Atiku Abubakar has advised President Buhari to give a token of 10,000 naira each to Nigerians during this dire stay-home period caused by the Coronavirus.
Atiku, whose son, Mohammed, tested positive to the virus, said this while announcing a 50 million relief fund for Nigerians.
This is necessary, according to him, as a large population of Nigerians depend on a daily source of income and providing financial assistance to these families will be of great relief. Read also: Coronavirus: I Never Shook Hands With Governor Bala Mohammed – Atiku’s Son
“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. However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown.
It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety. 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“, he said.