The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi has cautioned Nigerians against dishing out unverified information or fake news at this time of Coronavirus crisis.
Oba Adeyemi gave this warning by means of an announcement made available to NAN on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Bode Durojaiye.
The monarch admonished Nigerians to comply strictly with government’s sit-at-home directive, including other efforts to contain the spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Oba Adeyemi called on Nigerians to keep calm and build more faith in government’s ability to secure them in the face of the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19.
He additionally advised Nigerians not to play politics with health, insisting both state and federal governments cannot afford to be distracted by rumour or blackmail in their bid to manage the situation.
“Let us take our own cleanliness serious and embrace handwashing with clean water and soap. We must also cover our nose and mouth while sneezing.
“We should not panic, or dish out unverified information and fake news. By observing all these, the pandemic will be a thing of the past.”
Oba Adeyemi said that he has closed down social and other activities in the palace, with strict restrictions of movement in and out, except for visitors on essential missions.
He included that washing of hands with water, soap and sanitisers have been made compulsory in the palace in order to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
“This is what the new situation requires. I have the responsibility, to show example to the people in order to impress it upon them how serious and very sensitive it is.
“Ordinarily, health issue is serious and sensitive only that we are easily carried away when we feel we are strong. I am positive that the world is going to overcome this”.