- Nigeria's former vice president Atiku Abubakar has advised the federal government to take decisive action to protect Nigerians against coronavirus
- The ex-VP said that without adequate protection for the citizens and serious action by the FG, the spread of the disease would be dangerous
- Abubakar, however, urged the FG to restrict flights from nations with a high prevalence of the coronavirus plague
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has again called on the federal government to use power at its disposal to ensure the lives of Nigerians are protected against the deadly coronavirus.
Legit.ng reports that the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently advised the federal government to restrict flights from nations with a high prevalence of the coronavirus plague, following the discovery of index case of the disease in Lagos state.
In a statement he issued on Thursday, March 12, Abubakar also urged the government to take every reasonable step to protect the citizens of Nigeria by temporarily suspending flights to and from the affected countries until it builds up the ability to contain the coronavirus.
He, however, said that the borders should be open to Nigerian citizens regardless of their status, adding that despite the commendable efforts of patriotic health officials, the government is yet to identify and or locate multiple passengers who flew in with the index case from Italy.
He said: "They could be anywhere. We must, therefore, err on the side of caution. We cannot afford to broaden the possibility of future infections. The economic impact of a widespread infestation of the virus in Nigeria will be catastrophic and will affect our national security, and status as Africa’s leading economy. The ravages of this scourge, which has officially been classified as a global pandemic, must not be allowed to test our already fragile economy."
Abubakar, therefore, advised that all hands should be on deck to fight coronavirus irrespective of political and any other differences.
"On my part, on this issue, I am first a Nigerian, and I am willing and ready to work with anybody, at any time, at whatever cost, to ensure the safety of this country, which is the only country we have to call our home and her peoples.
"We must act now. We must put Nigeria and her citizens first. We must ensure that our national policy is deliberately tailored to protect our most excellent national resource, the great Nigerian people. May God bless Nigeria," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of the yellow cards as a requirement for travel.
It was reported that a letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) boss to this effect has been distributed to the affected airlines.
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