Friday, 9 September 2016
Nigeria’s foremost Financial Institution, Zenith Bank Plc., has launched the *966# Friday campaign to reward its USSD banking customers by giving them a chance to triple their airtime purchased every Friday on the platform.
The campaign, which will run every Friday from September 9 through October 7, 2016 will see the first 966 customers to purchase airtime using the code *966*amount*phone number# between the hours of 6am and 9am, having their purchases tripled.
The Zenith Bank USSD Banking application is a convenient, fast, secure, and affordable way to access your Zenith bank account 24/7 through mobile phones without internet data.
The service is available to all individual account holders with any phone that runs on the GSM platform.
Using the USSD Banking application, users can open accounts, check their account balances, buy airtime, transfer money to zenith and other banks account, pay bills, as well as perform other transactions.
Zenith’s USSD Banking is secure as it requires registration and PIN authentication on all banking transactions.
Zenith Bank consistently plays a leading role in payment innovation, and deploys products that are consistent with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) financial inclusion policy.
The most customer focused bank in Nigeria, Zenith Bank is Nigeria’s largest bank by Teir-1 capital and has earned local and international reputation for the adoption of cutting-edge technology to deliver banking solutions.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Plastic surgery is two parts. There is plastic surgery and there is reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive surgery is when we do surgery to repair some diseases, accident, trauma and cancer. Everybody understands that. We started plastic surgery from reconstructive surgery which is fixing a disease consequence. Now, cosmetic or plastic surgery is when there is nothing is wrong with a patient. Most common one is a woman who is fine, remembers how she looks, she gets married, have children, now her body will change, most men don’t understand this. The body will change. Women remember how they used to look like and the psychology of men and women are totally different and you as a man will not understand it. It took me over 20 years to understand what a woman desires for her; that is my job. So, the women are depressed, every morning they look at their tummy, it has hanging down, they know at a time they were looking fine. They look at who is on television everyday,; the television stations show us very beautiful women everyday without blemishes, the woman wants to look like that, social media, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, everywhere, people say why can’t I look like that and that is the problem. Now, the woman wants to look better. When they look better, they get a better husband. In South America, the parents will pay for their daughters to get breast implant so that they can get better attracted to the men to get married. If you look at two women, one looks fine and the other doesn’t look fine. Which one will you marry? So, don’t you think women know these things? They do. In South America, when you finish high school, a lot of them, their family will pay for them to look attractive; everybody wants their daughter to get married. Secondly, if they look really good at a job place, they get better job. If two women apply for a position, qualified, one looks very well dressed, looks really good for the job and the other one doesn’t, guess who is going to get the job? Of course, the former. Men like women who look good, and that is what attracts them. That is the reason women to do more plastic surgery. But do you know what is happening now? More women are competing for those jobs now than before. So, men are now doing plastic surgery, younger men, older men trying to beat the other to look better so that they can compete for the jobs because of the economic downturn not just in Nigeria but all over the world. That is what is happening, that is why there is a boom of plastic surgery all over the world and Nigeria doesn’t have anything to offer. So, we are taking our money, this has deep implications, we are taking our dollars that we have, the foreign exchange we have to other countries; instead of bringing money back, we are taking it out. It has a lot of economic implications. Now I am getting patients from other African countries, that is my second dream, to make Nigeria the hub of plastic surgery in Africa, we are getting patients from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Senegal and most of West African countries. That is the second phase of our plan where Nigeria will be a hub of plastic surgery. So, instead of flying to Dubai or India, we want them to come to Nigeria. How does this imply now? You have hotel rooms filled up, people getting jobs, everything, we cannot depend on oil anymore, we need to diversify. Taiwan has done it, India has done it; Dubai has done it and we are still just depending on oil. We need to diversify, everything is important now; everything has to be on the table. Medical tourism, I call it surgical tourism, that is what I can bring, that is what I am doing. If everybody does his/her part, that is what is going to make Nigeria better.
Now that yours has become a success story, what is your advice for your colleagues out there in the Diaspora even though the situation is tough back home?
It is hard here. When I was in College, we called it marginal man in Social Studies. The marginal man is a man, who leaves his country, you go to another country, you don’t really belong in that country, the people know that you are not from there and your original country, you don’t belong there either, because now you don’t even understand the culture anymore because things have changed. Now, you are a marginal man, you don’t belong anywhere. So, a lot of our people in the Diaspora are marginal people, we are lost. The people you live with know you were not there originally, you have an accent, you look different, even though you’ve been in America for 30 years, a 16 year-old boy, you were there when he was born, will ask you, where do you come from, because of your accent, you are never really accepted. So, you live so far, many years abroad, when you come back home now you are a stranger in your own land. So, there are also some difficulties there, it is sad.
How do you realize your dream of making Nigeria the hub of plastic surgery in Africa?
