News ‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal...

‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal arguments’

-

- Advertisment -

‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal arguments’

 

 

 

 

 

 
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Moh’d Lukman, on Monday warned opposition and government critics not to allow politics and legal arguments undermine efforts at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

He ws apparently reacting to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faulting of President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech which it described as “empty and failed to address the salient demands of the impact of the scourge (of COVID-19) on the nation” and the legal argument raised by a private lawyer, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN that the restriction of movements in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states required the approval of the National Assembly.

Lukman argued that these unpatriotic positions will further endanger the precarious situation in the country, stressing that what Nigeria needed most was a collective approach to solving the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The APC chieftain observed in a statement in Abuja on Monday the reponses of the PDP and Adegboruwa to the presidential address on measures taken by the government at completely ignored the gravity of the challenges and imagined that the problems can be reduced to politics and legal arguments.

According to him: “They all miss the point, very conveniently, that the world, including Nigeria, is fighting a war that is a threat to human life in a manner that the world has never experienced before. It is an unconventional challenge such that the enemy, Covid-19, doesn’t respect politics, legality or recurse to any form of interest. It was in fact in recognition of this that the President declared that we are all as individuals the ‘greatest weapon to fight’ the war”.

He pointed out that after the hue and cry prior to the presidential broadcast of slow response from government, one would have expect some attempts to direct attention in the country to strengthen the capacity of the government to succeed in containing the spread of the virus.

Lukman asked the PDP “if there are other more effective measures to contain the spread of the virus, which the President has failed to take. Or could Mr. Adegboruwa be implying that there are legal provisions that could be invoked that would ensure containment of the spread of the virus while at the same time respecting the rights of citizens to move freely?”

The APC leader further aruged that with the positions of PDP and Adegboruwa, they have failed in the test of rational and logic reasoning that put protection of life on a frontline charge for any government. He maintained that, “once human life is at risk, we must take every step required to safeguard human life first”.

He also came down hard on the lukewarm attitude of civil society and trade union leaders towards the war against COVID-19, wondering how the country faced with the debilitating effect of the Coronavirus and some unions are on strike.

The PGF Director General however singled out former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and PDP governors for commendation.

He noted that their position in the fight against the global pandemic was at variance to that of their party.

As for PDP, we can argue with some confidence that the position of Mr. Ologbondiya is not shared by the PDP leadership especially Alh. Atiku Abubakar and PDP Governors. This is because

Lukman said that Abubakar has already demonstrated commitment and support to the Federal Government to win the fight against Covid-19 by contributing N50 million to the war, arguing that in the same vein, PDP Governors are working in partnership with Federal Government and all Governors in the country, irrespective of party affiliations to role out uniform initiatives in all our states under the coordination of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

Commanding the elected leaders in the opposition, Lukman said, “Without any hesitation, it could be argued that PDP Governors are not playing politics with the challenge of fighting Covid-19 in the country. We are all very encouraged for the inspiring leadership of Alh. Atiku Abubakar and PDP Governors for rising to the national challenge of teaming up with all Nigerians irrespective of party lines”.

He then appealed to leaders of non-governmental organisations in the country to demonstrate commitment towards responding to the challenge posed by Covid-19, concluding that “undermining initiatives of government based on excessive politics and legal arguments will only further endanger us”. 

‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal arguments’ ‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal arguments’
‘Don’t undermine govt efforts on COVID-19 with politics, legal arguments’
Parrot Nigeria
An online news aggregator

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Tinubu mourns Sen. Muniru Muse

                Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has commiserated with the family of Sen. Muniru...

INEC mulls scrapping bye-elections over rising cost

                  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that it will soon open engagement with the National Assembly on...

Altered certificate: Tribunal orders Bayelsa D/Governor’s appearance Thursday

                The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal has ordered that the state’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo appears before...

ICAN Elects New President, Promises to Partner with Govt on National Values, Economic Priorities

            The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has elected new officers to run its affairs for the next...

“I’m Still Waiting On God, Won’t Reopen My Church Now” – TB Joshua Replies FG

Popular Nigerian preacher and Prophet, TB Joshua has said he won't be complying with the Nigerian Government's directive of...

No shaking, Nigeria is solidly behind you – Buhari tells Adesina

            Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the nation will stand solidly behind Dr Akinwumi Adesina in his bid...

TRENDING

Buba Galadima predicts suffering of northerners after Buhari’s presidency

A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima...

Swear if you have not been collecting money from governors – Asari Dokubo tells Nnamdi Kanu

            Mujahid Asari Dokubo, leader of the Niger Delta People’s...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

FCMB Work from Home GTWorld