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Buhari: We can’t imagine repercussions of premature end to lockdown

Buhari: We can’t imagine repercussions of premature end to lockdown
April 13
20:51 2020
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President Muhammadu Buhari says he is aware of the hardship the lockdown in some states has caused citizens.

Buhari had declared a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) effective March 30 as parts of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The lockdown was supposed to lapse on Tuesday. However, the president announced an extension by another 14 days on Monday.

In a nationwide broadcast on Monday, Buhari said the gain made in the period of the initial lockdown must not be lost.

“The level of compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines issued has been generally good across the country. I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time,” he said.

“As a result of the overwhelming support and cooperation received, we were able to achieve a lot during these 14 days of initial lockdown.

“No country can afford the full impact of a sustained restriction of movement on its economy. I am fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage such as traders, day workers, artisans and manual workers.

“For this group, their sustenance depends on their ability to go out. Their livelihoods depend on them mingling with others and about seeking work. But despite these realities we must not change the restrictions.

“This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear. The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action is unimaginable. As a nation, we are on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19.

“We must not lose the gains achieved thus far. We must not allow a rapid increase in community transmission. We must endure a little longer.”

Buhari thanked Nigerians for their compliance and cooperation thus far.

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