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by Emmanuel Anegbe - Sunday, 13 October 2019, 8:18 PM
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My heart is greatly troubled. I live only to be happy. Happiness, for me, is defined by knowing and doing what is right. The right things, I was thought, are whatever God says they are. Since I cannot see, hear or experience God physically, the burden is shifted to my conscience. It is the internal mechanism God uses to speak to me. Freeing it from the decay experienced by so many will help me better able to hear God speak clearly.

 

I have sacrificed a lot to ensure I can hear God speak through my conscience and sacrificed even more to align my actions with the dictates of my conscience. The sacrifices have not been easy but worth it. I have lived a life of complete peace, harmony and the resultant happiness. I may not be as wealthy as a Bill Gates but I am content with what I have and it suites me perfectly. I could not have wanted it any other way. I have come to see doing what is right by God as my life’s mission but this is about to be threatened.

 

How I wish I was not put in this position. How I wish I could turn back the hands of time to change the events of yesterday. How I wish I was not at the confessional when he came. Hearing his confession changed everything for me. The gory details about his killing spree and his planned killings were too much to take in. Going to the police would mean breaking the oath of confessional secrecy. Not going would mean the deaths of many more. Whatever decision I make would leave me a little worse of.

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by Kingsley Iroanuna - Sunday, 13 October 2019, 3:05 PM
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Our society is so deteriorated that nothing goes for nothing. And the painful part of this is that we are all involved.

A lecturer wanting to have sex to pass a female student.

A clergy man demanding money for ‘miracles’.

A voter demanding N5,000 for his/her vote.

A law enforcement agent demanding money for bail (and it is said that bail is free).

Parents paying money to special exam centers to enable their wards pass.

A society rewarding incompetence. A society designed to allow the worst to emerge at the top.

A society where all issues are swept under the carpet depending on who holds the broom.

Where do we go from here?

A society were people tend to have no regards for the legacy they will leave behind.

A society that cherishes money more than wisdom.

We built this society.

God help us all.


 
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by Kingsley Iroanuna - Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2:44 PM
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Part of the academical criteria for grading in the LBS MBA is that you must contribute in class. Well, this may not be a problem for extroverts; however, my concern is for those introverts who may not even come from a business background. How challenging this may be for them.

I am not a shy person, but I usually prefer to listen in class, digest and read again later. As much as possible, I tend not to speak in class while the facilitator is on. But with this LBS class participation rule, I have no other option but to try and always say something in class. Now the problem is not about contributing something, but contributing what makes sense! This is because negative participation does not count and may take out some of your marks. 

Hmmm… In a bid for survival, I just had to always say something in class, sometimes even if its just to further emphasize what someone has already said or simply agree to someone’s statement; citing example where need be. Las las, na to sha get my mark for participation na im I dey find.


 
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by Chukwudi Enwereji - Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:09 PM
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The meteorological survey of this week is such that, the forecast states an eight days consecutive rain. Lagos is known for its notorious drainage challenge with attendant flooding when it rains. 

Looking for new accommodation to rent or buy is always advised to happen during the rainy season. This is so that potential tenants or buyers will not be tricked to rent or buy properties in flood prone areas. 

The flood issues for this year’s rains are gradually reaching alarming proportions. Properties ranging from cars, furniture, and other valuables are easily submerged in the flood, especially affecting some houses in flood prone areas, mainly Lekki and some part of Surulere.

It is now a common sight to see submerged cars, and other pictures of flooded areas saturating the internet and social media of flooded areas in Lagos once it rains heavily for a day or two.
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by Foyinsola Akinjayeju - Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10:23 PM
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It appears that there are as many responses to this question, as the number of humans on earth.

I've heard all sorts, from the philosophical to the poetic.

For some, love is a feeling. For some others, it is "what you do". For yet another group, it doesn't even exist (you know yourselves).

But of all I've heard, one has stayed with me:

"Love is an injection of affection, passed into this mid-section without objection" (author unknown).

Deep, you might say but what does this really mean? It suggests that love hurts (as injections do), relates to the heart (based on reference made to mid-section. Don't ask how they are connected!) and is unconditional ("without objection").

So what do I think about all these? Hmm...


 
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by Foyinsola Akinjayeju - Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10:17 PM
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Life in Lagos is indeed a bed of roses - beautiful and vibrant. But just as roses come with thorns, the perennial flooding associated with the rainy season in Lagos has become a nightmare, especially for those living or working in Lekki. 

I am no expert in town planning or environmental science but it's pretty clear that the situation of many areas in Lekki is that of a double whammy (or probably even a triple-decker conundrum). 

Buildings lying below sea-level, with insufficient drainage, further exacerbated by incessant rainfall which experts conclude is evidence of climate change, and unwholesome waste disposal habits. Need I say more?

This clearly is not a simple problem. It is complex at best and chaotic at worst. But in time of chaos, we need protagonists to rise up and "act".

In his famous inauguration speech in 1961, President J.F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". Very apt for Nigeria where we are the Government.

The required action lies with me, you and everyone. Little changes will make a world of difference. 

