We Can Totally Relate to these Posts about 2020 Ruining People’s Plans

Look, guys, we even shared our 2020 plans with you guys. We had such lofty hopes! And now? Well, we’re pushing it!
And we’re not the only ones. Looks like 2020 and the coronavirus came and swept away major plans people had.
People wanted to travel. They were going to throw the biggest wedding and birthday parties. They wanted to move countries, start new jobs.
And now everything is on hold.
So how best to let out that frustration? By posting memes on social media, of course.
Best part is the memes are hilarious, so we can laugh and cry at the same time.

My plans: 2020: pic.twitter.com/zo0zrUWU33
— Andy (@AndyAMD_) May 18, 2020

my plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/OAxrkWMDi7
— Triple Threat (@Queerxoxox) May 18, 2020

My plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/rfMq83VcA2
— Jude (@judeblay) May 19, 2020

My plans / 2020 pic.twitter.com/VnX3mDOcgx
— k-bye (@EdwardRiot) May 20, 2020

My plans 2020 2020 pic.twitter.com/5cMcGCZUQ3
— Don’t Worry About It Sweetheart (@BkJay_Early) May 19, 2020

My plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/r3esnuIRVY
— Steadman (@AsteadWesley) May 19, 2020

my plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/qLK8wmOqWC
— stan of cleves (@alex_abads) May 18, 2020

The child represents my plans for 2020 and the monkey on the motorbike represents 2020… https://t.co/AkV41JVedQ
— Darryl Harrison Ford II (@darrylford) May 4, 2020

How all my plans over past years have been successful executed until I entered 2020. https://t.co/Gjh0xkqILj
— 𝑴𝒖𝒚𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝑯𝒂𝒚𝒌𝒂𝒚 (@FortunateMuyi) April 19, 2020

My Plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/UzHyUgj9Ws
— Jeff Harvey (@JTHMovement) May 20, 2020

My plans: 2020: pic.twitter.com/9ATp7PeadV
— Edward L Dark (@edwardLdark) May 20, 2020

My plans. 2020. pic.twitter.com/KFeFOJMC2G
— deandre (@dmjhtx) May 20, 2020

My plans 2020 pic.twitter.com/PrhZD21lsh
— Frankie Shoot The J (@ishowb0at) May 20, 2020

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Segun Arinze, Ali Baba, 2face’s Manager And Others Get Federal Appointment

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has confirmed political appointment given to some actors and musicians following the set up of a committee of industry stakeholders to advise FG on the best way to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the creative industry.
Mohammed while speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON announced the appointed members of the committee, noting that the industry needs a collective and government-supported approach in dealing with the immediate, short and long term solutions to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on the sector.
He said that the Government has decided to set up the committee made up of industry stakeholders to look into the best way to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on the industry.
The Minister said the committee will be assessing the expected impact of the pandemic on the industry in general.
It will advise the Government on how to mitigate job and revenue losses in the sector as well as to create succour for the industry small businesses
The committee will also suggest the type of taxation and financing that is best for the industry at this time to encourage growth.
They are expected to advise the Government on any other measure or measures that can be undertaken to support the industry.
Accordingly, the minister named members of the committee to include;
Ali Baba – Comedy, Film, and TV (Chairman); Bolanle Austen Peters – Film and Performing Arts (TerraKulture); Charles Novia – Television and Independent Producer(TeenTV); Segun Arinze- Actor and Producer; Ali Jita – Actor and Musician; Baba Agba – Film Director (BCI Studios); Kene Okwuosa – Cinema and Distribution (Filmhouse); Efe Omoregbe – Record labels and Collective rights management (Hypertek/Now Muzik); Prince Daniel Aboki – Radio and Film (CoolFM/WaZoBia); Chioma Ude – Streaming (Envivo); Olumade Adesemowo – Television and Platform (FreeTV); Dare Art Alade – Livespot Entertainment; Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim – Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON); Anita Eboigbe – News Agency of Nigeria (Secretary)
He added, “We are still expecting the representatives of the Fashion, Publishing, Photography as well as Hospitality and Travel sectors
“The Committee has four weeks from today to submit its report.”

