- The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar III, has described hunger as a virus that is killing more Nigerians than the dreaded coronavirus
- The revered Muslim leader speaking at a religious gathering said many Nigerians around the country are struggling to survive
- The sultan noted that religious and community leaders had a responsibility to continue to talk about these serious issues and make recommendations to the government
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar III, on Thursday, March 12, said hunger was killing more Nigerians than the dreaded coronavirus.
The revered Muslim leader made the statement at the first quarterly meeting of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), in Abuja, The Sun reports.
Abubakar described hunger as a serious virus that is killing Nigerians much higher than coronavirus. He said Nigerians around the country are struggling to survive.
The sultan said religious and community leaders had a responsibility to continue to talk about very serious issues and make recommendations to the government for appropriate action.
In another report, a 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 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.
Abubakar, therefore, advised that all hands should be on deck to fight coronavirus irrespective of political and any other differences.
Meanwhile, the federal government has given a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.
A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) boss to this effect has been distributed to the affected airlines.
Legit.ng gathered that the letter was signed by the general manager, aeromedical standards, Dr Wilfred Haggai.
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