Good morning lovely readers and welcome to Politics Nigeria roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Wednesday, April 15th, 2020.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has attacked Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over comment on the extension of lockdown. The PDP has said the President was being insensitive to the plight of the poor Nigerians who could barely survive during the initial two weeks lockdown imposed earlier. The party posited that Buhari’s broadcast of Monday evening was “disappointing” because it excluded how it will cater for the vulnerable people in the society. However, Mr Shehu, on Tuesday, stated that the opposition party has been fond of criticising the President’s actions unfairly.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over the two weeks extension of lockdown in Ogun, Lagos, and Abuja. POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Buhari in a nationwide broadcast on Monday extended the lockdown, saying that the aim of the lockdown was to further curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. In a post on his official Facebook page, Spokesperson of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the lockdown extension without putting adequate palliatives for Nigerians was “insensitive.”
The African Action Congress (AAC), has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for not addressing massive robbery attacks in Lagos and Ogun during his nationwide broadcast on Coronavirus lockdown extension. The party which produced, Omoyele Sowore in the last general election, said Mr Buhari was not prepared for the speech. AAC made this known in a statement by its secretary Oshioks Philips.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the list of those receiving palliatives from the government. The party in his reaction signed by Kola Ologbodiyan also reacted to the two weeks extension of lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. The PDP said Mr Buhari’s speech is a disappointment as he failed to address salient issues of urgent concerns to Nigerians in their daily struggle against the spread of the plague in our country.
The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for extending the lockdown in Ogun, Lagos, and Abuja for two weeks. In a statement by Tunde Oladunjoye, Publicity Secretary, State APC Caretaker Committee, said the extension was necessary to protect Nigerians from the spread of the virus. He also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for increasing the social investment programme recipients by one million households.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday confirmed nineteen new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 362. According to a tweet on its Twitter page, the NCDC said of the positive cases, fourteen were recorded in Lagos, two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), one in Kano, one in Niger, one in Akwa Ibom, One in Edo. The center added that 99 patients have recovered from the virus has spread to 19 states and the FCT.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has reacted to the extension of the lockdown order in the state, Ogun state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by another two weeks. In a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu noted that the extension was a tough decision but necessary to avoid the deadly effects of coronavirus as seen in other countries.
The Lagos State Government says 119 people with COVID-19 symptoms have been identified during a house-to-house search in communities. Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, during a media briefing on Tuesday in Ikeja, the state capital, said tests are being conducted to determine their status. He said those identified to have COVID-19 will be taken to the isolation centres, in order to reduce the opportunities for transmission.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has ordered a lockdown of the state for seven days as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. During a meeting with Islamic scholars on Tuesday, Ganduje said the lockdown takes effect from Thursday night, April 16. The governor also urged Kano residents to start purchasing foodstuff as that would help curtail the spread of the disease in the state.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police (AIG) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the FCT, Ogun and Lagos States to beef up security to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the lockdown to attack residents and dispossess them of their properties. At a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, the police boss also directed the heads of formations to deploy police assets to strategic locations in their domains.
That’s the roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Politics Nigeria website.