The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard the news circulating on the social media that it was contemplating another lockdown.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made clarification in a statement signed by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information in his office.
Mustapha also advised Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to contain the spread of the virus by adhering to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by PTF.
He said in the statement
The attention of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has been drawn to some misinformation circulating on the social media to the effect that the Federal Government is contemplating another lockdown this weekend.
The PTF wishes to state categorically that there is no such consideration at any of its meetings, nor has any recommendation been made to this effect to the President.
The PTF frowns at such unpatriotic misinformation which is capable of causing unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace.
Nigerians, in their numbers, had warned the Federal Government against shutting down the economy again, saying the impact of doing so will be deadlier than the effect of COIVID-19 itself.
They advised government to take a cue from the United States, Canada and United Kingdom that had only tightened safety protocols in place of shutdown.
They also reminded the Muhammadu Buhari-led government of the suffering Nigerians were subjected to during the first lockdown in 2020.
The lockdown, they said, brought hunger on the people, killed businesses and caused insecurity as hoodlums took advantage of the situation to burgle houses and unleash mayhem on people.