Facts for the day: According to research, new friends become better friends over time if they have similar levels of social anxiety.
Topic of the day: Do you think the northern side does not contribute to Nigeria as a whole? Do they contribute more harm than good to the country?
Uleta: Hmmmm, Atleats they contribute a fair share of terrorism.
Katie: LOL, wow
[Benita get angry]
BENITA: Mind your use of words. I’m from the north.
GHOST: So what’s your say Benita.
BENITA: I don’t have a say.
GHOST: But you are from the north, do you think your people contribute more good than harm? C’mon, you better than not having a say, Just lemme get your own opinion.
BENITA: Be specific on the states particular… just because one apple is bad doesn’t mean the whole farm products are bad.
Teejay: Benita is from Benue/Plateau (it’s a guess), That’s a shallow thing to say Uleta.
BENITA: Yes I’m from benue state, Thank you. I am not down with the way the question was thrown.
GHOST: We have four geographical areas North, South, East, West. Based on that, make your analysis.
BENITA: That am aware of, I did geography, Put the question in another form..not focusing on just one direction.
Teejay: Lol, Michael, rephrase the question.
GHOST: You are to give your own point of view no matter how the question was put, after all a conclusion has not being given yet.
BENITA: This topic will only lead us to politics.
Teejay: she is right.
GHOST: Yes, it’s a political day, i wanted us to swerve from relationship issues.
Teejay: From experience, Michael knows how heated politics can get.
BENITA: Then rephrase the question.
GHOST: #Theblunts is not all about relationships. Relationships won’t move the whole of Nigeria forward, we #Theblunts are taking a dive into the depths and complex situations of issues that needs attention.
Teejay: Can I go and buy popcorn?
BENITA: If I start talking about the northerners, I’d have to move towards the south South. It’s not even about today’s topic, It’s about an unending issue.
BENITA: Speaking particularly about the north won’t even decrease the rate of dollar in Nigeria.
GHOST: Benita feel free to talk about South but still make sure you prove a points towards the topic.
BENITA: That I cannot talk about, because I’d rather sit and learn than talk about what my forefathers and ancestors couldn’t end.
Teejay: Terrorism: whose fault is it? Let’s start with that.
BENITA: Yes y’all start with that, I gotta work.
GHOST: East wants to divide Nigeria, people feel the north won’t survive if we divide, the northerners feel Nigeria would not survive without them, based they are the largest food production states. If we divide, would the northerners be missed? That’s how my question came about.
BENITA: But if you had just put out the question just as you typed it now.. I wouldn’t be requesting for a change in topic. Like I said, Politics is an unending topic.
GHOST: Sometimes is not the way a question is put that stops you from answering it, you need to learn to turn the table around to favor us… The question was never one sided tho.. It was a double edged question.
BENITA: Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather not want to jump into…. I can’t argue with you over your topic sir.
GHOST: Lol, we never agree on things, feels like you are my rival, as Teejay is to Chris… I respect your opinion tho.. Let’s see what Chris has to say and how Teejay would counter it, not to forget about Jude who never really argues but just support whoever he thinks is right, Katie on the other hand, has the same ideology as me In relationship issues, I would want to hear from her on this topic.
Bose: I fink with the way things are going, northerners are causing more harm than good.
GHOST: Bose you stay in the north presently, don’t you think they being cheated, they have not really developed yet they produce the country with food?
BENITA: Bose go work, We really need to look into why young girls crave for sex than married couples. The rate at which they come for pregnancy test is alarming.
GHOST: Benita your lack of interest in the topic does not allow you to discourage others. You being sentimental about the topic, you should argue for ur people.
Bose: We have the Hausa’s which are the boko harams and the Fulani’s are the herds men.
BENITA: One quick question : if hausa are your Boko harams then why are they killing northerners?
Bose: Dearie dats wat me sef I don’t understand.
GHOST: This are the questions i expected from you earlier. Bose, please feel free to say your opinion Jare.
