Former Nigerian midfielder, Garba Lawal has kicked against the decision of the Federal Government to enforce the lockdown order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Roda star stated this in an interview with The Punch, where he said that poor Nigerians are struggling to make ends meet with the lockdown order.
He advised the FG to create a perfect palliative measure where the distribution of food items would be delivered to the right channel.
“If the Federal Government says we should stay at home, where are we going to go? You cannot go anywhere but stay at home and wait for further directives. You asked people to stay at home, but when they don’t have food to eat, they will have to go outside and look for what to eat,” Lawal said.
“Masses don’t buy food that will last them for one week or a month. Most of them go out to get what they will eat on a daily basis.
”What do you expect them to do in this kind of situation? Did the government provide food for them?
“The same government that said they were giving out food items should know better. Are those food items going to be enough for the masses? Are the masses getting the food? These are the questions I am asking the Federal Government.
“Isn’t it possible that food is distributed from house to house. Maybe they can consult with the power holding company and asked them how they distribute their bills and use their data to share food to the masses.
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“The situation is very disturbing and we are really in a very difficult time. If the government provides enough food for citizens, will they have any reason to go out?”
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