Unic Press UK: The Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has apologized to Nigerians over the gross breach of the guidelines for the handling of a dead body as witnessed during the burial of a former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died last Friday, 17 April 2020, and was buried Saturday, after contracting the COVID-19.
In a statement, the SGF, Mustapha said:
“The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 recognizes, regrettably, the unintentional violation of the principles and protocols that form the core of our messaging to Nigerians, at the funeral of the late Chief of Staff. These principles for emphasis, include the guidance provided on mass gatherings; social distancing; Personal Hygiene and restriction of movements”.
The burial had been widely criticized as it grossly violated the guidelines for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19, and many are calling for the prosecution of all the attendees, who, in one way or another violated the guidelines.
Update as at 20 April 2020 on COVID-19 in Nigeria