General Ibrahim Babangida, a former Military Head of State, has called for a strong collaboration between the Federal and State Governments, to fight the coronavirus in the country, urging Nigerians to pray fervently for God’s mercy.
In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Babangida said that he believes a united front is critical to winning the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
His words: “There is no room for blame game now, but concerted support by all Nigerians.
“It is time for synergy between the Federal Government efforts and that of States, where a majority of citizens live with attendant implications for flattening the curve, increasing testing capacity, and reducing the pains, and we have the lesson and experiences of China, Taiwan, and other countries to benefit from.”
Babangida noted that although the numbers have continued to rise, the situation has been kept at manageable levels, within the limits of the nation’s healthcare system.
He stressed that the success recorded so far would be sustained with the enforcement of appropriate and consistent social distancing prescription, for effective prevention of the further spread of the pandemic.
The former Military President also commended the professional display and efforts of the frontline Medical personnel, for their patriotism, resilience, sacrifice, and commitment to the fight of eradicating Covid-19 in the country.
He further thanked the individuals, groups, and corporate entities, that have supported the government at different levels with various donations.
Babangida also commended the government Officials for the palliatives geared towards alleviating the pains of Nigerians, as a result of the lockdown in parts of the country.
On Easter celebration, he said: “I Enjoin our Christian brethren to use the holy period of Easter to pray for the country in the Covid-19 pandemic situation, and to our Muslim ummah, to use the month preceding the holy month of Ramadan, to pray fervently for Allah’s mercy and reprieve in the circumstances we find ourselves.
“We all have our roles to play collectively, and there is need to observe all recommendations of NCDC, and adhere strictly to directives of government on basic hygiene; wash your hands frequently with soap under running water, avoid touching your face and high-contact surfaces, and also avoiding gatherings and physical contact thus, practice social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19”, he concluded.