TODAY WE DRAW LINE, HATE SPEECH WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED – ACTING PRESIDENT
*It’s an act of terrorism, he warns
OPENING REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE ACTING PRESIDENT, PROF YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, AT THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL, NEC, NATIONAL SECURITY RETREAT, AT THE BANQUET HALL OF THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA, 17 AUGUST 2017.
I am delighted to welcome you to this special session of the National Economic Council, focusing on Security. As you’re all aware, the Buhari administration came into office on a vision that covered three key areas: Security, the Economy and the fight against Corruption.
All three issues are closely linked, of course. Without guaranteeing security, we will struggle to attract the kind of investments, domestic or foreign, needed to create jobs and prosperity for our people. And when those jobs are hard to find and keep, our people will naturally be more susceptible to the lure of criminal activity. Which means that governments that are serious about fighting crime ought to be extremely serious about fighting poverty.
And I take the point that the Chairman of the Governors’ forum made about investments in agriculture, although the N23 billion investment is one aspect of agriculture which is the Anchor Borrower’s Programme. Our total investment is well over five times that. If you look at all the other areas in which we are investing in agriculture, and that excludes what the States are also investing in agriculture. So I think that substantial effort is being made, still not enough but certainly more than N23 billion.
Corruption and Security are also interconnected. We are all witnesses to how, only a few years ago, much of North Eastern Nigeria was at risk to falling completely into the hands of Boko Haram, largely because widespread corruption in the military had robbed our troops of the resources and morale needed to fight and defeat the terrorists.
Regarding this all-important issue of security in Nigeria, we all know what the issues are. In our lives as politicians and as elites; in our security meetings and confidential briefings, in news reports and editorials in the media, we are all daily confronted by the disturbing reality of Nigeria’s security situation.
Now I think is the time to implement our thinking and our talking; to add action to our analysis. And this action must be bold, ambitious, urgent – and, and very importantly – innovative. It was Albert Einstein who said, and I quote, that “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created the problems in the first place.”
This is a challenge to all of us, to confront these matters with utmost seriousness. Because the problems we face as a nation are not static, but instead continue to evolve, our thinking and our solutions for them must also be equally dynamic, to take into account the peculiar realities of the 21st century. I have spoken at a number of recent fora about how technology and the internet have altered the nature of conflict and war in contemporary times, enabling and amplifying the efforts and impact of terrorists, insurgents, warmongers, secessionists, and peddlers of hate speech.
Against this backdrop, the question we should be asking ourselves, as Governments, especially as Chief Security Officers in our States, as Law Enforcement Agents, is: how can we take advantage of these same tools and technology to stay permanently ahead of those who seek to wield them to create mischief, and cause terror, fear and bloodshed?
These are the conversations that we should be having, and at the highest levels of government no less. My expectation is that we will, at this forum, focus on solutions, instead of rehashing the problems.
But let me just reiterate an important fact, one of the reasons why the National Economic Council is so important is because the framers of our Constitution recognise that that the Federal Government alone cannot solve Nigeria’s security or economic challenges. Security is a collective enterprise, requiring the harmonization of efforts from all three tiers and branches of Government, and from the private sector, civil society and indeed the general public as well.
Yesterday, we took an important step in incorporating all of our society into this security issue and into the fight against insecurity in our country. Pursuant to our Constitution, I issued a directive to the Inspector General of Police to constitute the Community Policing Programme. As you know the Community Policing Programme is one that the Police itself had developed over the years.
But by this directive, we expect that the community Policing Programme will take root and take effect and all of our Police formations across the country will engage their communities in the very creative ways the Police themselves have prescribed in the Community Policing programme.
We expect that this will be a fundamental change in the way that policing is carried out in our country and that it will yield the kinds of results that we expect.
The Buhari administration has already set a pattern of engagement and collaboration with Governors, and we are committed to maintaining this atmosphere of frank engagement.
You are aware that this was not always the case; and prior to this administration, the National Economic Council had not exactly fulfilled its obligations as an economic council because of the unending series of conflicts between the Federal and State Governments over very many issues.
But we are determined to do things the right way, to be transparent in our dealings with you, to respect your views, regardless of partisan or ideological affiliations, and to join hands with you to create positive change in the lives of all our people.
