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Dismay as Buhari is ECOWAS ‘Champion of Covid-19 response’

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The leaders of ECOWAS countries have appointed Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as the Champion of their COVID-19 response.

He is expected to coordinate the Covid-19 response of the West African sub-region, according to a communique issued on Thursday.

The decision was made during a meeting via teleconference under the Chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.

Buhari during the meeting called on his fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He urged them to tap into various opportunities that the pandemic presents.

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“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.”

While calling on his colleagues to intensify collaboration in order to save the region from “this deadly pandemic through sharing our experiences and best practices,” Buhari said.

Dismay among West Africans

But many citizens in West Africa have been shocked by the decision to make Buhari the champion of Covid-19 responses.

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Buhari goes abroad for treatment but wants Nigerians to stay back

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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