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Elon Musk issues another urgent warning about civilisation crumbling if humans don’t have more kids
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Elon Musk issues another urgent warning about civilisation crumbling if humans don’t have more kids

Elon Musk has shared the reason why human civilisation will "crumble" as he spoke about his concerns for the future. The SpaceX CEO who initially warned about low birth rates proving detrimental in the future, took to Twitter to warn again that low birth rates on Earth could cause human civilization to crumble if something isn't done about it. The billionaire warned he would not be able to bring his dream of creating a sustainable human base of one million people on planet Mars to life unless there is a sufficient amount of people to make it happen, reports The Sun. He told his Twitter followers on Tuesday, Jan. 18: "We should be much more worried about population collapse." "If there aren’t enough people for Earth, then there definitely won’t be enough for Mars," he wrote in...
I will not watch the Qatar World Cup, thousands of workers have died building the stadiums – Premier league icon, Eric Cantona
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I will not watch the Qatar World Cup, thousands of workers have died building the stadiums – Premier league icon, Eric Cantona

Premier league icon and former Manchester United player, Eric Cantona has revealed he will not watch the 2022 World Cup holding in Qatar this summer Delivering a crippling assessment of this year's tournament, Cantona accused Qatar of 'horrible' treatment of workers who have built the stadiums and says there is no chance of a legacy in the country. According to Cantona, he knows the world cup is a big business venture but World Cups should be awarded to countries with an opportunity to have a lasting impact and grow football among their population, both male and female, but in Qatar, an Islamic state, Cantona believes there is no potential for football growth. Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail at the Launch of Looking FC, football trips for fans to experience the world an...
Only 3% of Nigerians Vaccinated against Covid-19 — Lai Mohammed
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Only 3% of Nigerians Vaccinated against Covid-19 — Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said barely three per cent of Nigeria’s population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 largely due to poor access to the vaccine by developing countries. Speaking on Sunday, December 5, in Madrid, Spain at the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Lai warned that lack of vaccination by developing countries would provide a fertile ground for the virus to mutate and thus threaten the progress already recorded in developed countries. He said most developed countries had already vaccinated 60 per cent and above of their population, most developing countries were below five per cent. Mohammed noted that many developed countries had used the advantage of their enormous resources or rel...
COVID19 fourth wave likely to happen in December- Lagos state govt
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COVID19 fourth wave likely to happen in December- Lagos state govt

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has raised the alarm that the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may likely happen in the state in December. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, December 20, Abayomi said passengers coming into the country from high-burden countries might increase the spread of the virus. “Many Nigerians staying abroad will be returning home to celebrate Christmas with their families. Most of these people will be coming from countries where there is a heavy burden of COVID-19 and where we know the virus is changing and mutating. The potential drivers of a fourth wave in Lagos and Nigeria are passengers arriving, especially from heavy-burdened countries in Europe and the United States into Lagos. About 86 per cent of all inbound ...
MSF staff nurse, two others killed as bandits open fire on commercial vehicle in Zamfara
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MSF staff nurse, two others killed as bandits open fire on commercial vehicle in Zamfara

Medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Border, has condemned the killing of its staff nurse, Hassan Mohammad, by bandits in Zamfara State. It was gathered that Hassan, 37, and two other passengers were killed when bandits opened fire on a commercial bus along Shinkafi-Kaura Namoda road on Saturday evening, October 2. The MSF nurse was said to be returning to his work station in Shinkafi town when the bandits attacked the vehicle. MSF in a statement via Twitter on Tuesday, October 5, confirmed that armed men opened fire on the public transport vehicle in which Mohammad was travelling. “Mohammad’s tragic death is an example of the rising violence in North-West Nigeria that is deeply affecting the lives of the population and has driven tho...
Fumio Kishida resumes office today as Japan’s new Prime Minister
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Fumio Kishida resumes office today as Japan’s new Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida has taken over as Japan's new Prime Minister on Monday, October 4. Kishida, 64, who was elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) last week, was officially confirmed as the country's 100th Prime Minister following a parliamentary vote . A moderate liberal, Kishida inherits a Japan that has suffered surging Covid-19 infections, a stagnating economy, a rapidly aging population and increasing tensions with China. Kishida served as the country's foreign minister from 2012 to 2017 under Abe, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister. He succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who announced earlier this month he would not run in his party's leadership election Kishida's new Cabinet is made up of 20 members, 13 have no previous Cabinet experience...
World Bank approves $400m credit for Nigeriax
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World Bank approves $400m credit for Nigeriax

