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President Buhari Loses Second Nephew In 23 Days

30 May 2020 - 1:06pm


Ibrahim Dauda, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, is dead.

This is coming few days after the death of Mutari Dauda, another nephew of the President, who passed away on May 8, 2020.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, in a statement on Saturday, said Dauda died in Daura, Katsina State, after a prolonged illness.

 

In a condolence message, Buhari said the death had robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.

He said, “I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings.”

The deceased is survived by a number of children including Ibrahim, a chief administrative officer in State House, Abuja.

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Katsina Residents Flee Villages After Deadly Gunmen Attack

30 May 2020 - 12:46pm






Residents in some villages under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State have been fleeing their homes after a deadly attack by gunmen on Friday. 

The hoodlums attacked Garin Matseri and Unguwar Dankaya under Sheme District in the LGA, leaving scores of dead bodies and abducted girls in the process. 

Some residents were said to have engaged the gunmen with local arms during the attack. 

Faskari LGA is one of the worst affected places in the state as the threat of bandits continues to make most parts of Katsina State unsafe. 

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Zamfara Discharges Last Five COVID-19 Patients After Recovery

30 May 2020 - 12:23pm


The Zamfara State Government on Saturday discharged the five remaining Coronavirus patients in the state after recovery.

With the latest discharge, the state no longer has any active case of COVID-19.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday, Zamfara has recorded a total of 71 recoveries and five deaths. 

Before the state discharged its last five patients, it had the 17th highest figure of confirmed cases.

Zamfara is the second state after Kebbi to have no active COVID-19 case
 

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Fleeing COVID-19 Patient In Abia Surrenders Self, Family To Hospital

30 May 2020 - 11:17am


The Abia State Government has confirmed that the fleeing COVID-19 patient in the state had surrendered himself and members of his family to the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Aba, for management of the ailment.

Commissioner for Information in the state, Okeiyi Kalu, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday.

The positive case was declared wanted on Thursday by the state government after he disappeared from a holding facility in Aba having heard that he tested positive for Coronavirus. 

Kalu said the patient reported at the IDH by 8:05am on Saturday with his wife and other family members and the state rapid response team ambulance had taken them to the State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, Umuahia, for isolation and management.

Kalu further said that the ministry had already arrested two drivers and impounded two vehicles with passengers moving from Aba to Lagos.

He said, “It is very correct that some motorists and buses still load and move people in and outside Abia.

“I have arrested some motorists for boarding people in their vehicles to move outside the state.

“I will hold a meeting with all their leaders on Friday to ensure they understand the need to obey the lockdown order or face the consequence.”

 

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Biafra At 53: IPOB Has Destroyed The Biafran Spirit, Igbos Must Restore It By Churchill Okonkwo

30 May 2020 - 11:17am


In Igbo cosmology, there are many gods e.g. Amadioha (the God of thunder), Ani (the Earth Goddess), Idemili (the lady of the waters), Upkaka Ndam (African oil bean that protects kindred’s of Ndam), Ogwugwu (a female god), etc. It is very common, in Igboland, for someone to be in good stead with one god and not the other. As such, Ogwugwu could kill a person despite an excellent relationship with Udo.

The Igbo sociopolitical landscape has produced “god-like-figures” like the gods in Igbo cosmology. Examples include Chief Dr. Nnamzi Azikiwe (The Zik of Africa), Mike Okpara, Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu (Ikemba Nnewi), Chief Sam Mbakwe, Chinua Achebe, etc. Akin to the Igbo cosmology too, despite the excellent relationship of Igbos with these godlike-figures that we have come to love and admire, Igbos are witnessing our slow annihilation after we embraced the cancerous ideology of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).

To say that Igboland is in grave danger is an understatement. We are currently facing a self-inflicted annihilation. The Igbo nation has been hoodwinked by a group who is not only erratic but one that is led by an embattled and paranoid leader, who is going down the tubes and is hellbent on dragging the entire Igboland down as well. Their political ineptitude, mediocrity, indiscipline, and ethnic bigotry is legendary and destructive.

