Buhari removes his mask in public, violating COVID-19 regulations, according to the Delta variant.
Also, photos of the event showed the President (without a mask on) interacting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who all had their masks tightly fitted. Only a few days after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed a case of Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria, President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) removed his protective mask in public on Tuesday evening, thus violating the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulations (2021) he signed in January.
On Tuesday evening, the President attended a dinner with members of the National Assembly at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja. Photos from the event posted by the President’s Personal Assistant on Broadcast Media, Buhari Sallau, showed the President arriving at the event wearing his mask but later removing it inside the conference hall.
The PUNCH previously reported that with the discovery of the Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria, experts warned against imposing a new lockdown, stating that imposing a new lockdown would have devastating economic consequences. The experts spoke against the backdrop of a third COVID-19 wave, with a steady increase in positive cases in the last week and the discovery of a new variant of the virus in Nigeria. Because of its increased transmissibility, the World Health Organization has designated the deadly Delta variant as a variant of concern. According to the NCDC, the variant has been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more.
According to NCDC statistics, Nigeria has recorded over 168,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,100 associated deaths since the virus’s index case was reported in the country in March 2020. The NCDC continues to urge Nigerians to maintain social distance and hygiene practices, as well as use masks in public, to prevent transmission of the lethal virus, which has been identified to move through the country.<p>