Breaking: President Buhari addresses the nation for the third time on the COVID-19.




President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation for the third time on the COVID-19 pandemic within the country and measures being taken to tackle it.

Read the complete text of his address below:

ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE CUMULATIVE LOCKDOWN ORDER OF LAGOS AND OGUN STATES also because the FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ON COVID- 19 PANDEMIC AT THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA, MONDAY, 27th APRIL, 2020

1. Fellow Nigerians

2. i will be able to start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you simply have shown in our collective fight against the most important health challenge of our generation.

3. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 are recorded globally with about 900,000 recoveries. Unfortunately, some 200,000 people have gave up the ghost as a results of this pandemic.

4. The health systems and economies of the many nations still struggle as a results of the coronavirus pandemic.

5. Nigeria continues to adapt to those new global realities on a day to day . Today, i will be able to present the facts as they're and explain our plans for the approaching months fully aware that some key variables and assumptions may change within the coming days or weeks.

6. Exactly fortnight ago, there have been 323 confirmed cases in 20 States and therefore the Federal Capital Territory.

7. As at this morning, Nigeria had recorded 1,273 cases across 32 States and therefore the FCT. Unfortunately, this includes 40 deaths.

8. i'm using this chance to precise our deepest condolences to the families of all Nigerians that have lost their loved ones as a results of the COVID-19 pandemic. this is often our collective loss and that we share your grief.

9. Initial models predicted that Nigeria will record an estimated 2,000 confirmed cases within the first month after the patient .

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10. this suggests that despite the rise within the number of confirmed cases recorded within the past fortnight , the measures we've put in situ so far have yielded positive outcomes against the projections.

11. The proportion of cases imported from other countries has reduced to only 19% of latest cases, showing that our border closures yielded positive results. These are mostly fellow Nigerians returning through our land borders. we'll still enforce land border arrival protocols as a part of the containment strategy.

12. Today, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has accredited 15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate capacity to undertake 2,500 tests per day across the country.

13. supported your feedback, Lagos government and therefore the FCT with support from NCDC have established several sample collection centers. they're also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to further increase the amount of tests they will perform including the accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the accreditation criteria.

14. Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centres are operationalised across the country thereby increasing bed capacity to about three thousand.

15. I commend the State Governors for the activation of State-level Emergency Operation Centres, establishment of latest treatment centres and therefore the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.

16. Over 10,000 healthcare workers are trained. for his or her protection, additional personal protective equipment are distributed to all or any the states.

17. Although we've experienced logistical challenges, we remain committed to establishing a solid supply chain process to make sure these heroic professionals can work safely and are properly equipped.

18. keep with our Government’s promise to enhance the welfare of healthcare workers, we've signed a memorandum of understanding on the supply of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations.

19. we've also procured insurance protect 5,000 frontline doctors . At now , i need to commend the insurance sector for his or her support in achieving this within a brief period of your time .

20. Nigeria has also continued to receive support from the international community, multilateral agencies, the private sector and public-spirited individuals. This support has ensured that critical lifesaving equipment and materials, which became scarce globally, are available for Nigeria through original equipment manufacturers and government-to-government processes.

21. The distribution and expansion of palliatives which I directed in my earlier broadcast remains on-going during a transparent manner. i'm mindful of the seeming frustration being faced by expectant citizens. I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we still fine tune our logistical and distribution processes working with the State Governments.

22. Our Security Agencies still rise to the challenge posed by this unusual situation. While we feel deeply concerned about isolated security incidents, i would like to assure all Nigerians that your safety and security remain our primary concern especially in these difficult and unsure times.

23. As we specialise in protecting lives and properties, we'll not tolerate any human rights abuse by our security agencies. The few reported incidences are regrettable, and that i want to assure you that the culprits are going to be delivered to justice.

24. I urge all Nigerians to still cooperate and show understanding whenever they encounter security agents. Furthermore, for his or her protection, I even have instructed that the personnel of all the safety agencies be given the required personal protective equipment against infection.

