President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that there is no cause for panic as the government will continue to diligently make efforts to collaborate with the international community in ensuring that the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is curtailed.
Buhari made the statement while sending solidarity messages to leaders of three diplomatic allies of Nigeria, Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Prime Minister of Italy, Guiseppo Conte respectively, who have recently been hit by the outbreak of COVID-19.
In the statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president said: “There is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.”
The president commended their effort in the battle to curtail the further spread of the virus while expressing confidence that with the support of the World Health Organisation and other global agencies all working together, it won’t be long before an end is put to the virus.
He pledged to maintain an unbroken solidarity with the affected countries.
Iran, Italy and South Korea have been in the news for recording some of the highest numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus resulting in some considerably high numbers of deaths.
Meanwhile, Buhari noted that there have been no known cases of the disease on Nigerian soil, except for the penetration of a lone foreign national found to be a carrier of the virus.
However, he encouraged Nigerians to continue to show support to citizens of all the countries who are resident in Nigeria.
The president also commended the diligent efforts of the federal, state health officials as well as ports and border personnel in keeping Nigeria safe from the epidemic.