President Muhammadu Buhari has met behind closed-door at the State House with Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
The meeting, it was gathered, was basically focused around the next line of actions in the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ehanire refused to disclose details of the conversation with the President.
He however said they had offered technical advice to the President from the health and general view of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Speaking on the success level of Nigeria’s national response efforts, the Minister said the country’s experience
would have been far worse but for the measures taken so far.
He noted that no country in the world today could claim superior mastery of managing COVID-19, adding that the entire human race is still struggling to manage the situation with various strategies to stay on top.
When asked if the President was going to extend the lockdown order, Ehanire said: “We have made recommendations to the President, he will consider all the things that we have said.
“We have given several options, as a matter of fact, so after consideration, he will announce his preferred action.”
Ihekweazu lamented testing had been the real challenge as the federal government had been working to increase the nation’s capacity for mass testing.