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CoronaVirus: Halt Flights To, From Nigeria Now – Atiku Counsels Buhari

A former Vice President of Nigeria advises President Muhammadu Buhari to halt all flight to and from Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the 2019 election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party advised the President to apply the experience Nigeria used in defeating Ebola in 2019.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Abubakar made his opinion known on his Facebook Fanpage on Friday evening.

“Now that Nigeria has had her first confirmed case of the #CoronaVirus infestation, via a citizen of Italy, who visited Lagos and Ogun states, I would want to offer my patriotic counsel to the government of General Muhammadu Buhari, on how best to tackle this issue.

“We must call upon our experience with the Wild Ebola Virus, of which we were the first nation in the world to defeat that scourge in 2014. How did Nigeria do it? We achieved it 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.”

The former Vice President warned against blame game, saying “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.

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 Presidential candidate also calls for calm at all levels, assuring that “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 dear fatherland, which we must work together to keep healthy and secure.
God bless Nigeria and her people.”