Buhari applauds EU N21 billion donation for coronavirus fight

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the European Union (EU) over its 50 million Euros (N21 billion) donation towards containing the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.

Receiving the EU delegation, led by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen in Abuja, he noted that the gesture would immensely revitalise the nation’s healthcare systems, The Guardian reports.

He expressed the condolences of the government and people of Nigeria to EU-member countries and families who lost their loved ones to the epidemic.

‘’Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and communities impacted. We are confident from history that the resilience of Europe and our global collective will enable us to emerge stronger from this tragedy.

‘’Although the EU is facing significant challenges due to this pandemic, I am indeed touched and grateful that the European Union still had the vision and foresight to remember its friends, partners and allies across the world,’’ Buhari said.

The president also lauded the bloc on the recent launch of its “Team Europe” package to support countries in the fight against the disease.

He noted that the intervention would mitigate the negative impact of the scourge.

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