By Tolulope A. Adegoke
“The ‘His-story’ of Greed, Grief, Grains & Gains”.
The word MAN is a title, only for those who are worthy to be called Managers over All Natural things; because he was Made Above Nature by his Maker. If he fails to discharge the duties that comes with the title, he would be pronounced unfit by all creations and The Maker would then have no choice than to replace him with a more serious vessel who would cater for them. Therefore, the creations are waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God (as seen in Romans 8:19 KJV).– Tolulope A. Adegoke
The Deep cut!
The beautifully fading off,
Till the rotten fruits and withered leaves dropped off…
Alas! The fair-weathered-friends had left. She used to be their favourite,
The rhythm changed, just within the twinkle of an eye!
They thought the tree had died,
They thought it was over,
Though, it was obviously so …
But that isn’t the end.
A young lad had to drop the last drop of water he had in his cup on her – the tree!
Voila! The dew came in the early hours of the morning… Drenched it, and caused life to come.
The life lighted the flowers,
The leaves revived…they sprouted finely…
The Bees came, sucked its pollen grains,
And in return, they sweetened the tree and its fruits.
Again, everyone gathered under the tree…
Praising it again, yeah, and again.
The tree that was once mocked, abandoned; hmm, it was left to die.
It was almost turning into firewood,
The sun had scorched it.
The villagers had axed its branches, waiting for the next day to fell it down, totally.
But, life came before the dark intentions of Man’s short-sightedness and greed arrived,
To strip another of their (grains) lives, for selfish gains.
They sheltered under the tree, yet again. They feasted on its fruits yet, again.
Its herb was food to them.
It became an appealing sight to behold.
Human nature arose again,
Axing its bark for medicine…
She asked, are my fruits and leaves not food and cure enough to thee?
Why the shock of a lifetime, with marks of pains on my body. My cures had cured and cared for thee. Is this how to repay my good deeds? The tree asked voicelessly! Tears ran through her dying eyes,
Its bleeding body grieved the heart of the maker…
The man’s heart was blocked with unseen stones, he had no compassion.
Only the young lad kept coming, wiping off the tears of the voiceless tree.
Guess what? As the lad wipes the tears, the rays of the sun caught his attention…it’s a message of hope.
The tears became useful ingredients for solving other human errors. It is a gum- an extract from the carelessly beaten and grievously axed tree.
Oh, what a careless approach for solutions…all in the bid for medicine, is it for Covid-19? That, I can’t tell.
If you want my bark, speak to me in kind and soft manners, then I shall release the cure to you by surrendering willfully.
Just that, will not make the cure you seek to turn into a curse that would hunt down your generations, even in your ‘gene-nations’!
The man fell on his knees. He wailed tearfully.
He heard just what the voiceless tree had said. But how could he have heard a voiceless tree speak? Or has the Almighty replaced his stony heart with that of flesh?
The Creator streamed it live as nature screamed…
Ahhh! Yeee! I have sinned.
Please forgive me.
He cried to his Maker. Reflecting his years of carelessness and selfish havoc inflicted on the natural things in his care. Ah! He abused power and he was stripped of this sceptre of Grace.
Wailed again; this time, it was genuine.
Mercy came to play its role of absolute intervention and deliverances; nothing could reproof it. It Lord overall judgement.
The Creator yielded. Penetrated his bleeding heart to authenticate his sincerity.
The Creator spoke, and the clouds obeyed and gathered.
The sun was humbled…
There was rainfall, it was ‘cat and dog’.
The trees danced in the storm that came with it.
The thunder drummed, the lightening was also a great effect. It was fearful!
The Creator spoke again, peace be-still.
The creations heard Him, and they all submitted to the authority of His voice and intentions.
Surely, the Creator is the Maker, He makes all things well and beautiful in its time.
He is the Giver to all givers; and Giver to all that receives.
He smiled…the sweet breeze took over the entire creations.
The ray of the sun was fine, tender and warm. The butterflies came out again from their hiding places.
The birds sang with fine rhythms.
All things were revived, healed and sanity to was restored unto mankind.
The man got up, gazed at the fine- blue -sky.
His very bleeding heart had healed.
His eyes were sharp, his mind became clear and at alert.
His heart became receptive to yielding to the daily guides of the Master!
A new Spirit was instilled into him (The Holy Spirit), his soul was rekindled with fresh ‘divinistic’ fire- hot enough to quench the fiery darts of the wicked, and ‘Faith’ played without fail.
The tree bowed in awe to the majestic impacts of the Majesty, The Creator. The scars on the tree became its ‘his-story’, that is, the relationship between it and mankind.
