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Coronavirus: Mixed reactions as FG begs US billionaire, Elon Musk, for ventilators



Nigerians have reacted after the Federal Government through the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning requested for support from billionaire Elon Musk in the fight against COVID-19.

Elon Musk who is the CEO of Tesla had announced on Twitter that he would be shipping FDA-approved ventilators to hospitals worldwide to help in the battle against COVID-19.

“We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. Will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse. Please me or @Tesla know”, he wrote.

Reacting to the announcement, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance responded with a tweet requesting for help from the billionaire.

“Dear @elonmusk @Tesla, Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with #Covid19 cases arising every day in Nigeria”, the Ministry wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

This was found to be awkward by Nigerians who mocked the Federal Government for seeking for help through Twitter instead of writing a formal letter.

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Below are some of the reactions gathered by

Aisha Yesufu: “This is a calamity! On behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? The pit Buhari’s government is bent on dragging Nigeria into is bottomless. The other time it was to apologise to Saudi Arabia for stealing the dates donated by Saudi Arabia to be given to the poor. What a disgrace!”.

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@AsiwajuLerry: “Are we that broke in this country?? All those billion Naira donations, wetin una dey take am do?”

@coolgson: “Next we’ll hear will be from faceless presidency claiming the ministering Twitter handle was hacked. Shameless people”.

@tony_divine81: “Some Nigerians are so foolish it’s embarrassing. Many governments all over the world are soliciting for help and u are shaming ur country for doing same? The ventilators are to save ur useless lives and not for any other purpose. The children of perdition should beat a halt now”.

@busy_brain: “Begging Elon musk for ventilators. This country is a joke.. Donations close to 26 billion, you refuse to give the mass some cash and you don’t wanna use the donations to buy the ventilators. Then what’s the purpose of the billions given to you? Mofos”.

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@SegunEmdin: “We are facing a global crisis so if begging Elon Musk means a lot of people won’t die then by all means. All the world powers are in short supply of everything”.

@MrOdanz: “We don’t have to play politics with everything. I get that we don’t like Buhari. Countries who produce ventilators are not selling because they need it. So our money is useless. The FG saw an opportunity to acquire them from Elon Musk and took initiative. So what’s the issue?”


Edo to launch sex offenders’ register



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The Edo State Government, on Wednesday, said it was working with consultants to domesticate the sex offenders’ register as part of its stance against rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Chairperson, Edo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, who addressed journalists in Benin City, said the government remained committed to its zero-tolerance for any form of gender-based violence.

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Omorogbe, who is also the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice, stated,

“I am hoping that in the coming months, after working with our consultants, we will be able to launch our own Edo State sex offenders’ register, which is expected to be a live register to prevent manipulation.

“I want to send a message to the perpetrators out there. We are coming for you. To all those who take pleasure in inflicting violence on their spouses, children and others, know this day that your days are numbered.”

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Amnesty International to Buhari: Declare rape a national emergency



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A global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare rape a national crisis in the country.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday that it joined its voice to other civil societies demanding justice for Uwaila and Barakat.

The AI Nigeria, in a series of tweets, noted that a “toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

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The organisation tweeted,

“The government’s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate. Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

“The rape and murder of 18-year-old student, Barakat Bello, in Ibadan is shocking. Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape. Women and girls’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria.

“Dear President Buhari, declare rape a national crisis. Rape is a crime. If there is no consent, it is rape, even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist. The ‘boys will be boys’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women, without regard for the woman’s well-being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed.

“We are joining people in Nigeria to demand justice for Omozuwa (Uwaila), who was raped and murdered in a Nigerian church. Violence against women must stop. Authorities have to ensure justice for her and other women.”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 348 coronavirus cases, total now 11,166



Nigeria has recorded new Coronavirus cases with the NCDC announcing 348 new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Newsone Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 348 new Coronavirus cases in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday evening, June 2.

This burgeoning online news platform understands that the NCDC noted that of the 348 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday evening, 163 were detected in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, FCT-76 Ebonyi-23 Rivers-21 Delta-8 Nasarawa-8 Niger-8 Enugu-6 Bauchi-5 Edo-5 Ekiti-5 Ondo-5 Gombe-5 Benue-4 Ogun-2 Osun-1 Plateau-1 Kogi-1 Anambra-1, southeast Nigeria.

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To be continued……

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