The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has cautioned states not to relax social gathering restrictions because of Sallah celebrations.
He reiterated that there should be no congregation of more than 20 people at a particular place as earlier directed by the government.
He made this known during the PTF’s brief on Thursday.
Mustapha urged all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during Sallah so as not to cancel the gains of the past weeks.
He further asked state governments to ensure compliance to restriction guidelines and take community ownership to the grassroots.
While noting that 106,000 cases were recorded worldwide on Wednesday, despite all interventions, the Chairman of the PTF was of the opinion that our ways of life will remain disrupted for a very long time.
In a bid to stress why COVID-19 should not be taken lightly, Mr Mustapha said he has lost a colleague to the disease and a classmate of his from ABU Zaria who was a Chief Judge.
“202 dead in Nigeria isn’t just statistics, these are people, Nigerians,” the SGF stressed.
The PTF Chairman said the issue of large gatherings must be looked into, warning that it is not yet time to allow crowds gather.