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Buhari to address citizenry by 7pm Monday regarding COVID-19 lockdown, other issues

President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation today, Monday, April 13, at 7 pm.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Adviser to Buhari, Femi Adesina.

“Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” the statement reads.

In a statement on Sunday, Buhari had explained the steps taken by the Federal Government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In Nigeria, we are taking a two-step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here, and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners,” the president stated.

The Presidential Task Force led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Boss Mustapha is seized with coordinating Nigeria’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach to COVID19.

“State Governments are also being encouraged to rollout stimulus packages aimed at helping Nigerians—especially the poor & vulnerable—cope with these challenging times.

“To set an example, the President directed the release of 70,000MT of grain from the National Strategic Reserves.

“The 70,000MT of grain will be distributed across the country, with a focus on the frontline states of the #COVID19 pandemic,” Mustapha said.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of slashing budgets; for health and education in the proposed 2020 revised budget.

Buhari was also criticised by the union over the purported poor handling of the budgeted social intervention funds for the vulnerable; in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASUU also stated the Buhari-led government depicted lack of understanding of the precarious state of things in Nigeria’s health and education sectors.

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