Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has said that Nigerians should be happy that they have a leader like President Muhammadu Buhari who is respected globally.
Shehu who made the statement while featuring on a Channels TV programme, said that Buhari’s name alone can “fetch a lot of good things” for the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been described as an ineffective leader whose travels across the globe does the country little or no good. But the President’s aide believes that the supports the country currently enjoys is as a result of the respect the president commands.
The Presidential aide also said the sticks the president receives from critics is due to ignorance of the sacrifices made by the president for the good of the country.
“In each of the trips, we try to let Nigerians know what the things the president has achieved; and so, we are making progress, the economy needs the trips because much of it actually comes on account of who the president is,” he said.
“They (investors) are looking at a serious man and are ready to do business with him.
“I think Nigerians should comfort themselves in the fact that they have a president who is respected around the globe and the name of whom can fetch a lot of good things for Nigerians,” he added.
Nigeria like other countries of the world, has been affected by the spread of covid-19, and is still struggling to get the contagious disease under control.
In his Monday address to the nation, president Buhari extended lockdowns in Lagos, FCT, and Ogun States by an additional week.
In Kano State however, Buhari who said he is ‘gravely concerned about the unfortunate developments in Kano in recent days’, said he has “directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately.”
He also said, “The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighboring States.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump of the United States has engaged with President Buhari in a telephone conversation about the ongoing battle to contain the spread of covid-19 in Nigeria.
The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the disclosure, also said Buhari used the opportunity to brief Trump on the steps that Nigeria is taking to contain the spread of the disease.
In his remarks, Trump assured that the U.S. stand in solidarity with Nigeria, and promised to send ventilators to support the country in its fight against the pandemic.
195 new cases of #COVID19 reported;
As at 11:50pm 28th April- 1532 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 44 pic.twitter.com/oPyG4xfoa3
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 28, 2020