By Eseoghene Emuke
Popular Nigerian comedian, Amb. Francis Agoda, has donated his new Fapoh Royal Seal Mansion to the Federal Government as an isolation centre as Nigeria battles the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agoda, popular known as I Go Dye, said the fight against the dreaded disease requires the support of every Nigerian no matter how little such supports are.
The Warri-born comedian disclosed the decision to give out the palatial mansion in a post on his verified Instagram handle which had attracted over 1000 comments on Wednesday.
While lamenting the speed at which the virus is spreading in the country, he stressed that there is need for a concerted efforts to tame and kick out the disease from the country.
I Go Dye added that he was concerned to assist in the control, prevention, isolation and treatment of those who are diagnosed or to be treated of the deadly coronavirus infection in the course of finding a cure.
He said the donation will stand as a gift to humanity till a lasting solution is found and the country is free again.
Nigeria has already recorded 873 cases as at Wednesday midnight with more confirmed cases expected in the days ahead.
“In view of the increasing cases of #coronavirus patients in Nigeria, and the few screening centres available for now, I’m deeply worried.
“We will be making humanitarian sacrifices towards contributing our selfless deeds to control the escalating records of the #coronavirus as predicted by WHO.
“When I wrote an open letter to Mr President on the 5th of Apri 2020 on how we can control the spread of the convid-19, it was only 210 cases, today it moving towards a thousand.
“We should be proactive if we hope to win this global war,that has no boundaries,no discrimination and unfortunately indestructible for now.
“Against this backdrop, and the ongoing lock down, the few services left has been put on hold at the ongoing FAPOH Royal Seal Mansion project site.
“I feel convinced to donate this my new FAPOH Royal Seal Mansion to the Federal Government to used as an isolation centre, as my personal quest to assist in the control, prevention, isolation and treatment of those diagnosed or to be treated in the course of us finding a lasting solution.
“This donation will stand as a gift to humanity, till we find a solution which will once again set us free from the shackles of this incurable disease”, I Go Dye, one of Nigeria’s funniest comedian said.
Agoda, who however, beseech Nigerians to take the the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, added that the virus was real and should not be treated with levity.
Agoda, while calling for additional two weeks national lockdown to tame the spread of the disease, called on the federal government to provide adequate palliatives for her citizens to cushion the hardship occasioned by the lockdown.
Humanity will overcome all its challengens only if we are willing to let go of the things we are not using for now for the benifit of others.
He added, “I am appealing to Nigerians to take this matter seriously because COVID-19 is real…The hardship is really getting harder, it may jeopardize the progress of controlling the spread of the virus.
“The federal government must provide adequate palliatives for all Nigerians, till this disease becomes a thing of the past.
“I also appeal for a two-week total lockdown to enable government treat existing cases and curb further spread by those who may have contracted the Covid-19.
“This lockdown will control all forms of movement and socialization between individuals or groups. May God see us through this dark moments.”