- A cross-section of Nigerians appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to relax the lookdown which was imposed in some states
- The citizens speaking with Legit TV urge the federal government to discontinue the lockdown to allow people to go outside and work.
- The concerned citizens who expressed their frustration over the lockdown described the situation as challenging
A cross-section of Nigerians have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to relax the lookdown which was imposed in some states as part of measures to check the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The citizens speaking with Legit TV urged the federal government to discontinue the lockdown to allow people to go outside and work.
The concerned citizens who expressed their frustration over the lockdown described the situation as challenging.
According to them, the lockdown should be called off because the food, money and other palliatives promised by the government have not been delivered.
"I don't want the lockdown to continue since what they promised us they didn't do it," one man said.
Meanwhile, the federal government on Sunday, April 12, dismissed a report claiming that it had directed the reopening of schools.
The federal ministry of education in a statement through its spokesperson, Ben Goong, described the claim that the government had directed the reopening of schools as fake news.
Goong urged Nigerians to disregard a statement that alleged that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had directed schools to reopen.
He advised parents and guardians not to be misled by fake news and to abide by the federal government’s regulations to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
In health news, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has urged Nigerians to continue to comply with federal government directive by staying at home as they celebrate Easter.
Ihekweazu said that staying at home was necessary to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, while giving an update on COVID-19, in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, the pandemic is a global issue and not unique to Nigeria and many across the globe would have loved to celebrate Easter by visiting family and friends.
Ihekweazu commended Church leaders nationwide for taking responsibility in the effort to curb COVID-19 spread and leveraging on technology to reach and continue to encourage their congregation in the difficult times.
In another report, Governor Abubakar Bello has declared the total lockdown of Niger state from Monday, April 13, in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Nation reports that Governor Bello also stated that all religious activities in the state should remain suspended until further notice.
Legit.ng notes that the announcement of the lockdown follows the confirmation of the state's first COVID-19 case on Friday, April 10.
The state's index case came from Limawa Area in Minna, according to Niger state's commissioner of health, Dr Muhammad Maikusidi. Governor Bello has also reportedly directed the state's COVID-19 taskforce to isolate the area for 14 days.
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