Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:07 am
There is anxiety in Aso Rock presidential villa as Mallam Aba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly tested positive to coronavirus.
Kyari recently led a delegation which included the Minister of power and other top government officials to negotiate a deal on electricity contract with Siemens.
According to reports, Kyari travelled to Germany through Egypt on Saturday, March 7 to meet with officials of Siemens in Munich on the Nigerian electricity expansion programme.
He returned a week later and did not exhibit any symptoms.
He has held several meetings with Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) since his return.
This magazine gathered that there is anxiety among staff in the office of Kyari, who was the main link between the President and other government officials.
Also, Kyari, was at Kogi State last week to deliver a letter of condolence to Governor Yahaya Bello over the death of his mother.
It was gathered that following the development, President Buhari who is always in the company of his Chief of Staff was also tested for the infection, but his own test was negative.
ThisDay newspapers reports that the test on Buhari and Kayari was carried out on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The NCDC, according to reports, informed the president on the outcome his negative result this morning in Abuja.
The Chief of Staff, according to reports, was at a meeting on containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria on Sunday, where he reportedly started to cough.
He submitted himself for testing and was informed of his status yesterday.
Reports indicated that though Kyari has gone into absolute isolation following the test result, he is hale and hearty and showing no symptoms apart from the occasional cough.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, had some days ago disclosed that one of her daughters has gone into self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom.
With reports from Thisday.