Nigeria’s president declares state of emergency over Ebola threat

ABUJA, (PNA/Xinhua) — President Goodluck Jonathan declares a national emergency in a statement on Friday, saying 1.9 billion naira (USD 11.6 million) will be released to prevent further spread of the Ebola Virus.

He also urged Nigerians to desist from spreading rumors about the virus and advised school owners across the country to consider extending the current holiday.

He directed relevant government agencies to ensure that all possible steps are taken to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices.

He commended the vigilance of airport staff in Lagos who identified and isolated the patient who carried the virus to Nigeria.