Obasanjo, former African leaders seek joint effort to fight COVID-19

A file photo of Olusegun Obasanjo

By Tayo Alabi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has canvassed for joint efforts to win the fight against coronavirus.

Obasanjo, in a statement signed with 11 former African Presidents on Tuesday, decried that porous borders on the continent was militating the battle against the pandemic.

The ex-African leaders are John Kufour (Ghana), Hailemariam Desalegn (Ethiopia), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia); Joyce Banda (Malawi), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique) and Thabo Mbeki (South Africa).

Others include Kgalema Motlanthe (South Africa), Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Mohamed Marzouki (Tunisia) and Festus Mogae (Botswana).

They warned that “with porous borders all over Africa, national efforts will not be enough to combat the pandemic”.

The former African leaders asked the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and G-20 to urgently have a plan that will moderate the social and economic effect of the onslaught of COVID-19 on Africa.

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