Buhari extends ban on movements in FCT, Lagos, Ogun for another 14 days

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced an extension of the lockdown order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States for another 14 days as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

The President in his statewide broadcast on Monday evening thanked Nigerians for complying with the 14 days restriction order earlier placed on the three states which elapses today and said he is concerned about the number of confirmed cases and deaths being reported across the world and in Nigeria specifically.

He said the decision to extend the lockdown for another 14 days from 11 pm on Monday April 13, 2020 became imperative to ensure long term success of all measures that have been put in place to combat the pandemic.

"By sustaining these measures, combined with extensive testing and contact tracing, we can take control and limit the spread of the disease," Buhari said.

"This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter's Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We cannot be lax.

"The previously issued guidelines on exempted services shall remain. This is a difficult decision to take, but I am convinced that this is the right decision. The evidence is clear," the President added.

"In addition, I have signed the Quarantine Order in this regard and additional regulations to provide clarity in respect of the control measures for the COVID-19 pandemic which will be released soon."

 

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