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By Francis Ewherido

In six days’ time, will probably be one other Christmas. I’ve peeped out of my window severally and I didn’t see the standard environment of Christmas. I went by means of the streets and I couldn’t see the standard hustle and bustle related to Christmas festivities. I nonetheless see the crippling Lagos site visitors, but it surely has extra to do with the closure of Third Mainland Bridge than pre-Christmas actions.

Lagos Island is busy alright, however it’s at all times so; no heightened actions because of Christmas actions. The day Lagos Island goes quiet, we are able to all go dwelling and put together the funeral dirge. It means Lagos, nay Nigeria, is completed.

Do individuals, particularly kids, nonetheless fear about Christmas garments? I did within the 70s. Do my kids fear about Christmas garments? No they don’t, as a result of they have been by no means wired that approach. Will I eat rice this Christmas? I’m not even positive. My eldest daughter has perfected the politics of fried rice and numerous varieties of scrumptious sauces.

She has been making me to fall into temptation. Will I be tempted to eat rice and sauce this Christmas? Could also be. However I do know I’ll eat unripe plantain and blended oat. These two are a part of my pure therapies to maintain medicine away. Some individuals will, nonetheless, not eat rice this Christmas, not by selection, however as a result of it’s out of their attain. I noticed that over thirty years in the past and it’s nonetheless taking place, in actual fact the persons are extra now. That’s unhappy.

Will I eat rooster this Christmas? I do not likely care. If I do, will it’s recent rooster? I nonetheless don’t care. Within the 70s, I used to be my mom’s chief butcher. I butchered chickens, particularly on Sundays. However I’ve grown smooth; I can’t slit the throat of a rooster anymore. I don’t even wish to see it being accomplished. Simply give me the cooked one, let me eat. However now, I don’t eat the rooster pores and skin?

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A buddy as soon as described the pores and skin because the “sweetest” a part of the rooster. I agree with him, however sadly I needed to let go of it for the previous 28 years. I began taking precautions early. My boss then suffered a gentle stroke. Transferring ahead, one of many meals objects his physician advised him to forgo was rooster pores and skin.

Specialists say rooster pores and skin is loaded with ldl cholesterol and never good for individuals with (or vulnerable to) hypertension. My buddy, who stated rooster pores and skin was too “candy” to desert, has deserted it too. He additionally had a stroke and one of many objects his docs advised him to flee from was rooster pores and skin.

As you get older, you discover out that nothing is simply too essential to commerce off for good well being. Good well being is priceless. One other buddy advised me that he has stopped taking salt and his style buds have tailored to meals with out salt. That’s an excessive sacrifice, however he’s very wholesome and that’s all that issues. I attempted it, I finished placing salt in my unripe plantain.

My style buds have gotten used to it. However na there the matter for now, in spite of everything, I’m not the one which docs advised to cease taking salt, na one oga like that. However I take salt with knowledge. I would like the iodine, however I additionally know that an excessive amount of of it’s unhealthy for individuals with hypertension. I advised my eldest daughter to take it straightforward with salt. If she places an excessive amount of salt in her fried rice this Christmas, that shall be a superb purpose to keep away from it. Temptation get restrict.

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I shall be in church on Christmas day. I really like the Christmas carols; I additionally love the wealthy traditions of the church. They provide me heavenly emotions. The church has change into a refuge. It at all times was and much more now. However it’s a giant gathering and I’ll observe COVID-19 prevention protocols. The second wave of COVID-19 is right here, however the second wave of awakening and precautions aren’t right here but. The foundations aren’t being vigorously adopted and enforced as we did earlier.

However I’ve sufficient incentives to observe them. I’ve suffered unwell well being and I’ve loved good well being. I do know the distinction. I select good well being. I’ve deserted many fetishes with which I used to thrill myself: dodo (buddy plantain), champagne and my “wocked” mixture of Ewhu garri, sardine, groundnut, sugar and milk, all soaked in very chilly water.

Blended oat has displaced my all-time favorite, eba, and banga soup and owho soup are actually occasional; vegetable soup has displaced them. However don’t attempt me with recent fish banga soup. I’ll clear the plate any day and the heavens won’t fall. I thank God I nonetheless eat and luxuriate in my snails.

Deliver on the snails – fried, in sauce, in stew, in ukodo, in banga soup, and so on – I’m all for it. Some Urhobo males don’t eat snails. E get why, however no ask me. I want extra males will keep away from snails in order that the demand will go down and the costs will observe.

On the 26th of December, I’ll watch Arsenal at dwelling to Chelsea. These boys have change into one thing else, sha. It seems to be like they’ve taken an oath to inflict pains on Arsenal followers worldwide, however I select the life classes I get from this patchy interval and reject the pains. In life, issues are by no means going to be at all times rosy. It’s so with household, marriage, enterprise and relationships. The present Arsenal kind helps me to understand life because it actually is, however God, it’s sufficient. Arsenal followers don undergo attain.

