VIDEO: Trump Speaks With Buhari, ‘To Send Ventilators’ – Lai Mohammed

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and US President Donald Trump.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari today had a phone conversation with President Donald Trump at the request of the American President.

“The conversation centred on Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Mohammed revealed that the conversation of both leaders centred on the efforts of the Nigerian government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

As of April 26, 2020, Nigeria has reported a total of 1,337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with its death toll at 40.

The US, on the other hand, has recorded hundreds of thousands of infections while no fewer than 56,000 people are said to have died, with the was cases reported in New York.

According to the information minister, President Buhari used the opportunity of the phone conversation to brief the American leader on the steps Nigeria was taking to contain the spread of the disease.

He noted that Trump, on his part, declared his country’s support for Nigeria and promised to support the government’s effort with ventilators.

Mohammed said, “President Trump assured that the United States stands in solidarity with Nigeria in this difficult time and promised to send ventilators to support the country in its fight against the pandemic.

“President Trump also extends his best regards to the people of Nigeria.”

COVID-19: I Didn’t Say there Is No Hunger In The Land, Says Lai Mohammed

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has decried the deluge of fake news “distracting” the Federal Government in the fight against COVID-19 across the country.

Speaking during a briefing on Monday by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mohammed lamented that there are people who keep distracting the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in curtailing coronavirus.

Citing an instance, the minister said: “The latest of this is the claim that I said there is no hunger in the land and that the Federal Government has made available N100billion to Nigerians. It is fake. There is no time I said it or anybody in the Task Force said so.”

READ ALSO: Lockdown Violation: Naira Marley In Police Custody Over Funke Akindele’s Party

Although the minister didn’t reel out names, he regretted that those spreading fake news have not relented.

“Those who are bent on distracting the Federal Government through fake news from its focused fight against COVID-19 have not relented.

“They also carry a piece of fake news that members of the Task Force have agreed on the sharing formula of the money that is coming into the Task Force. Once again, it is false. These people are bent on distracting the government from it’s focused fight against COVID-19,” he said.

According to him, the main essence why the Federal Government keeps holding the daily press conference is to keep Nigerians abreast of latest update relating to the virus in the country.

He advised citizens to be wary of fake news, stressing that any news that didn’t come from any member of the Task Force or the ministers should be disregarded.

“One of the main reasons why we have this daily press conference is to give you an update on the COVID-19. Any other news not emanating from the ministers or this press conference relating to COVID-19 cannot be attributed to us.

“The Centre for Disease Control has a website and you can at every hour of the day get an update on COVID-19.

“Some websites are notorious for this fake news and one of them is reporterspressng.com. I will advise Nigerians that if you want any information on COVID-19, don’t go to reporterspressng.com,” he said.

Lockdown: Your ID Card Is Your Pass, Lai Mohammed Tells Journalists

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Identity cards issued to journalists would serve as their pass.

The minister advised all working journalists and other media staff in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to use their valid Identity Cards to access their places of work and assignment venues during the 14-day lockdown directed by the President in the two states and the FCT.

READ ALSO: Lagos State Discharges Five COVID-19 Patients

In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, he said the clarification becomes necessary in view of the inadequate time to properly accredit working journalists in the affected states and the FCT during the period.

He said members of the media are expected to continue to provide essential services during the lockdown, in order to keep Nigerians well updated on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministers Donate 50 Percent Of March Salary To Help Stop COVID-19 – Lai Muhammed

A file photo of Information Minister, Lai Mohammed.
A file photo of Information Minister, Lai Mohammed.

 

Nigeria’s 43 cabinet ministers have donated 50 percent of their March salaries towards the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday.

According to Mohammed, the donation was coordinated by the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki.

In a statement issued by Mohammed’s office on Saturday in Abuja. Saraki was quoted as saying it (the donation) was a gesture of solidarity and support for the federal government’s efforts to tackle the disease.

”This global virus outbreak will require nations, continents and
smaller communities to pull together to contribute their resources and
support one another. This will facilitate an early resolution of the
problem,” Saraki was quoted as saying.

The Ministers also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his
leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Nigeria now has 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus after 11 new cases were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late Friday.

Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive.

COVID-19: We Are Tracing 4,370 People Of Interest – Lai Mohammed

 

 

The Federal Government says attempting to trace about 4370 people who may have contacts with coronavirus patients in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said, “We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing”.

