President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to address the nation in a televised broadcast today, Monday, May 18, 2020.
This scheduled broadcast is coming following the end of the first phase of the gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown.
According to Mr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, who announced this on Sunday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, the president is to decide on whether or not the country should go ahead with the second phase of the easing of the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on their work so far on Sunday.
Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, while addressing the media, warned those flouting the guidelines on the relaxed lockdown, that the virus is going no where at least for the next two months.
Mustapha, who said that COVID-19 is a marathon race and not 100 meters race, added that no vaccine was in the horizon, and that the ones being developed would take about 18 months to two years before they would be confirmed for human use.
“COVID-19 is not going to go away in the next one or two months, whoever tells you that is not being realistic. No vaccine is in the horizon, we are talking about 18 months to two years before vaccines would be confirm for human use as far as COVID-19. And unless we get there, it means that it will remain,” he said.
“It might have cycles, after the first cycle of pandemic, they might be a relief, there can be a resurgence and that is evidenced all over the world. It has happened before as is the nature of infections.
“So, I believe that what we are going to do now as a taskforce is to come down to the level of having the communities take ownership of the response.”