The Presidency has counsel Nigerians to believe scientists knowledge and issues concerning diseases rather than Professors with Literary writings.

Garba Shehu, Presidential spokesman, said this while reacting to comments made by Professor Wole Soyinka, on the 14 day restrictions by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday to curb the corona virus pandemic.

Wole Soyinka was one of the castigator who declared that it was not constitutional for Buhari to declare shutdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

Garba said that Wole Soyinka is not a medical professor; that his qualifications are in English literature, his prizes is to write books and act.

“He is, of course, entitled to his opinions – but that is exactly all they are: semantics, not science. They cannot – and should not – therefore be judged as professional expertise in this matter in any shape or form,” Shehu wrote.

“Across the world – from parts of the United States and China, to countries including the United Kingdom and France, government – mandated lockdowns are in place to slow and defeat the spread of coronavirus.

"All have been declared, and all have been made necessary, based on medical and scientific evidence. The guidance of the Nigerian Government’s medical specialists is to advise the same.

“Professor Soyinka has also declared, doubtless based on his specialism as a playwright, that: “We are not in a war emergency.”

He stated that Dr Richard Hatchett, Head of the International Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations said, ‘War is an appropriate analogy’.

The Garba added that Professor Anthony Fauci, Director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the battle against the pandemic is ‘almost like the fog of war’.

He noted that as for the legality of the shutdown, the federal government primary duty in law and action is to secure the life and property of its people

“The scientific and medical guidance the world over is clear: the way to defeat the virus is to halt its spread through limitation of movement of people.

Shehu counsel Soyinka to write a play on the corona virus pandemic after the crisis instead of castigating government actions.

“In the meantime, we ask the people of Nigeria to trust the words of our doctors and scientists – and not fiction writers – at this time of national crisis,” Shehu added.

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