Teejay: LOL, Okay let me see if I can put things in perspective, Terrorism in Nigeria threads the ethno-religious divide in the country. We already know we have over 360 tribes in Nigeria. However, for the sake of ambiguity, the tribes have been split into three for larger comparisons. Religion wise we have Muslims in the north and Christians in the South. However, from the definition itself terrorism can be said to be an act of causing untold chaos and destruction with an ideology as the root cause for the singular act. From a third party perspective these terrorists will always have an ideology they attest to and will go to any said length to achieve (case in point, boko haram and Niger delta militants). To attribute terrorism to any one tribe is fallacious as best and defaming at its greatest. This because each tribe has its unique qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Suffice to say, terrorism doesn’t belong to any one tribe or region but to the whole country as a whole. What causes terrorism is simply Ideology. An idea or viewpoint that is inherently deep rooted in flawed logic and inappropriate entitlement.
Katie: LOL, Benita why are you taking this issue personal you don’t neeed it at all, just say your point beside to me northeners has done more good than harm to the country years beck befor now and presently. Because northeners are more involved in agriculture which is one of the basic means of survival in the country.
Teejay: With this I want us to take a trip down history Lane. During the Era of colonization, indirect rule brought varied successes with each region. The north was a huge success, the West not so much and the East had it registered as near failures. With this experiment yielding this results. The brits decided that the Hausas are best in place for leadership.
Katie: can’t stop laughing, hmm, tee-jay.
GHOST: Katie has never disappointed me with her opinion about issues, thumbs up. Nice one Teejay.
Teejay: And why was this? Even till date we are asked this. The answer was simple, they were easier to control and deal with. They followed orders, were loyal and did not question authority. In contrast, a typical southerner with their hyperactive intellects would ask and probe reasons for commands and orders. A feature the British did not like or care to cultivate, seeing as they had a large empire to maintain around the world. Not saying that the northerners are gullible. But they are loyal to a fault. But on the premise of the saying “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. There emerged a minute section of the northern elite that are of the opinion that the whole country belongs to them and the other tribes should be subjugated. It was on this premise that the northernization agenda under Abubakar Tafa Balewa was built. To placate the south, a figure head was needed to keep everyone quiet hence Nnamdi Azikwe, I could delve deep into the matter however I would like to fast foward to the present. The Economic strength of the country lies in the South, the intellectual and industrial strength also. Politically, since the advent of this version of democracy in 1999. We haven’t had a northern president until Buhari. This tallies with the threats made by the Arewa youth forum after GEJ won the election. In the communique released to the media: it was said that they would make the country ungovernable, Then the advent of Boko haram…. We have questions over their appearance and funding. But I will add this as my conspirational opinion: the group both had national and international support. And why were Benue, Taraba and Adamawa the most affected. The answer is simple: they are inherently Christian states. They had their brief stints in Kano and Abuja to draw attention away from their subjugation of these regions and their establishment of a caliphate. Sorry I diverted, Just wanted to point out things that most people did not know.
Bose: Am learning.
GHOST: me sef.
Teejay: Feel free to add opinions. I can also answer questions if asked, at least to the best of my knowledge.
Bose: Kip it up Teejay , u are on point.
Teejay: I must add that the Benue and Plateau states have had a mutual hatred for the general North from the time immemorial. And Kaduna and Kebbi have significant Christian population. So technically, we are seeing a strong population shift in religion in the north.
Katie: LOL, tee-jay.
Teejay: yes ma’am, Radio chatter from the Nigerian military was that the uprising in Borno could have been quelled earlier but wasn’t because they wanted to discredit the GEJ administration and it worked in their favor.
Bose: Benita com out oooooooo.
Teejay: There are many things that can be discussed but my battery is low and I’m expecting important phone calls.
Bose: No probs, catch yhu lara.
Uleta: It’s d truth, I was born n bought up in kano state, So I know what I am talking about.
Bose: what’s the truth?
Uleta: Sorry to say the northerners have not really done any good 2 Nigeria since the amalgamation in 1914, The only thing they care for is to crave the power as if its their birth right.
Bose: Point taken uleta.
Uleta: They are killing the northerners just 2 prove a foolish point. Life means nothing to them. Someone who can kill his brother, imagine how much more harm he can do to you who ain’t even from his geopolitical zone.
