COVID-19: Don’t Rule Out Extension Of Lockdown, FG Tells Nigerians
The Federal government’s has asked Nigerians not to rule out the extension of the 14 day lock down imposed on the country by President Muhammad Buhari.
This is following the complaints by Nigerians as a result of the sufferings brought upon by the restriction of movement due to the devastating effect on COVID-19 pandemic.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had barely barely two weeks ago the lockdown Lagos, Ogun and Abuja s part of the measures to halt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
But in a response to many Nigerians flouting the order, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said in Lagos that his panel would review the situation and give the President the advice that will enable him take the decision on whether to terminate the restriction or extend it.
.Mustapha said: “In his (Buhari) address to the nation, he did say 14 days in the first instance. So, it is open. It is based on what has happened within these 14 days. Have the objectives been met, have they satisfied the objectives, has it gone in the direction we wanted it to go?
“If that has been achieved, he will look at all the information available to him as the President of Nigeria and I can assure you that he will make a decision that is in the best interest of the people of Nigeria.”
He added: “It is only Buhari who can say that the lockdown will be extended or not. “Basically, this is part of the consultation; we are looking at the objectives that were set when the lockdown and quarantine declaration was signed by the President and subsequently by states (governors).
“Before the end of the week, we will do an evaluation and see how the objectives that were set are being met.
“We will have the responsibility of reporting back to Mr. President who did say the declaration was on the advice of minister of health and experts that informed his decision in signing the Quarantine Declaration 2020.
“At the end of our evaluation, our advice and recommendation will be presented to Mr President and at that point, he and he alone can take that decision whether the lockdown would either be extended or it will stop at the expiration of 14 day