Speaker Tambuwal is a Narcissist

‘The defection by the Honorable Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, is nothing out of blues for those who have carefully observed the course of the canoe Mr speaker has been paddling in the Nigeria political waters from time past. He’s lived up to his expertise as a party defector over his years of involvement in politics at the national level. I would not sympathize with the party he left neither would I rejoice with the party he presently belongs because he is in a party for one thing only, power. Once he calculates his stakes in any party and, it turns out not feasible for a higher charting of power, he moves like cat that has just sighted a rat.

For some months now, the dust in the House of Assembly of our beloved federation has been incessantly raised; making a global showcase of the mannerism of drama in Nigeria’s number one political house, Aso Rock. The other day, I switched-on my television to watch the news; I was dismayed all through after, having seen how the supposed able lawmakers of our country have turned the house upside down in front of world camera once more. On getting to the bottom of what it might be this time again, it was the speaker of our House of Assembly who had spearheaded another Oscar winning political short-movie, a blockbuster clip in the box office of Nigeria’s ‘AsoRock-wood’.

It was amazing to watch some honorable members of our dear federation display their acrobatic skills and notoriety just at the flash a simple security check. In a dash, our leaders brought us on the world map once again for another black reason. Lawmakers of country breaking the law like an arrant truant. The members of our legislative house were busy banging the gate of the Honorable and fortified house like terrorists and intruders, scaling the fence like armed robbers and trespassers, jubilating at their paucity of moral and misplaced political etiquette. Indeed, financial equity can’t pay off the loan of moral debt.

Rewinding the tape of our national ‘show of shame’ at the House of Assembly, we would recall that the last media demonstration we had at this level was recorded in 2010 following a fight that broke out in Nigerian Parliament after 11 legislators were suspended for accusing the House of Representatives Speaker then, Oladimeji Bankole , of corruption. Needless to say, it was tarnishing for the image of our country, having acknowledged that Bankole who took over from Patricia Etteh following a corruption scandal also got smitten by the same rod. . The disgraceful clip involving cameos of many of our major legislators engaging in fist fight and chair-throwing argument credited Nigeria as of ‘one of the world’s most ’ tainted countries’. The stunt had a new release on November 20, 2014 – however, this time with some new cast. Quite interesting.

Diving to the deep of Nigeria political water, it was historically noted that the first time ever Nigeria made their headway into book of political truancy was six years after our independence. It was observed that the political crises materialized into the Nigeria’s first military coup in 1996. Accordingly, there were two groups; pro- Obafemi Awolowo and pro Ladoke Akintola in the Western House of Assembly. A fallout from the fist fight between both groups resulted in a state of emergency being declared in the Western region. In corollary, skipping the pages of our political chronicles to this recent decade; a similar pouring of the political rainfall that fell a quarter year ago, during Honorable Bankole’s term, showered heavily again a few days ago. This year’s episode made a vintage follow-up series into our archive of political woes.

Having laid that foundation, we need not crack our brains to recall that the present Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , a lawyer by profession, assumed office in 2011. A gentle man at glance, as his face is always smiley and cheeky- It would be difficult for anyone to detect, from a first impression, that he’s a man that usually has something up his skirt and his sleeves. His three years in office has been greeted with excessive ‘joker’ moves and media headlining.

He monumentally stole the politically spotlight when he defected from the ruling party to APC on 28 October, 2014. His story earned the front page of most newspapers and the Image of news flashes. The move was media buzzing and got the lips of political stakeholders and fellow compatriots moving. It was not until this time that I had to go back to remind myself of the blueprints in his political journey and soon I found out that the move shouldn’t be a surprise even to the party he defected from or to. As a lawyer and an ex Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, one would expect him to be a selfless upholder of the law and that democracy but the reverse has been the case.

From his early bird in the political game as a Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to a former senate leader till 2003 when he decided to run for a legislative seat as representative of the Kebbi/Tambuwal Federal Constituency under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has been a Froggy move. Consequently, few months to the 2007 general elections, he defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) but on denial of return tickets to former ANPP legislators, he swung back to the ANPP in the same year, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election. However, that wasn’t the end of his political party prostitution; he dumped the ANPP that gave him a second chance after jilting them and moved to PDP in 2007. ‘Unsurprisingly’ for those that have study his chess move, he pulled the political trigger again in October, when defect to APC. Well, to what end? Power!

