Former VP Charges FG To Stop International Flight, Close Borders In Prevention Of COVID-19 Mutant Strain

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Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has charged the Federal Government to close borders and stop international flights to prevent then spread of the new mutant strain of COVID-19.

“The reason Nigeria took a harder than necessary hit during the first wave of the #COVID19 virus is that the Federal Government failed to heed the warnings of well-meaning Nigerians, like myself and others, to shut down our borders once the virus became a pandemic,” Atiku tweeted.

“Hindsight is 20/20. Nevertheless, we must learn from history, or we stand the risk of repeating it.”

Atiku tweeted that the second wave of COVID-19 being experienced in the United Kingdom means that Nigeria’s ill-equipped health sector stands at risk of being overwhelmed to contain the pandemic.

“The new strain of COVID19 that has erupted in the United Kingdom, and specifically, London, can add to Nigeria’s health emergency if we do not act with an abundance of caution and temporarily halt all flights to and from the UK until this new strain is brought under control,” Atiku said.

“Nigeria must take necessary precautions due to the volume of air traffic between Nigerian airports and London, where this new strain has erupted.

“We must face the reality that our health sector is not sufficiently prepared to handle a sudden and unpredictable surge of this pandemic. We have already lost lives needlessly. We need not lose more.”

Nigeria government had announced that the country has entered the second wave of the COVID-19 virus after recording over 5,000 cases in the first two weeks of December.