Alliance for Democracy (AD) Chieftain in Oyo state, Engr Hakeem Alao, Wednesday asked ggovernor Seyi Makinde to order all his cabinet members to surrender theirselves for Coronavirus test.
Engr Alao in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, said there is the need for the governor to mandate all his cabinet members to Covid-19 screening, most especially, all his aides and all his close associates since he has been tested positive to the CoronaVirus.
The AD Chieftain who also doubled as the party’s governorship candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the statement signed by his Media aide, Mr Omotayo Iyanda pointed out that the governor ought to have taken the issue of CoronaVirus more seriously by isolating himself immediately he returned to Nigeria from the Florida Business Forum.
“With the Corona Virus positive status of Governor Makinde at the moment, it would, therefore, make sense to subject all the governor’s cabinet members to Covid-19 screening, including all his aides and all his close associates. Of a particular note at this point in time is the Covid-19 status of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you pull through this difficult time. Your healthy life is crucial to the attainment of a greater Oyo State we all crave for.”
Engr Alao added, “while wishing you a very quick recovery, It is also a season to learn from our mistakes. Governor Makinde should have taken more seriously earlier the Covid-19 epidemic by isolating himself when he returned from the Florida Business Forum he attended recently and by abstaining from the last PDP unification rally in the state capital, Mapo, Ibadan. The Covid-19 pandemic should not be politicised at all! It is a serious matter, a matter of life and death, not to be trivialized at all.
“This is an unprecedented time in the history of humanity, which calls for empathy, humility, sober reflection and restriction. The Covid-19 epidemic is having a great negative impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, the health of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives for survival. As a state, the Nigerian nation and the world at large are sure seriously under threat.”
According to the AD Chieftain, “there is no better way to handle this situation than to adhere strictly to all the WHO-supported health workers precautionary measures already in circulation, particularly the stay-at-home approach, to curtail the likely uncontrollable spread of the disease as we all engage in sober reflection to re-position the way we lead our lives.
“Yes, governments at all levels in Nigeria, especially my state, Oyo, should acknowledge that this is an emergency situation that needs 100% attention of all the state governors and President Muhammadu Buhari in the provision of health facilities and food supply. This situation should be viewed as if we were at war. President Muhammadu Buhari’s last speech on the epidemic was commendable.
However, we need to pull through the more to reach out to the majority of the mass of our people.”