Black Sunday in Lagos

17 Mar 2020

Hi Folks,

It has been a trying period for the world no doubt but the recent pipeline explosions in Lagos made it double trouble for some folks. Our hearts are sincerely with them.

We were battling with the worries of COVID-19 among other challenges facing the human race until we woke to the sounds of explosions at Abule-Ado, a suburb of Lagos. The cause of the incident which took at least 17 lives and destroying properties worth billions of Naira is yet to be ascertained.



One unfortunate thing however, is the way people spread falsehood over this incident. There is a story that insurgents had planted explosives along the pipelines, others say the explosives were deployed using drones and some went as far as saying fire was deliberately set along the lines of the pipeline.

What I am certain of is the fact that innocent lives and properties were lost, the fire service, the police and even the armed forces were a big help as they all deployed their equipment promptly to arrest the situation but the damage had been done.

An advice from me to the government as pipeline fire incidents have become a regular in our daily narratives. Sensors along the lines of the pipes should be a good way to detect faults; the sensors will be made to detect leakages, tampering and excess heat around the pipelines thus triggering an alert which will help authorities address situations before they go out of hand.

I don’t have the wherewithal to make it happen; I’d have gotten down to it right away.

Many thanks to the Lagos State government for the relief fund raiser; I implore you and your friends to please throw in your supports.

The world has been partly brought down on her knees, no thanks to that bloody respecter of nobody; COVID-19. The super powers have come to understand that there are small but mighty ‘superpowers’.

No one dares look the Corona Virus eye to eye, you are either looking through the lens of a microscope or through the eye of a protective body suit; you dare not touch it with your bare hands even. Doubting me? O ya, go ahead and hug a COVID-19 patient for me to see…

I know efforts are seriously on to attack the virus squarely but before that, which I believe should be about two to three weeks, you need to keep yourself safe.

How, you may want to ask?

  • Maintain a very high level of hygiene
  • Stock your kitchen adequately
  • Keep a hand sanitizer around you always
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes as they provide an easy means for the virus to get to their comfort zone
  • Keep at least 2-3 meters away from someone who is sneezing or coughing
  • Report all cases showing symptoms of common cold, flu or unusually high temperatures to the nearest hospital
  • If you have just arrived from a trip abroad, self quarantine for at least 14 days
  • If you have come in contact with someone who is suspected to have contacted the virus, report yourself to a hospital to be examined

You are free to add other useful tip on staying safe at this time and please share with us and others.

The question remains; should be businesses allow employees work from home?

I missed my shot at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA), as gate crashing wasn’t an option and my contact fed me stories till the last minutes. You know yourself bro, next time this happens; I will blow the whistle.

Do I need to mention the travails of Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the APC national chairman, here? I don’t feel like it sha but that guy has some kind of staying power. Do you think there is any reason to kick him out of that office? Share your thoughts with us.

The world is full of good people, if you can’t find one; be one. Let’s make kindness a habit. Enjoy your week!


Ilupeju B