President Muhammadu Buhari has been appointed by ECOWAS leaders to head the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in West Africa.
On Thursday, the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari was appointed by ECOWAS leaders to head the feud against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the West-African region.
This was confirmed to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, at the roundup of the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the summit was convened by the regional leaders to deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic which has continued to ravage humanity worldwide.
Mr Femi Adesina explained the discussion of the regional leaders on the COVID-19 challenges and tackle measures to overcome the deadly virus.
“The West African leaders discussed how to tackle the period of COVID-19 and what to do post-COVID-19.
“Now, at the end of it all, it was decided that there should a champion who would lead the response of the sub-region and that champion is President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
“So, our president is going to lead the response of West Africa to the challenge of COVID-19,’’ the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said.
The ECOWAS Chairman and President of Niger Republic, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, laid emphasis with deep concern during the opening of the summit over the decimating impacts of the deadly virus on life and economies of the ECOWAS member-states.
However, the Chairman urged the member-states of the summit to pull efforts together to ensure victory over this ravaging virus which he pointed out has already caused harms of death within and outside the region.
Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, in his French accent, also supported the move for cancellation of all debts for African countries to boost the survival of the African continent in the post-COVID-19.
Additionally, the Nigerien President applauded the efforts of the World Bank and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) during this daring period and obliged the two institutions to continue in their effort and support do as to guarantee a safe continent.
NAN reports that about 13 ECOWAS leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, are participating in the teleconference as at the time of filing this report.
NAN also reported that President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Embalo also participated in the ECOWAS summit for the first time since he assumed the mantle of leadership of his country in February.