COVID-19: Nigeria Govt hints on extension of lockdown as cases cross 300


The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari may extend the 14-day lockdown imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Buhari, on March 29, announced the two-week lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.

As at that date, there were 111 cases confirmed nationwide.

However, as at Friday night, Nigeria had recorded 305 cases. 

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Mustapha said: “The PTF, a small committee of us, this afternoon, had the privilege of further briefing Mr President on the assessment of our response to COVID-19 and, at the appropriate moment, we will continue to adequately inform Nigerians of government decisions.

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“The decision on whether to extend the lockdown or not is exclusively the decision or responsibility of the President. Ours (the PTF) is to provide him with first-hand information that would inform that decision. So, I cannot speculate on that now. But looking at what is happening in other climes, you would be able to deduce what might likely happen, but I’m not in a position to speculate on that.”

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