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President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

Good Evening Nigeria! Hope you all are still doing your part to help curb the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Daily Trust Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys DailyTrust.

Mali gets one-year deadline to return to democracy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja backed the one year deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the return of democratic order to the Republic of Mali.

President Buhari spoke at the third Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments on the socio-political crisis in Mali.

The President, who joined other West African leaders in the virtual meeting from Abuja, charged the military junta in Mali to set an acceptable time table for return to democratic government, since the country cannot afford to stand alone in the sub-region.

Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu, Orders Reopening Of Schools

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state from September 14.

The governor disclosed this during a briefing on Saturday at the State House, Marina.

He also disclosed that primary and secondary schools may tentatively be re-opened by September 21, 2020.

Edo 2020: How Race For Governorship Moves To Churches

As electioneering campaigns for the September 19, 2020, governorship election in Edo State by political parties intensify, a religious dimension has been added to them.

Religious leaders have thrown caution to the wind by endorsing candidates of the various political parties, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

But few weeks to the election, religious leaders have joined the traditional rulers by endorsing candidates for the election. Interestingly, over 400 religious leaders were said to have endorsed Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, of the PDP for a second term. The religious leaders promised to mobilise thousands of their followers to vote for Gov. Obaseki’s PDP.

FMC Yola Celebrates 3rd Conjoined Twins

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yola, Professor Auwal Muhammad and his team on Saturday announced the separation of the third set of conjoined twins in the centre.

Professor Auwal said while celebrating the operation that it was successful as a result of the intervention received from the Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Emeka Foundation and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) that donated medical equipment to ease the process.

He said after they were stabilized, he was contacted by the management of FMC Yenagoa for the surgery and he agreed to do it but had mobility challenge. He then contacted the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who facilitated transportation of the twins to Yola when they were 23 days old.

Cassava Farmers Seek FG Intervention Over Scarcity

The Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos State chapter, Abimbola Fagoyinbo-Francis, has called on the federal government to urgently intervene in cassava farming in the country.

Mrs. Fagoyinbo-Francis told newsmen in Lagos that government intervention would help avert looming scarcity of the crop. She said the reason for the boycott was due to the huge losses recorded in 2019 by many farmers as a result of glut.

According to her, many farmers boycotted cassava cultivation in 2020, and this development could lead to scarcity of the produce.

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