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Babangida implores Nigerians to quit blame games in fight against COVID-19

A former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, on Sunday, April 12; urged Nigerians not to politicise the ongoing efforts to rid the country of coronavirus; but rather join hands to defeat the scourge.

Babangida made this declaration in his Easter message to Christians across the country.

He also stated this period calls for a concerted effort by all to wage a total war against the killer disease.

He said: “It is time for synergy between Federal Government efforts and that of states; where the majority of citizens live with attendant implications for flattening the curve, increasing testing capacity and reduce the pains and we have the lesson and experiences of China, Taiwan, and other countries to benefit from.

“There is no room for blame game now but concerted support by all Nigerians and I commend; with due regards to the professional display and wonderful roles of our frontline medical personnel for their patriotism, resilience, sacrifice, and commitment to this fight of eradicating COVID-19.”

Babangida commended the government at all levels on its efforts so far; in curbing the spread of the virus in the country.

He added: “Although the numbers keep rising, the situation is still being kept at manageable levels; within the limits of our health care system.

“However, these gains need to be sustained with the enforcement of appropriate and consistent social distancing prescription for effective prevention of the further spread of the pandemic.”

Also, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of slashing budgets; for health and education in the proposed 2020 revised budget.

Buhari was also criticised by the union over the purported poor handling of the budgeted social intervention funds for the vulnerable; in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASUU also stated the Buhari-led government depicted lack of understanding of the precarious state of things in Nigeria’s health and education sectors.

This was contained in a statement signed by ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole.

Akinwole explained the government failed to learn from the challenges of COVID-19.

The Federal Government proposed a slash of N111.78billion UBEC budget to 61.02billion; and also a cut of 26.51billion from the 44.49billion allocated to Basic Health care.

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