By Babajide Okeowo
Despite a surge in the cases of the COVID 19 pandemic in recent times, the Federal Government of Nigeria has ruled out imposing a fresh lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
The FG disclosed that it was aware of the economic and social implications of a second lockdown but appealed to all Nigerians to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols.
The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this known at a press conference in Lagos.
“I don’t think there is any time when the Federal Government has said it is going to have a second lockdown. However, the Federal Government is very unhappy that Nigerians are not adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks or practising social distancing, of washing hands, of ensuring that they don’t gather in large numbers.
The Federal Government is aware of the economic and social implications of a second lockdown but we want to call on Nigerians to help us, help themselves and help the economy, by adhering strictly to the Covid-19 protocols” the minister said.
He stated further that “if we do not do these, the surge will continue and with the new strain of Covid-19 which is becoming much more difficult to handle than the old strain, the Federal Government will continue to insist and encourage Nigerians to please obey the Covid-19 protocols.