By Dele Sobowale
Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, mentioned it first. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821, repeated it. “From the chic to the ridiculous there is just one step.”
The President of america is probably the most highly effective individual on earth. To him all people pays consideration. He occupies the chic summit of energy. Even after his tenure of workplace, the esteem of getting been to the mountain prime clings to him – no matter whether or not he serves one time period or two. Most are favoured with eight years within the highest workplace on earth. However, a couple of final solely 4 or a couple of extra years. Democratic Presidents Kennedy, 1960-63, Lyndon Johnson, 1963-68, Republican Richard Nixon, 1969-74, Democratic Jimmy Carter, 1976-1980, and Republican George Bush, Snr, 1989-1993, have been amongst a couple of US Presidents who, within the final half of the final century, left workplace with out serving eight full years.
Except for John Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, all of the others walked into the American White Home and moved out with out making a scene. Nixon left to keep away from impeachment, Carter and Bush have been voted out. None of them behaved as if the White Home was a private present bestowed on him by voters on Election Day to be held for eight years. Being respectable human beings, they accepted that energy belongs to the individuals and will be given and withdrawn underneath regular circumstances.
Probably the most regular of all circumstances is all the time the subsequent election – when the President should topic his 4 years of stewardship to the evaluation of the voters. Individuals usually count on each serving President to appraise his administration as successful. That’s allowed – and it occurs on a regular basis. However, the voters would be the ultimate arbiters of how effectively he has carried out.
One thing unusual occurred in 2016. Though nearly all of the voters turned down the Republican presidential candidate – preferring the Democratic candidate – the American distinctive system of Electoral School declared Republican Donald Trump the winner. The Democratic Celebration candidate promptly conceded victory by congratulating her opponent. Then out-going Democratic President, Obama, added his personal congratulatory message.
Quickly, tweets, seldom deployed by Presidents and Prime Ministers, and by no means on essential coverage issues, began showing – all personally crafted, generally with mistaken spelling and atrocious grammar, by President Trump. “It should be a joke and can cease as soon as critical official work begins”. That was the consensus of opinions. Even those that labored laborious and voted for him anticipated the irregular change to cease quickly. Everyone was mistaken – as a result of all people assumed that we have been coping with a traditional human being briefly having a variety of enjoyable. Few realised that the US had simply elected an uncommon President; who will wield the mightiest earthly energy for 4 years and deploy it like by no means earlier than.
TRUMP: MASTER OF GREAT LIES
“The good lots of the individuals….will extra simply fall victims to an incredible lie than to a small one” – Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945.
Like Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump deployed lies as incessantly as the necessity arises. Little was recognized about him in 2016. Few anticipated him to emerge the Republican Celebration’s flag-bearer. Consequently, little or no consideration was paid to all of the layers of falsehood which lined the true Trump till he was within the White Home. By then, lined with the immunity of workplace and aided by a Republican Celebration not able to relinquish the workplace as they did with Nixon in 1974, he knew he was lined until 2020. He would take his possibilities thereafter. However, first, he would construct one other layer of safety by dividing the nation into two irreconcilable teams – these for or in opposition to Trump. For him, elections is not going to be selected the idea of his efficiency; solely on whether or not or not you want Trump. So, he went out of his solution to carve out a strong base of Individuals who favoured dividing the nation into two antagonistic teams – based mostly on worry, hatred, mistrust and racism. It was strategic, ingenuous and it virtually labored. In the long run, Trump was defeated, not by Biden, however by divine intervention which posed three main issues for which he was ill-prepared and which overwhelmed his base. With out the three issues, he would have gained with the over 72 million votes he obtained – the best in historical past for a loser.
Corona virus, unemployment and Black Lives Matter motion have been the three points which offered Biden his profitable margin by sending impartial voters, black Individuals and the jobless to the polling stations in report numbers. Trump was all the time self-centred. Deep down, he doesn’t give a rattling about anyone – together with his base. In any other case, how does one clarify a frontrunner who uncovered thousands and thousands of his supporters to dying all as a result of he was fearful of shedding them by admitting that COVID-19 is actual? Like all possessed individuals, he piled lie upon lie till Election Day – by then it was too late to reverse himself.
