The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 General Election, and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Nigerian Government to provide palliatives to Nigerians, to enable survive the adverse effects of the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Atiku noted that a large percentage of Nigerians do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown.
Atiku said: “As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian State governments who have proactively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non-essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.
“At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10, 000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind.”
“I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance. I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be,” the Statement further stated.
Atiku further promised N50 million as contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus packag