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The Gospel According To ‘Saint’ Farouk

The Gospel According To ‘Saint’ Farouk

June 13th, 2012 by zebbook

1) And it came to pass after these things, on the first day of the first month of the twelfth year after the second millennium, that king Jona son of Bele announced to the people saying; there is no money left in the royal treasury, and the future of the kingdom is in great danger.

2) Therefore, a measure of oil shall no longer sell for three scores of silver and seven, but shall now be seven scores of silver and one. But the people grumbled aloud, and said unto another, what shall it profit our king to gain all these oil money and lose his throne?

3) For it is appointed unto him to reign but once, and after this prison, for many are the atrocities which he has committed.

4) So they said unto the king, eat thou thy food in peace in the palace, and surround thou thyself with thine women, only touch not our oil price and do thy people no harm.

5) But the king would not listen, and said unto himself, I know my people, they shall only grumble for a while and soon they shall forget.

6) But the people would not forget, for the burden was too much for them to bear, and they said; now unto him that is able to increase the price of oil exceeding abundantly above all that his people can bear or think, according to the greed which worketh in him;

7) Unto him be curses in the streets by the masses throughout all ages, protests without end.

So they took to the streets and gave the land no peace, and there was no going out or coming in throughout the kingdom for two weeks, and the king feared greatly and said to himself, surely these people shall overturn me if I answer them not.

9) So he called the head of the labourers unto the palace, and gave him bags of gold, that they might turn off the wrath of the people against the king.

10) So the king assembled the people and said unto them; a measure of oil shall no longer be seven scores of silver and one, but shall now be four scores of silver, one dozen and one, to this your leaders have agreed. Praise me now therefore for I am a benevolent king.

11) And after all these, the Loudspeaker of the House of People said, let us inquire into the king’s claim that there be no money in the royal treasury. So they appointed Farcrook, son of Lawal.

12) And said unto him, gather ye now all the oil sellers, that we may know who stole from the kingdom. This did him with diligence, and came back with his report saying

13) Thieves abound in the land, and so have the oil sellers stole from the people, and gave them not oil, this they did with the help of Aliyaro the king’s mistress; and the amount he mentioned was unheard of in the land.

14) When the people heard this, they were dismayed, and sorrow gripped their hearts.

15) But the oil sellers went in unto the king in his chamber, and said; rememberest thou O king that the what we stole did we made available to thy campaign, and by thus did we make you king.

16) If thou deliver us unto the people that they may punish us, we will hold not our tongue to tell the people that thou art one of us.

17) And they said unto him, how else shall we destroy the message if not to destroy the messenger? Let us therefore implicate Farcrook the son of Lawal in this matter.

18) So they sent a certain rich man from the West by the name Otedollar, and he took Farcrook into his house and gave him some money, that he may alter the report which he had set before the people.

19) And it was that Otedollar went before an assembly of the people and said unto them, trust ye this man who said we stole from the treasury? Surely he is one of us, for he came unto me in the middle of the night, and he left with his pockets full of money.

20) And the people where amazed, and their hearts bled, for Farcrook was a man in whom they had to their trust.

21) So Farcrook arose, and said; Otedollar is my briber, I did not request. He maketh me to sit down in his Maitama house; he leadeth me beside the chilled champagne.

22) He exploited me greed; he leadeth me in the paths of marked dollars for subsidy’s sake.

23) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of EFCC, I will fear no arrest: for bribes are with me; my loots and my kickbacks they comfort me.

24) Thou preparest the dollars before me, in the presence of the SSS: thou anointest my mouth with wine; my pocket runneth over.

25) Surely the shame and reproach shall follow me all the days of my life, but I will dwell in the house of PDP forever and ever.

26) And the people wept, but there was no one to console them.

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Monday, July 9, 2012 Posted by | OpenZone | Leave a comment

Descent

The writer of the article below will pardon certain liberties I have taken to edit the text.

