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Insecurity: Obasanjo list four things Buhari should tackle

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Elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying, he is “deeply worried about four avoidable calamities”.

In the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president said he intended to use the open letter to address weighty issues which is worrisome to all concerned Nigerians and those residents in Nigeria.

Speaking about his fears, Obasanjo said “1. abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type;

2. spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened.

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3. similar attacks against any other tribe or ethnic group anywhere in the country initiated by rumours, fears, intimidation and revenge capable of leading to pogrom;

4. violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country.

Speaking about herdsmen and farmers crises, Obasanjo said the menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of hammer.

He urged the government to engage the Fulanis and other ethnic groups through debate and dialogue.

He said “herdsmen/farmers crises and menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of hammer. It has festered and spread. Today, it has developed into banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and killings all over the country.

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The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship.

Perception may be as potent as reality at times. Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue.

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Obasanjo also prayed for God’s wisdom, understanding, and protection for Buhari.

“For the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians, I pray that God may grant you, as our President, the wisdom, the understanding, the political will and the courage to do what is right when it is right and without fear or favour. May God save, secure, protect and bless Nigeria. May He open to us a window of opportunity that we can still use to prevent the worst happening. As we say in my village, “May God forbid bad thing”,  the former president concluded.

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 Canadian nurse tests positive for coronavirus eight times in 50 days

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A Canadian nurse who caught the novel coronavirus months ago said she’s tested positive eight times in the last 50 days.

On March 30, Tracy Schofield, from Cambridge, Ontario, began experiencing symptoms such as chills, a fever, and shortness of breath.

The following day, she took her first test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and the result was positive, reported CTV News.

Schofield, 49, spent the traditional two weeks self-isolating, but her second test came back positive. Since then, six more have returned the same result.

Doctors have told the mother-of-three that they don’t believe she is contagious anymore, but that they can’t explain why she keeps testing positive.

‘Whenever I get the test result, it’s like somebody punches me in the stomach,’ Schofield told CTV News.

‘I just want someone to be able to tell me something. Give me an answer. Am I going to have it forever?’

For two weeks after her first positive test, Schofield says she self-isolated in her room at her house, where she lives with her 17-year-old son, Ethan.

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Over that period, her temperature reached 104.1F and wouldn’t come down with Tylenol. She says she also lost her sense of smell and taste.

‘I couldn’t smell Vick’s VapoRub, I couldn’t taste salt and vinegar chips,’ Schofield told CTV News.

Now, almost two months later, the majority of her symptoms have disappeared aside from a cough and a little difficulty breathing.

However, her tests from Cambridge Memorial Hospital have kept returning positive.

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Schofield says she was excited after her eighth overall test came back negative.

But patients must receive two negative results within a 24-hour period to be considered recovered. Her ninth test came back positive.

And, although authorities from Region of Waterloo Public Health, have allowed her to leave her house on April 14, she says she won’t consider herself recovered until she gets her two consecutive negative test results.

Schofield says she has does not have any pre-existing conditions but she’s concerned that she’ll have long-term complications from the virus.

Schofield had been cleared to go back to work as a registered practical nurse but is scared about infecting others.

She is now waiting five days until she can take her tenth overall test.

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Health experts say she likely just has dead virus cells still circulating in her body, CTV News reports.

It comes on the heels of news that patients who test positive for the novel coronavirus after having recovered are not contagious.

Researchers from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) looked at 285 survivors who tested positive after previous tests said they were negative.

None of the 790 people that the patients came into contact with were found to be infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

In the US, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 93,000 deaths.

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India: Sholay Aur Toofan actor, Kiran Kumar, tests positive for Coronavirus

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Veteran actor Kiran Kumar, who has been a part of films like Bobby Jasoos, LOC: Kargil, Dhadkan and others, has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 74-year-old actor reportedly went to a hospital on May 14 and was tested for COVID-19.

In a statement, Kiran said,

“I am asymptomatic. On May 14, I went to the hospital for a check-up, where the COVID-19 test was mandatory. So I got myself tested and the result was positive, but I had no symptoms then; nor do I have any now.

“There’s no fever, no cough; I’m fine and am self-quarantined at home.

“My family lives on the second floor of the building and I’m currently on the third floor.

“On May 26 or 27, I am going to get my second test done. At the moment, I’m absolutely fine.”

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Russian drug Favipiravir that eliminates Covid-19 in four days reaches final stage

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Russian drug Favipiravir that eliminates Covid-19 in four days reaches final stage

Russian-made drug, Favipiravir, that can eliminate coronavirus infections within four days, is now in the final stages of clinical trials.

The drug known as Favipiravir is being tested by Russian pharmaceutical investment firm ChemRar with the support of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

On Thursday, clinical trials moved to the final stage in which it is tested on a randomised sample of COVID-19 patients.

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The drug has several advantages. One of them is that it significantly reduces patient recovery time.
Another advantage is its availability in tablet form.

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This makes its use easier, according to a statement from the RDIF.

“We noticed a faster improvement in the general health and clinical condition of the patients taking Favipiravir”, said Elena Yakubova, CEO of ChemRar Pharma in a statement.

“This may lead to earlier discharge from hospital and reduce the burden on medical facilities by 30-40 per cent in the near future,” she added.

The final stage of trials were approved to begin on May 21, involving 330 patients, the statement said.

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