2.01.2021

Always wear your face masks to avoid another lockdown - President Buhari warns Nigerians

Always wear your face masks to avoid another lockdown - President Buhari warns Nigerians

According to the reports, The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians to wear a facemask to avoid another lockdown.

The statement was released by the Senior special assistant to the President on media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

On January 27, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an executive order that any one who fails to follow the COVID19 protocol will be asked either to pay fine or be sentenced to 6months in Jail.

According to the statement that was released by President Buhari, It says;


“The Presidency is worried by reports of non-compliance with just signed executive order that makes mask-wearing and observation of social distancing in the public mandatory, appealing to Nigerians to give their maximum cooperation for the success of the policy,” the statement read.

President Muhammadu Buhari introduced the order with the best of intentions and not with any motive to punish citizens.

The Presidency appeals to state governments, traditional rulers and religious leaders to play active roles in the sensitization and enforcement of the executive order.

The Buhari administration is most reluctant to lock down the country and continues to emphasize the non-pharmaceutical measures and the only way to avert lockdowns is to observe these measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force.

Nigerians have come a long way from the dreaded lockdown and the administration is unhappy about any prospects of bringing it back as many citizens will not have food on the table without venturing out on a day-to-day business.

We have a duty to protect ourselves and others in this difficult global health crisis; no one has immunity against this pandemic. Ignoring health warnings and refusing to comply with safety measures does more harm than good”

''Though vaccine availability is within reach, the propensity of the public for noncompliance weakens the fight against the virus.


Nigerians must ignore baseless conspiracy theories that seek to deny the reality of the pandemic by complying with the order to wear masks.

We have a duty to protect ourselves and others in this difficult global health crisis; no one has immunity against this pandemic. Ignoring health warnings and refusing to comply with safety measures does more harm than good.

The COVID19 pandemic is a major threat to public health and wearing of masks, social distancing in public places and the basic hygiene are necessary measures that have to be taken to safeguard the well-being of our citizens.

Nigerians must always have it in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to the health of the population but it is equally so to the national economy, and to every aspect of our everyday life.

Protecting public health is one of the sacred duties of any responsible government and the administration will not abdicate that responsibility.''

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