Naija Network News Reporting every with conscince Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Naija Network News 32 32 We have already destroyed Nigeria – Nnamdi Kanu replies Presidency Mon, 08 Jun 2020 08:43:52 +0000 The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to a statement by the presidency concerning the international activities of the secessionist group.

Nnamdi Kanu said his group had already destroyed Nigeria, boasting that by the time they were done with the country, the name Nigeria would seize to exist.

The Presidency on Sunday said it has uncovered an ongoing plot by the IPOB to set Nigeria against some of its allies such as the US, UK and the European Union.

It alerted Nigerians and the international community of the move it described as a most misleading campaign wherein the group uses false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.

The Presidency claimed that the campaign had already started gaining steam with some officials of the American government, including the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

It said the elaborately planned scheme, had been receiving monthly funding of $85,000 USD since October 2019.

He wrote on Facebook, “I Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have no mansion, I have no car, I have no hotel, I have no university, I have no government contract, I don’t lie, I don’t cheat, I don’t steal, all I HAVE is the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama to do his will which is to restore Biafra in TRUTH and HONESTY.

“Every dime the indomitable IPOB family worldwide contributes towards our liberation goes towards the dismantling of Nigeria and restoration of Biafra, I mean every dime.

Once again Nigerian Government has inadvertently confirmed that we spend big on our diplomatic offensive. We have destroyed Nigeria and by the time we are done with them, the name Nigeria will seize to exist.”

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More Christians have lost their lives in the North under Buhari’s govt – Kayode Mon, 08 Jun 2020 08:27:32 +0000 Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation has alleged that more Christians have been killed under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration than any other in the history of Nigeria.

The former minister said this while lamenting about the recent killing of Christians in the country, especially in the Northern region.

According to him, Northern Nigeria was presently the most dangerous place for a Christian to live on earth, adding that the region had become a slaughterhouse for Christians.

In the past few days, some communities in Kaduna State have experienced fresh attacks, leading to the loss of lives.

Over the years, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna has become susceptible to attacks and killings from alleged herdsmen.

Recall that some unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had last week Wednesday attacked Tudu village in Doka. Kufana District of the local government.

The gunmen were said to have killed nine persons and set many houses ablaze.

Reacting, Fani-Kayode described those that deny that more Christians have been murdered in this government as “the sponsors of the genocidal maniacs and mass murderers.”

According to him, the attempt by the Presidency to deny the crimes against humanity is irresponsible yet expected.

He said this in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page on Sunday night.

The post reads: “The humiliation, persecution and marginalization of Christians in Nigeria over the last 5 years is self-evident. The ethnic and religious cleansing, wholesale slaughter of northern Christians is undeniable.

“Those that deny this are the sponsors of the genocidal maniacs and mass murderers.
Nnamdi Kanu, Asari Dokubo, Anniko Briggs, Shola Salako, Tony Nnandi, Baron Roy, Gani Adams, CAN, leaders of the MB and the South, Church leaders, Christian clerics, yours truly and millions of others that have pointed out this reality over the last few years have the truth.

“The attempt by the Presidency to deny these heinous crimes against humanity, though shameless and irresponsible, is to be expected.

“To say that Christians are not being slaughtered in Nigeria is like saying Hitler and the Nazis never murdered 6 million Jews during the holocaust

 “Worse still it is like saying that pigs, cows and goats are not being slaughtered in abattoirs. Northern Nigeria particularly has become nothing but a slaughterhouse and a graveyard for Christians.”

He mentioned that the Northern region has also been described by Donald Trump and numerous international organisations as the most dangerous place on earth for Christian’s to live.

“More Christians have been murdered under the watch of Muhammadu Buhari than at any other time in our history outside of the civil war,” his tweet added

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Abia: Governor Ikpeazu Tests Positive to COVID-19 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:54:46 +0000 Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has been confirmed positive for covid-19 by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday.

The Governor had reportedly tested negative about a week ago when he and his family submitted their samples for test.

But another test conducted and returned on Sunday is said to be positive.

According to the NCDC records of Sunday, Abia State recorded a total number of 67 new cases bringing the total cases in Abia to an astronomical 83

In the meantime, Deputy governor Ude Oko Chukwu is to take charge of governance pending Ikpeazu’s recovery, according to the commissioner for information, John Okiyi Kalu.

He also said in a med statement that the governor has gone into isolation as required and will be managed by experts.

Recall that the death of the state’s chairman of task force on covid-19 in the state, Sọlọmọn Ogunji generated some controversies after some members of his family tested positive upon his demise.

Below is the media text:

Press Release

Recall that on Saturday, 30th May, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu volunteered his sample for COVID-19 test and subsequently directed members of the state Executive Council (EXCO) and those of the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 to submit themselves for the same test. On Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020. The result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative.

On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory for confirmation and the result returned positive.

As a result, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.

Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.

We wish to urge all Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health.

Thank you.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commssioner for Information, Abia State

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IPOB discrediting Nigeria Internationally – Presidency Sun, 07 Jun 2020 21:22:35 +0000 The Presidency on Sunday said it has uncovered an ongoing plot by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB to set the country against some of its allies such as the US, UK and the European Union.

