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COVID-19: THINGS FALL APART Written by Mr. A. A Isiaq



The global outbreak of the pandemic disease called coronavirus has not only clutched the hills of the economy of nations but it has suddenly interrupted the smooth activities of religious, social and cultural institutions in the world. When it emanated in China, the majority had thought that it was merely a China phenomenon. unknown to all that it was like an egg undergoing incubation process before it hatched. Currently, it spreading fast and catching everyone without respect for personality, wealth or position.

Had nations knew, they would have taken swift actions and dive into the immediate decision-making process, such as the instant shutdown of borders, restriction of the inflow of people and thus embark on strict health policies that encompasses both the detection and prevention of the virus before it escalated. Unfortunately, things fall apart, as it was almost too late when nations wake up from their slumber. Like a thief in the night, the coronavirus has appeared and wreaked enormous havoc and is not willing to leave anytime soon. The irony of life is that our abandoned hospitals has suddenly become a place of comfort, solace, and healing for all. The rich cannot travel, neither can the poor go about their businesses as usual.

We all look so empty anticipating the worst. Sometimes I do imagine on my lonely bed; what if there is no food? What will be the aftermath of this crisis? Things fall apart! To combat this pandemic, individuals and government of states, not excluding international agencies must be ready to take a joint action that I have tagged WAC: the war against coronavirus.

AlthoughChina the epicenter of the viral outbreak, has put in place measures to contain the spread of the pandemic disease; ranging from the building and expansion of health institutions and hospitals to the sensitization of the populace and isolation of the affected individuals.

However, Individuals need to first understand the precautionary measures to follow such as, the proper washing of hands at intervals especially having stepped outside the four walls of their rooms, maintaining social distance, that is interactions with family, friends, neigbours, and strangers should be with extra care by watching out for those symptoms in them such as difficulty in breathing(sudden gasp for breath) coughing, body weakness, etc

Also, the government of the state needs to act fast before things fall apart. First, a proper sensitization of the masses through social media and all media stations is highly essential.

Not only that, but the government also needs to make available intervention fund to cater for people who have been tested positive and to create more hospitals for such special cases, not excluding the provision of equipment and facilities for existing hospitals.

Moreover, special care must be given to the medical personnel treating the infected individuals. It is noteworthy to assert at this junction, that this is the proper time to encourage the works of those doctors(men and women risking their lives for the country. Not only that, the restriction of social gathering at this point in time cannot be over-emphasized as it is highly inevitable.

We must not endanger our lives with decent contemplation and religious rituals. As it has been discovered that the coronavirus spreads faster in a crowded environment.

Contradictory to wide held perception, quickly let me assert here that not all sanitizers are effective against the virus. Most sanitizers are anti-bacterial and not anti-virus as wrongly believed by some individuals.

It is high time for nations that have porous border policy to enact strict measures to control activities on the land, air, and water in order to checkmate the incoming and outgoing of infected individuals.

Very important, International agencies, need to rise up to the demands of weak nations. Not all the countries in the world are gifted with the economic robustness and manpower of China, us, etc. It is high time we do not shy away from the fact that countries in the world are interconnected and interdependent socially, politically, economically and culturally. Therefore, the headache of another country is the headache of all except everyone is willing to die anytime soon. International agencies such as WHO, UNO, etc should rise up and partner with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in providing financial assistance and technical support to countries being ravaged with the virus. This is necessary to mitigate the devastating effect of the COVID-19 virus and its spread, as it is necessary to curtail the impending economic disaster that may arise as a result of hiccups in the fluidity of economic activities across all sectors, ranging from the oil sector to the agriculture sector, banking, and finance, to the educational sector, etc. In fact, the sports sector is not excluded as very popular sports in the world has come to a grand halt.

To all and sundry, the total number of people affected by the coronavirus is increasing day by day. This natural world is beyond all decent contemplation and religious rituals. Please take the necessary precaution. Prevention is better than cure.

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News: Friday Newspapers Highlights



Good morning! Today’s summary from Nigerian newspapers

1. The United States on Thursday slammed a $15million bounty on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo made the announcement as the Justice Department unsealed charges against Maduro and associates.

2. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night, confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The center said the 14 new cases of #COVID19 confirmed in Nigeria are: 12 in Lagos & 2 in FCT.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday night, commended the unity of purpose in fighting the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

He hailed measures, including the willingness for self-isolation, social distancing, and contributions of public-spirited individuals and institutions who consistently mobilize resources to supplement efforts of Federal and State governments.

4. Two more persons have tested positive for COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus in Bauchi State.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, who disclosed this in a situation update while addressing newsmen in Bauchi, the state capital on Thursday, said the were in close contact with the State Governor, Bala Mohammed, whose case had earlier been confirmed.

5. A former Ogun State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Bukola Olopade said he has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Olopade is the MD of Nilayo Sports Management Company, an organization known for organizing marathons in cities across Nigeria, appealed to all Nigerians to take government warnings and precautions on COVID-19 seriously, saying the disease is real.

6. The publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has claimed the federal government is plotting to rearrest and infect him with coronavirus.

In a series of tweets on Thursday night, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election, said he was a wanted man again, following a report he did on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, had contracted coronavirus.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari is set to release the N6.5bn emergency fund for the fight against Coronavirus.

The Buhari-led federal administration is expected to release the money to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, according to his Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

8. Pastor Tunde Bakare, of the Dominion Hall, Citadel Global Community Church, formerly Latter Rain Assembly, has lamented that Nigeria lacks the capacity to contain a Coronavirus outbreak on a large scale.

Bakare, however, urged Nigerians to follow instructions of constituted authorities on the issue of Coronavirus.

9. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described as ‘misleading’ a report that he was among 26 other Nigerian Governors who have refused to go into self-isolation.

Governor Samuel Ortom in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase maintained that he is healthy and doesn’t need self-isolation.

10. The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general election, Peter Obi, has called on elected public officers to relocate to their constituencies.

The former Governor of Anambra State said that whilst all possible measures should be deployed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, appropriate measures should be taken to mitigate the suffering of the very vulnerable in our midst.

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14 New Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Nigeria, Lagos 12 And FCT 2



14 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria have been confirmed by the NCDC on Thursday Evening.

The new cases of the coronavirus was disclosed In a tweet posted on Thursday evening, the agency said 12 new cases were confirmed in Lagos and 2 in Abuja.

Out of the 12 confirmed in Lagos, 6 were detected on a vessel while three are returning travelers.

As of today, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Nigeria is 65.

See the tweets below

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Nigeria Info Hijacks Daddy Freeze



Daddy Freeze

Nigeria Info is proud to announce the newest addition to its award-winning station. Veteran and multiple award-winning media personality Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as ‘Daddy Freeze’, joins the Nigeria Info team of exceptional broadcasters.

Daddy Freeze started his radio career in 1996 with The Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and joined Cool Fm Lagos in 2001 where he continued on-air for 20 years, steadily rising to the position of a senior broadcaster and Head OAP at Cool FM. In his time there, he managed to carve a niche for himself in radio broadcasting by being one of the biggest names on the radio in Nigeria. He Still has a Sunday Show on Cool FM called “The Sanctuary” which occurs 9 am-12noon on Sundays.

Nigeria Info FM, Nigeria’s number one conversation-driven radio station, has been on-air since 2011. Over the years, the station has proudly broadcast local and international news with in-depth analysis of topical issues in various areas of human interest. With charismatic and seasoned broadcasters/journalists dedicated to informing and engaging the people, Nigeria Info has remained the foremost “call to action” radio station.

With over 2 decades on radio, Daddy Freeze has shown an avid passion for his craft, consistently pushing beyond the barriers of traditional societal beliefs and constantly tackling controversial issues without fear of retribution. While doing this, he has remained at the top of his career by being the topic of discussion amongst his ever-increasing fan base.

In a bid to always stay ahead by constantly driving the conversations around topical issues while informing and engaging our listeners, Nigeria Info takes pride in having the most professional and passionate journalists who consistently push the boundaries of journalism.

Nigeria info is delighted to have him on board as the station believes he’ll bring his renowned passion to this new journey in his career.

Daddy Freeze promises “much more to come” and Nigeria Info says “let’s talk”.


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