Coronavirus: Tinubu Sends Message To Colloquium Organisers

APC national leader Bola Tinubu

As confirmed cases of coronavirus increase, Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has announced that his annual colloquium will not be holding this March.

Concise News reports that Tinubu holds the colloquium yearly in commemoration of his birthday on 29 March.

In a letter to his associates organising the event, the former Lagos state governor, who is turning 68, said the coronavirus pandemic demanded much attention and “we cannot be certain that it will not eventually visit Nigeria in significant numbers.

“The spirit of the colloquium has always been one of public service and social progress. To keep faith with that spirit, we must seriously consider the need to postpone the colloquium,” Tinubu said.

He also noted that “due to the troubling promulgation of the coronavirus, the world has entered an unprecedented phase. Many nations have instituted travel restrictions and have curtailed various forms of economic activity and social events.

“However, we note the number of cases is slowly increasing across Africa. This is of great concern. That the virus has not yet come in great numbers should not lull us into false security. We know not why it has not touched us in the way it has affected other nations. Thus, we cannot be certain that it will not eventually visit Nigeria in significant numbers.

“The colloquium is something I look forward to every year. This year I was greatly looking forward to the discussion on innovation in basic education. However, I think it even more urgent that we educate and increase awareness of this possible public health menace.

“We do not want a situation where we have gathered for a good cause only to later find that the event might have been a conduit to disseminate not only knowledge but also the virus as well. We should foreclose this possibility even though it is slight.

“If you decide that caution is required, then the colloquium can be postponed but not cancelled. It is important that your exceptional work be presented to the Nigerian people once we believe public health concerns have been addressed.”

Lagos state government had placed a ban on social activities involving more than 50 people.

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