President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned and has raised alarm on how coronavirus is affecting the country’s revenue.
The Nigerian leader reported this while receiving health workers under the aegis of the Joint Associations of Unions and Health Professionals of the Health Sector Assembly yesterday, March 10.
Buhari, who urged health workers to moderate their demands on the government as it could affect the economy, said his government is looking for different ways to address the challenges that the virus outbreak poses to the Nigerian economy.
In a statement that was released by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, Buhari said;
“Your case is certainly receiving attention, but you must bear in mind the condition that the country is in now. Coronavirus is not improving matters. It is affecting what we very much depend on, the petroleum industry and therefore revenue.
“So, please try and help us with your people. Let us be patriotic, let us look at the ways and means of the government and appeal for restraint…We have to emphasize that it is very important we maintain cohesion together, because if we allow sentiments or popularity to overwhelm our reasoning faculties, we will be in trouble and it will be too late for us to adjust, so please bear with us.”
President Buhari also expressed hope in his government’s quest for food sufficiency over the past four years, helping to decrease government revenue.
He added that;
“We thank God; God is very sympathetic to us. The three previous rainy seasons were good. We had good foresight in getting fertiliser, making it available and we virtually achieved food security. We made good decisions, and we saved hundreds of millions of dollars on importation of food. If not, we would have been in real trouble.”