President Muhammadu Buhari had announced an overnight curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. across Nigeria as part of the measured to quickly curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
In his nationwide broadcast, President Muhammadu Buhari explained that the curfew will commence in the first day of May. He noted that the ban on inter-state travel will be in place with the exception of essential trips.
By implication, it means all movements will be prohibited during this period excluding people going for essential services and movement of food items.
President Buhari said: “There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice,”
However, Mr. President has explained that this curfew imposition will not apply to Kano state as he had already order a two-week total lock-down on the state with regards to the recent COVID-19 development in the state.
President Buhari has earlier extended the lockdown in existence in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State already by one week as a measure to totally curb the spread of Corona Virus the affected states which brough the total period of lockdown in these south west statesstates to four weeks
But Mr. President gave hope in his speech to the residents of the affected states as he promised that the lockdown will be relaxed in three states, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun, to night curfews of 8pm to 6 am from next week Monday.
While addressing the nation in a live broadcast on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, on Monday night, he said:
“For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020.”
President, Buhari, in his broadcast acknowledge the economic suffering caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and the significance of the raining period in the country.
He however said he was approving a ‘phased and gradual easing’ of lockdown measures in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun.