In the letter dated March 21, 2020, Abba Kayi expressed displeasure over the alleged refusal of some members of the House of Representatives shunning airport screening when they touched down at the airport.
He wants the erring House members to visit the test centre immediately, maintaining that their action was a serious threat to national security.
The authenticity of the letter has not been confirmed, and Abba Kyari did not state the airport where the incident happened or the House members involved.
“It was has been brought to the Honourable Minister of Health recent report 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, this airport screening is our primary line of defence and refusal by any citizen to subject to this test 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.
“As always distinguished President of the Senate, please accept the assurances of my highest regard,”the letter reads.
See some reactions from Nigerians about the letter.
We should #prayforitaly, but please, pray for Nigeria first. We are on the same path that Italy took. Our leaders are refusing to test; our President is clueless & attended Jumaat; Abba Kyari & some religious leaders are even bigger covidiots. Italy has infrastructure, we don't. pic.twitter.com/yRG6x638uG
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) March 23, 2020
Abba Kyari should not be writing to the speaker and senate president instead to the IG of police any senator who refuse to subject themself to medical screening should be ceased and placed under quarantine for 14days. We must get sense by force https://t.co/toZJo0C0QS
— Dragon fly (@Mr_Amode) March 23, 2020
Just saw a letter from Abba Kyari to @femigbaja & there are so many issues with it.
The confusing grammar in the 1st sentence.
The fact that members of @nassnigeria think that they are above the laws they make.
— Ose Anenih (@ose_anenih) March 23, 2020
Guys, stay away from National Assembly members who just returned from overseas. They have been refusing COVID19 tests. In this letter, Abba Kyari said they are a threat to the nation, urging the Senate President/Speaker to prevail on members test for the virus! pic.twitter.com/a5vSlH5vIB
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) March 23, 2020
I can't make up my mind whether this letter was for the Speaker of the House of Representatives or for the Senate President.
Or whether this is just trademark Nigerian carelessness in action as usual. pic.twitter.com/KoRIuGbKgb
— Naijaman (@hugo_davy) March 23, 2020
See forget Abba Kyari and the Senate president o!
If your Father, Mother, Uncle, Aunt, Sugar Daddy or Sugar Mummy is a member of the Senate Alaye STAY AWAY FROM THEM O!!!#COVIDー19
— THE WRITING DJ™🇳🇬 (@thewritingDJ) March 23, 2020
Starting a letter with speaker house of representatives and ending same letter with senate President but you'd never see that
That's the level of incompetence in Aso Rock
— ᶜᵃˡˡ ᵐᵉ Ricky ͂ ̐ ̈́ (@Fattsoul) March 23, 2020
Very poorly written piece. Abba Kyari wrote to the Speaker but gave your assurances to the Senate President. These people cannot even write simple letter and Nigeria is paying them salaries 😡 pic.twitter.com/JCfmK2uvWP
— Tope Akinyode (@TopeAkinyode) March 23, 2020
The memo was to speaker (House of rep) but acknowledged senate president to the speaker.. If this memo is direct source.. Then there is problem with people ruling us…
— IKUEYEMI DANIEL (@IkueyemiD) March 23, 2020
Abba Kyari Chief of Staff to Buhari wrote to The Speaker House of Reps over Coronavirus, he then finished the letter by acknowledging the Senate President. This is what we get for voting in dumb skulls.
— zeezou (@zeezoulee) March 23, 2020
Lets ignore the senate president / speaker house of reps conclusion and confusion for now, if any pther thing in that Abba Kyari letter gives u trouble then you still dunno whats going on in Nigeria😹
— Zaid Maina (@Z_mainah) March 23, 2020