The President gave the assurance in his Eid-el-Fitri message to Muslims, that the current lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, will not go longer than necessary, as it would be ”reviewed from time to time, to ease the increasing hardships on the people”.
SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday May 23, quotes the President as saying:
“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.”
Speaking further, the President said
”It is not easy to give up many of these important duties and activities but it became imperative to do so in order to control or limit the spread of this deadly disease.
Let me use this opportunity to commend the sacrifices of both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.”
President Buhari appealed to other Nigerians “whose businesses and means of livelihoods were badly affected by the prolonged lockdown measures for their understanding and cooperation.”