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Lessons Every Nigerian Should Learn From COVID -19

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For about a month now, a deadly virus known as corona (COVID – 19) has been ravaging Nigeria’s territory. Despite all efforts, it has defied cures and solutions. Its tentacles has continued to spread from one state to another.

Business organisations are shutting down, places of work are under lock and key. Places of worship are also not left behind as there is a great decline in the number of attendees at each meeting. Like the cause and effect theory, things are beginning to experience total lockdown with many people not able to go out. Consequently, they are forced to remain indoors.

I took time to consider many things. Some of these include the nature of the disease, how it spreads, the number of casualty that has been recorded, its prospect as to whether it will be nipped in the bud or not. But in reality, and just like the case of the Israelites in Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh, the situation seems to grow worse day by day.

However, as someone who is passionate about learning, and one who believes that every situation one encounters has a lesson inherent it, I found that truly there are some cogent and important lessons everyone can learn from this incidence. Since I don’t have first hand experience of the situation in other countries, and most of what I hear is from the media, I will limit my experience to the Nigerian Society.

Outlined below are lessons I have learnt and which I believe every Nigerian can learn too:

  1. Prepare for rainy days/there is no place like home

Just like the popular saying that no condition is permanent, there is the need to prepare for the future. Many of our politicians who aforetime saw abroad as home especially during the time of emergencies, are now beginning to understand that truly, there cannot be a place like home. You can never be smarter. If corona virus isn’t worldwide, most Nigerians especially the rich would have dashed out leaving the poor behind to face the scourge of the disease. Instead of using the resources available to them to furnish home, they prefer spending these resources to seek medical attention, leaving the poor masses to suffer. Now, they are forced to go to hospitals with the worst road network in undeveloped local governments. I believe a bird in hand is worth too in the bush. Hence, political leaders now see the reason to develop and fortify home.

2. Never overestimate or underestimate anyone.

If there had been a prophecy that many high ranking individuals will have tested positive for the virus, I would have argued it over and over. This is because of the classic health care solutions/security made available to them.

However, the truth of the matter is staring us in the face. Many people who I wouldn’t want to put their names into writing have contracted the disease. This makes us to believe that no one can be overestimated or underestimated. Therefore, there is always an ultimate grim reaper who takes vengeance on all without having respect for the individual. The grim reaper in this case is the corona virus. A pearl or gold today can become worthless or trash tommorow.

3. Religion is spiritual and not about physical attendance at meetings.

This is applicable to all religions. Many have the erroneous belief that their stand with God is measured by how frequent they attend meetings and other ceremonies.


However, religion is much more than these. It is about having a personal contact with God. God is not limited to a particular territory or atmosphere. His power and authority is supreme. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

4. There is always a way
Physical attendance at work was made mandatory by all employers to their employees. However, we have been forced to embrace remote work -working from home. Even the government has made it clear that most of their employees should work from home.

Definitely, there is always a way to achieve something. Nature hasn’t confined it to just one approach.

5. There is time for everything.

A popular verse in the scripture has this to say:
“There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing”. A time to laugh and a time to mourn”. At this point in time, the virus has incapacitated many from embracing. The principle of social distancing now seems to operate even among close ties.


I was watching a sermon the other day and the gap between the preacher and the interpreter could take two persons convinently. This was not so before as there was little or no space in between the actors.

What does this has to say?
Endeavour to value everyone’s presence as a time will come when the people you value and treasure won’t be found. This could be as a result of disease, death and other unimaginable situations.

Perhaps you’ve got other lessons you have also learnt, kindly share in the comments section. Anyways, I wish Nigeria and Nigerians good luck in the struggle to sweep this disease off our borders.

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COVID – 19: A Wake-Up Call For Nigerian Politicians

Without mincing words, the country is currently experiencing a period of stress and turmoil. This is occasioned by the discovery of the deadly epidemic – corona virus which has been codenamed COVID – 19.

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Without mincing words, the country is currently experiencing a period of stress and turmoil. This is occasioned by the discovery of the deadly epidemic – corona virus which has been codenamed COVID – 19.

This has affected all aspects and sectors of the Nigerian economy. Several high-profile individuals have been tested positive to this virus both nationally and internationally. This proves in totality that nature is no respecter of persons.

Businesses are under lock and key, religious centers are shut, schools and other relevant institutions are shut. This has grounded all things as people are now forced to stay indoors in order to avoid getting contact with the diseases. Worst of all, this is a time when commodities that were seemingly irrelevant are now priceless jewels and expensive golds. Such commodities include: face masks, sanitizers, hand gloves etc.

From the standpoint of democratic and political principles, the powers of a state rest in the hands of the people. However, to avoid confusion and situations which a classical philosopher -Thomas Hobbes described as solitary, brutish and short, powers are concentrated in the hands of political elites who are vested with the responsibility of making decisions on behalf of the whole populace.

Nigeria close to 60 years now, unanimously adopted the democratic cum federal system of government. All these supported the principles of separation of powers, equal representation and decentralisation. It is however, said as discouraging that the powers vesed on these individuals are used contrarily and negatively. Consequently, the nation’s wheel of progress is moving in the reverse motion.

The current global upheaval occasioned by the spread of the epidemic – corona virus has undoubtedly aroused and awaken the minds of the nation’s political holders to the putrid state of things especially in the health sector. No wonder, an African proverb has this to say that:”A Man Who Hasn’t Been To The Face Of War, Would Rather Regard Himself As Confident”.

