President Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT for one week. He approved a phase of gradual relaxation of lockdown from Monday 4th May 2020.
The President made it known through the Nationwide broadcast. He, however, lockdown Kano State for two weeks. He also imposed curfew between 8pm to 6am effective from 4th of May 2020.
Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the President Buhari ordered extending the lockdown for one week or relaxing the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT from next week.
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.
For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020.
In respect to the above guidelines, State Governors may choose to adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above. To support our businesses and traders, the monetary and fiscal authorities shall deploy all the necessary provisions needed for production to continue and thus, jobs restored.
With regards to Kano, I have directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately.
The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighboring States.
I wish to once again commend the frontline workers across the country who, on a daily basis, risk everything to ensure we win this fight.
For those who got infected in the line of duty, rest assured that Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during this exceedingly difficult period.
I will also recognise the support we have received from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and community leaders.
I will urge you all to please continue to create awareness on the seriousness of the coronavirus among your worshippers and communities while appealing that they strictly comply with public health advisories.
I also thank the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Presidential Task Force for all their hard work to date. Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable. I also wish to thank corporate organisations, philanthropists, the UN system, the European Union, friendly nations, the media and other partners that have taken up the responsibility of supporting our response.
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