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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Buhari's Chief Of Staff Abba Kyari Tests Positive For Coronavirus

There are unconfirmed reports that Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for coronavirus days after returning from an official trip to Germany.

Online news medium, TheCable reports that he ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice, although he was not exhibiting any symptoms.

The result came back on Monday positive and he has gone into self-isolation as the symptoms are yet to manifest.

Following his result, President Buhari was also advised to run a test but he was negative, according to Aso Rock sources.

Alongside a minister, Buhari’s chief of staff had attended a meeting in Germany with officials of Siemens to discuss issues relating to the Nigerian power sector.

Reports of Kyari’s status of COVID-19 was disclosed after the federal executive council meeting was suspended indefinitely.

It is not clear if the development made the federal government to suspend the weekly meetings.

A letter Kyari wrote to the leadership of the national assembly on how federal lawmakers returning from overseas trips were allegedly evading screening had gone viral earlier on Monday.

Nigeria currently has 40 cases of coronavirus.

There are reports of anxiety at the presidential villa in Abuja over the self-isolation of Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi.

The governor went into self-isolation after shaking hands with Mohammed Atiku, one of the sons of Nigeria’s former vice-president, who tested positive for the virus.

The presidency is yet to comment on the COVID-19 status of Kyari and health authorities have also not spoken about it.

But on Monday night, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a coronavirus case in Abuja.

It is unclear if is the case of Kyari that the NCDC reported in the bulletin.

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