The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha on Monday apologised to Nigerians for flouting the social distancing and restrictions of movement directive during the burial rites of late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari on Saturday in Abuja.
Briefing Nigerians on the latest development in the fight against Covid-19 in Abuja, the SGF, said, “The PTF recognizes, regrettably, the unintentional violation of the principles and protocols that form the core of our messaging to Nigerians, at the funeral of the late Chief of Staff.
He said, “These principles for emphasis, include: the guidance provided on mass gatherings; social distancing; Personal Hygiene; and restriction of movements.
“Lessons have been learnt and appropriate measures have been taken to close all gaps. We assure all Nigerians of their safety and the determination of the PTF to combat the pandemic”.
Recall that a video of one of the officials that coordinated the burial of the late CoS while trying to undress at the Gudu cemetery had gone viral, prompting many to express fears that the virus infection may escalate.
Mustapha, however said emerging figures of persons being infected with the virus was an attestation that the pandemic was far from over.
He however assured that the death of Kyari to Covid-19 would only boost the resolve of the committee to tame the spread of the virus nationwide.
He said, “I am sure you have all followed the developments around the world and in our country in particular since the last briefing. These are developments that drive home the danger that COVID-19 poses to our health and our wealth.
“COVID-19 has claimed the lives of several Nigerians and the PTF sincerely condoles with all families that have lost loved ones to this virus. Every life is precious to us and every loss challenges the efforts we have put into this fight while demanding that we do more in our response.
“This development has renewed our resolve to remain focused on the response to COVID-19 in honour of the late Chief of Staff and those that have fallen victim to this pandemic. This is indeed not a joke but a fight that must be won.
“Given the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the last week, the PTF remains conscious of the fact that we are far from the end of this outbreak in Nigeria.
“We, therefore, must focus even more vigorously on our strategy of increasing testing, isolating confirmed cases, following up with contacts of cases and managing confirmed cases to recovery.
“We must all come together because we face a common enemy and potential risk. We must flatten the curve at all cost and restore our Country to full activity”, he stated.
TheNewspad reports that presidential aides and media practitioners who covered the event were also advised to keep off the presidency for the time being.
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