Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Minister for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo incurred the wrath of Nigerians yesterday when he endorsed the lockdown lift engineered by president Muhammadu Buhari.
Keyamo took to his Twitter account to urge necessary precautions among Nigerians resuming normal activities. The tweet has however drawn irate responses, as the senior Advocate has been accused of being a government tool.
Nigerians have viewed the lockdown with mixed opinions, with some supporting the month old lockdown.
Many other Nigerians however bewail the compulsory stay at home order, citing poverty and inadequate funds as reasons for the ineffective lockdown.
The lockdown has further been blamed for the increased crime rate, and Keyamo has been heavily criticized for not fulfilling his role as Minister for Employment.
Hon. Keyamo trended in March when he stated that the Covid-19 pandemic was divine punishment. The senior lawyer has also come under fire recently for asking for free Cable Television for Nigerians, who pointed out that most people could not afford television sets.
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari had on Apr. 27th announced “a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures” in Abuja, Ogun and Lagos states from May.
The curfew will be lifted under very strict measures, including a ban on interstate travel. Nigerians have also been mandated to use face masks and follow a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am.
Existing restrictions on large social and religious gatherings will also remain in place. Schools have further been directed to remain closed until further notice.
In a turn of events, Keyamo has threatened to resign his appointment if the 774,000 jobs approved by President Muhammadu Buhari under the special public works programme of NDE for unskilled labour in rural areas are hijacked by politicians.
Keyamo issued the warning while speaking at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee yesterday, on extended special public works across the 774 local governments of the federation.