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COVID-19: Nigeria will return to lockdown if I have power – Boss Mustapha declares

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 have stated that he would send Nigeria back to detention if he had the authority to do so.

The nation reports that Mustapha said that while a return to confinement is not popular, it is right, given the attitude of some Nigerians towards the virus.

During the Task Force briefing on Thursday, June 25, the SGF complained that some people “are already raving about COVID-19” in the manner of Tom and Jerry.

The latest figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that there are 22,020 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, with 542 people dying from the deadly virus.

Mustapha said: “Do you want to hear the truth? If it were in my power, this would be the time for a lockdown. The lockdown may not be very popular, but this is the time for a lockdown because I can see the attitude of Tom and Jerry, we already have a romance with COVID-19, and it’s not good.

The SGF said the Nigerians must continue to take responsibility to reduce the transmission of the virus to the population.

It urged Nigerians to take the virus seriously and continue to follow the guidelines developed by the task force.

“I saw a real romance today with COVID-19. A romance of people acting as if the thing (virus) is over. It is a very serious issue and my appeal to the Nigerians who are listening is: Let’s take this thing (virus) seriously.

With more than 500 deaths, you cannot be ignorant, you cannot say that you do not know anyone who has fallen victim to the virus, either by name or by image, but today they are not,” Mustapha added.

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Legit.ng had previously reported that after a month-long struggle against corona virus-related symptoms, the immediately preceding governor of Oyo State, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, finally breathed his last at the age of 70.

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