Former consultant of Rivers South-East Senatorial District on the Nationwide Meeting, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has warned that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s ‘draconian measures’ to battle in opposition to the unfold of Coronavirus will show counter productive if he fails to provide his insurance policies a human face.
That is as he acknowledged that the warfare in opposition to the pandemic is essentially about collective humanity and due to this fact have to be fought on strictly humane and simply phrases.
Abe, in a press release on his Fb web page, titled: “A Dangerous Gamble” mentioned, the demolition and public sale of personal property, the closure of all sources of survival for residents of Rivers State with out due consideration to their technique of sustenance within the identify of the battle in opposition to COVID-19, are draconian measures that can show counter productive in the long term.
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The assertion reads in components: “I’m constrained to say these few phrases on the worrisome growth in my expensive State, Rivers.
“Lockdowns ought to include clear provisions for the sustenance of the folks, notably the susceptible inhabitants (the younger, the outdated, the sick and the infirm) and exemptions have to be made for emergency and important companies, equivalent to foodstuffs, prescription drugs, press, medical care, and safety companies, electrical energy, telecom, gas provide and so on”.
The senator cautioned that even in instances of bodily warfare, such actions of the governor is a warfare crime, as a result of energy with out compassion is tyranny, he maintained.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain asserted that Rivers State warfare in opposition to COVID-19 at present price “runs the risk of dividing the state into two distinct camps, those who support the Governor and will justify, glorify and applaud any action taken by the Rivers State Government no matter how callous and ill-advised, and those who oppose the governor and will oppose every action of the state government no matter how well thought out or well intentioned the action may be”.
He argued that within the face of obtrusive excesses, everybody shall be compelled to decide on one facet or the opposite, and our state will endure.
Abe mentioned: “This needn’t be so; there’s nonetheless time for the Rivers State Authorities to rethink its technique, and perceive that this can be a scientific warfare in opposition to a virus and all of us will have to be concerned.
At this price, the federal government could win the lockdown battle and lose the warfare. COVID-19 goes to be right here for a while and we want the goodwill and cooperation of the vast majority of our folks to win the warfare in opposition to this virus.
True victory shall be once we survive united in utmost solidarity and our financial system rebounds as we hope for restoration and prosperity.
This warfare is essentially about collective humanity, it should, due to this fact, be fought on strictly humane and simply phrases”.