By Henry Gabriel
A former member of the House Of Representative, who represented Zangon Kataf/ Jaba Federal Constituency, Barr Sunday Marshall Katung, has comended the strategy adopted by the Kaduna state government led by Malam Nasir El-Rufai in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
According to Katung, the strategy adopted by the government will help at ensuring that the virus did not spread into the State, especially among the vulnerable citizens.
In a Statement he personally signed and made available to Journalists in Kaduna, Katung urged the citizens to follow the safety tips of Social distancing, washing of hands and regular use of hand sanitizer.
The lawyer who was the deputy governorship candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Kaduna state under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), also called on all stakeholders and people of goodwill to join hands with the government to tackle the deadly disease.
Katung who said the COVID-19 is an enemy that must be tackled by all and sundry, added that “this enemy of humanity can only strive if we are divided.”
He assured citizens that this pandemic will soon be history.
“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 very well 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 times like these, 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, I encourage our citizens to practice social distancing by staying 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,”Katung said.
“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 added.