Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 23rd May 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 23rd May 2020

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Islamic Cleric, Sheik Bello Yabo, Arrested For Condemning Eid Prayers Ban

Sokoto State cleric, Sheikh Bello Yabo, has been arrested following a widely circulated video in which he condemned ban on Eid prayers, particularly in Kaduna State. 
In the video, he called on Muslim faithful to rebel and confront authorities in any state Eid prayers marking end of Ramadan fast was banned to curb the spread of Coronavirus. 

The cleric claimed that governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, and others, who banned public gathering and Eid prayers were fighting Islam not Coronavirus. 
The cleric also claimed Coronavirus was a lie.

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Ese Oruru: Bashir Ahmed Promises Twitter User To Influence Yunusa Dahiru’s Court Conviction

Bashir Ahmed, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, has promised a Twitter user to intervene in upturning the conviction of a Nigerian court.
The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, had sentenced Yunusa Dahiru (Yellow) to 26 years imprisonment for child trafficking and sexual exploitation of Ese Oruru. 

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Oruru was reportedly abducted by Dahiru in Bayelsa in 2015 as a 13-year-old before being taken to Kano State where she was allegedly forcefully married and impregnated by Dahiru.
A Twitter user, Hammad Yusuf Saleh, had asked Ahmed to intervene in upturning the conviction by the court which he says was manipulated. 
His tweet reads, “Please Bashir, do something about Yunusa Yellow for Allah’s sake, he is wrongly accused and sentenced, the whole matter is manipulated, we need to appeal for him.”Please Bashir do something about Yunusa Yellow for Allah’s sake, he is wrongly accused and sentenced, the whole matter is manipulated, we need to appeal to for him 🤲🤲🤲— HAMMAD YUSUF SALEH (@Al_ansariy_) May 22, 2020

In response, Ahmed said, “My brother, I do not have the power to do anything against the judgment of the court, but I will try to contact those whom I think are capable.” 

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BREAKING: Lagos Records Four More COVID-19 Deaths

The Lagos State Government on Friday said four more patients died from Coronavirus in the state.
Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health in the state, disclosed this via Twitter.
This bring the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Lagos to 46.
The commissioner said, “139 new #COVID19 infections confirmed in Lagos.‬ 

‪Total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in Lagos is now 3109‬, 13 fully recovered #COVID19Lagos patients; four females and nine males, were discharged #ForAGreaterLagos‬ @jidesanwoolu.
“This brings the total number of ‪#COVID19‬ discharged patients in Lagos to 662.
“Four more ‪#COVID19‬ related deaths were recorded in Lagos, bringing the total of such deaths to 46.” 

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Apologise For Leading Nigeria Into Recession For Second Time, PDP Tells Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to apologise for leading Nigeria into its second recession.Ahmed on Thursday said the country may go into recession due to the slowing down in economic activities.
PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, told SaharaReporters on Friday that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had mismanaged the economy for the second time at the detriment of Nigerians. 

He said, “What Nigerians would have expected the Minister of Finance to say is that the Buhari administration had bled this nation into a recession a record second time. That’s what they should have said, I would have also expected her to apologise to Nigerians for bringing this fate upon them.
“It is wrong to go and say in front of National Assembly members that Nigerians should expect recession. Everybody already knows that we are in a recession and this is the second time that this government is bleeding Nigerians into a recession.”

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BREAKING: President Buhari Signs Executive Order Implementing Financial Autonomy For States Legislature, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order granting financial autonomy to states legislature and judiciary in Nigeria. 
He made the announcement in a tweet on Friday. 

He said, “Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 constitution (as Amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order 10 of 2020 for the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary.
“This administration will continue to do everything to strengthen the principles and practice of democracy and democratic governance in Nigeria.”
This administration will continue to do everything to strengthen the principles and practice of democracy and democratic governance in Nigeria.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 22, 2020

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Chinese Visitors Not Treating COVID-19 Patients, Carrying Out ‘Assigned Mission’ In Nigeria —CCECC

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has said that the 15 Chinese nationals, who came into Nigeria and had been the subject of national controversy, are not treating patients but attending to “assigned mission” in the country. 
The CCECC in a statement on Twitter on Friday said the team were in the care of the construction firm and had always been.
The statement reads, “After a 14-day quarantine and necessary tests, the medical team has been carrying out its assigned mission. 