This is, therefore, one of those pieces that I set out writing with the future Igbo generations on my mind. It is for the sake of the future of Igbos in Nigeria, for our children and grandchildren, that I, once in a while, steps in to present a different narrative, an insider’s view of the inside, on the state of Igbo land. On the remembrance of Biafra, at 53, I am particularly worried about the generation in Igbo land that is being fed with so much misinformation and outright lies that it may take an eternity to rectify. 

The main purpose of IPOB’s campaign of misinformation is to confuse many Igbos with contradictory lies that will be repeated here and there until Igbos do not know what the truth is. For years, Igbos have allowed IPOB to spread lies that have poisoned the trust between us and the rest of the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

The cutting words of IPOB is worse than a bowstring. While a cut may heal, the cut of the tongue does not. Ultimately, what IPOB has succeeded in doing is stir up hatred between Igbos and the rest of Nigerians. So, I stand bold to state that IPOB is a disease; the lies and venom that they are vomiting through Nnamdi Kanu do not have to make sense to be successful as a disease.

IPOB tends to make frequent reference to other groups in Nigeria – usually in terms of outsiders and enemies. Most often, this reference is accompanied by a fear factor, a xenophobic perspective that is meant to heighten ethnic tension in Nigeria. This contributes to the creation of the ‘us versus them’ social divisions in Nigeria. They use a variety of tools and tactics to increase these schisms, or cleavages, in society at every given opportunity. It is a deadly disease.

There are two specific reasons why are I am worried about the slippery slope the Igbos are on. One is that the bug of misinformation and propagation of conspiracy theories and alternative facts has caught the educated and the enlightened strata of the Igbo race. The second is that ruin is the destination towards which IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu have pushed all Igbos, politically, economically, socially, and religiously.

According to Chinua Achebe, ...stories are not always innocent...they can be used to put you in the wrong crowd, in the party of the man who has come to dispossess you. IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu have not only disposed of Igbos of their place in the community of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, but they have also destroyed our trademark, the Biafran Spirit.

A family is like a forest when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place. I am a member of the family and I can tell my brothers and sisters without hesitation that IPOB has destroyed the Biafran Spirit. Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them. On this occasion marking Biafra at 53, Igbos should stop throwing ashes with IPOB.

The message from Biafran heroes to Igbos who are not speaking out against the desecration of the Biafran Spirit is that Ndigbo will continue to be incapacitated and paralyzed. The message to my Igbo brothers, from Biafran heroes, on this special commemoration of Biafra at 53, is that Igbos must ditch their blind support of the divisive political ideology, completely. Do not let anyone keep deceiving you that Biafra is coming, tomorrow. The Biafran heroes told me to tell Igbos that it is not coming. At least not as packaged and promoted by IPOB

On this occasion marking Biafra at 53, the Biafran heroes want Igbos to remember that knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. They told me to remind Igbos that a chattering bird builds no nest. They are reminding us that knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. Biafran heroes told me to tell Igbos that even though the Biafran Spirit is enigmatic and indestructible, we must not allow IPOB to drag its good name to the mud. 

Finally, the Biafran Spirit is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that IPOB is NOT. It is forward-looking, while IPOB is still looking back to 1960s; Biafran Spirit is progressive, IPOB is retrogressive; Biafran Spirit is fearless, IPOB fears even flies: Biafran Spirit is loving and unifying, IPOB is divisive and filled with hatred and anger; Biafran Spirit is positive and truthful, IPOB propagates lies and fear.

Igbos should, therefore, not allow our political, emotional, and cultural consciousness to be plagued by a homegrown nemesis. Rather, we should speak out, in unionism, against IPOB’s collateral damage to the Biafran Spirit (the Igbo brand in Nigeria). This 53rd anniversary of the declaration of Biafra is an excellent time for Igbos to come together and protect and preserve our common resource – the Biafran Spirt.

