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Coronavirus In Nigeria: NCDC Issues Warning On Gatherings As FG Approves National Sports Festival



Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that mass gatherings can cause the spread of infectious diseases including coronavirus.

The Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in a chat with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu noted that agency is constantly monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country.

He stated that NCDC recommends the cancellation of mass gatherings, in compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

“We are not advising the cancellation of gatherings, but our advice may change as the epidemiological situation evolves. This is assessed on a daily basis and regular updates can be found on”, he said.

The official listed gatherings that should be highly monitored.

The he explained included provision of “more entry and exit points, more food points, ensure hand-washing facilities with soap and water are readily available.”

Ihekweazu added that state ministries of health should be informed of such event and location assessed by officials.

The NCDC warning came hours the Nigerian government said it won’t stop the National Sports Festival in Edo State over coronavirus fears.

The event will be held in Benin from March 22 to April 1, 2020.

“Those who are looking in any way suspicious will be disallowed entry straightaway, so that they don’t pose any kind of risk to others until their symptoms are clear”, Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, told the media .

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Yobe state Declares ‘War’ On Open Defecation, Environmental Degradation




Yobe State Government has declared war against open defecation, communicable diseases and environmental degradation through advocacy and community sensitization.

Declaring the war on Monday in Potiskum town, Governor Mai Mala Buni, represented by his Deputy Idi Barde Gubana, said the dangers and consequences of open defecation in the state ranging from infestation of diseases such as typhoid, cholera, malaria among others.

He said it has also negative effect on the environment by polluting the air with bad odor and making the land inhabitable.

“The significance of personal and community hygiene to safeguard human health is irrefutable; hence according to UNICEF 892,000,000 people are practicing open defecation world over.

“India is ranked first with high rate of open defecation in the world and Nigerian is second. While in Africa, Nigeria is ranked first.

“This among other reasons promoted President Muhammadu Buhari to signed Executive Order 009 on 21st November, 2019 and set a target for eradicating open defecation in Nigeria on or before 2025”, he noted.

In a bid to complement federal government’s effort, Governor Buni said the state government deemed it fit to take the advocacy campaign against the menace to the 17 local government areas to sensitize people on the dangers and negative consequences of open defecation.

According to him, the move is to protect the environment, culture, norms and values as people, adding to be an open defecation free society also reduces the incidence of disease and other anti social behaviour in the state.

“When open defecation is not properly managed, the diseases causing organism in human excreta find their way back to our food and water through run off, while in some instances houseflies can perch on these open excreta and settle on edibles, thereby infecting those that ingest the food or drinks”, Buni stressed.

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APC CRISIS: Drama As high Court Orders Gaidom To Assume Oshiomhole’s Office




A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, has granted an interim order declaring Victor Giadom, acting National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to act as the party’s National Chairman.

The Judge, Justice Samira Bature gave the order on Monday after listening to an ex-parte motion filed by Mustapha Salihu, the party’s national vice chairman, north-east.

In the motion, Salihu had prayed the court to allow Giadom operate as APC’s acting National Chairman pending the decision of the party’s National Executive Council, NEC.

Salihu also prayed the court for an order restraining the APC and its officers or anyone from preventing Giadom from functioning as the acting chairman.

He noted that Gaidom should be allowed as acting Chairman pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

Justice Bature granted all the prayers sought by Salihu before adjourning the matter to March 20.

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The Triumph of Loyalty: A Tribute to Former Falakin Kano, Alhaji Mujitaba Abba.




Sarki Kisoke (1509-1565) was the 22nd King of Kano. He loved his mother, Lamisu, so much. However, the mother’s favourite son was Dabkare, Kisoke’s half-brother. Sarki Kisoke knew the way to his mother’s heart was through his brother.

He decided to draw Dabkare closer and exalt his commoner status. His choice was to bestow him with a title that would forever be linked to their mother’s name, whom they referred to as Iya, the Hausa traditional name for mother. The new title he invented and bestowed on Dabkare was Dan Iyan Kano.

Dabkare would later become one of the most influential title holders of his time. Palace praise singers, today, in his memory, praise holders of the Dan Iya title as “ dubkarare tufkar yaƙi, babban ƙani mahuta haushi and mararrafa, madurƙusa, makarɓar maganar kowa” .

