POLITICS IS A DIRTY GAME ONLY GOOD PEOPLE CAN MAKE CLEAN

With recent unpleasant events unfolding around the world, it seems almost impossible to predict what the future holds. While still trying to curtail a global pandemic, various countries are presently facing challenges that we will consider awkward. Challenges that can be easily averted if the right measures are put in place.

Yemen for instance, a country in the middle east, is presently raging with a civil war that has claimed more than 16,000 lives and left about 13 million people on the brink of starvation. The conflict in Yemen has its roots in the failure of a political transition. United States of America, aside from recording the highest cases and death rate from corona virus (over 2 million Coronavirus cases and over 110 thousand deaths as at June 18, 2020 in United states.), is experiencing civil unrest sparked by extreme racism and police excessive brutality. Burundi, a country in East Africa with a population of about 11 million, disregarded safety measures to prevent Coronavirus by going ahead to hold general elections on 20 May, 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic. The outgoing president of Burundi, however, died of a sudden illness, suspected to be COVID-19 in June 2020, and his wife, according to unconfirmed reports was flown to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital after contracting COVID-19. The late Burundi president refused to impose restrictions despite the threat posed by Coronavirus pandemic, by allowing sporting events and mass political rallies to go ahead. Nigeria, the previously admired giant of Africa, since the sudden rise in insurgency activities dating back to 2009, especially in the North-Eastern parts of the country, has failed to put an end to these menaces. Boko Haram, the terror group operating in North-East Nigeria, has killed tens of thousands of both civilians and military, and displaced over 2 million people from their homes and was at one time the world’s deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.

There are tons of issues you will find in almost all countries of the world, each country having their own peculiar challenges. The uniting factor or something most nations with challenges have in common, is that; they all look up to politicians, expecting them to create solutions to these problems and they also point accusing fingers at politicians as the creators of these challenges.

WHO ARE POLITICIANS

Politicians rule the world and this is because; politics is the activities associated with governance of a country or area. A politician who secures a position in government will have an increasing power over the people being governed and will also have an improved status. When a politician makes a bad decision, the people being governed suffer for it and likewise, when a politician makes a good decision, the people benefit from it. From developed countries to developing countries, the importance of politicians cannot be overemphasized. They simply dictate what happens in their countries, some are even powerful enough to dictate what happens in other countries.

THEY ARE IN CHARGE

Considering how important the job of a politician is, bearing in mind that it also affects a lot of lives, it is catastrophic for good people of high moral standing and knowledge, to not get involved in politics. Politicians are in charge, no doubt, and it is important that good people are in control of political powers over the world.

The silence and lack of participation of good people in politics, makes the situation really bad and can be described as lack of bravery or cowardly conformity to mediocrity.

The process to attaining political power is quite gruesome as we have seen so far. The truth is, if people with little or no empathy for human lives and the society can go through rigorous processes to attain a political position simply to cause havocs, then good people need to rise up to the occasion and raise a stiff opposition to ensure that they seize power so as to make the world a better place. Nelson Mandela is a perfect example of a good man who embraced politics and was able to transform the world, not just his country alone.

It is time for good people to brace themselves and embrace politics with bravery. Whether it is a platform of leading a small group of people within the community by appointment or election to representing a community, leading a state or a whole nation, good people must take responsibilities, especially in leadership.

When good people are in authority, the masses are happy, but when the bad are in power, the masses suffer.

Politics is a platform to dedicate to and have a life of service for a greater good not a platform of tyranny, oppression and looting.

The truth is; Politics is not a dirty game. A good friend of mine pointed out that Politics is a clean and beautiful game presently played by people with dirty mindset.

It is way better to die for a cause than to live for nothing.

Just a piece of my heart.

Heart of Dave.

A WORLD WITHOUT RAPE

The sudden rise in rape cases across the world is becoming alarming. Having a world without rape is achievable. We simply need an outstanding strategy and a new plan.

UNDERSTANDING RAPE

Rape is a form of sexual assault. To understand what rape really means, there’s need to also understand the word; assault. An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person. In legal definition, assault is also viewed as a threat or an attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person that puts the person in immediate danger or in apprehension.

Rape is a sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without the person’s approval or consent. Various ways rape can happen includes; physical force, coercion, against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent; such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.

