Here are the 3 most important reasons President Buhari has extended the ongoing Lockdown in Lagos, FCT and Ogun.
The president in a nationwide broadcast on Monday the 27th day of April 2020 had announced the extension of the ongoing lockdown serving Lagos, Federal Capital Territory Abuja and Ogun.
The announcement came as against speculations and hope by some Nigerians who have long been waiting for the President and state governors to call of the lockdown due to businesses and others for personal reasons.
Well, the lockdown has been extended by one week and expected to get some deep ease from the 4th of May, 2020 according to the President during His speech on Monday.
“In line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.President Buhari – 27th of April, 2020
3 important reasons President Buhari extended lockdown
1. Daily Increment in confirmed numbers of Coronavirus cases – as much as the President might be willing for Businesses to return to their normal operations, we still cannot over-emphasize the rate at which cases in Nigeria increase everyday.
“As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded globally with about 900,000 recoveries. Unfortunately, some 200,000 people have passed away as a result of this pandemic.”President Buhari
“Exactly two weeks ago, there were 323 confirmed cases in 20 States and the Federal Capital Territory. 7. As at this morning, Nigeria had recorded 1,273 cases across 32 States and the FCT. Unfortunately, this includes 40 deaths.President Buhari
These facts are the reasons the lockdown continues as it has been recommended by health professionals in order to further curb the spread of the Virus in affected states.
2. Nigerians – Yes! Nigerians are the second reason the lockdown persists even after weeks after the order was given.
FACT: As against the order to stay home so as to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, a huge number of Nigerians still believe “there is no coronavirus in Nigeria” hence disobeying the stay home order which according to analysis would not help in preventing the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Nigerians need to embrace the fact that Coronavirus is real and people around them may have been infected by the virus else, we might still get some lockdown extension.
3. Kano – Kano has in just about two weeks lost scores of it citizens due to an unconfirmed reason. Many have said the deaths are caused by Malaria while others speculated it could have been caused by the Coronavirus.
The state Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba has claimed the deaths of it’s Citizens were nit due to the Coronavirus though investigations are still ongoing.
However, whatever could have caused the deaths of so much number of people in Kano while the world and even Nigeria is battling to eradicate Coronavirus, it is quite important to shut the state and extend the lockdown as health professionals move to find the cause of the death so many in the state.
It is important to follow the government orders at the crucial time so as to stay safe. Though millions of Nigerian are complaining daily of hunger and the fact that the government is yet to send a relief package to it’s citizens.
However, it is important to know that staying alive in these hard times is paramount.