At the summit, President Buhari explained that the world is facing a common pervasive and invisible enemy and it is important that it all remain united to save shared humanity because the virus knows no borders. He said,
“The fight against a global pandemic that continues to take so many lives, threaten livelihoods and challenging the very fabric of societies, requires enhanced cooperation and worldwide solidarity. I, therefore, commend the UN Secretary-General, H.E. António Guterres, for launching a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for low and middle-income countries to tackle the health emergency, address social and economic consequences of the crisis and, strengthen the recovery efforts of most vulnerable countries.
“I also commend the World Health Organization and its leadership from whose advise Nigeria was able to take measures and enlighten its people on steps to take to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. I seize this opportunity to reiterate the need for this Summit to put humanity at the centre of our vision for common prosperity. We must learn lessons and share knowledge from research, as we develop more creative, responsive and humane health systems, improve crisis management protocols and support each other in the battle against Covid-19.”
The meeting, which held via video-conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping presiding, was jointly proposed by China; South Africa, the rotating chair of the African Union (AU); and Senegal, co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
Also at the virtual meeting are secretary-general of the United Nations and the director-general of the World Health Organization. Joining the president at the Council Chamber for the meeting are the ministers of health, foreign affairs and finance, budget, and National planning.
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