- President Muhammadu Buhari will address the country on Monday evening, April 13, by 7pm
- Television and radio stations are enjoined to hook up with the mother network services for the broadcast
- The reason for the broadcast was not stated but there is an indication that the president will address the lockdown and issues bordering on Covid-19
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday evening, April 13, address the country in a live national broadcast that will be aired on the NTA and other media outlets by 7 pm.
A brief statement from the media office of the president announced this on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on media and publicity, enjoined television and radio stations to hook up with the mother network services.
"President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm," Shehu tweeted.
"Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast."
Although the reason for the broadcast was not stated, there are suspicions that the president will brief the nation on the current state of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Among other issues, the president is expected to address Nigerians on whether the lockdown will be extended down to other states or not after Kano, Kwara, Anambra and Niger recorded their first Covid-19 case.
Nigeria presently has 323 cases of coronavirus across 20 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as at the time of filing this report.
With the virus spreading across states, the president is expected to brief the country on the efforts put in place by the federal government and sub-national government to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a cross-section of Nigerians has 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.
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