I have started. If you search for the number one plastic surgery in Nigeria and Africa now, I am number one. It is no longer Dubai except for the paid advertisement. When I started this thing, it was India but go to Google now and you will get Abuja Plastics. When they search for plastic surgery, they will see that it is a Nigerian who is qualified and ethical to do this, I have a full time nurse that works for me now in Lagos. Her name is Chioma, I bring my staff from Atlanta, you met my personal assistant from Atlanta, this is the fifth time to Nigeria, she has been to Nigeria three times this year and now she knows the culture, she knows more of the Nigeria culture than a lot of Nigerians in the Diaspora. I am on schedule, every two months I am here, we brought the technology back home. I remember the first time we asked a patient to pay online, they thought it was a scam, 419 business, we are not going to do business in the old fashion, a man brought money here and we told him we don’t accept cash, we told him we were going to do it modern way- go to the bank, pay, we get alert, we confirm your payment. Will a 419 person ask you to do that? It is a registered business in Nigeria here, we have a corporate account. Now, people have accepted the practice.
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
2nd September, 2016
The Director – General,
Department of State Security Service, (DSS)
Aso Drive, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Attention: Col. Lawal Musa Daura (Rtd).
Re: Senator Buruji Kasamu’s Private Army
Re: Unwholesome Deployment of Heavily-armed Private Security Guards,
Potential Build up of Private Army and Threat to Nationality Security.
1. We write with the intention to intimate your office of what we perceive as a potential threat to the security of the nation, safety of other citizens and to call on your department to take the necessary steps to avoid what may eventually become a security breach and an embarrassment to the nation and the security network in the nearest future.
2. Kindly note sir, that our observation was informed by ourunderstanding that Security all over the world is more about the"total absence of threats" and definitely not in all the physicalsecurity architecture we often put in place. It is a state ofpsychological sense of safety essentially involving Intelligencegathering.
3. Drawing from information on global best practices in securitycorridors, we know Very Important Personalities (VIPs) areconsidered to be those who, whenever they come to any harm,have the potential of affecting not only them and immediatemembers of their family, but can threaten the security of thestate and a large number of people in the society.
4. These people, to our understanding are the people qualifiedfor Protective Details of Security agencies. And they comeunder different categories of Public Officers.
5. It is in the light of the above, and based on our understanding,and having conducted extensive research in relation to the abovesubject matter, that we are writing this petition to your goodoffice and to call your attention to the potential threat posed tostate security, of having a personality like Senator BurujiKasamu have unfettered access to protective details at the State'sexpense, and uncontrolled allowance/permission to use heavilyarmed Private security operatives.
6. We need to draw the attention of your esteemed office to thethreats contained in this. Apart from the research conducted byus, only few members of the public are aware that most of themen attached to the Senator are private guards. More often thannot they are mistaken as men and officers of the Department ofState Security (DSS) by the unsuspecting publics, especiallybecause they are dressed in black suits, T-shirts like operativesof your department and sometimes carrying arms. In the event ofany security breach or laxity, the department will have a lot ofexplaining to do (on its image) to convince the public about theiridentity.
7. Our study also reveals that in most cases, places and severalinstances where insecurity, militancy and armed violencesnowball into national crises, there had been a period ofdeliberate nonchalance, laxity and sometimes complicity bythose who are charged with the security of the society. Thedreaded Boko Haram sect is an immediate case study. Membersof the sect had at a point been employed as private Securityaides and details of some top politicians, governmentfunctionaries including governors in Borno State before theybecame uncontrollable. God forbid a repeat situation in anyother parts of the federation.
8. Senator Buruji Kasamu goes about with over fifty (50) privatesecurity guards and all are heavily armed. Sir, we can thenimagine what a scene it will look like in a society where wehave all the 109 Senators in the Upper legislative chamber eachemploying the services of approximately 50 private Securitydetails; each of the 360 members of the House ofRepresentatives; all commissioners in the services of each of the36 states; all past governors; former Senators and members ofHouse of Representatives etc and all of them treating themselvesto this luxury of liberty and freedom that is being accordedSenator Buruji Kasamu.
9. One can also imagine a situation where a private citizen havethe capacity to hold down the security system and operatives ofan entire nation for weeks or even withstand a siege for monthsin the case of any crime for which he is declared wanted. Thereare several examples in this regard. The first time a rankinggovernment official was killed in the United States of Americawas at the Church of Heaven's Gate of the Reverend Jim Jonesin Guyana. The case of notorious Mexican drug lord, Guzman ElChapo who recently broke jail in spite of all state securityapparatuses is also fresh in the memory. He was able to achievethis feat because of the retinue of personal extra security at hisdisposal.
10. We are not persuaded by reasons of logic and security thatSenator Kasamu enjoys more privileged status than hiscolleagues in the Senate and other eminent citizens of ourcountry.
11. We therefore call on your good office to urgently interveneto arrest this real, actual and potential threats to the security ofthe Nigerian state and the good citizens of the country.
12. Kindly find attached for your perusal.
1. His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari,
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Aso Rock Villa Abuja, Nigeria
2. National Security Adviser,
The Presidency Aso Villa, Abuja.
3.The Inspector-General of Police
Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House Abuja, Nigeria.
4. Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 2,
Nigerian Police Force,
Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria.
5. The Commissioner of Police,
Ogun State Police Command,
Eleweran Abeokuta OgunState.
6. Senator Ibikunle Amosun,FCA,CON,
The Executive Governor of Ogun State
Governor's Office, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta,
7. State Director,
Department of State Security, OgunState
Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, Ogun State.
8. Ambassador to Nigeria
Embassy of the United States of America
Plot 1075, Diplomatic Drive Central District Area, Abuja.
9.The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria
3A, Bobo Street Off Gana Street, Maitama,