“The medical personnel are in Nigeria at the instance of CCECC Nigeria and they have been at all times under the care and accommodation of CCECC.
“During their stay in Nigeria, they have complied with all known immigration and health protocols.
“It is important to reiterate that the mandate of the team, as mutually agreed with all stakeholders, does not cover treatment of COVID-19 cases. The team is therefore not treating any COVID-19 cases. In dealing with both the CCECC and the Nigerian health officials, the team only play an advisory role.
“They would continue to engage with CCECC management and staff will always be willing to engage with Nigerian health officials and other stakeholders whenever and wherever it is necessary to do so.” 

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Kaduna Correctional Center Rejects New Convict Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Kaduna Correctional Centre has rejected a new convict brought in by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.Sanusi Danmusa, controller of the facility, on Friday said the rejection is designed to shield other inmates from COVID-19.He said the prison had stopped accepting convicts and visitors in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Sadiq Mustapha, the convict, is a Bureau de Change operator recently sentenced to seven years imprisonment without the option of fine.Reacting to the rejection, Yakubu Mailafia, EFCC head in Kaduna, wondered where the correctional center expects him to take the convict to.“The EFCC has limitation of detaining inmates and correctional centres are the last bus stops of convicts. If they are rejected, where can we take them to?” he said.

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Kano Commissioner Sacked For Allegedly Celebrating Abba Kyari’s Death Recovers From COVID-19

Muazu Magaji, former Kano State Commissioner for Works, who was sacked by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for allegedly celebrating the death of former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has recovered from Coronavirus. 
Magaji was relieved of his duties for making comments about the late Kyari, who died of COVID-19 on April 18. 
Few weeks later, he tested positive for the virus May 7. 

Magaji announced his recovery and discharge on his Facebook page on Friday.
He said, “To the glory of Allah SWT, today Friday 22nd May, I have been confirmed COVIF-19 negative and discharged from isolation centre.”

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President Buhari Appoints Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Godswill Obioma has been appointed as the new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Examinations Council.
The announcement of the appointment comes two days after Prof Charles Uwakwe, former Registrar and CEO of the organisation and four others were sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari over allegations of financial impropriety.
A statement from NECO on Friday said Obioma officially took over from the former Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, on May 22 at the Council’s headquarters in Minna. 

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The new NECO Boss is a professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation and is a former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council.
Until his latest appointment, Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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Tyranny Of COVID And The Privileged Primitives! By Gbenro Olajuyigbe

Gbenro Olajuyigbe

‘No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its power of acting and reasoning as fear” –Edmund Burke

It’s a time for hostage. Each one, its game! For COVID, It’s game of death. For those bare handedly but brutally fighting COVID, it’s  game of grafts. Hunger and anger for the poor and vulnerable locked in to give way for COVID to pass! COVID is a tyrant! The only difference between it and those pretending to be fighting it is that it is invisible; killer without gun or pen! What is obvious and certain is that both are indescribably cruel! Even in humanitarian contexts, de-humanization of response continues. COVID kills! Hunger kills; even security agents! We must fight COVID with equal strength we expend on fighting tyrants. We cannot make ‘new normal’ out of a tragedy. Mouths and nostrils of human are not created to be masked. That’s slavery! That’s tyranny. Humanity must defeat this new dictator called COVID. We must because even in humanitarian contexts, humanization is not a policy word in Nigeria. Power backed brutality has made it a strange concept; both in practice and in tradition. COVID, a bad viral infection with fangs of tyranny that got people locked down in their homes approximates Nigeria’s rulers’ notion of power. Armed with tools of COVID, they expanded the base of their own tyrannical rules; and like devil, moved to town with  power, to steal, to kill and to destroy. They adored it and it sits well with their power philistinism. Democratic tyrants!
Nevertheless, three tangible dicta shape democracy – Supremacy of law, Equality before law and Civil Liberty. These are ingredients that define Rule of Law. Power must use laws to construct the road to justice and justice must compel power to thread on road constructed by law. Powerful primitives with unfettered freedom are now disrupting democratic balance, uprooting laws and stabbing justice. Like the circus Prophet of Onitsha, they are the law, the war and the COVID. They are the  raw rod that afflict their peoples and bruising the nose of humanity. Democracy is about taking lawful collective decisions that ultimately benefits society. It never envisions picture of omnipotent rulers becoming the law, the accuser, the jury and the jailer. In spite of laws, we present society of powerful rulers that battle for power only to end up as captives of power. These are rulers who get to power by laws only to discard the same laws in pursuit of dangerous expansion of political authority that was never conferred on them. They run against inherent boundaries set by constitution and assume imperial kingship status with full force of brute to dismantle tripod of rule of law and command enforcement of rule of thumb! The crisis of our democracy is in its contradictions. Rather than limiting governmental power and expanding citizen’s rights and power it continues to shrink spaces for engagements, empowerment and even citizenship. This has pushed people to overcrowded space of frustration, anger, latent and manifest revolts that have ended up preparing crimes for people to commit; people resulting to self-help because of crippled democracy and amputated justice. 

