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COVID-19: FG should provide palliatives for poor Nigerians


The Federal Government has been urged to provide financial and material palliatives for the masses, as incentives for the current lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 scourge.

The Lagos Central Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, yesterday, said that the palliative is essential, especially for the unemployed youths and the aged retirees.

“The palliatives will reduce poverty and crimes. Nigerians will be able to buy food during the sit-at-home lockdown,” he said. Onitiri, who applauded efforts of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu, encouraged other states and President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from him.

While calling on all overseas-returnees to embark on self-isolation, to curtail the spread of the disease, he said the ban on all social gatherings and parties should be strictly enforced without exceptions.

Onitiri again called on President Buhari to address the nation to assure Nigerians on the way forward over the pandemic.He said: “In this crucial period of looming lockdown, Nigerians expect to hear more from our President. This is the period we need to see and feel the presence of our leader.

“Most leaders in Africa, Europe and America are almost daily addressing their citizens. Their presidents lead, while the citizens follow. This dangerous pandemic is like a third world war where their presidents lead.”


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