The Nigerian presidency has denied that Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s leader, is violating any safety rules by not wearing face masks.
The denial was made by Lauretta Onochia, Buhari’s social media aide in a distinct tweet on Saturday, May 16.
President Buhari does not need to wear face masks, according to Onochie, because he works inside the presidential villa Ask rock, from his own protected environment.
Visitors, she said, are supposed to wear face masks in order to prevent everyone they encounter from getting any illnesses they may have.
Naijaruk.com states that there has been increasing controversy on social media about the Nigerian president almost daily pictures without face masks participating in government functions, mostly in the company of other public officials who are masked.
Now, the Presidency has clarified the reasons for Buhari not using facemask.
President Buhari claims he is not violating any laws because he does not wear face masks.
Naijaruk.com recently reported that as the federal government continues to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it has placed in place some very relevant guidelines to be strictly observed by the Nigerians.
One of the guidelines in a document signed by the federation’s secretary-general, Boss Mustapha, has said Nigerians should always wear face masks in public places.
FG’s directives followed the easing of the previous lockdown imposed by President Muhammdu Buhari particularly in states like Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
In some states wearing face masks is necessary. The government of the state at Lagos recently said it would force residents to wear face masks in public places.
This was revealed by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the 7th COVID-19 briefing at the State House, Marina, Lagos, on Monday, April 20.
The governor said at the time that one million face masks were assigned to tailors and distributed to residents.