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    Okonjo-Iweala named WHO COVID-19 special envoy — fourth appointment in two months

Okonjo-Iweala named WHO COVID-19 special envoy — fourth appointment in two months

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former minister of finance, a special envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) accelerator. She is to serve alongside Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, in the same capacity. The duo is expected to mobilise international commitment to the initiative. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, announced the appointments during the launch of [...]

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    Abba Kyari tried to clean up Nigeria, says The Economist of London

Abba Kyari tried to clean up Nigeria, says The Economist of London

"He was known to turn down offers of free upgrades to first class (he thought it vulgar) before taking his seat in business class on British Airways flights. "The corruption and decay of Nigeria’s state, and the inequality they bred, dismayed and worried him. Nigeria had to change, he argued. The question was whether it would be through orderly reform or [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: We don’t have $200m to settle Sunrise over Mambilla, Buhari tells Malami

EXCLUSIVE: We don’t have $200m to settle Sunrise over Mambilla, Buhari tells Malami

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the federal government does not have $200 million to pay Sunrise Power Transmission Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPTCL) as final settlement claims over the Mambilla dispute, TheCable can report. He was reacting to a request by Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, who was seeking approval to pay the company the sum, which is [...]

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    EXTRA: Bearded el-Rufai attends virtual meeting chaired by his deputy

EXTRA: Bearded el-Rufai attends virtual meeting chaired by his deputy

''Bearded'' Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, attended a virtual meeting with members of his cabinet on Monday. El-Rufai is known to maintain a clean-shaven look. The meeting was chaired by Hadiza Balarabe, deputy governor of Kaduna. "Malam Nasir @elrufai is attending the daily virtual meeting of the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, which is chaired by Deputy Governor @DrHadiza Balarabe," a tweet [...]

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    ‘I hope to be back at my desk soon’ — Abba Kyari’s last statement to the world

‘I hope to be back at my desk soon’ — Abba Kyari’s last statement to the world

Six days after he went on self-isolation following the confirmation of his COVID-19 status, Abba Kyari, former chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, issued a statement on his health. There had been rumours about his health condition, with some even saying the president’s right hand man had been flown abroad in an emergency. Some also said he had died but in [...]

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    TheCable says… China should give Nigeria debt relief

TheCable says… China should give Nigeria debt relief

On Sunday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced immediate debt relief for 25 countries -- 19 of them in Africa. Nigeria was not on that list because the west African giant does not owe the Bretton Woods institution. On April 2, 2020 the World Bank had also announced the first set of COVID-19 emergency support worth $1.9 billion for 25 [...]

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    Buhari extends lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT by two weeks

Buhari extends lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT by two weeks

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, and the federal capital territory (FCT) by two weeks. The president first ordered a two-week lockdown on March 30, saying he took the decision to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. In a nationwide broadcast on Monday, Buhari said although locking down the two states and the nation's capital was [...]

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    Oyakhilome backtracks on 5G ‘antichrist’ claim

Oyakhilome backtracks on 5G ‘antichrist’ claim

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    VIDEO: ‘Stop seizing the passports of our citizens’ — Nigerian diplomat tackles Chinese officials

VIDEO: ‘Stop seizing the passports of our citizens’ — Nigerian diplomat tackles Chinese officials

Razaq Lawal, head of the Nigerian consulate in Guangzhou, Guangdong province of China, has tackled Chinese officials for seizing the passports of some Nigerians in the country.  In a trending video, Lawal was seen addressing a Chinese official he referred to as "director". He accused the country of also discriminating against Nigerians by quarantining them illegally. According to him, Nigerians who travelled to China [...]

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    Buhari orders $150m withdrawal from NSIA to augment FAAC disbursement

Buhari orders $150m withdrawal from NSIA to augment FAAC disbursement

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that $150 million be withdrawn from the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, disclosed the approval while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday. Ahmed said the withdrawal would be made from the NSIA stabilisation fund to augment disbursements by the federation accounts allocation committee to the three tiers [...]

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    COVID-19: African countries need to quickly ask for debt relief, says Okonjo-Iweala

COVID-19: African countries need to quickly ask for debt relief, says Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance, says Nigeria and other African countries need to quickly pressure the G7 and G20 for debt-relief in other to deal with the economic and health issues arising from the novel coronavirus.  Okonjo-Iweala, who was very instrumental in getting Nigeria an $18 billion debt-relief as minister of finance, said African countries in debt need to apply [...]

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    Lagos discharges 11 coronavirus patients

Lagos discharges 11 coronavirus patients

Eleven coronavirus patients have been discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, broke the news in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "I am happy to break to you, my good people of Lagos, the news of the release today of 11 more patients from our facility in Yaba," one of the tweets read. "They have [...]

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    TRENDING: Sacked army commander complaining about poor equipment against Boko Haram

TRENDING: Sacked army commander complaining about poor equipment against Boko Haram

Barely seven months as theatre commander of operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a replacement for Olusegun Adeniyi, a major-general.  Known to have commanded a couple of army’s brigades in the fight against Boko Haram, Adeniyi would now live a less combatant life as he is to resume at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja. Faruk Yahaya, general [...]

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    US doctor: How I treated 500 coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drug (video)

US doctor: How I treated 500 coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drug (video)

Vladimir Zelenko, a medical doctor in the United States, has narrated how he treated hundreds of coronavirus patients with anti-malaria drugs with no death recorded. Zelenko, who has been in the news following his claims about the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating the infection, said he has used the drug to treat 450 to 500 patients. In an interview with Rudy Giuliani, [...]

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    FULL SPEECH: Buhari addresses the nation on COVID-19 pandemic

FULL SPEECH: Buhari addresses the nation on COVID-19 pandemic

Fellow Nigerians, from the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis. Nigeria, [...]

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    Obasanjo donates former residence as isolation centre

Obasanjo donates former residence as isolation centre

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has donated his former residence at the presidential hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, to be used as isolation centre for the coronavirus pandemic. Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo's media aide, announced this in a statement on Friday. The facility, located off the Presidential Boulevard, Oke Sari, Abeokuta, has 32 rooms en suite, with a standby generator. He said the 32-room facility [...]

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