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Nigeria reports 566 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths



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NCDC Coronavirus

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported 566 additional COVID-19 infections due to a surge in the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

The NCDC, which made this known via its website on Friday Morning, also stated that 11 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded as of Aug. 5.

According to the NCDC, the 566 new infections were recorded across 11 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It stated that Lagos State, the country’s epicentre, reported 283 cases while Akwa Ibom followed with 88 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 62 cases.

Rivers recorded 62 cases to rank fourth while the FCT reported 18 new infections.

Ogun State and Ekiti reported 17 and 13 Infections each, while Kwara recorded 11, even as Plateau and Zamfara reported six and three, with Kaduna and Kastina registering two cases each, respectively.

It added that five states: Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto reported zero cases.

The Public health agency noted that the figure raised the country’s total infections to 176,577, while the fatality toll now stands at 2,178.

The News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new infections indicate an increase from the 747 cases announced a day earlier.

The figure is the highest daily infection recorded in the country for more than five months.

The country’s COVID-19 infections have been rising over the past weeks since the discovery of the Delta strain, bringing fears of renewed pressure on the health system.

The NCDC stated that 125 people had recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the country on Thursday.

It said that till date, 165,333 recoveries had been recorded nationwide in 36 states and the FCT.

The agency added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The health institute said the country had also tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus out the country’s estimated 200 million population.

The NCDC said the country’s COVID-19 average positive test rate was six per cent.

It stated that the country’s active cases stood 9, 033, as of Aug. 5.

Meanwhile, the agency said the country’s infections in week 30, increased to 3,218 from 1,579 reported in week 29.

These were reported in 28 states and the FCT.

It stated that in week 30, the number of discharged cases increased to 218 from 90 in week 29. These were also reported in 16 states and the FCT.

The NCDC said there were 17 deaths reported in the last one week. Noting that cumulatively, since the outbreak began in week 9, 2020, 174,315 cases and 2,149 deaths were reported with a case fatality rate of 1.2  per cent.

It said in week 30, the number of in-bound international travellers tested stood at 3,702 of which 155 were positive, compared to 74, out of 2,836 samples tested from week 29.

It added in week 30, the number of out-bound international travellers tested was 5,529 of which 207 were positive, compared to 141 out of 3,376 samples tested from week 29. (NAN)

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Professor Soyinka Remains A Source Of Inspiration, Says Tinubu



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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has poured encomiums on Nobel Laureate and elder statesman, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on his 89th birthday, describing him as a veritable source of support, inspiration and encouragement.

Tinubu’s praises for the Laureate was contained in a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Dele Alake.

The President, who called Professor Soyinka a brother and comrade in the struggle for the restoration and entrenchment of democracy and good governance in Nigeria, commended him for his immense contributions to the country’s development.

“Today, I celebrate Nobel Laureate, elder statesman and pro-democracy activist, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on his attainment of 89.

“Renowned playwright, poet, novelist, Professor Wole Soyinka has done a lot for Nigeria. In the literary world, he remains a giant, an Iroko. Importantly, his contributions to the struggle for the restoration and institutionalization of democracy and good governance in Nigeria are indelible.

“Together, along with other activists, we fought for democracy under the aegis of NADECO at great risks to our personal lives.

“Professor Soyinka remains a beacon and a source of inspiration and support to many of us.

“As he attains 89 today, we pray that God Almighty grant him more years and strength so he can be around to witness the new Nigeria we are building in line with our Agenda for a Renewed Hope for the country, where security, prosperity and economic development will reign supreme.”

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10th Senate: NNPP Senator-elect kicks against zoning by APC



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The Senator-elect from Kano South Senatorial District, Sulaiman Kawu, yesterday warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to repeat mistakes of the past by zoning the position of Presiding Officers of the Senate.

Kawu, who is a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) spoke at a press briefing in Abuja.

He described the action of the APC as an insult to opposition members-elect of the 10th National Assembly.

He urged the APC and the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to do the right thing through consultation of National Assembly members-elect and other critical stakeholders to arrive at what needs be done.

Kawu said: “In the 7th Assembly during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, you are all aware how the executive intended to stop us from exercising our constitutional right. We fought them and they tear-gassed us, at the end, the wish of the people and the constitution prevailed.

