Ex-Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has asked for the unity and togetherness to tackle the threat that the recent confirmed case of Coronavirus has posed to Nigeria.
Atiku disclosed this in a recent statement made available to journalists.
According to him, the Federal Government must learn from the strategy adopted to battle Ebola a few years ago if they want to successfully eradicate the deadly Coronavirus.
He added that pointing fingers and apportioning blames is needless at this time since the only finger we should be pointing should be to solutions.
His words, “We must call upon our experience with the wild Ebola virus, of which we were the first nation in the world to defeat that scourge in 2014. How did Nigeria do it?
“We achieved it by showing unprecedented unity. The federal government of the day worked closely with the Lagos and Rivers state governments. There was complete unity, solidarity and oneness of purpose, which created the atmosphere that defeated that deadly infestation.
“I strongly counsel that any tendency to blame and point fingers must be temporary, if not permanently, suspended. If fingers must be pointed, it must be to solutions,
“Nigeria needs firm and decisive actions to prevent an escalation of the scourge. Recently, we closed our borders as an act against economic sabotage. Perhaps now is the time to temporarily halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is more important to secure human lives than to secure an economy. We also need to invest in early detection facilities at our airports.
“But above all, Nigeria must not panic, whether at government or individual levels. We have defeated Ebola before and we can defeat this present predicament,
“This crisis is an opportunity to show that we are first and foremost Nigerians and that we have no other country but our own dear fatherland, which we must work together to keep healthy and secure.”