Mr. Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, described the COVID-19 pandemic as more deadly than the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and other criminal activities in other parts of the country.
He said this on Sunday, during his visit to the state of Adamawa, to thank the people of Garkida for the recent attack on Boko Haram.
“I took the opportunity to talk to them about the current challenge we are facing in relation to COVID-19 and said that, however feared Boko Haram may be, COVID-19 is cruel and very feared (most deadly).
“A COVID-19 infection can destroy an entire city, so I beg everyone to start talking to the people of the state of Adamawa and the Nigerians about the adversity that can face us if we don’t take precautions,” said Mustapha.
He also spoke about the importance of social distance and the maintenance of personal hygiene, such as washing hands and avoiding handshaking.
He expressed the grief of President Muhammadu Buhari after the attack on Boko Haram, which resulted in the death of some security officers, leaving properties worth millions destroyed.
He also noted that the Nigerian government is not lagging behind in its actions taken so far, which are necessary.
“We are not acting a little late, we took steps to first identify the countries that are a heavy burden, first we started with 13 and the next day we added two with the closure of three international airports.”
He added that, on Monday morning, there will be no more international flights to the country.