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The Quarterly Meeting of the President-in-Council (PIC); a body comprised of the National Executive Officers, Chairmen and Secretaries of the Branches, and Heads and Secretaries of the Directorates of CLASFON held at Enugu In Enugu State from the 11th and 12th March, 2021 to deliberate on issues concerning the CLASFON and the Nation.

The National President presided over the business sessions during which participants extolled the manifestation of a new zeal to actualize the vision of CLASFON which is to see ‘A New Legal Profession Anchored on Christ’.


The meeting deliberated, among others, on the following issues:



  2. ELECTRONIC FILING (E-FILING): CLASFON commends the judiciary at all levels for the deployment of Information Technology (IT) especially with respect to the electronic filing of court processes. This step towards improving justice delivery in the country is highly commendable. Other courts that are yet to adopt this method are encouraged to do so, and lawyers are enjoined to improve their Information Technology skills in order to key into the new approach.

CLASFON commends Professor Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross Rivers State, as well as the Cross River State House of Assembly for the resolution of the impasse in the State Judiciary which had hitherto and unnecessarily stalled the smooth running of the Cross Rivers State Judiciary due to the refusal of the State House of Assembly to confirm the most senior judge of the State, the Hon. Justice Akon Ekpeme as the substantive Chief Judge of the State. The eventual confirmation of Hon. Justice Akon Ekpeme is laudable. However, CLASFON decries the situation in Gombe State where the Gombe State Governor and the State Judicial Service Commission have persistently refused to send the name of the most senior judge in that state i.e. Hon. Justice Beatrice Iliya to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for consideration of His Lordship’s appointment as the substantive Chief Judge in the State. CLASFON, therefore, advises His Excellency, Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to succumb to reason like his Cross Rivers State counterpart and do the right thing.



CLASFON like most other concerned Nigerians observes with dismay, the controversy generated by the recent shortlisting of judicial officers for consideration for appointment as Justices of the Court of Appeal submitted to the National Judicial Council (NJC). Of particular interest is the concern expressed that of all the candidates shortlisted from the 19 Northern States of the Federation, no Judge of the Christian faith is included in the Priority List contrary to the spirit of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended). CLASFON is worried that the independence of the Judiciary is likely to be compromised if the process of judicial appointments becomes a subject matter of public outcry and political interference and therefore calls on the appointing authority to ensure that merit, justice, and fairness is not compromised and that the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is strictly adhered to.


CLASFON reiterates her position as contained in the communiqué issued on November 22, 2020, about the general state of insecurity in the nation. Since the last communiqué, the state of insecurity in the country has worsened. The recent kidnapping/abduction of students in Kankara in Katsina State, Kagara in Niger State, Jangebe in Zamfara State, and students of Federal College of Forestry, Mando, Kaduna State, is worrisome. The alarming increase in banditry, kidnapping, and communal clashes have occasioned unquantifiable human and material losses and displacement of indigenous communities. The security apparatus of the state appears to be either overwhelmed or incapacitated to deal with these criminal activities which have emboldened criminals, thus making crime attractive to youths.

CLASFON, therefore, calls on the security agencies, especially the newly appointed Service Chiefs to rise to this situation immediately, halt the continuous upsurge in crime and criminalities in the country, and protect the lives and the livelihood of Nigerians.

CLASFON views the agitations for secession, the formation of regional security outfits, issuing of eviction orders to non-indigenes by some non-state actors, blockade of food supplies etc. coming from different regions of the country as the consequences of the general failure of good governance in the Country. The Federal Government must therefore rise to the occasion to ensure justice and fair play in all its dealings, to quell these agitations. Genuine concerns raised by these agitators should be looked into sincerely and addressed by the government. CLASFON also urges the agitators to sheath their swords and embrace dialogue.

