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COVID-19: Group lauds Buhari over lockdown relief, warns Nigerians against complacency

Razaq Bamidele

A pro-democracy group, Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the easing of the biting lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus that is ravaging the entire world.

The group, in a press release from its Co-Convener, Hajia Ramat Abdur-Razaq said, the step was a welcome one going by the agony the citizenry had been going through for the past couple of weeks that the lockdown started.

While commending the President for the partial relief, Hajia Abdur-Razaq described the President as a ssensitive and responsive leaders who listens to the yearning of the people to take appropriate steps at the right time.

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However, the group has warned Nigerians against complacency and carelessness in the way they go about the new life reminding that the President has laid down some preventive measures to be adhered to strictly for the sake of survival.

The concerned organization informed that, the second hit of the dreaded disease is far more dangerous than the first attack narrating the case of Italy and France who took liberty for licence after the first hit only to experience overwhelming fatalities that almost claimed half of their countries’ population.

The release cited example of the 1720 plague of Marseille, where the Deputy mayor lifted the quarantine to help the economy that led to the death of about 50,000 people out of 90,000 population at that time, saying, it was like Nigeria losing 100 million citizens to the virus!

Since President Buhari knows that Nigeria could not afford to experience such a devastating catastrophe, he has strongly advised that all the preventive measures be strictly observed to stay clear of the virus, stressing that, freedom to search for economic survival should not be at the detriment of people’s lives.

Some of the preventive measures, the group reminded including compulsory use of face mask, sanitising the hands with sanitizers or washing the hands properly with soap, avoiding crowded places through social distancing method.