No fewer than 18 Nigerians die hourly from Tuberculosis (TB), the National Tuberculosis, Burulli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP), said on Friday in Lagos.
Mrs Itohowo Uko, the Deputy Directorof NTBLCP in the Federal Ministry of Health, disclosed this at an integrated media parley organised by Breakthrough Action -Nigeria in collaboration with the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos.
Uko, who is also a laboratory scientist described tuberculosis as an airborne infectious disease caused by the germ, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which affects the lungs mainly but may affect any other part of the body.
”According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2017 global report, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and Nigeria is classified among the 14 countries with high burden of TB.
”It is estimated that two out of every 1,000 Nigerians will have TB; 104,940 TB patients representing about 20 per cent of existing patients were notified to the authorities in 2017.
“This means that there is a huge number of TB patients in communities that are not notified.
”No fewer than 18 Nigerians die every hour of TB and one case of untreated TB can infect between 10 and 15 persons per year.
”Nigeria has the sixth highest burden of TB patients globally and first in Africa; of the 104,904 patients notified in 2017, 63 per cent were aged between 15 and 44; the working age group is the most affected,” she said.
Uko said that the statistics were scary and called on all stakeholders to show concern to ensure a Nigeria-free TB, reduce burden, as well as reach zero TB death.
On the dynamics of TB, she said that TB is spread through the air when the person with TB of the lungs coughs, sneezes, sings or talks.
According to her, TB is curable and the patient is not termed as infectious after few weeks of treatment.
”Persistent cough of two weeks or more duration may be due to TB and needs to be further investigated.
Curvy actress Moesha Boduong shares more swimsuit photos
Curvy Ghanaian actress and socialite, Moesha Boduong took to Instagram to share more sexy photos of herself posing in a colorful swimsuit. See full photos below. The post Curvy actress Moesha Boduong shares more swimsuit photos appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes list of highest-paid actors in 2019
Forbes’s ranking of the world’s highest-paid actors for 2019 is out, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson secured the top spot
According to the publication, Johnson, whose 2019 film credits include Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw as well as the WWE-themed comedy-drama Fighting with My Family, made $89.4m (£73.7m) between 1 June 2018 and 1 June 2019.
Chris Hemsworth came in second place with estimated earnings of $76.4 million, and Robert Downey Jr.. came in third with reported earnings of $66 million.
According to Forbes, the earnings estimates are based on a number of factors, including data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB. Interviews with “industry insiders” are also taken into account. The estimated figures are pretax, and fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.
Check out the full list of World’s Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019.
?1. Dwayne Johnson
Earnings: $89.4 million
2. Chris Hemsworth
Earnings: $76.4 million
3. Robert Downey Jr.
Earnings: $66 million
4. Akshay Kumar
Earnings: $65 million
5. Jackie Chan
Earnings: $58 million
6. Bradley Cooper (tie)
Earnings: $57 million
6. Adam Sandler (tie)
Earnings: $57 million
8. Chris Evans
Earnings: $43.5 million
9. Paul Rudd
Earnings: $41 million
10. Will Smith
Earnings: $35 million
Crime was low and people were content when churches were not so rampant – Reno Omokri
According to Reno Omokri, ‘as a youth growing up in Nigeria, churches were not so rampant. Crime was low and people were content. As I grew up, churches became rampant.
As they increased, crime rose and discontentment grew. Perhaps Nigeria needs more contentment, and less religiosity? As a nation, we need to understand that it is righteousness that exalts a nation and not religion’.
Tony Elumelu’s elegant daughter steals the heart of Instagram users
Tony Elumelu shared a photo of his daughter visiting him at work.
Oge, who is on her summer break, took a break from her vacation to stop by her father’s office on a Sunday.
The chairman of Heirs Holding shared the photo and Instagram users couldn’t stop themselves from commenting about how beautiful she is.
Late Aaliyah immortalized with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds
18 years after Aaliyah died in a plane crash, the RnB star has lived on in many forms. The latest is a new wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.
