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By 2030, president Joe Biden wants half of all new vehicles sold to be EVs. This shows the level of interest the president has in Electric Vehicles. Some of the plans he made to realize the goals are tax credits for buyers and government support by providing more charging stations to plug them into.

However, the president hasn't shown much love for Tesla which by far is the largest maker of EVs in the world. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is aware of the president's lack of interest in his company and he wasn't afraid to criticize him on Twitter.

Tesla is the largest maker of EVs around and one would naturally think Biden should lean more on the company's side to produce more for the US citizens considering the gains or benefits that come with it but the president has been mostly silent about Tesla.

The UAW could be the reason for the muteness

This development could massively affect jobs negatively in the coming years because EVs have fewer moving parts and it takes 30% less labour to assemble according to Ford estimates contrasted with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles which have more individual moving components and more labour to assemble. This posed a major concern for the United Auto Workers and Biden has been getting resistance from them.

The major benefits of EVs are from their battery packs (which is composed of battery cells, modules and then pack). The unionized automakers — General Motors (GM) and LG Chem, have set up joint ventures to build battery plants, which will be situated to the site of GM's closed Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio rather than build them at their own factories. But the exact location is not known, yet plus, it's not clear as of this writing if the factories will finally be unionized.

Elon Snubed by Biden

President Joe Biden organized an EV summit at the White House which was chaired by UAW President Ray Curry, General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Stellantis CEOs in August of this year — a meeting to which Elon was not invited.

The UAW is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy but Tesla is not part of that union.

Could this signal why Musk was not invited to that meeting? Or could it be because if Biden is seen as an enthusiastic supporter for a nonunion automaker Tesla; would make it much more difficult for him to keep the support of his UAW allies in the switch to EVs?

When White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if not being a part of the union was the reason Musk wasn't invited to the EV summit even though Tesla made more sales of EVs than some who are making a fraction of sales but were present at the meeting.

Her response

"Well, these are the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers, so I'll let you draw your own conclusion," she said.

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The UAW vs Musk

Elon Musk is one of the richest men in the world, no doubt and he owns and co-founded 4 different companies — Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company. He leads all product design, engineering and global manufacturing of several products. It is worthy to note that someone like that will have a tremendous amount of self-discipline and strong will to be able to handle any challenge.

In the fight against organized labour, the National Labour Relations Board has ruled against Musk several times but Tesla remains firm and steadfast against unions and has repeatedly mocked the union and its supporters.

For example, he tweeted in November, "New UAW slogan: 'Fighting for their right to steal money from workers!'".

Biden and the UAW have a really good relationship and Musk tweeted in October saying the relationship between the UAW and Biden is the main reason Tesla has not received any support from the otherwise pro-EV administration.

"Biden is a UAW sock puppet" Must tweet.

Musk vs. Biden EV Plans

Attractive tax credit for consumers who bought EVs built in the United States by unionized labour, government support for a network of charging stations are some of the goodies to encourage consumers to buy EVs.

Musk doesn't support union labour thus he won't benefit much from those perks. For instance, Biden's BBB legislation that passed in the House gives a whopping $4,500 in additional subsidy to EVs that are made by union labour, Tesla won't benefit from those subsidies.

When the CEOs of GM and Ford were again invited to the White House by the president last month, January to discuss the BBB and EVs, Musk again was not invited. This sparked off more Twitter attacks.

Another thing that caused a lot of outrage on Twitter was the president Tweet showing GM CEO Mary Barra in a video saying "I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

This statement is tricky since Ford and GM haven't made EVs very long and only produces only a fraction of the EVs Tesla produces — Tesla produces several hundred thousand EVs in the USA. Plus most GM cars are made outside of the USA and shipped back.

A White House official said Musk's lack of patronage for the EV arrangements in the Build Back Better legislation was what kept him from appearing at the meeting and not his lack of support for the union labour.

"The recent event at the White House was for business leaders that support BBB to talk about how it is good for the economy," the official said.

Furthermore, the official was asked by CNN why the president prominently did not mention Tesla when talking about Electric Vehicles, "Tesla has done extraordinary things for electric vehicles and that's a big part of why the whole industry now knows EVs are the future. Tesla also benefited greatly from past EV tax credits, but unfortunately, their CEO has suggested opposition to new EV tax credits." the official responded.

