- President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown for another two weeks
- Buhari’s announcement triggered mixed reactions from Nigerians on social media
- Many expressed worry over the welfare of less privileged citizens as well as the increased crime rates in states like Lagos and Ogun
Nigerian president Mohammadu Buhari has announced that the COVID-19 lockdown, which is the federal government's effort at preventing the spread of the virus, has been extended for another two weeks.
The president made the announcement in an address to the nation that was aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network on Monday, April 13.
According to the president, the coronavirus pandemic is not a joke and can be considered as a matter of life and death.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Buhari noted that the decision was a difficult one but stressed that it is a right one.
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As expected, the president’s announcement triggered a lot of mixed reactions from Nigerian on social media.
Many could not help but wonder how less privileged families are expected to survive for the next 14 days, since they have been crippled from going out to find means of survival.
"Another 14 days lockdown effective from tonight . So how many families will have to share a loaf of bread this time? How many homes will share 5 bowls of rice does 14days? How many audio-families will receive 20k this time? Is the president aware of the robberies?" One user tweeted.
Another concerned citizen tweeted saying: "President Buhari probably did the right thing, but I want to plead with whoever is in charge to please supply adequate security to Lagos and do something to curb this hunger. Some families don't even know what they want to eat tonight, not to talk of another 14 days. So sad."
Read what other people had to say below:
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Some days ago, Legit.ng reported that a cross-section of Nigerians 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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