Together, we can.

Churchill Okonkwo, Ph.D.

@Churchillnnobi

 

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Kaduna Government Discharges Four-month-old COVID-19 Patient

30 May 2020 - 9:08am


Kaduna State Government has disclosed that a four-month-old child, who earlier tested positive for COVID-19, has been discharged after testing negative for the virus.

Amina Mohammed Baloni, Commissioner for Health in the state, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

She said, "Out of the total number of 232 cases reported, 149 have been discharged, while seven deaths have been recorded. 

“The state has tested almost 2000 samples but case numbers are likely to rise further as more tests are conducted in more places.

“COVID-19 cases have been recorded in 33 wards in nine local government areas of the state: Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba, and Zaria.

“The data shows that 80 per cent of the infected persons are male.”

 

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BREAKING: 286 Stranded Nigerians Evacuated From China Arrive Abuja Airport

30 May 2020 - 8:58am



The Nigerian Government has evacuated 286 Nigerians stranded in China due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Nigerians arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday.

Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while announcing the arrival said the returnees would be proceeding on compulsory 14 days isolation.  NIDCOM

A tweet by NIDCOM said, "268 stranded Nigerians in China lands in Abuja International Airport at exactly 2:30pm Nigerian time today 30th May 2020.

"All evacuees will be proceeding on compulsory 14 days quarantine as mandated by NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health."

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Four Million Registered Voters To Partake In Ondo, Edo Governorship Elections

30 May 2020 - 8:51am


Over four million registered voters will be participating in the Ondo and Edo governorship elections later this year.

According to data released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, 4,032,880 registered voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the gubernatorial elections.

In a breakdown of the registered voters, Edo State has 2,210,534 while Ondo State has 1,822,346. 

In a further breakdown, both states have 18 local governments each with Edo having 2,627 polling units while Ondo has 3,009 polling units.

INEC said it would require not less than 20,974 and 17,913 staff respectively to oversee the governorship election in Edo and Ondo states.

The commission had fixed September 19 for the governorship election in Edo State and October 10 for the exercise in Ondo.

The electoral commission would also be conducting some bye-elections to fill vacant seats at the National and state Assembly.

They include Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Imo North Senatorial District, Plateau South Senatorial District, Cross River North Senatorial District, Nganzai State Constituency, Borno; Bayo State Constituency, Borno; Nasarawa Central State Constituency, Nasarawa; Bakori State Constituency, Katsina.

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Nigerians Rate President Buhari’s Performance After Five Years In Office As "Extremely Poor"

30 May 2020 - 8:23am


President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians have rated the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office as being "extremely poor".

In a poll conducted by SaharaReporters on social media, over 80 per cent of respondents rated Buhari poor, saying his administration had been marred by ethnicity and corruption allegations.

The poll, which was conducted on Facebook and Twitter had 21,200 and 26,643 votes respectively.  President Muhammadu Buhari

On Facebook, 75 per cent of the voters said Buhari performed poorly while 25 per cent believed he performed excellently.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, while 62.3 per cent of voters claimed Buhari performed extremely poor, 20.7 percent believed he performed poorly with only 17 per cent of voters saying Buhari performed well. 

#SRPoll: How Has President @MBuhari Performed In The Last Five Years?

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) May 29, 2020

Some of the voters gave reasons for their decisions in rating Buhari’s five years performance in office as Nigeria's President.

Nwahiri Jude said, “Even asking to rate him gives him credit. What are we going to rate, borrowing without nothing to show for it, federal character he knows nothing about, rule of law that is no longer existing or security of the nation? Just tell me where to rate him. 

"One Trump ($1) now is N450. History will never be fair to him. Poor.”

Bashir Musa Turawa said, “I will like to use this medium to congratulate Buhari/APC for five years of disappointment, hardship, insecurity and borrowing may your kind never be President again.”

