Manifestations of materialism driven ministry and megalomania

For the very first time in a decade, words fail me.

That Mbaka/Peter Obi video portrays the Adoration Pigeon Priest as a morally bankrupt religious Extortionist who specializes in peddling cash-induced prophecies and selling same to the highest bidder.

But to be clear, Mbaka has always been a Fraud. Those who pretend not to have noticed before now have simply not been paying attention.

It was in 2002 that Mbaka first unraveled. That year, he would gather his congregation at the Adoration Ministry and ask everyone to start pointing at the Lion building (Enugu govt house) while commanding Holy Ghost fire against the then governor Chimaroke Nnamani whom he said was a wicked Governor who God already told him would not live beyond that year not to talk of winning the 2003 re-election. This Priest didn’t just stop at this weekly harvest of Holy Ghost fire against the governor, he actually went a step further to release a special audio tape titled “This Wicked Generation” in which he swore that if Chimaroke won his 2003 reelection bid, he (Mbaka) would know he was not serving a living God and would therefore resign as a Priest.

2003 election came and governor Chimaroke won his re-election, finished his second term and even contested and won another election as a Senator.

Mbaka neither resigned as he swore he would nor did he even apologize for lying in God’s name.

And here we are!

Well, like I said, I can’t find the right words to qualify the mountain of shame I watched in that video. Not only did this so called Man of God openly suggest to Obi that a huge financial contribution could sway his 31st December prophecy to his favor, he turned around to threaten that the Atiku-Obi ticket would fail unless they build a project for his ministry and still told the Buhari team that Buhari would fail unless he came to visit his ministry with monetary gift. It begs the question, who between Atiku and Buhari will Mbaka’s pigeon God gift with victory if the two contenders were to donate the same amount to Mbaka???

There is no way anyone would try to analyse that video without going crazy.

Shame on the Catholic Church for allowing a religious Buccaneer to continue to subject the entire church to bottomless ridicule!

But beyond the shamelessness and unintelligence of that yahoo Priest, there is a huge lesson Peter Obi’s refusal to succumb to Mbaka’s blackmail and nursery school manipulation should teach all of us and the lesson Is:

Always stand your ground once you are reasonably convinced you are standing on the right, just and fair ground.

By refusing to publicly announce the project he voluntarily agreed to do for the church, Peter Obi was living true to the gospel of Matthew 6 verse 1 which admonished Christians not to announce their good deeds before men, but to do so secretly so that their father in heaven who sees in secret will reward them. Unfortunately, this gospel was lost on Mbaka, the so called man of God

For Shame!

Anyone who sees Peter Obi should help give him a hug on my behalf. In a working country, that man should be contesting to be the President, not the Vice. His principle, integrity, prudence in managing resources and calmness even in the face of provocation should be studied as a 3 unit course in school.

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Precepts for good living

PAULO ANDRÉ CHENSO is a doctor and professor in London. He created a “MANUAL FOR LIFE” IT’S WORTH TO READ AND PUT IN PRACTICE.

IN THE HEALTH:

01. Drink a lot of water.
02. Eat more what is born in trees and plants.
03. Live with the 3 E’s
Energy.
Enthusiasm and
Empathy
04. Take 30 minutes per day to PRAY by yourself.
05. Do activities that activate your brain.
06. Read more books.
07. Sit quietly, at least 10 min. per day.
08. Sleep 8 hours per day.
09. Take walks of 20 to 60 minutes per day and while walking, smile.

ON THE PERSONALITY:
11. Do not compare your life with that of others.
12. Do not have negative thoughts.
13. Do not overdo it.
14. Do not become too serious.
15. Do not waste your energy with nonsense.
16. Speak slowly, do not shout.
17. Envy is a waste of time. Thank GOD for what he owns.
18. Forget things from the past. Throw them into the sea of forgetfulness.
19. Life is too short to hate someone.
20. Make peace with your PAST so as not to spoil your PRESENT.
21. Nobody directs your happiness, only you.
22. Life is a school and you are in it to learn. Do not be repeating the year.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You do not need to win all the arguments. Know LOSE.

IN SOCIETY:
25. Get in more contact with your family … the family is first, the true friends of return family.
26. Every day give something good to others
27. Forgive everyone.
28. Spend time with people over 70 and under 6 years old.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. Do not care what others think of you.
31. In your work, you will not be taken into account when you were sick. Do not be stressed.

IN YOUR DAILY LIFE:
32. Do what is right.
33. Get rid of what is not useful.
34. Remember: GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad your situation may be … it will change … everything happens.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, get ready and get out.
37. The best is yet to come. YOU CAN, WITH THE HELP OF GOD.
38. When you wake up in the morning, thank God for the grace of being alive.
39. Keep your heart ♥ always happy.

BY LAST:
40. What if you send this MANUAL to the people that You Appreciate, Want or Love?

