NIGERIA: HOW DID WE GET HERE?

We shall overcome...! #BringBackOurGirls

We shall overcome…! #BringBackOurGirls

Oh my dear country Nigeria, why have you turned and going down this dreadful path, from whence hath thou fallen almost at a point of oblivion. The success of almost 54 years is almost crashing within just 3 years. Even the civil war couldn’t break us, why is this one now bringing us paralysed to our knees. Without doubt we are a great nation; in size we stand tall, in resources we are abundantly endowed, in personnel we always produce the finest of men and women, by all standards our potential are optimal enough to make us a world power. Instead we have been on a downward trend, stagnated by the making of our hands, we have over the years orchestrated our own failure. The very essence of life and existence, our leadership has failed us, so every other thing has no choice but to keep crashing. Poverty is on the increase, power is epileptic, the citizenry is confused, unemployment is most, crime is the order of the day, yet we have people who are suppose to be in control.

Over the years, we have had some rough times, the 1965 and 1966 pogrom that culminated into 30-month a civil war and after that we dusted ourselves and moved on as Nigerians. The death toll of those times went up to over 3 million people, yet we are still one as Nigerians. Other trying times have come and gone; 1993 election crises, the Niger Delta militancy and a lot more We have all lived and existed through them.

The most recent trial we are facing now is the Boko Haram menace that has lingered for 3 years now. Quite a number of reasons have been given for their terror but as it is right now, these people are killing senselessly with no reservation or even come out to state their grievances. In fact they have actually declared a war against the Nigerian government and the Nigerian people, so the government should see that way also. We are at war already. I wouldn’t want to believe that they are stronger than our entire military and security personnel or even over 170 million people. The government must at this time involve, import and maximize every tactic and techniques in fighting terrorism and security issues. If we have to involve foreign nations or mercenaries, then so we must. The government must act based on the words of the constitution that seeks to promote the good of government and welfare of all persons in our country. This is not time to play politics because if we are not careful, this crises will get to a point where people will now start relocating. Our territorial integrity is already threatened and this we must defend at all cost.

If these people are actually here then finding them shouldn’t be a problem. We can search them out and make them face the consequences of their actions. And if they are from foreign lands, we must make our stand known to these countries, even if it means showing the might of our military. Nigerians deserve peace and security in their land and no nation can deprive us that.

Finally, if the government really wants this nation to be one by next year, now is the time to act and end this madness. Every technology for combating terror must come to play here and everyone must be willing to cooperate.

May the souls of those lost in previous attacks rest in peace. They are the victims and heroes of this war we are fighting.

CDA

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A STAKE IN THE NATION

Everyone cannot have all they want separately but as a Nation we can move forward.

Everyone cannot have all they want separately but as a Nation we can move forward.

By Emeka D. Azubuike

Many at times when I sit and think about my Nation-our geographical location, size and population, diversity in culture and ethnicity and a whole lot, I wonder if these are blessings or curses for us. This year we as a Nation are still in the euphoria of the celebration of being united for a 100 years as a country or one Nigeria, the question people have been asking and pondering upon is if the amalgamation has actually been of great benefits or more losses as we try to evolve to a great, free, equitable and an egalitarian society.

The whole idea of Nationhood has different meanings to different people, but among the underlying characteristics of a Nation are these; shared vision that is bought into by every citizen, government or leaders that are mostly in agreement with its citizens and a free and egalitarian society where all are made to benefit. In one of his interviews, Emeka Ojukwu rightly and confidently stated that Nigeria as a country has never been a Nation where everyone is made to feel important. Obafemi Awolowo believed Nigeria was just a geographical location of diverse group of people. Nnamdi Azikiwe on his own part believed at independence that Nigeria became a Nation because after many years of British rule, the amalgamation in 1914, there was a general belief that the diverse groups that make up the Nigerian entity became a Nation at independence. Many more people have had a lot to say about the question of our Nationhood.