But it seems Musk's lack of interest in union labour is also a factor why he wasn't invited to the meetings on two several occasions. The official from the White House asserts "We are going to continue fighting for legislation to expand access and create high-quality jobs building EVs. President Biden is focused on creating good union jobs across the country and believes firmly that every worker in every state must have a free and fair choice to join a union and the right to bargain collectively with their employer."

More Reasons Musk Doesn't Like Biden

The senate democrats proposal to tax America’s richest — which will raise billions of dollars from apparently 10 of them of which Elon Musk is one of them, the Build Back Better legislation which has a minimum federal tax rate of 15 per cent on highly profitable companies in the USA including Tesla (which is a creative move by the president, by the way, to cause highly profitable companies to pay tax. Because companies like Tesla could avoid paying $0 in federal taxes insisting that all of their profits come from outside of the US but their domestic operations lose money which is in compliance with the US tax code terms), and the EV incentives which doesn’t sit well with Musk pisses him off against Biden administration.

Elon Musk himself will pay about $11 billion in federal taxes more than anyone has ever paid which is due to exercising tens of billions worth of stock options that had been set to expire but Tesla will pay about $0 in taxes even though it reported $5.5 billion in net income for 2021 and $7.5 billion for adjusted income.

Democratic senators such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden have received fierce oppositions from Musk majorly for their proposed stand to tax America’s richest wealth; not just their income.

Scott Merryman, a man from the Kansas United States was arrested and detained at the Washington county detention centre in Hagerstown, Maryland on the charge of threatening to harm Joe Biden.

According to FOX5 Washinton D.C, Scott, an Independence resident was arrested by the United States SS officers on January 26. He was an Army vet and allegedly suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), although had sought the relevant help from the Veterans Affairs (VA) but probably didn't take it according to sources close to him.

On Tuesday, January 22, Merryman phoned the Independence police in Kansas that he was going to the Capital to see the president. This was followed by a court filing report.

Still, in the court filing report, Merryman said God told him to go to Washington DC to “cut off the head of the serpent in the heart of the nation”.

When an FBI agent reached him on Wednesday, he said he planned to "lop off the head of the serpent in the heart of the nation".

The FBI agent had to contact the Secret Service agent after Merryman later threatened to kill him too.

When he was interviewed on the telephone by a US Secret Service agent, he refused to admit that Biden was the serpent. But his recent Facebook post says otherwise, in it, he clearly identified Biden as the Antichrist and said “he will suffer a fatal head wound. And deal that blow in Christ’s name".

scott merryman facebook account

It’s easy to connect the dots.

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Scott was searched by another Secret Service agent Tim Hackler who located him at the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Hagerstown and found on him three rounds of .45 ammunition and a spotting scope in his backpack but no gun or other weapons found according to the court documents.

When challenged about the weapon, he claimed God told him to bring it and gave no further explanation.

Initially, Merryman narrated to the FBI agent that he only needed to talk to the president about information he had about the Book of Revelation in the bible but refused to accept that the "serpent" he was referring to was the president.

He is also accused of telling a switchboard operator at the white house that he planned to kill the president, at which time he spoke to special agent James McDonald.

This led to him violating and being charged with two federal laws — violations of 18 U.S.C. § 871 (Threats Against the President of the United States) and 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) (Interstate Communication Containing a
Threat to Harm)., including one that prohibits threatening to harm the president. That charge carries a prison term of up to five years.

You can check his Facebook page here showing a series of threatening verbiage (facebook.com/scottie.merryman).

Science and Technology Policy: “One of the public policies that promote appropriate funding to advance scientific and technological research and education, studies the impact of science and technology upon its citizenry, and prescribes regulation, if necessary.” — Library of Congress' Science, Technology & Business Division

Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, an engineer by profession, a politician, an author and the current Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation said in a conference — the validation workshop on the Draft Revised 2022 National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy, held in Abuja on Thursday 27th January 2022 that Nigeria’s economy has been diversified due to policies of the Federal Government. Additionally, he said there’re ongoing attempts to deepen the diversification.

