President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians against disobeying the lockdown imposed on Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states.
Buhari issued the warning in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Saturday.
The President noted that in other to defeat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Nigerians must comply with the restriction directive.
According to Buhari, the federal government was working on more interventions for vulnerable citizens.
He commended Nigerians for their patience, resolve and strong determination to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement read, “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.
“The freedom we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential, world over, to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.
“For those who suffer most egregiously, the government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain are 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.”
“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 and 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.
“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now. And so we must – and we will – end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians.”
Naija News reports that Buhari had on March 29 ordered a lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states for an initial period of 14 days.
Several other states had also put in place similar restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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