Some brides to-be in Lagos on Wednesday expressed disappointment at the extension of the lockdown of the state by the Federal Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a national broadcast on Monday night announced extension of lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states for another 14 days in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The president had earlier ordered lockdown of the states for an initial 14 days that started on March 30.
The extension began on Monday night.
The affected residents told NAN that they were confused and frustrated by the lockdown extension as they had to cancel or further postpone their wedding ceremonies.
Abimbola Ajisafe, a childcare giver, told NAN that she had postponed her wedding ceremony when the initial lockdown was imposed on March 30.
”I tried to be hopeful that it would be lifted after 14 days, but it did not happened that way.
Having your money tied down indefinitely on wedding plans is no joke,” she said.
Miss Ajisafe, however, noted that safety was paramount, as the lockdown was for the safety of Nigerians.
“As sad as it may be, safety comes first,” she said.
A lawyer, Sandra Omeche, told NAN that she stopped making further wedding plans when she suspected that the lockdown would be extended.
“My wedding date was fixed for May 2; so I had been calling my vendors to make sure that they still had certain things in place, but the lockdown extension would hinder certain things.
“Just yesterday, my parents decided to postpone the wedding ceremony indefinitely,” Miss Omeche said.
Another bride to-be, Simisola Tometi, told NAN that her wedding was slated for April 18, but the lockdown distorted the plan and left her confused.
“I must say that this year has been pretty hard on me and my fiance because it was with great difficulty that we got both families to agree to our union.
”Just when we thought everything was moving smoothly, the lockdown started.
”I still can’t find words to express how I feel, but I pray that God helps me through this trying time. I am really sad,” Miss Tometi said.
Yetunde Alaka also told NAN that the lockdown hindered her wedding slated for April 5, but was a blessing in disguise as she got to know her finance’s true marital status because of the lockdown.
“I had to stay with my in-laws-to-be because of the lockdown and was surprised to hear them discussing his first wife that I never knew existed.
“They still don’t know that I know. I just came up with some excuses to go and stay with a family friend residing near them.
“When some things happen, they appear to steal your joy, but they are truly a blessing in disguise.
”I am heart-broken, but I believe that the wedding didn’t happen as planned for a good reason,” Miss Alaka said.