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COVID-19: Presidency Berates Senate Over Demands For Buhari To Address Nigerians


The Presidency has rebuked the Senate for calling on the President Muhammadu Buhari to handle Nigerians in a tv broadcast on the subject of the Coronavirus. 

At plenary on Wednesday, the Senate had requested President Buhari to handle the nation on the measures taken to handle the COVID-19 disaster.

Reacting to the decision, the Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, mentioned in an announcement that such calls are ‘populist advocacies’ that are pointless at the moment.

Mr Shehu additional famous that such calls by members of the Senate are low-cost and sensational.

“Populist advocacies such as the one accusing the President of “complacency” just because he has not made a tv handle by rating members of our revered parliament are low-cost and sensational. These should not the instances for populism and low-cost politics,” the President’s aide acknowledged.

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In accordance with Mr Shehu, Nigeria, like each different nation around the globe, is coping with the surprising and unprecedented influence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Muhammadu Buhari administration has taken some steps to mitigate the results on the Nigerian individuals.

He mentioned that the Federal Authorities doesn’t need to create panic, including that the federal government will proceed to replace the Nigerian public with related info.

The presidential Spokesman pleaded with each Nigerian to cooperate with the federal government within the struggle towards COVID-19 and obey all directions from the NCDC.

He assured that there’s a excessive stage Presidential Coordination Committee chaired by the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), including that the physique must be allowed to hold out its duties.

“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 (APC). North, South, East, and West – all Nigerians must unite to fight this plague, irrespective of religious or ideological affiliation,” Mr Shehu mentioned.

Talking on the measures put in place by the FG to stop the unfold of circumstances imported into Nigeria, Mr Shehu mentioned the President has already ordered the restrictions of journey from 13 nations, every with greater than 1,000 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19.

He added that the federal government has additionally suspended visas issued to nationals of those nations. The restriction will take impact from March 20 and can stay till additional discover. Whereas Nigeria delights in welcoming the world, the security and safety of our residents and land should take precedence.

“The assorted businesses of presidency together with Media owned by the federal government have launched into vigorous campaigns selling hygiene measures. There are, at the moment, very stringent regimes of checks on the factors of air and sea entry into the nation. The hassle Nigeria is making as is well-known, has already acquired the commendation of the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

“The Presidency needs to guarantee Nigerians that authorities is on prime of the scenario. There isn’t any trigger for panic. Thus far measures put in place are working effectively. What this nation is doing has been beneficial as a template.

“The President trusts the related Ministers in his cupboard and the officers of the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), who’re offering him with fixed updates and professional counsel. These officers have a observe file of competence.

“The President instructed the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) to scale back the pump value of gas. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a crash within the world value of crude oil, and the President determined that each Nigerian ought to profit from this.

“Subsequently, the NNPC introduced a 20 naira deduction, and the pump value of gas has now been lowered from 145 naira per litre to 125 naira per litre.

“The Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday introduced a credit score aid of N1.1Trillion Naira to companies affected by the pandemic. The Financial institution has additionally established a facility for family, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and introduced a discount of rates of interest for loans from 9% to five%,” the spokesman’s communique learn partially.

On behalf of President Buhari, Mr Shehu thanked all these on the forefront of the struggle towards the lethal illness in Nigeria.

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