No Nigerian will be reduced in vaccination against COVID-19, Lawan says

Chuks Okocha in Abuja

Senate President Ahmad Lawan assured Nigerians that no citizen of the country will be exchanged in the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine when they arrive in the country.

The executive branch of the government has already presented the proposal of N400 billion before the National Assembly for the purpose of buying vaccines that will be given to Nigerians for free.

Lawan said in his Christmas message Thursday that “the National Assembly, in consultation with relevant agencies, will ensure in-depth attention in the procurement and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.”

He said, “This would ensure that all Nigerians have equal access to vaccination against the stubborn virus.”

Lawan and his upper house colleagues in their separate statements also called on Nigerians, especially Christians, to adhere to the COVID-19 security protocols as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The senators, however, in their various messages called on Nigerians to endure the situation because the pandemic will soon become a thing of the past.

Lawan said in a statement to his media adviser Ole Awoniyi that this year’s celebration comes at a time when the world is struggling to revive the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the pandemic has forced many countries to tighten health security protocols at a time when people traditionally gather to share love in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lawan, however, expressed confidence that the resilience and positive attitudes of Nigerians will not only help the country overcome challenges.

He said adherence to non-pharmaceutical protocols will ensure that their strains do not stop the merry and responsible celebration of Christmas in the country.

He said, “I celebrate with Christian believers and command everyone to remember the essence of August.

“Given the fact of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, we should be careful and fully adhere to the non-pharmaceutical guidelines established by the authorities.”

The chairman, the Senate Finance Committee, Solomon Adeola, called on all Christians in particular and Nigerians in general to take the opportunity of Christmas to renew their faith in Jesus Christ and adhere to all precautions against the rampant global pandemic COVID-19.

The senator called for caution in such a display of positive emotions given the prescribed precautions to prevent and combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He announced the cancellation of his annual party at the end of the year / yuletide, which usually attracts many voters and well-wishers for this year.

The senator representing the Western Senate District of Ogun, Tolu Odebiyi, according to a statement from his media office,

provided monetary gifts to leaders and coordinators in all political departments in western Ogun.

The statement explains that the gift is “a stimulus of morale to mitigate the huge effect of the economic crisis during this holiday period.”

Former Governor of Enugu State and Senator representing the Eastern Senate District of Enugu, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, called on Nigerians to take advantage of this period of yuletide in praying for the unity, peace and security of Nigeria.

Nnamani noted that the precarious security situation; murders, kidnappings, robberies, armed robberies and other violent crimes that are now becoming the norm, not the exception, should give every Nigerian who thinks rightly a cause for concern.

Nnamani recognized the efforts of security operatives to combat the threat, but expressed concern that efforts had not yielded the desired results.

He said, “There must be new approaches to the security challenge, including, but not limited to, inter-agency cooperation and collaboration, as well as the application of appropriate modern technology.”

Also, former Senate President David Mark reminded Nigerians of the sanctity to be the guardians of their brothers, despite the socio-economic and security challenges.

To this end, he sought religious tolerance among believers and among believers in a way that gives every adherent freedom and freedom to worship.

He also advised religious leaders to preach a message of peace, unity and good neighborliness to make our country Nigeria a safe haven.

As for security challenges, he called on citizens, especially the clergy and traditional rulers, to work with security agencies to eliminate the threat.

Mark’s former deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to absorb the attitude of love, which he described as the essential essence and message of Christmas.

According to a statement from his media office, Ekweremad also presented gifts and support to 300 widows from his Senate district, as part of the activities being celebrated on the occasion.

He said, “On Christmas Day, we must not lose sight of the core of the season, and that is God’s love for humanity in sending His only begotten Son to our salvation.

“No nation is advancing in the midst of divisions, injustices and accusations. We must strive again to love one another, as Christ loved us and was born as a man.

“So I decided that these widows would constantly stick to this annual event, ensuring that they celebrate like the others on Christmas.”