In this piece, I would like to draw your attention to a phenomenon because is already one, that every person, group has demonstrated and still do that really questions our true Nationhood. Coming from history lane, during the constitutional conferences leading to independence, Nigeria was offered independence before 1960, but due to the position of the North we didn’t have it then. Then the times between 1965 to1966 that culminated into our first coup d’etat, some group of army officers mostly of Ibo extraction decided to make history by making their voice heard in deciding the course of our history. Also barely 6 months later another group of Northern officers carried out a reprisal coup that yet again brought people who felt they could chart another history for Nigeria. The months that followed was characterised by the pogrom of Ibos all over the North. Even though that was condemned by many, it yet brought an opportunity for another group (Eastern region) to move for a secession and divide the supposed Nigerian nation. After a bloody 30 month war, we still remain the country Nigeria but not sure if as a Nation.

Nigeria I can say confidently is not a Nation as of today when we are celebrating our centenary rather she is just made up of groups, tribes or even nations seeking for the good of the groups where they belong. The percentage of people who would truly answer first as Nigerians today is low rather what we have in abundance are persons of selfish gain who don’t care about the well being of another citizen who might be from another group. If it is not the Ijaws and Niger Deltans today who lay claim to the oil wealth, it would be the North who believe so much in their size and population or the Ohaneze Ndigbo, or Afenifere and so many other groups that just want a share of the national cake. Nationhood would continue to elude us until we come to the realization that everyone is a major stakeholder in the story called Nigeria and how this story turns out depends on us all.

Every group with their respective visions, goals and grievances must come together to develop an ideal Nigerian Dream. Like I will always say since we can’t divide into 250 Nations, we must then work to build one, true, prosperous and united Nigeria. Our diversity shouldn’t turn out a curse but rather a blessing. It should propel us all to rub minds and reach a good and reasonable conclusion not to be in disagreement.

We cannot all have stakes for all the ethnic groups separately but we can surely have a stake called the Nigerian stake for everyone’s benefit.

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Thanks and God bless.

CDA

Our Heroes Past…

By Adunbi Moses

One man wakes up with a dream to orchestrate n put change in place,

He finds a way to actualize his dreams because of his connections,

Before long He acquires loads of backings due to some well combined words of wisdom,

His fan base begins to grow tremendously because he seems to have d people’s well being at heart,

The worse comes to worse, blood is spilled and blood is shed while lives are lost but should there always be bloodshed to bring a positive change? I ask,

Next thing we know, the struggle is over,

Crimes covered and bottled up in the shadows of history where no one can find it, is this the meaning of transparency or just mirage of reality?

Lives lost and buried massively deep into d soil of the same struggling lands, who is to take responsibilities for these ones?

He comes into power as a leader who should b immortalized and remembered for life. He becomes the talk of history, the one who single handedly brought freedom for his people. An international HERO indeed, at least that’s what the media has to feed the masses with,

I dare to ask the question on everyone’s lips but don’t have the guts to actually speak those words, who is the true HERO?

Is it the great man in the giant picture or those unknown names that died for the struggle?

Is it he who organized the press conference and spoke to masses or He who stood behind the scenes right before his crucifixionist refusing arrest screaming “I know my rights and what I

Stand for.” while He is being battered and locked to rot away?

Is it d man of d century or He who left behind a host of responsibilities for his family to carry?

Is it the almighty HERO or that man/that woman whose voices where heard resonating the entire vicinity chanting freedom songs while the so called HERO basking in the luxury of his offices?

Is it the voice of the HERO that should be heard or that of innocent mothers who lost their flesh

And blood at the hands of inhumanity?

Is it the sweat of the HERO which was constantly wiped off by handkerchiefs that should count or that of those teenagers, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers that quenched the thirst of d soil of their struggle?

Who is THE true HERO?

