President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agents not to harm citizens as they carry out their duties during the coronavirus lockdown in the country. The president made the appeal today while briefing the nation on the state of things during the lockdown.

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“The PTF finds it very necessary to appeal to our law enforcement agencies to deploy tact and caution in the course of enforcing the rules even in the face of provocation. “We similarly appeal to all Nigerians to be law-abiding, exercise patience and self-restraint. The message from Mr President is that no Nigerian should, on account of these rules, suffer any harm or pains during this period or any other time in our national life.

“To the Nigerian traders and businessmen and women, we appeal for resistance to the urge to hike prices of goods and commodities during this period as our compassionate nature must prevail.” Mustapha stated that it was the best time for citizens to be considerate and to show empathy for their fellow countrymen.

According to him, the role of the non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations in the battle against the coronavirus is well acknowledged and recognised. He urged them to deploy their resources, especially community-based manpower, to shore up the arrangements by the sub-national entities, mainly the states.

“I am pleased to inform Nigerians that we made progress in the mobilisation of resources to reinforce our preparedness and implementation arrangements. “In recognition of the danger to which our frontline health workers are exposed to, government is working with other stakeholders to structure medical and life insurance cover for their protection.

“I, therefore, wish to assure them of our commitment and urge them to put in their utmost best as they battle to save us from this ravaging coronavirus,” he said.

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