“The Chronicle” by Toka McBaror is all About Spreading Awareness on Coronavirus | Watch

In an effort to spread awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, Award-winning director, Toka McBaror has released a new short film titled “The Chronicle” which details the story of a lab scientist who was caught in the midst of compassion and duty.
According to the director, “Coronavirus has changed the way we see the world. It has changed how we relate to one another and we sincerely hope it comes to an end soon.”
The movie stars Joe Jnr Otse, Bonny Davies, Gadaffi Mu’Azu, Papasam Obadan, Deborah Yusuf and others.
Watch the movie below:

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President Buhari orders Gradual Ease of Lockdown in Lagos, Ogun & FCT with Compulsory Curfew | Read Full Statement

After one full month of total lockdown in Lagos State, Ogun State, and FCT, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the ongoing lockdown and restriction on movement will be gradually eased starting on May 2, 9 AM.
In the statement shared via President Buhari’s official Twitter, he commended Nigerians for the resilience and patriotism shown in the collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation.
The president also ordered the imposition of 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 am curfew in those places while also saying that selected businesses and offices can open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Read his full statement below:
MONDAY, 27th APRIL, 2020
1. Fellow Nigerians
2. I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation.
3. As of yesterday, 26th April 2020, some three million confirmed cases of COVID nineteen have been recorded globally with about nine hundred thousand recoveries. Unfortunately, some two hundred thousand people have also died passed away as a result of this pandemic.
4. The health systems and economies of many nations continue to struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Nigeria continues to adopt and adapt to these new global realities on a daily basis. This evening, I will present the facts as they are and explain our plans for the coming month knowing fully aware that some key variables and assumptions may change in the coming days or weeks.
6. Exactly two weeks ago, there were three hundred and twenty-three confirmed cases in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
7. As of this morning, Nigeria has recorded one thousand two hundred and seventy-three cases across 32 States and the FCT. Unfortunately, these cases includes 40 deaths fatalities.
8. I will use using this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the families of all Nigerians that have lost their lives loved ones as a result of the COVID nineteen Pandemic. This is our collective loss and we share in your grief.
9. Initial models predicted that Nigeria will record an estimated two thousand confirmed cases in the first month after the index case.
10. This means that despite the drastic increase in the number of confirmed cases recorded in the past two weeks, the measures we have put in place thus far have yielded positive outcomes against the projections.
11. The proportion of cases imported from other countries has reduced to only 19% of new cases, showing that our border closures yielded positive results. These are mostly fellow Nigerians returning through our land borders. We will continue to enforce land border arrival protocols as part of the containment strategy.
12. Today, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has accredited 15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate capacity to undertake 2,500 tests per day across the country.
13. Based on your feedback, Lagos the State Government, and the FCT with support from NCDC is have established several sample collection centers in Lagos and the FCT. They are also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to further increase the number of tests they can perform including the accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the accreditation criteria.
14. Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centers have been operationalized across the country thereby increasing bed capacity to about three thousand. At this point, I will commend the State Governors for the activation of State-level Emergency Operation Centres, the establishment of new treatment centers, and the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.
15. Over ten thousand healthcare workers have been trained. For their protection, additional personal protective equipment has been distributed to all the states. Although we have experienced logistical challenges, we remain committed to establishing a solid supply chain process to ensure these heroic professionals are can work safely and are properly equipped.
16. In keeping with our Government’s promise to improve the welfare of healthcare workers, we have signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations. We have also procured insurance cover for five thousand frontline health workers. At this point, I must commend the insurance sector for their support in achieving this within a short period of time.
17. Nigeria has also continued to receive support from the international community, multilateral agencies, the private sector, and public-spirited individuals. This support has ensured that critical lifesaving equipment and materials, which have become scarce globally, are available for Nigeria through original equipment manufacturers and government-to-government processes.
18. The distribution and expansion of palliatives which I directed in my earlier broadcast are still ongoing in a transparent manner. I am mindful of the seeming frustration being faced by expectant citizens. I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine-tune our logistical and distribution processes working with the State Governments.
18.19. I have directed the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions to make further plans and provisions for financial stimulus packages for small and medium scale enterprises. We recognize the critical role that they play in Nigeria’s economy.
19.20. Our Security Agencies continue to rise to the challenge posed by this unusual situation. While we feel deeply concerned about isolated security incidents involving hoodlums and miscreants, I want to assure all Nigerians that your safety and security remain our primary concern, especially in these exceedingly difficult and uncertain times. As we focus on protecting lives and properties, we will not tolerate any human rights abuses by our security agencies. The few reported incidences are regrettable, and I want to assure you that the culprits will be brought to justice.
