Sultan of Sokoto, Saâ€™ad Abubakar, has charged the government to take urgent steps to improve the living standard of Nigerians, insisting that â€œhunger virusâ€ is killing Nigerians more than the dreaded COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The religious leader made this known when he spoke at the first quarterly meeting of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), in Abuja, on Thursday.
He said that even though, Coronavirus is killing hundreds of people across the world, â€œhunger virusâ€ is the major killer of Nigerians.
He said: â€œThere is a very serious virus that is killing Nigerians much higher than Coronavirus. That virus is hunger. There is hunger virus and itâ€™s very serious. You need to go round the country, into the villages, into the towns and see how people are really struggling to survive.
â€œThese are very serious issues, and as religious and community leaders, we must continue to talk about these issues, and also send our recommendations to the government and watch how the government will implement the recommendations.â€
The coronavirus outbreak is spreading throughout the world like wildfire although Nigeria has been largely spared the epidemic with two patients so far. Over 4000 people have died of the virus in less than 6 months.