Many Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions over the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari during a national broadcast on Monday in extension.
In a televised address on Monday, Buhari said “it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement” that was set to expire later in the day. Initial 14-day lockdowns in the three areas began on March 30. “It is a matter of life and death,” Buhari said of the nation’s response. “The repercussions of any premature end to the lockdown action are unimaginable.”
The extension of the lockdown is expected to add to the hardship of millions of Nigerians living hand-to-mouth, often on less than one dollar a day.
Buhari said he was “fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage”.
“But despite these realities, we must not change the restrictions,” he added.
The government has pledged a series of support measures to ease the financial pain for the most vulnerable, but there have been widespread complaints that not enough is being done for those facing hunger.
“The vast majority of Nigerians depend on daily wages, they have to go out to get money and buy food to put it on the table for their families,” Clonia Okeke reporting from OCO TV.
OCO TV gathered that Nigerians are beginning to get worried that the extension of lockdown by another 14 days, if not properly managed by the federal government may not achieve desired result. They are of the opinion that government should get strategy to ensure effective management of lockdown, making sure that distribution of palliatives get to the right people and not end in the pockets and homes of politicians as being alleged.
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