I have had time to repeatedly contemplate the events that have befallen us as a nation in recent times and feel compelled to put down these words. Our Nigeria has become a conundrum within an enigma. Who shall resolve this riddle? Who will unravel Gordian knot? Our stories are outlandish as the Orwellian allegories.
 
The disasters that have in recent times befallen us as a nation can broadly be categorised in 2 viz: natural and man-made. The latter can be further broken down in to 2 sorts. There are those perpetrated by wicked people and then there are those that have resulted from people who should know better but certainly don’t.
 
I have often wondered where the slippery slope of mediocrity that we have embraced wholeheartedly and seem to now accept as a way of life will lead us.
 
This is a nation that has consistently lowered its standards, a nation were a 40% score is deemed a pass. Just a couple of weeks ago it was in the news that JAMB (UME) has lowered cut-off marks to 180 for universities and 160 for polytechnics and colleges of education. We are churning out of our education system and institutions 40% calibre people. We are seemingly celebrating averageness and allowing mediocrity build a castle in our land. Imagine for a moment that the owners and drivers of the petrol laden trucks that caused the debacle on the Lagos Ibadan expressway resulting in loss of lives and property were 80% calibre persons or that employees of FERMA and the various agencies that oversee the construction of those death traps called roads were people of distinction: would we have read about that carnage?
 
A litany of disasters; collapsing buildings, a democratically elected government that autocratically sacks its doctors enmasse, billions of dollars spent with power generation at almost similar levels, failed educational system (we are now at 27% pass rates in WAEC. Recall that pass mark is 40%. That is to say that only 27% of candidates who sat those examinations have above 40% performance). Schools where we learn nothing, hospitals that are no better than hospices, libraries that hold no books, pharmacies that stock fake or expired medicines. Where is our individual sense of pride and integrity?
 
It has come home to roost. Our acceptance of averageness. Our lackadaisical approach to life and entrenched of mediocrity have become our greatest dangers. We have unwittingly become a hazard to ourselves. We have probably sunken to the point where even if we want to do better as a people we neither have the capacity nor the sustainable will to do so. How sad!
 
I have read the many words of encouragement flying around the place, words which are fine in themselves but when put in context leave a bad taste in the mouth. They are akin to the bland platitudes our governments ever so often feed us with when ever these things occur. We could fill a library with those meaningless speeches; Diezani’s tears on Benin-Shagamu road, Jonathan’s promise to restore security, Yar Adua’s rule of law mantra which was more like ‘ruse of law’. It really is an endless list of drivel.  A system that allows an Ibori to become governor is a system to be feared. How did he pass all those security screenings that we are told State Security Service (SSS) carries out on aspirants? Is the SSS manned by ‘40% caliber persons’ too? That could be the only plausible explanation
 
And now, the Dana Air crash. Aircrafts don’t easily crash. There has to be a series of events or failures that build to a crash. Even a single engine shutdown in mid flight will not easily bring down a plane. The current system of keeping the airlines honest and flying safe depends a lot on the operators. For example, if they don’t log in a fault it is not easily known by our regulators that an aircraft is unfit to fly. By the combination of greed on the path of the owners and incompetence on the side of the regulators we constantly brew up dangers. Flying in Nigeria is literally “on a wing and a prayer”. We shall soon be inundated with stories of  bad operational practices at Dana and co. This will be followed by knee jerk reactions by government but none of the officials will be honourable enough to take responsibility for the failure and resign. No, not in a thousand years will that happen. It isanathema to the Nigerian mentality.
 
What happened to the promises made when the aviation intervention fund was set up not too long ago? What did we learn from the numerous crashes of the last decade? Can someone tell me what NEMA does? Do they have employees? What do they do daily?
 
If there was a chance of rescuing some alive it disappeared as quickly as the first in the crowd of onlookers gathered, gawping and impeding; the typical behavior of ‘40% pass mark people’ a mix of primitive curiosity and false belief in their ability to help. How on earth they would accomplish anything of note completely lost on them: untrained and themselves in danger. Unwittingly they aided an already bad situation in arriving at an epically shocking conclusion.  
 
