Individuals are the greatest weapons to fight COVID-19 – President Buhari

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari stated that individuals are the greatest weapons to fight the spread of Covid-19.

He made this known in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday evening.

“As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus”.

The President explained that the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on the country is minimized.

He appealed to Nigerians to support the work of the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC led by the Presidential Task Force.

The President noted that Nigeria is taking a two step approach, by protecting the lives of citizens and protecting their source of livelihood.

“In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind”.

President Buhari stated that the government is doing all in its power to contain the spread of the virus.

He explained that his administration has introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic and shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.

“Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country”.

“Our goal is to ensure that all states have the manpower to respond adequately and speedily to the virus”.

He ordered the immediate restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun for 14 days beginning by 11pm on the 30th of March.

“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 President directed.