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I’ll spend the remainder of the 12 months bonding with my kids. We will exit when vital. I’ll have extra time for my soccer-loving son. He’s at all times longing for my time to debate soccer, however generally the time isn’t there to offer him. I’ll relaxation, mirror on 2020 and put together for 2021. I’ll add a couple of chapters to my new ebook…what’s the title once more?

I’ll give because of God. I’ll thank Him for all times. I’ll thank Him as a result of despite the fact that enterprise was disrupted this 12 months, the enterprise continues to be there and we will proceed 2021 from the place we stopped in 2020. I’ll thank Him due to an incident I survived, which killed a distinguished Nigerian two weeks later.

I’ll thank Him as a result of a raging inferno that might have snuffed the life out of my eldest son solely left him first diploma burns, simply six weeks after his uncle handed on. My spouse misplaced the youthful brother on September 27.

That was painful, however I select to thank God. I’ll thank God as a result of although a few of my projections weren’t realised and a few of my goals have been dashed, I’m higher an individual in December 2020 than I used to be in December 2019. The beginning of Christ restored hope to humankind, in hope and thanksgiving will I have fun his birthday. I want you a Merry Christmas.

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FG to carry again Saudi deportees quickly, says PTF




FG to bring back Saudi deportees soon, says PTF
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The Federal Authorities has opened diplomatic channels on the plight of Nigerians awaiting deportation from Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha mentioned this on the Presidential Process Power on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19  mentioned that “Nigeria is presently working with the federal government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the deportation of 600 Nigerians.”

He mentioned that the deportees have been anticipated to reach in two batches on Jan. 28 and 29  and could be quarantined for 14 days in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

The Information Company of Nigeria(NAN) studies that the affected Nigerians have been reportedly arrested by Saudi authorities as a result of they’d stayed past their permits.

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Sunday Igboho and the specter of battle




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By Femi Fani-Kayode

FOR troopers to escort murderous Fulani herdsmen again to a neighborhood in Ogun State from which they had been earlier evicted after which to publicly whip members of that neighborhood for evicting them merely beggars perception. Have the folks of the South West now turn into slaves of their fathers’ land? Have we lastly been conquered and occupied?

It’s completely mind-blowing. It’s depraved. It’s evil. It’s unacceptable. How way more bloodshed, carnage, violence, insults and humiliation are the folks of the South West anticipated to take? Troopers are whipping our folks like canines on the street with the intention to reinstate these which are killing, raping and maiming them?

Is our Military a Nigerian Military or a Fulani Military? Are the Fulanis superior to all others? Are they above the legislation? Is the Presidency a Nigerian Presidency or a Fulani Presidency? Why do they at all times converse out in defence of killer herdsmen and by no means for his or her victims? It is just when you might have met somebody whose entire household has been raped and butchered by Fulani herdsmen that you’ll know or admire what’s going on within the South West.

It has turn into a each day incidence.

They’ve kidnapped, maimed and slaughtered conventional rulers, businessmen, politicians, elder-statesmen, farmers, artesans, lecturers, lecturers, college students, artists, pure-water sellers, market ladies, hairdressers, the wealthy, the poor, ladies, youngsters and so many others, together with the gorgeous daughter of Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the chief of Afenifere.

For Miyetti Allah, the ACF, the NEF or anybody else to say that the Fulani “personal all of the land in Nigeria” and that we’re “being provocative”, “beating the drums of battle” and “asking for a second civil battle” by calling for the arrest and eviction of the killer herdsmen and murderous thugs from our land is insulting and provocative.

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Solely the ignorant, cowardly and uninformed speak like that. Solely these which are secretly behind the carnage, that revenue from it and that despatched the herdsmen to unleash terror on us can say such issues.

The Structure doesn’t grant the Fulani or anybody else the precise to commit homicide in Nigeria or to show the South West into their killing fields. The Structure doesn’t regard Yoruba blood as being cheaper than others and neither does it prescribe that the Yoruba persons are to be handled like sacrificial lambs and killed at will.

Some Yoruba leaders need to be president or vp in 2023 and are, subsequently, ready to maintain quiet and tolerate this garbage that’s being performed to our folks. I’m not a type of leaders. Nothing on this world could make me commerce within the blood and lives of my folks. Nothing will make me flip a blind eye to their sufferings or betray them.

For me, my folks come first and politics or political expediency comes a distant second. I’ll converse the reality irrespective of the implications, it doesn’t matter what it prices me and irrespective of whose ox is gored.

And the reality is that Chief Sunday Igboho, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Afenifere, Professor Akintoye, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, SOKAPU, the Southern and Center Belt Leaders Discussion board, SMBLF, and all the opposite people and our bodies which have spoken out in opposition to the murderous actions of the herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere are proper.

