*Releases N984million to fight disease in Nigeria
By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sent messages to Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Moon Jae-in of Iran and South Korea respectively, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Guiseppo Conte, expressing “deep sympathies” following increasing incidents of the deadly Coronavirus in their countries.
In the messages, President Buhari said that the Nigerian government will continue to diligently carry out its duty to the international community by ensuring that the spread of the disease is curtailed.
The President also encouraged Nigerians to continue to show support to citizens of all the countries who are resident in Nigeria.
According to him, “there is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.”
President Buhari, while commending the three countries on their efforts to contain the virus, expressed confidence that, “with the support of the World Health Organisation and other global agencies all working together to contain the virus, it will only be a matter of time before the world sees an end to this disease.”
The Nigerian Leader noted that, “So far, there have been no known cases of the disease on Nigerian soil, but for the penetration of a lone foreign national found to be a carrier of the virus.”
He also commended the diligent efforts of federal, state health officials as well as ports and border personnel in keeping Nigeria safe from the epidemic.
In fulfilment of the President’s promise to give the health authorities all that they need to keep Nigeria clear of the virus, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning confirmed making the second approved payment in the sum N620 million last Friday, bringing the total payments made so far to N984 million.
Catholics hold protest March in Anambra over killing of Christians
Catholics in Anambra State on Sunday evening staged a protest march against the spate of killings of Christians in Nigeria.
The protest march, which saw over 50,000 Catholics donning black attires, started at Ekwueme Square in Awka through streets in the capital city and ended at St Patrick’s Cathedral and was led by the Bishop of Awka diocese, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor.
A prominent priest of the diocese, Fr Innocent who addressed Catholics after the protest march regretted that killings in Nigeria were increasing by the day.
“We are hopeful that this march will bear fruits and that God will hear our prayers. Nigeria today is the only country where anything can be done and nothing will be done. If a government cannot protect its people, then it is useless,” he said.
Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev Fr Dr Chidume also read the address of the Catholic bishops to all present.
The protest march which was still on-going as at the time of filling this report also featured intercessory prayers for the country.