How To Stop Petrol Tanker Explosions In Western Nigeria

How To Stop Petrol Tanker Explosions In Western Nigeria

An open communication to all the governors in Western Nigeria.

Whichever way you look at it and irrespective of your perspective on my hypothesis, you must agree with me somehow that there is a need to put a stop to petrol tanker explosions in western Nigeria.

By Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

This is an open letter to all the governors of all the states in Western Nigeria. They really need to sit up and perform their duties, the ones they swore oath to.

I have followed almost all the incidents of explosions and fire outbreaks in western Nigeria for about 2 to 3 years now. My hypothesis is that the frequency and the regularity are so high that one could no longer term them accidents. A fire accident may occur once in a while but attacks on institutions and the economy of western Nigeria seems to be what is ongoing in the last 2 to 3 years, or more.

There is presently almost no state governor or their social media handlers in western Nigeria that is unaware of my hypothesis. My hypothesis: one that I do think I have a right to, is something I have not failed to bring to the attention of the Ooni of Ife and the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.

Live up to the oath you swore. For once, come together and work together to keep us safe.

That is not too much to ask. Is it?

I do not agree that the fire outbreaks and explosions have anything to do with the harmattan season. The attacks are not seasonal. Harmattan is also not a sudden, unexpected weather condition. We have been living with weather variations all our lives. What is apparent is the rise of explosions, fire outbreaks and petrol tanker explosions in western Nigeria. These unfortunate incidents correlate perfectly with the rise and establishments of terrorism in northern Nigeria. It also correlates with general banditry, kidnapping and spread of vices across Nigeria generally.  I do not think the explosions and fire outbreaks in western Nigeria should be treated in isolation.

My suggestions for the state governors in western Nigeria are as follow:

-Take the entrance and exit of petrol tankers into western Nigeria more seriously. If you don’t have a pre-existing protocol for monitoring the movement of these tankers, then START NOW!

-Every petrol tanker that comes into western Nigeria must be known. Who is the driver? Which company or organisation do they work for? Where are the drivers living in western Nigeria? Where do they live in Northern Nigeria? Are they Nigerians? Who is their next of kin and so on and so forth?

-Take the plate number of every petrol tanker coming in and out of western Nigeria. Find out if they are real or fake plate numbers. Once discovered to be fake, take in the vehicle and prosecute the driver within 12 – 24 hours. Just do it!

-Do a survey of the routes of petrol tankers in western Nigeria. Mount specific plate number reading cameras at strategic locations along these routes. Even face recognition cameras for the drivers and occupants.

-Do all you can to carry out forensics on tankers that explode. Find the owners! Bring them to book and possibly prosecute them for terrorism! Stop their license, for life!

The governors of the states in western Nigeria must stop forming committees here and there. No need for committees! Get to work. Use people. Use the institutions that are existing to tackle security issues in western Nigeria. Start now!

My suggestions can be implemented. You just need to find a way to make them happen and even apply other measures that are not included here. There may be other ways too.

Why must you do these?

The people are losing their lives and their means of livelihood. Markets are burning. Roads are destroyed. Bridges may start to collapse. Environment is degraded. Even the health of the people will deteriorate with environmental pollution. I wish I could write more to expatiate but there are experts in western Nigeria who can tackle the economic implications more than me. There are experts who can tell you more about the damage to the environment and the direct and indirect impacts on lives and property.

Whichever way you look at it and irrespective on your perspective on my hypothesis, you must agree with me somehow that there is a need to put a stop to petrol tanker explosions in western Nigeria. Again, I do not believe it is just the weather or the bad roads. They have their roles but what we see in western Nigeria is beyond these 2 factors.

Take this as an open letter. Set to work. Protect Yorubaland. Protect western Nigeria. Protect the lives of the people, protect their means of livelihood. Protect life and property.

Live up to the oath you swore. For once, come together and work together to keep us safe.

That is not too much to ask. Is it?

