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DEPUTY National Chairman ( South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has commended the federal government for the steps taken so far to curb the spread of Covid-19 otherwise known Coronavirus.

  Ajimobi spoke on Monday evening while reacting to President Mohammadu Buhari’s national broadcast where measures to curb the spread of the disease were announced.

  He especially recalled that the palliative measures of the federal government would go a long way in alleviating the problems that could be associated to the stay-at- home advisory.

  The former governor also commended the governors across the country for the steps taken so far to nip the spread of Covid-19 in the bud.

  “Apart from all our governors across the country who are taking steps to curb the transmission of the disease, I want to especially commend Governor Jide Sanwoolu of Lagos State for his pro active measures to safeguard the lives of those resident in Lagos. Lagos is a major economic hub of the country with a lot of people moving into the state from all over the country, thus the steps taken so far by the governor to curtail the spread of the disease is worthy of commendation”, he said.

  Reacting to the announcement that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde tested positive to Covid-19, the APC Deputy National Chairman who expressed solidarity with the governor said he had already sent the governor a solidarity message to wish him quick recovery and God’s protection.

  “Immediately I heard that my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde test came back positive, I sent him a text message to express solidarity with him and wish him quick recovery and God’s protection. I also want to appreciate him for his bravery with this revelation. I know with adequate care he will get over it. I wish him a quick recovery”.

  Senator Ajimobi also advised Nigerians to keep on observing the safety measures that have been enunciated by health professionals.

  “Covid- 19 is not a death sentence, people have recovered from it . We will get over this too, but we must continue to ensure that we follow all safety measures like washing of hands, social-distancing and other safety standards as recommended by our health professionals. As for all our health workers, we appreciate them for their front line role in the fight against the disease”, he said.

 Meanwhile, cross sections of community leaders have challenged monarchs and well-meaning people to emulate the Olubadan Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, example by fighting the spread of Coronavirus through the distribution of foodstuff, hand sanitizer and gloves to the needy.

  The Jagun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Wasiu Aderoju Alaadorin Saturday in  Ibadan made this plea after the distribution of the goods on behalf of community leaders whose areas have been touched by the first class monarch’s spirit of generosity. The communities touched include some household in   Popoyemoja, Alaadorin, Akuro, Ita Aregbe-omo, Gbodu, etc.

  According to him, the kind gesture displayed by the monarch was the tonic needed by the indigent people to comply with the government stay-at-home order without fear of hunger and starvation. He added that it is a practical demonstration of the traditional institution’s commitment to fight the pandemic to a standstill.

  Last Wednesday, bags of rice and beans were distributed at the instance of Olubadan to people while packs of branded safety equipment such as hand sanitizer and gloves were distributed in the neighborhood last Thursday.

  On the scourge of COVID-19 ravaging the globe, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso cautioned the people not to take chances with their health by complying with government instructions and other precautionary measures which include stay-at-home order, social distancing, regular hand washing, avoid overcrowding, self isolation, doing away with handshake and prompt reporting of COVID-19 related symptoms to the appropriate quarters.

  He however warned people not to panic as the government and well-weaning Nigerians are doing their best to stop the spread of the dreaded disease.

  He stated further that like the Ebola outbreak, avian flu and Lassa fever, Corona virus which has come would also go, adding that if it must go as quickly as possible, we need to comply with all directives.

  “Even in the Olubadan palace, we have suspended palace activities over the past one and half weeks. Courtesy visits have been cancelled. Land cases have been postponed. Chieftaincy promotion exercise that ought to take place in a stretch of three weeks have been put on hold and the Olubadan-in-Council members and affected chiefs have been duly informed about it as far back as two weeks ago. We wish we could do more as health is wealth,” the monarch stated.

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