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In one of the ugly incidences, i pitiably watched a periwinkle bleeding from his shell inflicted injury after illegally destroying properties of some persons in the name of fighting COVID.. A cup of Rivers was needed to prevent his suffocation from abyss gas of arrogant megalomania and impudent lies on television trying to justify his intoxication with power after a backlash. What a strikingly smelly bratty mediocre of Port Harcourt I saw that day!
Yes, I can confirm that COVID is real but i cannot deny the scam it has become in the hands of subterranean looters in high places who pretend to be fighting it but will later appear on pages of crime in a lawful clime. He became a champion of the ignorant. He could not impress me. I knew clearly that he and most of his peers were riotously occupying the space for effective national response incompetently abandoned by those who have responsibility to act. All is not bad about him.
He had the agility of youth. He does not have the power of restraint. His is absolute power; and power without control is deadlier than COVID. Only agile competent capable youth with strength of character can effectively replace the slow paced gerontocrats that have reined power from us.
It is a dangerous disease of change to have allowed the past invade our lives inform of gerontocracy. Old ideas no longer drive wheel of development. Worse if the driver is old too.
A banana tree that could not protect us against rain when it was young will not save us from sun smite when old. A nation that walks into the past to recruit its ruler should not blame that ruler for going into the past to source his aides. The coven of wizards is stationary and dragons know where to swim in pool of blood. If the head is good we won’t be discussing the tail . Cow tail will not give you nutrients that Cow Head can’t offer! It’s only in deadly tsetse fly infested land that tail wags the head! Where things are normal, head wags tail! New technology is the new block of development. Any country that raises its soldiers from old pool will not win the war!
Our rulers are spoiled children. Our people, wallowing in opium of religion and fatal indolence made them to believe that even if they don’t perform their duties, God will do them. God has become canon folder for timidity and stupidity of mass of people who willingly surrender their rights to be transparently and accountably governed to rudderless rulers who know neither the price of progress nor value of honor. Rulers feast on Nigeria. The nation has become their Cash Cow. More tragic is that the people continue to empower their reckless rulers with their own  morbid ignorance and unconscionable indolence.
No virus question gets answered without laboratory just as no any civilization advances without conflict. Actions and reactions of leaders around the world transcend immediate fire brigade and poorly coordinated national and sub-national responses in our clime. They go into probable and possible future that promote functional science and technology, embrace imperativeness of preparedness supported humanitarian actions as well as comprehensive acts that treat risk reduction and emergency response as cardinal duties of government. A government that fails to provide functional health infrastructures with easy process of access has not only expanded boundary of risk, it has increased vulnerability and possibly endangers recovery. This must  cut deeper because development is an eco-system. It is not possible to have functional health facilities without having functional educational and research institutions whose graduates and bye products will become raw materials that will oiled the sector. Decent and competent leaders will emerge from functional schools. Every revolution starts from school. You can’t be clapping for those on the Frontline  of public health emergency response while hurting the teachers that produce the soldiers. In the end, every nation is a reflection of her education 
Virus-dazed rulers who result to act of brutality to pretend to be responding to emergency should not be allowed to design a new order for us. A more significant effort to define our future must be stretched to how we recruit our ‘leaders’. Election is a critical part of development ecosystem. The will to swiftly change our perception of governance and politics is sine qua non! Nobody is doing you a favor by governing you. People is the center piece of democracy, civil liberty is its pedal.  No society on path of civilization will glibly verbalize rights and liberty in democracy without citizens actualizing them, more so in the eye of humanitarian storms created by virulent virus. It is bad to allow tyranny to flourish. It is even much more irresponsible to allow tyrant of any species strip you naked, in market place of virus, where COVID is being fought fraudulently, by phantasmagoria privileged primitives!
Gbenro Olajuyigbe is the Executive Director of Emergency & Risk Alert Initiative.
 

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