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Lai Mohammed explains ‘not yet time’ for Buhari to address citizenry amidst coronavirus fears

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, March 19; revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation when the time is right in order to allay fears regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Lai Mohammed made this assertion during the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

“When it is appropriate, Mr President will address the nation,” he said. “But, I think what you want to hear from Mr President are the kind of things we are telling you.

“This is not to preempt or second guess Mr President, I think he will do the needful.”

It was further garnered that the FEC meeting was presided by Buhari.

Following the confirmation of new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19); Nigerians have been calling on the president to address the nation.

Furthermore, the Senate also passed a resolution Wednesday calling on Buhari to address the nation.

Nigeria has recorded eight cases as of Wednesday afternoon. A six-weeks-old baby is among the latest case.

However, reported cases are lower in comparison to South Africa with 116 confirmed cases as of Wednesday morning.

However, more cases might be expected from the country as contact tracing has been intensified to get the people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases.
As of Thursday, the World Health Organization said Africa has recorded 17 deaths in the last 24 hours.

While Africa was among the last continent to report cases of the virus; cases are beginning to spread throughout the continent as 33 countries have reported at least a case of the disease.

The UN health agency said so far, there have been 633 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 33 African countries leading to 17 deaths.

Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours, the Gambia, Mauritius, and Zambia have announced their first cases.

Amidst public pressure, the Buhari administration announced restrictions on countries with more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus.

The administration has also raised a task force on the virus that would give updates and recommend policy directives on containing the virus.

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