    1. Secularity of the Nigerian Constitution: CLASFON observes that even though the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 in Section 10 states categorically that Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion thereby affirming Nigeria to be a secular state, the realities on ground do not reflect this cardinal principle. The policies and appointments by the Federal Government have continued to favour a particular religion to the detriment of others. State Governments have formulated policies that directly promote one religion over and above others. The Hijab controversy currently going on in Kwara State is one clear instance of the arbitrary use of state policy to promote a particular religion. The indefinite closure of Christian Mission Schools in Kwara State over the Hijab controversy is unacceptable. CLASFON wonders why despite the pendency of an appeal before the Supreme Court on the issue of Hijab, the Kwara State Government would proceed to take steps that will appear to pre-empt the decision of the Apex Court and foist a fait accompli on the Apex Court in the appeal. CLASFON, therefore, calls on the Kwara State government to reopen the affected schools, for the benefit of innocent students and to show respect for the rule of law.
    2. CLASFON also observes with dismay, the bastardisation of due process and violations of the laws of the Country by the Federal Government, in the unlawful elongation of the tenure of offices of the Accountant General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, and the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, whose respective tenures of office had elapsed. We commend the courageous citizens of Nigeria who have gone to court to challenge this affront on the rule of law. CLASFON urges the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency retrace its steps, by allowing these retired officers to vacate their respective offices immediately.

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AROME OKWORI                                                                   OLATUNJI OMOLE NATIONAL PRESIDENT                                                           NATIONAL SECRETARY


Behold, Here I Stand

2020 was a tough and challenging year in many respects for us as individuals, as families, as a Fellowship, as a Church and as a nation. But the LORD saw us through and behold here we stand in 2021.

Remarkably, there were a number of victories, joyous moments and breakthroughs on the one hand and as well a number of painful experiences, bitterness and losses on the other hand. In the end, behold here we stand and we are alive to tell it all. We give glory to God for the gift of life. Amen!

We are now on the threshold of 2021! No one can foretell what 2021 holds in store but because He lives, we can face 2021 with hope, faith and great expectations. As individuals, as families, as a Fellowship, after 40 years of ministry, as a Church in Nigeria and as a nation after 60 years of political independence, it might have been rough, tough and challenging, but LORD, behold, here we stand!

Our greatest need is to hear your Word and to obey you through the year 2021 because there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

May this year, 2021 be a year of the LORD’s favour for you, your family, for CLASFON, for the Church and for our dear nation Nigeria in Jesus name. Amen!

Behold, here I Stand!

Happy New Year!

Arome M. Okwori

President CLASFON

1st January 2021




The Quarterly Meeting of the President-in-Council, a body comprised of the National Executive Officers and the Chairmen and Secretaries of all the 50 branches and Heads and Secretaries of the Directorates of CLASFON held from the 20th to 22nd November, 2020 to deliberate on issues concerning the Nation and CLASFON.


The 2-day meeting had in attendance the national officers and the representatives of the branches. The National President presided over the meeting as well as technical sessions. During the technical sessions, participants extolled the manifestation of a new zeal to actualize the vision of CLASFON which is to see ‘A New Legal Profession Anchored on Christ’.


The meeting deliberated, among others, on the following issues:

  1. The consistent interference with the Judiciary by the members of the Executive;
  2. The general state of insecurity nationwide;
  3. #ENDSARS Protest;
  4. Protracted ASUU Strike.


Comments and Resolutions:


  1. CLASFON after much deliberations on the state of the Judiciary nationwide commends President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating eight new Supreme Court Justices to the Senate for appointment after a prolonged initial foot-dragging. It is our hope that the appointment and swearing-in of the Justices will translate to a speedy dispensation of justice at the apex court of the land and clearing of the huge backlog of pending cases.


  1. CLASFON, however, deprecates the undue political interference in the appointment of Chief Judges of States especially in Cross River as it affects the appointment of Justice Akon Ikpeme and in Gombe State on the appointment of Justice Beatrice Iliya, who though eminently qualified and as most senior Judges in both States have both been sadly sidelined on either ethnic, gender or religious grounds. CLASFON commends the stance of the National Judicial Council on both cases and hopes the right things will be done in the end.


  1. CLASFON also observes the delay in the assignment of cases and fixing of dates for cases filed in our various courts nationwide, its negative effect on cases and the erosion of public confidence in the judicial system.



