The Defence Headquarters says the military is ready to implement the president’s order on the restriction of movement to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, announced this on Monday while briefing reporters at the DHQ in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
This comes a day after the President addressed Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Addressing reporters on the lockdown order, Enenche said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria is to implement all restriction on movement, in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this includes the presidential directive given by the President, Commander-In-Chief, during his address to the nation on the COVID 19.
According to Enenche, a committee headed by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations is in place interfacing with all relevant ministries, departments and agencies of the government managing the situation.
He noted that a number of Armed Forces of Nigerian medical personnel have been earmarked to be trained on the management of COVID 19 cases, in liaison with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“In the same vein, about 48 Disaster Response Units of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are on Notice To Move in conjunction with NEMA.
“These units will handle operations other than medicals that may arise in the course of this non-kinetic military operation,” the military spokesman explained.
He added, “The High Command of Nigerian Military hereby solicits for the support of the general public in this trying period of the fight against COVID-19.
“This can be achieved by adhering to all the medical and administrative guidelines being provided by government at all levels.”
Enenche also disclosed that 17 isolation and treatment centres have been earmarked across the six geopolitical zones of the country.