Regardless of what the reason behind a rape case is, it is never a justifiable act. The act of rape is wrong, morally, religiously and legally. Although any gender can be guilty of rape, it is most common to find men guilty of such. Scarcely will you find a scenario where a woman carries out the act of rape against a man. Cases of rape have been reported in all countries of the world, non spared.

CURRENT SITUATION

Recently, we have seen women come forward boldly to share their experiences through various platforms and we have also seen them get the right help and judgment they deserved against their offenders after speaking-out. But this has not stopped the rate at which rape has increased lately. Although it is a good move to have rape offenders face the wrath of the law, it is way better to have a world without rape.

NEW STRATEGIES NEW PLAN TO A WORLD WITHOUT RAPE

To have a world without rape, governments and individuals have huge roles to play with creating policies that will result in drastic decline in rape cases.

On the part of the government, the value of human lives should not be taken for granted. Anything that threatens the peaceful existence of a human life, such as rape, is expected to meet the full spectrum of the law. Rape offenders should be treated with harsh measures, they must bear the full wrath of the law without mercy which will serve as warning for others to desists from such acts.

Individuals on their part, are to incorporate family lessons or household lessons, which will certainly go a long way to keep people safe and raise respectful adults. Constantly reminding family members on how to go about treating people, will also help create a safer society. Parents are to be as close as possible to their children. Checkup on them several times a day and pay close attention to their demands.

Although these appear to be basic steps in the fight to curb rape, we will be amazed at what constant practises and implementations of these little efforts will do in the fight against rape.

Glad I could share a piece of my Heart with you.

Heart of Dave

VACCINE TO A SICK WORLD (edited)

Interestingly, there is an ancient explanation that best describes how the world system works. This explanation reveals that; the world system is just a cycle where; strong men create good times for the world. When times are too good in the world, the ancient cycle explains that good times create weak men. It further reveals that weak men create tough times for the world, and finally, tough times in the world, create strong men who in turn create good times for the world. So, according to the ancient cycle of how the world works, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, weak men create tough times and finally, tough times create strong men.

It is quite obvious that we are living in tough times. If we decide to embrace the ancient explanation of how the world works, it implies that these tough times we live in at the moment, were created by weak men. It also implies that these tough times will go on to forge strong men who will create good times for the world. This also aligns with these old sayings that; when times are tough, people get tougher and that, tough times do not last, but tough people do.

A VERY SICK WORLD

A little investigation will reveal that these tough times the world is facing presently were created by weak men who lacked discipline. From Corona virus now a global pandemic, to racism dividing states once united, to incessant rape cases in Nigerian, to the out-cry caused by corruption, the list goes on. Corona virus can be described as the repercussion of atrocities committed by weak men, originating from unhealthy interactions between humans and animals. The world would have been saved the stress of this pandemic if only those weak men were disciplined enough to abstain from animals that are not permissible for human consumption as meat.

The United states of America is currently having their share of what it feels like to have a disorganized society. This is a result of the recent unjustifiable actions of some American police officers who simply failed to execute their duties with high level of discipline and professionalism thereby leading to loss of lives. This has resulted to the violent protests in America which has further led to loss of more lives and valuable properties.

Recently in Nigeria, a young lady of 22, was raped and attacked inside the walls of a church. The recurrence of rape is becoming alarming and it is not out of place to implement drastic measures against rape offenders in Nigeria.

The world is paying a huge outrageous debt for the callousness of undisciplined weak men. The drastic repercussions of corruption, pollution and lawlessness are destroying lives globally. Corruption in Nigeria is becoming a national pandemic, and so racism in America. If still in doubt, look at what corruption is doing to Nigeria, making a mess of both economy and human lives. Racism, the old monster is back and is shredding America.

Pollution which I feel is a topic for another day, is making our world less human adaptable and is destroying both sea and land animals in huge numbers. Corona virus was just the last ride that broke the donkey’s back and probably the call for strong men to rise up to the occasion and create a good world as the ancient world cycle explanation reveals.

AN OPEN INVITATION TO BE STRONG

The sad reality is that there is still no reliable cure and feasible solution in sight to Corona virus which is quite funny considering how great nations previously boasted of their scientific strides. We are left with the option of criticizing and impatiently waiting for scientists to invent a vaccine that will put an end to this global pandemic. We have now seen firsthand, how vulnerable all countries can be, including those referred to as great nations.

Corona virus came with the uncovering of so many problems plaguing the world. Although these problems are not related to Corona virus, there is urgent need to address them from their roots.