The World Bank has approved a $400million credit to Nigeria, a statement on Friday announced. The additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) will cover COVID-19 vaccine acquisition and deployment across the country. As Nigeria plans to break the chain of local transmission and limit the pandemic spread, the original COVID-19 response program would be expanded to enable equitable access. The credit would fund the purchase of vaccines for 18 per cent of the population (40 million people) and support effective deployment to 50 per cent, about 110 million. It would also help Nigeria to strengthen its health systems and prepare for future health emergencies. Nigeria will be having access to vaccines under the right conditions of value-for-money, reg...
They want to make us laugh – Adeboye queries govt for making COVID-19 vaccine compulsory
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They want to make us laugh – Adeboye queries govt for making COVID-19 vaccine compulsory

Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has criticised state governors forcing Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, DAILY POST had reported that the Governor of Edo State mandated that all citizens take the vaccine and obtain a card beforee having access to public places in the State. Despite the court order by a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers directing the government to maintain the status quo on the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for citizens, Governor Godwin Obaseki maintained that his government’s directive of no access to public places without being vaccinated still stands. But Adeboye while speaking during October Holy Ghost Service wondered why some State Governors are mandating Nigerians to take the vaccine before they gai...
CBN Postpones eNaira launch
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CBN Postpones eNaira launch

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the postponement of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), known as eNaira originally planned to be launched on October 1, Nigeria's independence day. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, September 30, CBN spokesman, Osita Nwanisobi, explained that the CBN decided to postpone the launch, due to Nigeria's independence celebration. The statement was titled, “CBN defers eNaira launch to mark Independence Anniversary” It read in part, “Ahead of the anticipated launch of Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency, known as eNaira, the Spokesman of the Central bank of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, says the planned unveiling on October 1, 2021 has now been deferred due to other key activities lined up to commemorate the country’s...
Northern children in danger if we continue in the old order – Governor Masari
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Northern children in danger if we continue in the old order – Governor Masari

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of. Katsina State, has said that danger looms for northern children if northerners fail to wake up from their slumber. According to Governor Masari, the lifestyle of citizens from the region coupled with the looming population explosion is bound to escalate the plight of children in the area if nothing is done urgently. While drawing comparison with their southern counterparts, using two key demographic variables, marriage and birth rate, Masari said about 80 per cent of men in the south stick to one wife while the same percentage of men in the north marry two to four wives. Governor Masari made the remarks while declaring open the “Katsina Future Summit” organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations known as “Save Katsina Group” to orchest...
VAT: You’re nothing without north, other states – Masari fires back at Wike, Sanwo-Olu
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VAT: You’re nothing without north, other states – Masari fires back at Wike, Sanwo-Olu

Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, has criticized Lagos and Rivers States over their stance on tax revenue collection. Masari said both Rivers and Lagos States would not have huge revenues without contributions from other states. The governor described the move by both Lagos and Rivers States as a joke because they rely on the population of other states to boost their economies. “What is Lagos without the rest of Nigeria? The market Lagos is boasting of is dependent on the larger part of the country. Benin Republic has a port, Togo has a port; do they have the population to back up the ports? Without us providing the demand part, what will be Lagos? “VAT serves them and us. We provide the bulk of the market because without the rest of the states, what is Lagos or Port Harcou...
Why Nigeria policemen seem ineffective – Governor Masari
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Why Nigeria policemen seem ineffective – Governor Masari

