Hunters rescue Nine kidnapped persons from kidnappers hideout in Kaduna state.

The Hunters group in Kaduna State have raid kidnappers hideout in Udawa-Birnin Gwari forests and rescued nine persons earlier kidnapped in a convoy. 

It was a successful operation carried out by our hunters because they succeeded in rescuing nine of our people from the bandits and also caught one bandit. They are interrogating him before handing him over to security agencies.

The hunters engaged the bandits in gun battle, which forced the bandits to abandon the victims at their camp. The whole community is happy with the hunters’ success. 

If the hunters are supported with vehicles, they would tackle banditry in the community and surrounding villages. We commend security agencies for carrying out an operation in the forest, earlier.

At press time, reaction from the security agencies and other authorities, was still being awaited.

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have apprehended three suspected terrorist.

Oneworldnews learnt that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) has arrested three suspected bandits in Zamfara State.

The NSCDC  Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ikor Oche, who confirmed the development to journalists at a news conference in Gusau, said the suspects were arrested at the state mass transit motor park in the state capital on Monday.

Oche said the suspects were arrested early in the morning while trying to board a vehicle leaving for Taraba to join other members who had already relocated to the state.

Tukur Halilu, 27, is from Gabaru Village, Nahuche district, Bugudu local government area of the state, and under a notorious bandits’ leader, Magajin Kaura.

Halilu confirmed he was involved in cattle rustling in all the villages in the LGA.

Two other suspects – Hussaini Altine, 40, and Abubakar Altine, 60, were from Agamalafiya village, Rijiya ward, Gusau LGA.

Although Abubakar Altine claimed he was innocent, Hussaini confessed his involvement in terrorism at Gugurawa.

But we discovered that Hussaini Altine had taken part in three different bandits’ attacks in Kurya, Bagawuri, Agamalafiya, and Rijiya.

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Vaginismus is a condition involving spasm in the muscles of the pelvic floor.

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition involving spasm in the muscles of the pelvic floor. Vaginismus makes sexual intercourse, vaginal examination and inserting a tampon extremely painful and difficult. It is an involuntary contraction seen in the pelvic muscles when an object is inserted which tightens it up. This, in turn, leads to muscle spasm, pain, and temporary cessation of breathing. The commonly affected muscle group in Vaginismus is the pubococcygeus group, the muscle which is responsible for urination, intercourse, orgasm, bowel movements, and childbirth.

Types

There are different types of vaginismus that can affect women at different ages.

Primary vaginismus

This is a lifetime condition in which the pain has always been present. It will be difficult to use a tampon and to undergo a gynecological exam.

It is often experienced by women during their first attempt at intercourse. The male partner is unable to insert his penis into the vagina. He may describe a sensation like “hitting a wall” at the vaginal opening.

There may be pain, generalized muscle spasms, and the woman may temporarily stop breathing. The symptoms are reversed when the attempt at vaginal entry is stopped.

Secondary vaginismus

This develops after a woman has already experienced normal sexual function. It has not always been present. It can occur at any stage of life, and it may not have happened before.

It usually stems from a specific event, such as an infection, menopause, a traumatic event, development of a medical condition, relationship issues, surgery, or childbirth.

Even after any underlying medical condition is corrected, pain can continue if the body has become conditioned to respond in this way.

Global vaginismus

Vaginismus is always present, and any object will trigger it.

Situational vaginismus

This occurs only in certain situations. It may happen during sex but not during gynecological exams or tampon insertion.

Causes of vaginismus

There are several possible causes of vaginismus. These include physical and psychological factors, like:

  • Trauma during childbirth
  • Medical conditions like recurrent UTIs, yeast infections (thrush), chronic pain syndromes, endometriosis
  • Rape, sexual abuse or assault in the past
  • A painful examination in the past
  • Unpleasant sexual intercourse
  • Fear of getting pregnant
  • Fear the vagina may be too small for penetration

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of vaginismus include:

  • History of sexual abuse or trauma
  • A frightening childhood medical procedure
  • Painful first intercourse
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual inhibition
  • Fear of pregnancy
  • Memory of previous pain due to infection, surgery, or other gynecologic conditions

Symptoms

The symptoms vary between individuals.

