Makinde Apologizes for Ibadan PDP Rally Amidst Coronavirus outbreak

The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has taken responsibility for the PDP rally that took place in Ibadan on Wednesday, amidst coronavirus outbreak.

Mr. Makinde made the plea during a press conference organised on Thursday, to explain the steps his administration has put in place to contain the outbreak of the disease in Oyo State.

The governor while apologising to the people of Oyo State and Nigerians in general said, he gave the go ahead for the rally at the time based on the information he received.

“I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgement.”

According to the governor, the oath he swore to protect the people of the state on May 29, 2019, cannot be taken for granted, saying he will personally lead the Covid-19 task force team in the state, after a proper inauguration of the committee on Friday.

He charge the people of the state to maintain proper hygiene through frequent washing of the hands, scrubbing for 20 seconds with soap and water, and the use of hand sanitizers that are 90% alcohol based, as it is the key ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The governor also advised the people of the state to make use of the Free Health Mission which was launched on Monday, March 16, 2020, and tasked with disseminating information about Coronavirus prevention and control.

He urged people with known symptoms of COVID-19 such as dry cough, fever, nausea, severe headaches, difficulty in breathing and tiredness, to contact the Oyo State Ministry of Health.

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