Monday 1 February 2021

Wear Face Mask Or Risk Another Lockdown — Presidency warns

The presidency has enjoined Nigerians to wear facemasks and comply with other COVID-19 protocols to avoid another lockdown.

In a statement signed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, the presidency said it is worried by reports of non-compliance with the recently signed executive order that mandates the use of face masks and social distancing.

The president, on January 27, had signed the COVID-19 health protection regulations 2021 which prescribes six-month jail term for persons convicted for disobeying any COVID-19 guideline.

According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the executive order with the best of intentions and not with the motive of punishing citizens.

“The Presidency is worried by reports of non-compliance with just signed executive order that makes mask-wearing and observation of social distancing in the public mandatory, appealing to Nigerians to give their maximum cooperation for the success of the policy,” the statement read.

“President Muhammadu Buhari introduced the order with the best of intentions and not with any motive to punish citizens.

“The Presidency appeals to state governments, traditional rulers and religious leaders to play active roles in the sensitization and enforcement of the executive order.”

Shehu said the Buhari-led administration is reluctant to impose another lockdown given the socio-economic consequences.

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