Bose: But like what and what have dey done? An incident happened last week here at Niger, a Fulani man went to a gwari man house and said he wants to make love in his house the gwari man said no and the next thing the Fulani man did was to remove his so called knife and kill the owner of the house for saying no, the gwari people retaliated by beating him and the next thing he did was to call his fellow herds men and then trouble started… More than 6pple have died just becuz of the incident. But what me I don’t understand is why they feel killing themselves is the solution to their problems.
Teejay: Just said I should check in briefly.
Bose: Stay na plssssss
Teejay: The fulani genealogically are from a warlike ancestral group. They have fought wars from the time immemorial, so it can be predicated that they are predisposed to violence.
Bose: I taught as much.
Teejay: Life will mean nothing to you when you have nothing to lose. That’s why they are easier to control and manipulate. But they are also a wildcard in the jigsaw puzzle that is Nigeria.
Bose: Don’t really understand wat you mean by that last statement.
Teejay: can’t explain that now.
Uleta: They kill people like it doesn’t matter, What do they contribute to the country in terms of resources??? NOTHING!!! Yet they receive the biggest allocation from the national cut. Their religion is ” Die fighting and get 7 virgins waiting for u”
Uleta: Ignoramus Hippocrates.
Teejay: They are a hardworking people o. If they put their workaholic tendencies to good use.
Uleta: Hardworking???? In what context??
Jude: I am not much of a political defendants of Abraham but I have something to say on every topic, Michael take note I don’t support everything.
Bose: Oya say something.
Jude: The Northern are very violent, I fear those people a lot, they act like they are not part of this country, the only thing I know they contribute to Is farm work, because that Is what they know best, you hardly see them do something else and I wonder why, even schools they all learn political science why, because they like to b in power, and what is affecting this Hausa’s is their religion, Teejay said they are easily manipulated yes I agree. Just like you can control a dog, but you self know say if that dog wan do you. Na finishing . they are not adding value to the country.. I am from the south south. And I know we also have our problem to handle.. But not killing our self or forcing so dirty doctrine to the community, You kill and you say Allah bless me.. .. Na dem know… As you can see from my point.. Noting like history or politics.. Just talking mainly on their behavior, which means I hate to discus politics.. And the Hausa people are responsible because everything about them is violent.
Bose: I concur.
Jude: At list Michael won’t say I am supporting anybody… But the northern have done more harm than good. . why because they are Still lacking behind when it comes to thinking… Them, na only them fight war? They have no respect for life, look at the terrorism taking place in the country.. I trust no Igbo man/Yoruba would ever risk their precious life for noting… If the know life have a meaning, I think their would be a level of peace in the country.
Uleta: you are making sense my bro.
Teejay: hehehe, This is interesting.
Jude: Any malam you see is always holding a knife.. Always ready to stab… After someone would tell me they are easy to manipulate.. Hain those people need corrective maintenance abeg… What is life If you are leaving alone.
Uleta: Hahahaahahahahahaha Abeg help me ask them.
Jude: I use to love Hausa ladies because they are very beautiful.. But now let me see the parent that would even want to hear say them post their pikin go north.. Why because their is every probability he/she would not return.
GHOST: I returned.
Uleta: What kind of life would you have lived if you spent all your time thinking about ways to kill people. Everyone is you see is your enemy. Hahahahaha the probability is very high.
Jude: Keep politics aside and keep farming . everyone can farm and eat.. We all have brains to learn and wen condition hold you, you would understand, you don’t have love in you, and you want to rule a country. Oga step down you would fail… They are bringing no revenue into the country, so them fit park go one side abeg… This is why I hate politics because it is always bloody.Thank you.
Uleta: Imagine after all the suffering, going through all the huddles of Nigerian educational system, somebody will be posted to the north just to get there and be killed by morons who don’t attach any value to human life.
Jude: Abeg I fear those people oooo.
Uleta: Who are you not to fear them?, the fear of a northerner is the beginning of wisdom.
Jude: For the fact they already put fear in the community , they are red card to me… Because their is noting worst than a divided community. The who country is a terror… Right from the Igbo era Biafra Biafra to Yoruba, gbomogbomo people, now it is poli bag and Hausa people, killing their people, killing everyone.