Kisoke’s gesture was a reflection of the Hausa social philosophy of zumunci, kara, yakana and biyayya .

The appointment of Dabkare as Dan Iya established the foundational Hausa principle that titles are the king’s/Emir’s, and he had the discretion to bestow them upon whomsoever he wishes, whether out of familial, strategic, political or diplomatic considerations.

It was in a similar spirit that Emir Muhammad Inuwa appointed his half-brother, Sule, as Dokajin Kano in 1963. The writer of Kano ta Dabo Cigari , the official written history of Kano, in a poem, described Emir Muhammad Inuwa as “giyen Sule”, to showcase the amiable relationship between the Emir and his brother.

Fast forward to 2014, when former CBN Governor and Dan Majen Kano, MS II, was appointed as Emir of Kano. In a bid to realign administrative structures and chip in reliable support, the Emir made some strategic adjustments and appointments.

To his relinquished title of Dan Maje, he appointed a loyal uncle, Mannir Sanusi. To the vacant position of Dokajin Kano, he appointed Alhaji Yahya, son of the pious Emir Muhammad Inuwa and Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs to the then Kano State Governor.

On 12th May, 2017, he appointed his half-brother, Malam Mujitaba Abba, a former classroom teacher and CBN official, as Falakin Kano.

Like the Emir, MS II, Malam Mujtaba has an unusual attraction to learning and hold its bearers in high esteem. He treats them with reverence and awe. When we first met, his admiration was out of respect for the fact that my hobbies are reading and writing.

My predilection to be a man of letters impressed him. He admired the fact that, unlike my contemporaries who came to him with dreams of job at juicy parastatals NGOs and International organisations, I was committed to a dream that wasn’t financially assuring and determined to live up to it and ready to pay the price.

At moments of distress, he admonished me to trust my path and hold firm unto my motive. He related how he wished he was free to embark walk with me to that destination we so much yearn for.

He often bewailed how his present status, though an unprecedented blessing, often made him feel confined. He was a prisoner of history, destiny and circumstance.
Though evidently proud to hold a title in Kano Emirate, under one of the most eminent traditional rulers in Western Africa, deep down he wanted to teach, guide, mentor and inspire.

He felt his calling was in the academia, rather than the palace, where one is buried in bureaucracy and strict cultural etiquettes. MS II was his role model. Like the philosopher king, he wanted a life in the midst of books, learned men and students. His ultimate dream was to become a man of letters, like his guardian, brother and Emir.

He abhorred corruption and mismanagement, something that put him in the bad books of greedy friends and associates.

As a postgraduate student in History, he encouraged me to visit his office for intellectual discourses. He will offer coffee or tea, while we take some walk down historical, social, theological and political lanes.

He wanted to discuss the ideas and arguments of local religious scholar, regional literati and even global cognoscenti. We pondered over social problems, especially family life and the deteriorating political condition of the country.

He always want to know more about trending issues. Like his brother, the Philosopher King, he was deeply worried about the social and political decay apparent in Kano and Nigeria in general. He handled such topics with ease, confidence and composure.

He was a good listener that re-joined with facts. The influence of the Emir is visible in his arguments and conclusions. Yet, he was innovative and honest. He was always full of hope, even at the face of a precarious situation.

When the Kano state Government declared war on the Emir, he stood by him through thick or thin. Though worried, sad and angry, he was ever conscious that everything should and must be done within the ambits of law and morality, a point he was always eager to lay bare before allies and well-wishers.

He wanted his brother to retain throne, but not at the expense of his conscience. He was proud of his brother. When the time to take the fall came, he stood by his brother with honour, grace, courage and pride.

Alhaji Mujitaba Abba resigned his title and function as Falakin Kano and Principal Private Secretary of the Emir, in solidarity with his brother, who was unjustly removed from Gidan Rumfa.

History will certainly be kind to this loyal brother, for he played his role well. He was a replica of Dabkare Dan Iya in his sagacity and that of Dokaji Sule in his loyalty & presence.

Adieu Mai Kada dan Mai Babban Daki.
Mai kada kanin Sarki mahuta wahala

Huzaifa Dokaji writes from Kano.


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