As we look forward to a scientific breakthrough with a lasting solution for Corona virus, it is advisable and urgent that we all assume the status of strong men who will create a good world from these tough times. We do not need to be scientists in order to solve these world problem such as; incessant rape cases and corruption in Nigeria or racism in America. We simply need to be strong men and do what strong men do, which is to work hard to create a good world by setting right examples.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave

THEY ARE DETRACTORS

A detractor is a person that disparages or discourages you and they usually have a wrecking mission to accomplish; make you feel of little worth or make you think less of yourself. The moment you allow the thought of being less than yourself creep into your mind, your confidence, mood, emotions and productivity are all automatically compromised.

LEARN TO IDENTIFY YOUR DETRACTORS

Our detractors are mostly people in positions to influence our decisions and emotions. They could be work colleagues, family members, boss, partners, friends or neighbors. It is very important to learn how to identify those people who dampen your mood with their words and actions. Some detractors do it deliberately, possibly as a form of criticism or discouragement, so you feel worthless, while some, are natural detractors. Natural detractors simply talk down on anything or idea coming from you. Most times, they do not intend to hurt you deliberately, but that’s simply their attitude, it has become natural for them to look down or talk down on anything or anyone which also includes you.

A detractor, will simply listen to you share your brilliant ideas or those work plans that gets you excited and optimistic and while your expectation will be to get some encouragements, positive feedbacks and positive criticisms, this is never the result when you have a detractor around you. A detractor will make it clear to you that you are incapable to execute such ideas or will gladly remind you of previous mistakes you made while trying to implement a similar idea. Rather than help find ways your ideas can come alive, a detractor will be glad to show you both existing and non existing dead ends in your ideas. The result most times when your decisions and ideas are sieved by a detractor, will be discouraging and disappointing. Spending most of your time with a detractor or going through a detractor before you make a major or minor life decision can also be depressing.

It is best to cut off relationships with detractors completely, but in situations where they are around you possibly due to work or relationship status, the best bet solution is to mute their voices in your mind and pay attention to your cheer leaders. This simple solution to dealing with detractors by silencing their voices within you and identifying cheer leaders who you will pay more attention to by raising their voices within you, will go a long way to keep you going.

IDENTIFY YOUR CHEER LEADERS

The sad reality is that you cannot do without detractors at various stages of your life. They are simply everywhere and will constantly be around you as long as you are working on something of value. The simple hack and solution to dealing with detractors, is to; identify your cheer leaders and stay close to them. Your cheer leaders might not understand your ideas or grasp your strategies completely, but one thing they do best is to cheer you up and give you the necessary support to keep moving. Cheer leaders can also come to you in various forms aside humans, such as; inspirational songs, videos, books and movies that gets you back to a motivated mood. In scenarios where it is difficult to find cheer leaders, be your own cheer leader. Constantly listen to yourself more than you would listen to others. Do not give others the power to determine when you should be happy or sad, this decision should be totally up to you.

Detractors will give you reasons to give up but cheer leaders will gladly give you the needed support to keep up.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave

SHIFTING RESPONSIBILITIES AMONG NIGERIAN GENERATIONS

Few people seem optimistic that things will be alright with Nigeria in the nearest future, some are pessimistic with regards to the direction Nigeria is heading towards presently, and most, are uncertain of what the future holds for Nigeria. The fact will always be that things will remain the same except someone begins to act. I do not think it will be too much to ask, that we decide with resilient action to bring the proposed passion and energy we promise to have in the future into this present moment for us to create a better world here and now. Probably, this would turn Nigeria into a desirable nation. But sadly, our present reality is rather absurd;

OLDER GENERATION MAKING EXCUSES INSTEAD OF TAKING ACTION

Most Nigerians in their 50s upwards, when confronted with the question on the present condition of the nation, how we got to this point and what hope awaits, are mostly of the opinion and are quick to reveal that the older generation has failed on their part to redeem the nation and they also claim that it is up to the younger generation to salvage the country. I consider this excuse, quite absurd because from my understanding of failure, everyone one has had shares of failure at certain points in their lives. Failure will not and has never been a final destination or an end, it is simply part of life. What we do after failing is all that matters. Do we choose to accept failure? Or do we choose to pick ourselves back up, learn our lessons and try again with hope for better results. Sadly, the older Nigerian generation from 50 upwards are finding solace in accepting failure in governance and nation building. Sadly, they know the right steps to take but will rather not champion the right cause because they are unable to find the right forces to join their cause within their generation. Hence, they have resolved to stay in their comfort zones, accept fate, mind their businesses and family and simply gripe about bad governance and poor nation building whenever they have the opportunity or platform to. It has become comforting for them to easily say they have failed the nation and that everyone is looking up to the younger generation to redeem the country.

