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COVID-19: We’ll support lockdown of Lagos if…. – Tinubu

Ayodele Olalere

National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Tuesday, commended incumbent Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his stay-at-home order to civil servants over the spread of Coronavirus, but assured that leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state would throw their weight behind the governor should he decide to put the state on total lockdown.

While speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Governor Sanwo-Olu, at Marina, Tinubu said the leadership of the party was happy with the manner the governor had handled the situation, saying the governor has the full backing of the party.

He added if there was need for the governor to order a total lockdown of the state, the party would give him its support.

“I congratulate the government of Lagos State for what has been done so far about regular information on the mysterious disease.

“Nigeria needs a lot of education in this challenging period. We are facing mysterious enemy in Covard-19.

“We need to observe that social distancing. It’s a new culture that we have to abide with. You must respect the governor’s directive for the workers to stay at home particularly our students and.market women,” Tinubu said.

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Continuing, “We must obey the government. We thank religious leaders who have asked their followers to follow the governor’s directives, both Muslims and Christians alike.”

Tinubu also urged market women to follow strict hygiene and abide by government’s directives.

“The activities in the market must reflect the new culture. It will teach us a new thing that we are not used to such as hygiene, washing of hands, not having handshakes and eliminating hugging. We are to prevent the spread of this mysterious disease.

“In bus stops or various environments, we must maintain distance, stop handshake and do what is necessary so we can save lives. We don’t have enough hospital spaces.

“It is not only by prayer; it’s by us observing what is necessary to stop the disease that is ravaging the world.

“My appeal is for people to respect the information coming from the government house. We endorse the position of the governor.

Stay at home, pray in your house, observe hygiene. To the market women too, it’s very important.”

On possible total lockdown of the state, Tinubu said, “If the government decides there is need for total lockdown, I am in support of it.

“He has our support. We have reviewed it with him and he’s also reviewing it with his cabinet.”