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“COVID-19 Pandemic is not a joke,” says Buhari as he extends lockdown

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President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for two weeks.

The President cited the growing number of those who had tested positive for COVID-19 for the extension.

The President, who disclosed this in his nationwide broadcast on Monday evening, also charged all Nigerians to continue observing advisories, noting that the pandemic was not a joke and Nigeria could not afford to be lax.

“With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020. I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.

“This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death. Mosques in Makkah and Madina have been closed.

“The Pope celebrated Mass on an empty St. Peter’s Square. The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris held Easter Mass with less than 10 people. India, Italy and France are in complete lockdown. Other countries are in the process of following suit. We cannot be lax.