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"THE Future is GREAT" I said, as she looked at me cluelessly as if to say "What is he talking about". Then I pointed at the folder she was carrying, I presume it's her school brochure that says "The Future Can be Great'. This was last week Wednesday at the Manchester Coach station as I made my way to attend the UK Trade and Investment delegation session in Sheffield UK.

She looked up at me as she smiled - 'oh" she said, "Yes it is great" I said with all confidence as if I have been in the future. The honest truth is that many of us continue to live life based on uncertainty of what tomorrow holds, living life as it comes without an assurance of what the future holds but honestly, the future holds more than many are taking advantage of. 

I think in the recent political history of Nigeria, this is the first time we would see the hustings coming this early. The incumbent is not ready to leave in 2015, and the opposition parties are restlessly deploying every method to harmonize their scattered voices and interests, that would be strong enough to wrestle with the principality and power that is PDP.

In 1999, things were too obvious and only unborn babies wouldn't know that Obasanjo would win the presidential election. In 2003, we all knew that Obasanjo would be reelected. In 2007, it was a sure thing that Obasanjo's candidate, Yar'Adua would win. And in 2011, if we would step out of our sentimental corridors, we all knew that the PDP Jonathan would win. Or, how else would you describe the imbroglio of the oppositions when they thought of synergizing just a few minutes to the election in an attempt to pull the almighty PDP down, and also the rumored case of one of their leaders who secretly met with Jonathan and would later deliver Lagos State to PDP?

MY knowledge of religion tells me that it is the hardest subject in the world to approach objectively. By its nature, it dwells and thrives on emotion. Moreover, where emotion holds sway, reason is held captive. Thus, religion argument is like the man in the anecdote. It goes round and round in circles, endless, inconclusive, and frustrating. Religion is the "opium of the people," according to Karl Max, because religion rules the heart. I wish Karl Marx were alive today to see the gradual ascendancy of religion from the opium level to a more lethal pedestal. Maybe one could say that religion is no longer an opium, but cocaine or even heroin of the people. 

FOR decades, people have bemoaned the waning of Europe's global political power. To add some precision to the debate, in 2010 we helped to write the European Council on Foreign Relations' first Foreign Policy Scorecard. Back then, we wrote  rather mildly  that Europe had been “distracted” by the euro crisis. By the end of 2012, the crisis could be considered less acute. Nevertheless, European leaders have continued to devote more time and effort to financial and institutional questions than to geopolitical issues.

Europe's image and soft power have undoubtedly continued to fade around the world (thought such a trend is difficult to quantify), while member states continue to cut defense and development budgets. The good news, however, is that European foreign policy has not unraveled in the crisis. Indeed, it has even shown some signs of progress.

IT was my Birthday last week Tuesday and unlike in the Past, where I had celebrated in forms of Worship Concerts and Faith based activities, I decided to host a boat party on the Lagos Atlantic, with friends and families flying in From Abuja, Abia, Ondo, Osun and other parts of Nigeria.

Interestingly I had published a wish list on my facebook account which included my favourite pets such as Rabbits, Canine, Parrot, Peacock, Horse and their likes. I was surprised when I got a call from a protégée who could not attend the boat party in person but promised to send a gift the next day. On getting to my office the next day, I met his assistant who brought two live rabbits and a lovely cake  for which am indeed grateful. Many others who couldn't attend began to make it up by sending gift to my office. More significant was the offer by one of my friend and protégée A radio journalist in Lagos who offered to take me out for lunch, so we set out for lunch in a popular restaurant in Ikeja. 

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