Please permit me a comment on hate speech. The Federal Government has today drawn the line on hate speech. Hate speech is a specie of terrorism. Terrorism as it is defined popularly is the unlawful use of violence or intimidation against individuals or groups especially for political ends. The law, that is the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 (as amended), defines terrorism as inter Alia, an act which deliberately done with malice which may seriously harm or damage a country or seriously intimidate a population.
The intimidation of a population by words, by speech is an act of terrorism and this government intends to take this matter very seriously. As I have said, we’ve drawn a line against hate speech, it will not be tolerated, it will be taken as an act of terrorism and all of the consequences will follow it.
I call on all business, religious and political leaders, whatever your political leaning, your religion or tribe or faith to condemn in the strongest possible terms at all times, hate speech.
Speech that promotes violence against an individual or group, especially when such comes from people of your own faith, tribe or group, your silence in such situations can only be seen as an endorsement.
Hate speech, and the promotion of the same throughout history from Nazi Germany and the extermination of Jews to the Rwandan genocide succeeded in achieving their barbarous ends by the silence of influential, voices from the aggressor communities.
When leaders in communities that speak in such a manner as to create dissension or to intimidate a population are quiet, they do a great disservice to our unity and nation.
This is why I urge all of our political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders and all of those who truly want a united country and a country where there will be peace and security, to ensure that we do not tolerate by our silence the hate speech that we hear every day in our community.
In closing, let me remind you that our Constitution states that the primary purpose of government shall be the security and welfare of the people. And as President Buhari likes to say: “you cannot administer a country you have not secured.”
We will not relent in our vision to ensure a secure country, in which all citizens can confidently aspire to achieve their dreams and ambitions. I am confident that today will mark an important milestone in the achieving that vision.
I thank you very much for listening.
Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President
Office of the Acting President
17 August 2017
The Ogun State Government has said it is determined to enforced laws in order to protect lives and property of residents.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, while fielding questions from news men in Abeokuta, on the lifting of moratorium on death penalty and capital punishment, advised parents to guide their children aright, especially on good behavioural conducts, in order to avoid running foul of laws of the land.
He advised the youths to shun acts, capable of disturbing the peace, security and economic advancement in the state, emphasising that “the state government would not hesitate to wield the big stick against erring citizens, irrespective of the personality involved.
“The present administration holds the security of lives and property in the state paramount and would not tolerate activities or behaviours capable of destroying the peace and orderliness in the state, as the state is investors’ destination of choice.
“Without adequate security in place, no investor would want to invest in an insecure state. This is the more reason for lifting the ban on moratorium on death penalty/capital punishment. The onus falls on individuals and parents to discipline their children as government would not hesitate to implement this in accordance with due process,” he added.
Ayeni identified proper up-bringing as well as home training as panacea for curbing criminality and juvenile delinquency, towards having a peaceful nation.
The commissioner disclosed that the Senator Ibikunke Amosun administration has pardon many prison inmates, especially those awaiting trial, since its inception, as no execution had been carried out within the last decade.
He said Amosun took an oath of office to act in accordance with the law of the land, without fear and favour, and would not hesitate to implement the sentence after due process has been followed.
As part of its activities to mark the 2017 International Youth Day, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), a pet project of wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday commenced a two-day entrepreneurial training programme, at its Oregun office for youths in Lagos State, aged from 15 to 34 years.
The programme, which thoroughly examined entrepreneurship education, trained more than 80 youths in skills like baking technology, piggery, fish, grass-cutter, mushroom, poultry, snail and vegetable farming, to channel the focus of the youths to skill acquisition for sustainable self-employment.
Speaking on this year’s International Youth Day, Founder of HOFOWEM, Mrs. Ambode, observed that concerted effort was needed to empower the teeming youths with relevant skills and put them in a position to generate steady income by themselves.
She said that it had become necessary to explore viable ways of generating viable employment for the vibrant and job-hungry youths, aside of strict office jobs.
“When you have a skill, it helps you to employ yourself and when you employ yourself, you enjoy the freedom and peace of mind to drive your own business. And if you are committed and hard-working enough, you will grow your business to such levels that you make more money than you can ever earn as salary from any employer. This is why we are laying this platform for our youths in Lagos State,” Mrs. Ambode said.
She urged youths to put to good use all they have learnt and be prepared for a bettertomorrow, saying it was achievable and doable.
According to her, “I am very passionate and optimistic about a better tomorrow. It is achievable. It is doable. I urge you to put to good use all you have learnt. Congratulations and see you at the top.”
