Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has pledged N50 million from the group’s purse to fight coronavirus in Biafra land.
He said that the fund would be expended on equipping hospitals and paying the emoluments of medical personnel as well as providing food aid to the needy.
After the initial commitment of N50 million, Nnamdi Kanu said another N300 million would be released to combat the disease.
He disclosed this in a radio broadcast on Friday evening.
He said, “We never knew that the virus is coming, we have commitments all over the world, we are committing initial N50 million to make sure we educate and prepare our people for what is to come.
“Another N300 million would be budgeted to fight the disease, but the initial N50 million would be made available for the payment of doctors and nurses that would be hired to do the work.
“We will establish one hospital in every state of Biafra including Edo State. We are going to open a food store for the people. If you are to confine the people at home, you must make sure they do not die of hunger.”
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Nnamdi Kanu added, “We are equally going to feed those who are not IPOB members. This is what advanced countries are doing for their people.
“I am worried for Africa and humanity but my primary concern is for the people of Biafra, we are therefore directing that our people should halt all non-essential travel, abide by all directives, and take precautionary measures to ensure they survived the scourge.
“Coronavirus has actually exposed unpreparedness of the nation to tackle the emergency, as we do not have the hospitals that can sustain the pandemic.
“The outbreak of the disease has put Nigeria to shame. All these years of looting, telling people lies of building hospitals has exposed the government insincerity.”