Covid-19: Otti, Ohuabunwa wish Ikpeazu quick recovery
* Call for prayers, solidarity
By Steve Oko
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, as well as the 2019 Abia State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Dr. Alex Otti, have wished Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, who tested positive to coronavirus quick recovery.
Gov. Ikpeazu and 67 others including some of his aides tested positive to the global pandemic on Sunday, thus bringing the total number of active cases in Abia to 83.
Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu who confirmed the development said the Governor had handed over power to his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, and proceeded on self isolation.
Otti and Ohuabunwa in separate press statements, expressed regret over the sad development but prayed God to grant the governor, his aides and all the other affected persons in the state a quick recovery.
They also solicited the prayers and solidarity of residents of the state for the governor at this challenging moment.
Otti in a statement by his Media Assistant, Ferdinand Ekeoma, expressed sadness over the news of the governor’s infection with the deadly virus and wished him well as he recuperates.
“Dr. Otti hereby sends his best wishes of quick recovery and sincere solidarity to the governor, members of the state executive council, and other citizens who tested positive to the virus”, the statement read.
The financial expert enjoined Governor Ikpeazu to remain strong and courageous in the face of the Covid-19 trial, as a way of instilling confidence in other citizens who were also hit by the virus, and called on all Abians to take this pandemic very seriously.
Otti reminded Abians that “viruses act very mysteriously, and sometimes strike with unpredictable speed and surprise,” hence, the need for “Abians to do away with doubt and carelessness”, but rather adhere to every professional advice, and apply individual and institutional safety measures required to remain safe.
He noted that his very early intervention in the fight against the pandemic and support to selected hospitals, was predicated on his understanding of the threat posed by the virus, and the need to help check its spread, especially amongst medical personnel.
Otti thanked public spirited Abia citizens and friends who responded to his call “to support our people in this fight, particularly Access Bank that put up a 100 bed Isolation Centre in Amachara and The Abia Professionals League led by one of our illustrious daughters, Mrs. Ngozi Ekeoma who has just completed a state- of- the- art permanent 50 bed Infectious Diseases and Treatment Centre at FMC, Umuahia amongst many others.”
Meanwhile, Ohuabunwa who expressed concern over the rising cases of the pandemic in Abia urged the governor and all those infested not to despair as “coronavirus is not a death sentence”.
The former Speaker ECOWAS Parliament also urged Abia residents not to panic but stricly observe the necessary protocols including social distancing.
Ohuabunwa who noted that Governor Ikpeazu had shown commitment in the fight against the scourge, expressed regret that the governor had also been infested by the virus.
He said that over the past months, Gov Ikpeazu had demonstrated courage and leadership capacity by preventing the spread of the virus across the state, but noted that as human, nobody is immuned to infections.
Ohuabunwa noted that according to statistics, the mortality rate of the pandemic in Nigeria is relatively low while a significant number of those that tested positive have already been discharged from isolation centres , a confirmation that the disease is not a death sentence.
He however urged residents of the state to strictly adhere to government regulations on social gatherings and personal hygiene particularly regular washing of hands and wearing of nose mask any time they have cause to leave their homes.
Ohuabunwa reminded Abians that “coronavisus is real”, adding that “there is need for us all to observe cleanliness by washing our hands regularly and avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth”.
Senator Ohuabunwa urged security agencies to ensure full compliance of the ban on interstate movements to stop the importation of the disease from neighbouring states.
He charged Abians especially those in border communities to be very vigilant about suspicious movements of strangers.
Ohuabunwa further enjoined Abians to pray for quick recovery of the governor and all those already infested, and for the total eradication of the pandemic from the world.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email [email protected]; [email protected] Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.