RESULT OF HARDWORK: OBJECTIVE CURRICULUM VITAE

OBJ + COMRADE + VAL – 17 = OJO ADEREMI

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user” – Theodore Roosevelt

April 29, 2017 marked the day Uites decided the leadership and new occupants of the KUNLE ADEPEJU BUILDING for the next one year. Needless to repeat, congratulatory messages still beg to be received on the doorstep of the winners. 

In public advertisement of my CONGRATULATORY message will I quote Theodore Roosevelt again who said“it is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks”. A roommate of mine said, “election in UI is not easy”. In view of this will I give kudos to those who fought and won the struggle for the baton.

To those defeated at the polls: these were the words of Anais Ninto while on her death bed; “living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live”. Some of you have great plans, noble and sincere. However, it is an acceptable norm that in a race of 2 or a million, there can only be a winner. For aspiring, the efforts channelled towards actualising it is not a waste, it is better to attempt and fail initially, than to fail attempting at all in the fear of a potential but 50-50 chances of failure and kill the dream before it ever germinate.

However, of all the election, though with some side surprises, the most overwhelming sits on the prospective occupant of the hottest seat. The presidential election, which decided the latest NUMBER 1 student of Unibadan has been awfully and awesomely surprising in all ramifications with every result released in all halls of residence albeit two (who pledge loyalty to their residential aspirant) solidarizing with one aspirant – OJO ADEREMI. 

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE: THE NAME – OJO ADEREMI

“What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous” –Voltaire

The president-elect’s name has become a household name in UI. It is not an understatement that the popularity of Ojo Aderemi played in no small part to his triumph. Everywhere in UI was and is still being littered, filtered and painted with the name. Some voted him based on the level of intelligence he displayed in their encounter with him; some because they believed in his cause; some based on his personality but the majority arguably voted the name, not knowing the guy himself. Two roommates of mine are testaments to this fact and they claimed not to know either of the other three until the very week leading to the election. Sunday, the day after polling, a friend of mine who already voted Ojo said he had never even seen the guy, neither did he know his department or even his level. He was astonished Ojo is a 200l student and more surprised at the number of votes he polled at the polls. Just the name, and you thumbed it for Ojo Aderemi. This same name which has brought the bearer the fame that fetched him the unprecedented votes is as well more dangerously a source of burden to the owner. To borrow a leaf from T. Roosevelt, the usefulness of the votes depends on the character of the user. You have the votes through the fame your name has brought but what you have to offer, how much you achieve, how they are being achieved, the success of the achievement and the gender (if positive or negative) of the achievements are what decide if the votes cast were useful or not, worthy or worthless.

Colin Powell, while in a trance described your victory in a prophecy years back when he said, “a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.

The new rats about to frolic the KUNLE ADEPEJU BUILDING; what brought about your victory was not because you were better than the other aspirants but rather because you heeded the advice of C. Powell and obeyed its dictum to the letter. You nursed the dream of leading the Union and you all put in efforts to actualise the dream but what distinguishes an eternal dream from a realistic dream is the level of extra hard work, devotion, dedication and determination (3Ds) added to beautify the norm – M I

HERE WE ARE: LET THE BLAME GAME BEGIN…

“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded” – Alexander Pope 

Mr President-elect, your victory might have come in style but  your popularity could lose its magic exceedingly in just a matter of months. 

President Buhari’s victory came just like yours in a number of ways besides the figures ratio. He won all of SOUTH WEST besides EKITI, his academic qualification was questioned and controversial, he was popularly elected to eradicate the mess of the GEJ led administration; the messianic expectations were very high, although now they are cascading down and crumbling fast and furiously. It is only an unconscious being that will argue against this. Even a subconscious observer knows the heat is up against Buhari as the same set of people who got him there want him out, even Katsina (his homeland) is clamouring for his resignation. 

Louis Van Gaal, ex Man Utd boss (sorry to non football aficionados) was hired to clear the mess left by David Moyes. The expectations were set high owing to his accolade of previous success. In the end, he was not better than the mess he met. He spent over £350mp on new players and sold bright stars (Rafael, Di maria, Nani, Hernandez) for meagre amounts. Yet, he missed out on Champions league football and delivered just the FA cup. Moyes spent just £59.2mp or thereabout on Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini and won the community shield. There is no argument about who was successful as both turned out to be excellent failures. 

The synergy and chemistry between President Mohammad Buhari and Louis Van Gail is what they came to do in office: to play THE BLAME GAME.