Governor Aminu Bello Masari has called on patriotic and well meaning Nigerians to try and understand the predicament the Nigeria Police finds itself in the course of discharging its duties. According to Governor Masari, considering the population of Katsina, which is estimated to be about 8 million to about 3000 policemen in the state, it is practically impossible for the police to be effective in safeguarding lives and properties of citizens in the State as the ratio amounts to one police officer to 260,000 citizens. This, he said, is a clear indication that the police in Katsina and by implication across the country lacked the needed manpower to carry out their assigned duties effectively, coupled with the twin evil of lack of sophisticated technology and equipment. Masari made ...
Edo state Government Threatens Lockdown as 13 die from Delta Variant of COVID19
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Edo state Government Threatens Lockdown as 13 die from Delta Variant of COVID19

The Edo state government has threatened to enforce another lockdown in the state as 13 persons have been killed from the Delta variant of COVID19 in the state. Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, September 1. Obi, who said that all 13 deaths recorded in the third wave of the virus were of unvaccinated persons, restated the need for all residents to get inoculated with the vaccines to remain safe and healthy. Reacting to the development, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement he signed, stressed that the state government might be forced to implement a lockdown due to rising infections and deaths from the Delta variant of the pandemic...
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola asks Governors to sign death warrant of over 3,000 Condemned Inmates
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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola asks Governors to sign death warrant of over 3,000 Condemned Inmates

Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has asked governors to sign the death warrant of 3,008 inmates on death row at custodial facilities across the country. Speaking while inaugurating the newly constructed headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS in Osogbo, Osun state capital on Friday July 23, the Minister said jail congestion is the major headache of the Service. Aregbesola also disclosed that the entire national custodial facilities with a maximum capacity for 57,278 inmates currently has a total population of 68,747 inmates, made up of 67,422 males and 1,325 females. The Minister said 50,992 inmates representing 74 per cent of the total population of inmates in the nation’s custodial centres are awaiting trial, while only 17,755 inmates which is a mere ...
Head of Ghana Statistical Service suffers stroke on live TV
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Head of Ghana Statistical Service suffers stroke on live TV

The head of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Professor Samuel Kobina Annim suffered a stroke on live TV. This occurred while he was addressing the public on the ongoing Population and Housing Census exercise which commenced on 13th June, 2021. In the video shared online, Professor Annim went speechless and later began to stammer on stage while speaking to the audience. He was swiftly attended to by some people at the event and was later rushed to the hospital. Professor Samuel Kobina Annim was appointed as Government Statistician somewhere 2019. He assumed duty on March 1, 2019. Watch the video below.........
Constitution Review: Southwest Governors Demand Return to Regional Govt, Scrap of States
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Constitution Review: Southwest Governors Demand Return to Regional Govt, Scrap of States

A proposal for Nigeria to return to regional system of government has been submitted by South West Governors Forum. The governors also want states to be scrapped. According to the governors, the six states in the geographical zone converted into federating units. This proposal was contained in a document presented to members of the national assembly from the zone by the governors as part of the review of the 1999 constitution. The document was dated July 5, 2021, with the title, ‘Proposals for the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended): Presentation by South-West Governors’ Forum’. According to TheCable. In the document, the governors asked that sections 3(1) and (3) of the Constitution be amended. That is the section of the constitut...
Crush all bandits now – Buhari again orders military
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Crush all bandits now – Buhari again orders military

