There must be a review on lockdown guidelines to allow for the provision of more essential services and cushioning the effects of lockdown occasioned by the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, expressed this view while contributing to BCOS daily Breakfast Television programme, ‘AM120’, on Monday, April 13, 2020.
He maintained that the rate of poverty among Nigerians which gives rise to the inability of many to comply with lockdown has exposed the vulnerability of Nigerian’s economic system, adding that the Government’s palliatives are not enough to keep the people at home.
Mr Falana observed that the lack of coordination on the part of Federal Government in effecting quarantine act made the State Government take charge in the declaration of lockdown thereby making the order haphazard State by State.
Identifying the flaws in the lockdown enforcement, Mr Falana faulted the Federal Government over the deployment of Soldiers, stressing that Nigeria has suffered more casualties to lockdown enforcement than it lost to COVID-19 pandemic, considering the brutality of the Army.
He said the Nigerian Army should rather concentrate efforts at protecting the territorial integrity of the Nation by supporting the Republic of Chad in the clampdown against Boko Haram and ISWAP than meddling in the civil matter of lockdown enforcement.