COVID-19 disruptions and devastating effects have been hard to cope with – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that the socio-economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had proved too hard for many countries to cope with.

The president noted that the health system of many nations had been severely tested by the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 outbreak is a clear wake-up call for all of humanity.

“The health systems of many nations have been severely tested by the outbreak of this disease, that most resorted to unprecedented executive measures of closing borders and locking down cities to restrict movements and commerce,” Buhari said in his statement presented at a virtual extraordinary China-Africa summit on Solidarity against COVID-19. The summit was co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation.

“The immediate socio-economic disruptions have been hard to cope with for many, and others suffered devastating effects,” Buhari added.

President Buhari further noted that there was the need for unity in tackling the pandemic.

“As we face a common pervasive and invisible enemy, it is important that we all remain united to save our shared humanity, because this virus knows no borders.

“The fight against a global pandemic that continues to take so many lives, threaten livelihoods and challenge the very fabric of societies, requires enhanced cooperation and worldwide solidarity,” he said.

The president urged the summit to put humanity at the centre of its vision for common prosperity, adding that Nigeria would support and join any joint and collective action plan at regional and global levels to tackle the pandemic.

He also urged nations not to fail in its endeavours because the lives and livelihood of their people depended on collective efforts.

Buhari commended the Government of China, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, for their actions and measures to help developing and middle-income countries in Africa tackle the pandemic.

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