The Federal Government has berated some members of the House of Representatives, who recently returned from foreign trips, for refusing to subject themselves to Coronavirus [COVID-19] screening at airports.
The Government was, in the letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, reacting to a report from the Minister of Health on the refusal of some House members to subject themselves to screening at the airport as directed by health officials.
The Presidency, in a letter dated 21st March, 2020, informed Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila that the lawmakers are posing serious threat to the safety of Nigerians by their actions.
Kyari asked the Speaker to direct all members of the House who recently returned from trips abroad to report to the nearest NCDC office with immediate effect for screening.
The letter reads:
“It has been brought to the Honourable Minister of Health, recently reported to this office that some members of the House of Representatives are refusing to subject themselves to medical screening at airports.
“As you are aware, these airport screenings are our primary line of defense and refusal by any citizen to subject to these tests is a threat to our nation.
“Accordingly, you are kindly requested to direct all members of the House of Representatives who returned to Nigeria from foreign trips to report themselves to the nearest NCDC test centre with immediate effect.”
See the attached letter: