Lockdown: Group sends powerful message to Buhari, says Nigerians fear hunger than COVID-19
- A Yoruba group, YYA, has sent a message to President Buhari over the extension of COVID-19 lockdown
- Buhari had on Monday, April 13, extended the lockdown by 14 days
- The group, however, said that Nigerians have more fear for hunger than coronavirus
Following the extension of coronavirus lockdown by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Yoruba Youth Assembly has said that people of the southwest region and indeed other parts of the country were more worried about how to deal with hunger than the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sahara Reporters report that YYA in a statement by Olarinde Thomas, its national president, and Deji Oso, the national secretary, said it was unfair for the government to lock down the entire country without making provisions for the welfare of the people.
Legit.ng gathered that the group noted that it becomes necessary to expose the dangers and contradictions in the blanket and allegorical broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 13.
The statement read: “It has become necessary to expose the dangers and contradictions in the blanket and allegorical broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
“The broadcast in the habitual character was more embroidered in grandiose rhetoric of irrelevances than addressing the salient issues of insecurity and state-sponsored terrorism of hunger afflicting our brothers and sisters in the southwest.
“It's no longer news that some innocent citizens residing in Lagos and Ogun states have fallen to rape, robbery attacks and other forms of brutalisation in the hands of some men of the underworld in the past three days and all efforts to seek police intervention have proven abortive.
“Ironically, President Buhari pretended or seemed to be oblivious to these security challenges in the country as he refused to address these highly crucial issues in his broadcast.
“Our people in the southwest are suffering and agonising not because of the fear of COVID-19 but as a result of the prevailing terror of hunger that is openly staring at them in their state of isolation and deep-seated generic impoverishment.”
The group further called on the southwest states to immediately kick off the operations of Amotekun across the region to help tackle insecurity.
It said: “The federal government and state governments in the South-West should empower the Amotekun Security Network to commence operation immediately to curb crime.
“It is criminal and wicked on the part of any government to confined people to their houses without providing food and security to them.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency lambasted a former member of the Senate, Dino Melaye, for sharing an old video to deceive Nigerians and cast aspersion on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration during the trying period of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
It was reported that Melaye was called out on Thursday, April 16, by the personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, on his official Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.
The presidential aide accused Melaye of sharing an old video that was recorded in 2019 in order to create more fear among Nigerians at a time of national emergency.
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