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ECOWAS Appoints Buhari ‘Champion of COVID-19 Response’

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has been appointed as the coordinator of the sub-regions’ response to coronavirus by member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina tweeted “ECOWAS leaders at an extraordinary summit held by video conference have appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as Champion that will coordinate the COVID-19 response in the sub-region,”

Adesina expressed confidence that “all the other Presidents will be available to support President Buhari.”

The appointment took place Thursday at the Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 which was held via teleconferencing under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

During the teleconference, President Buhari called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the #COVID19 pandemic and tap into various opportunities that it presents for the betterment of lives in Member States: “In every challenging situation such as the current one, there are also opportunities.” “Our region must, therefore, seek to find those opportunities provided by this gloomy global outlook for its benefit by embarking on the implementation of such critical policies, which before now, will be difficult to accept.”

Africa has over 25,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, countries are taking different measures to prevent and contain the spread of the pandemic.


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