot be a plus and still a minus. Your relevance as a youth is tied to the problem you solve. You don’t need to wait till tomorrow before you can solve a problem you can conveniently solve today.

The Nigeria I979 Constitution refers to a youth as a person between the ages of 18-35. But what we find in Nigeria are Youth leaders of about 50 years old! Where are the youths below 50? The answer to this, forms part of the problems facing the youths preventing them from taking their stand in Nation building.In broader sense,youths are people who have the energy, vigour and enthusiasm to get things done. It is a state of mind not a function of age;the quality of imagination, resolute in courage over timidity and undiluted appetite for progressive reasoning. The leadership cadres in Nigeria are extremely saturated with aged politicians, technocrats who believe nation building is their exclusive preserve and as such, youths should hold on until their demise to operate. But kudos to President Buhari who gave his consent to the ”not too young to run bill”,which has now become part of our law. This however,does not portends the aged to be out of political or economic seats. Some are still vibrant but they should be at the background as counselors and watchdogs.

It is not only in politics that youths can prove their mettle. Economically and technologically they are vital instruments to make Nigeria great. The inventor of electricity Michael Faraday was a self-taught scientist,who without a degree in electrical / electronic engineering or a degree in Physics gave the world electricity. Faraday had no formal education but embraced self education. What you need is what is within you . A mechanical engineering student should strife to develop a Piston or Radiator . When you start your project, sooner than later finance help will surface The same with a chemical engineering and computing students Develop software or write better programmes for Nigeria and the world that will impact on the people even at the grassroots.

Bill Gates as a teenager gave the world Microsoft and became the world richest. Michael Dell was also a student when he started DELL Computer and became the largest employer of labour and computer manufacturer. Ted Turner (owner of Cable News Network(CNN) ) never had a university degree. As youths , embrace and focus on what you are good at. Give training and re-training a chance and associate with like minds on positive things. Be consistent” A man is but a product of his thoughts” says Mahatma Gandhi. The energy and brightness of the minds of youths acts as torchbearer for national development. The time to do this is now and not tomorrow because there is no other tomorrow but TODAY. Kidnappings ,ritual killings, armed robbery,vote buying during elections ,hooliganism and many other obnoxious vices are termites of progress and not the solutions to our gargantuan challenges.

Finally,Youths must put God first in all they do, a life without God is in crises. Ask God for direction and He will surely lead you. Work hard, pray hard, shun violence and avoid evil associates. When you avoid all these vices,the sky is just the beginning. You will sooner than later be part of policy formulators and executors in your society.
By: Idowu Tunde

DRUG ADDICTION/ABUSE

The topic of discourse is not a new one. Many erudite scholars and professionals have dealt deeply on the subject matter. However, because it has always been a headache to the addicts themselves, the homes, society and government, thereby constituting a big nuisance to the society on daily basis, we found it imperative to revisit the hydra-headed subject.

Drug addiction or abuse is not peculiar to any country. It is a global phenomenon. In fact ,it was reliably reported that most of these deadly drugs found their ways into   this continent, nay Nigeria through the Western world. For instance, certain evidences suggest that the cultivation of cannabis and its use as a drug was introduced into Africa from India by the SUFI sect and Asian traders and travelers probably around 16th century. Also, there was the evidence that soldiers returning from world war II were responsible for increased incidence of cannabis  abuse in West Africa particularly, in Nigeria. By the name India hemp, one would find it difficult not to concur the entry of the weed from India.

We shall try to look at various types of harmful drugs and see how they are being abused by the youths, and adults, the negative effect or damage that these drugs are having on youths, homes society and national developments. We shall also lend our voice to some prescriptions to curb the menace of drug addiction or abuse.

DEFINITION: Drug abuse or addiction can be defined as….’as excessive or inappropriate use of (psycho-active) substance by a person, such use being considered or judged  to be illegal or immoral by the culture and resulting in harm to the person or society”. A drug user is addicted to the substance fond of using when his/her body starts to need it regularly and unable to stop using it.

TYPES OF DRUGS ABUSED-Depending on the country concerned or the environment, various drugs that are being abused are as follow 🙁 but not exhaustive)-benzene, glue and petrol, cocaine, heroin, cannabis (marijuana or Indian hemp),opium, china capsule etc.

