After days of uncertainty amid a really loud silence, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally addressed Nigerians regarding the COVID-19 infection across the country.
President Buhari revealed the steps taken by his government in addressing the virus as well as preventing it’s spread across the country.
He noted that the Federal Government had began making preparations to contain the disease when WHO declared it a pandemic.
He noted that every resource owned by the Nigerian government has now been directed towards combating the spread of Coronavirus across the country.
President Buhari said further that since the first case of the virus was confirmed on February 27,2020, the cases of COVID-19 in the country has steadily risen to 97 with one recorded death.
The President also announced several measures in his speech which was televised live on NTA including the restriction of all local and international commercial and private flights.
Read the full text of President Buhari’s speech below:
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.
The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.
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.
This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.
As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.
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.