A passenger being screened before boarding an aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it would ban very important personalities (VIPs) who disobey Covid-19 guidelines from using the country’s airports.

FAAN which said this in a statement on Friday, insisted that Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State and former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State flouted the guidelines in place for passenger facilitation at the Port Harcourt and Kano airports respectively.

While Fintiri and his entourage of eight passengers allegedly refused to have their body temperatures checked on Tuesday, Yari allegedly declined to adhere to the Port Health protocols and procedures and assaulted Port Health worker enforcing the Covid-19 protocol last Saturday.

Though the two VIPs denied the allegations, FAAN condemned their actions and reiterated same in a statement on Friday, noting that persons of such calibre should show themselves worthy of occupying leadership positions by leading by example.

“As a responsible institution of the Federal Government of Nigeria, FAAN holds all officials of state in high esteem, and accords them all the courtesies their status deserves. Therefore, FAAN has no personal issues with Alhaji Yari and Governor Fintiri,” the statement said.

“We are simply implementing our standard operating procedures to assure the success of our security and public health protocol. The protocol flouted by both personalities were duly approved by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. They were intended to protect all airport users and to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“By their actions, the two personalities put at risk not only themselves but also other airport users. These protocols are now part of the new normal all over the world, and no person, no matter how highly placed, is exempted from them, else he would be denied access to our facilities.

“Our esteemed government officials and other very important personalities should not only comply with the rules, but provide leadership for other air travellers by projecting good conduct, and protecting public safety.”