July 25, 2021

PRESIDENT BUHARI WARNS AGAINST PANIC ON CORONAVIRUS DEBUT IN NIGERIA

President Muhammadu Buhari notes with sadness, the recent confirmation of a
case of Covid-19 infection in Lagos, Nigeria.

This was despite the ardent efforts of the government regarding
preparedness and response measures put in place in our country’s borders
and beyond.

President Buhari, however, commends the Federal Ministry of Health and
other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency enabled the case to
be detected, diagnosed and isolated quickly, even while swift measures were
taken to identify and follow up on those with whom the index patient came
into contact.

The President commends the responses of the Federal Ministry of Health and
Governments of Lagos and Ogun States as well as other relevant agencies to
the reported incident and calls for vigilance on the part of all citizens
and responsible government agencies.

President Buhari urges Nigerians not to panic about the news of this first
case of Covid-19 in our country, as undue alarm would do us more harm than
good.

Instead, Nigerians should strictly observe the advisories disseminated by
the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the World
Health Organisation (WHO), on the best way to prevent infection.

This information is being broadcast in all available media by the Federal
Ministry of Information.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)