Don’t play politics with COVID-19, says Ex-Minister of Transportation

A former Minister of Transportation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has pleaded with Nigerians to shut ranks to tame the novel coronavirus, saying “it is wrong to play politics with the disease’’.

Babatope, a chieftain of the PDP made the plea during a interview with the press agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.

He described the disease as a standard enemy that each one Nigerians, regardless of social, ethnic, or religious backgrounds must collaborate to fight.

Babatope advised against politicizing the pandemic, saying it might be irresponsible to form the disease a topic of unnecessary politics.

“I turn Nigerians across different ethnic, social, and non secular backgrounds to unite against COVID-19 and join efforts to defeat the pandemic.

“COVID-19 may be a common enemy of all, so we should always forget our differences and battle this problem together.

“This isn’t the time to play PDP, APC, or APGA. this is often an emergency because people are dying. We must not play silly and irresponsible politics with the pandemic.

“We must unite to save lots of lives. After we’ve defeated the disease, we will return to full politics again.”

Babatope lamented the increasing loss of lives to the pandemic, urging the govt in the least levels and various stakeholders to try to to more to prevent the virus.

He also advised citizens to stick to measures prescribed by the govt and experts to remain safe and curb the spread of the disease.

The PDP chieftain expressed worry over the economic impact of the disease, particularly concerning job losses, pleading with the govt to evolve strategies to prevent the trend.

The former minister said also that the plan by the federal to merge government ministries and agencies as recommended by the Oronsaye Report was a step within the right direction.

He, however, advised the govt to implement the report in such how that it might not cause job losses.

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