In Nigeria, the common types are cocaine, cannabis sativa, or marijuana, cough syrup, China capsule and alabukun powder. We also have some high content spirits/alcohol for consumption which some addicts soak with marijuana, dry it drink the solution and also smoke the weed. Some also inhale the alabukun powder in a bid to get high.

Research has shown that there is the increase of abuse of benzene by inhalation among the Sudanese children. Also, Kenga, Somalia, Swaziland and Zambia show abuse of glue and petrol by inhalation. In Ethiopia, Kenga, Madagascar and Somalia, the substance KHAT is chewed to get them excessively excited or intoxicated.

In Nigeria, cannabis, cough syrup, glue and lizard dung are used by students. Their excuse for the use of cannabis is to improve their academic performances and enable them to socialize or active. The truck drivers, labourers, bus conductors, load carriers at the markets, civil servants, top politicians and technocrats make use of cannabis sativa to keep themselves agile while labourers put a defense that it give them extra energy to do their work. The same with top rated artisans and musicians who indulge in these drugs in order to perform actively on stage even though some of them always deny their involvement in drugs until tested positive like the athletes using it for the pitch events. In Nigeria , another dimension to it is mixing cough syrup with water or soft drink. They sip this unsuspectingly until they begin to misbehave or become hyper active. This is common among students

HOW PEOPLE GET ADDICTED:

  1. Peer pressure-this may be from their mates either in school or environment
  2. An addicted close family friend may introduce it to his/her cousin.
  3. Wrong association or unholy gathering or parties.
  4. Get rich quickly syndrome-via introduction to unlawful or wrong kind of business as drug trafficking or being a baron across the globe.
  5. Lack of parental care or broken homes
  6. Joblessness or idleness.

NEGATIVE EFFECT OF DRUG ADDICTION

  1. Production of maladjusted citizens
  2. Constant motor accidents on highways

3.Increased rate of armed robbery and kidnapping

  1. It destroys the natural immune system that guards people against certain infections.

5.Insanity-cases abound in our psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation centre and on the streets and corners.

6 It gives bad image to the country concerned as barons and traffickers  ae easily caught and either jailed or killed depending on the point of arrest and the law of that land.

WHAT TO DO

  1. Parents should be very close to their children.
  2. Parents should try to conduct  a background check on their children’s friends to know them intimately.

3 Schools should make use of professional counselors and psychologists to put students on the right path.

  1. Vocational skills should be introduced and intensified in schools to curb idleness.

5 Affluent in the society should impact the indigent ones to rid our society of miscreants.

6.Our motor parks, roadsides kiosks and public places should be rid of traders selling or hawking these harmful drugs. Constant raiding of these places should be intensified with sincerity of purpose and patriotism.

  1. The word of God should be exposed to the addicts as the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

WHAT IS SELF?

 

The concept of ‘self’ is wide and diverse depending on one’s perception. To a layman, ‘self’’ could mean innate ability, while some other people may view it as the natural gift ordained by God. Some people might take it further on the semantic and view it as traits of arrogance or self aggrandizement. It is pertinent therefore, to look at this concept of ‘’self’’ deeply and juxtapose it with our contemporary world to know how it can be of help or otherwise to us as individuals and society at large. With this background about ‘self’ talk, we can conveniently ask the question-what is self? Your ‘self’ Is what people call ‘I’ or ‘Me’. Your ‘self’ is the centre of your personal world. Let’s look at the components:

BASIC COMPONENTS OF SELF: (1) THE NATURAL SELF- The first component is your natural self. Everybody has a fundamental inner nature or inner core of genetics, drives, instincts and human potentials-this is your animal nature (human beings are higher animals).Your animal nature is the same among living beings. For example: needs for food, shelter, physical safety, belonging and love. Some of these traits are unique to individuals to realize his good ‘self’. This is the natural self.

2.’ LEARNED SELF’- The next one is’ learned self’-This ‘self’ is a product of your social learning history.

This may be the way you have been groomed in your vocation to see or view yourself and skills in constraints of reality. Most of us have diverse ways of thinking about ourselves that prevent us from attaining our human potentials. Therefore, your learned self can be good or bad but usually admixture of both.

