Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for the coronavirus days after returning from an official trip to Germany, DD has learnt.
Abba Kyari ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice, although he was not exhibiting any symptoms.
The result came back on Monday positive and he has gone into isolation even though the symptoms are yet to manifest.
Following his result, Buhari was also advised to run a test but his was negative, according to Aso Rock sources.
Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.
Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.
Though coughing severely, Kyari is said to have been attending meetings including with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council.
Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip to both countries.
Alongside Sale Mamman, minister of power, Buhari’s chief of staff had attended a meeting in Germany with officials of Siemens to discuss issues relating to the Nigerian power sector.
A letter Kyari wrote to the leadership of the national assembly on how federal lawmakers returning from overseas trips were allegedly evading screening had gone viral earlier on Monday.
Nigeria currently has 40 cases of coronavirus.
Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State and 1 in FCT
Two of these cases are returning travellers
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
It had been earlier reported that there was anxiety at the presidential villa in Abuja over the self-isolation of Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi.
The governor went into self-isolation after shaking hands with Mohammed Atiku, one of the sons of Nigeria’s former vice-president, who tested positive for the virus.
Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President, also disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, one of the high-risk countries for the virus.
On Monday, Nigeria confirmed its first Coronavirus death after a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, succumbed to the virus in Abuja.
The presidency is yet to comment on the COVID-19 status of Kyari and health authorities have also not spoken about it.
But on Monday night, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a coronavirus case in Abuja.
It is unclear if is the case of Kyari that the NCDC reported in the bulletin.