Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged residents to abide by the coronavirus safety protocols put in place by the Federal Government during and after Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
The News Agency of Nigeria, Tambuwal made the appeal in a special broadcast on Sunday in Sokoto, to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting and Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
He lauded the Federal Government and other agencies for their support toward containing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.
The governor advised citizens to remain steadfast in imbibing the culture of compassion, honesty and peaceful coexistence, which were the lessons learnt during the period of the Ramadan fasting.
“This year’s Ramadan and sallah festivities have come at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the world.
“This has necessitated unprecedented changes in our lives, thereby immensely affecting the socio-economic wellbeing of humanity.
“Though we have had our fair share of those infected by the pandemic, we remain ever grateful to the Almighty Allah for his mercies so far,” Tambuwal said.
The governor expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their cooperation during this trying moment and urged them not to relent in adhering strictly to all guidelines and measures with regards to the pandemic.
He further commended the dedication and sacrifice of health workers who are the first line of defence against the disease.
According to him, their role has not only saved many lives but also gone a long way in flattening the curve of the pandemic.
While commending the proactive response of the Federal Government to the health challenges of the citizenry, he said it was necessary to call for drastic and specific measures against banditry in some local government areas of the state.
He said lives had been lost and properties destroyed, with thousands of citizens displaced.
“In the light of these, I would like to acknowledge the efforts and patriotism of our security agencies toward ensuring adherence of the populace to rules and regulations, especially the interstate lockdown,” Tambuwal added.
He assured that his administration would continue to support in whatever way, to achieve the noble objectives of the agencies.
“Let me seize this opportunity to once again express our profound gratitude to individuals and organisations that have assisted us in cash and kind in the fight against the pandemic.
“These include BUA, Access Bank, UBA, Fidelity Bank, EcoBank, Nigeria Flour Mills, NNPC, some members of the National Assembly, Goodluck Ebele Johnathan Foundation and other public spirited individuals,” he said.