The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II has urged Gov. Godwin Obaseki, to effect a total lockdown in Edo state to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In a recent letter addressed to the governor, Oba Ewuare revealed that the state government should also give an order that there should be no movement into and out of the state during the lockdown.
According to him, strict enforcement of the “stay-at-home” order, adhering to the social distancing and other health and safety protocols advice given by health experts is desperately needed at this time for residents to remain safe.
He added that the rising number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in the state is a cause of concern, therefore something drastic steps must be taken.
It read, “Your Excellency, we respectfully wish to invite your attention to the incident of Covid-19,(Coronavirus) pandemic and the attendant risk of its continued spread among the people of Edo State.
“You may wish to recall the stakeholders meeting convened by Your Excellency with traditional rulers at the outset of the outbreak of the virus, where I advised that the Edo State Government should take the issue of containment seriously, to mitigate its spread among citizens and residents of the state.
“However, we have observed with serious concern the rising number of confirmed cases of the Covid-19 in the state, which as at the date of this letter has reached 15 persons with one death recorded.”