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President Jonathan defends Sept. 22 school resumption date

President Goodluck Jonathan has defended the September twenty-two school resumption date, saying there is currently no case of the disease in the country to warrant extension of the holiday.

President Jonathan stated this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while reacting to threat by the Nigeria Union of Teachers to embark on strike over government’s refusal to shift the date.

He said the disease has been effectively contained, adding that keeping schools closed would send a wrong message to the international community about the situation in the country.

The president said government is prepared and has put measures in place to deal with any possible future outbreak of the virus in the country.

President Jonathan argued that those calling for extension of the holiday are ignorant of the wrong signals it would send to the international community about the Ebola situation in the country.

He said Nigerians are being stigmatised and segregated in other countries because of the negative narrative about the status of the virus in the country.

The President, who described the NUT’s threat as unnecessary and uncalled for, gave credit to all Nigerians for their cooperation and support to government in the effective management of the situation.

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