Multiple award-winning comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known as I Go Dye, has written yet another open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the Coronavirus pandemic.
The humour merchant who writes under his capacity as the World Habitat Ambassador, charges the number one citizen on how to combat the spread of the virus, categorically stating that the governors should be given emergency funds to handle the crisis.
The letter titled “Our Negligence Is A Devastating Time Bomb” was dated April 5, 2020.
In the letter, the commedian claimed he had raised some of the issues in a previous letter sent to the President and governors as far back as October 14, 2013 with the title “Logic and Reason Without Guns.”
The letter reads in part, “First of all, let me start by reminding you that great men and countries learn from history, hence they avoid the calamities and errors made by fallen heroes, whose failures destroyed , even in the midst of perfection.
“What human or medical equipment do we have in Nigeria that can be compared with America, Spain, Italy or even the whole of Europe, which have been ravaged by the Corona virus? Are we prepared at this time? Whereby looking from outside we still have not made essential preparations by learning from what these nations are currently facing.
“A few weeks ago, it was only one case, but today we have gone from 1 to 210 infected persons, who may have had contact with 5 people before detection, which could total to 1150 and above in two weeks time, if we are not careful in managing the spread of the virus.
“Yesterday, the world thought it was a Chinese problem, forgetting that the world now is a global village.
“Today total cases of coronavirus globally is now 1,140,327 and deaths globally 61,684 as of 4 April 2020.
“Please Mr President, you should kindly release emergency funds to all state governor’s across the country and you should please direct all governors and the minister of health to work out a process to use some of the closed schools as isolation centres, while the all stadia should be prepared for any eventualities.
“I also appeal to government to find a way to send funds to aid the quest of survival because 98% of Nigerians earn their livelihood from the street; meaning the ‘sit at home’ order, is likely to be suicidal!
“Why? There is no light, no running water, no job and there is no alternative provided for food, money and other basic needs of the masses in Nigeria, who are more than 95 % of our population.
“Sir, please provide comprehensive details of how to assist Nigerians with some sort of financial assistance as they stay at home because some of the money you announced is to make one man billionaire again because the money will not get to those who truly need it more.
“Let’s look inward and provide solutions to save the many innocent lives that might be lost in the outbreak of a catastrophic epidemic.
“The concerns for the masks at this time should be held important. We should start getting volunteers of fashion designers and tailors to make masks in their homes, by sewing them, while government provide the materials and logistics needed in case the outbreak escalates.
“There should be an emergency training process to expand our medical teams. No one is coming to our aid, if we fall into crisis, because the whole world has it’s own fair share of trouble. With only five laboratory screening centers reported in the media, across 36 state s, this is not encouraging at all. An emergency training process to expand our medical teams, should be in process by now across the states .
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“The bulk of the blame will be on you, if we fail to address this issue now, as it will be assumed we had all the time to prepare but we did nothing.
“We are privileged that the virus did not start from Africa and the effects in China Italy, Spain and America should have given us a first hand experience on the possible outcome. This is not a time to play politics, but every one of us should join hands to stop the spread.
“The financial donations made by individuals and cooperate organizations should be used to expand our medical facilities and build more isolation centres. We also need to create emergency units in our local communities. The time to act is now.
“As we go on with the fight against the Coronavirus, we should try to support our farmers to also continue with their farming and also do everything possible to stop Fulani herdsmen, otherwise we might be out of food within a short time. We shall go through this period if we do the needful now before it’s too late.”
I Go Dye is a Global Goals Ambassador for the actualisation of the United Nations goals
According to NATION, he recently suspended the celebration of his 25th anniversary on stage due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The celebration which he tagged “I Go Dye Standing: Kinging with the Kings” was billed for April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday in Benin City, Edo State.
Top 5 Music Albums Of All Time
In this article, we go back in time to examine the top 5 music albums of all time on the metrics of how they sold in numbers
The distinction between merely liking a song by a certain artiste and being a fan of the artiste itself can be best exemplified in the popularity of music albums.
The greatest music artistes all sold millions of albums to their millions of fans worldwide. Best-selling music artistes tended to also produce best-selling albums.
In this article, we go back in time to examine the top 5 music albums of all time on the metrics of how they sold in numbers:
Here are top 5 music albums of all time:
1. The Thriller
The album “Thriller” by Michael Jackson holds the record for most sales in the history of music. The smash album has been sold in around 67 million copies by Jackson, who is also the second best-selling solo music artist of all time.
The 1982 publication of “Thriller” was Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album overall. Hits like “Thriller” (the single), “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” and “Billie Jean,” which became Jackson’s best-selling single overall, were among the album’s seven singles.