They may include:

  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia), with tightness and pain that may be burning or stinging
  • Penetration being difficult or impossible
  • Long-term sexual pain with or without a known cause
  • Pain during tampon insertion
  • Pain during a gynecological examination
  • Generalized muscle spasm or breathing cessation during attempted intercourse

Pain can range from mild to severe in nature and from discomfort to burning in sensation.

Vaginismus does not prevent people from becoming sexually aroused, but they may become anxious about sexual intercourse, so that they try to avoid sex or vaginal penetration.

Complications of vaginismus

Vaginismus can cause a lot of complications in women who are diagnosed with it. It can lead to physical and emotional distress in women, since they are either sexually unsatisfied or might experience difficulty in getting pregnant. Following are the commonly known complications caused by vaginismus:

  • Emotional and psychological distress: Often, the inability to support vaginal penetration makes a woman emotionally and psychologically drained out. This leads to poor self-esteem and insecurity among women.
  • Dyspareunia: It is a condition of painful or difficult sexual intercourse experienced by a woman. Lack of arousal or poor lubrication caused by pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis can be one reason, and vaginismus can be another major reason for dyspareunia.
  • Stress: Vaginismus can make a woman completely stressed out because she constantly feels guilty about not being able to have a fulfilling sexual life. The stress further causes hormonal imbalance (for example, a drop in estrogen levels) and may also affect vaginal lubrication due to which vaginal penetration becomes difficult.
  • Depression and relationship issues: Vaginismus makes it difficult for women to enjoy sexual intercourse with her partner. Also, the man is not sexually satisfied as he is not able to penetrate enough. This leads to depression and issues in the relationship since both partners are unable to feel physically intimate and often abstain from intercourse.
  • Infertility: Vaginismus can also lead to infertility which is a condition where women are unable to bear a child. If diagnosed with infertility, women can consult reproductive consultant for further options.

The complications caused by vaginismus can be avoided by taking appropriate treatment for the same. Consulting doctors and counselors for treatment and therapy can help women lead a normal life like their peers.

Diagnosis and Test

The clinician should take a careful gynaecological, obstetric, sexual and urological history to determine if there is any obvious likely cause.

Diagnosis of vaginismus firsts begins with the gynecologist asking you about your symptoms including:

  • When did you first notice the problem?
  • What makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • How often does the problem occur?
  • Instances when it occurs
  • Have you experienced any form of sexual abuse or trauma?
  • Your medical history, if you have had any form of gynecological surgeries

Examination of the external genitalia and vagina is essential, looking for any congenital urogenital anomalies, scarring, lichenification, ulceration or inflammation.

Pelvic examination may be difficult with vaginismus and require patience and maybe a second visit. Time should be taken to explain examination and to obtain consent at each step. Reassure the woman that you will stop examining at any point if she wishes or if it is too painful to continue. During examination try to ascertain at what point there is pain or muscular contraction and what the trigger for this is. Establish if she is able to voluntarily relax the musculature and whether penetration is possible.

How is vaginismus managed or treated?

Vaginismus treatments focus on reducing the reflex of your muscles that causes them to tense up. Treatments also address anxieties or fears that contribute to vaginismus.

Your healthcare provider may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Topical therapy: Topical lidocaine or compounded creams may help with the pain associated with this condition.
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy: A physical therapist will teach you how to relax your pelvic floor muscles.
  • Vaginal dilator therapy: Vaginal dilators are tube-shaped devices that come in various sizes. Their primary purpose is to stretch the vagina. People with vaginismus use dilators to become more comfortable with, and less sensitive to, vaginal penetration. Your provider may recommend first applying a topical numbing cream to the outside of the vagina to make insertion easier.
  • Kegel Exercises: Kegel exercises cause the repeated contraction and relaxation of the pelvic muscles. The exercises can help improve control over the vaginal muscles.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps you understand how your thoughts affect your emotions and behaviors. It’s an effective treatment for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Education and counseling: Providing information about the sexual anatomy and sexual response cycle can help the individual understand their pain and the processes their body is going through.
  • Sex therapy: Trained sex therapists work with individuals and couples to help them find pleasure again in their sexual relationships.
  • Surgery: in some cases, where there may have been previous surgical trauma, or an obstruction which narrows the vagina, surgery may be necessary. The patient will undergo an anaesthetic and a small amount of tissue is removed.

