An erstwhile Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lead a good example to Nigerians by wearing face masks.
Sani stated that one of the ways to enforce proper compliance to recommended methods of curtailing the further spread of COVID-19 is for the President and all governors across the federation, as well as traditional rulers, to lead the way in wearing face masks.
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According to Sani, the transmission chain of the lethal virus will be broken if all critical leaders and stakeholders adhere to the preventive measures.
In a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna, Sani insists that it will further prevent a subsequent return of COVID-19, while saving the health infrastructure, lives and the economy.
“With the current downward trends in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, given the absence of vaccine and cure for the COVID-19 for now, and the fact that we have not been able to enforce social distancing measures, the only choice left for us in Nigeria is for everybody to wear face masks in crowded places like markets, motor parks, public gathering, worship places and public transport for at least 14 days,” he stated.
“One way for forcing compliance is for President Buhari, all the governors and all traditional rulers to lead the way by wearing face masks. That way, the nation can break the transmission chain needed for curbing the coronavirus pandemic, and prevent subsequent come back of COVID-19 and save the health infrastructure, more lives and the economy,” Sani added.
Many quarters across the federation had wondered why Nigeria’s president has refused to follow recommended measures by wearing face masks in the fight against Coronavirus.
Since the outbreak of the lethal virus, Buhari has been spotted with a face mask only once while he was on a peace mission to Mali.
His old age has been quoted by some quarters to be the reason he does not wear face masks.