Coronavirus: Buhari extends restrictions by two weeks

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed restriction of movements in the country to continue for another two weeks.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known at the daily briefing on Monday.

He said the restrictions will be take effect from 12 midnight on Monday, May 18 to June 1.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority,” Mr Mustapha said.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.

“Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.

“Based on the recommendations of the PTF, Mr President has approved the following:

“The measures, exemptions, advisories and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May 2020 to 1st June 2020).”

This means the nationwide curfew which begins from 8 pm and a ban on interstate travel will continue for another two weeks.