Nigerians and The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has expressed their concerns and anger after the guidelines on social distancing as large crowd turn up for Abba Kyari’s burial in Abuja.
The social distancing laid out by NCDC in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country was again broken by some lawmakers on Saturday after a large crowd turned out for the burial of chief of staff to President, Abbs Kyari.
Kyari, who had a history of diabetes and was in his 70s, died at a private hospital in Lagos on Friday owing to complications from Coronavirus.
He contracted the deadly virus after trips to Germany and Egypt where the pandemic had claimed hundreds of lives.
Though senior government officials including President Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers, lawmakers and leading members of the ruling All Progressives Congress all shunned the burial for fear of contracting the virus, a large crowd of sympathisers still turned out for the burial, which took place at the Defence House in Abuja without protective gears, thus exposing themselves to the virus, which has already infected 493 persons and killed another 18.
In a post on Twitter, the NCDC said,
“Even at this time, as we mourn loved ones lost to COVID-19, including the recently deceased President’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, we need to refrain from attending mass gatherings to prevent the further spread of #COVID-19.”
Nigerians as well, took to Twitter to express their anger and disappointment as the burial of the late chief of staff was attended by a large crowd as they demand that the government apologizes to Nollywood actress Fuke Akindele for her arrest over her disobeying the social distancing order.
This is a cause for concern, just recently, people in Carolina in the USA died of the coronavirus after going for a funeral together, the same can happen in this case.