Covid-19: Atiku Banks On Nigerian Spirit To Overcome Challenges

  • Lauds Health officials, institutions, stakeholders 
Former Vice President Atiku 

BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says the typical Nigerian spirit will see the country overcoming huge challenges thrown up by the corona virus pandemic across the globe.

He said news of successful treatment and discharge of the Italian index case in the country after testing negative “is yet another confirmation that the Nigerian spirit can overcome any tough challenge”.

In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Atiku said; “It is a thing of pride to us as country that our health professionals not only promptly rose to the challenge by tracking the trail of the case and subsequent ones, but are able to fully treat the Italian index case and one other.

“I will like to congratulate and commend all relevant stakeholders in our healthcare system, at the states and federal governments for a job well done thus far. I wish to make special mention of the young doctor, Dr. Amarachukwu Karen Allison, whose vigilance may have averted an escalation of the disease.”

The former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate in the February 2019 presidential polls further said; “This singular effort will, no doubt, boost the respect that our country will earn from the international community and even more is the honour it would bring to Nigerian medical professionals.

“Those men and women who stand in the frontline of containing the spread of the virus within our shores are heros and history would be kind to them. They have shown to the world that Nigeria is a great country, with great, committed and hardworking people.”

He however urged Nigerians to abide by all appropriate health instructions on hygienic conditions, saying; “We should continue to be sensitive to the potential dangers inherent in the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease by adhering to instructions about social distancing, washing our hands frequently under a running water with soap and ensuring that we limit exposure to large gatherings.”

“I join millions of other Nigerians to celebrate our health workers for their courageous work at this difficult time and I urge all Nigerians to remain strong while we fight the scourge of this virus to the end”, the man, who deputized for former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007, said.

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