President Buhari is always crying everyday, lamenting like the bereaved about an empty treasury he met, about the decay of 16 years of PDP rule, which couldn’t stretch to Abacha’s corrupt rule nor his own bastardizing and crippling economic policy of 1983 – 1985 or farther to the post Independence regimes starting with T. Balewa which was accused of massive economy plundering. 

His white make-alike (L V Gaal), also cried and decried at every opportunity made available at how he inherited a broken squad and how the players (including the ones he bought) couldn’t fit into his philosophy. Why buy what doesn’t suit you? He even criticised the premier league winning squad of Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson. Every football fanatic, newbies and even haters would attest Ferguson would have won the premier league on those two occasions Van Gaal was there with the wealth of squad at his disposal and even maybe, the Champions league.

Van Gaal and Buhari both turned out to be fanatically rigid. Buhari, absolutely and unyieldingly, when his asinine crude methods and measures are definitely not working. Van Gaal, despotic and blockheaded even when his anachronistic methods and system of management are meeting at the waterloo akin to the end of Napoleon Bonaparte. The best hands are side-lined while the cabal rule in Nigeria, in like manner, the multi-talented Ander Herrera warms the bench while the rhinoceros in FellainiMarouane bullies the pitch as a ‘-1’.

Hence, when diplomacy fails and force becomes the feasible option, don’t be fanatically rigid and be blinded to other positive options, always have a Plan B. Wage your war of resistance like SamoriToure of Madinka and always give the avenue for dialogue and negotiation without letting down your guard of ‘just resilience.’

Ojo Aderemi, Calvin Coolidge the 30th US president warned me to remind you that, “if you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it”. If you had made no promise at all, Uites dare not call on you to deliver on the promises you never made.

Albert Camus too in endorsement of your emergence added stringently and cautiously that “a promise must never be broken”. What made Uites vote for you was the force behind your name, the promise of an independent and strong Union that will be capable of standing head tall with the school management. Uites are very much aware of the problems at hand, the mess left behind and the excreta left to be excavated and so you were not brought to power to lament, cry or itemise the problems at hand for them again and thus they don’t  need a REMINDER. They decided against the LUXURIOUS life of  WiFi access et al promised by OBJ, the seemingly unfeasible promise of LEGAL experts to help us in the struggle by VAL, and the concept of SOLIDARIZING uites in championing freedom from oppression  by COMRADE, but opted for the PATRIOTIC & INTELLIGENT “suppression of oppression” agenda you proposed. 

However, this is not to say this programmes by your competitors are not needed. Verily, you need to harness their knowledge to deliver a better, if not the best union Uites deserve. WiFi access and the eradication of manual course registration (by Comrade) are fantastic programmes among many others which will greatly benefit Uites. Of course, your primary objective is a very arduous one – fight with the management where welfare of students is concerned but then, that is expected of a true Union leader. While you face this, innovative programmes, which break the norm, are also welcome to make the life of free Uites better. This you can achieve by employing able hands with the ideology to make up the committee and see to executing the project, whatsoever it may be. Uites are ready to help, up there for the calling; just snap and they will be there to support the mandate given to you, to ensure its success.

THE PATRIOTIC INTELLIGENTSIA should also bear in mind the writing on the wall of Calvin Coolidge which reads that,

“heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion”.

You are patriotically intelligent and intelligently patriotic as self- acclaimed but this is where how effective and how true the claim is will be tested. Use your ideas and that of others maximally, don’t turn into the helpless crybaby Buhari and his cohorts, but rather act accordingly and instill in other members of the executives the idea, so as to spread virulently the virus of Patriotic Intelligentsia among Uites. The Vice president claims she is your neck, weak and fragile to me; mould that neck patriotically and intelligently to suit the purpose before placing your head on her neck. Also, maximise positively (something Nifemi failed to do according to Comrade), your usage of the 7TH ASSEMBLY SRC and give us the best.

Finally, “good things happen to those who hustle” – anonymous. The struggle and efforts from the first day you nursed the ambition to propagate your cause which got you the “Ghana – must – go” votes need to be intensified, renewed and upgraded for now is the real struggle. Remember, you are not here to PLAY THE BLAME GAME, else the press, and the same electorate who got you there will be at your heels to shadow haunt you and eventually hunt you down.

Lastly, I will be good enough to end this with the words contained on the 4th page of Calvin Coolidge’s diary:

“we cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once”

One step at a time, don’t be subjected to self pressure. Don’t become “Usain Bolt” just to please anyone, you will fade; neither should you become “Baba Go-slow”. Your seat is not invincible; it is subject to suspension or expulsion. 

