An Address To Nigerians On The Scourge Of Coronavirus And The Way Forward


By Senator Dino Melaye

There is no gainsaying the fact that these are bad times anywhere in the world today and Nigeria, our dear country is no exception.

It is now clear that Coronavirus pandemic is a threat against humanity, hence the need for drastic measures by all of us – the humanity – to rise up to the occasion.

The responsibility lies with all of us – this is not about government alone or any particular agency of government – it is about all of us, hence all hands must be on deck to combat Coronavirus.

Consequently, in furtherance to all measures and actions taken so far by the Federal Government to fight Coronavirus, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, lockdown the nation’s capital – Abuja – and the nation’s commercial nerve – Lagos – via an Executive Order. This is necessary in the circumstance, in order to prevent further spread of Coronavirus. There is no doubt that preventive measures are cheaper than treatment of any ailment, talkmore of a global pandemic.

I also call on the rich and well-to-do Nigerians, multinationals, international oil companies (IOCs), and corporate Nigeria to financially support government at all levels to curb this menace. This is a test of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to Nigeria. I will take a lead in this regard from the level of my native Kogi State.

Also, Nigerians should not see the fight against Coronavirus as a ‘government thing’. It is not about the government, it is about humanity. Public health affects national development, hence it should not be politicised.

Therefore, every Nigerian should act as if he or she has contracted the virus already and see everyone as a carrier of the virus also, so that all of us will see it as our collective duty to make Nigeria Coronavirus-free.

This is the time when wealth made or stolen provides no protection, guarantee or refuge.
Peayer is the key, i urge us all to ask for God’s mercy and pardon. We should have a day of National Prayer

Finally, I commend government at all levels for the preventive measures and actions adopted so far to stop the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria. It is therefore incumbent on all Nigerians to, as a matter of necessity, abide by all the rules of personal hygiene, self-isolation, and social distancing as spelt out by relevant government agenies like the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Federal and State Ministries of Health across the country and others, in order for us to win this battle against Coronavirus.

Thank you.

Senator Dino Melaye

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