By Paul Dada
Fears are rife that the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease may have transmitted the virus to more people including Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu; Minister of Special Duties, George Akume; Minister of State for FCT, Ramatu Tijani; Geoffrey Onyeama, and other dignitaries and visitors at the Fidau prayers held on March 17th, 2020 for the deceased mother of the Kogi State Governor.
Kyari who represented President Buhari at the event, had traveled to Germany on Saturday, March 7th where he probably contracted the disease, to meet with officials of Siemens in Munich on the Nigerian electricity expansion programme. He returned on March 14th, three days before the he attended the Fidau prayer.
Nigeria which had only one case of COVID-19 when the pandemic hit the country on February 28 now has 40 confirmed cases.
Globally, the disease has affected 192 countries with more than 329,000 cases. In Africa, 42 out of the 54 countries that make up the continent are affected.