The list of top government officials infected with the novel Coronavirus continues to increase with the news that the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive for the virus.
His Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, confirmed this development in a media statement made available on Tuesday.
“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,” the statement said.
“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,” the statement read.
Governor Mohammed earlier confirmed he met and shook hands with Mohammed, the son of former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
Before Governor Mohammed’s tests results were disclosed, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, had tested positive to the virus.
According to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria currently has 44 cases of persons infected with the novel COVID-19.
*** Franca Joseph