The Chinese Government has commended Nigeria for the support extended to China in fighting the coronavirus epidemic. This was disclosed in a release published on the website of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Equally important, the statement was credited to Chu Maoming, China’s Consul General in Lagos.
‘‘At this difficult time, I am particularly grateful to the Nigerian Government and people for their precious support to China. President Muhammadu Buhari extended his good wishes to President Xi Jinping and citizens of the People’s Republic of China; saying it was important to let them know that Nigeria and her citizens were also standing by them during this coronavirus outbreak.
‘‘The President hailed China’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus and the country’s collaboration with international agencies and other countries on the matter as exemplary. He prayed that God will comfort the Chinese and others who had already lost family members and loved ones to the disease.’’
Further, the Chinese envoy hailed the Nigerian government for its positive attitude to the spread of the Coronavirus. Specifically, it noted that Nigeria had not over-reacted. Also hailed was the Lagos State Government for its proactive approach.
‘‘I appreciate that the Nigerian Government, under the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO); has taken a responsible attitude not to overreact. The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while launching the Incident Command System; said the State’s measure to contain the virus is not to stigmatise citizens of any country. But a precautionary one taken in the interests of the people. He said: “We are not declaring an emergency in any form but creating a heightened state of concern.” He further elaborated that the Lagos State is ready for business and welcomes Chinese investors to come.’’
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In addition, China has urged the international community to rally in eradicating the coronavirus scourge; even as it cited Nigeria as an example of the kind of support required to make this a reality.
‘‘As long as the international community stands together, with scientific prevention and cures, and precise policies; the epidemic is preventable, controllable and curable. The understanding and measures of Nigeria support China a lot, injecting confidence for the epicenter Wuhan and for China. It is time to test the strength, wisdom, and solidarity of the international community; as the world did when reining in viruses including swine flu, polio, Ebola, and Zika. Facing an extraordinary challenge posed by the outbreak, the world needs extraordinary confidence.’’
Meanwhile, the statement noted that China has taken unprecedented measures to quell the outbreak.
‘‘Under President Xi Jinping’s leadership, China has taken unprecedented measures to contain the outbreak. The President himself has chaired two important meetings, inputting his personal commitment, guidance and deployment. The Central Government has pooled national medical personnel and supplies to the hardest hit regions; built new hospitals, extended the Chinese New Year holiday, postponed the opening dates for schools and businesses; and imposed travel restrictions within the country,’’ the statement noted.