President Muhammadu Buhari urged Nigerians not to panic over the news of the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country while asking for citizen surveillance.
In a statement by his special senior media and advertising assistant, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, President Buhari warned against undue alarms, emphasizing that this will do more harm than good to the country.
The statement said in part: “President Muhammadu Buhari looks on with sadness at the recent confirmation of a case of Covid-19 infection in Lagos, Nigeria. This is despite the government’s ardent efforts in relation to the preparedness and response measures implemented at the borders and outside the country.
“President Buhari asks Nigerians not to panic over the news of this first case of Covid-19 in our country because undue alarm would do us more harm than good.”
He praised state governments and agencies at all levels for their response to the reported case.
“President Buhari, however, praises the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies whose diligence and efficiency allowed the case to be detected, diagnosed and isolated quickly, even when quick steps were taken to identify and monitor the people with whom the patient indexed got in touch.
“The President commends the responses of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos and Ogun State Governments, as well as other agencies relevant to the reported incident, and calls for vigilance by all responsible citizens and government agencies.”
President Buhari urged Nigerians to strictly observe the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to best prevent infection.