President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to address Nigerians in a nation-wide broadcast concerning the easing of the lockdown caused by COVID-19.
This was revealed that by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, according to Channels TV reports.
Sani said that in the address fixed for Monday, May 18, President Buhari will decide whether the country will embark on a second phase of the easing of the lockdown.
Reports have it that the federal government was not disposed to the call by state governors for the relaxation of the lockdown in the country, indicating that federal authorities are much in favour of partial restrictions in 33 of the 36 states with a view to mitigating the effects of the current lockdown in many parts of the country as against the relaxation being sought by the governors.
It was gathered that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has diagreed with the governors that the government should soft-pedal in the FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano states, and the president is yet to decide on the path to take.
Members of the PTF were said to have met on Saturday, April 25, to discuss the format of the partial restrictions to put in place in 33 states without fueling the spread of the coronavirus. The task force considered the status report on COVID-19 spread in each state of the federation, the input of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and local and international technical evaluation of the pandemic in the country.