President Muhammadu Buhari is set to address Nigerians by 7 pm.
This is the second time the President will be addressing the nation in the last one week as confirmed cases of COVID-19 spike in Nigeria.
Here are things Nigeria will want to hear from their President:
- Capability over COVID-19: Nigerians are itching to receive words of assurance from President Buhari that the country, especially the health sector is capable of beating the curve on the coronavirus pandemic spread.
This may become very necessary to dissolve as Lagos Commissioner of Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the megacity may see up to 39,000 cases except social distancing is well practised.
- Disbursement of donations: Aside this reality check, Nigerians will be curious to know a bit on how and when the several donations incoming to the fight this pandemic would be disbursed.
- Nationwide lockdown: There is tension across different states of the country. Some states have declared curfews and total border closure. Some Nigerians are calling for a total lockdown nationwide. Nigerians want to hear from Buhari the possibility of such.
- ‘COVID-19 or COVIK one-nine’?: One thing that certainly caused a media buzz was the pronunciation of the ravaging virus by Buhari during his last pre-recorded address last Sunday. While some argued that the pronunciation was only reflective of his local dialect, some others believe that he was not sincerely mistaken.
No matter how brief the address is this evening, it is a sure bet that he would pronounce the virus at least once. The citizens will have another opportunity to clear the doubt and probably end controversy.