People who joined us halfway have derailed us – Customs Boss Hameed Ali on Buhari Administration

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) has said that people who were absent during President Muhammadu Buhari‘s journey to the presidency and are now present have hijacked the vision.

Ali, according to Punch, spoke at the unveiling of an ultra-modern Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) office complex in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday.

The Buhari Support Organisation is the umbrella group of 189 bodies that campaigned for the president in the 2015 elections.

Attending the event was the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar; and their Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong.

Ali asked that the organisation return to the study room and fight for good governance. He said:

We have been infused by people who were not part of this journey and these people are the ones that call the shots today. That is why we are derailing.

We are the ones that will be asked to account for what happened. Are we willing to face Nigerians and tell them that we have failed? I think this is the time for us to come together, create a system that is very robust enough to fight back and take back government in our hands and ensure that we deliver.

I will, therefore, ask my colleagues of the BSO to go back to the study room. This is a commission, but it is also the beginning of the fight for good governance. We must get back to the trenches, draw our own battle plan and battle line. I enjoin you to have the same commitment we had in 2015; I implore you to bear with us and commit yourself to a better future for Nigeria.

We will be calling on you from now on and we will be working day and night. We must do so because we want to save our name at the end of the day and the name of the President for what he is doing.

He added that the administration is losing its mission and vision. He said:

Let me say here without fear of being contradicted that I think halfway through the journey, we are losing our core values. We are losing our vision and mission and I think that the idea of our being here today is to look critically at what we need to do to get back on track.

There is no doubt that we have derailed because we are not doing what we say we want to do. Why is it so? We need to find an answer to that. If we do find an answer; then, what should we do to get us all back on track? We owe this great nation and the 180 million Nigerians the duty to give good governance.

Good governance is what they voted for and good governance is what they expect to get and they deserve that. We, therefore, as BSO, have a great task ahead of us. My dear comrades, the battle and the job start now.

We have won one battle by taking over power. But what we make of this power is essential to us and to humanity. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to tell my colleagues here that we have to change the narrative. When we were out there working and jumping on the streets and reaching every corner, we were shouting change, change for a better Nigeria.

Now, the keyword is good governance for Nigerians. We must agree that we cannot finish our four years without delivering and leaving something to be remembered for in this country for a long time to come. We have no problem with our President because he is on course.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawal, also spoke at the event.

Lawal said that “by the grace of God,” Buhari will run for president in 2019 to complete “the good work he has started.” He said:

l believe that we have every justification to be happy because the President campaigned on three major pillars of anti-corruption, fighting insecurity across the country and revitalising the economy of Nigeria.

It has been a very, very good journey so far and I also believe that Mr. President and Nigerians have a future beyond 2019. What he has started, by the grace of God, he should be able to complete, up to 2023.

I also believe that the future is bright and by the grace of God, by 2019, we would have achieved so much in this administration and Mr. President would have no option but to continue the good work he has started.

 

I’d choose acting over modelling – Emmanuel Ikubese

 Nollywood actor and former Mr. Nigeria Emmanuel Ikubese has revealed the reason male models in Nigeria often pivot to the movie industry.

In a recent interview with Punch, Ikubese said models to footballers. “They become too old to compete with younger boys,”. He also said modelling can be used as a platform to launch one’s career in acting or music. He added that if he had to pick between acting and modelling, he’d pick the former. He said:

Models can be likened to footballers and at some point, they become too old to compete with younger boys. I started modelling when I was about 17 years old because I have the stature and I could do catwalks very well.

I am not saying that there are no older models but if you look at it closely, especially in the international scene, you would not see a 32- year- old man modelling.

If you have a talent, you can use modelling as a platform to launch your talent in either acting, music or any other sector. If you can put it into use, you can do a lot more because as a model, things you can do are limited.

Acting in a film is different from walking on the runway. As an actor, I can touch lives and that makes me happy as a person. It is one of the things I love to do.

As a model it is not fulfilling because you would just look good to sell someone’s product. Before I ventured into acting, I used to sing and I was also a disc jockey.

