- APC says it will meet the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, over the current state of coronavirus in the country
- Nigeria recorded the third case of Covid-19 on Tuesday and there have been calls for border closure as virus hits hard beyond boundaries
- The ruling party, through its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole, says minister appointed by a government elected on its platform must be accountable to it
The All Progressive Congress (APC) says it will meet the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, over the situation of coronavirus in Nigeria after another case was recorded on Tuesday, March 17, bringing the official number of victims to three.
The ruling party made this known through its embattled national chairman Adams Oshiomhole while addressing the press after leading his first executive council meeting since his position was put under threats through suspension.
Addressing journalist at the APC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said the government elected on the platforms of the party is not only accountable to Nigerians alone but also the party.
He stressed that health minister, since he was appointed by the APC government, must be able to brief the party as to why the borders are not closed against flights coming from coronavirus-threatened countries.
"We've also decided that we are going to request a meeting with the minister on health because our party should go beyond being the platform for election.
"Government elected on our platform is accountable not only to Nigerians but also to the party including ministers appointed by that government.
"So, in regards to the issue of coronavirus and reported cases of people infected it is clear that those flying to Nigeria from countries heavily affected are the ones identified that may have contracted this virus," Oshiomhole said.
The embattled chairman noted that America has already shut down flights coming from Europe as part of preventive measures against the fast-spreading virus.
He wondered why Nigeria has not done the same, adding that the country has limited health facilities to tame the global epidemic.
"We need to have a conversation as a party as to why we must allow flights into Britain and out of Britain given that we just have a case of Lagos, of somebody who came in from outside, and one who came in from Italy.
"Even America has blocked flights coming from Europe. Should we not protect ourselves given our limited facilities?" he further noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Oshiomole said he is focused on creating enviable legacies of good leadership despite his court travail.
The embattled APC national chairman said his tenure will be defined by God and 'no man born of a woman can bring him down.'
Oshiomhole noted that he put his family security and welfare in line to ensure bad specimens in the party do not take control.
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