The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of Mr Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai and others infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola made the call in a statement in Lagos on Sunday, March 29.
“Kyari tested positive for the coronavirus a few days ago while El-Rufai announced his status on Saturday.
“Both of them deserve prayers from Nigerians. They are both tested and trusted. Both of them are the embodiments of loyalty, trust, dedication and service to humanity.
“Kyari has served Nigeria with all his strength. He proved a most loyal and dedicated aide to Buhari, particularly during the latter’s prolonged illness.
“El-Rufai has exhibited exemplary leadership, uncommon courage and immense love for residents of Kaduna State,” he said.
He said that Nigerians needed to remember those infected in their supplications every hour of the day.
“Everyone, in general, is with you. We are confident that Almighty Allah, the great healer, will heal you and you will emerge from isolation to continue your good work,” he prayed.
Meanwhile, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu on Saturday, March 28; urged the Federal Government to stop the collection of the Value Added Tax immediately due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic.
1st News had reported that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had last month increased VAT from five percent to 7.5 percent.
However, Tinubu said the government must reduce the sufferings of Nigerians by introducing tax cuts while the Central Bank of Nigeria must reduce interest rates.
Tinubu said this in a statement he wrote in commemoration of his 68th birthday.
He wrote, “Government should announce a tax credit or partial tax reduction for companies or firms. VAT should be suspended for the next two to four months. This will help lower import costs and protect against shortages.
“We need to protect people from food shortages and high prices. As such, we must quickly improve farm-to-market delivery of agricultural produce.
“Also, the government should initiate a crash program to decrease spoilage of agricultural produce by the construction of storage facilities in local marketplaces in and around major cities and towns throughout the country.”