Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed says he cannot afford to impose a total lockdown in the state because the people are Hungry.
The Governor said this in Bauchi while commiserating with traders of Muda Lawal market on the inferno that destroyed some shops and property worth millions in the market.
He explained that government would, however, enforce a minimal lockdown and urged the people to observe social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
“On behalf of the government of Bauchi State, we came to commiserate with you over this monumental loss in this Musa Lawal market, which is one of the biggest markets in Bauchi.
“I understand that about 17 shops have been burnt and one life was lost; the state government will take steps to cushion the effects of the losses by bringing some palliatives immediately, so that the traders will go back to business.
“I want to seize this opportunity to tell you that COVID-19 is a reality, I just came out of it and it is not a joke.
“I urge you to continue to exercise social distancing as we are going to enforce minimal lockdown, but we cannot afford total lockdown because people must eat,” he said.
Mohammed who said God tested his faith with COVID-19, revealed that he had ordered the complete closure of all borders leading to the state to deny index cases from entering the state.