The pan-northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, has warned Nigerians against playing politics or reading religious meanings into the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
The forum noted that COVID-19 was a global pandemic, calling on Nigerians to see it as such and brace for it.
The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, stated this in a statement released to journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“The forum believes that coronavirus is a global pandemic and calls on all Nigerians to see it so. Nigerians should not read local, ethnic, political or religious meanings into its emergence,” the group said.
Besides, it also sought the judicious use of the COVID -19 funds raised by the private sector to tackle the spread of the deadly disease in the country.
The forum also stressed the need to track the billions of funds raised so far by noble-minded Nigerians to fight the virus.
This, the ACF argued, became imperative because similar funds raised in the past had been abused.
The northern group added, “The forum also wishes to commend the efforts of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition which organised a successful launching against COVID -19 during which billions of naira was raised to support the war against coronavirus.
“We in the forum believe that as commendable as the efforts of the organised private sector are, there is the need to track the money so far raised because similar funds raised by noble-minded people to fight equally noble-causes in our country have on several occasions been subjected to criminal abuse to the amazement of all patriots.
“The forum believes that the funds should be applied mainly for developing the required infrastructure in which Nigeria is solely deficient and without which we cannot have the capacity to fight the pandemic.”