Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party and the African Democratic Congress have decried the rising banditry and hooliganism in some parts of the country on account of the lockdown in place in many states.
They alleged that the regime of the President had not put enough strategies in place to protect lives and property, while accusing the All Progressives Congress of not providing necessary inputs to the government to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
While bandits had attacked people in some states in northern Nigeria, a group of hoodlums called ‘one million boys’ had terrorised some parts of Lagos State.
They, however, called on the government to provide palliatives for Nigerians who had been asked to stay at home because of the COVID-19.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said, “We are not happy with the rising banditry and we have said that the first step to it is to make sure that the people, whom the government wants to stay out of their markets, stores and businesses, must have something to feed on. Government must provide palliatives for them.”
Also, the ADC National Publicity Secretary, Yemi Kolapo, said, “Citizens have been suffering but the coronavirus-induced hunger is grade one. Why would anyone add pepper to an open wound by allowing crime to thrive at this period? Something must be done fast.”
In a related development, the ADC has also expressed support for the resolution of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to impose an inter-state lockdown for two weeks. “We are in support of their decision, 100 per cent,” Kolapo said.
A former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari, has called on the Federal Government to ease the total lockdown placed on Abuja Lagos, and Ogun states due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yari opined that the measures so far taken by the government had not slowed the spread of the pandemic.
He stated that freezing economic activities further would be counterproductive “as the instinct to survive by many people who are basically poor would frustrate compliance.”
According to a statement on Saturday by Yari’s spokesperson, Mr Mayowa Oluwabiyi, the former governor advised that the lockdown should be relaxed, while the use of face masks should be made compulsory for people to return to work.
“Social distancing, hand-washing and aggressive use of hand sanitisers should also be mandatory,” he said.
On the individual disposition of states as to how best to handle the pandemic, Yari cautioned against “solo approach” but suggested a coordinated action for a more effective result that would benefit the entire country with minimal room for resurgence.
Yari, however, hailed the recent broadcast of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to the country, describing it as reassuring.
“The most important thing is that delegated officials are delivering on their mandate very well. I am happy the President offered to increase the number of people that can benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by another one million individuals,” he said.