While some political counterparts and non partisan journalist may have seen his defection as treachery, others may not. However, the truth has to fall on one side of the political divide or quadrant. Albeit, his justification as a traitor may be left for the constitution to decide, what is labeled on the head our speaker, yet unseen or unread by my most persons is his narcissist trait. Evidently, the trait has been his driven force in his multiple political party sensational romances and break-ups. In fact, like with ANPP, he had to return to his vomit- his ex party – without any sense of shame because his political party perching habit and ability seem to have no limit.

At this point, it might be necessitated to refresh our minds on who a narcissist is. The most important point to know about narcissism trait is that it a personality disorder. That is, an overlapping pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from the norm of the pro-social individualist culture. The common symptoms of the a narcissist disorder includes; contemptuous and lacks empathy, exploitative of others, often envious of others, a very strong sense of entitlement, excessive admiration, preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power, grandiose sense of self-importance, impulsive, little sense of humor, knaggy and haughty behaviors or attitudes, lack a mature conscience, cruelty and many more. If I may ask, do these symptoms resonate in the character of our speaker? Oh yes, evidently.

Does the speaker’s overzealousness and jealousy of others reflect in his very strong sense of entitlement? Does the lack of a mature conscience and impulsive nature show in his frequent party defection? Is the preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited rule pronounced in the speaker’s action of wanting to be the president and governor? Does his little sense of humor accounts for unbridled speech making and actions? Does his impossible nature explain his often orchestrated cruelty? Does his political hanky-panky pinpoint his knaggy and haughty behavior? Does his exploitative nature throw some light on why and how he coerced members of his old to defect to the newly joined party as the hatchet leader? Well, this food for thought.

Likewise, it is a noticeable attribute of narcissist to have a weird sense of time. It’s more or less like they can’t read the times and therefore it appears as if they are act on the spot without giving good thoughts about the consequence of their actions. For instance, within the last three months of his three years as the speaker of the House of Representatives, he had declared a presidential ambition under new party and again quickly made a sharp turn to governorship race having realized   his stakes at the presidential circle weren’t feasible.

The path being trailed by our honorable speaker is very synonymous to the world acclaimed epic political figure of the narcissist trait, Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler rose to a place of prominence in the early years of the Nazi party. He manipulated, coerced and cajoled the other members of the party to conditionally make him leader of the party. He was assisted in part by his willingness to use violence, revolt and decoy in advancing his political objectives and to recruit party members who were willing to do the same. Unfortunately, these are the exact footprints of the speaker and he is backed by the number one antagonist party to the ruling party. Mr. Speaker rather than be a good reference point to the federation by this job would rather take pleasure by been a pain in the ass to the presidency and democracy. Whew!

A word of knowledge; from history, narcissists are not healthy for a sustainable democracy rule because of they are prone to abuse of judicial rights and power misuse. Bearing in mind that times have significantly changed from military rule; instead of the coups and militarization tactics that was known with past form of governance, what we have today is democratic onslaught of political malpractices. That is, the moral debt, unbridle gestures, lost sense of decorum, behavioral decadence, political word exchanged and power haggling by our leaders can be viewed as the democratic idea of a coup. While the military might have been shaken off their feet by Boko Haram Insurgent in a corner of the country, one thing they will never fail to have is sense of order, decorum and comportment which is now the misplaced virtues of most democrats.

A word of caution; a disorder often makes one to lose an ideal the sense order- as such, he or she may get flung out of power with time. Though narcissist have the tendency of been carried away by their egocentric virtues and obsessive nature, they soon become isolated from the game. The self contradictory nature of narcissist is enough to land them in a political or individual hot soup that will be done with time. Regardless of their pretty good reasons for their paranoia and cynicism, their sneakiness, evasiveness, prevarications, narcissists are naive and vulnerable, pathetic really, no matter how arrogant and forceful their words or demeanor. They have a high record of suicidal rate and are reclined to uncontrollably rejection over time.

