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Saturday, April 11, 2020

President Buhari Says COVID-19 Lockdown Will Last As Long As Necessary

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the coronavirus lockdown order will remain indefinite until those managing the pandemic declare it is safe to allow unhindered movements.






Buhari in a statement Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu thanked all Nigerians for their patience, resolve and strong determination to defeat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.


The federal government had ordered residents of the FCT Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to stay at home. Lagos is the epicenter of the pandemic with the country recording 305 confirmed cases as at Saturday.

According to the statement, the President said: “We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.

“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you. But we must ask you – once more – to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place, and follow the instructions of our scientists and medical advisers: stay home, wash your hands, save lives.

“The freedoms we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential – world over – to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.

“For those who suffer most egregiously, the Government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain is being released from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to those in most need; distribution of small cash payments are also being made, and will continue to be made by the federal government in the states and local government areas.

“We ask you to listen and follow public announcements via the mass media for instructions as to how to receive this government support – and learn of more public assistance in the coming days.

“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.

“But at this darkest hour, it remains our duty to offer you the full and unvarnished truth: This is a global pandemic. 210 countries and territories across the globe are affected. We cannot expect others to come to our assistance. No one is coming to defeat this virus for us.

“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now. And so we must – and we will – end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians, together”.
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57 comments:

  1. May God help us. Baba abeg let this thing disappear the way it appeared πŸ™πŸ™ it’s kinda getting out of hand with new cases every day

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    1. Pple shd pls tune to CNN and see the horror going on in the World. Is no joke. Meanwhile Contagious showed yday on Mnet, it’s like d movie is playing out in real life.

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    2. Oh God please come and rescue me and my household from hunger virus as the lockdown continues

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    3. I was initially angry with the possible extension but then on my usual walk/exercise
      yesterday they said a marketwoman died and all the market women in our area came to mourn, absolutely no social distancing, even when police came to scatter things there. The women sat close and mourned.... I am trying to ignore the level of contagion between those women and me the wakaabout bcos no one was clear about what killed the woman. And these ppl dont get the fuss, theycannot afford to call talkless of test for covid. The brand new NCDC cars just park and eat fresh fish...na wa

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  2. I don't even know what to say. I was hoping it will all be over by Tuesday. Lord help us o

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    1. If una like no stay for house

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    2. Tuesday. When we just started.

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    3. Lmaooooooo. It will end on Tuesday. Do you think this menstrual pain that will start on Monday and end on Friday? Do you know what a pandemic is?????????

      Una just dey start na, infect una never even begin...

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    4. Anon 5:22 🀣🀣🀣

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    5. Hahaha 5.22, you cracked me up.

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  3. I hear and agree with the government on the need to lock down and fight Covid 19.
    But the only problem I have is that, I have not seen or heard of anyone benefiting from all the palletive measures.
    Please who are those benefiting from all these grains and money being shared? ☹️

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  4. The worst government ever!

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  5. There is already an increase in daylight tobbery in ogun state edpecially akute,lambe ,algbole acis.making the police will need to tighten Security operation in those area .one thing i kniw this pandemi has been defeated already

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  6. At least give use a day or twonto re-stock before u continue your lock down... At dis point everyone needs d small cash payment or grains... Oga do d needfull n share this grains door to door... Else people won't comply with this other phase of stay at home.. I Don talk my own....

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    1. The market has been open madam

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  7. Why can't they give even if it's two days for interstate travels cause of people whose been away from family for too long. I'm so sad right now. I need to return to Lagos to my family ,my children and husband for two months now just when I was about to return I heard about the lockdown. Already planned returning by Monday after the 14 days and now I'm to wait indefinitely when I don't know how long. Pls anyone with advice or information on how I can return to Lagos from Edo state without been harassed by law enforcement please help a sister

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    1. Get a police or an army officer to follow you. With that nobody will harass you on the road.

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    2. Do you want to risk contacting the virus?

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    3. You better remain where u are is people like u that carry virus up and down

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    4. At anonymous 02:01 πŸ‘,for some reasons best known to the police,once they see you with escorts,they won't disturb you

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    5. It's these small trips that have caused the virus to spread from Lagos to Rivers, Lagos to Katsina, Lagos to Bauchi. We ALL have to make sacrifices and stay at home until new cases start decreasing. It's not easy but it's also not hard, Nigeria cannot handle more than 1000 cases, let's make sure it doesn't get there

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    6. @Friend : Mark my words, it will. Unfortunately.