Though many remain unsaid, I believe in the belief that:April 29, 2017 marked the day Uites decided the leadership and new occupants of the KUNLE ADEPEJU BUILDING for the next one year. Needless to repeat, congratulatory messages still beg to be received on the doorstep of the winners. 

Uites have exercised their franchise and given their mandates to those whom they trust could lead the union to greater heights. 

In public advertisement of my CONGRATULATORY message will I quote Theodore Roosevelt again who said“it is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks”. A roommate of mine said, “election in UI is not easy”. In view of this will I give kudos to those who fought and won the struggle for the baton.

To those defeated at the polls: these were the words of Anais Ninto while on her death bed; “living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live”. Some of you have great plans, noble and sincere. However, it is an acceptable norm that in a race of 2 or a million, there can only be a winner. For aspiring, the efforts channelled towards actualising it is not a waste, it is better to attempt and fail initially, than to fail attempting at all in the fear of a potential but 50-50 chances of failure and kill the dream before it ever germinate.

However, of all the election, though with some side surprises, the most overwhelming sits on the prospective occupant of the hottest seat. The presidential election, which decided the latest NUMBER 1 student of Unibadanhas been awfully and awesomely surprising in all ramifications with every result released in all halls of residence albeit two(who pledge loyalty to their residential aspirant) solidarizing with one aspirant – OJO ADEREMI. 

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE: THE NAME – OJO ADEREMI

“What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous” –Voltaire

The president-elect’s name has become a household name in UI. It is not an understatement that the popularity of Ojo Aderemi played in no small part to his triumph. Everywhere in UI was and is still being littered, filtered and painted with the name. Some voted him based on the level of intelligence he displayed in their encounter with him, some because they believed in his cause, some based on his personality but the majority arguably voted the name, not knowing the guy himself. 2 roommates of mine are testaments to this fact and they claimed not to know either of the other 3 until the very week leading to the election. Sunday, the day after polling, a friend of mine who already voted Ojo said he had never even seen the guy, neither did he know his department or even his level. He was astonished Ojo is a 200l student and more surprised at the number of votes he polled at the polls. Just the name, and you thumbed it for Ojo Aderemi. This same name which has brought the bearer the fame that fetched him the unprecedented votes is as well more dangerously a source of burden to the owner. To borrow a leaf from T. Roosevelt, the usefulness of the votes depends on the character of the user. You have the votes through the fame your name has brought but what you have to offer, how much you achieve, how they are being achieved, the success of the achievement and the gender(if positive or negative)of the achievements are what decide if the votes cast were useful or not, worthy or worthless.

Colin Powell, while in a trance described your victory in a prophecy years back when he said, “a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.

The new rats about to frolic the KUNLE ADEPEJU BUILDING; what brought about your victory was not because you were better than the other aspirants but rather because you heeded the advice of C. Powell and obeyed its dictum to the letter.You nursed the dream of leading the union and you all put in efforts to actualise the dream but what distinguishes an eternal dream from a realistic dream is the level of extra hard work, devotion, dedication and determination( 3Ds) added to beautify the norm – M I

HERE WE ARE: LET THE BLAME GAME BEGIN…

“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded” – Alexander. Pope

Mr President-elect, your victory might have come in style and, however your popularity could lose its magic exceedingly in just a matter of months. 

President Buhari’s victory came just like yours in a number of ways besides the figures ratio. He won all of SOUTH WEST besides EKITI, his academic qualification was questioned and controversial, he was popularly elected to eradicate the mess of the GEJ led administration; the messianic expectations were very high, although now they are cascading down and crumbling fast and furiously. It is only an unconscious being that will argue against this. Even a subconscious observer knows the heat is up against Buhari as the same set of people who got him there want him out, even Katsina(his homeland) is clamouring for his resignation. 

Louis Van Gaal, ex Man utd boss (sorry to non football adherents) was hired to clear the mess left by David Moyes. The expectations were set high owing to his accolade of previous success. But, in the end, he was not better than the mess he met. He spent over £350mp on new players and sold bright stars (Rafael, Di maria, Nani, Hernandez) for meagre amounts. Yet, he missed out on Champions league football and delivered just the FA cup. Moyes spent just £59.2mp or thereabout on Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini and won the community shield.There is no argument about who was successful as both turned out to be excellent failures. 

The synergy and chemistry between President Mohammad Buhari and Louis Van Gaa lis what they came to do in office, to play THE BLAME GAME.

President Buhari is always crying everyday, lamenting like a bereaved about an empty treasury he met, about the decay of 16 years of PDP rule, which couldn’t stretch to Abacha’s corrupt rule nor his own bastardizing and crippling economic policy of 1983 – 1985 or farther to the post Independence regimes starting with T. Balewa which was accused of massive economy plundering. 

