President Muhammadu Buhari extends lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by 2 weeks as Nigeria continue to fight the war against Coronavirus.
Buhari announced this during his speech this evening as he noted that the virus is
not a joke and its a matter of life and death.
Read his full speech below:
“Today, the cessation of movement, physical distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus.
By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing,
we can take control and limit the spread of the disease. Our approach to the virus remains
in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and
second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.
With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the
Presidential Task Force and the various options offered,
it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday,
13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.
This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed.
The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square.
The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people.
India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We can not be lax.”
President Buhari extends lockdown is part of the preventive measures Government are taking to ensure that citizens are free from the virus.