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‘COVID-19 third wave possible in Abuja’

By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammadu Bello yesterday revealed that there was the possibility of a third wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Abuja.

Bello, however, allayed residents’ fear that the FCT Administration has put in place measures to curtail its spread.

He said residents also have the responsibility to safeguard themselves by adhering to the prescribed non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of facial covering, hand washing and physical distancing.

The Minister who disclosed this in his Eid-el-Kabir message, also encouraged Abuja residents to enjoy the celebrations from the safety of their homes as attendance at large gatherings increases the risk of contracting the virus.

The statement signed by the Minister said: “The Sallah celebration provides us with the opportunity to offer supplications to Almighty Allah for the continuous growth and development of our country. Let us, therefore, pray for peace and the collective ability to surmount our current challenges.

“I encourage us to use this occasion to meditate on, and give expression to the lifestyle of Prophet Ibrahim especially on the virtues of sacrifice and selflessness which Eid-el-Kabir symbolises.

“As residents of our country’s capital, we should consider it our obligation to live up to the dreams and ideals of our founding fathers who also made enormous sacrifices in the quest of making Abuja the Centre of Nigeria’s unity and a melting pot of our various cultures, traditions and ideas.

“It is  imperative therefore that we imbibe these ideals of sacrifice and nation-building  as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim and our founding fathers to build an FCT and Nigeria of our collective desires. This is quite possible especially with dedication, commitment and singularity of purpose from all of us.”

“As we celebrate, let us also be reminded that there is the possibility of an occurrence of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the FCT Administration has put in place measures to curtail its spread, residents also have the responsibility to safeguard themselves by adhering to the prescribed non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of facial covering, hand washing and physical distancing.

“In the same manner, I appeal to you all to be security-conscious in the course of the festivities and report any suspicious activities to the relevant security agencies.

“We assure all residents that the FCT Administration is doing its best to ensure the security of lives and property both during and after the festivities.”

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