I know they say “The end justifies the means.” but then again what truly recognizes the hard work of the pawn after winning a chess game? The “means” is just as important as the “end” but what is most important is those little details within the “means”.

For the betterment of our tomorrow, we had better started honoring those who were front lined, sacrificial lambs, those who met with untimely death because those are the true HEROES of any struggle.

So you want a Revolution,eh?

By Pst. Abraham Olawunmi

I have a burden for change in Nigeria. After all, I am a dealer in making change happen; I am a minister of the Gospel! So much thought and talk has been given to an impending revolution, one that would root out the cancerous leadership we have. I am not one given to popular opinion, but to truth. Every failure is an alibi artist; always looking for someone or something to blame for their inability to perform. That’s the case with the Nigerian debacle. Leadership is just a fragment of the bane of Nigeria; the unpatriotic citizenry are the architects of the Nigeria of today! After all, Leaders are chosen from the people.

Leadership is a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosmos of the larger society. Back to the issue of revolution. It’s obvious that those clamoring for revolution haven’t been serious students of history. No bloody revolution has ever moved the country forward. The Russians once thought their monarchy was their challenge, they killed them and the leaders of that revolution became the leaders of Russia. Time proved that Leninism was a farce and that the economy will be built by committed citizens. They same story is true with Hitler’s Germany. No bloody revolution has moved a country forward. By the way, If we eventually annihilate the ruling class, it will result in the, ‘cutting grass’ effect; the problem ceases for a while, only to reappear for a while because the roots haven’t been dealt with. The youths of today are terribly incompetent to move this country forward. Does Nigeria need a revolution? Of course, yes! But, what kind? Nigeria needs a mental revolution! The educational system is the key to Nigeria’s success. In presenting the keys to the lecture theatre he built, Pastor and life coach, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, PhD, made this insightful comment, “… The problem is not the
management of our natural resources, but managing the potentials locked up in the minds of our teaming youths, whose education cannot be separated from the aspiration of the country..” Purposeful education is the way out. An education engineered by the need for development, not as a fad or fashion. Education that would inspire integrity, a high sense of morality, responsibility and continuous capacity building, supported with the underpinnings of possibility thinking! I salute Dr. David Oyedepo for thinking in this line when he set up Covenant University, a school I will forever be proud to be an alumnus of.

Change, would only come from within us. I, for one, is ready to make that change happen. Leadership isn’t about magically solving problems, it’s about inspiring people to solve problems. It’s time for our young men to see value in adding positive value to society, by way of legitimate labour! The change begins with you! #TheVision #Pleroma

CDA

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The IBB in GEJ…

Nigeria is indeed a where impossibilities happen, a land where statesmen are abused and they turn out to be the hero at the end of the tunnel. I can’t stop but marvel at the way Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has fared as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. From the election campaigns to his re-election as President in 2011, to the 2012 occupy Nigeria Riot that almost resulted in a revolution, the fuel subsidy probe report. The power sector reforms, now the ASUU strike. He has proved to be a man who indeed was handpicked by statesmen to do the job, one who perhaps signs an agreement with the WHO is WHO in the politics of Nigeria.

After the purported rumor that Sule Lamido was being earmarked as president in 2015 with Amaechi as running mate, with the advert on AIT of his achievements, the Nigerian Governor’s Forum Saga where Jonah Jang faction and Amaechi’s faction nearly caused a stalement in the National Assembly and the State Assembly of Rivers State, one can say that the North were in fact of the National Assembly while the South had Rivers State to hassle out with. So you can say this is a war between oil and the wind or North and South or Niger Delta and the rest of Nigeria. But when will it end?

As we approach the centenary celebration of a region called Nigeria, in the words of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, “I am ready to go back in uniform for the safety and unity of Nigeria” on quote (National War College).

