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SEVEN MAJOR PANDEMICS THAT CHANGED THE WORD AND MY THOUGHTS.

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SEVEN MAJOR PANDEMICS THAT CHANGED THE WORD AND MY THOUGHTS.

By Lemichi Chidi

  1. In 1347 there was an outbreak of what is referred to as the deadliest pandemic in human history -the black death. The black death killed over 200 million people. It began in Eurasia and spread all the way to Africa. In fact, this particular killed more than half of the inhabitants of Constantinople. It led to grave economic consequences which the city never recovered from till it’s unfortunate collapse in the hands of a rampaging 21-year-old Sultan Mehmed.
  2. Before then, there was the Antonine Plague. This pandemic started in Germany and spread to Rome. From there it traveled to other parts of the empire and the world. This pandemic killed millions and one of it’s victims is none other than one of the greatest thinkers in history, Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
  3. In 1492, there was another pandemic that hit the earth. It was called the Columbian Exchange. This pandemic killed 56 million people. The island of Hispaniola had 60,000 inhabitants but by the time this pandemic would be curtailed, the city had only 500 living people. Another name for this pandemic is The Cocolizti Disease.
  4. In 1665, the most popular pandemic known to mankind hit the earth. It was called The Great Plague of London otherwise known as the Bubonic Plague. This plague killed 20% of the inhabitants of London. Hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs we’re killed because it was alleged the disease came from them.
  5. In 1918, there was the pupolxar Spanish flu. This pandemic killed 50 million people all over the world. In that time people were mandated to wear masks in order to curtail the spread because it was an avian-borne flu. In America, all the mortuaries were filled to brim and dead bodies were left on the streets unattended to. In Nigeria, it started in Lagos but the old South East bore the brunt because of Port Harcourt. In the absence of vaccine, the deaths were over 300,000.
  6. In 1981, first observed in American gay communities, AIDS morphed into a pandemic and took out 35 million people before it could be contained. There is still no cure for it.
  7. Covid 19, in 2019, this pandemic started out from Wuhan and has so far over 5 million with hundreds of thousands dead.

In his popular work Florentine Codex, Franciscan scholar Bernardino de Sahagún said the Roman Catholic Priests at the time of the Columbian Exchange otherwise known as the Cocoliztli Disease began to preach to their congregation that Christ was coming back and people queued up to be baptized and repent of their sins. These priests spread conspiracy theories like the invading Spanish soldiers led by Christopher Columbus brought the disease with them to kill and forcefully take their lands. Does this sound familiar.

The world has also seen some other plagues which include but not limited to:
1.SARS

  1. Ebola
  2. MERS
  3. Asian Flu
  4. Russian flu of 1889
  5. Fiji Measles pandemic

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says there is nothing new under the sun. Nothing. Whatever is happening now has happened before.

In 1875, when the bubonic plague hit Australia, a local pastor shut down his church and was going from house to house burying his members who had succumbed to the disease. One night he cried out to God telling Him he was tired of buring members. God opened his eyes to Acts 10:38. That Scripture changed his life. It was the only thing he preached and the rest is history. What John 3:16 is to Billy Graham was exactly what it was to John Alexander Dowie.

Like I said, there is nothing that is happening today that has never happened before. Don’t get carried away by the theories of men. Be moved by the word of God.

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

By Sodiq Oyeleke

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.

He made this known while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Sanwoolu said the bill would be sent to the Lagos Assembly for legislative approval.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the abolition of pension for former governors and deputies will reduce the cost of governance.

He said, “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.”

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EndSARS CELEBRITIES, PROMOTERS MUST FACE LAW, GARBA SHEHU SAYS

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EndSARS CELEBRITIES, PROMOTERS MUST FACE LAW, GARBA SHEHU SAYS

The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that all Nigerians and celebrities, who promoted protests against police brutality in the country must face the law.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

The Nigeria Immigration Service also seized the travel passport of Modupe Odele, preventing her from leaving the country for providing legal aid to arrested protesters.

The Nigerian Government irked by the protests had in October hired thugs to hijack the demonstration, plunging the nation into chaos in a bid to blame it on peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

While speaking on why the CBN froze the account of the protesters, Shehu while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said, “This country has only one President and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.

“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution —under section 33— that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed.

“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.

“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.

“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”

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PRESIDENT BUHARI: DISBANDING OF SARS FIRST STEP TO EXTENSIVE POLICE REFORMS

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PRESIDENT BUHARI: DISBANDING OF SARS FIRST STEP TO EXTENSIVE POLICE REFORMS

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja declared that disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES), aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, President Buhari also directed that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts be brought to justice.

”I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force,’’ President Buhari said during the launch of the P-YES programme, attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Engineer Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

He continued: ”The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.

”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.

”We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.

”I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.

”Meanwhile, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties.

”The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”

On the empowerment programme, the President while restating his administration’s commitment to youth development and poverty alleviation pledged that the Federal Government policies of social protection and people empowerment would continue on track, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, who described P-YES as a cornerstone of his administration’s social and economic development strategies, said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in ten years.

”The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered One hundred youths from each of the 774 Local Government Areas with the necessary tools to acquire skills and establish small businesses.

”Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme,” he said.

President Buhari, who took a tour of P-YES tools and equipment displayed at the forecourt of Presidential Villa, expressed delight that the materials showcased represent the fruits of the initiatives embarked upon by his administration in 2016.

”All the tools, machines and equipment that are exhibited here, are products of the efforts of these empowered youth entrepreneurs.

”I note with particular pleasure that they were all fabricated in Nigeria by Nigerian youths using locally sourced materials. This is a wonderful and uplifting achievement.

”As an entrepreneurship empowerment project, the P-YES programme aims to address the needs of unskilled and less educated youth.

”It targets key areas of activities that are of practical importance and are essential to every aspect of our economy.

”These include areas such as agriculture and food processing, restaurant and catering, tailoring and fashion design, technical skills such as in the Information and Communications Technology sector, artisanship, welding, carpentry and joinery, other small businesses and activities associated with the micro-economic sector of this economy,” he said.

The President used the occasion to call on State Governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth realise their potentials in their chosen fields.

He urged local and foreign private sector operators in Nigeria to also contribute their share to the expansion of this programme through channelling their corporate social responsibility efforts towards skills acquisition, creation of start-ups, and other intervention measures.

President Buhari declared that the expansion of the P-YES would now be vigorously pursued, adding that more resources will be committed to the achievement of its goals and objectives towards youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.

The President commended the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students Affairs, under Hon. Nasiru Saidu Adhama, for driving the P-YES programme in accordance with the mandates prescribed for the office and the programme.

He expressed confidence that the programme being supervised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would make significant difference.

In his remarks, Hon Adhama assured the President that as achieved in the pilot phase of the programme the selection of beneficiaries in the full-scale P-YES scheme would be done with the utmost transparency and credibility, adding that equal opportunities will be observed in the delivery of equipment, tools and machines to all States and LGAs.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 12, 2020

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