Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has raised alarm over the pandemic Coronavirus, stating that the virus is raging in the world and not just ravaging human beings, but also affecting economies.
He stressed that Nigeria is not an island in itself, and must implement measures to protect the economic well being of our nation and people.
The former presidential candidate under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said that Nigeria is our collective home, as such, the citizens must suppress every partisan disagreement and think and work patriotically to ensure our national survival amid global uncertainty. This was coming just as Nigeria recorded its third case of the virus.
Speaking on the economy, Atiku recommended that “policies like the stamp duty on all types of accounts be temporarily suspended, until such time as the nation’s economy has turned the tide in the fight against this virulent scourge.”
He further said that the landing cost of premium motor spirit, also known as petrol, has reduced significantly. It is strongly recommended that the government should not absorb the savings, but should pass it on to the Nigerian people by way of reducing the pump price of PMS to reflect the current prevailing market costs.
Atiku, therefore, urged the nation to request large scale industrialists and employers of labour not to disengage workers. Definitely, this scourge will affect their production and profitability.