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14 April 2020

COVID-19: Decision to extend lockdown difficult – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has extended the lockdown order in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

He announced the extension during a nationwide broadcast on Monday.

The President extended the restriction by 14 days, saying the decision to lockdown the states and the FCT was a difficult one for his regime.

Buhari said the initial lockdown helped Nigeria in its fight against the coronavirus.

He said, “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 14 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 cannot be lax.

“This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear.

“The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable.

“We must not lose the gains achieved thus far. We must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission. We must endure a little longer.”

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