SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, (THEWILL) – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has asked states relaxing restrictions because of Sallah celebrations to exercise caution in doing so.
Speaker at the PTF’s brief on Thursday, Mustapha urged all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during Sallah so as not to cancel the gains of the past weeks urging states to ensure that there are no gatherings of over 20 persons.
He further asked state governments to ensure compliance to restriction guidelines and take community ownership to the grassroots.
Giving some updates on trends within the nation as regards COVID-19, Mustapha said it is troubling that hydroxychloroquin is being bought in large quantities in Nigeria, he stressed that this is not a tested cure for the virus and warned against self medication.
In a bid to stress why COVID-19 should not be taken lightly, Mustapha said he lost a colleague to the disease and a classmate of his from ABU Zaria who was a Chief Judge.
“202 dead in Nigeria isn’t just statistics, these are people, Nigerians,” the SGF stressed.
The PTF Chairman said the issue of large gatherings must be looked into, warning that it is not yet time to allow crowds gather.