- Amid the coronavirus outbreak, President Buhari has signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, into law
- The president in a statement by his spokesman explained that the new law declares COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease
- The regulations signed by Buhari also gives legal backing to the various measures President Buhari outlined in his national broadcast
As Nigeria continues to battle the global pandemic called coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 30, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, into law in Abuja.
Legit.ng reports that Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president, revealed this in a statement, saying that COVID-19 has been declared a dangerous infectious disease.
The presidential spokesman went on to note that the Act is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.
Adesina further noted that the regulations also gave legal backing to the various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country outlined in Buhari’s recent national broadcast which includes restriction of movement in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.
The COVID-19 regulations become effective on Monday, March 30. President Buhari's special adviser added that exemption is granted financial system and money markets to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions.
This is to allow skeletal operations to keep the system in light operations during the period of these regulations.
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Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari stopped all movements in the FCT, Lagos, and Ogun states in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The president gave the directive in a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening, March 29, adding that the directive will be for an initial period of 14 days.
Legit.ng notes that the president said that the lockdown will take effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30.
However, the Ogun state government has postponed the lockdown directive of President Buhari which was supposed to commence from midnight of Monday, March 30, till Friday, April 3.
The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this during his address to the people of the state shortly after inspecting 128-bed isolation centre located in Ikenne Remo.
Abiodun said he consulted with the President Buhari on the need to extend the lockdown directive in the overall interest of the people of the state.
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