The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has lamented over the first case of Coronavirus in Lagos State, Nigeria.
The group noted that the undetected passage of the virus carrier from the Murtala Muhammed international airport is a big threat to the lives of Nigerians.
CUPP urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to stop flights from countries with high cases of Coronavirus.
The group called on the Federal Government to direct flights from coronavirus infected Countries to the selected airport or set up special 14 days quarantine centre for passengers from infected countries before allowing them to mix with people in the community.
CUPP warned the Federal Government against handling the virus with soft hands like insecurity which is already affecting the country and has led to the death of many innocent Nigerians.
The group called on Nigerians and public places managers to activate preemptive health safety protocols so as to be at safe hands.
CUPP in a statement through its Spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere, said it is “alarmed like any other patriotic Nigerians or groups by the report of the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria despite the Federal Government’s widely publicised claims of putting necessary strategy in place to ensure that the dreaded disease does not find its way into the country.”
“The CUPP notes that the undetected passage of the virus carrier, an Italian citizen, who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, is a big threat to our nation’s survival, and the development must be handled with the seriousness it deserves.”
“The CUPP is still wondering how the virus entered Nigeria despite the fact that the Federal Government had enough time to prepare and of course ensure proper screening of passengers at our airports.”
“We believe very strongly that the government, the Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other relevant agencies being funded with taxpayers’ money have questions to answer on this very unfortunate development.”
“As responsible Nigerians, we in the CUPP are again advising the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to stop all flights originating from countries with confirmed high cases of the virus, designate an airport for the landing of flights from highly infected nations or set up special 14 days quarantine centre for passengers from infected nations.”
“We urge this administration not to mishandle this case of Coronavirus threat the same way it has been handling the issue of insecurity across the country.”
“This call becomes necessary to avoid the mass murder of millions of innocent Nigerians who have already suffered enough under this administration because of its remarkable ineptitude.”
“For the umpteenth time, the CUPP calls on the Federal Government to designate special airport for all flights and passengers coming in from coronavirus infected nations entering Nigeria for 14 days before allowing them to join the general population.”
“Nigerians and public places managers must activate and adopt strong preemptive health safety protocols to avoid the spread of this virus.”
“In doing this, however, we urge Nigerians and other residents not to panic but adopt the high rate of hygiene and protect themselves from this dreaded virus.”