The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has distanced himself from the newly created security outfit for the Northern region, Operation Shege Ka Fasa, adding that if the increasing number of orphans created by insurgency are not attended to, something worse than Boko Haram may emerge in Nigeria.
Recall that on Wednesday February 5th, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNGs) unveiled the new security outfit. According to the spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the formation of the security outfit became neccessary following the spread of insurgency from the North-East region in 2008 to other parts of the Northern region.
Shege Ka Fasa was established barely a month after governors of the South West inaugurated Amotekun, a security outfit meant to attend to the security challenges in the South West region.
Speaking at a security meeting in Kaduna state today Friday February 7th, the Sultan advised Northern elders to caution the youths against this move.
“I saw it on the television, and the media gave them attention. Now, the elders allowed these youths to go forward. So, the elites are our problems, the elders are our problems. If the elders don’t take the lead, the youth will do whatever they like and think they are right. You have to caution these youths by giving them good leadership.
Now, they have launched their own security outfit I don’t know what they call it, Shege Ka Fasa’, meaning what?
So, I want to call on northern elders to caution them. Don’t allow these youths to take over leadership from you. You have to reach out to everybody no matter how low the person is. So, I think we need to take the bull by the horns and not allow the youths take over responsibility. I think we need to do that and much more.” he said
The Monarch also expressed concern over the growing number of orphans in the region as a result of insurgency. According to him, if the orphans are not attended to, they “would turn out to be worse than the Boko Haram”.
PDP Demands Investigation Into Accountant-General Office Fire
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding Wednesday’s fire outbreak at the Abuja headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
In a statement on Wednesday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said an investigation was imperative given apprehensions in the public space regarding the time and the offices involved in the fire outbreak.
“Our party expresses shock that the fire incident came on the heels of our heightened calls for a forensic audit into the hazy oil subsidy regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for which trillions of naira is being claimed to have been spent.
“This is in addition to recent demands for an investigation into allegations of fraud and diversion of COVID-19 intervention funds as well as social investments program of the Buhari government since 2015.”
Already, the National Assembly, riding on the gale of demands by Nigerians and championed by the PDP, has raised queries on spending in respect of social incentives program.
Nigerians are anxious to know those behind this wicked arson because the fire outbreak reportedly occurred on the part of the building which hosts critical offices, including the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Funds, Federation Account Allocation Committee and Revenue Department among others, relevant for the demanded financial inquests,” the PDP said.
The party further stated that investigation was necessary to determine the actual cause of the fire, as well as to ensure that critical documents and data on government revenue and expenditure are immediately retrieved.
The PDP also demanded immediate cordoning off of the building, to enable an uncompromised inquest into the incident.
Lagos Records Third Death Case From Coronavirus
Lagos has recorded its third death since the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The state Commissoner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who announced the death, said the deceased is a 66-year-old Briton who travelled from India to Dubai and then to Lagos on March 17th.
“Lagos recorded another #COVID-19 related death: a 66-year-old Briton, who travelled from India via Dubai to Lagos on 17th of March, 2020.
As of 7th of April, 2020, there are 10 new cases of #COVID-19 confirmed. The total of #COVID-19 cases in Lagos rises to 130.
“Another #COVID-19 patient was discharged after full recovery. This brings the number of discharged patients to 32.” he tweeted
A 55-year-old man was the first to die of Coronavirus complications at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba. Thereafter a 36-year-old Nigerian man died of coronavirus on Saturday, April 4 in a private facility in Lagos.
Lagos currently has 130 confirmed cases of the disease.
COVID-19 Lockdown: Ghanaian President Declares Free Water And Uninterrupted Power Supply For Citizens For 3 Months
Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced Special intervention packages for its citizens as the country continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic.
In his 5th state-wide broadcast since the pandemic began, President Akufo-Addo announced that the government will cover the water bills of its citizens for the months of April, May and June.
Recall that on March 30, he declared a 2-weeks lockdown on Accra and Kumasi, the two most populous parts of the country as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Some communities in the country had complained they lacked water to effectively wash their hands as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
The President in his speech, said private water companies have been contracted to provide water to these communities. He also assured the citizens of stable electricity supply.
“The Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of supply.
Furthermore, government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months that is April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities.” he said
The President also announced that all frontline health workers treating Coronavirus patients would receive a 50 percent additional salary allowance and would not be taxed on their salaries for the next 3 months.
Ghana currently has 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31 recoveries and 5 deaths.
Watch a video of him speaking below.
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The Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo announced this in his 5th state-wide broadcast since the pandemic started. . . In his speech, he said the citizens are to enjoy free water supply for the months of April, May and June. He also announced that the electricity company has been directed to ensure stable supply of electricity during this period. . . The president on March 30th, ordered a lockdown in two of the most populous cities, Accra and Kumasi, as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the ravaging viral disease. . . Ghana currently has 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31 recoveries and 5 deaths.
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