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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has called for declaration of state of emergency due to the security challenges in the South West Zone.

Soyinka made the call on Thursday in Akure on the sidelines of the D.O Fagunwa Study Group International Conference held to celebrate his 85th birthday.

The conference had as theme: ”Wole Soyinka, DO Fagunwa and the Artistic Heritage.”

The literary giant said that the most appropriate measure to take in view of the insecurity that had pervaded the whole of the South West was to declare a state of emergency across the region, NAN reports.

“As regards the insecurity in the South West, there is an emergency. There should be a declaration of security emergency through out the land and measures taken accordingly.

“There are many directions of security lapses, you know it here, especially in Ondo State, it is a calamity through out the whole nation. There is an emergency,” he said.

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The first African Nobel Laureate said the governors, especially those in the South West geo-political zone, must assiduously toward tackling the menace of insecurity.

Soyinka, however, expressed gratitude to Ondo State Government for celebrating his 85th birthday and the completion of the ‘Dome’ which was meant to celebrate art and culture.

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the nation had allowed unreasonable competition, ethnicism, tribalism, corruption, political and economic ownership of the nation to slow down the pace of self-realisation.

According to Akeredolu, in Africa, the challenge has moved largely from the legitimacy of governance institutions to its responsiveness to the need for a coordinated plan for cultural integration, economic development and general human capital development.

The was, however, excited at the 85th birthday celebration of Soyinka, whom he described as his mentor and supporter.

Akeredolu described Soyinka as a first class academic, playwright, poet, novelist, and great human condition activist.

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He said that Soyinka’s life was a lesson for public holders because he had elevated the art of partisan living as the biggest ideal of social reclamation.

“I join other well meaning Nigerians and the world at large to wish you, our great emblem of decency and justice, a happy 85th birthday!

“I am fully convinced that your gathering here is another of those creative moments of rethinking our journey as a nation and our health as a society in search of its own civilisation.

“I have read a bit of the book of proceeding of your last conference and I am convinced of the vigour, depth and clear headedness with which your Study Group addresses the myriad of challenges that the human mind faces in its quest for self reinvention and reclamation.

“For all that we know, humanity is passing through some of its trying periods. Globally, definition of peace, progress, liberty and prosperity is interrogating the best of our civilisation today.

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“From leadership crisis which torments the sanest of public organisations to the fearful response of a traumatised followership, the narrative is clear: we must check and recheck the path on which we tread,” Akeredolu said.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 457 New Cases, Total Now 44,890

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 457 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number to 44,890.

The NCDC made the announcement on Wednesday night via its Twitter handle.

“On the 5th of August 2020, 457 new confirmed cases and 17 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 44,890 cases have been confirmed, 32,165 cases have been discharged and 927 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 457 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos(137), FCT(76), Plateau(40), Rivers(35), Enugu(34), Oyo(25), Abia(23), Delta(12), Edo(11), Ebonyi(11), Cross River(10), Kwara(10), Kaduna(9), Anambra(7), Ogun(5), Imo(3), Bauchi(3), Osun(2), Nasarawa(2), Kano(1), Ekiti(1),” the NCDC said.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,551 2,253 13,106 192
FCT 4,163 2,908 1,210 45
Oyo 2,807 1,375 1,402 30
Edo 2,328 188 2,047 93
Rivers 1,894 314 1,527 53
Kano 1,599 271 1,275 53
Delta 1,541 139 1,359 43
Kaduna 1,507 198 1,297 12
Ogun 1,416 195 1,197 24
Plateau 1,283 665 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 819 793 26
Kwara 800 437 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 628 24 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 568 34 521 13
Imo 472 316 147 9
Benue 356 285 64 7
Nasarawa 343 112 223 8
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Niger 226 81 133 12
Akwa Ibom 221 64 150 7
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Ekiti 153 77 74 2
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 36 24 8
Yobe 67 5 54 8
Kogi 5 3 2
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Presidency reacts to reports of integrating repentant Boko Haram fighters into military

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The Presidency has faulted reports that the federal government was absolving repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the Nigerian military.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu insisted that none of the 601 repentant Boko Haram members who were recently deradicalized has been integrated into the military.

Shehu made the remark, in a statement while cautioning Nigerians leaders against not purveying fake news on the integration of these terrorists into the military.

He said the federal government followed laid down rules in the process of deradicalizing of the repentant Boko Haram members.

He said: “Now that groups with hitherto proven bonafide, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.

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“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption.

“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military. This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.”

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Recall that 601 repentant Boko Haram members were in July reintegrated into the society after they were successfully deradicalized.

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Those reintegrated into the society include some ex-Boko Haram fighters from 14 foreign nationals including Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa made the disclosure.

The action of the federal government had led to backlash on Buhari.

Buhari was accused of pampering terrorists in Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had said.

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