Re-think and withdraw this harsh lockdown order – Group Begs Wike

A civil society organisation known as the Situation Room has disagreed the total lockdown order issued by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

The group’s leader, Vivian Bellonwu, released a statement begging the Rivers state government to reconsider the lockdown in the state and relax it. The group says the lockdown is a threat to human life and needs to be eased to give room for businesses to thrive so the poor masses could feed.

Gov. Nyesom Wike had on Monday ordered that the entire Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor LGAs be completely locked down on Thursday, April 7, 2020, as further measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the group said, “We are concerned that instead of striving for consensus, government at all strata have continued to revel in anti-peoples’ policies and directives, without broad consultation with relevant stakeholders. This certainly is not the time government should be acting alone.

“In a similar vein, in a bid to work out a workable and practical arrangement and solutions to the situation at hand, need to create some designated and moderated open spaces, where traders can modestly operate from, with security operatives attached to ensure healthy social distancing.

“We wish to on behalf of the suffering people of the state, who are bearing the backbreaking brunt of this lockdown, especially appeal to the conscience of the State governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, to please re-think and withdraw this harsh lockdown order in the overall interest of the suffering masses.”

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