By Mikail Mumuni
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease.
This was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004) and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.
The 5-paged document was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday night by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu,Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The Regulations, effective March 30, 2020, gave legal backing to the various measures outlined in the President’s National Broadcast on March 29, 2020 such as Restriction/Cessation of Movement in Lagos State, FCT and Ogun State and others toward containing the spread of the pandemic in the country.
The Regulations, among others, put paid to arguments in some quarters challenging the powers of the president to restrict movement in the country.