Nigerian government has been advised to reconsider it’s decision on easing of lockdown as the spread of the deadly Coronavirus is increasing day by day in the country.
President Mohammadu Buhari had on Monday last week in a nation wide broadcast announced that there would be a gradual easing of lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as from Monday 4th May, 2020.
Director General (continental),
Advocacy for good governance network, Amb (Dr) Coomassie Hussaini in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja said there is need for government to take the right decision, so that measures taken would lead to permanent eradication of the multiplication of the virus.
” I think federal government should first and foremost consider the lives of Nigerians before thinking of lifting the Lockdown order, for the benefit of the few businesses closed down for even three months or more can reopen, but a closed casket can never be opened.
Sometimes, we must choose between two evils. indeed bad arrangements have the ability to kill more Nigerians than COVID.-19!”
Amb Coomassie noted that the economic meltdown should therefore be seen as a risk of lockdown necessary to save lives and not as a threat to our lives like the Coronavirus.
“After all, Sustainable good health is better for us all than a temporary selfish satisfaction that will land us again into much more hardships sooner than later.
We can enjoy our wealth only when we are alive and healthy. therefore, I remain of the view that the FG shouldn’t succumb to the present pressures and manipulations of individuals and opportunists struggling to save their business from setbacks, but to throw the entire nation in shambles characteristic of mass deaths.”
He also advised for a successful disbursement of palliatives, and called on Federal Government to include the Leaderships of Mosques, Churches, local government chairmen, traditional rulers, Districts & ward heads, etc, in towns and villages in reaching out the poorest of the poor.
According to him, federal government through the humanitarian Minister should emulate the BUA personal palliative distribution method in Kano State to disburse what is collected or budgeted as part of effort to reduce the effects of economic risk.
Amb Coomassie futher called on the government as a matter of emergency to embark on massive fumigation exercises in cities, shopping malls, secretariats, cinemas , banks, markets, & other public places, to ensure that citizens around them are adequately safe from contacting the deadly virus.