Coronavirus: Akure monarch suspends palace activities indefinitely
By Pelumi Adegun, Akure
In a bid to prevent the deadly Coronavirus from spreading in Akure area of Ondo state, the Akure paramount ruler, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, has suspended all palace activities indefinitely.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the monarch’s spokesperson, Mr. Adeyeye Michael, and made available to Nigerian Concord this morning.
According to the statement, the suspension of all palace activities in Akure is to strictly adhere to the directives of the state government.
The statement reads: “The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, has observed with utmost interest, the rising wave of the coronavirus across the world.
“His Majesty wishes to appreciate the timely intervention of the Ondo State Governor at stemming the tide of a possible spread of the virus to Ondo State. Though, all the reported cases in Ondo State had tested negative, the efforts of the governor in ensuring a disease-free Ondo State cannot be over emphasized.
“His Majesty is also fully aware of the efforts of Government, through the taskforce headed by the Commissioner for Health and wishes to enjoin all residents of Akure to comply with the directives of the Federal and State Governments on preventive measures such as washing of hands, avoiding overcrowded gatherings among other measures.
“In strict adherence to the Government directives, the Palace has also taken temporary measures in the prevention of possible spread of Covid-19.
“The palace wishes to announce a temporary suspension of all cases before it till further notice. This is to avoid overcrowding and large gathering of people in the Palace.
“His Majesty has also directed all Heads of various markets (Iyalojas’) to, as a matter of urgency, provide buckets and liquid soaps for washing of hands in their various markets. Hand sanitizers should also be made available where necessary.
“In addition, all Senior and Quarters Chiefs should ensure adequate compliance with this directive in all the markets within their jurisdictions.
The Palace will continue to partner with the government and all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that all hands are on deck to deal with this epidemic.
“On the other hand, the palace wishes to advise anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 to report to the nearest Government Health Institutions.
“However, His Majesty wishes to encourage all residents not to panic but to pray at this critical time, maintain good personal hygiene and observe all the measures being put in place by the Ministry of Health.
“His Majesty prays that this Covid-19 will be defeated in no distant time. Akure a gbe a oooo”