Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has ruled out the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria in large scale like that of western countries.
Countries like United States, the UK and Italy are epicentres of the COVID-19 with the former recording over 47,000 fatalities while almost 20,000 have died in Britain with the latter suffering over 25,000 casualties, all at the last count.
Ayade had earlier drawn opprobrium over his view against social distancing, which he said he was unnecessary in the battle against the scourge saying the most important thing to stem the spread is mass face masks wearing.
The governor is at it again saying on Wednesday at the Industrial Park in Calabar, that demography and weather put Nigerians in good stead and insulated them against contracting the pandemic while justifying his call against continued lockdown.
He said: “Our demography is different from the West. Our climatic conditions are different. If you take the wind speed, the wind direction, sun intensity, radiation and the factors that govern the movement of a virus, ours is a situation that makes it difficult to spread with the speed it is spreading in the Western world.
“So, our response strategy should reflect our environmental sensitivity. Maybe what COVID-19 will eventually do is to sharpen the consciousness of young people to come together. That will be very dangerous and so, to nip that in the bud, we have to find jobs for them because sincerely, that is the provision in the constitution. Section 14 sub section 2 says the welfare and security of the people are the primary essence of government.”