An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari By Moremi Ojudu

Dear President Muhammadu Buhari,

I write this letter in response to the growing anxieties and pains stalking the land, especially the unintended fire storm which my comments elicited on the social blogosphere some few days back. Candidly, I only wanted to express my frustrations at the shape and turn of things in the country and take you to task on previously given assurances that you feel the pains which Nigerians are grappling with. While thanking you most profusely for feeling our pains, we would be better off if there were immediate remedial steps which could bail us from further hardships. The pains for want of a better word are unimaginable and any hint of its continuing will not augur well for us as a people.

To be sure, it is such a good thing for you to give us assurances of feeling our pains but until and unless it translates into tangible improvement of our individual and collective lives, then it means next to nothing for the vast army of despondent and hungry Nigerians who have been battered and almost swept away into oblivion by no fault of theirs. Under these circumstances, nothing can resonate and revive them as a change of fortune. Only a drastic change in the economic situation will make living any meaningful in today’s Nigeria.

The truth of the matter, sir, is that never have we witnessed on this scale the excruciating pains and feelings of hopelessness now pervasive, not even the hardship of the second republic comes any close. Never have we sunken to this depths of despair with prospects of further decline. We feel captured, vanquished, obviously betrayed and worried as citizens of this country. Every Nigerian is worried and it is not unusual to hear tales of lamentations when two or more of our country men and women congregate these days. The tales are so frightening and mind-wrecking that even the rich are not immune. These are indeed perilous times.

As we stagger under the weight of spiralling inflation, reversed and dashed opportunities, continued decline in crude oil prices, massive unemployment, recession and increasing blame game, where lies the much needed salvation? Mr. President, I’m afraid that nothing but the reversal of this painful experience will do. Perhaps, you are trying your best but it only becomes meaningful when Nigerians can feed and experience a new lease of life.

We are paying for the sins of the past, mainly of running a mono-cultural economy which is mainly oil based but only creative imagination is required to bail us out at the moment. As the current President, history will summon you to its judgement room to answer some certain questions. What immediate steps did you put in place to stem the slide would be one of such questions? History beckons and nobody but you would be put on the spot.

I recall that you rode into office on the popular assumption that having spent a dozen years chasing the Presidency because of a well articulated plan to reform, revamp and revitalise our national economy. You are a little into your mid-term cycle and before long, another cycle of electioneering campaigns will commence. What are your achievements in the interim? I ask because it is not yet certain that much has changed in the experience of the ordinary Nigerian.

The task of rebooting the economy is entirely yours and no amount of excuses or tepidity will do the needful. What is required is a clear understanding and necessary intervention to take us out of the woods. Nothing short of that will suffice. We are hungry. We want access to cheap food. We want opportunities. We want jobs and security. We want the state to respond to threats before they blow out of proportions. In other words, the rhapsody of change, which you promised is yet to be fully or even partially fulfilled. Before long, there would be need for us to compare and contrast notes. It would be done with the best of intentions and in the overall interest of the Nigerian people.

Courage and purposeful leadership is required to steer our national ship into an oasis of plenty from this long trek in the wilderness of want and lack. Offset the debt of promises you freely made to us during the last campaign. The tide of history will not permit for an inexorable march in the direction of failed promises. I can assure you that the Nigerian youth would score you objectively and reasonable before long.

I recall that you promised to jettison the odious practices of the past by building a more equitable and egalitarian Nigeria during the campaigns. The poetry of electioneering is over and you are now faced and confronted with the daunting task of governance, which is not easy but it is your call. You must make needed sacrifices, your famed integrity will be called to question, decisions must be made with the consequences in mind and finally, it is expected of you to bequeath a value system that will take us forward into the future.

As a retired soldier, I leave you with the Cadet Prayer at West Point Military Academy in the United States: “Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole truth can be won”. Embrace the whole truth and do not let people within your immediate circle deceive or delude you into believing otherwise-Nigerians are tired and pained at heart. Come to our rescue. Fix our country and our lives, that’s all we ask for by voting you into office.

