Buhari exempts journalists, others from sit-at-home order

By AdvocateNews on 29/03/2020

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday, announced the restrictive measures by the Federal Government to curb the spread of coronavirus

This came just as 111 confirmed cases and one death had been recorded  in the country since the index case on February 27.

Buhari, who spoke during a live presidential address on Sunday evening, announced a restriction of movement for a period of 14 days in Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory.

However,  Buhari said that journalists and all other media practitioners are excluded from the restriction of movement.

Those who work at hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organisations in health care related manufacturing and distribution are also excused from this restriction.

In the presidential broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic, Buhari partly said: “Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

“This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.

“All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed.

“All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.

“The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

“We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

“This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organisations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.”

“Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted”, the president added.

He further said: "We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.

“However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will, therefore, ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings.

“This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19.”

He added that many other countries had taken stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.

Buhari stated that for residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods would be affected by some of the restrictive measures, “we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.”

Posted 29/03/2020 11:41:12 PM


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