COVID-19: Buhari Expresses Condolences over Coronavirus Outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea

The Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) on Sunday sent messages to Iranian Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Korean Moon Jae-in respectively, and the Italian Prime Minister Guiseppo Conte, expressing “deep sympathies” following increasing incidents of the deadly Coronavirus in their countries.

According to the messages signed Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Buhari said the Nigerian government will continue to diligently carry out its duty to the international community by ensuring that the spread of the disease is curtailed.

The President also encouraged Nigerians to continue to show support to citizens of all the countries who are resident in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Leader also noted that, “So far, there have been no known cases of the disease on Nigerian soil, but for the penetration of a lone foreign national found to be a carrier of the virus.”

He also commended the diligent efforts of federal, state health officials as well as ports and border personnel in keeping Nigeria safe from the epidemic.

The reported Coronavirus case in Lagos, Nigeria last week was an Italian man from Milan which the authorities said has recovered from the virus illness.

Buhari said, “There is no cause for panic. Italy, South Korea and Iran remain Nigeria’s allies in good and bad times.” Nigerian leader, while commending the three countries on their efforts to contain the virus, expressed confidence that, “with the support of the World Health Organisation and other global agencies all working together to contain the virus, it will only be a matter of time before the world sees an end to this disease.”

In combating the virus in the country, Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning confirmed making the second approved payment in the sum N620 million last Friday, bringing the total payments made so far to N984 million.

South Korea, Italy and Iran are currently the largest outbreak outside China where the virua originated from in late December last year.

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