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COVID-19: Nigeria Now Has 13 Cases Of B117 Strain -FG
The Federal Government has said that the nation has detected a total of 13 of the deadlier B117 variant strain of the COVID-19.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said this on Monday in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to him, six out of these numbers were detected in the last one week and they all came out of samples collected between November and January.
Ex-Aviation Minister, Fani-Kayode Moves To Dump PDP For APC
Strong indications have emerged that a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode will soon dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Credible sources in the PDP and the APC confided in our correspondent on Monday night that the former minister had made up his mind to jump ship to the ruling party.
It was hinted that the former minister was consulting various stakeholders in the APC to prepare grounds for his proper defection.
Banditry, Kidnapping: North West Govs Working At Cross Purposes – El-Rufai
Lack of unity and cooperation among the governors of the North West in tackling banditry and kidnapping has worsened insecurity in the region, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has said.
El-Rufa’i said the governors have different approaches to ending banditry and kidnapping, adding that this would not bring a lasting solution to the security challenge, which has claimed hundreds of lives of recent.
He also said he was not comfortable with amnesty for criminals terrorising the North West geopolitical zone, even as he called for an enduring approach to tackle the menace.
Stop Running To Buhari Over Insecurity, Senate Tells Govs
The Senate has challenged the 36 state governors to sit down with their people and address security challenges rather than always run to the Presidency for solutions.
Addressing reporters in Abuja on Monday, Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi, said the Senate was disturbed that herdsmen/farmers’ crises, banditry and insurgency remain unabated.
Abdullahi said the Senate would on resumption today debate a motion by Deputy Senate Leader Ajayi Boroffice, on the incessant clashes between herders and farmers across the country.
Ambassadorial Nomination: We’re Not Lobbying Senators For Buratai, Others – Presidency
The Presidency has said that it is not lobbying senators for confirmation of appointments of former Service Chiefs as ambassadors.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday last week forwarded a request for confirmation to the Senate ambassadorial nominations of former Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt- Gen Yusuf Tukur Buratai, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal, Abubakar Sadeeq and former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok – Ete Ekwe Ibas.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, in an interview with journalists on Monday in Abuja, said the Presidency is not losing sleep on the request. When asked whether the Presidency was lobbying the Red Chamber to get the appointments of the erstwhile service chiefs confirmed, Omoworare said he was not aware of such move but said that lobbying in governance between the executive and the legislature and vice versa was normal and practised in all democracies.
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