Prevention of vaginismus

This condition cannot be prevented as the cause of the disease can be a past traumatic incident or a fear. Also, you will only get to know about the condition while attempting vaginal penetration.

Burning feet syndrome, also referred to Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, causes severe burning and aching of the feet, and changes of the feet that lead to excessive sweating.

Definition

Burning feet syndrome, also referred to Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, causes severe burning and aching of the feet, and changes of the feet that lead to excessive sweating. This medical condition can even affect the eyes. The condition occurs more frequently in women and is often a problem when a person is between 20 and 40 years old.

This can occur due to Hereditary factors or Mechanical factors such as mechanical compression of the peripheral nerves (as seen in tarsal tunnel syndrome) and in diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Studies have also related this condition to

  • Psychosomatic causes
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Renal failure (dialysis patients)
  • Hypothyroidism

Nerve entrapment can occur at the level of the tarsal tunnel adjacent to the medial malleolus. Nerve entrapment due to sciatic mononeuropathy and spinal arteriovenous malformation can also cause burning feet. Burning is usually limited to the soles of the feet but may ascend to involve the top of the ankles or lower legs. The arms and palms of the hands are spared. A few patients occasionally complain of pins and needles or tingling in the lower extremities. Symptoms show worsening at night with day time improvement. Patients with underlying psychiatric disorders may present with a myriad of psychosomatic.

Signs and symptoms in association with burning feet. On examination, there is a paucity of objective signs. The overlying skin and blood vessels are normal in most, while in some patients there may be accompanying erythema of the feet with warm overlying skin as in erythromelalgia. There is no local tenderness over the affected parts. If the condition is being caused by a disease i.e. Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, Psychosomatic, etc than disease-specific measures must be taken.

Causes of Burning Feet Syndrome

While fatigue or skin infection can cause temporary burning or inflamed feet, burning feet are most often a sign of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Nerve damage has many different causes, including diabetes, chronic alcohol use, exposure to certain toxins, certain B vitamin deficiencies, or HIV infection.

Possible causes of burning feet:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a group of hereditary disorders that affects the nerves in your arms and legs)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain due to a dysfunctional nervous system)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiency anemia

Burning Feet Syndrome Symptoms

The most common symptoms of burning feet syndrome include:

  • Sensations of heat or burning, often worsening at night
  • Numbness in the feet or legs
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Feeling of heaviness in the feet
  • Dull ache in the feet
  • Skin redness or excess warmth
  • Prickling or tingling or a feeling of “pins and needles”

Complications

Because burning feet can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Brain damage (if the sensation of feet burning is due to stroke)
  • Loss of limb
  • Permanent nerve damage

Diagnosis and test

Most people who have burning feet have a likely cause (such as diabetes) that can be identified. For these people, the diagnosis of burning feet due to neuropathy is straightforward, and additional testing is not needed. In a few people whose burning sensation is sudden, rapidly worsening, or has no explainable cause, further testing may be needed to make a correct diagnosis. These tests may include:

Electromyography (EMG): A test of muscle function using recordings of electrical activity inside the muscles. A probe may be placed on the skin, or a needle may be inserted into the muscle, for an EMG test.

Nerve conduction study: A nerve conduction study tests the ability of nerves to transmit impulses. A nerve is stimulated, and the response in the muscle controlled by that nerve is measured.

Laboratory tests: Sometimes, tests of blood, urine, or spinal fluid may be suggested to help diagnose the cause of burning feet. Vitamin levels can be checked with a simple blood test.

Nerve biopsy: Very rarely, a doctor may suggest cutting out a piece of nerve tissue and examining it under a microscope.

Treatment and medications

The main aim of treatment is to prevent any further damage to the nerves. In general, the treatment can be mainly classified as pharmacological and nonpharmacological. The treatment procedure depends on the cause of the problem and other co-morbidities of the patient.

Treating the underlying cause of the burning in the bottom of feet will help in the improvement of the symptoms, such as in the case of peripheral neuropathy caused by:

Diabetes mellitus – Proper dietary modifications with oral hypoglycemic drugs or insulin injections to maintain the blood glucose level within the desired range.

Alcoholism – Taking proper measures to stop further alcohol intake and medications to cure the alcohol withdrawal syndrome to prevent further nerve damage.

