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Nigeria as a forest of 1 million kidnappers



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Uzor Maxim Uzoatu


Each Nigerian is now a kidnapper.When you don’t see human beings to kidnap, you kidnap the reality. That’s the Nigerian manner of the right here and now.

I can show it by swearing on the dreaded Okija Shrine. And even Fela’s Shrine, come to think about it!

The “forest of a thousand daemons” that Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka depicted in his translation of DO Fagunwa’s epochal novel pales compared to the wanton kidnappers who’ve taken over the greying green-and-white forest generally known as Nigeria.

The Kankara schoolboys of Katsina State have simply been kidnapped as a welcome present to President Muhammadu Buhari as he spends his vacation in his native Katsina State.

Katsina Governor Masari lamented that every one of 333 college students have been kidnapped just for President Buahri’s spokesman Garba Shehu to counter that solely 10 schoolboys have been lacking.

I concern that our buddy Garba Shehu will check optimistic for taking efficiency enhancing medication in doing his authorities job.

Earlier than a optimistic drug check renders null and void the kidnap quantity sport, let’s simply acknowledge that the kidnap of the Kankara boys is an equalizer for the kidnap of the Chibok women.

Buhari and his supporters won’t ever enable us to neglect that no matter former President Goodluck Jonathan may do, Buhari can do higher.

If Jonathan noticed the kidnap of ladies, Buhari has upped the ante with the kidnap of boys. Now the “Carry Again The Ladies” Brigade will bow and tremble and faint earlier than the actual champions of Buhari time, singing: “Carry Again The Boys!”

On this kidnapping matter, it’s cool to start from the start when Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan stood accused of kidnapping the Nigerian presidency from the so-called “core North.”

Again then, the Northern hegemony-mongers couldn’t consider their eyes {that a} rank outsider from the Niger Delta had succeeded to “kolobi” the presidency, that’s, to make use of a Niger Delta kidnap slang which means “to grab by the neck”.

In 2015 there was a heavy alliance of the self-advertised political sophisticates of the lagoon buccaneer and the feudal mandarins of the desert herdsman with not just a little assist coming from the letter-writing navigator to lift the wanted ransom to recuperate the kidnapped presidency from the lair of the Ijaw man from Otuoke named Goodluck.

After paying the wanted ransom to reclaim the kidnapped prime slot, there got here waffling noises right here and there concerning the presidency being kidnapped completely to the North-North with none regards in any respect to the opposite geo-political zones of the nation.

No kidnapper price his AK47 of tribalism cares a hoot about idle talks of federal character, constitutional order, democratic norms and whatnot!

Solely the kidnap of cows attracts the ire of the brand new sheriff on the town. The kidnapping of people is a free trip – from schoolboys and women to all mere mortals working for his or her expensive lives within the kidnap jungle of the Nigerian forest.

This fashion, Nigeria as we speak is sort of a punch-drunk boxer badgered from pillar to publish with no supervisor in sight to throw within the towel.

The service chiefs are glued to a spot with the particular kind of glue generally known as the Northern Glue.

Each Nigerian is now on his personal obeying the mantra of kidnap or be kidnapped by unprecedented gas worth hikes, sky-gazing alternate charges, romanticized herdsmen, duplicitous border closures and so on.

Within the huge kidnapping playground of the so-called Large of Africa, something can occur and no one is sacred.

Mother and father protesting the kidnap of their sons find yourself being tear-gassed within the service of the emperor of the kidnap.

As a substitute of clearing all of the forests of Nigeria to rid us of kidnappers as soon as and for all, there’s the nationwide drive of championing the reason for the planting of extra Ruga bushes, thereby creating extra forests for kidnappers.

What will be extra herdsmen-friendly than that?

If the Southern zone finally ends up being was one huge forest by the Ruga train of grass and forest, I’m certain kidnappers would take pleasure in a free reign in Nigeria.

Should you assume I’m jiving, await me to clear my eyes with Shine-Shine Bobo!

Now with my eyes very clear, I can see clearly that kidnappers are lurking in each nook of the promised nation.

As if to as soon as once more buttress the truth that kidnapping is in every single place in Nigeria, I’ve to sadly report that I’ve simply been kidnapped in mid-sentence…

My kidnappers desire a ransom of N116 million, that’s the precise quantity kidnapped by the Ministry of Petroleum as headed by Oga-at-the-Prime to purchase biros and letterheads.

