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Fear Grips Osinbajo, Governors After Meeting With Governor Who Shook Atiku’s Son – Independent

There are strong indications that the vice president and governors may be in palpable fear following report of self-isolation of the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, over the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Daily Independent.

The newspapers said such fears may have be­come rife following contact between the Bauchi gover­nor and son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

The report said: “Governor Mohammed and Atiku’s son were said to have exchanged pleasantries inside the aircraft prior to the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, last week.

“That meeting usually chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Mohammed was believed to have come in contact with the vice president, including oth­er governors whom he may have exchanged pleasantries with.

“Governors spotted at the Presidential Villa on Thurs­day for the National Econom­ic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by the vice president, were Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru; Ebonyi, David Umahi; Keb­bi, Atiku Bagudu; Anambra, Willie Obiano, among others.

“The meeting which lasted several hours also took pre­sentations from some Minis­try of Health officials, includ­ing the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who is also a consultant epidemiologist, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

“Recall that Ihekweazu recently came out of self-iso­lation which he started on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 after a trip to China.”

Bauchi State government stated on Monday that Governor Bala Mohammad would be self-isolating for some time following contact with Mohammed Abubakar, son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

This revelation is con­tained in a statement issued to newsmen in Bauchi by Muktar Gidado, Senior Spe­cial Assistant (SSA), Media, to the governor.

The statement reads: “This is to inform the gen­eral public that His Excellen­cy, Gov. Bala Mohammed has gone into self-isolation.

“This development is se­quel to the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the son of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Mohammed Ati­ku Abubakar, was tested pos­itive to coronavirus upon his return from an international trip through Lagos.

“It would be recalled that Gov. Bala Mohammed, who also recently returned from an official trip in Lagos, met with Mohammed Atiku Abu­bakar in Aero Contractors aircraft, where they shook hands and exchanged pleas­antries.

“So far, the governor did not exhibit any symptom of the disease, but based on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, he will remain in isolation in order to avoid the risk of spread in the disease.

“The blood sample of Mohammad had been taken and is currently undergoing clinical tests.

“For the period of the clin­ical testing, the governor and his entourage will remain in isolation, pending the out­come of the clinical result.

“Consequently, therefore, the governor has cancelled all his appointments with im­mediate effect and any incon­veniences caused are highly regretted.”

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