U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard Assesses Nigeria’s Fight Against COVID-19

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth has explained why she thinks that Nigeria should be commended for the level of mobilization that it carried out with its resources in order to fight against COVID-19.

U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard in a chat with journalists.

In a media teleconference, Ambassador Mary Beth said: “I think Nigeria is really to be commended for the incredible mobilisation that it has done with its resources in order to fight against COVID-19.

“It is a difficult situation in every country.’’

“The U.S., other international partners, organisations and countries were participating in the fight against coronavirus.

“It is a hard job; it is a complicated job and the more we do it together, the better we would all succeed.

“We need to succeed together but again as I said earlier, this isn’t something that countries can’t address in isolation. It’s a virus, it doesn’t know borders and so we all have to work together.

“Buhari was the first African Head of State that President Donald Trump spoke with on issues concerning the deadly virus ravaging the entire globe.

“We are very pleased to see that we made that connection.

The U.S. President talked about how Nigeria was faring during the pandemic and about equipment needed.

“We are hoping in the coming days or weeks, we will be able to have more information about what they try to do.

“About 237 million dollars had been expended on COVID-19 activities within the African continent; out of which about 32.8 million dollars had been spent in Nigeria.

“There is more in the pipeline, almost a comfortable sum; as we think about the different ways we can partner with Nigeria. This of course is in addition to our regular assistance toward health.

“In over 20 years, some amount had been given to Nigeria, part of which had been spent on health.

“The infrastructure built with the amount had turned out to be usable during the COVID-19 pandemic.”