YOUNGER GENERATION ARE NOT READY TO PAY THE PRICE

Although the younger generation which comprises of those in their 40s downwards, are pointing accusing fingers at the older generation for permitting the deteriorating state of the country’s affairs, unfortunately, the younger generation are not willing to sacrifice anything to make sure things change for good. Rather, most of the younger generation are buying into the idea of finding succor in other countries. They are simply eloping in mass to other developed countries where life is way much better than ours. Our best young human talents are exported without limits to other countries where they are getting adequate values for their hard works, creativities and innovations. They simply jump at opportunities to migrate because on daily basis, hope in the nation seems to fade away. Are we to blame the younger generation for simply looking out for themselves and their families by migrating in mass to other countries or is the fight to redeem this nation a lost cause?

This simply means that our reality of having a better nation is simply a mirage until we learn to change our perspectives and take action.

REACHING A COMPROMISE

Would it be too much to ask both the younger and the older Nigerian generations to come together, create a force and find solutions to get rid of the common enemy that spells doom for us as a nation? My guess is that it will be a good idea to bank on the experiences of the older generation with a combination of skills from the younger generation to bring an end to the challenges we experience as a nation. Uniting in the fight against our common enemies such as; corruption and nepotism in all sectors will yield a much needed result. We need to come together, bridge the gap, identify our problems, face our fears and be confident that we are on the path to redeeming our nation from the claws of destruction.

It is true that the problems of our nation which are obviously human created are quite much. The best thing we can do for a start is to identify them. The journey of a thousand mile begins with a step. We have to be brave enough to identify our problems before we can proceed to confront them and find lasting solutions. We might fail at several attempts but we need to build up ourselves to the level where we are not afraid to try again and again. Failure is not an end, it is a process.

Feel free to identify some problems facing Nigeria at the comment section.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave

THE POLICE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND


People decide to join the police for different reasons best known to them. From my understanding, some joined because they are passionate and care about human lives, probably same way some doctors feel about human lives. These set of police officers would go the extra mile to unravel mysteries even if it means putting their lives in the line of fire. They are quite emotional and when you have the opportunity to meet them, probably to report a crime, they tend to be kind, understanding, assuring and ready to put in the extra work required to ensure that things are alright. Some chose to join because they are passionate about law and order. Those who joined because they crave to enforce law and order are those you might consider as strict officers. They do not flip or act weirdly, they simply do everything by the book, they dislike disorder. These set of officers prefer to keep it professional, they never want to be found wanting. Some people also joined the police because of power. They simply love it when they are in charge. These set, find it fascinating to be in control of others in ways they desire, hence, the police has become the safe haven where they feel supreme and in control. Finally, some people joined the police because it was the only available option of being employed . These set do not care about the hazards or commitments that come with the job, they simply want to be in a safe zone long enough to get their salaries at the end of every month. Although it is tempting to think, I choose not to believe that there are people who would join the police simply because they crave to bear guns and enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with chasing bad guys as we see in movies.

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING

It is important to know that behind every man or woman in a police uniform, is; a father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, lover and even guardian. Yes, they are humans also just like us, which implies they are allowed to have mood swings, suffer from broken relationships, worry about a sick child, mourn the loss of a loved one and also think about children’s school fees amongst other bills we also worry about . They are not super humans, but are people who also look forward to the end of the month to take something home to family members.

CALL OF DUTY

The police are not expected to serve as your personal acquaintance. They are a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce law, to ensure the safety of health and possessions of citizens, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their lawful powers include arrest and the legitimized use of force.

PRESENT DAY REALITY

It is glaring the police has not rightly enforced the law to a level the citizens are content with. We will agree that there are lapses when it comes to ensuring the safety of health and possessions of citizens by the police. They have not done a fantastic job in preventing crime so far. The citizens are not pleased with the conduct of some police officers who obviously have forgotten or probably did not know the duty call of the police. Hence, some citizens have decided to accept fate and take matters into their hands. Those who can afford private security services have all gone ahead to do so while those who cannot afford such luxury are taking extra precautionary measures to stay safe. Reports of police officers harassing and extorting citizens they are expected to protect is becoming the new norm.

