Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the extension of the 14-day lockdown imposed in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
Mustapha said this during a briefing at the Lagos House, Marina after he led members of the task force, accompanied by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on a tour of facilities put in place by the Lagos state government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
“It is only Buhari who can say that the lockdown will be extended or not. He did say during his address that Lagos, Ogun and FCT would be shutdown for 14 days in the first instance,” he said.
Buhari had a week ago ordered total lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and FCT for 14 days to combat the spread of coronavirus.
“Basically this is part of the consultation, we are looking at the objectives that were set when the lockdown and quarantine declaration was signed by the president and subsequently by other states.
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“Before the end of the week, we will do an evaluation and see how the objective that were set are being met.
‘’At the end of that exercise we will have the responsibility of reporting back to Mr. President .The President did say the declaration was on the advise of Minister of Health and experts that informed his decision in signing of the quarantine declaration 2020.
“At the end of our valuation, our advise and recommendation will be presented to Mr. President and at that point he and he alone can take that decision when the lockdown would either be extended or it will stop at the expiration of 14 days.
“In his address to the nation he did say 14 days in the first instance, so it is open, it is based on what has happened within this 14 days, have the objectives been met, have they satisfied the objectives, has it gone in the direction we wanted it go.
“If that has been achieved, he will look at all the information available to him as the president of Nigeria and i can assure you that he will take a decision that is in the best interest of the people of Nigeria”, Mustapha said.
He said one of the reasons for the visitation to Lagos was to ensure that all data, indices, documents and other necessary information that will help in reevaluation.