Jude: My dear don’t blame me.. Pls do leave that state.. I value you abeg.
Bose: I understand what you mean my dear, its almost over but to be sincere minna is safe at least for now.
Jude: If any lady comes to you and says she want to use your room too… Give her your key oooo
Katie: Na una sabi
Jude: Thank you my dear. Katie I see you oo. Don’t mind me.. That my only point.
Jude: Welcome, Teejay great point oooo.
CHRIS: A very eclectic topic Michael..Really mirrors our political waterloo and upheavals as a nation embedded in our chequered history and evolution. Uh, Teejay just laid the background against the backdrop of our public administration system pre/post colonial eras. I couldn’t agree less.. The state of the nation as it affects matters arising from political/economic disequilibrium underpins governance and our self-rule. The Northern hegemony at its best is built on ideological foundations of historical connotations of foreign invasion and religious proliferations. The diversity of Nigeria was united by a subtle agenda of British imperialism which dissected the organic system of the Niger that enabled it advance its expansive ambitions. What we have today is an amalgamation that exploited its way birthing regionalism, cultural supremacy and forced occupation and subsistence principles. Our diversity in culture, language, tribe and religion was manipulated to create such an unbalanced polity as prevalent today. Politically, our problem as a nation remains leadership and so therefore when the need becomes imperative, the agitation will be ubiquitous. All these regional crisis are just birth pangs of a political revolution which is imminent ahead and as much as we keep stroking religio/socio sentiments of a monolith like the North which stems from our systematic defects of politicking and nationalism, political instability, economic disequilibrium etc Nigeria’s democratic thresholds will collapse the Nigerian dream of our founding fathers.
CHRIS: Very sensitive topic Katie.. Why the comic relief?
Katie: never mind.
GHOST: OK, everyone has made good points. Nice one, most of you believe that north has done more harm than good, well I can’t argue that fact but i think you guys have overlooked some areas. Northern states are one of the first states of Nigeria, by now one would have expected it to developed but no it is not, only few places are developed, only few schools are good enough to provide standard education. If the northerners are has educated as the south and government supports them with machines to farm I think life would be better.. You accused them of being easily manipulated, but why can’t the people manipulating them, persuade them to do good things.. I have being to Niger, a middle ground for northerners, it feels as if the government just abandoned them there to do as they like, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. There are enough land for business opportunities or job opportunities but the rulers there are only helping their own pockets. What do you all expect from an uneducated warrior to pass to his son who is not opportuned to go to school, the act of war can’t really leave their body because poor/lack of education can’t tell them the difference between right from wrong.
Jude: As if those governing them are Igbo or Yoruba.
GHOST: You might call them illiterate, treats or vicious human beings but imagine if you were born and breed there, you have the same mentally, but that is not an excuse for their massive murder, I am only trying to state some facts you guys need to consider before you condemning them. They are not all bad, some of them are good people which I can testify to. But right now I feel it’s the government that has done more harm to them. There is more to the killings of herdsmen and Boko haram that we the daily civilians don’t know much about.
Jude: No one is condemning them…. You can’t tell me because of their level of education they behave like lion.. Even they cows are more calm than them.
Katie: OK o
GHOST: It is what they are taught, they practice, since education no sure, they are being taught their culture, how to be strong, no fear, kill any body in your way.. Education redirects their focus on knowing what is right or wrong… A good example is an agbero In Lagos, their behavior is far from a graduate of yabatech.
BENITA: Good evening y’all. Evening Jude, tee-jay, Chris, Bose, Michael, Katie, and Uleta.
GHOST: Benita, is really in good mood today ooo, she dey greet us one by one.
Teejay: Hi Benita
BENITA: I wish I was.
GHOST: what happen?
Jude: what’s wrong, Share your pain… I am good at carrying pain.
GHOST: Lol, na you be her Jesus christ abi?
Jude: for tonight.
BENITA: So this particular woman walked into the hospital and told us she wanted to run a test for malaria.. I took her in collected her blood sample and ran a test and she had malaria. She went back to receptionist and told them she needed to start treatment as soon as possible… they admitted her and by 5pm I heard she died. That’s wasn’t really painful.
