The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as “meaningless” the criticisms of the Federal Government’s officials and strategy on curbing coronavirus in Nigeria.
He said this while giving an update on the measures being taken by the government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PUNCH reports that many Nigerians have expressed displeasure with the initial refusal of the Federal Government to shut down international airports in the country after the index case was recorded.
They also faulted top government officials for travelling out of Nigeria to high risk coronavirus countries.
Another complaint from Nigerians was the failure of the FG to name top officials that have contracted the disease.
Some Nigerians also faulted governors and ministers for not embarking on self-isolation despite coming in close contact with positive cases and travelling overseas.
Speaking at the press conference, Lai Mohammed said, “Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe.
“Some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing.
“The government is doing its best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.”
This is as the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and three of his aides have been reported to be part of 65 positive cases recorded in Nigeria.
Kyari and the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, had on March 9 travelled to Germany despite coronavirus prevalence in many countries, including the Schengen nation.
On Tuesday, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed also tested positive for the virus.
Ministers and governors mingled with them at the Federal Executive Council meeting on March 17 and the National Executive Council meeting on March 18.
Nigeria recorded its first case of coronavirus on February 27 and death on March 23, The PUNCH reports.
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