Role of traditional leaders needed in pandemic fight–Awingobit

Flagbearer hopeful of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Asaki Awingobit, has urged the presidency to meet traditional leaders for their ideas in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“I’ve observed with keen interest recent meetings between the presidency and that of leaders of the various religious groups on seeking the face of God, in the matter however, we must not as a country neglect the traditional foundation of the country,” he stressed.

Mr Awingobit indicated that it would be more appropriate for the presidency as a matter of urgency, also to accord the same respect and platform to the leaders of the traditional areas who equally possess much influence on the populace.

“With the role traditional leaders, queen mothers, priests and priestesses play in our national discourse, I believe their prayers and ideas are much needed in times like this, I advised the citizenry to stay safe and adhere to the various directives and measures put in place by the government in these trying times.

“I commend the president and the vice president for respectively meeting with the leaders of the Christian and Muslim faiths  but must officially involve the custodians of the land on this very important issue and call on the government to strengthen the various institutions mandated to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

 “The growing number of COVID-19 cases, have the propensity of bringing about fear and panic among the populace hence the needed swift actions,” Mr Awingobit cautioned. -GNA

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