President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians by 7pm on Monday.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement hours before President Buhari is scheduled to address Nigerians.
“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” he said.
The President is expected to address Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as some residents in Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory expect to know whether the lockdown would be extended or not.
More than a million positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed with thousands of deaths recorded in many countries across the world.
As of April 12, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said a total of 323 cases have been confirmed with 10 deaths in the country.
It noted that 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have recorded at least one confirmed case of coronavirus while a total of 85 people have been discharged.
On March 29, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as Abuja, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease and ease the stress of identifying contacts with confirmed cases.
In his last broadcast, President Buhari said the movement restriction would last for an initial period of 14 days effective from 11pm on March 30.
He explained that the decision was taken based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC.
The President then advised residents of the affected places to postpone travels while all businesses and offices there should be fully closed during the period of the lockdown.
Ahead of the day which the lockdown is expected to end – April 13, some residents in Lagos and Ogun State have raised alarm about unrest in their communities.
Despite parading at least 150 suspects recently, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, played down the report of unrest in parts of the state.
Ebrimson, who spoke on Monday during an interview on Sunrise Daily, explained, “I think we are dealing with the issue of apprehension. Earlier this month, there was a cult supremacy battle in Ifo and the police rose to the challenge and got some of them arrested.”
“Thereafter, this snowballed to Agbado, Ijoko, Ota area and we put up a team to go after the cultists and ever since then, we have been making arrests.
“People have been calling me, there is no day I don’t receive close to 100 calls. Most of these calls are false alarms. The social media is dishing out fear,” he added.