December 14, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19.
THEWILL earlier reported that President Ramaphosa tested positive for COVID-19 and is receiving treatment for mild symptoms.
Reacting to the report, President Buhari in a statement issued on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, dismissed suggestions that the pandemic is a weapon to depopulate Africa.
President Buhari said: “My heart and prayers are with Mr Ramaphosa of South Africa at this difficult moment of health challenge, and I pray for his speedy and full recovery.
“Mr Ramaphosa is a friend of Nigeria and an important partner in our joint continental efforts to tackle Africa’s social, economic and political difficulties.
“The coronavirus pandemic is a reality and no respecter of persons.”
Buhari reminded Nigerians “to disregard the allegation that the pandemic is a foreign creation to depopulate Africa and boost the financial interests of western pharmaceutical companies through vaccine production.”
He warned that “lack of attention to medical advice and apathy are damaging to the government’s efforts to contain the spread of this deadly viral disease.”
The president advised Nigerians to get fully vaccinated.