Any moment from now, people here and there across the landmass called Nigeria will experience sudden loss of signal on their phones and be cut off from the rest of the world. There is nothing to panic about. It is the nearest base station to them running out of fuel. Gradually, the whole country will fall into a chasm of darkness as hundreds of millions of people are plunged into the stone age.
In the last weeks, power supply has dropped from 4,000 MW to 2,000 MW and now to 1,300 MW. It is still dropping. That means many people do not get public power supply for several days. Fuel scarcity is biting hard too, compounding an already bad situation. Very few fuel stations in the commercial city of Lagos sell fuel. From an official price of N87 per litre, black marketers now offer fuel for as high as N720 per litre. The situation is not this bad in many other places, but the virus is spreading.
Radio and TV stations are cutting down on broadcast times. Banks are running half days. Many small business people have abandoned their offices and now sit at home. Once the wave hits telecom operators, it is basically over. You see, 95% of Nigeria’s internal and external communications is powered by mobile. If the government does not deal with this situation, those base stations will begin to run out of fuel. The darkness of no communications will be worse than that of no public power. Armageddon beckons. Deep darkness looms.
When you stop hearing from me, it must mean that I have run out of fuel, power banks, and/or my telco has shut down.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.