Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has gone into isolation, following his meeting with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, the son of former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, and dated 23 March 2020, the Governor was said to have met with Atiku’s son in an Aero Contractor aircraft in Lagos with both men exchanging pleasantries and shaking hands in the process.
The statement reads: “This is to inform the general public that his Excellency, Senator Bala Abudulkadir Mohammed CON, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has gone into self-isolation.
“This development is sequel to the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, that the son of the former vice president of Nigeria, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, was tested positive to the Coronavirus after his return to an international trip through Lagos.
“It would be recalled that Governor Bala Mohammed, who also recently returned from a trip in Lagos, met with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar in the Aero Contractor aircraft where they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
“So far, the governor did not exhibit any symptom of the disease, but based on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, he will remain in isolation in order to avoid the risk of the spread of the disease.
“Currently, the blood sample of the governor has been taken and is undergoing clinical test. For the period of the clinical testing, the governor and his entourage will remain in isolation pending the outcome of the clinical result.
“Consequently, therefore, the governor has cancelled all his appointments with immediate effect and any inconveniences are highly regretted.
Upon examination, if Governor Bala tests positive, he would become Nigeria’s first high-profile individual to contract the virus.
Earlier, Nigeria recorded her first death from the pandemic after 67-year-old, former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Suleiman Achimugu, died in the early hours of Monday.
Recall that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, confirmed the status of his son in a tweet on Monday. While confirming that his son tested positive to the pandemic, he called on Nigerians to pray for him (Mohammed).
See Press Release below: