As some countries across the world have moved to ban flights from the UK in the face of the second wave of COVID-19 infections, former Vice-President of Nigeria HE Atiku Abubakar has urged the Nigerian government to follow suit.
The former VP made this appeal in a series of tweets, stating the importance of halting flights from the COVID-hit country, as the government would want to avoid a wider spread of the disease in Nigeria.
He asked that the federal government learn from history or “stand a risk of repeating it”.
Atiku refers to the government’s initial response to the advent of the disease in the country where it failed to shut its airspace to incoming flights from worst-hit nations.
In his tweet, HE Atiku said “Nevertheless, we must learn from history, or we stand the risk of repeating it,”.
“The new strain of COVID19 that has erupted in the United Kingdom, and specifically, London, can add to Nigeria’s health emergency if we do not act with an abundance of caution and temporarily halt all flights to and from the UK until this new strain is brought under control.”
He noted that countries have taken the step to ensure that flights from the UK were banned, to contain the spread of the virus.
“Already, prudent nations are taking prompt action, and Nigeria must take necessary precautions due to the volume of air traffic between Nigerian airports and London, where this new strain has erupted.
“We must face the reality that our health sector is not sufficiently prepared to handle a sudden and unpredictable surge of this pandemic.
“We have already lost lives needlessly. We need not lose more. In the case of this virus, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”