By precious Igbonwelundu
President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly tested negative for Coronavirus disease, despite claims that his chief of staff (COS) Abba Kyari was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday.
Buhari is said to have undergone screening after the result of the Kyari test carried out on Sunday was positive on Monday.
It was concluded that Kyari, who is also a close relative of the President, had developed a severe cough, one of the symptoms of COVID-19, exhibited during a meeting on the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria all Sunday.
According to reports, Kyari traveled to Germany via Egypt on Saturday, March 7, to meet with Siemens employees in Munich on Nigeria's electricity expansion program and returned without symptoms.
The executive chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, James Momoh, reportedly accompanied Kyari on the trip to the two countries.
According to statistics, Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths, while Egypt recorded 14 deaths in 327 cases.
Kyari remained asymptomatic and held several meetings with Buhari, vice president Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) until the cough was manifested during Sunday's meeting.
It was said that he voluntarily underwent tests and was informed of his status on Monday, prompting President Buhari to screen for the virus.
The latest development comes hours after a leaked memo showed Kyari telling Nigerian lawmakers, who recently returned from overseas travel, to undergo the Coronavirus test.
It also occurs after Aisha Buhari, wife of the president of Nigeria, disclosed that one of her daughters was in isolation after returning from the United Kingdom (UK), a high-risk country.