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 Global         Nigeria
Total Confirmed 20,522,191 47,290
Total Recovered 13,441,913 33,609
Total Deaths 745,927 956

United States: The United States has surpassed 5 million Covid-19 cases, a grisly milestone that represents roughly a quarter of all infections across the world confirmed since the coronavirus first emerged from Wuhan, China a little over seven months ago. 
Brazil: The country now has topped 100,000 reported deaths linked to the coronavirus, putting it No. 2 after the U.S. President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has been heavily criticized for its laissez-faire approach to curbing the virus.
New Zealand: Things are mostly back to normal in the pandemic-free country. It’s now gone 100 days without a single domestic case of the coronavirus, but the government is warning its citizens to stay vigilant and not succumb to “Covid fatigue.”
Europe: Major countries including Italy and the U.K. are pushing forward with reopening schools next month. France will require people to wear masks in the busiest sections of its large cities starting today.



1989 Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, a professional footballer, died while playing a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State.

1492 Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.

1908 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car.

1992 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Again, Nigerians Tell Buhari to Fire Service Chiefs

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The Story
Nigerians, through various groups, have again called for immediate sack of the country’s military chiefs.

It's high time the President did that.
They made the call on Monday as President Muhammadu Buhari met with top military leaders shortly after meeting Northeast governors in Aso Rock. Present at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi.

Is the meeting likely to yield any positive results?
Reacting to the security meeting, Yoruba groups called on Buhari to relieve the service chiefs of their appointments. The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), through its Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said: “My expectation is for the President to thank the service chiefs for their services to their fatherland, relieve them of their positions and wish them the best in their future endeavours, the guardian reports.

Yes, that's right.
Lending his voice to the call for the sack of military top brass, a former deputy governorship candidate in Oyo State in 2019, Prof. Abideen Olaiya, noted that military leaders had not found the solution to insecurity in the country. Stressing the need for a change in approach, Olaiya said that "this kind of war is not about attacks and retreat. It is more of intelligence work". "Boko Haram people have mixed with the citizenry", he said.

Ineffective strategies.
The call to fire service chiefs gained the support of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, as it asked President Buhari to rejig the country’s security architecture, declaring that they had not only overstayed their tenure but lacked initiatives on how to contain the security challenges. Speaking on the subject, Chuks Ibegbu, deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, told The Guardian that persistent security challenges indicated that whatever strategies known by the chiefs were no longer workable.

Any response from the presidency?
It was gathered that President Buhari had, during the closed door meeting, identified lean resources as one of the challenges in tackling insecurity in the North-East. “We have problems of resources and security. You know what we inherited. The people of the North-East will appreciate what this administration has done", the president was quoted.

How do you solve a problem in this way?
The authorities say they are exploring all available means in addressing the problem. Amidst the gloomy security situation in the region, the Managing Director of North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali, has said that a master plan will be introduced to tackle the challenges of rebuilding the region. The sub-region, which comprises Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, has lost more than 35000 lives in the course of the violent attacks, with many more displaced from their homes.

Alkali hinted on the master plan on Sunday, while receiving the North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF), led by Governor Babagana Zulum at the commission’s headquarters in Maiduguri. “The master plan of the commission will soon be unfolded and become the roadmap for contiguous rebuilding and development of insurgency-affected six states in the region,” he said. SOURCE



Nigerian Singer Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy in Kano State

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The Story
A musician in Kano state has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.

You don't mean it.
Well, you are not the only one shocked by this. An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said the musician, 22 years old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March. Sharif-Aminu, who did not deny the charges, was told by the Judge, Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani, that he could appeal against the verdict.

This is ridiculous.
You can say that again. This is coming at a time when many are condemning such practices, and Sharif-Aminu joins other religious victims - like Mubarak Bala, who has been held captive at an unknown location for more than 100 days now, after he was picked up for alleged blasphemy.

States across Muslim-majority northern Nigeria use both secular law and Sharia law, which does not apply to non-Muslims. However, only one of the death sentences passed by Nigeria's Sharia courts has been carried out since they were reintroduced in 1999.

A curious case.
Unlike other victims who allegedly did or said things against the prophet Mohammed, Sharif-Aminu has been accused of, not derogating the prophet, but praising an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad. The singer, who is currently in detention, had gone into hiding after he composed the song. According to the BBC, protesters had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, known as the Hisbah, demanding action against him.

That's sad.
The BBC reports that the leader of the protesters that called for the musician's arrest in March, Idris Ibrahim, told the news agency that the judgement will serve as a warning to others "contemplating toeing Yahaya's path"."When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn't in vain. "This [judgement] will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free," he said.

