- The lockdown imposed by the federal government is not helping Nigeria's economy
- This is the view of Governor Benedict Ayade of Cross River on Wednesday, April 29
- Ayade called on the government to allow healthy persons in the country go about their businesses so that the economy can pick up
The governor of Cross River, Benedict Ayade, on Wednesday, April 29, called on the federal government to allow healthy Nigerians to resume work amid the lockdown following the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking to journalists in Calabar, the state's capital, Governor Ayade pointed out that the lockdown is not doing citizens that are hail and hearty any good, added to the fact that it is counter-productive for the nation's economy.
Ayade stated that those who should be observing the lockdown are sick and vulnerable persons in the country, Channels TV reports.
Moreover, the governor advised the federal government not to adopt the measures employed by developed countries in the fight against the virus.
Ayade said: “This is the opportunity for Africa to play catch-up instead of adopting what they are doing in Europe. It can never be the same in our circumstance. Our demography is not the same.
“We don’t have the same number of aged people that they have, we have young people whose immune system are strong. So, for the virus to takedown somebody in Africa, it has to be really prepared."
He also called on the government to open the airlines but that it should insist on the use of face masks by everyone.
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Going forward, the governor is of the opinion that this is the golden opportunity for Nigeria to increase production so as to improve the country's economy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that at least five police officers were injured on Monday, April 27, when a protest against security agents turned bloody at the Eleko community in Ibeju-Lekki local government of Lagos state.
Legit.ng gathered that youth in the community had a face-off with police officers whom they accused of bias in enforcing the coronavirus lockdown in the community.
The state police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, confirmed the development in an interview. He said 51 protesters were arrested, following police reinforcement.
One of the residents who asked not to be named said while residents and other company workers in the community were forced to stay in their houses, expatriates working with Dangote refinery were allowed to go to their places of work.
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