Criticise the ruling government and be probed for corruption – Nigerian style

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The fight against corruption in Nigeria has come a long way, almost as long as the age of the country since independence. Where did corruption start and is it being nipped at all?

The current government has stridently told Nigerians that the nation is grappling with development challenges because of corruption. The President made it known that “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us”. To give effect to his vow, many people have been rounded up and are being tried in courts for financial corruption. Most of happen to belong to the opposition party. The party (PDP) has for now been dubbed “corrupt” by those in the ruling APC, stating that the PDP’s 16 years in power was riddled with corruption. This is despite the long history of corruption in Nigeria.

In the first military coup d’etat in Nigeria in 1966, the military announced that it was out to fight corruption in the system. All other coups in Nigeria through the close to four decades of military rule, promised to “fight corruption” but corruption has refused to go away.

From 1999 to date, successive administrations promised to “fight corruption” and so did the present one which has the “fight” as its major focus. It is a noble cause no doubt. What is however disturbing is the fact that every Nigerian who opposes or criticises the government today must be visited by the anti-corruption agency, the EFCC for alleged corruption. All the time former President Olusegun Obasanjo fraternised with the APC, nobody thought about the power sector issue any longer. Now that he started criticising the present government, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government will revisit the case.

Note can be made of others in court so far. Great as the fight against corruption is, must it become a weapon for silencing the opposition? In a democracy, how vibrant is governance without opposition?

What is intriguing is that those who made up the APC that won the 2015 election were PDP governors and others who had their state funds at their disposal. Despite allegations of corrupt practices against those PDP governors now in APC, none of them has been visited by the EFCC not charged like their counterparts in PDP.

More to come.

 

Ireland votes to legalize abortion: ‘a tragedy of historic proportions’

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IRELAND, May 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Irish citizens voted to legalize abortion on Friday, ending Ireland’s legacy as one of the world’s most pro-life nations.

The votes are still being officially counted, but the pro-abortion campaign is declaring victory and pro-lifers are calling this a “tragedy of historic proportions.”

“The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist,” the pro-life Save the 8th campaign said in a statement. “What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.”

Ireland has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. The Eighth Amendment of its Constitution guaranteed equal rights for pre-born babies and their mothers.

Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a decades-long goal of the abortion movement. The Irish voted by 67 percent to add the Eighth Amendment to their constitution in 1983, making the Emerald Isle a uniquely safe place for pre-born babies in contrast to the rest of the West’s liberal abortion regimes.

There have been five previous votes on repealing the Eighth Amendment, all of which failed. One was in 1983, three were in 1992, and one was in 2002.

More people in Dublin, where the majority of residents supported the “repeal” campaign, voted in this referendum than in 2015 on same-sex “marriage” and in their general election.

One students’ union in Dublin created a safe space-like “chill zone” where students could “de-stress” as the results were counted. It became apparent that abortion advocates had won and only 14 students utilized the room, The Guardian reported. Exit polls showed around 87 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted for abortion.

In early 2018, the Irish government approved putting the Eighth Amendment to a vote in May with the promise that if passed, legislation allowing abortion on demand would be introduced. The proposed legislation – which may be introduced next week – is expected to be abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy for healthy babies and later throughout pregnancy for nebulous “health” reasons, for babies with disabilities, and babies conceived in rape.

Pro-life activists responded to the referendum with a massive canvassing and public awareness campaign about how many lives have been saved by the Eighth Amendment, how one in five babies in England is aborted, the fact that abortion kills a living human being, and the many harms to women and society that come with legalizing it.

“The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state,” the Save the 8th’s defeat statement continued. “Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well. Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.”

The country once known for its strong Catholic heritage and identity voted in 2015 to amend its constitution to permit same-sex “marriage.” Despite Ireland’s move toward secularism and approval of redefining marriage, polls on how the Eighth Amendment vote would go were extremely close toward the end of the abortion vote.