Mr Mohammed urged those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities.

“We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard,” he added.

The minister warned that the nation is on the verge of reaching the level of community spread, noting that if proper measures are not taken, then the nation will record exponential cases in the days ahead.

Mr Mohammed argued that the nation’s strategy at containing the pandemic is working, he, however, stressed that the country still has a long way to go.

While stressing that he does not mean to spread panic, the minister noted that bold measures have been taken and more steps of such nature need to be taken to ensure that Nigeria beats the virus.

READ ALSO: Nigerians Are Not Giving Us The Deserved Support To Fight Coronavirus – Lai Mohammed

Below is the minister’s full statement.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON MINISTER OF
INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2020

Good afternoon gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference, called
to update you on the measures being taken by the Federal Government to
tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

2. I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this
pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go. We know our
priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold
measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we
hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in
their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition
of large congregations.

3. However, we are determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the
measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, such as:
– Social distancing
– Contact tracing
– Testing
– Isolation of suspected cases
– And ensuring that our messaging gets down to the grassroots

4. Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is
that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively
enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within
which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

5. In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce
compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not
have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:
– Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services
– Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.
– Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns.
We will be considering and announcing new measures from time to time,
but rest assured that whatever decisions we take will be in the best
interest of Nigerians.

6. Let me announce that we have received donated safety and test
kits from the Jack Ma Foundation in China. The supplies are:
– 100,000 Face Masks
– 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
– 20,000 test kits
The face masks and the PPE will be distributed to the front-line
health workers while the test kits will be shared among the five test
laboratories.

7. We are also taking measures to increase the number of bed spaces
for isolation of suspects. The facilities we have now include the
40-bed DSS Hotel, the 60-bed Medical Centre in Zuba and the 160-bed
Women Development Centre in Abuja, We are still looking at other
facilities within the Federal Capital Territory.

8. As we said during our last press conference, contact tracing is
very critical to stopping the spread of the virus. Today, we have 51
cases covering 8 states:
Lagos – 32
FCT – 10
Ogun – 3
Ekiti – 1
Edo – 1
Bauchi – 1
Osun – 1
Oyo – 1
Rivers – 1
We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are
tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to
immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support
the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the
level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will
record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to
say this.

9. Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the
kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are
busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the
stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew
into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone
numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the
need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large
gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the
directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its
best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past
the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.

10. This brings me to the rising instances of fake news associated
with coronavirus. The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the
pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the
disease. Instances of such fake news include
– That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has
been commandeered for a top government official
– That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on
Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
– That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator.
Fake. Fake. Fake. It’s all fake news.

11. A section of the traditional media has also been engaging in
scaremongering and irresponsible reporting on the disease. It is wrong
to speculate on those who are positive or negative for coronavirus
without any empirical information. In any case, being positive to
coronavirus is not a death sentence, as we can see around the world.
There is no need for the kind of scaremongering we are seeing in a
section of the
media. The danger is that this scaremongering can even discourage some
who may want to come forward for testing. We therefore wish to appeal
to the media to be more circumspect in their reporting.

12. Gentlemen, we have noted the decision of at least five domestic
airlines – Air Peace, Aero and Azman, Dana and Arik – to suspend their flight
operations. The suspension is a boost for the efforts of the
government to check the spread of the pandemic. Some of the airlines have also
announced one form of support or another for the government’s efforts
to tackle the
pandemic. This is very commendable. We are aware of more private sector support
to the FG and will be announcing this after full compilation. We seek
the support and
cooperation of more capable individuals and organizations in order to
defeat this pandemic.

13. Finally, we appeal to Nigerians not to panic. It is said that
panic is our greatest enemy. The Federal Government is determined to
work with the good people of Nigeria to defeat Covid-19. And defeat
the disease we will.

14. I thank you, gentlemen, for your kind attention. I will now take
your questions.

Nigerians Are Not Giving Us The Deserved Support To Fight Coronavirus – Lai Mohammed

 

The Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal government is not getting the kind of cooperation it deserves as the fight against Coronavirus intensifies. 

According to Mr Mohammed rather than show appropriate support, many Nigerians are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms.

The minister at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday said that instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe, some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone
numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the
need arises.

