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President Muhammadu Buhari Orders 14 days Extension on Lockdown (Full Speech)

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President Muhammadu Buhari Orders 14 days Extension on Lockdown.

President Muhammadu Buhari has added more 14 days to the Lockdown order he issued on the March, 29th over the fight of Covid-19.

He announced this extension in a presidential broadcast on Monday evening.

This decision came from the recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce team based on the data collected on the updates from Nigeria and the world over the Pandemic outbreak.

However, he ensured that palliative measures will be given to the poor masses who depend on daily wages for survival.

He also urges Nigerians to continue complying with this lockdown extension as their sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria and necessary to save lives.

Below is the Presidential Speech from President Muhammadu Buhari;

Fellow Nigerians

In my address on Sunday, 29th March, 2020, I asked the residents of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory to stay at home for an initial period of fourteen days starting from Monday, 30th March 2020.

Many State Governments also introduced similar restrictions.

As your democratically elected leaders, we made this very difficult decision knowing fully well it will severely disrupt your livelihoods and bring undue hardship to you, your loved ones and your communities.

However, such sacrifices are needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our country. They were necessary to save lives.

Our objective was, and still remains, to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action.

The level of compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines issued has been generally good across the country. I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time.

I will take this opportunity to recognise the massive support from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) during this pandemic.

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 PRESIDENT BUHARI’S FULL SPEECH ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

I also acknowledge the support and contributions received from public spirited individuals, the business community and our international partners and friends.

I must also thank the media houses, celebrities and other public figures for the great work they are doing in sensitizing our citizens on hygienic practices, social distancing and issues associated with social gatherings.

As a result of the overwhelming support and cooperation received, we were able to achieve a lot during these 14 days of initial lockdown.

We implemented comprehensive public health measures that intensified our case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities.

To date, we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.

We also trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation.

Lagos and Abuja today have the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres.

Many State Governments have also made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres. We will also build similar centers near our airports and land borders.

Using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks. Already, health care workers across all the treatment centers have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide.

Our hope and prayers are that we do not have to use all these centres. But we will be ready for all eventualities.

At this point, I must recognise the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

You are our heroes and as a nation, we will forever remain grateful for your sacrifice during this very difficult time. More measures to motivate our health care workers are being introduced which we will announce in the coming weeks.

As a nation, we are on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19.

However, I remain concerned about the increase in number of confirmed cases and deaths being reported across the world and in Nigeria specifically.

On 30th March 2020, when we started our lockdown in conforming with medical and scientific advice, the total number of confirmed cases across the world was over 780,000.

Yesterday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally was over one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand. This figure is more than double in two weeks!

In the last fourteen days alone, over 70,000 people have died due to this disease.

In the same period, we have seen the health system of even the most developed nations being overwhelmed by this virus.

Here in Nigeria, we had 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 12 States on 30th March 2020. We had two fatalities then.

This morning, Nigeria had 323 confirmed cases in twenty States. Unfortunately we now have ten fatalities. Lagos State remains the center and accounts for 54% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria. When combined with the FCT, the two locations represent over 71% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria.

Most of our efforts will continue to focus in these two locations.

Majority of the confirmed cases in Lagos and the FCT are individuals with recent international travel history or those that came into contact with returnees from international trips.

By closing our airports and land borders and putting strict conditions for seaport activities, we have reduced the impact of external factors on our country. However, the increase in the number of States with positive cases is alarming.

The National Centre for Disease Control has informed me that, a large proportion of new infections are now occurring in our communities, through person-to-person contacts. So we must pay attention to the danger of close contact between person to person.

At this point, I will remind all Nigerians to continue to take responsibility for the recommended measures to prevent transmission, including maintaining physical distancing, good personal hygiene and staying at home.

In addition, I have signed the Quarantine Order in this regard and additional regulations to provide clarity in respect of the control measures for the COVID-19 pandemic which will be released soon.

The public health response to COVID-19 is built on our ability to detect, test and admit cases as well as trace all their contacts. While I note some appreciable progress, we can achieve a lot more.

Today, the cessation of movement, physical distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus. By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, we can take control and limit the spread of the disease.

Our approach to the virus remains in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.

With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.

This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We can not be lax.

The previously issued guidelines on exempted services shall remain.

This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear.

The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable.

We must not lose the gains achieved thus far. We must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission. We must endure a little longer.

I will therefore take this opportunity to urge you all to notify the relevant authorities if you or your loved ones develop any symptoms. I will also ask our health care professionals to redouble their efforts to identify all suspected cases, bring them into care and prevent transmission to others.

No country can afford the full impact of a sustained restriction of movement on its economy. I am fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage such as traders, dayworkers, artisans and manual workers.

For this group, their sustenance depends on their ability to go out. Their livelihoods depend on them mingling with others and about seeking work. But despite these realities we must not change the restrictions.

In the past two weeks, we announced palliative measures such as food distribution, cash transfers and loans repayment waivers to ease the pains of our restrictive policies during this difficult time. These palliatives will be sustained.

I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks. This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs. A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to me by the end of this week.

The Security Agencies have risen to the challenges posed by this unprecedented situation with gallantry and I commend them. I urge them to continue to maintain utmost vigilance, firmness as well as restraint in enforcing the restriction orders while not neglecting statutory security responsibilities.

Fellow Nigerians, follow the instructions on social distancing. The irresponsibility of the few can lead to the death of the many. Your freedom ends where other people’s rights begin.

The response of our State Governors has been particularly impressive, especially in aligning their policies and actions to those of the Federal Government.

In the coming weeks, I want to assure you that the Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force, will do whatever it takes to support you in this very difficult period. I have no doubt that, by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic.

I must also thank the Legislative arm of Government for all its support and donations in this very difficult period. This collaboration is critical to the short and long-term success of all the measures that we have instituted in response to the pandemic.

As a result of this pandemic, the world as we know it has changed. The way we interact with each other, conduct our businesses and trade, travel, educate our children and earn our livelihoods will be different.

To ensure our economy adapts to this new reality, I am directing the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Communication and Digital Economy, Science and Technology, Transportation, Aviation, Interior, Health, Works and Housing, Labour and Employment and Education to jointly develop a comprehensive policy for a “Nigerian economy functioning with COVID-19”.

The Ministers will be supported by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Economic Sustainability Committee in executing this mandate.

I am also directing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Security Adviser, the Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council and the Chairman, Presidential Fertiliser Initiative to work with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure the impact of this pandemic on our 2020 farming season is minimized.

Finally, I want to thank the members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for all their hard work so far. Indeed, the patriotism shown in your work is exemplary and highly commendable.

Fellow Nigerians, I have no doubt that by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic and emerge stronger in the end.

I thank you all for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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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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