Just recently Goodluck Ebele Jonathan reshuffled his cabinet, promoted WIKE his fellow Niger Delta and the fighter of Amaechi. Removed or sacked Mrs. Ruqqatu Rufai, the Education minister from Jigawa State (the same state as Sule Laimdo). GEJ has indeed played like MEN; he has proved to be a man who rose on the ranks of Civil Service and an astute lecturer. Let us say that the ASUU strike is drawing near since Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswan is in charge of that thereby paralyzing the ambitions of Senator David Mark.

God Bless Nigeria!

Zubi

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Friendship and your defining moments

When a child is born, after meeting family members and relatives, the next point of association is making friends and having acquaintances, persons you relate with, share experiences with and also interact more often even more than families in some cases. One unique thing about friendship or friends is that either of you have had similar universal experiences happen to each of you irrespective of background, so most times friends find it easier to talk to one another about what they are passing through or better still friends are most likely going to be your first confidants perhaps because of similar experiences, constant interaction and communication in schools, neighborhoods and other communal locations.

Friends and the type of association one keeps can make or mar, build up or cast you down, inspire or depress, give you hope or leave you in despair but any of these cases is all a matter of choice in friendship. Individuals choose their friends based on values, standards, class, morals, ethics, philosophies of everyone i.e. in essence everyone has his/ her own taste. I would like to take friends as different winds that blow in our direction- some come to refresh us, some cause hurts, others bring rain and others dryness but we have the power to choose the ones we want to get use to or to be acquainted with that is the power we have- is better to choose friends than letting them choose you against your own standard and value.

There are moments and there are moments-moments with family and relatives, good and bad, refreshing and depressing ones, moments with pals and with yourself, each of these have a way of shaping the mindset of individuals on so many issues, it determines action and reactions to circumstances, as it affects or pertains to everyone. Some moments control some other-the time with family or persons of authority are times of imbibing values others think is right for you so you choose to comply when they are around either wholeheartedly or grudgingly. But there are moments which can be regarded as Moments of Definition. It is when you are no longer with family or persons of authority which means you are either alone or with friends. At these moments you take full responsibility for your actions, you have no one to answer to but to yourself, conscience and that inner man that helps you differentiate well from bad.

At this point in everyone you are regarded as that proverbial ant, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.(Pro. 6:6-8). The responsibility to choose what to do at this point rests solely on you and not even your friends even though they have a considerable amount of influence on that decision, the buck still stops with you. The decision you make here will go a long way in determining how you will live your life whether as a laid back person or always fired up to do what you have to do and definitely the wrong steps would have some element of regrets while the right ones have a lot of gains. So is our responsibility to choose either the gains of discipline and right decisions or the regrets of wrong steps and decisions. (Pro. 6:9-11). Those moments of definition has a major part to play and is a real determinant of how you spend your times alone, with friends and outside authority whether invested or wasted, used to gain or add value or used to lose value and take regrettable steps that might live with you for the rest of your life. These moments can come once in a lifetime or they can come several times in a lifetime but either way whatever use you choose to make of yours is a personal decision, conviction and responsibility but believe me friends, you just have to choose and that only points to the fact that we all are endowed with certain inalienable rights of freedom, truth and the pursuit of happiness.

May the truth you find in your freedom (Defining Moment) bring you all the happiness you desire.
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THE INEVITABLE: TRUTHS ABOUT ANY GENERATION

Some times last month my Nation Nigeria lost two important personalities that duly contributed their quota to make our dear Nation a better place to be. The revered Emir of Kano Alh. Ado Bayero and Prof. Dora Akunyili, no doubt left some good memories that many will live to remember for generations. May their good souls find rest. Amen!

Asides these two, we have had people who reached their peak in service and age that proceeded likewise to eternity. These events have prompted me to write this timely piece.
The beauty about life is that it is transient and not static. A generation of young people and children has always been born to further humanity’s cause. They will fall within the same age bracket and one way or the other they will always cross each other’s part in their journey. Every generation has its challenges and they will always find the balance in defeat of such challenges or yielding to them. They are the products of the preceding one, that is to say, one generation owe their survival and posterity to the other.

