As Nigerians wait for the way forward concerning the coronavirus lockdown, President Muhammadu Buhari, said he will address Nigerians at 8 pm today (Monday).
This development was disclosed by the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, made via a tweet on Twitter.
He tweeted, “Buhari will address the nation later today, at 8:00 pm. Television, radio, and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the NTA and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.”
Initially, to contain the spread of the virus, president Buhari had on March 29 imposed a 14-day lockdown on the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.
But at the end of the 14 days, the pandemic had become a matter of life and death and that it was no longer a joke which made the President to extend the lockdown by another 14 days.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, President could decide on whether there would be an extension of the lockdown or it would be lifted.
He said, “There is no reason why it won’t (extend to every state in Nigeria), it is a respiratory virus,”
Speaking further, he stated that, “Next week, Mr President will make some very difficult decisions for the country in terms of the lockdown in three states but also across the country in different ways,”
On the number of covid-19 cases, the number was 343 in 19 states and the FCT as of April 13 when the President extended the lockdown.
The number of deaths was 10 while 91 persons had been discharged. But, today (Monday), there are 1273 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria; 239 recoveries and 40 deaths.