“COVID, COVID, COVID, however, I can guarantee you that from November four you gained’t hear something about COVID once more.”
That was one in all his favorite statements on the marketing campaign path. It was an incredible lie launched to get the fanatical morons constituting his base to shut their already shut minds extra strongly in opposition to the rising tide of COVID which was gathering energy to overwhelm America. President Trump knew the reality. Being an incurable liar, he knew that mendacity would revenue him greater than the reality. Now, all Individuals, and even the worldwide neighborhood, will endure immensely from that false assertion alone.
“I’m starting to surprise what number of fools it takes to make the time period, ‘My Fellow Residents’” – Honore de Balzac, 1799-1850.
The obvious questions are: Can any individual be thought-about sane who utters all these statements which will be simply proved to be false? Are his 70 million-plus supporters completely different from the Nazi mob which swallowed all that Hitler vomited with out query?
I obtained American authorities scholarship in 1964 to acquire college schooling within the nation; and altogether spent ten of my greatest years there. America was nice then; it’s nice now and can stay nice to the top of my life. I’m now virtually 77. Till this election, no one might have satisfied me that the US is residence to 70 million individuals whose indiscretion is lower from the identical piece of fabric as Hitler, Stalin and a few of the mass murderers I examine as an undergraduate. Now, it’s straightforward to see how such political monsters come up and no nation is immune.
Actually, years from now, after Trump would have been diminished, a few of his Republican supporters can be issuing apologies like Albert Speer, 1905-1981, Nazi Minister of Armaments and Warfare Manufacturing. They may write books disclaiming duty for his or her roles within the try to subvert democracy. Trump definitely will enter historical past as a loser of the 2020 election. He and his collaborators – together with the Lawyer Normal of Texas State and others – may also enter historical past for the political scoundrels they’re at this level in US historical past.
Granted, the late nice American circus grasp P.T. Barnum, 1810-1891, was credited with saying, “There’s a sucker born each minute”, however I believed that stopped with the Child boomers born after World Warfare II who eagerly embraced schooling and science. But, within the second decade of the brand new millennium over 70 million Individuals, suckers actually, allowed themselves to be deceived by a demagogue on COVID-19 which is mainly a scientific/well being situation.
WILL TRUMP ATTEND BIDEN’S INAUGURATION?
“Will you attend Biden’s inauguration?”-Fox TV interviewer.
To that Trump gave what to me was the anticipated reply. “Don’t ask me about that.” It’s uncertain if any American journalist would write what I’m about to publish. However, I’m satisfied that Trump is not going to attend the inauguration. The reason being easy. His presence will quantity to admitting the defeat which he would by no means permit – even when he lives a thousand years.
In truth, it is likely to be in the perfect curiosity of America if Trump doesn’t attend. If he inexplicably does attend, will probably be to create a scene to attract consideration from the primary occasion. However, I’m virtually sure Trump is not going to be there on January 20, 2021.
HOW WILL TRUMP LEAVE THE WHITEHOUSE?
“Males make historical past; however not simply as they please.” (Karl Marx, 1818-1883).
Unknown to Trump’s supporters, they’ve inadvertently pushed the person right into a nook. He can not go away the White Home the way in which different Presidents voted out of workplace did. Nonetheless clinging to his self-delusion that he gained and was robbed of victory there are solely two choices, each unprecedented in American historical past, left for him to depart the White Home and an workplace which had left him.
First, Trump might refuse to vacate the premises and wait to be bodily evicted and provoke widespread civil disturbance to feed his over-bloated ego – now deflated.
March 15th deadline for submitting annual report sacrosanct – NITDA
By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company, NITDA, has warned all information controllers and processors within the nation that the 15th March 2021 deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report nonetheless stands.
The Director-Common of the company, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi sounded the warning on Monday at a digital press convention the place he reeled out the replace on the Knowledge Safety Regulation implementation and their 2021 projections.
