“Stop Playing Politics with Coronavirus Directives”, Lai Mohammed Appeals to Governors
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed appeals to Governors in Nigeria to stop playing politics with Coronavirus directives when he featured on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on Friday, April, 10th.
According to Mohammed, the counter directives between some states and the federal government in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus were unnecessary.
While describing the anger of the #EndSars protesters as justifiable, Governor Obiano declared that all schools and markets in the state have been closed down, stressing that all large gatherings in any form are banned.
He said that the security agencies are on notice to do the needful, asking them to resist all efforts to provoke them to the use of extreme force.
The Governor called on stakeholders including the clergy, traditional rulers, youth leaders, among others, to lend their voices and help address the escalating situation, adding that the sum of two hundred million naira (N200,000,000) has been approved to compensate families of those affected by SARS brutality in the state.
He concluded that this is not the time for destructive rumours, but a time to unite and keep Anambra state safe.
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He said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in display of 21st century police officers compliance, highest level of professionalism and best regard for democracy yielded to the call and disbanded SARS.
The convener, however, said that surprisingly the protesters still continued with their trade of protest which was uncalled-for and unacceptable.
He said that the protest was ill conceived as the advantage and usefulness of SARS was curbing crimes in Nigeria overwhelmingly outweighed their few mistakes therefore such protest could be highly demoralizing.
He explained that their solidarity march from Unity fountain to force headquarters in Abuja was intended to boost the morale of police men and women.
On his part, Malam Kabiru Dallah, the Co-Convener of the CSOs, said that most well-meaning Nigerians appreciated the sacrifices of the police in securing the country.
” Therefore, whoever see police as enemy is a suspect.”
He commended the Inspector General of Police for the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWATT) to replace the disbanded SARS.