Mrs. Ambode, who described the programme as a pilot one for the youths, promised that many such skill acquisition training would be organized in future for their benefit.
Addressing guests and beneficiaries at the programme, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Ms. Oyefunke Adeleke, noted that since inception, HOFOWEM had undertaken many people-friendly programmes including widows’ empowerment, support for expectant mothers, kits for pupils in public primary schools, sponsored surgical procedures, support for sick youths and aged women, scholarship for brilliant but indigent students in public tertiary institutions, among others.
According to her, “In commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day which comes up on 12th August every year, the founder of HOFOWEM, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Governor of Lagos State, out of her milk of kindness, approved this entrepreneurship training programme to empower youths with various skills that appeal to their passion from which they can be financially independent as entrepreneurs rather than waiting endlessly for a white-collar job’.
She noted that just as the mission of the NGO was to touch and transform the lives of less privileged persons for sustainable living; the youths must use the opportunity to transform their lives permanently for good.
Some youths who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Mrs. Ambode for her kindness and passion for improving the welfare of youths in the State, promising that they would not disappoint her but make the best use of the opportunity presented to them.
August 12 every year was set aside by the United Nations as International Youth Day, to examine the welfare of youths around the world and explore ways of improving it.
ASST. DIRECTOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF THE WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR
AUGUST 16, 2017
And celebrates over 1000 potential lifesavers in Maidstone & The Weald
Helen Grant MP has joined with the Anthony Nolan charity to thank 1018 people in Maidstone & The Weald who have registered as stem cell donors. The figure places the constituency well into the top half of the UK (255 out of 650) in terms of the number of potential lifesavers registered in the area.
Helen said: “I am very proud that my constituency has such a significant number of registered donors, people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure”.
“I want to strongly encourage more people from Maidstone & The Weald, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds (BAME), to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. Only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best match. This drops dramatically to around 20% (one in five of transplant recipients) if you’re from a BAME background. I really hope that more people will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”
Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “We’re grateful to all the registered donors in Helen’s constituency for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”
The figures come from Anthony Nolan’s ‘Communities versus Blood Cancer’ campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors and raises awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists.
For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org
NEW APP: Whatsinit? – Food ingredients and allergies app
In our increasingly processed and packaged world, food allergies, intolerances and diet-specific illnesses are on the rise. For a staggering 2 million food allergy sufferers in the UK, plus many more with intolerances, trying to avoid inflammatory ingredients can be tricky, time-consuming and stressful. So how can you be sure of what you’re eating and navigate healthily through food label confusion?
It is precisely this problem that inspired new free app, Whatsinit? Co-founder Temi Alanamu has sickle cell anaemia and partly manages her condition through good nutrition. After spending hours scrutinising labels and researching ingredients, she and husband and co-founder, Rob Renton, decided to stop asking ‘what’s in it?’ and create a practical solution, Whatsinit?
They’ve done the hard work for you. Whatsinit? helps you ensure you’re only eating the things you want and nothing else. With its dynamic food label search feature you can scan ingredients lists onto your phone in seconds, and see whether they’re safe, so-so or to be avoided.
At a glance, all food ingredients are colour-coded, with a short summary as well as a detailed description that also includes aliases, nutrients and potential minor or chronic side effects.
You can also personalise according to your individual needs, using the allergies, intolerances and dislikes function. Created in partnership with doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, trainers and naturalists, ensuring all information is accurate and up to date, this new app is set to become the top choice for eating safely on any diet and budget, and avoiding any ingredient with just one click!
Get information about ingredients and learn their aliases, nutrients and side effects.
Choose from pre-set diets ranging from lactose intolerance to nut allergies or a vegan diet.
Access the extensive food ingredients database using keyboard, camera or voice function.
Save your scanned items by date and share them at any time across social media.
Stay up to date with the latest news and trends in wellness with a lively in-app blog.
Whatsinit? app, founded by Temi Alanamu and Rob Renton, is free and available now on the App Store and Google Play.
For more information see www.whatsinitapp.com.
ORGANISERS of the Nigerian Uncelebrated Awards (UNA) UK finalised the list of the 57 awardees who will be honoured in the 2017 event due to take place at the Mayfair Banqueting Suite in Chadwell Heath on September 30.
