Buhari Backtracks As He Writes National Assembly To Confirm Newly Picked Service Chiefs
Fears and outrage among Nigerians in political circles that President Muhammadu Buhari was playing a fast one and trying to bypass the National Assembly in the Tuesday afternoon appointment of the Service Chiefs, has produced a reaction. A positive one.
President Buhari has on Friday morning officially towed the correct line by writing the National Assembly for confirmation of his newly-appointed military chiefs.
Affriming his principal’s position, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, in a Friday morning statement said Buhari had in a letter dated January 27, 2020, written the National Assembly to seek the approval as dictated by Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. afternoon nomination of his military chiefs.
If what happened on Tuesday was a mere nomination of the chiefs, why didn’t the president say so earlier? Anyway, thanks to vigilant Nigerians watching with keen attention, it appears the president was caught offside on political VAR. Seems Nigerians are tired of getting gamed.
As the scoreline now reads – Rule of Law Advocates (1) – Buhari (1), who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? What’s your position on this constitutional adherence development? Do you think Buhari wrote the National Assembly because he loves doing right or because he feels he’s been caught offside and Nigerians won’t let him get away with it?
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COVID-19 Outbreak At Government Approved Lab Triggers Panic In Lagos
In what could be best described as a fire-on-the-mountain situation, the Ajah area of Lagos State was thrown into pandemonium as news of Covid-19 outbreak at one of the government-approved laboratories hit town.
WellMed Healthcare Laboratory, Ajah, was fingered as the location of this latest pandemic outbreak as no less than five workers of the facility had tested positive for the virus. What’s worse, the lab allegedly continued operations like all was well in the community like nothing’s wrong.
What made the public health situation a totally messy was the fact that the disgruntled husband of one of the infected lab’s workers accused the management of of the facility of nonchalance on Tuesday, an infected worker showed up for work on Wednesday and the facility was still in operation, instead of shutting down, till news of the outbreak broke to the entire community. The lab continued working like nothing was amiss.
Now allegations of a cover-up is in the air as members of the public who had been frequenting the facility for Covid-19 tests, are in state of fear for health status and lives.
Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, stating the government’s position on the matter said investigations are ongoing to see if the facility was trying to cover-up what lead to the outbreak and they would take appropriate action. What do you the government should do if WellMed Healthcare is found culpable in the community’s Covid outbreak?
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12 Highways Set For Concession As Federal Government Considers Re-Introduction of Toll Gates
Barring major obstacles, it appears the Federal Government is set to concession 12 highways across the nation. And you know what that means…a return of tollgates or toll plazas on the highways.
The 12 highways under consideration in the Ministry of Work’s Highway Development Management Initiative, a move to rebuild the nation’s road network, represent about 1,963km, less than 5.6% of Nigeria’s 35,000km federal highway network.
So why the return of tollgates, you may ask? So the concessionaires will have the opportunity to recoup their investments in the build-and-operate agreement.
The 12 highway routes included in this pilot phase of the Highway Development Initiative include Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Owerri, Shagamu-Benin and Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga.
The Other highway routes are Kano-Shuari and Potiskum-Damaturu, Lokoja-Benin, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta, and Lagos-Badagry-Seme border.
Any scheme to revamp Nigeria’s road infrastructure is a welcome development, so this highway concession one would be judged by the fruits it produces in the coming months. The question is, do you think re-introducing tollgates is the solution to bad roads across the length and breadth of Nigeria?
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Covid Taskforce Considers Imposing Lockdown On Lagos, Abuja, Plateau
You may have a few days grace to stock your pantry with food and other essential supplies before the iron curtain of Lockdown 2.0 descends around the country during this second wave of Covid-19 infections.
According to signals emanating from the Covid-19 incident center in Abuja, the Presidential Task Force is said to be considering imposing lockdown in the 3 of the most affected cities in Nigeria right now. The cities under consideration are – Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as well as Plateau State.
PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, is said to be very alarmed by the rising number of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas in recent reports. The 2nd wave has been a inhibited rampage in the 3 most affected cities with no hope of infections reducing in sight.
