The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, debunked a report that he tested positive for the Coronavirus disease.
The minister in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Sarah Sanda, described the report that he and his assistant contracted the virus as fabricated and malicious.
Sanda explained that the motive of the authors of the false news were to embarrass and spread alarm and panic during a national emergency.
The statement read: “It has come to the attention of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, that a fabricated and malicious report is circulating in social and print media.
“Alleging that the two claimed cases of Covid-19 recently reported in Enugu were the minister and his Personal Assistant.
“Furthermore, the minister is a member of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and all the members were recently tested and all found to be negative.
“The authors of this act are well known as is their motive; to embarrass and spread alarm and panic during a national emergency.
“To curb this kind of criminal behaviour, the matter has been brought to the attention of the law enforcement agencies for investigation and severe sanctions as deterrence in the future.”
Onyeama had been silent since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Nigeria which made it unclear if the minister is in self-isolation or on his annual leave.
This had triggered speculations that he might have been exposed to the disease.