Coronavirus Lockdown: Write a play on pandemic later, Coronavirus is about science and not fiction – Presidency replies Soyinka

The Presidency has fired back at Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka who slammed President Buhari over the way he has handled the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.


Recall that in a statement issued on Monday and titled ‘Between Covid and Constitutional Encroachment,’ Soyinka said the president may have overstepped his constitutional boundaries by issuing a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT. He also described Buhari as a Rip van Winkle of Nigerian history, who woke after a prolonged siesta and begun to issue orders.


The Presidency however countered Soyinka’s claim by stating that his opinion was misleading and strayed away from his career as a playwright. In a statement issued on Wednesday night by President Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu, the playwright was told to write a play on the Coronavirus pandemic later, as the virus is currently about science and not fiction.


Read the statement below;


“Yesterday, the esteemed Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka made comments on the legal status and description of 14-day lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Prof Soyinka is not a medical professor. His qualifications are in English literature, and his prizes are for writing books and plays for theatres. He is of course entitled to his opinions – but that is exactly all they are: semantics, not science. They cannot – and should not – therefore be judged as professional expertise in this matter in any shape or form.

“Across the world – from parts of the United States and China, to countries including the United Kingdom and France, government – mandated lockdowns are in place to slow and defeat the spread of coronavirus. All have been declared, and all have been made necessary, based on medical and scientific evidence. The guidance of the Nigerian Government’s medical specialists is to advise the same.

“Prof Soyinka has also declared, doubtless based on his specialism as a playwright, that: ‘we are not in a war emergency’.

“Eminent scientists say otherwise: Dr. Richard Hatchett, Head of the International Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (and former Director of the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) has said, ‘war is an appropriate analogy’.

“Prof Anthony Fauci, Director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force has said of the battle against the pandemic: ‘It’s almost like the fog of war’.

“As for the legality of the lock down, the government’s primary duty in law and action is the defence of the people of Nigeria. We face a global pandemic. Nigeria is now affected.

“The scientific and medical guidance the world over is clear: the way to defeat the virus is to halt its spread through limitation of movement of people.

“Perhaps Wole Soyinka may write a play on the Coronavirus pandemic, after this emergency is over. In the meantime, we ask the people of Nigeria to trust the words of our doctors and scientists – and not fiction writers – at this time of national crisis,”



6 weeks old baby becomes youngest person to die of Coronavirus

A 6-weeks-old baby who died in US state of Connecticut last week, is now believed to be the youngest person to die of Coronavirus in the world.


Governor Ned Lamont who made the announcement on Wednesday Aprill 1, said a test carried out on Tuesday night confirmed that the newborn had COVID-19. The baby girl was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital late last week, but could not be revived.


Lamont tweeted;


“It is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to #COVID19. A 6-week-old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived.

“This is absolutely heartbreaking. We believe this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications relating to COVID-19. This is a virus that attacks our most fragile without mercy.

“Your life and the lives of others could literally depend on it. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”


6 weeks old baby becomes youngest person to die of Coronavirus



Hartford Mayor, Luke Bronin confirmed the baby was from the community. The mayor said the disease can impact people, no matter what age.


Bronin said;


“We have also seen that this disease can be tragically unpredictable and fatal to people of any age.”


While cases in infants are typically mild, doctors are still working to understand the virus, including how it affects children. While the symptoms of respiratory distress, a cough and fever are similar, doctors have reported COVID-19 cases where children experience stomach distress.


As of Tuesday night, the state of Connecticut had 3,128 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 69 deaths. On Wednesday afternoon, Lamont said there were another 429 infections and 16 fatalities.



Coronavirus: FG is paying N20,000 to 5,000 Abuja households — Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has disclosed that the Nigerian government is paying N20,000 each to 5,000 households in the Federal Capital Territory, to help them cope with the difficulties the Coronavirus pandemic might bring. 


Sadiya who disclosed that the initiative was under the ministry’s Conditional Cash Transfer programme, added that the N20,000 given to each of the beneficiaries covered a period of four months and was in line with President Buhari’s directive. She revealed that beneficiaries are entitled to N5,000 every month.


