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The rate at which novel coronavirus is spreading fast among politicians in Nigeria is alarming, currently there is a rumor making the rounds that Governor YahayA Bello of Kogi State as contracted the virus having had contact with Abba kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari who tested positive on Monday.
To this end, the Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advised Governor Yahaya Bello to immediately subject himself to the Corona virus test
President Buhari’s Chief of staff Abba Kyari who is positive, was a guest at the funeral ceremony of the late mother of Governor Bello in Okene about a week ago.
The state commissioner for health, Dr. Saka Haruna, has however debunked the rumour of the Governor contracting convid19.
Haruna late Tuesday night told The Nation that the news of Bello testing positive for the virus is incorrect, and called on the public to ignore such.
The Commissioner had said, “That is incorrect; please ignore such lies.”
The PDP in a statement signed by its Director Research and Documentation, Achadu Dickson, said that the fight against the dreaded Covid-19 virus can only be won when stakeholders show responsibility beyond lip service, and urged those who had contact with the CoS to the President to go for test.
The statement appealed to the APC-led government not to play politics with the health and safety of kogites, even as it prayed for Bello and wish that he test negative at the end.
The PDP noted that it has yet to seen any concrete preparation by the government to tackle the scourge in the state beyond the shutdown and ban of public gatherings.
It therefore urged the government to take a cue from what is obtained in Borno, Lagos and other states where they have shown serious commitment to fighting the scourge.
The PDP lamented that for an issue that is presently a global phenomenon and requiring of political and other will to fight by the leadership at all strata, it is worried by the sudden disappearance of the governor from the state for no serious reason, is unfortunate.
The PDP called on the state government to remain civil even in the face of the enforcement of the order banning public gatherings, saying it had gotten report of human rights abuse of citizens from across the state.
Convid19 has continued to spread in Nigeria, and has recorded one death so far.