Being the second boy in a family of two boys and girls was a blessing and also a curse, a blessing meaning I would be excused from responsibility until I got older, a curse being that I would not have a mind of my own since I was expected to follow the lead set by my two ‘perfect’ examples, my father and my elder brother, I was encouraged from a young age to as only necessary questions not those involving lives, no those revolving around what I am expected to do at any given time, the way I was brought up was reminiscent of the military style which was my grandfather’s profession in his days so you get how the training came to be, I was the maid whose hand was to be given out in marriage and I was expected as that lovely, obedient maid to obey instructions given by those who knew more than I did. I was the epitome of my father’s beauty, I was everything he stood for since, out of the fear I had for him (he thought it was respect), I cleaned up my act and followed his instructions to the letter, I had only what character flaw and that brought about the chasm that split us up. I was a thinker.
Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has said the problem of extreme poverty in Nigeria gives him sleepless nights.
Osinbajo lamented at a dinner and interactive session with faculty members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) on Tuesday, in Lagos.
He claimed, “I think what keeps me up at night has to do with extreme poverty; the issue is that the largest number of those who vote for us are the very poor.
“The promises that government makes to them is that their lives will be better and obviously they are looking at their lives being better in the shortest possible time.
“I will like to see Nigeria being an industrialised nation in the next 10 years; a very strong middle class and most people living above poverty line.
“If you are going to do business anywhere in Africa, it has to be Nigeria.
“This is where you have the energy; you have the drive.
“We are already seeing that kind of activity; business people will always be driven by profit.
“Talent will always go in the direction where it is best rewarded; one can’t afford to be sentimental about that.
“As people see that the environment is getting better for business, they will come back; the opportunities for making huge profits are here.
Specifically, the FCO advised against all travels to Borno; Yobe; Adamawa; Gombe; and the riverine areas of Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.
The British government also cautioned against trips to within 20km of the border with Niger and Zamfara states.
The FCO further advised against all but essential travel to Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi and within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi states including the non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Abia States.
The advisory admonished British nationals to avoid crowds including political meetings, religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced persons.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests as well as places visited by tourists. Besides Abuja, other major towns and cities remain particularly at risk, including Kano and Kaduna,” it stated.
The FCO noted that there was a high threat of kidnap throughout the country, adding that abductions could be motivated by criminality or terrorism, and could be carried out for financial or political gain.
It stated, “The security environment in the northeast has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnap.
“There is also a high threat of criminal kidnap in the Niger Delta region and Kogi State. If you travel to areas to which the FCO advise against travel, you are particularly at risk and will need a high level of security.”