His white make-alike(L V Gaal), also cried and decried at every opportunity made available at how he inherited a broken squad and how the players(including the ones he bought) couldn’t fit into his philosophy. Why buy what doesn’t suit you? He even criticised the premier league winning squad of Sir Alex Chapman Ferguson. Every football fanatic, newbies and even haters would attest Ferguson would have won the premier league on those two occasions Van Gaal was there with the wealth of squad at his disposal and even maybe, the Champions league.

Van Gaal and Buhari both turned out to be fanatically rigid. Buhari, absolutely and unyieldingly, when his asinine crude methods and measures are definitely not working. Van Gaal, despotic and blockheaded even when his anachronistic methods and system of management are meeting at the waterloo akin to the end of Napoleon Bonaparte. The best hands are side-lined while the cabal rule in Nigeria, in like manner, the multi-talented Ander Herrera warms the bench while the rhinoceros in FellainiMarouane bullies the pitch as a ‘-1’.

Hence, when diplomacy fails and force becomes the feasible option, don’t be fanatically rigid and be blinded to other positive options, always have a Plan B. Wage your war of resistance like SamoriToure of Madinka and always give the avenue for dialogue and negotiation without letting down your guard of ‘just resilience.’

OjoAderemi, Calvin Coolidge the 30th US president warned me to remind you that, “if you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it”. If you had made no promise at all, Uites dare not call on you to deliver on the promises you never made.

Albert Camus too in endorsement of your emergence added stringently and cautiously that “a promise must never be broken”. What made Uites vote for you was the force behind your name, the promise of an independent union and strong Union that will be capable of standing head tall with the school management. Uites are very much aware of the problems at hand, the mess left behind and the excreta left to be excavated and so you were not brought to power to lament, cry or itemise the problems at hand for them again and thus theydon’t need a REMINDER.They decided against the LUXURIOUS lifeof Wi-Fi access et al promised by OBJ, the seemingly unfeasible promise of LEGAL experts to help us in the struggle by VAL, and the concept of SOLIDARIZING uites in championing freedom from oppression  by COMRADE, but opted for the PATRIOTIC & INTELLIGENT ‘suppression of oppression’ budget you proposed. 

However, this is not to say this programmes by your competitors are not needed. Verily, you need to harness their knowledge to deliver a better, if not the best union Uites deserve. Wi-Fi access and the eradication of manual course registration (by Comrade) are fantastic programmes among many others which will greatly benefit Uites. Of course, your primary objective is a very arduous one – fight with the management where welfare of students is concerned but then, that is expected of a true union leader. While you face this, innovative programmes, which break the norm, are also welcome to make the life of free Uites better. This you can achieve by employing able hands with the ideology to make up the committee and see to executing the project, whatsoever it may be. Uites are ready to help, up there for the calling; just snap and they will be there to support the mandate given to you, to ensure its success.

THE PATRIOTIC INTELLIGENTSIA should also bear in mind the writing on the wall of Calvin Coolidge which reads that, “heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion”.You are patriotically intelligent and intelligently patriotic as self- acclaimed but this is where how effective and how true the claim is will be tested. Use your ideas and that of others maximally, don’t turn into the helpless cry-babyBuhari and his cohorts, but rather act accordingly and instil in other members of the executives, the idea, so as to spread virulently the virus of Patriotic Intelligentsia among Uites. The Vice president claims she is your neck, weak and fragile to me, mould that neck patriotically and intelligently to suit the purpose before placing your head on her neck. Also, maximise positively (something Nifemi failed to do according to Comrade), your usage of the 7TH ASSEMBLY SRC and give us the best.

Finally, “good things happen to those who hustle” – anonymous. The struggle and efforts from the first day you nursed the ambition to propagate your cause which got you the“Ghana – must – go” votes need to be intensified, renewed and upgraded for now is the real struggle. Remember, you are not here to PLAY THE BLAME GAME, else the press, and the same electorate who got you there will be at your heels to shadow haunt you and eventually hunt you down.

Lastly, I will be good enough to end this with the words contained on the 4th page of Calvin Coolidge’s diary:“we cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once”. One step at a time, don’t be subjected to self pressure. Don’t become “Usain Bolt” just to please anyone, you will fade; and neither should you become “Baba Go-slow”, your seat is not invincible; it is subject to suspension or expulsion. 

Though many remain unsaid, I believe in the belief that: A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE; just pace it SLOW and STEADY !

M I SPY

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