COVID-19 guidelines not meant to oppress Nigerians, but to protect Nigerians – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Kabir message on Thursday said that the guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 are not targeted at Nigerians.

He noted that instead, the guidelines were necessary to safeguard public health and protect Nigerians.

“The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in mosques and churches,” President Buhari said in his Eid-el-Kabir message issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.

“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time,” the statement read.

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