We have had cases of failed generations and a successful one. What then is the factor for determining the success of one generation? It’s simple, their ability to tackle the challenges that their time has brought their way.

For you out the rereading this piece, you must understand that you fall into a particular generation. It is pertinent therefore to look back to the generation preceding yours, weigh them, examine, and pick what you can pick, learn lessons from the good and bad amongst them and allow them guide you in playing your role in the time you find yourself. Most importantly you must also have a mind of your own in meeting your own needs.

I bet you that your own challenges will be greater than those of the preceding generation. Bear this in mind that your decisions today shouldn’t jeopardize the ability of the future generation to meet theirs. Let your present decisions not put posterity at risk.

To Africans, after over five decades of independence is like we are still struggling to build stronger Nations. The challenges have been there and yes the passing generation has indeed played their role. I wouldn’t want to be the judge of whether it is failed or successful. Of a truth we have had our gains and losses.

It will be wise for the passing generation to prepare the young ones to be able to foster their posterity. Be mentors and role models for us.

To the young ones, our fathers have done their part and is left to us to judge them but don’t forget our children will also judge us as well. Let us therefore work to meet the challenges that abound, we can only have success if we stay together.

The truth remains that the challenges of a generation cannot be greater than her, but it is their ability to handle them that determines the outcome.

Thanks a lot for reading this post, hope you have learnt something new from it, do well to share your thoughts with us. Also subscribe to the blog by mail so you don’t miss any post. You are welcome!!!

Emeka D. Azubuike, CDA

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REMEMBERING “THE BLACK PIMPERNEL”

Hi friend, how are you doing today, hope this message meets you well because you are the reason why I still strive to refill my pens and put it to paper. Hope I have not been away for too long though.

Like millions around the world today, we do well to celebrate the life and times of one of the finest men that Africa has ever produced. Without doubt he stood for many truths while he still lived amongst us, one of which is the building and developing an egalitarian society where everyone is treated as equal just as our Creator wants it to be. Oh yes he was fearless in fighting for that same truth, never wavered at the face of defeat or challenges. Today a whole Nation owe him a lot for their freedom and for the enthronement of their democracy.

Many have been said about this man and more will still be said. He was mindful enough to share with us the journey that brought him to the level that he attained in life and we are deeply grateful for that also. I personally longed to meet this man but it didn’t happen, notwithstanding I know I would learn more on the nature and being of this figure and personality that the world stands to celebrate today.

Let it be known all across the world and Africa that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela gave a whole Nation hope, imbibe true values that makes Africans proud today and worked for a peaceful world for all.

Happy (July 18) Nelson Mandela Day!

Thanks for stopping by again and also like to let YOU know that I just published an E-book on my findings of leadership titled BUILDING NEHEMIAH’S WAY. I give you my word you won’t regret reading this book. You can get a copy for yourself here… http://goo.gl/8jr0gW

Sincerely yours,

CDA

A book on the leadership of Nehemiah... Great read!
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WRITING BUILDING NEHEMIAH’S WAY

The art and skill of writing has not always been much of an inherent talent in me. Growing up in my primary school days, composition or essay writing in fact was one of my nightmares and this to an extent was the same up until my high (secondary) school days. I never imagined I was going to author a book one day.

Then coming to the university, I was introduced to a culture of intensive reading and study of literature (outside academic books). I consumed mostly religious and leadership books that a friend had to reckon with me that one day I was going to write a book.

In December 2011, I discovered what blogging was and decided to cash in and share my thoughts on issues especially leadership since I already built capacity in that area. This continued for another 2 years till date.
Sometimes in 2012, I was privileged to find myself in the midst and company of burgeoning minds, people who were laying a foundation for their future God’s way. They were doing a particular thing called Feedback on the vision work and businesses of everyone.