Mbaka’s delusions and his slide from spirituality to mendacity

As excerpted

*_EMPIRES RISE, AND THEN FALL WHEN MERE MORTALS ASSUME THE ROLE OF GOD_* _ Fr. Kelvin Ugwu

I know you all expect so much from your ministers, but sometimes, we fail you. I know how much you all talk about your priests and how vigorous our studies are, you stick out your head and defend us, but sometimes we make you look like fools when we open our mouths to talk.

I know how much you all pride on the fact that we priests are set apart and not into money; you boast to your friends about how we have sacrificed everything, including wives and children, for the sake of the gospel, only for you to come to church sometimes and be proved wrong. You helplessly watch how we spend so much time and energy to talk about money, and how we say all sorts of things just to get that money from the people but spend just few minutes in preaching the word.

I know you were disappointed with the viral video of Fr Mbaka, you could not believe he said those words at first. You watched the video again and again to be sure. Me on my part, I felt more than disappointed. For lack of words, I felt nothing but shame. No one should even paint it good. Fr Mbaka got it all wrong.

In sympathy to him, he may be working honestly to get money for the Church and to help the poor, but the approach and words used show a different picture of him entirely.

This is what happens when we begin to feel we are god, this is what happens when we get to the point in our life and think that people owe us things. More importantly, this is what happens when we preach fear instead of Faith.

In a country where out of hear say, people will bath with salt and drink water mixed with salt to prevent ebola, you can be sure that any prophecy of fear will work.

In a country where people are desperate for political offices and are ready to do anything to get there, you can be sure that any prophecy of fear will work.

This is why we have most of our so called visions or prophecies beginning like this:

“If you don’t do this, you will die.”
“I saw a vision of you in a coffin, let me pray and destroy the spirit of death in your family.”
“If you want to progress in your political career, be ready to do this and this or else.”
“Why you are still where you are and cannot move to another level is because. . .”
“Something terrible will happen to you if you don’t follow my words.”

Whenever a minister intimidates you with fear, do like Peter Obi. Try and Smile, stand on what you feel is right, don’t be carried away with his or her words. No one has more access to God. We are all his children.

About 31st night prophecies . . . I don’t even know how this whole thing started, so you all believe that God will wait till 31st night before he will reveal what he wants to reveal? Let me say this, all those 31st night prophecies are mere predictions from the minister’s head. God did not speak to them. God is not that jobless.

Finally, pray for Fr Mbaka. All the respect he worked hard to get is gradually falling apart. I pray he come out of this a better Mbaka. Pray for us too, and while you do this remember that the only person you should take as your model and standard is Christ.

15 STRIKING LESSONS TO LEARN FROM BUHARI’S LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE

Excerpted from Anon

If you cannot learn from people’s success, you can indeed learn from their failures. There are 15 important lessons to learn from the performance of the current administration.

Warning: Please note that the writer is not a politician or a party affiliate. He is a leader, a management consultant,an author, a trainer and a citizen of the greatest black country in world-Nigeria

1. Have a plan before you set out to lead. The APC party never had a plan, they only had promises. It is easy to say I will make one dollar to one naira- that’s a promise, but how do you make that happen was never mentioned. A plan is the road map to every achievement.

2. Be honest with why you want to be a leader. The reasons they gave why they want to come into power and the incoming addressing of those reasons became totally different. How can you say “you are for nobody but for everybody” and end up recruiting people only from your region and your state having the largest share?

3. Promise little, deliver more or Promise more and deliver little. They obviously had more promises than they could definitely deliver. Of all their about 21 core promises, their scorecard shows they have delivered very little. So if you want to achieve much, make few promises and over deliver!

4. You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. Most of the gigantic promises were built on what to do, not what has been done in the past. People will not take you serious if you have all it’s takes to perform and you are still promising or giving blame. Act, do, keep doing and keep going and best of all know where to go.

5. The past cannot always determine the future. In the past as a military administrator, it is easier to make decrees and to rule with an iron fist and cover gross mistakes with threats and stringent millitary brutality. But Nigeria is not in military reign and can never go that way again. Past successes may sometimes not predict future ones if the man and his methods aren’t changing. So if things are not working change the method and if it is still not working change the machine if it’s still not working, change the man.

6. Never be partial. It is said that if dirt is too much in a blind man’s soup he will know it’s no longer crayfish. When you are swift in dealing with IPOB and proscribing them as terrorists and you then turn around to say that you don’t know what to do to Fulani Herdsmen incessant killings, or you ask the people to pray about it, then you know the people are not blind, they know who and what you stand for. To succeed in LEADERSHIP you may need to step on the toes of those too close to you.

