Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha on Thursday said for the nation to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerian leaders must stop flouting the laid down guidelines.
Mustapha was reacting to reports that Adamawa State Governor, Ahmad Fintiri and his entourage violated protocols set against COVID-19 at the Port Harcourt International Airport, and broke traffic and aviation security instructions.
Speaking during the task force’s national briefing, Mustapha stressed that the virus does not discriminate by status, hence all protocols must be followed.
“You will all recall that the Aviation sector reopened domestic operations on 8th July, 2020. Dry runs were carried out and guidelines meant to protect all travellers were issued.
“You also recall that we identified and pleaded even before now, with certain classes of persons, particularly VIPs, to desist from flouting such guidelines.
“Unfortunately, we have received reports about violations by some dignitaries who failed to follow the protocols at our airports. We believe leaders must lead by example. In truth, as leaders and followers, we must change our behavior if we must overcome the pandemic.
“This virus does not discriminate by status, age, tribe, creed or color. All we require is diligent compliance and vigilance,” he said.