With around 24 hours left to the finish of the 28-day lockdown forced by President Muhammadu Buhari, most Nigerians are unsure about what choice will be taken.
When Buhari gave the stay-at-home request on March 29, Nigeria had just 111 cases. At the point when he broadened it by an additional 14 days, there were formally 318 cases. By Sunday morning, there were 1182. State Governors have requested that the president thinks about an incomplete unwinding of the lockdown.
In a letter marked by the administrator of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, they mentioned for Inter-state lockdown, excluding movement of essential supplies – food, beverages, medical and pharmaceutical, petroleum supplies and agricultural products; internal free movement but with restrictions on large gatherings and assemblies; overnight curfews;
lockdown of flights; and compulsory use of face masks/coverings in public.” In the last 27 days or so, Nigerians have struggled with economic downturn, a direct effect of the lockdown. Most people have become their own vigilantes, as the crime rate has increased, with Lagosians in particular fighting off the menace of ‘1 million boys’. More people have lost their jobs and prices of essential commodities went up.
All eyes and ears will be locked to Buhari’s next nationwide broadcast, hoping for some form of a positive update.