Conclusively, It goes to say that the speaker can defect back to the ruling party tomorrow and that wouldn’t take a miracle to come to fruition. More so, the mafia proverb that says ‘a tree that is often transplanted hardly proper’ may serve as good remainder for Mr. Speaker because even when the tree appears to prosper, it doesn’t last nor become perennial. Thus, if I were the speaker, I would keep my head leveled and humbly retrace footsteps before I self-destruct. I would curb my excesses and embrace the ethics of politics. I would try to redeem myself of all treachery stains and be spotless even in mirror of morality before legality. I would let-go of all aggrandizement and religiously face my assignment as a public servant. I will rather be a compatriot to my federation than a traitor. I would live and lead like a Speaker that truly earned the honor and not because of the tag of the National Assembly. So help me Lord!

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The Sidelining of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) in Nigeria

Every time I walk through the streets or drive on our roads, I feel perturbed at the sight of so many ill-social and environmental decadent actions often carried out remorselessly by most micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as they go about their business activities; from a canteen waitress disposing the debris and kitchen waste water on the road outside her outlet, to a colony of mechanics leaking the black oil of most vehicles on the bare floor of their workshops, to a generator repairer spilling petrol careless on the floor in attempt to cleanse some mechanical component, to shops owners throwing wastes into the drainage and canals and so on. The array of these eye-sore scenarios has prompted me to ask myself why this same people opine that only the big organizations owe the society some sense of decorum and environmental decency in going about their jobs. I have tried to find an excuse for them; could it due to ignorance? Sadly, I have since found out that this is, more or less, a display of illiteracy and a deliberate act of carelessly with no iota of consideration for the environment or other persons in the vicinity?

In the same vein, along the corridor of multinational corporations and blue ship companies- who are often tagged with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – are numerous Micro, SMEs who have refused to see themselves as a corporate entity worthy of giving back to the society in which they do their businesses daily; rather, they add to the negativity in the society in their own ‘small’ way(s). Perhaps, this is due to the malapropos or lack of good education on the subject matter of CSR or because Micro, SMEs have chosen to be on one side of the coin where they can afford to be socially irresponsible, leaving the other side of the coin to the ‘big’ companies like oil multinationals, banking, telecommunication etcetera who they deem fit to bear the social cost in place of them – quite whimsical! The question is when did CSR become the yard stick between businesses categorized as Micro, SMEs and those of Large Scale Enterprise?

In corollary, it can be said that the ideology behind the incessant sidelining of corporate social responsibility to the multinational or large corporations alone in Nigeria is owed to a gross act of corporate social irresponsibility and a lucid display of corporate indolence which has been spaciously roomed by the supposed legislative arm of the Corporate Affairs Commission of the federation in their policies making and actions driving.

Whilst there have been various perspectives, however debatable, as to what the concept of CSR ordinarily and originally connotes in the scope of an organization’s culture when viewed under the panorama of its social responsibility, the idea behind the etymology of CSR affords us the most accurate and fundamental understanding of what it stands for. CSR is about having and showing ethos and values as a company which is often exhibited by corporate emotive actions.

Consequently, it has been impossible to reach an absolute definition for the term CSR because what it resonates might appear vague, especially for those who can’t read between the lines. Much more, CSR is best viewed under the principle of relativity. That is, what is termed CSR to Organization ‘A’ may not necessarily be the same for organization ‘B’ depending on their Status quo when examined under various managerial lights and the binding policies. For short, it is not the descriptive knowledge of the meaning of CSR that is in the best enabling position to extract the real substance of the concept into our hands and fingertips but the knowledge of what it stands-for will definitely affords us a better gateway to penetrate into the crux of the concept.

Consonantly, it is posited under the stakeholder theory of CSR that the onus befalls on organizations to consider, on a holistic horizon, the impact of the business in which they conduct and its heralding operation or activities as it concerns all stakeholders- prompting the organizations to extend their corporate values voluntarily or statutorily to the society often; economically, legally, ethically or morally and philanthropically. Howbeit, this could still take various dimensions.

