UPDATED MESSAGE FROM AMBASSADOR MODUPE IRELE TO NIGERIANS IN FRANCE ON THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION
In light of Prime Minister M. Édouard Philippe’s announcement that France’s “stay-at-home” order has been extended to 15th April, 2020, the Embassy of Nigeria in France, has extended its suspension of Consular, Passport and other related services, in line with this directive.
You should note also that, as the number of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria increase, the Federal Government and several State Governments have accordingly restricted movements of people and business activities in order to drastically contain the number and spread of infections from the virus in the country.
I urge you therefore to abide by all government directives. Most importantly, Stay at home, observe social distancing and only go out for emergencies.This approach is proving to be the most effective measure we can take to guard our communal health and to defeat the Covid-19 virus,if we are to return to normalcy as soon as possible.
As the Prime Minister has also hinted that the stay-at-home order may be further extended if necessary, the embassy’s services may have to be similarly extended.
Further updates will be uploaded on our website: www.nigeriafrance.com.
As you follow directives, please don’t panic.If you have questions, you may want to call 0 800 130 000, a useful toll-free hotline service offered in French only, to ask about the Coronavirus COVID-19. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekbut it does NOT give medical advice.
Also, do monitor the changing situation through trusted and reputable media sources such as that of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as official government channels.
We trust that our prayers will be answered to bring the situation completely under control.
Dr. Modupe E. Irele
Ambassador of Nigeria
27th March, 2020