- Former senator Magnus Abe has warned Governor Wike over his style of fighting COVID-19 in Rivers state
- There has been a public outcry in the state over the demolition of some structures by Wike
- Abe, however, said Wike's draconian measure would backfire
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Magnus Ngei Abe, a former representative of Rivers Southeast senatorial district at the National Assembly, has warned that the state governor, Nyesom Wike’s ‘draconian measures’ to fight against the spread of coronavirus would be counterproductive if he fails to give his policies a human face.
Legit.ng reports that he stated that the war against the pandemic is fundamentally about collective humanity and therefore must be fought on strictly humane and just terms.
Abe, in a statement on his Facebook page, titled: “A Dangerous Gamble” said, the demolition and auction of private property, the closure of all sources of survival for citizens of Rivers state without due consideration to their means of sustenance in the name of the battle against COVID-19, are draconian measures that would prove counterproductive in the long run.
The statement read in parts: “I am constrained to say these few words on the worrisome development in my dear state, Rivers.
“Lockdowns should come with clear provisions for the sustenance of the people, particularly the vulnerable population (the young, the old, the sick and the infirm) and exemptions must be made for emergency and essential services, such as foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, press, medical care, and security services, electricity, telecom, fuel supply etc.”
Abe said: “This need not be so; there is still time for the Rivers state government to reconsider its strategy, and understand that this is a scientific war against a virus and all of us will need to be involved.
"At this rate, the government may win the lockdown battle and lose the war. COVID-19 is going to be here for some time and we need the goodwill and cooperation of the majority of our people to win the war against this virus.
"True victory will be when we survive united in utmost solidarity and our economy rebounds as we hope for recovery and prosperity.
This war is fundamentally about collective humanity, it must, therefore, be fought on strictly humane and just terms.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the spike in the cases of coronavirus across the country, the federal government announced that all schools across levels remain closed.
It was reported that the government made this known through a circular dated Friday, May 8, channelled to heads of commissions and regulatory bodies in the education sector.
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