25. As we still streamline our response within the centres of Lagos and therefore the FCT, i'm gravely concerned about the unfortunate developments in Kano in recent days. Although an in-depth investigation remains on-going, we've decided to deploy additional federal manpower, material and technical resources to strengthen and support the State Government’s efforts, with immediate effect.

26. In Kano, and indeed many other States that are recording new cases, preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from interstate travel and emerging community transmission.

27. Drawing from these, I implore all Nigerians to still adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Presidential Task Force and therefore the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

28. These include regular hand washing, physical distancing, wearing of face masks/coverings publicly , avoidance of non-essential movement and travels and avoidance of huge gatherings.

29. Fellow Nigerians, for the past four weeks, most parts of our country are under either federal or government lockdown. As i discussed earlier, these steps were necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our country.

30. However, such lockdowns have also come at a really heavy economic cost. Many of our citizens have lost their means of livelihood. Many businesses have pack up . No country can afford the complete impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the event of vaccines.

31. In my last address, i discussed that federal will develop strategies and policies which will protect lives while preserving livelihoods.

32. In these fortnight , the Federal and State Governments have jointly and collaboratively worked hard on the way to balance the necessity to guard health while also preserving livelihoods, leveraging global best practices while keeping in mind our peculiar circumstances.

33. We assessed how our factories, markets, traders and transporters can still function while at an equivalent time adhering to NCDC guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.

34. We assessed how our youngsters can still learn without compromising their health.

35. We reviewed how our farmers can safely plant and harvest during this season to make sure our food security isn't compromised. Furthermore, we also discussed the way to safely transport food items from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and ultimately, to the key consumption centres.

36. Our goal was to develop implementable policies which will ensure our economy continues to function while still maintaining our aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These same difficult decisions are being faced by leaders round the world.

37. supported the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the varied federal committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and therefore the Nigeria Governors Forum, I even have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

38. However, this may be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and get in touch with tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.

39. Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;

a. there'll be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. this suggests all movements are going to be prohibited during this era apart from essential services;

b. there'll be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;

c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of products and services are going to be allowed for the movement of products and services from producers to consumers; and

d. we'll strictly make sure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings publicly additionally to maintaining physical distancing and private hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and non secular gatherings shall remain in situ . State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the assembly of fabric masks for citizens.

40. For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown within the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in situ until these new ones inherit effect on Monday, 4th May 2020.

41. The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specific details to permit for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.

42. In reference to the above guidelines, State Governors may prefer to adapt and expand supported their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the rules issued above.

43. To support our businesses and traders, the monetary and monetary authorities shall deploy all the required provisions needed for production to continue and thus, jobs restored.

44. These revised guidelines won't apply to Kano State.

45. With regards to Kano, I even have directed the enforcement of a complete lockdown for a period of fortnight effective immediately. The federal shall deploy all the required human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the danger of further spread to neighbouring States.

46. I wish to once more , commend the frontline workers across the country who, on a day to day , risk everything to make sure we win this fight. For those that got infected within the line of duty, rest assured that Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during this exceedingly difficult period. i will be able to also take this chance to assure you all that your safety, wellbeing and welfare remain paramount to our Government.

47. i will be able to also recognise the support we've received from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and community leaders. Your cooperation and support have significantly contributed to the successes we've recorded so far .

48. i will be able to urge you all to please still create awareness on the seriousness of the coronavirus among your worshippers and communities while appealing that they strictly suits public health advisories.

49. I also thank the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and therefore the Presidential Task Force for all their diligence so far . Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable.

50. I also wish to thank corporate organisations, philanthropists, the UN system, the ecu Union, friendly nations, the media and other partners that have haunted the responsibility of supporting our response.

51. and eventually , i will be able to thank all Nigerians again for your patience and cooperation during this difficult and challenging period. I assure you that government shall still take all necessary measures to guard the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and residents.

52. I many thanks for listening and should God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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