The presidency has reacted to the House of Representatives over the refusal of some Lawmakers to be screened at airports on their arrival from foreign trips.
A letter from the presidency signed by Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and addressed to the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila said the Minister of Health called the attention of the government to the refusal of some Lawmakers to be screened at the airports on their arrival into the country.
The letter dated March 21 reminded the Speaker that the airports screening is the nation primary line of defence and refusal by any citizen to subject to these test is a threat to the nation.
The letter reads, “It has been brought to the Honourable Minister of Health, recently reported to this office that some members of the House of Representatives are refusing to subject themselves to medical screening at airports.
“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.
“Accordingly, you are kindly requested to direct all members of the House of Representatives who returned to Nigeria from foreign trips to report themselves to the nearest NCDC test centre with immediate effect.”
The Presidency in the letter requested the Speaker to direct any lawmaker who recently returned to Nigeria from a foreign trip to report themselves to the nearest NCDC test centre for with immediate effect.
Reacting to the development, Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the House, said everyone passing through the nation’s borders should submit to the health checks irrespective of status in the society.
He noted that the letter from the presidency should not be seen as an attack on the lawmakers but a wake-up call from the government.