POLICING THE POLICE

Hate cannot drive out hate. If we program ourselves to dislike the police, it will give some frivolous police officers more reasons to hate the citizens also. What if we try the love approach, probably it will give us the long anticipated miracle we long for with the police. By the love approach, I mean, complimenting the efforts of the police although they are obviously little efforts. By getting gifts to our regular neighborhood police officers probably for their children and by being generally nice to them. We can also look out for their basic needs while we expect them to look out for ours also. We can place our bet on love, considering love often wins.

We expect the police to be our friend. In a situation where they have not extended a friendship to us yet, there is absolutely nothing stopping us from extending our hand of friendship to the police. Who knows, they might be super glad to accept our friendship offer and be better police officers.

Love might be the way forward.

Feel free to leave a comment on ways you feel the police can improve generally.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave


BECOMING A POLITICIAN

Aside from being let down after falling in love, there are other ways a person’s  heart can be broken. One major way, is when a country fails to deliver on promises. No doubt, our country has been found wanting when it comes to living up to expectations.  All fingers are pointing to the managers of this country as creators of the problem. Funny enough, most people still look up to the problem creators for solutions.

NAGGING AND LEAVING WHEN POSSIBLE

There are visible lapses in all sectors of Nigeria’s economy. Infrastructures are not adequately developed and utilized. From roads to healthcare, agriculture, education, electricity, natural resources management, employment and much more, there is a very wide margin that seems impossible to close when it comes to optimizing and properly harnessing our values as a nation.

I would not stress for a second in listing out problems that has befallen us as a nation because it will only serve as an unsolicited repetition of what we see and hear every day. We are constantly letting go of our strong, intelligent, creative and industrious younger generation to countries with less resources, but with capable mangers who are utilizing their potentials. 

THE MANAGERS

Zuma Rock, Abuja, Nigeria

It is the duty of politicians who are the country’s managers, to fix this country because politics involves activities associated with making decisions in groups or other forms of power relations, such as distribution of resources. A politician has to be active in party politics and can also be a person holding or seeking an office in government. It is the duty of politicians to propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and its people. This implies that a politician can be anyone who seeks to achieve political power in any government institution.

PRIORITY SHIFT

There is a very major shift of what politics should be as the case applies to Nigeria. Politicians who are expected to propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and its people are focused on using the benefits and privileges of politics to seek personal gains and push for personal agendas. True politics should not in any way be self seeking it is people oriented. Those in the practice of misusing political privileges for selfish interest are not in any way, qualified to be referred to as politicians. They can be addressed as opportunists because in its true essence that’s actually who they are. It is justifiable as with human nature, to seek out personal gains and ways to make a person’s living condition better, but it should not be done on the platform of exploiting a political office.

IT IS UP TO THIS GENERATION

The proven fact that the older generation has failed Nigeria politically does not imply that failing should be a Nigerian political thread or that we should live in the fear of getting involved in politics. Politics is not bad, it is an act of service for a greater good. We have to be involved in politics, bearing in mind that the office is not meant for us to push for personal gains or family interests. True politics is when we propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and its people without being bias. Bearing this in mind, Nigeria can be salvaged from bad politicians or opportunists.

It is up to a select few from the younger generation, to redeem Nigeria politically. The process will be a tough fight, no doubt but every sacrifice made will be worth it.

Feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts about the Nigerian political environment and what the future holds for us when the right people are involved in Nigeria’s politics.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave

DARE TO BE BRAVE

A lot of people are not brave enough to live their dream lives because they are afraid to die. The truth is; the brave do not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.

BEST GIFT TO YOURSELF

The appropriate gift you can give to yourself without doubt of how essential it will be for you, with respect to the direction the world is heading to, is; bravery.

Bravery is simply a courageous character or behaviour that you build overtime. It is a state of having and showing quality mental and moral strength.

Some people, often wrongly conceptualize bravery as an act of rebellion, fury and arrogance, whereas, in its true sense, bravery is the art of living without limits and living life to the fullest within your capability.

