FG accuses religious leaders of sabotaging COVID-19 efforts

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THE Federal Government yesterday accused religious leaders of sabotaging the national response in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, handed down the indictment in Abuja during the daily press conference of the regulatory agency.

According to Mustapha, religious organisations sabotage these efforts by holding large gatherings.

“We have observed, rather sadly, that Nigerians, particularly some faith-based organisations have continued to hold events of large gatherings capable of spreading the virus. The PTF urges all sub-national entities that signed the protocols with these organisations and have primary responsibility for enforcing the protocols and NPIs to step up their roles of enforcement,” he said.

Explaining that PTF has continued to engage with relevant stakeholders on the issues arising from the impact of COVID-19, including mental health, drug use and gender-based violence, Mustapha said that even as vaccines are rolled out, people will need to keep adhering to public health measures so that everyone is protected.

Also, while warning that “the pandemic still has a long a way to run and decisions made by leaders and citizens in the coming days will determine the course of the next days and months, he disclosed that the PTF would be submitting its final report to the President Muhammadu Buhari before the month runs out”.

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