President Muhammadu Buhari has finally broken his silence to say he is saddened by the case of coronavirus in Nigeria despite the efforts to prevent it.
Eye9ja reports hat President Buhari said this as his first public comment on the disease since it was recorded in Nigeria on Friday.
Recall that Coronavirus arrived Nigerian when a 44-year-old Italian flew into the country from Milan, Italy, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, before heading to Ogun state where he tested positive to the virus.
He was confirmed as the first coronavirus patient in Nigeria and has been quarantined at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba, Lagos.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, his spokesman, Buhari urged Nigerians not to panic and expressed optimism that the matter was under control.
“President Muhammadu Buhari notes with sadness, the recent confirmation of a case of Covid-19 infection in Lagos, Nigeria.” the statement read.
“This was despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place in our country’s borders and beyond,” he said.
The president urged citizens to adhere to all the safety measures disseminated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“President Buhari, however, commends 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 statement read.
“The President commends 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 calls for vigilance on the part of all citizens and responsible government agencies.
“President Buhari urges Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of Covid-19 in our country, as undue alarm would do us more harm than good.
“Instead, Nigerians should 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.”