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COVID19: Nigeria prisons relief

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the chief judge to free prisoners who have been awaiting trial for six years or more for relief of the overcrowded cells as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, a spokesman said on April 21.

A statement quoted Buhari as saying 42% of 74,000 prisoners were awaiting trial. The President urged Chief Judge Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to reduce that number “since physical distancing and self-isolation in such conditions are practically impossible”.

Buhari said inmates with no confirmed criminal cases against them, elderly prisoners and those who were terminally ill could be discharged.

Most of these custodial centres are presently housing inmates beyond their capacities and the overcrowded facilities pose a potent threat to the health of the inmates and the public in general in view of the present circumstances, hence the need for urgent steps to bring the situation under control,” Buhari said.

Two weeks ago, the President pardoned 2,600 prisoners who were either 60 or older, terminally ill, or had less than six months left to serve of sentences of three years or more.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with some 200 million people. On April 20 it said it had registered 665 cases of the coronavirus and 22 related deaths.

Its measures to stop the spread of the virus include closing its borders and locking down the capital Abuja, the commercial hub, Lagos, and the adjacent state, Ogu

COVID19: Nigeria Abba Kyari died

“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,” spokesman Garba Shehu said on Twitter. Kyari had been hospitalized in the Nigeria commercial capital, Lagos, after testing positive for the coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Germany on March 15.

Mallam Abba Kyari, chief of staff to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and an ardent supporter of state intervention in the economy, has died as a result of coronavirus illness. His age wasn’t disclosed. Born in the northeastern state of Borno, Kyari obtained degrees in sociology and law and attended the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. He became chief executive officer of the United Bank for Africa Plc and served on the boards of both Unilever Nigeria Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Nigerian unit. He never disclosed his age or date of birth. However Nigerians in social media claim that he was 82 years old, the life releavnt to his long and impressive career.

Buhari, 77, tested negative for the coronavirus last month after Kyari symptons emerged. The number of infections in Nigeria have doubled to 493, with April 17 recording the highest number of confirmed cases in a day following an increase in testing. Africa’s most populous country has so far recorded 17 deaths from the illness.

Kyari, who was appointed to the position in 2015, was widely regarded as Buhari’s most trusted ally, he ravelled to London last year to get Buhari to sign new oil legislation into law, bypassing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and acting as de facto Prime minister of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

COVID19: 139 confirmed cases

On April 1 there had been 139 confirmed coronavirus cases and two deaths in Nigeria. Nine people have recovered after contracting virus Covid-19. Both major cities Lagos and Abuja along with Ogun State are currently in lockdown.

Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment” President Muhamaddu Buhari wrote on his Twitter microblog page.

“…Without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps” the President continued.

At present health insurance system in Nigeria functions is devided in health care provided in different types: general financed for all citizens, health care provided by government through a special health insurance scheme for government employees and private firms entering contracts with private health care providers.

Nigeria’s healthcare system is plagued with chronic underfunding and limited infrastructure, and even in normal circumstances, many Nigerians have difficulty accessing healthcare. But people who are chained are likely to get little or no necessary healthcare, despite being at extreme risk, Human Rights Watch reports, commenting possible consequences of pandemic on Nigerians.

“As organisation, our area of specialization is health system strengthening and we can confidently say that Nigeria’s healthcare system is not strong. It is important that each state takes ownership to build the infrastructure in terms of building and equipping and capacity of healthcare workers so that they can be able to provide the necessary care” said Country Director of PharmAccess Foundation, Njide Ndili who has expressed concern over the quality of healthcare infrastructure in Nigeria. He suggested “…each state takes complete ownership of healthcare services”.

About 90 million people, a half of Nigeria’s population live in extreme poverty, according to estimates from thea number of international organisations.

As illustration of the dramatic situation of Nigerian extreme poor, their numbers acceded population of entire Germany.

High fertility rate has been consistently reported in Nigeria. The three major ethnic groups in Nigeria, Hausa/Fulani, Igbo, and Yoruba have different socio-cultural identities particularly those that relate to fertility but fertility index is often reported at the national level. Nigeria is currently the 7thmost populous countries worldwide and by 2050 projection, the country will be the 4th most populous country globally reaching figure of 400 million inhabitants.

Buhari on S.Africa «embarrassment» 

President Muhammadu Buhari assessed the wave of deadly violence attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa was an “embarrassment” to the African continent.

In September a wave of urban violence attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners at least 10 people died, dozens were injuries and hundreds arrests followed, triggering indignation at home and abroad.

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The recent acts of xenophobic attacks on our compatriots and other Africans in South Africa are shocking to me, Nigerians and indeed Africa. It was an embarrassment to the continent,Buhari said in his address in a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in South Africa.

Buhari condemns “House of Torture”

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari condemned “House of Torture” school, which came to public attention the end of September. Abhorrent child abuse at Ahmad Bn Hambal Islamiyya School in Rigasa, Kaduna State, is under police investigation. (Image: illustration).

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, issued a  statement, claiming that free and compulsory education is the panacea to such a danger.

