The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency to ban international flights. This according to the group, is to curb the spread second wave of Corona virus.
This fear is as a result of reports making wave worldwide indicating a second spread of the virus.
MURIC’s call was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The group warned that the second wave of COVID-19 will be severe, noting that the virus has killed 1.49 million people globally with 64.2 million infected and 41.2 million have recovered.
“We recall that the first index case of COVID-19 in Nigeria which was reported on 27th February, 2020 came in from Italy,” MURIC said.
The statement read, “A second case was reported within two weeks of the first in Ewekoro, Ogun State on 9th March, 2020. All hell broke loose soon after and the country came under lockdown for about three months with dire consequences. The current economic recession is one of the fallouts.
“Nigeria should not allow a return of the deadly pandemic. In view of the increase in its spread in the United States, France, Britain, etc, the Federal Government (FG) should act now before it is too late. International passengers troop into the country on a daily basis and there has been no report of quarantines. All passengers have been allowed to come into the country. We believe this is not good enough.
“MURIC, therefore, calls on FG to immediately put restrictions on passengers and crews on international flights. This may be in form of COVID-19 protocols like isolation and quarantine where necessary.”
MURIC noted that intending passengers at the local airports have not been practicing social distancing which according to the group is dangerous.