Rundown Of Events For The Week
This week came with its fair share of drama and pleasantry. From dethronement to the celebration of Nigeria’s proud heritage not to forget the rising issues that trail the novel coronavirus, here is a rundown of the week.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Removed As Emir of Kano
Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje on Monday removed Sanusi Muhammad II as the emir of Kano, months after the relationship between the two went sour.
Secretary to the state government Usman Alhaji announced Sanusi’s removal on Monday at the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano. Alhaji said the removal was with immediate effect.
Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.
Sanusi was accused of insubordination and outright disrespect to constituted authority in the state.
Anthony Joshua: Nigeria’s Pride
Heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua took centre stage on Commonwealth Day which was celebrated at the Westminster Abbey and attended by members of the British Royal Family.
The pro boxer who was selected to speak on Commonwealth Day used his speech to canvass for unity, noting that togetherness is” a beautiful thing”. He said:
“A thing to be celebrated and cherished, and a great source of peace and stability. I feel opportunity should be there for the taking along with hard work, dedication, and perseverance, regardless of one’s background. It takes a village to raise a child. And in the same vein, it takes a whole community to act and stand together to tackle some of the challenges we are confronted with today.”
Joshua concluded his speech by summing his identity as a Briton and a Nigerian:
“So here’s to fish and chips, egusi soup and pounded yam. To the UK and Nigeria, and the children of the Commonwealth.”
Uche Jombo Schooled About Coronavirus
Nollywood actress Uche Jombo earlier this week came under fire from Nigerian Twitter users over comments she made about coronavirus.
The actress in a bid to educate Nigerian had wrongly misinformed them in now-deleted tweets. She tweeted that coronavirus “CANNOT survive in a HOT environment.”
Nigerian Twitter users were quick to point out that the link she posted stressed coronavirus not being able to survive in hot conditions is speculation. She was bashed for using the word “CANNOT”.
Another tweet from her that raised Nigerian Twitter users’ angst against her is when she wrote that the N620 million released to fight coronavirus is a ploy to loot funds as 1% of the money can help equip hospitals properly.
On this, she was schooled about foreign countries like the US and UK releasing funds running into millions of dollars to fight the virus with the N620 million Nigeria released a paltry sum.
Billie Eilish Takes Off Her Clothes To Protest Body Shaming
Billie Eilish gave fans, critics and detractors a lot to talk about during a concert in Miami on Monday when she took off her clothes to address the issue of body shaming.
The “Bad Guy” singer’s baggy clothes have been widely discussed since she first made it big and she decided to set things straight at her Miami concert with a spoken-word interlude.
The Grammy award winner took off her shirt and performed a monologue about sexism and body shaming. The pre-recorded spoken word video was played on a large screen to fans.
UK Lab To Pay Volunteers £3,500 To Be Infected With Coronavirus
In a bid to find a vaccine for COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus which continues to spread around the world, a laboratory is now offering people £3,500 (₦1,675,566.55) to be infected with a form of the disease.
The Queen Mary BioEnterprises Innovation Centre will reportedly be infecting up to 24 people at a time with two weaker strains of coronavirus strains as part of a global experiment.
For £3,500 the participants will be injected with two common strains of the virus known as 0C43 and 229E which are believed to cause very mild respiratory symptoms that are not as severe as COVID-19.
During the study, participants will spend two weeks in isolation, eat a restricted diet and will not be able to exercise or have physical contact with other people.
They will undergo a series of examinations during that time, including nasal swabs and blood tests, while medical staff in protective clothing will collect any dirty tissues they infect. Doctors working on the study will assess their response to the vaccine while wearing protective clothing and ventilators.