COVID-19: Set good example by wearing face mask – Ex-ACF scribe advises Buhari

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Buhari without mask after a meeting with RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Monday

Former Secretary-General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Anthony Sani says Nigeria would finally overcome the COVID-19 menace when President Muhammadu Buhari, all the 36 state governors and traditional rulers set a good example by wearing face masks.

Sani, who noted the decline in the number of new confirmed cases of the virus, said that the transmission chain could be finally broken in Nigeria when leaders practise what they preach.

He said that compliance to halt further spread of the disease could only come from there.

According to him, when everyone willingly complies with set guidelines, the healthcare infrastructure, lives and the Nigerian economy would be spared.

The ex-ACF scribe stated these in a statement he issued in Kaduna on Tuesday.

“With the current downward trends in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, given the absence of vaccine and cure for the COVID-19 for now, and the fact that we have not been able to enforce social distancing measures, the only choice left for us in Nigeria is for everybody to wear face masks in crowded places like markets, motor parks, public gathering, worship places and public transport for at least 14 days.

“One way for forcing compliance is for President Buhari, all the governors and all traditional rulers to lead the way by wearing face masks. That way, the nation can break the transmission chain needed for curbing the coronavirus pandemic, and prevent subsequent come back of COVID-19 and save the health infrastructure, more lives and the economy,” Sani said.

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