Lagos council boss: Nonchalant attitude of residents to coronavirus worrisome

Alhaji Kazeem Rabiu, the Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Egbe-Idimu Local Government Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, has described the nonchalant attitude of residents toward the second wave of Coronavirus as worrisome.

Rabiu said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.

Newsmen report that on December 18, 2020, the Federal Government announced that the country had been hit by the second wave of COVID-19, with more than 76,000 cases recorded as at December.

“The attitude of our people towards safety protocols is not encouraging at all, most of our people are still negligent and we are doing all we can to sensitise them.

“If not for anything but for the sake of our health workers who have a lot on their hands trying to save as many lives as possible.

“These things are simple; wear your mask, sanitise your hands or wash with soap and water, avoid crowded areas, no party or gathering is worth anybody’s life,” he said.

Newsmen also report that as at Jan. 18 there were 112,004 confirmed cases, 89, 939 discharged cases and 1,449 deaths recorded in the country.

When asked on efforts to educate residents, the CDC chairman said the LCDA and the CDC would embark on sensitisation programme to educate the public.

“As instructed by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, through the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, we are to embark on educating residents on the importance of adhering to safety measures.

“The CDC and the council, under our able chairman Rep Kunle Olowoopejo, will mobilise few people to educate them in the market places, car parks among others,” the chairman said.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.