  President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the incessant attacks and killings being perpetrated by bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna and others States in the North. The President in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, urged the military to crush the criminals. Buhari wants the military to respond to the bandits in a language that the bandits understand. The President said the nation’s security agencies are now working on new methods and policies that are yielding good results in many of the troubled parts of the country. He “calls for a crushing response to the killing of innocent citizens in the rural communities,” the statement said. He also avers that the nation, its military and the entire population needs to summo...
Nigeria’s population will become a liability if we don’t get it right before 2050 – Obasanjo
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Nigeria’s population will become a liability if we don’t get it right before 2050 – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised alarm of Nigeria's population becoming a big issue in 2050 if things are not done rightly now. Speaking at an event in Ogun state on Sunday June 27, the former President called for population management to ensure we have a population that won't become a liability. Obasanjo said; “If we continue, by the year 3000, we will be the largest country in the world. Now, what are we going to do to handle the situation? How are we going to handle that population? “If we don’t start getting it right now, we will not get it right by 2050. But population by itself may not be a liability if we do what we have to do. But if we don’t do what we have to do – which we are not doing now – the population will become a liability. “We should educa...
NIN enrolment: National Identity Management Commission seeks N25bn to procure storage servers
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NIN enrolment: National Identity Management Commission seeks N25bn to procure storage servers

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it requires N25 billion to procure more servers for the storage of National Identity Number enrolment records. The Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, disclosed this while appearing before Senate Public Accounts Committee, which is probing the agency over alleged non-compliance with Public Procurement Act on award of N229 million contract. Aziz in his presentation said 57 million persons have, so far, been registered, adding that 90 servers were needed to register 100 million Nigerians. “For us to reach 100 million, we will need 90 servers. We have enrolled 57 million as of today. We will ask for N25 billion at FEC tomorrow to buy more server to take the whole of population,” he said
Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN
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Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN

The Northern wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), otherwise known as Northern CAN has raised an alarm of increased insecurity and worsening economic situation in the country. The group in a statement released by its Spokesperson Rev. Jechonia Albert, alleged that Democracy day is not worth celebrating in the country as "larger majority of Nigerians cannot breathe because of certain undemocratic tendencies of our leaders." Northern CAN also said that it is concerned about the frequent attacks on schools and the abduction of students and pupils by bandits, especially, in states such as Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger. The statement titled “Democracy Day, Insecurity and the Looming Food Crisis", read “June 12, declared as Democracy Day by the current administ...
We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari
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We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday stated that his administration has lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty. MCI  reports that the president stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the June 12, 2021, Democracy Day. While listing farmers, artisans, market women among persons whose lives have improved, Buhari added that his administration is on track to lift 100 million persons out of poverty. He said: “I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. “Our overall economic target of lifting 100 million Nige...
None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes
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None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes

The Deputy Commissioner of Police and leader of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has denied claims that some of the arrested bandits, Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals have been released. Abba in a post shared on his Facebook page on Thursday, June 10, challenged anyone with any evidence to back claims that the suspected criminals have been freed, should come forward with it. ''My Friends, These are some of the Bandits, Boko Haram Terrorist and other criminals we arrested. None of them have been released. If those keyboard warriors and Sympathizers of Criminals spreading False News that Bandits are not being arrested have any Evidence that one of the hundreds of arrested Bandits Shown above is released or Given Amnesty they should ...
China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three
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China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three

China has scrapped its controversial 'two child' policy and will now allow couples to have three kids. According to Chinese state media, the move was approved by President Xi Jinping in order to aid the country's ageing population. This comes after Beijing abolished its infamous 'one child' policy in 2016 which had been in place since the late-1970s. The government believed that the high cost of raising kids in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families so the two children policy wasn't helping with population growth . "To further optimise the birth policy, (China) will implement a one-married-couple-can-have-three-children policy," state news agency Xinhua said in a report on Monday, 31. The policy change will come with "supportive measures, which will be...
Democratic Republic of Congo hit with 61 earthquakes in a day Following Volcano Eruption
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Democratic Republic of Congo hit with 61 earthquakes in a day Following Volcano Eruption

