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Coronavirus: It’s Not Time For Buhari To Address The Nation, Says Lai Mohammed

Nigerian Minister of Information Lai Mohammed says it’s not the appropriate time for President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation over Coronavirus.

He said what Nigerians want to hear from Buhari is what his Ministers are already telling them. 

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

Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed

“This is not to preempt or second guess Mr President, I think he will do the needful,” Mr Mohammed said at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday.

After from Nigerians who have been calling on Mr President to address the nation, The senate President on Wednesday also passed a resolution calling on Buhari to address the country.

Leaders are addressing their countries in the U.S, UK, Italy, France, Ghana and even South Africa, assuring them of their effort to curtail the Coronavirus.

So far, the country has eight confirmed cases including a six-week-old baby as on Wednesday afternoon.


However, no reported casualty and reported cases are lower compared to South Africa with 116 confirmed cases as of Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday morning the World Health Organization says Africa has recorded 17 death in the last 24 hours.

The government has intensified effort to trace the people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases.

Coronavirus was imported to Nigeria on February 24 by an Italian from Milan who arrived in Nigeria to inspect a Lafarge facility in Ondo State.

Though Africa was among the last continent to report the virus, it has spread throughout 33 countries, The United Nations Health agency discloses.

In the last 24 hours, Mauritius, Zambia and Gambia have announced first confirmed cases.