Coronavirus: Obasanjo, ex-African leaders seek support to stop pandemic

Coronavirus: Obasanjo, ex-African leaders seek support to stop pandemic

- Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo joins other former presidents in Africa in appealing for a solution to the coronavirus pandemic in Africa

- Obasanjo and the other former presidents say regional and continental efforts are needed to combat the pandemic in Africa due to its porous borders

- The former African leaders call on international organisations to urgently come up with a plan to check the economic effect of COVID-19 in Africa

Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined 11 other former presidents in Africa in appealing to leaders at the national, regional, and continental level to come up with an effective plan to stop the spread of coronavirus in Africa.

Obasanjo and the other former presidents said regional and continental efforts are needed to combat the pandemic in Africa due to porous borders.

They called on AU, UN, WHO, World Bank and G-20 to urgently have a plan that will moderate the social and economic effect of the onslaught of COVID-19 in Africa.

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Coronavirus: Obasanjo, ex-African leaders seek support to stop pandemic

Obasanjo and the other former presidents said regional and continental efforts are needed to combat the pandemic in Africa due to porous borders
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, a group, Nigerians in Ireland (NIIRE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lockdown the country now that there are still fewer cases of the dreaded coronavirus.

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The group, in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr Oluseyi Aba, also urged the federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians get paid some stipend to enable them cope with whatever economic consequences the total lockdown may create for them while it lasts.

While noting that a complete lockdown of the country will help curtail the spread of the virus, NIIRE stressed that the government at all levels must provide some economic relief for Nigerians.

The group further advised the government to either use the voters registration database for the distribution of the stipend or use the data provided by the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC).

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In another report, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adewale Akanbi, has added his voice to the coronavirus fray as seen in a video that emerged online. In the said video, the monarch prayed to God to put an end to the virus as he offered himself as a sacrifice to save people.

In a loosely translated Yoruba, he said that only God knows the true nature of diseases all over the world, adding that COVID-19 should come to infect him instead of attacking people's health.

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