By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has cautioned residents of the Nigeria’s capital city to desist from violating the extant guidelines put in place to curtail the spread of pandemic in the Territory.
Bello, who expressed dissatisfaction with the non-adherence to basic-COVID-19 guidelines, yesterday charged residents to always take personal responsibility for their health.
He reminded residents that COVID-19 is real and the disease has proven to be fatal, adding that more worrisome is the fact that the number of new infections has been on the rise in the country and the FCT.
The FCT Minister also encouraged residents to report to the relevant authorities when they notice infractions of the guidelines as the FCT Administration will embark on stricter enforcement measures.
While reacting to the recent controversial music concert held at the Jabi Lake Mall, Bello stated that several aspects of the guidelines as postulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 as well as the FCT Administration were violated with reckless abandon.
He said: “Videos of the event which are still circulating on the social media clearly showed a concert going on with music and live performances by a band and dancers.
“The video also showed attendees dancing to the live performances on the elaborately constructed stage”.
The Minister therefore opined that all the guidelines by as established by the PTF and FCTA were clearly violated as captured in the videos available on social media.
According to him, the FCT Administration views the actions of the organisers and attendees at this concert as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect and disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.
He also noted that there is a very real possibility that a single positive individual at that event could by now have gone ahead to infect several others thereby leading to a possible exponential spread.
“It is disheartening to see residents not adhering to even the basic guidelines of facial covering, social distancing and hand washing or sanitizing. These guidelines have been put in place in order to save and safeguard lives.
“Adherence to the guidelines could be the difference between life and death. This therefore begs the question; whether that concert or party which is clearly against the law is worth the health or life of a citizen. Clearly, no concert or party is worth the life of anyone”, Bello stated.
He added that the FCT Administration which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law.