Governors should work closely with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to engender better harmony in the daunting task of checking the pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The President said this during an online meeting on Monday with members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

Buhari disclosed that the PTF had briefed him on next steps in the national response to the pandemic “and I have directed that they work very closely with the Governors.”

President Buhari said the pandemic was “beyond technology, power, and resources,” noting that countries that had all those were recording highest casualties round the world.

“We have to be very careful. We need to continue to educate and persuade the people to accept the reality of the situation, and do all that is necessary to stay safe,” the President said.

The meeting also discussed economic and security issues, among others, with the Governors commending the President on the “leadership and direction” he has given the country in combating COVID-19.