Coronavirus: Presidency Slams Senate For Asking Buhari To Address Nigerians

Coronavirus: Presidency Slams Senate For Asking Buhari To Address Nigerians 1

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Presidency has berated the senators who called on the President,
Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address Nigerians in a
television broadcast.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, said in a statement that such calls were nothing but cheap
politics.

The Presidency further stated that this was the time for all
Nigerians to unite against COVID-19, adding that this was not the time
to attack the ruling All Progressives Congress.

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The statement read in part, “We also plead with Nigerians not to see
this most peculiar of times as one to be politicised or seen as an
opportunity to regurgitate grudges against the government or the ruling
All Progressives Congress. North, South, East, and West – all Nigerians
must unite to fight this plague, irrespective of religious or
ideological affiliation.

“In this regard, populist advocacies such as the one accusing the
President of ‘complacency’ simply because he has not made a television
address by ranking members of our respected parliament are cheap and
sensational. These are not the times for populism and cheap politics.”

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According to the Presidency, palliatives including the reduction of
petrol pump price from N145 to N125 per litre were in place to cushion
the effect of the pandemic.

It also stated that N1.1tn fund had been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria to assist businesses.

The Senate had on Wednesday called on Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus in the country.

It also urged the Federal Government to shut down all international
airports except the Lagos and Abuja airports for easier monitoring of
the disease.

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The lawmakers asked the President to suspend the issuance of visas on
arrival at the borders so as to check the spread of the pandemic.

As of Thursday, there are twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Source:- Punchng