The Secretary General of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has apologised over violations that took place during the burial of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.
Mr Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, says it is regrettable that social distancing was not observed during the burial.
He made the apology during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force, stating that the principles include the guidance provided on mass gatherings, social distancing, personal hygiene, and restriction of movement.
The SGF noted that lessons have been learnt and appropriate measures have been taken to close all gaps.
Many people have turned out for the burial of the late Kyari in Abuja on Saturday, April 18, 2020, milling together for prayers at his graveside.
Channel TV reports that many people took to social media to condemn the move and demand action with the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) putting out a message after the burial to remind people about the importance of avoiding mass gatherings.
The situation was worsened after a video emerged showing that one of the men who helped bury the SGF dumped his protective clothing in public, amid calls for the man to be identified, isolated and prosecuted, the area was later decontaminated.
Mr Kyari, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s closest allies, had died on Friday, April 17, 2020, after battling with COVID-19 for more than two weeks.