Foreign Conflicts and the Evolution of Obama: Outlook for Hawkish Leaders.

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Now, as Mr. Obama prepares to hand over the reins of White House authority to Donald J. Trump, a leader that’s more skeptical than he is about the value of American engagement in foreign conflicts, a look at Afghanistan captures the disillusionment of a man who believed, as he put it in his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, “that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly.”

Afghanistan was a crucial turning point in the evolution of Barack Obama. The antiwar candidate of 2008 who had pledged to turn around Afghanistan — the “good war” to George W. Bush’s “bad war” in Iraq. Obama did concede that the longest military operation in American history would not end on his watch. The optimistic president who once thought Afghanistan was winnable had, through bitter experience, become the commander in chief of a forever war.

He remains defensive about the lessons of that journey. “We shouldn’t assume that every time a country has problems that it reflects a failure of American policy,” the president said in an interview in September 2016.

The above excerpts and many more were extensively discussed in a classic article titled: “The Afghan War and the Evolution of Obama” by MARK LANDLER  and was published in The New York Times on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Read more Here

Preventing Colon, Prostate & Liver Cancers: Tips for Everyone!!

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Cancer is one of the most critical health issue confronting 21st century populations. This lecture will describe to you the best practices for colon, prostate and liver cancer prevention in primary healthcare practice that anyone can understand and learn from.

So, download this cancer prevention lecture, learn all you can, practice everything and share the information. Together, we shall win the war against cancer in our lifetimes!!

Leadership Dynamics: timeless facts for the everyday leader!!

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Some say people are born leaders, others say that leaders are made by society. Whatever your school of thought, one thing is true and that is: whether at home, at work, in school, in religion or just among your peers, everyone gets to lead at one point or the other during their lifetimes and the principles guiding effective leadership remain the same.

So, do yourself some favour, download this leadership dynamics lecture and prepare to lead masterly in any circumstance!

FMoH Guidelines for Young Persons’ Participation in Research and Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Nigeria (2014).

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If you do research in Nigeria involving children and adolescent or you provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to young persons within Nigeria then, you must have been faced with the challenge of finding legal and regulatory framework to guide your work. Today, you need not look or worry any further as the Federal Ministry of Health has a consultative report document that can guide your work. Click FMoH Guidelines for Young Persons Participation in Research & Accessing SRH Services in Nigeria 2014  for your copy.

According to Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, the Hon. Minister of State for Health and Supervising Minister of Health, in his foreword to the document, he said that “..Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) consequences disproportionately affect children, adolescents, and young persons. They account largely for morbidity and mortality in these groups in many African countries including Nigeria and have slowed down or reversed the gains of the child survival efforts of the last decade. The need to mainstream children and adolescents in national reproductive health programmes has become even more significant because children profoundly depend on adults for participation in research and access to SRH services that affect their survival and development.

As part of efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to strengthen SRH interventions across the country the need for the Federal Ministry of Health to develop a guidance document to address gaps currently inhibiting participation of children in SRH research and their access to services has become pertinent. This document is designed out of the need to provide guidance in determining the age at which children, adolescents and young persons can give consent for SRH research and access to services without parental consent and in addition, establish standards of practice with regards to management of confidentiality for SRH research and service provision in the best interest of the child. Also some ethical considerations become necessary when engaging children with special conditions in SRH research and service provision.

The Federal Government of Nigeria expects that all health professionals and organizations in the country involved with engaging children, adolescents and young persons in SRH research and their access to services will uphold the standards prescribed in this guidance document. This document is expected to be implemented along with the National Health Research Ethics Council and eventually adopted as a policy document…”

Document source: http://www.nhvmas-ng.org/website/pubcontent.php?pubid=21

#SRH #ASRH #Research #Children #Adolescent #Nigeria #FMOH #PopulationCouncil #Health

#Xenophobia & #Racism in Contemporary Times: a peep into the African dynamics

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For me, it is absolute NO to #Xenophobia or more correctly #Racism, wherever it is happening globally including Northern Nigeria where southerners and sometimes, selectively christian-southerners are considered and treated as foreigners in their own country even by the host state governments. They are usually killed at will for flimsy reasons or no reason at all except for the fact that they are strangers in those communities or share a religious perspective different from the persecutors. Of course, similar incidences do occur down south in Nigeria but, much less violent or fatal.

Though humans of all skin colour or faith are guilty of these acts, it is a long made conclusion that the trend between blacks to blacks is seemingly much worse, least reported and absolutely senseless. Friends have always stirred at me whenever I dared to remind them that black people are actually the worst racist in contemporary times if objectively anaylsed. You may call it tribalism, ethnic rivalry or religious war or any other suitable term.

In the simplest explanation, more often than not, whites are racist because they feel superior and wants all others to come under their control but, blacks do theirs for a deep sense of envy, hatred and endemic inferiority complex. An average black man tolerates people of other tribe as long as they are poorer, suffering and less productive but, trouble starts when a non indigenous group are seen to be progressive, contributing to society progress and getting less dependent. Elsewhere, some white populations are known to prefer such crop of foreigners whom they will rather encourage to stay so they can exploit their productive abilities to build their societies.

This is not to excuse the cruelty of white racist and the unfathomable crimes they commit but, I hope that the resurging incidences of racism across the globe from SA to USA to Northern Nigeria will awaken our instinct to rethink and reform how we see or treat each and every other human being we interact with. #Racism or #Xenophobia is an assault on our collective humanity. All arsenals must be deployed to stamped it out. I am Abraham Idokoko and I #saynotoXenophobia..!!!

