The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it is only President Muhammadu Buhari that can decide the extension of coronavirus lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who spoke in Marina, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, said only the president had the power to grant extension or not, but noted that Buhari did said the lockdown would be for 14 days in the first instance.
He said the presidential taskforce had come to Lagos for a revaluation and report back to the president, adding that Buhari lockdown Lagos, Ogun and FCT based on advice from the Minister of Health.
“It is only Buhari who can say that the lockdown will be extended or not. He did say during his address that Lagos, Ogun and FCT would be shutdown for 14 days in the first instance,” he said.
According to him, if the objectives of the lockdown had been achieved, the presidential taskforce would report back to Buhari for him to take the necessary action whether to extend the lockdown or not, saying that would be done before the week ran out.
Buhari had a week ago ordered total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT for 14 days to checkmate the spread of Coronavirus.