BENITA: She was carrying a four months old child and also had two pretty kids with her.
GHOST: that’s sad.
BENITA: I broke down totally.
GHOST: may her soul rest in peace.
BENITA: Amen. But I’ll be over it.Kisses to jude.
Jude: I feel for the husband.. His soul mate and two little children… May God give him more strength to cope and give him reason to love again in later years. Sure you would get over it dear.. Maybe watch a movie.
BENITA: I don’t watch movies like that, I don’t watch movies like that.
Jude: Do what you love best dear.
CHRIS: Okay. Let’s say that the crop of politicking we’ve had since the first republic created this monstrous tempo in the polity where corrupt politicians balkanise the nation along religious/tribal divides. What we have is a neo-colonialist mentality and an enticement economy where governments main weapons of manipulation in the wake of coercive intimidation and pecuniary inducement targets the fulcrum. There is no undermining the fact that the ills of satanism, elitism and mysticism by criminal elements in our nation has hijacked the system. The Northern Hegemony has had a template to resuscitate the Islamic Caliphate of the 15/16th centuries and this has sprawled their ideology since amalgamation. They aren’t interested in their regional development because their elite few are only interested in resource control more or less from where power tussle for the control of the centre leads to the control of the nations rich oil resources. The British stroked their manipulative tendencies for Islamic propagation and this has been their main focus ever since. Successive military regimes with generals from the North vowed to re-establish the caliphate and all these has strived because as a people, Nigeria isn’t a nation cos a nation by definition is a group of people facing the same direction to which if one were to stand behind them won’t be able to tell the difference for they’d all be facing the same direction. Nigeria isn’t a nation yet but birth pangs of nationhood are agog all over the region caused by all these federating ills . Nigeria has a weak centre and a crippled federal structure hence the avowed term that it practises quasi-federalism. Even the federal character of the present administration favours Northern and regional sentiments cos for them power tussle is all about the Northern movement or what many call ‘born to rule. They’re not born to rule, the British came up with that demograph and cultural imposition. All these are just trails of our political woes as a nation. A righteous leadership will ensure that the centre is accountable, transparent and responsible. Thank you. Sorry to learn that Benita. I’d say a prayer for ya. God grant her family the fortitude to bear the loss.
CHRIS: I’m not regurgitating old wounds here but I could have raised her back to life through faith in Jesus. Smiles. However, my condolences. You’d be fine Benita.
BENITA: thank you.
CHRIS: you are welcome.
Bose: May her soul rest in peace, goodnight.
GHOST: No topic tomorrow, make #Theblunts rest, make our phone sef rest….
CHRIS: smiles, cool.
GHOST: I was travelling to Lagos from Ilorin, but when I got to Oyo,I was arrested by one FRSC member who accused me of not using my seatbelt. I begged him but he refused. He said he is going to seize my licence. But after much plea, he decided to collect #2000 from me and which was d last money on me. I gave him d money SADLY and went my way. I was about entering 2 Lagos when a phone rang beside me, and i was surprised 2 c a Samsung galaxy note 5 on my passenger seat. I picked d cal only 2 discover dat d FRSC man 4got his fone in my car. If u are d person what will u do???be sincere.
CHRIS: I’d go home cos it would be such a dis-orientation to drive back to Oyo; but will let the official know during the call that we’d both arrange on a rendezvous plan which could be subsequent days later. The thing about life is that what you sow is what you reap so taking vengeance or retaliating when God has expressed that vengeance is His will only make me an impostor and a hypocrite to my said maker and taking that position will make me diametrically opposed to God where I become the recipient for vengeance by God turning the tables around. All authority is established by God including those of the state so the official in this narrative was only carrying out an official duty and not a personal vendetta sanctioned by divine compliance so I’d be stupid to act contrary to sound morals. Smiles. We as humans get so sentimental with issues when its about doing the right thing when doing the right thing is all we need. I’m not taking away the measure of human frustrations we encounter daily but two wrongs don’t make a right. Each time the right thing is done, a piece of heaven is revealed at that moment which edifies and translates us above the mundane.
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