With the confirmation by the Presidency that the former Chief Of Staff to President Mohammed Buhari died of complications arising from coronavirus,I hope the doubting Thomasses in Nigeria will now have a change of opinion and accept that the novel coronavirus disease is real and it is spreading like wildfire across the world.
Nigeria is lucky as regards the casualty figure so far, this is due largely to the various preventive measures adopted by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government in particular.
The late Abba Kiyari is the biggest VIP casualty of the virus in Nigeria out of the 17 deaths recorded so far.
The reverse is the case in some super power countries like U.S.A,U.K, Spain,Italy,France and Germany where thousands have died and the figures are increasing daily despite the fact that they have better health facilities than Nigeria.
As at the last count, Nigeria Center for Disease Control disclosed that 159 recoveries have been recorded,I congratulate the discharged patients and urge them to stay safe and keep to all the measures that can prevent contracting the disease again,late Kiyari and 16 others were not so lucky,as they succumbed to the vicious venom of covid-19.
As we mourn over the demise of the late Chief of Staff to Buhari and 16 others,I want to strongly appeal to millions of Nigerians who are still alive and kicking to obey the various lockdown measures introduced by the government at the federal and state levels.Although, the lockdown order is painful and inconvenient,it is for our benefit.We should also not forget to observe the social distancing rule,wash our hands with soap and water frequently or alcohol based hand rub,cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough, don’t touch your eyes,nose and mouth and you should seek medical help from government hospitals when you have fever, persistent cough and difficulty in breathing.
Lest I forget,I want to profusely commend the Covid-19 Incident Commander in Lagos State Governor,Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state’s Health Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi and other officials, not forgetting all frontline health workers in the state for their resilience,determination, courage and unyieldingness in the fight against the coronavirus disease.
Despite the fact that Lagos has the highest confirmed cases and death record, Governor Sanwo-Olu and others mentioned above deserve commendation because if not for their concerted efforts, the cases and the number of deaths would have been higher.
I commend also President Mohammed Buhari for the courage and bravery displayed by him with the declaration of the lockdown of Lagos,Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja since March 29,2020.Governors of other states where the virus has penetrated are equally commended for their actions against the disease.
Recent report has shown that we have transited from imported transmission to community transmission of the virus and it behoves on all of us as Nigerians to join hands with the government to kick this novel disease totally out of our country.
While the lockdown order continues and is being painfully observed by Nigerians, governments at all levels should roll out more palliatives and relief packages for all, particularly in states where there is total lockdown.The adequate provision of these palliatives will discourage the people from disobeying the lockdown order.
The World Health Organisation recently disclosed that one of the best ways to curtail the spread of coronavirus is the restriction of movement of people,and this is why most countries are presently on lockdown.
If you don’t travel, the virus will not travel”.
I urge Nigerians to obey the lockdown order, while government keeps working out and fine-tuning various palliatives that will ease the pain of the people.
The time has come for us to believe that we are waging war against an invisible enemy and we can only overcome it if we all join hands together.
CORONAVIRUS OR COVID-19 IS REAL AND IT IS NO RESPECTER OF ANYONE.
LET US STAY AT HOME AND STAY SAFE.
RABIU ABIODUN HASSAN