The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has appealed to Nigerians to work with government and help avert the gloomy predictions about the country by international opinions.
Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who rendered the plea on Friday at the daily press briefing of the task force in Abuja, said those analysing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the level of responses by countries had predicted that Nigeria would crash under the weight of the health crisis.
He pointed out that the federal government, with all the measures already announced, had been doing its part to ensure that the dire predictions about Nigeria do not materialise, but noted that the safety measures would be of no effect eventually if every Nigerian failed to play his part.
He cited developments in Europe and other developed economies, pointing particularly at the heavy toll the health crisis had taken on their economic and social lives, and how much death they had been recording on a daily basis, even with their advancement in health innovation and technology.
He said though some of the measures introduced to manage the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria might have proven harsh and unusual, he said President Muhammadu Buhari had been trying everything possible to make the weight a lot lighter by introducing various sorts of cushions to the effects.