Presidency: Lockdown is Not a Political Decision

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has appealed to Nigerians to stay at home to curb the spread of the COVID-19, but the government has still not said if it will extend a two week lockdown order on three states that ends Monday 13th April 2020.

Residents in Lagos state, Ogun and the Federal capital (Abuja) have been confined to their homes, only allowed to leave their homes for shopping, since March 31 in a measure to curb the spread of the virus.

On Saturday in a statement Buhari appealed to Nigerians to stay at home and to wash their hands to help save lives and stop the spread of the pandemic, but there was no specification whether the official confinement period would be extended after Monday.

“The doctors and scientists are in perfect positions to advise. It is not a political decision but a medical and scientific decision.”

Nigeria, with over 200 million citizens, is the most populous country in Africa and also has the world’s largest number of people that lives below the extreme poverty line.

Preventive measure is extremely difficult for the majority of the population who depend on the informal economy of survival.

Nigeria had 318 reported cases of COVID-19 as at Sunday 12 April 2020, with around 5,000 tests carried out, and has recorded 10 deaths.
Coronavirus has spread to 52 countries in African, though its steady rise in confirmed cases less compared to the global curve for infections and deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Africa faces a sharp evolution of epidemic and the continent appears poorly equipt to manage major health crisis.


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