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There’s no coronavirus in Nigeria – Pastor David Ibiyomie

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The Senior Pastor of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyomie, says he doesn’t believe there is Coronavirus in Nigeria.

He said that Nigerians are suffering from malaria and people say its coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The cleric made this comment during a Church service.

He said,

“People make so much noise about Coronavirus, malaria kills more people in Nigeria than coronavirus and doesn’t think Nigeria has the said virus, why closing borders?”

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Pastor Ibiyomie said:

“Coronavirus is a virus that is corona. People are making noise about coronavirus. To me, it is rubbish. Did we make noise about malaria?

“Malaria kills more people in Nigeria than coronavirus. Everyday people die from malaria. In the villages, they die. So what are we talking about coronavirus, closing borders up and down?

“Nigeria does not even have it. I don’t think Nigeria has it. Because you have heard Dokpesi say he had it but it was malaria tablet that they gave him. So if it is coronavirus, why will they give him malaria tablets?”

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Ugandan lady accuses Nigerian boyfriend of fraud

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A Nigerian man, identified as Ralph Damilola Akinola, is trending on social media after a Nigerian-Ugandan lady, Sharon Godwin, called him out for allegedly defrauding her.

According to Sharon, she met Ralph on Twitter and they became fast friends, which later became emotional. With the turn in their relationship, they agreed to meet in December 2019 and share the expenses 50-50.

However, Ralph travelled to Uganda, made Sharon foot all the bill with a promise to refund her once he is back in Nigeria. Five months later, the lady alleged her boyfriend was yet to refund her.

She wrote,

I don’t like doing this but this shit has gone way beyond my patience, I just have to say it out. Myself and One of your Nigerian Twitter influencers, Ralph/@OmoIyaDammy have known ourselves for some time now. We met on Twitter & talked every day. The energy was massive & undeniable.

We got into a relationship and it was all nice & good. We grew closer every day. Video calls, texts, late-night chats. We agreed to see in December and that made us happy. We came up with the agreement to split the billing 50-50 as it would be too much on him to carry.

Ralph arrived in Uganda on 18th December 2019. I received him from the airport and we were fucking excited to meet like expected, we went to the hotel that I paid for with my money. This guy was ordering for expensive shit only but I paid and that was where this story began.

I noticed he didn’t come with money at least his 50% as we previously agreed, I was stunned and couldn’t believe it but being an actor & all he has always had his way with words and promised he was gonna refund half of whatever I would spend on him during his stay in Uganda.

I agreed and obviously wanted to please him and get the relationship moving. We had fun. Did some sightseeing and had quality time together. One week quickly passed and he travelled back to Nigeria. I paid for his ticket back home.

It’s been 5 months now & I haven’t seen my money. I see him balling tho. All I want is my cash because asides blogging, Twitter and school, I’m my own woman. Ralph had the nerve to block me on Whatsapp. Nigerians ask @OmoIyaDammy Ralph to please refund my money!!!

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Foundation empowers 100 infertility women in Nigeria

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Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has empowered 100 infertility women in Nigeria to establish small businesses to be independent and rebuild their lives.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck said in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, that the foundation had supported the women, in collaboration with the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

According to her, the foundation has been partnering with Buhari, who is also the Ambassador of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’.

“We have been working to break the infertility stigma in the country and building equitable and quality healthcare capacity, through ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign.

“Over 100 infertile women were supported to establish small businesses so that they can rebuild themselves and lead independent and happier lives.’’

Kelej said Merck foundation had provided training for embryologists in Nigeria to create a platform of local experts’ infertility care.

“Merck Foundation has also provided two Nigerian doctors with one-year diabetes and hypertension post-graduate diploma training from the University of South Wales, UK.

“We are fully committed to continuing to provide specialized training in the fields of cancer, fertility, and diabetes care to more doctors across Nigeria after the official launch,’’ she said.

According to her, First Ladies of 18 countries are part of the ambassadors of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’, leading and executing the initiatives in their respective countries.

“They are leading the initiative to empower infertile women and break the stigma around infertility.

“This speaks volumes about the work we are doing.

“As a part of Merck More Than a Mother, we have been providing clinical training to candidates from Africa and Asia to establish a platform of fertility specialists and embryologists.

“So far, the number of Merck Foundation Alumni in this field is more than 185 candidates from 35 countries across Africa and Asia.

“Also, we have supported the establishment of the first-ever Public IVF centers in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Uganda by training their staff to be able to support the infertile couples.’’

The official said she was proud of the success stories, saying “I always feel that they are my children and I am super proud of their success.

“It is very important to empower infertile women by providing treatment so they can bear children as part of their human rights.

“But, for those who cannot be treated anymore, Merck More Than a Mother’s initiative ‘Empowering Berna’ helps to train them to establish their own small business so that they can be independent and re-build their own lives’’.

Kelej also said that the foundation also worked with local singers, film-makers, media partners and fashion designers to raise awareness to break the stigma of infertility.

“These initiatives are very important for Nigeria since it is the hub of art and fashion, I cannot wait to explore these beautiful talents and work closely with them.

“The aim is to sensitize our communities that women are more than just mothers and men are more than just fathers.

“It takes both a man and a woman to have a child,’’ she said

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Edo records more than 50 cases of gender-based violence during virus lockdown

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Edo Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues says more than 50 cases of gender-based violence were recorded during the coronavirus lockdown in the state between April and May.

Mrs. Maria Edeko, the Commissioner of the ministry, disclosed this in an interview with the Newsmen in Benin on Saturday.

The commissioner said that nearly 20 of the reported cases had to do with rape, defilement, and incest.

“We had an upsurge in gender-based violence in the state during the lockdown period from April to May.

“We had a case of a father, who committed incest with the daughter and a case of a tenant, who repeatedly defiled a co-tenant’s daughter and impregnated her.

“The girl is now in our custody while the violator is being investigated,” Edeko said.

She urged mothers to be extra vigilant, saying that violators were in most cases well-known persons to the victims.

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She also urged people to see gender-based violence as a problem that should be tackled head-on.

The commissioner also said that many family disputes were recorded during the lockdown period as many couples were not used to staying together for a long time.

“Most of the time, everyone goes to work, but during the lockdown, the bad sides of couples were seen and this resulted in an increase in violence.

“Lack of enough money to take care of the home was also a cause of domestic violence especially among persons working in the private sector, who were not paid salaries,” she said.

The commissioner added that the ministry had been involved in discussions on gender-based violence and counseling of couples on how to live peacefully during the lockdown at the community level

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