Thank you for your time and do have a wonderful experience fixing the Nigerian situation.

Yours faithfully,
Moremi Ojudu

Charlie Boy Reads Open Letter To President Buhari (WATCH VIDEO)

Charlie Boy, also known as, Area Father, after writing an open letter to the President, decided to read the letter to him. The veteran entertainer took to his Instagram page to share the video of himself reading the letter.

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See Caitlyn Jenner’s Open Letter Following Controversial ‘Man In A Dress’ Comment

A lot of the 65-year-old’s comments have also sparked backlash, with her recent interview with TIME magazine being a cause for concern for the community.

In the interview, Caitlyn attempts to justify her focus on her physical appearance, stating that “people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like a man in a dress”, and the former Olympian has now written an open letter to apologise for the upset her interview caused.

Linking to the piece over on her Twitter page, Caitlyn wrote: “Setting the record straight about some of my recent comments”, with the letter reading: “In the first scene of the first episode of I Am Cait, I was up at 4:30 in the morning worrying, ‘I hope I get it right.’

“Since I told the world my truth six months ago, I’ve tried to be a force for good. I’ve met and listened to many people in the transgender community, from trans women of color, to the parents of trans kids who’ve taken their own lives, to people working in the courts and legislatures and media to make the world a better, safer place for trans people

“I’ve spent a lot of time listening to people tell me their stories. Even now, at the end of this whirlwind year, I still feel like I have so much to learn.

“I guess it’s true that there are some things that I have not gotten right. Sometimes this is because I’m still finding out about the issues. Sometimes this is because something that is true for me isn’t true for other people in our community. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way.

“And sometimes the media takes one comment out of context—or interprets it to mean something other than what I meant.

“In the last week many people have pointed out some mistakes I’ve made. My first reaction was to feel hurt, to wish people would give me more credit for having a big heart, and to know I don’t have a mean bone in my body. But as I’ve thought about it, I guess I’ve come to understand that maybe I have made some mistakes, and I need to make my real feelings more clear.

“This week a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my TIME interview, in which I said that my appearance is important to me, that I want people to be at ease when they encounter me, and that people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like ‘a man in a dress.’

“I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry.

“What I was trying to say is that our world really is still a binary one, and that people who look “visibly transgender” sometimes can struggle for acceptance and may be treated poorly by others. And while this may be true, it’s also something that needs to change.”

Caitlyn goes on to explain that those who don’t want to conform to gender norms have “every right to look and present exactly as they choose”, admitting that she understands that her comments “probably” made her seem like all she “cares about is fashion, or makeup, or appearance.”

The star clarified: “I can tell you I really enjoy all of that—it’s who I am. It’s the world I come from, and as a person in the media I have certain expectations for myself. But I am only one person. There are a lot of ways of being trans.”

Poignantly rounding up the letter, Caitlyn acknowledges that this is “probably not the last time” she will say the wrong thing but promised to “keep learning”.

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Man Whose Wife Was Killed In Paris Attack Writes Open Letter To ISIS

Hélène Muyal-Leiris?, 35, was one of the 89 innocent people gunned down at the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris attacks on Friday evening. On Monday, her husband, Antoine Leiris, penned a powerful Facebook post addressed to ISIS, entitled “You Will Not Have My Hatred.” ?

In the post (the original of which is in French), Leiris says he will not give the terrorist organization the satisfaction of instilling him with anger and suspicion toward his fellow man. ?

“Friday night, you took an exceptional life — the love of my life, the mother of my son — but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls,” he wrote. “So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You’re asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.” ??

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Open Letter To Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, By Habeeb Whyte

Dear President – Elect,

I remain Habeeb Whyte and I am still obliged with the responsibility that life placed on me to suggest a path deserving a collective action from Nigerian youths towards the faith of our father’s land and at this present time that we have just decided part of our future. You would agree with me that your success and that of All Progressive Congress in the last election can be said without mincing words to be the success of Nigerian youths. As key players in the youth movement, some of us were involved in the struggle before the formation of APC as a party and even made our inputs to the thought process. I said this just in order to buttress my claim that we knew what we bargained for and have our expectations as youths from you.

