Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, was tackled on Twitter after he shared photos of himself at a wedding in Bauchi state yesterday, January 30.
He posted and shared photos from the wedding. He tweeted;
”In Bauchi, for my good friend, @IbrahimRabo08’s wedding fatiha to his beautiful wife, Maimuna. May Allah bless their union with peace, understanding, love and beautiful children. Allah ya ba su zaman lafiya da fahimtar juna.”
However, some Nigerians observed that the the groom and guests were not wearing face masks, a violation of the COVID19 protocols.
A Twitter user commented;
”Then at night when NCDC drops their numbers you’d come tell us to wear a mask but can’t do the same to the people around you.”
Responding to her comment, Bashir stated that he is not an enforcement officer and that there is a limit to what he can do.
”First, I am not a law enforcement officer, so there is limit to what one can do. Secondly, I can’t love them more than they love themselves, ours is to encourage, advise and also tell them the consequence of their actions. Keep advising people to always wear their masks, please.”he responded
This comes few days after President Buhari signed the executive law permitting anyone flouting the COVID19 protocols be arrested and prosecuted.
According to the law, violators of the COVID19 protocols stand the risk of being sent to jail for six months.
Nigerians in his comment section asked that the young men be arrested as stipulated by the law that has been signed. They also shared photo of Bashir not wearing masks, while calling him a hypocrite did using the makes only in pictures.
See their reactions below
Wear a mask off the camera too! pic.twitter.com/64wVu4LV5e— Ndanusa (@Ndanusa44038219) January 30, 2021
Congratulations to the newly wedded.— Alagba Ken (@AlagbaKenneth) January 30, 2021
In line with PMB order on covid19 safety, how many People do you think should be charged for violating public use of Nose mask now?
Wow only you and few others with face mask great one.— Humanist (@IAM_Moses5) January 30, 2021
Its very obvious how you people in the presidency thinks, all you do is to tell us about the rise in incidence of covid andhow to prevent it, you had opportunity to show Nigerian that the government is serious about this yet you refuse ad decide to join the wagon.— Afam72261443 (@Afam722614431) January 30, 2021