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Nigeria’s Challenges Giving Me Cause For Concern, Says Abdulsalami

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Abdulsalami_AbubakarA former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has voiced concern about the various challenges confronting the nation.

Abdusalami spoke on Tuesday in Kwara State at the commissioning of the renovated general hospital in Ilorin, the state capital.

He said: “As someone who has watched our country triumph over a civil war and several other crises and had the privilege of supervising our country’s return to democracy, I am troubled by the challenges that currently confront our country. However, I have no doubt that our country will overcome these transient challenges and take its rightful place in the league of prosperous nations.

“Indeed, acts of good governance, as demonstrated by your government’s youth development efforts and today’s opening of this beautiful edifice as well as the entrenchment of equity and justice can hold the promise of restoring our people’s faith in this country. It can strengthen our preparedness to work together to build the Nigeria we all desire and deserve.

“While congratulating the beneficiaries of this modern edifice on the joy of today, I urge you to make the best use of the facilities through effective patronage to meet your health needs. It is only in so doing that you can justify the government’s huge investment in the scheme.

“Let me call on governments at all levels to continue to implement programmes and projects that will elevate our people and provide them with sustainable standards of living.

“Your determination to put this hospital back to shape is a clear confirmation of your love for the people of Kwara State and the determination to positively affect their lives.

“Furthermore, your efforts to create Shared Prosperity in your state and that of other state governments, which have shown a commitment to improving the lives of their people, is a silver lining in the cloud hovering over our country at this time”.

In his remarks, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said through his administration’s “surveillance efforts, advocacy programmes and targeted interventions, such as free medical care for expectant mothers and under-fives, we have reduced maternal and child mortality and created in our people the need to better take care of themselves and their environment through simple everyday measures”.

The governor noted that the state’s primary health systems had been better equipped with modern facilities and infrastructure with the supplies of drugs and equipment to 43 primary healthcare centres.

He said: “The reasons for this programmatic emphasis are obvious. First, a functional health system ensures the welfare of our people by keeping them in good health and providing access to quality health care, when required.

“Second, it is an incontrovertible that we cannot improve our people’s human capital unless they enjoy optimum health and can actively participate in socio-economic development.

“At this point, it is pertinent to note that aside from the structural renovation and installation of modern medical equipment, the ultramodern general hospital boasts qualified and committed medical personnel who can compete favourably anywhere in the world.

“It is appropriate to also mention that the hospital will complement health services rendered by the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Sobi Specialist Hospital and other health facilities in the state.”

 

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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