7. He that must come to equity must come with clean hands. You cannot have people who have soiled their garments with oil in your showroom where you hope to sell brilliant white clothes. And you cannot turn a blind eye when your friend steals from the market place and then shout ‘ole’ or ‘barawo’ when you suspect your enemy. If you want to fight corruption, start from yourself, your circle, then the circle after that, and so it goes. Change comes usually as a spiral effect

8. You can never make people rich or happy by sharing 10 thousand naira to them, not even a hundred thousand naira can do that, when indeed the roads you took to that place you shared the money are probably in bad shape. A man who used the kpomo he would have used to cook for his in-laws to make band and gives his in-laws fu-fu without meat, should know that when his in-laws are going they will go with his wife. It is better to teach people how to fish than to give them fish.

9. Stop blaming your past. You can’t go forward until you get done with the past. If you keep blaming people on what you are asked to do, you end up becoming lame. Blame makes people lame. Humanity is lame today because of Adam’s blame!

10. Integrity is everything. Integrity is not when you are clean and clear in one area, integrity is wholistic. A man was wrongly given a carton of money instead of a carton of fish, and he returned it. To appreciate him the store owner, wanted the news to go out to mass media, but the man objected that because the woman that was with him the time he came to buy the fish was not his wife- he was actually cheating on his wife that day. So he’s honest with not stealing, but not honest to his own wife. Integrity is doing what you say you would do, how you said you would do it and even when you said you would do it.

11. Take decisions on time. Decision taking is LEADERSHIP. If it’s takes you forever to take a decision, when will you act on those decisions and when will you achieve your decision? One would have thought, the longer the decision, the better it is. But that’s an hypothesis, not in reality. Sometimes the quicker the decision, the better it is. Strike the iron when it’s hot!

12. Use professionals. Not propagandists. The difference between a professional public servant and a hound of propagandists is what is the major difference between America and Nigeria. The American economy was built by professionals not propagandists. And no economy in the world was ever built on propaganda. Even China a Communist country relies on professionalism. So what 10 Lai Mohammed’s cannot achieve, only one Liu He- the man in charge of China’s ecenomy can.

13. Accept mistakes sincerely and don’t cover them up with more excuses. A friend mentioned sometimes ago that excuse givers are good for nothing and I sincerely agree. If you make mistakes accept them as no one is infallible only GOD is. Hence you are not GOD, you shouldn’t always defend your shortcomings. Those you are trying to showcase a defence to know your blind spots. They also know they have their own weaknesses. So why trying to play holy when indeed you can confess your sins and be forgiven.

14. Listen to others, especially your wife. Your wife is the only one that can boldly tell you your mouth has an odor. The next person might be a honest friend. People might be feeling ashamed or thinking you might feel embarrassed when they tell you. But if you got honest people who tell you things rightly, rather than those who tell you only the right things they think you want to hear you will be a great leader.

15. Don’t surround yourself with only yes, yes people. Get feedbacks from your enemies, know what people think about your leadership from those who don’t like you also. Talking positively all the time may lead to information diabetes and soon the system will need insulin.
In customer service delivery, we teach that the best feedback is the one given by your aggrieved customers. Products are well packaged, software becomes more secured as a result of feedback resources from the complaint box.

Module 2: Introduction to social protection – ppt video online download

Key questions What is social security? What is social protection? What are the different types of social transfers? What are ILO’s standards to realize the right to social security? What are the two dimensions of social security extension? What are nationally defined social protection floors? To what extent is social protection linked with employment and economic growth? What are the ILO’s main technical support activities on social security in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific?

Source: Module 2: Introduction to social protection – ppt video online download

Living is loving and learning

By

Noel Ihebuzor

 

Living is loving, is leaving and
is learnng
from our falls
from our risks,
full of leaks,
from our hopes
which the snarer
the abuser, uses
as dope
to rope us in,
unwitting accomplices
to confuse,
to reduce, misuse
and abuse us

Soon we learn
from our pain,
our enduring gain

Hurt, wiser
we pray,
we strain
to live and love
and not fall or fail
or be fooled again

we step out
to live and love
fresh protective foliages
wrapped around our tender parts
screen protectors
for our fragile feelings,
from smashing
from fleecing
in the maddening den
where to live is to love
to love is to hope
and to hope is to risk
and risk is either
win or lose, even though

sometimes the choices
are between
empty, half full and full

between fleeing,
flying,
floating
and falling
or all
or none
of the above

Measuring a smile

By

Noel Ihebuzor

How do you measure a smile?
Some would say weight,
But wait, what scales measure
lines on a face?

Some would say length
a smile a mile short would
mean more than one a metre long – let emojis tell us then,
but these speak not!

Nay, no!
A smile is the stretch of lips,
the curve of the mouth,
the sparkle of the eyes,
where the head
unveils the mind
and the heart
as both reveal
the unfurling rainbow
the springs of joy
dancing happily within us

Scales cannot, do not
capture nor measure
the colours, the contours
the rhythms, the genuine joys
that release the warming
scented sprays of a smile…..

Not all that makes life
Beautiful can be measured

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