ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC SUNDAY 29TH MARCH, 2020
From the primary signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into a pestilence and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the federal started planning preventive, containment and curative measures within the event the disease hits Nigeria.
The whole instruments of presidency are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an financial condition.
Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we’ve seen the amount of confirmed cases rise slowly.
By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the overall confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.
Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are together with his family during this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.
As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists round the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.
We are in reality with these institutions as they work towards an answer that may be certified by international and native medical authorities within the shortest possible time.
For now, the simplest and best thanks to avoid getting infected is thru regular hygienic and sanitary practices additionally as social distancing.
As individuals, we remain the best weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we are able to contain this virus.
Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the case closely and studying the varied responses adopted by other countries.
Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one amongst ten global health leaders invited by the globe Health Organisation to go to China and understudy their response approach. i’m personally very pleased with Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians.
Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to make sure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC do, led by the Presidential Task Force.
Although we’ve adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs are tailored to reflect our local realities.
In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.
First, to guard the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to make sure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.
To date, we’ve introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall still do so because the situation unfolds.
Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to several citizens. But these are sacrifices we should always all be willing and prepared to create for the greater good of our country.
In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there’s no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. it’s all about the correct reaction by the correct agencies and trained experts.
Accordingly, as a Government, we are going to still depend on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.
I therefore urge all citizens to stick to their guidelines as they’re