  1. CHOOSING’ SELF’: Another form of ‘self’ is choosing ‘self’. Your natural self represent your endowed gift, while your learned self reflects your reminiscences. Your ‘choosing self’ represents your capacity to make your life through your choices now and in the future. Thus, you are in the constant process of creating yourself. This provides you with the capacity to choose to throw away the ugly habits of thinking and’ self’ talk  of your ‘learned self’  that block your fulfilling the inner core of your nature or ‘natural self’. You can also use this principle to choose the aspect of your natural ‘self’ that you wish to develop. This will help particularly for the development of social interest and concern for others that goes beyond ‘self’ interest.
  2. SELF SUPPORT: Finally, is the self support. You can realize your human potential when you employ the self support. What it thus portends is that you can choose to either be your own best friend or your worst enemy as the saying goes. If you can win this conflict or make progress in it, you may likely lead a freer, happier and more fulfilled life. The cost however, for those in the other negative struggle side can be too high or costly. Those cost may include regular strife, alienation, escape into alcohol, hard drugs, promiscuity, violence and even suicide since they are unable to master their inner self cognitively. This weakness has brought down kingdoms/empires and rulers inconsequential. In a nutshell, avoid putting yourself or society down with the way you apply negative ‘self’ or ‘I’ talk. Avoid unnecessary rigid self perception. Accept your mistakes and enter the mood to put things rightly using the right word that will endear you and the society you live for positive development-By:IDOWU JULIUS

 

10 WAYS TO CREATE A WORKPLACE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE-By-Idowu Tunde

There, are some places of work that employees want to stay as long as they are comfortable and progressing irrespective of  pay packets. Also, there are many workplaces that no sooner workers are employed than they long for how to opt out.

Below are 10 tips of what can create a workplace that people want to leave not minding even the huge pay packets:

  1. Leave people out of the loop and never involve them in decisions or problem -solving.
  2. Dump solutions on them without context or background.
  3.  Always say  and demonstrate that your people are children, lazy  or criminals and thank God that you are there to stop them from stealing the rug…..
  4.  Discourage flexibility of approach and tell people what to do and how.
  5. Fail to match work to competence and give people the wrong job.
  6. Talk rudely and derogatively to your employees in public  in the name of correction.
  7. When you play selective justice or favouritism , divide and rule among staff.
  8. The welfare of your staff is not always taken into consideration but only to work and everything centres on yourself and your family.
  9. When you always threaten your staff to resign at the slightest mistakes or provocation.
  10. When as the boss, you break rules at will without recourse to policy but blames others for it.

A PEEP AT 2017 WORLD POST DAY AS CELEBRATED IN OSUN STATE,NIGERIA

October 9th, 2017 will not be forgotten in a hurry as witnessed in another anniversary of the World Post Day in NIPOST Osogbo District Office.
One of  the key events of the anniversary  was a paper presented  by Mrs Idowu, B.O. ,senior Postal Controller in the District entitled ”Transforming the Post in an Enabling Economy to Align with Global System”.
Brief history of the universal postal union (UPU)was recalled as it came into being on 9th October,1874 as a unique agency for co-ordinating the postal policies among member nations. She referred to the economy of the world being in coma and Nigeria also not left out. She quickly pointed out that Nigeria had course to thank God because ”we are out of economic recession”.
However, she posited that the Federal government needs to focus on the potentiality of NIPOST to make her  function very well in line with global posts.
According to her, NIPOST has been functioning  well in her traditional roles of postal delivery, counter services, private mail bag delivery and the like. Also, new products such as logistics, IPS, sales of online NECO,WAEC registration cards and Electronic Money Transfer(I.F.S.) were introduced and effective but need improvement to generate more revenue.

