Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari shows symptoms of Coronavirus in Aso Rock, Nigeria

According to local media reports, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have become self-isolated after catching a persistent cough despite having been tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19.

While the Nigerian Agency for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that President Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, had been tested, the Nigerian head of state was declared negative at Covid-19, while the second named tested positive for him. 

However, this Wednesday, the local press informs that the president would have self-isolated after being taken from a bout of persistent cough. Sahara Reporters (SR), who contacted a government source, said the president's persistent cough had raised fears at the presidential palace on Tuesday after he had previously tested negative for coronavirus. 

Activities had already been suspended at the presidential villa while all those who had come into contact with Kyari since his return to the country, after a trip to Germany earlier this month, had been asked to isolate themselves. The presidency is hard at work to protect Buhari and his immediate family in the event of a health emergency, says Sahara Reporters. A presidential intensive care unit inside the palace is said to have been activated and put on hold. The media also reports that Kyari had previously been denied access to the presidency after Health Ministry officials stressed that a crisis could arise in an emergency around Buhari.

Several other people in a state of confinement 

As a reminder, Kyari went to Germany on Saturday March 7 to meet with Siemens officials in Munich on the electricity expansion program in Nigeria. Returning to Nigerai on Saturday March 14, he showed no symptoms. He then allegedly had contacts with several personalities, including Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity for President Buhari, Babagana Kingibe, a prominent member of the "cabal" and the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. 

Aliko Dangote, Governor Bello Masari of Katsina and Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Adamu, are among others with whom Kyari was also in contact after his return to Nigeria. To date, Nigeria has 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus for one death and two people healed, local media reported.