Now in its second year, the event will be a classy gala dinner that will attract community leaders, guests from Nigeria and high commission officials. Organised to honour ordinary Nigerians in the UK who are excelling in numerous fields, the awards ceremony has been organised to honour ordinary Nigerians who have generally been overlooked in the past.
Yesterday, the organising committee finalised the list of 57 awardees who will be honoured at the event and it includes several well-known but so-far unheralded community figures. Among those on the list are community leaders, faith workers, those who run charities, teachers, councillors, fashion designers, printers, entertainers, doctors, pharmacists and disc jockeys, among others, who will all be honoured with plaques and certificates on the night.
Ronke Udofia, the chair of the UNA awards sub-committee, said: “It was a very painstaking process but we wanted it to be transparent, so went the extra mile. We scored each nomination individually and then tallied up the score each got based on our criteria and picked the top 57 with the highest score.”
“Unlike other awards ceremonies that only honour public figures and VIPs, UNA recognises ordinary working Nigerians in the UK like bus drivers, teachers, care workers, train conductors, etc. Our first criteria is that to win a UNA award, you must not have been awarded elsewhere, so we had to check each of our 171 nominees individually to make sure they had not got an award elsewhere.”
Bola Ganiyu, the chair of UNA’s events management sub-committee added: “We want to assure all awardees and their guests that UNA 2017 will be unbelievable as we have secured the hall until 4am in the morning. The night will be a mixture of awards, entertainment and fun and the cuisine will be unique as we will have a variety of Nigerian dishes that have not been served at other events before.
“For just £50 for standard tickets and £75 for VIP tickets, guests will be treated to an evening they will never forget. We have got a lot of high profile VIP guests coming over from Nigeria and we are looking at a mixture of entertainers from Nigeria and the UK diaspora.”
Malcolm Benson, the chair of the publicity and marketing sub-committee added that among the distinguished guests who have been invited to UNA 2017 include the acting high commissioner Simon Ogah, the chair of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Rita Orji, the special adviser to the president on diaspora affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. He urged members of the public who want to book tickets to attend the event to the website http://www.uncelebratednigeriansawardsuk.org
The other week, July 20 to be precise, I was the reviewer of an important book on herbal healing. Herbal healing is often dismissed as a form of sorcery and in these days of obsession with Pentecostalism, many Africans still consider traditional medicine a taboo. To disprove this, a Catholic monk, Fr. Anselm Adodo began an experiment in 1996 when he set up in Ewu, Edo state, an institution titled Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories “to serve as a centre for genuine African holistic healing that blends the physical and spiritual aspects of the human person, and to serve also, as a research centre for scientific identification, conservation, utilization and development of African medicinal plants.”
Pax Herbal since then has produced over 32 products, listed and certified by NAFDAC. These include Pax Beauty Cream, Bitter Tea (an antibiotic), Diatea (for the treatment of diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension), blood tonic, BK caps, cough syrup, herbal soap, potensine capsules, logotine caps, kilodine, pain cream, skin ointment, and Pax herbal colour therapies. Many of these products can be found and purchased at Catholic churches across the country. Fr Anselm has been able to establish that traditional medicine is a viable business and that alternative medicine, properly modernized can indeed be a useful contribution from Africa to the world, and a major source of constructive engagement. In this book: Anselm Adodo, Integral Community Enterprise in Africa: Communitalism as an Alternative to Capitalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 172 pp). the author provides an intellectual justification for his enterprise. I find this, a far more interesting subject at this moment, away from politics and the increasing stupidity of Nigerian professional politicians.
I consider Dr Adodo’s book a work of significant scholarly insight and interest. Much of the global discourse on issues of development, history, economy and culture has been governed by a tendency to inferiorise the poor and the seemingly underdeveloped, “the other” as it were, thus extending a colonial, imperialist rhetoric in new forms. Africa has in particular been a victim of this negative rhetoric, with unanalytical presumptions, which project Africa as the dark, unproductive, continent, without culture, history, civilization, medicine or any indicators of modernity or human advancement.
Whereas this old presumption had been tackled by a generation of African scholars in different fields, the snobbery continues to exist, it is back in fashion as it were, evident in a sense in the notion that Western countries are rich because their culture is superior and Africa and other countries of the world are poor because they are governed by a culture that permits indolence and waste. The effect is the dominance of the Western, neo-liberal, capitalist perspective, a kind of epistemological terror, which makes race, identity or wealth the core of geo-politics, and creates unfair advantages and a regime of inequity. The poor is left unprotected, groups are marginalized, and the bottom billion suffers not only from the imbalances in the world, but also from an identity crisis.
