The President Muhammadu Buhari has warned of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, saying the nation’s economy is too fragile for another lockdown.
Buhari, in a series of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle on Thursday, urged Nigerians to obey all protocols recommended by health authorities to curtail the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
The tweet read, “Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had at its many briefings frowned on the disregard for COVID-19 protocol by Nigerians while warning against a second wave of the virus in the country.
The task force had also urged citizens to obey social distancing, use of face masks, and regular washing of hands, amongst others.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded over 62,000 infections including over 1,100 fatalities.
It will be recalled that Buhari had in March imposed a total lockdown on parts of the country including Lagos, Abuja and Ogun. The lockdown lasted for over five weeks and had a tremendous effect on the country’s economical activities.