The Defence Headquarters says the Military is ready to implement the presidential order on the restriction of movement to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, announced this on Monday, March 30, 2020, while briefing Reporters at the DHQ in Abuja.
This comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In his Sunday broadcast, the President imposed a curfew on Lagos, Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He also highlighted some of the measures put in place by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of the disease and mitigate its effect on the Nigerian economy.
Addressing Reporters on the lockdown order, Maj-Gen. Enenche said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is to implement all restriction on movement, in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes the presidential directive given by the President, Commander-In-Chief, during his address to the Nation on the COVID 19 pandemic, on 29 March 2020.”
The Major General stressed the need for members of the public to adhere to the order aimed at curtailing the spread of Coronavirus.
He outlined the efforts of the Military to assist in the fight against COVID-19, adding that the only Military Officer who contracted the virus was already recovering at the isolation centre located at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada.
According to him, a committee headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations is in place interfacing with all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Government managing the situation.
He noted that a number of Armed Forces of Nigerian Medical Personnel have been earmarked to be trained on the management of COVID-19 cases, in liaison with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).