President Muhammadu Buhari, has been forced to cancel his trip to Guinea as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A top government source confirmed the development, on Friday night.
According to the Official, Buhari together with the Presidents of Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Niger, were supposed to arrive Guinea, this weekend, ahead of a rescheduled referendum in the country, but have now shelved that plan, as a result of the rapid rate at which the coronavirus pandemic is spreading in the continent.
The President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, plans to amend the country’s Constitution, in order to keep his hold onto power, despite already serving two terms of five years each, that elapse at the end of this year.
The situation has led to widespread violence in the West African country, with at least 31 civilians and a Policeman killed already.
The referendum should have held on March 1, but was moved to March 22, which has eventually been put on hold, as a result of of the deadly virus.
The pandemic has already hit several African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Benin.
Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the virus so far, with one of President Buhari’s daughter who just got back from the United Kingdom, UK, in self-isolation, like every other traveller from high risk countries, as advised by the World Health Organisation, WHO.