The federal government has implied that the current lockdown of Abuja, as well as Lagos and Ogun states, would be extended at the expiration of the 14-day order by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard reports that the government dropped the hint through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, April 24.
While speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19’s press conference on Friday, NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, urged Nigerians to persevere.
He noted that the disease had not reached its peak in the country yet when Nigeria would be able to exit the current stage (of lockdown). He, however, expressed hope that things would get better in due time.
He said “We will eventually exit this stage and restart our normal life but that stage is still a while to come and I ask for your endurance, support and patience. Lots of efforts are going on across the world to find new therapy, to find a vaccine.
“Many families have not been able to bury their dead, rescheduled their marriages and baptism and everything they are doing. In a way, life is in suspense. Everyone recognises the sacrifice Nigerians have made but we really have to encourage one another to continue to a position where we can relax some of that but until we get to that place, we have to continue in the short term.”
Dr Ihekweazu says Nigeria is still some ways away from reaching the stage when the government can relax the current control measures such as the lockdown.