Exit polls on the day of the vote, though, began to suggest a “landslide” victory for abortion.

In 2012, a woman named Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of sepsis (blood poisoning) at Galway University Hospital.

Three official investigations found that the 31-year-old died of a blood infection caused by “extremely virulent bacteria,” E. coli ESBL. Under Ireland’s abortion laws, the woman would have been permitted an abortion had doctors realized how sick she was when she came to the hospital.

They didn’t, and her death was due to medical negligence, not lack of abortion, official investigations revealed. According to the Health Information and Quality Authority, which investigated her death, doctors missed 13 opportunities to save her life.

Irish abortion activists exploited Savita’s case and lied about her death, culminating in Friday’s vote.

The Irish politicians who pushed for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment squirmed when asked about the abortion proposal they were championing. Other Irish abortion advocates, like the country’s lesbian minister for children, simply denied the humanity of those still in the wombStill others admitted the pre-born are humans, but advocated for killing them.

Ireland’s openly homosexual prime minister Leo Varadkar campaigned on a pro-life platform, but then came out in support of abortion and overturning the Eighth Amendment.

Varadkar “said the expected overwhelming win for the yes side was the ‘culmination of a quiet revolution in Ireland,’” The Guardian reported. “Quiet revolution” is a phrase used in a comparable situation in Quebec 60 years ago, where a traditionally Catholic culture liberalized in a short period.

“We will have a modern constitution for a modern country,” said Varadkar, who in 2014 said, “I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights.”

Amnesty International, George Soros, and other far-left groups poured money into the “yes” to abortion campaign. The international media – particularly the British media – aided the “yes” campaign with a constant barrage of stories about women who traveled abroad, usually to England, to abort their children.

Irish pop culture stars like U2 and Ed Sheeran were no help, either. The former, despite being led by professed Christian Bono, openly supported repealing the Eighth Amendment and the latter complainedthat pro-lifers were allegedly using a song he wrote about an “unborn” baby to promote their message.

Pro-life leader John McGuirk said he was “heartbroken” at the apparent result, and warned the implications of the vote will go beyond abortion.

 

 

Oops: CNN’s Ireland coverage admits abortion kills babies

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IRELAND, May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A CNN article profiling Irish women who traveled abroad for abortions openly admits the entity removed from the womb during an abortion is a human being.

Titled ‘Irish abortions happen; they just don’t happen on Irish soil,’ the article explains what happens when an Irish “baby” is unwanted or has a disability. The article uses words like “mother,” acknowledging that the pregnant woman is a parent.

“They give you a feticide injection, which stops the baby’s heartbeat,” an Irish woman who had an abortion in England is quoted as saying.

Another section reads:

Arlette Lyons discovered during a routine 12-week scan that her baby had Patau syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality causing severe organ defects. The obstetrician said her baby would most likely die from a heart attack before it reached full term.

Got that? It’s a “baby,” and it’s alive. For something to be able to die, it must first be alive.

CNN also reports that some women prefer to take a ferry to England rather than fly because “it’s easier to bring the remains home.”

The remains of what? Of a “clump of cells,” or of a child not yet born but whose parent ended his life yet still feels attachment to him?

An accompanying video shares that one woman who underwent an abortion abroad opted to have her baby’s remains cremated and then sent to her in the mail.

Other quotes from the video:

“Giving birth to a baby who’s silent – there’s no words imaginable for it.”

“They tell you you can go on a ferry and bring your baby’s body back with you, but you’d need to keep a cold, you know, ice packs. Then there’s security, you know – they’ll ask what it is. I just couldn’t face any more thinking about what to do, you know. And then they offered a cremation. They have a tracking number for me, and that was Grace’s ashes being couriered home from the UK. It was carrying Grace and it was carrying my neighbor’s online shopping.”

These abortion advocates (who no doubt are deeply hurting) are being honest. Abortion does kill a whole, distinct, living human being, one with DNA and a body unique from his or her mother’s.

