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El-Rufai threatens to impose curfew on Kaduna

By Abdulganiyu Alabi and Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
24 March 2020   |   4:01 am
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has imposed stiff measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Deploys security agencies to enforce restrictions
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has imposed stiff measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The governor had on Friday issued a notice restricting public gatherings, including for religious activities, in the state.

In a broadcast yesterday, the governor said it was better to impose restrictions and save lives than to be complacent and bury victims, pointing out that the state was closely observing the implementation of measures against COVID-19 as well as the evolving global picture and would not hesitate to lock down the state, if events dictate.

Cautioning the public to minimise movements, the governor noted that his government had directed security agencies to ensure compliance with the restriction across the state.

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, the governor also said civil servants from level 12 and below had been directed to remain at home for the next one month, while federal authorities had been contacted to shut down the Kaduna to Abuja train station.

His words, “The danger from COVID-19 is real. This disease has devastated countries all over the world. Even the most advanced nations are struggling to contain the virus. Our best chance to contain the disease is to prevent it from taking root and spreading in our state.

“I wish to reiterate that given our circumstances in Nigeria, with the limited capacity of our health system, preventive measures are the best way to protect our people.”

“The deputy governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, and I jointly hosted a live media chat last Friday on this matter. During the two hours of the chat, we reminded people to observe personal hygiene, especially respiratory hygiene, wash their hands regularly with soap and water, and avoid large gatherings. Earlier that Friday, we had issued a statement restricting large gatherings and advising religious and community leaders to help ensure compliance with the guidelines from public health experts.”