The political class have for long feasted from the tables of luxury making them immune to nature’s forces. In critical times, the masses are forced to utilise unmaintained and poor medical facilities for cures, while the elites found refuge, support and shelter beyond the nation’s borders. This making them immune to worse case scenarios and situations of nonavailability of effective health care provision. However, nature is just and would eventually in the nick of time, reward everyone accordingly.

Furthermore, the hypocritical nature which has clothed the nation’s political system has without much ado proved that Nigeria’s political structure is shrouded in uncertainty and deceit. Hence, it is a system operating on the principle of ” Do As I Say, Not Do As I Do”. Several instances abound to prove this.

On March 24, the Presidential Chief of Staff – Abba Kyari tested positive for the corona virus following a trip to Germany and Egypt. The Most surprising that few days before the incident, Kyari on a public glare reprimanded some legislators for falling to submit themselves to the airport screening practices on the wake of the return from London.

They instead of self-isolation continued to mix with other counterparts of theirs. Abba, undoubtedly failed to practise the “gospel” he preached. The stone which he initially rejected has become the headstone of the corner. He and other high-class elite who are tested positive are forced to use poor health care facilities with the worst road networks in undeveloped local governments across the country. Health officials who before time were seen as inexperienced and non-experts suddenly turn “lenders of last support”.

As if this wasn’t enough, legislators in the nation’s lower house, received a delivery of new sets of 2020 Toyota Camry Models. The total cost of this purchase is estimated to be around 13 Billion US Dollars (Over 3 Billion Nigerian Naira). This is amidst the current reality of corona virus facing the nation. A situation which has forcefully shut the poor indoors and preventing them from hustling for their daily survival. Without gainsaying, issues such as the ones raised above would prevent corona virus from been nipped in the bud.

I do hope the aftermath of the virus will spur Nigerian politicians as to overhauling the nation’s health care system, and also to reduce their reckless lifestyle of luxury been lived at the expense of the poor and masses who have voted them into power. I wish the entire nation a victory in the war against COVID -19.

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Nigeria’s War Against Terror: How Realistic

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The government of a country is the machinery established by law to carry out the operations of a state. These operations include job provision, security and welfare for the entire populace. Most times, the government is incapacitated in the discharge of her duties. This is as a result of circumstances which might be within or beyond control. No country therefore can lay full claim as to the fact that her territory is free from all forms of social malady.

Nigeria’s case however, seems to be an exception. For more than a decade, the country has been battling with the Boko-Haram terror. Surprisingly, the issue which started on a low scale has now risen and has engulfed almost all states in the North-Eastern part of the country. Its tentacles are gradually spreading to other parts especially in the North-Central and Western parts.

Several governments have promised to tackle the menace and nip it in the bud totally. However, the promises are mere statements which cannot face the light of reality. Consequently, the nation is seen innrtge international circle as a “red zone”. This has prevented foreign investors with large scale plans from investing in the nation’s economy.

Apart from this, the quantum loss of lives and properties almost on a daily basis is worrisome and alarming. It is as though these terrorists do not have sanctity, dignity and respect for the human life. Maybe, we rather say that the goddess of peace is angry with the nation and has therefore inspired these criminals to take vengeance on both the innocent and guilty.
In a situation in which corruption has eaten deep into the nation’s fabrics, it is quite surprising that a people not innumerable and feeble are able to hold the entire nation to ransom. There is certainly something to which we have not adequately been exposed to.

I, believe that It is high time the Nigerian government lay aside political differences and empower the Nigerian military maximally to fight these criminals. This is of paramount importance so as to cleanse the land from blood-thirsty people who are on a mission to make the entire Nigerian race go into extinction.

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The 5G wave: A Global Nightmare

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As the world gradually heals and on equal footing battles the recent outbreak of the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19), a new technology is currently on the rise, and its large-scale adoption is extremely high. I can’t imagine today that virtually every service provider in the developed countries is upgrading its techonological functionality to the fifth generation frequency spectrum. The subsequent denouement and concordance in these regions on its own is mind blowing and its simple capacity to run down existing technology is a proof of a launched idea.


Issues have been raised all over about China’s intention to ultimately release the 5G development in a bid to emerge as the world’s highest technological innovator. Interestingly, they achieved this in just a night. This sudden advancement wasn’t a day’s job; it had its root from Geoff Brown’s initial plan around April 2008, and has since been a major trail, down to its recent proposal to offer nationwide the 5G proposal in the half of 2020.


Despite the exciting features of its ability to offer suitable functions in achieving cost, control, speed and reduction in entanglement, the detriment is however expressly undeniable. If the United Kingdom, Australia and the likes can be accurate in their plan of china’s product being eliminated and banned from their country, then the effects on human health would be alarming if the universe should consent to it.


Although there had been several false claims sweeping around the globe of the connection between the 5G installation and the corona virus, Scientists have denied the possibility of such news. However, this logical discussion and debate over its possible results on human health is the talk of the world now.


Accurate or not, these illusion is fast becoming a reality, and the possibility of both results here are on equal grounds. While China has a sizeable amount of secret inventions that can actively control the 5G installation should it go haywire, some countries definitely have nothing to fall back on. Even the supposed United States who is one of the world Powers may or may not beat the consequences; the feasibility is narrow. If the wide spread dialogue on China’s deliberate determination to beat the U.S hands down is true, it intensifies the phrase: ‘when two elephants fight, the grasses will suffer’.


Addressing ourselves on which side to fall on is now a major decision every one has to make. Independent territories and or countries should review policies before accepting any offer. Not all that glitters is ‘pure’ gold, and to think china is head bent on achieving this project is questionable. I don’t think looking before one leaps is gainsaying. What do you think?

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