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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Not A Scam, Here’s Why



If you walk around any Nigerian city and try to discuss the coronavirus disease with residents, you’ll be surprised that many people actually think it’s a scam.

 Coronavirus Pandemic

In the past few weeks, I have had several conversations about the disease with people like my mechanic, plumber, office staff, and even bolt drivers. Many people believe that it exists in the western world but isn’t in Nigeria and that the government is using it as an excuse to limit religious gatherings and raise money from donors by artificially increasing the number of cases.

Some go further by saying that since they don’t know a single person who’s been infected, it’s definitely a lie.

While one can empathize with their points because the government hasn’t done much to earn its citizens’ trust, the disease is far from being a lie and truly exists. Here are some things to consider before labeling it a scam.

Doctor’s Actually See COVID-19 Patients

Even if you don’t believe what the government says about this topic, you should at least trust information by healthcare professionals who have no ties to the government and have no reason to deceive you. 

Many healthcare professionals aren’t even a fan of the Nigerian government and will be glad to expose such if untrue. They have even declared warning strikes recently to complain that they weren’t given enough personal protective equipment to fight the disease. 

If the disease wasn’t real, why will they be concerned about their own safety and that of their families?

To be more practical, ask a doctor or nurse or any other health professional you know about their opinion of the coronavirus outbreak and they’ll be in a hurry to tell you this fact: it is real.

Nigeria Is Very Much Connected Globally

If many Nigerians actually believe the disease exists in other countries, why should they think Nigeria was spared despite having a relatively busy international airport and received daily flights from many affected countries?

Prior to the shutdown of the airports, the Lagos airport had daily flights to and from popular cities like London, Dubai, and Atlanta. All these cities reported many cases of COVID-19 and with the number of people commuting, it was bound to come to Nigeria, especially since travel wasn’t restricted until quite late.

Globally, the virus causing the pandemic has infected more than 17 million people and caused more than 600,000 deaths. In Nigeria, there have been more than 42,000 reported cases and over 800 people have died from the disease. The number being reported in Nigeria is possibly significantly less than the true picture since we haven’t started widespread mass testing for the disease. 

People Have Actually Been Dying

Many people who have been otherwise medically fine have been dying recently after a diagnosis of COVID-19. If the government could accept that one of its popular figures died from the disease, it should tell you how widespread it actually is.

A former governor who was not known to be chronically ill got the disease and eventually died from it. His cause of death was very much made public. 

If you still don’t believe these high profile deaths, you can try to ask your doctor friends or relatives if they know anyone who’s died from the disease, they’ll likely answer in the affirmative. 

Personally, I know a couple of people who have died from the disease including a long-time driver of a very close family. Even people who survive it sometimes live with serious complications like scarred lungs.

The reality is that the families of people who died from the disease don’t make public the cause of death to avoid any stigma or unnecessary attention. This is why you probably don’t know any person who’s died from the disease.

How To Stay Safe

At the moment, the disease doesn’t have a vaccine to prevent it or specific medication to cure it. So, the best way to stay safe is to follow the specific prevention tips below.

1. Wear a Mask

COVID-19 is spread by inhaling respiratory droplets. So, when you’re in public, please wear a mask. This has been proven to limit the spread of the disease. It works in two ways. If everyone wears a mask, those infected will not be able to spread it to the people around them. Also, those wearing a medical mask won’t be able to get it from others if they use it correctly.

2. Wash Your Hands Often

Hand washing saves lives. It helps to remove germs that may have accumulated on your hands in the course of your day including the virus that causes COVID-19. Another route through which the virus spreads is if people touch their face after touching a contaminated surface.

Wash your hands with soap as frequently as possible. If you’re out of your house, always carry a hand sanitizer. It also works.

3. Maintain Social Distance

Keeping a distance of about 2 meters between yourself and others in public can go a long way in preventing COVID-19. This can help you when you also wear a mask. Social distancing is not a replacement for the need for a mask or hand washing. All three go together.

Article by Dr. Charles-Davies. A medical doctor based in Lagos.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church



BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

Nyesom Wike

An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff



 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

Ondo on map

Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.


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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities



The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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