The Presidency on Thursday, March 19; urged for precaution over the coronavirus pandemic; assuring that Nigerians that the Federal Government is on top of the situation.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; who gave the assurance in a statement in Abuja, said no cause for panic.
According to the presidential aide, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has taken some steps to mitigate the effects on the Nigerian people.
He said, to prevent the spread of cases imported into Nigeria; the President had already ordered the restrictions of travel from 13 countries, each with more than 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
He added that the government had also suspended visas issued to nationals of these countries.
“The restriction will take effect from March 21 and will remain until further notice. While Nigeria delights in welcoming the world, the safety and protection of our citizens and land must take priority.
“The various agencies of government including Media owned by the government have embarked on vigorous campaigns promoting hygiene measures.
“There are, currently, very stringent regimes of checks at the points of air and sea entry into the country. The effort Nigeria is making as is well known; has already received the commendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“The Presidency wishes to assure Nigerians that the government is on top of the situation. There is no cause for panic. So far measures put in place are working efficiently. What this country is doing has been recommended as a template.
“The President trusts the relevant Ministers in his cabinet and the officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); who are providing him with constant updates and professional counsel. These officials have a track record of competence,’’ he said.
Shehu reassured that the government would continue to update the general public with relevant information.
He, therefore, pleaded for the support and cooperation of all Nigerians in tackling the Coronavirus disease in the country.