The Federal government on Monday, July 6, again warned of a possible new closure of the country after a rise in positive cases of COVID-19 among people in government positions.
In the past few weeks, very important persons (VIPs) in Nigeria, including governors, members of the State Cabinet, and prominent government officials, have been infected with the deadly virus.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, issued a warning in Abuja during the task force’s daily briefing, adding that people in positions of authority should take security protocols more seriously.
Mustafa, noting that if necessary, the task force will not hesitate to report that the nation is in isolation, however, said that this will be determined by the events of the coming weeks.
He added that to protect Nigerians, the task force will not shy away from lockdown to achieve his goal.
“I believe that in the coming days and weeks we will not speculate on what will happen in the future, but we will do everything within our mandate to ensure the safety and protection of the people of Nigeria. If this makes it possible to recommend a blocking order, this task force will not shirk its responsibilities.
“We will make this decision, give our recommendations to the President, who will finally make a decision. What happens in the next two or three weeks will determine our recommendation” ” he said.
Before, it is reported that the Federal government has expressed concern about the increase in positive cases of the virus among those in senior positions.
The government has expressed its concerns through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, headed by the Secretary of the government of the Federation.
Speaking at a PTF press briefing on Monday, July 6, Mustapha described the situation as a threat to national security and public administration.
The SGF instructed all Nigerians to be vigilant, adding that recent events have confirmed that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions.