Tuesday, 1 November 2011

REMINDER: Invitation as a Special Guest

Dear Sir/ma,

REMINDER: Invitation as a Special Guest

The Heal Nigeria Initiative is a non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to creating a better Nigeria by driving collective conscious effort on the part of the generality of Nigerians.  We realize that everyone living in, or associated with Nigeria desires a better Nigeria.  The Heal Nigeria Initiative therefore, was established to help bring about this change.  We do this by shaping public thought towards Nigeria through various means such as digital media; across popular social networking platforms and offline platforms such as peace symposia, workshops and like events.

The organization, which evolved from the popular Interfaith Network Project (INP), has been working to promote peace in Nigeria for more than 15 years. Its Peace Seminars have drawn attendance from notable people in the society including ambassadors, governors and corporate titans. Some notable people that have attended include Ambassador Segun Olusola, former Oyo State governor Dr Omololu Olunloyo, Chief Segun Odegbami, Mrs Sarat Lam-Adeshina, and Professor Sophie Oluwole among others.

This year’s event themed; “Heal Nigeria” is geared towards creating the Nigeria of our dreams collectively with the power of our thoughts.  This unique programme will take place at exactly 11am on the 11th of November, 2011 (11:11/11/11) at House of Chiefs Secretariat, Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.

Sir/Ma, we wish to invite your distinguished self as  Special Guest . We look forward to your presence at this once- in- a century moment to heal and re- define the course of our great country, NIGERIA.
Peace profound

Adeniyi Akinbile

For: Heal Nigeria Initiative


“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world- indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” Margret Mead

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The year 2011 is a very historic year. It is in many ways amazing, upturning, chaotic and healing all at the same time.  You don't need a soothsayer to tell you that this year is different in many ways. A closer look at many of the events that have characterized this year so far is enough to show it.

At the very onset, 2011 was heralded by happenings hitherto thought impossible. Revolutions in the least likely region; the middle east and Africa. The wave swept swiftly and firmly across several countries toppling many governments in its wake and ending decades upon decades of sit tight governance.

Natural disasters also took their pride of place. Japan has yet to recover from the devastating earthquake and flood it experienced earlier this year which affected its nuclear reactors and snowballed into a veritable nuclear disaster. The United States too is reeling from its share of hurricanes. Do you also remember the volcanic ash in Iceland that disrupted flight plans across Europe? Even Nigeria is not left out of the flood battle. Indeed, 2011 has been an amazing year so far.

In some schools of ancient wisdom, it is said that 2011 represents the last year within a 12 yearly cycle. It therefore represents the end of an era and also precedes a new one. Like the pain a mother experiences in order to birth a child; these occurrences are said to portray the birthing of a new era in our lives, individually and collectively. This is serious food for thought.

As a country, we believe it is an opportunity to pool our collective energies together to set Nigeria on a new course of prosperity and progress. What's more the year contains certain symbolic dates that we believe can be harnessed for just this purpose.

So at Heal Nigeria, we have set aside the 11th day of November this year to collectively rebuild our nation. The programme is slated for 11am and will have in attendance people from the Baptist Convention, Nasfat, Asabe Yaradua Foundation, Hare Krishna, Eckankar, Traditionalists, everyone who has a stake in this country and would like to see it grow from strength to strength. If you would like to be a part of this programme and we haven't formally invited you yet, please send us your contact details at heal9ja@gmail.com.

However, you can also participate in the programme without actually coming to the venue. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes on that day and do the same thing we will be doing at the venue. You may do this alone or with your friends and family. Simply let us know if you will be participating this way and we will send you copies of the CD "Prayer for Nigeria" which we will be unveiling and airing on radio stations on that day.

Nigeria has got to change for the better. We are happy to let this era end all the things we don't like about Nigeria and will be actively creating the Nigeria of our dreams on

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Football & The Nigerian Spirit 2

Nigerians are in  a state right now. And understandably too! The Super Eagles, the nation's national football team just failed to qualify for the African nations cup for the first time in 25 years! People are angry!!

There are so many questions begging to be answered. Like, had Vincent Enyeama, our suspended first choice keeper, manned the goalposts, would the match have gone differently?

Had the coach, Samson Siasia brought in playmaker, Ike Uche much earlier, would we have won?

Had they, could they, would they? The press is going to be agog tomorrow. Blames are going to be traded and scapegoats would very nearly be found. Nigerians don't take kindly to defeat, especially not in football.

But it is striking to note that inspite of the many other issues in the country, not once did arguments about the match degenerate along tribal lines. It never happens with football in Nigeria. It doesn't matter that Ike Uche is  Igbo. Many people, Yoruba and Hausa inclusive, agree that he should have been brought in earlier in the game. Obinna Nsofor's ethnicity was irrelevant when he scored the first goal for the Super Eagles, everyone from every tribe leapt for joy.

There are so many lessons in unity to be learnt from football. It stares us in the face each time we watch a game. It doesn't matter what part of the country anyone is from, we are all one body working towards one ultimate goal. If we approach ourselves from that perspective, we would begin to see less differences and more common grounds. Only then can the process of healing our nation truly begin.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Joy of Unity

A piece of news came out today in the international media about the racially different twins that were born to the same parents a while back. It's been scientifically confirmed that they have the same genes, even though one is black and the other, white.

