- The presidency has denied reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will address the country on Monday, May 18
- Femi Adesina, media and publicity aide to the president, said contrary to widely-published report "none was planned"
- Adesina said the next move on coronavirus will be conveyed to Nigerians during the PTF briefing on Covid-19
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has stated that contrary to the widely-published reports, there is no plan the president will address the country Monday, May 18.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari would address Nigerians in a nation-wide broadcast concerning the easing of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.
The national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Aliyu Sani, who made the disclosure, said that President Buhari would decide whether the country would embark on a second phase of the easing of the lockdown.
But Adesina in a tweet on Monday stressed that "none was planned" as being speculated.
The media aide, however, said the next moves on the novel coronavirus pandemic will be conveyed to Nigerians during the usual Presidential Task Force briefing on Covid-19.
"No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps," Adesina said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the owners of private economy and labours under the aegis of Organised Private Sector (OPS) have raised an eyebrow against another lockdown.
Members of the sector and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said another lockdown is retrogressive and will have a devastating consequence on the economy.
The position was made known by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Assembly (NECA), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce.
Others who opposed another lockdown include Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and a Professor of Financial Economics and the Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research, University of Lagos, Prof. Ndubisi Nwokoma.
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