“Now there are so many challenges we face in making sure that we consolidate the gains of democracy more especially the parliament. Now the 10th Assembly is about to be inaugurated, suddenly we saw a letter directing the members of the National Assembly to abide by the decision of the National Working Committee of the APC.

“For us, as veterans in this game. For us who have suffered a lot in defending the sanctity of the National Assembly we believe it is an insult.

“The National Assembly is an organ of government. It is not an agency of the Federal Government and the role of a political party is to guide, but they can’t dictate the selection of the Presiding Officers in the National Assembly.

“The constitution is very clear that we should choose among ourselves irrespective of party. and we are very lucky this time around the opposition constitute almost 48 per cent of the total population of the Senators-elect while the majority party has 52 per cent.

“When you go to the House of Representatives, it is the opposition that has the majority even though it is a combination of the different political parties. We thought the President-elect and the APC, will learn from past mistake in the 7th Assembly when President Jonathan intended to dictate to us where we would go in the selection of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“We said no. We must follow the rule of law and the Constitution and we must be guided by the rules of the House.

“We chose Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Nigerians are all aware. Even in the 8th National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu emerged presiding officers of the Senate against the intention of the APC.

“Our thinking now is that the APC and the President-elect will learn from past mistakes and do the proper thing through consultation, interface, reach out, persuasion and persuade the members of the National Assembly and all the stakeholders in arriving at that position.”

He added: “The essence of Constitutional democracy is to give power to the people. What we are witnessing today is against the tenets of democracy.

“It is against what we stood for for over two decades. It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in choosing the presiding officers.

“We are representatives of the people came with our own agenda, the agenda of our people and there are so many issues on the ground now. Some people are agitating that we must sit down and discuss our Constitution.

“Some people are asking for true federal system; others are asking for fiscal federalism,  while some people are asking for restructuring to change the political structure of Nigeria.

“Some people are not even happy with the way and manner the country is going, and so they intend to break out from Nigeria. The only way we can face these challenges is to have the Constitution as our guidance. Allow us to sit down and do the needful. Allow us to do those things that will promote unity, happiness and prosperity of Nigeria.

“I am advising the President-elect, that as a democrat, we learnt a lot from him. He was in forefront in fighting Obasanjo for this democracy.

“We were with him when we stopped Jonathan from installing leadership in the House of Representatives. So, ‘Baba’ don’t allow sycophants, don’t allow the so-called new cabal in Nigeria to dictate to you; we will not allow it and we will resist it.

“Some of your sons are still in the National Assembly and we know that you are very consistent in terms of democracy and you are very consistent with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We learnt a lot from you but we will not allow this one to happen when we are in the National Assembly. It is a game of number, and we are doing our best to teach them another lesson.

“We are in touch with 109 senators-elect and I will assure you that we have a serious number to stop imposition in the Senate or in the House of Representatives. Yesterday the House showed Nigerians a lesson.

“We are consulting and politics is a game of number, it’s a game of persuasion, interface and we are doing it. We will cross the bridge when we get there.

What we are saying is that we have many challenges in Nigeria and we have a document which all of us have agreed to, the constitution, why can’t we use the constitution to resolve the logjam?”



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No Nigerian Life Lost In Sudan Conflict — Minister



Nigerian Students in Sudan

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, on Wednesday, said no Nigerian life has been lost so far in the crisis engulfing Sudan.

He stated this at a media briefing after the Federal Executive Council Meeting, adding that the Federal Government had already perfected plans to evacuate over 5,000 citizens in the war-torn country.

He stated that the first batch of Nigerians are being conveyed as of Wednesday, noting that citizens will be conveyed via buses through Egypt and consequently airlifted.

Diplomat, women and children are to be prioritised in the evacuation process.

Eleven days of heavy fighting until Monday has killed hundreds of people, left bodies rotting in the streets, and some neighbourhoods of greater Khartoum in ruins.

The latest conflict is between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan against those of his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the heavily armed paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The RSF emerged from the Janjaweed militia that then-president Omar al-Bashir unleashed in the Darfur region two decades ago, leading to war crimes charges against Bashir and others.

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