President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria’s health workers and caregivers are the country’s heroes in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He has therefore thanked them for their patriotism and dedication to duty.
The President gave the applause on Sunday in a nationwide broadcast to citizens.
According to him: “I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.”
President Buhari took the opportunity to call on all citizens to assist in whatever way they can, to defeat the epidemic in their communities.
“Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.
“I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities,” he said.
He thanked all individuals and corporate bodies for their tremendous support at this time of need.
“We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.
“At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.
“I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control,” he said.