President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari said lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus would not remain longer than necessary.

According to The Punch he disclosed this in a statement contained in his message to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu  signed by the statement on Saturday.

As for the Muslims, Buhari said this period would have been “a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period”, but the emergence and spread of coronavirus has caught the world off guard.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian leader commended the sacrifices of both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.

In his words of encouragement, he assured Nigerians that “the lockdown measures would not go on longer than necessary because they would be reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardships on the people.