The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the country is currently experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was disclosed by director-general of the NCDC, Ifedayo Adetifa in a statement released by the agency on Monday.
“Nigeria has recorded a 500% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks across the country caused by the Delta and Omicron variants,” the statement reads.
“As of 19th December 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The country is now in a fourth COVID-19 wave.”
The director-general announced that the centre is launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign.
Adetifa said the campaign is “to promote adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures during this festive period”.
He urged Nigerians to adhere to recommended measures stipulated by NCDC and other public health authorities as they celebrate Christmas and the new year.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020,” he said.
“#CelebrateResponsibly focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need
to take to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 during this period.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as NCDC and its partners, are therefore intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk we face and need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus.
“The response to COVID-19 requires a whole-of-society approach. Therefore, individuals, families and institutions also need to play their part in protecting each other by ensuring adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures.
“Critically, Nigerians are urged to adhere to recommended measures by NCDC and other public health authorities, as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.”
Obasanjo to PDP leaders: I can never return to your party
Nigeria’s ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has informed leaders of opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party that he will not return to the party.
This was made known on Saturday when a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
In the team include the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi; former Governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River).
The Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), Taofeek Arapaja, and other party officials were part of the entourage.
Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will continue to be a statesman.”
Obasanjo told Ayu that he has the problems of PDP and Nigeria on his shoulders, and prayed God to give him the wisdom to carry it.
Responding, Ayu told Obasanjo that “if you leave PDP, the blood of PDP will never leave you.”
He said the party would always require his fatherly advice towards governance in Nigeria.
Obasanjo was first Head of State from 1976 to 1979. After his prison ordeal, Obasanjo was later elected Nigeria’s President from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the PDP.
He, however, publicly tore his PDP membership card in February 2015 after a feud with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Teenager Stabs Sugarcane Seller To Death In Borno
The Borno State Police Command has arrested a 13-year-old boy identified as Abdullahi Sanusi for the alleged murder of a 19-year-old man named Mohammed Abdullahi over refusal to pay for sugarcane.
The police said the victim on Wednesday forcefully took the suspect’s sugarcane without payment and when the former asked for money, Abdullahi started beating him.
The suspect then used the knife, which he was using to cut sugarcane to stab the neck of the victim.
Borno State Commissioner of Police on Friday said the victim died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
“On the same date (19/01/2022) at about 1700hrs, one Abdullahi Sanusi, 13, of the same address used a sharp knife, which he was using to cut sugarcane and stabbed one Mohammed Abdullahi, 19, on his neck at Mallawan in Gidan Dambe area,” the commissioner said.
“As a result, the victim sustained serious injury. He was rushed to UMTH for treatment but later died on the same date.
“The suspect alleged that the deceased forcefully took away his sugar cane and refused to pay and when the suspect demanded his money, the deceased started beating him as a result of which the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife,” he added.
Similarly, Umar also confirmed the arrest of Ahmad Umar Goni, an SS2 student of Elkenemy College of Islamic Theology.
Ahmad was arrested for allegedly using a razor blade to slit the neck of Jubril Sadi Mato, a JSS1 student of the school.