With their AK 47 rifles pointing at my fats head, the abductors pressured me to place a name throughout to Aso Rock demanding for the cost of the ransom.

My one prayer rang excessive that Garba Shehu’s fabled efficiency enhancing medication ought to be energetic as ever.

The voice on the Aso finish heard me out with out saying a phrase in reply.

The abductors ordered me to repeat the decision just for me to listen to from the Aso Rock cellphone: “The quantity you’re calling is at the moment switched off. Please attempt once more later!”


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Buyer Shares Photograph Of The Work Desk A Carpenter Made For Her




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The client mentioned she requested the carpenter to make her a desk with drawers and he ended up putting the drawer within the center, as a substitute of to the aspect, leaving no leg room for somebody working.

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A displeased buyer has shared  photograph of a piece desk she requested a carpenter to make and what he made as a substitute.

She mentioned she requested the carpenter to make her a “desk with drawers” and the carpenter ended up putting the drawer within the center, as a substitute of to the aspect, leaving no leg oom for somebody working.

When the girl requested him the place the consumer’s legs ought to go, he responded: “There may be area”.

Some have blamed the error on the phrases the client utilized in describing what she desires to the carpenter.

Under is what the desk ought to appear to be;


Disappointed customer shares photo of the work desk a carpenter made for her



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Southwest PDP youths sort out Gov Makinde over romance with Gbenga Daniel




Southwest PDP youths tackle Gov Makinde over romance with Gbenga Daniel
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Kick towards former Ogun gov’s invitation again to occasion

By Adeola Badru

A bunch of Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) youths within the Southwest, PDP Youths Congress (PDPYC), on Thursday, mentioned anybody wooing former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to return to the occasion doesn’t need the progress of the occasion, declaring that “PDP doesn’t want a traitor in its fold once more.”

Vanguard recalled {that a} delegation, led by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, made a name that Gbenga Daniel ought to return to the PDP and lead the occasion in Ogun State.

The PDP youth caucus mentioned it was humorous that desperation for brand new allies, having misplaced management of the occasion within the Southwest was main Governor Makinde to run to folks like Daniel, who betrayed the PDP instantly after final yr’s presidential election.

In accordance with its convener, Mr. Oluwole Durojaiye, in a chat with Vanguard, youths within the Southwest PDP wouldn’t sit again and permit Governor Makinde to convey ants infested woods into the occasion simply because the governor wished new political allies who can be able to lick his (Makinde) anus.

He mentioned: “It’s on file that regardless of being the Director-Basic of the Atiku presidential marketing campaign, Gbenga Daniel didn’t even await the official response to the election outcomes by the PDP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar earlier than dumping the occasion.”

“The query is, would Otunba Gbenga Daniel have dumped the PDP as he did in 2019 if Atiku had received the presidential election?”

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The youths, who advised Governor Makinde to tread cautiously in his quest to maintain his rebel towards established positions of the PDP Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) and Nationwide Govt Council (NEC), reminded him that PDP crises in Ogun State and by extension the Southwest began beneath Gbenga Daniel in 2011.

“So far as we’re involved, Gbenga Daniel acted like a mole through the election and it was actions of traitors like him that value PDP that election.  Most significantly, as of right this moment, all his right-hand males are in APC. A lot of them are even appointees of the APC authorities within the state. Presently, his lodge in Abeokuta is the place APC actions do maintain and he was nonetheless in a gathering with Governor Dapo Abiodun a number of days in the past.”

“Subsequently, as a substitute of Governor Makinde happening his knees to beg Gbenga Daniel, who’s neck-deep in APC to come back and lead PDP in Ogun State, he ought to quite go and beg Governor Dapo Abiodun or Senator Ibikunle Amosun to come back and lead PDP.”

“Additionally, Governor Makinde ought to go a step additional by going to beg President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf or Senator Bola Tinubu’s son, Seyi,  to come back to the PDP and lead the occasion on the nationwide degree in order that will probably be clearer that the occasion is now utterly bought to the APC.”

Vanguard News Nigeria

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How we improved broadband service ― NCC




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***Says 3G, 4G towers now 53,460

By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Nigerian Communications Fee, NCC, says it has elevated third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) base transceiver stations (BTS) deployment in Nigeria from 30,000 to 53,460 by an efficient regulatory framework.