A similar case.
A Sharia court passed a death sentence in 2016 when Abdulazeez Inyass, was sentenced to death for blaspheming against Islam after a secret trial in Kano. He was alleged to have said that Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa, "was bigger than Prophet Muhammad". Inyass is still in detention, as the sentence has not been carried out because a death penalty in Nigeria requires the sign-off of the state governor.

Why have Sharia law in a country with secular courts?
Well, not all northern states operate the Sharia law. About 12 states in Nigeria's Muslim-dominated north operate the Sharia system of justice, but only Muslims can be tried in its courts. The Sharia system, which also has its own Court of Appeal, handles both civil and criminal matters involving Muslims and its judgements can also be challenged in Nigeria's secular Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

If a case involves a Muslim and a non-Muslim, the non-Muslim has the option of choosing where they want the case to be tried. The Sharia court can only hear the case if the non-Muslim gives written consent. Sentences by the Sharia courts include floggings, amputations and the death penalty. SOURCE



The Government of Lebanon Resign Over Deadly Explosion

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The Story

Lebanon's government is on its way out.

What happened?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet resigned amid anti-gov protests. The country's been reeling from widespread government corruption and an economic crisis. It's dealing with high unemployment, soaring inflation, and growing poverty rates. And, just like the rest of the world, its issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But protests have swelled after last week's deadly explosion. In his resignation speech, Diab said he joins the Lebanese people in their calls for change. And blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the "earthquake" that has hit Lebanon.

What happens now?

While protesters were calling for early elections, it's not clear if that will happen. The country's political parties could choose a new PM and cabinet. This is the second time in less than a year that Lebanon's PM has stepped down. And some are calling out its power-sharing structure – distributed between Christians, Shiites, and Sunnis – for contributing to the country's instability. An issue that could continue if no drastic changes are made.

I see. And any updates on the blast?

It's still under investigation. At least 160 people have died and thousands more were injured. Many still blame the gov – which has arrested at least 20 people. While the country's top judicial body has taken over the investigation, some are calling on the international community to get involved. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron helped raise nearly $300 million to provide aid to Lebanon at an international donors' conference.

The solution?

The Beirut blast seems to have amplified the existing problems within Lebanon and its gov. But it's not clear if this latest shuffle will bring more political instability or if the rulebook will keep things as they are. SOURCE



Bolivia Erupts in Chaos

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The Story
Political unrest was palpable in Latin America before the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the world economy into a recession. Now, as election season approaches across the globe in the midst of a public health crisis, tensions are spilling over in some of the region’s hardest hit nations.

In Bolivia, more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths and counting have severely undermined trust in the government’s ability to protect its people. And now, as the worsening outbreak forces officials to delay their general election for the second time, citizens, especially in the city of La Paz, have taken to the streets to demand change.

What change do they want in the midst of a crisis that is not limited to their country?
Anti-government protests reached a fever pitch in the last week as objectors blockaded more than 70 of the country’s main roads, cutting millions of citizens off from basic necessities like food and gas.

How does that help their cause?
Well, that depends on the scope of their objectives. Many of the protestors involved in this strategic chokehold of national resources are, according to reports, supporters of former Bolivian president, Evo Morales, who is exiled in Argentina. Last year, two dozens of the exiled president’s supporters were killed in a violent skirmish with Bolivian security forces.

I see. What are the authorities saying?
The Bolivian government has threatened similar tactics of force if the roadblocks don’t come down in the coming days. As the floundering nation looks to gain control of COVID-19, health officials are concerned that protests are preventing the sick from receiving adequate care.

Can't they see how their actions could complicate the pandemic's effects?
The crisis is being complicated already. While protest organizers said they were allowing medical workers, medical suppliers and fuel to pass through the blockades, health officials have decried the negative impact of the protests. Speaking on the subject, Dr. Antonio Viruez, who treats emergency patients in the country’s cut-off region, claims that protestors “don’t let ambulances pass, they pelt them with stones, threaten to burn them". "The situation is critical, because the inputs are not arriving", he said.

What are the protests' exact demands?
As the national blockade presses onward without resolution, protestors are demanding the general elections take place on the original date of September 6th. The opposition has accused the country’s interim president, Jeanine Añez, of using the delays to salvage her sinking election campaign. But with the government delaying the event until October and protests exacerbating the current health crisis, compromise will likely prove untenable and dissidents may be dealt with forcefully.

Analysts have advised for caution as both sides of the divide try to exploit the situation to their advantage. The protests, by loyalists of the former president, have been described as a double-edged sword seen by many as a threat to their health. Speaking on the crisis, a South America analyst at Eurasia Group, a Washington-based political consultancy, Filipe Carvalho, said Mr. Morales’s supporters are trying to use the protests to destabilize Ms. Añez’s government and provoke a violent military response that will further sap her popularity.

