Coronavirus: Why we opened border for returnees despite presidential directive – Minister
Despite increasing cases of COVID19-19 in Nigeria, and the attendant closure of the nation’s borders to curb spread, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said it is embarrassing to deny citizens entry into the country.
Mr Aregbesola while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday said every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”.
”Every citizen of every nation has the right to return to his fatherland whenever he or she wishes regardless of the situation, even at war,” he said.
He also said measures are in place to ensure every returnee is isolated upon arrival.
Nigerians have raised concerns over the entry of 127 returnees last week out of which 12 tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.