Buhari to address citizenry at 7pm regarding COVID-19, other issues

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation through radio and television broadcast at 7.00 pm, Femi Adesina, his spokesman has disclosed.

Adesina said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, March 29; and advised electronic media outfits to hook up to the network service of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast.

”President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 7 p.m.

“Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast,” he said.

1st News had reported that Buhari on Saturday summoned the Minister of Health; Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he was updated on the latest developments on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was disclosed in a tweet by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media; Bashir Ahmaad, via his Tweeter handle.

Indeed, Ahmaad confirmed the duo met with President Buhari in order to update him about the latest developments; especially in the fight against the novel coronavirus across the country.

In fact, the tweet, which went out at about 12:55 pm said the meeting was held at the President’s residence in the Villa; adding that the meeting was ongoing at the time of tweeting.

It read, “JUST IN: President Buhari receiving briefings from Minister of Health and Director-General of NCDC on Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic at his residence, Presidential Villa, Abuja”.

Also, on Thursday, he implored Nigerians to adhere strictly to all advisories continuously put out by the Ministry of Health and the NCDC; like safe distancing and shunning of gatherings, including religious ones.

Buhari said, “I advise all Nigerians to follow to the letter the health guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health and our State Governments.”


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