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Agric Ministry says no apologies for construction of N30m mosque in Borno

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has stated that the approval for the construction of a Friday mosque in Borno was to meet the demand of a displaced community.

According to the MinistryIn leaked memo, Nigeria’s Minister of Agric caught approving money to build mosque, the centre was for a community of livestock farmers displaced by Boko Haram insurgents and were being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa Local Government Area of Borno.

Reports had emerged earlier of a leaked memo which showed that the ministry gave approval for construction of the said mosque.

The Director of Information in the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the ministry’s memo approving N30 million for the construction of a Friday mosque is an official document available for public scrutiny and review.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an online publication by a newspaper alleging that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has come under fire on social media following a leaked memo conveying the approval of N30m for the construction of a Friday mosque with taxpayers’ fund.

“In addition, a government official memo, dated December 10, 2020, with ref. No. FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1 stating that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract, was displayed on the platform.

“To put the facts straight, the memo is authentic and appropriate in all ramifications.


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“It is original and was issued by the Ministry for the construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa local government, Borno.

“Apart from the mosque, other common facilities provided for the livestock farmers in the community include Solar Powered Boreholes with Overhead Tanks and Drinking Troughs for their cattle and small ruminants.

“(Others are) Water Harvesting Structures, Milk Collection Center, Resettlement Abode as well as other infrastructure to properly settle and rehabilitate the displaced livestock farmers.

“The construction of the mosque was a Special Request from the community through the Borno State Government to avoid moving too far from the settlement areas for prayers and also to ensure their safety and contact with the insurgents.

“The Memo is an official document and it is available for public scrutiny and review. It is, therefore, unfortunate for anyone to presume that the memo leaked.

“The Ministry is in no way perturbed about the matter because it received appropriate approval, carried out a due needs assessment, and ensured due process in the execution of the project.

“It is advised that in future, due diligence and restraint should be observed by our media friends before the publication of this nature, meant for public good and security, are issued to avoid raising false alarm and creating unnecessary rancour in the public space which may lead to overheating of the polity,” he said.

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WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins, prevent future pandemics – The Maravi Post

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The proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) were selected for their expertise in areas such as epidemiology, animal health, clinical medicine, virology and genomics.  

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the news during his regular briefing from Geneva. 

“SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2,” he said. 

“The emergence of new viruses with the potential to spark epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature, and while SARS-CoV-2 is the latest such virus, it will not be the last.” 

Next ‘Disease X’ 

The 26 scientists come from several countries, and were selected from over 700 applications following a global call. 

A two-week public consultation period will take place for WHO to receive feedback on the proposed SAGO members. 

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, said the world must be better prepared for any future “Disease X”. 

Responding to a journalist’s question, she anticipated that SAGO will recommend further studies in China, and potentially elsewhere, to understand the origins of the new coronavirus

While SAGO will advise WHO, any future missions will be organized by the UN agency and the country in question. 

“I want to make it very clear that the SAGO is not the next mission team. There’s been some misrepresentation about that going forward,” she said.

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COVID-19 deaths at lowest level in nearly a year, WHO reports – The Maravi Post

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Agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported that the death toll from the disease is now at its lowest level in almost a year. 

“But it’s still an unacceptably high level – almost 50,000 deaths a week, and the real number is certainly higher,” he said, speaking during the regular WHO briefing from Geneva. 

“Deaths are declining in every region except Europe, where several countries are facing fresh waves of cases and deaths.  And of course, deaths are highest in the countries and populations with the least access to vaccines.” 

Tedros appealed for global cooperation. “Countries that continue to roll out boosters now are effectively preventing other countries from vaccinating their most at-risk populations,” he said. 

Missing the mark 

As of Wednesday, there were more than 238 million COVID-19 cases worldwide, and more than 4.8 million deaths. 

WHO had previously pushed governments to vaccinate 10 per cent of their populations by the end of September, a target which 56 nations missed, most of them in Africa. 

Tedros said even more countries are at risk of missing the 40 per cent target to be achieved by the end of the year.  Three countries – Burundi, Eritrea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – have yet to start vaccinations. 

 “About half of the remaining countries are constrained by supply. They have a vaccination programme underway, but don’t have enough supply to accelerate enough to reach the target,” he said. 

Tedros urged countries and companies that control global vaccine supply to prioritize distribution to the COVAX solidarity initiative and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT). 

