The federal government on Friday warned that it may extend the on-going lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State and Ogun State if residents continue to violate the stay-at-home order.
The Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, who dropped the hint of a possible extension of the lockdown in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated that the failure of the citizenry to absolutely comply with the stay-at-home order may lead to its extension.
The Minister said: “If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended. But if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so. If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.’’
The Minister appealed to Nigerians to comply with the stay-at-home order during the stipulated period in view of the severity of the pandemic.
He said: “Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is thatthey should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings. After two weeks, we will resume our normal life. But if they thinkit is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”
The lockdown is expected to last for two weeks in theFederal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State and Ogun State. It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari announced the lockdown of the three states in a broadcast last Sunday (29, March 2020), as part of the effort to curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.