Presidency warns against disobeying lockdown orders

Obinwannem News Presidency warns against disobeying lockdown orders

The Presidency has warned citizens against disobeying the order for a 14-days lockdown in Lagos, Ogun state and the Federal Capital Territory issued on the 29th March during a Presidential broadcast in an effort to tackle the global pandemic COVID-19.

Several other states have since adopted similar measures; limiting movements and activities while enforcing social distancing in a bid to tackle the rising pandemic.

In a statement on Saturday, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, appreciated Nigerians for their patience, resolve and strong determination to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.

“No elected government could ask more of the citizens of the country that elected them than today we ask of you. But we must ask you – once more – to observe restrictions on movement where they are in place, and follow the instructions of our scientists and medical advisers: stay home, wash your hands, save lives.

He further stated, “The freedom we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential, world over, to halt and defeat the spread of this virus.

“For those who suffer most egregiously, the government has announced multiple measures to assist: 70,000 tonnes of grain are being released from the National Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to those in most  need; distribution of small cash payments are also being made and will continue to be made by the Federal Government in the states and local government areas.”

The Presidency urged the public to follow public announcements via the media to get instructions pertaining to the planned and government support and assistance in the coming days.

The statement further highlighted the precarious nature of the COVID-19 situation, “All that the government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic.

“There is no vaccine and that means there are choices to be made between continuing as usual and accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.

“But at this darkest hour, it remains our duty to offer you the full and unvarnished truth: this is a global pandemic; 210 countries and territories across the globe are affected. We cannot expect others to come to our assistance. No one is coming to defeat this virus for us.

“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now.  And so we must  and we will end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians.”

Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News

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