Former Nigerian Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all flights from countries facing coronavirus outbreak.
Atiku gave the advice in a Facebook post on Friday, saying since Buhari was able to shut land borders to protect the economy, it would not be too difficult to stop flights from countries where there had been outbreak of coronavirus.
The 2019 Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Nigeria should fight the disease the same way it was able to tackle the outbreak of Ebola in 2014.
“Nigeria needs firm and decisive actions to prevent an escalation of the scourge. Recently, we closed our borders as an act against economic sabotage. Perhaps now is the time to temporarily halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is more important to secure human lives than to secure an economy. We also need to invest in early detection facilities at our airports.
“But above all, Nigeria must not panic, whether at government or individual levels. We have defeated Ebola before, and we can defeat this present predicament,” he said.
This is not the time to cast aspersions on anyone or begin to trade blame, he added, saying the focus should be on finding solutions.
According to Atiku, “We must call upon our experience with the Wild Ebola Virus, of which we were the first nation in the world to defeat that scourge in 2014. How did Nigeria do it? We achieved it by showing unprecedented unity.
“The Federal Government of the day worked closely with the Lagos and Rivers State governments. There was complete unity, solidarity, and oneness of purpose, which created the atmosphere that defeated that deadly infestation.
“I strongly counsel that any tendency to blame and point fighters must be temporary, if not permanently, suspended. If fingers must be pointed, it must be to solutions.”