Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

Nigeria will return to lockdown again if…, declares PTF

*Some persons “already romancing with COVID-19” in manner of Tom and Jerry ─Boss Mustapha

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the recent reports of repeated carefree attitude to the disruptive novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by some Nigerians, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said he would return Nigeria to lockdown if he had the powers to do so.

Mustapha, who stated this Thursday, June 25 at the briefing of the PTF on COVID-19, in Abuja, FCT, said that although a return to lockdown might not be popular, it was the right thing to do, considering the unconcerned attitude of some Nigerians to the raging virus.

According to the PTF Chairman, the Task Force is expected to submit its assessment of the first three months of waging war against the pandemic to President Muhammadu Buhari next week.

The PTF, he explained, has continued to lament the flagrant disregard for the protocols developed by it to contain the spread of the virus.

Some persons are “already romancing with COVID-19” in the manner of Tom and Jerry, he disclosed.

He declared that “by now, with 500 plus fatalities you can’t be ignorant, you can’t say you don’t know of anybody that has fallen victim either by way of name or pictures, but today they are no more.”

Mustapha posited: “You want to hear the truth? If it were within my powers, this is the time to lockdown.

“Lockdown might not be a popular thing, but this is the time to lockdown because I can see the attitude of Tom and Jerry. We are already romancing with COVID -19, and it is not good.”

The latest figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as of Thursday, June 25, 2020, showed that Nigeria recorded 594 news Coronavirus cases, making the country’s total confirmed cases 22,614 with 549 deaths from the deadly disease.

He said that Nigerians must continue to take responsibility to reduce community transmission of the virus.

Nigerians need to take the virus serious and continue to observe the guidelines developed by the Task Force, he stated.

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