As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, Nigerians have been urged to refrain from scaremongering and “ epidemic of fear ’’ and get closer to God for his intervention in addition to embracing the precautionary measures.
The Rector of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State (RUGIPO), Mr Adebola Ogundahunsi, said with concerted efforts and compliance with the health experts’ regulation and government’s directives, Nigeria and the world would overcome the virulent pandemic.
“This is a global crisis; Nigeria is not the only country that is going through this. With God the Coronavirus will soon be a thing of the past.
“These troubling and fearful times will not last forever. It will soon pass away by God’s intervention.
“Although Coronavirus is deadly but with adherence to precautions and preventive measures, we will overcome it,’’ Ogundahunsi said in a statement by the insitution’s Director of Information Services, Mr Samuel Ojo.
The rector advised Nigerians not to “consume’’ every information from all parts of the world about the havoc being wrecked by the pandemic in terms of fatalities and wild-fire spread of the virus.
He said:“The fear of the virus can kill some people even before the real virus gets to them, Nigerians should not give room to any fear based on what obtains in other countries of the world.
“Our situation is not as bad as we think or fear; all we need to do to survive and overcome this period is to move closer to God.’’
Ogundahunsi expressed the conviction that Nigeria’s situation had not become hopeless.
He, however, commended the Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration for being proactive on COVID-19.
“We thank God that our governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for testing negative to the virus and for the various measures taken so far to prevent its spread to the state.’’