At an extraordinary summit held by the Ecowas sub-regional leaders via video conferencing earlier on Thursday, April 23, 2020, it emerged that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been appointed by his colleagues as ‘Champion’ to coordinate the response to COVID-19 in the sub-region.
Participants of the meeting agreed that all the other presidents support President Buhari to deliver on the duty. This decision was communicated by Special Adviser on Media and Communications to President Buhari via Twitter.
Reacting to the appointment, some Nigerians questioned the rationale behind appointing a man who they claim has done nothing worthy of praise in the fight against the deadly virus.
See some tweets below….
Presidents who participated in the meeting include Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, Adama Barrow of The Gambia, Julius Bio of Sierra Leone who is currently in self-quarantine, George Weah of Liberia, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo and Alhassanne Outtara of Ivory Coast.
The overall statistics for the sub-region are: 6,183 total cases, 1,814 recoveries and 158 deaths, leaving 4,211 active cases.