The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has responded to critics who accused him of not taking proactive measures against coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Friday said all efforts are in place to curb the menace from spreading across states of the federation.
The president spoke while receiving the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“I am pleased that you are working with the Ministry of Health on protecting our citizens from the Covid-19 virus. You must work to guarantee the safety and security of our pilgrims. As a government, this is now a key priority for us. I, therefore, enjoin you to ensure that adequate medical provisions and other welfare requirements are afforded our pilgrims.”
“I am pleased to hear of the progress you have made thus far, especially in reducing Hajj fares by up to 15 percent. I am also impressed that you are still working to further bring down the cost next year. This is commendable now especially with the recent global events that have impacted the economy. Such savings will be timely and most welcome to the pilgrims as well as to Nigeria’s economy,” he said.
“However, as you assess and reduce these costs, you must ensure that quality service and comfort are provided for our pilgrims as these are the core mandates of your Commission and must remain your primary goal”.