Referentially, I choose to see CSR as an ethical tax that must be paid to the society by all business enterprises, however corporate or non-cooperate, micro, small scale or large scale for a peaceful working environment. This is synonymous to our business doctrine of paying other forms of taxes like income tax, profit tax, probate tax, revenue tax and what-a-view to various governing bodies which warrants us the right to do our business without any governmental and council interference. CSR is the moral or ethical due an enterprise pays which justifies the business ‘license’ and permits the enterprise to operate in the society or community where it is situated.

In furtherance, CSR is a key element in the ecosystem of a business enterprise or organization cycle. CSR plays an eminent role in the survival and sustenance of the organism of a business. It contributes to the enzymes that stimulate the necessary hormones for an invigorating growth and continuity in the circumference of the business biome.

However, perhaps the word ‘corporate’ in CSR has been the cause for the restrictive understanding of the underlying essential implication of the concept, therefore affecting people’s attitude towards its acceptance and effectuation. That is, many people have chosen to stick to the opium that a corporate entity is always an elaborate organization, often having numerous branches locally and internationally, characterized with a huge edificial structure and having its headquarter in the heart of the highly eyebrow Central Business District (CBD) in a country. Quite Fallacious!!

Thus, for the sake of crosschecking this misconception; it ought to be borne in the corners of our minds that the word ‘corporate’ in the School of Business Studies is a term given to most business enterprises chartered by a state and given many legal rights as an entity isolated from its owners. As such, it is the paper works and the paparazzi of protocols that have perhaps ‘misleadingly’ decorated the entity of word ‘corporate’, – giving it a misinterpreted, elaborated, and exaggerated appeal by most people who don’t bother to look at the context critically.

Correspondingly, it is held that Micro, SMEs account over 90% of Nigeria’s businesses. Noting that a good number of these varying enterprises do not see themselves as a corporate business body and as such, have ruled out the actions geared towards the filing of necessary paper works and protocols that qualifies them as a corporate entity according to the statues of the federation. Some common examples of these Micro, SMEs are; canteens or restaurants, shops, complexes and plazas that we use for our offices, relaxation joints, hotel, brothels, kiosks, sales outlets and a host of other sited places we dress up to go daily in order to make our ends meet.

Ergo, the lack of participation in CSR by most these exemplified Micro, SMEs because of the simple limiting fact that some enterprises do not press for the due legislative registration that legally tags them as corporate entity according to the governing statues is not enough excuse. The self-exemption from CSR is condemnable with no justification. However, what is much more inapposite is the failure of a few who actually participate in social responsibility but rather see their actions as less tantamount to CSR because of their lack of in-depth understanding about the theme.

More so, the performance of CSR by organization can take different forms and twists, colors and tones. How do I mean? CSR can be quite comprehensive and tangible or on the contrarily, quite simple and intangible. That is, from the monumental donation in cash and kinds to emptying our waste water or black oil appropriately, not constituting nuisance and following a mode of work operation that is pro-social and least harmful to the environment. Therefore, keeping up in CSR duties can be cheap following an innovative approach of cutting your coat according to your clothin an organizational sense.

Whence, the generalized idea that CSR is always an expensive function should be aborted. CSR is not always an exhaustive and expensive activity as purported in people minds. The determining factor of CSR is simple tough the logic behind the concept may appear complex to some. On one hand, the logic behind CSR is that business cannot afford to be an island of abundance in an ocean of abject poverty. On the other hand, the rule for the justification of CSR is that a business enterprise owes, to some degree based on relativity, the vicinity in which you business is sited something because of the environmental, humanitarian and intangible social infrastructures like peace, serenity, friendliness, the vicinity and the dwellers or indigenes have afforded you to conduct your business without disturbance or posing of threat.

Conclusively, we shouldn’t be blindfolded by or dissuaded from this responsibility because of the ‘pompous’ sound of the concept or the costly humor it seems resonate.CSR is loaded with a lot advantages hence; we would be grossly missing out from the bounty benefits it harbors if it is neglected. The concept of CSR must not be regarded as an externality but should be interposed and integrated into every element of the business because in order to grow and be continually successful in the business environment, Micro, SMEs have to engage corporate social responsibility in their strategic decisions.

Thank you.