This period was when I deliberately started studying the book of Nehemiah in the Bible and my mind was discovering a lot just from the few chapters I had read. So I decided to share it with my new family (Missionary Business Fellowship, now Divinity Today Ministry), because I thought it was part of the feedback session. Of course, it was not. I was really eager to share what I was discovering from the good book.

Then it struck, without wasting time on using my pen, because the ideas were overflowing I started writing the book; Building Nehemiah’s Way. I enjoyed the experience and process because it was so stress free since I was developing the ideas from a different content.

Building Nehemiah’s Way focuses on the leadership of Nehemiah in the Bible in rebuilding the broken walls of Jerusalem. Within 52 days of rebuilding and after I was able to discover principles he applied to achieve this great feat. These principles are easy to apply and work out.
“The principles you know is one and the ones you apply is another”.

I can assure you that these ones will work for you when followed to the letter. The journey to writing this book has been most fulfilling and you can share that fulfillment by getting this book for yourself.

This of course is my first book and you can get it here; http://goo.gl/8jr0gW

You can also scan the following QR-code to get the book; will be expecting to get a feedback from you regarding the book. Thanks and God bless you…

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Sincerely yours,
Emeka D. Azubuike
CDA

Challenges will give your leadership credence.

The Politics of Daniel #3

Now the man Daniel has moved on to the reign of the third king. His services have remained relevant despite the fact that he is a stranger in the land. When you distinguish yourself in your place of assignment your nationality won’t be an issue to your relevance.

In this present administration, Daniel and two other people were appointed administrators over 120 satraps. In view of his performance in past administrations more responsibilities were accorded to him. It meant that the daily administration of the kingdom passed to him and the other two people. The king did this because of the confidence he had in these ones(Daniel inclusive).

The bible tells that the satraps were accountable to them so the king might not suffer loss. So their capability and integrity to perform was not in doubt. Moving on we are told that Daniel distinguished himself among others by exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Wow, he is about to take over the kingdom while the king maybe might go on retirement.

Now to what I really want to bring out today.

When others heard this plan of the king, the started conspiring to find a fault of Daniel in the conduct of government affairs, but guess what, they couldn’t find any fault in him. Let me ask, can it be said that there is no fault in you at your workplace? As a government worker or public office holder can people vouch for integrity and abilities? Think about that!

Of course the enemies of Daniel decided to turn the king against Daniel promulgating a decree that will surely affect Daniel. He (Daniel) loved the Lord who had placed so high in a foreign land. When they finally succeeded in turning the king against him, of which the king was troubled within himself, he was cast into the lion’s den.
No matter how highly placed you are in your workplace you just have to be ready for challenges and confrontations from colleagues. You most times can’t escape that. The higher you go in hierarchy the more the challenges that come with it.

At the end of it Daniel was delivered from the lions, vindicated and because of him the king wrote a decree in reverence for the God of Daniel. Let your rising bring glory to your God at all times.
It will worthy to note that Daniel life and service was marked with so many revelations, visions, dreams, foresight, far sight and insight concerning varying issues. As much as he was a politician he also a godly man, a vessel unto God.

In conclusion, his politics was blameless and upright, it solved national problems and above all it outlived five administrations.

Thanks for reading the post and for stopping by. I believe you have learnt something new from this post and any other post here, you can do well to share them with a friend and also don’t forget to subscribe to the blog that way you won’t miss out on any of my posts. Thanks again and I appreciate you!

Yours sincerely,
Emeka D. Azubuike
CDA
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The Politics of Daniel #2

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Challenges in every leadership evolves creativity, innovation and change.

Now Daniel has assumed his service in the reign and administration of King Nebuchadnezzar and by all standard he is expected to perform and make a difference.

There is no leadership at all levels or sector that is devoid of challenges;in fact it is in them that you find your strengths and weaknesses. Challenges make room for innovation,creativity and change.

