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Buhari To Nigerians: I’m Proud Of You For Uniting To Fight Coronavirus Spread

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised Nigerians for the unity of purpose they have so far displayed in the fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
He referred particularly to the willingness of the citizens for self-isolation, social distancing, and contributions of public spirited individuals and institutions who consistently mobilize resources to supplement efforts of Federal and State governments.
A statement today, March 26 by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted the President as extolling State Governments, religious bodies, health workers, Federal Government agencies, including security outfits, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria for rising to the occasion to protect the country and its citizens.
The President who gave assurance that the government will remain steadfast in deploying more resources to lessen the burden of the pandemic, called for more compliance with regulations and restrictions on movement and gatherings for the safety of all citizens.
President Buhari reassured that government directives will not affect production and distribution of food, medications, medical equipment and other essentials as the nation wades through the global health challenge, which already portends dire economic strains.
He directed all relevant agencies and regulators to provide enabling environment for industries to sustain their operations by ensuring reasonable access to industrial supplies and inputs like water, fuel, gas and essential infrastructure and relaxing of stringent laws.
He also commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and commercial banks for the interventions to make forex and credit more accessible to those on the manufacturing line.
The President gave bassurances of firm support for the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria by proactively addressing the potential impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian economy, even as he requested that all necessary measures be put in place to protect and promote the health and safety of industrial workers.
Buhari called on all leaders across the country, including religious and traditional leaders, to further support the Federal and State governments in the ongoing sensitization programmes on the need to stay at home and keep a safe distance in the public, and to dissuade citizens from panic buying and rumour mongering.
The President said that the collective effort of all Nigerians will make a historic difference in checking the spread of coronavirus, rehabilitating those already affected and keeping citizens alive.

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