Vitamins and other nutritional deficiencies – Proper dietary supplements given orally or intramuscularly to maintain the required levels.

Chronic kidney disease – Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis to remove the excess toxins.

Hypothyroidism – Proper oral medications to bring the thyroid hormone levels back to normal.

HIV/AIDS – Proper treatment according to the condition of the patient.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) – plasmapheresis and immunoglobulin therapy.

If the symptoms are due to peripheral artery disease treatment should involve lifestyle modification such as exercises, quitting smoking, and a healthy diet in addition to lipid-lowering drugs to maintain proper lipid levels. Sometimes surgeries will be needed too.

Self-treatment of the burning foot sensation:

The most important part of managing burning feet yourself is to get it checked to make sure it is not caused by one of the rare serious problems.

Once the cause is established, there are a number of things that you can do to help your burning feet, but this can depend on the cause:

  • If it’s mechanical, well-fitting shoes with support is a good place to start to help.
  • If hot and sweaty, there are various self-treatments for the sweaty foot
  • Creams or ointments with cooling properties can help relieve the symptoms
  • Some relief in some people has been shown to occur with the use of magnets
  • Wear socks made of cotton rather than synthetic fabrics
  • Bath feet in cool water
  • Avoid prolonged period of standing
  • Cushioning or shock-absorbing insoles may make standing more tolerable

There is a lot of advice on the internet to take vitamin B12 to help burning feet. However, a burning foot occurring with the neuropathy that is associated with a deficiency of vitamin B12 is very uncommon and should be managed by a medical doctor. The taking of B12 for burning feet is not likely to help unless a deficiency is a cause and it is one of the more uncommon causes of the burning foot.

Some commonly prescribed medications for burning feet include:

  • Gabapentin (Neurontin)
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Pregabalin (Lyrica)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • Topiramate (Topamax)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR)

Other pain medications may be necessary to reduce the severe discomfort some people experience from burning feet. Over-the-counter medicines like Advil, Aleve, Motrin IB, and Tylenol control pain in many people with burning feet. Prescription pain relievers like tramadol (Ultram) or low-dose opiates (narcotics) may be necessary for severe pain.

Other treatment considerations include:

Use of creams that improve the blood flow to the joints and blood vessels of the foot. Certain creams and vitamin B supplements can also be helpful in reducing the burning sensation.

  • Use of magnetic therapy insoles to assist in relieving the burning sensations.
  • Reduction/elimination of alcohol consumption and smoking.
  • Use of shoes and socks that have adequate ventilation and are comfortable. In cases where it is a mechanical failure, arch supports and wider shoes may relieve discomfort. If the underlying cause is flat feet, orthotics will help restore the foot arch. Wearing cotton socks is also recommended.
  • Soaking the feet daily in cold water for 15 minutes. This can bring temporary symptomatic relief. You should avoid exposing your feet to the heat.

Prevention

There is no way to completely prevent burning feet, but these guidelines may help to address some problems.

  • Schedule regular examinations with a podiatrist or foot care specialist: Regular checkups are necessary if you have diabetes or other conditions that can affect the nerves. People with diabetes or other conditions may need to be fitted with special shoes.
  • Select shoes that fit properly and provide adequate ventilation: Shoes should have low heels, a wide toe box, and provide good support for the arches of the foot.
  • Wear clean, dry socks to prevent athlete’s foot: Change your socks often if you participate in sports or other activities that cause the feet to perspire.
  • Examine your feet daily for signs of infection or injury: Check your feet for blisters, sores, cuts, ulcers, and breaks in the skin to prevent infections.
  • If you have diabetes, controlling your sugar may be the single most effective method of preventing or treating neuropathy secondary to this cause.

Tragic: As bus loaded with passengers run into a canal at Oworonshoki area of Lagos state.

 According to a legit source, Oneworldnews learnt that a bus loaded with passengers has plunged into a canal at Oworonshoki Lagos State.

It was learnt that some of the passengers were injured in the incident when the bus lost control before plunging into the canal.

According to an eyewitness efforts are ongoing to rescue the trapped passengers.

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Katsina state government reject seaze fire deal requested by Turji bandits leader.

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari has kicked against the request for dialogue by a notorious bandit, Bello Turji.

