- Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly postponed his 68th birthday colloquium over coronavirus
- The APC national leader said the decision is important amid overriding public concern over the pandemic
- Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, will clock 68 years on earth on Sunday, March 29
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), has postponed an annual colloquium programme to mark his birthday due to rising tension over coronavirus.
The former governor of Lagos state will clock 68 years on Sunday, March 29, and the event is part of the activities to celebrate the new age.
But amid overriding public concern over the state of coronavirus in the country, Asiwaju Tinubu said he has put the colloquium, which according to him, will centre on the '' discussion on innovation in basic education'' on hold, TheCable source reports.
The APC leader noted that the world has entered an unprecedented phase of Covid-19 and stressed that it is urgent to increase "awareness of this possible public health menace."
“The colloquium is something I look forward to every year. This year I was greatly looking forward to the discussion on innovation in basic education.
"However, I think it even more urgent that we educate and increase awareness of this possible public health menace.
“We do not want a situation where we have gathered for a good cause only to later find that the event might have been a conduit to disseminate not only knowledge but also the virus as well. We should foreclose this possibility even though it is slight.
“If you decide that caution is required, then the colloquium can be postponed but not cancelled. It is important that your exceptional work be presented to the Nigerian people once we believe public health concerns have been addressed,” part of the statement read.
Coronavirus, since its outbreak in China, has been responsible for the death of over 10,000 people and has surged the world into socio-economic unrest.
Nigeria currently has twelve cases of the virus which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed a global pandemic.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Nyesom Wike has ordered the closure of all schools in Rivers state including the tertiary institutions amid rising coronavirus tension.
The governor gave the directives on Friday morning, March 20, through a statement by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Wike also placed restrictions on religious activities across the state, saying the decision was taken in the interest of the people as more cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country in the last forty-eight hours.
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