Nigerian Government reacts to viral hydroxychloroquine video attributed to Nigerian physician

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu - Director-General of the NCDC
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Nigeria on Tuesday said it has not validated the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, an obvious reaction to the viral video of Nigerian-born physician, Dr. Stella Immanuel.

Immanuel, also a Christian preacher, claimed in the video that has gone viral worldwide that she has successfully treated more than 350 COVID-19 patients using hydroxychloroquine, Zinc and Zithromax.

Immanuel first made the claim on April 27 in a Twitter post in which she also showed support for American President Donald Trump’s backing for the use of chloroquine to treat the virus.

But Nigeria’s Ministry of Information and Nigeria Center for Disease Control, in identical messaging on Twiter, said the use of hydroxychloroquine is “only limited to clinical trials“.

“Some trial drugs show promising results but are yet to be validated for use,” NCDC said on Twitter on Tuesday. “In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is ONLY limited to clinical trials.”

The Lagos State Government said in April that its hospital treated many patients who suffered chloroquine poisoning in the wake of Trump’s endorsement of the drug in March. 

Immanuel doubled down on her April claim on Monday when she addressed the press after America's Frontline Doctors Summit in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 27.

Hydroxychloroquine has long been used to treat malaria as well as other conditions such as lupus and arthritis.

It's used to reduce fever and inflammation, and the hope has been that it can also inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19.

Apart from Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has also claimed hydroxychloroquine could prevent or treat COVID-19.

"I'm here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID," Immanuel said in the video.

"Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, old people... I think my oldest patient is 92...87-year-olds. And the result has been the same. I put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they're all well."

She said she put herself, her staff and other doctors she knew on hydroxychloroquine for prevention of COVID-19. "We see patients, 10 to 15 COVID patients, every day," she said.

"We give them breathing treatments. We only wear a surgical mask. None of us has gotten sick. It works."

FIMC, however, asked Nigeria to take responsibility and avoid self-medication.


Tiger Woods' struggles continue at the Memorial Tournament as his back problems resurface

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Tiger Woods accepted he was fortunate to still be in the Memorial Tournament as he reflected on his improved fortunes in the third round.
A difficult second round at Muirfield Village had seen the five-time Memorial champion, who opened the event with a 71, sign for a four-over-par 76.
After narrowly avoiding missing the cut, Woods was back under par with a one-under 71 on Saturday, improving to two over for the tournament.
The 15-time major winner did not suffer with the same movement issues he encountered the day before as he recorded four birdies and three bogeys in humid Ohio conditions.
Woods recovered nicely after finding water and dropping a shot on the third hole.
"I felt like I played well and controlled the ball well," Woods said. "I hit one really bad shot there at three, but other than that, it was a pretty good, solid day.
"I was fortunate the cut came back [on Friday]. I made a little run at the end, and at times it was looking like it was going to be at two [over], but fortunately I snuck in at three.
"Then I was moving better [on Saturday] and felt like I did the first day, and consequently I could make the passes at the golf ball like I did the first day.
"Unfortunately, I didn't make any putts, so hopefully I can make a few more [on Sunday]."
Woods fared better than playing partner Brooks Koepka, whose one-over 73 left him at four over through 54 holes.
Asked about conditions on the course, Woods added: "It's tough. It's fast.
"The golf course is right where they want it. Now that the wind has picked up just a touch, it's going to dry it out a little bit more.
"The ball is starting to run out on the greens. Some of the fairways are starting to chase."
Leader Tony Finau was at 10 under par through nine holes of his third round.
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The plot thickens: APC screening committee disqualifies Segun Abraham, a Tinubu protege in Ondo guber election

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The screening committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified a protege of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Dr. Segun Abraham, from the gubernatorial election primaries scheduled for later this month, in Ondo State.

It should be noted that Dr. Abraham lost to the current Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2016 primary elections for the same office and that loss was what prompted Bola Tinubu to move decisively against the then National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun.

It is no secret that Bola Tinubu nurses aspirations for the 'exalted' seat at Aso Rock, but recent developments within the rank and file of the ruling party, seem to suggest that he (Tinubu) may be losing his grip on the power base of the APC as we move closer to the general elections in 2023.

It is particularly noteworthy that out of the 12 aspirants screened for the primary elections, the only candidate disqualified was Dr. Abraham and that was definitely a pointed message to the "Lion of Bourdillon" and it remains to be seen what his response will be.

According to the committee, Dr. Abraham has the option of appealing his disqualification.


Two Nigerians face US charges over online fraud worth 'hundreds of millions'

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US law enforcement is cracking down on a pair of alleged online fraudsters that appear to have been wildly successful. The United Arab Emirates has sent the US two Nigerian nationals, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas and Olakean Jacob Ponle, to face charges relating to large “business email compromise” scams. Abbas is accused of money laundering in schemes meant to pull in “hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to the Justice Department. 