Inuwa insisted that non-filing of the audit report by all involved organizations is a punishable offence, including that NITDA is ready to completely implement this provision ranging from this yr.
As a part of efforts to hold all stakeholder alongside, he famous that the company launched into sustained public consciousness since January 2020, because it was not oblivious of the data deficit of most Nigerians as regards the difficulty of knowledge safety.
‘‘I wish to use this chance to remind all information controllers and processors that the deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report is 15th March 2021.
‘‘Non-filing is a punishable offence and we’re set to completely implement this provision this yr.
Girls and gents, allow me at this level to run via the occasions we’ve lined up for this Particular Privateness Week.’’
‘‘We realized that wielding the large stick with out sufficient consciousness would result in apathy and, or insurrection. Thus, our first process was to embark on a collection of public consciousness campaigns. We achieved large media consciousness between Could and October 2019.
‘‘Additionally, we’ve handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different inquiries from the general public on the difficulty of knowledge safety,’’ Inuwa added.
By way of implementation, the NITDA boss stated a singular implementation construction for the NDPR was additionally created. In contrast to the GDPR and different legal guidelines, he defined that the NDPR creates a set of licensees who’ve confirmed experience in information safety implementation.
‘‘These DPCOs are licensed to offer information safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated providers to all Knowledge Controllers and Processors. Thus far, we’ve licensed seventy DPCOs and have acquired many extra functions that are presently being handled.
‘‘This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit stories for the interval 2019-2020 exhibits the proportion of compliance among the many variety of submitting entities.
‘‘Nevertheless, with the course, we’re transferring on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we’ve set out in the correct means. Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra information safety specialists per capita than some other African nation.’’
‘‘Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated via the DPCO scheme. Curiously, this aligns with President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s imaginative and prescient to diversify the economic system, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital economic system,’’ he added.
Other than the compliance focus, he disclosed that NITDA additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Workforce (DBIT), a workforce made up of IT Professionals, Legal professionals and the Police Power.
‘‘Their task is to research allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, via the Implementation Committee.
‘‘The Police workforce can also be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.’’
Whereas calling on the Nationwide Meeting to fast-track the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice into legislation, Mallam Inuwa assured that NITDA would strategize to create a workable, credible implementation course of that will help the Nationwide Meeting in its quest to go a Knowledge Safety Invoice.
‘‘We’re proud to say the NDPR implementation has essentially the most strong consultative course of in our current historical past as a nation. This autochthonous strategy has deepened the NDPR greater than we might have imagined.
‘‘Whereas we await the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put crucial constructions to deepen information safety implementation in Nigeria,’’ he stated.
Nonetheless on enforcement, he stated ”we’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally guaranteeing companies don’t kill Nigerians via wanton abuse of their information.”
Recall that NITDA had issued a draft Knowledge Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a primary legislation to information the usage of information within the digital area.
Nevertheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director-Common of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a workforce to assessment the draft guideline within the gentle of worldwide developments and in addition to offer Nigerians with a practicable legislation for its implementation.
The NDPR is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR ideas on information safety, and in addition supplies distinctive and modern implementation frameworks that has made it some extent of reference in Africa and past.
Following the issuance of the Regulation, NITDA has taken plenty of steps consistent with its implementation technique.
A few of the steps embrace Sustained Public Consciousness; Implementation Construction; Authorized and Political Construction for Sustainability.
He listed a number of the NITDA’s visions for the yr 2021 as follows: improvement of sectorial implementation toolkits; standardization of NDPR programs and coaching; improvement of a multi-billion naira sector that will create hundreds of jobs and rejigging of enforcement mechanism to enhance compliance.
Bayelsa Dep gov duties council chairmen, councillors on peace, cooperation
By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has once more burdened the necessity for Councillors of Native Authorities Areas to work carefully with their Chairmen to ship efficient providers to the folks.
