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COVID-19 reverses 12-year gains in global anti-tuberculosis fight –UN agency

… says TB diagnosis, treatment drop by 20% worldwide Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed aside tuberculosis outreach and services, resulting in a 20 per cent drop in TB diagnosis and treatment worldwide. This is the alarming news raised by Stop TB Partnership, a United Nations entity based in Geneva, Switzerland. The entity, with...

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Seven ways to cope with fatigue of virtual meetings

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 per cent of workers in the United States worked remotely. By December 2020, a year after the pandemic started, the number had risen to 71 per cent, according to a survey by Pew Research Centre. Countries such as Nigeria may not readily have data to show the number of...

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Politics

Afenifere: Fresh task before nonagenarian leader

With the emergence of Chief Ayo Adebanjo as the leader of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, JESUSEGUN ALAGBE examines the challenges before the nonagenarian at a time the South-West is bedevilled by rising insecurity, particularly criminal herdsmen attacks Rising from a meeting after 23 years of its founding, the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, on Tuesday...

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Nigerians, others react as WhatsApp, Instagram suffer 45-min global outage

Facebook-owned social networking platforms, WhatsApp and Instagram, were down in several countries, including Nigeria, on Friday evening, with users reporting they were unable to send messages or log in to the platforms. Website monitoring site, Down Detector, reported a spike in outage reports for both platforms starting from around 6.30 pm. Some users also reported...

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How bad roads, deadly potholes serve as gateways to kidnappers’ dens

Those who love their lives should avoid the Akure-Oyo Expressway for now” was Gbenga Ibikunle’s admonition as he recounted how he and his wife were kidnapped along the route sometime in January this year The experience has become traumatic for the 47-year-old and his family. Gbenga and his family travelled to his wife’s hometown in...

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If I were Buhari, I’d sack defence minister – Retired Gen. Williams

A former Chairman of Transparency International Nigeria, Major General Ishola Williams (retd.), shares with JESUSEGUN ALAGBE his views on calls for either the resignation or impeachment of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), due to the lingering security challenges across the country To say that Nigeria is battling with widespread insecurity is to state […] Read Full Story

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If I were Buhari, I’d sack defence minister – Retired Gen. Williams

A former Chairman of Transparency International Nigeria, Major General Ishola Williams (retd.), shares with JESUSEGUN ALAGBE his views on calls for either the resignation or impeachment of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), due to the lingering security challenges across the country To say that Nigeria is battling with widespread insecurity is to state […] Read Full Story

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Bandits are insurgents, you can’t placate them with amnesty –Ekhomu, security analyst

The President of the Association of Industrial Security Operators of Nigeria, Dr Ona Ekhomu, says bandits are ‘independent entrepreneurs.’ He tells JESUSEGUN ALAGBE why amnesty should not be offered to them It looks like bandits are in charge of the country right now. Do you think the government is doing enough to handle the situation? […] Read Full Story

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ICYMI: Ganduje’s proposal a political gimmick —Saleh, National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore

The National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Mr Alhassan Saleh, tells JESUSEGUN ALAGBE why he thinks Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is wrong for asking the Federal Government to make a law banning herders from moving their cattle from the north to the south to end the herders-farmers crisis Recently, the Kano State Governor […] Read Full Story

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Kano gov’s call ‘ll end herders’ terrorism — Odumakin, Afenifere spokesperson

The spokesperson for the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, tells JESUSEGUN ALAGBE that nothing stops southerners from rearing cattle and that Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s proposal for a law banning herders from grazing their cattle in south is a welcome development Recently, the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said there should be […] Read Full Story

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Should Afenifere support agitation for Oduduwa Republic, that’s Nigeria’s end –Abagun Omololu, Afenifere National Organising Secretary

. There are many Sunday Igbohos ready to defend Yorubaland The National Organising Secretary of Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Abagun Kole Omololu, speaks with JESUSEGUN ALAGBE on a myriad of issues in the polity, including insecurity, restructuring, agitation for the Oduduwa Republic, and the race for 2023 One of the issues on the front burner […] Read Full Story

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Ganduje’s proposal a political gimmick —Saleh, National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore

The National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Mr Alhassan Saleh, tells JESUSEGUN ALAGBE why he thinks Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is wrong for asking the Federal Government to make a law banning herders from moving their cattle from the north to the south to end the herders-farmers crisis Recently, the Kano State Governor […] Read Full Story

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Business

ICYMI: CBN anti-cryptocurrency policy threatens jobs, experts warn

​Jesusegun Alagbe and Tobi Aworinde Following the Central Bank of Nigeria directive to banks and other financial institutions on Friday ordering the closure of all accounts operating cryptocurrency exchanges, some experts in cryptocurrency trading have raised the alarm over its economic impact. The Blockchain Solutions Architect, Sterling Bank, Mr Charles OkaforMbah, in an interview with […] Read Full Story

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CBN anti-cryptocurrency policy threatens jobs, experts warn

​Jesusegun Alagbe and Tobi Aworinde Following the Central Bank of Nigeria directive to banks and other financial institutions on Friday ordering the closure of all accounts operating cryptocurrency exchanges, some experts in cryptocurrency trading have raised the alarm over its economic impact. The Blockchain Solutions Architect, Sterling Bank, Mr Charles OkaforMbah, in an interview with […] Read Full Story