Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on Impact of COVID-19 Appoints Nigerian Buhari as Chairman Virus Response Squad

West African leaders under the aegis of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari ‘Champion of the COVID-19 response’.

Major Gen. Buhari was appointed on Thursday at an Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 which was held via teleconferencing under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, announced the appointment on Twitter.

ECOWAS leaders at an extraordinary summit held by video conference have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as Champion that will coordinate the COVID-19 response in the sub-region. All the other Presidents will be available to support President Buhari.

During the ECOWAS teleconference Summit, Buhari called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID -19 pandemic and tap into various opportunities that it presents for the betterment of lives in Member States:

“In every challenging situation such as the current one, there are also opportunities. Our region must therefore seek to find those opportunities provided by this gloomy global outlook for its benefit by embarking on the implementation of such critical policies, which before now, will be difficult to accept”

The Nigerian President affirmed Nigeria’s solidarity with other member states as they battle the virus:

“At a time of global uncertainty such as this, caused by the devastating impact of the COVID-19, let me convey Nigeria’s solidarity with all the Member States as we collectively battle to defeat the pandemic. I am greatly saddened by loss of numerous lives and extend my heartfelt condolences to families of those who have lost loved ones throughout the region. I also wish infected victims speedy and full recovery.”

As of Tuesday 21 of April 2020, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region are 5,774, according to an updates from West African Health Organisation (WAHO). A total of 1,616 patients have recovered from the disease.

More than 147 deaths have been recorded in the region.

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