COVID-19: FG Warns Governors not to play politics With People’s Lives

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The Federal Government has admonished some state governors to stop playing politics with the directives issued to contain the Coronavirus spreading across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the admonition on Friday when he featured on Nigerian Television Authority NTA programme, Good Morning Nigeria.
Mohammed who was giving an update on efforts of the Presidential Task Force for the Control of Coronavirus at containing the pandemic underscored the need for continued engagements with states and harmonisation of directives.
Reacting to question on some state governors that have ordered the relax of stay at home order for Jumma’at and Easter festivities, the minister underscored the need for harmonisation of the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari for lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.
It will be recalled that as parts of measures to check the spread of coronavirus, many states banned large gatherings and restricted movements.
Specifically, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo approved the request of the Christian Association of NigeriaCANin the state to observe the Easter Sunday worship in various churches across the state.
Similarly, Gov. Nyisom Wike of Rivers directed the Muslim to hold Jumat prayers and Churches to hold Easter service across the state with a full congregation.
Ebonyi state government, a relaxed ban on burials by giving those in the state between April 9 and April 20 to bury their dead.
Similarly, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi directed that the ban on religious gathering be lifted to allow for normal worship and services.
Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on his part relaxed interstate boundary closure, on the ground, that it would allow for foodstuffs, drugs and vehicles conveying personnel on essential duty access the state.

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