Garba Shehu, the Spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, has berated Nigerians for only thanking God over the sources of the Buhari administration in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic squarely.
In an article entitled ‘As President Buhari clocks 79, a focus on achievements, challenges’ Shehu, said Nigerians just say ‘thank God’ and move despite Africa and Nigeria being designated for a world record of positive cases and deaths.
The presidential spokesman said the pandemic has thrown the biggest challenge to the Buhari administration.
“For a country and a continent designated for a world record of positive cases and deaths, yet turning in the lowest in terms of numbers, the explanation our people give here is to say ‘Thank God,’ and they move on,” Shehu said.
“Nothing wrong with thanking God for everything that happens or does not, for, without His grace, nothing can truly get done (or undone).
“But the Almighty uses the instrumentality of humans to get some of these things done,” he added, suggesting that the President deserves to be thanked.
Garba Shehu said the Buhari led government believes in science and in doctors in the country who have put in place an effective mechanism to check the spread of the pandemic.
“We are where we are today because this dedicated team has responded in the most capable manner any country could ever do.”
“He gave the experts the latitude of freedom and resources to lead us out of the worst-case scenarios using especially well-thought-out non-pharmaceutical protections and these, in the face of the denial of fair access to vaccines to us by those who make them, have really done us wonders.
“Although high figures for active cases, new cases and deaths are rising lately and a fourth wave is being feared in many quarters, the proven competence of our administrators, whose aptitude, agility and appropriate sense of timing have drawn commendation from no less a body than the United Nations gives us the reassuring solace that we will wade through the muddle by getting it right.