When these disasters occur the very pervasive low-level intelligence and averageness around does not even allow the national conversation to attain transcendental heights. We often find ourselves wallowing in the quagmire of puerility and inane banalities; the steady flows of mindless claptrap often enough to gradually drive the intelligent minority to points of insanity. I find so often in trying to have decent well-reasoned conversations that the contributions leave me gob smacked. How can we advance if the mental capacity to envision great things is beyond us?
 
Starting from now and with me I resolve to always give my best and to demand it of others when I am in a position to. No more tolerant smile and acceptance of tripe. It is the start of my personal campaign. I will become a police unto myself.
 
When next I pay for a service, I will not accept low quality work. When someone tries to cut-in in front of me in traffic having driven against traffic, he can expect no sympathy. In every little way I can, I will crusade. People will learn to be much more accountable when we make sure they cannot easily shirk their responsibility. We should always insist on getting true value and give full value too.
 
We all may not be able to do something grand for starters but we can start to help today by educating ourselves a little more, trying a little harder and being less tolerant of averageness. If there will be any redemption, it will only come when we can once again be a people of standard.

Odi Okundaye
Church 4 Real
Church of God Mission Int’l

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Monday, June 11, 2012 Posted by | OpenZone | Leave a comment

Foolishness

Mr Azu and his friend Oko were arguing about their sons. Mr Azu said his son was more foolish than
Oko’s son, but Oko disagreed
so they decided to prove it.

Mr Azu called his son and told him to go to the market and buy a box of matches and the boy left without asking for money.

Then Mr Azu said “You see how foolish he is, he didn’t even ask for money”

Oko replied; “is this what you call foolishness? Wait and see”.

Then Oko called his son and told him to go home and check if he was around.

The boy took to his heels and came back panting; Papa, you no dey house, Mama say you dey
your friend place.

Do have something more foolish than this? Please share

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Posted by | OpenZone | Leave a comment

Biding Your Time

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’
‘Me first, me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’
Puff! She’s gone.
‘Me next, me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’
Puff! He’s gone.
‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’
Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Posted by | Jokes et al, OpenZone | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ways to Build Relationships With Your Blog

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Posted by | OpenZone | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rashidi Yekini

Few hours after his death was announced, an article on Rashidi Yekini appeared on Wikipedia chronicling his life and achievements, including the illness that would eventually end it.
Very touching is that he, perhaps, never found his place or purpose in life.
He found fame (and perhaps a measure of fortune) in football, winning a number of laurels both in Nigeria, Africa and Portugal. In his later years, he lived alone apart from his three wives and three children, battled depression and other mental disorders.
The reactions from many who knew him(?) was that of disbelief, and denial as is the case when someone hears about a death.
For many others perhaps a death(or news of one) is a reminder of what happens to our soul.
May his soul rest in peace
Being a christian, I remember a few things from the Holy Bible:

  • The soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Yes, souls die! Forget immortality).
  • All have sinned (except Christ and yet he chose to die – even though he did it to prove a few points;
    1. he loved us enough. John 15:13
    2. he can conquer death and can share this power with us)
  • Through sin came death. Romans 5:12, 6:23,
  • Through christ came freedom (Romans 5:21) from death and thereby, immortality!

And answers to a host of other life’s issues.
Of course there is a caveat. To get this offer, you have to be a friend. To be a friend, you have to do his bidding. Its easy because he has given you all knowledge with nothing hidden. All is there in the bible.
Even easier if you get a mentor and study partner the way you did back at school, and this makes the burden lighter!
I know salvation is personal, but as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. So find a mentor (church or pastor), textbooks (a copy of the Holy Bible, for a start), partner and study to show yourself approved (2Timothy 2:15) to be a friend of God.

Image courtesy of Berrykiss Inspires
Other Resources
gotquestions.org
Romans Chapter 5
Church4Real

Saturday, May 5, 2012 Posted by | Biblically, OpenZone | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook for Animals

IF ANIMALS HAD FACEBOOK, THESE ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE THEIR STATUS UPDATES:

COCKROACH: “My Friends pls help me to thank God! Just found out Mortein na Bodyspray – didn’t kill me, just made me smell good!

