Anti-lockdown Protest in Sapele: Omo-Agege Appeals for Calm

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Deputy , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has appealed for calm over the protests in Sapele, Delta State against the ’s two-week extension of the lockdown.

Omo-Agege also condemned, in strong terms, the alleged shooting of one of the protesters by security agents and called for the arrest and prosecution of the culprit (s).

Senator Omo-Agege made the call in a statement signed by hia Special Adviser, Media and Publicity,, Yomi Odunuga made available to newsmen in Abuja.

According to him, this will serve as deterrent to other trigger-happy security men.

While noting that the lockdown has caused untold hardship on the people, the lawmaker pointed out that the long-term benefits of the stay-at-home order is to protect the from contracting the deadly (Covid-19).

He explained that authorities at all levels of government are making frantic efforts to get to the poorest of the poor.

Senator Omo-Agege recalled that around 1919 when the population of the area now known as Nigeria was only a fraction of what it is today, not less than half a million people died of a virulent global influenza pandemic brought by overseas ship into coastal areas from where it spread elsewhere.

“No doubt, the lockdown has caused difficulties and inconveniences for many but in these trying times, it takes courage for our elected leaders to adopt global best practices by extending the lockdown so as to curb the spread of the deadly disease and save lives.

“As President Buhari and governors, including Governor Okowa of Delta State have said, our common objective is to contain the spread of the and to provide space, time and for an aggressive and collective action while ongoing comprehensive public health measures including case identification, testing, isolation and capabilities are intensified.

“No doubt, the lockdown has caused many inconveniences for millions, especially for our daily wage earners and many others in the informal sector but for a disease that ravages with no guarantee of cure, and the fact that life has no duplicate, staying at home to curb its spread is a most reasonable imperative.

“Too many lives are being lost and far too many families are going through deep grief caused by Covid-19; while the Delta weighs possibilities of making things better, we should all strive to appreciate the deep seriousness of the issue.

“Nonetheless, warnings about , hand-washing and other preventive measures given by relevant state and federal authorities deserve our adherence.

“These are trying times, and sacrificial giving from government, the private sector and individuals can make things easier. Importantly, we all need to support efforts being made by the federal and state authorities including the (NCDC) towards curbing Corvid-19 and saving our people’s lives,” he stated.

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