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COVID-19: NLC Warns Buhari Against Lockdown Extension, Reveals What Would Likely Happen

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against any further extension of the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

COVID-19: NLC Warns Buhari Against Lockdown Extension, Reveals What Would Likely Happen 3

KanyiDaily recalls that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had on Wednesday approved the implementation of a 14 days nationwide lockdown in the 36 states.

However, the NLC warned against such move, saying that the situation would get out hand if the lockdown exceeded one month.

Its president, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning on Wednesday in a letter he addressed to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

Wabba urged Buhari to consider the welfare of Nigerians, as well as insecurity before making any decision about prolonging the lockdown which may trigger social unrest and economic relapse.

““While we understand the public health imperatives for extending the lockdown in some parts of the country, it is also very important to underscore the fact that the states currently under total lockdown are the economic and administrative nerve centres of Nigeria.

“This is very dicey. As much as it is important to keep many Nigerians from dying in the hands of coronavirus, loss of income and the accompanying destitution can also be a pathfinder for numerous other sicknesses and deaths. This is the time to play the balancing game.

“The truth is that our economy might relapse into prolonged coma if the current lockdown in the nation’s nerve centres goes beyond the current extension.

“There were widespread acts of civil disobedience, inducement of law enforcement agents to gain passes and even various forms of violent crimes.

“No one is sure how long this dam would hold. We fear that the situation will get out of hand if the lockdown exceeds one month.

“While we commend government for being proactive, we opine that the stimulus package would be best served through consultation with social partners.

“Labour and private sector employers have a good understanding of industries where jobs and production are in most danger.”

KanyiDaily had reported that on 13 April, President Buhari extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja for an extra two weeks on top of the original time frame. As it stands, the lockdown will now last until midnight on 27 April.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jude Peter

    April 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Hungry will kill people oooo if Nigeria president extend the lockdown to another one month, no food, no money to buy food me my very self taking right now, no money, please and please they should be no extension of the lockdown by the president thank you.

  2. Bow

    April 24, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Hungry kills more than the virus itself now due to the Lockdown involvement and FG / State Govnmt should stop fooling us of cases increment. Not all cases are CVD-19,some are likely thyphod or Malaria.NCDC and State Governors should stop making money on Nigerias while they keep exenteding lockdown without provisions for it. Government should considered us from this deadly Lockdown extension and to all abide to rules of hygiene and social methods in our Business places by wearing Mask/Gloves. Nigeria motto: (Peace & Unity)… Please no more Lockdown, no more unrest and no more chores!!!! B4 hunger cases will rise 2,367 please ooooo

    Please FG should cancel the extending of Lockdown.

  3. MOSES

    April 24, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Please sir there should not be any extension of the lockdown

  4. Thunder

    April 24, 2020 at 9:29 am

    No time too thank any govt or president..let’s be realistic the fact that u guys have food too eat in ur house doesn’t mean every bady has that privilege
    If the president of Nigeria extend this lockdown I swear my God almighty punish him bcos before other country lock up there citizens they were amenities for them…
    Let’s think twice

  5. rosemarry Joyce

    April 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Pls Nigeria govt should stop using us to make money.please don’t make any extension bcos we are going to die by ungry, know money to buy food , consider people of know work know salary. The sufernes is too much please know extension oooo

  6. johnnymighty mighty

    April 24, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Please Mr gorverment or Mr President put yourself in our shoes you have everything you need now you want us to be staying at home so that you will be making money right let me ask you if you kill everybody or if everybody died bcs of hungry only you will stay in the country and you short all church down after you will let Christian pray for Nigeria what about morsk evil people we stay at home for one month and everyday cases keep on risen an police and task force keep on killing people More than so call virus I don’t know if is true but psams 91sais something a word is enough for a wise thanks

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