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Coronavirus: Tell your followers to sit at home, Foundation advises religious leaders, politicians

Lagos State Health Commissioner says all participant of AMCA exposed to COVID19

The Akin Fadeyi Foundation, convener of the Corruption, Not in My country Project has called on all religious, political and traditional Institutions to adhere to the government and World Health Organization’s directive on the restriction of all religious and political gatherings.

In a statement signed by the Organization’s Founder and ED, Akin Fadeyi, ‘’The rate of infections and tragic mortalities around the globe has underscored such compelling need for all of us to yield to government directive’. He added, ‘irrespective of our country’s level of coordination, surveillance and critical preparedness, as citizens, we still have a huge role to play within our communities to ensure the prevention or reduction of human-to-human transmission. This will not only protect us; it will also reduce the pressure on our nation’s health workers who are staking everything on the front-line to keep us alive”.

Following the most recent report issued by the Nigerian Government, there’s a total of 22 confirmed cases in the country. To this end and as a preventive measure, the federal government has issued a travel ban on the US, UK and 11 other countries, whilst schools are also being shut down. Nonetheless, Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (‘NCDC’) has developed a new guideline for people to stay in self-isolation. In the guideline called the ‘Self Isolation Guidance for Nigeria’, citizens returning into the country especially from China, Japan, Italy, Republic of Korea, Iran, France, Germany, and Spain are advised to adhere strictly to the 14 days self-isolation rules to prevent further exposure or spreading of the disease to other members of the society.

However, if religious and political gatherings are still being observed unabated, Nigerian citizens and indeed foreigners amongst us would be vulnerable to the risk of infection, at a time where even the best scientist in the world are still grappling with straws to find a cure.

We commend the NCDC for its timely release of information and efforts since the outbreak of COVID-19, even as we acknowledge their possible challenges in the face of infrastructural shortfalls in our healthcare system.

60th Coronation anniversary of Awujale of Ijebuland postponed

Due to the realities and in line with recommendations of the Ogun State government regarding social gatherings and distancing because of the COVID 19 virus, the Diamond Anniversary Committee of the 60th Coronation anniversary of Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland has postponed the anniversary.

The committee says a new date for the event will be advised as soon as it is expedient to do so.

“We seize this opportunity to congratulate the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland  on this great milestone and wish him many more years on the throne of his forefathers”, the committee said in a statement .