Lockdown: President Buhari To Address Today

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There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians on a nation-wide broadcast concerning the easing of the lockdown caused by coronavirus.

This was revealed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani.

Sani said that in the address fixed for Monday, May 18, President Buhari will decide whether the country will embark on a second phase of the easing of the lockdown.

It was gathered that the Federal Government was not disposed to the call by State Governors for the relaxation of the lockdown in the country over the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources said that Federal Authorities are much in favour of partial restrictions in 33 of the 36 States with a view to mitigating the effects of the current lockdown in many parts of the country as against the relaxation being sought by the Governors.

It was gathered that the PTF on COVID-19 which President Muhammadu Buhari relies on principally for advice on the pandemic was not in agreement with the governors that the government should soft-pedal in the FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano States.

The President who was billed to address the nation on Monday, April 27, was said to be weighing the options before him.

Members of the PTF were locked in a marathon meeting on Saturday, April 25, on the format of the partial restrictions to put in place in 33 states without fueling the spread of the coronavirus.

The Task Force considered the status report on COVID-19 spread in each state of the federation, the input of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF and Local and International Technical Evaluation of the pandemic in the country.

According to the report, a top-level source said: “We are inching towards partial restrictions in some states and the Federal Capital Territory. There is clamour for the partial lifting of the lockdown. This is why the PTF is meeting…”

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