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Lockdown Extension: PRP Calls on President Buhari to Call-off Lockdown

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Lockdown Extension: PRP Calls on President Buhari to Call-off Lockdown

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call-off the ongoing lockdown in the interest of Nigerians.

In a statement issued by its National Chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello, he stated that the strategy choice of the administration was alien to the socio-economic as well as environmental realities in Nigeria, adding that such facilities that would have made the strategy choice workable were either rudimentary or non-existent in Nigeria.

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The party also observed that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic was not just a health concern, but a multi-sectoral thing.

Noting that the lockdown strategy could rather become counter-productive as the Nigerian circumstances, in which housing transportation, feeding and other basic human need were in short supply, leading to congestions and herding of people in limited spaces and sharing limited resources.

It also pointed out the limited capacity of government to meet up with the demand for palliatives, considering the alleged suspicious nature of the database to be used for those who would qualify to benefit from government’s arrangement.

According to his statement which reads;

“First, the President appears not to understand and appreciate the futility and ineffectiveness of lockdowns as a panacea for the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in an economic and social environment such as ours.

“Nigeria COVID -19 response strategy with terms such as aggressive enforcement of total lockdown, flattening of the curve, contact tracing, self-isolation, etc, is a very good strategy on paper but has been drawn in total disregard to our environment and circumstances.

 “Complete lockdown for example may be useful and effective in developed economies and societies as exist in Europe and North America. But in our own environment where infrastructure such as housing, public transportation, sanitation and water supply are at best rudimentary, a wholesale copy of the lockdown template as a strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic is as good as playing the ostrich.

“Self-Isolation as another example in most of our houses in our towns and cities where tens of families stay in a house with only a toilet and tap is neither possible nor practicable. The Covid-19 Strategy sold to our President and his Governors is alien to our circumstances, not practicable nor sustainable and should be urgently jettisoned.

“Secondly, the President’s statement betrays a complete failure to understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health emergency but more appropriately a multi-sectoral challenge, with grave implications and threats to not just the public health but the livelihoods of citizens.

“So, to depend, as the President says he is going to do, only on the advices of the “scientific advisers” for the determination of whether and when to lift the restrictions on movements, is to say the least, most ill-advised.

“As experts in similar climes as ours have argued, complete lockdowns in and by themselves cannot and will not solve the challenges that COVID-19 has unleashed.

“Indeed, the lockdowns themselves may even compound and worsen the incidence of both contagion and spread by, for instance, weakening the immune system through worsening malnutrition, the herding together of masses of people in congested residential spaces which is what you find in most of our cities and towns, and the overstretching of rudimentary health-care facilities and infrastructures.

“Thirdly, President Buhari’s Statement convinces us of the Government’s utter disregard and lack of appreciation of its own low executive capacity. For the President to talk and promise that the Administration is going to distribute lockdown palliatives to the most vulnerable, who largely live from day to day in the interstices of the informal sector of the economy, in the face of gross bungling of the government’s initial efforts in this direction, only goes to betray this disregard of existential realities.

“The Nigerian government [both Federal and States] lack the executive capacity to do these in a transparent and effective manner. To begin with, the database that will be used to determine who qualifies for such an intervention and support is just simply not there.

“Furthermore, the executive capacity to execute the distribution in an equitable, fair and even- handed manner has simply been shown not to exist. These have been seen in almost all the States that gave out palliatives to their citizens as well as the fairly-tale distribution of N20,000.00 each to 2.6million Nigerians in 4 days by the Federal Government which most people don’t believe”.

 However, Alhaji Falalu suggested a couple of answers to sorting out the management of the COVID-19 response strategy, which it said would be more suiting to the Nigerian circumstances and its people.

In view of this, to allow for a more custom-designed Nigerian response, PRP suggested urgent and mass procurement of testing kits, investment into healthcare facilities and training on mass contacts tracing and provision of stimulus packages for the sectors of the economy that would be most hit by the outbreak.

His statement continues;

“Review the lockdown orders restricting movements with a view to relaxing them to allow citizens to go about earning their livelihoods in an orderly and supervised manner.

“Procure, subsidize and massively distribute face masks to the public and make the wearing of these compulsory in public spaces until the pandemic is over, urgently procure testing kits and make them widely available so that members of the community with individuals suspected of showing symptoms of the disease can have easy access for testing.

“Invest massively in the medical infrastructure and training for contact tracing of confirmed cases, their isolation and treatment, as well as the provision of protective gear for health workers, immediately prepare stimulus packages for sectors of the national economy which are going to be worst affected by the pandemic in the coming months, such as small-holder agriculture, small and medium enterprises, operators in the informal sectors of the economy and selected strategic industries.

“Reopening of the public services while maintaining social-distancing in the work-place and commercial operations, stop the wasteful if not fraudulent texting by NCDC reported to have cost the Government over a billion naira and divert such scarce resource to building the much required testing centres in and out of towns and cities.

“Immediately probe the fairy tale distribution of N20,000.00 each to 2.6 million Nigerians in 4 days as a means of confirming what happened and as important strengthening the distribution capacity of the Ministry of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management before engaging them to handle further distribution of palliatives to the needy Nigerian population.

“Liminate police and military brutality coming from the enforcement of the lockdowns reported to have cost across the nation more harm than COVID-19 and resort to counselling and even fine as seen in the jurisdictions we have borrowed our Covid-19 strategy”, the statement said.

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has urged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world to the benefits of the country.

Mr Solomon Adodo, National President of NYCN, gave the advice in his remark at the International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 Celebration, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Gistflash reports that the theme of International Youth Day 2020, was “Youth Engagement for Global Action, ” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels was enriching national and multilateral institutions.

The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youths by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.

Adodo also enjoined the Nigerian youths to rise as one and look beyond the problems and challenges facing the country.The NYCN president admonished the youths to avoid being used as tools in the hands of politicians whose only mission was to bring the government down.”

If the youths allow themselves to be use as tools to bring the government down, they have brought the nation down.” Let us see how we can contribute our qouter to national development. Let us put aside our ethnic, political, religious differences and have one culture and one political party which is development of Nigeria.” Let us unite to build the new Nigerian economy.”

Nation that have developed that we run to for loan and other assistance like China and US, they do not fall from the sky rather they harness their potential and utilise them.” I urge the Nigerian youths to take advantage of adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world and turn it to the advantage of Nigerian economy and development,” Adodo said.

He used the occasion to commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent approval of N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.

Adodo pledged that the NYCN had offered itself, it’s members and the potential of the millions of the Nigerian youths to bring solutions to the problems bedeviling the country.

According to him, “there are millions of job all around us and there is so much wealth that the national youth council of Nigeria can create for the country.”

We are grateful that the government is giving the youths vistas of opportunities through its policies and programmes.” The recent approval of the N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund is one of those programmes of government through which the Nigerian youths can harness their potential and translate it into productivity.” Theme of IYD Year 2020 is youth engagement for global action

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

Web based encyclopedia – Wikipedia has updated its list of failed states and Nigeria is now one of the countries on the list.

Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

The free web-based encyclopedia project which contains information on a wide variety of subjects, described a failed state as a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.

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It further added that a state can also fail if the government loses its legitimacy even if it is performing its functions properly. For a stable state, it is necessary for the government to enjoy both effectiveness and legitimacy. Likewise, when a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of total governmental collapse.

Some countries listed as a failed state include; Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan.

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has fired back at people criticising him over his condolence message to the family of late Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Speaking in an interview with Premium Times, Obasanjo said: “When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.

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But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt.

As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions. People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.

Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused? Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.

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