Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for COVID-19, a statement from his office confirmed on Tuesday.
The governor, on Monday, had announced his decision to self-isolate following his suspicion that he may have contracted the virus, when he was said to have boarded the same flight and shook hands with Muhammed Atiku Abubakar, the son of Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who, earlier, tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement by his spokesperson, Mukhtar Gidado, on Tuesday, only the governor tested positive out of the six samples collected by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The statement said: “This is to inform the general public that the results of the six initial tests carried out by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on his excellency, Sen Bala Mohammed, his family and aides that accompanied him to Lagos is out.”
“Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID-19. The positive result happens to be that of his Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State.
“At this point, it should be noted that the governor is on self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have taken full charge of his quarantine.”
“His excellency solicits for prayers from all and requests that all those who had contact with him or anyone known to have the same medical condition to go for test immediately in order to avert further spread of COVID-19 epidemic.”
According to reports from the NCDC, Nigeria currently has 42confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one death recorded in the early hours of Monday.
Governor Mohammed is the second senior government official to test positive for the virus after Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, tested positive to the virus on Tuesday.