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COVID-19: Reactions Trail Buhari’s Appointment as ECOWAS Team Lead

The appointment of President Muhammadu Buhari as the team lead of ECOWAS COVID-19 response in West Africa has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians.

Buhari’s appointment was confirmed in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina. He disclosed that the decision was reached at an extraordinary summit held by video conference on Thursday.

“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. All the other Presidents will be available to support President Buhari.” the statement read.

However, Buhari appointment was heavily criticized as many said the President had not displayed the right leadership qualities like other World leaders combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a series of tweets said Buhari’s appointment by ECOWAS was a mistake as he can can “barely manage himself”.

Fani-Kayode also warned that ECOWAS will regret the appointment given to Buhari because ‘it was an error’.

Also, the Convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, who had earlier called for Buhari’s resignation over his ‘absence’ from the front of the fight against COVID-19 also condemned ECOWAS for appointing Buhari as its team lead.

President Buhari had only addressed the nation twice since the COVID-19 pandemic was recorded in Nigeria in February. He has been largely criticized by countrymen for not keeping up with media appearances to address issues relating to the pandemic.

So far, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 108 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, 78 were recorded in Lagos, 14 in FCT, This brings the new total number of confirmed cases to 981 and 31 deaths.