It seems the “repeal the Eighth” movement in Ireland has conceded that the pre-born baby is, in fact, a human baby. Instead of relying on fake science that denies very basic human embryology to push abortion, they have moved on to suggesting that some babies are just better off dead than alive.

Pray that the Irish will vote for life tomorrow, and that these post-abortive moms can find healing.

The Journey to Servant Leadership

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IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. That’s where servant leadership begins. Success is based on your influence in the marketplace and those you help. Or rather, it is significance over success. This is a very different mindset from a power-leadership model. And it takes time because we are predisposed to lead from a power mindset

When Art Barter bought Datron World Communications in 2004, he was determined to create a servant leadership culture in his organization. In doing so the company went from $10 million in annual sales to $200 million today. He explains, “by following the principles of servant leadership, we were able as a committed and engaged team to create a growth mindset and far exceed our normal production with basically what we already had.”

In The Art of Servant Leadership II, Barter shares the journey from power-based leadership to servant leadership. Inside you will find the ups and downs, the trials and triumphs, and the rewards of making the journey. What worked and what didn’t.

Making a change from a power-based leadership style to a servant leadership style is not easy and must begin at the top. At the beginning there are trust issues. And quite frankly, it is a difficult approach to wrap your mind around. It’s unnatural and some otherwise great people will never make the transition. It’s an ongoing process—a cycle of education, understanding, applying, and reflecting.

Educate to Own
Leaders must educate to the point of ownership. It has to be ongoing and consistent. Barter began by preaching more or less but soon learned that if they were going to own it, they and to be part of the educational process. Based on the principles of servant leadership, he asked his team to define what servant leadership looked like to them and then said let’s do that. “Let them decide up front what that will look like; it allows them to start their transformation, because they own that definition.” Barter moved from educate-to-train to educate-to-own. It is important too, says Barter, that the leader’s voice is in the process so that everyone is speaking the same thing and that you meet people where they are.

Understand and Empower
When things get tough it’s easy for a leader to fall back on power. And when you do it takes humility to face the real issue. Barter said that he had to look at himself at times and ask, “’What did I do to generate that response?’ It took me a while to get to the point where I started looking inside first.” He adds, “They can’t put me on a pedestal and expect me to be perfect, because I’m going through a continual transformation right along with them.” As to empowering others, “there are times when the best thing you can do to help people transform is to stop teaching them and just encourage them, giving them space to work on their own transformations.” Not just listening but listening to understand, empowers people.

Apply
You can’t put an organization on hold to make the transformation to a servant leadership culture. You must be profitable and self-sustaining. But servant leadership stresses the means more than the results. It is a culture that makes it safe for failure. Encouraging others and one-on-one mentoring helps to send that message. Here are two key thoughts that caught my attention in this section:

Someone on your team isn’t performing well. Maybe this person is dealing with some personal issues, or perhaps is struggling with what he or she is being asked to do. What would happen if two other people on the team took that person aside and helped him or her get through those challenges, and stayed with the team member until the challenges were resolved? What would that look like in today’s workplace? In most work places, a person who starts falling falls alone because nobody wants to be part of it.

That’s the basic difference between the power model and the service model. The power model says, “If I do something, I want something in return.” But the servant leader says, “We’re here to help you. We’re willing to give you what you need. You can reward us if you feel like we served you appropriately.” It’s an investment, and most of the time we’ll see something out of it because people see that we conduct business differently.

Reflect
Self-reflection and team reflection are necessary in a servant leadership culture. At Datron the create what they call a “fascination-for-the-truth” environment. It begins by never killing the messenger. They also host monthly get-togethers, and quarterly off-sites. They invest money into developing the team by sending people to conferences, bringing in outside speakers, and encouraging reading.

Confrontations at Datron are meant to restore relationships and not to convince the other person that you’re right and they’re wrong. The real test of servant leadership is if those you are serving are growing.