By Shola Abayomi.
The Federal Government has dispelled rumours surrounding President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, after his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday.
Buhari, who made contact with Kyari shortly before he was diagnosed of the infectious disease was speculated to have developed a ‘persistent cough’ on Tuesday night, even though an initial test carried out on the president came back negative.
Describing the reports as fake news, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while addressing a press conference in Abuja today, maintained that President Buhari was not sick.
Reacting to some of the speculations, Mohammed said, “This brings me to the rising instances of fake news associated with Coronavirus. The epidemic of fake news is now competing with the pandemic of Coronavirus, and this is not helping the fight against the disease.
“That there are only two ventilators in Abuja, out of which one has been commandeered for a top government official. That a British Airways Flight was due to land in Nigeria on Wednesday despite the closure of all international airports.
That President Muhammadu Buhari has been coughing and is now on ventilator. Fake. Fake. Fake. It’s all fake news.”
Meanwhile, the Presidential Villa in Abuja was on Thursday closed for fumigation.
It was learnt that the intensive fumigation of the State House began from the president’s office at about 9.30am and covered the entire facility including floors, corridors and major pathways.