President Muhammadu Buhari has extended good wishes to President Xi Jinping and citizens of the People’s Republic of China over the deadly Coronavirus.
In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, 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.
“President Buhari notes that China has been exceptionally supportive of Nigeria and Africa, and even more so in recent years”, it reads.
“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.”
The President thanked Nigerians for their hospitality towards the Chinese in the country, and for not letting the coronavirus outbreak create any disturbance or disrupt the peaceful coexistence between Nigeria and them.
“He prays that God will comfort the Chinese and others who have already lost family members and loved ones to the disease”, the statement added.
At the weekend, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in China has risen to more than 11,000, while a total of 259 people have died.
Coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).