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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Sokoto massacre: Attack Callous, Painful, Regrettable, Obaseki Fumes
tTe Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday reacted to the attack on Goronyo Market, in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits which led to the death of about 43 villagers.
Obaseki, in a statement issued by Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, commiserated with the people and government of Sokoto State, over the dastardly attack on Goronyo Market by bandits.
He also charged security agencies to intensify efforts in reining in the marauding bandits so as to prevent another re-occurrence.
The governor who described the incident as callous, painful and regrettable, prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims of the attack.
According to him, “We are deeply saddened by the terror attack in Goronyo Market, Sokoto State, which has thrown the entire country into mourning. Our hearts are with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the people of the state, as they go through this difficult phase.
“We join all meaning Nigerians in calling on the security agencies to intensify efforts in reining in the marauding bandits so as to prevent this painful loss of our citizens to banditry and terrorism.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Edo State, I commiserate with the people of Sokoto State and the Governor over this painful incident.”
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2023 Presidency: Akpabio Decries Distraction From Channels TV, Others
Ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State now Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has urged Channels Television against distracting him from the task of helping President Muhammadu Buhari achieve his set goals for the Niger Delta people.
The minister, who knocked the broadcaster for listing him among those seeking to succeed Buhari in 2023, faulted the use of his photograph on the Television station’s political programme for the same purpose.
Recall that in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Jackson Udom, the Minister kicked that the nation’s media were not respecting his request not to be associated with ambition for the 2023 presidency.
The former Senate Minority Whip categorically requested: “that he be allowed to focus on the national assignment of assisting President Mohammadu Buhari to achieve his set goals for the people of Niger Delta Region.”
The statement read in part, “On Sunday, 17th October 2021, Channels Television’s political discussion and interview programme – Politics Today, anchored by Mr Seun Okinbaloye, listed the name of the Hon. Minister and went ahead to use his photograph as one of those purportedly eyeing the presidential seat in 2023.
“As a politician and a serving Minister of the Federal Republic, who understands the distractions such unsolicited action(s) could cause in the polity, the Hon Minister, has, therefore, for the umpteenth time, called on groups, individuals and media houses, either Newspapers, Television, Radio or Online discussion platforms, to forthwith, stop associating his name and picture whenever 2023 Presidential discussions are being held.”
Udom asserted that the Minister has neither consulted any individual or groups nor declared interest in contesting for the rumoured post in the upcoming election.
According to him, “What is topmost in the heart of the Hon. Minister is how to assist President Mohammadu Buhari to leave a lasting legacy in the Niger Delta Region and to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to deliver on its mandate.”
The statement, therefore, warned other media houses and 2023 presidential election campaigners against the use of Akpabio’s “name and photographs as one of the purported presidential aspirants in 2023, in any of their discussion platforms.”
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NASS Must Listen To INEC On Electoral Bill, Says Jega
Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the national assembly must consider the recommendations of the agency to avoid ambiguity in the electoral act.
His statement comes weeks after Festus Okoye, national commissioner of INEC, said there is a provision in clause 63 that contradicts the provision for electronic transmission of result in clause 52 of the electoral act.
He had appealed to the harmonisation committees and the national assembly to amend the ambiguous clauses so as not to be used by politicians with selfish agendas to exploit legal loopholes for their own electoral advantages.
Speaking on the issue on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday, Jega said there is a need to harmonise the provisions of the act so as to avoid ambiguity and contradictions in electoral operations.
He asked the harmonisation committees in the bicameral assembly to give “serious consideration” to the recommendations of INEC.
The former INEC chief said any provision of the law that contradicts the use of electronic transmission of results for the 2023 elections must be amended.
“If the national assembly can generally continue to be receptive to genuine concern of citizens in the manner in which they do their legislation, this country would be better for it,” he said.
“There is a need to harmonise provision of the electoral act so that one provision does not contradict another and so that at the end of it those that want to cause mischief will not exploit the ambiguity and contradictory provisions in the law.
“It behooves the two committees of the house and senate that are sitting to harmonise the provisions of the bill to also give serious consideration to suggestions made by INEC.
“It is a value addition that can continue to improve the operations and conduct of elections in our country.
“There is no doubt that we have to go in the direction of electronic transmission of results and where there is any provision that can affect or negate or constrain that effort to transmit results electronically, those provisions need to be carefully looked at and then necessary amendments also exerted.
“The national assembly needs to pay attention to the very important issue that has been raised.
“The harmonisation committee of the national assembly should do the needful in addressing these provisions of the electoral bill that are being raised by INEC.
“In creating a legal framework for the operations of election, it is important that the national assembly listens to the recommendation of INEC.”
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