The Minister who addressed newsmen after disbursing money to some households in Kwali area council of Abuja, said over one million Nigerians located in 34 states will be benefitting from the initiative.


Sadiya said;


“The CCT is for poor and vulnerable households in the country. Beneficiaries are entitled to N5,000 every month.

“Today’s payment of N20,000 to each beneficiary is for four mouths. It is going to happen all over the country, but we are starting with FCT, Lagos and Ogun. These are the frontline states. Other states will follow.

“With the current pandemic and circumstances on ground, this amount will go a long way to support the families in their daily lives.

“Today, we are giving out N20,000 each to about 190 beneficiaries in Kwali Area Council. The total number of beneficiaries in FCT is 5,000.”


The programme’s spokesperson, Mr Ayede added;


“The federal government has not paid the beneficiaries from January till March, but following the president’s order on Sunday, the ministry decided to pay in April in view of the lockdown directives.”



Italian nurse murders his girlfriend for ‘infecting him with Coronavirus

An Italian nurse allegedly strangled his doctor girlfriend to death because “she gave him Coronavirus.”


After committing the crime, 28-year-old Antonio De Pace reportedly called cops to tell them he had murdered young medic, Lorena Quaranta, 27.


When Police arrived at the scene, they found her dead in their apartment in Italy, while De Pace was found on the floor having cut his wrists but his colleagues were able to save his life at their hosiptal.


The young couple had been working in a local hospital in Messina, Sicily after they were drafted to help during the coronavirus crisis.


De Pace allegedly confessed: “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”


A police source said: “She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy.”


The Sun reports that tests were being carried out on both, but it came back negative, meaning neither Lorena or De Pace had the virus.


Lorena had been very vocal on social media about the coronavirus outbreak.


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In a Facebook post just days before her death Lorena wrote: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life.

“You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country.

”You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.

“Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.”


Last month, her boyfriend posted a message congratulating her after she passed a test and said:

“To reach our dreams you have to work hard with determination and you are proof.

“I wish you to keep chasing your dreams, always live the life you always imagined. Well done!




Governor Seyi Makinde contracted Coronavirus from known people in Abuja — Oyo state Chief Press Secretary

The Chief Press Secretary to Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has explained that his boss contracted Coronavirus from ‘known people’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.


Makinde tested positive on Monday for the deadly coronavirus, and the NCDC has confirmed that over 135 people have been infected with the disease.


Adisa who spoke on Silverbird Television (STV) on Tuesday morning, said there was no need to use the issue of COVID-19 pandemic in the state as political tool.


Adisa said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally on March 18, should not be politicized as at the time of the rally, there was no known incident of the virus in the state and the governor didn’t show any symptom of coronavirus.

“The issue of the March 18 PDP southwest Zonal Unification Rally doesn’t come to play because there was no known incident of the virus in Oyo State and the governor didn’t also have any symptom(s) as at that time.”

“The governors went back to Abuja the following day and they held a series of meetings. The governor had contact with people that are known. So, we should not politicise an issue like this,” he stressed.


Meanwhile, former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has prayed for a quick recovery for the governor and other victims of Covid-19.


“I am saddened to receive the news of the infection of Governor Seyi Makinde with Coronavirus (Covid-19). Jehovah Ropheka: The Lord our Healer Exodus 15:26 will heal you.”

“I pray to Almighty God to heal you and protect your family as you go through the self-isolation and proper treatments. Similarly, I pray for the protection of all the citizens of the state from the Covid-19 scourge.”

“There is no established cure for COVID-19 yet but it is not a death sentence as it can be managed.”

“Therefore, I urge my fellow people to obey the governments and work collectively to stop the spread by constantly washing our hands and observing high standards of hygiene, avoiding social gatherings and events. Stay at home, stay safe,” the statement concluded.



Avoid MEN and overcrowded places like your boyfriend’s heart – Kenyan MP Millie Odhiambo gives tips on how to avoid contracting coronavirus (video)

A Kenyan MP,  Millie Odhiambo has shared few lighthearted tips on how to avoid contracting contracting coronavirus.


