The presidency has reacted to the speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Aide, Sarki Abba has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement released on Wednesday, September 3, 2020, the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu responded to the rumours and said the information in the public space that the aide has contracted the virus is fabricated.
He disclosed that Buhari’s staff regularly tests for the virus to ensure the safety of the president, stating that Abba always tested negative for COVID-19.
The statement read: “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 a so-called digital newspaper which, Wednesday, claimed that President Buhari’ aide, Sarki Abba is COVID-19 positive.
“This report is a 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 presidential spokesperson advised the public to shun from being misled by rumours which stir anxiety. “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,” added the statement.