The DG of Global Initiative for Good Governance and Atikulated Agenda Worldwide, Chief Dr Emeka Kalu, has as usual lent his clear voice to numerous burning issues concerning our nation, especially at this critical time of uncertainty and hardship occasioned by the pandemic, Coronavirus.
In a statement signed by his Media and Publicity Aide, Comr Amos Kalu and made available to the press from his Abuja office, Chief Kalu who is also the Director of Protocols, People’s Democratic Party Youth Alliance, said this is time Nigerians need to shun partisanship and put hands together to come out of this global challenge uncharted in one piece even as he comend his principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who had joined other well meaning Nigerians to provide palliative stimulus to vulnerable Nigerians that are feeling the pangs of the unavoidable total lockdown to curtail spread of Coronavirus.
In the same vein, Chief Kalu praised the government of President Buhari and State governments for proactive actions so far taken to tackle the menace, especially providing palliatives to citizens and providing emergency isolation centers, saying that these are signs that there is still hope for a better Nigeria of tomorrow when we can rise up to challenge our challenges and put things right.
“I must commend the Lagos state government particularly for the vigor and determination with which she has confronted the Coronavirus monster and as well other states, including my home state Abia, who have left no stone unturned in the responsibility of protecting her citizens, especially the proactive Measures taken by Governor Ikpeazu to challenge the ingenuity of the Aba Artisans who are now mass producing PPE. This is sign of hope in the face of uncertainty.
“This is a sign that Nigeria can surmount any challenges facing us when we make up our mind and determine to tackle them headlong. I encourage that we don’t let our guards now.
“Nigerians have shown sense of patriotism and love for one another by coming together of the strong to support the weak amongst us. This is a way of a progressive people with determination to move forward against all odds, therefore I encourage our citizens to continue to obey the government orders to the later as it is for the good of all, “ he encouraged.
Chief Kalu further addressed other issues relating to the pandemic and adviced the government to make amends where neccessary because what affects the eyes effects the nose.
“This is not a time to be discriminative for any reason. I was shocked to learn that the Ministers have successfully dished out N100Billion to indigent Nigerians hand on hand, I am marveled because there can never be any guarantee of fairness using such crude methods.
“Nigerians vehemently called on the FG to support Nigerians through verified BVN because that could’ve been the only true way to ensure fairness and openness. There’s no guarantee of transparency in the methods applied which proves that it is clear that government concerns is for only particular set of people because there’s no way you can distribute money to all indigent Nigerians hand to hand when the country is on lockdown. That process made rubbish of the whole excercise.
“I am calling on government to adopt the right methods to distribute the latest loan to avoid few greedy men getting richer at the expense of the suffering masses. Money and materials should be extended to other states as well and not concentrated in a particular place when states like Akwa Ibom are crying for lack of fund to face confirmed cases.
“This is time to prove that Nigeria is one indivisible entity and not time to discriminate against anyone as had recently been the culture of this government”, Kalu advised.
He also called on the government not to be too fast in inviting Chinese doctors at this point that everyone is suspicious of each other, arguing that Nigerian Doctors have worked and proved their mettle in readiness and equal to the task of containing COVID-19.
“It is time we begin to put more confidence in our system by allowing our trained professionals to do the job they are trained to do without foreign interference.
I see no morale behind the invitation at this point in time.
“Rather government should channel their effort to minding how to help Nigerian citizens who are now being chased around by Chinese government, denying them any form of accommodation and food. Those are the core responsibilities of government to her citizens and not adding anxiety to their fears.
“Even back home, locking people down at home without food is a catalyst to bad revolt if nothing is done about it to assist them, “ Kalu said.
He adviced Nigerians to be patient and law abiding in face of fear and harsh realities, assuring them that this time too, shall come to pass.