The Presidency Sunday admonished Nigerians to comply with the recently-ratified executive order on mandatory use of face masks and maintenance of physical distance to flatten the curve of the dreadful coronavirus infection.
In a statement Sunday evening, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, beckoned COVID-19 task forces nationwide to ensure compliance with the new regulation, which he emphasised, was the only solution to avert another lockdown in the country.
Mr. Shehu’s admonition comes 24 hours after President Buhari violated the order, only four days after signing it. The president had on Tuesday, signed the regulation in exercise of his powers under Section 4 of the Quarantine Act.
Part of the document directs that “a physical distance of at least two metres must be maintained at all times between persons.” The regulation also stipulates that nobody should be in a public premise except “he is wearing a face mask covering the nose and mouth.”
President’s aides, Bashir Ahmad, had similarly violated the executive order at a friend’s wedding at Bauchi.
Mr. Ahmad was spotted at the ceremony without a face mask or maintaining social distancing.
Mr. Buhari, who was pictured in the company of some APC governors on Saturday in his hometown Daura, in Katsina State, where he revalidated his membership of the ruling party, failed to adhere to the order which prescribes six months in prison for violators upon conviction.
Even though the president had worn the mask at some point, he was later spotted amidst scores of people holding his facemask rather than have it on, just as the physical distance of two metres was jettisoned.