Lockdown will be extended if appropriate care is not taken – Minister tells Nigerians

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday, said the Federal Government could extend the 14-day lockdown should residents of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun State failed to conduct themselves.

The minister, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this in Abuja when he featured in a forum to give an update on government efforts at containing the pandemic.

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He said, “If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.

“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease. “Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings;

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After two weeks, we will resume our normal life. “But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”

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President Muhammad Buhari had earlier last week declared 14 days lockdown in two states which includes Lagos, Ogun and the FCT to help curb the spread of the covid-19 virus.

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Nigeria currently has 190 reported cases of the virus, 23 recovered fully and discharged and two deaths.


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