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Presidency slams Senate for asking Buhari to address Nigerians on Coronavirus pandemic

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The Presidency has berated senators who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians over the deadly coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging countries.

Decribing their actions as nothing but cheap politics, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that this was the time for all Nigerians to unite against COVID-19, not pointing fingers at the All Progressives Congress.

The statement read in part, “We also plead with Nigerians not to see this most peculiar of times as one to be politicised or seen as an opportunity to regurgitate grudges against the government or the ruling All Progressives Congress. North, South, East, and West – all Nigerians must unite to fight this plague, irrespective of religious or ideological affiliation.

“In this regard, populist advocacies such as the one accusing the President of ‘complacency’ simply because he has not made a television address by ranking members of our respected parliament are cheap and sensational. These are not the times for populism and cheap politics.”

According to the Presidency, palliatives including the reduction of petrol pump price from N145 to N125 per litre were in place to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

It also stated that N1.1tn fund had been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria to assist businesses.

As of Thursday, there are twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.