A leader of opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna and erstwhile member of the House of Representatives, Barr Sunday Marshall Katung, on Saturday described the way and manners the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has been managing Coronavirus in the State as commendable.
He applauded the strategies so far employed by the State Government in ensuring that the dreaded Covid-19 did not spread into the State, especially among vulnerable citizens.
Katung, in a Statement he personally signed and made available to Journalists in Kaduna, equally called on citizens to yield to relevant policies and guidelines put in place by government and its agencies in order to combat the spread of the COVID- 19.
Katung, who was a deputy governorship candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Kaduna under the umbrella of PDP, appealed to stakeholders and people of goodwill to join hands with government to tackle the killer disease in good time.
According to him, “COVID-19 is an enemy and must be tackled by all and sundry. This enemy of humanity can only strive if we are divided.
“The world today is facing a global crisis that is threatening human existence. This new enemy that has continued to threaten the world is Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
“Our Country is no exception to this calamity as we all know. This dreaded disease is real and here with us. It has so far spread to many States and taken life out of us. But, even at time like this, there is hope as many have recovered from it and many more will be spared by the grace of the Almighty.
“In this trying period, citizens must play their own part and demonstrate good citizenship by yielding to relevant policies and guidelines put in place by government and its agencies to combat the challenge of COVID- 19.
“Inline with the recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), I encourage our citizens to practice social distancing by staying at home but particularly, practice personal hygiene.
“Let me also appeal to citizens of our dear State, to stay safe, observe total restrictions as directed by our leaders. We must appreciate that all these measures are intended to keep us safe and healthy.
“I applaud the Kaduna state government for being proactive by taking adequate measures. The plans to provide palliatives is also a welcome development.
“Let me appeal to the State government to ensure that these palliatives go round to all our citizens, especially the vulnerable poor who actually bear the brunt of this stay at home order. This is because our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown.
“I pray for increased wisdom on the part of government in handling this unexpected situation and patience from us citizens as we collectively overcome the challenges arising from this pandemic. This too shall pass,” he prayed.