The special advisor to the president of media and advertising, Femi Adesina, says President Muhammadu Buhari's focus is on preserving the well-being of Nigerians from the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19).
Speaking on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television's Politics Today, Adesina said her boss is working to minimize the impact of the feared disease on the Nigerian economy.
“Some approvals have already been given by the president to ensure that the impact of coronavirus on the economy is minimized as much as possible.
“The president also ensured that the government's focus is on ensuring that the well-being and well-being of Nigerians is preserved as much as possible. So the government is looking forward and getting ready for what may be inevitable if the pandemic lasts longer, ”he said.
When asked whether the president would order the country's borders to be closed as a means of curbing the spread of the disease, the presidential spokesman neither confirmed nor denied it.
He responded by saying: “The fact is that whatever is best for Nigeria will be done. We already have the Disease Control Center and the Ministry of Health that are at the top of the situation. And you can see daily, if not hourly, instructions on this situation. "
According to Adesina, the situation in question does not yet require pressing a panic button, emphasizing "it is serious and the government is taking it seriously".
Adesina's comments come shortly after the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also confirmed the case during a press conference in Abuja, the country's capital.
The victim who is said to be a 30-year-old returnee from the UK is currently at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba.
The minister said he would provide an update on whether or not to ban flights or to impose other strict measures after the interministerial meeting with the Federation Government Secretary (SGF), Chief Mustapha.