Mr Masari in a Sunday interview with DW Hausa radio said the time for a ceasefire was over.

The governor stated this while reacting to a controversial letter by Turji, seeking dialogue with the government.

Turji had written an open letter, seeking dialogue and a ceasefire.

Masari, who had engaged in peace talks with bandits in the past, however, said the time for a peace accord has expired.

Though the letter was not addressed to him, the Katsina governor said Turji was not sincere in his letter.

“Dialogue? With who? Who is he to talk of dialogue or ceasefire? He is a liar. He can’t tell us peace accord and dialogue. To sit and discuss peace accord with who? In what capacity is he speaking and even calling for dialogue,” Masari said about Turji’s letter.

“Go and tell those he (Mr Turji) killed their families to do dialogue with him and see. And he is even setting conditions, what conditions is he setting and for what? He wants dialogue and he is even setting conditions.”

Turji’s terror group is one of the several gangs of bandits operating in the North-west and North-central states.

The groups, operating as bandits, attack communities at will, killing and kidnapping residents. Over a thousand people are believed to have been killed by such groups this year.

Their activities have continued despite the heavy deployment of security operatives to the area.

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The Nigeria Upper Chamber has insisted that the formerly PEF now NPRA must account for the N34 Billion fixed deposit.

The Nigeria upper chamber of the National Assembly has told the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) now Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA), that it must give account on interest accrued to the N34 billion placed in a fixed deposit.

The Senate had accused the agency of not remitting fully the interest accrued from the N34 billion in fixed deposit account.

But, the Agency claimed to have remitted the interest to the Federation Account in a letter to the Committee.

Addressing newsmen on the issue, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Account, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, said that the agency must present evidence of remitting N182 million accrued from N34 billion placed in the fixed deposit.

He added that whether the agency changes name or not, it must appear before the Committee and account for interest accrued on the N34 billion in the fixed deposit account.

He added that the PEF must account for the outstanding of N100 million that is remaining in the interest accrued to N34 billion placed in the fixed deposit account or else the Committee will sustain the position of Auditor General’s of the Federation against the agency.

At the Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board, it was revealed that in 2015, the Board placed the sum of N34,003,057,534.22 (Thirty-four billion, three million, fifty-seven thousand, five hundred and thirty-four naira, twenty-two kobo) in fixed deposit accounts in various banks, which yielded interest in the sum of N182,400,810.74 (One hundred and eighty-two million, four hundred thousand, eight hundred and ten naira, seventy-four kobo).

However, the Board remitted only the sum of N82,263,824.31 (Eighty-two million, two hundred and sixty-three thousand, eight hundred and twenty-four naira, thirty-one kobo) to the Consolidated Revenue Fund, leaving a balance of N100,136,986.43 (One hundred million, one hundred and thirty-six thousand, nine hundred and eighty-six naira, forty-three kobo) unaccounted for.

This act is a contravention of the provision of Financial Regulation 222 which stipulates that ‘interest earned on bank accounts must be properly classified to the appropriate revenue head of Accounts and paid to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

The Executive Secretary should remit the outstanding interest yield of N100,136,986.43 immediately to the Consolidated Revenue Fund and furnish evidence of remittance for my verification.

Failure to comply should attract appropriate sanctions in line with Financial Regulation 3112 which stipulates that ‘where an officer fails to give satisfactory reply to an audit query within 7 days for his failure to account for government revenue, such officer shall be surcharged for the full amount involved and such officer handed over to either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

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So Sad: Terrorist have kidnapped over 20 Women in Zamfara state.

According to our source, Oneworldnews learnt that, Bandits have kidnapped over 20 women following attacks in 15 villages within Gusau, Zamfara’s capital.

According to a BBC Hausa report, some locals in Geba and Gidan Kaura villages and others in communities within the Gusau Local Government Area told the BBC that the bandits invaded their  communities, killed  men and destroyed properties.

The bandits kidnapped women and girls, took them away, they said.

One of the locals said “the bandits kidnapped 10 women in Kura at Bayauri they kidnapped 9.They also entered a village called Gana and kidnapped 7 before proceeding to Duma and kidnapped another 7. These happened before Sunday morning.

According to reports, many villages have been deserted even as the villagers embarked on an exodus to the state capital, Gusau.

