COVID-19: FG says Muslims must maintain social distancing during Ramadan
- The federal government advises Muslims across the country to continue to abide by the restriction order during the coming Ramadan
- Dr Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gave the advice in Abuja
- Aliyu says Muslims in the country must ensure that they avoid crowded social and religious gatherings
The federal government has advised Muslims across the country to continue to abide by the restriction order and other measures put in place by the government during the coming Ramadan.
Dr Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gave the advice in Abuja on Monday, April 13, during a joint national briefing of the committee, Daily Trust reports.
Aliyu said in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Muslims must ensure that they avoid crowded social and religious gatherings.
He said physical distancing should be maintained to during the coming Ramadan.
The official stated that the federal government will continue to provide the palliatives to ease the effect of the challenging times.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has cited legal regulation to back his decision to extend the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun state for another two weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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The Nigerian president in a statement on Monday evening, April 13, stated that he extended the lockdown in the three states in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act and all other powers enabling him to take the decision.
With the signing of the regulation No 2 of 2020 by Buhari, there will now be restriction of movements on residents of the affected areas till April 28.
In another news, some Nigerians have called on the federal government to deploy soldiers to some areas that have experienced violence as a result of lockdown imposed in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
Residents in some areas in Logos state have cried to government and security agencies to rescue them from hoodlums unleashing mayhem.
Pockets of robbery incidents were alleged to have taken place in parts of Lagos as the hoodlums armed with guns, bottles and cutlasses dispossessed their victims of cash, food, and other valuables.
In two polls conducted by Legit.ng, the majority of respondents suggested that soldiers should be deployed to restore order in the affected communities.
In one of the polls conducted on Facebook, 66% of respondents supported calls for the military to be deployed to affected areas while 34% said the police should handle the situation.
In the other poll conducted on Twitter, 52.8% of Nigerians favoured for the security situation to be handled by declaring soldiers while 32.1% said the police cud handle the situation.
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