- Nigeria's opposition party has called on President Buhari to address the nation on the lockdown measures
- The PDP condemned what it called the assumption of presidential powers by the SGF to make such an announcement
- The party said the SGF's action has brought serious confusion regarding the legality of the directives contained in the announcement
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) announcing the extension of eased COVID-19 lockdown measure and curfew in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the opposition party in a series of tweets via its official Twitter handle on Monday, May 18, condemned what it called the assumption of presidential powers by the SGF to make such an announcement.
The PDP went on to note that Mustapha's action has brought serious confusion in the polity regarding the legality or otherwise of the directives contained in his announcement.
Stressing that no law backs the Office of the SGF to broadcast presidential executive orders, the opposition called on Buhari to immediately address Nigerians and end the confusion in the polity, arising from the action of the SGF.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks across the nation.
This was disclosed by the PTF chairman and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha. He announced this on Monday, May 18, during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari took the decision based on the recommendations of the PTF. He added that the guidelines issued for relaxing the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) will be maintained for the next two weeks.
In a related development, Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, stated that contrary to the widely-published reports, there is no plan the president will address the country Monday, May 18.
It was earlier reported that the president would address Nigerians in a nation-wide broadcast concerning the easing of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.
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.
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