The Kenyan lawmaker who shared the tips while addressing the country’s National Assembly days ago, told Kenyans to avoid “avoiding men (mouth, eyes and nose)” as well as overcrowded places “like your boyfriend’s heart”.


Odhiambo said;


“Madam Speaker I just want to say that one of the guides that somebody has sent on my Facebook, that I think would be very good is to avoid men. The men is coded for mouth, eyes and nose … someone jokingly has also said ‘avoid overcrowded places like your boyfriend’s heart’.”


The lawmaker’s tips has left many social media users in stitches, with many hailing her for using a familiar narrative to drive her point home.





The news I read about a 15 year old girl who was stabbed to death by her father’s friend who attempted to rape her prompted me to share this.

My dad loves me a lot and protected me as much as he could while I was under his roof. Much so that, whenever there was a large family gathering like a wedding or burial that involves a lot of people, my dad monitors my movement like an eagle. I might be quite a distance from him and while I naively thought I had dodged his ever gazing eyes, he would send someone to come get me and he’ll make me sit by his side… Guess what I was doing before he sent for me? I was probably talking to a guy….. Yea, so he saw it.

Now to my point.

On one of such night parties in Ekiti, one of my dad’s friends whom I don’t see except at parties like this, came close to me and was dancing with me. I danced with him courteously as a daughter and in the middle of that, he brought out his phone that I should type my number( I was 16, in 100 level then). I hesitated and looked at him curiously. He then said, don’t you know me, I’m your dad’s friend
My look was like…. And so what?
Immediately, my dad was by my side asking me to get inside that it was late(he had been watching every move) . I didn’t know what happened after that between them but I know I never saw that man again at subsequent parties.

The next person was a political associate of my dad’s. This time, I was through with service and was waiting for my MSc admission, so I went to spend sometime with my dad in Ekiti… He was based there at the time cos of politics.

This particular man came to our place and I served him food. I saw the looks in his eyes that and I understood his intentions,so I smiled in my mind that “this one wants my father to kill him abi” ?

This is someone who only comes to see dad once a week, now he comes everyday. I served him meals each day and whenever my dad was out of sight, he’ll begin a conversation. He started with fatherly advise at first and later graduated to academic talks then personal talks.

He didn’t know my dad had been noticing. He asked for my number in the presence of my dad, and I have him… Under the guise that he was running his PhD at the University where I wanted to do my masters, so he intended to be checking on me as a father whenever he was around… OK o.

He started sending recharge cards, calling me, even asked for my account number, in the presence of my dad… .he said, he’ll like to be sending me small small change… As per daddy now.

One day, my dad wasn’t home and he came around. I told him to call my dad and he said he did but couldn’t get through. So he said he’ll wait. I made him comfortable and I excused him. Some minutes later, he called me and said did I want him to feel lonely? That I should come and chat with him…. That was how this man started toasting me o and told me he’ll take care of me. I’ll not lack anything (as if told him I lacked something). He also said I shouldn’t tell dad… Ehn, my dad that already knows?

Daddy came in and met him and I could see the fire in his eyes. I excused them but stayed close to eavesdrop. My dad asked him what he came to do in his house after he had called him and told him he won’t be home… Ghen Ghen… Uncle was speechless.

My dad said “You think I don’t see how you look at my daughter?, I don’t want to ever see you in my house again”. Na so uncle Waka comot o.

My dad called me and asked that I delete his number immediately and if he ever calls me, I should tell him… Of course dad, I would. Two days later, he called me and was lashing out at me that he thought I was mature, why would I tell my dad what he said… Bla Bla Bla… Ha, mature ke… Me, I’m still a child o. I owe you no explanation sir. I just cut the call and blocked his line… That is the end of Solomon Grandhe.

Beware of evil predators in the guise of family friends or big daddies. Some are abusers
I see you all

Picture : my dad and I

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COVID-19: We are ready to contain Coronavirus – Abia Government

Abia State government says it is 100 percent above many states of the federation in its readiness to contain the dreaded Corona virus scourge should it manifest in the State.

