Only Lagos, Ogun And FCT Should Observe Restriction, Says SGF
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha says other locked down by state governors across the court are illegal.
Mr Mustapha said only the declaration made by President Muhammad Buhari that concern only Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) are legal.
The SGF warned against the restriction of movements in other states.
Recall that on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 ordered the lockdown in FCT and the two sates.
But some state governors have also adopted similar measures by restricting the movement of goods and people in their various states.
But Boss Mustapha has in no uncertain terms noted that such measures are illegal.
“As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation,” he said.
“All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between federal and state agencies will be eliminated. I referred you to paragraph 29 of the president’s broadcast. We are mindful of the fact that there are those inconsistencies in policies. Such states began to implement their lockdown before the president’s broadcast.
“The president’s broadcast was very definitive and categorical, we are only locking down Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital. Those are the only three designated areas for the lockdown now.”
“I will make some calls to some security agencies in those borders. I expected that after Mr President’s broadcast what should ordinarily happen is that, if you had stopped people from getting to their destinations that broadcast should have enabled you to release those people to get to their destinations,” he said.
“You can put proactive measures like a toll gate to ensure that you test them and allow them to get to their destinations. That was what we did at the airport before we finally locked down the airport.”