Good People, let me begin by noting that I am flummoxed (time has changed, I used that word many times those days as a prefect in secondary school. Add “flabbergasted”, the junior will know that the senior knows grammar!). Yes, I have received many questions on Dino Melaye’s claim that the electromagnetic radiation from 5G is the cause of coronavirus. While you can dismiss the video, it is important to note that Dino was a senator, and has a really big followership. So, if you do not deal with this matter, companies like MTN, 9Mobile, Airtel and Glo could see their assets attacked by youth who may want to defend their lands from 5G installations!
This is all I can write here: there are many smart people on this earth that did testing and checked all the dots before approving this product for the world. And if any person thinks he can sell harmful products, there are trial lawyers that would annihilate him via class actions. My call is to default that 5G is safe because as someone who has designed electronic products, there are rigorous processes products must pass through before they are sold in the markets. Yet, that does not mean that anyone concerned about a product should not be given attention.
We need to invite the former senator to Uniabuja or Unilag or FUTO and demonstrate with 5G systems that 5G could be just safe for humans. If you fail to do that, you are essentially risking 5G infrastructures in Nigeria as some youth will take up his unfortunate challenge, to remove these disease-causing systems.
This is a scientific challenge and our schools (sure, still on strike) should address Senator Melaye with data. Yes, no need for insult; he needs to be shown data and evidence!
Why? Some Britons went on rampage over 5G, destroying assets.
In Liverpool, a 5G tower was set on fire Friday night, Liverpool Echo reported. The paper said the attack came hours after the city mayor, Joe Anderson, slammed “bizarre” conspiracy theories that 5G was the carrier of COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus that has infected over one million people and killed over 60,000 as of April 4. “I am amazed that there are people out there who (are) saying things like this, that COVID-19 is somehow linked to 5G,” Mr Anderson said.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Saturday, is making it clear that Nigeria has not approved any 5G deployment in the country. This is important before our telcos suffer irreversible losses via attacks.
The statement below…
The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria.Based on available records at my office and the earlier report received from the regulator, I would like to clarify as follows:
The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G.
No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country;
A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;
As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial;
The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.
His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians. As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens.
Government will not act on speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public.
I have also directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G.
I wish to thank the general public for reaching out to us on this issue. We advise you all to remain rest assured that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.