Aaliyah’s wax figure at Madam Tussauds was unveiled on Wednesday August 21, immortalizing one of her iconic looks. Adam Morey, Studios Manager at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas revealed that the discussions on making an Aaliyah figure began over a year ago.
This set, rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” he said.
“It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”
The designer worked closely with Aaliyah’s family on the wax figure which was inspired by the music video for her smash hit “Try Again”.
Aaliyah was an American singer and actress who died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, at the Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. She had just completed filming for the music video for her single “Rock the Boat”.
Military panel begins investigation into Wadume?s confession, invites police
The Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to probe the killing of three police in Ibi, Taraba State, has opened an investigation into the video showing arrested kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, indicting soldiers over his escape.
In the video released by police on their Twitter handle, Wadume said in Hausa, “My name is Hamisu Bala Wadume. Police came to arrest me. When they arrested me, the army (soldiers) chased them and opened fire. From there, they (soldiers) took me to their headquarters and cut off my handcuffs and released me. “I went back to my house, but the police came to re-arrest me.”
The DHQ also invited the police, air force, Department of State Services and other security agencies for a joint meeting to look into the “security challenges facing the country”.
A source in the DHQ panel said on Wednesday they were disturbed by Wadume’s confession in the video and were looking into it.
He said, “The arrest of Wadume by the police is commendable. It was a joint effort between the police and the military. The video confession is very disturbing and we cannot ignore it.
We are investigating the confession and we want to ensure a smooth relationship with the police. The panel was given one week initially but we now have an extension to tidy up the investigation. We are rounding off as soon as possible.”
The panel headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya has top officers drawn from the police, army, navy, air force, DSS and the Defence Intelligence Agency. On the invitation sent to the police and other security agencies, the acting Director, Defence Information, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, said;
“The special meeting is sequel to a decision reached at the meeting of the Chief of Defence Staff with service chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies.
“It is based on the need for their spokespersons and directors of information to hold regular meetings and address joint conferences to inform the public about the efforts the security agencies are making towards addressing the security challenges facing the country and other relevant issues.”
Buhari has reducedÂ ministers to Abba Kyariâs clerical aides and Its completely unacceptable – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Buhari of reducing ministers to his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari’s clerical aides with the directive that they (ministers) must channel all their meeting requests to him through Kyari.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said it was an indication that Nigerians would not enjoy good governance during Buhari’s second term.
The PDP invites Nigerians to note President @MBuhari’s contemptible approach to governance and disregard to ministerial portfolios as portrayed in the recent degrading of ministers to clerical aides of Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) August 21, 2019
“The directive also suggests that Mr President as the Minister of Petroleum Resources will also go through the Chief of Staff on policy matters. He has abdicated his responsibility and ceded it to his Chief of Staff.”
Ologbondiyan also said such demotion of ministers was unacceptable, counter-productive, adding that it only reduced governance to a domestic affair.
The President had on Tuesday, at the close of the two-days retreat organised for the ministers, asked them to always go through Kyari for meeting requests and through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, for issues relating to the Federal Executive Council.
“As I said yesterday (Tuesday), in terms of coordinating communication, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in order to speed up the process of decision-making.”
Ubi Franklin’s estranged baby mama, Sandra Iheuwa shares a photo of her ex-husband and their kids
Ubi Franklin’s estranged baby mama, Sandra Iheuwa took to Instagram to share a photo of her ex-husband and their two kids.
Covering up her ex-husband’s face with an emoji, the Imo-born businesswoman also revealed that she has 3 step-children. Sandra shared the photo with the caption;
Ex hubby with his girls. Family is everything, picture is missing 3 of my step children. my blended family is big #isabellabirthday
This is coming days after she said she will rather iron things out with the devil than with Ubi Franklin. The music executive has also in the last few days engaged in a photo-sharing spree of his kids with 3 other women, excluding Sandra Iheuwa.
‘The men are my fans, let them enjoy meÂ – Pantless dancer Zodwa WabantuÂ speaks after a male fan stuck his finger in her private part
During a recent event, the controversial South African dancer, 34, who is famously known for dancing pantless at occasions, went closer to some of her male fans while she was on stage speaking in a very skimpy outfit.
