The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered restriction movement in the Nation’s commercial capital, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory FCT as well as Ogun State.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari who made the directive in a 20 minute nationwide broadcast to the nation on Sunday night explained that the choice of states is that they have the highest Coronavirus cases in the country. Ogun State is because of her high traffic proximity to Lagos that has the highest figure form the 97 cases at hand.
The restriction order is to be effective from 11:00 pm of Monday, 30th March 2020 and for an initial period of 14 days.
President Buhari also directed the cessation to commercial flight operations in the country with immediate effect except the flight that has express government permission.
All Sea Ports, he said shall remain operational but strictly in accordance to guidelines.
He presented three months succor to all Trader moni people not to pay back their debts and promised two months food supply to all Internally Displayed Camps (IDP).
The President said the nation has a two-step approach to the coronavirus pandemic which is to protect lives and protect all health workers.
President Buhari said he has liaised with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to provide medical staff from each state for training by the Federal authorities.
The President declared all health workers in Nigeria national heroes and heroines but said all those in charge of essential services like all manners of food; petroleum supply; and private security service providers should be glad to contribute their quota but warned that excess will be restricted and monitored. He prayed for a consideration of media workers to operate from home.
He called for the support and cooperation of all Nigerians in this our trying times commending notable Nigerians who have made substantial donations to curb the spread of the virus.
The entire nation had waited endlessly for the President to address the nation on the Coronavirus pandemic but his media aide, Femi Adesina said not being quick to address the nation was stylistics of Mr. President.
Mr. President was briefed at the Villa on development of the pandemic in Nigeria only on Saturday by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire and the Director- General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
- Eniola Olatunji.