#COVID-19 pandemic: Buhari Advises Governors to work with PTF  to harmonise efforts, cancels nationwide broadcast

Abiodun OBA

President Muhammadu  Buhari has urged Nigeria’s  36 Governors to work closely with the Boss Mustapha-led  #COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, to harmonize their efforts in fighting the pandemic.

Speaking  with the Governors’ Forum during an on-line meeting Monday, the president disclosed that the PTF had briefed him on next steps in the national response to the pandemic, “and I have directed that they work very closely with the Governors.”

He said the pandemic was “beyond technology, power, and resources,” adding that countries that have all those were recording highest casualties round the world.

The President said,

“We have to be very careful. We need to continue to educate and persuade the people to accept the reality of the situation, and do all that is necessary to stay safe,”

The  Governors commended the President on the “leadership and direction” he has given the country in combating #COVID-19.

It will be recalled that the Secretary of the Task Force had told Nigerians on Sunday, that Buhari would address Nigerians yesterday especially on easing of the #Covid-19 lockdown.

Earlier yesterday, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,  tweeted, “No presidential broadcast on #COVID-19 updates today.

“None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps,”

he said.

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