A local who was migrating to Gusau said they’ve now ran away to the Damba community in Gusau.

We have women, children and the pregnant ones, there is no food. If you see where they sleep in this cold as if there is no government, a local residing in Damba community has alleged.

The Commissioner of Information in Zamfara state, Ibrahim Dosara, however, confirmed that the attack was in Geba. He explained that shortly after the bandits attacked, security agents went to rescue the situation.

there are soldiers working in that zone, they went to Geba. They met 3 people injured, the soldiers dispersed the bandits.

The attacks in Zamfara came at a time the authorities announced that security agents have arrested some bandits that were earlier dislodged in their hideouts, who went to a medical facility for treatment.

For some years, Zamfara is among the states in the North battling with banditry, a phenomenon that has attained a disturbing dimension in the states of Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna and their neighbours.

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Covid-19 hits the Nigeria sit of power Aso Villa as many presidential aides text positive.

Oneworldnews learnt that the Activities at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, have been shut down following an outbreak of COVID-19 at Nigeria’s seat of power, with many presidential aides testing positive, SaharaReporters has gathered.

Multiple sources told SaharaReporters that the spread of COVID-19 infections at the Aso Villa was traced to the installation ceremony of Yusuf Buhari, the only son of President Muhammadu Buhari as a district head (Talban Daura) in Katsina.

Sources added that following the outbreak, Buhari is closely being monitored by health officials as most of those who contracted the virus are “too close to him”. 

In the meantime, the President’s planned visit to Katsina has been cancelled,” one of the sources revealed to SaharaReporters on Monday. 

The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, on Saturday, December 18 turbaned Yusuf Buhari as Talban Daura and district head of Kwasarawa community, an event that was well attended by government officials. 

Many presidential aides, prominent politicians and other dignitaries also attended the event.

Also in attendance at Yusuf’s turbanning were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, were equally in attendance.

Also in attendance were the Emir of Bichi in Kano State, Nasiru Ado Bayero; former Governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff and members of the Katsina State House of Assembly.

However, President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, did not witness the ceremony as they were in Istanbul attending the third Turkey-African Partnership Summit at the time. 

“Aso Rock has now been deserted over the number of President Buhari’s aides that have contracted COVID-19. Currently, President Buhari is being monitored by health officials. Plans for the President to go to Katsina have been stepped down for now.

“The recent spread of the virus at the Aso Rock was traced to his son, Yusuf’s coronation ceremony in Katsina,” another source told SaharaReporters.

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Sunday said there was nothing abnormal in presidential aides testing positive for COVID-19.

There had been reports that some presidential aides including the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Tijani Umar; the President’s aide-de-camp (ADC), Yusuf Dodo; his chief security officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa, and his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu tested positive for COVID-19 and were in isolation.

Speaking on the development, Adesina, in an interview with Channels Television, said presidential aides are also humans and not immune to happenings around them.

What I like to say is that presidential aides are just humans. They can fall sick. If anything happens to human beings, it can also happen to presidential aides,” he said.

The fact that we are presidential aides does not make us immune to certain things. If there is a virus that is ravaging society, well, it can touch anybody.

So Mallam Garba Shehu has confirmed that, yes, he tested positive but he said it’s mild. And I believe that by now, because it happened since Wednesday, by now, he should almost have beaten it if he has not beaten it already. There is no cause for alarm.

But when he was asked how many presidential aides in the State House had contracted the virus, Adesina said he could not reveal the details as it is a private matter. 

That will not be within my purview to discuss, maybe if you get the presidential doctor or anybody on the medical side, they will tell you, I wouldn’t know because it is a private thing, he added.

If it happens to anybody, it’s between that person and possibly the doctor. It is not going to be general knowledge. So I may not be able to say.

In the past few days, Nigeria has been reporting a steady increase in COVID-19 infections, in what has been confirmed as the fourth wave of the pandemic by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Last Wednesday, the country recorded 4,035 cases, the highest single-day count since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

On Friday, NCDC announced that 45 cases of the Omicron variant had been detected in the country.

As of Sunday, December 26, Nigeria recorded 237,561 cases of COVID-19 with 21,989 cases currently active, while 212,550 persons have been discharged and 3,022 deaths recorded.

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