Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the Buhari-led administration is handling security across the country very well.
The Vice President said this when he hosted members of Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday February 3.
Osinbajo also disclosed that “ways to beef up security” across the country was part of the discussion they had during the National Security Council meeting which was held on Thursday January 30.
In a statement released by his media aide Laolu Akande, the Vice President averred that Nigerian security agencies will be recruiting more personnel to curb security challenges in the country.
He said: “We are doing everything that needs to be done. We are handling security well, and as you know, including military deployment in diverse fields, like the Boko Haram in the Northeast.
“In fact, we have to now recruit more into the Army, and much faster than we ever did because we need men on the ground; resources also – to buy more arms, to buy more platforms.
“At the last meeting of the National Security Council that was held on Thursday, we had discussions on how to beef up the military’s platforms. How do we beef up the numbers?’ How do we recruit more men and women into the Army? How do we collaborate more with local vigilante, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and all that? So, there is a lot going on in terms of trying to beef up security. The security situation is one that is very challenging.
“We are also looking at aspects of surveillance – how we can do more aerial surveillance using drones and electronic devices to improve surveillance.”
Lockdown Will Be Extended If Nigerians Don’t Behave Themselves — Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that the lockdown currently experienced in some parts of the country may be extended if Nigerians don’t behave themselves.
The minister, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this in Abuja when he featured in a forum to give an update on government efforts at containing the pandemic, NAN reports.
“If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.
“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.
“Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings; after two weeks, we will resume our normal life.
“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”
There are 210 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria including four deaths.
The pandemic, which has infected about one million people globally, has paralysed economic and socio-religious activities in most parts of the West African country.
COVID-19: FG To Evacuate Nigerians Abroad — But Not For Free
The federal government has begun moves to bring back Nigerians who are stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), asked those willing to return to notify the Nigerian missions in their respective countries.
She added via a statement on Friday that the missions will subsequently forward their names to the ministry of foreign affairs for action.
Dabiri-Erewa, however, said the financial implications of such evacuation will be borne by the respective individuals “who will be compulsorily quarantined when they return.”
“The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, who will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM spokesman, read.
“To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing their information to the mission in their respective host countries.”
She said while embassies in several countries are also on lockdown, Nigerians willing to return should fill a form here.
Some countries have been evacuating their citizens from Nigeria amid the pandemic.
BREAKING: Nigeria Records 20 New Coronavirus Cases, Two Deaths
Nigeria has recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 210.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its Twitter handle on Friday.
NCDC also announced that the country recorded two deaths in Lagos and Edo States.
The NCDC tweeted, “Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; 11 in Lagos, three in the FCT, three in Edo, 2 in Osun and one in Ondo.
“Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo States.
“As of 10:30 pm on 3rd of April, there are 210 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.”
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