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Nigeria Set For Lockdown As Buhari Gives Directives

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Nigeria was on Monday heading towards a total lockdown of the country with the complete closure of all land borders, the suspension of the Federal Executive Council, FEC meetings indefinitely and strongly advised citizens in Lagos and Abuja to stay at home.

The measures were unfolded by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha at a press briefing late on Monday.

The complete closure of the land borders auguments the closure of the international airports from Monday night.

Unfolding further actions approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Mustapha said:

“after a further review, Mr. President on the recommendation of Presidential Task Force (PTF) has approved the following additional measures:

              i.            Suspension of the weekly FEC meetings until further notice;

              ii.           Postponement of the meeting of the Council of State                                  scheduled for Thursday 26th March, 2020;

              iii.          All land borders that have been hitherto under partial closure                 shall now be closed for human traffic for four weeks effective,               23rd March, 2020;

              iv.          In order to protect Federal Civil and Public Servants, a circular                 to be issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation                         (HCSF)shall direct on actions to be taken immediately;

              v.           If and when the need arises, any national assets required for                  use in the response to COVID-19 shall be mobilized and                                           deployed;

              vi.          Federal Government, is at the highest level, engaging with                        State Governors in order to ensure a collaborative and                              effective response to COVID-19 Pandemic; and

              vii.         All Abuja and Lagos residents are strongly advised to stay at                     home,  avoid mass congregation of any kind as well as non-                     essential outings,  until further advice is given.      

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