Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, has stated that the president is “quite fine” despite the outbreak of COVID-19 among his aides.
Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
There have also been reports that other presidential aides have tested positive and are being held in isolation.
Adesina said on Sunday that presidential aides are also people.”I like to say that presidential aides are just people.”
They may become ill.
“Anything that can happen to humans can happen to presidential aides,” he said.
“The fact that we are presidential aides does not make us immune to certain things. If there is a virus that is ravaging the society, well, it can touch anybody.
“So Mallam Garba Shehu has confirmed that, yes, he tested positive but he said it’s mild. I believe that by now, because it happened since Wednesday, he should have almost beaten it if he has not beat it already. There is no cause for alarm.”
When asked how many presidential aides have COVID-19, Adesina said it is not in his “purview” to reveal the number.
“That will not be within my purview to discuss; perhaps if you get the presidential doctor or anyone on the medical side, they will tell you, but I wouldn’t know because it is a private matter,” he added.
When asked if Buhari is currently isolated because he may have had contact with Shehu, he insisted the president is “quite fine” and going about his normal routine.