Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has urged governments at all levels to synergized towards managing the spread of COVID 19 in Nigeria.
Babangida who stated this in a statement issued in Minna, decried the increasing number of infected persons, even as he said, the situation was still being kept at a manageable level within the limits of the Nigerian health care system.
He however, said that the successes so far recorded should be sustained with enforcement of appropriate and consistent social distancing prescription for effective prevention of further spread of the pandemic.
“It is time for synergy between Federal Government efforts and that of states where 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 efforts of our frontline medical personnel for their patriotism, resilience, sacrifice and commitment to this fight of eradicating covid-19,” he said.
The statesman in a seven paragraph statement added: “I salute the courage of individuals , groups and corporate entities for supporting governments at various levels While commending governments officials for various palliatives geared towards alleviating the excruciating pains associated with the lockdown.”
IBB however, enjoined Christian brethren to use the holy period of Easter to pray for the country in the COVID 19 pandemic situation and 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 & high-contact surfaces and also avoiding gatherings & physical contact thus Practice social distancing by to prevent
spread of the COVID 19” he concluded.