Wednesday- 14th July, 2021: Some Photos posted by the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Broadcast Media, Buhari Sallau, have exposed him (President Buhari) flouting the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Regulations (2021) he signed in January have surfaced online.
The president on Tuesday evening removed his protective mask in public just a few days after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed a case of Delta COVID-19 variant in Nigeria.
Recall that Buhari had a dinner with members of the National Assembly, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
From the pictures seen, the President arrived at the event with his mask on but later removed it inside the conference hall.
Also, photos of the event showed the President (without a mask on) interacting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who all had their masks tightly fitted.
It is important to note that Tuesday evening was not the first time the President removed his mask in public; he had removed his mask in January 2021 at a public event in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State.
The Peoples Democratic Party and many Nigerians on social media had slammed the President for the contravention of the regulations which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The regulations also stipulate a fine or six months imprisonment or both for violators.