Igbo Youth Assembly ( IYA) Worldwide, a socio-cultural youth organisation, has urged Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government (FG) as it strives to curtail and eradicate COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The youth body said this in a statement signed by its Secretary- General, Comr. Casmir Irekamba and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Friday.
Irekamba said that since the World Health Organisation had declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, it would be reasonable for nigerians to support FG’s efforts in fighting the disease.
He also commended the Federal Ministry of Health, the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for making concerted efforts in fighting the strange virus.
He further urged nigerians to strictly comply strictly with the presidential directives on restriction of movement, social distancing, improved personal hygiene and regular hand washing.
According to him, all efforts made to eliminate the dreaded virus from the Nigerian soil will have long term health and economic benefits.
He, however, frowned at the hike in prices of food items and other essential commodities in some parts of the country, adding that it was in direct opposition to government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic.
“As the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Coronavirus a Global Pandemic, we urge nigerians to unite and support the FG’s efforts to prevent, manage and curtail the virus.
“IYA Worldwide commends the federal ministry of health , the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC for cordially synergising to combat this strange virus.
“We also wish to remind Nigerians that playing politics with this virus will do more harm than good, as the it is already attacking citizens across party lines.
“We also urge nigerians to desist from unnecessarily inflating the prices of food items but to help reduce the sufferings of one another as our contribution to national cohesion “, he said.
The group called on nigerians in all parts of the world to continue to pray for the country, while expressing confidence that Nigeria will overcome her challenges inclusive of the coronavirus pandemic.