Series of “illegal” activities have spiked at Central Nigeria’s Plateau State boundaries since the discovery of the novel coronavirus disease in the country, local Muslim Youths say.
Despite nationwide ban on interstate movements, people still cross into the state “on a daily basis,” said the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO), Plateau State Chapter.
This is evidenced by the recent discovery of the first case of the virus in the State in a Kano returning traveler, said the group in a press through its state Secretary General, Mr. Ali Ali.
Government, the group said should “as a matter of urgency strengthen the security of all state boundaries” to guard against illegal entry.
“Let it not be that some unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements are sabotaging the efforts of government in combating the disease for their own personal gains,” says the statement.
Government according NACOMYO should also speed up the distribution of “palliatives” to poor citizens, to save them from “hunger disease”.
“Government must be commended for the measures taken so far in safeguarding the health and lives of its citizens against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
“NACOMYO is however urging the government to be more sensitive and responsive to the plight of its citizens whose living conditions are on daily basis,” said the group.
The group asked Muslims to use the month of Ramadan to pray for an end to the covid-19 pandemic that has “crippled global health, social and economic life”.