The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government seems to be taking a new step towards the COVID-19 lockdown, Eye9ja understands
This online news platform understands that in the previous weeks, Nigerians have been glued to their television screens to connect with a live broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari, delivering the government’s latest decision as to the strategies to curb Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the President had in his two most recent broadcasts, imposed a lockdown on some states in Nigeria and however partially lifted the lockdowns respectively.
While the COVID-19 pandemic garnered strength in the country, with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) recording new cases, Nigerians again expect their President to brief the nation on the decision of the government whether to impose a fresh lockdown or direct otherwise.
The expectation of Nigerians to see their President in his usual manner, address the nation, however, gave birth to the news making the rounds on Monday morning, suggesting that President Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast on Monday, May 17, 2020.
The news report quoted the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani to have revealed this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
This online news platform learned that Aliyu Sani said President Muhammadu Buhari will decide on whether or not the country should go ahead with the second phase of the easing of the lockdown.
President Buhari Take New Step On COVID-19 Lockdown
However, reacting to the report that President Buhari will address Nigerians through his usual live broadcast, the Presidency has said that there will be no Coronavirus broadcast from President Muhammadu Buhari today.
Eye9ja reports that the new stance of the Presidency on the reported Monday broadcast was revealed by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who took to his Twitter handle to clarified in a tweet where he denied Aliya Sani’s claim.
Adesina while denying Sani’s claim maintained that “no Coronavirus broadcast was planned today, adding that whatever update was available would be passed on by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) during its usual briefings.”
The Presidential spokesman while giving the update on the micro-blogging site wrote as thus: “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps,” the tweet read.
No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) May 18, 2020