The Federal Government has urged state governments to be mindful of the present situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the country before succumbing to the pressure of relaxing restrictions on movement of people during this Easter season of celebrations.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, criticised the decision of some state governments to relax the measures earlier put in place to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
Dr Aliyu said, “We have noted that some states have started lifting the ban or relaxing containment protocols and this is really not the right time to do so – partly because we still have an ongoing pandemic which is global.
“It is also not the right time to do so because we could end up having real recrudescence of infections,” he added.
“At this point, I am appealing to our local community leaders, religious and traditional leaders, as well as the state authorities to continue to support and encourage the public to maintain those protective measures that are important in getting on top of this infection,” he said.
“There is also a very strong need for the state governments to work in harmony and align with the Federal Government in our effort to deal with this pandemic.
“This pandemic is not just an Abuja or Lagos issue; it is a national issue.”