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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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#EndSARS: Why The Barbarians Want War, By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi – The Maravi Post

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By October 20th, the #LekkiMassacre and such other bloodlettings to halt the greatest Youth movement ever in the history of Nigeria, will be a year old. The same vampires who committed such murderous atrocities never learnt from the Post-#EndSARS violent reactions from the mass of people which torpido the state Armed Forces and their barracks while sending grand shitting assaults into the spines of our thieving crude rulers who have hitterto acted like monsters forcing their crude and destructive anti-people ideas on the people from North to South. 



SARS has been ordered back just last month, while non of the governors nor federal government is ready to implement the drastic reports from the panels of enquiries. This is so that the panels were only meant to douse the tensions in the first place. But the #EndSARS youths never falter as to the 5for5 demands and took the state unawares by storming the different panels all over the states to tell it to the barbarians what it’s brutality has actually caused in terms of blood and mud.  

Already, the shocker produced by the so-called “Lazy Youths” by uniting and fighting in millions with strategic and feasible organizing that broke the camels’ backs and shook the world to its brims, is yet an awesome momentum which our wicked rulers never imagined in their dreams. President Buhari raised this as much when he opened on June 11, 2021 that the “#EndSARS youths wanted to remove me!” Buhari and his likes of war mongers saw the people’s war and were shittingin their horrible pants. In Lagos, the famous fascist Ahmed Bola Tinubu ran off his Bordillon fortress and had to assert even while obviously shaking ghastly that- “I still remain the Asiwaju!” 

Who would wait when the youths and people are united?! 

No one! This is why we are calling on all the youths and working people especially those being daily ravaged by mass violence by Buhari’s terrorist allies in Boko Haram and ISWAP in the whole of the North. It is time for all the oppressed to drop whatever is dividing us and unite to finish off our detractors everywhere. It is very clear that neither the Northern oligarchy nor the Southern misrulers stand for the people. It is clear that the Norther rogues are only interested in stealing the North and it’s resources dry instead of defeating the quantum of insecurities. For in the insecurities, they find primitive accumulation. This is why Buhari is never interested in prosecuting nor probing the sponsors of Boko Haram and ISWAP even if a quarter of his home state Katsina has been overridden by the terrorists. Same is why Governors Tambuwal and the rest never mind even if Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano and the rest are ceded to bandits. For Ganduje and others, the dollars in millions stuffing their wallets and danshiki is what matters. 

Towards October 20th, youths and working people need to rise to demand Food, Security, and Justice. Nothing is working. But the rulers keep formenting killer policies that would deepen the rots. They keep stealing, destroying and prefer the country to perish. In short, with their experiences of the Boko Haram/ISWAP/Bandits war; our ruining class actually want war. They now understand how to manage a war economy. In the North today, the war affects the people only. Most governors rule from Abuja or diaspora and cash out in billions. This is why they would never do all the things necessary to stop the war. 

In all, the lesson is that there are only two choices before us. From Biafra to the North East, the rulers wants the yam-pepper-scatter-scatter! But we all have to stop this. We have to advance what we did during October last year. This time, youths and workers in the North must join so the war in the North can stop. This is why the protests in Sokoto should move simultaneously around the whole of the North. 

One also have to urge youths and workers in the South to drop all egos and anger and squarely understand the need for the solidarity with the North and vice versa. The time has come for us all to choose between #RevolutionNow and war!

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