President Muhammadu Buhari, in nationwide broadcast on Monday, has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) by one week.
The president who explained that he consulted widely before taking the decision commended Nigerians for the level of endurance shown throughout the four weeks that the lockdown has lasted.
He also advised Nigerians to adhere the guidelines of the presidential task force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“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,” he said.
“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.”
On the use of face masks he said, “We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.” While in regards to Kano state he directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately.
Read the full speech below.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) April 27, 2020
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