PRESENT REALITY

Our present day reality reveals the fact that; opinions are all around us today. Everyone seems to have an opinion which they consider valid about you. They claim to have this super kind of knowledge about everything that concerns you even when they have no clue on what the subject or issue addresses. Once you let out a plan, idea or decide to share an issue bothering you, everyone seems to bear the full spectrum and have opinions on how you should go about handling such that concerns you, giving less room to your feelings and notions about the issue. From parents to siblings, bosses, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, relatives, partners and even neighborhood super market managers, everyone seems to have an opinion about how you should live your best life.

MANY VOICES SPEAKING

From social media platforms to social events, all the way to professional, business and religious platforms, a lot of voices and opinions are heard. Consuming all these opinions without the right filtering mechanism will only do you less good and obviously more harm, because at the end, you will realize that you are the captain of your ship and whether you succeed or fail, it will be no man’s doing but yours. Being aware that the full weight and consequences of your decisions will fall on you alone, I consider it wise to possess an amazing level of bravery with the ability to make up your mind to pursue those dreams that keeps you up most nights.

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

I have never heard of a mentally or an emotionally timid person who was able to conquer amazing heights. My concept of bravery reveals that the more you invest in developing the braver version of yourself, the more people consider you lucky and the more blessed you will consider yourself to be. Bravery opens up a whole new world of unimaginable possibilities for you. It also helps you discover your true self better. Bravery takes you out of your comfort zone and stretches you to an extreme point where you never imagined you could reach. The outcome of actions you take in bravery might not result in instant success but you can be guaranteed that it will make you a better person.

LOVE YOURSELF MORE

We are often taught to be selfless and to consider putting others before ourselves because therein lies the secret to making the world a better place. We are pressured into thinking that the suitable question to ask is always; what can we do for others? Hence, people who are brave enough to ask what they can do for themselves, are tagged selfish, self-seeking or self centered by a judgmental society. Is it justifiable to say that you spent your whole life helping others become their best at the cost of ignoring everything you want to become? Is it a crime to love yourself more than anyone or anything in this world? My view is that, you must first learn to love yourself before you can engage in act of loving others. You cannot change the world with a broken heart. It becomes a crime when you take what belongs to others for yourself. Once you become comfortable with your brave decisions to live your best life, you are placed in a better position to do things for others.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking advice from those you trust for anything and everything you dream about. Be brave enough to pursue such without fear of failing or the fear of what others will say or do to you. There are many voices in the world today, make sure yours is the loudest in your mind.

Just be brave.

Feel free to leave a comment, sharing tips on ways to develop bravery and how it can be better applied in our lives.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave.

UNDEFINED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NIGERIAN MILITARY AND CIVILIANS

It is the duty of a country’s military to defend the citizens against foreign and domestic enemies.

MILLION NAIRA QUESTIONS

As a Nigeria civilian citizen, have you ever been in a position where you exchanged pleasantries with a random military member of any service branch (army, navy and air-force) and you thanked them for their service? It gets even closer due to the fact that some people have active military members as family members, friends and acquaintances. Have you at any point reached out or put a call through, or texted them, thanking them for their service?

WHAT IS EXPECTED

We expect the Nigerian military to be a special breed of warriors forged by adversity and ready to answer the Nation’s call with an uncommon desire to succeed while protecting the Nigerian people, and their way of life. The trust of those who they have pledged to protect is paramount and their loyalty must make them humbly serve as guardian to fellow Nigerians while being always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.

We expect the Nigerian military to place the welfare and security of other Nigerians before theirs. They should be able to control their emotions and actions regardless of circumstances and always serve with honour on and off the battlefield. We demand uncompromising integrity and discipline to be their standard while achieving the mission and goals established by the country.

We expect the Nigerian military to be guided by the very principles that they serve to defend the citizens.

ISSUES

Having stated out what I feel an average Nigerian citizen expects from the country’s military, here are some observations and issues that don’t look really pretty for our military.

PROHIBITING CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHING FOR CIVILIANS

I have come across several video publications where civilians were been punished and subjected to discipline by Nigerian military members for wearing or possessing camouflage print clothing.

There are only 18 countries of 195 countries in the world that prohibits civilians from wearing or possessing camouflage print clothing. Nigeria is one of the 18 countries where it is prohibited by law for civilians to possess camouflage print clothing.

To justify this prohibition, some military members have concluded that since civilians are not part of the military, it implies that they do not have the right to own or wear camouflage print clothing. My perspective is this; when you own the jersey of your favourite football team, you are fully aware that you are not part of the team, but just a supporter. Your support and unwavering commitments as a fan and supporter makes you go the extra mile to put on the jersey of your favourite football team. It’s simply done out of love and not because you train with them or play matches with them. Some football supporters go the extra mile of putting on jerseys with the name of their favourite players on them. It does not make such individuals having the name and jersey of their favourite player imposters, it makes them supporters.

