A former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Federal government to pay Nigerians between N5,000 to N10,000 each, as palliatives, using the last tranche of the Abacha loot, in order to enable them survive the long periods of isolation and stay at home order from the government.
Alhaji Atiku made the call on his social media handle on Wednesday.
According to the Turaki Adamawa, since a large percentage of Nigerians cannot survive sitting in one place for days because of the Covid-19 outbreak, it will be more wise for the government to look for a way of sustaining them momentarily.
“A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self isolation. It is therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their own safety.
“Thus, as a patriotic duty, I suggest that the Federal Government make use of the latest tranche of the Abacha loot in making a transfer of between ₦5,000 and ₦10,000 to each of the 38.5 million bank accounts in Nigeria verified by the Bank Verification Number policy.”
The former PDP presidential candidate urged the National Assembly to convene an emergency session, through teleconference, to to discuss the stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens, including the unbanked, and those in the rural areas.
He commended the various state government, corporate bodies and individuals for their proactive measures in trying to stop the spread of the virus in the country, urging the Telecom operators in the country to also play a role by offering free airtime to Nigerians, to enable them report emergency cases when and where the need arises.