2. Back in Black
The second-best-selling album of all time is “Back in Black.” It was the Australian hard rock group AC/DC’s sixth album. After its July 1980 debut, the record was sold 51 million times worldwide. The album was the first to be released following the tragic death of lead singer Ronald Scott (also known as “Bon Scott”) in February 1980, when he drank himself to death from alcohol intoxication at the age of just 33.
3. Dark Side of the Moon
“The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd is ranked third among all-time best-selling albums. It was the English rock group’s most commercially successful album, and their ninth overall. Globally, it was sold almost 46 million times. The album’s famous cover is just as well-known as its sound. Even Nevertheless, the somewhat enigmatic artwork cover is among the most well-known album covers ever created.
4. The Bodyguard
The fourth best-selling album in history is the official soundtrack to the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” As a result, the album becomes the best-selling soundtrack ever. The album, which mostly features American singer Whitney Houston, who also had a major role in the film, sold almost 45 million copies worldwide. However, a few other musicians, including English vocalists Joe Cocker and Lisa Stansfield, also made contributions to the record. The hit track “I Will Always Love You” is the album’s most well-known release, though. a song that was written by American country music artist Dolly Parton at first, and that was made famous by Whitney Houston.
Once more, there he is. The only musician to have released two albums that are still among the best-selling Top 10 albums in history is Michael Jackson, often known as “The King of Pop.” Jackson’s “Bad” album really reached the Top 5 after selling over 44 million copies globally. The eagerly awaited seventh album by Michael Jackson was finally released in 1987, just after Thriller. Jackson recorded the Bad album over the course of about three and a half years.
How I Formed, Invited Eedris Abdulkareem To Join ‘The Remedies’ – Eddy Remedy
Veteran singer and former member of The Remedies, Eddy Remedy, has stated, contrary to his ex-bandmate Eedris Abdulkareem’s assertion, that he was the sole founder of the now-disbanded group.
In a recent podcast interview, Eedris Abdulkareem asserted that he and Eddy were the founding members of The Remedies and that they reluctantly accepted Tony Tetuila into the group after meeting him at a show in Ilorin, Kwara State.
However, during a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, Eddy Remedy clarified that Tetuila did not join the group in Ilorin. Instead, Tetuilla was introduced to him in his Lagos apartment by Abdulkareem.
Eddy also revealed that Eedris Abdulkareem had collected money from Tetuila’s parents, debunking an age-old rumour that Tetuila’s parents had sponsored the group.
His words: “That boy (Eedris Abdulkareem) is a greedy boy. He has always been greedy. I formed the group and invited him into the group. The day he was coming, he brought Tony [Tetuila]. I had never met Tony in my life. I just saw a guy limping behind him.
“When they got into my room, I asked him, ‘Who is this man?’ He now introduced Tony, saying that he had been with him all this time. That was when Eedris was supposed to tell me that Tony’s parents had given him some money, and he told them that he would take him wherever he was going.
“He didn’t tell me that. The rumours first started when we were on tour that Tony’s parents were sponsoring the group. No, they were not sponsoring the group. I had $5,000 that my parents sent to me from America in 1997. They sent me that money to come and meet them since I had graduated, but I insisted that I stay back in Nigeria to pursue my music.
“I used that money to sponsor the group throughout that period.”
How Eedris Abdulkareem, Eddy Removed Me From The Remedies – Tony Tetuila
Veteran singer, Tony Tetuila, who was once a member of The Remedies, asserts that despite his mother being the band’s original sponsor, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem plotted against him.
Recall that Eedris Abdulkareem recently stated in a podcast interview that The Remedies broke up because Eddy became greedy and told him they should no longer split the revenue from their music equally with Tetuila.
He claimed to have visited Tetuila following the meeting and instructed him to prepare for a solo career.
However, reacting via his social media page, Tony Tetuila said Abdulkareem and Eddy Remedy ganged up against him contrary to his claims.
He said he was “heartbroken and shattered” after he was kicked out of the band.
Tetuila said Daddy Showkey and Blackface’s encouragements and support helped him to build a solo career.
His words, “Eedris connived with Eddy and kicked me out of The Remedies despite the fact that it was my mum who brought the money that was used to sponsor the group in the beginning. I was so heartbroken and shattered. It was Daddy Showkey who encouraged me and told me that I could do it alone.
“Blackface was another person who helped me. He brought me close and taught me how I could write my own songs. Blackface is a very great guy. I’d never forget the role he played in my career.
“It’s same Eedris that’s coming out to lie that he made sacrifices for the [Nigerian music] industry.”
Meanwhile, Eddy Remedy, a former member of The Remedies, claimed that the money Eedris Abdulkareem collected from Tony Tetuila’s mum wasn’t used in sponsoring the group.
He claimed that he wasn’t aware of the agreement until the rumour broke out.
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