READ ALSO: FG Considering To Stop Interstate, Inter-Town Travels

He said some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing.

The minister stressed that the government is doing its best, adding that the government needs the citizens to do their best too.

He, however, noted that “we have now gone past the stage of persuasion”, adding that it is time for strong enforcement.

Below is a full statement by the minister for information and culture.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON MINISTER OF
INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2020

Good afternoon gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference, called
to update you on the measures being taken by the Federal Government to
tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

2. I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this
pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go. We know our
priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold
measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we
hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in
their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition
of large congregations.

3. However, we are determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the
measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, such as:
– Social distancing
– Contact tracing
– Testing
– Isolation of suspected cases
– And ensuring that our messaging gets down to the grassroots

4. Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is
that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively
enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within
which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

5. In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce
compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not
have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:
– Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services
– Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.
– Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns.
We will be considering and announcing new measures from time to time,
but rest assured that whatever decisions we take will be in the best
interest of Nigerians.

6. Let me announce that we have received donated safety and test
kits from the Jack Ma Foundation in China. The supplies are:
– 100,000 Face Masks
– 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
– 20,000 test kits
The face masks and the PPE will be distributed to the front-line
health workers while the test kits will be shared among the five test
laboratories.

7. We are also taking measures to increase the number of bed spaces
for isolation of suspects. The facilities we have now include the
40-bed DSS Hotel, the 60-bed Medical Centre in Zuba and the 160-bed
Women Development Centre in Abuja, We are still looking at other
facilities within the Federal Capital Territory.

8. As we said during our last press conference, contact tracing is
very critical to stopping the spread of the virus. Today, we have 51
cases covering 8 states:
Lagos – 32
FCT – 10
Ogun – 3
Ekiti – 1
Edo – 1
Bauchi – 1
Osun – 1
Oyo – 1
Rivers – 1
We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are
tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to
immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support
the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the
level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will
record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to
say this.

9. Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the
kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are
busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the
stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew
into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone
numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the
need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large
gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the
directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its
best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past
the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.

10. This brings me to the rising instances of fake news associated
with coronavirus. The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the
pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the
disease. Instances of such fake news include
– That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has
been commandeered for a top government official
– That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on
Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
– That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator.
Fake. Fake. Fake. It’s all fake news.

11. A section of the traditional media has also been engaging in
scaremongering and irresponsible reporting on the disease. It is wrong
to speculate on those who are positive or negative for coronavirus
without any empirical information. In any case, being positive to
coronavirus is not a death sentence, as we can see around the world.
There is no need for the kind of scaremongering we are seeing in a
section of the
media. The danger is that this scaremongering can even discourage some
who may want to come forward for testing. We therefore wish to appeal
to the media to be more circumspect in their reporting.

12. Gentlemen, we have noted the decision of at least five domestic
airlines – Air Peace, Aero and Azman, Dana and Arik – to suspend their flight
operations. The suspension is a boost for the efforts of the
government to check the spread of the pandemic. Some of the airlines have also
announced one form of support or another for the government’s efforts
to tackle the
pandemic. This is very commendable. We are aware of more private sector support
to the FG and will be announcing this after full compilation. We seek
the support and
cooperation of more capable individuals and organizations in order to
defeat this pandemic.

13. Finally, we appeal to Nigerians not to panic. It is said that
panic is our greatest enemy. The Federal Government is determined to
work with the good people of Nigeria to defeat Covid-19. And defeat
the disease we will.

14. I thank you, gentlemen, for your kind attention. I will now take
your questions

FG Considering To Stop Interstate, Inter-Town Travels

 

The Federal Government has said that it is considering to stop inter-state and inter-town travels in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says that the nation’s strategy at containing the pandemic is working, adding that the country still has a long way to go.

While stressing that he does not mean to spread panic, the minister noted that bold measures have been taken and more steps of such nature need to be taken to ensure that Nigeria beats the virus.

Lai Mohammed’s communique partially read:

“Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

“In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:

“Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services.

“Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.

“Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns”.

The minister who had earlier told Nigerians to brace up for tougher measures in the efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic told newsmen that the government knows its priorities and challenges.

He hailed the state governments that have taken bold measures to ensure that people are safe, including the closure of markets and the prohibition of large congregations.

