Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, attended the funeral of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, in Abuja and failed to wear a mask in breach of the COVID-19 guidelines.
Arotile, who was Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, died last week in a freak accident at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State.
Top military officials including the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; and other dignitaries all wore masks in compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
However, Bello, who represented Arotile’s home state of Kogi at the event, was clad in a white agbada and cap without a face mask.
The governor’s wife, who sat next to him, however, wore a mask.
In several photos posted on social media, the governor is seeing exchanging pleasantries with VIPs without wearing a mask.
Bello has been having a publicised feud with the NCDC as regards the COVID-19 guidelines.