Meanwhile, the primary motivation for the involvement of the youths who served in the electioneering struggle for you was not for monetary gains. Those who wanted money did not stay long before dropping into other parties where cash flew. It therefore becomes significant for me to lend my voice to our expectations from you. It’s true that expectations are very high from the masses in general, I do not share in the ‘miraculous change’ expectation. I share in the expectations of the youths. Our expectations are premised upon the major reasons why we insisted on GMB. They are;

1. The bastardization of youths and children. The past 16 years of democracy saw the promotion of notoriety in youths through money inducements for eliciting their criminality. The only way to ‘make it’ in Nigeria becomes how much you can destroy lives, property, social peace and even how much you can destroy yourself. We saw governments that promotes promiscuity, waywardness and ungodly acts while ‘de-valuing’ character, probity, righteousness and honesty. Our nation became home to all forms of crimes and terror. The youths decided we did not want to inherit such a nation. When our colleagues who earn wealth and political power by destroying the society are much more powerful than those of us who wish to rebuild it, it’s a done-deal that only time stands between our nation and its annihilation. The leadership of all students and youth groups have been hijacked by these powerful youths.

2. Nigerian youths suffer the most from the mismanagement of our nation’s resources. While some remain jobless and some underemployed, most were compelled to seek ways and means including rewarding crimes, compromising youth leadership values to foot bills of their education and training. The cost of education across all level skyrocketed even in a

situation of un-helpable growing unemployment. Every four out of 10 Nigerian children are out of school while 3 among those in schools do not have requisite study materials. Youths decided to depart from this because we cannot grow under these circumstances in a globalized world and be expected to compete with our colleagues from other nations. We did not want to inherit a nation that cannot stimulate pride in her own children.

3. There was already a stern confusion about what needed to be done to right the wrongs in the system. Most people are already trapped in the ’employment creation’ syndrome so much that they are hopelessly expecting nothing other than job from a ‘good’ government. Any employment adverts receives thousands of application not necessarily because so much people need the job but because so much are confused about their actual needs. Ours is not a nation without jobs but one with as much people without jobs as jobs without people. The white collar job orientation is a result of an economy entirely dependent on marketing and a national leadership that lacks the character and knowledge-base to formulate policies that will promote the productive and manufacturing sectors. Youths decided to depart from this because we did not want to inherit a nation that is consuming itself from within. A nation whose collapse is predictable as a result of measurable indicators of failure.

4. Nigeria was already in flame as a result of possible religious or ethnic war. The fuel of distrust and disunity among ethnic groups and between Muslims and Christians was fanned to the peak point of conflagration with youths at the center-circle. Youths were used as evangelists or pseudo-ideologies of the religious and ethnic militias preaching die-hard hatred and these youths are the ones who are going to fight the war when it breaks out. Youths are the ones who are going to be out of schools and out of jobs during the war and they are still the ones their aged ones and children within families are going to look up to for safety and upkeep in the war situation. We therefore decided to rebuke this curse on us by taking responsibility to ensure the change we desired.

You would bear witness sir that the result of the presidential elections showed that the youths paid the utmost to bring about the change. The social media and real world media campaigns were flocked by youths. Meanwhile, our expectations are implied readily in the reasons why we desired and ventured for change as summarised above but I wish to draw your attention to few areas where it is important we have unity of thoughts so that we won’t begin to destroy our hard earned victory as soon the impending transformations begin.

1. We expect GMB to cut down the cost of governance significantly. So, reforms in government structure and political appointments are expected.

2. Plugging of all loopholes in the national financial management are expected as part of the anti-corruption effort. We expect thorough cleansing of the whole governance system that will secure the treasury from looting of any form.

3. We expect the recovery of loot from past leaders and deployment of such funds into the education sector as proposed by your Excellency.

