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The Laws and the Kings (Pt. 2)

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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

“Weaknesses could be the best definition of describing a fool to his generation; excuses could also be the best description of failures! In fact, an excuse is a beautiful way of describing “why” you have failed as a being! No one is ever too small to lead, and none will ever be too big to serve! Your gifts as MAN is at the mercy of your abilities to respond swiftly and responsibly (with good character) to changes, opportunities and challenges so as to appropriately MANage the resources (or gifts of men and things) that God Almighty has put in your care or custody. If you then fail to combine the worthy “equations” of “Responsiveness” + “Abilities”, which equals to “Responsibilities”, and the equations of “Discipline” and “Discipleship”, you would lack “fellowship” and “followership”! And if a you have no one to lead but “rule” (ride), you would end up destroying your purposes and the treasure troves you have been exposed to, to keep and engage, to build and rebuild, to sustain and retain as you have automatically embarked on a course of “error” that dishonours the original purpose of your being and it essences, even at present, as your presence is no longer a “present” or answers to the prayers of your generation, which in-turns limits your effects of handing over good works unto coming generation(s). Therefore, the original intention of the Creator to have chosen you for this course as “leader” is to become or multiply as bundles of “seeds” to be sown, and as sacrificial offering presented by God to (your)generation(s) for the building of destinies (which are) encrypted or locked up in “tiny” earthly vessels called MAN: for their risings, which are intended to “sing” and continue to “sing” to the goodness and glory of God Almighty (Himself), and not that of the “messenger” who has been chosen a leader with the “cross” of “courses” intended to cause or erupt (positive) change and sustain it, to retain it as “batons” of hope by faith (and works) to be deliberately passed on and on with passion unto others, all through generations!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke, Ph.D., MNIM

The Golden Guiding Rules (continues):

 i.       No matter his level, size or stature, a king, must NEVER GIVE UP TOO SOON!

Giving up too soon automatically results to failure and disqualifies a being from “being”. Even in the thickness of the dark, in the face of defeat, in the harshness of the weather, in the heat of times, a king must never give up! The never give up statement is the daily mantra of champions and of kings! Kings are crowned ultimately to give enviable and outstanding results, having sacrificed themselves for a course to cause an effect effectively and reflect the purposes of their being as royalty through loyalty to their peoples.

The essence and extent to which he would go in his courses as a leader will be determined by his strength of courage. Weakness is simply the best definition of describing a fool, but a king must never be one. Weakness gives room to distress that could lead one into being depressed; However, it is the ultimate key to giving up too soon. A king must at all times, in all things keep his head up, and be rugged in spirit, for this is the fuel that ignites the power and prowess of all great achievements!

ii.     Also, a king must have a Queen! No matter the sensitivity of royalty, the intensity of loyalty, the beautification or decourations of the throne, royalty is incomplete without a worthy (virtuous), and charismatic Queen. Nothing blooms without the awesome wonderful “touches” of the Queen. The Queen suppresses the king’s anger, activates the “kid” in the king at the mid of the “nights”, and activates the “king” in the “kid” in the “day”, thereby helping him to discover or rediscover the hidden treasures of leadership and the “weights” of what lies on his shoulders as blessings and responsibilities. For there is a kid in every king, and in every kid lies a king! The Queen, being virtuous maximizes his effects and helps his devastating helplessness. She cuddles and hides his childish acts or attitudes like a mother; for she is the neck and the beauty of the throne, the “strength” and as well “weak-point” of the king. She gives him courage to move on, likewise strength to keep pushing hard and well! She is a key or password to getting it right or wrong.

Truly, the woman is the “mother” of the king, as she murders his weaknesses to avoid devastating implications; she is the playmate and Queen to the king of the throne. She is the “beauty” of the throne, the distinct satirical image of royalty, the perfect completion of Royalty in regalia, the naturally endowed “socket” where the king connects with the energies of nature in ecstasy and power, and as well eases off his tensions in fact, and in the form of “fats”. The Queen therefore, is the production factory of the king, she maintains constant productivity of the “basics” needed in favour of her soul-mate, The king! She is simply the compliment of his found rib- the maximum effect that powers the essences of his being to “being”!

iii.  Furthermore, a king must NEVER FORGET HIS SOURCE. A river that forgets its source will dry up, and would be forgotten in the annals of history! A king must at all times remember his source by acknowledging the Divine Maker, the Master of all Creations, The King of all kings, The One that Makes all things possible, The Only One that does things that no other can undo! The One and Only Source of all that lives. Mere acknowledging and reverencing The Source (God Almighty) enriches the king with more wisdom, knowledge and understanding, including with its applications guide to rule, lead and conquer with utmost confidence and ease that surpasses all mortal comprehension.

iv.   Finally, a KING MUST REPRODUCE A BETTER VERSION OF HIMSELF (that is, have a replacement of himself for the continuity of service)!

