President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the extension of the coronavirus lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory until May 4th
He said after May 4th, curfew will take effect in all three cities after that day as a way of further curtailing the spread of Coronavirus.
He made the announcement during a nationwide broadcast on Monday.
The president thabked Nigerians aand religious bodies for supporting the country in the fight against COVID-19. He also urged all Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Presidential Task Force and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
In his words,
“Fellow Nigerians, for the past four weeks, most parts of our country have been under either Federal Government or State Government lockdown. As I mentioned earlier, these steps were necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our country.”
“However, such lockdowns have also come at a very heavy economic cost. Many of our citizens have lost their means of livelihood. Many businesses have shut down. No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines.”
He went further, “Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum”
“I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.”
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