Lifestyle modifications like avoiding single use plastics e.g. the infamous "black nylon bag" and take-away bowls will go a long way. Educate those around you so they can do better.

And if you feel the nudge to run for Government, by all means, do.

As the beauty of the Rose connotes promise, hope and new beginnings, I believe that one day, e go beta.

 
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Within the week, I was in a restaurant waiting to have my ordered meal. A gentleman walked in with two friends and was waiting for a similar order. While waiting he started complaining because, just like me, he had ordered way ahead before coming to the restaurant.

Once I overheard him speaking on the phone and the type of conversation he was having, my network and contact instinct kicked in. Learning from Ferdinand Ibezim, such contacts must not be left untapped. I advanced to acquaint with the gentleman, and we connected like magic. The next day we were already discussing serious investment transactions.

As already known, do not hesitate to connect with potential relationships or networks or contacts when the opportunity presents itself. It is worth the effort in all respects.


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In the month of May 2013, at the Golden Gate Restaurant located in Lagos-Nigeria, I was privileged to make a presentation to the Nigerian Internet Group [NIG] at their annual conference. I decided to choose a topic that was very new and strange to the Nigerian technology space and presented on it.

The topic chosen is still the same one I have decided to talk about today. It is over six years since my presentation, but the core information remains very relevant. Over the past year, I have heard of incidents of Ransomware in Nigeria, thus my action.

Ransomware is a kind of malware that encrypts [locks] a victim's files. The attacker will demand a ransom [money] from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment.
The victims are shown instructions for how to pay a fee to get the decryption [unlocking] key. The ransom amount can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, mostly payable to the attacker in cryptocurrency [mostly Bitcoin].

Some people may say such does not happen in Nigeria as what is commonly heard is the kidnapping of Nigerian citizens. I recall that the same thing was said about human kidnaping about 20 years ago but now human kidnapping is very rampant and a “big business”.
I can easily state that ransomware programs are both abundant and prominent. They target most computer operating systems, such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android, which means they can affect our desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Most ransomware programs target Windows and Android platforms.

It is relatively easy to get infected as the ransomware infiltrates a computer system when a user opens a malicious attachment, clicks on a suspicious link, or installs apps from third-party app stores. However, ransomware can come from legitimate websites as cybercriminals have been using advertising networks to deliver malware to users. It is easy to mislead users into thinking they are opening or downloading something important [e.g., a letter from a bank or a critical program installer] when instead, they are infecting their system with ransomware.

Generally, I will say that the main issue with ransomware is that removing the malware does not solve the problem. A good antivirus program may remove ransomware effectively, but the encrypted files will remain inaccessible.

In my next blog, I will provide some preventive and defensive guidelines to assist us. I have had to update that part of my presentation to make it very pertinent as more effective approaches have been developed within the last two years.

 
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Surprisingly, I thought this news will attract so much media coverage and comments which it deserves, but apparently, the news was overshadowed by the purported news of President Buhari marrying Sadiya Umar Farouq, a female cabinet minister as his second wife which we later found out was fake news.

 By any imagination, if it were true, President Buhari would have lost my two stars respect of him from his three-star general rank he had acquired while he was in the army. Simply put, having been re-elected for the second term and did promise to rededicate himself to the service of Nigeria, knowing that his first tenure was only short to be termed colossal failure and marred with his continuous absence from the country due to ill health, just to be re-elected believing he is fit now, only for him to marry the second wife four months after being sworn in. This to me question his order of priorities and ultimately his state of mind to lead the country.

That being said, let me get back to the real headline. The discovery of hydrocarbon in commercial quantity in the Gongola basin is more of a political statement than an economic one. The Northerners are strategically preparing for the possible eventuality if or when Nigeria divides, this is evident from the cash, energy, and security invested by the NNPC in the exploration of hydrocarbon in Northern Nigeria. The Northern Elders are racing against time to make the North self-reliance before then. They are aware once President Buhari’s tenure ends, the next Southern president that comes in would not have the same political will to invest huge budgetary resources to the project.

 The hydrocarbon discovery in Northern Nigeria is also a clarion call to the Niger-Deltans (majorly south-south Nigeria). Their bargaining power is slowly diminishing and the Era of huge allocations (with little or no development to show) would soon end. It is time their leadership gets together to make haste while the sun shines.

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by Innocent Ekpah - Saturday, 12 October 2019, 9:20 PM
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Obasanjo  liberalized and opened up the  telecommunication sector through the licensing of  private sector  services  providers to run the GSM. Nigeria was in darkness and lost billions annually to the rogues at NITEL. Inefficiencies in the telecommunication space were out of this world. Today, that industry has grown in leaps and bounds, very many thanks to OBJ.The telecom sector conservatively contributes about $41bn /N14.8trllion (10%) of Nigeria's GDP. This singular achievement by OBJ has really turn around the quality of lives in our beloved Country. I will not forget easily how we queue up endlessly as students to make calls at defunct NITEL with the usual poor connectivity and countless drop calls etc. God Help Nigeria!