It is pertinent for every reasonable king to reproduce a better version of themselves so that when he is done fulfilling his own purpose or role on this earthly plane, there is someone agile, ready and equipped enough to handle the mantle of power and as well to take over the throne without being thrown and blown away by the beautiful distractions that comes with royalty. And that is why kings must have “heirs” and “heiresses” who must have been nurtured and prepared for future assignments (as serving hands) in the royal ways and patterns, decourated with crown on his/her head to be king or Queen, to lead and conquer, and not to “ride” and “rule”!

If any king refuses to reproduce a better version of himself, he is without sentiment worthy to be pronounced a failure! A king must so much raise his heir or replacement consciously and cautiously with all that it requires or needed so that his replacement would reign, lead, and yield to the tenets of God Almighty and the expectations or demands of his/her people better than him, because the glory of the latter must be better than the former; he must therefore be an improvement and an upgrade of policies and administrative prowess, so as to impart lives (better) with possibilities- ease, strategy, comfort and gratitude; it is then that the king is rated a successful and fulfilled king, while the absence of a replacement or heir considers him unfulfilled no matter how great he seemed to be and unprepared for the future of his people(s). The Holy Book of life reveals to us in Revelation 5:10 that: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

We must note that: “we” are the kings under the auspices of the King of kings – The Creator of All things and beings! So we must tread with caution and courtesy to Him Who has called us as beings to “being” (reign) for His glory.

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Glo Celebrates Muslim Faithful on Eid-El-Kabir

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Telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has rejoiced with Muslims all over Nigeria on the celebration of the 2024 Eid-El-Kabir.

In a message of goodwill released in Lagos on Saturday, the company asked the Muslim community to take advantage of the occasion and offer prayers for the nation’s prosperity, unity, and well-being.

The company noted in the statement: “We felicitate with the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria as they celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir festival. We call on them to use the occasion to continue to live up to the tenets of their faith through acts of charity, peaceful co-existence with their neighbours and obedience to the injunctions of the Holy Quran”.

Globacom congratulated Muslims who completed the Hajj this year as part of the Islamic injunctions. It also urged Muslims to emulate the commitment, dedication, and obedience exhibited by Prophet Ibraheem, who demonstrated these qualities by offering his son as a sacrifice to Allah, a move that is commemorated on Eid-El-Kabir.

“It is a season of charity, peacemaking and forgiveness. We must remember to cater for the poor and the needy in line with Allah’s injunction to be our brother’s keeper”, Globacom also noted.

The company sent its best wishes for a joyful Eid-El-Kabir to all Muslims who observe the festival. It also guaranteed its subscribers a seamless communications experience by offering top-notch services during the festival and beyond.

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Inter-Agency Collaboration: FRSC Corps Marshal Visits CDS Musa

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Shehu Mohammed, has paid an official visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, to consolidate existing relationship between the Corps and the nation’s Defence Arms, seek areas of fruitful partnership and achieve considerable mileage in Inter-agency collaborations.

According to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), during the visit, the Corps Marshal commended the Defence Chief for his leadership qualities and the successes achieved in maintaining national security. He also sought collaboration in the area of human capital development which he believes will help advance the course safety on the nation’s highways.

He intimated the Chief of Defence Staff of the role of the Federal Road Safety Corps in improving national security through intelligence gathering, noting that FRSC is a custodian of critical national infrastructure; the National Vehicle Identification Scheme,a database that has helped in the fight against insecurity in the country.

Reacting, the Chief of Defence Staff congratulated the Corps Marshal on his appointment, emphasizing the critical role the Corps plays in advancing national security. He assured the Corps Marshal of the readiness of his office to assist the Corps in the area of personnel training as well as other veritable areas of interest.

He highlighted the critical role the Corps plays in the fight against insecurity being the Security agency that have greater level of interface with the general public.
He applauded the energy, resilience and steadfastness of FRSC personnel who against all odds are out in their best to make the highways safe.

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Food for Living: Become a Person of Value

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friend,

“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value” – Albert Einstein

To be valuable is one of the best things that can happen to any person. Whoever has value is the king of the pack, and is well sought after. He is resourceful, and everyone wants to tap into his resourcefulness.

