Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has extended the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdownin the federal capital territory, Lagos and Ogun States by 14 days.
The president disclosed this in his broadcast to the nation on Monday.
President Buhari had ordered the restriction of movements in the affected states which are the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the country, for two weeks. The two weeks elapses today, Monday, April 13, 2020.
In his words: “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 fourteen 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.
“The previously issued guidelines on exempted services shall remain,”.