GEJ 2015: The Fate of Democracy in Nigeria at Stake

A few days ago, the people in the city of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja were hibernating in a consuming gridlock and swimming in a pool of transportation inconveniences as incepted by the declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term which was held at the Eagles Square. But, shouldn’t that be as expected? Whether we choose to nod our heads in the direction of the president’s second bid may not necessarily be of significance at this point, the onus is on us to understand that a compromise on a day like this is part of our civic responsibility too – as citizens for the sake of peace- while the traffic officials were out to do the best they can do at managing it.

While some are equivocal about his Excellency humble and bravery intention to continue his administration,   especially his political opponent and counterparts, other have their comments reserved. However, what should be of more quintessence is the examination of his intention in the spectrum of democracy survival and sustenance in our nation. The pertinent questions we should ask ourselves are; ‘if GEJ is maliciously engineered out of the second term administration, what would be the fate of democracy in our confederation, Nigeria?’ what would be the gospel to be preached about democracy to the leaders of tomorrow-the youth? What would it profit the bank of our democracy under balance-sheet of its sustainability or continuity?

Plotting the line of the Nigeria’s democracy Historiography, we all as citizens would acknowledge that its modal point was marked when the past incumbent president of the federal republic of Nigeria, General Abubakar, who succeeded General Sanni Abacha’s upon his death transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999- our Democracy Day.

Trialing down the line of our democratic rule a little further, we should recollect that Nigeria had been ruled by military leaders since Gen. Buhari seized power from Shehu Shagari in 1983 after what was believed to be a coup. Although democratic elections had been held in 1993, they were annulled by then ruler-ship of the federation -Wikipedia.

While the air has been cleared out that late Moshood Abiola was the winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, much ado has been the call for the change of the democracy date from May 29 to June 12 which has been theorized as the ideal democracy day by the political historians or scholars. However, the date of democracy may not necessarily be the focal point but the substance of democracy itself. The political antecedent which head butted the body of democracy and left its leg bones dislocated at that time is a déjà vu of what might be, come May 29, 2015 if necessary precaution is not taken and heeded to adherently.

Though many may fail to recognize; the journey of democracy in our federation clocked a hundred years this year- the preceding year to the next election- following the Amalgamation of northern and southern protectorate in 1914 by Lord Lugard, then the newly appointed and first British Governor-General of colonial Nigeria. The amalgamation created the nucleus of democracy that was later manifested in our constitutional imprints. As a result, the true celebration of our centenary celebration is most effectively showcased by our uplifting of democracy which is best demonstrated by everyone’s cooperation irrespective of our ethnicity, religious, political party and other inevitable group belonging.

In corollary, following the prediction by the United States in 2006 that Nigeria would no longer be in existence by 2015 is a cue thrown by their postulation of our democratic stability and the chances of its survival in another decade of governances as at that year, 2006. Accordingly, it was said that Nigeria as a corporate entity was likely to splinter along tribal and sectarian lines by 2015 if some of the inherent fault lines were not properly managed and controlled.

However, if is this will come to fruition or not is hinged on the continuity of democracy under a favorable climatic political air. Nigeria can only break up outside or at the verge of a ruptured democratic structure. However one question to be asked at this point; is it a thing of coincidence that the break up prediction made by the United States in 2006 on the ground of tribalism and insurgency intercepts with President Jonathan second bid?

Consequently, the peg of democracy was drastically shifted by the sudden and sad demise of the late president, Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua in 2010 having President Goodluck Jonathan as the vice president. This shift left holes in the ground of Nigeria politics at the federal level tailing down to the states and local government tiers. The prevailing conditions and constitution in the Nigeria’s number one political house, Aso-Rock at that time realized and saw to it that the only person who by right and rite is deemed fit for the occupation of the presidential seat was then vice president.

Since the president assumed office till date, times have changed in quantum; crossing the river Jordan of militancy into the South-South to the land of   Boko Harm insurgence has given serious head ache for the country as a whole. The first term of Jonathan administration was greeted with insurgencies and laced with Political disengagement and moral dept by other elects leaving blemished stains on political parties and party members that are yet to be completely wiped out. This begat a mirage of behavioral dysfunction, camouflaged under political hostility. These political disengagements which surfaced in form of party’s members defection, party factionist, open call-out etcetera have all seem to be the strings been pulled by political antagonist to hamper the moving forward of democracy in our nation.

Boko Haram, Nigeria’s number one insurgent group and an off-shot of long brewed political accidents and religious backlash have buoyantly disbursed their act of wickedness and wreckages in North-Eastern states of the federation. These states; Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba which is along-side prone to tribal, communal, and religious crises than the sectarian war.

Undeniably, the most remarkable feat of the Boko Haram insurgent was attained when they captured the poor girls from Chibok School in Borno State which are yet to be released. The spectre of violence in the North-East has continually heightened – the most recent of their calamitous was the suicide bombing case at a school assembly in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potisku, Yobe state.

While the slated date of his declaration may have coincided with the disheartening perpetuations of Boko Haram on the school’s assembly that sad morning, it is not enough for critics to see the President’s hustings as reprehensible, insensitive and a quick return- rather a move to shame the glory the insurgent are desperately pushing to claim over our federation.

However, judging the performance of the president’s governance from an angle only would be one-sided, unfair and inhumane for any one or party to do. Failure is permitted in any examination but the extent or rate of failure is what should be of more concern. While the talk of Boko Haram and the seemingly intractable security challenges might have gone soar on our lips, the achievements of the Jonathan administration tabled at his declaration comprised key indicators in economic growth, transport, agriculture and energy which are evident in our society. Beyond this, the president rather than undermine the seven point agenda by his predecessor, upheld it for selflessly for the sake of sustainable democratic rule in our nation.

The fight for democracy is beyond blood-shed and of more ill-potency than of Boko Haram because what we stand to get or lose in the fight for Boko Haram is a pinch when compared to that of democracy. There is more to democracy than meets the eye for the layman; Just recently, the president and former President Olusegun Obasanjo attended a Council Chambers for Council of State meeting together in Abuja in spite of the Open letter that was written by former president expressing his displeasure on some issues in the country that were trailing the path of error in our democratic sojourn.

Likewise, the frosty relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II was warmed-up following the meeting of the two in Abuja recently to and reconciled differences. The meeting which had all the senior members of the Kano Emirate Council and other elder statesman in attendance was reported to have been instigated by the emir for the just-cause of peace sustainable democracy in our nation.

The hatchet which was buried by the likes of these eminent fellows was done so for nothing but the bolstering of sustainable democracy in Nigeria. It is an exemplary act for anyone or party who sincerely stands for a sustainable democracy in Nigeria to emulate. Togetherly, we ought to pursue a nonpartisan approach towards ending the insurgency. In a country where the ship of ethnic differences and boat of political haggling could take a quick spin or capsize into a river of chaotic water, we should realize that unity is necessitated at a cost but not at the expense of democracy.

The health of Democracy in any nation or any federation of the world is anchored on its sustainability. Democracy Sustainability is only possible under a political environmental condition that expressly favors it. While oppositions parties are eagerly tapping into the circumstances created by the Boko Haram and using it to their own advantage, it is in the interest of us all to see that the insurgent group are out to break the back bone of our democracy at the detriments of we all as civilians, citizens, statesmen, elder-statesmen and the country as a whole.

If the political atmosphere is made un-conducive for a sustainable democracy via pollutants being released into the air by insensitive counterparts, then the sweat and blood of the forerunners of democracy in likes of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, late Moshood Abiola, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and many others have ended up at nothing but a waste. More so, the hallmark of our Independence, which was marked when we reached a dated sustainable democratic rule in 1999, might be forfeited cheaply to a lost-cause of political trade off.

Therefore, in view of immortalizing the creation of democracy, we are all urged to see president’s declaration for a second term in a political UV-light so that we bank-in the real notes and not counterfeits into our national democracy save-box. The president has taken this bravery step as a gladiator of democracy in spite of the spikes and arrows hovering over the political air space in the nation.