It seems to me that Anselm Adodo’s most compelling argument is that “the world needs a new model of development”, and that new model may not come from the centre, but from the periphery. The problem however with that periphery, is that the leaders and the people themselves seem to have bought into the inferiorisation project, into one way of seeing the world, a kind of slave mentality co-optation which violates the people’s identity and pushes them willy-nilly into an identity and self-authentication crisis. This predominance of an emerging unitarist view of reality robs the world of the advantages of inclusiveness, also of a broad range of useful knowledge. We live then, in a divided world that is in urgent need of transformation, innovation and a new paradigm of thinking. This transformation would require new modes of doing, of action, of being, of learning and understanding.
Adodo, in seeking this new reality offers a humanistic paradigm that is rooted in his own local context but which nevertheless constructs the world as an integral entity and essence, a new system where the purpose and the overriding objective is the common good. Put differently, he recommends a development model that is cognitive, spiritual, and cultural, based on the integration of four worlds: the North, the West, the South and the East or what he calls the four PAXes – community, the spiritual, science and enterprise, or the 4Cs: call, context, co-creation, contribution or CARE defined as Community Activation, Awakening of Consciousness, Research to innovation and Embodiment via transformative education and transformative enterprise –amovement away as it were from a limited, biased Western-oriented model that ignores and negates other axes of development. Adodo’s paradigm is about balance, and harmony, the unity of man and nature and his environment, a world that is driven by value and higher ideals, rather than the venal pursuit of individual interests and capital for selfish gain.
The alternative he offers is what he calls “communitalism”, as different from communism or communalism, an Afrocentric development model built on the integration of the indigenous and the exogenous, nature, culture, the community and the spiritual, to lead towards the decolonization of knowledge and the release of the individual’s genius and capabilities, an empowering, liberative model of social and economic enterprise. Adodo comes across as an Africanist, and an Afro-optimist, without relapsing into the self-adulatory constraints of negritude, but he provides an ample illustration of the viability of his thesis through a voyage into his own cultural background, the cosmology of the Yoruba and the African, the rules of the Benedictine monastery to which he belongs, his work and exploits as a monk, priest, scholar and herbalist, and his efforts in promoting integral healing, closing the gap between allopathic and herbal medicine, and his community-oriented approach to healing, and how that provides a useful model for an integral, inclusive, transformative approach to health, politics, economics and education.
Adodo dwells heavily on context, integration, and essence. Readers will find his submissions useful and enticing, particularly the originality of the work that he and others have done with an enterprise-in-community project in Ewu community, Esanland, Edo state, supported by both the community and the St Benedict Monastery. Adodo’s context is herbal healing and the transcendental, transcultural, transpersonal, transdisciplinary nature of health and healing, the limits of profit-driven medicine and the troubling reductionism of neo-liberal capitalism and biohealth.
In this regard, he had established in 1996, the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories at the Benedictine Monastery in Ewu, Nigeria, to preserve, and integrate indigenous medical knowledge into the mainstream of healthcare service. Twenty years later, this experiment in herbal medicine is a major provider of jobs, the source of 33-certified products, and a thriving research and training centre, with established partnerships with related institutions.
In this book, as in two others before it, Herbs for Healing: Receiving God’s Healing Through Nature (2011),and Nature Power: Natural Medicine in Tropical Africa (2013), the author makes a case for the value of traditional African medical practice, and the effort of the Paxherbal project and the African Centre for Integral Research and Development (ACRID) in Edo State, Nigeria, to discredit the misconception that herbal medicine is no better than witchcraft and sorcery. The synergy that he urges between the indigenous and the exogenous is sensible and understandable, and the case that he makes is already, notably, well-exemplified by the countries of Asia where culture has remained resilient in the face of the forces of globalization, and cultural neutralization. What is the difference between Asia and Africa? Why is Africa still lagging behind in the global context for power, authority, and space?
I am particularly intrigued by Anselm Adodo’s phenomenological critique of feminism in
an African context and his argument that nature, community and culture matter. Yes, they do, but no one should be under any illusion that African cultures and communities are necessarily idyllic, and it is reassuring that this is not Adodo’s eventual conclusion. His concept of communitalism is also not as easy as it sounds, for as he himself admits, research is useful only when it results in innovation, and action, that is, research must become a perspective in action, for the realization of essence and the move from theory to praxis. Here is the catch: This can only happen nevertheless in the context of objective conditions, many of which are problematic in Africa and other developing parts of the world.