Aderounmu Adeola writes from Stockholm, Sweden.

aderounmu@gmail.com

Nigeria Government Orders 100 000 doses of Vaccine

Nigeria Government Orders 100 000 doses of Vaccine

Based on Channels TV SUNRISE PROGRAM featuring prof Tomori, Alero Roberts and Tunji Funsho

Indirect Reports By Adeola Aderounmu

It is not often I wake up on a Saturday morning to watch a Nigerian TV channel. I have high disappointment in the role of the Nigerian media in the persistent oppression of the masses by the criminals in various government houses across the country. Somehow, I got caught up with SUNRISE (9 jan 2021), a program on CHANNELS TV and I learnt a lot.

“An idiot is still an idiot”

“Whether you are prominent or not, if you an idiot, you are an idiot”

“They are idiots, they are not prominent”

-Professor Tomori, reacting to so called prominent Nigerians undermining the coronavirus and the vaccine in Nigeria.

For this essay I would explain what 3 prominent Nigerians discussed with the presenters via video conference. These prominent Nigerians are Professor Tomori, Alero Roberts and Tunji Funsho.

At the end of this essay their names will appear as references. The essay is a mixture of their points of views and my additions.

These are what they talked about.

The Nigerian government has ordered 100 000 doses of covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer. Professor Tomori said that would be enough for 50 000 people. So, if Nigeria is a country (?) with approximately 200 million people, that means that the 100 000 doses is probably going to be rationed to the politicians and their families. Tomori also mentioned the disadvantages of ordering vaccine from Pfizer as it requires very cold temperature of minus 70 for storage. Nigeria does not have the facility for such storage. In the words of Tomori, the Nigerian government is stupid! He wondered why the Nigerian government ordered vaccines from Pfizer. In his words, Nigeria prepared for yesterday today while the rest of the world prepared for their tomorrow yesterday.

Tunji Funsho said whilst vaccination is very important, the priority now should be how to actually curb the vaccine in the next 1 year. He spoke about the need for dedication on the part of the population. “We need basic protocol to curb the vaccine”. He meant that the people must observe practices that would bring a halt to the spread of the disease.

“Stupidity kills and unfortunately stupid people are still going to die”

Alero Roberts reacting to people neglecting recommendations to stay at home and avoid indoor assembly.

Tunji Funsho said Nigerians should wear mask. He condemns congregations in churches or mosques. As a matter of fact, Tomori, Roberts and Funsho all were critical of the roles of churches and mosques in the continuous spread of coronavirus in Nigeria. Tomori said God is everywhere and people should sit down at home.

Tunji Funsho

Tunji Funsho mentioned safe distancing even when we wear masks. He said that that the role of the government is minimal even though the government need to do more mobilization and he also emphasized the role of the media. I (Adeola) don’t know if I agree with him on the aspect of the role of the government. I think the government need to be more transparent on her dealings and to engage the people daily. In Sweden, the prime minister is drilled almost daily on issues concerning coronavirus and the health authorities organize daily media briefing during the weekdays. So, I think a Buhari in Aso rock should move his ass and address the press daily and he should answer critical questions about the safety of Nigerian lives.  

Professor Tomori dismissed as untrue or unfounded the insinuation that vaccination will reduce herd immunity in Nigeria. He said on the contrary that vaccination will increase the herd immunity.

In terms of maintaining protocols and following regulations, the three discussants were very stern with their words and warnings. Alero Roberts said:

“Stupidity kills and unfortunately stupid people are still going to die”

She said she has friends who travelled to some places and came back home with covid-19. She said some of them are now queuing up for medical attention. We should have considerations for medical workers by not exposing ourselves to the virus and by staying at home, she emphasized.  Alero Roberts said “We have a choice not to be an Obituary”

“You don’t need to go to church. You don’t need to go to the mosque. Stay at home. Keep away from indoor assembly,” she further emphasized.

While reacting to the video and messages by some prominent Nigerians urging Nigerians not to take the coronavirus vaccine, Professor Tomori said prominent or not,

“An idiot is still an idiot”

“Whether you are prominent or not, if you an idiot, you are an idiot”

“They are idiot, they are not prominent”

Professor Tomori would want Nigeria to emulate countries that have done well with the management of the coronavirus, for example New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam. He said the task force in Nigeria must begin to act proactively and focus on the people. He said the task force was not doing enough to dispel wrong insinuations.

Reacting to Ali Baba’s ordeal, the discussants agree that such ordeal should occupy frontline/frontpage news not just for a day or two but for a very long time to impress it on the people about the seriousness of the virus.

