On Saturday, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai the governor of Kaduna State announced that he tested positive to coronavirus.
El-Rufai made this known through a video he posted on a verified twitter handle this evening and said he had gone into self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for anyone not showing symptoms.
“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive.” the 60-year-old said.
“According to the protocols for managing Covid-19, I am in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for someone that is no showing symptoms.”
He also appealed to the good citizens of Kaduna State to continuously observe the Covid-19 preventive measures already announced.
“I wish to appeal to the people of Kaduna State to continue to closely observe the preventive measures already announced”. El-Rufai said.
“It is most important that everybody should do their utmost to stay safe, stay home and stay alive.
“The Deputy Governor is chairing our Covid-19 Taskforce and will continue to issue statements from time to time.”
KADUNA UPDATE: Malam Nasir @elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms. pic.twitter.com/5lqfvWc4zv
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) March 28, 2020
His confirmed case now adds to the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Nigeria which is over 80 confirmed cases. He is not the only high profile Nigerian politician that has tested positive to the virus with Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Khari and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed both tested positive.