Nearly 500 men and boys were rescued from the building in Kaduna State which was being used as an Islamic school and correctional facility, where, according to police, many detainees were found in chains, some of them had been tortured and sexually. Seven people, including some staff members, have been arrested. The government says it will investigate other institutions, claiming to provide Islmaic studies.

“They used car engine belts and electrical cables to flog us,” 15-year-old Suleiman said , staring at the floor. “Teachers used to sexually harass us … They tried to loosen my pants once but I fought them off and was beaten.”

Some parents paid fees, believing it was an Islamic school. Some even described it in a positive way and dismissed talk of abuse. Others saw it as a correctional facility. Police and regional officials said it was not registered as either.

The Governor of Kaduna State reiterated his strong commitment to fix public education and raise the standard of public schools so that private education will become only a luxury.

Plot against Ghana President

Three people were arrested in Ghana, believed to have been amassing makeshift bombs, weapons and computer equipment in a plot targeting the presidency, authorities said police foiled a suspected coup. (Image: Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo).

The Information Ministry announced the men were taken into custody after 15 months of surveillance during which they tried to obtain weapons from military personnel and secure funding “for the purpose of taking over the reins of government”.

Reportedly Nigeria President Buhari reacted upon the information about the attempted coup, underlining that democracy is “only acceptable” form of  governance.

Buhari to visit S.Africa amid crisis

Nigerian high commissioner is recalled and a special envoy will be send to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to address recent xenophobic attacks during urban violence outbreaks, said Information Minister Lai Mohammed at a press briefing in Abuja.

South Africa has already temporarily closed its diplomatic missions to Nigeria in Lagos and Abuja fearing reprisal attacks against its citizens, according to CNN.

The closures follow outbreaks of violence earlier this week in South Africa. At least five people were killed and 189 arrested during xenophobic attacks and looting in Johannesburg, Pretoria and elsewhere. Foreign nationals from countries including NigeriaZambia, Kenya, Ethiopia were targeted.

In spite of the violence outbreak South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirmed the bilateral relations  as “firm and strong” and added that the two partners  were resolute in their shared commitment to build an Africa at peace with itself and others.

The statement came amid the deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two African countries, after Nigeria introduced plans to evacuate its nationals in South Africa following a wave of xenophobic attacks.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to visit South Africa in next month to “reinforce strong bonds”, following the attacks against West Africans.

 

EU expresses solidarity with Nigeria in aftermath of Badu massacre

More than 60 people have lost their lives after suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire at a funeral procession in Borno state, Nigeria.

Gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans at the village near the state capital, Maiduguri, during weekend eyewitnesses said.

A number of mourners were reportedly killed at spot while others died trying to chase off the attackers.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, and ordered the air force and army to hunt down those who carried it out.

Local government official Muhammed Bulama expressed an opinion the latest attack was a revenge for the killing of 11 Boko Haram fighters by the villagers two weeks ago.

The EU stands united with the Nigerian government and people in the fight against terrorism. Together, we are determined to keep promoting and supporting cooperation among neighboring countries and communities to eradicate terrorism in all its forms. The EU’s recent participation at the 2nd Governors Forum held in Niamey on 17-18 July visible confirms this engagement” says the text of the statement attributed to European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson. “The EU has been present in the region and is delivering assistance to the population in need since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Buhari sworn as Nigeria President

President Muhammadu Buhari (76)  has sworn for a second term to lead Nigeria, struggling with a sluggish economy, a growing threat of radical Islam insurgency, and expanding extreme poverty.

Buhari won 56% of votes in presidential election in February after promising to end conflict in the northeast, extend welfare programs and launch growth with infrastructure constructions.  Creation of jobs and reduction of the extreme poverty (87 million) remain the most challenging tasks for the second Buhari’s mandate.

Fighting with the radical Islam militants of Boko Haram and other groups affiliated to Al-Qaida attempting to reconstruct Sokoto Caliphate, has been the ultimate challenge for Buhari since his first mandate. In spite of the considerable efforts,  the insurgency did not show any sings of fatigue.

The violence in the northwest has forced 20,000 refugees to flee to neighboring Niger.

According to the UN latest report, Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world.  The struggle to lift more citizens out of extreme poverty is an indictment on successive Nigerian governments which have mismanaged the country’s vast oil riches through incompetence and corruption.

EU admits Buhari election ‘consistency’

Nigerians have re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, as the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission confirms. These results are consistent with independent civil society observations”, says the text of the statement attributed to a European External Actions Service (EEAS) spokesperson.

“Moreover, important lessons are to be learned, in particular ahead of the State elections next week. It is now the responsibility of all parties and candidates to strengthen democracy and unite the country.

“The EU Election Observation Mission will stay beyond the State elections and produce a final report with recommendations.”

The EU will continue to strengthen its partnership with Nigeria‘ – the statement concludes.

Election is not war, and should never be seen as a do-or-die affair. I pray that we all accept this democratic approach to elections, however contentious” wrote President-elect of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in his Twitter micro blog.

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