A former Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, has urged wealthy Nigerians, multinationals, international oil companies (IOCs), and others to financially support the government at all levels to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Melaye, who made call in Abuja on Tuesday, also urged Nigerians not to see the efforts against Coronavirus as a ‘government thing’.
“The responsibility lies with all of us. This is not about government alone or any particular agency of government; it is about all of us. Hence, all hands must be on deck to combat Coronavirus. It is not about the government; it is about humanity. Public health affects national development; hence it should not be politicised.
“Consequently, in furtherance to all measures and actions taken so far by the Federal Government to fight Coronavirus, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, lockdown the nation’s capital, Abuja and the nation’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, via an Executive Order.
“This is necessary in the circumstance, in order to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. There is no doubt that preventive measures are cheaper than treatment of any ailment, talk more of a global pandemic,” he said.
He said every Nigerian should act as if he or she has contracted the virus already and see everyone as a carrier of the virus also, so that everyone will see it as collective duty to make Nigeria Coronavirus-free.