“Once it starts spreading, no healthcare in the world can survive it,” he warned.
The minister said that if Nigerians do not change their ways, the country might witness upsurge in infection of the deadly disease.
“I do not want to raise any alarm, but give a scenario – if one per cent of our population is infected, that is two million people.
“We do not have two million beds in all our hospitals combined, it is not a joke and that is why Nigerians should take the Government seriously.
“You see, COVID-19 does not kill as fast as Ebola, even SARS, but the damage it does to the economy, the social dislocation is worst.
“I pray that we overcome and contain COVID-19, even if we do so next month, the effects will still be felt for many more months.
“The country’s bench mark for crude oil, for instance, was 57 dollar per barrel, but, unfortunately, that has gone below 30 dollars and the implications on the economy are grave,” Mohammed said, pointing out Nigerians should appreciate the fact that the pandemic is a real war.
He recalled:“As a matter of fact, I was informed that a cleric on Radio in Akure was saying that the disease was not true but just a hoax.
“In Katsina State last week, an entire Police Station was burnt down by an irate mob that felt angered that they were not allowed to attend the Friday Juma’at service.
“In Plateau State also, there was a violent protest by some Muslims while some Churches are also saying “don’t mind government, it is not our portion.
“When you look at those that have been afflicted by this virus anywhere in the world, you will see that nobody is immune.”
Mohammed also accused the media of sensationalising reports on those who had contacted the virus, saying that such posture was not encouraging people to come out for testing.