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The Nigerian presidency has denied that the country’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari, is breaking any safety rules by not wearing face masks. The denial was made on Saturday, May 16 by Lauretta Onochia, President Buhari’s aide on social media in a singular tweet.
According to the Aide, President Buhari has no need to wear face masks because he operates from his own safe environment within the presidential villa, Aso Rock
Legit.ng notes that there have been growing debate on social media over almost daily pictures of the Nigerian leader without face masks participating in government activities, often in the company of other public officials who are masked. The presidency has now explained Buhari’s reasons.
PRES @MBuhari IS NOT BREAKING RULES!
Expert Medical Protocol is that if you are in your safe environment, you dont need to wear a mask
Those visiting you MUST wear masks to ensure they leave no droplets in your environment
Wearing of masks is mostly to protect people around us pic.twitter.com/1D8lufszKD
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) May 16, 2020
Legit.ng reported recently that as the federal government continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it puts in place some very important guidelines for Nigerians to strictly follow.
One of the guidelines contained in a document signed by the secretary-general of the federation, Boss Mustapha, said Nigerians should always wear face masks in public places. The directives by FG followed President Muhammdu Buhari’s easing of the lockdown earlier imposed especially in states like Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The directives by FG followed President Muhammdu Buhari’s easing of the lockdown earlier imposed especially in states like Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Wearing face masks is compulsory in some states. Recently, the Lagos state government said that it would force residents to wear face masks in public places. This was disclosed on Monday, April 20, by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the 7th briefing on COVID-19 at the State House, Marina, Lagos.
The governor said at the time, one million of locally made face mask had been contracted to tailors and would be distributed to residents.