Covid-19: Buhari goes into isolation following exposure in UK


By Mukwuzi Joseph

President Muhammadu Buhari has gone into self-isolation to observe the COVID-19 protocol required of anybody who comes in contact with a virus-positive person.

The self-isolation commenced after the President and officials who accompanied him on his 18-day trip to the United Kingdom were tested for COVID-19 on his return.

This follows his contact with officials of Nigeria’s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, some of who have tested positive for COVID-19. Their positive test led to the closure of the High Commission facilities for 10 days beginning on Thursday.

Confirming President Buhari’s self-isolation,  Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said it is in observance of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s guideline.

According to him, besides the President, all those who accompanied him on the trip did the mandatory PCR test on Friday and will follow it with the second test  days later.

He said: “Mr President and all of those on his delegation will be isolated in line with NCDC guidelines for international travel.” Among those who accompanied the President were Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

On arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja on Friday, the President was received by top government officials including Service Chiefs and senior aides led by Chief of Staff Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

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