- The Nigerian Senate suggests that it is too early to fault President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence over the spread of coronavirus disease in Nigeria
- Godiya Akwashiki, the spokesperson for the Senate expresses the belief that the president is studying a senate resolution demanding him to address Nigerians over the pandemic
- Akwashiki says the Senate would have a discussion with the executive if the president does not address the nation next week
The Senate has said it is too early to question President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence over the spread of the coronavirus disease in Nigeria.
Godiya Akwashiki, the spokesperson for the Senate on Thursday, March 19, questioned if there was any time frame for the president to act on the Senate’s resolution which demanded Buhari to address the nation over the coronavirus issue, Premium Times reports.
Briefing journalist in Abuja, Akwashiki expressed the belief that the president is studying the resolution before making a decision.
The spokesperson pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the president.
He said the coronavirus pandemic is a serious issue and that the Senate would have a discussion with the executive if the president does not address the nation next week.
Meanwhile, the presidency has assured Nigerians that there is no need to panic as the Muhammadu Buhari administration is on top of the coronavirus issue.
The presidency gave the assurance in a statement on Thursday, March 19, through a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu.
The statement noted that President Buhari has taken steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus cases imported in Nigeria by ordering travel restrictions from 13 countries which will take effect from March 20.
The presidency said stringent checks are currently being carried out at points of air and sea entry into the country.
The presidential aide stated that the governments would continue to update the Nigerian public with relevant information regarding the pandemic The aide urged Nigerians not to politicise the issue of coronavirus in the country.
He said it was cheap and sensational for the Senate to accuse the president of complacency simply because he has not made a television address on the coronavirus pandemic.
Garba Shehu said Nigerians must unite to fight this plague, irrespective of religious or ideological affiliation.
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