- President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken about the fresh spike of COVID-19 in the country
- The Nigerian leader has told governors what they should do to contain the virus in their states
- Health officials fear that Nigeria could be experiencing a second wave of the pandemic
Following the recent surge of COVID-19 in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all Nigerian governors to take steps to contain the spread of the disease in their respective states.
According to Daily Trust, the president gave the directive on Tuesday, December 22, after he received the end-of-year report of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He said the governors should assume the full responsibility of deploying legal resources to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions.
The president expressed concerns over the spread of the pandemic nationwide.
"Recent reports reaching me indicate that Nigeria is now facing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, which is similar to the second wave of infections occurring in other countries across the world."
Premium Times reported that the president noted that urgent measures have to be taken to halt the spread of the disease.
He called on traditional rulers, religious and leaders of thought to collaborate with the PTF by taking up the responsibility for risk communication and community engagement at all levels.
Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed that it is considering imposing a travel ban to and from certain countries, particularly the UK, over the new strain of COVID-19.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed told Radio Nigeria on Tuesday, December 22, that it is waiting to get the concurrence of neighbouring countries before imposing the ban, The Nation reported.
He explained that any unilateral ban by Nigeria would not be effective because travellers will exploit land borders in entering the country.
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