Click here for more… http://www.theweek.co.uk/63378/south-african-xenophobia-why-is-there-so-much-hatred-of-foreigners?fb_action_ids=10152968785168759&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B818313884913105%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Social Mobilization & Risk Communication in Emergency Response: A Discuss of the EVD Experience

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This was an academic Seminar presentation to the Department of Community And Primary Care, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Click this link {Soc. Mob. & Risk Comm. in Emergency Response -as presented } to download the presentation.

Ebola Outbreak Facts, Response and the Way Forward for Nigeria.

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Having successfully contained the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Nigeria, this lecture delivered today, Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 and titled “.EVD Facts, Response & the Way Forward for Nigeria.” was an attempt to effectively discuss the Facts, current SitRep and the way forward with medical students and their teachers during their annual scientific conference in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

Lessons learnt from the successful containment need to be sustained, alertness and awareness by the general public must be maintained, the capacity of the port health services to guard against imported cases need to be strengthened while the level of preparedness of the health system for this kind of outbreak must be scaled up along with spicing the sensitivity of our routine surveillance system all over Nigeria.

Together, we shall stop the spread of Ebola Virus in Africa.!!

Equality, Inequality and Equity in Perspectives!

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It suffices to assert that God Almighty is the author of “inequality” in the natural order of life. Hence, He made fingers unequal. You don’t need to agree with the statement but you will concur to the following premise.

At the same time, God Almighty established “equity” which makes none of the unequal fingers suffer any deprivation in blood supply or innervation as a result of their positioning, size or limited contribution to functionality of the hand.

More ingeniously, God made it such that the thumb must cooperate with the other four fingers in order for anyone to achieve any meaningful functional use of the hand despite the fact that the thumb is as powerful as the other four fingers put together.

Without further ado, I suppose the foregoing analogy places another huge nail to the coffin of the sensational but dead-on-arrival propaganda of human equality in contemporary times as opposed to the timeless need to resurrect the evidently logical preeminence of equity and functional cooperation as the panacea for sustainable peacebuilding and development in all human society.

In other words, “Equality of humans does not exist except or perhaps in the matchless view of the Most High God. Hence, the pursuit of equity is the soul and sole means of achieving justice and harmony among humans” ..by Abraham Idokoko ©Wíseåb thoughts 2013/11/10.5:33pm.library.unilag!

“Karma” in context: Thinking aloud..!

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In a facebook post Question, Nancy Okojie asked and I quote: “..Do you seriously, from the depth of your heart, believe in karma? That evil would always happen to those who do evil and good, to those who do good?..”
IN RESPONSE, I made the following explanation:
Let’s put it in historical context: Sodom and Gomorrah on the one hand, Nineveh on the other. Isaac on the one hand and Ishmael on the other. Jacob here and Esau over there. The white colonialist on the one hand, African slaves on the other, etc. What role did karma play in all of those??
Now, Karma is best explained as the vindictive wish of the unregenerated, vulnerable mind. More succinctly put, Karma is half-truth served as opium for a wounded heart.
While there seem to be instances where an incidental occurrence is explainable by past actions, overwhelming evidence from inspired trend analysis shows that more often than not, what happens and do not happen in real life is dictated by “the forces” that was, and is and will forever be in charge of life until this “movie” ends.
The world can be likened to one big movie written and being directed by “the maker”. The end he already knows and everything is made to work towards that end. And he has casted all humans to be either actors or passersby to complete each scene of life. As usual, what happens to the extras in a scene is not part of the movie story, they are usually edited out or left as they have no consequences. But, whatever happens or do not happen to the actors has definite consequences guaranteed to be unveiled in the next scene.
Again, Karma is based on the generalization that to every action under the sun [life scene] there will be consequences in due course [next scene]. Yes, that’s half truth because the consequences depend on the story line as written, your role in the last scene [actors or extra] and the flexibility [mercy – creativity – good intentions] of the director of life.
Meaning that while the actions or inactions of an actor is guaranteed consequences in the next scene of life, same can not be said of the actions or inactions of the extras. Infacts, some extras just get deleted after that scene and that is it. For example, if you get caught as a civilian in the middle of the War in Syria, you are just a casualty, mere collateral damage, sadly. You may not even get a decent burial talkless of a future revenge because you got killed. Infact, the person who launched the bomb that killed you may never know he killed anybody like you, sadly.
Lesson is: In life, whatever scene you find yourself [your family, community, religious work, professional work, etc], always strive to be an active participant because, only by that is what happens or do not happen to you guaranteed to elicit any possible “karma” consequences. And more importantly, it is important you have the courage to accept that if you not are not an active participant in any scene of life, you are just an extra, yes, an extra; and should anything happen to you thereby, it is very unlikely that there will ever be consequences, sadly.
In other words, don’t stand on the middle of a highway and get knock down by a rightfully speeding driver and expect karma to fight for you. Nope!!! Neither will you sit back like Esau, allow Jacob have your birthright and expect Karma to fight for you. Nor will you assume because Nineveh is as bad as Sodom, it will surely be destroyed same way as Gomorrah.
In reality, Jacob the supplanter might repent and become Israel, a powerful nation till this day. Nineveh can repent to avert destruction. 
All because “the maker” knows exactly why he will show mercy unto whom he will show mercy to and destroy whom he will destroy, not necessarily because of their actions/inactions but because that is His plan from the beginning.
My dear, Fear God [not karma] and keep His commandment for this is the whole duty of man.
NB: the above views are not in anyway exhaustive in perspective but, they are absolutely #JustMyViewsThough,  as usual.