Just some days after the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management confirmed a case of Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria, the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday night eliminated his protecting masks in public, thereby flouting the Coronavirus Illness Well being Safety Laws (2021) he signed in January.
The President had on Tuesday night attended a dinner with members of the Nationwide Meeting, held on the State Home Convention Centre, Abuja.
Images of the occasion posted by the Private Assistant to President on Broadcast Media, Buhari Sallau, confirmed that the President arrived on the occasion together with his masks on however later eliminated it contained in the convention corridor.
Additionally, images of the occasion confirmed the President (and not using a masks on) interacting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Home of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who all had their masks tightly fitted.
Tuesday night was not the primary time the President eliminated his masks in public; he had eliminated his masks in January 2021 at a public occasion in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State.
The Peoples Democratic Celebration and lots of Nigerians on social media had slammed the President for the contravention of the rules which made using face masks in public locations necessary amongst different measures to curtail the unfold of COVID-19.
The lethal Delta variant is recognised by the World Well being Organisation as a variant of concern, given its elevated transmissibility.
The variant has been detected in over 90 international locations and is predicted to unfold to extra international locations, in keeping with the NCDC.
Nigeria has recorded over 168,000 instances of COVID-19 and greater than 2,100 related deaths for the reason that index case of the virus was reported within the nation in March 2020, in keeping with statistics by NCDC who continues to induce Nigerians to keep up social distancing and hygiene practices in addition to use masks in public to stop transmission of the deadly virus which has been recognized to maneuver by droplets.