President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded for more patience and understanding by Nigerians as efforts are intensified by Government towards containing the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
At a meeting with the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19, in Abuja on Friday, Buhari expressed optimism that the curve would be flattened and the nation aggressively and appropriately responds to the uncommon enemy of mankind.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha acquainted Buhari with details of the work being done in line with its mandate towards containing the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
President Buhari who expressed satisfaction with the transparent way and manner the task force engages critical stakeholders in carrying out assigned responsibilities believed that Nigeria would come out of the situation stronger and as quickly as possible.
During the meeting held behind closed doors, the Presidential Task Force provided the President with options that will guide him in deciding whether or not to extend the lockdown in some parts of the country.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force was accompanied to the state house by the National Coordinator of the task force Dr Sani Aliyu, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and the DG NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that more economic stimulus measures are to be introduced by the Federal Government towards cushioning the effect of The COVID-19 pandemic on the nations poor and the vulnerable.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo dropped this hint while speaking to NTA News after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo is the chairman of the high powered economic sustainability committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the National response strategy towards alleviating the suffering of Nigerians as the country battles the COVID -19 pandemic.
At the meeting, Buhari and Osinbajo compared notes on what more can be done for the poor in the face of the stringent measures put in place by government to check the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Vice-President told NTA News that discussions centred on how to resolve some of the very pressing issues around CoVID -19 and indeed the economy.
Full report of the Economic Sustainability committee containing thoughts and ideas of members on the best way forward for Nigeria will soon be submitted to the President, he added.