- PACAC's chairman, Prof Itse Sagay, has advised Buhari over the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria
- The constitutional lawyer asked the president to lock down the country for two months
- Sagay said this would help contain the spread of the disease among the people
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The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to lock down the country for a minimum of two months to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng reports that the constitutional lawyer hinged his calls on the violation by Nigerians of safety directives issued by the federal government as a means of curtailing the spread of the disease in the country.
Sagay also advised that military men should be allowed to patrol the streets and arrest anyone found on the streets except essential workers.
Recounting his experience, Sagay said he observed that 50% of those he saw failed to wear their face masks, while about 25% of people simply hung it on their necks without covering their faces.
He added that most commercial buses were filled up while many banks and major bus stops were crowded as people flagrantly violated the social distancing order.
“Nigerians are the most undisciplined people on earth. I went out after six weeks today and in spite of all that have been said, the pleas by the government, I saw them in their thousands and hundreds of thousands, more than 50% of them without wearing masks.
“Out of the 50 carrying masks, 25 percent had it on their necks instead of their faces. Only about 25% were wearing the masks properly. Buses were filled, people were in crowds and they were just behaving as if nothing has happened, as if there is no Coronavirus pandemic in the country as if everything is normal.
“So, it is an impossible country because these people are so massively indiscipline. Unless we have a government that decides to use power and authority without any constraint, we won’t achieve any result.
“The way I see it, with the way Nigerians are behaving, we may have to be quarantined for like two months by force. Aside from the lockdown, we should have security men patrolling the streets and inflicting the worst type of punishment on anybody who violates the directive.
“So, for me, Nigeria is a country that needs a very strong hand, that needs authoritarian leadership for many things to succeed. If I were the President, I will close down this country for two months and put armed men on the streets to stop, arrest and detain anybody who is found outside except essential workers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was a palpable fear in Ogun state on Tuesday, May 5, when a suspected coronavirus patient died in a vehicle conveying him to an isolation centre in Abeokuta, the state capital.
It was reported that his death caused panic among the residents. The patient was reportedly dropped opposite one of the entrances to a leading commercial bank in the state. The suspected patient, identified simply as Alex, a Beninoise, resided in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state.
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