- Minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, said the panic over Covid-19 is deadly than the virus itself
- The senior lawyer and politician submitted that instead of fear, what Nigerians need is "deliberate calmness and extreme caution"
- Keyamo enjoined Nigerians to follow the guidelines of NCDC and World Health Organisation (WHO)
Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, has raised concern over the spike in fear of novel coronavirus among Nigerians, saying "the panic and paranoia over the virus have become more deadly and infectious than the virus itself."
The minister, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made this submission through a tweet on the micro-blogging platform Twitter on Wednesday morning, May 13.
Keyamo's fear came barely five hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 145 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total infection figure to 4787.
In a tweet by the national disease control agency, Lagos unsurprisingly led the pack with 57 cases while Kano state followed on the log with 27 cases.
Amid mounting scare in the country, the human rights lawyer turned politician remarked that the fear about the pandemic is more popular than the virus itself.
He, however, posited that what Nigerians need is "deliberate calmness and extreme caution," adding that panic always compounds every emergency situation.
"The panic and paranoia over the virus have become more deadly and infectious than the virus itself!
"What we need is deliberate calmness and extreme caution as we meticulously follow all the guidelines of WHO and NCDCgov daily. Panic always compounds every emergency situation," Keyamo noted.
The minister enjoined Nigerians to follow the guidelines and preventive protocols of the NCDC and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Earlier Legit.ng reported that Keyamo explained why he did not support the enforcement of another lockdown in Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keyamo, who made the explanation on Twitter on Sunday, May 10, said another total lockdown would be counterproductive for the country.
He said Nigerians need to learn how to live with the coronavirus while practising how to avoid contracting the disease. The minister stated that Nigerians cannot perfect the skills of avoiding COVID-19 by being locked up.
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