The presidency has denied reports that one of the aides of President Muhammadu Buhari has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
A statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), said that the presidential aide, Sarki Abba, who is the Senior Special Assistant, Social Affairs and Domestic Matters, had always tested negative at the routine and rigorous checks for the virus conducted on all staff members working for and around the President as directed by doctors and scientists and supervised by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President.
Shehu’s statement reads:
“The Presidency wishes to advise Nigerians to ignore determined agents of fake news bent on spreading false stories to the public.
“We react to the utter falsehood and disgraceful lies, a report by so-called digital newspaper which, Wednesday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Sarki Abba is COVID-19 positive.
“This report is sheer fabrication and brazen effort by the online news medium to mislead the public.
“Upon the directive of doctors and scientists and supervision of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, all staff working for and around the President, are routinely and rigorously checked for the virus.
“The Senior Special Assistant, Social Affairs and Domestic Matters, Sarki Abba, always tested negative.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore such stories that are intended to mislead the people and create unnecessary anxiety about the safety of the President.
“Don’t let yourself to be manipulated by any medium that thrives on yellow journalism and specialises in peddling fake news in the desperate quest for the market and donor money.”