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Coronavirus: Buhari replies critics, lauds health ministry, agencies on efforts made

President Muhammadu Buhari has acted promptly to criticisms targeted at him by some critics that he was keeping mum over the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, and saying he would have since reacted were it that the virus had attacked cattle.

The President has indeed commended the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency enabled COVID-19 to be detected before spreading and for the prompt isolation of index case in Lagos State.

President Buhari also expressed sadness over the confirmation of the case of Coronavirus in Nigeria, says said in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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President Buhari also noted that the virus still found its way to Nigeria despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding preparedness and response measures put in place in the country’s borders and beyond.

He urged Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first case of Covid-19 in the country, as an undue alarm would do citizens 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.

This information is being broadcast in all available media by the Federal Ministry of Information” the President said.