President Buhari Extends Condolences To Friendly Countries Over Coronavirus
The President of federal republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday sent condolence messages to Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Moon Jae-in of Iran and South Korea respectively, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Guiseppo Conte, expressing “deep sympathies” following the uncontrollable incidents of the deadly Coronavirus in their countries.
A statement credited to Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to the President Media & Publicity on March 8th 2020.
President Buhari said the Nigerian government will continue to diligently carry out its duty and obligations to the international community by ensuring that the spread of the disease is reduced.
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In the message, the President also urged Nigerians to continue to show support to citizens of other countries who are living in Nigeria.
He added, “There is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.”
President Buhari, while commending the three countries on their efforts to contain the virus, expressed confidence that, “with the support of the World Health Organisation and other global agencies all working together to contain the virus, it will only be a matter of time before the world sees an end to this disease.”
According to him, “So far, there have been no known cases of the disease on Nigerian soil, but for the penetration of a lone foreign national found to be a carrier of the virus.”
Mr President also commended the diligent and relentless efforts of federal, state health officials as well as ports and border personnel in keeping Nigeria safe from the deadly disease.
Meanwhile, in fulfilment of the President’s promise to give the health authorities all that they need to keep Nigeria clear of the virus including financial support, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning confirmed making the second approved payment in the sum N620 million last week bringing the total payments made so far to N984 million.
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