  1. CLASFON is alarmed by the state of widespread insecurity in the land with daily reports of killings and incessant kidnapping by bandits and terrorists. The nation is plunging into a state of complete anarchy with the recent reports of kidnapping of Police Officers and other security personnel for ransom, the recent killing of the APC chairman of Nasarawa State in Lafia and kidnapping of Pastor Polycarp Zongo of the COCIN Church on his way from Jos, Plateau State to Gombe in Gombe State.


  1. CLASFON notes with sadness that in the face of this monumental collapse of security and a near-total breakdown of law and order in Nigeria, this present administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has not deemed it necessary to change the Service Chiefs and to overhaul the entire security architecture of the country.


 CLASFON commends the Federal Government for directing the establishment of various Judicial Commissions of Inquiry to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by the disbanded SARS Police Units and notes with sadness the attempt to freeze the accounts of alleged END SARS sponsors.


  1. CLASFON condemns the wanton destruction of public and private properties by hoodlums who took advantage of the #ENDSARS protests and condoles with those who lost their loved ones, properties and their means of livelihood.


 CLASFON is deeply concerned that after over eight months of closure, the universities and other public tertiary institutions in the country are still closed down with an army of anxious and agitated youth at home and roaming the streets due to the industrial action embarked upon by ASUU.  The prolonged industrial action if not urgently brought to an end will have devasting effect on the career prospects of many young Nigerians as well the social and economic development plans of the Federal Government.

The recommendations and conclusions arising from the issues are as follows-


  1. The intriguing and embarrassing circumstances surrounding the appointment of the Chief Judges of Cross Rivers and Gombe States have brought to the fore the urgent need to evolve beyond tribal, religious or gender sentiments and to focus on factors bordering on merit, efficiency and equitable considerations. We, therefore, call on both State Governors to heed the voice of reason and to do what is right in order to secure the independence of the Judiciary in their States.
  2. CLASFON calls upon the National Judicial Council to be more assertive in defending the spirit and letters of the Constitution.
  • We call upon the concerned Judicial authorities to take urgent steps to remedy the delays in the judicial system and to put in place a workable system to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the judicial system.


We urge the Federal and State Governments to take urgent steps to secure the release of Pastor Polycarp Zongo and other citizens in the hands of terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements and to put concrete measures in place to secure the safety of lives and properties of all citizens.


CLASFON calls upon the Federal Government to urgently de-escalate tension by unfreezing the bank accounts of the perceived sponsors of the youths protests and create a more conducive environment for victims to come out freely to ventilate their grievances before the various Judicial Panels across the States.


We call upon the Federal Government to urgently conclude talks with ASUU leaders and resolve all pending issues forthwith so as to bring an end to the frustration of these young Nigerians and the generality of the citizenry especially parents.

AROME OKWORI                                                                            OLATUNJI OMOLE

NATIONAL PRESIDENT                                                               NATIONAL SECRETARY


















  1. The youths of Nigeria, as citizens of our nation, are entitled to the fundamental and inalienable rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and thought guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should not be denied or hampered in any way from exercising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution, as this is the hallmark of a true democracy.


  1. We condemn in totality the gruesome attacks and killing of unarmed innocent citizens by armed men alleged to be men of the Nigerian Army and other security operatives in different parts of Nigeria and in particular the brutal and violent attacks on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza, Lagos on the 20th day of October 2020.


  1. We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to swiftly investigate the above ugly incidents of unlawful brutalisation and killing of innocent citizens with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.


  1. We urge the teeming youths of our nation to keep calm, maintain law and order and conduct themselves peacefully as they ventilate their grievances on the current state of affairs in the nation.


  1. The Federal Republic of Nigeria according to Section 14(1) of the Constitution shall be a state based on principles of democracy and social justice and so we call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as President of the Federation, the Head of State, the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to urgently address the demands and agitations of the youths by putting in place appropriate implementation strategies and timelines which we believe will demonstrate sincerity on the part of the government, assuage the agonies, the grievances and well placed demands of citizens for a better Nigeria and to restore hope for a better Nigeria.


  1. We share in the grief of those who have lost their loved ones, and commiserate with them and pray God to comfort and strengthen them.