The Deputy Governor made the decision on Monday at a gathering with the Chairmen and leaders of the legislative assemblies of the eight native authorities areas within the state inYenagoa.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, additionally frowned on the incessant threats of impeachment in opposition to council chairmen, stressing that taking such actions with out following due course of would solely warmth up the polity.
He urged the councillors, notably their leaders, to exhaust all avenues of dialogue and keep away from confrontation as a lot as attainable of their dealings with the opposite arms of presidency.
On the problem of Councillors’ welfare, he known as for persistence and understanding, assuring that they may get what’s due them throughout the limits of accessible assets.
“We must always not use violence because the final resort, we should at each cut-off date be affordable and respectful. You might be purported to be cooperating together with your chairmen as a result of you aren’t coequal.
“At each cut-off date, in case you don’t overcome selfishness you’ll turn into unnecessarily agitated. So I need to attraction to you, that as leaders, the council relaxation in your shoulders. You need to present duty in all you do as a result of we are going to all account for our stewardship sometime.
“The concept of threatening your chairmen with impeachment at very flip of occasions is just not the fitting approach to go. You need to exhaust each technique of dialogue together with your leaders and stakeholders of the assorted native authorities areas. When you as councillors have points with any of the chairmen, convey it to my discover,” he mentioned.
He reminded each events of how God miraculously introduced the PDP-led Prosperity Administration within the state to the workplace and urged them to understand the divine grace that has additionally sustained their very own workplaces.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo additionally urged the chairmen to be clear within the working of their councils to keep away from pointless suspicion and speculations
In a associated growth, Senator Ewhrudjakpo known as for synergy between native authorities chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives within the eight native authorities areas to allow rural dwellers to really feel the affect of presidency.
The Deputy Governor who acknowledged this at a separate assembly with the Chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives identified that their unity and cooperation have been key in direction of replicating PDP’s victory within the current Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections in future elections.
Whereas urging the Governor’s Representatives to keep away from rivalry with their respective council chairmen, Senator Ewhrudjakpo equally directed the Chairmen to offer workplace lodging for them to reinforce their efficiency.
Household of policeman allegedly killed by three DSS operatives search justice
By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo
Household of a policeman, Fawale Rauf, allegedly killed by three operatives of the Division of State Providers throughout a struggle sought justice for his or her late son.
It was gathered that the late Rauf was concerned in a fisticuff with three unidentified personnel of the DSS on Thursday, January 14, round a preferred bar at Oke-Fia space in Osogbo round 6 pm.
A verify confirmed that the deceased was smashed on the top with a stick a number of occasions by his assailant for but to be identified causes. He was nonetheless taken to a personal hospital by his buddies and later discharged, however on creating additional issues, he was referred to the Osun State College Educating Hospital, Osogbo, the place he ultimately died on Sunday.
Talking with newsmen, the deceased’s spouse urged Nigerians to assist the household get justice as she stated the DSS has not named its operatives concerned within the act. She stated the Ilobu-born policeman is survived by a father, mom, siblings and three youngsters together with a 30-day-old toddler.
“I referred to as his quantity on the stated Thursday however he was not choosing up and I believed he was busy till he was introduced residence the next day. His good friend instructed me he was attacked by three DSS operatives and he had been taken to a personal hospital for therapy.
“Nonetheless, he developed issues and we took him again to the hospital from the place we had been referred to Osun state college educating hospital, Osogbo the place he ultimately died on Sunday.
Please I need assistance, I need to know those that killed my husband, I’m presently nursing 30 days outdated little one and I can’t simply let him die in useless”, the 30 years outdated dealer lament.
Additionally, the deceased’s father, Fawale Rabiu stated he was disturbed that the DSS isn’t forthcoming with the names of the perpetrator, in search of stakeholders help to establish the culprits and produce them to justice.
“I need Nigerians to assist me. Rauf was my first little one and a breadwinner and mustn’t simply die in useless”, he cried.
In the meantime, Osun police command’s spokesperson Yemisi Opalola confirmed the policeman’s dying however decline to touch upon different points.
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