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Anthrax: NBMA cautions govt., confirms first case in Nigeria



The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has urged Nigerians to exercise caution following a reported case of anthrax on a farm in Suleja, Niger close to the Federal capital Territory.

The Director-General of NBMA, Dr Agnes Asagbra made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Asagbra said that there have been reports of animals exhibiting symptoms of a potential case of anthrax at Gajiri along the Abuja-Kaduna motorway in Suleja LGA, of Niger.

“Some of the animals showed symptoms including blood flowing from their body openings, including their noses, eyes, ears and mouths.

“The case happened on a multi-species farm with cattle, sheep and goats on the said farm,” she said.

Asagbra said that the Federal Government sent a response team to visit the farm and took samples for testing of which the result has been confirmed to be positive, making it the first recorded case of anthrax in Nigeria in recent years.

The DG urged the general public to avoid direct contact with sick or dead animals especially those exhibiting symptoms associated with anthrax.

She further urged farmers, herders and individuals involved in animal husbandry to take extra care and seek veterinary assistance if they suspect any sign of illness in their livestock.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NBMA had on June 13, issued a warning to Nigerians about Anthrax, a potentially fatal disease that can be contracted from infected animals or through contaminated products.

This was after receiving report of an anthrax outbreak in Northern Ghana where all infected animals had died.

Asagbra warned that Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium which mainly affects livestock particularly cattle, sheep and goats.

She said that humans can become infected through contact with an infected animal or by inhaling spores.

“The sickness, is a zoonotic disease caused by germs that may spread from animals to humans.

“If anthrax is not identified and treated promptly, it can cause pneumonia, serious lung issues, breathing difficulties, shock, and death.

“Symptoms of anthrax include flu-like symptoms like coughing, fever and muscular aches,” Asagbra said.

Asagbra implored all stakeholders in the food and agricultural industry to prioritise safety measures and adhere to biosafety regulations in order to safeguard the health of our citizens.


Peter Obi Celebrates Pastor E.A Adebayo On His 82nd Birthday



On behalf of my family, I sincerely rejoice and celebrate the Revered Servant of God and Father in Faith, Pastor Enoch Adeboye @PastorEAAdeboye , as he marks his 82nd birthday anniversary today.
Undoubtedly, Papa Adeboye has remained a source of inspiration to many.

His far-reaching influence on millions of people within and outside Nigeria is immeasurable. As a servant of God and shepherd of His flock, Papa Adeboye has continued to spread the gospel of brotherly love, unity, and peaceful coexistence among all.

I, therefore, join the entire Christendom, especially the Redeemed Christian Church of God, to celebrate his remarkable life of impact on the nation.

I pray God to grant him more healthy and fruitful years as he continues to pray for our dear nation and contribute towards our development, peace, and progress. -PO

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We Will Not Rest Until LP Takes Over Govt And Provide Quality Leadership – Abure



The National Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Julius Abure has vowed to ensure the party takes over power in Nigeria and provide quality leadership.

He spoke while addressing journalists in Umuahia, Abia State, following a meeting with Governor Alex Otti and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of LP.

He said, “We will not rest until we are able to take over government and provide the people quality leadership that will work for the country.

“How do you reconcile a situation where we export crude oil only to import refined products at high costs. Nigeria’s problem is bad leadership, and once we get it right, every other thing will be fixed.

“Today, you can see that Nigeria is not moving as it should. A bag of rice sells for N120, 000 while minimum wage is N30,000. A tuber of yam that previously sold for N500 is now N1200.

“Life has become very difficult in Nigeria; security challenges are enormous; inflation is very high; unemployment is increasing, and people now find it increasingly difficult to feed. This is the reality in Nigeria today under APC Government.

“We will provide a leadership that will fight poverty and fight hunger; a leadership that will empathize with the people and liberate them.”

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