Conducting journalists round the isolation centres located within Amachara Specialist Hospital, Umuahia, which is one of the three designated in the State, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji, explained some of the features to include two doctor’s room, nurses room, laboratory designated to host the testing kits and run other tests, X-ray room, duffing room, five-bedded isolation wards, each for males and females with conveniences, TV sets, respirators, oxygen canisters, store room containing 7,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), treatment room, consulting room among others.

The Commissioner said apart from the two five-bedded wards, there is provision for one 100-bedded extension in case of patients overflow with additional 2,500 PPEs at the location. He explained that Abia State Government made attempts
to procure Testing Kits but was advised by the National Centre for Desease Control (NCDC) to shelve the idea as according to them most of the Testing Kits in circulation today are fake.

The commissioner therefore appealed to the federal government to provide Testing Kits to Abia State and other States of the federation, stressing that ready availability of Testing Kits remain key to quelling rumors on cases of the virus. He also called on the people not to panic but adhere to the medical guidelines given to them on how to prevent the infection.

Contributing, the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, disclosed that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) produced in Aba have been delivered to the State Government and would be handed-over to the Commissioner for Health today to ascertain their fitness for use. He disclosed that Abia workers and verified pensioners would receive their March payments from tomorrow to enable them stock food and get ready for a possible sit-at-home directive should the situation get to that point. He further informed that the government is ready to continue to pay all workers including those who have been advised to stay at home within this period and called on private sector organizations not to slash wages of workers they decide to keep at home at this time.

Continuing, Okiyi said that the State is still very hopeful she would not get the infection, adding that the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, was ready to deploy all available resources in the state and beyond to protect the lives of the citizens and residents of the State. He called on those he described as seasonal politicians not to politicize the current situation the world is facing but rather sincerely contribute their bits to help solve the COVID-19 challenge.

While reiterating that Abia State has no record of COVID-19 so far, the Information Cmmissioner who stated that COVID-19 knows no political party, called on stakeholders who wish to assist the State in any way to approach the Commissioner for Health.

In her remarks, the state Epidemiologist, Lady Peace Nwaogwugwu, who described the case definition for those to be tested for the virus explained that at the moment the state has enough sample bags to dispatch samples to Edo state for analysis and assured Abians that with the measures put in place by the state government, the state is more than prepared to handle any eventuality arising from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Testimony!!! Woman gives birth to triplets for the first time at age 50 after waiting for so many years.

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I gave birth to beautiful triplet boys on January 22nd 2020. They are my first children and first pregnancy ever. What a wonderful 50th birthday present! At my age, some consider you too old and high risk, especially when having multiples, but I had a good pregnancy.
I did not have morning sickness, I did not have high blood pressure, I did not develop pre eclampsia, I did not have gestational diabetes nor did I develop any of the other illnesses associated with pregnancy at my age and I was not admitted in the hospital months before delivery as some said I would.
I went to the hospital on Friday January 17th and delivered on Wednesday January 22nd. Post pregnancy is another miracle on it’s own, my body is snapping back into shape so quickly its unbelievable.
I’m almost back to my normal size in 2 months I am usually a silent observer on this platform but I feel strongly that this may change someone’s life. This is to encourage those who have given up or on the verge of giving up.
If you want something in life, do not let age, stigmas or statistics discourage you. It’s never too late. Mountains can move if you just hang on, believe that you are going to have that thing without doubting or giving up.
It may take days, weeks, months or years but I promise you it will happen. You’ll need to play your part as well and prepare your body by exercising and eating well. Do your research on the do’s and don’ts.
Special thanks to my husband who toiled and took extremely good care of me pre and post delivery, you deserve the husband of the year award. Special thanks to family and friends for their unconditional love.
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Single mother buries her 3 months old baby after she met a rich guy who promised to marry her

A single mother buried her 3 months old baby after she met a rich guy who promised to marry her. So to save her relationship, she decided to play single by burying the innocent child alive while the he was asleep.

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