20. I urge all Nigerians to continue to cooperate and show understanding whenever they encounter security agents. Furthermore, for their protection, I have instructed the personnel of the security agencies to be provided with the necessary personal protective equipment for their own protection.
21. As we continue to streamline our response in the epicenters of Lagos and the FCT, I remain am concerned about the unfortunate developments in Kano in recent days. Although an in-depth investigation is still ongoing, we have decided to deploy additional Federal Government human, material, and technical resources to strengthen and support the State Government’s efforts. We will commence implementation immediately.
22. In Kano, and indeed many other States that are recording new cases, preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from interstate travel and emerging community transmission.
23. Drawing from these, I implore all Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. These include regular hand washing, social physical distancing, wearing of face masks/coverings in public, avoidance of non-essential movement and travels, and avoidance of large gatherings remain paramount.
24. Fellow Nigerians, for the past four weeks, most parts of our country have been under either the Federal Government or State Government lockdowns. As I mentioned earlier, these steps were necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of COVID nineteen in Nigeria.
25. However, such lockdowns have also come at a very heavy economic cost. Many of our citizens have lost their means of livelihood. Many businesses have also shut down. No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines or cures.
26. In my last address, I mentioned the Federal Government will develop strategies and policies that will protect lives while preserving livelihoods.
27. In these two weeks, the Federal and State Governments have jointly and collaboratively worked hard on this how to balance the need to protect health while also preserving livelihoods, leveraging global best practice while keeping in mind our peculiar circumstances.
28. We looked assessed how our factories, markets, traders, and transporters can continue to function while at the same time respecting adhering to the NCDC guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.
29. We assessed how our children can continue to learn without compromising their health.
30. We reviewed how our farmers can safely plant and harvest in this rainy season to ensure our food security is not compromised. Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport food items from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and ultimately, to the key consumption centers.
31. Our goal was to develop implementable policies that will ensure our economy continues to function while still maintaining our aggressive response to the COVID nineteen pandemic. These same difficult decisions are being faced by leaders around the world.
32. Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID nineteen, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9 am.
33. However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.
34. The highlights of the new nationwide measures are as follows;
a. Selected businesses and offices can open from 9 am to 6 pm;
b. There will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. This means all movements are will be prohibited during this period except essential services;
c. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice;
d. There will be Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed to allow for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers, and
e. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gathers shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organizations, and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
35. For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos & Ogun States shall subsist remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9 am.
36. The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector-specific details and timing guidelines to allow for preparations by Governments, businesses, and institutions.
37. The above are guidelines. State Governors may choose to amend adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above on public health and hygiene.
38.  These revised guidelines do not apply to Kano State. The total lockdown recently announced by the State Government shall remain enforced be enforced for the full duration. The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material, and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic.
39. I wish to once again commend the frontline workers across the country who, on a daily basis, risk everything to ensure we win this fight. For those who got infected in the line of duty, be rest assured that Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during this exceedingly difficult period. I will also take this opportunity to assure you all that your safety, wellbeing, and welfare remains paramount to our Government.
40. I will also recognize the support we have received from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, and other prominent religious and community leaders. Your cooperation and support have significantly contributed to the successes we have recorded to date. I will urge you all to please continue to create awareness on the seriousness of coronavirus among your worshippers and communities while appealing that they strictly comply with public health advisories.
41. I will also thank the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Presidential Task Force for all their hard work to date. Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable.
42. I also wish to thank corporate organizations, philanthropists, the UN family, the European Union, friendly nations, the media, and other partners that have taken up the responsibility of supporting our response.
43. And finally, I will thank all Nigerians again for your patience and cooperation during this difficult and challenging period. I assure you that the government shall continue to take all necessary measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and residents.
44. I thank you for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
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COVID-19: Governor Ayade Warns FG Not To Extend Lockdown, Reveals Why

