- NMA also warns against relaxing the lockdown.
A former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Peter Obi says it’s not proper to relax lockdown for a religious reason.
Obi who was also a former governor of Anambra State made the statement on Arise Television on Friday.
The former PDP candidate was warning against relaxing the lockdown for Easter.
Obi said the country is fighting to curtail the outbreak of Coronvirus and the country has little or no resource to manage it.
He said states that have relaxed the lockdown do not have the number of ventilators needed in case the pandemic escalate.
“It is wrong to relax lockdown because of people going to church. Faith is a thing of the mind. You can worship without going to church,” Obi said.
“We have a crisis that we don’t have the resources to manage. The greatest country in the world is America. They are on their knees now health wise and economically. We should not allow that because we cannot manage it.
“Lock up Nigeria and we will solve our problems from within.”
Abia, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Kaduna and others had announced a relaxation of the lockdown due to religious celebration.
NMA Warns Against Relaxing Lockdown
In a similar vain, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has also warned against relaxing the lockdown.
In a statement on friday by Francis Faduyile and Olumuyiwa Odusote, NMA President and Secretary respectively, the Association warned that the relaxation might be bring a setback to the curtaling of the outbreak.
“Of particular concern is the declaration by the Cross River State Governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask,” the association said.
“A moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches from Friday to Sunday in Rivers; the lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by the Katsina and Kogi governments.
“We are aware that similar orders have also been given in Ondo, Ebonyi and Imo states which have approved mass attendance of Easter services.
“While appreciating the prime place of religion in our national lives and especially the value Christians place on Easter, we place on record that there is now the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.”
The Association called on the government to reconsider the decision for the purpose of safeguarding the lives of the people.
It called the government to use the security agencies to ensure that gatherings are dispersed.
As of yesterday, April 9, Nigeria had recorded 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said it has discharged 46 persons.