Furthermore, that ,” to post post into prosperity, transformation  must take place’ ‘She defined transformation as  complete change in someone or something; which means that transformation ” we are clamouring for, could come through us (as NIPOST staff), the government ,in terms  of policy implementation and financial commitment and also our customers patronages who are our partners in sustainable development of our services”. Therefore, according to the paper presenter, to transform the post in an enabling economy, the following panacea must be explored and effectively put in place:
– More investment in infrastructures and stronger government commitment to the postal sector, in order to enter the  digital age more easily
– Efforts should be intensified  to making NIPOST join the league of organizations issuing vehicle license, driving license and international passport as it is done in advanced countries.
– NIPOST should monitor both legal and illegal courier services.
-There should not be any digital gap between urban and rural areas, which means internet facilities must be installed in all offices .
– All staff should be marketers and marketing focused.
-Positive change ,must  start with staff; change your orientation and think positively.
-Every product should be adequately valued eg. EMS, Logistics, Postcash  etc; tell people about NIPOST products and be customers friendly.
– Do NIPOST business as your personal business. Let your slogan be ”if NIPOST succeeds it means Iam a success”.
Mrs Idowu rounded off the presentation by concluding that to transform the post in an enabling economy to align with global system is possible  if there is improvement in infrastructures, innovation and better addressing system.
Finally, she said’ NPOST is firmly focused on the future and taking steps to
modernize ,grow her capacity and range of services but also not forget to motivate NIPOST staff in terms of better remuneration.

SELF IMPOSED COLONIZATION OR 'CIVILIZATION'?

Every nation of the world has its culture or tradition of naming her new born baby. Among the white race, their style of naming is quite different from that of the Africans .A white man can name his child, Stone, Wood, Green, White, Wall and what have you. With the Africans, especially Nigeria and Yoruba race in particular; names given to children at birth are very significant and depend on the circumstances at birth.
In Yoruba grammar, a name can be spelt as the bearer of such name wants it. For example, the name-Abimbola can also be spelt Abinbola,Olayiwola can be spelt Layiwola without altering their meanings. This applies to a host of other Yoruba names. The examples of Yoruba names given above and their orthography(spelling) have meanings in relation to the circumstances of birth or lineages such people originated from. Their spellings notwithstanding, have not altered the meanings attached to them and they are not ambiguous or misleading.
To go to the pre-occupation of this piece, something ugly, demeaning and frustrating has crept into the way Yoruba people spell their names nowadays. They have changed the original and generally acceptable way of spelling Yoruba names which will portray them as Yoruba people. We don’t know what is the matter with these set of people, who still believe that until they interpolate English alphabets into their Yoruba names, they are not yet civilized. The question is –Is this civilization or self imposed colonization?
The alarming rate at which these Yoruba people change their names at will especially on facebook, twitter, etc is too worrisome. Please go through the following to see how insulting and misleading the spellings are: OLUWAFEMI- changed to-HOLLUWAPHEMY,OPEYEMI to-HORPEYYEMMY, ABOSEDE to-HABOZEDEY,OLADAYO to HAWLERDAYOH, the list is in exhaustive.
The above Yoruba names put in English spellings are not only wrong, but misleading not only to the young Yoruba folks but to foreigners interested in the language. It is too misleading to Yoruba folks who are just getting to understanding the Yoruba language and how names are correctly spelt.
Where are we heading to in Nigeria about our culture? What is wrong with these set of Yoruba people who had thrown away our culture and language for the foreign one? An Englishman or woman would rather acquire a Yoruba name instead of bastardizing it. A glaring reference is the late Yoruba culture Icon, SUZAN WENGER. Because of the affinity and respect she had for Yoruba culture, allowed herself to be called ‘’Adunni Orisa’’.
Yoruba language is gradually going into extinction viz-a-viz her culture and these set of people are not helping matters. They are enemies of culture and Yoruba race in particular.
China, is one of the fastest growing countries in the world in terms of technology.Yet, they use their indigenous languages as language of instruction in their schools. The same can be mentioned of Japan, one of the highly industrialized countries in the world. What is wrong with Nigerians? We don’t value what we have but prefers looking outside. It is high time the language experts and the education ministry did something about this ugly trend .We should value our language and culture and not trying to be other people. We should desist from being English more than the English people. Those involved in mutilating our language should have a re-think.

ESCAPE FROM 'GULAG'

The exact date and month I cannot recollect now, but I guess it was around June/July of the year 2005 when I came to Lagos for the greener pasture.My inability to put this in print ever since that time was deliberate as I decided to allow a breathing space on the story to hide my identity so as not to allow the high-muck-a-muck ‘specialist’  to feed on my innocent blood.

