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Yellow fever kills 76 in Bauchi, Delta, Enugu

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At least 76 persons have been killed by yellow fever in Bauchi, Delta and Enugu states.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control gave the figure in its Yellow Fever Situation Report on the clusters of outbreaks in Bauchi, Delta and Enugu states issued on Friday night.

The report read, “On November 1, 2 and 8, clusters of cases and deaths were reported to the NCDC by the State Epidemiologists of Delta, Enugu and Bauchi states, respectively.

“Seventy-four suspected cases with 35 deaths were reported from Delta State; 70 suspected cases with 33 deaths from Enugu State; and 78 suspected cases with eight deaths from Bauchi State.

“From the preliminary investigations, three samples from Delta (November 6), one sample from Enugu (November 6) and eight samples from Bauchi (November 8) were confirmed as yellow fever with PCR at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa.

“Between November 1 and 11, 2020, a total of 222 suspected cases, 19 confirmed cases and 76 deaths have been reported from these three states.

“Most of the cases are males, with ages ranging from one to 55 years and presented with fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting with or without blood, epistaxis, blood in stools/urine, convulsion and unconsciousness.

“On November 7, the National Yellow Fever Emergency Operations Centre was activated to coordinate response activities across all affected states.

“The State Epidemiology Team in the affected states is leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and World Health Organisation. The National RRTs from NCDC have been deployed to support response activities in Delta and Enugu states.

“As of epi-week 41 this year, Nigeria has reported a total of eight confirmed cases of yellow fever from seven LGAs across four states with no death among confirmed cases. The NCDC has been coordinating.”

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IBB advises FG on security, wants soldiers properly trained, equipped

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Former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd), has asked the Federal Government to train and equip soldiers with modern weapons in order to tackle insecurity.
IBB, who expressed concern over the state of insecurity, said he had been engaging and advising the government without making it public.
According to him, it is imperative for the citizens to support government and the military in order to bring an end to the security crisis.
When asked if those at the helms of affairs were playing the desired role in bringing an end to insecurity, he said, “There are many things they need to put right. If they agree to sit down and think over, I believe success will be achieved.”
While speaking further on what is expected of those in power, he said it was important to rally round the soldiers and other security agents.
“Provide them with all they require and let them know this is their country, they’ve no other better than this.”
“Nigerian soldiers need modern weapons and they also need to be trained on how to use the modern weapons, not to get weapons and just hand over to them. They should be trained,” he said.
He also spoke on how to end insecurity ravaging his country home, Niger State, saying he had been engaging the government on the matter.
IBB said, “We give advice as we can but we don’t make noise about it. We don’t announce that this is what we say. We should unite, we should support those in power, we are all working towards achieving the same goal. Between the leaders and citizens, we need peace and a harmonious relationship.
“This problem of insecurity, every government had its experience… but if we unite, I remember how we fought the civil war for 3 years, the people supported the government, the government did its best, bought what was necessary, those who fought were made to understand that this country is the best for them.
“It’s not only in Nigeria, many countries encountered this kind of problem, some had it for ten years but through concerted effort, they are out of it. I believe we can get out of this problem. Both citizens and those governing are trying, but we should know that it is not an easy task.”

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Restructuring: Okowa, Wike knock Senate president, insist on Asaba declaration

