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Presidency warns Nigerians; Observe COVID-19 protocols or face another nationwide lockdown

The Presidency has issued a warning to Nigerians to continue to observe the guidelines released to curtail further spread of COVID-19 in order to prevent another lockdown.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement titled “Presidency: Nigerians should comply with mandatory mask-wearing to avert lockdowns.”

It said, “The Buhari administration is most reluctant to lock down the country and continues to emphasise the non-pharmaceutical measures, and the only way to avert lockdowns is to observe these measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force.

“Nigerians have come a long way from the dreaded lockdown and the administration is unhappy about any prospects of bringing it back as many citizens will not have food on the table without venturing out on a day-to-day business.


“Nigerians are required to wear masks, wash hands regularly with soap and clean water, and keep a safe distance with anybody not in your household, hoping that this will help check the spread of COVID-19.

“Though vaccine availability is within reach, the propensity of the public for noncompliance weakens the fight against the virus.

“Nigerians must ignore baseless conspiracy theories that seek to deny the reality of the pandemic by complying with the order to wear masks.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to public health and wearing of masks, social distancing in public places and the basic hygiene are necessary measures that have to be taken to safeguard the well-being of our citizens.”

“Protecting public health is one of the sacred duties of any responsible government and the administration will not abdicate that responsibility,” he concluded.

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