I have no intentions to oppress Nigerians – Pres. Buhari

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Following the Covid-19 guidelines released by the Presidential Taskforce, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to see the guidelines as a form of oppression, saying that he has no intentions for that.

Buhari said this on Thursday, July 30 , while urging Muslims and Christians alike not to see the guidelines as an infringement on their rights to worship in his Eid-el-Kabir message.

In the statement which was signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he noted that the guidelines were necessitated by the need to safeguard public health.

Buhari said the preventive guidelines introduced to contain the spread of the deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in mosques and churches.

He said, “Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faiths to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing.

“No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time.”

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