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Easter Message: Buhari Urges Nigerians To Intensify Prayers, Says ‘It’s A Matter Of Life And Death’

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President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Nigerians to use this year’s Easter celebration in intensifying prayers against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other challenges facing the country.

The president, who made the call in his 2020 Easter message to Nigerians, urged the citizens to remain faithful and hopeful as the nation would pull through the difficulties.

He said: ”There is no better opportunity than now for all Christians in particular, and Nigerians in general, to remain faithful and hopeful that with intensified prayers backed by personal and collective responsibility, the nation shall pull through this most difficult trial.

”I have no doubt that if all stakeholders – individuals and groups – play their part to the fullest as advised by our scientists and medical experts in confronting COVID-19, the inherent resilience and determination of our people will enable us to pull through.”

Buhari also reminded Nigerians that no vaccine had been discovered against the virus, said “the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygiene and sanitary practices as well as social distancing”.

The president acknowledged the personal and collective inconveniences suffered by the citizens due to measures such as restriction of movements and closure of business premises to curtail the spread of the virus.

He described the current situation as “a matter of life and death”, saying ”these sacrifices are in everybody’s interest to save our country from calamity”.

Buhari, who commended the encouraging containment and ameliorating strategies put in place by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, reassured that efforts would be made to address the hardships being faced by the people.

”The welfare of our people is paramount. Accordingly, the most economically vulnerable in our communities will continue to be uppermost in our plans, and efforts will be made to supply them with basic means of survival,” he added.

On threat posed by terrorists and insurgents, Buhari assured that the armed forces and other security and intelligence services would remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely.

”While we see the COVID-19 pandemic as a global challenge, this administration is not oblivious of the constant threat posed to our national security by terrorists and insurgents. They may take this opportunity to perpetrate attacks.

”But our armed forces and other security and intelligence services will remain vigilant and continue to contain these threats and consolidate efforts to eradicate them completely.

”As we mark this year’s Easter, whatever the circumstances, I encourage you to make the most of the situation, and to keep safe.

”I wish you all a Happy Easter,” he said.

(NAN)

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BREAKING: We Didn’t Arrest Magu, He Was Only Summoned Over Alleged Corruption Cases — DSS

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The Department for State Security (DSS) on Monday denied media reports of the arrest of acting Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The security agency said Magu was merely summoned by the presidential panel over alleged corruption cases.

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Lagos Traffic May Worsen As FG Plans To Shut Third Mainland Bridge From July 24 For 6 Months To Resume Renovation

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The already bad traffic situation in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, may get worse, as the Federal Government is set to shut down the popular Third Mainland Bridge, from July 24, for six months.

Olukayode Popoola, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, disclosed this on Monday, July 6, 2020.

According to Popoola, “We want to do maintenance work on Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it from the 24th of July.’’

“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site. Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived the country that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’

The 11.8km bridge is one of the major links between the Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island, and perhaps, takes heavier traffic than the rest of the bridges, which include Carter Bridge and Eko Bridges.

Its partial or full closure means more traffic will now flow to Carter and Eko Bridges. Incidentally, part of the Eko Bridge, from the Alaka end of the Funsho Williams Avenue had been closed to traffic for some months now.

Popoola said that the planned shut down is to enable the Federal Government to carry out maintenance work from July 24, 2020.

According to him, consultations are ongoing towards developing a perfect traffic management architecture that will be very efficient and effective.

There have been reports of some worn-out joints of the bridge, which raised some safety concerns for the users of the bridge. The Federal Government will be working with the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) on how best traffic during this period.

It was constructed in 1990 and was the longest in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.

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BREAKING: DSS Arrests EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services.

Magu was arrested on Monday afternoon at the Wuse II, Abuja office of the EFCC on Monday over allegations that he was siphoning part of money recovered by the commission from suspected looters.

It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.

But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

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