Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness, after intense pressure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other Nigerian groups, over the recent confirmation of a case of Covid-19 infection in Lagos, Nigeria.
President Buhari chose to communicate this through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, instead of a live broadcast as advocated by the PDP.
According to the statement, the President lamented that this was despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place in all the country’s borders and beyond.
President Buhari, however, commended the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency enabled the case to be detected, diagnosed and isolated quickly, even while swift measures were taken to identify and follow up on those with whom the index patient came into contact.
The President also commended the responses of the Federal Ministry of Health and Governments of Lagos and Ogun States as well as other relevant agencies to the reported incident and called for vigilance on the part of all citizens and responsible government agencies.
President Buhari urged Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of Covid-19 in the country, as undue alarm would cause more harm than good.
He called on Nigerians to, instead, strictly observe the advisories disseminated by the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the best way to prevent infection.
“This information is being broadcast in all available media by the Federal Ministry of Information,” Garba Shehu added to the statement.