As Nigeria experiences daily growth in the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for the Coronavirus days after returning from an official trip. READ ALSO: Nigerian Senator, Rose Oko, Is Dead
It was gathered that although Kyari was not exhibiting any symptoms, he ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice.
Following the return of the test on Monday, the Chief of Staff has gone into isolation even though the symptoms are yet to manifest.
As a result of the development, President Buhari, the nation’s number one citizen, was also advised to run a test. But according to source in Aso Rock, President Buhari tested negative.
The chief of staff, alongside minister of power, Sale Mamman, had attended a meeting in Germany with officials of Siemens to discuss issues relating to the Nigerian power sector.
Earlier, Kyari wrote to the leadership of the National Assembly and Reps on how lawmakers returning from overseas trips were allegedly evading screening.
Meanwhile, the presidency is yet to comment on the COVID-19 status of Kyari and health authorities have also not spoken about it.
Prior to the release of his result a source close to the Chief of Staff reportedly revealed that Kyari had been very ill since returning from a trip abroad.
Though coughing severely, Kyari was said to have been attending meetings with President Buhari; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council.
The Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip Germany and Egypt.
On Monday, however, Nigeria confirmed her first Coronavirus death after a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, succumbed to the virus in Abuja.
Recall also that First Lady, Aisha Buhari, disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom; one of the high-risk countries of the virus.