The king slept and had a dream which he forgot before dawn and right now he needs an unfolding of it and an interpretation. No one in his entire kingdom amongst the magicians and astrologers could tell it let alone interpret the dream. A decree was given to slay all the wise men.

Now Daniel heard of this development and came forth to enquire because he was also affected.  A position of leadership sometimes puts you in a situation where your comfort might not be assured.

Also you as a leader should exercise courage and take a step in meeting such needs. Daniel did this. On his own part, he requested for more time from the king.

What does this point to?

Challenges are different and so is the approach to tackle them. Some need a direct proffering of solutions while some others need time to meditate,enquire,research and asking the right questions. Daniel also did one other unique thing by telling his friends about the challenge at hand. Two heads they say are better than one, you will surely arrive at a good conclusion by seeking the opinion of others.

The scripture tells us that the dream was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Nothing pays of when it comes to thinking like the place of solitude and retrospection. Daniel also prayed to God for answers. Every leader really needs more than just his physical ability if he is to succeed exceptionally.

Daniel as a godly man and politician he is acknowledged that he is not able to do this on his own, he gave all the glory to a great God who reveals deep and secret things to his anointed one.

Of course Daniel told the dream and also interpreted it that the king paid him homage and gave him gifts. When you meet needs of leadership even your superiors would come to respect you. Proofs can never be denied.

At the end of it Daniel requested of the king to honour his friends and it was granted. He didn’t neglect those who helped him seek out answers.  For the next two administrations of Babylon, Daniel remained relevant in interpreting dreams and revealing things that others didn’t understand.

He was reckoned with in the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar,Belshazzar and Darius.

-to be continued…

***Thanks again for stopping by and also reading the post. I believe you have had something new to learn. I expect to hear from you and your views on any leadership issue; thoughts, ideas and questions.

Sincerely yours,
CDA

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The Politics of Daniel #1

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One would ask if religion has anything to do with politics. The need for change has necessitated the clamour for spiritual and God-fearing men and women to take charge as soon as possible...

Hi a very good day to you and I am really truly sorry for being in the dark for so long; just been working on some other things that are equally important.

Now to our title…

I believe you know about Daniel in the good book (Bible). He was among the minor prophets recorded in biblical history. He also served in the government of the king of Babylon, in other words he was also a political leader.

In this piece I will be exploring his kind of leadership/politics. The story goes that he was taken into captivity with three other Hebrew boys. What followed was a period of training, development and capacity building.

It was already established by the king that he needed people in his service with certain qualities; one of which is ability for learning.

This means the king understood the importance of learning and self development in any endeavour. A particular meal from the kings table was prescribed for them i.e they were made to adhere to some particular diet for the training period.

Now the rules that have been set for you is one, but the ones you set for yourself is another.

Daniel and his friends went further to deprive themselves of the comfort of having a good meal. This I would like to tag discipline. They purported in their hearts not to defile themselves with the king’s food. This of course is based on a spiritual basis but of course it well connotes discipline- depriving oneself of pleasure for the greater good.

There was a target; to be distinguished from others. They knew that by doing this they won’t look any worse but even better, so they paid the price. Of a truth while others are busy enjoying the king’s meal, they would just have vegetables and go on to their business of learning. A key area of discipline is when it comes to food. Another is sleep, time, money, etc.

The scripture tells us that after this decision God gave them wisdom and understanding in all learning. To Daniel He added interpretation of visions and dreams. When you take certain decisions of discipline, you tend to develop some good traits that will remain with you forever;why because you built and subjected your body to master it.

At the end of their training, Daniel and his friends were found 10 times better than others in matters of wisdom and learning; their step of discipline paid off indeed.

It doesn’t kill to deprive yourself of some pleasure rather it helps you become a better person.

I conclude this segment with this quote by George Washington, “Discipline is the soul of an army, it makes small numbers formidable and procures esteem for all”.

Discipline is key to every leadership endeavour.

-to be continued

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