President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lockdown order in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Lagos and Ogun states by two weeks to further curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
In a nationwide broadcast Monday evening, the president said the extension became necessary in order to build on the successes recorded in the fight against the virus in the country.
The President noted that the restriction of movement, physical distancing and the prohibition of mass gatherings remain the most efficient and effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus.
According to Mr Buhari, these measures would be combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, expressing optimism that by so doing “we can take control and limit the spread of the disease”.
“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,” Mr Buhari stressed.