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With travel restricted, Nigeria’s elite face coronavirus at home

3 April 2020 Nigeria’s elites would seem to be already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. As of April 2, there are reported 184 cases of the virus in the country. This includes 162 active, 20 recovered, and 2 dead. These are still early days for the disease in Nigeria. But, of the relatively small number of cases in Nigeria, one is Abba Kyari, …

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Trapped by coronavirus, Nigeria’s elite faces squalid hospitals

2 April 2020 For decades, powerful Nigerians could ignore the government’s failure to invest adequately in the health-care system by seeking medical treatment abroad. The coronavirus pandemic means they can no longer escape. Since Nigeria identified its first case in late February, President Muhammadu Buhari has responded by closing the borders and imposing a lockdown on two key cities and …

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Local realities for a global challenge: the case of Nigeria

1 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies in health systems of many countries globally. In high-income countries, Italy’s health care system is overwhelmed, the UK seems to be struggling to catch up with the rising number of cases, and there are doubts as to whether the United States’ market-based system will be able to respond effectively. In …

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Nigeria deploys security forces to enforce social distancing

31 March 2020 Law enforcement response to COVID-19 should respect human rights Nigeria has deployed soldiers and police officers to enforce social distancing as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. This came after the Inspector General of Police directed police to strictly enforce all legitimate orders made to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while urging citizens to voluntarily comply. …

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Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

31 March 2020 The 14-day lockdown enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm …

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Coronavirus: Trump channels his inner Obasanjo

30 March 2020 Donald Trump means different things to different people. But I never thought I would liken him to a Nigerian ruler or ex-ruler. Until yesterday. Responding in the White House Rose Garden to estimates that 100,000 or more Americans may die from the coronavirus, Trump said: “So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths, 2.2 million people from this. …

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