Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Joe Agi, has distributed COVID-19 palliatives to the less privileged persons in Obanlikwu, Obudu, Bekwarra, Ogoja and Yala local government areas in the northern senatorial district of Cross River state.
Chief Agi, who was also a governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the 2015 election, said he was moved by the sufferings associated with ‘the stay at home’ and other protocols of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking, Mr Mike Ijim, who represented the lawyer, explained that the gesture was to demonstrate Chief Agi’s love and concern for the people as Covid-19 ravages both mankind and the economy, saying the less privileged and vulnerable were mostly hit since they have no formal source of livelihood.
“Unarguably, at the last sound from the barrels of guns of the World War II, it would appear no plague has wrecked havoc on planet earth like the novel Coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19. The World is simply in turmoil.
“With total isolation being the major arsenal deployed to achieving early flattening of the infection’s curve, the entire globe isn’t just on lock down today, every nation of the world seemed to be locked down.
“Unfortunately, the stay at home and social/physical distancing orders have impacted too badly the vast majority of Nigerian population who operates on the informal sector and so, earn their meager incomes on daily basis,” he stated.
He explained that that the food items, which included 1000 bags of rice, 1000 cartons of instant noodles amongst other items, were for the less privileged and the poor, including supporters of the dominant political parties, PDP and APC in the five local government areas.
The lawyer expressed his readiness to reach out to the remaining parts of the state in no distant time, and hoped that the palliative would help in cushioning the biting effects of hunger on residents, some of who he said had stayed indoors for close to two months and had ran short of essentials foodstuffs.
Recipients who spoke to Journalists appreciated the gesture and prayed God to bless the donor, the team and organisers of the event. They also used the opportunity to call on other public spirited individuals and the State government to ‘come over to Macedonia and help us.”