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has warned the federal government not to extend the lockdown already in place in the country meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Ayade while speaking in Calabar, the Cross River State capital said that further extension of the lockdown will give rise to uncontrollable youth restiveness, adding that it was better to lockout than lockdown.
Professor Ayade said the recruitment of 8,000 youths was targeted at avoiding social tension in view of the harsh economic impact created by COVID 19.
“With prices of oil falling, locking out is far better than locking down because another two weeks of lockdown will find this country under siege by young people. There is no way you can hold down these young energies for too long.
“It is demographic, it is statistics. Sixty-five per cent of the population is below the age of 35 and the virus itself does not have penetrative force in such demography and that is what we have to recognise as a country.”
The governor explained that the difference in climate conditions between the West and Africa was the reason the pandemic is ravaging that part of the world.
“Our demography is different from the west. Our climatic conditions are different. If you take the wind speed, the wind direction, sun intensity, radiation and the factors that govern the movement of a virus, ours is a situation that makes it difficult to spread with the speed it is spreading in the western world.
“So, our response strategy should reflect our environmental sensitivity. Maybe what COVID-19 will eventually do is to sharpen the consciousness of young people to come together.
“That will be very dangerous and so, to nip that in the bud, we have to find jobs for them because sincerely, that is the provision in the constitution. Section 14 sub-section 2 says the welfare and security of the people are the primary essence of government.”
The Cross River State Governor further disclosed that industries established by his administration will absorb the youths and get them engaged.
“I have to get the young people off the street; I need to get them engaged. I need to get them to survive and that is the essence of government.”
He explained that the urgency of the situation has forced his administration to slow down on major projects: “At this time, major projects have to slow down and we have to switch attention to the young people who for no fault of theirs are out of school.”
The governor advocated channeling donations to the COVID 19 campaign to job creation. “If you have international support of N21 billion, you have to find how to use it to create jobs and not how to use it on COVID 19 campaign because it will end one day,” he said.

Darling supports Frontline Health Workers, sets up Relief Fund To Help Small-Scale Salon Owners & Hair Stylists

Chuwuemeka Okeke (Head of Sales, GodrejNigeria), Ruth Mwangangi (Marketing Head, Hair Care, Africa), Ayodele Otujinrin (Marketing Manager, West Africa), Chitwan Singh (Business Head, West Africa, Godrej) & Prashant Chacko (Head of Marketing, Africa).
The Government-authorized lockdown of Nigeria’s commercial and political capitals along with other cities as part of the efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus commenced on March 30th, placing thousands of non-essential workers out of work, and thus, out of income. 
Some of the people most affected by this development in the hair industry are small-scale salon owners and hairstylists. In light of this, one of Nigeria’s leading hair extension brand, Darling, set-up a relief fund to help alleviate some of the economic tolls the pandemic has taken on small hairstyling businesses. The relief fund catered to five hundred hairstylists, to assist with the purchase of basic amenities. The purpose of the donation was to provide much-needed support for members of the hairstyling community who have been put out of work during this unprecedented time. 
In addition, Darling has pledged to continue supporting a select number of these small scale stylists and salon owners after the pandemic by supplying Darling hair products to several salons and stylists at no cost to help them restart their businesses.
Darling is not only supporting its immediate community; the brand is also honoring those on the frontlines of the pandemic. As the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increases, more health workers remain at work to help contain the spread of the virus. To appreciate health workers for their sacrifices and commendable work in fighting the spread of coronavirus, Darling launched kicked off a campaign online tagged ‘Darling Health Workers Salute’. Several Influencers have come on board to support the brand’s campaign by posting messages of appreciation to health workers and encouraging the public to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate them. 
To further drive the ‘Darling Health Worker Salute’ campaign, Darling is working with the Lagos State Government to provide complimentary meals for health workers at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, for a period of two weeks.
While speaking on the brand’s initiatives towards COVID-19 relief, Head of Marketing, Godrej West Africa, Ayodele Otujinrin said ‘‘it is important that we come together to support each other and collectively support our health workers who are at the frontline battling the pandemic.’’ She also added that ‘‘these initiatives are part of Darling’s Corporate Social Responsibility to improve the wellbeing of the community and a means to ensure that Nigerians thrive during this difficult time’’. 
As the coronavirus continues to spread in Nigeria, with the country’s commercial centers at the heart of the scourge, Darling commends the effort of the Government to curb the spread by enforcing strict measures to keep Nigerians safe. 
Commenting further, Ayodele expressed optimism that the pandemic will soon be a thing of the past and encouraged Nigerians to stay home and stay safe.
‘‘Although these changes have fundamentally altered the daily routines of millions of Nigerians, it is important that we follow the directives from the government to stay at home. This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time, and we will get through this.’’
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Oil Price in the US drops Below Zero & Nigerians Respond with the Most Hilarious Memes

