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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic and the smuggling of Almajiris : Open Letter To The Cross River State Executive Governor, Professor Ben Ayade

Covid-19 Pandemic and the smuggling of Almajiris : Open Letter To The Cross River State Executive Governor, Professor Ben Ayade

Your Excellency Sir,

In view of the ravaging Covid-19 Pandemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives globally, with very many infected victims grappling with reality, I very sincerely wish to draw your attention to the ongoing desperate attempts by Northern migrant Almajiris moving Eastwards. They have allegedly been released in droves albeit surresptiously too from the North, due to heightened wave of the deadly virus infection within that region. The nauseating Almajiri system operational in that part of Nigeria has become a disgusting nuisance to many and they are presently hiding under whatever cover to sneak into  Cross River State.

Disturbing reports are rife regarding the movement of these almajiris being deported from Kano and Kaduna States with  the craftiness of sneaking into Southern/Eastern parts of Nigeria. I wish therefore, to plead with you Sir, that your government seriously tighten all land, air and sea borders of the State against easy accessibilities, with crack team of Cross River State Covid-19 Task Force Officials, manning them. This measure if strictly adopted, will preventively, stem the spread of the epidemic across the territories of the State.

It is equally pertinent for you Sir, to duly beam your searchlight on the existing Almajiri Settlements within, to pro-actively curb additional influx of these set of beings  into our State. The life of all Cross Riverians must have to be jealously protected from the danger of this deadly disease.

Your Excellency Sir, whatever action that needs be expeditiously taken to protect and safeguard the life of the good people/residents of Cross River State at this critical period in human history, should be accordingly taken, without any reservation. It has become a glaring reality that Covid-19 plague is mercilessly dealing with the world, with no definitive curative antedote reliably made available to save victims.

All deliberate policies/efforts must therefore be optioned to contain and defeat the Northern Arewa attempt to sinisterly dispatch the Almajiris to the Eastern States and especially, Cross River State, to infect our people with the virus.

I however, salute your courage and swift response in ordering the trucks laden with these Almajiris, back to their States of origin. High level of surveillance aimed at keeping our State/people safe at all times must be maintained.

#GodBlessCrossRiverState!

Faithfully yours,

Benpraise Loveson Agweye
(Concerned Cross Riverian)

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