Ex-Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) has advised Nigerians not to play politics to the issue of COVID-19 pandemic.
Stating this during Easter message to Christians, he said that playing politics at this time could scuttle the nation’s resolve to combat the virus.
“It is time for synergy between Federal Government efforts and that of states where the majority of citizens live with attendant implications for flattening the curve, increasing testing capacity and reduce the pains and we have the lesson and experiences of China, Taiwan, and other countries to benefit from.
“There is no room for blame game now but concerted support by all Nigerians and I commend with due regards to the professional display and wonderful roles of our frontline medical personnel for their patriotism, resilience, sacrifice, and commitment to this fight of eradicating COVID-19,” IBB stated.
Hailing the various levels of government for their efforts to eradicate the virus from Nigeria, the ex-leader said, “Although the numbers keep rising, the situation is still being kept at manageable levels within the limits of our health care system.
“However, these gains need to be sustained with the enforcement of appropriate and consistent social distancing prescription for effective prevention of the further spread of the pandemic.”
IBB urged all Christians to use the opportunity presented by the Easter season to pray fervently for God’s intervention in this trying time.
In the same vein, he enjoined Muslims across the nation to take advantage of the month preceding the holy month of Ramadan to seek Allah’s face for an end to the pandemic.
However, he said, “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 & high-contact surfaces and also avoiding gatherings & physical contact thus Practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the Virus.”