- Atiku Abubakar has warned that the Nigerian government must stop all flights to and fro the United Kingdom
- The former vice president says the move is necessary to prevent an escalating number of COVID-19 infections
- Already, Nigeria is witnessing a second wave and rising infections in coronavirus
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former vice president has blamed the federal government for the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in recent times.
Atiku blamed the government in a social media post titled: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
He said the reason Nigeria took a harder than necessary hit during the first wave of the COVID-19 virus was that the Buhari administration failed to heed the warnings of well-meaning Nigerians, including himself, to shut down Nigerian borders once the virus became a pandemic.
He added that Nigeria must learn from history, or we stand the risk of repeating it.
According to him, the new strain of COVID-19 that has erupted in the United Kingdom, warning that it can add to Nigeria’s health emergency if the authorities do not act with an abundance of caution and temporarily halt all flights to and from the UK with immediate effect.
PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the latest news update
“Already, prudent nations are taking prompt action, and Nigeria must take necessary precautions due to the volume of air traffic between Nigerian airports and London, where this new strain has erupted.
“We must face the reality that our health sector is not sufficiently prepared to handle a sudden and unpredictable surge of this pandemic. We have already lost lives needlessly. We need not lose more.
“In the case of this virus, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Meanwhile, new information indicates that Nigerians are faced with the prospects of entering a second lockdown if the rise in COVID-19 cases continues unchecked.
The National Economic Council (NEC) said another lockdown will be the last resort in the wake of the second wave of the virus.
NEC which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the disclosure after a virtual meeting on Thursday, December 17.
One of the attendees of the meeting, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state told the press that Nigerians need to abide by the COVID-19 protocols to avoid the shutdown of the economy.
On his part, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said Lagos state cannot afford yet another total lockdown over the rising cases of COVID-19.
The governor in a statement on Saturday, December 19, said a fresh lockdown would hurt the state’s healing economy.
He urged residents to abide by the new guidelines prescribed to help the state contain the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus: Legit tv visits Lagos Isolation centre | Legit TV
Source: Legit Newspaper