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The Nigerian scientist sequencing new COVID strain as cases rise

4 January 2021 Virologist Sunday Omilabu says information he gathers will help battle the spread of the disease in Africa’s most populous country. A Nigerian scientist has spent the holiday season in his laboratory doing genetic sequencing to learn more about the country’s COVID-19 variant, as cases increase in the country. Virologist Sunday Omilabu says the information he gathers about …

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Another new coronavirus variant found in Nigeria, says Africa CDC

24 December 2020 Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed. The news comes after Britain and South Africa both reported new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appear to be more contagious, leading to new travel restrictions and turmoil …

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Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

14 December 2020 Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. Adejuwon Soyinka, from The Conversation Africa, asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science, to assess the situation and how it might affect the country’s ability to manage other equally important diseases. Where …

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Understanding Nigeria’s economic and security challenges under President Buhari

9 October 2020 President Buhari of Nigeria has asserted that after five years in power he has improved the economy and improved citizens’ lives by lifting millions out of poverty. The country’s new and unenviable reputation as the world’s ‘poverty capital’, however, has triggered questions about Buhari’s commitments, with ongoing national insecurity among factors affecting Nigeria’s economic direction. Riding the …

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Five years on: are Nigerians better or worse under President Buhari?

2 October 2020 Five years into Buhari’s presidency, public trust in the Nigerian government appears to be in decline alongside a growing perception of lacking political inclusion. This is hardened by negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, and a sense of undelivered political promises, which underscore the importance of collective buy-in for the country’s development aspirations. In September 2020, …

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Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

17 August 2020 COVID-19 has had a dire effect on global economies. Rising infection rates have led to social distancing directives, persistent lockdowns, the closing of businesses, travel restraints, salary cuts, and a looming high unemployment situation. Economic activity has shrunk dramatically, and with it the food supply value chain globally. The story for Nigeria has been no different. The country has instituted a range …

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Nigerians returned from Europe face stigma and growing hardship

29 July 2020 ‘There’s no job here, and even my family is ashamed to see me, coming back empty-handed with two kids.’ The EU is doubling down on reducing migration from Africa, funding both voluntary return programmes for those stranded along migration routes before they reach Europe while also doing its best to increase the number of rejected asylum seekers …

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 response rated “below average”

24 July 2020 Susan Joshua, 30, sells roasted maize on the roadside in Abuja’s Maitama district. She and her family’s livelihoods depend on the business. When Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital, went into lockdown in late March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Joshua was confined to home like millions of other Nigerians. Now life is slowly returning to normal in Abuja. “We are back …

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Coronavirus poses a threat to Nigeria beyond health – Chatham House panel

22 July 2020 Chatham House hosted a webinar in collaboration with the UK parliament’s the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the implications of coronavirus for Nigeria on Tuesday 21 May. The discussion was chaired by Labour MP for Edmonton and APPG Chair, Kate Osamor, with a panel of experts that included, Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House, Idayat …

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