There is an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Presidential Villa, with some presidential aides testing positive.
According to Premium Times, those affected include Permanent Secretary in the State House, Tijani Umar; the President’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Yusuf Dodo; Chief Security Officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa; and the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The medium reported that their results were confirmed positive during the week.
It also said Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, is also affected.
Those affected weren’t seriously ill because they are fully vaccinated.
The medium quoted Shehu as saying: “I have no confirmation of the cases you mentioned, but yes I have been afflicted by the mild variant of the COVID-19. I felt okay from the beginning, maybe because one had received all three jabs, and right now, I feel 100 per cent. I just finished my hour-long running exercise.
“But the strange thing about this ailment is that it is the scientists, not you, that will say you are okay. Right now, I’m taking my prescriptions and isolating, and would go back for a test to ascertain if the virus is still here or it has left me. Thanks for your goodwill.”
The ramp up of testing in the Presidential Villa in the wake of the Omicron variant to ensure the containment of the virus is said to have been necessitated by the development.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received his COVID-19 booster Pfizer Biontech vaccine as Nigeria enters the fourth wave of coronavirus disease following a 500 per cent increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks.
Subsequently, the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, also directed all her staff to proceed on leave until further notice.
Last year, she gave similar directive as the country entered another wave of the virus.