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period on Saturday May 29. Seismologists say the earthquake was as a result of volcanic eruptions around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted a week ago. The 11,500-foot-high volcano sits around 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Goma, a city with an estimated population of 670,000. In a daily report prepared for the DRC government by the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO) it was revealed that the volcano's crater "continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from Goma." According to the DRC government,  around 400,000 people had fled the city as officials warned of a second eruption. The first explosion last Saturday killed at least 31 people. Since...
Lagos Announces 10-week Partial Closure of Eko Bridge
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Lagos Announces 10-week Partial Closure of Eko Bridge

The Lagos State Government has announced the partial closure of Eko Bridge for emergency repairs, starting from June 4 to August 13. The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement that the repair of the Eko Bridge, from Costain to Alaka in-bound National Stadium, was necessary to complete the rehabilitation works at the opposite side of the bridge earlier embarked upon by the Federal Government. Motorists are to take alternative routes during the period of repairs. Oladeinde asked motorists to take note of the diversion routes and comply with directives from the State’s Traffic Management Personnel. The commissioner urged motorists to bear the inconveniences, as the project was aimed at achieving a "seamless, safe and efficient transpo...
I Will Stop Marrying and Fathering children the day death visits – Man with 151 Children and 16 Wives reveals
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I Will Stop Marrying and Fathering children the day death visits – Man with 151 Children and 16 Wives reveals

Misheck Nyandoro, a Johanne Marange Apostolic sect member with 151 children from 16 wives has revealed that he has no plan of stopping anytime soon. The polygamist from Mbire in Mashonaland Central of Zimbabwe, told The Herald that he is planning to take his 17th wife soon so that he can add to his 151 children. Nyandoro said ; “Mine is a project. This polygamy is a project that I have undertaken since 1983 and will end with my death. Whenever that day death visits, is when I will stop marrying and fathering children. “I am planning on taking in my 17th wife this winter and the formalities are already being worked on." He also described polygamy as a project which is now bearing fruit as he is constantly receiving money and goodies from his children and son-in-laws. Nyandoro...
El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back
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El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has fired back at Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state after the latter described him as a failure and someone he doesn't take seriously. Ortom in a statement released by his media aide Terver Akase, alleged that the Kaduna state Governor is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He also claimed that El-Rufai’s attack on his person is merely to make him look good before the Presidency, after he fell out of favour at the Villa. The statement read; We read the statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government in order to cover up what he termed as t...
Derek Chauvin’s Inmate says the ex-cop is ‘not Safe’ and Warns that he’s Going to get Beat up a lot’
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Derek Chauvin’s Inmate says the ex-cop is ‘not Safe’ and Warns that he’s Going to get Beat up a lot’

An inmate at the jail where Derek Chauvin is being held has warned that the convicted former Minneapolis cop is not safe in prison. Hannabal Shaddai, who is serving a life sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility, doesn’t believe George Floyd’s killer is safe among the prison population because of his former profession and the nature of the crime. Shaddai, 45, claims he doesn't seek revenge but believes Chauvin wouldn't be safe as violence occurs regularly at the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. He told Paradox: “First of all, he’s a cop. Then he did what he did. So it’s not safe for him to be here. Best case scenario for him is he’s going to get beat up a lot. I don’t think he’s safe in any prison population." The prison...
Local Hunters Kill 4th Elephant in 2 Years in Ogun state
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Local Hunters Kill 4th Elephant in 2 Years in Ogun state

There are concerns that Nigeria's elephant population is fast depleting after local hunters shot dead a 4th elephant in Ogun State. The elephant was killed near Omo forest in Ogun State. According to the Elephant Protection Initiative, this is the 4th elephant illegally killed in two years.
Late Zulu King’s Widow Dies Less than two Months after Husband’s Demise
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Late Zulu King’s Widow Dies Less than two Months after Husband’s Demise

Regent of the Zulu nation and wife of South Africa’s recently deceased Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has reportedly passed on. Mangosuthu Buthelezi, traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch who did not mention the cause of her death said she died "unexpectedly" on Thursday April 29. The statement read; “It is with the deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Regent of the Zulu Nation. “This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft,” he added without mentioning the cause of death." The sudden death of Dlamini-Zulu, 65, comes days after she was reportedly hospitalised just weeks after her husband's burial. Zwelithin...
Nigeria Overtakes Congo as Worst in Global Access to Electricity
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Nigeria Overtakes Congo as Worst in Global Access to Electricity

