Presidency Blasts Senators, For Calling On President Buhari To Address The Nation On Live TV, Over The Coronavirus Pandemic

The Presidency, has on Thursday, berated the Senators who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians in a television broadcast.

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

The Presidency further stated that this is the time for all Nigerians to unite against Covid-19, adding that, this is not the time to attack the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The statement read in part: “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.”

According to the Presidency, many goodies had been put in place to cushion the effect of the pandemic, including the reduction of petrol pump price from N145 to N125 per litre.

It also stated that N1.1 trillion fund had been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to assist businesses.

The Senate had last week, called on Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus situation in the country.

It also urged the Federal Government to shut down all International Airports, except the Lagos and Abuja Airports, for easier monitoring of the virus.

The Lawmakers asked the President to suspend the issuance of visa on arrival at the borders, so as to check the spread of the pandemic.

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