Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture has said the current lockdown in federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states scheduled to go on for two weeks could be extended if residents do not behave themselves.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday ordered a 14-day lockdown as part of the measures to avert the spread of COVID-19.
Nigeria currently has 190 confirmed cases of coronavirus,with record of two deaths and 25 reoveries.
Speaking at a press conference by Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Friday in Abuja, the minister said Nigerians should observe social distancing and a good hygiene so that everyone could get back to their normal lives after the lockdown.
“If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so,” he said.
“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.
“Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings; after two weeks, we will resume our normal life.
“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”
The coronavirus pandemic has crippled social and economic activities across the globe.