The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has criticized a former Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, for “irresponsibly” breaching COVID-19 preventive protocol put in place at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, on Saturday.
Mr Yari was said to have evaded COVID-19 protocol by pushing away a FAAN officer who was trying to disinfect his luggage at the check-in terminal.
Condemning Mr Yari’s action via its Twitter handle on Wednesday, the FAAN said the former governor’s behavior was capable of endangering other airport users.
The tweet, entitled Public Announcement, reads: “The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby strongly condemns the conduct of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Abdulaziz Yari who blatantly violated the Public Health procedures (COVID19) on travels at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday 11th July 2020.
“He refused to adhere to the protocols and procedures put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on #COVID19 by forcefully pushing away an officer of the Environment department when he insisted that his luggage must be disinfected.
“The former Governor said the officer should have known he is a VIP. This irresponsible act endangers all other airport users, it is unacceptable and as such it has been duly escalated.
“FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs, to please respect the presidential directive by observing the public health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travelers against infection and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”