Ebola: APC Tells Jonathan To Halt TAN’s Rallies

President Jonathan
President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has been called upon by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to stop all rallies organised by Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, as it become counter-productive in the war against the spread of Ebola virus.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, Thursday, by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Muhammed, it reads: “Mr. President, you said your ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. But the TAN rallies for your re-election are endangering the lives of thousands of Nigerians in these days of Ebola. Some things must simply transcend politics. This is one of them. Please stop the rallies now,” the statement read.

The party further prayed the President to ensure that the rally slated for tomorrow {Saturday} in Port Harcourt was postponed in view of the spread of the Ebola virus to the Rivers capital, and the fact that 100 persons have been placed under surveillance in the state.

”If TAN goes ahead to organise its rally in Port Harcourt, can anyone guarantee that none of those who have had contact with the medical doctor will attend? It is better imagined the kind of danger that those who will attend the rally will be subjected to. Therefore, President Jonathan has a historic opportunity to put the well being of his compatriots above politics, for once,” APC said. On 8 August, 2014Jo Nathan declared the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria a national emergency, thus: ”Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should, in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons.”

APC noted that if TAN’s forthcoming rallies were allowed to hold, it will flout the advice of Mr. President against large gatherings that can encourage the spread of the disease.

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