By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Worried about the crunch effect of the pandemic Coronavirus on the global economy, the office of the Youth Leader of Lamido Adama Emirate (Sarki Matasa Adamawa) under the leadership of Barrister Aliyu Wakili Boya has reechoed calls for prayers as the only remedy to the development.
According to him, the world is in a state of siege on account of the Coronavirus and it has placed countries on lock down, ushering a period of anxiety, uncertainty, and helplessness for many nations and families.
Boya in a statement made available to our reporter, worried that the virus is spreading like a wild fire and the number of casualties is increasing by the day with increase of many being infected in Nigeria.
“Over 15,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. We are directly affected by the impact of the virus on the global economy that is grinding towards a halt. The threats of possible COVID-19 cases in Nigeria presently have risen to over 40 cases now and still looms high. Afterall, our neighbours are all dealing with confirmed cases of the virus, rendering us surrounded and vulnerable to invasion by Corona.
“Government must realise that behind the COVID-19 health scare, looms a bigger economic crisis that could disrupt the lives of many. Some commentators have speculated that COVID-19 will kill more businesses than humans. We need to have a robust and comprehensive plan to help businesses, families and individuals to withstand the financial aftershock of the COVID-19 nightmare
“The virus has had a devastating impact on some of the worlds best healthcare systems. It is in our interest as a country to be on high alert to minimise possibilities of the virus infecting our populace. Should the virus find its way into our borders, it should find a nation ready and united to deny it any opportunity of spreading. As it has done in other countries, leaving a trail of dead bodies and anguish.” Boya said.
He enjoined the youth of the nation to commit themselves to prayers and play their patriotic roles in making sure that Nigeria is ready and united to defeat COVID-19.
“To this end, we call on all Nigerians to strictly comply with all the medical advice and interventions that have been proposed by government to prevent possible infection.
“We commend the decision by the President to take charge of the coordination of all activities related to preventive measures and the rapid response. We welcome the decision by government to order the closure of all learning institutions. Though this is a major disruption to the education sector, the inconvenience is dwarfed by the risk of having learners congregate in large numbers at schools daily.
“Let’s pray and pray without ceasing for God through His magnanimous Mercy to send away the plague crunching on the economy life of the world.” He added