PRESIDENT  Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on the cumulative lockdown order of Lagos, Ogun state as well as the FCT on COVID -19 pandemic st the state house, Abuja, on Monday, 27th April 2020.

1. Fellow Nigerians
2. I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism
that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health
challenge of our generation.
3. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some 3 million confirmed cases of
COVID-19 have been recorded globally with about 900,000 recoveries.
Unfortunately, some 200,000 people have passed away as a result of
this pandemic.
4. The health systems and economies of many nations continue to
struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Nigeria continues to adapt to these new global realities on a daily
basis. Today, I will present the facts as they are and explain our plans
for the coming months fully aware that some key variables and
assumptions may change in the coming days or weeks.
6. Exactly two weeks ago, there were 323 confirmed cases in 20 States
and the Federal Capital Territory.
7. As at this morning, Nigeria had recorded 1,273 cases across 32
States and the FCT. Unfortunately, this includes 40 deaths.
8. I am using this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to
the families of all Nigerians that have lost their loved ones as a result
of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is our collective loss and we share
your grief.
9. Initial models predicted that Nigeria will record an estimated 2,000
confirmed cases in the first month after the index case.
10. This means that despite the increase in the number of confirmed
cases recorded in the past two weeks, the measures we have put in
place thus far have yielded positive outcomes against the projections.
11. The proportion of cases imported from other countries has reduced
to only 19% of new cases, showing that our border closures yielded
positive results. These are mostly fellow Nigerians returning through
our land borders. We will continue to enforce land border arrival
protocols as part of the containment strategy.
12. Today, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has
accredited 15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate
capacity to undertake 2,500 tests per day across the country.
13. Based on your feedback, Lagos State Government and the FCT with
support from NCDC have established several sample collection
centers. They are also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to
further increase the number of tests they can perform including the
accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the
accreditation criteria.
14. Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centres have
been operationalised across the country thereby increasing bed
capacity to about three thousand.
15. I commend the State Governors for the activation of State-level
Emergency Operation Centres, establishment of new treatment centres
and the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.
16. Over 10,000 healthcare workers have been trained. For their
protection, additional personal protective equipment have been
distributed to all the states.
17. Although we have experienced logistical challenges, we remain
committed to establishing a solid supply chain process to ensure
these heroic professionals can work safely and are properly equipped.
18. In keeping with our Government’s promise to improve the welfare
of healthcare workers, we have signed a memorandum of
understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other
incentives with key health sector professional associations.
19. We have also procured insurance cover for 5,000 frontline health
workers. At this point, I must commend the insurance sector for their
support in achieving this within a short period of time.
20. Nigeria has also continued to receive support from the
international community, multilateral agencies, the private sector and
public-spirited individuals. This support has ensured that critical
lifesaving equipment and materials, which have become scarce
globally, are available for Nigeria through original equipment
manufacturers and government-to-government processes.
21. The distribution and expansion of palliatives which I directed in my
earlier broadcast is still on-going in a transparent manner. I am mindful
of the seeming frustration being faced by expectant citizens. I urge all
potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine tune
our logistical and distribution processes working with the State
22. Our Security Agencies continue to rise to the challenge posed by
this unusual situation. While we feel deeply concerned about isolated
security incidents, I want to assure all Nigerians that your safety and
security remain our primary concern especially in these difficult and
uncertain times.
23. As we focus on protecting lives and properties, we will not tolerate
any human rights abuse by our security agencies. The few reported
incidences are regrettable, and I want to assure you that the culprits
will be brought to justice.
24. I urge all Nigerians to continue to cooperate and show
understanding whenever they encounter security agents. Furthermore,
for their protection, I have instructed that the personnel of all the
security agencies be provided with the necessary personal protective
equipment against infection.
25. As we continue to streamline our response in the centres of Lagos
and the FCT, I am gravely concerned about the unfortunate
developments in Kano in recent days. Although an in-depth
investigation is still on-going, we have decided to deploy additional
Federal Government manpower, material and technical resources to
strengthen and support the State Government’s efforts, with
immediate effect.
26. In Kano, and indeed many other States that are recording new
cases, preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from
interstate travel and emerging community transmission.
27. Drawing from these, I implore all Nigerians to continue to adhere
strictly to the advisories published by the Presidential Task Force and
the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
28. These include regular hand washing, physical distancing, wearing
of face masks/coverings in public, avoidance of non-essential
movement and travels and avoidance of large gatherings.
29. Fellow Nigerians, for the past four weeks, most parts of our
country have been under either Federal Government or State
Government lockdown. As I mentioned earlier, these steps were
necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of
COVID-19 in our country.
30. However, such lockdowns have also come at a very heavy
economic cost. Many of our citizens have lost their means of
livelihood. Many businesses have shut down. No country can afford
the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the
development of vaccines.
31. In my last address, I mentioned that Federal Government will
develop strategies and policies that will protect lives while preserving
32. In these two weeks, the Federal and State Governments have
jointly and collaboratively worked hard on how to balance the need to
protect health while also preserving livelihoods, leveraging global best
practices while keeping in mind our peculiar circumstances.
33. We assessed how our factories, markets, traders and transporters
can continue to function while at the same time adhering to NCDC
guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.
34. We assessed how our children can continue to learn without
compromising their health.
35. We reviewed how our farmers can safely plant and harvest in this
rainy season to ensure our food security is not compromised.
Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport food items
from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and
ultimately, to the key consumption centres.
36. Our goal was to develop implementable policies that will ensure
our economy continues to function while still maintaining our
aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These same difficult
decisions are being faced by leaders around the world.
37. Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the
Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government
committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the
Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual
easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective
from Monday, 4th May, 2020.
38. However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive
reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing
the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain
39. Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as
a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all
movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential
b. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel
until further notice;
c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services
will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from
producers to consumers; and
d. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or
coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and
personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious
gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate
organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the
production of cloth masks for citizens.
40. 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.
41. The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specific details to
allow for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.
42. In respect to the above guidelines, State Governors may choose to
adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they
maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above.
43. To support our businesses and traders, the monetary and fiscal
authorities shall deploy all the necessary provisions needed for
production to continue and thus, jobs restored.
44. These revised guidelines will not apply to Kano State.
45. With regards to Kano, I have directed the enforcement of a total
lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately. The Federal
Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and
technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing
the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighbouring
46. I wish to once again, commend the frontline workers across the
country who, on a daily basis, risk everything to ensure we win this
fight. For those who got infected in the line of duty, rest assured that
Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during
this exceedingly difficult period. I will also take this opportunity to
assure you all that your safety, wellbeing and welfare remain
paramount to our Government.
47. I will also recognise the support we have received from our
traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian
Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and
community leaders. Your cooperation and support have significantly
contributed to the successes we have recorded to date.
48. I will urge you all to please continue to create awareness on the
seriousness of the coronavirus among your worshippers and
communities while appealing that they strictly comply with public
health advisories.
49. I also thank the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Presidential
Task Force for all their hard work to date. Through this collaboration, I
remain confident that success is achievable.
50. I also wish to thank corporate organisations, philanthropists, the
UN system, the European Union, friendly nations, the media and other
partners that have taken up the responsibility of supporting our
51. And finally, I will thank all Nigerians again for your patience and
cooperation during this difficult and challenging period. I assure you
that government shall continue to take all necessary measures to
protect the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and residents.
52. I thank you for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of

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