Coronavirus: Nigerians want FG to lockdown the country

Coronavirus: Nigerians want FG to lockdown the country

- A high percentage of Nigerians said they will support a total lockdown of the country

- However, 21% of Nigerians said they don't support a lockdown of the country

- Nigeria and the world are currently battling the deadly coronavirus

Following the devastations being wrecked by the dreaded coronavirus all over the world, Nigerians in a poll conducted by want the federal government to completely lockdown the country.

This, according to them, will help stop the spread of the killer disease.

In the poll which was conducted on Facebook, 79% of Nigerians said they will support it if the federal government orders everybody to stay at home.

Only 21% of the respondents said they did not support a total lockdown of the country.

Meanwhile, had reported that Atiku Abubakar has urged the federal government to provide a palliative package for Nigerians over the coronavirus outbreak.

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The former vice president urged the FG to pay N10,000 to all Nigerians to enable them survive the lockdown.

Atiku who asked the FG to find ways to reach Nigerians with the money pledged N50million for the welfare package.

He disclosed this in a statement he posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, March 25.

Below is part of his statement

"As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have proactively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non-essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.

"However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown. It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety.

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"At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind.

"It is thus time for the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.

"I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance. I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be."

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