President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the Lockdown order currently in place in Lagos, Abuja and other states in the country.
The President appealed to Nigerians to endure in the face of the pandemic adding that palliatives have since been released to aid with the stay-at-home order.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday evening signed by the President’s SSA on media, Garba Shehu.
“We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.”
“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you. But we must ask you – once more – to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place, and follow the instructions of our scientists and medical advisers: stay home, wash your hands, save lives.”
Buhari also assured Nigerians that the Government is working to ensure that the effects of the lockdown are properly managed, revealing that 70,000 tonnes of grain have been released along with cash payments.
“For those who suffer most egregiously, the Government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain is being released from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to those in most need; distribution of small cash payments are also being made, and will continue to be made by the federal government in the states and local government areas.”
The President also warned that the virus has no vaccine yet hence the importance of the stay-at-home order.
“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.”
“But at this darkest hour, it remains our duty to offer you the full and unvarnished truth: This is a global pandemic. 210 countries and territories across the globe are affected. We cannot expect others to come to our assistance. No one is coming to defeat this virus for us.”