The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately speak to Nigerians on the situation of the CoronaVirus outbreak in Nigeria.
The Senate noted that if the number one citizen addresses Nigerians, all government agencies would be more serious in adhering to necessary preventive measures.
The upper chambers noted that the preventive measure should include restrictions on large gathering, tighter order control, stringent screening of travelers entering the country and the shutdown of international airports in the country (except for Abuja and Lagos international airports).
The Senate also urged the federal government to ensure that Nigerians returning from countries with over 1,000 recorded cases to be quarantined.
The call came following a motion by Senator Danjuma Goje, an APC senator form Gombe.
Senator Ahmad Lawan in his statement warned against being complacent, he said; “even if our environment is hostile to coronavirus, we need to be extremely careful. If we feel we are safe, it will lead us to complacency.”
Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Deputy Chief Whip, in his statement noted that the issue must be taken with caution.
“The issue at stake is one that calls for caution and proactive measures.
“There are people who are having the virus and the symptoms are not there.
“For us to deal with this matter, individual contribution is key. Those who have travelled to the epicenters of the disease are supposed to isolate themselves.
“If you look at our health facilities, it is not in the best of state. Countries with good health facilities are on lockdown,” the senator said.
Senator George Sekibo in his contribution noted that even those with the technology to solve the problem still witness the virus spreading without respect.
“Even those that have the technology to solve the problem, the virus is still spreading without respecting any person.
“Let the Ministry of Health come with real standard on how to behave now.
“Our airports and seaports are still open, and we don’t have the pieces of equipment to fight it (Coronavirus).
“Let no one from this chamber travel out of here. Let us quarantine those coming from outside. Let us be more careful because we don’t have the resources to fight it (Coronavirus).”
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha in his contribution expressed worries that Nigeria with the largest black population in the world has very porous borders.
He suggested that only Nigerians should be allowed into the country.
“The dangers that this virus will bring upon us because of our policy will be very dangerous.
“Once they are not Nigerians, we should stop them at the border and ask them to return to where they are coming from.”
David Chima is the Group Head (Editors) at Naija Buzz News. He is a very experienced Journalist. He studied Mass Communication at the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding for Advanced Studies in Mass Communication (Journalism) at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State. He previously served as the Head Senior Reporters and Publishers at 1Push.Ng and eventually Naija Buzz News. Chima is a lover of football and a very strong supporter of Barcelona Football Club Spain.