Lock Down: Not yet time, NMA warns erring governors


Some governors in Nigeria are already relaxing lock downs imposed on their citizens amid the continued spread of Covid19. To this end, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned them against this move over religious activities.

The Governors were urged to reconsider their decision in the interest of the safety of lives.


In a statement released by the NMA president and secretary-general  Francis Faduyile and Olumuyiwa Odusote,  Governors were told that the move can be detrimental in  the fight against Covid19 as the battle is not yet over.

The association said;


“Of particular concern is the declaration by the Cross River State Governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask.

“A moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches from Friday to Sunday in Rivers; the lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by the Katsina and Kogi governments.

“We are aware that similar orders have also been given in Ondo, Ebonyi and Imo states which have approved mass attendance of Easter services.

“While appreciating the prime place of religion in our national lives and especially the value Christians place on Easter, we place on record that there is now the evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.”