- Amid the second wave of coronavirus, there can be another lockdown in Nigeria according to the presidency
- Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, warned Nigerians against forcing the FG to impose another lockdown in the country
- The presidency urged nationals to abide by regulations released on facemasks to avoid another lockdown
The presidency has warned Nigerians that they risk forcing the federal government to impose another lockdown if they refuse to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol of wearing masks.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, gave the warning on Sunday, January 31, in a statement shared on his Facebook page and sighted by Legit.ng.
According to the statement, the Buhari administration is reluctant to lock down the country, however, the only way to avert restriction of movement is to observe the measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
Shehu explained that the presidency has expressed worry over the non-compliance with the signed Executive Order that makes mask-wearing and observation of social distancing mandatory.
The presidential spokesman went on to call on the people to ignore baseless conspiracy theories that seek to deny the reality of the pandemic by complying with the order to wear masks.
FG sends serious warning to Nigerians
This development is coming days after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 warned that there could be another lockdown if Nigerians are not careful.
According to the National Incident Manager of the PTF, Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, though the government would be reluctant in taking such a decision, it will, however, take it if circumstances warrant it.
He, however, said the PTF was working with governors on achieving successful enforcement of already issued guidelines and protocols across the country.
FG says there may be a second lockdown
Recall that, the federal government urged Nigerians to do everything possible to avoid the second lockdown in Nigeria.
This plea was made on Monday, January 18, by the chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, at a press briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said this can be done by complying with the protocols released by the government.
FG threatens to shut NYSC camps
In a related development, the federal government warned that it would shut down the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in the states that fail to comply with all COVID-19 protocols.
The minister of youths and sports development, Sunday Dare, gave the warning during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday, January 25.