The controversy surrounding 5G- the fifth generation of wireless communication technologies is not an issue we as a nation can sweep under the carpet. The truthfulness or otherwise of the allegation against it must be taken seriously and a thorough investigation conducted by our government before implementing it.

The rumour that 5G causes corona virus was recently exposed by American singer Keri Hilson. Our own Senator Dino Melaye and Hon. Chief Fani Kayode have also spoken on the danger of 5G technology. It is alleged to have chemical reaction on human cells and it manifests itself inform of human flu. Plants close to where the 5G mast is installed died within few days. Birds and other animals are dying as a result of the chemical reaction of the said 5G technology.

This 5G according to Keri and Dino is evil and it kills. It kills humans, plants and animals. In fact, it kills every living thing within an estimated radius especially people with weaker immunities and those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, Hypertension, respiratory problems etc. It is said to be dangerous all over the globe.

It is also alleged that it has been deployed at Maitama- Abuja and Ikeja- Lagos. If it is true, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must take swift steps to stop it and ensure that any deployment of the 5G in this country is stopped. Whatever cable that has been planted or mast that has been erected must be brought down. We as a nation can stop the killing from this 5G technology if we can effectively demobilise it in our country.

However, the UK’s national medical director for NHS England, Stephen Powis has condemned Vandals in the country who attacked new 5G mobile phone network masts after discredited claims that it helps spread corona virus.

Powis called 5G and corona virus theory “absolute and utter rubbish” and said he was absolutely outraged (and) disgusted that vital infrastructure in the United Kingdom had been targeted during a national emergency.

From the above, it is obvious that there are two schools of thought; while one condemned 5G technology as completely evil and a killer, the other school refused to believe this assertion and referred to it as absolute and utter rubbish.

For now, we do not know which of the schools of thought that is correct. It is only logical and expedient for us as a country to exercise restrain in the installation of the controversial 5G technology. Our scientists and telecom technology experts are urged to make further researches on it, make wider consultations with experts and the public before the deployment of the said 5G technology.

The cheering news is that the Minister for Communications and Digital Economics – Isa Ali Pantami, on Saturday 04-04-2020 told Nigerians that the country has not approved any 5G – the fifth generation of wireless communication technologies licence. According to the Hon. Minister, “we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public”.

We must be circumspect in everything we do as a nation especially at this trying period.

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