It would be recalled that Prfesident Jonathan on 8 August discouraging large gatherings to check the spread of the Ebola virus brought into the country on 20 July by a Liberian-America, Patrick Sawyerr.
The president had said, “Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should, in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk.”
Also, while briefing journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku directed that the Osun Osogbo billed for August 20 as well as other major events in the country should be suspended to curtail the spread of the virus.
The insistence by TAN to go ahead with the rally runs contrary to directives given by the presidency. As at the time of compiling this report, the presidency is yet to release a statement on the rally.
According to the World Health Organisation, W.H.O, about 1500 people have died from the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since February 2014.