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Abba Kyari’s Burial: Hypocrisy Of Nigeria’s Government And Elites as NCDC Reminds Nigerians To Stay Away From Mass Gatherings
President Buhari announced a total lockdown of Abuja and other states. Many people were arrested for breaking the lockdown order.
His chief of staff and close friend, Abba Kyari passed away yesterday.
Cause of death : Coronavirus.
Instead of adhering to highest standard in respect of Abba Kyari. Live news from government owned station NTA, shows dignitaries during his burial prayers mingling and not observing strict social distancing advocated by the government and NCDC.
Its shocking that Nigerians will be wondering if ‘social distancing’ enforcement and other laws are for the less privileged .
Double standards continue to be the pattern of Nigeria’s and also Africa’s government and elites.
Meanwhile, in a message posted on its Twitter handle, NCDC said its policy has not changed.
“Even at this time, as we mourn loved ones lost to COVID-19, including the recently deceased, President’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, we need to refrain from attending mass gatherings to prevent the further spread of #COVID19 Let us #StaySafe & protect each other,” the NCDC message read.
The health agency also referenced its published guidance “on ensuring safe and dignified burial” while preventing the spread of the deadly virus.
According to the NCDC guidelines, people may observe the dead body of an infected person “without touching the body at a minimum distance of 2 metres” and “in the event a ceremony is held, the number of attendees should be limited.”
“The ceremony should be held in a well-ventilated structure, attendees should
be advised on social distancing throughout the event, ensuring practice of
hand and respiratory hygiene,” the NCDC guidelines added.