President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate total lockdown of Kano state for two weeks following the increasing number of infections and deaths from the Coronavirus disease.
The president made this known his third nationwide broadcast since the beginning of the pandemic.
The president who extend the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT for one week and a gradual relax of the lockdown after the period said the changes does not affect Kano state.
“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 States,” the president said.
President Buhari also commend the frontline workers across the country who, on a daily basis, risk everything to ensure Nigeria win this fight. He said “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.”
The president also recognise the support received from traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and community leaders, while urging them continue to enlighten their followers on maintaining good hygiene as well as maintain social distancing to reduce the press of the virus.