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Longest known case of argyria Vol. 02 No. 437



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rosemary Jacobs (b. 23 August 1942 in USA) has been affected by argyria from 1956 a couple of years after she started taking nasal drops containing colloidal silver (CSP). Argyria is a condition caused by improper exposure to chemical forms of the element silver causing the skin to developed an irreversible grey tinge.

A nation under devaluation seizure

hat devil has possessed the soul of this nation? What exactly is wrong with this otherwise great country that it continues to slide into the abyss? Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, is a first class brain. He is intelligent, highly cerebral and hugely eloquent. But the affairs of the apex bank of a country should not be left to the whims and caprices of a Robin Crusoe! Only God can tell what exactly went into the riotous and roaring mind of Mallam Sanusi and forcing him to conjure a crazy idea of imposing a 5000 Naira note on Nigerians while his masters in Britain still hang on to their 50 Pound note as their highest denomination. Canada and the US are still stuck to their 100 Dollar note as their highest denomination. What is the compelling reason to

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make currency change in whatever form a priority now that our economy is crumbling in the face of existing choking devaluation and resultant inflation? How does Sanusi want to combine and confuse Cashless policy with printing huge cash? Why does anybody want to kill this country? Last Thursday I looked at the bust of fiery Murtala Muhammed sitting majestically on the 20 Naira note dedicated to his memory and fought back tears. I recollect that in 1981 at the formal dedication of my country home in Ago-Iwoye, not a single guest pasted 20 Naira bill on my forehead. The highest denomination of Naira the wealthy in the gathering could part with was 5 Naira note. Recollect also that at that time a crate of 24 bottles of Coca-Cola was only two naira. Just 30 years ago, a Peugeot 504, one of the leading vehicles in the market then, cost about N5, 000, but today you need about triple that amount to buy just one tyre for the same 504! The same goes for the escalation in the price of Coke. You will need 10 times the amount you paid for 24 bottles in 1981 to buy just one bottle of the same product now. Whereas the difference in the price I paid for a bottle of Coke in England in 1977 and now are perhaps a few pence more.

What went wrong?

How come our currency, the symbol



of our nation’s sovereignty got so devalued almost to a point of extreme worthlessness? How come that one kobo, 20 kobo, 50 kobo and one naira had all disappeared from our currency usage while Britain still proudly parades her pence and America her cents? A Nigerian professor teaching the same course to Nigerians here on our soil will be paid almost a tenth of what he will be paid in the US for the same course and to the same number of students. This is a clear case of devaluation of one’s service; one’s labour, one’s worth on one’s soil. Searching through all possible reasons for the degradation of our individual and collective worth as a people and as a nation, the only answer I found was the unpardonable devaluation of our currency by successive regimes, most especially by the military and latterly by the civilian governments. Lack of commensurate productivity

had always been cited as the major culprit of our woes, but the real reason of course is the lack of political will and the greater lack of the understanding of the dynamics of international politics and the dynamics of power and the pride of sovereignty. And this is the crux of my treatise today. Nigeria for most part had been administered by nincompoops masquerading as national leaders. Buffoons who knew next to nothing about any subject under the sun but who unfortunately [for all of us] got catapulted to the undeserved position of power through either the barrels of the gun or the ‘do-or-die’ political abracadabra that have been calling the shots. And once they got into power, even a tout-turned governor or senator or even local government chairman would start pontificating on every issue as if becoming a council chairman automatically opens up a person’s skull and puts an encyclopaedia there. And as I ruminate over this sad situation I cast my mind back on the good old days. Nigeria had not always been like this. We used to have leaders that anybody would be proud to call leaders. The great Obafemi Awolowo was acknowledged by a onetime British prime minister as a genius capable of administering Britain and the United States put together. He was a Nigerian. The great Nnamdi Azikiwe made his inimitable mark both in the US and Ghana before coming to mesmerise his peers here in Nigeria. The great Ahmadu Bello opened the giant North to modernisation. And to cap it all he understood the dynamics of power and the prime place of the military in power equation. To be continued Akogun Adeniyi is the Jagun Oodua of Yorubaland and former chairman, Daily Times of Nigeria

Sport Extra


emi-finalists have emerged in the female event while only two male teams have reached the semis in the on-going International Energy Insurance (IEI) National Premier Hockey League in Abuja. Women’s defending cham-

Hockey: IEI League enters semis pions, Bayelsa Queens, led Group A with 5 points while Yobe Queens also qualified from the group with same points although with inferior goals difference. In the Group B, Plateau

Queens topped with 4 points ahead of IG Babes who drew all their matches in the preliminaries. Bayelsa Queens will flick with IG Babes in the first semi final tomorrow while

Yobe Queens will meet Plateau Queens, even as Bayelsa Yobe girls are favoured to advance to the final scheduled for Saturday. In the men’s event, Yobe Desert Warriors and Kano

Flickers, who emerged from Group A, will meet the semi finalists from Group B who were yet to emerge at press time yesterday, although defending champion Union Bank and 2010 winners Niger Flickers were tipped as favourites.

Patrick Ukah

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Thursday, August 30, 2012  

All the fact,...all the sides

Thursday, August 30, 2012  

All the fact,...all the sides