I agree with the author’s view that “transformational knowledge is a process, a continuum: always evolving, becoming, flowing. It cannot be monopolized, blocked, tied down, or controlled…” The problem with capitalism however is that the greed at the heart of it is more in keeping with the nature of man, rather than the connection with spirit, nature and community that the author recommends. His prescriptions are therefore idealistic at best, despite the success of Paxherbal and ACRID. In a market-dominated global village, human beings are cynically attracted by profit and self-interest, and a binary relationship with others. Perhaps they may not be easily persuaded, changed or transformed, by philosophy, ethics, or by proven and tested models of being-ness, and/or the exposure of established nothingness. The author should remember as the Bible tells us, “…not all men have faith.”
Adodo recommends “the way of a true Pax Africana”, a reinvention of the way we live and a reconnection with nature, culture and spirit, a role for the African voice, and a Southern theory in the intellectual space, an echo of the call elsewhere for African aesthetics, but Africa’s dilemma within the global space is, remains and still is, the crisis of leadership. For Africa to transform and innovate, it must build and develop a different breed of leadership, a knowledge-driven leadership that is committed to the same ideals that this author defines. The arrogance of the neo-liberal framework is not a Big Bang phenomenon, it is an orchestrated cultural and leadership invention. For Africa to project its value in the global context and to transform itself economically, educationally and developmentally as it were, its leaders must be prepared to raise standards.
Anselm Adodo’s Integral Community Enterprise in Africa is a product of much erudition and quality, practical, lived and felt experience. What he describes is noteworthy. His promotion of herbal healing is especially commendable. He recommends in this regard, a departure from a germ theory of disease, to focus on the psycho-social and spiritual existence of the patient, and a cost-effective model of ensuring the well-being of the populace. It is in the enlightened self-interest of governments in Africa, and perhaps elsewhere, seeking economic diversification and renewal, and more open and democratic access to affordable healthcare to understudy and promote this model. The originality of the case study that the author offers is in addition, a useful contribution to development economics and an advertisement for the value of indigenous African knowledge systems.
What remains is for the Nigerian government to develop a much keener interest in Traditional medicine. There is in Lagos, The Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, established for the purpose of training herbalists, and an umbrella body of herbalists, the National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners. But with the increasing cost of healthcare in the country and the restriction of access to regular hospitals, given the out-of-pocket mode of health financing in the country, many Nigerians are compelled to resort to herbal and traditional medicine. Fr. Anselm Adodo’s experiment and effort should be encouraged, for viable as that example is, there are as well in Nigeria, many quacks dabbling into the business and causing avoidable health complications. Perhaps the most popular herbal products would be burantashi, alomo, aleko, agbara, dorobucci, orijin, opa eyin, jedijedi, striker, bajinotu, baby pull over, apiah –body energizers and libido enhancers which advertise the popularity of herbal medicine. It is important however, to monitor and raise standards.
World International Youth Day
YDP celebrates with the world on today’s recognition of the international Youth Day. We recognize and empathize with the different struggles embarked upon by youths across the globe and especially in our Country, Nigeria against oppression, joblessness, unemployability, environmental degradation, and systemic corruption among others.
Youths deserve and must demand free education, equity and justice plus responsible leadership and governance. We must start assessing our real goals and make strategic definitions on how our future 10-20 yrs from now will be, when millions of us will no longer be youths. What will we say was our legacy? What would we look back to say confidently we achieved for the emancipation of vulnerable Nigerians, Young and old?
While we appreciate the recent passes/amendments of the constitution in the National Assembly, of Bills that will legally promote the conscious participation and inclusion of youths in the governance of this country, YDP equally urges the Federal government and all well meaning Nigerians to call for the:
1. Promotion of service above self or social status;
2. Promotion of civil discourse over hate speeches and deadlines that can divide the country;
3. Promotion of punishment for corruption and unpatriotic acts over lip service rhetorics that demean and undermine our Nigerian state;
4. Promotion and encouragement of investments geared towards rural and technological development.
Our Chairperson, Barrister Georgina Dakpokpo and all our members celebrates the World Youth Day and we welcome and support youths across the country making conscious positive steps to change the narratives for a greater Nigeria.
