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|Politics / Re: AfDB: Why My Detractors Are After Me – Adesina by VolvoS60(m): 7:35pm On May 28, 2020|
Page after page of fiery but misdirected rhetoric.
Oh the irony. Some Nigerians here who have traditionally reserved their worst treatment for one another have suddenly become ultra-nationalists and pan-Africanists. But their conversion isn't genuine - and therefore it will be short lived.
There are important questions which need answers. Not all this pointless flag waving.
Does the law allow an AfDB shareholder to (reject the findings of a board committee and) call for an independent investigation into allegations (anonymously) made against the chief executive? If the rules do allow this, what timeline will be assigned to the investigation? How will the independent investigator be chosen? Will the investigation timeline be brief enough such that Adesina he is exonerated, his bid for re-election will still be feasible? Who gets to decide what will be done with the findings of the investigation?
There are rules in this game.
|Food / Re: Long Cobra Killed At Our Backyard This Morning After Eating 6 Chicken Eggs by VolvoS60(m): 10:51pm On Apr 26, 2020|
Hard to tell from the pictures but I'll wager that it is a cobra - a melanistic spitting cobra. Quite common in West Africa.
Dangerously unpredictable because of its tendency to spit without provocation.
|Food / Re: Long Cobra Killed At Our Backyard This Morning After Eating 6 Chicken Eggs by VolvoS60(m): 10:34pm On Apr 26, 2020|
The chances are that it is.
The mature West African forest cobra is easily identified by the yellow patches on the upper third of its body. This snake doesn't have those patches.
And that's why this snake should be approached with caution. It is probably a black spitting cobra (same head shape) - and they are particularly dangerous since they spit without warning. They are all over the West African sub-region.
Not to be messed with.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 7:34pm On Apr 15, 2020|
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 7:32pm On Apr 15, 2020|
Time will tell if it isn't early days.
Time will tell. Even though for all our sakes I hope that you are right and I am wrong.
And isn't that the whole point? Isn't that what your contact tracing is (or should be) predicated on?
Just for argument's sake, what if they aren't asymptomatic?
It is a bit odd for you to raise the question of symptomatology - after all, you challenged a fellow on this thread when he brought it up. The information from the epicentres of the outbreak does tell us that up to 25% of those infected are asymptomatic. Why did you challenge that fellow then?
And how do you know who the carriers are? Isn't it by testing?
This argument is settled.
|Romance / Re: What Happens After A Failed Marriage Proposal? by VolvoS60(m): 2:54pm On Apr 15, 2020|
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 2:27pm On Apr 15, 2020|
Nonsense. Utter nonsense, Sir.
What is the utility of contract tracing when you have conducted just about 5000 tests to date? Your borders were closed about a month ago. There were flights (with thousands of passengers no doubt) from all the major outbreak centres (in Asia, North America and Europe) to Nigeria up until the closure of those borders. Those passengers were not tested and/or quarantined before disappearing into the general population. Do you know what that means?
The Trump led US administration exhibited the same arrogance you have on display here - the US president claimed the caseload of 15 (as at mid-February 2020) would disappear within days. I do not need to tell you what the situation is in that country today.
If Nigeria gets through this problem without an epidemic that ultimately collapses the public health infrastructure it will be for reasons other than adequate preparation or a coordinated, effective response. That is the truth.
It is still early days - far too early for you to brag about the efficacy of your so-called lockdown. Trump bragged even more and look where it got him.
And by the way, what did you mean by "till date it is very likely you haven't come across a carrier because the lockdown is effective"? Is Covid 19 status written on anyone's forehead? How can you confidently make an assertion like this?
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 1:46pm On Apr 15, 2020|
What is the efficacy of a contact tracing regime when you had abysmally low testing levels to begin with?
I shouldn't be surprised. Your argument is similar to those who ignore Nigeria's low electrical power generation and focus near exclusively on distribution as the problem - an approach doomed to long term failure. You are repeating that error here.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 1:20pm On Apr 15, 2020|
There is a contradiction here. The fellow you quoted decried the inadequacy in testing levels - and you then asked him if he knew anyone who has died of Covid 19. How can there be any meaningful contract tracing strategy if testing levels are so low?
