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COVID-19: Nigeria crosses 200,000 infections February 2020

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Nigeria has surpassed 200,000 cases from the coronavirus pandemic 18 months after the first positive case was identified in an Italian traveller on Feb. 27, 2020, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC),

The NCDC via its verified website on Wednesday morning, said that Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases had jumped to 200,057.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the pandemic received global attention in early March, COVID-19 had wreaked havoc across the world, sickening millions and leaving countless patients hospitalized with life-threatening complications.

The Public Health Agency registered 519 additional COVID-19 infections on Tuesday from 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It stated that the 519 additional new cases in the country represented an increase from the 387 cases reported on Monday.

“The 519 new cases are reported from 15 states — Lagos (120), Ondo (110), Rivers (74), Edo (63), FCT (58), Oyo (31), Kaduna (15), Bayelsa (11), Cross River (11), Delta (11), Kano (5), Ogun (4), Plateau (3), Adamawa (2), and Gombe (1).

“Today’s report includes: Four states with zero cases reported: Ekiti, Nasarawa, Osun and Sokoto

“A backlog of 110 cases were reported from Ondo State on Sept. 13th (83) and 14th (27), 2021; a backlog of 5 deaths were also reported from Ondo state on Sept. 13th (2) and 14th (3), 2021, “ it stated.

The agency also said that the COVID-19 pandemic killed 18 Nigerians on Tuesday, to push the tally of total fatalities in the country to 2,637.

It added that the lives lost were not affected at random, because pre-existing conditions factor so heavily into virus outcomes.

The number of the country’s active coronavirus infections, however, decreased to 8, 701 from the 10,135 reported on Tuesday, even though the agency did not indicate if majority of the known active cases were from the contagious Delta variant.

According to the NCDC, as at Tuesday, Sept. 14, Nigeria had a total of 188, 719 cases successfully treated and discharged after recovery.

The NCDC noted that over 2. 9 million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested, as the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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No president will say there won’t be banditry next year — Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that no president will say banditry will next year.

Lai Mohammed said this while responding to a question on whether the current security challenges would end before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Responding to the question at a press conference on Wednesday December 15, Lai Mohammed said;

“Nobody, I’m not sure any president will say by next year there will be no banditry. It is just like saying by next year, there will be no thief.

“But what is important is that they should judge us by our achievement. We’ve not thrown our hands in the air. There was a time they asked us to hire mercenaries, but our soldiers are doing their best in these circumstances.”

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Buhari jets out Turkey for summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.

According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last Summit in 2014.

This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, on Thursday morning.

The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader had during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.

It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.

President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

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2023 presidency: I’m not going to turn it down – Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he will not turn down the calls of those asking him to contest for president in 2023.

Tinubu stated this after a meeting with leaders of the Northern Alliance Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the former Governor of Lagos said he would, however, make consultations before officially announcing a decision on the matter.

“I’m not going to turn them down but I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly to tell Nigerians.

“But the president is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges that he might face today.

“So, don’t muddle the political water. Consult, make our programme known to the people later,” Tinubu said.

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