By Augustine Akhilomen
Aftermath of yesterday night’s announcement of 70 fresh cases of coronavirus in Lagos State by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagosians have expressed a concern on the possibility of a massive increase if drastic steps are not taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Lagos, which is known as the centre point for business, tourism and economic transaction, confirmed its first case of covid-19 on February 27, when an Italian man was confirmed positive, the rest they say is history.]
So far, out of the 18 deaths in Nigeria, Lagos has recorded 14, a situation which has further raised eyebrows on the state of handling of the coronavirus in the state.
In total, Nigeria recorded 86 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections across the country to 627.
Below are reactions from Lagosians on twitter…
@SammyNas01 Lagos State don finally lock the whole country for house for the next two months Man gesturing okMan gesturing ok
@First_alphas At this point…lock down postponed till september
@Emi_bibe 70 new cases in Lagos? Wow
@Jewish_gryn I’m seeing another two weeks lockdown in Lagos, in fact one month this time. Weary face
@AniekanUkpabio What is really happening in Lagos. I thought the governor was proactive. This is becoming a stale story. God please help.
@AyoHolla_ 70 in Lagos alone?!!? God!!
@_Joker90 God please, we need you more now, more than ever before. Heal the land
@Mus6ey Please give Lagos the trophy Folded handsLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying face
@Ody_johnson I think I like the 70 in Lagos State figures because it means that alot of testing has been done and the earlier they’re done the better. People thinking the lesser the cases reported in their different locations the better are funny, omo by the time its known it might be late.
@kcnaija These people need to explain the spike in cases. How did we jump from reporting less than 20 cases nationwide to 70 cases in Lagos in a day? Did we increase testing capacity? Was there an escalation from contact tracing? Transparency is more important than the lockdown.
@mamuzoADUMS On a serious note, the figures come out of Lagos is really high. We acknowledge that there’s improved testing hence the higher figures, we need to as individuals do our own part and reduce the spread. If the figures keep rising, we won’t be able to reopen in May. Please stay safe
@iTv001 Lagos is the new Liverpool. No competition
@tolutezzy_ This NCDC admin.. you get big ear u no Dey hear word .. stop increasing the number nah
@damilare_alves 70 in Lagos!!! it’s time we start asking ourselves questions, who knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody that has been tested positive for corona virus?
@SledgeAma Omo NCDC is angry with this result o , 70 in Lagos self , I see rigging
@EWAWUNMIIIHow come, ,, ????? We need explanation. 70 in lagos for what????
@tony_igb Lagos and Wuhan don’t sound alike naPerson gesturing ok
@izybaby01 70 in Lagos? 70 cases??!!!!
@Real_jaeflex God please come to our rescue
@emmanuel_ceejay Y’all in Lagos should remain in permanent lockdown till further notice.
@OmoKiikan Who else notice that since these Chinese doctors came to our country, the number of cases has tremendously increased..Person gesturing ok
@iTv001 See as Lagos dey top table
@sirdaancakes What part of Lagos did they pick the 70? We need more information!
@mamuzoADUMS Lagos has opened testing sites across all local Government. In alimosho there’s 5 testing sites. You may start seeing numbers in its 100s coming out of Lagos the new week.
@ikechukwuogugu1 My dear are u surprised? The figures keep shooting up since the arrival of the Chinese and the house to house test in Lagos State. Na just the beginning be this.
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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.
He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.
“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.
“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”
The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.
According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.
“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.
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2023: My WAEC Certificate Is Missing, Lost And Cannot Be Found, Okowa Tells INEC
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has reportedly informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his WAEC certificate is missing.
It was gathered that Okowa informed INEC about the missing certificate as part of his filings for eligibility in the race for the 2023 elections.
He said in an affidavit to that effect that he enrolled and sat for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974.
The original certificate issued can no more be found however, he added in the affidavit.
The affidavit of loss of original certificate was obtained from the High Court of Justice, Delta State, in the Asaba Judicial Division on October 3, 2006.
“That I personally enrolled and sat for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974 at Edo College, Benin City, in now Edo state,” The Delta State Governor was reported to have said in the affidavit according to Tribune.
“That I passed the said examinations and was subsequently issued the said certificate therefore. That the original of the said certificate issued to me is now missing, lost and cannot be found.
“That I make this oath for the records and do so knowing and believing the same to be true and in accordance with the Oaths Law of the Bendel State as applicable to Delta state,” he added.
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2023: Tinubu’s Presidency Will Handle Nigeria’s Diversity Better, Says Ganduje
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday assured Nigerians that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency would handle Nigerian diversity well.
Ganduje, who spoke in Abuja when he hosted the National Coalition of Tinubu Support Groups Worldwide, the national directorate, comprising Nigeria, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Oman, UAE chapters, for his leading role in Tinubu’s victory at the party’s primary election was feted by the support group.
A statement by Malam Muhammad Garba, the Commissioner for Information, that was made available to SATURDAY INDEPENDENT quoted his principal to have explained that Tinubu’s outstanding performance as Lagos state governor where he formed a formidable team of diverse backgrounds transformed the state into the strongest economy in the sub-region was a pointer in that direction.
He said that “All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer is not going to be an experimental president given his dexterity and strong rooting in politics and administration in the Nigeria project.”
Ganduje expressed optimism that the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as APC standard-bearer has brightened the chance and gave hope and encouragement that the party would win the forthcoming 2023 general election.
The governor, therefore, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the enabling environment for the conduct of the primary, the APC and its governors as well as other aspirants who have expressed readiness to work with Asiwaju for the victory of the party.
He similarly expressed appreciation for the recognition by the coalition and promised to work harder for the success of Asiwaju’s presidential candidature.
Earlier, the Convener and Global Director-General of the coalition, Dr Doyin Johnson had said that the award was presented to Governor Ganduje as a way of saying thank you for the strategic role he played in the actualization of the Asiwaju presidency.
He charged the governor to continue to use his intellectual capacity and strong mobilization prowess to ensure the success of the APC presidential candidate at the polls.
Speaking earlier, the Imo state governor, who was part of the delegation, tasked the governor whom he described as a man of honour, to further mapped out strategies for winning the secondary election come 2023.
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