God bless All Nigerians
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
National Publicity Secretary (YDP)
United States based Leadership Expert and cerebral Multifaceted talk show host Princess Halliday who educates leaders on Power and leadership is termed as an uncommon gem breaking boundaries and changing the narrative on the potentials of women in Africa.
While her contemporaries are still finding their footings, she has earned recognitions on a global stage and using her reputation to fight for equal opportunities for every woman.
At age 3, she became a radio talk show host, inspiring and motivating kids on positive lifestyle. She has a wide range of experience in corporate management, strategy and motivational speaking. From the age of 14, she has held leadership positions and became a strategy and business consultant for notable oil and gas, manufacturing and financial services companies. On the day of her first degree graduation, Princess Halliday was hired straight out of college as a leadership and strategy executive. She further spearheaded the first ever Standard World Class Facility Security Systems for SHELL Nigeria.
In recognition of Princess Halliday’s outstanding work in diverse fields including her service to humanity, Princess Halliday has been honored with many laurels including being recognised by her Outstanding Leadership to Africa by the Canadian Federal Government and House of Parliament from Canada and the youngest Executive producer by Commonwealth. She is currently the only Nigerian with an additional degree in LEADERSHIP.
After a thorough research of educated leaders in Nigeria, Princess Halliday is noted by to have been the first young Nigerian female to have a degree in Leadership and properly understand what it means to lead authentically.
In 2012, Princess Halliday realized the lack of structure and water system in the Niger Delta area. After her visit, she mobilized and harnessed Empower Africa Initiative with the Niger Delta Basin Authority (NDBDA) of Nigeria and carried out the reticulation of pipes in the Niger Delta area, creating pipe borne water for several Niger Delta communities.
Empower Africa Initiative alongside Princess Halliday designed the merchandise theme, “Empowered” which is designed to help prepare and guide people to achieve their own Empowered parity. Portions of proceeds from this design goes towards helping the underprivileged in Africa. The sales have garnered support from several celebrities and people of note.
In contrast to the practice in Africa where women are still under represented in government, Princess Halliday believes that beauty equates to leadership. “You can be young, pretty, intelligent and still do things the right way,” she said.
Speaking on this, Princess Halliday stressed that we have been too used to the conventional system of leadership in our Nation. “Often time, I have evaluated the leadership structure of the government and it became increasingly worrying. Why do we not have young people (Men and Women) at the helm of leadership? Why do we constantly see men sitting at the table and rarely see women in the same proportion as men? Why are young women evaluated based on their sexuality even in conversations? Why are women increasingly underestimating their ability to lead and become authentic Nation builders? Why can a young beautiful woman not be a leader? Why can’t a leader be multifaceted? All of these whys are propellant factors to my desire for Authentic Leadership. Women and men must come together and lead authentically. The future is made of intersectionality.
“I am aware that people can hardly correlate a beautiful lady to leadership especially in our continent were young women are not believed to be carriers of great initiative. This has been a great challenge to me and so daily I endeavor to do the extraordinary. I strive to educate and empower men and women to identify their leadership parity and have young girls know that they have the capacity to be leaders and yes Beauty Equates to Leadership”. I am a leader with my own style .
“Am I changing the dynamics of leadership? Yes I am and this is so important to me. We have had enough of the conventional stalled leadership that has existed for so long and very rarely worked. It is time for a revolution. You can be young, pretty, intelligent, do things the right way and be an Authentic Leader,” she said.
Having been been a guest lecturer on ethics and leadership to masters degree professionals in California State University Northridge. The U. S based leadership expert-Princess Halliday is an internationally recognized leadership consultant and multiple award winning extraordinary speaker. She has spoken in various international platforms on Power and Leadership. Princess Halliday exercised her expertise in high-risk domestic and international situations; global conflict and terrorist incidents; diplomacy; and business, She is determined to change the culture of leadership for men, women, boys and girls. Princess Halliday developed and delivered lectures to the U.S Army base Virginia on “emotional intelligence, leadership and service members transitioning from the military”. This was accepted and considered for integration into the system to help army officers and families during their transition to the civilian life especially those who have been deployed to combat for a long period of time.
Princess Halliday is recognized as an authentic voice of Leadership.
Her passion for showcasing positivity and her uncanny ability to lead authentically with emotional intelligence and communicate with empathy has solidified her as one of the young female authentic voice in the world.