Emmanuel Bayo Oyedeji said, “Buhari's five years in Aso Rock has been a monumental disaster. 

"His administration is full of bigotry, nepotism, laziness, ineptitude, abuse of known laws and human rights. Under his watch, Nigeria became the headquarters of extreme poverty in the world wit a  of almost $100bn.”

Tonbrapade Jacob Jay Jay said, “Buhari has successfully institutionalised hunger. He has made killing a normal thing. He has made the office of Chief of Staff the most powerful even more powerful than the VP's office. He has made promise and fail a culture.”

But disagreeing with others, Ayobami Amzat said, “PMB managed the little resources available relative to those before him. He is the best person for the job so far! His accomplishments in five years are far better than the achievement of 16 wasteful period of PDP.”

Okoli Geoff said, “PMB has done well in infrastructure and some other areas. If the previous government did half of what he has done so far, Nigeria would have been a wonderful place to be. 

"His government has done well in South-East especially on our roads, I can attest to that. kudos to him.”

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Social Investment Programme Monitors Ask President Buhari To Sack Minister Of Humanitarian Affairs Over Unpaid Monthly Stipend

30 May 2020 - 7:10am


Sadiya Umar Farouk

Independent monitors of the National Social Investment Programme have called for the sack of Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

The team made the demand on Saturday while expressing their grievances following the refusal of the minister to pay their accumulated monthly stipends.

Findings by SaharaReporters showed that the NSIP provides young Nigerians with job training and education while also allowing them to receive monthly stipends of N30, 000 from the Nigerian Government.

The independent monitors supervise various programmes of government under the Social Investment Program including N-power, Home Grown School Feeding, Tradermoni, Marketmoni and the Conditional Cash Transfer in the 36 states of the country.

Some of them disclosed that despite pleas and letters to the minister, she had refused to offset their March and April stipends while that of May had also not been paid.   Sadiya Umar Farouk

Titus Omotayo, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, told our correspondent that the NSIP was his full time job as a graduate and that he had been having difficulties paying his bills since his stipend stopped coming regularly.

Omotayo said he and other monitors had been preforming their responsibilities yet 70 per cent have not been paid their accumulated stipend by the minister.

Another beneficiary, Godwin Lerve, said the team members had been in the dark concerning their payment and had resolved on calling out the minister over her refusal to pay their stipends.

He said, “A lot of us have not been paid and that is why they are calling for her removal or redeployment from that office.

“I heard that she is planning to streamline the programme probably to remove some persons from payment and I feel this is not the best.”

Abiodun Ogunleye, another monitor, said they had appealed to the minister several times for the prompt payment of their stipend but she had failed to heed their appeals.

“We are left with no other choice than to passionately appeal to the President to send Mrs Sadiya Umar Farouq back to where he picked her from before she ruins the scheme."

Salisu Na’inna Danbatta, Special Adviser on Media to the minister, could not be reached for comments. 

However, an official of the ministry revealed that the matter was already being addressed.

SaharaReporters gathered that issues concerning payment of stipend for the independent monitors began after the Social Investment Programme was moved outside the office of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, by President Buhari last October to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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Allow Igbo Call For Referendum To Determine Fate In Nigeria, IPOB Lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Tells President Buhari

30 May 2020 - 6:59am


Ifeanyi Ejiofor

The Indigenous People of Biafra has told President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Igbo call for a peaceful referendum to determine their fate in Nigeria. 

IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, disclosed this on Saturday while speaking with SaharaReporters on the struggle and agitation for Biafra. 

He said it was obvious that the Eastern region had been relegated to the background and no longer part of Nigeria and the only option left was peaceful settlement of their grievances through a referendum.  Ifeanyi Ejiofor

Ejiofor said, "They believe that Igbo are not part of the system and the best thing for them to do is for the government to allow Igbo to call for referendum. It is a process that is constitutionally backed by international conventions and laws.

