President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) for donating the sum of N200 million to assist in combating the influx of coronavirus into the country.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, the president recalled that the organisation had in the past donated N1 billion to tackle Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, commending such public-spiritedness to other well-to-do individuals and groups.

The statement quoted Buhari as saying: “Hand in hand, standing shoulder to shoulder, we can confront our challenges as a country. This is a path for us all to follow as a people.”

The president reiterated his earlier charge that Nigerians should take the necessary hygiene precautions, rather than panic about coronavirus, after the discovery of the index case in the country last week.

He assured that governments, at various levels, were poised to ensure that the country and its people remained safe from the virus, “which is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world.”