Coronavirus: Buhari, Obaseki, Fayemi, Bello in self-isolation as cases hit 46


…Abba Kyari moves to Lagos for treatment  …Edo Speaker tests positive

… Oyetola, wife tested negative as State reports 1 case

…Atiku urges FG to distribute N10,000 to every Nigerian

… Kwara Govt. closes religions Centres, others

By Our correspondents

President Muhammadu Buhari, and three state governors are currently under self-isolation as cases of Coronavirus hits 46 on Wednesday.

The three governors are Edo state governor, Gov. Godwin Obaseki; Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Kogi state governor, Yahaha Bello.

The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed on Monday tested positive for the virus and currently undergoing treatment when he comes in contact with Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari who had arrived from Germany.

According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), two new cases of Coronavirus were confirmed on Wednesday morning, one in Lagos state and one in Osun state .

According to NCDC, “both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last seven days.

“As at 07:00am 25th March, there are 46 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Two have been discharged with one death.”

According to report, persistent coughing by Buhari has raised fears in Aso Villa on Tuesday despite earlier testing negative to Coronavirus.

The report explained further that the Presidential Intensive Care Unit inside Aso Villa has been activated and placed on standby after President Buhari went into self-isolation on Tuesday evening.

Already activities had been suspended at the place while all those, who came in contact with Kyari since his return into the country after a trip to Germany earlier this month, had been asked to self-isolate.

The source also said that Chief of Staff to the President, was earlier denied the usage of the facility after Ministry of Health officials pointed out that crisis could arise should an emergency come up around Buhari.

Since returning from the trip abroad, Kyari has had contacts with several prominent persons including Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Babagana Kingibe, and Kogi State governor, Bello.

The Edo State Governor announced that he is going into self-isolation following physical contact with Bauchi State and Chief of Staff to the President, who have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The Edo State Governor said he has sent his samples for testing to verify his status with regards to the deadly virus which is giving the nation serious concerns.

Similarly, Ekiti State Governor Fayemi also on Wednesday announced via his official Twitter handle that he is now in self-isolation after attending meetings with two persons who have tested positive for the deadly virus.

He, however, urged everyone in Ekiti State to not despair, stressing that all is currently under control.

Edo Speaker tests positive

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, has tested positive to virus.

The state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Benin City.

“The index case of Coronavirus in Edo, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Frank Okiye, who travelled to the United Kingdom came back and has been on self-isolation.

“He was tested and proved positive. He is in stablecondition and his family members have been tested and they all came out negative.

”Gov. Obaseki has also gone on self-isolation, following his close contact with Gov. Muhammad and the Chief of Staff to the President, who have both tested positive to coronavirus,” he said.

Shaibu said the state government had adopted measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

”Government has acquired 40 drums of hand sanitisers for distribution across all Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

“We are still maintaining that a gathering of persons above 20 is restricted, markets remain closed, except for those selling essential commodities like food and medicine,’’ he said.

Shaibu said 111 persons had been tracked so far, 64 per cent of them located and five samples taken for test, assuring that the state has a very strong contact tracing team because of its experience with in the handling of Lassa fever.


Oyetola, Wife test negative as State reports first case

Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola and his wife, Kafayat have tested negative to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Oyetola who disclosed this in Osogbo while confirming the index case of the virus to newsmen said he subjected himself for the test due to his recent travel to Abuja.

He explained that the decision to subject himself to test following his visit to Abuja about one week ago is a way of leading by example.

Oyetola said: “Considering the fact that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by example, I have also subjected myself to test.  My wife, because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative.

“To this end, I want to passionately encourage all returnees from UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and indeed other high-risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test, so as to assist the government in curtailing the spread of the virus.”

Oyetola said a Taskforce has been set up to man all the state land borders and conduct preliminary screening.

He said, “all major markets will be shut down with effect from Friday, March 27.

“Traders are allowed to sell food items in front of their houses. Pharmacies are also exempted from this ban. The ban on public gatherings, church services, Mosques, social events and political meetings among others remain in force.”

The Governor who urged the residents and citizens of the state not to panic as the disease is under control  enjoined them continue to observe necessary precautionary measures by regularly washing your hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distance.

Atiku urges FG to distribute N10,000 to every Nigerian

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the federal government to provide some palliative measures to Nigerians to enable them survive as the coronavirus takes a toll on the economy.

Abubakar gave the advice in a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday. He said the money would assist Nigerians provide supplements such as foodstuff across the 30 million households.

Many countries affected by the ravaging Covid-19 have announced aid packages for their citizens.

The US Senate finalised on Tuesday a $1 trillion economic stabilisation plan to help workers and businesses in the country.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled an $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses, including direct income support,

Abubakar, whose son tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, urged the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.

Kwara Govt closes  religions, centres, others

As part of the efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Kwara state, the state government has ordered the banned of commercial transportation, closure of all religions centres and major markets in the state.

The deputy governor who is also the chairman, technical committee on Coronavirus, Mr. Kayode Alabi  gave the order in Ilorin  on Wednesday.

Alabi made it known that, the development became imperative so as to protect the lives of the residents in Kwara State.

He added that, the government would put security arrangement on ground so as to ensure the compliance of the order in the state.

He explained further that, “the locking down of the state would curb any invasion of unsuspected members of the public that may likely invading the state through commercial operators from the neighbouring states of the federation”.

He stressed that, “the fast food operators in the state should do take-away of their foods and avoid any customers to sit down to eat in their business premises henceforth”.

Alabi, however, called on the people of the state to cooperate with the government in the task of curtailing the invasion of the pandemic disease in the state.

On the issue of the insinuation that the state governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq has been on isolation for allegedly shaking hands with the top federal government officials, Alabi said “I want to say emphatically that, our governor is not in isolation and he is hale and hearty.”


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