To my fellow compatriots, the president is an upholder of the nation’s democratic fortress; we all as citizens, though of different ethnics and religion, should embrace democracy whole heartedly in our various little and individualistic ways. To those that belong to one political party or the other, in as much it is binding on you to fulfill a part of party’s obligation, you shouldn’t be blinded from the truth of democracy. It is in the best interest of our federation to downplay our political foul plays and tantrum for the peaceful sake of Nigeria and optimum profiting of democracy.

-adebiyiadeyemi@outlook.com

An Agronomist view of spams in the World of Electronic – mail

Just recently, a very dear person to me was entrapped by the snare of a spam email and ripped by the thorns of phishing web-link causing him to lose a huge sum of money when he tried updating his online banking information. This was sad for him as an individual and for us friends and family because it felt like we were slapped in face and our lot taken away from us. Well, while many people may still be ignorant of spam or might be confused by the computer or programming term which it resonates, this article is written in an attempt to evangelize to other likely victim and spread the knowledge of spam in a quite humorous way- for easy understanding- by examining it under an agricultural context called weed.

Spams are like weeds while hams (non-spams) are like crop-plant/flower in the farm land of electronic mail.

Generally, the definition of weed varies depending on the context in which it is to be described because what some farmers consider a weed, others will find innocuous or even well appreciated. Truly a weed is a plant just as a crop-plant is; but there are some characteristics attributed to the former that defines the differences between both.

Weeds are unwanted or unsolicited plant that grows ubiquitously- though controllably- on croplands having a substantial share-effect on the crop plant biological, likewise economically. Weed growth and species are largely dependent on the characteristics of geo-sphere element; the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmospheres.

Spams, on the other hand, are unsolicited or unwanted emails that make their way into our e-mail address and may leave the computer or users vulnerable or susceptible to malicious wares, virus, and phishing and so on. Spams are good online advertising tools when used honestly. However, they are often abusively used by hackers to perpetuate their cyber havoc. Spam is to hacker what a pen is to an artist.

Consequently, it is held that from 107 trillion emails in 2010, 89.1% were spams. The meaning is that we have just about 10% assurance of the authenticity of any email we get losing the rest 90 % to spam or its doubt. This probability is slimmer by today’s rating. The implication of this is more or less phenomena- considering the rave of IT fervency in the 21st Century.

Today, online means of making our ends meet and going about our day to day activities is increasingly becoming a ready-option for us all. E-commercialization is becoming fully fledged and, particularly, the revolution of e-banking has been a focal point even for spammers across developing economy like Nigeria.

However, email has been the rope that connects the two (or more) ends of the parties involved in any e-trade. Therefore, our e-commerce world’s increasingly becoming a glass house and we all need to be very careful with the stones being thrown at it by spams/junks e-mails. The health and originality of this rope (email) is almost directly proportional to the risk it stands against- spams.

Spams, like weeds, are diverse and their effect is manifested in variant ways like phishing site, malwares and viruses that are often fraud driven. The following featured facts have succeeded in affording us a good ground to homologize spams and weed;

 

Infectious: Weed are vectors as they harbor insects and diseases that are detrimental to the life of crop plant and or cropland. They are parasitic, either partially or totally, and serve as hosts for crop diseases or provide shelter for insects to overwinter on crop plants. They produce chemical substances which are toxic to crop plants and or cropland. Some weeds are poisonous and cause hazards to human beings and animals.

In the same way, spams are Infectious and can cause cyber epidemic. They are capable of disturbing the cyber space habitat as they are loaded with dangerous viruses that are meant to synchronize with the wares our computer. They are a haven of ill cyber vices that rack and ruin computer and can drag its owner or user into physiological, emotion, financial and destabilization due to the negligence or ignorance. One can be one click away from a very dicey situation just by being a victim of a ‘devil’s sent’ spam. They are like the devil who have come to steal, kill and destroy the ‘saints’ of cyber user.

Costly: Weeds are negative interferences and contaminants that generate unnecessary stress or cost to crop plant. They increase operational cost and further reduce crop yield and quality. The impact of weed is often calculated as the change in farm income and the cost of food between the current with-weeds situation and a without-weeds scenario. The overall effect of weed in this light is that it reduces the effectiveness and efficiency of the farm cycle system.

