- President Buhari has participated in an online summit aimed at finding solutions to end the coronavirus pandemic
- The summit was organised by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and presided by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan
- The DG of WHO, president of the 74th Session of the UN, chairperson of the African Union Commission and other leaders participated in the virtual summit
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 4, participated in an online summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Contact Group Meeting in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the meeting themed United Against COVID-19 was presided over by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan and current chair of the NAM, IIham Aliyev.
In his opening speech, Aliyev thanked the member countries of NAM for unanimously endorsing the global fight against COVID-19 to protect humanity from destruction.
He revealed that already Azerbaijan had donated 5 million dollars to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help combat the deadly Coronavirus disease.
According to him, Azerbaijan on its part has introduced several measures including special quarantine region which has extended to May 31 to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He also disclosed that the country had earmarked 3.5 billion dollars for the implementation of the country’s social interventions programmes, while tax holidays had also been offered to some companies to cushion the negative impacts of the deadly virus.
Aliyev commended the World Health Organisation and the United Nations for their collaborative support in the global fight against Coronavirus.
He pledged that NAM would continue to share ideas and information with all stakeholders to combat the pandemic.
The president of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, who also participated in the teleconference, reiterated the commitment of the UN in the efforts to finding solutions to the deadly Coronavirus.
While noting that the virus has disrupted economies of many nations across the world, Muhammad-Bande commended member countries of the NAM for their joint efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
He also enjoined them to continue to build stronger economies that would address the difficulties being experienced by their respective citizens.
In a video message to the event, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, noted with concern that the virus had so far inflicted serious damages humanity and economies of the world.
He, however, stressed the need to sustain global solidarity against the novel coronavirus.
In his remarks, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the NAM Summit on COVID-19 as a welcome development as no country can manage the pandemic alone.
According to him, national unity, global solidarity and commitment to peace are vital in the fight against the virus.
”COVID-19 has affected all segments of the society- all countries must work together to ensure that no one is left behind,” he said
In his contribution, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, lauded China and Cuba for sending medical equipment to Africa to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a famous Islamic cleric and northern leader, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, berated the federal government for the easing of lockdown in the country.
Sheikh Gumi said President Buhari only yielded to pressure in ordering a gradual opening up of the country.
The foremost northern leader also described the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the federal government as not good enough.
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