Presidency slams lawmakers for demanding Buhari’s address on coronavirus


The Presidency has slammed the lawmakers who called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians in a television broadcast over the Coronavirus pandemic.

As of Thursday, a total of twelve COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria.

POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that some lawmakers and Nigerians have demanded that the President address the country over the outbreaks.

Also, the Senate, during Wednesday plenary session, called on Buhari to address Nigerians.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement that such calls were nothing but cheap politics.

He, however, stated that this is the time for all Nigerians to unite against COVID-19 and not the time to attack the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“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,” the statement reads in part.

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