- The federal government has hinted that a fresh lockdown is inevitable amid the rise of positive cases among people in positions of authority
- Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, explained that a fresh total lockdown will not be ruled out if the need arises
- The chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 had earlier lamented over the increasing number of VIPs who have contracted the coronavirus
The federal government on Monday, July 6, again warned of a possible fresh lockdown of the country following the rise of positive COVID-19 cases among people in government positions.
In the last few weeks, Very Important Personalities (VIPs), in Nigeria including governors, members of state cabinet, prominent government officials have been contracting the deadly virus.
The chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, gave the warning in Abuja during the task force daily briefing, adding that people in positions of authority should take safety protocols more seriously.
Mustapha while noting that if the need arises the task force will not hesitate to advise that the nation is on lockdown, however, said it would be determined by the events of the coming weeks, The Cable reports.
He added in order to protect Nigerians, the task force will not shy away from a lockdown to achieve this.
“I believe as the days and weeks ahead will present, we will not speculate what will happen in the future but we will do everything within our mandate to ensure the safety and protection of the people of Nigeria. If that will recommend a prescription of a lockdown, this task force will not shy away from its responsibilities.
“We will take that decision, make our recommendations to Mr president who will finally decide. What will happen in the next two to three weeks will determine our recommendation,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government expressed worry over the rising positive cases of the virus among people in positions of authority.
The government expressed its concern through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 led by the secretary to the government of the federation.
Speaking on Monday, July 6, at a press briefing by the PTF, Mustapha described the situation as a threat to national security and governance.
The SGF charged all Nigerians to be vigilant, adding that recent developments had confirmed that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions.
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