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Nigeria’s First Lady gets new international appointment

The wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, has been given a new appointment by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).

Aisha on Thursday was appointed as the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appointment came as a result of the expiration of the initial appointment in 2018.

Aisha while accepting the appointment, urged women in Nigeria to conduct regular HIV and AIDS tests to guard against Mother-to-Child transmission of the disease.

She said this on Thursday when she received a delegation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) led by its Executive Director, Mr. Michiel Sidibe, at the State House, Abuja.

She said the measure would ensure treatment of women living with the disease to have babies free of HIV and AIDS.

The wife of the President assured the delegation of her commitment to continuing the advocacy against the spread of the scourge among women and children in Nigeria.

She also encouraged government and relevant stakeholders to commit more resources to stem the epidemic among future generation of Nigerians.

“Together, we can stop children from being born with HIV in Nigeria by the year 2020,” she said.

She also urged wives of Governors in Nigeria to join the campaign against the rising epidemic among women and children.

The Executive Director, UNAIDS, Sidibe, in his response, expressed gratitude to the wife of the President for her commitment to eradicating Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV in Nigeria.

Sidibe said the delegation came at a time Nigeria was conducting a national survey on HIV response, adding that the survey would help in tackling the epidemic.

He said they were at the State House to formalise the appointment of Mrs. Buhari as the 2019 UNAIDS Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.

“ Your Excellency, this appointment is not only to help the UNAIDS in advocacy but to assist in scaling up the campaign against mother to child transmission of HIV as well as the Promotion of Treatment for Children Living with HIV in Nigeria,’’ he added.

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Bandits attack 3 LGAs in Katsina, murder 34

At least 34 persons have been reportedly murdered on Tuesday by suspected armed bandits in three Local Governments Areas of Batsari, Danmusa and Faskari in Katsina State.

Vanguard quoted locals as saying that 18 were killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA

Scores were said to have sustained degrees of injuries in the deadly attack.

Some were still missing and their livestock stolen by the attackers.

More to come.

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Shehu Sani reacts as bandits kille over 30 persons in Katsina

Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, has reacted to the attack on three Local Government Areas in Katsina by bandits.

DAILY POST reported that the attack led to death of over 30 persons.

Eighteen were reportedly killed in Yargamji, Batsari LGA, 5 killed in Mara Zamfarawa in Danmusa LGA and 11 killed in Sabon Layi village, Faskari LGA.

The lawmaker also recalled the abduction of ECWA pastor and fifteen other members by bandits on Sunday, noting that this was reality confronting Nigeria.

He tweeted, “On Sunday in Kaduna,Gunmen stormed ECWA Church Dankande and took away the Pastor and 15 other worshippers.

“And now the Bandits raid on Batsari and other two LGs in Katsina. This is the reality confronting.”

Earlier, Shehu Sani had noted that the current security situation and other challenges bedevilling the country cannot be solved by prayers alone.

According to him, “When we work and pray, our problems will be solved [but] when we pray and refused to work, our problems will be waiting for our work.”

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Yahaya Bello threatens to sack LG bosses, traditional rulers over killing of 15 Fulani herdsmen in Kogi

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has given seven days ultimatum to four councils administrators and traditional rulers where 15 Fulanis were killed to fish out the perpetrators or risk losing their positions for ineptitude of duty.

Governor Bello, who gave the order during a security stakeholders’ meeting held in Government House Lokoja on Tuesday, lamented that the killings happened in Yagba West, Omala, Dekina and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas, adding that his administration will not condone killings of any citizen in the state.

While giving ultimatum to the administrators of the four local governments and their traditional rulers, Governor Bello vowed to apprehend and bring to book the perpetrators of the dastardly act, saying “government will not allow the insecurity situation that occurred in Benue, Nasarawa and Zafara states to happen in Kogi.

“These Fulanis have been staying with us in the state peacefully without any rancour. Any politician or detractor, who are behind this killing will be made to face the full wrath of the law as my administration will not spare anybody no matter how highly placed in the society.”

He commended the security agents for their effort in ensuring that there is absolute peace in the state, urging them to do more in order to keep the state safe.

Meanwhile, the Administrator of Yagba West where the killing of 11 Fulanis took place, Comrade Joseph Olutimi, stated that he received a report that a farmer was allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen, noting that he quickly informed the security agents who swung into action.

He pointed out that the Fulanis were killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen, stressing that the people of the local government have been living peacefully with the resident Fulanis.

In his speech, the Special Adviser to the governor on security, Commodore Jerry Omadara reported that last week a farmer in Yagba West was allegedly murdered in his farm by suspected herdsmen, stressing that, some people took the law into their hands in a reprisal attack and killed Fulanis, who resided in some communities in the local government and dumped their corpses in Omi Dam.

He further disclosed that three corpses of Fulanis were found in Oluja community in Dekina Local Government while several cows were killed by unknown gunmen, adding that Omiyowo, Ogar, Ejigba and Dekina recorded high rate of killing of innocent citizens.

The Secretary Meyetti Allah in charge of Yagba West, Mohammed Mainasara said eleven Fulanis residents in the council were killed without provocation.

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