Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has blasted security agents for allegedly shooting one of the protesters in Sapele, Delta State who were against the state government’s two-week extension of the lockdown.
Omo- Agege recently called for the arrest and prosecution of anyone found wanting for it to serve as a deterrent to other potential culprits.
According to him, the residents of the state should be calm because there are long-term benefits with the stay-at-home order since it is meant to safeguard the citizens from contracting the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He added that these are trying times and government, the private sector, individuals must cooperate to make the situation easier for everyone.
His words, “No doubt, the lockdown has caused difficulties and inconveniences for many citizens but in these trying times, it takes courage for our elected leaders to adopt global best practices by extending the lockdown so as to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease and save lives.
“As President Buhari and governors, including Governor Okowa of Delta State have said, our common objective is to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action while ongoing comprehensive public health measures including case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities are intensified.
“No doubt, the lockdown has caused many inconveniences for millions, especially for our daily wage earners and many others in the informal sector but for a disease that ravages with no guarantee of cure, and the fact that life has no duplicate, staying at home to curb its spread is a most reasonable imperative.
“Too many lives are being lost and far too many families are going through deep grief caused by Covid-19; while the Delta State government weighs possibilities of making things better, we should all strive to appreciate the deep seriousness of the issue.
“Nonetheless, warnings about social distancing, hand-washing and other preventive measures given by relevant state and federal authorities deserve our adherence.
“These are trying times, palliatives and sacrificial giving from government, the private sector and individuals can make things easier. Importantly, we all need to support efforts being made by the federal and state authorities including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) towards curbing Corvid-19 and saving our people’s lives.”