The minister revealed at the workshop that the Federal Government has sanctioned five additional policies to help gear the nation's economy from being commodity-dependent that is, from the nation's traditional basic goods to an innovation-driven economy — developing new interpretations for products and services or understanding "why" a product is used. Taking a subjective approach rather than objective.

“I am happy that the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) now has additional five policies approved by the Federal Executive Council. These additional policies include the Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap (2017-2030); the National Strategy for Competitiveness in Raw Materials and Products Development in Nigeria; the Presidential Executive Order No. 5; the Leather and Leather Products Policy; the Methanol Fuel Production Technology Policy.

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"All these policies have helped the nation to move our economy from depending entirely on commodities to depend on knowledge, that is innovation-driven. Our professionals, contractors and manufacturers are given preference in procurement by the Federal Government. Gradually many Nigerians are now buying made in Nigeria products. Our economy is now diversified and we are all working hard to deepen the diversification. Nigeria is changing in a positive way. Good things are happening in Nigeria". Dr Onu stated.

Note that this is an STI policy draft review. Dr Ogbonnaya during the workshop said the validation workshop on the draft comprising of its best intellectuals would severely aid in examining the document, and also prepare a Final Revised 2022 NSTI Policy that will be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council for its thoughtfulness and favourable reception.

“The journey to revise the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy started in 2019. A number of committees were set up, including an Inter-Ministerial Committee. We thank the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for their contribution. We also had a Task Team, comprising of some of our best intellectuals taken from our leading Academies to look at the document." Dr Onu stated explicitly.

President Joe Biden called Fox's News reporter, Peter Doocy "..a stupid son of a bitch" on Monday.

Why?

The reporter allegedly asked the President, "Will you take questions on inflation then? Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms? "No, it's a great asset — more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch.", Biden responded.

The video currently had received a lot of attention with over 9.3M views.

However, some say Peter Doocy has a long-time reputation for asking stupid questions in Washinton D.C.

For example, in October 2017 Peter once asked John Sidney McCain III who was an American politician statesman, and United States Navy officer who served as a United States Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018 saying, "Has your relationship with the president frayed to the point that you are not going to support anything that he comes to you and asks for?"

The senator rebuked Doocy: "Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb? Huh? My job as a United States senator is a senator from Arizona, which I was just re-elected to."

"You mean that I am somehow going to behave in a way that I'm going to block everything because of some personal disagreement? That's a dumb question!" McCain said.

Hence, it seems Biden was right after all.

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On same Monday night, Peter told Jesse Waters, a Fox News host that "Nobody has fact-checked" Biden on the statement. Which they joked over. He literally laughed off Biden comment in the program that night.

In addition, he said Biden later apologized and they "cleared the air".

On the other hand, CNN anchor Jim Acosta said on Monday that he and other journalists got called "a lot worse" when covering Trump, but "never got an apology."

It is not uncommon for former US president, Trump, to call people names, mimic them and hurl insults at them as he sees fit.

But Joe Biden seems like a perfect gentleman-president America has ever gotten.

A recent released (January 2022) flagship report for 2022 by the World Bank, titled "Global Economic Prospects" (GEP) noted that Nigeria's economy under the Muhammadu Buhari led administration is worse than 10 years ago.

Flagship reports are reports published by the World Bank (and other such bodies) to share information about the work of the organization with the public.

It is a well-known fact that the pandemic has a huge negative impact on the world economy, but the report stated that the per capita income in some Sub-Saharan African countries is forecast to be lower in 2022 than a decade ago.

"The pandemic has reversed at least a decade of gains in per capita income in some countries — in almost a third of the region's economies, including Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa, per capita incomes, are forecast to be lower in 2022 than a decade ago."

the report stated.

Per capita income is a measure of the amount of money earned per person in a nation or geographic region.

Cost of Commodities

Furthermore, the report also submitted that high costs of commodities could inflate the damaging impact of increased poverty on economic growth in these countries.

In the year 2021, the report stated that nearly 110 million people in Sub-Saharan African countries were in situations characterized by food crises or worse.

It is suggested, according to the report, that food prices could soar due to supply chain disruptions, extreme weather events, or armed conflicts, leaving vulnerable groups suffering the most. If this continues, it would clinch household' purchasing power and wear away consumer confidence, causing more harm to economic growth and increasing poverty.