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 1:07pm On Apr 15, 2020|
Not sure what your point is here, Sir. Care to explain further?
|Foreign Affairs / Re: South Korea Conducts Election Amid Coronavirus. Voters Wear Face Masks & Gloves by VolvoS60(m): 12:47pm On Apr 15, 2020|
People need to educate themselves.
South Korea has had at least 2 major respiratory disease outbreaks over the last 2 decades - the SARS and MERS epidemics and a couple of others.
They made their mistakes then and learned from them.
There is a huge difference between the response of the SK government and that of the US government in handling Covid 19. They both got their first confirmed cases on the same day in January 2020. But while the Americans ended up with a botched government response, the South Koreans immediately began testing tens of thousands of people per week. So far, nearly 400,000 people have been tested so far in South Korea - with less than 200 fatalities. The country has thousands of units of testing kits and PPE kits. The public immediately took to using face masks, gloves and practicing social distancing. Throw in a reputation for discipline and public order and it shouldn't surprise anyone that their containment policy has worked.
And that's why they can afford to hold elections in these difficult times. Will Nigeria learn anything from these people - lessons for now and the future?
Your guess is as good as mine.
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 12:07pm On Apr 15, 2020|
I asked you because I thought you could advance the discussion and provide some answers. I thought you could end the guesswork and conjecture on the thread - especially since you wrote quite a bit about Fowler in your initial post.
I guess I was wrong.
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 7:27pm On Apr 12, 2020|
What does 'political philosophy' have to do with anything? He's a tax collector!
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 7:01pm On Apr 12, 2020|
I guess you are referring to Buhari here.
The only problem you have is that he was popular enough across this country to win 2 terms - despite his unequivocal support of rogues and knaves. The question you should ask is why such a large number of people (across Northern and Southern Nigeria) supported him despite these shortcomings. Why?
Those bankers, unfortunately broke the rules. They gave themselves a bad name - no one else did. What I will concede is that there wasn't fairness in that whole exercise - for example, there are big questions as to how Unity Bank escaped the axe - the rumour is that it was kept alive to satisfy 'certain' interests. But Oceanic Bank and Intercontinental Bank contravened CBN guidelines and their MDs broke the law. No two ways about it.
She presented a forged NYSC discharge certificate. She knew the people (and they cut across all regions of Nigeria, by the way) she was dealing with - they fight and they fight dirty. They outmaneuvered her and she lost out in the power struggle. She should never have tendered that forged certificate and she knows it.
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 6:26pm On Apr 12, 2020|
I would like to be educated on how employing tax consultants reduced FIRS corruption. I genuinely would like to know the facts on this case.
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 6:17pm On Apr 12, 2020|
Nami claims he met a broken FIRS bureaucracy. That is an allegation that will need some time and a lot more information (from both Fowler and Nami) to prove or disprove.
Some of Fowlers critics on this thread claim that he superintended over a decline in FIRS revenues - among other 'crimes'. Now those are allegations that can be tackled here and now - the information (some of it at least) is in the public domain.
Instead of ridiculing Nami's ethnicity, the key issues of performance (or lack of it) could have been settled - right here on this thread. Lost opportunity.
|Politics / Re: Nami: FIRS Under Fowler Virtually Collapsed, I Had To Rebuild From Scratch by VolvoS60(m): 5:54pm On Apr 12, 2020|
Leave his ethnicity out of it and address the allegations he made. Are they valid or not?
|Politics / Re: I Saw The Effects Of Our Negativity On Our Country And Ourselves. by VolvoS60(m): 3:56pm On Apr 12, 2020|
It would be good to know the metrics used in arriving at your conclusions about information and access to solutions in Nigeria. I disagree strongly with your conclusion but I'll wait till you explain further.
It is very clear that the response of the US federal government to Covid-19 has been a complete disaster. That we can agree on. However, the situation in Nigeria is still unfolding and I wouldn't go as far as saying Nigeria has handled the problem better. After all, the same reasons for the abysmal failure of the US federal government in handling the problem are very much present in Nigeria too. There has been very little testing done here in Nigeria - and testing is central to any effective containment policy. There is also a shortage of PPE at hospitals. There are less than a dozen isolation centres for a population of 200 million people. And so on. If we pull through with fewer casualties than expected then it will be for reasons other than adequate preparation on our part - that much is assured.
