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Let’s Avoid Blame Game On Coronavirus In Nigeria, Let’s Be United – Atiku

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar | Reuters

Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has advised the citizens to stand united to stave off the deadly Coronavirus which made an entry into Nigeria via  an Italian citizen.

In a statement today, February 28, Atiku  said: “I strongly counsel that any tendency to blame and point fighters must be temporarily, if not permanently, suspended. If fingers must be pointed, it must be to solutions.”
Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 election said: “I would want to offer my patriotic counsel to the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari, on how best to tackle this issue.”
Atiku recalled that Nigeria was able to defeat Ebola when it came in 2014 by showing unprecedented unity.
“The federal government of the day, worked closely with the Lagos and Rivers state governments. There was complete unity, solidarity and oneness of purpose, which created the atmosphere that defeated that deadly infestation.
“Nigeria needs firm and decisive actions to prevent an escalation of the scourge. Recently, we closed our borders as an act against economic sabotage. Perhaps now is the time to temporarily halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is more important to secure human lives, than to secure an economy. We also need to invest in early detection facilities at our airports.”
The former Vice President asked Nigerians not panic, whether at government or individual levels.
“We have defeated Ebola before and we can defeat this present predicament.
“This crisis is an opportunity to show that we are first and foremost Nigerians, and that we have no other country but our own dear fatherland, which we must work together to keep healthy and secure.”

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