“How does it affect me that Buhari went to Daura” asked professor Tomori. He thought such news should not be the headline at a time when information about coronavirus should be a priority.

The three discussants cannot see Nigerians in general getting the vaccines until the end of the first quarter of 2021.

References

Professor Tomori

Alero Roberts

Tunji Funsho

Channels TV (SUNRISE)

PRAY FOR AFRIKA

PRAY FOR AFRIKA

This morning I shared a status on my Whatsapp and I know some people would be mad at me. My prayer for Afrika was not the same as what they expected and surely not the same as their gangster pastors would suggest.

My prayer for Afrika was that Afrika should wake up from her slumber. I prayed that Afrika would rule the world again the same way she did before she was captured, tamed and subdued by different imperialists.

That is my prayer for Afrika and it ended with Ase

NB: I need to blog more, so some of my posts are going to be short and brief. I have some other articles that are pending, they may be longer.

Brief and short blogs will allow me to respond more to situations in Nigeria and Africa. It will keep me closer to YOU!

Quote of the day

THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE IS NOT TO BE BETTER THAN YOUR FRIENDS OR NEIGHBOURS.

FIND HAPPINESS AND SPREAD IT

-Adeola Aderounmu, 7 Jan 2021

BOOKS ARE GOOD. BUT YOU CANNOT LEARN EVERYTHING FROM BOOKS ONLY. THE YORUBA TRADITION EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF “ORI” -THE HEAD. YOUR ORI IS TO ASSIST YOU, GIVING YOU KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM TO FORGE NEW PATHS AND TO THINK IN NEW WAYS.

-Adeola Aderounmu 8 Jan 2021

DO YOU KNOW WHY THEIR ARE SPIRITUAL CHURCHES IN AFRIKA? BECAUSE NO FORCE ON EARTH CAN ERASE AFRIKAN SPIRITUALITY

-Adeola Aderounmu, 9 jan 2021

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The Re-education Of The African

The Re-education Of The African

By Adeola Aderounmu

Adeola Aderounmu

I have no doubts that we need to educate and re-educate Africans. My blog is not a source of historical facts, but I can reflect on what has been and I have a right to write based on my observations and inspirations.

There is no doubt that we have challenges in Africa. We do.

Sometimes I wish I could go out and preach, not as a lazy religious leader ripping the people of their hard earned monies, but as a preacherman asking the people to look deep into their souls and search within for the meaning of their lives and the significance of their existence in relation to their immediate habitat and in a global context.

In matters of African policy and politics, the intellectuals have been relegated and rendered insignificant. They have been pushed to the background, relegated and made voiceless.

Why do we need to educate and re-educate Africans?

We have lost touch with our culture.

We don’t speak our languages.

We don’t write in our languages. I am Yoruba and have not written Yoruba in several decades. I don’t know how to put marks on Yoruba letters. I am guilty. I need education

We need to teach us our culture and languages.

We need to teach us the goodness of our spiritualities and educate ourselves how to remove the evil part of our spiritualities.

We need to go back to our civilization. It was modern and progressive.

We need to find out why we lost the mind games that brought slavery and colonization to our lands. We shall not make the same mistakes now or in the future.

We need to wear our natural hairs and natural looks.

We need to write our own books and read them along with others. But ours must be the priority.

We need to educate ourselves and our children on the need to work together and build together.

We need the education and the re-education that will bring us glory.

We are AFRICANS.

Our stories and our existence go far beyond the origin of the Bible and Koran.

We owe it to ourselves to find out what went wrong.

I heard a brother asked: how did we fall to the foreign forces if our gods and ancestors were so powerful? It is a stupid question. It is like asking how the lizard got into your room despite the walls and windows. If you know how the lizard got into your room, you know the answer to your foolishness or carelessness.

We must with haste, re-educate everyone.

My generation may not achieve so much, but these things we write will help us and those coming after us to know that AFRICAN is the NUCLEUS of the world.

We need education and re-education.

This short essay does not say it all. I just wanted to wake you up. You’ve been sleeping since you were born.

Wake up and start your own re-education.

Start now!

aderounmu@gmail.com

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