President Muhammadu Buhari Makes U-Turn, Won’t Address Nigerians Today
President Muhammadu Buhari‘s spokesperson, Femi Adeshina has disclosed on his microblogging site account that the Presidential Committee will update Nigerians over progress on the fight against COVID-19.
9jatoday understands that President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the nation on Monday (today) in a live broadcast as earlier reported.
However, barely 24 hours after it was confirmed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, Aliyu Sani, that President Buhari will brief the nation on the current pandemic, Adesina broke the news of the broadcast cancellation.
He tweeted, “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps.”
The reason for sudden cancellation of the nationwide broadcast, however, remained undisclosed.
Meanwhile, there were insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari may again impose ‘isolated lockdown’ on some parts of Lagos State, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and possibly states mostly affected with the dreadful pandemic.
9jatoday understands that as at the time of filing this report, the following states has the highest confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Lagos 2550, Kano 825, FCT 418, Katsina 248, Bauchi 215, Borno 215 and Jigawa State with 201.
However, the President of China, Xi Jinping, has disclosed that financial support will be given out to nations affected with the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Xi made the disclosure in a statement delivered at the annual conference of the World Health Organization, WHO, on Monday, 18th May 2020.
According to Xi, the sum of two billion dollars ($2bn) will be distributed in the next two years to countries affected by the dreaded virus which unfortunately emerged from Wuhan.
He, however, noted that the money is meant to boost the development of the affected countries and not just for addressing health matters.