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"Higher food prices could amplify the negative impact of increased poverty on economic growth. Last year, nearly 110 million people in SSA were in situations characterized by food crisis or worse — 40 million more than at the start of the pandemic, with over 60 per cent of these in just four FCS countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan...). Supply disruptions, extreme weather events, or armed conflicts could trigger surges in food prices, with vulnerable groups suffering the most... A further rise in food prices would squeeze households' purchasing power and erode consumer confidence, causing more subdued growth and hindering poverty reduction." the report stressed.

Living under $1.90

A study published by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in contract with the West Africa Sub-Regional Office for the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stated that the vast magnitude of people living on less than $1.90 a day increased from 2.3 per cent to 2.9 per cent in 2021, and the heavy debt weight of countries (for example, Nigeria and Ghana) increased amidst slow economic recuperation, shrinking fiscal space and weak resource mobilisation.

Nigeria's Fiscal Policies Criticised

A World Bank's November edition of its Nigeria Development Update tagged "Time for Business Unusual" noted that poor choices of Nigeria's Central Bank exchange rate management policies discourage investments and fuel inflation.

However, according to the flagship report, the World Bank anticipates that Nigeria's economy will grow by 2.5 per cent in 2022, as it will profit from an increase in oil prices, a gradual alleviation of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production cuts, and other domestic regulatory reforms such as property registration, construction permits, entrepreneurship of small and midsized firms and many others.

Money, the legendary California politician Jess Unruh said "is the mother milk of politics".

I agree, but our experience in Nigeria since our democratic voyage shows that our milk has been juiced with steroids — corrupt funds.

Nigeria is not alone on this but what is different is: other countries have made and are still making deliberate efforts to reform campaign finance whilst we are not doing anything.

In the USA, the bipartisan McCain-Feingold Bill was signed into law by President Bush in 2002.

That law was an honest effort to limit the influence of money in politics.

The law did have some impact until the United States Supreme Court in the case of Citizens United States vs Federal Election Commission, set aside some of its very fundamental provisions and again enthroned money as king of politics in America.

It is important to note that the decision in Citizens United, paved the way for the emergence of many super PACS (Political Action Committees).

In Nigeria, money is the name of the game and has kept out of politics very credible people.

From the moment a politician declares an intention to run for any office, the spending starts with visits to godfathers and party leaders.

He or she is expected to do PR (give money) to them and wherever he or she goes, money is required to soften the ground.

To pick the expression of interest form, he or she needs millions of Naira and as we have come to know, the millions are required to show the person is serious (as if money is the sole determinant of a serious candidate).

The primaries are another money guzzling event.

Delegates are literally bought and usually, the biggest payer gets the ticket.

After the primaries, come the real election and this is the peak of all the activities. Through these processes, there is no limit on what an individual can contribute to the campaign funds of a candidate and this is where the moneybags and patrons come in to hijack the process to the detriment of the people.

In our peculiar situation where there is hardly any clear difference between public funds and that of elected officials such as the president and governors, the influence of money on campaigns is devastating. 

The incumbents deploy public funds to their campaigns and even when they pretend to raise funds from friends and colleagues, these are public funds laundered through contracts and other activities.

So, what do we do?

1. Prescribe a limit to the amount of money that an individual can give to the candidate for both primary and general elections and I suggest a maximum limit of #300,000 (three hundred thousand Naira);

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2. For the incumbent and the challenger, the government should provide campaign funds and no candidate should be allowed to spend beyond the given amount;

3. In the event that the incumbent declined to take government funds and raise money from the public, the government should give the challenger an equal amount of money raised by the incumbent;

4. The INEC should establish a specialized unit that will monitor campaign funds and how the funds are spent and any candidate in violation of the rules should be disqualified from contesting in the elections;

5. Donations to candidates should be made public and filed with the special unit of INEC.

After all, if a person wants to assume a public trust, he must consider himself as a public property in the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson.

Friends, don't we need to reform campaign finance?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Hatred corrodes the container it is carried in — Senator Alan Simpson. 

The first victim of hatred is the hater.

He or she corrodes from inside whilst harbouring and spewing hatred. And it is just a matter of time before visible holes begin to emerge, thereby letting in free radicals into the innermost chambers.

