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Nigerian Tribune Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 20 March, 2020)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Good Day Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Nigerian Tribune Newspaper.

COVID-19: INEC Postpones Bayelsa, Imo, Plateau Senatorial Bye Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed indefinitely dates for the conduct of bye-elections in Bayelsa West and Central senatorial elections. It also postponed the bye-elections in Imo North Senatorial District and Plateau South.

Insecurity: We Must Force Insurgents Out Of Steam ― Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that all stakeholders must join hands to “force insurgents out of steam” in Nigeria.

“Our nation is at war against those who wish to remake our world in service of a discredited theocracy. This war will not end on the battlefield. Insurgencies rarely do. It will end when through the combination of superior military might, diplomacy and steady improvements in quality of life for the people on the ground, we force the enemy to run out of steam. It will fall to some of us in this room to manage the ending of that war,” he said.

10,048 Die Of Coronavirus Worldwide From 245,913 Cases

As of Friday, March 20, 2020, across the world, there are 245,913 reported cases of coronavirus, out of which 10,048 people have died.

Interestingly, 88,465 people have either recovered or been discharged. Add this figure to those who have died and it gives a total of 98,513 closed cases.

According to, there are 147,400 active cases of patients who are currently infected. Among the active cases, 140,015 persons (95 per cent) are in mild condition while 7,385 people (5 per cent) are in critical condition.

Coronavirus: Nigerians Must Not Panic – Presidency

The presidency has urged Nigerians not or panic over the global pandemic, coronavirus (COVID-19), saying that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has taken some steps to mitigate the effects on the Nigerian people.

In a statement issued in Abuja, on Thursday, by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), it also frowned at the call by “ranking members” of the National Assembly for the president to personally address Nigerians on the outbreak.

Coronavirus: No Proof Of Chloroquine’s Effectiveness In Treating Disease ― WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said there has been no proof of chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating the disease. World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said this on Thursday during an online media briefing.

“We are aware of some trials of the use of chloroquine in dealing with some previous coronaviruses, not this virus. We are not aware of any evidence that demonstrates that this is one of the medicines that could be used but we can find out some more information about that.

“There is a number of ongoing trials of other medicines and we are awaiting the outcomes of those observations. But for now, we are not aware of any conclusive evidence to show that chloroquine could be effective in treating this virus,” Dr. Moeti said.

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