This is the ugly side of the US that is carefully hidden from view - and pieces like yours are providing a public service by telling it exactly like it is. The good thing is that more Nigerians are slowly getting to know the truth about how that country really works - the so called greatest country in the world that passed universal healthcare legislation (or a caricature of it) only ten years ago. And that same piece of legislation is under relentless assault as we speak.
One thing I won't do is gloss over the very real problems we face - several of which you listed in your post. These problems do exist. If you live here and pretend they don't - it will cost you.
The one thing I agree with you on is that some so called first world countries (notably the US) also have the same laundry list of social and institutional problems that we have. They have simply done a far better job of hiding them - and this is where we have work to do. These problems (whether they be in the US or Nigeria) must be brought out into the open for all to see. Only then can informed choices be made - and only then can the first steps towards solving these problems (in Nigeria at least) be taken.
|Politics / Re: Boko Haram Members Catching Fun - VOA (Throwback Video) by VolvoS60(m): 12:32pm On Apr 07, 2020|
Even on this thread there are still plaintive demands for respect accompanied by veiled threats - as usual. And of course, the never ending excuses why the war remains unwon.
Just do the job you are being paid for. Nigerians are tired of excuses and endless debates about respect. Get the damn job done, soldier.
Everything else is a waste of our precious time.
|Politics / Re: Boko Haram Burns Houses In Kirchinga, Adamawa, Loots Shops by VolvoS60(m): 12:18pm On Apr 07, 2020|
Even on this thread people are still making excuses for failure. After how many years, the army still cannot rout Boko Haram?
Some people demand more from pre-teen children than they do from adults who are paid to fight for a living. It doesn't make any sense.
These excuses are a waste of time. People want results. No ifs. No buts.
|Health / Re: The Coronavirus Seems To Like Cold Weather by VolvoS60(m): 11:07am On Apr 05, 2020|
Absolutely true. I don't know why it didn't occur to me earlier.
Possibly very dark days ahead.
|Health / Re: The Coronavirus Seems To Like Cold Weather by VolvoS60(m): 10:57am On Apr 05, 2020|
|Health / Re: The Coronavirus Seems To Like Cold Weather by VolvoS60(m): 10:45am On Apr 05, 2020|
But I haven't seen any research that says immunity to malaria built over time confers immunity to Covid 19. If you have any references kindly include.
My limited knowledge also tells me that malaria is caused by a parasite and not a virus. As far as I am aware, immunity to malaria isn't much of a defence against lassa fever - a viral fever that kills scores (possibly hundreds) of Nigerians when there's an epidemic.
Difficult times ahead.
|Health / Re: The Coronavirus Seems To Like Cold Weather by VolvoS60(m): 9:27am On Apr 05, 2020|
I assume you meant to say tropical/sub-tropical climate?
Good points you made, by the way.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Chadian Soldiers Led By President Idris Debby Burst Boko Haram Warehouse by VolvoS60(m): 8:59am On Apr 05, 2020|
These soldiers have done themselves no favours.
They are more in the news for one deadly confrontation after the other with civilians - confrontations that lead to needless civilian casualties. And all for what?
Nigerians are no longer interested in excuses for failure. They just want results. You say these soldiers are underequipped to fight BH. But somehow they always have enough arms and ammunition to shoot civilians in Nigerian towns and villages whenever there is a slight misunderstanding. Somehow there is always enough ordinance, fuel and explosives to level a town or village (and displace hundreds of thousands of innocents) whenever something happens to a soldier. And you say they are underequipped.
No more stories.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Chadian Soldiers Led By President Idris Debby Burst Boko Haram Warehouse by VolvoS60(m): 8:44am On Apr 05, 2020|
This has nothing to do red, mauve, purple, onyx or turquoise coloured mud 'regions'.
Focus on the issues.
|Science/Technology / Re: Man Kills A Viper With 64 Babies In Anambra State (Photos) by VolvoS60(m): 7:57am On Apr 05, 2020|
Looks like a puff adder and not a gaboon viper.
|Family / Re: We Have Not Been Able To Have Sex Yet After 7 Months Of Marriage by VolvoS60(m): 7:50pm On Apr 04, 2020|
You need a sedative too.
Where is all this anger coming from?
|Family / Re: We Have Not Been Able To Have Sex Yet After 7 Months Of Marriage by VolvoS60(m): 7:03pm On Apr 04, 2020|
Is everything OK, Sir?
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