If we’re keeping things real, the 3 cities have been hosts of covid super spreaders like religious gatherings, large market activities, operating clubs and event centers with impunity. A lot of Nigerian citizens still go about like Covid-19 is a joke if we’re being honest.
Should these cities continue recording high numbers, the government would be introducing “Targeted Lockdowns” and not the blanketed type which would affect the whole country.
Do you think it is fair to the cities of the FCT Abuja, Lagos and Plateau States to be on Covid targeted Lockdowns while other cities are free to move about? Lets know what you think.
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Rapper TI And Wife Tiny Embroiled In Alleged Sex Trafficking And Abuse Scandal
Self-proclaimed king of the South Rap music artiste, actor and media personality, T.I. and his reality TV star wife, Tiny, are facing very messy allegations of sex trafficking right now.
No less than 15 women have come forward accusing the “The Family Hustle” reality show couple of forcing them into controversial sexual situations and manipulating their victims with drugs and money.
The accuser-in-chief is none other Sabrina Peterson, a former friend of T.I and Tiny’s who accused the rapper of sexual assault. She has compiled a series of messages she claimed she got from the alleged abuse victims on Instagram. The whole messy situation is currently playing out on social media, with tweets and screenshots flying up and down.
While T.I and Tiny are still trying to cope with Sabrina’s accusations, a cast member on their reality show, “The Family Hustle” Shekinah Anderson aka Shekinah Jo, as added fuel to the fire. Shekinah is alleging that Sabrina had consensual sex with both of T.I and Tiny. She also claimed Sabrinah was involved in recruiting women for threesomes and foursomes with T.I. and Tiny.
It is unclear where all of this messy situation is headed right now but a very flustered T.I should be getting his legal defence team ready because Sabrina is just getting warmed up and gathering more filth to take her former friends down.
Whatever filth that’s come is nothing compared to what’s still coming down. T.I and Tiny better get ready.
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DR Congo’s Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Resigns After Vote Of No Confidence From Parliament
There has been a new development recorded in the ever complicated power sharing arrangement being practiced in Democratic Republic of Congo as Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga resigns after drawing a vote of no confidence from the nation’s parliament.
PM Ilunga, a close ally to former president Joseph Kabila whose supporters have been in a power struggle with Tshisekedi, was constitutionally required to resign 24 hours after being sacked by the National Assembly.
Ilunga’s dismissal came after the majority of the country’s lawmakers passed a vote of no-confidence in his alleged inability to manage the affairs of the country. He had headed a coalition cabinet in Mr Tshisekedi’s government for 15 months.
According to close followers of DR Congo’s politics, Mr Ilunga’s resignation has cleared the way for President Tshisekedi to appoint his loyalists as ministers. Making his grip on power in the nation ever firmer than before.
At least the people of DR Congo will be happy this power tussle didn’t involve bloodshed and another round of lengthy violent confrontations.
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Rwanda Ranked Best African Nation In Covid-19 Management
Our East African brothers have added another feather to their bulging cap in Covid-19 management while the rest of Africa was caught awares by rampaging pandemic.
Rwanda has been ranked the best nation in Africa and sixth globally, in managing the Covid-19 pandemic and making the information about it accessible to her people.
The ranking which was carried out by an Australian policy think tank, Lowy Institute, ranked a total of 98 countries globally, comparing them in terms of their average performance in managing the pandemic within 36 weeks when they recorded their 100th Coronavirus case.
The study measured a number of key indicators including confirmed cases, deaths, cases per million people and deaths per million people.
Rwanda, unlike most of its fellow African nations, was found to have increased its testing capacity, with over 4,000 daily tests and and recorded up to 853,238 in total by Wednesday. Rwanda has recorded a total of 14,529 Covid-19 cases with 9,234 recoveries and 183 deaths.
Togo was ranked 2nd African nation in the same ranking and Tunisia came in as the 3rd best African nation at Covid-19 management. Our dear Nigeria was ranked 16th in Africa and 49th in the world. Did someone say, “At all, at all na winch?”
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