The scary scars became a decoration. And, no one remembered its struggles and grieves of its past.
The tree lived healthier.
It asked the Creator during a dialogue session, ‘why haven’t you cleared my scars?’
The Creator smiled…hmm, that? It’s your- story. It’s the painting of voices on the canvass of what you have called scars. It’s your declaration. It’s your decoration, your protection. It’s the process- the transitioning from your ‘old’ to the ‘new’. You had to shed some weight, you know? It’s your rainbow! It’s your initiation to a new order of freedom and eternal bliss. It wasn’t meant to kill you, but build you into fine-frame of very rare quality.
Yes! It will also, always remind mankind of his ill-treatment towards you,
And that would stop him from repeating such again.
Your scar is a touch of excellence. The seal of your triumph from your trials. It’s your voiceless noise locked up in seals. It is the costs of your course that causes a great effect of rare difference for your needed changes and arrival.
It was the bone I gave you to crack, and you cracked it so very well. That was the code I gave you to break and interpret and you did just fine by decoding the mystery of pain which now results to the gains, from your grains. And this made you irresistible and inevitable in the affairs of mankind and his well-being. This, I made you all go through in order to grow through. Respect him, he is still your Lord, but I have made opened his heart to the understanding of the Truth that comes with compassion- evidence of leadership to Manage All Natural resources as MAN, and as given by Me.
For this, is, a thoughtful lesson to ‘all and things’ that has life in them or that are moved by it.
Then, the Creator rhythmically and joyfully ascended back to His Most Sacred Haven called HEAVEN.
We are nothing but wonderful tools in the Mighty Hands of the Creator.
Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (From Zero to HERO) by Tolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.
PCP Congratulates Obaseki, Edo People on ‘Deserved’ Victory
By Eric Elezuo
The People’s Coalition Party (PCP) has congratulated the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the people of Edo State for the victory at polls during the just concluded governorship election.
The party’s message was contained in press statement signed by its chairman, Don Anthony Harmattan, and made available to PointBlank.ng.
The chairman noted that the victory has demonstrated the resilience of the Edo people and that votes must count in elections
“It is a demonstration of the will of the people to actualizing their dreams in the midst of oppressors, money bags and Political God fathers who take advantage of the weakness of Nigerians to rig their protegees and stooges into office. This election has proven that when people are united and resolute, no one can take their mandate away from them. Indeed it is a victory for our democracy,” the statement read.
The PCP sees Obaseki’s victory as an eye opener to what may likely happen in 2023 while asking Nigerians to tie the line of Edo People in flushing out politics based on godfatherism.
“I wish to let Nigerians know that with this defeat of oppression, extortion and God fatherism in Edo State, 2023 will be a year of victory for Nigerians. Nigerians must unite and toe the part of the Edo People to defend their votes,” the statement said.
The chairman also commended President Muhammadu Buhari ‘for being the first to congratulate Obaseki’ and encourage others to do likewise.
“Together, our democracy will be stronger and yield dividends for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion,” the statement concluded.
Akin Fadeyi Foundation, ABUAD in New Partnership Against Rape, Cyberbully
Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti has partnered a non-governmental organisation, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, to fight sexual-based violence and cyberbullying.
The partnership was unveiled in a statement on Friday jointly signed by ABUAD Students’ Affairs Officer, Mr Babatunde Wahab, a lecturer at the institution, Dr Olumide Olugbemi-Gabriel, and the Founder/Executive Director, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Mr Akin Fadeyi.
The statement is titled, ‘Afe Babalola partners FlagIt App to combat rape and cyberbully.’
Speaking on behalf of ABUAD President and Chancellor, Chief Afe Babalola, as well as the institution’s management, Wahab commended AFF’s FlagIt App for helping to contain the menace of sexual abuse and cyberspace criminality in general.
The FlagIt App is a mobile application developed by AFF to report corruption, particularly the activities of rapists and cyberbullies in society.
ABUAD decried that criminality among the youth was growing at an alarming rate, noting that emerging criminal tendencies and trends were being enabled by advancement in Information and Communications Technology and a corruption-ridden larger society.
“This is why we are excited to see the confidence and speed with which FlagIt rose to the occasion in support of the victims, who are now on the road to getting the needed closure and justice,” Wahab said.
“The onerous task you perform as well as the great efforts which you put into it have been experienced first-hand with your recent involvement in cases of coordinated cyberbullying attacks launched by some unscrupulous persons against some female students of our institution.”
