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Buhari extends COVID-19 lockdown by 14 days

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and some other states in the country by two weeks.

Buhari made this announcement in a national broadcast on Monday, April 13.

He also implored Nigerians to be very calm and endure the measures put in place in order to overcome COVID-19.

Buhari further explained that the decision to lockdown states and the FCT was a difficult one for his regime.

“With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020.

“I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.

“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,” Buhari explained.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said the Federal Government did not invite the Chinese doctors who came into the country on Wednesday to help with the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ehanire made the clarification during an appearance on Channels TV’s News at 10 on Saturday, April 11.

reported that a 15-man COVID-19 medical team was invited to assist Nigeria in efforts; to contain the pandemic.

“I think in the first place we didn’t bring them in, and I think China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in its wisdom and probably in its corporate social responsibility thought they should bring people in to come and help us and give advice,” Ehanire said.

“We didn’t issue an invitation; but we are not unhappy that they are here; because we can learn from their experience.

“These people have been through it, and we want to start with a video conferencing with them; even while they are isolated so that we can try to learn from their experiences.

“There is nothing better than learning from someone who has actually suffered an event and been inflicted with an injury.”

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