Nigeria has overtaken the Democratic Republic of Congo with the highest number of citizens that lack access to electricity. World Bank Group officials who made the announcement during a virtual engagement with power reporters in Abuja on the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), said Nigeria has 25 percent of people without access to electricity. The international financial agency's officials revealed that while electrification in the country has been growing at 1.1% yearly since 2010, it has not kept pace with the population growth of 3% yearly. This has increased the deficit by 3 million people to 85m which is 57% of the population. The group said; “Nigeria now has the largest number of unelectrified people globally and the trend is worsening; of the electrified, the supp...
The Average Northerner Marrying two, three, four Women, are Helping the Society – Ned Nwoko
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The Average Northerner Marrying two, three, four Women, are Helping the Society – Ned Nwoko

Ned Nwoko, the billionaire husband of actress Regina Daniels, says marrying more than one wife helps save the society. Nwoko in an interview with BBC Igbo, said the average northerner has at least two wives and this helps the society by preventing women from venturing into prostitution. In his words “The average Northerner marrying two, three, four women, they are helping the society because it is the economic downturn that has affected so many women who you see doing prostitution and all that. But the fallacy of it all is that Christianity does not allow that in the South and yet, the average Southern man has 10 girlfriends.” Speaking further, Nwoko said the polygamist nature of northerners has helped to increase their population and made them the majority in the country. “I ...
It Was an Accidental Verbal Mistake, I Want the Expansion of Armed Forces by 50,000 and not the 50 Million – Tinubu
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It Was an Accidental Verbal Mistake, I Want the Expansion of Armed Forces by 50,000 and not the 50 Million – Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu has backtracked on his earlier comment of 50 million youth being recruited into the Nigerian army. The APC Chieftain made the comment while speaking at a colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday on Monday March 29. Following the backlash the comment triggered, Tinubu released a statement on Tuesday March 30 saying it was an "accidental verbal mistake". His media office said he gave the figure in error and only meant to say 50,000 youths. The statement added that the former Governor was also canvassing for the recruitment of five million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernisation. It read; “Asiwaju seeks the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the arm...
Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children
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Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children

Moderna has begun testing its COVID-19 vaccine in young children. The biotech firm announced on Tuesday, March 16, the first participants in a study of children between 6 months and 12 years old received doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna collaborated with the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on the study. Moderna plans to enroll 6,750 participants in the US and Canada in the trial, called the KidCOVE study. Researchers will evaluate the safety of the two-dose vaccine given 28 days apart. The US has not approved a COVID-19 vaccine for people under 16 years old. Researchers prioritized adults in initial vaccine trials, as severe COVID-19 illness in children is rare. According to Cleveland Clinic, clinical trials...
Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine
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Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil football legend, Pele, on Tuesday received his first dose of the COVID-19 and described it as an “unforgettable day”. The 80-year-old revealed this on his social media pages, along with a picture of him receiving the shot. Although Pele did not disclose where the dose was administered, he has been staying at his home in Guaruja, outside Sao Paulo, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Brazil one year ago. “Today is an unforgettable day I received the vaccine! “The pandemic is not over yet. We must keep discipline to preserve lives until many people have taken the vaccine,” Pele said. Less than 4% of Brazil’s population has been vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The country has the second highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, nearing 260,000 victims.
Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo
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Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo

The vice president says the population growth is "handsomely" ahead of the economic growth figures Nigeria has to act fast to develop a sustainable food system as it faces a population growth that is “handsomely” ahead of its economic growth figures, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Mr Osinbajo said the need to create a food system that works “has never been more urgent and more existential” as the country’s poverty levels has worsened particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. The vice president made these remarks during the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), organised by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the United Nations, which was held virtually with over 700 participants in attendance. The dialogue was orga...
Covid Vaccine Calculator Predicts Pandemic Won’t End for Another Seven Years
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Covid Vaccine Calculator Predicts Pandemic Won’t End for Another Seven Years