Wahab extolled the manner the AFF and its FlagIt were handling the documentation of criminal tendencies and persons, offering at the same time ready evidence in the pursuit of justice.
“It is in view of the aforementioned that I, in my capacity as Students’ Affairs Officer together with my partner, Dr Olumide Olugbemi-Gabriel, who specialises among others in gender-based oppression and exploitation of women/girls shall be glad to partner with your foundation to stem the rising tide of criminal offences, especially domestic violence, sexual assaults and all forms of cybercrime within and outside ABUAD,” he said.
In his remarks, Fadeyi described the partnership with ABUAD as “a very exciting development.”
He said, “Since we launched the FlagIt App as a mobile application to report corruption, we’ve been uncovering the nefarious activities of rapists and cyberbullies in our society. This has been accompanied by such audacious impudence of trading with or threatening to expose explicit pictures of victims who attempt to resist the pressure of blackmail. This is another troubling element of our systemic decay as a nation that we have confronted swiftly.
“This partnership with Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti bears testimony to the traction our activities have gained and we indeed commend the Chancellor, Aare Afe Babalola; the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Smaranda Olarinde, the Students’ Affairs Officer, Mr Babatunde Wahab, and Dr Olumide Olugbemi-Gabriel for their unwavering commitment to working with us to stamp out gender-based violence and exploitation of women/girls in ABUAD and the nation as a whole.”
How Hushpuppi laundered U.S. Unemployment Benefits – FBI
Fresh evidence from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has revealed how Ramon Abbas, popularly called Hushpuppi, a Nigerian Instagram sensation, was involved in laundering unemployment benefits meant for citizens of the United States.
The scheme is one of the insurance programmes provided for workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and meet certain other eligibility requirements. The joint state-federal programme provides cash benefits to these workers.
Hushpuppi, who was arrested in UAE over money laundering and cyber fraud allegations, is currently facing charges in the U.S.
He is accused of facilitating computer intrusion, Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud and money laundering and has been arraigned in an American court in California. His trial begins on October 13.
He pleaded not guilty to the four counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.
Nevertheless, in the affidavit filed on September 14, with the United States District Court, Central District of California, Andrew John Innocenti, an FBI agent trained on foiling cybercrime indicted Mr Abbas in the outcome of his investigation.
Mr Innocenti said he discovered that Hushpuppi, using his email address, registered on a website whizzlog.com (“Whizzlog”) which is a marketplace for buying US Bank Logs and money laundering.
He said although, based on his training, sophisticated cybercriminals do not use their personal email address in registering on such websites but Hushpuppi did.
“ABBAS email address contained registration contamination from Whizz Log. It also contained numerous confirmations and receipts of bank logs he purchased. One of such messages read “Your order was successful. You have purchased (the “Financial Institution”) bank log with a balance of $9,839.44. Purchase Price: $955. The bank log details are in your account. Login to your Whizz Log account to view.”
“From the example above. I observed ABBAS buys a bank log with a balance of over S9,000 for as low as $900. This prompted me to visit the website whizzlog.com for more findings.”
After creating an account, the FBI agent discovered that Whizz Log sells only accounts which have been used to claim unemployment benefits. “Hackers who have claimed unemployment benefits of victims in the United States sell them off in bulk on Whizz Log.”
The prices of bank logs on Whizz Log range from $600 to S1,000 and balance in accounts sold ranges from $4,000 to as high as $12,000, he noted.
For easier payment, the bank logs are available for purchase instantly and payment is made using Bitcoin.
“Cyber criminals who purchase the bank logs can launder the money off through various means. The favorite means on Whizz Log is to buy Bitcoins with the balance in the bank log Whizz Log specifies if a bank log is “BTC Compatible” or not.
“Based on my training and experience, a bank account is “BTC Compatible” if you can buy Bitcoins from within the bank log. Some banks allow clients to directly purchase Bitcoins from their online bank account. Such banks are “BTC Compatible”. A buyer of a “BTC Compatible” bank log would login to the account, navigate to services provided by the bank and select to buy Bitcoins. He can use the whole balance in the account to buy Bitcoins. The Bitcoins will be sent to the criminal within minutes.”
While going through one of the bank accounts bought on the website, Mr Innocenti found that the account was recently opened.
“All the credits into the account were from the Department of Unemployment Assistance totaling $7,302.15,” he stated.
Since Mr Abbas had pleaded that he should be prosecuted with complaints rather than a grand jury indictment, this new evidence will be added to the previous ones.
If found guilty and convicted, the popular Instagram sensation could spend the next 20 years in prison.