Sunday, 11 February 2024 19:01

BY JOHN ODEY ADUMA

Trumpet blasts summoning all Nigerians to the construction site.

 


Throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria, the bugle is being blown to summon all Nigerians to answer this national call.

This call is to be Nigerian in all things Nigerian without recourse to ethnicity and violence; this call is to be humane in all things and be selfish in nothing.

*It is a summons to integrity, courage, to excellent service to humanity; this call is to every Nigerian to occupy their minds with serious things; to wipe out injustice and lay the foundation of an egalitarian society of fraternal proximity; to be punctual to work and to be committed to our employers.

Thursday, 08 February 2024 18:52

 

 

Photo credit: The Nation.


The Nigerian spirit is the spirit that stirs up the best in Nigerians. It constitutes great visions and great dreams; dreaming big dreams and seeing to their realization; a giant will and a spirit of invincible determination; marvellous possibilities, resilience and boundless elasticity; bulldog tenacity of purpose; selflessness and loyalty to fatherland; the highest level of patriotism; giving God a prime place in the Nigerian mind and in national life; a strong abhorrence for religious bigotry and irreligiousness of religion; an enterprising and an inquiry mind; an excellent spirit; dedication and devotion to duty; a spirit so strong that it cannot be discouraged; the truth, without which a citizen is not free; fearlessness; confidence in self, the fatherland, humanity and posterity, yet very humble; a sense of nationalism rather than ethnicity; absence of avarice and thievery; honesty and integrity; a sense of community rather than individualism – being one’s brother’s keeper, creating a sense of sanity in one’s little corner in the midst of endemic or pervasive corruption; walking tall without entertaining grasshopper complex, the spirit to say to oneself after the accomplishment of a great task that the best is yet to come; the ability to recreate one’s world, where one is thoroughly dissatisfied; utmost enthusiasm rather grumbling; time consciousness rather than getting hooked to the so-called African time; a high sense of moderation instead of unbridled ostentation and acquisitive tendency; a great sense for details and observation; a sense of service rather than pecuniary consideration; observance of the country’s laws, and maintaining order in order to keep the peace.

The Nigerian spirit is to be cultivated and practised.

June 6, 2001.

 

  • JOHN ODEY ADUMA, author of the bestseller: “Be a Beacon of Hope in the World: A Message to Young Britain” was formerly Executive Secretary, Foundry Association of Nigeria, (1997-2000), National Coordinator, The Pastoral Resolve, (General Muhammadu Buhari’s Pastoralists NGO; and Chairman, Editorial Board of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc, 2000-2003.
Wednesday, 31 January 2024 20:20

A Better Idea: Invincible Defense Technology

 

By Dr. David Leffler

In the midst of the devastating toll of the Israel/Gaza war, NPR journalist Carrie Kahn recently posed a poignant question to Israeli military officer Major Doron Spielman, reflecting the collective yearning for an alternative to escalating cycles of violence. Spielman's response, “If anyone has a better idea, I think we would love to hear it,” echoes the sentiments of many who have grown weary of the human cost of conflicts. Extensive peer-reviewed research and field-tests indicate that Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) is a transformative approach that can prevent and swiftly end conflicts.

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 20:31

Muslim views of Jews (2 of 2)

By Husam Dughman

Jews are also mentioned in the Quran in unflattering comparisons with animals. In one verse (Al-Ma’idah 60), it says that God once metamorphosed some Jews into apes and swine because they had been disobedient. According to two other verses, disobedient Jews were metamorphosed into apes (Al-Baqarah 65; Al-A’raf 166). To this day, numerous Muslims refer to Jews as “the siblings of apes and swine,” disregarding the fact that the Quran made such references in respect of disobedient Jews, not of all Jews. The same goes for the Quran’s likening of Jews who disobeyed the Torah to donkeys (Al-Jumu’ah 5).

Sunday, 21 January 2024 22:32

Muslim views of Jews (2 of 2)

By Husam Dughman

 

Jews are also mentioned in the Quran in unflattering comparisons with animals. In one verse (Al-Ma’idah 60), it says that God once metamorphosed some Jews into apes and swine because they had been disobedient. According to two other verses, disobedient Jews were metamorphosed into apes (Al-Baqarah 65; Al-A’raf 166). To this day, numerous Muslims refer to Jews as “the siblings of apes and swine,” disregarding the fact that the Quran made such references in respect of disobedient Jews, not of all Jews. The same goes for the Quran’s likening of Jews who disobeyed the Torah to donkeys (Al-Jumu’ah 5).

Thursday, 18 January 2024 19:23

Muslim views of Jews (1 of 2)

By Husam Dughman

The 7th of October massacre by Hamas of unarmed Israeli civilians and the Israeli response thereto have led to widespread, mostly anti-Israel demonstrations in various parts of the world. It is quite remarkable that emotions seem to run particularly high whenever Israel is involved in some conflict. Nothing appears to provoke the ire of numerous people in different parts of the world more than the words “Jews” and “Israel.” This can be easily seen when we compare people’s reaction to conflicts that do not involve Israel to those that do.

Sunday, 14 January 2024 23:31

THE CONFESSION OF BROTHER OBOT

A Playlet

PROLOGUE

*Criminocracy, Klpetocracy and Plutocracy

 

“Lord of grace and truth,

   

we confess our unworthiness

   

to stand in your presence as your children.

   

We have sinned:

 

All

 

forgive and heal us.”

 

Source: Authorized Forms of Confession and Absolution (anglican.org), accessed: 14/01/2024.