Coronavirus – Lockdown continues :
In anticipation of the Easter celebrations, rumors were running high yesterday that the Lagos State government was planning to lift the lock down to enable citizens to mark Easter but such reports have been quickly disproved by the state government.
In the press briefing yesterday, Information Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso said the lock-down was still in full force and only the Federal Government can lift the lock-out order.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not relaxed any lock-down. The lockout process is ongoing and we appeal to Lagosians to continue to obey the directive to remain responsible because that is the only way the experts have said that we can fight this disease.
The lock down is still on. If it is going to be extended or relaxed, it is the business of the Federal Government. The announcement is not going to be made by Babajide Sanwo-Olu because he didn’t enforce it in the first place, ”he explained.
Omotosho noted, however, that there is life after COVID-19 but the battle is far from over. “Yes, life must go on but we need the co-operation of everyone in the state to win this battle against the pandemic in the shortest possible time.
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“The battle is not over yet, we can regain our lives and things return to normal, but only when we all abide by the safety precautions as set by the federal and state governments that it can happen. For us in Lagos, COVID-19 has not stopped governance. We are still working and doing everything we can to flatten the curve of the pandemic. ”
This effectively means that the ban on social gatherings is still in force and religious bodies will not be convening to mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this year. Also, all the fun areas and parks are still closed for any activity during this time.
Lockdown continues :
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has instructed Police Commissioners in provinces where COVID-19 social restraining orders have been employed to continue to enforce the orders properly during the Easter celebrations.
A statement by Police spokesman Frank Mba, Deputy Police Commissioner, yesterday in Abuja, said they were also instructed to ensure that officers and men behave in accordance with existing laws and standard best practice.
He noted that the call had become necessary in order to curtail the community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has massively challenged humanity across all life cycles. Mba said that the IGP has asked Christians to emulate and adopt Christ’s selfless lifestyle as they join with other Christians around the world to celebrate Easter.
“The IGP is calling on religious leaders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as other States affected by the restriction orders, to continue to co-operate with and use their relevant government agencies leadership positions to encourage worshipers to observe Prayers and Worship Programs in the vicinity of their homes.