COVID-19: Can Africa Afford Lockdowns?

  Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR This piece summarizes my contribution to an African debate. From Johannesburg to Lagos, Cairo to Dakar, Kinshasa to Kigali, Nairobi to Accra, etc the debate on how Africa should respond to the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is raging. At an African regional policy platform, I had expressed some of these (personal) views some weeks ago but have been encouraged by most members to circulate them in Africa beyond the platform. This year 2020 begins a new decade that promises to be one of dreadful disruptions,…

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ECOWAS Leaders Appoint President Buhari Champion Of COVID -19 Response

Presidents of West African countries under the aegis of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari Champion of the COVID-19 response. In a Press statement released signed by Garba Shehu, He said “The appointment took place Thursday at the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 which was held via teleconferencing under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger”. During the teleconference, President Buhari called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID -19 pandemic…

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Abba Kyari: Cacophony of Divergent Tributes

It has been a torrent of tributes since the demise of Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. The tributes are as myriad as they are conflicting. Some see Abba Kyari as the best that had happened to the Buhari administration while others see him as the albatross of the same administration. President Buhari said it all when he noted that Kyari was first of all a friend before being the Chief of Staff. He described his late Chief of Staff as a loyal friend of 42…

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COVID19: AS Roma players give up wages for rest of the season

AS Roma‘s players and coaching staff have volunteered to give up their wages for the remainder of the 2019-20 season to help steer the club through the coronavirus pandemic. The Serie A side announced on Sunday that its players will forego four months’ salary and will collectively make up the difference in non-playing staff’s wages whose salaries were affected when they were placed on the Italian government’s social safety net scheme. The club’s players, first-team coach Paulo Fonseca, and his staff, have volunteered to forgo four months’ salary this season…

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Gov. Uzodimma to rename IMSU Mallam Abba Kyari University

-Says COS is a patriot Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has hinted that plans are in place to rename the state-owned Imo State University to Mallam Abba Kyari University. The Governor made this call when the management staff of the university led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adaobi Obasi paid him a visit at the Executive Chambers of the Imo State Government House. The Governor went on to say that Mallam Abba Kyari played a pivotal role in the liberation of Imo State and no gesture is too big…

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COVID-19: Kogi Gov. Lifts Ban on Religious Gatherings

The Kogi State Governor His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello have lifted the ban on Religious congregation across the state. Earlier the state Governor placed a ban on Religious and social gatherings in view of the fight against the spread Coronavirus. The Commissioner of Information, Evang. Kingsley Fanwo made the statement available to newsme in Lokoja. He said “Following the directive of His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State that the ban on religious congregations be lifted with immediate effect to allow religious bodies have their normal…

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COVID-19: Flourmills donates food products across the country

*Reiterates its commitment to feeding the nation, even in tough times. The Flour mills Nigeria PLC on Wednesday donated truck loads of food products to the Lagos State Government. The move was to kick start the food donation drive across the country, the company has donated several trucks of food products to Lagos State in support of the state’s ongoing food relief efforts. Speaking at the handover event, Boye Olusanya, the Group Chief Operating Officer, of the company said: “To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, FMN will continue…

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COVID-19: Real Madrid stadium to store medical supplies

Real Madrid’s stadium will be used to store medical supplies needed in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the Spanish club announced on Thursday. “Real Madrid Club de Futbol, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport, has launched a project in Madrid to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the club said in a statement. “As a result of the close collaboration between the two institutions, the Santiago Bernabeu will offer a space that is equipped to store the…

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Covid-19:We do not make noise about our givings to humanity and we will not stop

-Says Bishop Oyedepo as he donates Ambulances, Test Kits, Food, Other supplies to Lagos And Ogun States *Over N1.3 Billion ($3.8million at the time) given towards scholarship in the recent past. Bishop David Oyedepo, Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel International) has made donations of ambulances, test kits and personal protective devices (PPEs) to the Lagos and Ogun State governments to assist in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) scourge in Nigeria. The Church also donated medical resources and food items as part of its phased and continuous…

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Covid -19: UBA donates N28M to Kogi State Government

The United Bank of Africa, UBA on Monday donated the sum of Twenty eight million five hundred thousand naira N28.5M to the Kogi State Government to enable her fight the Coronavirus pandemic. According to an online report credited to the Kogi State Commissioner of Information, Evan. Kingsley Fanwo he said, the government is happy to receive the sum of N28.5M donated to the State Government in an effort against the spread of the virus. The donation was received on behalf of the State Government by the Deputy Governor and the…