With the current rate of vaccinations, it is believed that by 2028, up to 75 per cent of world population will have been vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. This suggests it will take until then for the global population to have reached a degree of herd immunity, which should lead to the virus being suppressed. Bloomberg's vaccination calculator also reveals that the United States could potentially reach herd immunity by as early as New Year's Day of 2022. The US has reportedly vaccinated around 8.7 per cent of the population, administering 1.3 million jabs per day. Currently, it's believed that around 4.5 million vaccine dosages are being administered across the States, with an estimated 119.8 million vaccines being delivered worldwide. The UK is hoping to vaccinate e...
Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year
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Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year

Scientists have asked the British government to ensure that social distancing is enforced until the end of the year. Sunday Telegraph reported that restrictions can only be relaxed once the Coronavirus vaccines are at least 85% effective and a ‘high uptake’ of the jab is vital to avoid another deadly wave of the disease.   In the paper which was commissioned by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a sub-group of the government’s SAGE advisory committee, many scientists are said to believe transmissions will be reduced by around 60%. The report added that even in a best case scenario in which vaccines stop 85 per cent of transmission in those vaccinated, lockdown would have to be kept in place until the end of May to prevent another significant ...
Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF
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Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that poverty and demography has helped in the fight against the deadly disease. PTF's national coordinator Sani Aliyu who said this while appearing before a joint senate committee on health and aviation, averred that poverty and demography played roles in reducing the infection rate across the country. Aliyu said; "Demographically, only 3% of Nigerians are above the age 65 as against 20%, 18%, etc, of such populations in European and American countries where death casualties were high. “Aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also helped tremendously in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African Countries ”  
WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network
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WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have launched a new laboratory network that will reinforce the genome sequencing of Coronavirus in Africa. The initiative seeks to study the possible mutations of the virus in order to prepare better responses in public health. Experts from the WHO and the Africa CDC believe that the move will help countries understand the different strains of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, in order to improve the countries’ responses, treatments, or possible vaccines and make them more relevant to the continent’s population. WHO Twelve specialised laboratories will join the network in Africa. Ten different lineages have been identified so far in the continent. This move comes after the Africa CDC said that early reports were...
Pastor Giwa reveals what will happen in 2023 if Buhari refuses to split Nigeria now
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Pastor Giwa reveals what will happen in 2023 if Buhari refuses to split Nigeria now

Leader of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, use his office to split Nigeria into parts before the 2023 election. Giwa, in a statement to DAILY POST on Thursday specifically said the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress was as a result of the presidential ambition of some politicians who want to control the country at all costs. The cleric urged Buhari to allow Nigerians go their different ways in peace before the 2023 election. According to Giwa, “Nigerians are ready to forgive the maladministration of president Muhammadu Buhari in the last five years if he can listen to the cries of the citizens this time around and split the country into parts....
Sokoto Discharges all 101 Coronavirus Patients
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Sokoto Discharges all 101 Coronavirus Patients

Sokoto is currently COVID-19 free after discharging all 101 isolated Coronavirus patients in the state. The state's commissioner for health, Dr Ali Inname also disclosed that the state recorded 14 Coronavirus deaths at a news conference.  He said the first index case was recorded on April 19 with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed a 14 day follow up. Inname explained that the Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 which he heads, received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated. He added that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state. Men constituted 85 per cent of the patient population, while women made up the remaining 24 per cent. The commissioner who advised residents of the state to observe ...
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Governor Ikpeazu, Wife and Children test Negative for COVID-19