"We are no longer part and parcel of the system and it is high time for us to think home. Let us have our own house with unbiased process which is what Nnamdi Kanu advocated for." 

He blamed the Nigerian Government for failing to tender an apology that would have helped heal the wounds caused by the Civil War where Igbo were killed in large numbers. 

He said, "Government owe our people apology. Government has not assuaged the feelings of the Igbo in the manner in which they were killed and slaughtered. 

"It is a matter of common knowledge that between 1967- 1970 we experienced mass murder (genocide) against Igbo which has continued unabated with the way our people are being treated." 

Ejiofor said the struggle would soon come to fruition now that Nnamdi Kanu had explored all diplomatic contacts to ensure a peaceful actualisation of the project.

He stated that, "Biafra will be realised peacefully not violently and he (Nnamdi Kanu) has been matching toward that fact. He is not there for any political purpose. He is only motivated in the cause he believes in.

"It is glaring that we are not part of this system."
 

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America’s Other COVID Pandemic By Dr. Yinka Tella

30 May 2020 - 6:56am


American deaths from the COVID-19 raced past the 100,000 mark this week, thanks largely to a famously coy and bungled Federal response. To put this staggering number in perspective, let’s recall that 33,686 Americans perished in the Korean War, another 58,220 in two decades of the Vietnam War, 2996 during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack and 2,354 in nearly two decades of US military engagement of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The total tally of 97,247 from these bloody mishaps still falls shy of the toll Coronavirus is currently exacting on the United States but the President’s Twitter field and body language does not telegraph that.

Not surprisingly, many are outraged not just at the flopped US response to this rampaging pandemic but the perceived lack of empathy from a President whose hands had to be forced to allow flags to fly at half-mast in honor of the dead over this past Memorial Weekend. Mr. Trump has since returned to the golf course and pivoted to full campaign mode after turning the now defunct daily Coronavirus briefing into a breath-taking journalist bashing spectacle.

With majority of the 50 states lifting shelter-in-place orders in contravention of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines which conditioned such on 14 consecutive days of decline in new cases of coronavirus, you would think America is whole again especially with the President threatening to override states that do not immediately enable houses of worship to operate. In reality, 18 states show continuing increase in COVID-19 cases, 22 states hold steady with only 10 states showing a decreasing trajectory. Another stunning statistics:  More Americans have died from coronavirus than the total number of cases in Africa. 

In normal times, this tragedy would be more than enough to occupy the time of a US President but not this one. He is instead consumed with a not-so-visible power struggle for the soul of America. Following his impeachment acquittal by the Senate, he has gone on a firing spree that has exposed the fragile underbelly of American democracy. The forced exit of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified under subpoena about the content of the President’s call with the President of Ukraine, and his twin brother was closely followed by that of the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who confirmed that there was indeed a quid pro quo. Marie Yovanovitch, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine was earlier forced out for not cooperating in the scheme to get Ukraine to set up Hunter Biden and paint Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, as self-serving and corrupt.

Not only are federal agencies and personnel now being prevented from cooperating with Congress, there has also been a string of seeming proactive firings of Inspectors Generals in the dead of the night that appears to foreshadow a desire to impose a culture of impunity. This is disconcerting for a candidate that campaigned on “draining the swamp ‘ of Washingtonian corruption. So far three inspectors-generals have been ousted through such midnight firings. There is the intelligence Community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, who relayed the August 12, 2019 whistleblower complaint about the phone call between Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky to Congress. Then he fired the long-serving acting Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn Fine who was slated to oversee the disposition of $500 billion as chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee created by the CARES Act, the coronavirus relief bill, and replaced him with a protégé, Brian D. Miller, a White House Counsel who defended him during impeachment proceedings. Also fired is Christi Grimm, the acting inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Resources, who issued a report critical of the administration's plan for ramped up coronavirus testing.

