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The fact you elected a President doesn’t mean you can order him around- Femi Adesina says (video)

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Femi Adesina has said the fact that Nigerians elected a president doesn’t mean they have to order the President around. He said this when he appeared on Nigeria Info FM today May 5.

He made the statement while responding to a caller, Mr Ibikunle, who asked him to ensure President Buhari holds a media chat with men of the Nigerian press.

Responding, Adesina said

I just want to encourage Mr Ibikunle not to continue to sound like a broken record. When the COVID thing started, everyone was like the President should talk to us. He has had three National broadcast within a month. What else do they want? What else do they want? Some people think because you elected a President or you did not elect you, you must lead your President by the nose.

It doesn’t happen. The fact that you have elected a man does not mean then you begin to order him around. The President will do what is good for the country at any given time”he said

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288 New cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Nigeria, Totaling 5445

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288 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 5445

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288 new cases of #COVID19;

179-Lagos
20-Kaduna
15-Katsina
15-Jigawa
13-Borno
11-Ogun
8-Kano
7-FCT
4-Niger
4-Ekiti
3-Oyo
3-Delta
3-Bauchi
2-Kwara
1-Edo

5445 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 1320
Deaths: 171

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COVID-19: We Can’t Explain Where The Chinese Doctors Are Or What Happened To Them – FG

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The Federal Government has said it does not know the whereabouts of the Chinese doctors and technicians who came into the country to offer assistance to Nigeria in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, wondered why there was so much interest in knowing their whereabouts and he told journalists not to ask him the question again.

Ehanire said:

“I want to explain first of all that I think not all of them were doctors and I heard that some of them are technicians, but they are staff of CCECC, the Ministry of health is not their host, so we can’t always explain what happened to them or where they are.

There seems to be a lot of interests in these doctors but they are the staff of a company and I think they are on the company visa. So I will be very happy if you don’t ask me about where they are because they are not really our guests in that sense.

But we have been able to learn some things from them by interacting with them from their experience in their country, we shared ideas about what they did in their country in managing Covid -19.”

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Don’t allow Governor Tambuwal mislead you on Infectious disease bill – Reps tell Governors

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The house of representatives has asked the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) not to allow Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State “mislead” them on the infectious disease bill. 

LIB reported yesterday that Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) asked the national assembly to suspend the infectious disease bill and to give room for consultations with state governments and other stakeholders. The Governors also disclosed that they were briefed about the bill by the Vice Chairman of the forum, Aminu Tambuwal during a virtual meeting. 

However reacting to the statement from the forum, the house of representatives claimed that Tambuwal’s position on the infectious disease bill is influenced by his “personal and partisan opposition” to the emergence of the current house leadership under Femi Gbajabiamila.

In the statement released by the house of representatives’ spokesperson Benjamin Kalu on Thursday May 14, the Governors were told that their opinion will be welcomed by lawmakers. They were however reminded that the role of the national assembly in constitution amendment, is not subject of concurrence of state houses of assembly or state governors.

The statement reads; 

“It is rather surprising that the NGF, in arriving at its decision, relied on “an update from the Governor of Sokoto State,” who, apart from being a lawyer, is a former Speaker and an ex-ranking member of the House, who should know better and guide the Forum accordingly.

“We assume that his position was informed by his well-known personal and partisan opposition to the emergence of the current leadership of the house considering his obvious stance in 2015 and 2019 .

“Unlike in a constitution amendment matter, where state houses of assembly have a defined constitutional role to play in effecting any review to it, Bills such as the Control of Infectious Diseases are not by our constitution subject of concurrence of state houses of assembly or state governors. We do believe that our respected Governors are aware of this lawful processes of legislation and should not be misguided by a biased position of a former speaker .

“Notwithstanding, the House expresses its readiness to work with the Committee raised by the NGF to meet members of the Green Chamber on the Bill. The Governors are our critical stakeholders in nation building, and we understand the importance of working with our Governors at critical moments such as this pandemic period.”

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