We see this happening now in our nation, Nigeria!

We are seeing daily the unravelling of those who told us that Love was the greatest force on earth.

They told us that “God is Love”, and they are right. God is Love, no controversy about it.

The only controversy is: they said it, but they don’t believe it, and they don’t know the true meaning of it.

God is Love, no matter what they say now, or do.

I see and hear, all over the country, the deprioritization of values in favour of expediency. I see and hear about the moral flipping and somersault because of selfish interests.

I see and hear, highly respected people indulging in certain despicable acts, for the sake of politics. Some of the people are the men and women, that the country should be turning to in times of uncertainty.

But they have become the flame throwers, spewing divisive and incendiary rhetoric. They speak without candour and grace, accentuating rumours, they make demands on the people, and when the demands are unmet, they make definitive pronouncements as if God, is their errand boy.

God is God!

He is the creator of all things; including all the powerful men and women. He cannot be coerced into doing anyone’s biddings.

This is the time for every one of us to take a deep breath and ask: what can I do to make Nigeria, a more peaceful and prosperous Nation for all?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Mr Gbolahan Oki, who currently is the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has been suspended indefinitely.

He was suspended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the collapse of the 21-storey building in Ikoyi which happened on November 1, 2021, which killed over 50 persons including the owner, Mr Femi Osibona including his friend and associate Mr Adewale Bob-Oseni.

Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu depicted the suspension as a “first step” towards finding out “what went wrong” to cause the building collapse. This was said in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso.

According to the statement, the State Government is also setting up an independent panel to probe the collapse.

Furthermore, “Members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies,” the statement said.

“It will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence. The investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.”

Obafemi Hamzat Visits the Site

His Excellency, Mr Obafemi Hamzat paid a visit to the site on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This according to the statement was to “encourage rescuers and comfort relations of those trapped in the rubble”.

“Dr Hamzat left the site for the Lagos Island General Hospital to see the survivors."

“The government will embark on further foundation and borehole acidic level tests to ascertain the impact on the collapsed building. These tests, particularly the borehole acidic level, is important for the entire Gerrard Road and adjoining areas."

“We wish to state that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident. If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law."

“It is important to restate that all developers and property owners are required to adhere strictly to all Building Codes and Planning Regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property. Those who ignore such regulations, breaking seals and defying enforcement, will surely be prosecuted.”

The Ikoyi building collapse is truly a sad event that took place on November 1, 2021, at Ikoyi, Lagos State.

It was reported that over 50 people were trapped in the tragedy including one Mr Wale Bob-Oseni who is a real estate developer, corporate affairs manager of the First Premiere Mortgage and executive director of the African Bureau for Legislative Empowerment. He had a master’s in international relations and diplomacy from the Howard university in the US. He is also an IT Support Technician at SPrint PCS, Herndon, VA from May 2000 - September, 2004 showing he was a man with vast knowledge in diverse fields. You can read more about him on his LinkedIn profile page.

Mr Wale Bob-Oseni received a call from Femi Osibona to check the ongoing construction in Gerard Road Ikoyi on Moday November 1, 2021 which is the day he was returning back to the United States of America.

He stopped by quickly to take a look at the 21-storey building, but didn't know that would be the last time he'll breathe. The building collapsed on both of them alongside over 50 persons trapped inside.

Mr Adewale Bob-Oseni along with his friend and associate, Mr Femi Osibona was confirmed dead after 48 hours of rescued efforts.

May his soul and others that went with the tragedy rest in perfect peace.

Dear Femi,

I did not hear about you and never met you in your lifetime on earth. The first time I heard about you and your works, was on November 1, 2021, shortly after your 21 story building under construction collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos, with deadly consequences.

A friend had called from Abuja to inform me that CNN was reporting a building collapse in Lagos and wanted to know if I was safe.

I called a friend, a regulator in the building sector in Lagos, whom I figured will know about it or know people who will know about the building. He confirmed the information and said, “the building belongs to one Ijebu man who came from London. He is from Ikenne, I can’t remember his name now”.

I then checked the social media in search of more information and found a letter allegedly written to you by the Engineering firm you had engaged on the project.

The letter was allegedly written sometime in February 2021.