The way I got into acting was even divine mirace  because I went for auditions and before long, I was called to play several roles. If I were to choose which I love to do the most, I would definitely go for acting

The 1/10th Rule For Car Buying Everyone Must Follow

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The 1/10th rule for car buying is simple; spend no more than 1/10th of your gross yearly income on the purchase price of a car. If you make the median per capita income of ₦30,000,000 a year, limit your car purchase to ₦3,000,000 if you must buy one. Spending too much money on car purchase is one of the easiest and biggest financial mistake someone can make, besides the purchase cost of the car, there are other expenses like maintenance cost, which when you add everything up, I’m pretty sure you’ll be shocked at how much it really costs to own a car. To become car owner no be Moin-Moin

WHY YOU SHOUDN’T SPEND MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR GROSS INCOME ON A CAR

  • Maintenance costs: we’ve got maintenances cost, which covers fueling of the car, regular servicing of the car, and the repairing cost of the car. The thrill of owning a new car last several months but the pain will last for years. The bad roads in Nigeria aid in increasing the maintenance cost of owning a car and also reduces the lifespan of the car.
  • Stress: When you pay more than 1/10th of your yearly income for a car, you will become more stressed. The stress you feel from not wanting to park your car in an unsafe area and the uneasiness you get of other drivers on the road not scratching your car. Though if you purchase the car within 1/10th of your income, you drive and park stress free. Different wahala come with car ownership for Nigeria ranging from the bad road, fraudulent mechanic, break in’s to our friend’s from the other side harassment.
  • Make you want more: The nicer your car, the nicer your other things. You start having thoughts like I’ve got to buy a matching chronometer watch, driving shoes and outfit. Having nice things makes you want to have nice everything! You no go lyk step out of ur new car come look yk say u borrow the car. Base on the fact say u don get new car u go won dey live up to the car owner title by increasing ur lifestyle, u go come dey show ursef for area anyhow.
  • Make you feel stupid: Deep down, you know that if you can’t pay for your car and have enough money left over, you can’t afford the car. Each money you spend on car is a reminder how foolish you’ve been with your money. To be car-owner no be bean o.
  • Opportunity cost: When you buy your car you lose the opportunity of investing your money in assets that will likely grow and pay you dividends in the future. Everybody knows to save early and often to allow for the effects of compounding. Spending much on a car is like negative compounding! Imagine how much money u for don make if u for invest ur car money into other profitable ventures, u for don hammer.

 

 

Recommendations Based On The 1/10th Rue For Car Buying

Gross Income yearly Vehicle Recommendations

       ₦250,000,000+

Lamborghini Huracan, MB S55 AMG, Maserati Quattroporte, Bentley Continental GT, Roll Royce Ghost, Ferrari 125S

₦50,000,000 – ₦250,000,000

Mercedes G63, Audi A8, Porsche 911, Macan, BMW M5, Tesla Mode S, Mercedes Benz S600

₦25,000,000 – ₦50,000,000

BMW M3, Lexus LS, Mercedes S550, Audi S5, Range Rover Sport, Toyota land cruiser, Acura ZDX

₦10,000,000 – ₦25,000,000

Honda accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Genesis, ford F Series, Ford Mustang, Toyota Rav4

₦6,000,000 – ₦10,000,000

Honda Civic, Honda pilot, Nisan Altima, Toyota corolla
₦3,000, 000 – ₦6,000,000 Used: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
₦2,500,000 – ₦3,000,000 Used: Hyundai Accent, Honda fit, Toyota corolla
₦500,000 – ₦2,500,000 Pre -2003 Honda civic, Toyota Corolla, Bus

₦0 – ₦500,000

 

Bicycle, Walk, Bus, Keke-Napep, Okada, Catch a ride from a friend

 

If you want to buy an expensive car and the car costs ₦30,000,000, get motivated by the 1/10th rule to figure out a way to earn ₦300,000,00 yearly. One way is to start a side hustle to generate more income on the side. Hustle hard o, no look anybody face. If you can’t get motivated, then fine. Just don’t think you can afford much more, think about your future and the future of your family. A car is simply there to take you from point A and point B. If you’re thinking about prestige and impressing others, don’t. Owning an asset is way more impressive because at least you can potentially make some more money from the asset whereas a car is a liability its value depreciate with time.

One of the worst combos is owning a car that you purchased for much more than 1/10th of gross income and renting a high maintenance house. You now have two of your largest expense sucking money away from you every single month. Think about all the wealthy people you know. Chances are that majority of them own their homes and buy abroad used cars that don’t come close to 50% of their gross income.

If you want to achieve financial independence and not have to worry about material things stressing you out, follow this rule. If you want to detonate your finances and end up working longer than you want for the sake of a nicer ride. Then go spend more than you can afford. Na one life dey for man to live abi?