At one point, some excited fans were seen lifting her dress and groping the dancer on stage. But one man went a bit far as he was filmed sticking his finger in between the legs of unbothered Wabantu. Watch the video here.
Reacting to the outrage behind the viral video, Zodwa Wabantu said the men are the ones who support her and no harm was done.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Zodwa explained that she was not bothered by being touched by the men, as they were her supporters, who came to see her perform. “They are my fans, there was no abuse whatsoever, and no harm was done.”
She added that the people who were commenting on the issue were not at her show and were not supportive of her career. “Those men are the ones who support me, not all these people making noise. I am theirs.”
Nigerian man seeks advice on how to deal with a wife that gets violent and abusive when corrected
You need to talk to a marriage counselor not social media, your wife’s attitude is not something that can not be tamed or worked on, so please give her a second chance, talk to her when she is calm and find out why she behave the way she does and further explain to her how this makes you feel. Make her understand that you are her husband and lover too not enemy. She should accord you some respect, tell her how this is affecting the marriage. Godluck
Miley Cyrus’ family believe her new girlfriend, Kaitlynn Carter is using her for fame
Miley Cyrus’ family is reportedly unsure of her romance with Kaitlynn Carter after the end of her marriage to Liam Hemsworth.
Recall that Miley and Liam confirmed their eight-month marriage was over after photos of the ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer kissing Kaitlynn during a romantic getaway to Lake Como surfaced.
On August 10, Cyrus’ rep told People in a statement “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of the animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”
However an insider told Radar that Miley Cyrus’ famous family is “skeptical” over her budding romance with the reality show star. It was learnt they they think Kaitlynn is using Miley for fame.
“Tish doesn’t know what to believe, because she is hearing from Liam that Miley and Kaitlynn were hooking up while they were both married,” a source said.
“She has to support Miley regardless though, and Miley is now telling her mom they are serious. It is all just way too much, too fast.
“Everyone thinks that Kaitlynn is using her, and it is just a matter of time before Miley sees it!”
This is coming after Brody Jenner was spotted in a PDA session with Josie Canseco, two weeks after announcing his split from Kaitlynn Carter. The pair were all smiles as they walked next to each other and even shared a kiss at one point during the night.
A source told People that they met in New York through Jenner’s Hills costar Frankie Delgado. Putting out a statement after his outing with Canseco on Friday August 16, Jenner described his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend as a “wonderful person”. He admitted that there has been “far too much negativity” directed at her after news of their split broke earlier this month.
“We decided the best move for both of us was to keep our love for each other strong but move forward separately with our lives,” he wrote. “I respect Kaitlynn and care deeply about her. She deserves to be able to move forward in her life with respect and happiness.”
Concerned Nigerian asks for justice for his friend who is among 12 soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny
A concerned Nigerian is asking for justice for his friend who is among the 12 soldiers who were sentenced to death for mutiny in 2014.
His friend, Lance Cpl. Friday Onun was sentenced to death along with 11 others for mutiny and attempted murder after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in May 2014.
The soldiers were reportedly angry after a convoy was ambushed on a road frequently targeted by Islamist Boko Haram militants.
Five other soldiers were acquitted and one was convicted on another count. But all denied the charges at a court-martial in Abuja.
According to a BBC report at that time, front-line troops often complain that they lack adequate weapons and equipment. It was also reported that some of them complained about not been paid or properly fed.
Damani Basecapitol, a concerned friend and ex-classmate of Lance Cpl. Friday Onun has taken to his Facebook page to ask for justice on his behalf.
According to him, he believes the government were unfair with their judgment to sentenced them to death.
Read what he wrote below.
Friday Onu was my classmate in Primary school. We attended same Secondary school (Army Day Onitsha) same barracks. He is in Prison because he was a soldier who fought for restoration of peace in Borno State, Nigeria.
These are people whom the government has been unfair to with their judgment. The 12 soldiers who reacted in anger that they where ambushed by the Boko Haram sect. Because of miss information 2times from their commander which led to the death of 12 soldiers.
