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C & S head cautions against ease of lockdown

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A police officer tries to apprehend a fleeing overloaded motorcycle taxi, popularly called Okada, for failing to comply with the spacing and sit-at-home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, on the Lagos Ibadan expressway on April 28, 2020. – Nigeria will start easing a coronavirus lockdown covering its largest city Lagos and capital Abuja from May 4, 2020, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on April 27, 2020. He unveiled new measures including a nationwide night-time curfew, mandatory wearing of facemasks and a ban on non-essential travel between different regions. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The Federal Government has been advised to be cautious in relaxing the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The Supreme Head, Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Solomon Adegboyega Alao, yesterday, said the number of new cases across the country negates government’s decision, advising that relevant international health organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) be contacted to evaluate and advise approximately.

Alao said what is expected of government at this moment is to intensify synergy among various health agencies to prevent community infection.

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He said it was obvious that the government does not have the capacity to provide palliatives to the majority of vulnerable Nigerians, which would have sustained further extension of the stay-at-home order, but the country should not cut off its nose to spite its face.

The clergyman disagreed with government on reopening of the formal sector, which he said would encourage people to go out and continue with their normal lifestyle despite the pandemic.

He said the decision to ease the lockdown seems hasty, and that but the government must be ready to educate people more on the need to use facemasks and sanction offenders.

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