Coronavirus: Lawmakers refusing to be screened at airports

President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, has accused some lawmakers of refusing to be screened at some major Nigerian airports.

In a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Kyari hinted on the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials at the airports.

Mr Kyari, in the on March 21, said the minister of health had drawn his attention to repeated violation of screening procedure at the nation’s airports, Premium Times reports.

“As you are aware, these airport screenings are our primary line of defence and refusal by any citizen to subject to these tests is a threat to our nation,” the chief of staff wrote.

The letter surfaced on social media Monday morning, although it was unclear who first posted it.

Mr Kyari admonished Mr Gbajabiamila to immediately rein in the excesses of federal lawmakers and ask all those who have refused to submit to medical test for COVID-19 to report themselves at the screening centres across the country.

The letter did not specifically name the lawmakers that declined screening upon returning from a foreign trip.

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