Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), human rights lawyer on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast to Nigerians on April 27th was uninspiring and did not address many issues pertaining to the lockdown and steps being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement he personally signed, titled
“There was nothing in the President’s broadcast about efforts being made to rebuild the health system, which the head of the COVID 19 Task Force (the SGF) admitted had become inadequate. Ghana is building 90 world class hospitals post-COVID 19”.
“There was apparent breach of protocol as a draft speech had been released ahead of the broadcast, containing different contents, from the one eventually read by the President, showing lack of coordination, which has in turn created confusion”.
“The President did not also address the issue of failure of compliance with the lockdown directives and the measures being taken to solve this. The broadcast was silent about international and local flights and general movement in the air”.
“Curfew cannot work in Lagos State because of it’s peculiar traffic situations. People are usually up and on the road by 4am from the Mainland and from Ogun State to the Island and they close and stay in traffic till midnight, most of the time. With interstate lockdown and night curfew, most people working in Lagos from Ogun and Oyo States cannot meet up. The President should have consulted with the Governors of these States”.
“As the National Assembly is now resuming, the President should liaise with them to have a law on COVID 19 in order to harmonize all COVID 19 regulations, to avoid the prevailing confusion across the land. It is urgent”.
Source: News update