Senator Melaye in his statement noted that the government alone can’t fight the Coronavirus pandemic, he called on the wealthy Nigerians, multinationals, international oil companies (IOCs), and others to lend their financial support.
The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, charged all Nigerians to act as if they already had the virus and see everyone as a carrier of the virus also.
The former lawmaker said, “The responsibility lies with all of us. This is not about government alone or any particular agency of government; it is about all of us.”
“Hence, all hands must be on deck to combat Coronavirus. It is not about the government; it is about humanity. Public health affects national development; hence it should not be politicised.”
“Consequently, in furtherance to all measures and actions taken so far by the Federal Government to fight Coronavirus, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, lockdown the nation’s capital, Abuja and the nation’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, via an Executive Order.”
“This is necessary in the circumstance, in order to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. There is no doubt that preventive measures are cheaper than treatment of any ailment, talk more of a global pandemic,” he said.