- The Presidency has offered an explanation on why Nigeria's leader, Muhammadu, Buhari does not wear face masks
- President Buhari is not expected to wear masks since he is in own safe environment, it said
- Visitors are the ones expected to wear masks to meet the Nigerian leader in his own uninfected environment
The Nigerian presidency has denied that the country's leader, Muhammadu Buhari, is breaking any safety rules by not wearing face masks.
The denial was made on Saturday, May 16 by Lauretta Onochia, Buhari's aide on social media in a singular tweet.
According to Onochie, President Buhari has no need to wear face masks because he operates from his own safe environment within the presidential villa, Aso Rock.
Visitors, she said, are the ones expected to wear face masks to protect whoever they are visiting from catching whatever infections they may have.
Legit.ng notes that there have been growing debate on social media over almost daily pictures of the Nigerian leader without face masks participating in government activities, often in the company of other public officials who are masked.
The presidency has now explained Buhari's reasons.
Legit.ng reported recently that as the federal government continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it put in place some very important guidelines for Nigerians to strictly follow.
One of the guidelines contained in a document signed by the secretary-general of the federation, Boss Mustapha, said Nigerians should always wear face masks in public places.
The directives by FG followed President Muhammdu Buhari's easing of the lockdown earlier imposed especially in states like Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Wearing of face masks is compulsory in some states. Recently, the Lagos state government said that it would force residents to wear face masks in public places.
This was disclosed on Monday, April 20, by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the 7th briefing on COVID-19 at the State House, Marina, Lagos.
The governor said at the time, one million of locally made face mask had been contracted to tailors and would be distributed to residents.
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