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Explosion Rocks Ondo, hundreds of houses destroyed

More than one hundred houses were destroyed in the early hours of Saturday at Eleyowo, Akure, along Owo-Akure highway. According to residents of the area, a loud bang was heard when everyone was already asleep around 1am in the morning. A truck owned by a quarry company carrying explosives has exploded in Ilu- Abo in Akure north local government area of Ondo. The truck which was heading to Edo State was accompanied by police escorts destroyed over hundred houses. The disaster affected many residential buildings in the area including Church buildings…

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COVID -19: Chioma tests positive as Davido goes into isolation

Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido on Friday announced that his fiancee Chioma has tested positive for coronavirus. The Afrobeat artist broke the news on his twitter handle on Friday. He said “Hey everyone ! I came back recently from America after cancelling tour. My fiancée Chioma also came back from London recently with our baby. We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly fine but because of our recent travel history we decided to take ourselves and our all close associates we’ve come…

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Atiku’s son test positive for coronavirus

Former Nigerian Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the 2019 Presidential election, Alh. Atiku’s Abubakar has said his son has tested positive to Corona virus. He twitted in the early hours of Monday that his son tested positive to Corona virus and he is has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja. In the Tweet Atiku said “Corona virus is real” he urged the people to pray with him and he also asked people to stay safe.

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Sanusi Dethroned By Kano State Government

The Kano State government today, approve the dethronement of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. The dethronement of the Emir was announced after the State Council executive meeting presided over by the Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. In a press statement signed by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, The Emir was in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the State Governor and other lawful Authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programs organized by the government without lawful justification which…

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Ronaldinho Detained For Entering Paraguay With Fake Documents

Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho is being held by police in Paraguay for allegedly using a fake passport to enter the country, authorities say. Police searched a hotel in the capital, Asuncion, on Wednesday, where the star had been staying with his brother. Paraguay’s interior minister told ESPN Brazil that the pair had not been arrested but are under investigation. Minister Euclides Acevedo also said they deny wrongdoing and are co-operating with the authorities. In July 2019, the player reportedly had his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes. “I…

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Manchester City Beat Twelve time champions

Manchester City De Bruyne

Manchester beat Real Madrid 2 goals to 1 in a champions league game on Wednesday 26 February,2020. Manchester City move past Real   Isco opened the score sheet for real in the 60th minute. But a Gabriel Jesus equalizer saw Real’s hope a champions league Victory crash as K. De Bruyne did a good job to convert a 83 minute penalty which gave Manchester City a one goal lead. Real Madrid’s fear grows big as the Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos bagged a red card in the 86th minute of the…

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APC NWC Approves New National Officers

The National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the nomination of Arch. Waziri Bulama as the Party’s Acting National Secretary. According to information made available by the partys National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu He said The decision was reached on January 14, 2020 during the meeting of the NWC at the party’s National Secretariat. Following the resignation of H.E. Mai Mala Buni as the Party’s National Secretary in May 2019 prior to his election as the Governor of Yobe State, the party subsequently gave notice for…

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Dismisses Ihedioha’s Application For Review

The supreme Court on Tuesday re-affirmed its ruling that declared Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of Imo State. In a suit filed by  Mr Ihedioha, he asked the apex court to review its judgement which sacked him as the governor of Imo State. A seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed the suit on Monday. The apex court, in a decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, reaffirmed the…

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Cipriano Cassamá Resigns As President Of Guinea Bissau After One Day In Office

One of the two men declared president of Guinea-Bissau has resigned from the post after just one full day in office, saying his life was in danger. He said “I have no security, my life is in danger, the life of my family is in danger, the life of this people is in danger. I cannot accept that, that is why I took this decision”. Mr Cassamá was appointed by parliament, the majority of whose deputies have refused to acknowledge the election victory of the former opposition leader, Umaro Sissoco…

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Press Release: Price Gouging, Unreasonable and Arbitrary Increases in Prices of Protective and Hygiene Products on Account of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has warned suppliers and retailers across the country against increasing the price of face mask and sanitizer.   In a statement released on Saturday February 29 by Babatunde Iruekera who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), vendors were told that abusing citizens’ sensitivity, apprehension, anxiety and vulnerability, especially during emergencies that could adversely affect national security is a violation of law. He warned that Any exercise or exploitation of undue pressure in selling or the sale…

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