And people who have supported or tried to rationalise the legal behaviour of the killers within the title of political correctness or political expediency are treacherous, shameless and irresponsible.

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In case you are a Yoruba man and also you need to be president or vp I ponder whose affairs will you be presiding over and who will you lead or symbolize on the nationwide degree if all of your Yoruba folks have already been killed?

Quickly we will begin calling the collaborators and cowards out by title. You betray your individual only for assist, acceptance and promotion from Northerners whereas no Northerner price his salt will ever promote his personal folks out for you? Nothing might be extra reprehensible than that.

Shakespeare wrote ‘cowards die many occasions earlier than their demise’ and Soyinka wrote ‘the person dies in him who stays silent within the face of tyranny and injustice’. They had been each proper. The person has died in too lots of our leaders at this time and the time to talk out is now. All of us must take a cue from Igboho. Sufficient is sufficient. An excessive amount of blood has been shed and too many lives have been taken by these herdsmen within the South West and elsewhere. They kill within the North, the Center Belt, the South-South, the South East and all over the place else they usually do it with out regret and with whole impunity.

Peace-loving and law-abiding Fulanis are welcome within the South West however people who kill, steal, rape and destroy should depart they usually have to be delivered to justice by the authorities. If this doesn’t occur count on many extra Igbohos to stand up.

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The Buhari administration are complicit in these crimes and on this ethnic cleaning, mass homicide and genocide. I say they’re complicit as a result of they’ve refused to disarm the perpetrators, arrest them or deliver them to justice even though it’s their constitutional responsibility to take action.

They’ve failed to take care of legislation and order and to guard the lives and property of the Nigerian folks they usually proceed to pamper and encourage the killer herdsmen.

The Presidency not speaks for the Nigerian folks however just for Miyetti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it doesn’t matter what they are saying they are going to by no means change.

Chief Fani-Kayode, a political chief and former minister, wrote from Lagos

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SON seeks coverage to repatriate substandard items




SON seeks policy to repatriate substandard goods
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The Requirements Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged the federal authorities to think about a coverage geared toward returning substandard items to international locations of origin to spice up shoppers’ confidence and strengthen worldwide commerce.

Mallam Farouk Salim, SON’s Director-Basic, mentioned, at an enforcement train on Monday, the coverage would tackle the preponderance of imported faux and substandard items within the nation.

Salim famous that an association to return items with no financial worth to international locations notable for producing substandard items was well timed and important.

“One association I’d like to have is the power to return substandard items again to nation of origin, whereas additionally paying again the importers of the merchandise in the event that they have been wrongly deceived.

“Nevertheless, a state of affairs the place the importer was not deceived, we’d prosecute the importer.

“We’ll assist any nation to prosecute any producer or importer with their very own legal guidelines over there, however that legislation to my data just isn’t but in place, I’ll positively wish to attraction to the related authorities sooner or later to place such enabling legislation in place,” he mentioned.

The SON DG revealed plans to destroy over N300 million value of substandard fuel cylinders and tyres.

In line with him, the merchandise failed to satisfy the minimal requirement of the Nigerian Industrial Normal (NIS) and, subsequently, weren’t secure for consumption by the general public.

Salim mentioned the company was additionally growing its surveillance and intelligence to checkmate the inflow of substandard items, whereas restating its dedication to zero tolerance for substandard items.

“We’re destroying these items in an environmentally pleasant approach as a result of we don’t need to pollute the surroundings and we additionally should make sure that the whole lot recyclable can be recycled correctly.

”We’re taking a look at N300 million value of products to be destroyed and that is simply an estimate.

“About six containers of tyres have been stuffed into one another and for the cylinders, we intercepted them from a number of sources.

“We nonetheless have extra merchandise ready for courtroom orders to be destroyed as a result of we can’t on our personal destroy them,” he added.

Salim harassed the requirements physique’s preparedness to make sure the passage of solely items that met the minimal necessities following the graduation of the African Continental Free Commerce Settlement (AfCFTA).

“When it comes to the AfCFTA, we’re ready so far as standardising is anxious.

“We’re prepared for any state of affairs whether or not from Africa or different continents the world over,” he mentioned.

Additionally talking, SON’s Compliance Director, Engr. Obiora Manafa, mentioned the company was poised to intensifying its sensitisation programmes to teach Nigerians on the destructive impact of substandard merchandise in 2021.

“The sensitisation campaigns had to date yielded constructive outcomes in line with the feedbacks of many market organisations on the processes,” he mentioned.

Mr Charles Amudipe, Assistant Director, Head of Enforcement, Lagos Workplace, Nigeria Copyright Fee (NCC), mentioned each the SON and the NCC would proceed to strengthen their partnership to make sure the protection of Nigerian shoppers.

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