President Buhari on Saturday said lockdown measures are essential to defeat the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria and urged citizens to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place during the Easter holiday.
Buhari made the comments in a statement released by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu. The President also said the lockdown will last as long “as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary.”
“For those who suffer most egregiously” during the lockdown, Buhari said the government was ready to help assist with grains and distribution of small cash payments.
“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you,” the President said. .
“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.