COVID-19: PTF urges religious leaders to ask congregation to wear facemask

Mr Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has advised religious leaders to without fear or favour continue to prevail on their congregations to wear facemask.

Mustapha gave the advice, while responding to questions during the PTF media on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.







The Chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expressed displeasure over the some people had started moving about without facemask.

He said that religious leaders and traditional rulers have a lot to do to curb the further spread of the .








“The best we can do for people and country is to adhere to these non-pharmaceutical interventions that have been put in place.

“Wear your mask, observe social distancing. Stay away from large crowd and if you have no business don’t travel.







“It is sad when people gather and they do not think it is appropriate to wear mask.

“What we can do is to continue to appeal to people that COVID-19 is still alive, it has not gone on any vacation.







“It is not relaxing. As much as we are not seeing the figures reflecting in country, does not mean that inflations are not going on in other countries.

“People are dying on a daily basis from COVID-19. The high, the mighty are dying. So it is a very serious issue.







“And I will keep on saying this as we vaccines to show up on the horizon. The only vaccine we have in our now let us apply it.

“And the only vaccines we have are the non-pharmaceutical interventions.







“So we will continue to appeal to our people in places of worship to ensure that they insist on members of their congregation to wear mask either in the mosque or in the churches and we will continue our engagements.

“Because we have ceded of the risk to the communities now.







“We will often time remind at this level that it is the responsibilities of traditional rulers and religious leaders to drive home that point,” Mustapha said. (NAN)