Despite the hardship faced by Nigerians, especially the commonplace people who earn their bread daily, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday extended the lockdown declared in Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun States to check the spread of the Coronavirus for another 14 days.
Buhari announced this in a nationwide broadcast, saying the decision to extend the initial 14-day lockdown is taken “having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered.
“This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed. The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We cannot be lax.”
However, Nigerians are groaning under the pain of the lockdown and there had been little down by the government to ease their suffering by way of financial reliefs. This apart, as people stay at home, with security operatives drafted to enforce the stay-at-home order, hoodlums are looting vulnerable communities in Lagos and Ogun.
As of Monday, a total of 323 cases had been confirmed in the country with 91 patients discharged and 10 deaths recorded.