Meanwhile, WHO and partners are working with other countries, such as those affected by fragility or conflict, to strengthen technical and logistical capacity for vaccine rollout. 

“With aggressive and ambitious action, most of these countries can still reach the 40% target by the end of this year, or be on a clear pathway to reaching it.” 

Crisis in Tigray 

Tedros also addressed the escalating crisis in northern Ethiopia, where a nearly year-long war in the Tigray region has left up to seven million people in urgent need for food and other assistance. 

The conflict has spilled over into neighbouring Afar and Amhara, further increasing needs and complicating response efforts. Aid is not reaching the area “at anywhere close to the levels needed”, he said, and communications, electricity, other basis services remain cut off. 

WHO and partners are calling for unfettered access to the affected regions, as the lives of millions of people are at stake, Tedros told journalists. 

“People with chronic illnesses are dying due to lack of both food and medicine. Nearly 200,000 children have gone without critical vaccinations,” he said   

“When people do not have enough food, they are more susceptible to deadly diseases, as well as the threat of starvation, and that’s what we’re now seeing in Tigray.”

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Pastor RUGA Osinbajo: Where’s Your Conscience? Where’s Your God? By Bayo Oluwasanmi – The Maravi Post

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In a scathing indictment of Pastor RUGA Osinbajo, activist Omoyele Sowore described Osinbajo “as dangerous as his principal, Buhari.”

On Monday, Sowore reacted to what Pastor RUGA told top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in Britain during an interactive session. “I have said it several times that @ProfOsinbajo is as dangerous as his principal, @MBuhari!” “They plot all the evils afflicting this country together.” “He’s in on every action of the regime. Because Muhammadu Buhari’s deceiving the Bozo that he plans to hand over power to him, he’s blabbing up and down. Buhari remains one of Nigeria’s most unpopular rulers ever! Buhari has no iota of credibility both as a human being or a ‘leader.’ Shame on miniman OSINBAJO. #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo



Pastor RUGA: “The President is possibly the most popular Nigerian politician we ever had in generations. He is possibly the only person who can go into a place or somewhere without bossing people to gather and they will come and listen to him speak. We need that level of credibility to be able to solve problems in our country. And I think because of his level of credibility, despite everything, he is still the only one that can call everyone, and even people who do not necessarily agree with him know that he is a man of his words.”

We all know Buhari, The Butcher of Aso Rock, has no ounce of credibility. We all know he’s not a man of his words. We all know he is too dumb, too deaf, too unintelligent to converse, interact, relate, and communicate with people. We all know he is the worst and the most unpopular Nigerian politician we ever had. We all know he’s not out to solve Nigerians problems but rather set the country on collision course via his policies of nepotism, ethnic cleansing, and his open sponsorship of Boko Haram and Fulani terrorists. We all know his agenda is to Islamize Nigeria, make Nigeria a Fulani country strictly governed by Sharia and draconian Islamic culture. 

It was Thomas Aquinas who said “The conscience is the God-given voice that either accuses or excuses us in terms of what we do.” Here is the supreme irony and tragedy of Pastor RUGA as a lawyer and a pastor. The more he lies, the greater the guilt he incurs. But the less sensitive he becomes to the pangs of guilt in his conscience. Pastor RUGA lies so much that he has destroyed his conscience and to the extent that it doesn’t matter when and how he lies as long as he makes him look good for the moment and for his dictator boss. His sense of guilt that accompanies wrongdoing diminishes every time he oozes out a bagful of lies. Because Pastor RUGA embedded himself in lies, it is no surprise that he joins Buhari to unleash evils on Nigerians. 

Proverbs 12:22 reminds us that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Because Pastor RUGA has destroyed his conscience, he’s doing everything in his power to destroy the conscience of others. As a pastor without conscience, sing praises of Buhari by making proclamations like “Buhari is the most popular politician of our generation.” Pastor RUGA adjusts his conscience to fit the political culture. He tries everything in his power to excuse and defends Buhari: “… he’s a man of his words.” Pastor RUGA is a disgrace to the law profession and to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

As a pastor, we expect his conscience to have been captured by the word of God. Instead his conscience has been held captive by lies, greed, corruption, dishonesty, and other predatory instincts. Pastor RUGA Osinbajo, where’s your conscience? Where’s your God?

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