4. We expect a gradual rebuilding of our infrastructures and social amenities in all sectors including health, education, transportation, energy, sports, etc.

5. On youth empowerment however, we expect formulation and implementation of policies that will apply the potentials of youths positively. While the long term objectives are paramount, there is the need for projects that will bring smiles on the faces of youths within 100 days of inauguration. Towards this, I suggest the following Sir;

A. Establishment of STUDENTS’ ADVANTAGE CENTRE. Since we cannot go back to the days of free feeding, accommodation, laundry, etc on our campuses very soon, this initiative will cushion the effects of hardship on campuses by providing commodities to students at discount rates. The centre will only leverage government security to access these commodities at manufacturer’s prices with even Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) discounts and make available to students at significantly reduced costs. The (SAC) will also publish text books under CUSTOM PUBLISHING PROGRAMME. This will improve standard and reduce cost to students apart from the uniformity.

B. Information Communication Technology is a key area where youths have found interests and committed great passion. It is the same everywhere in the world. Technology’s excitement makes it driven by passion but wise countries like Singapore only applied digital entrepreneurship strategies to enterprise the passion of their youths and thereby turn it into a significant source of revenue. Nigeria accounts for over 10million global internet presence. This implies we can make over N100 trillion revenue annually if half of these youths make just N50, 000 each monthly. The business opportunities on the internet matter but what matters most is that rate at which our youths patronise information products manufactured by youths of foreign countries on the internet with the passion of UP – BLUES, BARCA FOR LIFE, etc. We only need a creative approach to explorations with the passion of our youths. Today, sport betting is a multi-billion dollar industry with huge market share in Nigeria whereas over 80% of the wealth goes out this country even though

over 80% of the market is here. We must circumvent the industry and internalise 80% of the wealth in line with Pareto’s Theory. Our youths desire strongly a leadership that will create at home most of the things we passionately ‘die’ for from foreign lands. We want to see our brands competing in international markets with brands innovated by our colleagues in India, Singapore, Brazil, Korea, China, etc. We want GMB to mobilise our tremendous energy for nation building. Good thinking does it all and as a matter of fact, we would be willing to help.

I will say emphatically that the huge fund claimed to be committed to technological advancement and similar empowerment schemes including MSME’s are more than what is required to turn things around and make these to happen within months of your inauguration. The problem why we spend so much to achieve nothing is corruption. Corruption in this broad sense includes the appointment of some ‘big’ Engineers who cannot click a mouse as MDs of such projects. Ideas that should cook and serve for instant result on desks here at home will have to be cooked elsewhere with built-in out-datedness that will compel us as a country to go back perpetually.

These two key areas will empower millions of youths within the first 100 days of your administration and begin to turn-in huge revenue within 6-months. I can assure you Sir that the ICT industry alone with the size of our youth population and their passion for internet will create millions of jobs within 6months and drive in huge foreign exchange. I live you with a mind full of hope that you would not disappoint us., @whytehabeeb

Open Letter To TIME Magazine On Shekau Making 100 Most Influential List

Dear TIME Magazine,

Shekau is not influential in my country, the basis of this statement and ranking amongst the most popular positive great Nigerians you mentioned in that list makes it even more difficult for me to understand, how would you call a man who has killed over 15,000 of my people as influential? How would you call a man the world has called mad influential?

This is a man whose image has been generally of terrible reckoning and the you call him influential? I don’t understand the basis for that, if you wanted a list of most influential wicked terrorists in the world, if shekau tops that list, I would never have any problems with that, I would understand if you compiled a list filled with members of ISIS, alshabab and other terrorist groups we Nigerians would understand that.

Nigerians have converged together as one to hate this creature, our people have come together to make sure we normalize this situation. You put up some positive Nigerians on this list, like Our Baba, Obi Ezekwesili, we thank you for this, but why Shekau or what ever pseudonym he chooses to be called is on this list is what I still find very hard to understand.

