A Special Broadcast made by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 on the Second Wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Ndi Anambra ekenem unu.
Once again, it has become necessary to address you on the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that is currently sweeping across the world.
Ndi Anambra, this threat is not only real but even more deadly. It is more deadly because after struggling with the pandemic for nine months, we have dropped our level of vigilance and returned to our normal lives. But the virus has not gone away. On the contrary, it has come back with renewed viciousness. And it is claiming many lives because our people are not complying with the Covid-19 protocols.
Our Response to Phase 1 of Covid-19
Ndi Anambra, our index case of Covid-19 was reported on April 9, 2020. We were fully prepared to deal with that emergency. We had erected some of the best Protective Care Centers in Nigeria and our healthcare workers were sufficiently prepared to handle the challenge. We managed the pandemic so well that in November last year, Anambra was rated as one of the states with the lowest number of positive results in Nigeria. As at December 7, 2020, we had conducted 90,000 tests and only 287 were confirmed positive. As at that date too, Anambra had no new cases of Covid-19. We had no patients in our Protective Care Centers and none on home treatment. Anambra was beginning to breathe freely again. We were all enjoying the fruits of our collective efforts – the leaders of the church, traditional rulers, market leaders, school administrators and the general public had made great efforts to obey the standard Covid-19 protocols. We were doing just fine until the second wave of the pandemic crept in.
The Second Wave of Covid-19:
Ndi Anambra, this second wave of Covid-19 did not take us by surprise. We have been monitoring global trends on the pandemic and we saw it coming. We anticipated that the second wave would hit us hard because of our well-known culture of mass return during the Christmas and New Year season. So, we made efforts to prepare our people to mitigate the impending challenge. We held wide consultations and town-hall meetings with the Igwes, the religious leaders, civil society organizations, leaders of market task force, transport operators and leaders of various community groups and associations. During these meetings we emphasized the need to revive all the structures that helped us survive the first wave of the pandemic.
Sadly, it appears that our warnings fell on deaf ears. Our people allowed themselves to be carried away by the joys of the Yuletide Season and failed to maintain the Covid-19 protocols. Today, we are faced with a clear and present danger. Between December 7, 2020 and January 11, 2021, we have recorded 110 new cases of Covid-19 in Anambra State. This is not good at all. Ndi Anambra, we must do everything within our power to halt the spread. That is why we have revved up our testing capcity and brought the total number of tests done to 13, 412 tests so far.
Surviving the Resurgence:
Ndi Anambra, my administration has taken a string of hard decisions to stamp out the renewed spread of this pandemic before it gains a serious advantage over us.
All government offices must observe the standard Covid-19 protocols – washing of hands at the entrance, wearing of facemasks, regular use of hand sanitizers and strict observance of social distancing. Nobody will be allowed into any government premises without properly wearing a face mask.
No one should step outside their homes without wearing a facemask.
The ban on nightclubs is still firmly in place. Hotels are directed to ensure strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols.
There should not be more than 50 people in any public gathering.
The Covid-19 Action Teams in all our 61 markets must ensure full compliance to the standard Covid-19 protocols. They must set up a hand-washing point at the entrance to each market, take the temperature of visitors to the markets and ensure that both traders and their customers are wearing their facemasks properly. All markets in Anambra State are given one week to set-up the necessary safety standards and ensure proper compliance. Any market found violating the standards after one week shall be quickly shut down.
Transport operators are advised to revert to all the practices that helped us during the first wave of the pandemic. They must ensure social distancing inside the vehicles and maintain a passenger manifest.
Schools are advised to revive the Covid-19 structure and practices that helped protect our children during the first wave of the pandemic. Schools in Anambra shall not re-open on January 18, 2021 as earlier scheduled. Rather, schools will re-open after two weeks from today to enable the principals and teachers prepare for the return of our children We commend school proprietors and administrators in the state for their careful handling of the first wave of the pandemic. However, we expect even more from them this time.
