Former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally broken his silence on the ravaging global pandemic, COVID-19.
This would be the first time the former Nigerian President is speaking on the viral infection which has affected some of Nigeria’s political elite, including Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
Issuing a statement via his social media platforms, Goodluck Jonathan encouraged Nigerians not to despair in the face of the raging global pandemic.
He acknowledged that COVID-19 was a global threat that attacked peace, hope and freedoms enjoyed by people of the world.
Excerpts from his statement read:
“Today our world faces a global crisis that threatens our peace, hope, and freedoms. Across the globe is the climate of fear, havoc, and consequences of a new enemy, Coronavirus Disease- COVID – 19.
“Dear Compatriot, this is not a time to fear or despair; it is a moment of responsibility, courage and faith. It is time to demonstrate good citizenship by yielding to relevant policies and guidelines put in place by government and its agencies to combat the challenge of COVID- 19
“As a country, ours is a history of many triumphs in times of global and national challenges.In 2014, through solidarity and unity of purpose, we combated the dreaded Ebola virus.
Goodluck Jonathan encouraged Nigerians to come together and be patriotic in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let’s all brace up and work together to combat this new scourge COVID- 19,” the former President concluded.