I’d suggest that there should be a closer bond between the Nigerian military and civilians. A scenario where military members who see civilians on camouflage print clothing, sees supporters who appreciates their service rather than imposters.

Here’s the list of 18 countries where camouflage print clothing is prohibited for civilians: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

PARTIALITY AND INTIMIDATION

It is really disheartening to find members of the military being used by self titled high-class citizens to intimidate other citizens who are presumed to be less valuable to the society. I will spare myself the headache and emotional pain of sharing scenarios and instances of such occurrences. A good military member is one that can protect and defend citizens who are unable to defend themselves and we don’t expect less from the Nigerian military.

PICKING UP PIECES

Change is constant and I believe that if the right values are adopted by the Nigerian military and civilian citizens, this proposed relationship will be blissful and profitable for both parties.

Be brave enough to say; ‘thank you for your service’ to any random Nigerian military member you come across or to those you know. Hopefully, we will get the best out of them in return. We need to have trust in our military not fear.

This article addresses just the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air force. It does not feature the Nigerian police, because they are law enforcement officers and a separate article might be done to address the wide gap between the police and citizens if need be, or we could just leave them to God for divine intervention.

Feel free to leave a comment below on your view or suggestions on how to have an improved relationship between the Nigerian military and civilian citizens.

Glad I could share a piece of my heart with you.

Heart of Dave

CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC COULD BE A CHANCE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN

To those who have lost loved ones to Corona virus, take heart and be comforted. The sun will rise and you will smile again.

To those presently infected with COVID-19, have faith, you will recover.

To medical practitioners at the front-line of this war against Corona virus, thank you for your good works, sacrifices and perseverance.

THE WORLD WAS MOVING TOO FAST AND WITHOUT DIRECTION

The world at some point started moving really fast, I mean swiftly fast. The rich kept getting super richer while the poor on the other hand were finding it rather ridiculously impossible to break from the ugly cycle of poverty. Depression was hitting really hard among the younger generation below 35 who were more vulnerable to societal pressure. These vulnerable younger individuals felt they could not live up to the fancy lifestyle seen across various social media platforms. It was really hard to tell which direction the world was actually heading. It was indeed a circus of crashing carousels. It was obvious people were engrossed in some sort of pursuit that kept eluding them. Was it the pursuit of happiness? Whatever the pursuit was, more people were being trapped in oblivion.

COULD THERE BE A GOOD SIDE TO THE BAD COVID-19

The truth is, there is a good and bad side to everything including the dreaded Corona virus. Corona virus is bad no doubt, because it makes people sick and can also kill them. But looking at the positive policies designed to curb the spread of this pandemic we are faced with at the moment and their impacts, such as the sit at home policy, it is obvious that there is some sort of balancing happening. The world has finally applied brakes and we can breathe again. Here’s how:

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS RESTORED

Stay at home, obviously has affected several businesses that were considered non-essential during this pandemic period, but it has to a large extent, restored family values and trust. For several weeks, most people across the world were mandated to stay indoors and work from home so as to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. This really fostered good relationship among family members who obviously had no place to go to outside their homes, as most public spaces and services were closed. People who had super busy work schedules that gave them little or no time to appreciate family, could actually slowdown to think of ways to connect and reach out to family members.

PRIORITIES SET RIGHT

People were actually able to recognize and value things that matter most to them aside just their jobs or businesses. A lot of personal questions were answered which in turn will help people live better lives. The high rate of depression among young people will no doubt drop because they had listening ears and were able to connect with family members through this pandemic period.

IMPROVED PERSONAL HYGIENE

Personal hygiene which was treated with frivolity by many before the COVID-19 pandemic, can now be said to be a thing of the past. We now notice a general improvement in personal hygiene which is commendable and trusted to stand the test of time.

WE SAVED OUR PLANET TOO

While the lock-down or stay at home directive lasted, there were less vehicles on roads which implied less emission of substances that affects our air.

The list goes on, but I’ll put up my pen here to read your comments.

Do you feel you this pandemic will have a way of healing the world? Feel free to share your experience on how you’ve been transformed into a better person or not by this experience.

Leave a comment below

Just a piece of my heart.

Heart of Dave