For context, the Inspector General Act of 1978 was enacted after Watergate to enhance accountability and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in agencies and programs. It has proven potent in performing its functions in the past. Seventy-three Inspectors General, each responsible for a different agency, regularly audit and report on the agencies to which they are attached. They are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, law, financial analysis or investigations ”without regard to political affiliation.” 

Congressional investigations, which President Trump now wants to turn into toothless bulldogs, by actively dissuading staff from cooperating and retaliating against those who do, exposed many cases of misconduct by the executive branch of government in the past. The Iran-Contras scandal in which the Reagan administration diverted proceeds of arms sales to secretly aid the Nicaraguan opposition without authorization by Congress; the distortion of intelligence by the George W. Bush administration to justify the war with Iraq; and the Watergate scandal. Such investigations have also exposed corruption in federal agencies, saving billions of dollars in the process, and guided Congress to close gaps in the law as was the case with the Dodd-Frank Act enacted to better protect consumers after the 2008 financial crisis. 

The presidential system of government practiced by the United States is based on a system of checks and balances between three co-equal arms of government with the constitution expressly granting Congress oversight powers which it majorly exercises through investigations, hearings, subpoena, censure and impeachment. Traditionally, failure to comply with a Congressional subpoena could attract contempt of Congress charges punishable by imprisonment. With the Senate now virtually in the president’s pocket, partisanship has helped erode the vital checks on executive rascality put in place by the founders of the Republic and Congress over the years. 

As Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ukraine ambassador recently noted in an article in The Washington Post, "I have seen dictatorships around the world, where blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death. We must not allow the United States to become a country where standing up to our government is a dangerous act."

The whimsical exercise of unchecked presidential power under the cover of masterful demagoguery is reframing the nature of the United States’ democratic system in a way hardly ever imagined. This is America’s covert COVID-19 pandemic. Who would have imagined that the shiny city on the hills would come to this sorry pass? 

Dr. Yinka Tella, President of GlobalTell Inc. and Health and Education Love Project (HELP), writes from Pembroke Pines, Florida. He can be reached at globaltellinc@gmail.com.

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Arewa Men Deny Divorcing Their Wives Over Sallah Video On COVID-19 Lockdown

30 May 2020 - 6:36am


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Less than 24hours after Arewa Agenda published a story on how Arewa (Northern) women are using the opportunity of the COVID-19 lockdown to keep their marital romance alive, especially during the Ramadan and Sallah, reactions have continued to trail the clip with some quarters alleging that the video created disunity among families, leading to divorce.

Investigations by Arewa Agenda however reveals that the couples who allegedly divorced as a result of the footage had nothing to do with the trending video published by our platform.

Most families who featured in the video published by Arewa Agenda expressed shock at the account that the video had broken their homes, reiterating that their family are still united in love and the bonds is getting stronger than ever before. 

SALLAH VIDEO: How #Arewa Women Pampered Their Husbands Under #COVID19 Lockdown

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Known for their beauty as well as their incredible wears, Arewa (Northern) women may have busted that myth as they took the opportunity of... #Arewatwitter pic.twitter.com/dVySw0yRiL

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Rumours about the alleged divorced have filtered in days ago when the video surfaced after a Social Media user, Sanusi Bature posted that a husband divorced his wife as a result of a video clip.

When contacted to authenticate if the story he posted on Social Media had something to do with the trending video, Sanusi Bature, a political communicator in Kano said the lady he was referring to had nothing to do with the footage as she was not even in the viral video.

“The divorced woman I was talking about in my social media post had nothing to do with the trending video,” he confirmed.

Bature stressed that the video in contention didn’t go viral but was shared within family circles and the husband only grouse was that he wasn’t aware his wife was recording the show.

Arewa Agenda learnt that the divorced wife being referred to have since moved to her divorced husband mother’s (Mother In-law’s) place in Minna, Niger State where efforts are being made at reconciling the couples.

