The Federal Government has tendered unreserved apologies to the classified essential workers mostly medical staff and Journalists who were allegedly maltreated by security operatives.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, tendered the apology in his daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.
Mr. Mustapha said Government has contacted leaders of the security agencies to review their actions.
He warned state governments relaxing restrictions because of Sallah celebrations to exercise caution in doing so.
Mr. Mustapha urged all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during Sallah so as not to cancel the gains of the past weeks.
The SGF noted that states must ensure that there are no gatherings of over 20 persons. The PTF Chairman said the issue of large gatherings must be looked into, warning that it is not yet time to allow crowds gather.
He further asked state governments to ensure compliance to restriction guidelines and take community ownership to the grassroots.
Giving some updates on trends within the nation as regards COVID-19, Mr Mustapha said it is troubling that hydroxychloroquine is being bought in large quantities in Nigeria, he stressed that this is not a tested cure for the virus and warned against self-medication.
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.
“202 dead in Nigeria isn’t just statistics, these are people, Nigerians,” the SGF stressed.