The Presidency said this while alerting Nigerians and the international community of the move it described as a most misleading campaign wherein the group uses false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.

The Presidency said this in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Sunday.

It claimed that a very deep and wide investigation carried out by one of the agencies of the Nigerian government, working with international partners, has drawn its attention to two interconnected campaigns being concurrently run by the pro-Biafra group.

The statement said that “Both are using the cover of Christianity – and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria.”

According to the Presidency, the real purpose of this campaign was to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.

It said that Nnamdi Kanu only claims to have an interest in Christians for reasons of convenience, adding that the IPOB leader believes that his struggle for Independence is strengthened by ‘proving’ the government of Nigeria is ‘autocratic’, engaged in a ‘silent slaughter’ of its own citizens along religious and ethnic lines.

The Presidency called on Nigerians and the international community to be wary of this divisive campaign by the IPOB and its leader, which, according to available evidence, has been “funded monthly with $85,000 since October 2019, with no records of the source of this largesse.”

“The campaign consists of producing articles in the names of the alleged Christian NGOs’ leaders (of campaign groups created at the time this PR contract with a US lobbying firm was signed) and letters to and from members of Congress to the White House,” the statement added.

It said unfortunately the IPOB has succeeded in persuading some members of Congress to believe that there is indeed a ‘Christian persecution’ underway in Nigeria “and they are known to be taking up the case directly with the White House to appoint the special envoy.”

“The American charity secured a meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made presentations to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom,” the Presidency said.

It further alleged that the same campaign is also going on in the UK and Europe.

“They have founded an ‘NGO/Charity’ and a linked web-based campaign named ‘Stop the Silent Slaughter’ which is well designed and complete with video “evidence”-completely concocted,” the statement claimed.

“Members of the alleged Christian NGO have had multiple Op-Ed articles in conservative news websites promulgating their message of a ‘Christian Genocide’. Some of those articles have also been used as ‘evidence’ in the sister US campaign.

“Two of those conservative news websites were co-founded by the owner of the UK PR firm they have hired to generate their publicity as well as an OP-Ed article in the name of a British MP who may have been convinced by their campaign under false pretenses.”

Garba Shehu explained further that the IPOB has secured additional coverage in France, EU, and Germany.

“They secured an MPs debate on the ‘Christian Genocide’ in the House of Commons in which staff member of the UK PR was referenced as the ‘private secretary’ to the leader of the UK-based Charity,” it said.

The Presidency said it was clear that IPOB’s extraordinarily and dubiously well-funded campaign in the US and UK and Europe was misusing the issue of the welfare of Christians purely to further their own political ends.

He said the group is seeking to damage inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria as well as to damage the international reputation of Nigeria.

“Nigerians and the international community are hereby advised to ignore this campaign as they have disregarded similar past campaigns originated by this group which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian State,” it added.

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Surrender or be disgraced, Buhari tells Katsina bandits Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:58:21 +0000 President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State over the rising wave of banditry in the state, and has advised the criminals to surrender now or face “disgraceful and violent ends.”

According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja on Saturday, the meeting took place at the State House, Abuja on Thursday night, with the president assuring people and government of Katsina State of renewed efforts, and review of operations, to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country.

Buhari said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across the country, will not be spared.

President Buhari warned bandits to surrender their weapons or face “disgraceful and violent ends,” adding that more decisive military operations against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States will be undertaken.

President Buhari commiserated with Governor Masari over the loss of lives from attacks by bandits, which include District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino, and APC Chairman in Batsari Local Government Council, Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani Duburawa.

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FCTA discharges 30 new COVID-19 patients Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:52:16 +0000 Thirty more recovered patients of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been discharged from treatment centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

FCT Minister Muhammed Bello, announced this on his twitter handle @MuhdMusaBello on Saturday.

According to his tweet, the minister said: “I bring you good news as we successfully treated and discharged additional thirty (30) #COVID-19 patients from our treatment facilities in the FCT.

 “The total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now 245”.

The FCT has recorded 70 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 862, while 595 are active cases and 22 associated deaths.

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Impact of Ikpeazu’s administration on Abians in Diaspora Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:45:10 +0000 Diasporans engagement in the development of any state, country cannot be over emphasised. And one of the good qualities of a leader is to instill in his people hope for success and a belief in themselves.

President OSO NSU Ngwa Nigeria and 52nd Inaugural Lecturer of ABIA State University, Professor Ogbonna Onuoha said: “Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals”.

Governor Ikpeazu’s strategic approaches to governance especially Abians in Diaspora is indeed commendable. His unwavering support is indeed second to none.

We can’t forget in a hurry the challenge Abians in South Africa experienced last year due to Xenophobia. Some lost their jobs, homes shattered, families disorganized, contact lost, lives began afresh from zero.

It took our ever responsive Governor just Picosecond to assist the returnees immediately Dr Mrs Ngozi Ogbonna Erondu, the Special Adviser on Diaspora Matters contacted him.