Please times magazine don’t give this lunatic of a man any international recognition he doesn’t deserve, that’s the basis of their ill killings, they want worldwide coverage, they want the world to know about them, by putting them in a list like that makes their propaganda message more pronounced, think about a little child who is being taught to be a terrorist somewhere in Iraq, Iran or Libya, do you know what they have to say to him now?

Hi Habeeb, do you see our brother terrorist in Nigeria? He is among the 100 most influential people in the world, do you want to be influential too someday in the world? This is the right path! It gives them fuel to someday be on this list! Please times, take him out of this list and replace with a positive Nigerian!
Thank you…..

Bakare A.A for @wecarewelovenig

Open Letter To The Bishop Oyedepo

Dear Bishop Oyedepo,

Based on the foundations of our faith in the Acts of the Apostles whereby as Christians we are urged by the living God to proclaim the Gospel with joy, great enthusiasm and minister to the poorest among us, I bring the word of God to you with respect to your decision to be part of the 2015 elections and what they hold for the poor and most vulnerable among us –the friends of our Lord Jesus, our Emmanuel-God among us.

Ordinarily, it ought to be presumed that as a Bishop of your Church that you are aware of this divine message, which rests on the divine unity of the Body Of Christ. But your recent decision which divided members of the Body of Christ in your Church-Winners Chapel, Ota, western Nigeria- when you openly asked them to pray for President Jonathan’s success at the polls, and, which led to the open resistance of your curious prayer point has justified this reminder.

The Incorruptible Body of Christ rests unmistakably on Joy To The World for that Joy To The World is at the core of His Word among us, which is at great risk given your embrace of the source of major corruption in the land-President Jonathan, who is the source of the misery, poverty, joblessness, un-employment of the poor and vulnerable who our Lord Jesus calls us to minister to and proclaim the joy of the Gospel to.

This message concerns the visit of President Jonathan to your church-Winners Chapel- at the thick of the 2015 campaign during your church’s third service on January 25. President Jonathan was in company of Mr. Jones Arogbofa his Chief of Staff and Mr. John Kenny Okpara Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Board.

Given the way our kind God is working for Change in Nigeria we have it on record that President Jonathan has been sending emissaries to some Pastors to pray for him meaning to pray against change. The information yet to be confirmed is that money is changing hands and the emissary in this transaction where money is being used in hot pursuit of Pastors and the Body of Christ is allegedly Mr. Okpara Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Board.

Dear Pastor David Oyedepo, here is where you come in because you are one of these Pastors praying against Change in Nigeria. And this calls to question our call to serve the poor and most vulnerable among us by our God.

First, as a Bishop, you are expected to say the truth. As a Bishop, you are in the eye of the Nigerian Christian Community. Yes it is true that as Nigerians there are some of us Christians who can reconcile our Christian faith with corruption. There are some of us who in open disregard to the scriptures, which proclaim “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.
For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. ” Peter 2:19 would force a false reconciliation of the Incorruptible Body of Christ, the scriptures with the insane corruption under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Regardless of this, you have the faith obligation to say the truth before Nigerian Christian Community whether you visited President Goodluck Jonathan, and whether you asked members of the Body of Christ in your church to pray for President Jonathan who has never been a friend of the Nigerian poor and the vulnerable. So Bishop, I have a simple question for you: did you visit President Jonathan, and did you ask your church members to pray for President Jonathan’s success at the polls?

If you did, did you visit with other brother Pastors? If so, who are these brother Pastors? What are their names? Who organized the visit? Nigerians know that your brother Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria who is also supposed to be the president of Christian Association of Nigeria has sold CAN to President Jonathan as part of his campaign structure. Hence, we want to know if Pastor Ayo Oristejafor was part of this visit too.

Now these are what are in the pubic domain. Because the vast body of the laity across all Christian denominations of our faith who are closer to the street conditions of the poor in Nigeria have decided to defend the Incorruptible Body of Christ by distancing themselves from the corruption under President Jonathan, the president has panicked.

