Coronavirus: Buhari addresses Nigerians by 8pm
- President Buhari is set to address Nigerians by 8pm, Monday, April 27
- Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina made this known in a statement on his Facebook page
- President Buhari is expected to give updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on Monday, April 27, by 8pm.
The president's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement available to Legit.ng.
The presidential spokesman enjoined all the relevant media houses in the country to link up with the network of the Nigerian Television Authority and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria to air the president's speech.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8pm.
“Television, radio and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria respectively for the broadcast,” the statement said.
Though the statement does not specify, President Buhari is expected to give updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Nigerians particularly those in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be waiting for the president to speak on whether the imposed lockdown will be lifted or extended again.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire disclosed that President Buhari will determine when it is appropriate to lift the lockdown which was imposed in Lagos, Ogun state and Abuja to check the spread of COVID-19.
Ehanire said on Sunday, April 26, that the COVID-19 task force will give Buhari the facts about the pandemic which will enable the president to take a decision on whether to lift the lockdown or not.
“The President will make that announcement in his own time. We will give him the facts, he will consider the facts and make his own announcements using his own wisdom,” the minister said.
The minister of health said any decision about the lockdown has to be tailored according to the needs of Nigerians.
“What happens is that every country, you balance the medical and the health-related benefits from the economic-related benefits because you have an economy you don’t want to kill and you also have the health side that you don’t want to destroy," he said.
President Buhari had on May 29 declared lockdown in the three states to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Two weeks after the expiration, the president extended the lockdown on April 13 for another two weeks.
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