Former Military President of Nigeria, rtd. General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (GCFR) has called for synergy between the Federal and states governments in Nigeria in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic that is threatening human existence.
Babangida, fondly called IBB also enjoined Christian brethren to use the holy period of Easter to pray for the country on the COVID 19 pandemic, while also calling on 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.”
In a statement, which was dated 11th April, 2020 and which he personally signed, the ex-president commended governments both at states and federal levels on the efforts so far made towards managing the spread of COVID 19 in Nigeria.
He explained further in the statement, which was made available to this publication, that 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 enforcement of appropriate and consistent social distancing prescription for effective prevention of further spread of the pandemic
“It is time for synergy between the 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.
IBB then saluted 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.
He said further: “we all have our roles to play collectively and there is need to observe all recommendations of NCDC and adhere strictly to the directives of government on basic hygiene-wash your hands frequently with soap under running water, avoid touching your face & high-contact surfaces and also avoid gatherings & physical contact thus practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID 19.”