There is intense panic in top government circle in Nigeria as Mr. Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, is reportedly seriously ill and suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.
A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.
Kyari reportedly visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.
Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.
Though coughing severely, Kyari is said to have been attending meetings including with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council, Saharareporters reported.
Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip to both countries.
This comes barely hours after a leaked memo showed Kyari telling Nigerian legislators, who recently returned from foreign trips, to submit themselves for Coronavirus test.
It also comes after Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President, disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, one of the high risk countries for the virus.
On Monday a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, became the first Nigerian to die of coronavirus.
As at Monday night, Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed that a total of 40 confirmed cases in the country.