The day was bright and promising. I have just returned from work as a guardian to teenagers in a boarding house where one of them was sick  and decided to take him to a nearby ‘Clinic’ in the highbrow estate in Ikoyi,Lagos. One spectacular thing about this ‘infamous clinic’ is that it has no signpost(and not planning to have one)because of the reason best known to the owner despite others in the neighbourhood having signposts in their various hospitals/clinics.

Most of the time,this lone ranger ‘doctor’ was not always in his clinic but allows patients to be admitted on menial ailments just to make his money. What they do is to place the patient on drips for the doctor to attend(if fortunate) to him two or three days later!

On that fateful dayas usual,he was not in the office. Idid all the registration/documentations for the boy and was diagnosed of typhoid(by the nurses) and put on admission. I was visiting the boy on regular basis at the hospital and the boy’s complaints each time was not able to see the doctor. Surprisingly, he was discharged the third day and was left to leave the hospital alone to go home and come back for his injections! I met the boy in the hostel  when I returned from work and wondered why he left the hospital. He narrated his travail and vowed not to go back to the ‘clinic’ despite having injections to take. I calmed him and let him realised the implications of not completing the dose of prescribed injections.. He obliged but did not fail to recollect all the trauma he went through:bad ventilation,mosquitoes, bad food and a host of others.Mind you, he had not yet seen the doctor but only nurses.

The following day,in company of my superior officer,went to the clinic for a comprehensive report on the boy’s ailment and whether it was true he had been discharged ‘but the doctor was not available. We left the clinic but my boss left a message for the doctor to send his bills to the office for payment if it was true the boy had been discharged.

I repeated the visit the third day with the boy and yet the doctor was in the office but was quickly called on phone by his receptionist and surprisingly, in a jiffy made his way to his clinic and ushered us into his office. He gave a stern instruction to his receptionist not to allow anyone  in and put the door under lock with key and put the key in his pocket!! I was flabbergasted.It was like a criminal in the dock giving evidence before the jury! To safe time, I opened the discussion by thanking him for his ‘efforts’ treating my boy and the information that he had been discharged. That we came together for him to receive the remaining injections.I did not forget to remind him that he should forward his bills to my office as earlier said.

To anybody who has witnessed a snake spit his venom before, such would be better imagined how strangely this ‘doctor’ began to vomit fire! To my consternation,he laced me with virulent and vituperative words for almost an hour! We became(me and the patient) a prey to this vampire ‘doc’ who did not stop with his display of shame and callousness but descended on my boss(in absence) as well.He posted horrible words at my boss-to use his words”I want you to to tell those useless people who sent you here so that they can come here to meet me…I will show them the stuff Iam made of….” When I could no longer stomach his unwarranted  insults,threats,vituperation and scurrilous remarks on my personality and that of my boss,called him to order(forgetting that I was in a ‘dungeon’) afterall,we were his customers and customers ,no matter what happens ,as business etiquette is concerned are always right and we have not committed any crime to warrant such negative response. I cut in boldly and said”Mr man, I am not here to fight but to thank you and to see to the fomal discharge of the boy admitted in your hospital”. He became furious the more. He became ferocious.He rose from his seat and pounced on me like the infamous and inglorious Orji-the notorious cannibal of Lagos in the early 90’s. This self acclaimed Doc(as I later learnt that he is not a qualified doctor but married a nurse) stood;held me by the tie and pronounced that he would kill me.! Hear him”-You called me Mr man,who is your Mr man? I can kill you now and nothing would happen”. This was unbelievable in a civilized society with a supposedly ‘literate’ being who we all believe are engaged in humanitarian service. No wonder his office has no signpost!

I was terrified at this juncture. What filled my heart went beyond his wild moment.I was seeing poisoned injections,acidic knives or even forceful application of killer drugs on us. I kept calm and did not struggle or respond  to all his threats and violent words,afterall,he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. He had made up his mind to eliminate us and cover his tracks-he confirmed this in his statement of wrath,maybe he’s a professional at this.

Ask me what my boy ,the patient was doing? He was shivering,mouth agape and flabbergasted. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was like a theatre of the absurd left for the two of us to watch alone.

