- Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has listed four measures the federal government should put in place to defeat coronavirus
- Amongst others, Atiku advised the government to temporarily cancel flights to and from any country with a prevalence of coronavirus cases
- The former vice president also called on the federal government to invest in early detection facilities the country's airports
Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the federal government on to tackle coronavirus as Nigeria confirmed the first case of the deadly disease.
In a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Friday, February 28, Atiku gave four major pieces of advice of how the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration can effectively tackle the disease.
First, Atiku advised the Nigerian government to tackle the disease putting up a united front. He advised that the country must be united if it wants to defeat the virus.
The former PDP presidential candidate also urged the government not to apportion blames but to strictly focus on solutions.
He recalled how the federal government defeated the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 by collaboration with the Lagos and Rivers states governments.
Second, Atiku advised the federal government to temporarily cancel flights to and from any country with a prevalence of coronavirus cases.
"Perhaps now is the time to temporarily halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is more important to secure human lives than to secure an economy," he said.
Third, the ex-vice president called on the federal government to invest in early detection facilities the country's airports.
Fourth, Atiku advised both the Nigerian government, citizens and residents not to panic. He expressed optimism that Nigeria will defeat coronavirus, just like it did the Ebola scourge.
He noted that the current crisis is an opportunity to be more united as Nigerians and work together to ensure everyone is healthy and secure.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal ministry of health confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Nigeria.
The case, which was confirmed on Thursday, February 27 is the first to be reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak the viral disease in China in January.
The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25.
Also, emerging reports have indicated that the Italian who was tested positive to the disease in Lagos had also visited Ogun state during the week.
The Italian who was confirmed positive to the virus on Thursday, February 27, had also visited Ewekoro in Ewekoro local government area in Ogun state this week.
The state's commissioner of health, Tomi Coker, on Friday, February 28, however, assured the residents and visitors in the state not to panic.
Legit.ng gathers that the infected Italian visited an undisclosed manufacturing company in Ewekoro community.
The commissioner added that the facility visited by the Italian has also been quarantined in accordance with the health safety standard.
The commissioner said the state has epidemiologists and infectious disease consultant handling the situation with support from the Lagos state government and the federal government.
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