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‘This Is Not A Joke’, Buhari Explains ‘Difficult Decision’ To Extend COVID-19 Lockdown

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday defined the rationale behind the choice to increase the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, in addition to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He gave the reason throughout his nationwide broadcast shortly after he introduced that the restriction of motion has been prolonged by one other two weeks.

“This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed,” the President stated.

He added, “The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Sq.. The well-known Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with lower than 10 folks.

“India, Italy, and France are in full lockdown. Different nations are within the means of following swimsuit. We can’t be lax.”


In line with the President, the cessation of motion, bodily distancing measures and the prohibition of mass gatherings stay essentially the most environment friendly methods of curbing the unfold of the illness.

He harassed that by sustaining these measures, along with intensive testing and speak to tracing, Nigeria can take management and restrict the unfold of COVID-19.

President Buhari defined that his administration’s strategy to coronavirus has remained in two steps.

They embody to guard the lives of the residents and residents within the nation and to protect the livelihoods of employees and enterprise house owners.

The President harassed that contemplating this, and after a cautious overview of the briefings and report from the Presidential Job Pressure, it grew to become vital to increase the lockdown within the two states and the FCT.

He stated the extension can be efficient from 11:59 pm on Monday and urged Nigerians to cooperate with the federal government within the battle towards the virus.

President Buhari acknowledged that it was a tough resolution to take however was satisfied that it was the suitable resolution

In line with him, the repercussions of any untimely finish to the lockdown motion are unimaginable however Nigerians should not lose the good points achieved so far or enable a speedy enhance in neighborhood transmission.


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