Churches and other religious organizations are advised to set up Action Teams and go back to the practices that helped us in the first phase of the pandemic.
We shall align with any policy on a possible nationwide curfew by the Federal Government to ensure effective compliance.
Our test centers are active and ready to handle cases with impressive turnaround time. We hold the record of the shortest turnaround time in the country today. We have cascaded our sample collection to all the 21 local government areas in the state.
For the sake of emphasis, nobody should go to any market, public places, church, schools, enter any transport, attend functions as stated above without properly wearing of facemasks.
Finally, the investment we made in setting up an Oxygen Production plant at COOU Teaching Hospital, Amaku has started to pay off. When we made that investment, we had no idea that sooner than later, Oxygen would become such a priceless commodity. Today, I am delighted to announce a donation of 450 Cubic meters of oxygen to select hospitals in the state to help is the fight against the pandemic. The modalities of distributing the commodities shall be worked out and announced by the Ministry of Health.
Ndi Anambra, we have been here before. We shall overcome it a second time. But we must work together this time. Everyone must play their own part well for us to survive. As a government, our key strategy is testing, treating and tracing Covid-19 cases in line with the guidelines given by the World Health Organization and the Nigerian Disease Control Center.
Ndi Anambra, we are firmly on top of this situation. Please don’t be afraid. We shall handle this resurgence the way we handled the first wave. We have managed so many cases successfully and we shall do much more. Our Protective Care Centers are ever ready to deliver great results. Our Covid-19 Home Management Task Force has managed more than 95% of cases successfully in their various homes. We shall continue to do our best to save lives and preserve our people until we take delivery of the Covid-19 Vaccine.
Ndi Anambra, I will not end this broadcast without some kind words for our healthcare workers who have continued to sacrifice their personal convenience for our collective safety. They deserve our prayers and commendation as they buckle up to stem the rise of the pandemic this second time around.
Umunnem, let’s increase our chances of surviving this scourge by obeying the safety standards of Covid-19.
God bless Anambra State
God bless Nigeria
No one can save Gov Wike from his involvement in Obigbo atrocity crimes
30 More Victims Of Obigbo Army Abductions Released After Held Incommunicado For Three Months
… not even Pope Francis or Angel Gabriel can save Gov Nyesom Wike from his involvement in Obigbo atrocity crimes
Intersociety, Onitsha-Eastern Nigeria
Sat, 16th Jan 2021
The leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law is gladly announcing the release on Court bail of 30 more victims of Obigbo Army massacre and abductions. Their bail was granted by Magistrate Aminu Mohammed Abdullahi of the Grade 11 Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. The Court bail, granted on Thursday, 14th Jan 2021 saw the victims freed or regained their freedom before dawn on Friday, 15th Jan 2021. The 30 victims, mainly residents of Obigbo and environs in Rivers State and interstate travelers-with different types of lawful occupation; were released from three secret dungeons; namely: Nigerian Army’s Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, Nigerian Army Training Center in Suleja, Niger State and SSS (DSS) dungeon located at Mararaba in Abuja.
Pope Francis Or Angel Gabriel Cannot Save Wike Over Obigbo Massacre
Intersociety also makes bold to say that not even Pope Francis or Angel Gabriel can save Gov Nyesom Wike from his involvement in Obigbo Army massacre, abductions and other atrocity crimes. The Gov will soon be slapped with more damning statistics on the referenced ‘industrial scale’ rights abuses and violations perpetrated under his nose and seal at Obigbo and environs and is already being blacklisted internationally. We have observed efforts in futility by the Gov since the aftermath of the massacre, abductions, property crimes and others. They include what looks like “gubernatorial show of force”, recalcitrance and “image laundering”; to the extent that ‘the good’, ‘the bad’ and ‘the ugly’ are now being invited to ‘commission projects’.