He provided job opportunities, cash and relief materials to the returnees which gave them a shoulder of hope to start again.

Today, Diasporans can boast of a modernized office space with a conference room in the government house, courtesy of the people’s oriented Governor.

A proverb says: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Governor IKPEAZU’s show of eminent leadership has rekindled the philanthropic heart of many.

Abians felt some hands of the Diasporans during this pandemic, through donated food palliatives, medical materials, cash and social awareness.

The Governor, who always feel at home with the Diasporans, gave the just concluded online interactive meeting a surprise when he showed up even before the meeting commenced.

He went ahead to disclose in details things Abia State Government has done to make sure the citizens are safe ranging from the first class guidelines on lockdown, radio classroom teaching to keep the pupils and students busy and payment of teacher’s salary, development of an educational application. He also dwelt on sharing of palliatives to the religious bodies, non-indigenes in the state, students and the less privileged.

The Diasporan- friendly governor also opened window for the Abians in diaspora to join a committee in e-learning so as to share experiences.

Bill Taylor, in article Do You Pass the Leadership Test? said: “The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo.”

In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.”

Governor Ikpeazu is indeed special to Abia Diaspora.

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AfDB Approves Nigeria’s $288.5m Loan To Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:36:52 +0000 The African Development Bank has approved $288.5m loan to help Nigeria tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impact on the economy.

The loan, according to the development finance institution, will bolster the government’s plans to improve surveillance and response to COVID-19 emergencies, ease the impact on workers and businesses and strengthen the social protection system.

The loan is the bank’s initial response to help mitigate the slump in oil prices and its impact on the national economy. 

Nigeria had in April secured $3.4bn from the International Monetary Fund in emergency financial assistance under the fund’s Rapid Financing Instrument to support government’s efforts in addressing the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 economic shock and the drastic fall in oil prices.

“The proposed programme will ensure that the fiscal position and the economy are sufficiently supported to weather the COVID-19 shocks, thereby limiting its potential adverse impact on livelihoods and the economy more generally,” Ebrima Faal, the bank’s Senior Director for Nigeria, said.

The bank said its active portfolio in Nigeria as of December 2019 comprised 61 operations, with a total commitment of about $5bn.

These active operations include 29 in the public sector, with a commitment of $2bn (43%) and 32 non-sovereign operations with a total commitment of $3bn, equivalent to 57 per cent of the total portfolio.

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Kano: Court orders closure of hotels over lock-down violation Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:28:51 +0000 Kano state Mobile Court No 5 has ordered the closure of two hotel buildings for violating the COVID-19 lockdown order in the state.

The court headed by Magistrate Aminu Gabari issued a consequential order directing that Mozida Hotel at No-Man’s-Land and Royal Tropicana Hotel situated along Zungeru road should be sealed off for hosting night club activities during the lockdown period.

The police had arraigned 50 persons before the court on Saturday and the prosecution told the court that they were apprehended by the police at the premises of the two hotels where they had indulged in social gatherings.

The 50 violators all admitted committing the offence and the court ruled that they should each pay N20, 000 as fine.

The court further ruled the violators were to observe two months’ community service tagged ‘Keep Kano Clean’ by sweeping major streets in Kano metropolis.

Magistrate Gabari said those who fail to pay the fine as handed by the court are to carry out eight months’ community service by sweeping all the major streets in the state

They are to execute the sentence during the lockdown free days.

The judge then issued a consequential order sealing Mozida Hotel and Royal Tropicana Hotel for allowing the use of their premises to infringe the lockdown order.

The hotels are to remain sealed for six months.

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COVID-19: Lagos accredits three private hospitals for corona-virus treatment Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:18:37 +0000 Three hospitals have been accredited for treatment and management of coronavirus by the Lagos State Government.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this according to a statement from the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

He spoke at a news briefing to give situation report on COVID-19 management in the state.

Abayomi stated one of the accredited private hospitals is already admitting patients while the other two will soon start admission and management of patients.

According to him: “They have passed the bio-security compliance test. They have made modifications to their hospitals so that their staff and other patients are not put in danger or exposed to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

“Those private hospitals have passed the test and we are just in the process of issuing them with accreditation certificate so that they can start managing COVID19 patients in the private sector.

“However, even if they are managing COVID19 in the private sector, it still comes under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health.

“Also, information about every patient managed by the hospitals must be made available to us so that we can record it in our database.

“COVID-19 remains a public crisis and all public crises are managed and supervised by the Lagos state government and by extension the federal government of Nigeria.”

Abayomi described management of COVID-19 patients by private facilities in the state without the knowledge and approval of the government as illegal.

The commissioner stressed that every COVID-19 patient in the state must be known to the government for adequate data capturing.

He said: “If you are managing COVID-19 without government permission and we are not capturing your cases in our database, you are performing an illegal act, according to the laws of Lagos State.

“So, if you want to manage COVID-19 in Lagos State, we are not saying you cannot. All you need to do is to submit an application and we will visit your facility to ensure that you have the required equipment and specialised personnel to manage COVID-19 cases.

“If you can demonstrate that you can do all these, then we will give you the approval to manage the disease.”

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