Tension At the Presidential Villa After Coronavirus Diagnosis

The diagnosis of Kyari with COVID-19 created fears at the Presidential Villa and among governors, who attended the National Executive Council meeting with him on Thursday last week.

It was learnt that some very top officials at the Presidential Villa had gone on self-isolation to play safe over coronavirus.

Among them are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

Also on self-isolation are senior directors and close aides to the Chief of Staff to the President.

Findings indicated that Osinbajo did not report to the office on Tuesday. On Monday, he was billed to inaugurate a digital radio system owned by the Federal Road Safety Commission, but the event was put off abruptly.

The Vice-President reported late to work past noon on Monday, unlike before when he came very early in the morning.

The developments came after reports indicated on Tuesday that Kyari tested positive for coronavirus earlier on Monday.

The Chief of Staff had attended last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting and had contact with many top officials of government, including President Muhammadu Buhari; Osinbajo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; and the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan.

Many ministers also attended the FEC meeting, including those of finance/budget/national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; information and culture, Mr Lai Mohammed; and state, transportation, Gbemisola Saraki.

Following Kyari’s positive test result, Buhari was reportedly tested and his result turned negative.

But, presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, failed to respond to enquiries on the matter.

He also failed to respond to a specific question on whether he had self-isolated himself, as a result of his regular contact with Kyari.

But he informed reporters of some newspapers, who reached out to him, that he could not talk to them “right now.”

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