Since the aftermath of the massacre, too, Port Harcourt Government House had become a pilgrimage arena where individuals and groups ancestrally linked to the victims are ‘invited’ to sing victory songs for the Gov for ‘a job well done’ in aiding the massacre and abduction of his own people; same defenseless citizens he got elected and sworn to protect at all times and beyond the confines of personal interest and primordialism. These explain why we hold that ‘not even Pope Francis or Angel Gabriel can save him’. In the Oracular Igbo Society, this is a clear act of taboo and abomination with commensurable sanctions
Names Of The 30 Freed Abductees
Names of the 30 freed abductees are Citizens Okoli Kanayo, Boniface Okafor, Mbadiwe Godwin, Sima Man, Joseph Nwaaba, Eze Imo, Gozie Oliver, Nwamadi Monday, Izunne Gilbert, Nwabueze Chinyeze, Favour Uchenna, Ego Samuel, Ibenwolu Faith, Abel Daniel, Young Winner, Pepper White, Freedom (Kekeboy), Obinna Ekechukwu, Adonai Uwakwe, Celestine Uwakwe, Arinze (Water), One Man MOPOL, Onyema Amaechi, Chukwunonso Andrew, Chikwado Hosanna, Ndubuisi (Officer), Uzoma Ojiako, Kosisochukwu Ojiako, Miracle Ojiako and Goodness Nwagbaraukwu. Also Citizen Linus Uroko, a Jewish religionist, who missed being granted bail on 24th Dec 2020 and got his release secured during the release of his 29 colleagues on 30th Dec 2020, on account of his religious belief; was granted unconditional Court bail and freed on 13th Jan 2021.
112 Abductees Now Freed, 96 Remained In Abuja & 200 Others Unaccounted For
With this cheering news, it now brings the total number of abducted Obigbo residents, located and freed since 30th of Dec 2020 to 112, out of which 52 were located in four different dungeons manned by the Army in Jebba, Kontangora, Zungeru and Bida, all in Niger State and freed through Court bails on 3rd and 10th Dec 2020; 29 were freed on 30th Dec 2020 after a Court bail granted on 24th Dec 2020; one was freed on 13th Jan 2021; and 30 others on 15th Jan 2021, a day after they were granted bail on 14th Jan 2021. As it stands, not less than 96 more defenseless Obigbo residents are still being held incommunicado since late Oct 2020 in different Army dungeons in Abuja and the whereabouts of not less than 200 others including Citizens Chigbo Elvis Ngozi, Obioma Okoroafor, Ozoemena Nwokorie, Mbeta Uchenna and Chiadikobi Ndubuisi are only known to the Nigerian Army and Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. It is also feared that scores of them have been tortured to death or executed in Army captivity. At least, three of the abducted citizens (Okey Anyanwu, Kingsley Iwuagwu and Chijioke) were killed in Army custody in Niger State.
Barr Okoroafor & Ors Deserve Commendation
In all, commendation must go to Barr Richie Okoroafor, an International Human Rights Lawyer and Igbo-British Citizen. Without his efforts, the clandestine plans of the heavily Northern Muslim controlled Nigerian Army would have been actualized. Deserving commendation too is the leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra. Barr Okoroafor had led us in the know of the fact that “without the leadership of IPOB, which responded swiftly to distress calls at the beginning and even till date, he could not have achieved much. This is more so when the matter is cloaked in the layers of ‘Prosecutorial Vindictiveness by the Government of Nigeria”.
The Army Intended To Execute All The 400 Abductees Or More In Captivity
It therefore requires no rocket science to establish that the Nigerian Army intended or planned secret abduction and execution in captivity of the abducted 400 Obigbo residents or more-which was why it has not uttered a word since then including releasing a statement taking responsibility for their abduction, disclosing their whereabouts, stating why they were abducted and offenses warranting their abduction; informing their families or relatives of their whereabouts and conditions in detention; and handing them over to Civil Authorities within periods prescribed by the Constitution and others laws of Nigeria for their trial or release on administrative bail pending trial or having them investigatively discharged and acquitted for want of investigative and prosecutorial evidence.