In the same way, spams make for un-conducive environment in the electronic mail world. As a result of the potential harm they cause, they become the clog in the wheel in online world cycle -particularly the business sphere. The comfort the internet ordinarily or originally affords us from the comfort of our homes have been suppressed by the extra cautions one’s required to take when online. E-commerce actors can be regarded as skating on thin ice because of how far spam has eaten deep into the protective shell of our cyber world.

Some E- commerce actors, have lost faith regarding online activities because they have gotten their fingers serious injured by the thorns of viruses and vegetative buds of phishing. In the same vein, online security has to be beefed at an extra cost just as weed also lead to increased production costs — that is, the costs of controlling them.

Viral: Weeds possess good dispersal mechanisms. They have several characteristics that enhance reproductive capability which includes high seed production, rapid seedling growth rate, and self-pollination. They multiply in soil seed banks creating future problems.

In the same way, Spams can be sent to millions of email address at a go in very few minutes.

They move at the rate of an email- just a click away. Spams are automated and can be ‘self-regeneratory’ just as weed reproduces via self-pollination. So if they haven’t reached your email, you can be rest assured they are coming sooner than you ever think.

Diverse and universal: Weeds are omnipresent. They have a global presence on cropland and they are of variant species. Weeds cannot be completely eradicated from a cropland and as such, spam cannot be completely from the eradicated from the farmland of e-world- though can be effectively controlled.

In the same way, spams usually have a presence in the e-world and come in different formats and modes of operation. Some weeds are parasitic some are intoxicant and poisonous, unhealthy, harmful and deadly. Spams can come in form of viruses, cloned phishing sites and links, malicious wares and so on.

Competitors: Weeds are relentless competitors with our crop plant. They are, by nature, often prolific and persistent. Weeds are naturally strong competitors and those weeds that can best compete always tend to dominate. They compete with market crops for resources, such as light, nutrients, and water.

In the same way, spams are competing with authentic emails in the cyberspace. They are chocking the cyber-space with unwanted and unsolicited emails thereby hampering sustainability of e-mailing system.

Though and Persistent: Weed respond rapidly to favorable growing conditions since many species can thrive under a broad range of conditions and tolerate a wide range of adverse environmental conditions, such as drought stress and soil compaction.

In the same way, spams are stubborn and repetitive like goats. They are pernicious and often find their way back into the inbox even after being spam-botted, deleted and scanned by anti viruses. They are always on edge of breaking the security systems and encrypting malwares no matter how much one tries to control them, they look for the loopholes in the walls of cyber space and in our computers ware only to creep and cause damage. Spams are dangerous intruders and very wrong visitors we shouldn’t allow to find comfort in our cyber abode.

Mistaken Identity: On the contrary, while it may be relatively easy for most people to identify a weed from their crop plant, it may be quite difficult to differentiate between a spam and a real inbox. Spams are fashioned after authentic emails and websites making them very well disguised for anyone who is unaware to spot the difference(s). They are like snakes in green grasses and always ready to hunt down any one who is naïve about them.

There goes that adage that the enemy we know is better than angel we don’t know; surely, spams are our enemies and we should/must know them to fight them and win them.

Many thanks

adebiyiadeyemi@outlook.com

Your Trouble, my Pain and our Gain

Leave me with my trouble

I don’t want to share with you my pain

Now agony comes in double

That’s a loss and a gain

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Some stand tall only to topple

In the valley of the hall of fame

Some beat their chest only to fumble

Who’s going to help them take the shame?

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Yes, I’m not a perfect example

But that don’t make you a saint

Sometimes life’s like royal rumble

And you really want to faint

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Since you burst the bubble

Everything hasn’t been the same

This is not suppose to be said of couple

Now, you put mud stains on our names

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Truly sometimes, your cookies may crumble

But that don’t mean all you do is in vain

so stop the burble and knee at the temple

Cos even when the oceans are still filled with water, we pray for rain

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You might keep gunning like it’s Ruff ‘n’ Tumble

But there’s no ‘console’ in the real life’s game

So Jump up and be a matter-of-fact man like John Bull

Or embrace your Kush and purple like Lil Wayne.

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Many thanks

@yemilluminati