Valentine’s Celebration: 17 Security Tips for Nigerian Lovers
By Kabir Abdulsalam
Valentine’s Day, as often said, is about celebrating love with friends, spouses, family, and even colleagues. It also serves as a reminder to appreciate the power of love in our lives.
However, amidst the love and affection, it is crucial to acknowledge the pressing issue of insecurity that casts a shadow on everyday life for many Nigerians.
While love reminds us of compassion, selflessness, and appreciation, the daily struggles faced due to insecurity paint a different picture. No one feels truly safe, and the problem seems to escalate with each passing day.
As we celebrate love and affection with loved ones, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
Here are some essential security tips to keep in mind as you enjoy the festivities:
Plan your celebration: Choose well-lit, public places for dates or outings. Avoid secluded areas or venturing out too late.
Inform someone: Let a trusted friend or family member know your plans, including your destination and expected return time.
Be mindful of your attire: Dress comfortably and avoid flashy jewelry or clothing that might attract unwanted attention.
Travel smart: Opt for reputable transportation services like ride-hailing apps or public transportation with designated routes and stops. Avoid unmarked vehicles or those bearing company logos.
Stay connected: Maintain sufficient call credit and consider carrying a power bank to ensure your phone remains charged for communication in case of emergencies.
Maintain discretion: Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics or finances in public spaces.
Be vigilant: Stay alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something feels off, remove yourself from the situation and seek help.
Limit online interactions: Avoid meeting individuals you only know online in person, regardless of how well you think you know them.
Minimize valuables: Carry only what you need and avoid displaying expensive items like jewelry or gadgets openly.
Prepare for emergencies: Familiarize yourself with emergency numbers and have them readily available on your phone.
Limit public comments: Avoid discussing sensitive topics like government or politics in public spaces.
Be discreet: Speak quietly and avoid attracting unwanted attention.
Stay charged: Always keep your phone charged and consider carrying a power bank for emergencies.
Prepare for communication: Ensure you have enough credit or alternative means to contact someone if needed.
Use silent signals: If under attack, avoid voice calls. Instead, silently ring the recipient’s phone repeatedly.
Prioritize text: Communicate via text messages for discretion and safety.
Stay hidden: Minimize light exposure by sending messages from the cover.
Remember, celebrating love doesn’t have to compromise your safety. By following these simple tips and exercising caution, you can ensure a happy and secure Valentine’s Day filled with cherished memories.