Category Archives: Nigerian Current Affairs

Dr Stella Adadevoh – #Nigeria “Heroine Doctor” Who Prevented Spread of #Ebola


Recollections from from the son (and colleagues) of Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who managed to contain the spread of Ebola in Nigeria after Liberian national Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria. Sawyer may have spread the Ebola virus to Dr Adadevoh and other medical staff after he resisted Dr Adadevoh’s instruction for him to be kept in hospital under observation. He apparently pulled out intravenous tubes and splashed his blood on medical staff at the hospital.

 

“She was fine all along and then suddenly it became apparent. We were seeing little signs and so of course there was panic and confusion,” says the 26-year-old.

These were the early days of the Ebola outbreak and Nigeria was not ready. Dr Adadevoh had already gone to inspect Lagos’s rudimentary Ebola treatment centre, and had described it as “uninhabitable”, Mr Cardoso says.

‘Kidnapping charge’

“So, when she had to go in she was, of course, very worried,” recalls Mr Cardoso who followed behind the ambulance in his car.

Dr Adadevoh had earlier already won a different battle – to isolate Mr Sawyer. He had not taken kindly to being told he could not leave.

“Immediately, he was very aggressive. He was more intent on leaving the hospital than anything else,” says Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri, the director of First Consultant Hospital.

“He was screaming. He pulled his intravenous [tubes] and spilled the blood everywhere.”

It has been suggested that Mr Sawyer, who had already lost a sister to Ebola, was not interested in medical assistance as he had set his mind on visiting one of Nigeria’s popular Pentecostal churches in search of a cure from one of the so-called miracle pastors.

During those early days caring for Mr Sawyer whilst awaiting the result of the blood test, Dr Adadevo came under intense pressure to let him leave – a move that could have had catastrophic consequences.

“The Liberian ambassador started calling Dr Adadevo, putting pressure on her and the institution. He felt we were kidnapping the gentleman and said it was a denial of his fundamental rights and we could face further actions,” says Dr Ohiaeri, adding that the hospital trusted Dr Adadevo’s judgment.

School children washing their hands, Lagos, Nigeria - Wednesday 8 October 2014Health workers stress the importance of basic hygiene to prevent the virus from spreading
Volunteers bury the body of an Ebola victim in Sierra LeoneStrict precautions must be observed when burying those who have died of Ebola

“The only way we could be sure and live up to our responsibility to our people, the state and nation – this is all about patriotism at the end of the day – was to keep him here.”

Mr Sawyer died in the hospital from Ebola. Dr Adadevoh and eleven of her colleagues caught the virus.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29696011

#Nigeria Agrees with #BokoHaram: #Chibok Girls to be Release – #Bringbackourgirls


 

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh has announced that Nigeria has agreed a ceasefire with Boko Haram and that Boko Haram will release over 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped over 6 months ago.

Badeh said:

“A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (Boko Haram).”

“I have accordingly directed the service chiefs to ensure immediate compliance with this development in the field.”

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/11169959/Nigerias-missing-schoolgirls-to-be-released-after-ceasefire-deal.html

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29665165

 

Separately, Hassan Tukur, a presidential aid, told AFP an agreement to release the schoolgirls and end hostilities had been reached following two meetings with the militants.

The negotiations took place in neighbouring Chad, mediated by that country’s President Idriss Deby, he said. “Boko Haram issued the ceasefire as a result of the discussions we have been having with them,” said Mr Tukur. “They have agreed to release the Chibok girls”.

Emir Sanusi: Northern #Nigeria Needs Economic “Marshall Plan”


Interview with the new Emir of Kano Muhammed Sanusi II (AKA Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) about the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.

Key points made by Sanusi:

  • Islam “preaches education for all adherents”.
  • Marrying young Muslim girls off at a young age is actually a cultural (not Islamic) practice “that is not consistent with the teachings of the (Muslim) religion)”.
  • Poverty level in northern Nigeria provides a fertile breeding ground for militancy. Says the same thing happened in the Niger Delta.
  • Boko Haram insurgency must be tackled via an economic “Marshall Plan” for northern Nigeria.
  • Says insurgency calmed down in Kano because of investment in infrastructure there.
  • “As long as people as gainfully employed they are not likely to jump into the bandwagon of insurgency”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29221283

How #BokoHaram will Affect 2015 #Nigeria Election


Good article in Africa Confidential about how the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria will affect next year’s presidential election.

One surprise from the infographic map above is that although Adamawa State is under a state of emergency even though the number of deadly attacks in that State are about 25% of the number of attacks in Kano State (which is not under a state of emergency). Also Bauchi state has had 600% more attacks than Adamawa State, and it too is not under a state of emergency.

http://www.africa-confidential.com/article/id/5762/How_terror_twists_the_vote
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The Former Prison in #Nigeria Turned into an Artistic Site


Great feature on Freedom Park in Lagos, which used to be a prison in Nigeria’s colonial days, and housed famous prisoners such as Obafemi Awolowo.

https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-where-once-the-british-executed-today-nigeria-commemorates-100-years

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28418685

https://soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/newsday-where-once-the-british-executed-today-nigeria-commemorates-100-years

Nigeria Implements “Infra-Red” Test to Check Spread of #Ebola


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28807146

 

Interactive Map and Timeline of all #BokoHaram Attacks


  Click the link below for an excellent interactive map and timeline/summaries (produced by Al-Jazeera) of Boko Haram attacks going back to 2009 when President Yar’Adua was still in power. http://webapps.aljazeera.net/aje/custom/2014/bokoharamtimeline/index.html

Female Suicide Bombers: The New Weapon of #BokoHaram?


https://audioboo.fm/boos/2377613-bokoharam-crisis-are-female-suicide-bombers-the-group-s-new-weapon

The above is a podcast interview about Boko Haram’s use of female suicide bombers. Boko Haram has carried out nearly a dozen suicide bombings since 2009, but its use of women as suicide bombers is a new tactic.

Contrary to popular perception, Boko Haram’s cadre includes educated people with degrees in sciences such as chemistry.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28657085
Meanwhile nearly 1,000 who fled Boko Haram in Nigeria have arrived in the uninhabited Chadian island of Choua (see images of the refugees above):

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48419#.U-JiK41dUqh

Video of Buhari Escaping Bomb Attack


 

Video of former head of state Major-General Muhammadu Buhari emerging after a bomb and shooting assassination attempt on him n Kaduna yesterday:

 

Ogas at the Top: Nigerian TV Satire


http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/broadcast/issue-no178/investment/vod-new-nigerian-sat/bc

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022532r

 

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