Meanwhile, ArewaAgenda has received more video clips of Arewa Men showering their wives with love and affection during the Sallah period which coincided with COVID-19 Lockdown in most states, especially in the North. The clips are featured in Part 2 of our Video on YouTube titled: “Arewa Men Celebrate Wives under Covid-19 Lockdown”

In the video, couples were seen sharing joyous moments together as they took steps to relish the moment. Some of the families even have their kids joining them in the good family moment time.

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Positive reactions have continued to trail our story with a Youtube commentator, Meek Dav stating that, “This is very Romantic! You don’t need to wait till valentine’s day to spice your marriage with love and tender care. I really hope to see more of this. Thumbs up for all the couples in this video!!”

Another commentator, Halid Sherif, said, “They are still culturally most compliant among Nigerians. They know the value of marriage and family.”

Recall that Arewa Agenda had reported that the COVID-19 lockdown has given Arewa Women a rare opportunity to reconnect with their husbands, by pampering them with love and exploring ways to keep their marital romance alive.

Known for their beauty as well as their incredible wears, arewa women who are often perceived as conservatives and reserved, may have busted that myth as they took the opportunity of the confinement occasioned by the novel Coronavirus pandemic to lighten the sparkles around their love lives with their spouses.

While the coronavirus may have affected trade, jobs and other human endeavor, for some arewa women, love is indeed in the air.

Fatima and Mukhtar’s Wedding! Bella Naija Weddings

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Delta State Announces 17 New COVID-19 Cases

30 May 2020 - 4:43am


The Delta State Government has announced 17 new COVID-19 cases in the state.

The state government announced the new cases on Twitter while giving an update on the outbreak of the virus in the state.

The new cases take the total infections in the state to 74.

According to the state government, there are 51 active cases in Delta with 16 discharged and seven deaths.

 

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82-year-old Woman Recovers From COVID-19 In Osun

30 May 2020 - 4:09am


An 82-year-old widow, who is also suffering from hypertension, has recovered from Coronavirus disease after receiving a nine-day treatment at the Isolation and Treatment Centre, Asubiaro, Osogbo, Osun State.

She was confirmed positive and admitted at the isolation centre on May 13, 2020.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, disclosed this in a statement in Osogbo. 

Isamotu said the woman’s recovery from the virus beats the odds as elderly people with chronic diseases were the highest risk group as many in that category are unable to recover from COVID-19.

The statement reads, "The story of the 82-year-old widow who recovered from the dreaded Coronavirus provides a glimmer of hope, considering that she is a hypertensive patient on medication. Although when she arrived at our isolation centre on May 13, she had no cough, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, fever or anosmia associated with the virus except for diarrhoea and we successfully treated her for it and she was stable all through the period of hospitalisation.

"On her 9th day on admission, we carried out a follow-up Polymerase Chain Reaction test on her and the result came back negative and she was subsequently discharged on May 24, 2020.

"Furthermore, a follow-up at her home after her discharge revealed that she was stable.”

 

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Despite Low Testing, Nigeria Ranks Third In COVID-19 Cases In Africa

30 May 2020 - 4:07am


Data from John Hopkins University, Africa CDC and Worldometer, indicate that the level of community transmission of Coronavirus in Nigeria was above double digit percentage.

SaharaReporters observed that the country had identified 9,302 cases from 58,726 tested samples – a ratio of 15.8 per cent.

Based on the number of positive cases confirmed, Nigeria is a distant third behind South Africa and Egypt, who have conducted more tests. 

Comparing the data on total number of confirmed cases versus total number of samples tested across South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and Kenya, all of whom have tested more samples than Nigeria, SaharaReporters found that only Egypt – 16.4 per cent, had a higher ratio of cases confirmed in relation to tests done.

All the other countries had single digit percentage rates.

Egypt, the highest, has recorded 22,082 confirmed cases from 135,000 cases, Nigeria has recorded 9,302 cases from 58,726 tests, while South Africa has discovered 29,240 from 689,175 tested samples – a ratio of 4.24 per cent.

