Abuja, March 25, Mr Joseph Efffiong, an environmentalist, has urged the Federal Government and all the religious leaders to provide Nigerians sanitisers, water and other relevant facilities that can help to prevent spread of coronaviru.
Effiong said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that most Nigerians were poor and could not afford the facilities.
He said that Christian and Islamic leaders should support their members by providing the facilities and ensure they were shared to the people.
Effiong said that the government should distribute the facilities at various ministries, agencies, parastatals and departments.
He said that the facilities should be kept in various toilets and at entrances of government offices, churches, mosques as well as hospitals.
The expert also called on the religions leaders to always sensitise the members on the dangers associated with the disease.
“The sensitisation can be by preaching to them through social media since we have been warned to avoid gathering people.
”The sensitisation can also be through one on one; whenever you meet your members you remind him or her on the ways to prevent the disease.
“If our government and the religious leaders can provide the facilities to our people, I think it will go a long way to help.
“I have discovered that so many people are ignorant about this deadly disease.
“When you tell them to wash hands always, their response is God forbid it is not my portion to have the disease.
“God will not allow such affliction to reach us because God knows that our country will not be able to handle it.
“We will only be hearing it but it will not come around us.
“Tell me the country that God will not forbid. God loves every being and will not be happy seeing people dying for a particular sickness no matter our sin.
“Precaution they say is better than cure, we should follow every precaution given to us, and always praying for God’s mercy,” he said.
Efffiong advised Nigerians to endeavour to follow instructions that could prevent the disease and ensure that the environments were protected by keeping the surroundings clean.
He mentioned some of the preventive measures that could help such as washing of hands with soaps regularly, always use sanitizer, avoiding unnecessary gatherings, among others.
He also advised the youths and children to remain at their various homes, adding that the reason the government closed down schools was to avoid contacting each other.
He, however, urged Nigerians to ensure they adhered to the instructions to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The expert also advised NGOs and other relevant organisations to support the government to avoid the spread of the disease.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
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