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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 22 January, 2021)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Vanguard Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Vanguard News.

Africa in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination — WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Africa is in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination as prices spike due to competition in other regions.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, gave the warning during a briefing on Thursday. Moeti stated that Guinea was the only low-income country on the continent to have received doses, with only 25 people vaccinated so far.

According to her, Seychelles is the only country on the continent where a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign has started. She said the story was different in wealthier continents where the vaccines had been administered in 50 nations so far.

Nnamdi Kanu to Southwest youths, don’t rely on govt to defend your territories

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has told Yoruba youths that the security of their lives and properties, including those of their parents is their responsibility and therefore, should not really on their Governors because, like the South East and South-South Governors, they will not protect them.

Mazi Kanu in a statement by the groups, Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful reminded the Yoruba youths that southwest Governors did nothing when killer herdsmen kidnapped and killed a Yoruba leader, Pa Fasoranti’s daughter on Yoruba soil.

Mazi Kanu noted that the southwest Governors particularly, the Ondo State Governor, cannot sustain any stand against killer herdsmen activities, suspected to be Fulani’s, because they belong almost to a political party, urging the youth to rise up to the occasion like the Eastern youths have done with Eastern Security Network, ESN, and take their destiny in their hands.

Nigeria will maintain position as regional leader in oil and gas industry — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria will strengthen its position as regional leader in the oil and gas industry.

Speaking at the virtual inauguration of the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC) at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) headquarters, Lagos, Buhari said his administration would spare no effort in ensuring maximum benefit from the nation’s huge natural resources. Buhari pledged that the Federal Government would continue to leverage oil and gas for development and pursue economic diversification across all sectors.

”You would recall that at the beginning of this administration, we set a clear roadmap for the oil and gas sector in order to increase value from the nation’s huge resource potentials and create opportunities for investors, both local and foreign, when I declared that: ‘Nigeria is Open for Business!’ “I am delighted that since then, we have witnessed major Final Investment Decisions in the sector such as the AKK Pipeline project, the NLNG Train-7 project, and the completion of the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular refinery.

Why pigeons did not fly during Armed Forces Remembrance Day – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Thursday gave reason pigeons did not fly during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony.

He said the pigeons could not fly because they have been kept in the cage for a very long time, noting that “when birds and some other roaming animals have been circumscribed for a while, they get accustomed to their new status as lawful captives. Therefore, when you offer them freedom, they first baulk, thinking it’s too good to be true. It’s a natural phenomenon”.

Disclosing this in his article titled: “Reflections from a wreath laying ceremony”, Adesina averred that: “President Buhari opened the cage that held the pigeons, about a score or so. One hesitated, then flew, followed by another. The others temporized a bit. And then, two, three minutes later, they all took to the sky. Nothing extraordinary in the development, you would think.

COVID-19: Gov Bello entitled to his opinion, but shouldn’t risk Kogi people’s lives— NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has said Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is entitled to his opinion over the reality or otherwise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the purpose of the vaccines, but that he should not risk the lives of the citizens of his state.

The Forum noted that leaders have a duty to protect citizens, so it (NGF) owes no one any apology over its decision to work with other agencies towards finding a solution to the pandemic.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, made the statements on Channels TV Politics Today monitored by Vanguard, on Thursday.

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