This amazing phenomenon caused quite a ripple when the twins were born, and continues to be a point of reflection for sensitive minds. It speaks volumes on nature's disapproval of man's discrimination against man. How much more do we want the universe to speak to us about unity? Two children; borne in the same womb, to the same parents, yet one is black and the other is white.  Nature couldn't have sent a better message of unity.

It is a poignant reference point for us as Nigerians. Regardless of our many tribes and tongues, the whole of nature is one. The sun shines the same on all of us, the rain falls on all of us. The soul is the same, everybody is born the same way. Or have you ever heard that babies conceived in tribe A are carried in the womb for 5 months, as opposed to tribe B who may carry theirs for three months? Definitely not!

Healing Nigeria should not be such a difficult task for all of us. It simply involves going back to the  natural state of unity and brotherhood that we all knew before we started imbibing divisive tendencies learnt from the society around us. However, we forget these divisions during periods such as when we watch a football match. It never matters whether the striker is Hausa or Igbo, everyone rejoices together when he scores. This shows we are capable of loving one another truly only if we try.

It's time to transmute that unity we display in places such as the football pitch to our everyday lives on  permanent basis so that the world around us can be a better place to live in.  Please join us to heal Nigeria!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Bomb Scare at Law School

The call to bar ceremony of the Nigerian Law School is a prestigious occasion for all lawyers aiming to practice as a solicitor and advocate in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It represents the induction of newly qualified lawyers into the ranks of the learned fellows.

This ceremony has traditionally taken place at the Nigerian Law School situated in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.  But this year, things have taken a slightly different turn. According to Sahara Reporters, the fear of bomb explosion has caused the management of the school to move this year's event, billed for October 5,  to the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

In as much as this move is predicated on the desire to safeguard lives and property, this is a welcome move. However, the question remains, for how long will we continue to run helter skelter? How long will we continue to run from our shadows? The constant threat of bomb blasts in Nigeria needs to be addressed holistically and effectively. Join us at Heal Nigeria Initiative as we proceed to create an enabling environment for peace and love to reign in Nigeria. 

We believe that change starts from the individual. We can change our reality if we are truly determined to do so. We are so determined. Are you? is the perfect opportunity for you to do so. Change is coming to Nigeria. Let's join hands to make it happen!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Nigeria's Support for Palestinian State

It is no longer news that Palestine is seeking formal recognition as a sovereign state.  The leadership of the country have made this much known at the ongoing UN General Assembly Meeting in New York, a forum in which our own president Goodluck Jonathan delivered a speech.

According to the Vanguard Newspaper, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Olugbenga Ashiru reiterated Nigeria's belief that Palestine deserved to operate as a nation state.  Support for Palestine's sovereign aspirations is understandably dicey; seeing as it might set supporting nations on a collision course with Israel and its allies. However, more poignant is the reactions of Nigerians themselves to this perceived support.

While some think its a good idea, some others regards Palestine as a country that allegedly has links to terrorism and as such, should not be supported by Nigeria. Worse still, some see Nigeria's stance as unnecessary when domestic calls for independence by some sections of the country, e.g. Biafra, have yet to be addressed. 

Again, the the issue of tribal sentiments seem to be rearing its ugly head here. Indeed, it seems to find a way to creep into virtually every discourse involving Nigeria.  This has got to stop! We cannot possibly hope to create a better Nigeria for ourselves and for our unborn children to live in if we continue to delineate the country along ethnic lines.  The time has come for us to move beyond our differences and unite in the pursuit of our common good. When the chips are down, we bear the same passports and outside the country it doesn't matter to anyone where you are from. This is our country and it is up to us to make it a better place for ourselves. Let's come together to heal Nigeria. It is a collective effort that takes you and me.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

ABSU Saga Update

The ABSU rape incident has continued to generate public outcry and outright condemnation from many quarters.   The international media have also picked up the story, with Daily Mail and Yahoo News publishing articles about it in the last 24- 48 hours.

Within Nigeria itself, concerned youths have reportedly raised close to N1.7million as donations towards a reward for anyone who can come forward with useful information leading to the arrest of the 5 men involved in the incident. As at yesterday, the full names of 3 out of the 5 was said to have emerged. This morning, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa raised the issue on the floor of the national assembly. If this tempo is sustained, it is very likely that the perpetrators of the heinous crime will be brought to book very soon.

This highlights the awesome power of Nigerian youths and their capacity to bring about change in the country if they just pool their energies together. It was Nigerian youths who started the public reaction towards the ABSU incident. It could otherwise have been swept under the carpet, but Nigerian youths were resolute and united in their condemnation of the incident. Such was the intensity of their strident calls for justice that the Minister for Youth Affairs, Bolaji Abdullahi swung into action on Sunday, calling the Minister for Police Affairs, Vice-Chancellor etc and tweeting the outcome of their conversations immediately. When a group of people are united in voice, focus and action; they constitute a dynamic force that cannot be stopped.

We at Heal Nigeria Initiative are calling on Nigerian youths to unite in thought and action to create a positive change in Nigeria. It's the movement. All well meaning Nigerians are welcome to join us