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Politics of Sunday, 29 March 2020


Moghalu urges FG to initiate one-month lockdown

Former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has urged the Federal Government to initiate a one-month lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

Moghalu, who ran under the Young Progressives Party, YPP, also issued a warning to Muslims and Christians, urging them to adhere to experts’ advice.

The National Centre for Disease and Control, NCDC on Saturday announced more cases as number of patients with COVID-19 increases to 97.

He noted that the pandemic is of a scientific nature, as such, gatherings in mosques and churches should be avoided to curb the spread of the virus.

“I call on all Nigerians, Christian, Muslim, to be responsible in this Covid-19 crisis and observe social distancing and all guidelines issued by the authorities. Gatherings in churches and mosques should be avoided for now. It’s about science. God is the Master Scientist.”

In his statement of Twitter, Moghalu also penned a piece of advice to state governors, urging them to their 2020 budgets to focus on COVID-19.

“Apart from the Nigerian health system’s weakness to handle large numbers of COVID-19 patients, poverty is a problem.

“This means congested masses of crowds of urban poor in Lagos, Kano, Onitsha, Aba etc. in their daily struggle for subsistence. @NigeriaGov must shutdown Nigeria for a period of one month.

“This will reduce community spread and give time for more contact tracing and to deal with medical emergency of treatments while it can still be handled.

“The army should enforce this across the country. The budgets of the federal and state governments must now be completely reprogrammed to focus on Covid-19 in 2020. Pretty much little else except security should matter now,” Moghalu added.

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