After receiving several criticisms as a result of a PDP rally that attracted a huge crowd, Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde has apologised for allowing the rally to take place despite coronavirus threat.
The Oyo governor said although he acted based on information he received, he will take responsibility for being insensitive.
He said, “I have received your complaints about the rally that was held yesterday, and I feel obligated to state in clear terms that we acted based on the information we had at that time. In retrospect, it should not have happened and I take responsibility for that lapse in judgement.
“On assuming office on May 29, 2019, I swore an oath to serve and protect you, I want to assure you that our administration is doing everything in our power and working with the agencies of the Federal Government, to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of this virus.
He also said although there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Oyo state, the state government is actively working hard to prevent the spread of the virus.
I know some among you may still hold that opinion. Although as stated by our Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, at a press conference this morning, we do not currently have any confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State; we still all need to be more proactive,” he said.
He appealed to Oyo residents to maintain proper hygiene and ensure they wash their hands frequently.
“It has been shown that maintaining proper hygiene through frequent washing of the hands, scrubbing for 20 seconds with soap and water, and the use of hand sanitizers that are 90% alcohol-based, is a key way to prevent the spread of this disease,” he said.