He reportedly helped with a plan to launder $14.7 million stolen from a “foreign financial institution,” helped take nearly $923,000 from a New York law firm and was even involved in a plot to steal roughly $124 million from an English Premier League club. 

Ponle, meanwhile, allegedly participated in several 2019 fraud campaigns that were worth “tens of millions of dollars,” including one Chicago-based company that sen a total of $15.2 million. According to the claim, Ponle had victims wire funds to money mules who converted the gains to Bitcoin and sent them to a digital wallet the mastermind controlled.  

Both Abbas and Ponle could serve up to 20 years in prison if convicted. US attorney Nick Hanna saw the move as evidence the US could hold online fraud perpetrators responsible “no matter where they live.” However, this is is also an illustration of how difficult it is to halt internet scams. American officials have been identifying foreign fraud campaigns for years, and they only sometimes lead to arrests. Although these moves could send a message to scammers who think they can escape without penalty, they might not serve as practical deterrents.

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Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

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An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.

The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune. 

"It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe," Shankar stated. 

"I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions," he added. 

When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewellery weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand. 

Kurhade -- whose company makes industrial sheds -- said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver. 

"People are asking me for selfies," he said. 

"They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets." 

India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities. 

Source: AFP


Why Joe Biden must avoid the trap of choosing a black woman as his vice-presidential running mate

Elizabeth Warren as VP will ensure a Biden win
CC™ Opinion Editorial - By Yahaya Balogun

November 3, 2020 is another general election in the United States. It is another defining moment in the history of the United States. Joe Biden must be smart and cautiously prepared in his choice of vice-presidential candidate. 

Now that Joe Biden has narrowed his choice or pick to a woman, he needs to be smart, strategic, and calculating. Biden’s nominee must strategically be a white woman to walk a fine line, and assuage the majority of the white voters and to diffuse the expectant race baiting-Potus in the White House.
Meanwhile, race-baiting is a potential political weapon for the Republican Party to use to fight the much favoured Democratic Party in the general election. This writer had earlier postulated the brilliant woman, Stacey Abram to be Biden’s nominee, but it looks dicey to predict her ticket to avoid a political miscalculation. There is a chunk of qualified candidates (male or female, black, white, or brown) in the Democratic Party who are quintessentially qualified to be the president or vice president of the United States of America. It is also imperative that Biden should be cognizant of the weaponisation of race by the Republicans as their potent divisive weapon to sway white voters in November. The white and black Americans have much to gain from any nominee from the plethora of women candidates in the Democratic Party.
The Republican Party has used the weapon of race successfully in the past to polarize and further divide a blessed country, the United States of America. The weapon of division-race card should be the yardstick for which Biden’s choice is made to reassure the majority of the white people who are as intelligent as their black or Latino’s intelligent counterparts. As part of the team-Obama, Biden must open and use a potent chapter from the playbook of classic President Barack Obama. Biden is a very decent, compassionate, intelligent and experienced politician. He is also a quintessential person with decent family background. It’s pertinent to note this Yoruba-Nigerian axiomatic statement that says: “Every day is for the thief, one day is for the owners.” It seems the Republican Party has exhausted in playing all their political shenanigans. Race-baiting seems to be their last card. Their joker seems prepared to use RACE for a campaign towards the Fall. “Every attempt to taint the truth ends up tainting the mendacious liars, truth-destroyers, naysayers and people engaging in character assassination.” – Yahaya Balogun.
Karma is a phenomenon thing. Everything said during Obama’s administration by the mendacious Republicans about Obama was like a tsunami of political predictions. All their malicious allegations against Obama perfectly matched the unexpected inconsequential ‘one’ (currently in power) to come after Obama. History is bunk! Only the karmic prey and liars will be consumed by their lies and the judgment of history.You can’t give what you don’t have; these Republican members of the House know the truth, yet they’ve chosen to be pathologically mendacious on false – Fox news platform.
The chickens have come home to roost. These mindless Republicans are doing a great injustice to the future of the Republican Party. Democrats must as a matter of urgency intensify and consistently air the compendium of lies told about quintessential Obama on the national television for the world to see. 
The exact things said about Obama are being replayed verbatim in the exact characters of the current leader of their party. Expectedly, Biden is adequately prepared and ready to take off from day one to begin to clean the swamp and stench oozing out of the Oval Office. 
The United States used to be a respected country with its stupendous leadership position in the world. It is sad to see American uniqueness and exceptionalism being eroded by a leader whose narcissistic behaviour is an existential threat to the unique democratic values of the United States. 
The Democratic Party must wakeup to write their own stories. According to Brené Brown: “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” The last few months ahead is a great opportunity to campaign vigorously to rewrite the current chaotic situation in the United States of America.

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