But what does it mean to be a person of value? Note that understanding differs when the word value is mentioned. Value is relative because what’s valuable to one person might not be valuable to another. For example, a lady who has several suitors seeking her hand in marriage has something of interest she admires and dislikes in every suitor, but what will determine who she will marry will be the value she desires in a man. This value might be money, character, academics, loyalty, beauty or skill.

It’s however, sad, when people think that value relates to only money; but value is more than money. It can be skills, academic qualifications or certification, network and networth, spiritual life, social life, physical strength, position, talent among others.

To the world, value means having something to offer; a person’s value is something that can make a positive difference in the lives of others. When one is valuable, it means that they are not just a consumer, but a producer and creator. It means that they are not just followers, but a leaders.

The importance of value cannot be overemphasized. Everyone has a measure of value, but the challenge most people face is the inability to maximize their value.

Your value is a gift to the world. Your value is your talent. People of value are in high demand. People of exceptional value are in higher demand, and are respected and honoured.

Did you know that your value can be used to know your interest? For instance, how you spend your time; what you think; how you invest and spend your money; where you work; causes you support; choice of majors; the books you read; the events you attend and more, all combine to reflect your inherent value. Your value will assist you to know how you can balance work life and career. Your value can be used to showcase your mission and passion for life.

It’s instructive to note that nobody will willingly come to you if you don’t have value. When you position yourself as a pest, beggar, liability, etc., people will begin to see you in that light. Just to let you know how attractive one can be, imagine an ant being attracted to sugar. It is simply because the sugar has what the ant likes. That’s how life works. People will come to you when they see you have what they have.  That simply tells you must add value to yourself. Quit complaining and apportioning blame to people, government and circumstance, take ownership and responsibility of your life.  According to – Marcus T Cicero “You will be of as much value to others as you have been to yourself.”

When you know the value you offer, you won’t need to talk too much. You will have self confidence, you won’t need to announce yourself, rather, people will seek your services or product. According to  Patrick Lencioni, the author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, “he stated the five ways to become a person of value and Influence. According to him, you must find your passion and purpose; Embrace Personal Development, choose a problem you can solve; be authentic.

1. Find your purpose and passion

The great and influential men and women the world has ever known were those who discovered and pursued their purpose and were driven by their passions. When you’re on the path of purpose, it’s easier to add significant value to the lives of others. You’ll hardly be of any significant value to people or influence them when you don’t know where you are going yourself. Purpose ignites passion which keeps you motivated, inspired and focused. You need that to be valuable and influential.

2. Embrace personal development

Becoming a person of value and influence demands embracing a lifelong pursuit of personal development. Personal development is a process of understanding and developing yourself to realize your full potential. The extent to which you’re able to add value and influence others depends on the extent to which you have been able to develop yourself. Every raw material has little or no value. It becomes valuable after it’s been refined. Take time to refine yourself in every area. That could be hard but it’s rewarding. Daily ask yourself, “What do I need to learn or do to become a better person?

3. Choose a problem you can solve for people

To be a person of value and influence, you have to become genuinely interested in people enough to solve a specific problem for them. Think of what you can do to make lives better. The more people you solve problems for, the more valuable and influential you become.

4. Be original and unique

When we live our lives mimicking or imitating others, it steals our originality. Originality is the beauty of life. Guess what? Imitations don’t get much attention, originals do.  You can copy my style, but you can’t imitate my creativity. We’ve all heard that when you imitate someone else, the best you can be is second best. That’s very true. To be a person of influence, don’t be anyone else. Be you.

5. Pursue excellence

Becoming a person of value and influence is not going to be so much about what you do as it is about how well you do it. It’s said that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Go beyond the usual. Add a touch of class in all you do. That’s what excellence is all about. Mind you it’s not the same as perfection.

6. Encourage and inspire others

Find a way to encourage and inspire others to be all they can be. Empower, share your knowledge and skills with others. Your value and influence is connected to the number of lives that are better because of you.

7. Exude confidence

Self-confidence is one quality that’s very admirable. It’s about knowing what you want and having the courage and boldness to go for it. When you’re self-confident, people are attracted to you. When you don’t have it, the opposite is the case. The reason is simple — what value do you think a person who doesn’t believe in himself offers?

8. Have integrity

It’s true that none of us is perfect but for you to be a person of value and influence you must be able to earn people’s confidence and trust. You should be able to live by certain values that uphold sound moral principles. Integrity means always doing the right thing and, in all circumstances, whether or not it’s convenient. It’s about being sincere and real. It’s about being honest enough to admit when you’re wrong. It’s your “yes” as “yes” and your “no” as “no”. It’s people trusting you not for any other reason but because you have earned their trust.

In conclusion, to be relevant consider being a person of value. Remember, your value depends on what you can offer.

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