Good morning lovely readers and welcome to Politics Nigeria roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Thursday, April 2nd, 2020.
The Presidency has released a list of 50 things the Nigerian government has done to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, disclosed the precautionary measures in a statement released on Wednesday. Adesina said part of the measures include setting up a Presidential Task Force to lead the fight against the pandemic, as well as the lockdown in place in Lagos and Abuja.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the lockdown order to other states of the federation as a measure to tackle the spread of the Coronavirus. He said this against the background of new confirmed cases in the state. It was gathered that the three new cases are part of the 127 returnees from Cote d’Ivoire, who have been at an Isolation centre in Ejigbo.
The Presidency has denied rumours making the rounds on social media that the former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, has replaced Abba Kyari as President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff. The news medium understands that social media was awash with the rumours of Kyari’s sack on Tuesday, after a WhatsApp broadcast message claimed that President Buhari had sacked him. However, debunking the claim, Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad, described the news as “another fake news.”
The Presidency has reacted to Professor Wole Soyinka’s comment on the illegality of the 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari to curtail coronavirus. POLITICS NIGERIA reported how the Nobel laureate stated that the president did not have the power to unilaterally lockdown a state, as there was no war or emergency. Meanwhile, the Presidency in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the special adviser on media and publicity, attacked Mr Soyinka.
The Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has advised Lagosians to obey the restriction order given by President Muhammadu Buhari to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on the assessment of Day Two of the lockdown, LAGESC Corps Marshal, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (Rtd), said the operatives of the agency have been deployed to different locations for proper monitoring and compliance with the stay-at-home order.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 23 new cases of Coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 174. The NCDC, on its twitter handle, said of the 23 new cases, nine were from Lagos, seven at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, five in Akwa Ibom, one in Kaduna and one in Bauchi.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has said that the Nigeria Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has so far realised about N15.325 billion as contributions to tackle coronavirus in the country. This was made known in a document released to journalists by Mr Isaac Okorafor, CBN Director of Corporate Communications, on Wednesday. POLITICS NIGERIA reported how wealthy Nigerians and major stakeholders pulled resources together to fund the fight against the pandemic.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has donated N10 million towards curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Ekiti State. The senator representing Ekiti Central in the red Chambers made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday. The senator’s gesture was coming barely 24 hours after Governor Kayode Fayemi announced an eight-man Support Account Committee to tackle the pandemic in the state.
As Nigeria recorded 23 new cases of Coronavirus on Wednesday evening, the Ekiti state government confirmed a fresh case recorded in the state. This brings the number of cases so far confirmed in the state to two. The Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, confirmed the latest development on Wednesday during a press briefing in Ado-Ekiti.
Following the rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in Osun State, the elders’ caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has admonished Governor Gboyega Oyetola against relaxing the stay-at-home order. Politics Nigeria reports that the Southwest State is presently locked down with 14 cases of the disease confirmed. The caucus in a statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Sola Akinwumi, disclosed that the order will safe the entire citizenry from contracting the pandemic.
That’s the roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Politics Nigeria website.