My boy was looking at the two of us like a dodo but suddenly with tears in his eyes, he summoned courage and muttered some sympathetic words-”Please Sir, leave him for my sake” These few words worked like magic and the butcher withdrew  his ‘knife’ and the day was saved from the vampire under the cassock of a medical doctor.He brought out his office key from his pocket and opened his office door for us ,having held us hostage for almost one hour! As we escaped from the ‘ doctor’s’ gulag, WE BURST INTO A VICTORY SONG AND PRAISES TO GOD that saved us from untimely grave.

Please take a cue from the above scenario; take somebody along whenever you want to visit a clinic or any stranger and let somebody be on the standby for you,awaiting your coming out . If you are arrested ,somebody will go back home to report.

By Idowu Akintunde.

To

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The exact date and month I cannot recollect now, but I guess it was around June/July of the year 2005 when I came to Lagos for the greener pasture.My inability to put this in print ever since that time was deliberate as I decided to allow a breathing space on the story to hide my identity so as not to allow the high-muck-a-muck ‘specialist’  to feed on my innocent blood.

The day was bright and promising. I have just returned from work as a guardian to teenagers in a boarding house where one of them was sick  and decided to take him to a nearby ‘Clinic’ in the highbrow estate in Ikoyi,Lagos. One spectacular thing about this ‘infamous clinic’ is that it has no signpost(and not planning to have one)because of the reason best known to the owner despite others in the neighbourhood having signposts in their various hospitals/clinics.

Most of the time,this lone ranger ‘doctor’ was not always in his clinic but allows patients to be admitted on menial ailments just to make his money. What they do is to place the patient on drips for the doctor to attend(if fortunate) to him two or three days later!

On that fateful day as usual,he was not in the office. I did all the registration/documentations for the boy and was diagnosed of typhoid(by the nurses) and put on admission. I was visiting the boy on regular basis at the hospital and the boy’s complaints each time was not able to see the doctor. Surprisingly, he was discharged the third day and was left to leave the hospital alone to go home and come back for his injections! I met the boy in the hostel  when I returned from work and wondered why he left the hospital. He narrated his travail and vowed not to go back to the ‘clinic’ despite having injections to take. I calmed him and let him realized the implications of not completing the dose of prescribed injections.. He obliged but did not fail to recollect all the trauma he went through:bad ventilation,mosquitoes, bad food and a host of others.Mind you, he had not yet seen the doctor but only nurses.

The following day,in company of my superior officer,went to the clinic for a comprehensive report on the boy’s ailment and whether it was true he had been discharged ‘but the doctor was not available. We left the clinic but my boss left a message for the doctor to send his bills to the office for payment if it was true the boy had been discharged.

I repeated the visit the third day with the boy and yet the doctor was in the office but was quickly called on phone by his receptionist and surprisingly, in a jiffy made his way to his clinic and ushered us into his office. He gave a stern instruction to his receptionist not to allow anyone  in and put the door under lock with key and put the key in his pocket!! I was flabbergasted.It was like a criminal in the dock giving evidence before the jury! To safe time, I opened the discussion by thanking him for his ‘efforts’ treating my boy and the information that he had been discharged. That we came together for him to receive the remaining injections.I did not forget to remind him that he should forward his bills to my office as earlier said.

To anybody who has witnessed a snake spit his venom before, such would be better imagined how strangely this ‘doctor’ began to vomit fire! To my consternation,he laced me with virulent and vituperative words for almost an hour! We became(me and the patient) a prey to this vampire ‘doc’ who did not stop with his display of shame and callousness but descended on my boss(in absence) as well.He posted horrible words at my boss-to use his words”I want you to to tell those useless people who sent you here so that they can come here to meet me…I will show them the stuff Iam made of….” When I could no longer stomach his unwarranted  insults,threats,vituperation and scurrilous remarks on my personality and that of my boss,called him to order(forgetting that I was in a ‘dungeon’) afterall,we were his customers and customers ,no matter what happens ,as business etiquette is concerned are always right and we have not committed any crime to warrant such negative response. I cut in boldly and said”Mr man, I am not here to fight but to thank you and to see to the formal discharge of the boy admitted in your hospital”. He became furious the more. He became ferocious.He rose from his seat and pounced on me like the infamous and inglorious Orji-the notorious cannibal of Lagos in the early 90’s. This self acclaimed Doc(as I later learnt that he is not a qualified doctor but married a nurse) stood;held me by the tie and pronounced that he would kill me.! Hear him”-You called me Mr man,who is your Mr man? I can kill you now and nothing would happen”. This was unbelievable in a civilized society with a supposedly ‘literate’ being who we all believe are engaged in humanitarian service. No wonder his office has no signpost!

