There are strong indications that the vice president and governors may be in palpable fear following report of self-isolation of the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, over the coronavirus pandemic.
Such fears may have become rife following contact between the Bauchi governor and son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Governor Mohammed and Atiku’s son were said to have exchanged pleasantries inside the aircraft prior to the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, last week.
At that meeting usually chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Mohammed was believed to have come in contact with the vice president, including other governors whom he may have exchanged pleasantries with.
Governors spotted at the Presidential Villa on Thursday for the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by the vice president, were Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru; Ebonyi, David Umahi; Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Anambra, Willie Obiano, among others.
The meeting which lasted several hours also took presentations from some Ministry of Health officials, including the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who is also a consultant epidemiologist, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Recall that Ihekweazu recently came out of self-isolation which he started on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 after a trip to China.
Bauchi State government said on Monday that Gov. Bala Mohammad would be “isolating” himself for some time following contact with Mohammed Abubakar, son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
This revelation is contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Bauchi by Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media, to the governor.
“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Gov. Bala Mohammed has gone into self-isolation.
“This development is sequel to the report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the son of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, was tested positive to coronavirus upon his return from an international trip through Lagos.
“It would be recalled that Gov. Bala Mohammed, who also recently returned from an official trip in Lagos, met with Mohammed Atiku Abubakar in Aero Contractors aircraft, where they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
“So far, the governor did not exhibit any symptom of the disease, but based on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, he will remain in isolation in order to avoid the risk of spread in the disease,” said Gidado.
The aide to the governor also disclosed that the blood sample of Mohammad had been taken and is currently undergoing clinical tests.
“For the period of the clinical testing, the governor and his entourage will remain in isolation, pending the outcome of the clinical result.
“Consequently, therefore, the governor has cancelled all his appointments with immediate effect and any inconveniences caused are highly regretted,” said Gidado.