It can be recalled that the president in his nationwide address two weeks ago, extended the lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. "Many businesses have shut down".
Buhari gave the highlights of the new nationwide measures on the ease of the lockdown as follows.
The president said there would therefore be a "phased and gradual easing" of these lockdowns next Monday to allow some economic activities to resume.
"I have directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately", Buhari said in a national broadcast on Monday.
Millions of Nigeria's 200 million citizens, more than 20 million of whom live in Lagos, live on daily wages, and the lockdown left many without money to buy food.
He added: "No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines".
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Buhari also said there will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am when all movements will be prohibited except for essential services.
Buhari also opined that the cases in "Kano, and indeed many other States that are recording new cases, preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from interstate travel and emerging community transmission".
A post on the NCDC Twitter handle reads: "As at 11:20pm 27th April- 1337 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria".
The federal government will also enforce a ban on non-essential movement between Nigeria's 36 states, a measure the governors' forum had requested.
He announced the federal government would deploy "all the necessary human, material and technical resources" to support Kano state in controlling the pandemic. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gathers shall remain in place.
He said the lockdown has taken a heavy toll on the economy and the government wants factories, markets, trade and transport to function while people adhere to COVID-19 measures.