​COVID-19:AstraZeneca vaccine is the best vaccine for us,says Ehanire

Even as reactions continue to trail the use of Astrazeneca vaccine in the country,the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said it was the best in protecting Nigerians from getting infected with Coronavirus.

Speaking at the sensitisation meeting of Muslim scholars and Imams on COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Friday in Abuja, the minister also noted that about 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine has so far been administered in over 70 countries across the six continents.

He urged political and religious leaders to openly take the vaccine to boost the confidence of Nigerians on the safety of the vaccine.

He said: “There is a lot of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines but I want to assure you as has been confirmed by the European Medicine Agency and also by NAFDAC that the vaccine is safe.

“Most of our leaders have taken the vaccine, our religious and traditional leaders have also endorsed this vaccine, there are also Embassies and Ambassadors that have come to us to ask for this vaccine because they cannot go back home to take it.

“This vaccine has virtually passed all the quality test by the WHO and NAFDAC. The two organizations have given the AstraZeneca vaccine a clean bill of health.

“As far as government is concerned, AstraZeneca vaccine is the best so far, it is what we are using and it is working for us. The vaccine is being used in over 70 countries in six continent of the world and there is no side effect. About 17 million doses of the vaccine has administered globally and 37 cases of blood clothing has been reported which is very insignificant.

“Although NPHCDA and state governments have put in place security measures to secure the vaccine, we also ask everybody to be vigilant about its use, safe keeping and to report any negative activities to the Police or Ministry of Health.”

Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha who advised Nigerians not to let their guards down, as some countries were already experiencing a third wave of the pandemic, charged the scholars and religious leaders to use their exalted positions to drive the vaccination campaign in order to help Nigeria achieve herd immunity to the virus.

“I wish to reiterate that the virus is very potent and people still get infected. It has been reported that some countries are recording a third wave of cases. I therefore urge all Nigerians to recognize that we are not yet out of the woods. The PTF shall continue to emphasise and promote the strict adherence to the NPIs and for people to take the vaccines.

“Another and more lasting layer of prevention is the COVID-19 Vaccination rollout to enable us achieve herd immunity so that we can have our lives back to normal. As leaders of the Islamic faith and custodians of the people’s religious values, have a great role to play in guiding our people aright.”

​Politicising appointment of judicial officers will destroy democracy says ex-CJN

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has said that the appointment of judicial officers must not be politicised for democracy and democratic governance to thrive in Nigeria.

Onnoghen made the assertion on Friday in Abuja at the unveiling of a book entitled: “Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009, Practice, Procedure, Forms and Precedents” authored by Mr Ogwu Onoja, (SAN).

“Let me sound this note of warning that the appointment of judicial officers must never be allowed to be politicised, otherwise, democracy and democratic governance will be dead,” Onnoghen said.

Onnoghen also noted the need for judicial officers to be courageous in the discharge of their duties.

“Emerging Nigerian judges should not go the direction of injustice because without courageous judges, Nigeria is doomed.

“During my tenure, the problem of Nigeria was not the Nigerian judiciary, but those who had no regard for the rule of law.

“We must therefore be committed to the rule of law and dispense justice without fear or favour.

“Truth stands, crush it, it will still stand because it is truth,” Onnoghen said.

Speaking on the events that led to his sack in 2019, Onnoghen said that there had been a rumour that he held a meeting with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, preparatory to the 2019 general elections.

Onnoghen said the rumour was thick and spread fast, but he decided not to react to it because he never travelled to Dubai or held any meeting with anybody, including Atiku.

“Prior to my suspension, I was confronted with no allegation, there were rumours that I met with Atiku in Dubai.

“As I am talking here today, I have never met Atiku one on one in my life.

” I was also accused of setting free, high-profile criminals, whereas I seized to be a High Court Judge as far back as 1978.

“At the Supreme Court, I did not sit alone, we sit in panel. In all these rumours and outright accusations, I was not given an opportunity to defend myself,” the former CJN said.

According to him, the office of the CJN is not for Onnoghen but for all Nigerians who have sworn to guide and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic.

The former CJN appealed to all serving judicial officers not to be discouraged by what happened to him but to continue to discharge their duties to the best of their ability.

He also urged Nigerians to stand by the truth saying only justice could rescue Nigeria.

For his part, Onoja said that the book was a “miracle child” conceived and birthed in the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic along with his health challenges.

According to him, fundamental rights are sets of rights that have been recognised by the laws and constitution of nations.

“These rights are deemed sacrosanct and are associated with a high degree of protection against the invasive tactics of agents of states and individuals.”

He said that the book was to create awareness and advance the cause of fundamental rights proceedings in courts.

“It generously serves as a useful compass to judges and justices of the superior courts and lawyers who are every day actors in fundamental rights cases,” he said.

Onoja added that the book was a continuation of the legal dissertation of the various rules of courts in the country.