The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared that the lockdown of Rivers State and others, as well as the closure of their borders by their respective governors is illegal.
Boss Mustapha clarified that only Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, are on lockdown, warning against restriction of movements in other states.
Prior to the president’s order, Governor Nyesom Wike and some governors had ordered restrictions of movement in their states.
But the SGF who also heads the presidential task force on COVID-19, during a briefing on Monday, said the president’s order was definitive and categorical.
“As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation,” he said.
“All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between federal and state agencies will be eliminated. I referred you to paragraph 29 of the president’s broadcast. We are mindful of the fact that there are those inconsistencies in policies. Such states began to implement their lockdown before the president’s broadcast.
“The president’s broadcast was very definitive and categorical, we are only locking down Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital. Those are the only three designated areas for the lockdown now.”