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  • Updated: April 23, 2020

Lockdown In Nigeria: 'E Don Red O' - Citizens Hesitant About Staying Indoors


Nigerians on social media are already discussing the possible lockdown extension when the current stay-at-home order by the Federal Government expires on Monday, the 27th of April, 2020.

Allnews reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had mid-April extended the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in key citiesafter the initial 14-days lockdown ended. The decision, the government, said is aimed at curbing the spread of the dreaded virus.

There are currently 873 confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria, with 71 per cent of them registered in Lagos and the capital territory of Abuja. Twenty-eight people have died so far.

Economic hardship

The prospective extension of the lockdown is expected to add to the hardship of millions of Nigerians living hand-to-mouth, often on less than one dollar a day.

Buhari had said he was "fully aware of the great difficulties experienced especially by those who earn a daily wage".

"But despite these realities, we must not change the restrictions," he added.

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The government had pledged a series of supportive measures to ease the financial pain for the most vulnerable, but there have been widespread complaints that not enough is being done for those facing hunger.

On Wednesday, Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, warned that any further extension of the lockdown of the country in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic will spell doom for Nigeria.

The governor who spoke at the Industrial Park, Calabar said any further extension of the lockdown would give rise to uncontrollable youth restiveness, adding that it was better to lockout than lockdown.

“With prices of oil falling, locking out is far better than locking down because another two weeks of lockdown will find this country under siege by young people," Ayade said.

"There is no way you can hold down these young energies for too long.

“It is demographic, it is statistics. Sixty Five per cent of the population is below the age of 35 and the virus itself does not have penetrative force in such demography and that is what we have to recognise as a country”

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