The Army said its attempted Mutiny to the order rank soldiers and a penalty of death by firing squad. But to the General it’s just a quick retirement with his entitlement….
They have been in jail since 2015 and our Activist, NGO’s etc are yet to start addressing such to give the last class Nigerians open for better tomorrow.
Boy, 8, endured unnecessary major surgeries after his mother lied he had cancer for selfish reasons
A mother has admitted to subjecting her son to unnecessary major surgery after lying that he had cancer for selfish reasons.
Kaylene Bowen-Wright, 35, pleaded guilty to injury to a child causing serious bodily harm on Friday, after taking advantage of son Christopher Bowen for years.
Bowen-Wright, from Dallas, began using her son Christopher, who is now 10, to raise money from when he was 11 days old. She launched various fundraisers for the youngster, claiming he was dying from a rare genetic disorder, and that he had cancer.
The mother took her son to doctors appointments and the hospital 323 times, beginning when he was just 11 days old. She made him stay in a wheelchair and made him use oxygen tanks he didn’t need. Christopher also struggled to eat or participate in everyday activities because his mother convinced him he was too sick to do so.
Bowen-Wright’s abuse of her young son saw him develop life-threatening blood infections that required intensive care. He suffered serious illness as a consequence of radiation he was exposed to during treatment.
But Bowen-Wright’s abuse was exposed in 2015 after medical professionals who dealt with Christopher realized the then eight-year-old was being subjected to medical child abuse. She was indicted in October that year, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Christopher was placed in the care of his father Ryan Crawford, where he has since thrived without suffering any further illness.
Christopher’s father branded Bowen-Wright “evil” in the wake of Friday’s admission, telling the Star-Telegram: “I am happy that she decided to do the right thing. Eventually, the lies had to stop. Now, hopefully, those who thought a mother could never do this to their child will see evil does exist.”
Bowen-Wright will be sentenced on October 11. She struck an “open plea” deal which means a judge has free rein in deciding how severely she should be punished, Metro UK reports.
She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Update: German police say nobody has been arrested over Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s attack
German police says nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack and humiliation of former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, at the New Yam Festival last Saturday August 17th.
Speaking in an interview with Channels tv, the press officer of Nuremberg police, Seebaurer Rainer, said
”The Secretary from Nigeria came and about 30 people demonstarted against him. The police was called and they calmed the situation and the secretary or Minister whoever he was, drove away with his car and everything was over. Nobody was arrested.
Donald Trump throws shade at Anthony Scaramucci by tweeting old video of the former aide praising him
Donald Trump took to Twitter to throw shade at Anthony Scaramucci after the former aide criticized him publicly.
Trump discredited the former White House communications director, who served for less than two weeks, by tweeting an old video of Scaramucci praising him.
Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days! pic.twitter.com/RzX3zjXzga
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
He captioned the video: “Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days!”
Trump’s tweet comes after Scaramucci suggested the Republican Party should push Trump off the 2020 presidential ticket. In a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post, Scaramucci wrote that he was wrong to support Trump before.
He added: “I can no longer in good conscience support the president’s reelection.”
Sharing a link to the Washington Post article, Scaramucci tweeted: “I made a mistake supporting @realDonaldTrump. I don’t need to be absolved of that. But now I will do what it takes to help make things right.”
Osun State declares public holiday for traditional worshippers
The Osun Government has declared Tuesday, August 20th as a public holiday to mark the 2019 Traditional Worshippers’ Day, also known as ‘’Isese Day.”
Obawale Adebisi, the Supervisor for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism , announced this on Monday in Osogbo. Adebisi, however, appealed to traditional worshippers to be peaceful and law abiding in their conduct during and after the festive period.
He enjoined the worshippers to use the festive period to pray for the state government and other stakeholders saddled with the responsibilities of moving the state to the next level of accomplishment.
Adebisi also appealed to them to continue to support government through prompt payment of taxes and levies for the development of the state. He further urged them to continue to live in harmony with other religious bodies in the state.