The president panicked because unmindful of the history of our nation, he has in a most divisive manner initially sold himself as “the Christian” candidate. That did not gain any traction among Nigerians and the Christian laity because President Jonathan’s regime seethes in corruption, and President Jonathan’s social and moral corruption stands in fundamental contradiction to the Incorruptible Body of Christ.

Hence, Nigerian Christian laity have decided to distance themselves from him in defense of the Incorruptible Body of Christ. This is because if someone is a Christian and he/she is going into politics, and he/she wants to put herself forward as a Christian, then such person must go into the roots of Christianity which is a service to the poor, the socially and economically broken, the lonely and the most vulnerable and socially disabled in our society.

This, the Christian-in-politics must do in defense of the Incorruptible Body of Christ. That is, we know a Christian candidate if there is one, and not the mere parroting that “I am a southerner then I am a Christian candidate” like President Jonathan is mistakenly doing in direct offense and antagonism to our individual Christian and moral consciences.

Sir, Bishop Oyedepo, a Christian candidate is not who is dubiously and on private, personal friendship basis anointed by the CAN president-Ayo Oritsejafor, a business man though a Pastor, whose role is transient and who like all of us mortals must account for his service and sins against the poor, before our God.

Rather, the Christian candidate is that who represents the “poor” roots of Christianity as a service to the broken and who then ministers to the spiritual needs of the poor as the poor is lifted out of poverty as we proclaim the Gospel with joy.

Thus a good Christian must run on an anti-corruption platform for the Body of our Christ is Incorruptible. Sir our faith is fundamentally irreconcilable to corruption. Because our anointment is an anointment to serve the poor ceaselessly without season, our anointment knows this.

Dear Bishop, I am not the one talking. It is a voice from the scriptures, which I commit to you thus “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. ” 2 Peter 2:19

But on the contrary, Pastor Oyedepo, sadly, you stated your position on the nature of our anointment. Against, 2 Peter 2: 19, Pastor David Oyedepo, you brought in President Jonathan-a corrupt symbol of the negation of the Incorruptible Body of Christ and therefore of our anointment.

Pastor Oyedepo, you chose to abandon the divine roots of Christianity which is service to the poor, the vulnerable, the broken, the lonely and the socially ignored in favor of the artificially “mighty” and possessor of the transient and finite in our lives.

Pastor Oyedepo, against the voice of the lonely, the broken, the ignored, the economically and socially invisible due to poverty, you chose to align with the transiently “powerful” the finite, the mortal, due to the transient “power” of Oil money.

Pastor Oyedepo I put it to you, due to your worship at the altar of the transient, gold, silver and oil, you divided members of your church. It will take the restorative nature of the mercy of God to restore unity. This is why we must see the end and exit of corruption in our society and lives.

For our God gave us a commandment brought down by Moses form the divine Mount, which says “Thou Shall Have No Other god beside me”. Pastor, do you still remember this? When you bow before oil money as you do, you have created other gods.

When you divide members of your church through intimidation as you do, you have created other gods. When you secretly worship at the Mount of Corruption as you do, you have created other gods.

When you look at the poor straight in the face and you say, “I do not care… I care only about my oil and the money it festoons me with” you have created other gods.

But Pastor at this holy hour, just before the decision remember the voice of the poor from the Nigerian streets. At this hour, there are no Christians, there are no Muslims; there is no young there is no old, there is no literate and there is no illiterate, there is no south, there is no north, there is no west, there is no east; you only have the poor and the transiently “mighty” it is one body, one soul, one divine voice reminding you of the “poor” roots of our faith of Christianity in the Acts of the Apostles and commandment handed over to us from generation to generation saying and beckoning “Thou Shall Have no other god before me… Thou shall serve no other god beside me…” This is the word of our Lord.

Dear Bishop David Oyedepo I leave you to your Christian conscience and the loving and kind hand of our God of Change who is ceaselessly patient and kind and who will welcome us and you anytime we change and return to HIM.

Yours in Christ


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