- The PDP and the presidency are sparing over a new executive order on COVID-19 which stipulates a 6-month jail term or fine for defaulters
- The presidency has addressed the controversy about Buhari observing the guidelines
- A presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, explained why it is untrue to say the president does not obey his own executive order
The presidency has dismissed claims that President Muhammadu Buhari violated his own executive regulation on COVID-19 which stipulates a 6-month jail term or fine for defaulters.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the president did not adhere to the regulation at the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership revalidation exercise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina state on Saturday, January 30.
The party claimed pictures emerged of the president in public, discussing with his party leaders at the event without putting on a nose mask or maintaining social distancing as stipulated by the new law.
However, Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide said Buhari adhered to the COVID-19 guidelines at the political meeting.
She said the only time the president removed his face mask was when he addressed party members.
Meanwhile, 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).
In another news, In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Lagos state and Nigeria at large, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban on gatherings of more than 50 persons across the state.
Legit.ng gathered the southwest governor made the disclosure on Sunday, January 31, during a press briefing.
Sanwo-Olu who stated this while giving an update on coronavirus in Lagos state said the order is in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.