Nigerians React With Self-Deprecating Humor To Buhari Easing Lockdown

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On April 28, President Buhari addressed the nation detailing the response to the coronavirus in the coming weeks. In summary, he stated that Nigeria is currently ahead of the curve at the moment, with regard to the number of identified cases, citing the fact that there have been 1273 confirmed cases, which falls short of the 2000 case mark that served as the ballpark figure of estimated cases for the first month after the index case.

He went on to state that the Nigerian Center for Disease Control now has the capacity for 2500 tests across 15 testing centers nationwide thanked the healthcare workers at the center of the battle and touched on security issues like the reports of strange deaths and mass burials in Kano State.

President Buhari then went on to announce that there will be a gradual easing of the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states beginning on the 4th of May acknowledging that while protecting lives is paramount, the economy cannot survive an indefinite lockdown.

Below are some bullet points of some other measure President Buhari announced in the continued battle with coronavirus.

  • An overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am prohibiting all movements during this period except for essential services.
  • A ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice.
  • The mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.
  • Controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers.

Nigerians have come to develop a thing for dealing with serious issues through self-deprecating humor and on Twitter, that was the reaction to President Buhari’s revised policies. Below are some of the funnier responses:

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