  1. In line with the Motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which is Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress we demand that all the organs, persons and authorities of the Government of Nigeria should preserve and promote these core values and pray for wisdom, courage and the willingness to do what is right, on their part, in the present circumstance, and for peace and tranquillity to reign throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Arome M. Okwori

President CLASFON


Olatunji Omole

National Secretary CLASFON



The Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria hereby invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the post of the National Executive Director of the Fellowship.

Prospective Candidate must:

  1. be a legal practitioner of not less than six years post- Call with a proven track record of organizational ability;
  2. be a Christian with good interpersonal relationships with all categories of people but not an ordained minister of the gospel in any denomination;
  3. be a person who has a calling to the vision and mission of CLASFON and a calling to be involved in a non-denominational or interdenominational work;


The National Executive Director shall:

  1. be the administrative head of the Secretariat of the Fellowship under the supervision of the National Secretary.
  2. report to the National Executive Committee and interface with all NEC members in the areas of their functions;
  3. carry out such responsibilities as shall be assigned to him by the National Executive Committee from time to time;
  4. in collaboration with the respective National officer be responsible for the effective coordination of the National office with the various regions and branches and to this effect shall on the approval of the President travel from time to time to visit and interact with the regions, directorates and branches including Law School and University Chapters and participate in their activities. (h) be an ex-officio member of the President-in-Council and the National Executive Committee;
  5. in cooperation with the National Financial Secretary be active in securing sponsorship, financial support in the collation of revenue from the regions, branches, individual members and others as well as in the sale of any product of the fellowship such as books and magazines within and outside the fellowship; and
  6. assist the Vice President in directing the National Conference Organizing Committee and collaborate, at the instance of the Vice President, with the local organizing committee of the Conference to ensure a very successful and effective National conference,
  7. carry out any responsibilities that shall be assigned to him/her by the National Executive Committee of the Fellowship.

Interested persons are to send their application letter along with a detailed CV and relevant credentials to on or 30th September, 2020.


Femi David Ikotun, Esq.

National Appointment Secretary

BREAKING: FG reduces petrol price to N123.5 per litre

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Federal Government on Tuesday night reduced the price of petrol from N125/litre to N123.5/litre.

Current petrol price indicates a reduction of N1.5 on every litre of petrol purchased nationwide.

It announced the reduction through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, after a whole day meeting with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Abuja.

Announcing the reduction, the Executive Secretary of the PMS pricing regulator, Abdulkadir Saidu, said, “PPPRA, in line with the government approval for a monthly review of Premium

“Motor Spirit pump price hereby announces guiding PMS pump price of N123.50 per litre.

“The guiding price which becomes effective 1st April 2020, shall apply at all retail outlets nationwide for the month of April 2020. PPPRA and other relevant regulatory agencies shall continue to monitor compliance to extant regulations for a sustainable downstream petroleum sector.”

It added, “Members of the public and all oil marketing companies are to be guided accordingly.”

The spokesperson for PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, had told our correspondent at 7.30pm that stakeholders had been meeting on the new price since Tuesday morning.

Officials from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, oil marketers and labour unions, among others, who constitute the petroleum products price modulation committee attended the meeting.

On March 19, 2020, a day after the Federal Government announced the pump price of N125/litre for petrol, the PPPRA declared that there was the possibility of a new price regime for the PMS beginning from April 1, 2020.

It explained that the N125/litre price might last till the end of March, as a new cost for petrol might be introduced on April 1.

Saidu had told journalists that the PPPRA would be undertaking a review of the PMS price and would announce a new price for the product on April 1 (today) if there were changes in the parameters used in determining the N125/litre pump price.

In another development, the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Tuesday announced an improvement in power generation.

It said this followed the support received from the NNPC in terms of supply of gas to fireup thermal power plants.


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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases rise to 139 as Lagos, Abuja record new infections

Nigeria has recorded four new cases of coronavirus, three in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and one in Lagos State.

With this, confirmed cases in the country have risen to 139.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It tweeted, “Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; three in the FCT and one in Lagos.

“As of 08:00 pm on 31st of March, there are 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths.

“For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, Lagos currently has 82 cases, FCT- 28, Oyo- eight, Osun- five, Ogun- four, Kaduna- three, Enugu- two, Edo- two, Bauchi- two, Ekiti- one,
Rivers- one, and Benue – one.”

Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case on February 27 when an Italian businessman, who was on a visit to Lafarge Africa Plc, Ewekoro, Ogun State, was diagnosed with the disease. The Italian had recently been discharged.

Following the increasing cases of the virus, Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), ordered a shutdown of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State.

On Day One of the shutdown, Lagos was calm with the usual traffic jams disappearing.

Like in Lagos, markets, schools and clubs among others were also shut in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the NCDC says it is set to increase its capacity to test for COVID-19 to 1500 per day in the country.

Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said, “Last week, we had the capacity to test 500 per day, by the end of this week we will be at 1000 a day.

“By next week we are hoping to get to 1500 a day.”


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Nigerian Army Removes General In Viral Video Asking For Weapons To Fight Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has removed General Olusegun Adeniyi, who appeared in a viral video urging military authorities to supply them with weapons and accurate intelligence to combat Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East region.

Adeniyi, who is Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, in the viral video lamented how his men were outgunned and ambushed while on an operation in Borno.

SaharaReporters on Tuesday exclusively gathered that a massive shake-up involving the redeployment of over 50 senior officers would be carried out today and Adeniyi is one of persons affected.


Several army generals would be removed on account of the viral video that caused the military authorities great embarrassment.

The Nigerian Army has in recent times suffered huge losses in the fight against Boko Haram due to lack of intelligence, sufficient weaponry to match the insurgents and neglect of troop welfare.

Terrorists recently ambushed and killed over 70 soldiers in Borno State.



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1. Fellow Nigerians,
2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.
3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.
4. Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.
5. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.
6. Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.
7. As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.
8. We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.
9. For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.
10. As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.
11. Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.
12. Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.
13. Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.
14. Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.
15. In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.
16. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.
17. To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds.
18. Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.
19. In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.
20. Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.
21. I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time.
22. As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.
23. This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.
24. We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.
25. Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.
26. So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.
27. I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.
28. This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies.
29. As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.
30. As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.
31. Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.
32. The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.
33. We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.
34. Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
35. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.
36. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.
37. We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.
38. This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.
39. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.
40. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
41. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.
42. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.
43. Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.
44. Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.
45. Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.
46. We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.
47. However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.
48. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.
49. For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.
50. Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.
51. Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.
52. I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.
53. For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.
54. For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.
55. We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.
56. As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.
57. This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.
58. My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.
59. We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.
60. At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.
61. I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.
62. Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.
63. I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.
64. I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.
65. I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.
President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.
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Recent changes in the country especially the pandemic health status attributed to the COVID-19 virus has necessitated the current release.

As we are aware, the 2020 lecture in Honor of the former Chief judge of Lagos State – Hon Justice Adetunji Joseph Adefarasin was slated for the 31st of March 2020.

However, the Lagos Sub-Region of CLASFON, hosts of the event, have taken a hard look at the current situation and In the light of the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the safety of  speakers, guests and attendees alike, hereby announce that the Hon. Justice Adetunji Joseph Adefarasin Memorial lecture earlier slated to hold on the 31st March 2020 at the Foyer of the High Court of Lagos State Igbosere, Lagos with the theme ‘The Challenges of Justice Dispensation in Nigeria: the role of the Bar and Bench’ has been postponed to a time to be communicated.

CLASFON wishes to heed to the warnings against large gatherings by the World Health Organization (WHO) and further adhere to the government advisory on public gatherings.

CLASFON urges us all to play our individual part to halt the spread of the virus by observing the preventive measures of good personal hygiene to wit: frequent hand washing with soap and running water, use of alcohol based sanitizers where access to water and soap is limited and avoid touching your face especially you mouth, eyes and nostril. Gargle frequently with Salt and warm water.

We further enjoin you to avoid gatherings that you can do without and report to the nearest healthcare providers in your environment if you do feel ill.

We again assure our esteemed guests and attendees that a new date will be announced as soon as the virus containment level shows positive numbers.

We also use this medium to urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to give clear and proper directions on measures for containment to save Nigeria from the looming health crisis and the attendant effects on the economy.

Above all, let us all pray for our Nation.

Thank you.

Prince Okey-Joe Onuakalusi Esq.

Sub-Regional Coordinator, CLASFON Lagos