New COVID Variant: Atiku urges FG to ban UK flights

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged the Federal Government to halt all flights to and from the United Kingdom as a second wave of the pandemic strengthened.

The 2019 Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate on Sunday explained that Nigeria took a harder-than-necessary hit during the first wave of coronavirus because the Federal Government failed to act quickly.

In a series of tweets, he explained that Nigeria’s health sector is not sufficiently prepared to handle the second wave.

Atiku urged the Nigerian government to take necessary precautions due to the volume of air traffic between Nigeria and UK airports.

Atiku’s reasons for UK travel ban

“The reason Nigeria took a harder than necessary hit during the first wave of the COVID-19 virus is that the Federal Government failed to heed the warnings of well-meaning Nigerians, like myself and others, to shut down our borders once the virus became a pandemic,” he said in one of five tweets.

Atiku noted that, “Hindsight is 20/20. Nevertheless, we must learn from history, or we stand the risk of repeating it.”

“The new strain of COVID19 that has erupted in the United Kingdom, and specifically, London, can add to Nigeria’s health emergency if we do not act with an abundance of caution and temporarily halt all flights to and from the UK until this new strain is brought under control.

“Already, prudent nations are taking prompt action, and Nigeria must take necessary precautions due to the volume of air traffic between Nigerian airports and London, where this new strain has erupted.

“We must face the reality that our health sector is not sufficiently prepared to handle a sudden and unpredictable surge of this pandemic. We have already lost lives needlessly. We need not lose more.

“In the case of this virus, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he said.