Pa Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo loves the popular traditional Yoruba game of “Ayo Olopon,” for pleasure and he is, arguably, passionate about it.  While the former president is a grandmaster in the art of politics in Nigeria and is not known for playing the complex game of chess, it is therefore not unlikely that “Ayo Olopon” serves more than just a game for pastime for him. I think he derives more than a bench pleasure from it.


All praises and thanks are due to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds who has created humankind in the best of forms and has also blessed them with Guidance of the Glorious Qur’an. May the Peace and Blessing of Allaah be upon the Noble Prophet Muhammad.

In the Name of Allaah the Beneficent the most Merciful. All praises are due to Allaah who is the Owner of the Day of Judgment.  Allaah says: Q 3:102, ‘ O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam’.

The mind is also known as ‘psyche’ from whence derive the words ‘psychology’ and ‘psychiatry’; and its adjective is ‘mental’ from whence derivable the word ‘mentality’. James Drever (1963)  in “A Dictionary of Psychology” defines ‘psyche’ as originally the principle of life, but used generally as equivalent to mentality, or a substitute for mind or soul. Similarly, Charles Rycroft (1977) in “A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis” states: “The mind. The psychoanalytic literature, following Freud, uses psyche and mind (German: seele) synonymously. Its two adjectives, psychical and psychic, are also synonymous with ‘mental’. However, whereas ‘mind’ tends to be used in contrast to ‘body’, psyche is usually contrasted with ‘soma’.” Having clarifying this literal knots, let proceed to have a cursory understandings of the mind.

The citizens as the followers

All praises are due to Allaah who is not elected into His throne  and is not deposed by anyone from His Kingdom. The issue of governance is an important aspect of Islamic political engineering hence the reason why responsibility of governance is shared by both the leader and the led.  A leader is not praised for doing what he or she is elected to do because it is not a favour. The citizens don’t keep quiet when a leader exhibits tyranny. Like Oscar Arias, a Noble Prize winner said, ‘Citizenship is more than a burden or a sacrifice. It is also a promise. It is an opportunity to transform reality, to make visible our dreams, to carve a better future, to love and to pursue happiness’.

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