The presidency had allayed the fears of the citizens over recent reports that some aides to president Muhammadu Buhari have tested positive to COVID-19.
Recall that multiple media outlets had reported that Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, had contracted COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment.
There were also reports that other presidential aides are currently down with virus and are in isolation.
Speaking during a Channels Television programme on Sunday, Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says the situation is under control and there’s no reason to panic.
Adesina said, just like every other human, presidential aides are also vulnerable to any ailment and can fall sick.
“The fact that we are presidential aides does not make us immune to certain things. If there is a virus that is ravaging society, well, it can touch anybody” he said.
He confirmed that Shehu indeed contracted the virus but should have recovered by now because the symptoms are not severe.
“So Mallam Garba Shehu has confirmed that, yes, he tested positive but he said it’s mild. And I believe that by now, because it happened since Wednesday, by now, he should almost have beaten it if he has not beat it already. There is no cause for alarm.”
Adesina also said the president is “quite fine” and currently going on with his normal routine.
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“Well, I think Mr. President is quite fine, he is doing his normal routine, following his normal schedule. But if anybody close to him test positive, that person is required to stay away till he tests again, and he tests negative,” he said.
On how many presidential aides in the state house have tested positive to the virus, Adesina said it is not in his power to reveal the details.
“That will not be within my purview to discuss, maybe if you get the presidential doctor or anybody on the medical side, they will tell you, I wouldn’t know because it is a private thing,” he added.
“If it happens to anybody, it’s between that person and possibly the doctor. It is not going to be general knowledge. So I may not be able to say.”