The Nigerian government has extended the phase three ease of COVID-19 lockdown.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary of the Government of the Federation, SGF, has disclosed that the easing of COVID-19 lockdown has been extended by one month.
Mustapha, who is the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 disclosed on Monday in Abuja.
Speaking during the daily briefing of the committee, the SGF said efforts are on to minimize the challenges of air passengers.
He said: “The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering.
“Similarly, it is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today.
“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, January 26, 2020.”
Syria’s President Assad and his wife test positive for Covid-19
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma al-Assad, have tested positive for COVID-19 and are suffering from mild symptoms, the government announced on Monday, March 8.
A brief statement from the Syrian presidency said Assad and his wife, Asma al-Assad, took PCR tests after developing mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The test result was positive.
Both Assad and his wife are in a good condition and will be working from home during the next two to three weeks, the presidency said. It urged all Syrians to follow prevention measures against the coronavirus.
“President al-Assad and Ms. Asma salute the medical staff working on the front lines to confront the virus and mitigate its effects for all those affected,” the statement said.
Buhari orders security agents to shoot anyone carrying AK-47
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to shoot anyone carrying AK-47 rifle.
His spokesman, Garba Shehu, made the announcement in an interview with the BBC Hausa.
Buhari also directed suppression of bandits who refused to surrender.
“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” Shehu said.
Bandits have been terrorizing Northwestern states in recent years. The outlaws engage in murders and kidnap for ransom.
Bamgbose writes Joe Biden, demands immediate action to rescue Nigeria
Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance and CAGG, has written the White House, asking President Joe Biden to take immediate actions towards rescuing Nigeria before the country is finally consumed.
The senior lawyer on Thursday lamented the growing spate of insecurity in the country.
Bamgbose asked Biden to act fast, adding that abandoning Nigeria to its fate would be unacceptable and unjustifiable on any ground, adding that no excuse would suffice for the US President’s non intervention.
The letter reads in part: “I’m aware that you are in the know of the biggest challenge facing us in Nigeria which is insecurity.
“The situation is fast becoming worrisome on daily basis. Hardly a day passes without one gory story or the other.
“Travellers are no longer sure they will get to their destinations. Farmers can no longer go to their farms for fear of being killed or kidnapped.
“Foreign investors are no longer forthcoming for fear of being killed or kidnapped. The most populated black race in the world is in a big mess. Our country is fast becoming a jungle.
“Our security agents are overwhelmed and outsmarted by the activities of the insurgents and bandits. The lives of our students are no longer save as bandits are in the habit of abducting them at will in order to demand for ransom.
“The Federal Government seem to be perplexed. We don’t really know where we are heading to as a country. Our country is like a ship without a Captain. The killings and kidnappings have become daily occurrences.
“There seems to be no hope at sight. It’s against this backdrop we urge you to intervene. Your silence is no longer golden. You are in position as President of America, not just to advise but to act appropriately to nip in bud the perennial challenges facing us as a country.
“It will be diplomatically wrong for you not to offer help when you are in position. You are not just President of America, but ideologically world class President.
“Abandoning Nigeria to her fate will be unacceptable and unjustifiable on any ground. There is no excuse that will suffice for your non intervention. You are our big brother. You should not allow insecurity to consume us as a nation.
“Just yesterday State Governors from North East of Nigeria, made it clear that they no longer rely on the Federal Government of Nigeria to tackle the menace of the insurgents and bandits ravaging their land.
“This has clearly shown that they have lost confidence in the Federal Government. In essence the Buhari administration is fast losing credibility. This is damming and dangerous.
“President Biden, this is the best of time for you to speak out and rescue this nation before it’s too late. We seriously need you to proactively and pragmatically take decisive action before Nigeria is consumed.
“Our country can’t continue this way. Insecurity is like an ill wind that blows no one any good. The time to act is now as we don’t know what may crop up in the next 24 hours. We need your help President Biden.”
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