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state,  his wife Nkechi, and their children have tested negative for COVID -19 just as two of his aides have tested positive for the virus. A statement released by the state governor says the test was carried out on his family and aides on Saturday, May 30. “Leading this battle from the front, as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and the results came out negative today. Unfortunately, the results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests were positive, while others turned in negative results. We are confident that within days, the currently asymptomatic positive patients who are now isolated will be successfully nursed back to good healt...
Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona
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Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona

Ex-referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, has claimed 90 per cent of match officials in Spain lean towards Real Madrid and the remaining 10 per cent support Barcelona. Iturralde refereed almost 300 matches in LaLiga before retiring in 2012. According to him, a lot of people support Madrid from a young age, including most of the match officials. “Around 90 per cent go with Real and 10% with Barcelona. Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70 per cent of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters. “Personally, I don’t care about one or the other. I’m Athletic [Bilbao]. Everyone knows that I am Athletic, but I would go against them to try and be fair,” Gonzalez told Cadena Ser. Barcelona have won 96 titles in their h...
ECOWAS and WAHO Refute Alleged Endorsement of Madagascar’s Herbal Cure for Coronavirus
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ECOWAS and WAHO Refute Alleged Endorsement of Madagascar’s Herbal Cure for Coronavirus

The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and its health Institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) have refuted their alleged endorsement of Madagascar's herbal cure for Coronavirus. In a press release, the ECOWAS Commission and its health Institution denied claims that they had “ordered a package of COVID Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country.” The statement read:“Our attention has been drawn to a story making the headlines that claims ECOWAS has ordered a package of Covid Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country. "We wish to dissociate ECOWAS and its health Institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), from this claim and to inform the general public that we have not ordered the said CVO medication." "As part of its mandate to safe...
82.9 Million Nigerians Live in Poverty – NBS
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82.9 Million Nigerians Live in Poverty – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS has said 82.9 million Nigerians, amounting to 40.1 per cent of the country’s population, live in poverty. The NBS, in the executive summary of the 2019 poverty and inequality report released on Monday, said over 82.9 million Nigerians lived below its poverty line of N137,430 per year. The bureau said between September 2018 and October 2019, it conducted the latest round of the Nigerian Living Standards Survey after 10 years. The NLSS is the official survey that is the basis for measuring poverty and living standards. The NBS said, “In Nigeria 40.1 per cent of the total population were classified as poor. In other words, on average, four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria have real per capita expenditures below N137,430 per year. “Thi...
Giant Alligator Was Spotted in Middle of the Road-Lockdown
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Giant Alligator Was Spotted in Middle of the Road-Lockdown

The terrifying moment a giant alligator was spotted in a Florida traffic crawling towards drivers was captured on video. Francis E. Scott-Marr was driving to a friend’s house when she spotted the four-legged reptile. She said she noticed the animal on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Williams Road at the Seffner intersection as it lumbered its way around the roads. Footage shows the animal heading straight for her while surrounding traffic is brought to a standstill. She can be heard screaming: ‘Lord have mercy, look how big it is! It’s coming for me!’ as her dog Chloe barks furiously at the giant gator. As the reptile edges ever closer it suddenly appears to change its mind and heads in a new direction – but not without a warning flick of its tail. Scott told Fox6 News that s...
COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN on decongestion of prisons
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COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN on decongestion of prisons

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent measures towards the speedy trial of cases and decongestion of custodial centres in the country, in view of COVID-19 pandemic. The President has also suggested to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, to consider setting up Special Courts in all states, including the FCT, to try cases of armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping and other serious offences, in order to facilitate speedy trials. This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, in Abuja yesterday. President Buhari in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad,  drew the attention of the CJN to the recent call by the United Nations on all countries “to consciously reduce the po...
Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice
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Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved an extension of the kingdom’s curfew until further notice due to the rate at which the coronavirus is currently spreading, the state news agency (SPA) reported early on Sunday. The Saudi king has previously ordered a curfew that took effect on March 23, from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported. Last week the kingdom placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew, locking down much of the population to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

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