The Fee additionally disclosed that Fibre Optic Transmission cables within the nation have expanded from 47,000km to 54,725km within the final 5 years, leading to improved broadband/telecoms service supply to Nigerians.

The Govt Vice Chairman of the Fee, Professor Umar Danbatta disclosed this whereas reeling out trade development information at a briefing for the brand new Everlasting Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Financial system, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu, on the capabilities and regulatory actions of the Fee in Abuja.

The EVC, who spoke on NCC’s enabling legal guidelines, mandates of NCC, the construction of NCC, implementation strategy of its mandates and methodology, key focus and targets, scorecards, the brand new soon-to-be-unveiled Strategic Administration Imaginative and prescient (SVP), NCC’s contributions to the economic system, stated that the assorted regulatory frameworks are aimed toward bettering service supply, challenges confronting the sector and proposed options, amongst others.

In response to Danbatta, the efficient regulatory regime put in place by his management has resulted in elevated deployment of infrastructure by telecoms operators, which in flip, helped to enhance broadband penetration and different associated service supply within the telecoms trade.

“The BTS, fibre optic cables and different associated infrastructure are central to the availability of improved service expertise for Nigerians by their respective telecoms service suppliers,” he stated, including that the licensed Infrastructure Firms (InfraCos) are additionally anticipated so as to add 38,296km to optic fibre cables once they begin absolutely operations.

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The EVC additionally knowledgeable that as at November 2020, energetic telephony subscribers stood at 208 million with teledensity standing at 108.92 per cent whereas energetic Web subscriptions had been 154.9 million and broadband penetration of 45.07 per cent, amongst others.

He additionally spoke on varied initiatives undertaken by the Fee to make sure client safety and empowerment.

These, in keeping with him, embody the Declaration of 2017 as Yr of the Telecom Client, introduction of the 622 Toll-Free Line for lodging and resolving client complaints and the availability of the 112 Emergency quantity and activation of 19 Emergency Communications Centre (ECCs).

Different such consumer-centric regulatory measures intervention, in keeping with the EVC, embody issuance of varied instructions to cell community operators (MNOs) to guard the customers from being short-changed, making certain easy transition of Etisalat to 9Mobile, client outreach programmes, introduction and enforcement of cell quantity portability (MNP) in addition to the introduction of the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) 2442 to verify circumstances of unsolicited textual content messages.

The EVC additional disclosed that the variety of subscriptions to DND service has hit over 30 million because the service empowers Nigerians to have the ability to shield themselves from the menace of unsolicited textual content messages.

In recognition of the great financial development alternatives afforded by the deployment of broadband and its related applied sciences, Danbatta stated the Fee has positioned itself in authorities’s drive for a digital Nigeria, as contained within the Nigerian Nationwide Broadband Plan (2020 – 2025), the Nationwide Digital Financial system Coverage and Technique (2020 – 2030) and the Strategic Administration Plan (2020 – 2024) of the Fee.

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“The Fee will proceed to place in its greatest within the discharge of its mandates, particularly in facilitating the deployment of broadband, which is central to diversifying the Nigerian economic system and nationwide improvement.

“Additionally, it’s our perception that the communications trade, beneath the management of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Financial system, will expertise extra quantum leaps and retain its present management function within the telecommunications area,” he stated.

In his response, the Perm Secretary counseled the management of the Fee, acknowledging the upward development attributed to the efficient regulatory regime, the central function NCC is enjoying within the digital transformation of the Nigerian economic system in addition to the spectacular contribution of the sector to the nation’s Gross Home (GDP).

“I wish to thank NCC for its contribution to the Nigerian economic system thus far. I’m not exaggerating in regards to the achievements of NCC, by way of contribution to GDP and the way NCC’s efficient regulatory function has been serving to the economic system in so some ways,” he stated, including that NCC management additionally contributed to his success because the Chairman of the World Radio Convention in 2015.

Engineer Daudu urged the Fee on the necessity for elevated collaboration and teamwork with the Ministry, different businesses and trade stakeholders in direction of reaching the Federal Authorities’s goal of a digital economic system.

He additionally promised to help the Fee in no matter methods doable in direction of reaching its regulatory mandates.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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