Updated: February 24, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his good wishes to President Xi Jinping and citizens of the People’s Republic of China “during this trying time”, spokesman Garba Shehu said, referring to the coronavirus outbreak.
Buhari said China’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus have been exemplary, as well as the country’s collaboration with international agencies and other countries on the matter.
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President Buhari noted that China has been exceptionally supportive of Nigeria and Africa, and even more so in recent years, adding that “therefore, it is important to let China know that Nigeria and her citizens are also standing by them during this outbreak. With all the efforts being put in, we know that it is only a matter of time before this nightmare passes”.
“President Buhari uses this opportunity to thank Nigerians for their hospitality towards the Chinese nationals in our midst, and for not letting the coronavirus outbreak create any disturbance or disrupt the peaceful coexistence between us and them.
“He prays that God will comfort the Chinese and others who have already lost family members and loved ones to the disease,” Garba Shehu said.