CHICKEN: If tomorrow I’m not updating my status, it means am being served at MR BIGGS’… Love U all!

PIG: Ohh gosh! They throw gossip that I’m spreading flu…wtf!

DOG: I hate Calabar people!

COW: My calf wants to suck now but the farmer has taken all the milk in the morning

RAT: The owner of the house just bought a cat, we dey pack comot 2moro.

GOAT: friends… thank God 4 me ooo, a car almost hit me now now…chai! I wud hav died like fowl…

FOWL‘s comment on Goat status: I thank God 4 u ooo! dnt mind those yeye humans… dats hw they drive like goats.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 Posted by | Jokes et al | , , , | Leave a comment

End of quarter

Its the end of the first quarter and its time for a major review.

Some of us made resolutions and others not quite. Whichever your case, it is time to ask your selves questions.
Is the year going as planned ( or for those who made no plans; is it time to make one)
Do we need to make plans, make adjustments to plans or can we continue coasting?
So many issues to address or did your initial plans cover the basis?
Do you need additional revenue or is it time for more investments?
Do you know where your children are or is it time to make some? (If not children, any other resources or inventory)
Do you have a score card? Is it balanced?
What about budgets? Or can’t you afford them yet?
Can you handle new projects or do you need them? (New projects)
Did you pay attention to your health yet? Your family or perhaps your soul?
Are you right with God or what the hell?

As I mentioned earlier so many issues to address!

Happy end of quarter!!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 Posted by | OpenZone | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rehearse your presentation (or avoid surprises)

Little Johnny watched his Daddy’s’ car pass by the school playground and go into the woods. Curious, he followed the car and saw Daddy and Aunt Jane In a passionate embrace. Little Johnny found this so exciting that he could hardly contain himself as he ran home and started to tell his mother.

‘Mom, I was at the playground and I saw Daddy’s car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to Look and he was giving Aunt Jane a big kiss, and then he helped her take off her shirt. Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his Pants off, then Aunt Jane …

At this point Mommy cut him off and said, ‘ Johnny , this is such an interesting story, suppose you save the rest of it for supper time?

I want to see the look on Daddy’s face when you tell it Tonight.

At the dinner table that evening, Mommy asked little Johnny to tell his story. Johnny started his story, ‘I was at the Playground and I saw my Daddy’s car go into the woods with Aunt Jane. I went back to look and he was giving Aunt Jane a Big kiss, then he helped her take off her shirt.

Then Aunt Jane helped Daddy take his pants off, then Aunt Jane and Daddy started doing the same thing that Mommy and Uncle Bill used to do when Daddy was in the Army.’

Mommy fainted!

Moral:
Sometimes you need to listen to the whole story before you interrupt! Never judge till u have the true picture!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011 Posted by | OpenZone | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tomato Story

A Jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft.

The HR manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test.

‘You are employed’ he said. Give me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.

The man replied ‘But I don’t have a computer, neither an email’.

‘I’m sorry’, said the HR manager. If you don’t have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn’t exist, cannot have the job.’

The man left wi th no hope at all.
He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate. He then
sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours,

he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.

The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go everyday earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday.

Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

5 years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US
He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance.

He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan.
When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email.
The man replied,’I don’t have an email.’ The broker answered curiously, ‘You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an
empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e mail?!!’ The man thought for a while and replied, ‘Yes, I’d be an office boy at Microsoft!’

Moral of the story

Moral 1

Internet is not the solution to your life.

Moral 2

If you don’t have Internet, but work hard, you can be a millionaire.

Moral 3

If you received this message by email, you are closer to being an
office boy/girl, than a millionaire………

P.S – Do not give comments back to me, I am closing my blog & going to sell tomatoes!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011 Posted by | OpenZone | Leave a comment