President Muhammadu Buhari, persuaded Nigerians to obey the stay at home directive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic through a statement from his office.
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the president has ordered the release 70,000 tonnes of grains to enhance the ongoing palliative being given to vulnerable Nigerians.
The National Strategic Grain Reserves is to release the grains according to Mr shehu.
“The freedom we ask you to willingly forsake today will only last as long as our scientific advisers declare they are necessary. But they are essential, world over, to halt and defeat the spread of this virus,” the president said.
“We realize that today, there will be sons and daughters unable to visit their parents, and elders that are isolated from young ones. And there will be those who live day-to-day, eating as they earn, who face real and present suffering.
“All that the Government is asking you to endure is because nowhere in the world today is there any known way of defeating this pandemic. There is no vaccine. And that means there are choices to be made: between continuing as usual, or accepting the restrictions even when they come with unintended consequences.
“Instead, the defeat of the virus in our country will be in our hands, alone. We cannot wait for others. We can only depend on ourselves now. And so we must and we will end this outbreak ourselves as Nigerians, together.”