The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, has discharged himself from the Medenta Hospital and is now on his way back to Nigeria.
His return to Nigeria comes barely 96 hours after he and his wife, Zeenat, landed in New Delhi for medical treatment.
The President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement blamed alleged interference by the Federal Government for the scuttling of the IMN leader’s planned treatment.
Musa confirmed that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who were airborne, left New Delhi around 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time.
“Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja.
“In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria. He has left Delhi by 17:00 Nigerian time. He prayed that may that be the best option in the circumstances,” he said.
The group added, “The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.
“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible,” Musa alleged.
The FG had earlier refuted El-Zakzaky’s allegations, stating that he attempted to violate the conditions of his treatment by making unreasonable demands, including insisting on lodging in a five-star hotel in New Delhi with free access to all manners of visitors.
We’ve issued identity numbers to 41 million Nigerians- NIMC
The National Identity Management Commission says it has enrolled and issued 41 million Nigerians with National Identity Number as of today.
The Director-General of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, in an interview with journalists, said enrolment was ongoing for Nigerians in the Diaspora in 15 other countries.
Aziz said the NIN has been approved by the Federal Government as the only valid means of identification for government services by law and is a requirement for the application for a new and renewal of an expired Nigerian passport, among others.
Speaking on the challenges regarding the rate of enrolment, he said inadequate electricity, Information Technology infrastructure, inadequate enrolment centres and devices and insufficient sensitisation and awareness of the public, among others, still persisted.
According to him, the challenges are being addressed in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders, government and with the help of the media.
“As of today, we have reached record 41 million by sheer determination and hard work. I owe all of this to the great staff of the NIMC who pushed themselves beyond their limits to see this happen,” he said.
“Diaspora enrolment was greatly received by the Nigerians in other countries and it has been going well since the launch. Enrolment is happening in over 15 countries across the world, with more countries to come on board in the near future.”
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He said the plans to implement the strategic road map for accelerating digital identity in the country in June 2020 had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the project will either begin in September or December this year.
Aziz said the $433m it secured from the World Bank, Agence Francaise de Development and the European Union would be used for the expansion of enrolment centres to 4,000.
“The funding covers digital ID enrolment, issuance and usage; strengthening of the enabling law, security, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity mechanisms; as well as strengthening the IT and other backend infrastructure,” the NIMC boss stated.
He added, “There is still a need for funding on the card aspect of the programme as well as on the other regulatory functions of the commission. We are consulting with the Federal Government on these aspects.”
Aziz stressed that the commission was working on strategies to scale up card production and issuance in partnership with the private sector.
However, he said NIN was sufficient to prove or assert the identity of Nigerians anytime, anywhere.
England: British government eases Covid-19 measures
British prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Monday evening that non-essential retailers are allowed to reopen in England in June.
Shops selling clothes, furniture, electronics or books, as well as auction houses and tailors are to be allowed to offer their services again from June 15.
Outdoor markets can reopen as of June 1.
Retail premises must be made “COVID-secure,” Johnson said.
On March 23, Johnson closed all stores that did not serve primary needs as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Supermarkets and pharmacies remained open.
The prime minister had already announced on Sunday that schools in England would be opened again for certain classes from June.
Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are going their own way in the fight against the coronavirus.
Britain is the country with the most COVID-19 victims in Europe.
So far, 36,914 deaths have been recorded, Johnson said on Monday evening.
It is believed there is also a high number of unreported cases.
Groom impregnates ex-girlfriend after bride postpones wedding over COVID-19 lockdown
One of the issues Coronavirus pandemic brought with it is that due to the Interstates lockdown in Nigeria, some individuals, whose wedding parties were scheduled to take place during this period had to reschedule it for another date.
However, there is a backlash to this as anything can happen before the wedding takes place on the new date.
A popular social media user, Abayomi Shogunle shared a report of how a groom impregnated his ex during the lockdown after his wedding was postponed.
Abayomi Shogunle wrote on Twitter;
“A wedding slated for Week-2 of #CoronaVirus lockdown. Due to new bylaws, groom’s family suggested a quiet solemnization (10 people) & big party later but bride’s family opted for indefinite postponement. Groom’s request for bride to move in with him till new date was rejected.
“The waiting groom & Ex connected, she came on a visit, couldn’t return to her base cos of inter-state lockdown. They stayed together all through the stay-at-home orders. Ex is now pregnant, their parents saying no abortion. Bride in waiting now hospitalized for shock.”
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