In what looked like a reaction to the call by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to address Nigerians on the outbreak of Coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the outbreak of the virus in the country.
The President, in a statement on Sunday, by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, noted that it was saddening how the virus infiltrated into the country, “despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place in our country’s borders and beyond”.
“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 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,” the statement noted.