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    1. God pls have mercy on us o. Make this virus to go away quickly. Make hunger no kill us. πŸ˜”πŸ˜Ÿ

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    2. Lord please have mercy ooo

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  9. I was not expecting anything less than what he has said. This their audio assistance though🀐 May God help us

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  10. Abeg we don tayaπŸ˜“πŸ˜“

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  11. God I am heartbroken by this news, I pray hunger doesn't kill me and my family before this whole thing ends, no food,no money 😒 God please heal the world,let this whole thing ends make thinking no kill me

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  12. May God save us all from this Pandemic

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  13. How will someone survive! Omg! This is not good for lagos. Robbery everywhere! Snatching of food from bukas, bribery from police and harassment from soldiers. Ok o! Everyone should say it is good, when government isn't helping with any palliative measures. The only people happy with this nonsense lockdown are rich and comfortable people. It is well! When the poor start to attack them, then the will realise the magnitude of this lockdown on the poor( danfo drivers, bus conductors, okadas, vulcanizers, mechanics, bricklayer, some market women who can't get to the market, non essential shop owners and workers and especially agberos who usually get some money from bus drivers and okadas. Well I have said my own, riot and revolution on the way

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    1. In my area. Most people were out on the street yesterday. The market was filled. PEOPLE ARE TIRED. Today is Easter. How many homes have what to eat. God pleas show us mercy. Let the blood of Jesus flush out Corona from our land.

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  14. Nigeria we hail thee! How come the president could not address the country, considering he is imposing an indefinite lockdown? Are the scientific advisers who advice him nameless? There is CDC in the US for example..na wah o.

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    1. Everyone knows about NCDC, they are everywhere. Dr Chikwe is known, abi don’t you know them or him?

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    2. No room for assumption, he should have expressly said so on his announcement...there is a reason for their vagueness.

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  15. I thought i heard that by Wednesday, we would be free to move about... I am tired of all these, God please need cash

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  16. May God help us,we are tired already.God please look down on us and make this whole thing end,give us strength also at this period.Amen.

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  17. This is serious! How will people survive

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  18. May God help me make hunger no kill person before the end of this lockdown,How do they want us to cope,we that live on daily work to feed and babies that don't understand the language of no money,distribution of foods & cash to the vulnerable in the communities we only hear with our ears we know use eyes see am,they sent health worker from door to door in my area yesterday to do survey to know if we have been receiving visitors or if anybody has any symptoms of Covid 19 but can't share food & cash with the same method.This Government only care about them self and their pockets not the masses.

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  19. Let them lock down till December. I am enjoying.

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  20. Una go follow us wey dey unemployed since enjoy staying at home.

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  21. Lord please heal the world. 😷

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  22. If we watched CNN and see the damaged going on, we will know this is serious

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  23. They problem is not staying indoors, the problem for alot of people now is Hunger including My family, God please come to our aid

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    1. THESE IDIOTS IN POWER CAN SEND CHARGES TO EVERY BANK ACCOUNT, AND USELESS SMS FROM MTN AND CO, BUT THEY CANNOT SUPPORT PEOPLE FORCED WITH ISOLATION!!! E TAYA ME

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    2. E Taya me pass you πŸ˜”

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  24. This one na suffering o, the small business wey I dey manage is on a hold. The business contract I got has been cancelled. Oh Jesus, let me not go hungry!!!

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  25. God will help us. For those planning to travel from Benin to lagos even with police or army escorts,this is not the best time as that road will be lonely and dangerous.

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  26. Haa... how do we survive?
    When I'm already happy that hustle resumes tomorrow.God!
    No money, no food, nothing.

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  27. It may not be easy for most of us but, is still for our own good. Had it been Nigerians adhere to the lockdown instructions the two weeks would have been two weeks. God wouldn't forsake the needy and the hungry ones.

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  28. It may not be easy for most of us but, is still for our own good. Had it been Nigerians adhere to the lockdown instructions the two weeks would have been two weeks. God wouldn't forsake the needy and the hungry ones.

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  29. Thank you God! Let me keep bonding with my people. I will learn a skill (hair weaving) before all this is over.
    God provide for all who lack, amen.

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  30. Ha! How do we survive extra days in this lockdown? How? It’s not funny anymore,God please heal the world

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