Mr Mohammed, however, noted that the Federal Government is determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

READ ALSO: FG To Release N6.5bn For Coronavirus Emergency Intervention

Below is a full statement by the minister for information and culture.

TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON MINISTER OF
INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 2020

Good afternoon gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference, called
to update you on the measures being taken by the Federal Government to
tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

2. I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this
pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go. We know our
priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold
measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we
hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in
their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition
of large congregations.

3. However, we are determined to be more aggressive in enforcing the
measures aimed at containing the spread of the virus, such as:
– Social distancing
– Contact tracing
– Testing
– Isolation of suspected cases
– And ensuring that our messaging gets down to the grassroots

4. Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is
that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively
enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within
which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

5. In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce
compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not
have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:
– Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services
– Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.
– Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns.
We will be considering and announcing new measures from time to time,
but rest assured that whatever decisions we take will be in the best
interest of Nigerians.

6. Let me announce that we have received donated safety and test
kits from the Jack Ma Foundation in China. The supplies are:
– 100,000 Face Masks
– 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
– 20,000 test kits
The face masks and the PPE will be distributed to the front-line
health workers while the test kits will be shared among the five test
laboratories.

7. We are also taking measures to increase the number of bed spaces
for isolation of suspects. The facilities we have now include the
40-bed DSS Hotel, the 60-bed Medical Centre in Zuba and the 160-bed
Women Development Centre in Abuja, We are still looking at other
facilities within the Federal Capital Territory.

8. As we said during our last press conference, contact tracing is
very critical to stopping the spread of the virus. Today, we have 51
cases covering 8 states:
Lagos – 32
FCT – 10
Ogun – 3
Ekiti – 1
Edo – 1
Bauchi – 1
Osun – 1
Oyo – 1
Rivers – 1
We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are
tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to
immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support
the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the
level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will
record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to
say this.

9. Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the
kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are
busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the
stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew
into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone
numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the
need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large
gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the
directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its
best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past
the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.

10. This brings me to the rising instances of fake news associated
with coronavirus. The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the
pandemic of coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the
disease. Instances of such fake news include
– That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has
been commandeered for a top government official
– That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on
Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
– That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator.
Fake. Fake. Fake. It’s all fake news.

11. A section of the traditional media has also been engaging in
scaremongering and irresponsible reporting on the disease. It is wrong
to speculate on those who are positive or negative for coronavirus
without any empirical information. In any case, being positive to
coronavirus is not a death sentence, as we can see around the world.
There is no need for the kind of scaremongering we are seeing in a
section of the
media. The danger is that this scaremongering can even discourage some
who may want to come forward for testing. We therefore wish to appeal
to the media to be more circumspect in their reporting.

12. Gentlemen, we have noted the decision of at least five domestic
airlines – Air Peace, Aero and Azman, Dana and Arik – to suspend their flight
operations. The suspension is a boost for the efforts of the
government to check the spread of the pandemic. Some of the airlines have also
announced one form of support or another for the government’s efforts
to tackle the
pandemic. This is very commendable. We are aware of more private sector support
to the FG and will be announcing this after full compilation. We seek
the support and
cooperation of more capable individuals and organizations in order to
defeat this pandemic.

13. Finally, we appeal to Nigerians not to panic. It is said that
panic is our greatest enemy. The Federal Government is determined to
work with the good people of Nigeria to defeat Covid-19. And defeat
the disease we will.

14. I thank you, gentlemen, for your kind attention. I will now take
your questions

Boss Mustapha, Lai Mohammed, Others Visit Abba Kyari’s Office Amid COVID-19 Speculations

 

Members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 including the Secretary-General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday visited the Presidential Villa and the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

This is amid unconfirmed reports that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, tested positive to the Coronavirus.

The team however declined to answer questions on the status of the Chief of Staff or the President.

Presidential task force on COVID-19 at the presidential villa on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

 

None of the members would also confirm if there will be a briefing in respect of the two cases.

However multiple sources within the villa speculate that indeed the Chief of Staff tested positive.

No one has however given an official confirmation or explanation.

 

 

COVID-19: Nigerians Must Brace Up For Tougher Measures – Lai Mohammed

 

The Federal Government is urging Nigerians to brace up for tougher measures in the efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the minister for information and culture, Alhaji lai Mohammed says the government is prepared to take necessary measures for contact tracing.

