COVID-19: Group urges Buhari to lock down Nigeria

COVID-19: Group urges Buhari to lock down Nigeria

- President Buhari has been urged by Nigerians in Ireland to lock down the country

- The group also urged the federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians get paid some stipend

- According to the group, this will enable them to cope with whatever economic consequences that come with the total lockdown

A group, Nigerians in Ireland (NIIRE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to lock down the country now that there are still fewer cases of the dreaded coronavirus.

The group, in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr Oluseyi Aba, also urged the federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerians get paid some stipend to enable them cope with whatever economic consequences the total lockdown may create for them while it lasts.

While noting that a complete lockdown of the country will help curtail the spread of the virus, NIIRE stressed that government at all levels must provide some economic relief for Nigerians.

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The group further advised the government to either use voters registration database for the distribution of the stipend or use the data provided by the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC).

"Nigeria should ration the money in the system. A state of emergency should be declared, salaries stopped monies redistributed to reach all Nigerian voters," a part of the statement noted.

The group admonished Nigerians to practise social distancing, take all necessary hygiene tips and follow the directives of the government even as government battles to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as Lagosians begin 14 days of lockdown over the menace of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, pharmacies close to the Igando general hospital in Alimosho area of the state have locked their stores in compliance with the directive of the state and federal government.

However, in contrast to the locked pharmacies, the only coffin shop in the axis is open and ready for business.

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When Legit.ng reporter called one of the pharmacies, using the phone number on the banner in front of the store, the man who identified himself as the owner of the store said the decision to lock up was as a result of the directive from the government.

The fact that the store is part of essential service exempted in the lockdown was pointed to him and he said even if that is the case, transporting his workers to work will be a herculean task.

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