Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for coronavirus, days after returning from an ‘official trip’ to Germany, TheCable reports.
He ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice, although he was not exhibiting any symptoms.
The result came back on Monday positive and he has gone into isolation as the symptoms are yet to manifest, the report said.
Based on this, Buhari was also advised to run a test but he was negative. However, it does not mean that the president can not later test positive, medical experts say about the pandemic.
Mr. Kyari, had, alongside a minister, attended a meeting in Germany with officials of Siemens to discuss issues relating to the Nigerian power sector.
Reports of Kyari’s status of COVID-19 was disclosed after the federal executive council meeting was suspended indefinitely.
Hours before then, the Chief of Staff to the President had written to the leadership of the national assembly, alleging that federal lawmakers returning from overseas trips were evading screening. The letter had gone viral on the internet.
Nigeria presently has 40 cases of coronavirus.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported the panic in top government circle over suspicion that Mr. Kyari had contacted COVID-19.
Monday night, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a coronavirus case in Abuja. As at the time of filing this report, it is yet unclear if it is the case of Kyari that the NCDC reported.