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Nyesom Wike of River State have insisted that there is no going back on the nation’s restructuring resolution reached by the southern governors last week in Asaba
Senate President Ahmad Lawan had condemned the southern governors’ call for restructuring of Nigeria at their recent meeting in Asaba, Delta State.
He had challenged the governors to start restructuring from their states and asked them to avoid what he called regionalism.
In a response to Lawan and others opposed to restructuring, Okowa said elected officers who ignore the voice of their electors are undeserving of their offices they occupy, while Wike declared that the Asaba declaration is irrevocable.
Similarly, the South-south Study Group (3SG) described the Asaba meeting as a timely intervention which presents a “watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few.”
Okowa, speaking at the empowerment scheme sponsored by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, on Saturday in Asaba, said it was wrong of anyone to vilify the southern governors for their stand.
He said leaders in the country could not afford to sit back and say nothing when the generality of Nigerians are daily voicing their concern.
“The things that we said are not new. It is just the voice of our people that we have continued to echo. But unfortunately, I read in the papers that somebody said being elected people, we ought not to talk about certain things,” Okowa said, without mentioning anyone by name.
He also said, “If the voice of your people has been heard loudly and they continue to talk, and you as an elected person shy away from giving further voice to their voices, then you ought not to be in the position that you occupy.
“Out of all the things that were discussed, nothing is against the unity of this country. We reaffirmed that as a people and elected governors, we believe in the unity of our country and went further to advance the need for certain things to be done in order to give strength to that unity.
“We talked about restructuring which has been on the table for so long. Both the PDP and APC have endorsed restructuring, and restructuring is all inclusive and all encompassing.
“We may have different views and different approaches to restructuring. But when we sit on the table in dialogue, we will be able to agree what is good for Nigeria and what is good for the component states.
“The conversations are obviously needed, because if we do not talk and we allow the voices of our people to continue to sink and the leadership shy away, then we are giving room for further crisis.
“So, I think it is time for other leaders across the country to thank the southern governors for giving a voice to the conversation, because it is only when these conversations come in at that level and is driven in the larger interest of majority of our people that we can have a fully united nation in which there is fairness, equity and trust amongst our people and amongst the leadership.”
On the cattle open grazing ban in the South, Okowa said, “It is not going to stop in one day. But an attempt must be made to take some actions at the national level. Those actions that will give hope that we have started a journey to stopping it.
“Today, the developing world is struggling to catch up with the developed world. Things are changing very fast, and until we are ready to begin to look futuristically, we cannot get ourselves out of where we are at the moment.
“There have been several grazing reserves in the country that have been abandoned. Why were they abandoned? We have asked the federal government to spend part of the national resources to help to plan new pilot schemes.
“Some of us in the south do support that some federal resources should be spent to start up some of these ranches and grazing reserves and put the necessary things in place in order to slow down and eventually put a stop to it in years to come.
“I don’t think this is a wrong decision, because it is in the best interest of our nation and the people. I believe that in such manner, our country will grow much bigger, must faster and much better, and people will suffer less.
“Apart from that, every insecurity associated with the farmers/herders clash will eventually be put a stop to. That cannot be said to be bad business.”
Governor Wike of Rivers also spoke on the southern governors’ resolutions saying they are irrevocable and deserve to be respected as no part of the country is inferior to another.
Wike spoke during a grand reception held in his honour by the Ogoni nationality in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state.
The governor declared that he had already taken further steps to implement the resolutions reached at the Asaba meeting.
He said, “We have taken a position and no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second class citizens of this country. We also own this country.”
Wike urged the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) saddled with the responsibility of the cleanup of polluted sites in Ogoni to relocate its operational office from Port Harcourt to Bori, the headquarters of the Ogoni people.
He said, “You cannot talk of cleaning up a place and keep your office in another area. Bring your office from Port Harcourt and come and stay in Bori, so that you can hear and appreciate the feelings of the people.”

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Monthly allocations preventing South-West govs from openly supporting Yoruba nation — Igboho

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The agitation for an independent Yoruba nation may have received the blessing and backing of all the governors and monarchs in the South-West but are only scared to openly associate with the agitators.
Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, disclosed this while speaking with other leaders at a Yoruba nation rally held on Saturday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
He said the governors are interested in breaking away but are scared that their monthly allocations could be denied should they declare open support for the idea.
Igboho said the Yoruba nation must leave now as it could no longer slave for the North.
He called for unity among Yoruba people and asked all aggrieved persons of Yoruba extraction to come together.
He said, “I can’t be cowed or intimidated. They said I would be arrested. Who would dare do that? We are no longer part of Nigeria. We won’t have anything to do with them again.
“There is no election again in Yorubaland until we have a Yoruba Nation. Those in authority initially thought we were joking when we demanded an independent Yoruba Nation.
“All our governors are with us. From Oyo, Ogun and Ondo to Ekiti, Lagos and Osun, they are supporting us, but they can’t do it openly. Allocation they give them in Abuja may stop if they do it openly. So, don’t abuse them again. Governor (Gboyega) Oyetola was informed I would be in Osun and he allowed us to come here. All our monarchs are with us.”

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