Presidency advice Ganduje, Bala, Zulum on lockdown easing

Presidency picture of Buhari alongside SGF addressing press men

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has cautioned the state governors who recently ease lockdown in their states.

Mr Mustapha, speaking on behalf of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja, said that easing the lockdown order would make it more likely that people would become infected with the COVID-19 virus.

States such as Bauchi, Kano, Adamawa, Cross River, Borno, and Ebonyi are among the ones who have allowed the Friday and Eidul-Fitr prayers in their states.

Nigeria has continue to struggle with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with Lagos having the highest toll among the 36 States.

In recent times, Buhari has announced the ban on all social gatherings, including religious gatherings to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

However, the states have taken steps to allow Friday and Eidul-Fitr prayers to be held.

Earlier this week, the Federal Government has expressed dissatisfaction with the disparity between the measures it takes to fight the coronavirus pandemic and the steps other states take on their part.

This comes after the government imposed an additional curfew on Kano state for two weeks

On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari held a visual meeting with some state governors on the issues of coronavirus, economic and of challenges in the country.

The Nigerian president has sought for corporation among the states, saying the federal government is doing everything possible to cushion the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but some States are sabotaging the efforts by going contrary against the measures it takes to fight the pandemic.

In an interview granted by Garba Shehu, Spokesman to the President, he said that it is unfortunate that the government is taking action against the epidemic but yet having a problem of solidarity.

“It’s not that we are criticizing the order by some governors, but it needs to be harnessed together because if it does not, it would be difficult to win the war.”

Garba said the National Centre for Diseases Control has been complaining about how other states’ actions are sabotaging the success of the fight against the pandemic.

“Before any step should be taken, experts should be consulted for advice.”

The spokesman said it was not seen as a lack of co-operation from the governors, but each state should take its toll on the need for expert advice before any action.

The statement by Garba Shehu comes hours after Kano state issued a new directive to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the state.