Attached are the photos of the 30 freed Obigbo Army abductees taken this morning, 16th Jan 2021 after they were freed late evening of yesterday, 15th Jan 2021 from Army dungeons in Abuja and Niger State.
For: Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chair, Barr Chinwe Umeche, Head of Democracy & Good Governance, Barr Obianuju Igboeli, Head of Civil Liberties & Rule of Law and Comrade Samuel Kamanyoku, Head of Field Data Collection & Documentation
Aguleri/Umueri crisis: Azubogu Condemns Communal unrest; Sues For Peace
…reiterates call for proactive approach in management of communal crisis
Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu* has sued for peace and understanding between Aguleri and Umueri communities in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.
The Lawmaker representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, who has been on statewide engagement on the ‘future of Anambra state development’, made his opinion on Aguleri/Umueri communal unrest known after his engagement in Ihiala earlier today and reported by his office.
While emphasizing that destruction of lives and properties as a result of land disputes do not define our humanity, the Federal lawmaker said:
“We are a republican people by nature who resolve disputes through community meetings; not war. Killings and destruction of properties reduces our humanity and going forward, we should shun both as means of conflict resolution” he said.
Azubogu observed that further escalation of the crisis will disrupt the farming seasons and 2021 economic projections of the state, which will have dire consequences.
“No part of our state should be allowed to be engulfed in avoidable strife at a time we should be evolving strategies to keep our post COVID-19 economy afloat, that will be too unfortunate. Incidentally, we are about to enter farming season and crisis like this can only be an invitation to hunger” he said.
The lawmaker worried by the growing communal crisis in the state within the last six months which saw various communities like; Odekpe and Allah N’ Onugwa communities in Anambra West LGA; Urum and Achalla in Awka North LGA; Umumbo/Omor in Ayamelum LGA and now Aguleri/Umueri in Anambra East LGA of the state involved in communal clashes that left horrendous destruction in its trail.
Concluding, Azubogu advised the state government to evolve and adopt a proactive approach that will nip such crisis in the bud instead of resorting to reactive measures after the damage are done. His words:
“I am so worried that within the space of six months, we have recorded so many communities in Anambra State enmeshed in a bloody crisis resulting from land dispute. And today, we are talking about disquiet in two other communities in Anambra East LGA due to same land dispute. It is sad that all the communities involved are mostly food baskets which roles in the food supply chain of the state cannot be overemphasized” Azubogu bemoaned.
Azubogu Media Office
16th January, 2021
Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari, Others lay Wreath In Honor Of Fallen Heroes
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION: PRESIDENT BUHARI, OTHERS LAY WREATH IN HONOUR OF FALLEN HEROES
President Muhammadu Bihari has today 15 January 2021 laid wreath in honour of past and present military heroes who paid the ultimate price for the peace and unity of Nigeria to commemorate the Armed Forces Rememberance Day Celebration (ARDC) at the National Memorial Arcade, Abuja.
President Buhari who was the Special Guest of Honour and Reviewing Officer, earlier inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce as well as members of the Nigerian Legion. He also signed the AFRDC Register and released symbolic pigeons climaxing the end of the 2021 AFRDC.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamiala, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko, Minister of Defence and his FCT counterpart, Mallam Mohammed Bello equally laid wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldiers.
Others include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusufu Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. Also, the Chairman, Major General Jones Akpa (rtd) representatives of the diplomatic corps and the widows of fallen heroes lay wreaths.
Being Covid-19 protocols complaince, the occasion was graced by few top government functionaries, senior military, police and paramilitary officers as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
Members of the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Nigerian Navy Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), and Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) were equally in attendance.
Other activities that featured during the Anniversary were the bagel of the last post, artillery gun salute, one minute silence, firing of 3 volleys and reveille.
The AFRDC is an annual event to commemorate the end of the Nigerian Civil War which ended on 15 January 1970.
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