COVID-19: Asking Buhari to address Nigerians is cheap, sensational politics – Presidency

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The Presidency says asking President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians  on the measures taken to checkmate the spread of Coronavirus disease is cheap and sensational politics.

Although measures have been taken to curtail the spreading of the pandemic disease which originated from China, critics have continued to call on the president to address the nation.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was the first to make the call, thereafter the Nigerian Senate joined but the president is yet to do so despite the discoveries of more cases which currently stands at 12, including the latest discovery of four new cases from Lagos yesterday.

In a statement on Thursday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, accused those making the call of playing cheap and sensational politics.

“We have a high level Presidential Coordination Committee chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). This body should be allowed to carry out its duties,” the statement read.

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“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 (APC).

“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. President Buhari thanks all those at the forefront of the fight against the deadly disease,” the statement partly read.

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