Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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    CDD FACT CHECK: Did Buhari sack Abba Kyari, his chief of staff?

CDD FACT CHECK: Did Buhari sack Abba Kyari, his chief of staff?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On March 31, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a WhatsApp broadcast message which has gone viral in Northern region of Nigeria with the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. The message forwarded to many Nigerians said the president had replaced Kyari with Abiola Ajimobi, a former governor [...]

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    SMEs: Hike in electricity tariffs in the midst of COVID-19

SMEs: Hike in electricity tariffs in the midst of COVID-19

BY TIMI OLUBIYI Electricity is essential to the economic and social lives of any nation. However, Nigeria is a country still overwhelmed and plagued with electricity concerns, from low generation, poor supply to load shedding and rationing, in fact with frequent power outages and this has become the bane of citizenry and entrepreneurs. In addition, the monopoly structure of the electricity [...]

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    Tinubu: A leader and his wealth of wits

Tinubu: A leader and his wealth of wits

BY TUNDE AKANNI* Not given to easy predictability or bandwagonism in thinking or acting, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu  hardly makes the list of early commentators on issues. Often triggering deep reflections and occasionally stirring up pun where suitable, his interventions, whenever they come, however, get to register profoundly in the public space.  This gets done often with their consistency in focus [...]

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    COVID-19, an awakening

COVID-19, an awakening

BY ROY. U. ILEGBODU Human coronaviruses, first characterized in the 1960s, are responsible for a substantial proportion of upper respiratory tract infections. Since 2003, at least 7 new human coronaviruses have been identified, including the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, which caused significant morbidity and mortality. 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1 represent a group of identified group I coronaviruses that [...]

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    RE: Pantami and ministerial arrogance

RE: Pantami and ministerial arrogance

BY ADEWUNMI OLAOLUWATOMI “When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.” – Piers Anthony It is evidently and surprisingly clear that Nigerian online columnists are resorting to distortion, falsification and misuse of their God-given talents, instead of penning on government [...]

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    COVID-19 and Kwara’s capacity to hold its own

COVID-19 and Kwara’s capacity to hold its own

BY RAFIU AJAKAYE This is no good time for mankind — no thanks to the deadly Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The virus is giving the most powerful of nations a good run for their money, technological know-how, and oft-touted readiness to face down any threat from anywhere. As of 10:37pm on March 29, the virus has affected 199 countries across all the [...]

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    Coronavirus: The process of declaring state of emergency should begin

Coronavirus: The process of declaring state of emergency should begin

BY JUDE 'FERANMI In the coming days, we all need to prepare for a nationwide state of emergency, should we fail to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Projected estimates should the virus spread suggest that the only way we would fight a scourge is by total isolation, not even social distancing. This is the lesson we [...]

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    COVID-19: Nigeria had the opportunity to contain the virus but blew it

COVID-19: Nigeria had the opportunity to contain the virus but blew it

BY TAOPHEEK BABAYEJU On the 11th of  January 2020, China reported the first novel coronavirus related death of a 61-year-old man who had visited the animal market in Wuhan. Twelve days later, exactly on the 23rd, China took a proactive measure by imposing a strict lockdown in Wuhan, suspending flights and trains and shutting down subways, buses and ferries in an [...]

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    Nigeria: Leadership vacuum at a time of COVID-19

Nigeria: Leadership vacuum at a time of COVID-19

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE In a scathing editorial on the Guardian Newspaper of Monday, 23rd March 2020, the respected medium called out President Muhammadu Buahri's "worrisome disposition" in the face of the deadly global pandemic which continues to leave its trail across nations and continents. If that very thoughtful and timely editorial was meant to jolt Mr. President from his slumber as [...]

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    Rivers health workers declare indefinite strike — amid coronavirus outbreak

Rivers health workers declare indefinite strike — amid coronavirus outbreak

BY EDEM DARLINGTON Health workers in Rivers state have declared an indefinite strike amid the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Rivers recorded its first case of the disease hours after the health workers began strike on Wednesday. In a circular to their members, the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), asked the workers to stay [...]

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    Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank presents ‘Coronavirus Alert’

Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank presents ‘Coronavirus Alert’

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    Ihedioha: Towering above Imo governorship

Ihedioha: Towering above Imo governorship

BY OKE EPIA The dusts may have settled. The eastern heartland is no longer the headline news item. At least, as far as gubernatorial litigation is concerned. The mill of governance now grinds. Or so it seems. But the seed of a thousand forests have been sown. And the shoots and boughs spread out beyond the borderlines of Imo. A sunrise [...]

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    COVID-19: More Islamic than Prophet Muhammad?

COVID-19: More Islamic than Prophet Muhammad?

BY BASHIR MUNDI Thousands of people are dying in many countries around the world. Corona virus is killing people of different faiths, the rich, the poor, and even doctors and nurses caring for corona patients have died so far. In light of this global public health crisis, some (not most) Muslim scholars and leaders, in Nigeria for example, who are displaying [...]

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    Coronavirus: Self-isolation and social distancing ‘in face-me-I-face you’ apartments

Coronavirus: Self-isolation and social distancing ‘in face-me-I-face you’ apartments

BY MOTUNRAYO ALAKA As a child, my family lived at the Iponri Jakande Estate in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. It was a collection of closely built blocks of flats. The Jakande estates, 18 of their types around the state, were initiatives of a former governor of the state, Lateef Jakande. They are blocks of six two and three-bedroom flats with a bathroom [...]

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    Silent killer: How oil spill pollution is poisoning Nigerians

Silent killer: How oil spill pollution is poisoning Nigerians

BY RUTH OLUROUNBI AND KELECHUKWU IRUOMA A six-month laboratory test investigation reveals how contaminants in the air, water and soil as a result of the oil spills in Nigeria’s Ogoniland is affecting the health of people and how the cleanup exercise is slow, putting more people at risk of dying. Eric Dooh, 60, had just returned from Goi, a community in Ogoniland, [...]

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    Travel ban: Can Nigeria legally refuse entry to its citizens from COVID19 high-risk countries?

Travel ban: Can Nigeria legally refuse entry to its citizens from COVID19 high-risk countries?

BY OYIN' KOMOLAFE On March 18, 2020, the Nigerian government finally heeded the calls of several concerned Nigerians and placed a ban on travels from thirteen “high risk” countries which had recorded more than 1000 cases of the coronavirus pandemic. Those countries include, inter alia: China, Italy, Iran, Germany, and the United Kingdom. But, Nigeria was not the first country to [...]

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