The firm informed you about their decision to withdraw their services from the project because of some unethical practices that made it impossible for them to continue on and with the project. The letter disassociated the firm from the project and demanded that you remove their name from it.

It was from the letter I got to know your name, your company and the project-360 degrees. 

My Initial Impression

My first impression after reading the letter was that you must be someone who is opposed to rules or due process — a corner cutter.

My impression was solidified by the trending images of you resisting officials of Lagos State Government from sealing the property for some violations; your interviews with TVC and other media organizations where you expressed disdain for professionals in Nigeria citing their over-prescription in respect of a generating set for your first project in Ikoyi; your pronouncement that you know how to do it all having done it yourself in the UK, USA, and SA; and your story of twice being “lucky” about the mistakes by authorities in London in approving an extra floor each in your two projects and how you defeated them at the commission or panel set up to investigate the issue.

Then I heard about you having approval for 15 floors and building 21 floors, and I said “this guy is clearly averse to rules”.

But then, I began to have doubts when the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Hamzat contradicted the General Manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr Gbolahan Oki that you had approval for 21 floors and not 15 floors.

I took a second look at the letter and found that there was no indication that you received or acknowledged it. The letter was also not copied to the relevant authorities in Lagos State, and no one in Lagos State has acknowledged receiving a copy of the letter.

A visit to the office address of the Engineering firm listed in the letter by a crew from a TV Station did not find them. So I don’t know if the letter is real or just done and put out to exculpate them. You are the one who can confirm or deny, and you are no more. You can’t speak or hear or respond to us anymore.

Is Femi Osibona Using Direct Labour?

Femi, is it true that you were doing the project yourself by using direct labour without the input and skills of relevant professionals in the industry? Is it true that you refused to employ an Engineer because he is a Muslim and because you are a Pastor? Did you cut corners on the project by under-measuring materials and doing sub-standard works to maximize your profits? Did you disregard warnings and cautions from the officials of Lagos State Government not to go beyond 15 floors and resist them through force and connection?

These are questions that we may never get answers to because you have gone to the land of all flesh where you are unable to speak to us no matter how eager you are. We will never get to know what really happened. Your friends and family who should speak on your behalf are not talking because they are still mourning and struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. I hope they speak sometime in the future and state your side of the story and leave the judgment to us, God and men!

Wale Bob-Oseni Died With Femi Osibona

You were there with some people — workers, friends, clients, and potential buyers. Many of them died with you.

Your friend, Wale Bob-Oseni, whom you invited to come and see your project, died also. 

You may have seen and reconnected with him in your new world and reality! Apart from you and Wale, 42 other persons also lost their lives in the tragic incident.

I’m not happy that you died in the crash or that anyone did, but I can only imagine what the narrative would have been if you had survived!

Some would have said you used the blood of the dead to do a money ritual so you can make more money and become richer.

Others would have accused you of deliberately staying away at the time because you knew what was coming, but you died in the crash and so the story now is that you killed them deliberately by your action in cutting corners.

We may never know the whole story. I also don’t know how you would live any meaningful life after the incident!

Do the Dead Have Residual Power?

I have heard that the dead have residual power in some cultures and traditions and that they can speak to people through dreams and other means while their corpse is yet to be buried especially if they died prematurely and in some tragic circumstances.

I don’t know if the Ijebus have such a tradition, if they do, Femi, please invoke that power and do some things...

Speak to your family to stop fighting over your assets.

It is too early!

The reports of your siblings and wife fighting over your things are heart-rending.

Tell your friends and family who know about the true situation to speak up and separate the lies from the truth.

The truth may not bring you and those lost back to us here, but it will establish what really happened.

They can go to the Panel set up by the Lagos State Government and present your side of the story if they don’t want to talk to the press. 

Femi, you lived a life of dreams. You lived a life of constant curiosity. You wanted to do what has not been done before in Nigeria. You poured your heart and resources into it, but it wasn’t to be. It came crashing for reasons we still don’t know.

Your legacy will now be defined by the collapsed building but you will not be forgotten

You lived your life on your terms. You loved life. You danced and celebrated your dreams and realities. You lectured us on limitless possibilities. You died pursuing your dreams. May your soul and the souls of others who died with you in that tragic crash find rest in God.

Amen.

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