I was terrified at this juncture. What filled my heart went beyond his wild moment.I was seeing poisoned injections,acidic knives or even forceful application of killer drugs on us. I kept calm and did not struggle or respond  to all his threats and violent words,afterall,he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. He had made up his mind to eliminate us and cover his tracks-he confirmed this in his statement of wrath,maybe he’s a professional at this.

Ask me what my boy ,the patient was doing? He was shivering,mouth agape and flabbergasted. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. It was like a theatre of the absurd left for the two of us to watch alone.

My boy was looking at the two of us like a dodo but suddenly with tears in his eyes, he summoned courage and muttered some sympathetic words-”Please Sir, leave him for my sake” These few words worked like magic and the butcher withdrew  his ‘knife’ and the day was saved from the vampire under the cassock of a medical doctor.He brought out his office key from his pocket and opened his office door for us ,having held us hostage for almost one hour! As we escaped from the ‘ doctor’s’ gulag, WE BURST INTO A VICTORY SONG AND PRAISES TO GOD that saved us from untimely grave.

Please take a cue from the above scenario; take somebody along whenever you want to visit a clinic or any stranger and let somebody be on the standby for you,awaiting your coming out . If you are arrested ,somebody will go back home to report.

By Idowu Akintunde.

VALENTINE DAY

Valentine Day is a unique day that is celebrated on February 14th. People in the United States, Canada, Australia and most European countries celebrate Val’s Day.

In Nigeria and other African countries, Valentine day has also been embraced and celebrated with pomp and pageantry.

Many people send greeting cards called Valentine’s to sweethearts,friends and family members. Some people send flowers or Candy to their wives,husbands,friends or sweethearts. Many Valentine candy boxes are heart shaped and adorned with red ribbon.

I recall with nostalgic how Valentine Day was celebrated during my secondary school days in the early60s-70s. Some days before February 14th,wrapped papers with the inscriptions of names of all students and staff would be passed round the school for all to pick a name. The name of the one you picked became your Valentine. On the Val Day itself,everybody would sit in a circumference on the school’s pitch or playground as the chief organizer opened the show ,mentioned his own name and requested to know his Valentine. His Valentine would emerge and they would exchange gifts or handshake. And this would go round until everybody was able to know and met with his or her Valentine. It was all fun lazed with light refreshment and we all looked forward to the D.DAY.

No one knows for sure how Valentine’s Day started. The idea of sending greetings on Valentine’s Day goes back more than a hundred years ago. Some people think this idea may have come from from events  in the life of saint Valentine, a Christian Saint.

One story says that Valentine was a friend of many children. The Romans put him in prison because he believed in Jesus Christ and would not pray to Roman gods. The children missed Valentine and tossed loving notes to him through the windows of his jail cell.This story may explain why people send messages on Valentine Day.

Valentine cards were first sold in the early 18000’s. Many of them were blank inside, leaving a space for the sender to write a message.

Kate Greenaway, a British artist, became famous for her Valentine’s in the late 1800’s. Many of her cards had pictures of happy children and lovely gardens.Valentine’s include both humorous and romantic cards. Special ones are printed for sweethearts and for husbands,wives and relatives.

In Nigeria today,Val Day had been adopted and taken seriously. Lovers meet on February 14th every year to” show their love” for one another. Cinema houses, Malls are visited. They hold hands ,go for shopping and end up in one another arms. Some may be lucky to meet new friends  on Val’s day. Many of the Val’s cards they give read”BE MY VALENTINE”

As you mark this year Valentine Day on February 14 ,remember to show love to your friends and neighbours. Beware  of lust and don’t borrow  unnecessarily to celebrate Valentine day-It is just a day.Husbands,wives,you are to show love and care always to your spouse and not just on February 14 alone. May the brotherly and sisterly love continue. Remember and love your country Nigeria too by doing the right thing to change it for better.

Happy Valentine Day.

By-Akintunde Idowu

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