National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has called on the Federal Government and relevant agencies in the health sector to as a matter of urgency educate and increase awareness of public health as a measure to combat the pandemic Coronavirus.
Tinubu made this yesterday, in a letter of appreciation to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for the hard work they put into organizing the postponed colloquium to mark his birthday.
He noted that their efforts have deeply enriched the social, political, and economic discourse of our nation.
He said, “I am deeply honoured that such a group of talented individuals have devoted so much time and energy toward making the colloquium the excellent annual event it has become.” He reiterated that, “The spirit of the colloquium has always been one of public service and social progress.”
According to him, even though the virus may not have touched us in the way it has affected other nations, he advised that strenuous efforts should be made to help educate and lift public awareness on the virus and other issues.
He, therefore, stated that “Due to the troubling promulgation of the Coronavirus, the world has entered an unprecedented phase.”
He noted that “The colloquium is something I look forward to every year,” but that to keep faith with that spirit, we must seriously consider the need to postpone the colloquium.”
He thanked God that the country had only record few cases thus far. “This is of great concern. That the virus has not yet come in great numbers should not lull us into false security,” he said.
“We know not why it has not touched us in the way it has affected other nations. Thus, we cannot be certain that it will not eventually visit Nigeria in significant numbers.
“My fervent prayer is that our nation escapes the brunt of the coronavirus.”
He also acknowledged other members of the committee, Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Dele Alake and Mr Yemi Cardoso, saying “over the years, your exertions in this regard have been outstanding.”