Morocco which has 7,714 cases, have done 190,061 tests – 4.1 per cent, Ghana has recorded 7,616 cases from 208,328 tested samples – 3.7 per cent and the lowest  Kenya said it had found 1,745 cases from 74,003 tested samples –2.4 per cent.

Generally, the rate of recovery on the continent has also increased percentage wise, from 40.7 per cent on Monday to 42 per cent on Saturday.

The continent now has 56,401 recovered cases.

On the other hand, there are 75,051 active cases in the country, a ratio of 55 per cent when compared to the total number of cases.

This means the 3,923 confirmed deaths make up three per cent of the total infected persons.

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BREAKING: Protest In Benue State As Local Government Election Materials Are Allegedly Moved To PDP Chieftain's House

30 May 2020 - 4:05am





Protest has erupted in Benue State after sensitive election materials intended for the conduct of elections in Obi Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday were allegedly taken to the house of a politician, SaharaReporters can confirm.

The materials were said to have been moved by staff of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission to the house of one Samson Okwu, member representing Oju/Obi Federal Constituency in the National Assembly under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. 

An eyewitness at the scene of the protest said, "While everyone stood outside the BESIEC office waiting for the electoral officials to begin the process of identifying their ad-hoc staff, a PDP agent was granted access into the BESIEC office where the electoral materials were kept." 

The witness said the discovery that election materials had been moved to Okwu's house led to the protest by observers and agents from other parties participating in the elections.

"Top electoral officers are heading to Samson Okwu's residence for negotiations. The LGA returning officer was trying to make his way out of the BESIEC premises under the pretext of going to take breakfast. He has been prevented from leaving members of the opposition parties present because of concerns he is going to the lawmakers house," the source added. 

Meanwhile, electoral officials have begun the identification of ad hoc staff, who will conduct the exercise in different wards.

 

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Former United States President, Barack Obama, Condemns Death Of George Floyd

30 May 2020 - 3:59am


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Ex-President of the United States, Barack Obama, has condemned the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd, a black American, in Minneapolis on Monday.

Floyd was pinned down on the neck by a white policeman named Derek Chauvin, who ignored his plea for leniency until he died

In a statement he released on his Twitter page, Obama said, “This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be normal. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives to its highest ideals, we can and must do better.  Barack Obama

“It falls mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death is investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done.

“But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a "new normal" in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

“It's natural to wish for life "to just get back to normal" as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us.  See Also Human Rights Violence Erupts As Minneapolis Residents Continue To Protest Killing Of Black American By White Police Officer 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

“But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully and maddeningly "normal" – whether it's while dealing with the healthcare system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park."

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Bayelsa Records First COVID-19 Death

30 May 2020 - 3:52am


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Bayelsa State on Friday recorded its first COVID-19 death.

The state COVID-19 Task Force made this announcement in a press conference in Yenagoa, the capital. 

The task force said the victim was a military man that developed severe respiratory distress.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Bayelsa State currently has 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Coronavirus testing centre GettyImages

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Six Air Force Personnel Attached To Nigeria’s Ex-Chief Of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Imprisoned

30 May 2020 - 3:28am


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The Nigeria Air Force has announced that six of its personnel working as aides to late ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, have been imprisoned by a Special Court-Martial sitting in Abuja as a result of his killing in December 2018 by gunmen along Abuja-Keffi Road while on his way back from his farm. 

A statement by Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Saturday morning, said those sent to jail were imprisoned for absconding while Badeh was being attacked.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Former Chief Of Defence Staff Alex Badeh Shot Dead 0 Comments 1 Year Ago

The names of those affected include Squadron Leader Tom Gwani, Flight Sergeant Amu David, Flight Sergeant Philemon Degema, Flight Sergeant Sabo Simon, Sergeant Mukhtar Abdullahi, and Sergeant Alfred Alexander.

Late CDS Alex Badeh

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