Crude oil prices in the US plunged below zero for the very first time in history on Monday, with traders actually paying to get barrels of oil off their hands as coronavirus kills demand.
According to BBC, the demand for crude oil has reduced drastically across the world due to coronavirus lockdown which resulted in oil firms renting tankers to store the surplus supply.

Although the Brent crude price remains unchanged, Nigerians are reacting with hilarious memes to the shocking drop.
Check out their reactions below:

My ACTUAL reaction seeing oil trading at a NEGATIVE price. Chai Corona O! 😮 #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/VRtXusYkQM
— Cuppy (@cuppymusic) April 20, 2020

May oil contracts at $1 per barrel. ONE DOLLAR!!! A moment of silence for oil traders. pic.twitter.com/pssGuFKsU4
— Victor Asemota (@asemota) April 20, 2020

2020 pic.twitter.com/wCJlg7HvGP
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) April 20, 2020

https://t.co/hYVZF6R6Ez pic.twitter.com/B0Etfb3hIt
— Ovie (@OvieO) April 20, 2020

Netflix subscription is expensive than a barrel of oil in the US #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/TxEV7Z1qEA
— Ash Bilyon🏀 (@_oseinjunior) April 20, 2020

This is setback#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/6fJRK6xflJ
— Seth prex (@NwakorChidi) April 20, 2020

Gimme 2 barrels of crude oil, keep the change.#oilprice pic.twitter.com/3So2uaQRQk
— Your favourite protein 😋 (@Za_Nectar) April 20, 2020

So 1 cup of garri costs more than a barrel of crude oil?
My geography teacher must hear this😂😂😂 #OilPrice
— Joshuer | Brand Designer (@joshua_mcjosh) April 20, 2020

After spending 5years in school to study petroleum engineering then oil price dropped below 1$ per barrel
petroleum engineering student rn 👇🏽👇🏽#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/HK8geKulvy
— 🅺🅸🅽🅶 🆃🆈🆇👑 (@_teazzy_) April 20, 2020

Would it be accurate to say Oil price just kicked the bucket?#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/Eiz6OIjSdR
— The Rayo Kasali (@RayoKasali) April 20, 2020

Oil so cheap I should order 2 vessels from Jumia and have them delivered to my doorstep.
New oil baron alert!#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/MVY1rcm7oA
— The Rayo Kasali (@RayoKasali) April 20, 2020

Abi make I buy crude oil store for house, sell am when e climb again🤔🤔 #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/ukWzpJIIsq
— CZAR! YES SIR! (@chibuikemtoch01) April 20, 2020

Earlier today I heard #OilPrice is now $10 per barrel but now am seeing below $1 pic.twitter.com/JDwExodYD5
— Babs✌✌ (@officialBabs_) April 20, 2020

Me having dinner with JayZ after buying 1 dollar worth of oil and become an oil magnate 😎 #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/jMurW6HiUE
— Fine Girl (@pattyamaka_) April 20, 2020

#OilPrice drops below $1 per barrel.
Nigerian politicians pic.twitter.com/y1J1bJu0t8
— Omo kiikan 💙 (@OmoKiikan) April 20, 2020

Farming is the next way o. I sell Cutlass and Farm equipments. Make una retweet my hustle, Nigeria and other Oil producing countries will buy#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/fbDpztIFNb
— Hemmy (@Emmadidon) April 20, 2020

2020 has ruined so many years to come.#crudeoil #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/mMtAGYwqLa
— Oloye Ayo Gbadebo (@holudaray) April 20, 2020

A barrel of oil is now below $1. What a year #OilPrice pic.twitter.com/ZJx6AKOYex
— Happy 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@Diinmah) April 20, 2020

As Crude don turn negative, Nigeria Budget atm!#COVID19#lockdown#OilPrice pic.twitter.com/T0wcuySQpw
— Duke Joan Sean ™ (@Duke_Joansean) April 20, 2020

So I can now buy 200 barrels of oil for the price of one bottle of anointing Oil now
— EK (@Twickta) April 20, 2020

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Abba Kyari dies after Testing Positive to Coronavirus

Abba Kyari
The Chief of Staff of President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has passed.
The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed the news on his Twitter, writing:
Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.

Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) April 17, 2020

Abba Kyari had back in March gone into self isolation after testing positive for the virus, and little has been heard about him since then.
Twitter users have since the breaking of the news been commiserating, wishing him a peaceful rest.
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FCT Discharges Nine More Coronavirus Patients (Read Details)

Federal Capital Territory FCT minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has announced the discharge of nine people who had been on treatment for Covid-19 at different Isolation Centres in Abuja.
He tweeted:-
Dear FCT residents,
I am delighted to announce the discharge of additional nine (9) #COVID19 patients in the FCT after they tested negative. They have now returned to their homes.
The total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now 20 as at 5:50am, April 15th, 2020.
Out of the nine (9) newly discharged, two (2) were treated at the National Hospital Isolation & Treatment Centre while the other seven (7) were treated at the UniAbuja Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre, Gwagwalada
I urge FCT residents to adhere to all safety measures. #StaySafe

Melinda Gates teams up with Peter Piot, Maisie Williams & Uche Pedro to call for Global & Inclusive Response to COVID-19

Philanthropist Melinda Gates and leading virologist Peter Piot joined forces with football star Mario Götze and Nigerian entrepreneur Uche Pedro to call for a solidarity pledge to protect the most vulnerable amidst the pandemic.
These past few weeks have been overwhelming. Having to stay home, work from home, and ensuring we are well physically and mentally.
We are struggling to stop this pandemic, with millions confirmed ill, simply because we don’t yet have sufficient diagnostic tests, proven treatments, or a vaccination against the novel coronavirus. It’s unclear which country or company will develop the most successful treatment or—most effective of all—a vaccine. But it’s clear that there will be unprecedented global demand for these as soon as they become available.
Countries have bidded against each other for vital tools, and health workers everywhere have been forced to improvise or go without. Unfortunately, the fight against coronavirus in many lower- and middle-income countries is only just beginning. It’s important to act now, to ensure equal access to the vaccines currently under development.
And you can help.
You too can step up and use your voice to support this call to action.
We demand that health workers must be given priority access, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay, followed closely by other vulnerable populations: the elderly, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and individuals who live in places where physical distancing is simply not an option, like refugee camps.
Melinda Gates, speaking about the solidarity pledge, said:
By reminding us that we are all part of one global community, the COVID-19 pandemic has also called us to action. We must answer this global threat with a truly global response, one that brings the whole world together to ensure that equipment, drugs, and vaccines are developed and distributed equitably. Our success depends on solidarity.
Here’s How to Participate:
Post a statement on your Instagram page, Twitter, YouTube or TikTok, sharing your personal motivation on why it is important for the government to ensure the vaccine is made available to everyone especially the vulnerable.
Use this solidarity pledge in your caption:We are struggling to stop this pandemic because we don’t yet have sufficient tests, proven treatments, or a vaccination against the coronavirus. This virus affects us all; it doesn’t respect borders. We are connected in our fight against this disease, and I believe our common humanity must shine through in our response. I believe in helping those who need it most. Whether it’s masks or ventilators now, or treatments and vaccines in the future, health workers and the most vulnerable must be given priority access—regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. I believe our governments should work together and support the international organizations leading the response to this pandemic: the WHO, UN agencies, as well as CEPI and Gavi, who will develop and distribute a life-saving vaccine in a fair and equitable manner. As long as coronavirus is somewhere, it concerns people everywhere. If we work together, we can emerge from this crisis stronger, more united, and safer. We’re in this fight together. #solidaritypledge

Use the hashtag: #solidaritypledge
Tag @gatesfoundation @gavialliance @who, and even @melindafrenchgates
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