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COVID-19: Coalition urges Nigerians to close ranks, work together



 The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on all Nigerians to close ranks and work

together on efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus without looking at our ethnic, religious and political differences.

The coalition made the appeal in a statement issued by its Spokesperson, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Sunday in Abuja.

Ugochinyere said that the call was in furtherance of the CUPP’s resolve to make quick interventions and encourage the citizens on the right steps to take in view of the present national health challenges.

Ugochinyere said CUPP was of the considered opinion that Nigerians must have to survive first before they ask questions.

“We admit that some of the drastic decisions taken by some governments at certain levels have been shown not to be in conformity with the law like the Quarantine Act and in isolated cases the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“However, this unprecedented challenge which we face and which has in many instances made it impossible for legislative houses to meet must be considered in context.

“We shall as opposition forgive any drastic steps taken by any government so long as it is in the interest of the people.

“We shall only challenge with a view to stopping any decision or action taken outside the provision of the law which is obviously against the interest of the people or tainted with corruption.

“We state that this is the best time to stop all divides, close ranks and fight the enemy trying to consume us.

“We urge all citizens particularly those who may be bestowed with any responsibility to discharge them diligently.

“This is not the time to make a fortune out of the common misfortune of the Nigerian people,” the statement read in part.

Ugochinyere called on all returning travellers into the country and all who may have had any close contacts with any infected person to surrender themselves now for testing.

“The virus is not an express death warrant if the right steps are taken.

“They should come forth now in their own interest and those of their loved ones who will be the first line to be infected.”

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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