President Muhammadu Buhari, was on Sunday briefed by the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
While briefing pressmen on the outcome of the closed-door meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr Ehanire noted that he and Dr Ihekweazu briefed the President on the activities and overall positions of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
This came barely 24 hours to the expiration of the government’s lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun States.
President Buhari had on May 29 declared a total lockdown In order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country,
While directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, Buhari asked all citizens in the affected areas to stay in their homes, adding that travel to or from other states should be postponed.
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Two weeks after the expiration, the President extended the lockdown on April 13 for another two weeks.
But when asked if it is professionally wise to relax the lockdown or to extend it, the Minister did not affirm or oppose the question.
He however, believes that every country has the right to balance the medical and health-related benefits from the economic-related benefits.
According to him, the decision of whether or not to extend the lockdown has to be tailored according to the needs of Nigerians.