THE Presidency says it is worried by reports of non-compliance with the just signed Executive Order that makes wearing of face mask and observation of social distancing in the public mandatory.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), explained that President Muhammadu Buhari introduced the order with the best of intentions and not with any motive to punish citizens.
It, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to give their maximum cooperation for the success of the policy as it is the only way to avoid further lockdowns.
The Presidency also appealed to State Governments, traditional rulers and religious leaders to play active roles in the sensitisation and enforcement of the Executive Order.
According to the Presidency, to achieve this, COVID-19 task forces and committees should persuade members of the public to cooperate with the government in achieving compliance and avoid crude methods that may create resistance and resentment, thereby defeating the primary goal of the Executive Order.
It further affirmed: “The Buhari administration is most reluctant to lock down the country and continues to emphasise the non-pharmaceutical measures and the only way to avert lockdowns is to observe these measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force.
“Nigerians have come a long way from the dreaded lockdown and the administration is unhappy about any prospects of bringing it back as many citizens will not have food on the table without venturing out on a day-to-day business.
“Nigerians are required to wear masks, wash hands regularly with soap and clean water, and keep a safe distance with anybody not in your household, hoping that this will help check the spread of COVID-19.