– Some Nigerian governors still continue with official functions in their states despite NCDC advice to self-isolate
– In the last few days, Covid-19 cases have been confirmed among top political personalities and it is believed some of the governors might have established contact with them
– Among those who tested positive to the virus are President Buhari’s chief of staff Abba Kyari and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state
There is anxiety in the country as many governors have reportedly refused to self-isolate despite the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) warning as coronavirus spreads beyond age boundaries and classes.
The last seven days have seen the country embroiled in fear as confirmed cases tragically soared up with top political personalities confirmed positive for the deadly pandemic.
Although some governors have yielded to advice and gone on self-isolation, findings revealed that many governors are indifferent to the NCDC advice and continue with public functions outside and inside their respective states.
Considering the spate of coronavirus cases among Nigerian leaders, many governors might have had contact with the confirmed cases, hence the NCDC advice.
On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Kayode Fayemi confirmed he took coronavirus test after meeting with two confirmed cases.
Fayemi made this known in a tweet on his verified official Twitter handle on Wednesday morning at exactly 10:57 am.
The governor’s revelation came in barely twenty-four hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, tested positive to the deadly infection.
The governor, however, also urged colleagues and people who might have established contact with him to do the Covid-19 test and go on self-isolation to avoid further spread.
But despite Fayemi, who is the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)’s advice, some governors and their commissioners and family members failed to take a preventive measure.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara on Wednesday was in his office in Ilorin while Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe met with traditional rulers in the state on Monday.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday held his monthly lunch-hour fellowship.
According to Daily Trust, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has not self-isolated himself despite his recent return from the United Kingdom where he and top personalities attended 80th birthday of Nigeria’s high commissioner to the UK, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa state has tested negative for coronavirus, according to a statement released by the state government on Wednesday, March 25.
The statement indicated that Governor Sule had earlier invited his medical team to conduct comprehensive tests on his person and obtain samples.
“All results so far show that he is negative. The public will be kept abreast of any new developments as regards the health status of His Excellency, Abdullahi Sule,” the statement read partly.
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