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Lockdown won’t go longer than normal – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has assured Nigerians that lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus would not remain longer than necessary.

He said this in a statement containing his message to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.

The statement issued on Saturday was signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

Buhari was quoted as saying that COVID-19, which caught the world off guard, and has put a damper on what would otherwise have been “a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.”

The Nigerian leader commended the sacrifices of both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.

He assured Nigerians that “the lockdown measures would not go on longer than necessary because they would be reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardships on the people.

“I am well aware of the inconveniences these tough measures have brought on the lives of Nigerians, including limiting religious activities and gatherings in large numbers.

“No government would intentionally impose these tough and demanding measures on its citizens if it had a choice.” 

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