UPDATE!!! : Buhari extends ‘gradual ease of lockdown’ by another two weeks


On Monday, the federal government said the recent order of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on gradual ease of lockdown will have to remain for another two weeks.

The Presidential Task Force chairman on COVID-19, the person of Mr Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

The President who previously announced a “phased and gradual easing” of the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, while declaring a nationwide curfew with effect from May 4. On April 27 of 2020.
Ban was also raised on all inter-state movements.

Mr Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy “and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.”
For the avoidance of doubt, the SGF added that:-
“Mr President has approved the following: (i) ​The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020);

“(ii) ​intensifying efforts to ‘tell (communicate), trace (identify) and treat (manage)’ cases;

“(iii) ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;

“(iv)​Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;

“(v)​Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or in metropolitan/high-burden LGAs, that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases, when the need arises. This would be complemented with the provision of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions; and

“(vi)​Aggressive scale-up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high-risk states.”


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