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General News of Thursday, 26 March 2020

Source: MyNigeria

COVID-19: FG speaks on Buhari coughing

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

The Federal Government has denied claims that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is coughing.

The Minister of Information Lai Mohammed made this known while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

“Mr President is well and fully in charge of the country", he said.

”Some have alleged that the President is coughing, it is fake news”, he added.

Lai Mohammed also gave an update on the Federal Government's fight against COVID-19 in the country.

He said: “Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe.

“Some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arises.

“Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing.

“The government is doing its best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.

“I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go.

“We know our priorities and we know our challenges. We have taken very bold measures in stopping international flights into the country, and we hail the state governments that have take equally bold measures in their states, which include the closure of markets and the prohibition of large congregations.

“We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard.

“We are on the verge of reaching the level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to say this.”