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Breaking News in Nigeria This Afternoon Sunday, 21st of June, 2020

Breaking News in Nigeria This Afternoon Sunday, 21st of June, 2020


1. BREAKING: Nigeria’s Corona virus cases close to 20,000 as NCDC records 661 new cases

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have reached 19,808 as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, announced 661 new cases on Saturday night.

The Center also announced that 19 deaths were recorded in the country in last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 506.

“On the 20th of June 2020, 661 new confirmed cases and 19 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.”

Till date, 19,808 cases have been confirmed, 6718 cases have been discharged and 506 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 661 new cases are reported from 14 states- Lagos(230), Rivers(127), Delta(83), FCT(60), Oyo(51), Edo(31),Bayelsa(27), Kaduna(25), Plateau(13), Ondo(6), Nasarawa(3), Ekiti(2), Kano(2), Borno(1).

2. President Buhari snubs Magu, gets Senate confirmation for 207 appointees

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has been able to get the 9th Senate to confirm at least 207 appointees for him in the last one year of the existence of the current Senate.

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The 207 already confirmed include judges, ministers, ambassadors, commissioners and heads of agencies.

However, Buhari has not considered the re-appointment of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Magu was appointed by the President on November 9, 2015 subject to confirmation by the Senate. But he has remained in acting capacity since then.

He was rejected twice by the 8th Senate, under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki, based on a security report by the Department of State Services. He, however, remained in office.

Saraki’s tenure as Senate President was characterised by a frosty relationship between the Presidency and the National Assembly.

However, since the inauguration of the 9th Senate led by Ahmad Lawan on June 11, 2019, Buhari has sent the names of 200 individuals to the upper chamber for confirmation but has not sent that of Magu.

This is despite assurances by Lawan that the Senate would act swiftly if Magu’s name is forwarded to the Senate for approval.

When the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Itse Sagay, paid him a visit at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on November 21, 2019, Lawan said there was no request before the 9th Senate for the confirmation of Magu.

3. Niger State warns school owners against reopening

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The Niger State Government has cautioned school administrators from reopening schools in the state.

The state Commissioner for Education, Hannatu Salihu, stressed in a statement on Saturday that schools remain closed to curb the spread of the lethal coronavirus disease.

Salihu reiterated that the government is concerned about the safety of students and teachers, hence it has not approved the reopening of any school or Islamyya in the state.

“The decision to open schools has not been reached yet, as stakeholders are still discussing in order not to expose students and teachers to COVID-19 currently ravaging the world,” she said.

The commissioner noted that schools and Islamiyyas flouting the closure order will face the full wrath of the law.

4. APC Crisis caused by intolerance, not 2023 Presidential ambitions ― DG PGF

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ABUJA: Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman has dismissed claims that the current leadership crisis in the party is as a result of scheming by political gladiators to place themselves in vantage positions ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Instead, he attributed the wave of crisis in the party to the intolerance of its leaders whose operative disposition is ‘my way or the highway’.

Lukman in a personal statement issued Sunday in Abuja and made available to Vanguard also chastised the National Working Committee NWC of the party for its inability to convene important party meetings, saying it is now easier to organize a general election in Nigeria than hold a meeting of the APC’s National Executive Committee NEC.

The forum DG said he was reacting to a commentary by a certain Peter Oparah calling on the APC Governors to sack him for doing a ‘cheap hatchet’, adding that the task of DG of PGF is separate from the responsibility of being a member of APC.

Stating that no one was using him to fight any cause, Lukman said political debates are now reduced to propaganda partly because Nigerians take leadership for granted and expect that people working with leaders must always demonstrate agreement. “Once that is the case, leaders limit themselves to recruiting sycophants to work with them”, he said.


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