In a rather irrelevant to the situation unless you love to be extremely consoled all the time, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has rather spoken up to the weary, agitating and impatient lock downers of his land, that the lockdown was still being observed due to its importance in curbing of spread of the global pandemic. According to the President, the lockdown wouldn’t be made to last longer than necessary.
In this case, how long or short is justified as necessary? who determines the length of necessity?
He said this in a statement containing his message to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr.
The statement issued on Saturday was signed by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
Buhari was quoted as saying that COVID-19, which caught the world off guard, and has put a damper on what would otherwise have been “a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.” The Nigerian leader commended the sacrifices of both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.
He assured Nigerians that “the lockdown measures would not go on longer than necessary because they would be reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardships on the people. “I am well aware of the inconveniences these tough measures have brought on the lives of Nigerians, including limiting religious activities and gatherings in large numbers. “No government would intentionally impose these tough and demanding measures on its citizens if it had a choice.” .
The retired general also appealed to Nigerians “whose businesses and means of livelihoods were badly affected by the prolonged lockdown measures for their understanding and cooperation.” .
He said, “For the first time in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the people’s spiritual, social, and economic lives. ”This year’s fasting period was particularly challenging for Muslims because they had to forgo many important aspects of their daily worship, including the routine congregations for prayer and the recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an as well as traveling for the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah. .
“It is not easy to give up many of these important duties and activities, but it became imperative to do so in order to control or limit the spread of this deadly disease.”