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Nowhere have religious rituals (rather than the combined force of effective governmental institutions and customary mores) ever been known to create or to fix socio-economic stability. But under latent or actual breakdown of governance, religion assumes an overweening and indispensable, albeit false, posture. Thus in Nigeria the miracle faiths presume to be the panacea to those difficulties arising from creeping state failure. They have also become an alibi, or an excuse, for decline of institutions, and for incompetence and cluelessness of leadership. Hence, the cynical, self-deceiving prayer carnivals by which corrupt rulers hope to wipe out the evil of corruption and to arrest decadence. And hence the “deliverance” rituals by which unimaginative university administrators and scholars with pre-enlightenment religious mentality, tackle infrastructural and students’ problems, including that of campus gangs, usually mystified as “cultism”. Apropos the “demons” etc. generally blamed for the latter, generations of student gang members have killed and terrorised fellow students without a single culprit ever being brought to justice.
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The crisis of values is unfortunately complicated by the general, though unfounded, assumption that the teaching of religious precepts is all that is needed to inculcate moral and spiritual values. In fact, by their very nature, values are not imparted. They are acquired through conditioning, habituation, and, sometimes, compulsion. Hence religious preachments cannot be a substitute for customary mores, which in the home, community, and society, are the source of moral values. Nor can religious rituals play the role served by enforcement and policing of values – functions that are the responsibility of leaders/officials of integrity and effective institutions. Where these are lacking, no amount of “crusades” can change the disposition/values, which makes the average public official to loot pension or other state funds. By the same token, no amount of “deliverance” can stop the culture of violence in which a Nigerian president can sponsor “godfathers” like the Uba brothers, or late “garrison commander” Adedibu, who routinely organised murderous political violence and, reportedly, could call for a political opponent’s head, without fearing any inconveniencing consequences.
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Paradoxically, the preoccupations of our religious entrepreneurs have little to do with promotion of values. As in the Universal Church in the early 16C before the Reformation, religion in Nigeria has become too big a business to entertain the astringent, self-sacrificing lifestyle and teaching of Jesus Christ. Accordingly, the neo-Christian churches (though this does not include the Roman Catholics and some other mission churches, except when they are copying the prosperity parrots) and their Muslim mimics, are busy building business empires, with property in estates and commercial educational institutions under the control of owner-founder “general overseers”. Although the dissemination of religious myths from the pulpit and in schools as a means of moral instructions is as frenzied as ever, it is clear that much of this “evangelisation” is directed at increasing the clerics’ clientele. The preachers have neither inclination nor aptitude to ponder prevailing social or spiritual issues. Indeed, the mammoth “crusades” have become occasions for exploiting human misery and insecurity in an ill-governed society for profit. Hence, the “revelations” of breakthroughs” into prosperity, as well as other scams, such as that of God’s “covenant partners” with which a famous popular pastor persuades his dupes to pay “God” a fee in return for which God vows to keep the covenantee alive, subject to the fee’s payment.
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Everybody knows that the most successful and influential clerics are class allies of the people in power, and that only the odd maverick of pastors dares denounce those who have brought Nigeria to the verge of the abyss. Is it any wonder, then, that in spite, or indeed partly because, of the miracle faith and its parrots the country has become a moral wilderness; and that religion has been transformed into a national pathology characterised by compulsive prosperity-conjuring, quasi magical rites, demonic powers anxiety neurosis, and outbreaks of fits of mass hysteria, a.k.a. “crusades” and revivals”.
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As for these faiths’ great scriptures and their teaching, however good a book may be, its value depends on how well it is understood and used. Where background knowledge of a sacred text is impressionistic or nil, that text is prone to abuse. More so when holy scriptures become fetishes associated with magical forces. In such cases it is the presumed supernatural elements of the particular faith, rather than the values inherent in its scriptures, that are reinforced. Moreover, the cultural values of the miracle faiths are largely abstractions far removed in time and space from the grim realities of experience in contemporary Nigeria. Yet, little premium is placed by preachers of prosperity on more relevant and accessible values like charity, or on the danger to the soul of the pursuit of wealth. And, of course, preaching virtues like steadfastness, integrity, and courage in the face of the vicissitudes that are incidental to life, seems to have long gone out of fashion.
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"I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft."

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"The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose."

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“Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people; it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in the area of diseases of the world at large, it has really let us down.”


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“I have $100billion. You realize I could spend $3million a day, everyday for the next hundred 100 years? And that’s if I don’t make another dime.”


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"Success is a lousy teacher.It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose"


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It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.


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Gates was number one on the Forbes 400 list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of The World's Richest People from 1995 to 2007 and 2009. In 1999, his wealth briefly surpassed $101 billion, causing the media to call Gates a "centibillionaire".[71] Despite his wealth and extensive business travel Gates usually flew coach until 1997, when he bought a private jet.[72] Since 2000, the nominal value of his Microsoft holdings has declined due to a fall in Microsoft's stock price after the dot-com bubble burst and the multi-billion dollar donations he has made to his charitable foundations. In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought.[73] Gates has several investments outside Microsoft, which in 2006 paid him a salary of $616,667 and $350,000 bonus totalling $966,667.[74] He founded Corbis, a digital imaging company, in 1989. In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett.[75] In March 2010 Bill Gates was bumped down to the second wealthiest man behind Carlos Slim.
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That is a knotty question to answer. I think it is making satisfactory progress in all aspect of life which include career, health, martial life, spiritually, business, Academically, wealth acquisition, family life.
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That is a knotty question to answer. I think it is making satisfactory progress in all aspect of life which include career, health, martial life, spiritually, business, Academically, wealth acquisition, family life.

Very few people are truly successful in all the listed areas. Most people win some, lose some.
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Very few people are truly successful in all the listed areas. Most people win some, lose some.
If we look at it from angle of destination yes few people are successful but when we look at it from angle of a journey which I think it is, more people fall into that. I do not think it is win or loss issues. As long as u are not stagnant or retrograde but making steady improvement. U are successful.
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