President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria cannot afford a second lockdown and has urged all Nigerians to ensure they adhere to all the COVID-19 preventive measures.
President Buhari stated this in a post on his Twitter handle on Thursday.
The president had in March mposed a total lockdown on Lagos and Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), while some governors also declared same in their states to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking on the situation in some countries where there is currently a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the president warned that the country’s economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.
Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2020
Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 6.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2020 due to the impact of the over three-month lockdown on the economy.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have been on downward trend and states have now begun to reopen fully.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded a total of 62, 371 confirmed cases, 58,095 recoveries and 1,139 deaths.