The battle to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic and stay alive
is now an individual responsibility, which Nigerians must take
seriously, the Federal Government said on Monday.
Nigerians, the government noted, have a choice to take responsibility by
obeying the measures and guidelines developed to fight the pandemic or
end up in any of the treatment centres for Covid -19 patients.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to
the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said this on Monday.
He lamented that many Nigerians have refused to take personal
responsibility following the easing of the lockdown by the federal
He said: “If you listen to me conscientiously in the past four weeks I
have spoken about personal responsibility, that it is our
responsibility. We are not your front liners anymore. The choice of
whether you will get to the hospital is yours.
“You, my fellow people, you are your last liners now. What you do, what
you say, your actions, will determine where you will end.
“We have gotten to a stage where no amount of enforcement will cut this
tool for us. It is the choices that we make that will determine what
will happen. The governments of subnational will try to do their best
but it is the choices of the people that will determine how effective
that will be.
“We are the only ones that can work assiduously to ensure that we reduce
the level of transmission now that it has been ceded in our own
He reiterated that the virus was still deadly despite easing of the lockdown.
According to him, nobody should be deceived that Nigeria has reached the peak of the pandemic.
He said that Nigeria’s reported cases will continue to rise, adding that the rate will depend on what Nigerians do.
According to him, the decision to ease the lockdown was to balance lives and livelihoods.
Mustapha said: “Covid -19 is real and because restrictions have been
lifted is not a license for carelessness. Yes we will return to a new
normal but not the normal of the past.
“My appeal is that honestly where we are now, it is our individual no
collective responsibility that will determine where we are headed. Are
figures going to rise? Yes, they are. The quantum in which they rise is
dependent on what we do.
“But as for the figures, we don’t want to delude anybody; they will
rise. The quantum in with which they will rise exponentially or
gradually, is dependent on what Nigerians do.
“If we decide to be careless because restrictions have been lifted, then
we will have a peak be if we are not careful it can overwhelm even our
“We know where we are now, we know that the responsibility has been
shielded to individuals. Let’s not depend heavily on what the
governments will do. Dr. Brian was very explicit in his statement that I
“Basically, what I am saying today is that the battle has been
transferred to each and everyone of us. What we do will determine the
outcome of our response at the national level.