“Both sides are playing the pandemic for electoral gain, adding a new level of tensions,” Mr. Carvalho said. Whoever wins will take control of a highly divided country in deep recession and few options to restart economic growth, he said. SOURCE



Nigeria may impose visa restriction on Americans, others- Immigration

US hands over 200 ventilators to FG.

Buhari: We could have used the military to overrun some states during.

Flood kills two, destroys farmlands in Sokoto.

Bandits kidnap Zamfara ex-councillor, five others, demand N60m

Twitter, TikTok Have Held Preliminary Talks About Possible Combination.

North-east governors meet Buhari, say Boko Haram recruiting more members.

Osimhen apologises for derogatory remark over report on ’emulating Maradona in Napoli’.

Ex-Nigerian coach - I’m yet to receive Olympic gold medal we won in 1996.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Advances Goal of Becoming Trusted, Long-Term Military Launch Provider

US Development Finance Corporation announces a $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak is on hold.

TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday.

Women make up 21% of boards seats in NSE 20.

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage.

Outstanding forex obligations reach $1.16 billion.

Egypt’s inflation slows to 4.5%.

Trump weighs blocking U.S. citizens coming home if coronavirus infection feared.

McDonald's sues ex-boss Easterbrook over alleged sexual relationships.

World Bank approves $114.3 million financing to Nigeria.

Osun state spends 91% of FAAC on debt servicing.

Chinese Hackers Have Pillaged Taiwan's Semiconductor Industry.

Top Hong Kong pro-democracy figure was arrested. Beijing isn’t playing around.

China sanctions Rubio, Cruz and other US officials for 'Hong Kong-related issues'.

Fortune Global 500 is now more Chinese than American.

Repentant terrorists told us northern governor among Boko Haram leaders – Mailafia.

Politicians exploit insecurity for personal gains – Matawalle.

Ondo inaugurates Operation Amotekun.

NFF okays $2 million COVID-19 relief for clubs, leagues.

NECO releases 2020 examination timetable.

Ondo deputy governor finally dumps PDP.

Akintola’s family writes Buhari over naming of Ibadan Railway station after their late father.

Westerhof floors Bonfrere in court.

Somalia prison: Deadly shootout after al-Shabab militants attempt escape.

Asylum seekers launch legal challenge against their removal from UK.

Finger-pointing begins over Mauritius oil spill.



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The Lebanon Explosions in Photos. NYT

Forget Everything You Think You Know About Time. Pocket

Nigeria has tested less than 1% of its population. Here's why. CNN

COVID-19 is awful. Climate change could be worse. Gates Notes

Simone Biles Would Like to Thank Herself. Vice

Hundreds of apps have hidden tracking software used by the government. AndriodAuthority

The Top 10 Digital Transformation Trends Of 2020: A Post Covid-19 Assessment. Forbes

3 Ways Google Creates a High-Performance Culture. Entrepreneur

Early retirement could be bad for your health. MarketWatch

A shout-out to what should be Hip-Hop Appreciation Day on its 47th birthday. Fast Company

TikTok and The Evolution of Blackface. Wired

The Only One in the Room. Bloomberg



Today's quiz...

1. What genre of music would you listen to while sitting on a kind of chair that leans back and forth _____? 
a. POP
b. ROCK 

2. What bone in the human body usually represents strength of character and determination_____? 
a. JAW
b. ARM

3. Man in suit was put over two people. Man on T-shirt, over five. But Man wearing a garment for manual labour was put over_____? 
a. ALL 

4. In pRIDE, they tried to deRIDE him but he took it in his_____? 

5. The drawing of inanimate or manmade objects is termed _____ drawing? 


What is the most Japanese thing ever?

I worked in a government office in Japan twenty years ago. After one month on the job I returned to my desk (after being away the ENTIRE day) to find $3,000 worth of yen on my desk. Just sitting there, right on top, in fresh new bills. I, of course, reported this to my boss, who replied that it was my salary, and presented the pay receipt that was underneath.

This simply has to be the most exclusively Japanese thing there is. What other country would have had this as a common practice?

I have no idea whether this is still done today. SOURCE



1. What genre of music would you listen to while sitting on a kind of chair that leans back and forth _____? 
b. ROCK 

2. What bone in the human body usually represents strength of character and determination_____? 

3. Man in suit was put over two people. Man on T-shirt, over five. But Man wearing a garment for manual labour was put over_____? 
a. ALL 

4. In pRIDE, they tried to deRIDE him but he took it in his_____? 

5. The drawing of inanimate or manmade objects is termed _____ drawing? 


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