Nigeria?s population explosion is frightening – Buhari
President Buhari on Monday August 19, expressed fear over Nigeria’s population explosion which he described as “frightening”.
The President told the 43-ministers-designate who will assume office tomorrow to work hand-in-hand to find a solution to the worrisome trend.
“By average estimates, our population is close to 200 million today. By 2050, UN (United Nations) estimates show that Nigeria will be third globally, behind only India and China with a projected population of 411 million.
“This is a frightening prospect but only if we sit idly by and expect handouts from so-called development partners. The solution to our problems lies within us” he said.
Buhari also stated that his administration’s major focus is on securing the country, improving the economy and anti-corruption.
He added: “None but the most partisan will dispute that we have made headway in all three areas. First, we have rolled back the frontiers of terrorism; we are actively addressing other challenges such as kidnappings, farmer-herder violence, improving the safety of our roads, railways, air traffic and fire control capacities.
“Second, we are steadily turning the economy round through investment in agriculture and manufacturing, shoring up our foreign reserves, curbing inflation and improving the country’s infrastructure.
“Third, we have recovered hundreds of billions of stolen assets and are actively pursuing control measures to tackle leakages in public resources. We will not let up in fighting corruption.’’
Igbo community in Germany calls IPOB a humiliation of the Igbo race in a foreign land as they apologise to Ekweremadu
The Igbo community has issued an unreserved apology to senator Ike Ekweremadu and condemned in the strongest terms, the actions of the IPOB members who descended on him.
This was made known by Uche Anichukwu, Special Assistant to Ekweremadu on Media who quoted the group’s statement.
The statement reads: “We, Ndi-Igbo Germany, the umbrella/apex union of all Igbo unions operating in the Federal Republic of Germany are shocked and dismayed by the unprovoked, unwarranted and senseless attack unleashed on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany.
“Ndi-Igbo Germany, wish to offer our unequivocal apology to our special guest of honour, Senator Ike Ekweremadu – former Deputy Senate President – for the unfortunate treatment misdirected at him by members of Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra in Germany during the occasion of our second Annual Igbo Cultural Festival and Convention 2019.
“It must be emphasised that Senator Dr. Ike Ekweremadu had nothing personal to gain in attending our cultural day. Rather the Igbo residents here in Germany lost an opportunity to tap into his reservoir of knowledge.
“No words can describe our shock, our consternation, and our sadness at this inexcusable, shameful and senseless attack. We apologise from the depths of our hearts that you had to experience such a horrible thing here in our midst. This is not how we are here. Please do not hold this incident against the 99 per cent law-abiding Umu-Igbo in Germany.
“Our apologies go to Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and to all well-meaning Igbo-Diasporan groups and associations both at home and abroad for this disgrace.
“Ndi-Igbo Germany (N.I.G) condemns in strongest terms this action by the members of IPOB in Germany against Senator Ike Ikweremadu. Ndi-Igbo Germany distances herself from any group that encourages violence, directly or indirectly.
“It is not acceptable that an Igbo man or woman would come to the occasion of an ancient Igbo traditional event like Iri-ji and not only cause commotion, but also physically attack an invited guest, a fellow Igbo brother from home and a senior Igbo elder statesman in the person of Senator Dr. Ike Ekweremadu. This is an abomination in Igbo land. And in a foreign land! Is this what we have come to in our united struggle, Ndi Igbo? A house divided against itself cannot stand.
“This single action will cost IPOB in Germany more than 70 per cent of her hitherto sympathisers. What IPOB Germany thought in their inept, diminutive, and megalomaniac mindset as a humiliation of Senator Ekweremadu is, in reality, a humiliation of the Igbo race in a foreign land”
Doctor dies while trying to save electrocuted neighbor in Lagos
A Consultant physician in Lagos, Ayeni Adeyemi David, has died while trying to save his electrocuted neighbor in Lagos over the weekend.
According to reports, the doctor was home when he heard the cries for help. He rushed out and intuitively tried to rescue his neighbor who suffered an electric shock. Unfortunately he was also electrocuted in the process.
His family members have taken to social media to mourn him.
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