Good morning lovely readers and welcome to Politics Nigeria roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed twenty new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 131. The health agency made this known after Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. In a series of tweets on its Twitter handle on Monday, the center said 13 cases were recorded in Lagos, four in Federal Capital Territory, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State.
Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to restrict all movement in Ogun, Lagos and Abuja for 2 weeks in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. In a statement on Monday, Soyinka berated the President for giving out such directive, adding that the Nigerian leader has to consult with the National Assembly before making such an order.
Members of the Nigerian Senate have said they are ready to donate 50 percent of their salaries from March to support the fight against COVID-19 in the country. Senate spokesman, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Akwashiki said the monthly donation is part of the Red Chamber’s effort to support the federal government in its fight against the disease.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), Politics Nigeria reports. He announced this in a statement first posted on his social media page on Monday. The governor said he just received his coronavirus test result and that it was positive. He said he was still asymptomatic and would continue to self-isolate.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Monday, announced a herbal cure for Coronavirus ravaging the globe. The monarch disclosed on his social media page. The post was also confirmed by a Palace aide when POLITICS NIGERIA reached out.
The Nigerian Presidency has responded to a statement attributed to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ebun Adegboruwa, that President Buhari has no right to restrict movement in the country without recourse to the National Assembly. Presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, in a series of tweets on Monday morning argued that Mr Buhari has the right to order the restriction of movement due to the prevailing circumstances.
The Lagos State Government executives on Monday held the first-ever virtual meeting. Politics Nigeria reports that the meeting which started at 11am is the first virtual meeting in the history of governance in the state. The meeting was chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and deputised by Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor.
A non-governmental organization, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), has called for the accountability of funds donated to combat Coronavirus pandemic. This was contained in a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Monday. It was signed by the group Director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani also applauded the composition of the Presidential task force on Covid19 was a welcomed decision.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has ordered the closure of all Drivers License database in Abuja with immediate effect. According to the FRSC, the decision is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to lockdown. Mr Buhari on Sunday ordered total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to curb the spread of COVID-19. Following this directive, FRSC Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered the shutdown of the drivers’ license centre.
Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, has revealed the likely event his boss contracted coronavirus. POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the governor had on Monday confirmed he has tested positive to the rampaging coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. According to Mr Adisa, in a statement issued on Monday evening, he stated that the Governor attended a meeting of the National Economic Council held two weeks ago.
That’s the roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Politics Nigeria website.