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COVID-19: Mark Urges Nigerians to Stay at Home, advises FG to give Palliatives

A former Senate President, Senator David Mark, has called on Nigerians to obey the lockdown measure that has been put in place by the Federal and State Governments to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the country.

He also called on the Federal government to reach out to the people through palliatives that can ameliorate the pains of the lockdown.

Senator Mark stated this on Monday through a press statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr. Paul Mumeh.

According to Mark, the rapid spread of the virus has called for an urgent need for the citizens to comply with the stay at home order, as well as observing the personal hygiene rules as spelt out by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the discomfort and inconveniences the lockdown may pose to Nigerians, the former military governor of Niger State urged Nigerians to endure the pains and cooperate with the government saying, “it is better to be inconvenienced temporarily than going to the great beyond“.

He also called on the Federal Government to work out modalities towards palliatives for citizens in order to ameliorate the pains of the lockdown like it is done in other countries affected by the pandemic.

The former Senator cautioned the authorities especially the Law Enforcement Agencies to apply the internationally accepted standards of enforcement by respecting the human rights procedures, the rule of law and operating with human face.

“It is necessary to observe all safety measures on both sides so that we would not be unwittingly creating more problems rather than solving them. After all, the whole essence is the safety of all”.

He expressed optimism that the scourge would be surmountable only if all citizens comply with the preventive measures put in place by the authorities.

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