COVID-19: Buhari is fine — Presidency

Femi Adesina

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari is “fine” and going about his normal duties despite the fact that several of his aides tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week.

“Well, I think Mr. President is quite fine, he is doing his normal routine, following his normal schedule. But if anybody close to him tests positive, that person is required to stay away till he tests again, and he test negative. So, Mr. President, is following his normal schedule and routine,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said during an appearance on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.

Mr Adesina said presidential aides going on self-isolation after testing positive to COVID-19 confirmed they are human and not immune to happenings around them.

“Well, what I like to say is that presidential aides are just human. They can fall sick. If anything happens to human beings, it can also happen to presidential aides. The fact that we are presidential aides does not make us to be immune to certain things.

“If there is a virus that is ravaging society. Well, it can touch anybody. 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’s happened since Wednesday, by now, he should almost have beaten it if he had not beat it already. There is no cause for alarm,” he said.

Asked how he was holding up since he had contact with Shehu, he said: “Well, I also believe God for the best. If it happens, I’ll recover. So, that’s it.”

Adesina declined disclosing the number of the president’s aides in the State House who were infected. He said, “No. That will not be within my purview to discuss maybe if you get the Presidential doctor or anybody in the medical side, they will tell you, I wouldn’t know because, it is a private thing. If it happens to anybody, it’s between that person and possibly the doctor. It’s not going to be general knowledge. So I may not be able to say.”

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