At the media briefing, Alhaji Mohammed said the Federal Government may be forced to employ the services of security operatives to trace contacts.

He urged people who just returned to the country to willingly submit themselves for proper check and contact tracing.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Records First COVID-19 Death

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday via its verified Twitter handle that a first COVID-19 death has been recorded.

According to the disease control agency, the case was a 67-year-old male who returned home following medical treatment in the UK.

He had underlying medical conditions- multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Total cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria has risen to 36, active cases are 33, two persons have been discharged and the death toll remains one.

Coronavirus: Don’t Fall For Fake News, Lai Mohammed Tells Nigerians

 

The Federal Government is asking Nigerians not to fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes news and disinformation on social media over the new case of Coronavirus recorded in the country.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday.

Channels Television reported on Friday that the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed that an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria just returned from Milan on the 25th of February 2020 with the virus and is in stable conditions.

According to Mr Mohammed, a partnership with social networking site, Facebook, has been reached to help check the spread of fake news on the COVID 19.

“We know that at times like this, purveyors of fake news and disinformation usually ramp up their acts. We are therefore urging Nigerians not to fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes news and disinformation.

“Fortunately, Facebook is working with us in this regard. They have asked Nigerians to report any false or misleading report on Facebook and Instagram pages so they can immediately bring them down.

“They have also assured us that they are taking preemptive action to remove any false or harmful messages about this epidemic and public health in Nigeria 24/7,” he stated.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Presidency Not Being Alive To Its Responsibilities – PDP

The minister added that media agencies have been mandated to take up the responsibility of enlightenment and up-to-date reports on the efforts made by health authorities in the country.

“Media agencies of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, like the NTA, FRCN, NAN, and VON, have been directed to intensify their ongoing sensitization and enlightenment campaigns to arm Nigerians with the necessary information to stay well.”

He added that Features on the disease (prevention, treatment, etc.) are also being written and disseminated.

The Minister, therefore, appealed to all Nigerians not to panic, as the Government is well-equipped to detect and handle any possible case or cases.

Boko Haram Attacking Christians To Stir Religious War

 

The Minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that Boko Haram has been attacking Christians lately in a bid to stir a religious war between the two major religious groups in Nigeria. 

Mr Lai Mohammed said this while addressing a news conference on the state of insecurity in the country.

According to Mr Mohammed, the Boko Haram sect has changed its strategies by attacking Christians.

He stressed that the insurgents delude themselves as Muslims and cause discord between the two good religions.

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As far as the minister is concerned, this tactic of targeting Christians is a strategy to remain relevant.

Mr Mohammed appealed to Nigerians not to allow the insurgents to cause discord amongst them, urging all Nigerians to join and support the military in the fight against insurgency.

He assured Nigerians that the “renewed vigour” by the military in the war against the insurgents “is paying off handsomely.”

Recently, the Boko Haram sect killed Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa state, and Ropvil Dalep, a student of the University of Maiduguri and a member of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN).

The two killings are the latest in a series of attacks perceived to be targeting Christians within the northern region.

VIDEO: Buhari Will Not Resign Over Security Challenges – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, addressing reporters in Abuja on February 20, 2020.

 

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari will not resign over the security challenges in the country.

He stated this while addressing a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“To those asking Mr President to resign, I wish to say this very clearly; Mr President will not resign.

“He has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure on May 29, 2023,” Mohammed told reporters.

According to him, the nation is currently going through security challenges, but the government is already making efforts to tackle the problems.

 

The minister stressed that President Buhari’s mandate won’t expire until 2023, and the President has every intention to see out his contract with Nigerians.

He, however, warned political and religious leaders in the country against making comments capable of causing division among the people.

Mohammed advised them to join the government in finding solutions to the security challenges and other problems in the country.

He also stated that the Federal Government would not go back on its plan to regulate social media.

“The country is facing security challenges and the challenges are being tackled headlong. Those calling for the resignation of the President, I want to advise all commentators, especially political and religious leaders to be very careful not to aggravate the situation with incendiary comments,” the minister said.

He added, “The kind of comments that have been attributed to some leaders recently, especially religious leaders are incendiary and reckless.

“Leaders should be part of the solution to problems rather than aggravating situations.”